The Cast

Patrick Frankfort (Mossadegh - Guitar) Patrick is thrilled to make his Fringe Festival debut working on the production of Mossadegh. He has previously been seen in Pokemon Live! at Radio City Music Hall as Professor Oak. Also, he went on the Theatreworks/USA tour of Superfudge as Peter. Other credits include Buff in Suburbia, Young Joe in Damn Yankees, Dennis Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Hero in A Funny Thing...Forum, Harvey Johnson in Bye, Bye, Birdie, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, and Dalton in Equus. He has also done various voices for Saturday morning cartoons for 4kids Entertainment. He has co-written and recorded many songs for his old North Carolina band, Family Function. He is anxious to get back on stage and excited to be able to bring his guitar with him. Thanks to family, friends and Dee.

Chris McBurney (The Shah - Guitar) is pleased to be working on Mossedegh. He is a NYC based performer and has worked as a guitarist and drummer in Nashville, Chicago and L.A. and continually plays the New York club circuit. As an actor, he has been seen regionally at the Guthrie Theater, The Magic Theater and The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. New York theater credits include: The Indian Wants the Bronx, Possible Worlds and Thundermug.  He has just finished working on the upcoming film Untitled Prom directed by Tony Martinez. Training: MFA from ACT. Chris would like to thank his friends and family and especially Gary and Georgie for their support and inspiration.

Jonathan Root (Wilbur - Bass) Jonathan Root is a newcomer to New York having spent the first two years of his young career working in Nashville, Tennessee. Since moving to New York two months ago, Jonathan has participated in a workshop of Laurie Brooks's new play Between Land and Sea for the Provincetown Theatre Festival. Favorite past roles include Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Tom in the The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Livesay in Treasure Island, Lucky in Waiting for Godot, Man 2 in Songs for a New World, and Matt(The Boy) in The Fantasticks.

Bryan Essing (Drums) has been featured in the films Manchurian Candidate (with Denzel Washington), The Interpreter (with Nicole Kidman) and First Last Kiss (with Will Smith). Bryan began playing drums at age five and took lessons for six months. Thereafter, he taught himself by listening to Kiss records and watching videos on MTV. At the age of ten he knew what he wanted to be and by age 21 was signed to Epic records with the band Blitzspeer, which was featured on the MTV show Headbanger's Ball. His new band, Resurge, is currently shopping their demo to major labels and management. Bryan is a native of Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Margolis-Seay Casting are composed of casting directors Jamibeth Margolis, CSA and Gayle Holsman Seay. Together they have cast musicals and plays for a number of prestigious regional theaters including Stages St. Louis, The Arvada Center, and Actors Theatre of Phoenix. They have also cast for Jean Ann Ryan Productions, a production of Miss Saigon at the Gothenberg Opera House in Sweden and the new musical Two Cities, premiering this summer in CT. In the film world they have worked on the upcoming indie film Kosmos and have an untitled project in the works. Previously, Jamibeth worked for eight years as a casting director for Johnson-Liff Casting Associates and Cameron Mackintosh, Inc, and Gayle was a freelance casting director for six years with several prominent NYC offices.

Adrienne Cea (Production Assistant) worked as a media production assistant for the Sesame Street video, Music Works Wonders and season five of People’s Court. In theater she has worked as a script reader for The New Group, a stage manager for Princeton Repertory Company and is currently working as a literary assistant for the 13th Street Repertory. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase College’s Dramatic Writing Conservatory.

Michael Minn (Everything Else) wrote The Irreplaceable Commodity, which was featured at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival. As a performer his Off-B'way credits include Making Tracks (Wei) and Shanghai Lil's (Chase). Regional credits include The King & I (King - Struther's Library Theatre), 42nd Street (Julian - Carousel Dinner Theatre), Pajama Game (Sid - Depot Theatre) and numerous tours with Theatreworks/USA. Michael is a graduate of North Texas State University and AMDA and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Much love to mom and dad, and to this wonderful cast for bringing this show to life.

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