Monday, February 24, 2014

The Men of "Reunion" Reunite at SCR

THE CAST:  Kevin Berntson, Tim Cummings and Michael Gladis
It’s a bit of reunion in the rehearsal hall right now for actors Kevin Berntson, Tim Cummings and Michael Gladis—all three are veterans of South Coast Repertory. For two of the actors, it marks a return to Gregory S. Moss’ Reunion: Michael Gladis and Tim Cummings were cast in the play’s reading last year at the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Here’s more about the cast:

Kevin Berntson (Peter) has previously performed on stage at South Coast Repertory in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. At La Jolla Playhouse, he appeared in Boy and The School for Wives and at San Diego Repertory Theatre, he appeared in their production of A Christmas Carol. Berntson also has appeared in Teen Witch: The Musical, Spring Awakening and Love’s Labour’s Lost. His television credits include “2 Broke Girls,” “Kickin’ It,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Private Practice,” “Rules of Engagement,” a recurring role on “Hart of Dixie.” He has appeared in more than 25 commercials. He is an improv instructor at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Berntson performs improvisation regularly. His comedy short “Traffic Signals,” which he co-wrote and co-stars in, won Best Comedy Short at the LA Comedy Shorts Festival. Berntson studies acting at Steppenwolf West with Tom Irwin and holds an MFA from UC San Diego.

Tim Cummings (Mitch) returns to SCR after appearing in Eurydice last season. His recent credits: portrayed Ned Weeks in the four-month run of The Normal Heart at The Fountain (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly nomination for Best Lead Actor and Best Production, Broadway World and Eddon Awards winner for Best Lead Actor); The Phantom Tollbooth (Main Street Theater); The Firebird (Disney Hall); The New Electric Ballroom (Rogue Machine Theatre), for which Cummings won the LADCC, the LA Weekly and the StageSceneLA award for Best Supporting Actor; The Walworth Farce and WAR (Theatre Banshee); Camino Real and Tartuffe (The Theatre@ Boston Court); The Winter’s Tale and Hamlet (Theater 150); Slasher and The Last Schwartz (Zephyr Theatre); Only Say The Word (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA); The Pursuit of Happiness (Laguna Playhouse); Burn This (Stages Theatre Center); and Closer (Hollywood Food Chain). In New York, he appeared in Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci, director Joe Mantello) and The Guys (with Sigourney Weaver and Susan Sarandon, director Jim Simpson). His film and television credits include Spirited, Something Strange, “Criminal Minds,” “My Two Fans,” Presence, Exit Interview and The Box. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Cummings serves as associate director of the Youth Program at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Michael Gladis (Max) appeared at SCR previously in Princess Marjorie by Noah Haidle and the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of Reunion and Kin. His New York theater credits include Fifth of July with the Signature Theater Company, Baal at The Flea Theater, The Main(e) Play and ‘Nami with Partial Comfort Productions, Dog Sees God at SoHo Playhouse, St. Crispin’s Day at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and a national tour of Romeo & Juliet, among others. His film credits include the soon-to-be-released Devil’s Knot, Knights of Badassdom and In Security. He can also be seen in J. Edgar and K-19: The Widowmaker. On television, Gladis appeared on “The Mentalist,” “Justified,” “Eagleheart,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “House M.D.,” “The Good Wife,” and three seasons as Paul Kinsey on “Mad Men.” Also, he will soon be invading your home as Deputy Chief Holland Knox on the new CBS series, “Reckless.”

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