The WV PRIME MINISTERS OF LAUGHTER!
The Parables Players are a group of actors, comedians and musicians that love to entertain. We are a rep oratory group that brings in guest actors in just about every show but you are most likely to see the following actors (our core group) in most of our shows:
Mary Ann Harrison
Richard Pagán (also our Road Manager)
Our guest and axillary actors are listed below. If you think you have what it takes to be one of us, contact us at:
Patricia J Pagán
Director, Manager, Owner, Actor, Voice Over Talent, Singer, Musician, Comedienne, Songwriter, Playwright, Speaker and Writer
Patricia wears many hats at Parables. She has been an entertainer (and ham) since she was 12 years old, growing up on Long Island, New York. Trained by a pack of frustrated actors posing as public school teachers and bit by the acting bug, she immediately set out to create a theatre troupe out of her six brothers and sisters.
When none of them seemed to be as smitten with the entertainment field as she, Patricia set out to create another troupe, namely her five children. A couple of them work on stage, the rest behind stage, but they all cut their teeth on scripts and scrims and put up with their mother's eccentric ways, choosing to label them "theatrical".
Patricia has directed theatre for close to 14 years, has been acting, singing and playing guitar for 38, and has written and produced hundreds of short plays, full length plays and songs. She is able to perform with many accents, and is an experienced speaker.
She has been happily married to her best friend, Rick, for 31 years. (read about some of her winning writing here)
Richard ended up in the Parables Players somewhat by default, (his marriage to Patricia). He is a college professor, teaching in the Aeronautical Sciences and Management and is working on his dissertation for his Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration. Retired from the Air Force, he loves to ride his bike (and we aren't talking Schwinn) and playing the Congas. (If he tells you he plays the mandolin, ask him what his definition of "plays" is.) When his schedule allows, he plays Inspector Boyce Tumen, mostly because Patricia likes how he looks in the costume!
Tracy Norman, Actress, Comedienne
was born and raised in Alexandria Louisiana, and was involved in
theatre in a large church of around 3000 people. She has been acting
in plays since she was 12 years old.She
is now enrolled at West Virginia Jr College where she is studying
medical assisting with a graduation date of December 2007. Tracy is married to a wonderful man named Jason and has two children, Alexis, 15 and Matt 12.
She has a passion for acting and life and she is a joy to work with!
(left) Tracy as Christie
Rebekah Pagán Actress, Comedienne, Graphic Artist
Bekah has been using her lungs for drama since she was born! She loves to make people laugh and has been in dozens of skits and full length plays.
She is locally known
for the best and longest nose blowing when playing Mrs. Flabugastula in
Elderberry General Store and Cafe'.
Bekah is the owner of Serenity Cafe in Historic Downtown Fairmont WV.
Tom Gallagher Actor, Singer
Tom is no stranger to stage and we are glad
that he has decided to join us on ours! Funny, witty and talented are
the best ways to describe Tom's entertaining qualities. Married to the
lovely Karen, and father to two young ladies, Heather and Chelsea, Tom
is a great example of a good man.
Mary Ann Harrison, Actress, Singer
New to our team but up and running strong,
this Scientist by day, Funny Lady by night is great to work with and
goes the extra mile. Don't believe us? Check out the hat she made for
her very first day of rehearsal!
see a news story about Mary Ann HERE
Sonya Lawson, Actress, Comedienne, Singer
Sonya Begonia, as we call her, has worked on
stage for years and has been with the vision of the Parables Players
from way back. She has two beautiful children, Desirae and Elijah.
Guest Parables Players from the Past, Present and Future
You may have seen these actors in some of our past shows and events
Kim Boyce Singer, Actress
Funny, talented and just great to be around, Kim is a Nurse in the real world and one amazing comedienne in her other world.....theatre! She has one numerous awards for her fabulous voice and is quick on her feet in improv.
Clark Robinson, Actor
Clark and Mark
Shannon Wine Actor, Singer, Musician, Writer and Comedienne
One of the funniest people on the planet earth, even when she is not trying, Shannon considers herself a "Jill of all trades" She has been in two large and numerous small plays and plays piano (by chords and not by notes, she confesses.) She juggles, but not puppies.
(A little inside joke, folks) She is also a singer, a writer and a good friend. Shannon is a dental hygienist and teacher by day.
(Photo to be added soon)
Lionel Bourne, Actor
Lionel is a veteran actor having played a major role in the movie "Antler Boy" as well as appearing in two local TV commercials. He has performed on stage locally and in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lionel also sings, and, as we all just found out, dances. Easy to work with and funny to boot, Lionel is a welcomed addition to the Parables Players. He is a nurse by day.
Sunda Gerard, Actor
One of our newest additions! Recently married to his beautiful bride Sarah, Sunda has fit right into the Parables Events machinery! Here he is in his "Ian Whimple" character. He is a college instructor in real life.
Becky Nestor, Actor, Singer, Musician, Comedienne
Becky is a treasure of an actress/Comedienne!
She has years of theatrical and musical experience and won first place in state for Improv in High School. She keeps us all laughing and is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Gil Griggs, Actor
Gil hails from Baltimore, Maryland, where he from time to time both acted and directed at Spotlighter’s Theatre. Among his stage roles are Eddie in Arthur Miller’s View From the Bridge, Marvin Macy in Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Edward Albee, Dirk Winston in Mary, Mary, and Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker.
Gil attended the Interplayers Theatre Workshop and studied under Marvin Gage in San Francisco, California, then on to Hollywood working with Three Arts Studio appearing in numerous plays plus a USO Show as Senator Phogbound the musical Li’l Abner.
At CBS network Gil’s most noted work was with the Red Skelton Show as one of the Skelton Players regulars. Also with CBS, he appeared in six performances on the prestigious Playhouse 90 series and GE Theatre for NBC. It was during these Hollywood years that he also appeared in Gilbert Sullivan’s Mikado on Hallmark Hall of Fame.
His commercial work included stints for Shell Oil on CBS and on NBC for Chrysler Plymouth and the Steve Allen Show.
Gil currently lives in Bridgeport, WV, and is the auctioneer for Signature House. We are very glad he is now part of the Parables Players!
Poster Child for our Interactive Comedy Mystery Dinner Theatre Events...
Fran Perry, Actor, Author, Professional Clown
Fran's resume is impressive. She has written a book about her parent's life called More Done Than Said chronicling their experiences establishing the Union Mission in Fairmont. She hopes to raise funds to create a film called the Miracle of Marion County, her screenplay version of the book.
She has created documentaries about homelessness and a TV pilot "Fran's Nu Cooking" She also enjoys creating artwork and characters.
She is a trained actor and an "educational humorist". Back from Tucson to stay in West Virginia, Parables welcomes Fran to our stage.
Dan Six, Actor
Parables Events is pleased to announce the addition of Dan Six to the Parables Players. Dan's quick wit and fun personality
makes him great to work with. Here we see Dan interrogating Rufus Holly (Lionel Bourne) in Masquerade Charade.
Mandy Steele, Actor & Artist
Zachary Boyce, Musician, Actor
Zach made his screen debut playing a zombie and is now one of our commercial actors. He can tell a story that can keep you in stitches and is currently recording a CD. Keep your eyes on this up and coming entertainer! (when we get a photo from him)
Nicholas Gasparro, Actor, Singer, Artist
One of our most seasoned actors who splits his time between Fairmont WV and Ormond Beach Fl, Nick is a major asset to our group. He has worked in movies such as Water Boy, numerous stage productions and any where they will let him. He has been a band leader, singer, dancer and is a professional folk artist with works in Daytona Beach Galleries as well as in many fine homes.
Lossie, a recent retiree from the government,
sings, writes skits, dances and speaks. She has been a tv talk show
guest as well as a speaker in the Health Awareness Program and Share
and Care group. She performed as a merchant woman in Cinderella and
writes and performs her own songs at her church.
She was born in North Carlina and raised in the
Washington DC area where her father was in the Army. Lossie is married
to Robbin and has raised two sons. Lossie has been in commercials with
Parables Events and is now beginning to use her talents as a future
Lossie in Character
Mark Travelstead, Actor
Patrick Roche, Actor
Patrick is a wonderful addition to our troupe!
Equipped with accents, quick wit and a passion for theatre Patrick has the makings of being one of the Parables Players promising new talents. Look for this attorney by day, actor by night and former Marine in upcoming Parables Events shows! (more bio to be added soon)
Kim Linn, Actress, Comedienne
Kimberly Linn known as Kim is a homeschooling mother of two; Jessica is 13 and Kennedy who is 11.
She is married to the man of her dreams for 14 years now who is known to all as Brian. She has acted in several plays and has a passion to make people laugh. She is committed to becoming a disciple of Christ and reaching out to the younger generation.
Lorissa Charis, Actor, Director's Assistant, Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Lorissa wears two hats with the Parables Players. She is an Actor as well as providing technical support both on and off stage. (Who can forget her fine debut as Slinky the Sound Girl?) She plays guitar well, writes music and sings. She is developing her sound technician abilities as well as her assistant director skills and was even the co-creator behind the popular show Chocolate to Die For.
Jason Norman, Actor, Bouncer, Host
Jackie is new to the Parables Players but she looks like she is going to fit in well. She was in a play called School for Parents and is debuting in Friendship & Love...Expired in June 2007. She loves to take photos and also plays drums. She is also an aspiring stage make-up artist.
Jackie acting sneaky in costume for Friendship & Love...Expired
Patricia on Broadway
Joel Pagán, Musician, Lights, Photography, Sound, Graphic Artist
Joel has been amazing people for years with his photos, lighting ability and more recently with his web design. He is a full time webmaster for Fusion Computers (FusionCses.com ), heading up the web design branch of the company. As a musician, has a good ear for music and mixes cds as well as doing sound for large groups and bands. He plays drums, bass guitar, guitar and is learning to play the piano.