Meet the Cast & Creative Team

June 30 - July 29
(Opening night Thursday, July 6)
New England Premiere
A Comedy by Cusi Cram
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Based on a 2005 scandal in the world of children's television known as "Bustergate", DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD is a darkly funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government censorship, gay marriage, and what it takes to ultimately step up and fight for what you believe in.

Cusi Cram (Playwright)  Cusi's plays  have been produced by: Primary Stages, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Denver Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, among others. She's written many teleplays and pilots for both kids and adults and worked as a writer on Showtime's The Big C, starring Laura Linney for several seasons. She has received three Emmy nominations for her labors in TV. She is also a member of LAByrinth Theater Company.

MJ Bruder Munafo (Director)  MJ is the Artistic and Executive Director of Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Her work as a stage director spans over 25 years, including  several world premieres: Jon Lipsky's WALKING THE VOLCANO,  Arnie Reisman's NOT CONSTANTINOPLE , Edward L. Beck's SWEETENED WATER, Ronan Noone's THE SECOND GIRL and many new play readings as part of the Playhouse's MONDAY NIGHT SPECIALS.   Last summer she also directed RED by John Logan. MJ is the recipient of the 2005 Creative Living Award from the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard. She is a member of SDC. She and her husband Paul live in Vineyard Haven.

Victoria Adams-Zischke (Jessica)  Martha's Vineyard Playhouse - HIGH TIME (Mary Meyer) NY credits include the Off Broadway productions of THE PAGANS (Anna) and VOICES FROM THE HILL (Edith Conant) and the national tour of CHESS. Regional credits include: Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Resident Ensemble Players, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Westchester Broadway, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, among others. On television, Tori appeared on NBC's Another World as the recurring character of Babs Walker as well as numerous on camera commercials, industrials and voice overs. Tori is a member of Actor's Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Charlotte Booker  (Marianne) Charlotte is delighted to return to the Playhouse, where she played Edie in the US premiere of VISITORS.  NY theatre includes: both Broadway revivals of BORN YESTERDAY;  Off-and Off-off- productions of LEAVE ME GREEN, TAKE ME BACK, TEN CHIMNEYS, FIVE GENOCIDES, DEATHBED, FUGUE, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and BITCH!, which she also wrote.  Regionally: AS YOU LIKE IT (Baltimore), CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Cincinnati ), LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS (Theatreworks, Capitol Rep), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Papermill Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Alley Theatre), and leading roles at Williamstown, Denver Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, the Old Globe, and theaters all over the place.  TV guest spots: THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LAW AND ORDER, CI, THIRD WATCH, and many more. Lately, she recurs as Maggie Chambers on POWER.

Kevin Cirone (Nathan) Kevin is pleased to debut at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Recent credits include Trigorin in STUPID F###ING BIRD (Apollinaire Theater), George Bailey in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Ocean State Theater), Edward Bloom in BIG FISH (Umbrella Theater), and Jason in  CREATIVE LICENSE (FringeNYC). Kevin will next appear as Richard Hannay in THE 39 STEPS (Moonbox Productions). Kevin is an actor and playwright from the Boston area and would like to thank the cast and crew for the opportunity to work on this wonderful show. Love always to Shonna and Winston.

Zada Clarke 
(Karen) This is Zada's second production with Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. She has worked with companies such as The Actors Gang, South Coast Repertory, Sacred Fools Theater and holds an Associates from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Writing and Film at The New School in New York City. 

Nina Moore (Lizzie Goldberg-Jones)  Nina had her first lead role in 3rd grade when she played The Gingerbread Boy in SUGAR RUSH. From age 8, she attended Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp. After a Summer Stars performance as Miranda in Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, MJ asked her to be part of a reading of THE SHELL COLLECTION by Wendy Kesselman. Nina then performed in a reading of Wendy Kesselman's stage adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES in NYC. Last summer, she appeared in the Playhouse's outdoor production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Other credits: the staged reading of MY MOM IS TRYING TO RUIN MY LIFE, and the title role in her school's SNOW WHITE. 

Kaya Seiman (Lizzie Goldberg-Jones) Kaya  is an Oak Bluffs native. For years she participated in various Martha's Vineyard Playhouse productions and attended the Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp before taking her talent to the stage in several musical productions at the Oak Bluffs School. This year, Kaya will be a freshman at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where she is excited to continue exploring the theatrical and musical opportunities the island has to offer. Off the stage, you can find her volunteering at the local animal shelter or scoring goals on the soccer pitch. This is her first professional theater production.
J.P. Elins (Stage Manager)  Joel is pleased to be working for the second time with Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, having spent many memorable years of vacation in the area and visiting colleagues performing in the region's many venues. Recent work includes the World Premiere of THE STONE WITCH with Judd Hirsch at the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA. Representative shows include Broadway & National Tours: ANN w/Holland Taylor, FROST/NIXON , THE LION KING, SHOW BOAT, CHICAGO, BLAST, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, TITANIC, CRAZY FOR YOU, THE SECRET GARDEN, CUBA AND HIS TEDDY BEAR, RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR.   Off B'Way:RED EYE OF LOVE, HANDLE WITH CARE, HAPGOOD, NUNSENSE, ZOMBIE PROM, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, B.H. BARRY'S TREASURE ISLAND.   Regional  Stratford Festival Canada, Shakespeare & Company, GeVa Theatre, Virginia Stage Company. Many thanks to Tim Toothman for this wonderful opportunity. Proud Member of Actors' Equity Association.

Cynthia Bermudes (Costumes)  B.A. Fashion Merchandising; B.A. Fashion Design Oregon State University. She spent several summers working at Shakespeare festivals. For years she was proprietress of a design and alteration studio. Cynthia owns and runs a pony breeding farm in West Tisbury. Love of theater and design brought her full circle to Martha's Vineyard Playhouse where she is in her fourth season as Resident Costume Designer.

JB Lamont (Sound)  graduated with a B.A.S., Communication degree in 1996 ­ from the University of Hartford, School of Communication. Since then he has become a multi-award winning Film Editor and Visual Effects Artist as well as Audio Mix Engineer. He has worked on projects for clients like, NBC Universal Studios, Velvet Revolver, Berklee Collage of Music, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus just to name a few.    

Lisa Pegnato  (Set)   Lisa is returning this summer after spending the winter painting and working on several design projects. Over the past two summers she designed sets for SWEETENED WATER, VISITORS, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY, HIGH TIME, RED and THE SECOND GIRL at the Playhouse. Previous venues include various theaters in Massachusetts and as designer for The USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown. Lisa currently lives in Providence where she maintains a studio. Her work can be viewed at
Jeffrey E. Salzberg (Lighting) Jeffrey has designed the lighting for dance, theater, and puppetry all over the United States. He has lit several solos, including A SHROPSHIRE LAD, featuring former New York City Ballet principal dancer Peter Boal, for Manhattan-based Dance as Ever. In addition to his work with dance, Jeff has designed Off Broadway, and has lit such contemporary plays as Margaret Edson's WIT and A. R. Gurney's FAR EAST, and Rebecca Gilman's SPINNING INTO BUTTER. In Boston, for Moonbox Productions: FLOYD COLLINS,OF MICE AND MEN and KIMBERLY AKIMBO; also Boston Children's Theatre, for whom he recently designed the world premiere of CAPS FOR SALE. This is Jeff's fourth season (of, he hopes, many) with Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Jeff is grateful to every electrician who has ever hung and focused a show for him, including David Silber, and every stage manager who has ever called his cues, especially J.P. Elins.
Mona Hennessy (Props)  recently moved to Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has been an Equity actress for over thirty-five years, working in NJ/NY regional theaters. Some of her favorite roles include Winnie in Happy Days, Mrs. Alving in Ghosts and Katharine in A Perfect Ganesh. She was an actor for many years with Pushcart Players Children's Theater Company, and co-developed and directed an original theater piece called The American Project which toured high schools in NJ. Mona has also worked behind the scenes at various theaters, including serving for five years as the Managing Director of the Equity company, Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ. 
Mona thanks MJ for this opportunity to work with the Playhouse!

Final week for Denys Wortman 
Photos on exhibit and for sale!

June 9 - June 29
The Playhouse Art Space is usually open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
from 2 pm until 5 pm, or by chance, or by appointment.
Martha's Vineyard Playhouse
24 Church Street
PO Box 2452
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568