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Cast & Crew

Carl Brandt Long
Carl Brandt Long (Santa Claus) was last seen as Billy in Grain of Sand’s Raising Cane, for which he also directed the fights. Carl is proud to have directed Grain of Sand's first production, Hamlet: Reframed. Other acting credits include Three Sisters (Constellation Theatre), The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V (WSC Avant Bard), Romeo and Juliet (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), Secrets and Hypothermia (Madcap Players), and Macbeth (Push/Pull Theatre).
Kyle McGruther
Kyle McGruther (Tooth Fairy) has been mistaken for someone of Mediterranean descent surprisingly often; he blames/thanks his aggressive stubble, luxuriant bed of chest-hair and oft-saturnine aspect (see: stubble). At last, this genetic trick will work to his advantage rather than bewilderment. Having previously portrayed Laertes in their Shakespeare in the Pub: GraHamlet, Kyle is excited for his first full production with Grain of Sand, alongside people he respects and trusts enough to be appear with while wearing little wings and … little else (see: chest-hair). Relevant credits include Richard²: Medieval Storyland & Ballad of the Red Knight (Red Knight Productions), Richard: Living Out (GALA Hispanic Theatre) and Dirk (close enough) The Curious Case of Veronica Pepperpot (HopeOperas2014).
Amal Saade
Amal Saade (Rita) is thrilled to return to Grain of Sand after appearing as Charlie in Tell Tale for Summer and Fall Fringe '13. Other acting credits include work with Theater J, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Olney Theatre, Source Theatre Festival, Young Playwrights' Theater, and Taffety Punk Theater Company. She also played Dancer in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues and would like to confirm that Vixen is NOT in a ballyhooed slut. Amal is a graduate of The Theatre Lab School's Honors Acting Conservatory and an acting company member with Synergy Playback. Many thanks to Sara and Santa Claus for this opportunity!
John Stange (Rudolph) pretty much just performs in bars these days, most recently in two (!) runs of LiveArtDC's smash hit R+J: Star Cross'd Death Match, and in Annapolis Shakespeare Company's The Imaginary Invalid; he also has a filthy habit of organizing playreadings in pubs. You might have seen him on a normal stage as Babbybobby in 1st Stage Theater's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, or heard him on WAMU 88.5 as part of Lean & Hungry Theater's live broadcasts of The Scarlet Letter and Julius Caesar. John has previously performed in Grain of Sand's award-winning Fringe productions Hamlet: Reframed (Claudius) and Tell-Tale (Parker), as well as the pitchfork-and-frying-pan legend that was Raising Cane (Saul). John is a company member at Grain of Sand and at Lean & Hungry Theater, and a loyal graduate of the The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts' Honors Conservatory, 2009.
Charlie Taphanel
Charlie Taphanel (Beo W. Elf the Musician) is excited to be working with so many familiar faces in his second major theater production, and has enjoyed getting elfed up and learning so many Christmas tunes. Previously, he played the Soundpost in Liveart DC's two run production of R+J: Starcross'd Deathmatch, and is currently playing shows around the DMV area and preparing to record his debut EP.
Heather Whitpan
Heather Whitpan (Marjorie Claus) has been working in the DC theater scene for about 10 years. Heather is the co-founder of a company, LiveArtDC, which focuses on a collaborative playwriting process. Heather wrote and starred in LiveArtDC's first play I <3 Hummels which opened to stellar reviews in the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival. Recent projects include playing Felicity in American Ensemble Theater's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, costuming Molotov Theatre Group's Julius Caesar, an Adaptation, and lead writing and producing for Frozen Penguin Production's webseries Confab. Heather is thrilled to be working with Grain of Sand Theatre and thanks Dennis and Jon for their never-ending love and support..
Sara BIckler
Sara Bickler (Director) is the Managing Director of Grain of Sand. Recent directing credits include a staged reading of Thomas Jefferson and George Mason Draft the Declaration of Independence for Grain of Sand and assistant directing the Theatre Lab's production of Rags. She has appeared onstage with Grain of Sand as the Queen in Raising Cane at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and as Gertrude in Hamlet: Reframed at the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival. Sara is a 2009 graduate of The Theatre Lab's Honors Conservatory.
Matt Hanf
Matt Hanf (Playwright) is a nationally and internationally produced playwright from Elk Grove, CA, a small suburb of Walmart. He is thrilled and honored to be working with the wonderful artists at Grain of Sand Theatre. He would like to thank his wife for all of his best lines, his kids for never letting him forget that his main purpose in life is to be a baseball backstop and Barbie babysitter for his kids.
Clem Trott
Clem Trott (Fun-Size Stage Manager) is really looking forward to working with Grain of Sand on this hysterical production. Recently graduated from Shenandoah University's stage management program, Clem was last seen stage managing Pallas Theatre Collective's The Taming of the Shrew and LiveArtDC's R+J: Star Cross'd Death Match remount (ASM for Fringe run). Next year, she looks forward to being the resident stage manager for Pallas's 2015 season. (And, she's super excited she gets to wear an elf costume.)
Christine Lange (Rita 2012) Artistic Director of Grain of Sand Theatre. She was last seen onstage as a chorus member in Socrates the Lover at Capital Fringe. Other recent productions include Frankenstein (Elizabeth), The Fairy Tale (director, staged reading, Grain of Sand Theatre), Four Dry Tongues (director, Madcap Winter Carnival), The Underpants (Louise), Oleanna (Carol), The Bacchae (director, 3rd Annual Capital Fringe Festival), An O. Henry Christmas (director), The Ghost Sonata (director), Anne of the Thousand Days (director), A Christmas Carol (co-director), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), and Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio/Apothecary).
Ryan Sellers (Tooth Fairy 2012) LOCAL: 10 productions including The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helen Hayes Award Winner, Outstanding Ensemble), and Romeo and Juliet (Helen Hayes Award Winner, Outstanding Ensemble), Synetic Theater; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Studio Theater; Synetic Family Theater; Black Box Theater Company, Capital Fringe Festival. FILM: 9 productions including Damascus Road and Hamilton Carver: Zombie PI, and Law and Disorder. TEACHING: Synetic Studio Classes. TRAINING: Montgomery College, The Catholic University of America, Synetic Studio.
Rin Hutter (Stage Manager 2012) was kicked out of a Catholic elementary school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by nuns for laughing too much. She is newly returned to the theatre scene. She enjoys making things (some of which are actually useful) and is excited for the opportunity to work with Grain of Sand Theatre. Her past is colorful, and so are her socks.
Pamela Leahigh (Stage Manager 2012) is a local actor/playwright and graduate of The Theatre Lab Honors Conservatory. She is really enjoying being behind the scenes with Grain of Sand this time around. She has appeared on stage in their productions of Raising Cane and Hamlet: Reframed. Other work includes The Lazy Bitch Theatre Troupe Things I wrote before my first kiss (which she wrote and directed) and Home Free. Her plays have been seen at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage, Playwright Slam, and Theatre Lab's Dramathon.
Kristina Nelson (Set Designer 2012) is pleased to work with her friends in the Grain of Sand Theatre Company for this production. She has directed, designed and built sets, costumes, lights and sound for numerous plays and musicals including Oklahoma, Copa Cabana, Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nunsense, Camelot, Frankenstein, Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, The Crucible, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Once Upon A Mattress, and many more. Her BA is in Theatre Performance and Education and her MA is from Southern Oregon University in Technical Production and Design. In her spare time, she molds young minds and hopefully inspires them to enjoy theatre as much as she does at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas. In her spare time, she is an exotic dancer at Denny's.
Timothy Nielsen (Lighting Designer 2012) is a freelance designer and technician in the Washington D.C. area. In addition to working as the Technical Director for the Ainslie Art Center, Tim has worked with Washington Shakespeare Company, DASH Productions, Vpstart Crow and Constellation Theatre in the D.C. area. Tim is very pleased to be back in a Fringe Space working with Grain of Sand Theatre Company.