2013 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS
- May 30: open dress rehearsal, May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 – 6:00pm – Central Park, Summit Rock
- June 13, 14 – 6:00pm – Harlem, St. Nicholas Park
- June 21, 22, 23 – 6:00pm – Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Music Pagoda
- June 27, 28, 29, 30 – 6:00pm – Brooklyn, Sunset Park
All Performances are FREE!!
- Sarah Bowles*: Feste, Fabian, Officer, Curio
- Sarah Eismann: Viola
- Arielle Harding: Orsino, Malvolio
- Amy Jo Jackson*: Sir Toby Belch, Priest
- Leah Reddy: Maria, Sebastian, Valentine
- Amanda Tudor*: Captain, Sir Andrew Aguecheek
- Folami Williams: Olivia, Antonio
- Director: Reesa Graham
- Stage Manager: Jacob Halpern Weitzman
- Verse Consultant/Coach: Emily C. A. Snyder
- Publicist: Alessandra Alma
- Dramaturg: Chelsea Phillips
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Sarah Bowles* (Feste, Fabian, Officer, Curio) Off Broadway: Sarah created the role of Missy in Prospect Theatre Company’s original musical,The Dome. Favorite regional and NYC Shakespeare credits include Lady Anne (RIII), Cassius (JC), Ariel (Tempest) and believe it or not, Silvius/Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It. Sarah has had the pleasure of working as an actor, director, educator, or all three for: American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA), Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, York Shakespeare Company, and most recently and extensively, Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass. Sarah is so excited step onto the boards (or grass) with this group of actors and work on one of her favorite plays. Also, as MSP’s new Director of Education, her goal is to utilize all of her past theatre and teaching experiences to create and provide exceptional theatre programs for the students of NYC. She is responsible for the mayhem and raucousness that will most definitely occur when our Knavish Sprites join us onstage at our Prospect Park performances. What must we do else!
Sarah Eismann (Viola) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. A recent MFA Acting graduate from Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com
Arielle Harding (Orsino, Malvolio) graduated from Emerson College in 2012 with a BFA in Acting. Following graduation she appeared in O/A: The Sophocles project (Eurydice) before relocating to NYC. She is currently the Host of Lez Cab (a monthly cabaret show at The Duplex) and is proud to call MSP’s Twelfth Night her first play in Manhattan. She enjoys Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Amy Jo Jackson* (Sir Toby Belch, Priest) Broadway: Kinky Boots (Dialect Coach). Off-Bway: Nymph Errant (Prospect), Henry IV Part I (The Pearl; Dialect Coach). NYC: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (EPBB); Kaspar Hauser, The Great Recession (The Flea); Newsadoozies (UCB). Regional: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Elliot Norton and IRNE Award noms for Best Female Performance in a Musical), Henry IV Plays, Rocky Horror, Laramie Project, Nine, Godspell, As Bees in Honey Drown, Tommy, Full Monty, and Boeing Boeing (twice). As text/dialect coach: NYTW, The Cell, The Flea, Prospect, The Improvised Play, PPAS, The Vineyard, Pace. BFA Boston Conservatory. amyjojackson.com
Leah Reddy (Maria, Sebastian, Valentine) Most recently appeared as First Daughter Polly Jefferson in My First Lady at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Shakespeare: Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Maria in Twelfth Night with Frog and Peach. She rocked a bedazzled water pistol as Dixie in a glam rok version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Schapiro Theatre, Columbia U. Leah is a teaching artist, writer, and photographer. Follow her @leahmariereddy.
Amanda Tudor* (Captain, Sir Andrew Aguecheek) Amanda loves adventure and all female productions of Shakespeare. Amanda runs a lot: with the bulls in Spain, half marathons through the country, and away from cannonballs at the 150th Gettysburg anniversary. She hates velcro but loves her rockin family, tall boyfriend, and Moose the french bulldog. www.amandatudor.com Off-broadway: Roundabout Theatre Co: The Milktrain Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (starring Olympia Dukakis dir. Michael Wilson) Off-Off Broadway: Boomerang: Tempest. Bushwick Shakespeare: (Brutus) Julius Caesar. OSC: (Orlando) As You Like It. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Co: King Lear (starring Stacy Keach dir. Robert Falls), Twelfth Night, Ion. Hartford Stage. Film: Audition, All My Children. Education: Hartt School BFA, Shakespeare and Co., Austin Pendleton, Hollywood Stunt School.
Folami Williams (Olivia, Antonio) is incredibly excited to be working with Manhattan Shakespeare Project on such a funny and engaging piece. Being a newbie to outdoor theatre, she is glad to take this plunge with a wonderful cast of women by her side. Folami graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Drama. Past productions include For Colored Girls, HAIR, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Day of Absence. Coming to New York City has given her the opportunity to spread her wings as an artist. Her past work includes Auto De Fe, Reconstruction International WOW Company; King Lear, Is There Room in Your Heart Teatro La TEA, AUTOMOTIVE East River Commedia.
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Reesa Graham (Director) BA in Theater & Psychology from the University of Houston. With a bed in Harlem and a heart from Texas, Reesa is excited to be back to Shakespeare and with such a talented and wonderful group of ladies! As a director, some of her favorite productions include William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer, David Mamet’s Oleanna, Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, and Edna O’Brien’s Triptych. She was also Resident Director of BareShakespeare where she directed All’s Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline. Recently, she founded the art’s collective known as Dare Lab (a safe space for theatre experimentation). She is also the former Artistic Director of Get the Gun Productions for three years, while teaching at Main Street Theatre in Houston Texas. She has studied with Jose Quintero and Marshall Mason, and worked closely with Lanford Wilson at the Albee New Playwrights Festival. As always, love to Mom, Daddy and Nonny.
Jacob Halpern Weitzman (Stage Manager) spent the last year at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as a stage management intern. The 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays: The Humana Ten-Minute Plays, The Delling Shore, and Cry Old Kingdom. Also at Actors: The Whipping Man, Dracula, and A Christmas Carol. Devised work: The Free Life II, Agatha, Jimmy the Spray, and America Boy. Jacob holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College where he stage managed Violet: The Musical, The Trial, and What’s That? A Hat! Off-Broadway: production assistant for the a cappella Off-Broadway musical In Transit (Primary Stages).
Emily C. A. Snyder (Verse Consultant/Coach) a recent transplant to NYC, Emily holds her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she has been working for the past fifteen years as a director, educator, and playwright. In London and Stratford-upon-Avon, she studied John Barton’s technique with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she had the privilege of performing Rosalind from AS You Like It catt-corner to Shakespeare’s birthplace! Since then, Emily has combined her own kinesthetic approach to verse with text-based scholarship to help actors delve deeper into the richness of Shakespeare’s work. She has directed the majority of Shakespeare’s canon, and has had the pleasure of both (once upon a long time ago!) directing Twelfth Night and (in a different production) playing Feste. An internationally performed playwright, Emily has recently turned her attention to writing new plays in blank verse. Her five act iambic pentameter play, Cupid and Psyche, was a finalist in the Princess Grace Fellowship awards, and is currently in pre-production in New York City.
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 an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.
Chelsea Phillips (Dramaturg) is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Ohio State University. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy with a focus on Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College/The American Shakespeare Center. This is her third production with Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and she hopes to work with them again soon (in person, this time).
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 plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international 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.
Equity Approved Showcase