They Shall Not Perish:

The Story of Near East Relief


With six Emmy® and four Tony® nominations to his credit, Victor Garber has been seen in some of the most memorable works of film, television and stage. 

Garber co-starred in Ben Affleck’s Academy Award®-winning film, ARGO. He also portrayed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award®–nominated film “Milk.” Additional film credits include “The First Wives Club,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Legally Blonde” and the Academy Award®-winning film, “Titanic.” Recently,  Victor has been seen co-starring with Ryan Reynolds in SELF-LESS, with Emily Blunt in SICARIO and Samuel L Jackson in BIG GAME.

For his work on television, Garber has been nominated for six Emmy® Awards, including three for the ABC drama “Alias,” two for comedic guest-star roles on “Frasier” and “Will & Grace,” and a nomination for his portrayal of Sid Luft in the television movie “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”  Garber also starred in NBC’s drama “Deception” as Robert Bowers, the patriarch of the Bowers family and CEO of Bowers Pharmaceuticals.

He currently recurs on “Power” on Starz, “The Flash” on CW and has guest starred on Showtime’s Lisa Kudrow comedy, “ Web Therapy”,  “The Big C”,  “Nurse Jackie”, “Damages” and “Glee” and starred in ABC’s “Eli Stone,” and “Justice” on Fox.   Other credits include ABC musicals “Annie, “ “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, ” and “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.”

Garber’s earned four Tony® nominations for his work in “Damn Yankees,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Deathtrap” and “Little Me.” He performed in the workshops of Sondheim’s  “Assassins” and “Wiseguys” as well as in the Tony Award®–winning play “Art.”  

His stage credits also include the original Broadway productions of “Arcadia,” “The Devil’s Disciple,” “Noises Off” and “Sweeney Todd.” Additionally, Garber garnered rave reviews in Sondheim’s “Follies” for City Center Encores! And most recently, “Present Laughter,” directed by Nicholas Martin.

Garber can currently be seen starring in the new CW spin-off, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.


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Theatre: Originated the role of Uri Savir in OSLO (Lincoln Center Theatre, Dir. Bartlett Sher - Broadway move in the Spring), World premier of Lyle Kessler's FIRST BORN (The Actors Studio), Siggie in GOLDEN BOY (Broadway), Gromov in BLOOD AND GIFTS (Lincoln Center Theatre), his solo show MANIGMA (Harold Clurman Theatre), Stanley in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Europe), world premier of MAURITIUS (Elliot Norton Award, Best Actor), Jean in MISS JULIE (Cherry Lane), NY premier of Sam Shepard's THE LATE HENRY MOSS (Signature Theatre), Dionysus in THE BACCHAE 2.1 (Flea Theatre), and Edgar in KING LEAR (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble). Film: THE DROP, AMEXICANO, LBS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and the upcoming HALF MAGIC. TV: Three seasons on "The Americans", recurring on "Madam Secretary", "Quantico", "Reign", series regular on "Gun Hill", "Elementary", "Person of Interest", "The Good Wife", "Blue Bloods", "White Collar", "Without a Trace", "The Closer" (recurring), "Burn Notice", and all three "Law and Orders". 

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BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY:   Rose (Drama Desk Nomination), Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington &  Dr. Dubois, Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls, Painting Churches, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Vita & Virginia, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, Henry V (Callaway Award). OTHER NY CREDITS: The Vagina Monologues, True History and Real Adventures, Phaedra in Delirium, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. LONDON:   Wit LOS ANGELES: Ovation Awards for both Wit and Red Dog Howls. SELECT REGIONAL THEATRE: McCarter, Berkley Rep, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, ATL, Sundance Lab. FILM:  Class Rank,  Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, Second Guessing Grandma, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. SELECT TELEVISION Recurring on "Doubt",  “The Affair,” "Madame Secretary", "Law and Order", “The Strain,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,” ; Also “Forever,” “Heartbreaker,” “Elementary,” “Mercy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO), “Benjamin Franklin,” “Georgia O’Keeffe” (Lifetime), “Voices from the White House” (PBS), “A Death in the Family” (PBS), “Storm of the Century”. AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from The Cooper Union

Dariush Kashani


Dariush was born in Tehran, Iran and spent some formative years in Germany and London. In 1979, he and his family moved to Alexandria, VA (that delightful suburb of Washington, D.C) where he grew up. He's a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School, received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Most recently, he appeared in VEIL’D by Monet Hurst Mendoza at The Women’s Project Pipeline Festival, The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (directed by Ken Rus Schmoll) at New York Theatre Workshop and The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.

His work in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul began with the premier at New York Theatre Workshop (directed by Declan Donnellan) and continued with subsequent productions at Mark Taper Forum and Brooklyn Academy of Music, both directed by Frank Galati. Other plays include East is East by Ayub Khan-Din (Manhattan Theatre Club), Naomi Wallace's The Retreating World (McCarter Theatre & Cooper Union) and Amadeus, directed by Hal Scott.

On Television, he's appeared in "Franklin & Bash," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order," "CSI," “Ghost Whisperer," "NCIS," "Medium," "Drive," "Lost," "24," "JAG," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "Guiding Light."

Film appearances in Eagle Eye, Wasabi Tuna and The Magic Shoes, an Official Selection of the 2014 Noor Film Festival.

Andrea Martin


ANDREA MARTIN  Broadway:Act One, (Outer Critics Circle Award), Pippin(Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Exit the King (Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Candide (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), My Favorite Year (Tony, Drama Desk, Theatre World awards). Select film/TV: "Difficult People," "Modern Family," "30 Rock," "SCTV" (two Emmy Awards), "Sesame Street" (Special Emmy Award), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, Night at the Museum 3, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (SAG Award Ensemble nomination), Breaking Upwards.Tour: Final Days: Everything Must Go. Book: Andrea Martin's Lady Parts(Harper Collins). 




Ron Rifkin has tackled a wide variety of roles on stage, television and screen. Television work includes: Gotham, Limitless, Alias, Falcon Crest, Sex & The City, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Brothers & Sisters,  and E.R.

Films include: L.A. Confidential, Pulse, Tadpole, The Sum of All Fears, The Boiler Room, I'm Not Rapport, and JFK.

Stage work includes: The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Month in the Country, Broken Glass, Wrong Mountain, and Cabaret for which he was awarded a Tony Award for Best Actor Featured in a Musical.



Tony Shalhoub is an award-winning character actor. His film work includes: Big Night, Men in Black 1 & 2, The Siege, Primary Colors, Galaxy Quest, A Civil Action, Gattaca and Spy Kids.

He produced and starred in the long-running TV series Monk for which he earned 2 Golden Globes, 2 SAG Awards, and 3 Emmys. Other television work includes Wings, Brain Dead, Nurse Jackie, Ally McBeal, Frasier, The Equalizer, MadTV and The X-Files.




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Kara Vedder is an actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Kara starred in the feature film “Pretty Girl” that explores spiritual warfare & the mystical nature of love & drugs. She is currently preparing the Lead role in another edgy indie film, “Turning the Girl”. She has also held Lead roles in television series including "Deadly Affairs" and "Monsters Inside Me".  Recently, she starred & produced a comedic short called “The Last Lift of the Leg” which is being developed for TV after its run in festivals. Theatre credits include “The Smoking Room” and “After the Indians”. In addition to her extensive experience in film & television, Kara owns a commercial production company, Arf & Co, that produces countless A-List commercials both here and abroad. Kara currently helms the TV/ Film division of Arf & Co. & Vedder Enterprises. Her production companies are housed in her soundstage, Cobalt Stages, in the heart of Hoboken. At Cobalt, you will find her motion control company, Paws & Co., which is the largest robotic effects company on the East Coast and soon to be the first to bring Virtual Set capability to the NY metropolitan area.