Meet the Cast

ROBERT BARWICK (Jesse Kiplinger) - Plaza Suite marks Barwick’s debut with interACTTheatre Productions. Many thanks to Christine for casting me in this funny (well aren’t they all, funny?) Neil Simon play. He has appeared in over 20 productions during the last six years in North Jersey and NYC.  Favorite roles include Bobby Gould in Speed-the-Plow, Julian Winston in Cactus Flower, Eddie Pirandello in Tennyson Anyone?, Brian, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Tom MacKenzie in 7 Year Itch.  Barwick is also the announcer for various road-running races throughout the US. He is thankful for the continual support and love from his daughters, Jillian and Kendra and his Mom. Robert Barwick adds that it’s an honor to perform alongside this funny cast.

RINA COHEN (Mimsey Hubley) - has 
been performing all over country and the world.  She graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California.  She performed in a sketch comedy show in New Zealand, the University of Otago’s Capping Show.  Now you can see her at the South Orange Performing Arts Center as the Assistant Manager of Patron and Ticket Services. Come say hi sometime!  Enjoy the show.

DANIEL JAFFE (Bellhop/Waiter/Borden Eisler) - is ecstatic to be working with interACT for the first time and making his theatrical debut.  He would like to thank Christine, Nick, the company, the entire Plaza Suite cast, and his loving, supportive, and always encouraging family.

CRISTINA M RAMOS (Jean MacCormack)is thrilled to be performing in Plaza Suite! Cristina is a recent graduate of Columbia University, a founding member of the Maria Torres Dance Theater Company, and a veteran of TeatroStageFest. Favorite performance credits: Once On This Island (Mama Euralie), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez), & The Latin Nutcracker (Narrator). Favorite technical credits: Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics (director), Felix Rojas’ Growing Up Gonzales (SM), & Karina Arroyave’s The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen (SM / Lighting Design). Cristina is also currently writing two new plays. She thanks Jav, Mama, Papa, John, all the friends & family who continue to support her, & of course all the great people at interACT! [Find out more at]

LARRY SHAGAWAT  (Roy Hubley) -
is making his interACT stage debut with this production. Larry is no stranger to Neil Simon plays: roles include Billy in California Suite  at the Chatham Playhouse, Mel in Prisoner of Second Avenue at Dover Little Theater and Paul in Barefoot in the Park with the Playcrafters of Caldwell. As a member of the Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA, Larry has appeared in numerous film and television productions.  He resides in Clifton, NJ with his lovely wife of 30 years Cindy and their two sons.  Larry would like to thank all his interACT family, especially his stage wife Colleen and their director Christine, for helping to bring to life the character of Roy Hubley.

KATE SORIANO (Muriel Tate)is making her first appearance on a New Jersey stage and she is thrilled to be acting with interACT Theatre Productions. She previously lived in Ithaca, NY where she acted with the Brobdingnagian Players, Third Floor Productions, and Wing Space Theater performing mostly comedic one-acts. Her favorite role was Mary Dodgson in "The Dodgson Girls", an original play by Natalie de Combray about the lives of Charles Dodgson's (aka Lewis Carroll) creative and talented sisters. She would like to thank Nick for his faith in her abilities and the entire cast and crew for making this a fantastic show!

TODD SPANGLER (Sam Nash) - is thrilled to be in his second interACT production, following his appearance last fall in The Crucible as Thomas Putnam. Offstage, he’s a technology journalist who has worked in New York City for 20 years. He lives in South Orange with his wife, Tracy, and their two daughters, Kate and Sara — and he greatly appreciates their support of his theatrical pursuits.

SUZ STONE (Karen Nash) - joins interACT for the 4th time portraying Karen Nash in Plaza Suite.  Suz first studied drama in 1991 at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in NYC and had the pleasure of being taught by Sanford Meisner. She then studied with Martin Barter (of the Sanford Meisner Center) and later turned her focus to comedy improv under the tutelage of Todd Stashwick. Suz created two comedy improv troupes (Mobius and goga) which performed at the Bank Street Theatre in NYC. She also performed with goga at the Funny Womans Comedy Festival in Chicago.  Suz has recently starred in The Crucible as Ann Putnam and in The Bad Seed as Monica Beedlove.  Suz would like to thank interACT for this amazing opportunity, her husband Robert for always being her Champion and especially to her son Griffen, for always reminding her that there's always time to 'Sparkle and Shine'.  Suz would like to dedicate her performance to her improv friend TC Cheever, who lost his life this year - but who will always shine bright.

COLLEEN D'ALESSANDRO (Norma Hubley) - happily accepted the chance to be “in front of her camera” this time in Plaza Suite, and to work with such talented people! This marks Colleen’s first return to the stage since High School. She is thrilled to be working with such a talented Roy (Larry Shagawat) and wonderful director, Christine Gaden, both of whom make her job easy!  A graduate of Cornell University Environmental Design program, and a current local photographer, Colleen is proud to be a board member of and company photographer for interACT Theatre Productions.  Colleen would like to thank her husband for his enduring patience, her two sons for all the laughs and love, and her two beautiful daughters, her true inspirations and biggest supporters in the world. To them she would like to say "Mom will be home again very soon, my loves!"