Our lady of 121st Street
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
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Joshua Freyvecind was last seen on stage as Dr. Astrov in Riverside Theatre's Uncle Vanya. He also fronts the award-winning, San Francisco-based, U2 tribute act Zoo Station. He would like to thank his wife Mia and son Deucalion for their support throughout this process. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

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Felipe Barbosa Bombonato is a first-year MFA actor. He's elated to be back on stage! Favorite credits: national tours of Cats, Man of La Mancha, and Les Misérables. Countless thanks to the wonderful directors, Mary Beth Easley and Albert Williams for their vision, Hallie Patterson and Sara Becker for being the glue, and to the entire creative team! To his beautiful familia- beijos e pepinos! For Molly- You're his everything. Beijos, meu amor.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3


Monté J. Howell


Select Credits: Les Misérables (National Tour), The Golden Apple (City Center Encores!), Les Misérables (The MUNY), Shrek (Alliance Theatre), Sister Act (Arkansas Rep), The Music Man (Flat Rock Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh), and Little Shop of Horrors (Stages St. Louis). Praise to God. Love to Ma, Brown, Alyssa, and Allison. Psalms 116:12

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Father Lux | KYLE WATKINS*

Kyle Watkins is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Iowa studying theatre arts and creative writing. From Basking Ridge, New Jersey, his notable production credits include the University of Iowa's Three Sisters (Solyony), Laterality (Skinny), and the devised work, Ascend, as well as Trilogy Repertory's Rumors (Pudney).

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Dakari Harleston is a third-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in theatre arts and social justice. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida, with his family at the age of 11 and has lived there ever since. He has a passion for acting and has goals of making a career out of it. He hopes to build a platform through acting to transition into politics to change people’s lives for the better.

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Neil Smithson is a second-year theatre arts student on the musical theatre track; he is from Ankeny, Iowa. So far in his college career, Neil has played Elijah in the reading Still Life and Will in the gallery production Generation Candyland: A Fable.

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Olivia Foster is a first-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she started her artistic journey as a dancer. Through the years, she ventured into various artistic mediums and found an exciting passion in acting. Olivia attended Kennesaw State University and received a BA in theater and performance studies. Her favorite performance was 45 Plays for 45 Presidents (multiple characters). Olivia would like to thank her parents for all of their love and support.

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Sonya Madrigal is a first-year MFA actor and is a proud Mexican American from Chicago, Illinois. Favorite credits include Day of Absence (Congo Square), Oedipus Rex (Court Theatre), the premiere of David Auburn's The Adventures of Augie March (Court Theatre - Ensemble/Mimi U/S), and Electricidad (UIC - Electricidad). Sonya received a BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Class of 2019). She is represented by Lily’s Talent. Muchas gracias y todo el amor to her husband Miguel and all her family.

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Orland Lopez is a first-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he is excited for the opportunity to continue his education at the University of Iowa. He graduated with his BFA in acting from the University of Central Florida in 2019 and has worked professionally on Cherokee Historical Association's production of Unto These Hills (Elias Boudinot), Rail Events's Polar Express (Hobo), and Juggernaut Theatre's Miami Motel Stories (Lito/JJ).

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Pinky | ZACH VAIA*

Zach Vaia, born and raised in Riverside, Illinois, is third-year undergrad actor at the University of Iowa. He is extremely grateful for everyone involved in Our Lady of 121st Street and for giving him such a rewarding experience.

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Katie Gucik is a first-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. Recent credits include Crazy for You (Patricia Fodor) with San Diego Musical Theater, Lend Me A Tenor the Musical (Young Maria), Mamma Mia! (Ensemble/Donna U/S), and Freaky Friday: A New Musical (Ensemble/Katherine U/S) at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Most recently she was performing with the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano, California. Thank you to her friends and family for their love, and to you… for supporting live theatre!

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Katie Redden is a third-year theatre arts major at the University of Iowa. She was last seen in the Iowa New Play Festival production of Still Life. She has also been seen in Palanquin and You Are Not Alone in the Void. Soon she will be directing the show Sawdust later in the semester. Lastly, she would like to thank her parents, sister, and her amazing hamster.

 *Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.