Alex, a gay Catholic alienated from his family and his church, is bequeathed a mystifying gift: a chalice used by the controversial Pope Pius XII. Featuring Tony-nominee Austin Pendleton as ghost of the pope with a vested interest in Alex’s journey as he seeks to put to rest questions about his role in the Holocaust.

The Chalice - Cast and Crew

Margaret Arnold


Deaf, BS in Theatre Arts, performed in the Deaf West Theatre's The House of Bernarda Alba, AEA, AFTRA-SAG.

Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez


Marisela is an actor and a stand up comic. Recent credits include Tallulah in the world premiere of Astronauts Wanted by Heloise Wilson. Marisela co-produces and co-hosts a monthly stand-up show at The Tank called We Put Jokes in Your Face. She holds a BFA in acting from Brooklyn College and is a member of Barefoot Theatre Co.

Joe Hoover


Joe Hoover is a Jesuit brother. Along with acting and writing plays, he is a drama teacher at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, and also works at America magazine.

Bruce Jones


Bruce Jones is honored to serve this special story. NYC: Marie Christine (1st Revival), Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip (Planet Connections), Macbeth (New York Distilling Company/Masterfool), After Tartuffe (Wild Project) Juggalicious (NYC Fringe), Mansfield (Nylon Fusion Theatre Company). National Tour: Hair. Film: I’ll Hold (UK Screen One & TMC London International Film Festival Official Selections), Meeting Molly. Bruce has also co-written What We Look Like ( which deals with body shaming in the context of gay dating, it has had readings, and workshops commissioned by The New School, and Brown University. Love and gratitude to Emily, Tom, and Joe, and this cast of masters.

Kevin Martinez


Kevin Martinez is happy to be reprising his role in the cast of The Chalice after participating in the first reading of the project back in January. Prior to this production, Kevin played the lead role of Ron in Waste Fraud and Abuse: A New Musical, which ran at the historic 13th Street Repertory Theatre in NY. Kevin is also set to produce as well as star as CB, in the Award-Winning Play Dog Sees God: Confessions of A Teenage Blockhead, debuting at Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre in February 2018. He is an alumni of the NYFA Musical Theatre Conservatory, whose most recent shows also include: A Mermaid’s Tale (Off Broadway), Broken Moments: A Bar Musical, Dead End (NY Workshop), and Enter Singing: A New Musical (MIT Festival). Chasing his dreams, he would like to thank his family, friends, Tessa Faye, and most especially the Cast and Production Team of The Chalice. "Never Assume Your Dreams Know That You Are Chasing Them."

Austin Pendleton

(Pius XII, Karl)

Austin Pendleton is an actor, director, playwright, and, at HB Studio in New York, a teacher of acting and directing.  This year in New York he has played Trigorin in The Seagull (Mississippi Mud) and King Lear (Secret Theatre) and appeared as well in Torrey Townsend's new play, The Workshop.

Tom Paolino


Tom Paolino is an actor, writer and director living in New York City.  This year, he has played Papa in "The Mayan Crystal" (Gen-Z Media) and will soon appear in "Everyone's Carol" at The Morgan Library and Museum. Tom graduated from Brown University (B.A., Religious Studies) and Loyola Marymount (M.A., Counseling).  As an actor, he trained with Sanford Meisner, Larry Moss, and Austin Pendleton. 

Emily Claire Schmitt


Emily Claire Schmitt earned her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama and a BA in Theater from Saint Mary's College.  She is the recipient of the 2012 ACTF Region III Full Length Play Award and a 2015 Princess Grace Finalist.

Sidney Junk

Stage Manager

Sidney Junk recently stage managed The Workshop by Torrey Townsend, which also starred Austin Pendleton. Sidney Junk stage manages and runs lights for Chicago City Limits, New York's longest running improv comedy show. Before moving to New York, she was the stage management and costume apprentice for multiple productions in Gloucester Stage Company's 2015 apprenticeship program in Gloucester, MA.

Gyda Valtysdottir

Songwriter, musician

Gyda Valtysdottir donated her song "Seikilos Epitaph" for show.  Gyda has been active as a musician since her early teens when she co-founded the experimental pop-group múm in the late 1990's.

Classically trained, Gyda has created music for films, installations, dance, among many other creative ventures, possessing a rare range of musical experiences which creates a unique alchemical compound.

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