Cast Bios - How to Use a Knife
Matt Rapport (GEORGE) is always happy to return to the Unicorn stage, having been seen most recently in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Matt has been a professional actor and performing arts instructor in the KC area for over 20 years. He is also the Director of Education for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
Damron Russel Armstrong (STEVE) is excited to be back at the Unicorn after recently directing An Octoroon. Now the Executive Artistic Director of The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, audiences may remember Damron from such Unicorn shows as: The Brothers Size, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Exonerated, Bat Boy, Topdog/Underdog, and Ruined. Other KC credits include: KC Rep: Harriet Jacobs; New Theatre: Buddy Holly Story; Living Room: Race; Coterie Theate: The Wiz; Late Night Theatre: Valley of the Dolls; Theatre for Young America: Junie B Jones. Regionally: OSTC, RI: Rent; Palace Theatre, NH: Dreamgirls; Showpalace, FL: The Full Monty. Off Broadway: The Cradle Will Rock (Theatre 1010, NY), Children of Eden (Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ).
Brian Paulette (MICHAEL) returns once again to the Unicorn, having previously appeared in Clybourne Park, as well as 13 other Unicorn productions, including God of Carnage, Next of Kin, Blue/Orange, Lobby Hero, Proof, and many others, beginning with Mad Forest in 1993. Brian is a core artistic member of Kansas City Actors Theatre, and has also been seen on the stages of The Kansas City Rep, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Coterie, The New Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, the Heartland, and others. He lives right here in Kansas City with his lovely wife Cinnamon, and their two amazing children.
Justin Barron (CARLOS) couldn’t be happier to be back at the Unicorn. He previously took the stage as El Reloj in The Ghosts of Loté Bravo. Recent work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Creede Repertory Theatre), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Coterie Theatre), South Pacific and Guys and Dolls (Musical Theatre Heritage). Justin has a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Missouri. All the love and thanks to his family and Deanna for their unending support.
D’Andre McKenzie (MIGUEL) is thrilled to be making his Unicorn debut! Previous local credits include: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Coterie), Parade (M.E.T.), No Sex Please, We’re British (O.C.T.A.). He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and would like to dedicate this performance to his Grandma Helen.
J. Will Fritz (JACK) is so pleased to be making his Unicorn stage debut after six seasons of having the pleasure to bar tend and house manage at this beautiful gem of a theater in the heart of KC. You may have seen him on stage with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Starlight, the Fringe Festival, the Barn Players, the Fishtank, The Living Room, Theatre for Young America, and many other places. Please come check out his next project playing the role of Orson in Not With a Bang, But a Whimper written by Jesse Ray Metcalf at the Just Off Broadway Theater at the end of April.
Carla Noack (KIM) returns to the Unicorn, having previously appeared in Grounded, Lasso of Truth and Time Stands Still. Prior to moving to Kansas City from Minnesota, she was a co-artistic director of the Commonweal Theatre Company and a company member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Other recent credits include the Guthrie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Kansas City Actors Theatre (core artistic member 2010-20013). She looks forward to playing Jennifer in KCAT’s spring production of The Realistic Joneses. Carla teaches acting in the MFA program at UMKC.