Tiny House
JUNE 29 – JULY 18
Tiny House

June 29 – July 18

by Michael Gotch
directed by Mark Lamos


Eunice & David Bigelow Foundation


Barbara Samuelson


Michael Gotch

Tiny House is Michael’s first full-length play. Previous to its world premiere in 2019 directed by Mark Lamos at The REP (Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware) it was workshopped at Westport Country Playhouse as a part of the WCP New Works Initiative. It was also a semifinalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference (2018), a semifinalist with the Ashland New Plays Festival (2018) and a semifinalist with Forward Flux Three New American Plays (2018).  His second full-length play, Starter Pistol, was also workshopped at Westport Country Playhouse and had its world premiere at The REP under the direction of Mark Lamos in 2020. It was the winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival (2019), a semifinalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award (2019) and a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference (2019). Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael has written and directed a five part, five hour new radio play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,  broadcast in the fall of 2020, and a duet of Agatha Christie short story radio play adaptations, The King of Clubs and The Cornish Mystery, both streaming now via The REP’s website, www.rep.udel.edu.  Also an actor, Michael has performed at leading theatres in New York and regionally, as well as over 70 productions as a founding company member at The REP, University of Delaware, where he also teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sara Bues

Theater: Minor Fantastical Kingdoms (now Tiny House) at Delaware University, Falling Away by Christopher Shinn at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at Goodman Theatre. TV: “FBI,” “City on a Hill,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Hassan El-Amin

In addition to Westport Country Playhouse, Hassan has worked extensively as a regional equity actor at many of the LORT  theaters across the country including Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage; as well as at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Sacramento Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre, Kennedy Center, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals; in such roles as Dr. Finache in A Flea in Her Ear, Leland in Blues for an Alabama Sky, Lincoln in Top Dog Under Dog, Troy Maxson in Fences, Harmon Wilks in Radio Golf, Booster in Jitney, Floyd Barton in Seven Guitars, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun,  Sergeant Waters in A Soldiers Play, Mufasa in The Lion King, Prospero in The Tempest, Edmund in King Lear, and the title role in Othello just to name a few.

Hassan is a member of the Resident Ensemble Player residing on the campus of the University of Delaware. He received his M.F.A. from the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Lee E. Ernst

Westport Country Playhouse: A Flea in Her Ear. REP: Director: Clybourne Park. Actor: Dial “M” for Murder (Max Halliday), From the Author Of (Richard Tuttle), You Can’t Take It with You (Mr. De Pinna), Tartuffe (Orgon), The Elephant Man (Pinhead Manager and others), The Bells (Mathias), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), Things We Do for Love (Gilbert Fleet), To Kill a Mockingbird (Associate Director and the roles of Nathan Radley/Bob Ewell), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Heartbreak House (Captain Shotover), The Patsy (Maurice Vatelin), The 39 Steps (Clown), Juno and the Paycock (Joxer), The Millionairess (The Doctor/the Shop Owner), Macbeth (Macbeth), Angels in America (Rabbi Chemelwitz, Henry, Martin, ‘Medieval’ Prior), Wit (Dr. Kelekian), The Mousetrap (Mr. Paravicini), The Servant of Two Masters (Truffaldino). Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Resident Actor, Resident Fight Director, Makeup Design. Roles include: Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Cabaret (The Emcee), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), The Crucible (John Proctor), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), Assassins (Sam Byck), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Holmes), Lombardi (Vince Lombardi), Of Mice and Men (George), The Norman Conquests (Norman), Cyrano De Bergerac (Cyrano), Richard III (King Richard), Work Song (F.L. Wright), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), The Seafarer (Sharky), Barrymore (John Barrymore). American Players Theatre: Founding Acting Company Member: Cyrano, Hamlet, Benedick, and King Lear. Other credits: Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Rep, New American Theatre, Peninsula Players, American Conservatory Theater, Tokyo’s Institute of Dramatic Arts. Texas Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet (director), The Nerd (director). Awards: AriZoni and Shepherd – Express “Best Actor” awards, The Minerva Laureate (presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, by the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Training:  Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.

Elizabeth Heflin

Elizabeth made her Playhouse premiere as Raymonde in A Flea In Her Ear. She has appeared on Broadway in The Government Inspector (Avdotya)and in the National Tour of The Odd Couple (Cecily) with Tony Randall & Jack Klugman. Regional appearances include Alley Theatre (where she was a Resident Copany Member for 13 years), Milwaukee Rep in Bad Dates (Haley); The Old Globe in The Taming Of The Shrew (Kate); Actors’ Theatre of Louisville in The Play’s The Thing (Ilona), Paper Mill Playhouse and The Coconut Grove in The Dinner Party (Mariette), Dallas Theatre Center and Geva Theatre in Dancing At Lughnasa (Chris); Crossroads Theatre in Mothers (Premiere), Playmakers Rep in Mrs. Klein (Melitta Klein), and Pioneer Theatre in Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice).  TV: The Guiding Light, New York News, The Pretender, The Renegade, Days Of Our Lives, As The World Turns.  Training: PTTP at the University of Delaware.

Elizabeth is member of the Resident Ensemble Player residing on the campus of the University of Delaware and has appeared in their productions of Starter Pistol (Cheryl), August: Osage County (Barbara), Woman In Mind (Susan), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Dial “M” for Murder (Margot), You Can’t Take It With You (Penelope), Tartuffe (Elmire), Heartbreak House (Hesione Hushabye), The 39 Steps (Annabella Schmidt, etc.), The Millionairess (Epifania), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), The Threepenny Opera (Pirate Jenny), The Skin Of Our Teeth (Sabina), The Little Foxes (Regina), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), among others.

Denver Milord

Broadway: Oklahoma! (dir. Daniel Fish). Off-Broadway: Terms of Endearment (59E59) Meaningful Conversation (New Light Theatre). Regional: Nick in Minor Fantastical Kingdom (now Tiny House) (Delaware Rep); Troilus&Cressida, Taming of the Shrew (Hudson Valley Shakespeare); The Vibrator Play (Pittsburgh Irish), Cabaret (Malibu Stage). TV/Film: Jack Reacher, The Last Witch Hunter, Blue Bloods, Blacklist, Outsiders (WGN), Southland. Denver received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Stephen Pelinski

As a member of the Resident Ensemble Player residing on the campus of the University of Delaware, Stephen has directed All in the Timing; Mauritius; and Who’s in Charge (a zoom play by Teresa Reebeck); as an actor he has appeared in The Crucible (Danforth); Starter Pistol (Griff); Murder on the Orient Express (Bouc); August Osage County (Beverly Weston): (Inherit the Wind (Brady); Woman in Mind (Bill),The Seafarer (Richard Harkin), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), A Flea in Her Ear (Romain Tournel), Dial “M” for Murder (Inspector Hubbard), From the Author Of (Tom Foley), You Can’t Take It with You (Paul Sycamore), Tartuffe (Cléante), The Elephant Man (Ross and others), The Bells (Charlie), Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Waiting for Godot (Estragon), Red (Mark Rothko), To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), Wait Until Dark (Carlino), Heartbreak House (Hector Hushabye), The Patsy (Eugene Pontagnac) Angels in America (Roy Cohn), Faust (Faust), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy) and The Imaginary Invalid (Argan). Regional: Alley Theatre in Born Yesterday (Harry Brock); Guthrie Theater in over forty roles including: Three Sisters (Vershinin), Iphigenia At Aulis (Agamemnon), The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), and A Doll’s House (Torvald); and Chautauqua Theatre Companyin You Can’t Take It With You (Mr. Kirby). Other credits include: Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Citadel, The National Theatre in Ottawa, Atlantic Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience. TV/Film: Sweet Land, Wooly Boys, Factotum, Irv De Toilette, Killer Movie.

In 2017 Stephen was awarded a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship by The Ten Chimneys Foundation. Training: PTTP.

Kathleen Pirkl-Tague

Kathleen is a founding company member of the Resident Ensemble Player at the University of Delaware. Roles include: Starter Pistol by Michael Gotch (Karen), August: Osage County (Violet), Lettice and Lovage (Lettice Douffet), Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy), God of Carnage (Veronica), Things We Do for Love (Barbara), To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise), Heartbreak House (Lady Utterword), Juno and the Paycock (Juno), Wit (Vivian Bearing). She also appeared at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for 14 seasons; Great Lakes Theatre in Misery (Annie Wilkes) and Hay Fever (Judith Bliss); Delaware Theatre Company in  Stop Kiss (Callie), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and Taming of the Shrew (Kate); Intiman Theatre, Seattle in Titus Andronicus (Tamora); The Wilma Theater in Waiting for Nirvana; The Walnut Street Theatre in Before Breakfast; Freedom Repertory Theatre in Dutchman (Lula); Arden Theatre in Translations (Sarah); Milwaukee Repertory Theate in War Stories From the 20th Century; San Jose Repertory Theater in Anna Christie (Anna); Madison Repertory Theatre in The Recruiting Officer/Our Country’s Good; American Players Theatre in Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/Hippolyta), Broadway Touring Company, Biloxi Blues (Daisy/Rowena cover). NYC: Edge Theatre, Equity Library Theatre. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA), PTTP University of Delaware (MFA).

Mark Lamos
Liam Lonegan
Assistant Director
Hugh Landwehr
Original Scenic Design
Charlie Corcoran
Digital Scenic Design
Tricia Barsamian
Costume Design
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
Original Music & Sound Design
M. Florian Staab
Sound Edit, Mix, Additional Sound Design
Dan Scully
Christal Schanes
Wig Design
Lacey Erb
Director of Photography
Matthew Mallard
Costume Assistance
Matthew Marholin
Production Stage Manager
Ellen Beltramo
Assistant Stage Manager
Liz Baehr
Props Assistance
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David Dreyfoos

Associate Producer / Director of Production


RJ Romeo 

Technical Director / Associate Director of Production


Bruce Miller

Company Manager


Elizabeth Frasciello

Assistant Company Manager


Cynthia Astmann

Graphic Design Director


Elizabeth Fort

Director of Marketing & Audience Development 


Michael Barker

Managing Director 


Mark Lamos

Artistic Director


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