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2010 EFVPF The Pantaloon

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2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
The Pantaloon – November 15 – 7pm
Theaterlab – 137 W 14th St NYC [map]

Below are the production and cast lists for the three readings being presented this evening.

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Miss Matty and the Maja

(Artwork by Jo Bidner)

To explore her creative side, Matty has enrolled in a Life Drawing class. She has engaged a male model to pose for her privately… for extra practice. Bella, a plus size woman ten years Matty’s senior, shows up as this model’s replacement. The women examine “aging” and “body image.”

P.H. Lin (Playwright) In NYC, Patricia H. Lin (P.H. Lin) has had work produced and/or presented by Women’s Project & Productions, The Lark Play Development Center, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Nomad Theater Company, and Diverse City Theater Co. Nationally, her work has been seen in theaters or Festivals in DC, MD, VA, MI, IL, NC, OH, PA, KY and CA. Internationally, her work has been done in Greece. Pat has won the Dayton (Ohio) Playhouse’s National Playwriting Competition, and the George Mason University (VA) Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. She was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O‘Neill National Playwrights Conference.

 

Rachel Dart (Director) received her BFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has assisted at Manhattan Theatre Club (Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow, Nightingale), Oberon Theatre Ensemble (Othello), Gallery Players (Reefer Madness and House of Blue Leaves), and Prospect Theater Company (Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge and The Dome), and directed at Prospect’s Dark Nights Series (Buddy Holly at the Armory) and the Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival (Will You Sing Me a Lullaby).

 

Elizabeth Bove (Bella) has worked in the U.S. at The Guthrie, The Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout and in London for the BBC as Monika Lewinsky (Clinton: A Study in Dirt) directed by Armando Iannucci. She toured Europe as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? www.elizabethbove.com

 

Julie Hays (Matty) recent theater credits include RUBY’S STORY(Just published by SAMUEL FRENCH where Julie is proud to be listed as original cast member), Nicky Silver’s FREE WILL AND WANTON LUST, HOUSE FULL OF DUST, and many staged readings. FILM/TV CREDITS The New Onion News Network TV Show on IFC, the upcoming film, SUGARPLUM and THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU with Matt Damon, Electric Company 2009, and radio and TV voice-overs.

 

Nora Vetter (Stage Directions) is an actress but when she’s not acting she’s a playwright and when she’s not acting or writing she’s a baker. You can learn more at noravetter.com and nibblesbynora.com. Her next project? Baking for Thanksgiving! (Literally. It’s not a play title. Although…)

 

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Rosa Krantz and Gilda Stern Say “Attagirl!”

Gilda and Rose have crashed the party of a former high school classmate – Jay Gatsby, nee Jacob Gantz. Getting bent at the back of the joint, they reminisce and try to understand the choices they’ve made… all the while hoping to catch a glimpse of the great Gatsby.

Shannon Reed (Playwright) Shannon’s plays have been presented by or at the Buran Theatre Company (LA), Unity Stages, BAX, Circle Players (NJ), E.A.T., Chaos! Festival (Chicago), SLAM!Boston, Kennedia Theatre (Denver), the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Theatre Three (Long Island) and the New Provincetown Players. Shannon is a member of the Playwrights’ Center, the Penguin Totem Artists Collective, the faculty of Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and the writing staff of www.visualthesaurus.com. See www.ShannonReed.org for more information!

 

Melissa Crespo (Director) is thrilled to be a part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. She is currently an M.F.A Directing candidate at the New School for Drama. Melissa has directed at various theatres such as: The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Paper Mill Playhouse and Pistarckle Theatre in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she directed a new adaptation of The Nutcracker. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was also the receipt of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage Theatre and the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellowship at Arena Stage. www.melissacrespo.com

 

Mariah Freda (Stage Directions) is a NYC actor and current student at The New School for Drama. Before going back to school she worked as an actor and producer for Groove MaMa Ink theater company.

 

Siri Hellerman (Rose) favorite roles include Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Gnese in Il Campiello and Moonshine in Shakespeare Soup. She has also been on multiple tours with the National Theatre for Children. Siri is currently an MFA Acting candidate at The New School for Drama.

 

Daliya Karnofsky (Gilda) holds a B.F.A from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently earning her M.F.A. in Acting at the New School for Drama. Daliya is a member of the New York Neo-Classical Ensemble (Twelfth Night, Maria; Pericles, Dionyza) and Examined Man Theater. She has performed with Red Bull Theater, La Mama e.t.c., Les Freres Corbusier, longest lunch theatre company, Chamber Theater Productions, and Manhattan Children’s Theater. Daliya tours the country performing her original work as a solo performer, and you can catch her both online and live at the Soho Playhouse in the weekly unscripted sitcom, “Naked in a Fishbowl”. Daliya is currently developing her interactive web baking series, “And She Bakes”. www.nakedinafishbowl.com

 

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I Would Treat You Better

Prudence, a young woman, waits for her date, who has left her, underage and unescorted, outside the bar where they were supposed to meet. James, a lonely older man, takes an interest in her and begins a flirtation. He nearly succeeds in seducing her, when suddenly her boyfriend appears and breaks up the tryst.

Elise Forier Edie (Playwright) has had her plays produced all over the country, in New York and Los Angeles, as well as such far flung places as Jonesboro, Arkansas and McCall, Idaho. She has developed her work at the Bonderman Symposium, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Eugene O’Neill Center, and the Mae West Fest, among others. She is a frequent collaborator with composer Tina Lear. Their current project, the original musical The Rebel Girls of Common Street, is being developed at CAP 21. Elise teaches playwriting and children’s theatre at Central Washington University.

 

Danielle Kourtesis (Director, Stage Directions)graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Urban Studies. She has directed and performed in pieces at Brown University and with the Faux-Real Theater Company. She assistant directed two productions with The Debate Society, Buddy Cop 2 at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and You’re Welcome at the Brick Theater. In June 2010, Danielle performed in and co-directed three original site-specific pieces on Governor’s Island and she directed No One Finer Than Frank Shiner as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. She is the Music Programmer for Rooftop Films and a Creative Consultant for Pop Mondial.

 

Giancarlo Barriocanal (Davide) is enrolled at Brown University and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2011. His most recent works include a Brown University production of “Three Points, Four Corners” and the student film “Todo Sobre Mis Boleros Perros”. When not acting, Giancarlo teaches elementary and middle schoolers the value of a good physical education.

 

Eileen Meny (Pru) has most recently been seen in productions at Columbia University of Uncle Vanya and Faust. She is a graduate of Brown University and is currently studying acting and photography. On most nights she is found serving beer and whiskey at Whiskey Tavern.

 

Paul Caron (James) Over the last couple of decades, Paul has inhabited the roles of policeman, medieval peasant, butler, an awkward young man, Theodore Roosevelt, throat-slashing victim, medieval citizen, Russian tenor, swordsman, Fred Hollywell, a farmer, Sancho Panza, a murderous front man for a rock band, and now, James. During that time he has also performed and written songs in several (non-murderous) original and cover bands, and continues to perform acoustic guitar from time to time.

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Audience Favorite will be presented with $50 in gift certificates to The Drama Book Shop.

Company Favorite will be given the opportunity to expand the piece to 90 mins and be fully produced the following summer: July 2011.

Come on out, VOTE for your favorite, stay for the reception!

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2010 EFVPF Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion

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2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwright’s Fest
Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion – Nov 22 – 7pm
Theaterlab – 137 W 14th St NYC [map]

Below are the production and cast lists for the three readings being presented this evening.

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Elegy No. 5

As Jayne struggles to find an appropriate birthday present for her ailing mother, vivid memories of the woman her mother used to be push Jayne to take on a new identity in the wake of significant loss.

Jennifer Blackmer (Playwright) is a playwright and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ball State University. Her plays include Daughters of Trinity, which was seen at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; Delicate Particle Logic, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and recipient of Ball State’s Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award; and The Human Faustus Project, which premiered in a staged reading at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Jennifer is Playwright in Residence at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and her plays have been seen at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Minnetrista Cultural Center, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

 

Noelle Ghoussaini (Director) is an American-Lebanese playwright, director and arts educator. She recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Masters in Arts Politics. Over the past few years, she has worked for numerous non-profit arts organizations in Chicago and New York City, teaching theatre, dance, photography and playwriting. This summer, she traveled to Palestine where she taught dance at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. She is currently developing her third original play, Ruth and the Great Gust of Wind, which tells the story of Ruth Reynolds, a pacifist from South Dakota, who was deeply involved in the struggle for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States for over four decades. She is also currently directing Marjuan Canady’s one-woman show Girls! Girls? Girls. which opened in DC in August and will have its New York premier at the United Solo Theatre Festival in mid-November.

 

Erin Neufer (Jayne)is delighted to be participating in the women’s voices project. She is a new york city-based actor and recent graduate of Ball State University where she received her bachelors degree in acting. Past credits include ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ (Gwendolyn), ‘Quake’ (Lucy) and ‘Camino Real’ (Marguerite). In 2007, Erin won the margolis/brown scholarship at the National American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She wants to thank her family, friends, Nicholas and Jenn for writing such a tender tribute. Erin is made available courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

 

Clare Barron (Clerk) is a performer and playwright originally from Wenatchee, Washington. She is an alum of the EmergeNYC artist/activist program at the Hemispheric Institute (NYU) and a graduate of Yale University. She is happy to be back in New York after studying at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, and is looking forward to performing in Target Margin’s production of The Tempest this Spring.

 

Rocio Lopez (Eva)

 

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Over Ripe

Abby and John bicker and tease one another relentlessly. Old age hasn’t been entirely kind to the couple, but they find some unusual ways to make the time pass and to pay their medical bills. Through some well-placed white lies they fool their friends, neighbors, and even their children.

Becca Anderson (Playwright) is thrilled for the opportunity to work with MSP. She recently received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Period Piece, music by Cynthia Wong, and the book and lyrics for Hatter, music by Brandon James Gwinn. She authored the book for the musical Eau Blanche! lyrics by Diana Oh and music by Onn San. As well as being a proud Dramatists Guild member, Becca is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She resides in Inwood and plans to get a dog.

 

Sarah Moazeni (Director) is a recent graduate of Wellesley College who is currently working in the marketing office at Primary Stages. She is thrilled to be a part of MSP’s first festival and would like to thank everyone for their hard work! In the past, she has directed productions of Gibraltar, As You Like It, and The Last Five Years. She has also assistant directed the world premiere of The Farm at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California. She’d like to thank Rebecca and her parents for supporting her!

 

David J Goldberg (John) is a New York based actor and a native of Washington DC. A graduate of Emerson College he has also trained at The Atlantic Acting School and The Simon Studio in New York City. Recent off-off and off-Broadway credits include Population: 8 at the SoHo Playhouse, Disengaged with The Sapling Theater Company, Sticky! at the Bowery Poetry Club, and most recently as a featured performer in Kokopelli Theater Company and St. Fortune Productions’ This Tastes Funny! cannibal plays festival. He is pleased to be a part of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival.

 

Gillian Hurst (Abby) hails from the Berkshires, MA where she performed and studied with Shakespeare & Company. Then she moved to NYC to pursue acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There she studied with The Atlantic Theater Company. Being an actress has led Gillian to perform all over the city, regionally and globally. She resides in Sunnyside with her feller and their two turtles (Mulder and Scully). Some favorite productions include: The Brave Calf (Teatro Iati), 7 Minutes (The Gallery Players), Pinocchio (Nicu’s Spoon), Hecho en Ecuador (Dramatic Adventure Theater), Women of Armagh (Love Creek/Developing Acts), Scapin (Shakespeare & Company) and Headlight’s Break (writer/producer).

 

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The Relatives

In the future, aging is illegal. RICHES and TALENT are accompanying FAME who wants to sell off a few hours of her life in return for cash. SARAH–a war widow allowed to grow old–is buying. But, as always, matters of the heart trump money, sense and iambic pentameter.

Merridawn Duckler (Playwright) has published in Carolina Quarterly, Main Street Rag, Isotope, Green Mountains Review, among others. Her scripts for Collage Dance Theater include “La Brea Woman,””Most Wanted”, “Sleeping with the Ambassador”adaptation of Kafka’ s “A Hunger Artist”at Perino’ s, the opera “C’ Opera”at the LAPD and “My Beowulf”at the NOW Festival. In 2011 her “Guide to An Exhibitionist”arrives at LACMA. She has won international fellowships to Russia and Jerusalem, attended Yaddo and been honored to study with Annie Baker at the Southampton Playwriting Conference. She teaches at Attic Writers Workshop and is an Associate Editor at Narrative.

 

Danica Jenelle Horton (Director) A Miami native, Danica holds a Magna Cum Laude B.A. degree in Theatre Arts, concentration in directing, from UNC Greensboro. She recently completed a directing internship with Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Danica is also a founding member of The Heroes, a non-profit production company based in Seattle, Washington, and is proud to be nomadic. Though previously afraid of the City, she is very excited to be premiering her Big Apple debut. To the audience: thank you for supporting the creation of new pieces of theatre by female artists.

 

Jessica Shotwell (Sarah) is excited to be back again for another reading in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Festival. In addition to the reading of Mantis last month, she has also performed in The Waiting Room Plays; HB Studio, Hot L Balitmore; HB Playwrights, and The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. Thanks to CB for being the love of my life!

 

Ali Graves (Riches) Originally from Essex, England, Ali recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then, she has played Babygirl in Life is Short: Cherish Every Moment, Lisa in Trepidation Nation: A Phobic Anthology and was a finalist in the Strawberry One-Act festival playing the role Molly in Balcony. Ali would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their ongoing, unconditional love and support.

 

Alicia St. Louis (Fame) Alicia was recently seen as Helen of Troy and the Beast of War in “Trojan Women Redux”. Some of her favorite roles include Aquitania in “Caligula Maximus” at La Mama Theatre and Rachel in “Ludlow Fair”. She trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and studies now with Alice Spivak. She’d like to thank her family and friends for their support on the journey and most of all, the one and only Mike D.

 

Alexander Stine (Talent) Alexander started his New York journey 4 years ago. In that time he has worked pretty much non-stop on stage, film, and behind the scenes. He is currently workshopping a new play called The Dome Project with dir. Alberto Bonilla, is slated to shoot The Hoboken Vigilante with Redtail Filmworks this coming January, and is finding work for his talented work family at Andreadis Talent Agency. Some favorite roles include: Mike in Wildflower (lead, staged reading with Vincent Pastore), Marvin in Bleacher Bums, Pantalone in Servant of 2 Masters, and Roberto in Death and the Maiden. www.alexanderstine.com

 

Order Your Tickets

Audience Favorite will be presented with $50 in gift certificates to The Drama Book Shop.

Company Favorite will be given the opportunity to expand the piece to 90 mins and be fully produced the following summer: July 2011.

Come on out, VOTE for your favorite, stay for the reception!

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2010 Readings in the Park

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READINGS in Central Park

As part of MSP’s mission to bring Shakespeare to a diverse community, we are presenting readings at Summit Rock in Central Park of lesser heard Shakespeare plays. Come out and enjoy the fun!

  • All readings at 6pm at Summit Rock
  • Monday July 26th-King John
  • Tuesday July 27th-Pericles
  • Wednesday July 28th-Henry VIII
  • Thursday July 29th-the poems: Venus & Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece

All readings are FREE!!Camera 360

To Summit Rock in Central Park (near 83rd St. at Central Park West):
By subway, take B or C train to 86th St./Central Park West. Enter park at 85th St., after playground follow path to the right, and look for the Manhattan Shakespeare Project sign. Restrooms are located at the Delacorte, up the road from Summit Rock.

Bring CHAIRS & BLANKETS!! Great places for a picnic!

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2010 Hendra

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:

Hendra – an original play by Daniel Holloway

Reading

  • Monday July 12th – Schapiro Theatre – 7pm

This is a FREE workshop reading. Wine and snacks provided!

Schapiro Theatre: 605 W.115th St., NY, NY 10025

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Playwright’s Notes

This will be the first time the words of Hendra have audibly existed in the physical world. Hearing a play aloud and watching how another human being embodies the ideas a playwright created is an essential step in allowing a new work to blossom.

In late 2008, I came across a discarded National Geographic in the coffee shop beneath my apartment. Reading through, I encountered an article about zoonoses, diseases which can be transmitted from non-human animals to humans. The events which transpired in Hendra, Australia were one of the examples listed and I immediately saw the possibility for a play. I have been lax with certain historical facts and have, of course, put words into people’s mouths that almost certainly never resided there, but the vast majority of what happens in the play is accurate.

Playwrights are always happy to have feedback, specifically at this early stage. If you have any specific feedback, or are just willing to open a dialogue, please feel free to contact me at hamletd@yahoo.com.

Thanks,

Daniel

CAST

  • Angelo Angrisani: CLAY MILLER
  • Sam Bailer: DUAN TYNDALL
  • Frank Sellers: RAY UNWIN
  • Timothy J. Cox: JOHN MEISCHER
  • Dashiell Wesley Crigler: PETER REID
  • Lincoln L. Hayes: MICHAEL PASTEUR
  • Andrew Lerner: DRAMA SERIES/TOMCAT ELIOT/MAILPERSON

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Daniel Holloway (Playwright) was born in the South, educated in England and feels at home in San Francisco. He is a published poet and a rising playwright. Recently, his play, Yazoo, was one of three chosen for the Augustana New Play Bash. He has recently moved to New York and can be found searching the City for the best dirty martini.

Angelo Angrisani (CLAY MILLER) has returned to the craft of acting after many years absent. Over the past several years he has appeared in many films and stage productions. He wants to thank his wife Susan and his three lovely daughters Ariana, Nicole and Callie, for their support.

 

Sam Bailer (DUAN TYNDALL) is honored and excited to be a part of this reading. Sam has been busy this past month working on TV, film and theatre. He is currently working on a show that opens on Wednesday called Tombstone-saga of the Americans (west) in Inwood Park. Next month he starts his movie project Single Life: the musical. Sam wants to thank his family, because without their never-ending support and love none of this would be possible. He would also love to thank the friends he has acquired since moving to NYC 9 yrs ago. Thank you.

Frank Sellers (RAY UNWIN) was born in the Philadelphia area and grew up in north-central Pennsylvania. He first felt The Calling when he was cast in the lead role of King Kingross in his sixth-grade play. He not only memorized his own lines but everyone else’s, too! (His mother could see his lips move.) In college, French was his passion so theater was limited to designing play posters, though he did play another king… (Coincidence or Destiny?) After college he caught the journalism bug for about a decade, then became an IT consultant and in 2008 he finally began pursuing his dream.

Timothy J. Cox (JOHN MEISCHER) last appeared onstage with The Queens Players as Peter Quince in their critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent New York credits include As You Like It (The Queens Players), Much Ado About Nothing and Arsenic and Old Lace (Queens Shakespeare, Inc.), 12th Night of the Living Dead (as Sir Toby Belch) with the Impetuous Theater Group, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Measure for Measure with the Astoria Performing Arts Center, plus the original works Jack Kerouac-Last Call and The Cat and the Moon, by award winning playwright Tom O’Neil which premiered at the 13th Street Repertory Company. Regional credits include everything from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. Film credits include Why I Fired My Secrtetary(HRM Productions), Over Coffee (Two-Five Films) and Socks and Cakes(Kimistra Films). Please visit www.timothyjcox.com for more information.

Dashiell Wesley Crigler (PETER REID) Now makes his home Brooklyn, NY. He has acted in community theatre, film and commercials. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Terry Schreiber Studio. Touched, moved, and inspired.

Lincoln L. Hayes (MICHAEL PASTEUR) is an actor, writer, director, and founder of the Outcast Ensemble, a New York-based theater company. Previous credits include The Last Days of Judas IscariotIn Writing, and The KAnderson One Acts – Solitaire, Waiting Room, and Fall-Out. Recent film credits include No Smoking, Please,White Irish Drinkers, and Eat, Pray, Love. He is currently in production of a new play, The Day After Yesterday and a short film, Kaiius. He also has two of his own films in development, A Way Out and Change of Address. Follow him on Twitter: @lincolnlhayes.

Andrew Lerner (DRAMA SERIES/TOMCAT ELIOT/MAILPERSON) is a NY based actor, from the wonderful state of NJ. He graduated from Montclair St. University (in NJ), regretfully, with a degree in Food Science & Nutrition. He will be making his theatrical debut on Aug. 1 in the off-Broad

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2010 Titus Andronicus

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:

The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

PERFORMANCES (Summer 2010)

2010_Titus_MSP_3All Performances are FREE!!

MSP is very excited to announce our entire, extraordinarily talented The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus team!!

CAST

  • Caitlin Bebb: Saturninus, Caius
  • Dianna Bush*: Tamora, Messenger
  • Zoe Frazer*: Marcus, Martius
  • Jessica Giannone: Demetrius, Senator
  • Nicole Godino*: Titus Andronicus
  • Sarah Hankins*: Lucius, Quitus
  • Sally Hughes: Chiron, Mutius, Senator
  • Jessica Krueger: Fight Captain, Bassianus, Boy, Valentine
  • Alexandra Petrova: Lavinia, Alarbus, Nurse, Aemilius
  • Elizabeth Strong: Aaron
  • Ryan Storman: Musician

CREW

  • Advertising: Itohan Aghayere
  • Publicist: Alessandra Alma
  • Set/Props Designer: Danielle Baskin
  • Costume Designer: Karen Boyer
  • Stage Manager: Michelle Cote
  • Costume Designer: Bevan Dunbar
  • Director: Will Fulton
  • Dramaturg: Arielle Lipshaw
  • Fight Choreographer: Alicia Rodis
  • Producer: Tiffany Vega

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Caitlin Bebb (Saturninus, Caius) Originally from Los Angeles, Caitlin has wanted to perform Shakespeare outdoors since the age of 6. Upon graduating with a BFA from SUNY Purchase a year ago, she formed Glass Bandits, a theater company with fellow alumni. This past year she co-wrote, produced, and starred in In Memoriam: A Recession Play in 13 Acts a site-specific vaudeville play performed at a warehouse in Williamsburg. Favorite roles at SUNY Purchase include Buckingham in Richard III, Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel, and Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. Caitlin has also trained with SITI Company.

Dianna Bush* (Tamora, Messenger) is honored to be in this very talented company of women and among her peers, certifiable Shakespeare geeks! She has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory, studied with Wynn Handman, works out at the Shakespeare Gym, and has a certificate in Shakespeare Studies from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dianna shimmied across the country in the National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and has also been seen at The Huntington Theatre, Northshore Music Theatre, NJPac, Goodspeed Opera House, Florida Studio Theatre, and a bunch more. Dianna would like to thank Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the opportunity to do what she loves.

Zoe Frazer* (Marcus, Martius) is a native New Yorker who holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University. Some of her New York City film and theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Adventures of Little Men, The Memory of Water, Bastard of Orleans or Looking for Joan, and Hamlet. Zoe is a founding member of the Third Encore Company and a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company.

Jessica Giannone (Demetrius, Senator) is a recent graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design and now makes Brooklyn home. Her NY credits include Rivka in Fiddler on the Roof (Village Light Opera) and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard (Triangle Theatre). Other credits are Carol in At Home (The Workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Ventidius in Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Her favorite roles at SCAD include Julie in Carousel and Woman 1 in Samuel Beckett’s Play. She has also trained at RADA and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She is happy to be among these lovely ladies and pie with Monsieur Shakespeare.

Nicole Godino* (Titus Andronicus) A graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory, Nicole is a founding member of Resonance Ensemble, and a member of The Actors Repertory Company. She has choreographed fights for numerous shows (Lower Depths, Time To Burn, Hurt So Good) performed in NYC (Lower Depths, Three Musketeers, Hurt So Good) and Bermuda (Piratetechnix). A strong background in both classic text and stage combat seems to have her working he way through Shakespeare’s male roles such as Julias Ceasar, Hamlet, Friar Lawrence and Hastings. Thanks to The Manhattan Theatre Project for allowing her to add Titus to the list.

Sarah Hankins* (Lucius, Quitus) is an actor, teacher and director with over 20 regional roles, including work with Orlando Shakespeare (6 seasons), Shakespeare & Company, Bristol Riverside, Georgia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare and Charlotte Rep. NYC performance credits of the past year include Hippolita in Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Toy Box Theater), Adriana in Comedy of Errors (Boomerang Theater), Pearl in Under the Gaslight and Angie and Mary in The East Village Chronicles (both at Metropolitan Playhouse). Upcoming projects include playing Desdemona in Good Night Desdemona at Depot Theater and directing Comedy of Errors for One Shot Productions.

Sally Hughes (Chiron, Mutius, Senator) is a proud native of the Lone Star State and moved to New York after graduating last year from Boston University. Her favorite roles at BU include Mary in On the Verge, Agnes in Bug, and Mrs. Prentice in What the Butler Saw. Her New York credits include Christine in A House Full of Dust as well as collaborations with The Looking Glass Theatre, The Actors Studio, and Columbia University. She thanks her amazing family for their love and support. And thanks to everyone who braved the New York summer heat for a day of blood and poetry.

Jessica Krueger (Fight Captain, Bassianus, Boy, Valentine) NYC Acrobatics: Caligula Maximus (LaMama) and this fall Das Rheingold (The Metropolitan Opera House). NYC Theatre Favorites: Bird on a Wire (Dixon Place), Pinter’s Night (BRIC Studios), all-female Glengarry Glen Ross (New World Stages), and Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (Gallery Players). Regional: Dolly Parton’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Lysistrata, and Steel Magnolias. Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Alexandra Petrova (Lavinia, Alarbus, Nurse, Aemilius) is thrilled to be in the company of so many talented women. She holds a BFA from the University of Connecticut. Most recently she performed at LaMama Theatre in the new musical Caligula Maximus. Regional credits include the first workshop of The Parkville Project as Esperanza, with the Bated Breath Theatre Co., as well as The Vagina Monologues at Charter Oak Community Center in Hartford, CT. Favorite parts include Helena (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Vladimir (Waiting for Godot) and Cleopatra (Pentecost). She would like to thank her family for their constant support as well as the Manhattan Shakespeare Project for this opportunity.

Elizabeth Strong (Aaron) attended Chapman University in Orange, CA where she studied theatre and film production. She was cast in her first play as Vietnam vet Steele in Chapman’s production of Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart. Liz, a San Francisco native is happy to make her New York debut playing Aaron the Moor in MSP’s production of Titus Andronicus.

Ryan Storman (Musician) is a graduate of Five Towns College with a Bachelor Degree in music. He has been involved with musicals throughout high school and college including Thourghly Modern Millie and Little Women. Ryan has also particpated in band concerts with genres ranging from Jazz to classical music. His instruments are drums/percussion and piano. Ryan has worked as a drummer on several music projects both before and after graduation. Other loves include Art/Photography and a wide range of traveling as well.

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Itohan Aghayere (Advertising) is a Candian born Nigerian-American with a desire to be a part of bringing dynamic theater to the masses. She is a recent graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and theater studies. She continues to pursue her passion for politics through her work in New York and Washington while pursuing her love for acting as a graduate student at Columbia University in the School of the Arts.

Alessandra Alma (Publicist) A New Jersey native, Alessandra began her career in the United States Air Force as a Communications and Information Officer. She served as the Unit Public Affairs Officer at Andrews AFB, MD where she was responsible for VIP visits, public relations and special ceremonies. Alessandra is a regular contributor to several online magazine websites covering events such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Latin Billboard Awards, and Latin Alternative Music Conference. She has a B.S. in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is pursing an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.

Danielle Baskin (Set/Props Designer) recently received her BFA from New York University’s Studio Art program with a dual-concentration in sculpture and cognition that lead her to discover the magic of set-building. While attending school, she was the production designer for two short films and a television pilot: I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend (dir. Daniel Belkin), The Feed (dir. Ben Berger), Stuff’s Happening (dir. Daniel Horowitz) in association with NYU, studied theater scenography in an apprenticeship with Deb O, and was the art director for the short film Lifelines (Marcio Migliorisi) through New York Film Academy. This is her first theater production and she thanks Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the wonderful opportunity to work in a forest near ancient Rome.

Karen Boyer (Costume Designer) was born in New Hampshire and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where she spent four years studying and making textiles and costumes. Since graduating, she has designed several short films featuring futuristic cyborg doctors, moonlighting palm readers, and, of course, disaffected youth. She is excited that her first Shakespeare production will be the Bard’s bloodiest. For images of her work, see karen-boyer.com.

Michelle Cote (Stage Manager) is a first year Columbia School of the Arts graduate student pursuing her MFA in Stage Management. She received her BA from Florida International University. Stage Managing credits include: Lydia’s Funeral Video, The Telephone Plays, Polis, Snow Fleas, The Would-Be Room, Evolutionism or Dammit, We Took the Shortcut, The Private Life of Inga Snyder, Reefer Madness: the Musical, The Cook, 1000 Homosexuals, As Bees in Honey Drown, and Proof.

Bevan Dunbar (Costume Designer) is a Delaware-born costumer and quilter. She studied textiles at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has built costumes, puppets, and spaces for theater and performance art. www.BevanDunbar.com

 

Will Fulton (Director) is a director, dramaturg, and critic. New York directing credits include Love Trapezoid (Creative Destruction), Big Love (MTWorks), and TELEPHONE/LANDSCAPE (after Gertrude Stein) (Target Margin). Most recently he dramaturged Annie Levy’s SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project. He has also worked in various capacities with David Herskovits, 500 Clown , Jay Scheib, Charles Newell, Nick Rudall, M-34, and The Heist, in addition to frequently writing reviews for nytheatre.com. Originally hailing from Boston, he holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and was a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Arielle Lipshaw (Dramaturg) most recently produced Tell It To Me Slowly at the New York Fringe Festival. Dramaturgy credits include The Legislative Process at FringeNYC, Beautiful Province (Belle Province), As You Like It, The Hairy Ape, Three Sisters, and People Sitting in Darkness. Other credits include Closer, Enter a Free Man, Six Degrees of Separation, and Fires in the Mirror. She has studied at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University.

Alicia Rodis (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer that hails from the ever exotic Cleveland, Ohio. She is a proud graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at Wright State University. Recent combat credits include Young Lou, Big Love, Brigadoon, Venus, and assisting with The Age of Iron at Classic Stage Company. Alicia works with En Garde Entertainment, and is a combat teaching artist with Magical Theater Company. She is a proud member of AEA and The Society of American Fight Directors, and is thrilled to be working in the company of such fiercely strong and fabulous women.

Tiffany Vega (Producer) is a second year Theatre Management and Producing M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University. She is also currently the Management and Production Intern at TeatroStageFest 2010 and will soon become a Producing Intern with the Hip Hop Theater Festival. She directed, stage managed, and produced several productions that were part of The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival in New York City in 2008 and 2009. She is a 2009 recipient of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. B.A.: University of Maryland-College Park.

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

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