Glimpses of the Moon
A Jazz Age Musical based on the novel by Edith Wharton

Book and Lyrics by Tajlei Levis
Music by John Mercurio
The cast

MATTHEW A. ANDERSON (Winthrop "Streffy" Strefford) is a Washington DC based actor who is originally from Boise, Idaho. He is excited to be back at MetroStage after taking part in their raucous revival of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) in their 2009-2010 season. Mr. Anderson has also worked locally with the Kennedy Center (Youth and Family Programs as well as Shear Madness), Theater J, Signature Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Ford's Theatre. This summer, he looks forward to taking part in the exciting new musical Super Claudio Bros: A Video Game Musical for the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival with fellow Glimpses of the Moon cast mates Lauren, Gia and Sam.

LAUREN COHN (Ursula Gillow / Coral Hicks / Maid) REGIONAL:  The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy, Gateway Playhouse); Neurotic Yound Urbanites:  Into the Woods (Witch), All In The Timing, Alone At The Beach (Lonnie), Twelfth Night (Maria); Taking Steps (Kitty, Dorset Theater Festival ); Company (Jenny, West Coast Ensemble); A...My Name Is Alice (Theater Factory St. Louis); You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy, Old Schoolhouse Theatre).  TV: Royal Pains (USA); Bored to Death (HBO); Desperate Housewives; House; The Suite Life of Zach & Cody (Yolanda Cohen); Monk; ER; Gilmore Girls, Frasier.  FILM:  Morning Glory, The Bucket List, Catch Me If You Can, The Hitcher, Secretary, Legally Blonde 2.  Head of Musical Development for 10 years of the multi-award winning, Los Angles based theatre company, Neurotic Young Urbanites.  EDUCATION: NYU, Circle In The Square.  UPCOMING:  the new Barry Levinson film, Isopod.

NATASCIA DIAZ (Susy Branch) is delighted to return to MetroStage where she won the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (in a tie with the legendary Chita Rivera) for her work as Scottish punk-rocker Monica P. Miller in the world premiere of ROOMS, a rock romance. A "triple threat" performer, Natascia has been recognized by Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award and St. Louis' Kevin Klein Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Anita in West Side Story. Natascia's Broadway credits and original cast albums include The Capeman, Seussical, and the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha, where she covered Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the role of Aldonza, performing the role opposite Broadway giant, Brian Stokes Mitchell. Off-Broadway, she performed opposite New Kid Joey McIntyre as Susan in Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! (receiving an LA Ovation Award nomination for the role in Los Angeles), in Stephen Sondheim's first musical, Saturday Night, and in the 2006 revival and recording of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris. Television credits include "Nurse Jackie," "Law and Order SVU" and "Law and Order CI," "The Jury," "Damages," the HBO family channel movie "Leonardo Da Vinci: A Dream in Flight," and "Oz". Natascia is featured in the documentary film "Every Little Step," in her audition process for Cassie for the revival of A Chorus Line. In August 2010, Ms. Diaz was deeply honored to perform the lead role of Esmeralda Agron in the highly-anticipated concert performance of Paul Simon's The Capeman, produced by The Public Theatre at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.

SAM LUDWIG (Nick Lansing) SIGNATURE: [title of show] (Jeff), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Show BoatThe Hollow (21/24 Workshop) (Ichabod), A Fox on the Fairway Workshop (Justin), Partial Eclipse, Curveball Workshop (Ludwig), Les Miserables. RED BRANCH THEATRE: Urinetown (Bobby). OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: Big River (Huck), 1776 (Courier). THEATRE J: The Playdoh Golem Workshop (Sam). TOBY'S DINNER THEATER: La Cage Aux Folles (Jean-Michele), Titanic the Musical (Barrett).

GIA MORA (Ellie Vanderlyn) Selected Theatre: Cool Papa's Party--Helen Hayes Nomination, Ensemble (MetroStage), God's Ear (Rep Stage), The Imaginary Invalid (Shakespeare Theatre), Christmas Carol 1941 andShe Loves Me (Arena Stage), She Stoops to Comedy--Helen Hayes Nomination, Ensemble (Woolly Mammoth), A Prayer for Owen Meany--Helen Hayes Nomination, Supporting Actress (Round House). On-camera: Shrinkage (web series), The Videomakers (web series), Woman's PicturePush, Blanston. Jazz/Cabaret Vocals: Blues Alley, Bethesda Theatre, Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Upcoming: Glimpses of the Moon (MetroStage), Sunset Boulevard (Signature Theatre), Liberty Smith (Ford's Theatre). "Ti amo, Antonio!"

STEPHEN F. SCHMIDT (Nelson Vanderlyn) most recently appeared as Hermocrates in Triumph of Love at the Olney Theatre Center where he also performed in Call of the Wild, Stuff Happens, Saint Joan, Crave, and She Loves Me. He also recently appeared in Ford's Theatre's A Christmas Carol and One Destiny. Last year, he played Harold Hill in Music Man with The Washington Savoyards. At Arena Stage: Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, Damn Yankees, and Guys and Dolls. At Center Stage in Baltimore: Arsenic and Old Lace, Sweeney Todd, The Winter's Tale, The Investigation, As You Like It, H.M.S. Pinafore and Midsummer Night's Dream. He received the Helen Hayes Award for his performance of Lockstock in Urinetown at Signature Theatre. Other Helen Hayes Nominations-- Kennedy Center: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (Wonka); Toby's: Wonderful Life (George Bailey); Woolly Mammoth: Rocky Horror (Brad). TV credits: The Wire, The District and Homicide.Film credits: La Bamba, Peilcan Brief, The Visiting and My One and Only.