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The Kentucky Cycle/part One

The Kentucky Cycle/part One

HFCC’s ‘Kentucky Cycle’ Is Superb

By Sue Suchyta Dearborn Times Herald August 2005

Henry Ford Community College did a superb job with the first part of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “The Kentucky Cycle” last weekend.

The epic drama, which spans 200 years in the history of three Kentucky families, will continue with the part two this coming weekend. Even if you weren’t among the lucky few who witnessed the outstanding drama last weekend, you want to miss the stirring conclusion. The talented young actors do an exceptional job with this challenging play.

Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Kentucky Cycle Part 1-2005
Written by: Robert Schenkkan
Directed by: Gerry Dzuiblinski, Christopher Bremer and Brian Tarasiewicz
August 2005

Cast and Crew

Playlet One
“Masters of the Trade”

  • Earl Todd: a Scottish trapper: Ryan Metcalf
  • Michael Rowen, an Irish indentured servant: David Kowalczyk
  • Sam, a Virginian Farmer: Jerry Jarvis
  • Taskwan, a Cherokee: Steffan Dziczek
  • Dragging Canoe, a Cherokee: Ben Szilagy
  • Cherokee Warriors: Eric Green, Jason Rooker

Playlet Two
“The Courtship of the Morningstar”

  • Michael Rowen: David Kowalczyk
  • Morning Star, a Cherokee: Tess Ulrey
  • Double for Morning Star: Rachel Porter

Playlet Three
“The Homecoming”

  • Patrick Rowen, Michael’s son: Eric Green
  • Rebecca Talbert, a neighbor: Rachel Porter
  • Star Rowen: Tess Ulrey
  • Michael Rowen: David Kowalchyk
  • Joe Talbert, Rebecca’s Father: Jason Enright
  • Sallie, a slave: Devona Moore

Playlet Four
“Ties that Bind”

  • Patrick Rowen: Eric Green
  • Ezekiel (Zeke) Rowen, his son: Ben Szilagy
  • Zachariah (Zach) Rowen, his son: Jason Rooker
  • Sallie Biggs, a slave: Devona Moore
  • Jessie Biggs, Sallie’s son, also a slave: Christopher Hogan
  • Judge Jim Goddard, Circuit court judge: Ryan Metcalf
  • Deputy Grey, a court deputy: James Piche
  • Deputy O’ Sullivan: Marino Murad
  • Jeremiah: Jerry Jarvis
  • Star: Tess Ulrey

Playlet Five
“God's Great Supper”

  • Jed Rowen: Ryan Metcalf
  • Ezekiel Rowen, Jed’s Father: Ben Szilagy
  • Patrick Rowen, Jed’s Grandfather: Eric Green
  • Joleen Rowen, Jed’s Mother: Joanne Robertson
  • Richard Talbert, landowner, son of Jeremiah Talbert: Steffan Dziczek
  • Randall Talbert, Richard’s only son: Gwen Ulrey
  • Rose Ann Talbert, Richard’s daughter: Jane Ulrey
  • Julie Ann Talbert, Richard’s daughter: Kelcie Bourquin
  • First Sharecropper: David Kowalchyk
  • Second Sharecropper: Jason Rooker
  • Talbert’s House Negro: Christopher Hogan
  • Talbert’s Soldiers: Marino Murad, Brian Tarasiewicz
  • Union Colonel: Jason Enright
  • First Rebel: Eric Green
  • Second Rebel: Gerry Dzublinski
  • Boatman: James Piche
  • Tommy Nolan: Jason Rooker
  • Carl Dawkins: David Kowalchyk
  • Gus Slocum: Eric Green
  • William Clarke Quantrill: Jerry Jarvis
  • First Union Soldier: Brian Tarasiewicz
  • Second Union Soldier: Gerry Dzublinski Civilian Prisoners: James Piche, Laura McCallum, Michelina, Risbeck Sam Jackson: Brian Tarasiewicz
  • Edward Hayes: Marino Murad
  • Townspeople and Mourners:
  • Kelcie Bourquin
  • Gerry Dzublinski
  • Jason Enright
  • Amy Gray
  • Laura McCallum
  • James Piche
  • Michelina Risbek
  • Rachel Porter
  • Tess Ulrey
  • Jane Ulrey

Production Staff

  • Director and Technical Director: Gerry Dzublinski
  • Scenic Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
  • Lighting Designer and Shop Foreman: Chris Bremer
  • Costume Designer and Chief Costumer: Judy Fletcher
  • Sound Designer and Operator: Alex Carr
  • Properties Designer: Jason Enright
  • Weapon Properties Designer: Jerry Jarvis
  • Fight Choreography and Fight Captain: James Piche
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager: Rachel Porter
  • Production Manager: Brian Tarasiewicz
  • Production Stage Manager: Rita Marie Gross
  • Light Board Operator: Kate Ulrey
  • Deck Captain: Tess Ulrey
  • Properties Manager: Amy Gray
  • House Managers: Gerry Dzublinski, Kate Ulrey
  • Box Office Managers: Mike Cochran, Sean Robertson
  • Costume Managers: Devona Moore, Laura McCallum Armorers: Jerry Jarvis, Jason Rooker Wigs: Steffan Dziczek, Joanne Robertson Electricians: David Kowalchyk, Jason Enright, Amy Gray, Devona Moore, Brian Tarasiewicz
  • Carpenters and Painters: Jeff Holste, Cast and Crew
  • Publicity Coordinator: Gerry Dzublinski
  • Program: Anne Calahan
  • Work Study: Aundrey Hubbard