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The Shrew Blog 4-23-15

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Margo Murphy-Gross – Stage Manager

IMG_20150426_112114Taming of the Shrew has been one of my favorite shows from a very young age, starting with a preteen obsession with Heath Ledger in “10 Things I Hate About You”. I have been lucky enough to work on a production of Taming two summers in a row now and find that this show holds so much for people to look at from so many perspectives. The rehearsal process thus far with MSP has been really wonderful. Looking at this show from an all-female perspective is a very emotional experience. Today’s rehearsal has me thinking a lot about what women thing of men’s tonality and physicality. Sarah having to find where Petruchio is scary or playful. During this rehearsal Sarah found something particularly powerful with Petruchio’s voice, finding the male tonality that I (and maybe others) react to emotionally and instantly. In addition to that flooring experience in today’s rehearsal there have been many moments watching women take over male characters during this rehearsal. I think that it’s very powerful to witness this and even adds power to the women (the people not just the actors) taking over these male characters. I am excited to watch the power dynamics between the characters and between the actors and the characters that they are taking on.

How do you code shift? When and with who do you use a “different” you? And why?

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The Shrew Blog

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IN HER OWN WORDS

This summer, June-July 2015, Manhattan Shakes will be performing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in our signature FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS production.

This story has been dubbed a “problem” play. We, the women working on this production, would like to share our thoughts and feelings about tackling this script.

Follow The Shrew Blog as we invite you into the rehearsal room and our interior monologues as women and as actors. In our own words.

April 22, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

April 23, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

April 26, 2015 – Amy Frey (Tranio, Ensemble)

April 27, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

April 29, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

May 1, 2015 – Monica Jones (Katharina, Ensemble)

May 3, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

May 5, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

May 9, 2015 – Carla Lerner (Tranio, Ensemble)

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The Shrew Blog 4-22-15

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Kate Holland – Director
IMG_20150426_113246Tonight we are looking at the wooing scene between Hortensio, Lucentio and Bianca. This scene is so delicious, full of innuendo and wordplay. It’s also the scene where we see how powerful Bianca is. Unlike Katharina, Bianca has learned the all the rules of the gender game and is a virtuosic player. While staying completely sweet and charming throughout the scene, she displays an ironclad will and a fierce intelligence. She is actually not all that different from her “shrewish” sister — she’s just a much more adaptable player.

 

Does Katharina learn to play? Is that what Petruchio is teaching her?

 

What happens to women who can’t or won’t play the role that society has ordained that they play?

 

To the good ones, the kind and quiet and undemanding ones, much is given, as long as they are beautiful. Katharina is like the wicked stepsisters and Cinderella all in one — cut off your heel and toes to fit in a glass slipper, and as long as you never make a peep again, you can marry the Prince.

 

Reminds me of Brene Brown’s work on shame, and how women most often feel shame when they have failed to do everything perfectly, and still maintain composure. Never let them see you sweat. Backwards, in heels.
Have you ever felt shame associated with your gender? Looking back on your younger experiences what advice would you give yourself?
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We’re an #AWBgrantee!

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AWB_LogoThat’s right!! We are thrilled, excited and honored to announce we are now a grantee of Awesome Without Borders! @AwesomeWithoutBorders has selected us as an #AWBgrantee! They are our Awesome Angels 🙂 A chapter of the Awesome Foundation, AWB gives $1,000 nostrings-attached weekly grants to awesome initiatives worldwide. To learn more about their work, click here.

MSP’s 2014 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS: Romeo and Juliet was chosen! Learn more about our project here: http://bit.ly/XX3jLO

“What light through yonder window breaks? Why, old William himself, according to Sarah Eismann! She believes the power of Shakespeare & storytelling can bring greater empathy into our lives. To prove it, she’s staging a series of free performances of Romeo & Juliet across New York City’s parks.

Through the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, people from Central Park, Harlem, and Brooklyn have had their hearts & imaginations rekindled by the impassioned words & personas of the world’s most prominent playwright. These performances stand out from most Shakespearean productions in three ways: they’re performed outdoors, they’re free, and they feature an entirely female cast & crew. Each performance is a festival in itself, with singing and dancing erupting from throngs of thrilled audiences!

Things are only going to get better in 2014, as MSP branches out into more venues, and bridges more communities through timeless tales that speak straight to the shared human condition. A grant will help ease the burden of compensating the dauntless artists and assistants who make each production a resounding success.”

“The Awesome Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.” To date, 95 chapters have been established in over 21 countries, with 1000+ projects funded.

In early 2013, The Harnisch Foundation teamed up with The Awesome Foundation and the chapter Awesome Without Borders was born!!

We are enthusiastically and eternally grateful to this group of extraordinary women. Our Awesome Angels 🙂 Thank you!!

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2014 Romeo & Juliet

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project is proud to present our outdoor, 90 minute, all-female, signature FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS 2014 production of:

ROMEO & JULIET

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All Performances are FREE!!

All PERFORMANCES @ 6:00pm

Rain Policy: The show must go on! We perform rain or shine. We will never cancel a show before showtime. So come on out! Bring a slicker, bring an umbrella. Some of our best shows have been in mysterious and foggy weather 🙂

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CAST

  • Kasey Brown
  • Amanda Boekelheide
  • Sarah Eismann
  • Caroline Lyons
  • Leah Reddy
  • Folami Williams

 

CREW

  • Director: Reesa Graham
  • Assistant Director / Stage Manager: Elissa Levitt

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Kasey Brown is so excited to be making her debut with Manhattan Shakespeare Project! Kasey received a B.A. in theater and psychology from Boston College. Kasey is a lifelong lover of the works of Shakespeare, and has played such roles as Viola (Twelfth Night), Princess (Love’s Labours Lost), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), and others. When Kasey is not acting, she is assistant directing and pursuing her other passion- social justice. Many thanks to the cast, Reesa, Elissa, Varun, Jules, Ted, and my wonderful family!

Amanda_BoekelheideAmanda Boekelheide Most recent & fun professional roles were Town Cryers & ensemble in The Whistling Mortician, Blowfish in Heist, Iphigenia in Iph.then, Scarlett, Rhonda & Lilly in Lion in the
Streets, & Olga in Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s adaptation of
Chekhov’s Three Sisters.  Favorite Columbia University roles include Bosola in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Inez in Satre’s No Exit, & The Secretary (Death) in Camus’ The State of Siege. Travel for performance & study for theatrical purposes has included Peking Opera in China, Indonesian classical & rural dance styles as well as Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, & Classical Buddhist Nepalese dance in Nepal.

Sarah Eismann 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

Caroline_LyonsCaroline Lyons is currently a sophomore BFA Acting major at Pace University and is very excited to be apart of this project. She just finished her first New York Theater project as an actor/deviser on the Clearing Company’s production of hOMAge, which was presented at the Venus Theater Festival. In her two years at Pace, she has performed in three student directed productions: Skin in Flames, Hamlet and Wildflower. She would like to thank Sarah and Reesa for this amazing opportunity and the cast of Romeo and Juliet for being such beautiful artists to learn across of. Much Love!

Leah Reddy 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.

Folami Williams is incredibly excited to be working with Manhattan Shakespeare Company, for the second time around on such a challenging and wonderful piece of theatre! She is glad to take this plunge with a wonderful cast of women by her side. A graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Drama, her past productions included For Colored Girls…HAIRTwo Gentlemen of Verona, and Day of Absence. Since coming to New York City, her other work includes; Auto De FeReconstruction (International WOW Company); King LearIs 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.

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Free Shakespeare in the ParkS

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Shakespeare: We are committed to exploring how we can re-envision Shakespeare’s works to communicate to new generations, and new communities both inside NY and worldwide. Our Shakespeare focuses on gender constructs by asking the question: What does it mean to use an all-female cast with scripts and characters that were originally written for all-male casts? (Besides who can resist chicks with swords?)

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2013 Twelfth Night

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2013 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS

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All Performances are FREE!!

CAST

  • 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

CREW

  • 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

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2011 Henry V

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Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:

Henry V

PERFORMANCES

All Performances are FREE!!

MSP is very excited to announce our entire, extraordinarily talented Henry V team!!

CAST

  • Tiffany Abercrombie: Gower, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nym
  • Patrina Caruana: King of France, Boy, Montjoy, Scroop
  • Sarah Eismann: Harry King of England
  • Clemmie Evans: Fluellen, Erpingham, Bourbon, Burgundy
  • Amy Owen: Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor
  • Norma Perez-Hernandez: Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor
  • Christy Richardson: Westmoreland, Dauphin
  • Anna Smith: Katherine, Constable, Bardolph, Grey, Bates, Peasant
  • Elizabeth Strong: Exeter, Williams
  • James Parenti: Musician

CREW

  • Director: Reesa Graham
  • Assistant Director: Rebecca Maxfield
  • Producer: Karly Fischer
  • Advertising: Itohan Aghayere
  • Publicist: Alessandra Alma
  • Fight Choreographer: Alicia Rodis
  • Dramaturg: Chelsea Phillips

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Tiffany Abercrombie (Gower, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nym) Credits include–#serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), Henry IV parts i &ii, Under Milkwood, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Rebellious Subjects Theater), Letters to the End of the World (At Hand Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Training: BFA-NYU, RADA. For my mother.

Patrina Caruana (King of France, Boy, Montjoy, Scroop) just received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2011. While at NYU, she trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has recently appeared as Hermia in Midnight’s Dream, Bianca/Jane in Edges and Ledges, Passenger #2 in Croatia, and Lindy in Rebuilding. She has also had the pleasure of working as an acting apprentice at the Powerhouse Theater, The Broadway Theatre Project, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She would like to thank all of the lovely ladies at MSP for this incredible opportunity as well as her family and friends for all their love and support.

Sarah Eismann (Harry King of England) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. An MFA Acting candidate at 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

Clemmie Evans (Fluellen, Erpingham, Bourbon, Burgundy) Born and raised in South Wales, Clemmie immersed herself in all things outdoors, climbing mountains in Morocco and Argentina, involving herself in everything from sports to choirs to military pursuits before accepting that acting was her true passion. With an English degree under her belt and a love of travel she headed to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she remained as part of the 2011 Academy Company. Favourite roles include Lenny (Crimes of the Heart), Leontine (The Triumph of Love) and Susan (Woman in Mind). Clemmie is thrilled to be part of MSP especially playing a Welshman! Much love to all friends and family on both sides of the pond, without whose support none of this would be possible.

Amy Owen (Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor) Amy is excited to join director Reesa Graham for their second Shakespearean adventure together. Amy has studied extensively at the William Esper Studio, with Joel Rooks, Suzanne Esper, Nancy Mayans, and Bill Esper; the University of Houston, where she was lucky to participate in several Shakespeare workshops with Sir Peter Hall; and she studied Improv at the PIT with Matthew Love. NYC Theatre Credits: Welcome to the Mercy Seat (Ethyl) at the National Black Theatre, Views (Sophie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Widow/Lord Dumaine). Commercial Work: TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, AOL How-to videos.

Norma Perez-Hernandez (Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor) is a recent graduate of The City College of New York (CCNY). Her CCNY credits include Grandmother in Woyzeck, Catherine in Boston Marriage, Lady Harriet in The School for Scandal, and Luce in The Comedy of Errors. She was featured in the Stage of Fiends cabaret If IT Had a Voice at the Duplex, and she is performing in UNBURDENED, a new play premiering at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Summerfest 2011. Special thanks to the wonderful women in this production and her family and friends for their constant support.

Christy Richardson (Westmoreland, Dauphin) is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of women at MSP. She was recently seen as Maria in Twelfth Night with Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective and playing a Nurse in The American Globe Theater’s One-Act Festival. Check out http://web.mac.com/christyrichardson for updates on projects in the works for Fall 2011! This one is for my incredible brothers– you sat through far too many ballet recitals, so here’s a show you might actually like.

Anna Smith (Katherine, Constable, Bardolph, Grey, Bates, Peasant) graduated from Adelphi University a year ago and has since been working as a starving artist in NYC. She is delighted to be working with these amazing and talented women and this exciting text. You may have seen her recently as Alaya in Sold, Captain Conacious in Crook of My Dreams, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. She’d like to dedicate this performance to her Parents and Grandma. Thanks for all the support!

Elizabeth Strong (Exeter, Williams) studied theatre at Chapman University in Orange County, CA. She played Aaron in MSP’s Titus Andronicus last summer and is excited to be a part of the MSP again.

 

 

James Parenti (Musician) is proud to be working with Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the first time! Past shows with director Reesa Graham include All’s Well that Ends Well (Bertram) and Cymbeline (Arviragus). NYC stage credits: Twelfth Night (Orsino), Midsummer (Demetrius- twice), Madame Bovary (Leon), Titus Andronicus (Bassianus), The Mystery Plays (Benny), Feeding the Moonfish (Martin), An American Werewolf in Equus (Stephen), The Rose Gardener (Aron), and the films Anything You Ever (Mark), Gene’s Revolution (JP), and Danny (Danny). James is currently developing an adaptation of one of the Bard’s tragedies, May Violets Spring.

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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. Currently, she is the Head of Play Development for the Seeing Place Theater. She is the former Artistic Director of Get the Gun Productions for three years, while teaching at Main Street Theatre. 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 and Daddy.

Rebecca Maxfield (Assistant Director) a New York native, is delighted to be a part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project doing Henry V the way it was really meant to be done! Recent and upcoming directing projects include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hive Theatre Company and Gianni Schicchi and Measure for Measure at Brown University.

Karly Fischer (Producer) Karly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Oklahoma School of Drama with an emphasis in Dramaturgy and a minor in English in 2009. She is the founder of Sanguine Theatre Company and her recent credits as a producer include The Laramie Project and The Drunken City. She is the winner of the Goldia Cooksey Creative Achievement Award and has also recently had her New York premiere as a playwright.

Itohan Aghayere (Advertising) is a Candian born Nigerian-American with a desire to be a part of bringing theater to the masses through dynamic graphic design. 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 recent White House internship while pursuing her love for acting as a MFA graduate student at Columbia University currently in the process of researching and writing her thesis.

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.

Alicia Rodis (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer that hails from the ever exotic Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at Wright State University. Recent combat credits include Young Lou, Big Love, Venus, Brigadoon, also Titus Andronicus and Taming of The Shrew here at MSP. Alicia is the resident Fight Choeographer of MSP, 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.

Chelsea Phillips (Dramaturg) is a second-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 first production with Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and she hopes to work with them again soon (in person, this time).

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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

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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 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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