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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 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).
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 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!
Tommy is thrilled to be returning to live theatre after some time. Even more excited to be working with such an amazing director and cast. Aside from Virtual Shakespeare, Tommy has worked with Jane in Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS portraying Chris. Currently he is a Third Year Acting Student at the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC pursuing his Masters Of Fine Arts. Some of his favorite roles performed/studied include Guildenstern (ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD), Feste (TWELFTH NIGHT) Ned (THREE DAYS OF RAIN), Benjamin (THE GRADUATE), and Willard (FOOTLOOSE). Thank you to my family for their ever loving support and Jane for this wonderful opportunity! Enjoy Midsummer!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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).
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Peter Lerman, David Almquist, Brookfield Theatre, Susan Pettibone, Starr School of Dance, Andrew Okell, Tommy Ovitt, 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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