Cast of "A Bench In The Sun"

Executive Producer: Shirley Oscarson

Jim “Doc” Coates

Character: Burt

Last seen here last December as Lionel Barrymore, I mean, Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, Jim has also enjoyed performing with New Fortune Theatre (San Diego), Arizona Curriculum Theater (Founding member), and Southwest Shakespeare Company (Associate Artist), and Child's Play Touring Theatre-Chicago (Founding member) among many others. He also acts in films ("STASIS" 2017, "The Dog Wedding" 2015) and commercials ("old Jimmy" in 2014 Doritos "Time Machine"). A free-lance non-union professional actor, Jim is represented in AZ by Dani's Agency.

Donna Kaufman

Character: Adrienne Bliss

Donna is thrilled to be performing for the first time at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre as Adrienne Bliss in A BENCH IN THE SUN! Donna has appeared around the Valley in DST’s VELVETEEN RABBIT, RUMORS, HARVEY, DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, MOUSETRAP, and ODD COUPLE, MET’s DIXIE SWIM CLUB, FHT’s RUNNER STUMBLES, BOEING BOEING, DFT’s DIXIE SWIM CLUB, Eleanor in MCC’s LION IN WINTER. Many thanks to my incredible castmates (Lee and Jim), to fabulous Erica, to amazing Corinne, Brandon, Don Bluth, Roger, and anyone else staff or crew! Special thanks to dearest Cheryl for giving me the opportunity to perform in this poignant, funny, touching, and apropos story!

Lee Cooley

Character: Harold

Lee Cooley is celebrating his second show at DBFRT after playing Felix in WE’RE NO ANGELS. Among other character roles, Lee has played a sheriff (THE RAINMAKER), an ugly stepsister (CINDERELLA), Robert Ripley (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) and a primary motor cortex (USA TODAY). A Florida native, Lee and his beautiful wife Andrea moved here from Ohio in 2006. He is communications manager for the Arizona REALTORS® trade association and president of Irish Network Arizona. Sláinte!

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