Shakespeare In Sharon
Shakespeare In Sharon
presents
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed & choreographed by Jane Farnol

June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, & 26

FRIDAY 5:30pm
SATURDAY 2:00pm & 5:30pm
SUNDAY 2:00pm

Weather Permitting—see our FACEBOOK page for show status!

$25.00 per car - at the gate - cash or check only

Gates open 1 hour before showtime. Bring blankets, lawn chairs to sit on, picnics and snacks.
Carry in / Carry out

Please - no smoking, no alcohol, no barbecues, no pets.

Shakespeare In Sharon
presents
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed & choreographed by Jane Farnol

June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, & 26

FRIDAY 5:30pm
SATURDAY 2:00pm & 5:30pm
SUNDAY 2:00pm

Weather Permitting—see the FACEBOOK page for show status!
$25.00 per car at the gate
cash or check only

Gates open 1 hour before showtime. Bring blankets, lawn chairs to sit on, picnics and snacks.
Carry in / Carry out

No smoking, no alcohol, no barbecues, no pets.

The Setting

Performed LIVE outdoors at the Almquist Estate in Sharon, CT

Almquist Estate

Located at 71 Keeler Rd, Sharon, CT 06069
Weather permitting - see the FACEBOOK page for show status.

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A beautiful country setting—enjoy the lovely drive to the center of Kent, CT.
FROM MACEDONIA BROOK STATE PARK:
From Kent - Take Route 341 following signs to Macedonia Brook State Park. Go through the park and turn RIGHT onto Keeler Road.
From Sharon - Take Knibloe Hill and bear RIGHT onto Weber Road. Continue to Macedonia Brook State Park and turn LEFT onto Keeler Road.
The Almquist Estate is just ahead on the right down this scenic road.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: From Kent: Turn west on Bridge Street - Route 341 (heading North turn Left / heading South turn Right). Turn RIGHT directly after the bridge onto Skiff Mountain Road. Follow Skiff Mountain Road for about four miles and continue straight past Marvelwood School. At the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, turn LEFT onto Keeler Road. Continue straight until the pavement ends—the Almquist Estate will be on your left down this scenic road.
From Sharon: From the clock tower, head west on Rt 41. At the end, turn LEFT onto Amenia Union Rd and take the first LEFT onto Knibloe Hill Rd. At the top of the hill it becomes Caray Hill Rd. Continue to the stop sign and turn RIGHT on Keeler Rd.—the Almquist Estate will be on your left down this scenic road.
Ample parking available—$25 per car at the gate, cash or check only.

 

Helena Hermia Helena Demetrius Puck

Photos by Agnes Fohn, True Muse Boudoir
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The Director

Jane Farnol

Jane Farnol

Director/Choreographer

Jane was born in England and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her New York acting credits include Teresa in Brendan Behan's THE HOSTAGE at the Sheridan Square Playhouse, the chorus in THE TROJAN WOMEN at Circle in the Square, and Ann in the Broadway production of HAIL SCRAWDYKE! directed by Alan Arkin. At the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT, her roles ranged from Titania to Lady Macbeth. On television, Jane had running roles on "The Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns". Jane's movie THE COLONIAL NATURALIST is shown as a permanent feature at Colonial Williamsburg. She was Dave Garroway's assistant at WCBS Radio and Executive Director of Lee Theodore's American Dance Machine. Since moving to Connecticut, Jane has directed some thirty-three plays in seventeen years including several virtual shows. She is overjoyed to be back with a live audience! Many thanks to John, Katherine, and David for their dedication to Shakespeare In Sharon, Jo for her hard work, and Lou for her brilliance and friendship. Jane dedicates this production to the beautiful American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT, which tragically burnt to the ground recently. In 1967 she played Titania to Cyril Ritchard's Oberon there. May it rise from the ashes!

Our Stars

The Lovers

Jeremiah Maestas

Jeremiah Maestas

Lysander

Broadway: MACBETH (Lincoln Center Theater). New York: ASYLUM SONG (HERE ARTS); THE BEYONCÉ (ART / NY); CHICKENS IN THE YARD (JACK Brooklyn); MEMORIAM (NY Fringe Festival); GLUTEN! (59E59); PTERODACTYLS (Teatro Circulo). Regional and Local: PRIVATE LIVES (Lean); RICHARD II (Brookfield); EARTHQUAKE SUN (San Diego Rep.); LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (The Warner); THE ELEPHANT MAN, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY, THE SHAPE OF THINGS (TheatreWorks); LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (Diversionary); JESUS HOPPED THE "A" TRAIN (LPT); MACBETH (Sledgehammer); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Theatre Aspen). Film: THE CANVASSER; Jukka. TV: "The Following"; "Madam Secretary"; "The Mysteries of Laura". Education: MFA, Brooklyn College / BA, University of San Diego. Proud Actors' Equity Member. Thrilled to be a part of Midsummer Shakespeare al fresco with Jane and this company! KEEP ARTS ALIVE!!!

Shea Coughlin

Shea Coughlin

Hermia

Shea is an actor, dancer, and singer from Sherman CT. She holds a BFA in musical theater from WCSU and is a proud EMC member. Some of her favorite projects include HAIR (Sherman Playhouse), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Ives Concert Park), MAMMA MIA! (CT Rep), and DANCING AT LUGHNASA (WCSU).

Thomas Samuels

Thomas Samuels

Demetrius

is excited to appear in another production directed by Jane Farnol. Most recently, he played Paul Singer in MOON OVER BUFFALO and Banquo in the Scottish play at Brookfield. He has also appeared in Jane's virtual productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, HENRY V, and RICHARD II. Prior to that he appeared in a variety of smaller community plays. Thomas would like to thank the inimitable Jane Farnol for this opportunity; his castmates for their excellence; and his girlfriend for being a literal, canonized saint. He hopes that you'll enjoy this show as much as he has.

Abi Heydenburg

Abi Heydenburg

Helena

Abi is very excited to play Helena in this production of AMND! From a very young age Abi has loved the stage (heehee that rhymed). Her first experience with the Bard (outside of English class) was at FineLine Theatre Arts with Leland Williams. Abi played Margaret in the 2020 production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING directed by Robin Frome (JCC in Sherman). Past plays with Jane include THE PHILADELPHIA STORY and THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (NM Theatreworks). Currently Abi is pursuing her MPH at the University of Vermont and going wherever the wind takes her!

The Fairies

Katherine Almquist

Katherine Almquist

Titania

Katherine is delighted to be working with Jane again, the last time being in 2011 as Monica Breedlove in BAD SEED. She has been involved the regional theatre scene for the past 20 years, and favorite roles include Mme. Pernell in TARTUFFE, the Baroness in WHITE LIARS, the Marquise de Merteuil in LES LIASIONS DANGEREUSES, Lorraine in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, Marlene Dietrich in MARLENE! Madame in THE MAIDS, Mrs. Higgins in PYGMALION, Miss McKay in THE PRIMEOF MISS JEAN BRODIE, and, respectively, a Good Fairy, a Queen and an Empress in three magical and mystical CHRISTMAS PANTOMIMES. Directing credits include OTHER DESERT CITIES, DIVIDING THE ESTATE, BLITHE SPIRIT, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, VENUS IN FUR, and THREE BY TENN: THE GNADIGES FRAULIEN, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, A PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT. She sends heartfelt thanks to Jane and Lou. So much gratitude to John, whose vision made Shakespeare in Sharon a reality. As always, bottomless love and thanks to David.

John Bergdahl

John Bergdahl

Oberon

John appeared most recently as Caliban in THE TEMPEST (Sherman). Previous credits include Macbeth in MACBETH, Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT, Antigonus and the old shepherd in THE WINTER'S TALE, Don John in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (South Brooklyn Shakespeare), MACBETH (SET Collective NYC), and Garcin in NO EXIT (ie Productions). Other roles include Jacques in AS YOU LIKE IT, Pale in BURN THIS, Jack in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Dorn in THE SEAGULL.

Irine Dumitrascu

Irine Dumitrascu

Puck

Irine is very pleased to make her stage debut with Shakespeare in Sharon’s current production. She comes from a theatrical family and was exposed to many aspects of acting throughout her young life. However it was only recently that Irine discovered her love for acting with the help of her family and her theatre teacher Jenn Moros. As she enters high school this fall, Irine hopes that this performance will help introduce her into the wide world of theatre.

Katelyn McGuire

Katelyn McGuire

Peaseblossom

Katelyn welcomes you to AMND—a production unlike anything else! Some of her other productions include MACBETH as Macduff's Son (Brookfield), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN as Charlie Brown, LEGALLY BLONDE as Elle Woods, and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND as Papa Ge. Katelyn would like to thank the entire cast of AMND including our incredible stage manager and director, all of her friends for being so supportive, and Mother Nature (who we are praying will bring favorable weather for our shows). Katelyn gives a special shout out to Jennifer Laviano who without a doubt has been incredibly supportive of Katelyn through all of her endeavors. This wouldn't be possible without you. To every audience member out there today, please enjoy the show and good night unto you all.

Natalie Rahgo

Natalie Rahgo

Mustardseed

Natalie is so excited to be making her theatrical debut with Shakespeare in Sharon! TV: PBS-Celebration of Music, Better Connecticut (Sporty Spice). Stage: Celebration of Music (Bushnell), Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, Mets Dance Day (CitiField). She is currently in third grade and lives in Wingdale, NY. Natalie currently dreams of dancing and singing on a stage one day, entertaining everyone! She has been dancing at Starr’s Studio of Dance since the age of 2. Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alexa, my family and friends! Instagram: @Natalie_ssd.

Lyra DiCostanzo

Lyra DiCostanzo

Cobweb

Lyra is thrilled to be making her Shakespeare debut! TV: "The Blacklist" (Ballerina), "Right This Minute" (Mini Cher/ Self), PBS "Celebration of Music", "Better Connecticut" (Baby Spice). Stage: Celebration of Music (Bushnell Theater), Gilmore Girls Fan Festival. Print: Really Good Stuff. Proud student/ rap artist/ beatboxer with the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. A third grader hailing from Wingdale, NY, Lyra dreams of performing on Broadway and has danced with Starr's Studio of Dance since the age of 2. Much love to Mommy and Herman, Daddy, Troy, and my family and friends. Represented by Ann Wright Representatives. Instagram: @lyra_ssd.

Aria Sodor

Aria Fodor

Moth

Aria is thrilled to make her theatre debut with Shakespeare in Sharon! TV: Better Connecticut (Posh Spice). Performances: Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, Mets Dance Day (Citi Field). A third grader from Kent, Aria dreams of dazzling us all on the big stage some day and has been dancing with Starr's Studio of Dance since the age of 4. Lots of love to Mom, Dad, Ashton, my family and friends. Instagram: @Aria_ssd

The Rustics

Sean Latasa

Sean Latasa

Nick Bottom

is thrilled to be back for another show with Jane after last being seen in MOON OVER BUFFALO and Macbeth (is it okay if I just type it?). He has also been seen in 1776 (Bedford); 12 Angry Men (YCP TheaterWorks); and You Can't Take It With You, Scrooge: The Musical, and And A Nightingale Sang (Brewster). He has most recently performed in several virtual shows including RICHARD II, MR BURNS, MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY (Darcy), ARE YOU MY SISTER, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, CONNECTIONS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and HENRY V (Brookfield).

Roger Grace

Roger Grace

Peter Quince

Roger is happy to be making his Shakespearian debut in this production. Thanks to Jane, John, Lou, Joanna and the cast of MND. Prior credits: Wilbur in HAIRSPRAY (Landmark), Rogers in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Warner), the wedding planner in IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (Goshen), Mr. Fogg in SWEENEY TODD (Brookfield), Duke/Doctor Carrasco in MAN OF LA MANCHA (TW New Milford), Bryce in FOUR WEDDINGS & AN ELVIS (Phoenix), Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICAL (MAR), Underling in DROWSY CHAPERONE (Goshen) and Lenny Ganz in RUMORS (CTAW).

John Taylor

John Taylor

Executive Producer
Francis Flute

With principal roles in two movies and twelve weeks on Broadway in THE EXES during 2019 behind me, I thought I was "on a roll". Then came Covid! By the summer of 2020 I was dreaming of the Shakespearian Age when bands of actors would arrive on a cart with costumes and props and perform on a village green. Maybe we should get back to that, I thought. I introduced the concept to good friends Jane Farnol and Katherine Almquist —and Shakespeare in Sharon was born. With a few concessions to the 21st century we have attempted to create this "return to simpler days gone by". I hope you approve and enjoy the efforts of a wonderful, enthusiastic cast of players. They didn't come on the back of a horse-drawn cart; but you get the idea.

Joanna Dumitrascu

Joanna Tucker

Stage Manager
Snug's Wife

Joanna was last behind the scenes at MOON OVER BUFFALO (Brookfield). A few favorite roles include Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Clara Eynsford Hill in PYGMALION, Sorel in HAYFEVER, Louka in ARMS AND THE MAN (Sherman), Cicely in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT (Brookfield), all directed by Jane Farnol. Stage management credits include THE LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA and THE CHALK GARDEN (Sherman). Joanna currently teaches English at the Marvelwood School in Kent where she is also head of the freshman boys' dorm. Love always to daughters Bella and Irine (Puck!).

 

David Almquist

David Almquist

Robin Starveling

David has been a convict, a courtier, and a caretaker—all for Jane. He was Mr. Daigel to Beth Bonnebeau's exquisite Mrs. Daigel. He has been a sheriff (twice) and various townspeople. He is happiest on his tractor.

Tom Heydenburg

Tom Heydenburg

Tom Snout

Tom is please to be part of another Shakespeare production. Tom appeared as the Boatswain in THE TEMPEST (Sherman), Don John in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (JCC Sherman), a murderer in MACBETH (Brookfield), and now a wall. Working with a great cast and director in an enchanting venue is a true joy.

 

The Royals

Timothy Breslin

Timothy Breslin

Theseus, Duke of Athens

Two years ago, Tim Breslin returned to the stage as Reggie in QUARTET (NM Theatreworks. His one role prior to that was Lionel in his high school's production of the British farce SEE HOW THEY RUN. This past year, he acted in zoom productions of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and RICHARD II. Tim, who was a high school principal for most of his career, is married to Sue Clarkin. They have three grown children.

Lou Okell

Lou Okell

Technical Assistant
Hippolyta, queen of Amazons

Lou is happy to reprise her role as Hippolyta, this time in front of a live audience! Other credits include roles in RICHARD II, HENRY V, MACBETH, and THE LION IN WINTER—all for Jane.

Fred Thaler

Frederic Thaler

Egeus

Frederic was most recently seen as Stephano in THE TEMPEST (Sherman). Stage credits include VISITING MR GREEN, MARY STUART, THE TRAIL OF FDR, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEXT, AMADEUS, BLACK COMEDY, LEND ME A TENOR, DINING ROOM, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, DEATH TRAP, and OUR TOWN. He has also directed several plays at Town Hall Players and two middle grade plays at Cornwall Consolidated School. Additionally, Frederic has participated in several workshops and trainings at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

Emma Okell

Emma Okell

Composer
Philostrata

Emma has written music for several shows including HENRY V, RICHARD II, THE MONROE DOCTRINE, and MR BURNS. Stage credits include roles at Brookfield Theatre, MAR, LOCOS, CT Rep, Warner Theatre, HMTS, and college shows. Special thanks to Mr. Krupa for encouraging me as a composer.

Special Thanks

Peter Lerman, David Almquist, Brookfield Theatre, Susan Pettibone, Starr School of Dance, Andrew Okell, Beryl Taylor, Tom Heydenburg, Agnes Fohn—True Muse Boudoir, Klara's Sew & Sew, St. Andrews Church & The Reverend Douglas S. Worthington

Donkey head conceived & constructed by Lesley Neilson-Bowman, adapted by Jane Farnol.

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