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Mays, Jefferson 1965- (Jeff Mays)


Full name, Lewis Jefferson Mays; born June 8, 1965, in CT; married Kari McGee (an actress; divorced); married Susan Lyons (an actress, book editor, and associate director), 2004. Education: Yale College, B.A.; University of California at San Diego, M.F.A.


Agent—Cornerstone Talent Agency, 37 West 20th St., Suite 1108, New York, NY 10011.


Actor. SITI company, member.

Awards, Honors:

Obie Award, best performance, Village Voice, 1994, for Orestes; Patte Award, 2001, Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a play, Lucille Lortel Award, outstanding solo show, League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, Drama Desk Award, outstanding solo performance, Theatre World Award, Obie Award, best performance, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding solo performance, 2004, Joseph Jefferson Award, actor in a principal role in a play, 2005, Garland Award, all for I Am My Own Wife.


Film Appearances:

Martin Bradley, The Killing Box (also known as Ghost Brigade, Ghost Brigade: The Killing Box, and Grey Knight), Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1993.

Gerry Woolridge, Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (short), MVP Home Entertainment, 1994.

Hollywood mogul, The Low Life, Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1995.

Eric, Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues), 1997.

Stidmann, Cousin Bette, Fox Searchlight, 1998.

Garne Strickland, The Big Brass Ring, Big Brass Ring, 1999.

Effete man's friend, Kinsey, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Dr. Miranda Kulp, Alfie, Paramount, 2004.

Little John, The Notorious Bettie Page, Picturehouse Entertainment, 2005.

Narrator, Harold Weston: A Bigger Belief in Beauty (documentary), 2005.

Daniel Schreber, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Abject Films, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

(As Jeff Mays) Dynabiege, Dynaman, 1988.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Elkanah Watson, Benjamin Franklin, PBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

James Madison, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997.

The 58th Annual Tony Awards (also known as The 2004 Tony Awards), CBS, 2004.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Additional voice, "The Fight," The American Experience, PBS, 2004.

Voice, "Kinsey," The American Experience, PBS, 2005.

Dr. Easton, "Fatal Retraction," The Closer, TNT, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Osric, Fortinbras, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 1991.

Mokie, Moe's Lucky Seven, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Title role, Hamlet, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1995.

Abbe de Coulmeier, Quills, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1995.

Culture of Desire, New York Theatre Workshop, 1998.

Jeremiah Grady, Lydia Breeze, Parts I & II, New York Theatre Workshop, 2000.

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, I Am My Own Wife (one-man show), La Jolla Playhouse, 2001, then Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 2003-2004.

Title role, Tartuffe, La Jolla Playhouse, 2002.

Tom Prior, Outward Bound, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2002.

Of Thee I Sing, 2006.

Private Mason, Journey's End, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Henry Higgins, Pygmalion, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Also appeared as Sergei and Vladivostok Jimmy, Bella, Belle of Byelorussia; title role, Peter Pan, as Lumpkin, She Stoops to Conquer, Kipps, The Woman in Black, Bersyenev, The Lover, Aubrey, The Show-Off, Harlequin, Triumph of Love, Clown, The Winter's Tale, and in Servant of Two Masters, all Center Stage, Baltimore, MD; Richie, Life During Wartime, Jack, The Importance of Being Earnest, and in About Face Theatre, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth, all La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; Guildenstern, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA; Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest and Yasha, The Cherry Orchard, and Not Suitable for Children, both McCarter Theatre, Princton, NH; Gunner, Misalliance, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, all Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT; Elyot, Private Lives and Miss Julie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Lance Weatherwax, The Beauty Part, Yale Repertory, New Haven, CT.

Major Tours:

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, I Am My Own Wife (one-man show), British, American, and other cities, 2005-2006.

Mays, Jefferson 1965- (Jeff Mays)

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