Role of Ruth
Red Suitcase Films is proud to have the critically acclaimed actress, Kathleen Chalfant playing the lead role of Ruth Whitney in THE RED SUITCASE. Kathleen Chalfant is nothing short of a Broadway legend. Ms. Chalfant is well known to New York audiences and worldwide for her powerful performances both on stage as well as on film and television.
For her performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WIT, Ms. Chalfant received the Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, LA Ovation Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as an Obie Award. Numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Angels In America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), M. Butterfly, Racing Demon at Lincoln Center, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk Nomination), Family Week, directed by Jonathan Demme, Hard Heart by Howard Barker at Epic Theatre Ensemble, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at The Minetta Lane Theatre, 5 By Ten at Manhattan Theatre Club, Guantanamo at the Culture Project directed by Nicholas Kent and Sacha Wares, The Last Letter by Vasily Grossman directed by Frederick Wiseman, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Savannah Bay by Marguerite Duras, Far Away by Caryl Churchill, and The Vagina Monologues with Nell Carter and Annabella Sciorra just to name a few.
Film credits include, Duplicity by Tony Gilroy, The Last New Yorker, Murder And Murder (written and directed by Yvonne Rainer), Bob Roberts, Five Corners, Jumpin’ At The Boneyard, Dream Work (with Eric Bogosian), A Price Above Rubies, The Last Days Of Disco, Side Streets, Random Hearts, Company Man and Kinsey.
TV credits include: Rescue Me, The Guardian, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Prince Street, The Laramie Project, Benjamin Franklin, A Death in the Family, Spin City, LA Law, and One Life to Live.
The role of Ruth in The Red Suitcase was written with Ms. Chalfant specifically in mind.
Writer / Producer / Role of Liz
The Film’s tireless driving force is emerging producer Dana White, who also wrote the script for The Red Suitcase. After having begun her career as an actor on the NY stage as well as acting in various independent films, Dana set out with the goal of producing her own films.
NY Theatre credits include: Love Letters To Adolf Hitler at the Jewish Theatre of New York, Waiting In The Wings at the Roundabout Theatre with Celeste Holm, Pledge Of Allegiance at The Judith Anderson Theatre, The Last Trial Of Clarence Darrow at The Actors Studio, Infinite Cages at The New York Fringe Festival, The Night They Burned Washington at Theatre Row Theatre, Tom Sawyer at The Promenade Theatre, Lovers and Madmen at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Too Good To Be True at The Oasis Theatre, Lethal Dose at The American Theatre of Actors, Engaged at 1010 players, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at Lincoln Center Institute, among others.
Her roles in films include: Sarah in the critically acclaimed short film, The Surface by director Sean Carter, which won her a Best Actress Award at The NYU Film Awards, the film Replaced in which she starred and which went on to receive great praise at both the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival as well as The Malibu Film Festival. Dana recently won the Best Actress Award at Italy's Dieciminuti Film Festival for the film Moonscapes with director Marco Ferrari.
In addition to producing and editing for various network television shows, Dana has written, produced and acted in several of her own projects including her films Old Friends (Official Selection,The Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival, The Griffon Int’l Film Festival) and The Kiss.
From Dana’s experience in many facets of the industry, she is carefully assembling a vibrant, creative team.
Role of Sam
Mr. Yulin is one of the omnipresent faces of screen and stage. His prolific career spans over four decades. Mr Yulin is recognizable for his roles in Scarface (1983) Training Day (2001) starring Denzel Washington, Woody Allen’s Another Woman (1988), Fur:An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) with Nicole Kidman, Narrow Margin (1990), Clear and Present Danger (1994) Night Moves (1975), Midnight Man (1974), ‘Doc’ (1971) that co-starred Faye Dunaway, End of the Road (1970) with Stacey Keach, and James Earl Jones, The Emperor’s Club (2002) with Kevin Kline, and My Soul to Take (2010) directed by Wes Craven just to name a few.
In television, he is also recognized for his roles in Law and Order, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 24, and Fraiser for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Before finding success in film and television, Yulin forged a name for himself in the theatre. With credits including: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, and King John. He proved to be a stellar Hamlet in 1974, and subsequently played the role of Claudius to Kevin Kline’s s dour Dane in a 1986 production. Marking his Broadway debut in Watch on the Rhine in 1980, he impressed later that year alongside James Earl Jones in the contemporary drama A Lesson from Aloes (1980). His classical repertoire over the years has included Uncle Vanya (1981), Hedda Gabler (1981) and (2001), The Doctor's Dilemma (1982) Tartuffe (1984), The Seagull (1985), and a Broadway return with The Visit (1992). More recently, he won Drama Desk nominations for his superb work in "The Price" (1999) and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (2001).
Keeping his base firmly in Los Angeles for most his career, he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Classic Theater and has kept active on the regional theater scene over the years. A noted New York stage director, he helmed the off-Broadway productions Baba Goya, This Lime Tree Bower, and The Trip to Bountiful.
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