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Meet the Cast: About Us

Melanie Simmons


Melanie Simmons (she/her) has tackled such roles as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Estelle in No Exit, Claire in Proof, Kitty Sunderson in Perfect Arrangement and many others. Her work can also be seen on film (Split Ends), TV (Outer Banks), and commercials, and she has been known to occasionally moonlight as a theatre reviewer. She won the 2019 Cantey Award for Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists at Raleigh Little Theatre, and was nominated by Broadway World-Raleigh for her performance of Sara Whitmore in Church & State at NRACT. She feels deeply blessed to be performing this original story in her first appearance on the Cary Arts Center stage.

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Jason Christ


Jason Christ (he/him) is excited to work with Chloe Anderson and this new team to tell Amy da Luz' story. Recent roles include Rachmiel Frydland in Ogrodowa Street (Steffi Rubin), Keith McKenzie in He and She (Brave New Classics), Jack in Death By Design (Cary Players) and Fist in Four Weddings and an Elvis (Cary Players).

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Lauren Ragsdale


Lauren (she/her) is a senior at UNC at Chapel Hill majoring in the Music and Dramatic Arts B.A. programs.  Originally from Tennessee, she moved to North Carolina and has lived in Charlotte for four years. While in college, she has performed with UNC Opera and multiple student and departmental productions at the university.  Lauren’s recent collaborations include Theatre in the Park, Burning Coal Theatre, Women’s Theatre Festival, and Eno River Players, in both Durham and Raleigh. After college, she hopes to attend graduate school and receive an M.F.A. in acting.

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B Jones


B Jones is excited to be part of this production. B’s favorite roles include Christian Bechdel (Fun Home, Theatre Raleigh), Fletcher (Freaky Friday, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre), Corny Collins (Hairspray with Theatre Raleigh’s summer camp), Noah (Caroline, or Change, Justice Theatre Project) and the Nutcracker Prince (Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker). When not on a stage, you can find B playing piano, drums, ukulele, electric guitar and just about anything else that makes noise. Ben would like to thank Amy, Chella, Chloe and the team for this opportunity.

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Joanna Herath


Joanna began her journey in Triangle theatre in the summer of 2010.  She participated in productions with Cary Players, FATE, Bare Theatre, Theatre in the Park, Cary Playwrights Forum, and Nickel Shakespeare Girls.   She sends love and appreciation to her husband, pets, and colleagues for their support while she “plays!”

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