John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

September 11 - 20
Buskirk-Chumley Theater


Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Props Mistress
Stage Manager
Randy White
C. David Higgins
Ellen MacKay
Mike Price
Sarah Sandberg
Phillip Christiansen





Davis-DrewDrew Davis-Wheeler (Crooks) was born and raised on the central coast of California in the city of Seaside. He currently resides in Arcadia, CA and is a student at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He has been involved in the theater since high school where he caught the acting bug his senior year. Throughout the years, as a student in school and as a young man, he has been exposed to the different works of John Steinbeck and he is honored to play the role of Crooks and help bring the iconic story Of Mice and Men to life at the Cardinal Stage Company. He would like to dedicate his performance to all the loved ones we have lost along the way. May they rest in peace.

Decker-zachZach Decker (Curly) is a recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Theatre as well as Hispanic and Latino Studies. He studied theatre in London the summer of 2012. For Indiana Festival Theatre: As You Like It (Dennis), The Gentleman From Indiana (Lum Landis). For IU Theatre: American Asteroid (Foster Geddes), Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Bennet), Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper Pollitt), When the Rain Stops Falling (Joe Ryan). Regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (George), City of Angels (Lt. Muñoz), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Grease (Sonny Latierri), Dames at Sea (The Captain). An Encore Association award winner, Zach has also worked with the NCAA Stay in Bounds program appearing for them in television and radio.

Farrell-KenKen Farrell (Candy) is happy to be part of this classic work of art. He is glad to be working with old friends again in his 10th Cardinal production. Other Cardinal shows include Annie, All My Sons, The Drawer Boy, The Grapes of Wrath, Inherit the Wind, Little Shop of Horrors, Treasure Island. Other fun parts include Beverly in August: Osage County at the Phoenix Theatre and Irving in Kalamazoo at The BPP. Ken studied at Emerson College with Thomas Haas and Leo Nicole and joined Equity in 1969 as a member of the Boston Company of HAIR. He was a member of The Proposition, a musical satirical improv revue in Cambridge MA. He dedicates this work to his sweetie Tc and Roobarb his pup.

Fitzgibbons-MiaMia Fitzgibbon (Curly’s Wife) is thrilled to be returning to Cardinal Stage in Of Mice and Men. Mia played the role of Jean Fordham in Cardinal Stage Company’s production of August: Osage County. She is a senior BFA Musical Theatre student at IU. For IU Theatre: Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #2/Naomi). For Indiana Festival Theatre: Godspell (All Good Gifts). For University Players: Bachelorette (Gena), Honey Brown Eyes (Alma), and Captain Louie. For the Bloomington Playwrights Project: Island Song (Caroline). For the New York International Fringe Festival: Generation Me (Riley). Off-Broadway: Helen on 86th St. (Willow). Mia also performed at 54 Below in Carner and Gregor’s Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza (So Far From Pennsylvania and CBT). Mia is from New York, New York.

Neal-RobertRobert Neal (Lennie) is proud to be making his Cardinal debut as Lennie in Of Mice and Men. He has been a professional actor, teacher and director in the regional theatre for nearly 30 years and begins his fifteenth season this fall with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he has appeared in over thirty productions. He is also a company and board member of Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre where he has played Prospero in The Tempest and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. He has worked extensively in the regional theatre around the Midwest as well as in Europe and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Early Music Festival of Indianapolis and at Lincoln Center in New York City. Television credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire. Robert holds an M.F.A in Acting from the Pennsylvania State University and a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, as well as a BA in English Literature from IU. He is a long time member of Actors Equity Association and was a 2007 recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Creative Renewal Fellowship. Robert plays guitar and is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Indianapolis.

Andree MinkinAndrew Minkin (Whit) is excited to be performing in his second Cardinal Stage production; his debut being 1776 as the Courier. Andrew, a student at Indiana University, is a junior BFA musical theatre major, with a certificate in arts administration.  For IU Theatre: Into the Woods (Jack), Guys and Dolls (Joey Biltmore). For Indiana Festival Theatre:  Seussical (Jojo), Godspell (“We Beseech Thee” Track), Moses Man (Freddy). For Bloomington Playwrights Project: Make Me Bad (Daisy’s Father / Old Man). For University Players: Legally Blonde (Grandmaster Chad), Food For Thought (Peter), Hello Herman (Timmy / Jim Carl). Andrew is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their continued and unending support and encouragement!

Pawels-GerrardGerard Pauwels (The Boss) is a fairly familiar face on area stages.  He has appeared in nine productions with Cardinal Stage Company including 1776!, Big River, Grapes of Wrath, Diary of Anne Frank and Inherit the Wind and an almost equal number at the Bloomington Playwrights Project including Cadillac, Ampersand, and Three Views of the Same Object.  He most recently appeared in The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s production of Coming to See Aunt Sophie and also appeared with Cortland Repertory Theatre in Cortland, NY and the South Carolina Repertory Company at Hilton Head. Additionally, he as had roles in several independent films including Gila!, Camel Spiders and Monster Cruise. Gerry is happy to be back with Cardinal and proud to be a part of this production.

Price, MikeMike Price (George) has acted in Cardinal Stage productions including Hairspray, 1776, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Hairspray, The 39 Steps, Les Misérables, Chatlotte’s Web, The Lonesome West, My Fair Lady, August: Osage County, Underneath the Lintel, and A Year with Frog and Toad. Mike has an MA in instructional systems technology and has worked as an instructional video producer/director and instructional consultant. He is the associate artistic director at Cardinal Stage Company and assists with fight choreography and movement, as well as media, web and production technical issues.

Shore,-StepenStephen Shore (Slim) is honored to make his debut with Cardinal Stage Company. He hails from Chapel Hill, NC and is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts (BFA). CREDITS: New York: Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet (Barefoot Shakespeare Company), Robert Osborne in Hipsterly Ever After (Keen Playwrights Lab), Doyle in Funeral Food (The Kraine), Benjamin in Lost in Space (WhiteListed Theatre Company) Regional Theatre: Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac,Jim Cullen in The Legend of Jim Cullen (Heartwood Regional Theater Company), Feste in Illyria: A Twelfth Night Musical, Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing, Little Tiger in The Emperor and the Nightingale (Georgia Shakespeare Festival) He would like to thank Cardinal for this wonderful opportunity and his family for their love and continued support. For Grace.

Wentz-BrandonBrandon Wentz (Carlson) is excited to be back at Cardinal Stage. Brandon holds an MFA in acting from the University of Georgia and just finished 3 years as adjunct faculty in the Indiana State theatre department. Some of Brandon’s previous Cardinal Stage roles include The Fish in The Cat in the Hat, Little Charles in August: Osage County, and Caleb in The Whipping Man. A few of his favorite regional credits: Hal in Proof (New Edgecliff Theatre), Freddy in Noises Off (The Covedale Theatre) and Rosencrants in Rosencrants and Guildenstern are Dead (Crossroads Repertory Theatre). Brandon would like to thank his wife Jacqueline and his dog Harvey for all their love and support. Thanks, and enjoy the show!