Duke of Gloucester, Governor of Harfleur, Messenger
Connor Carew (Duke of Gloucester, Governor of Harfleur, Messenger) is thrilled to return to Two River after appearing in last season’s Much Ado About Nothing (Friar, Verges). Regional credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout) and tours of Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence), Macbeth (Banquo), and The Odyssey (Eurylochus) with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Troilus and Cressida (Antenor) and tour of Julius Caesar (Brutus) with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; 2011 Apprentice with the Pearl Theatre Company in NYC. Connor holds degrees from Temple University and the New School for Drama.
Chorus, Hostess, Erpingham, Queen Isabel, Herald
Suzzanne Douglas (Chorus, Hostess, Erpingham, Queen Isabel, Herald) made her Two River debut in last season’s In This House. Broadway: 3 Penny Opera (opposite Sting), It’s a Grand Night for Singing, The Tap Dance Kid, Into the Woods. Off-Broadway: Kara Lee Corthron’s Julius by Design (world premiere). At George Street Playhouse, she starred in Wit (the first African-American to play the role of Dr. Bearing) and Hallelujah! Baby (Arena Stage), which was personally rewritten for her by Arthur Laurence. Regional credits include three plays by Regina Taylor: Drowning Crow (Goodman), Night in Tunisia (George Street), and Crowns (Pasadena Playhouse, NAACP Image Award for Best Ensemble); Women of Brewster Place (Alliance); Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film: Tap alongside legends Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines (NAACP Image Award), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Black Oscar), Jason’s Lyric, The Inkwell and, most recently, Changing the Game. TV: starring role on Parent ’Hood, The Parkers, The Good Wife, Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, I’ll Fly Away, In the Shadow of Love, and the TV film Sounder (Image Award nomination). She has soloed with the Honolulu, New Jersey, and Arlington Symphonies and performed with jazz greats Stanley Turrentine, Gene Harris, Jon Faddis, Kenney Burrell, Kenny Barron, Nate Adderley, Don Braden, and T.S. Monk. Visit www.suzzannedouglas.com.
Sir Thomas Grey, French King
Evander Duck (Sir Thomas Grey, French King) is thrilled to return to Two River and embrace the family of Henry V. Theater: Fences, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Blues for Mister Charlie, Two Trains Running, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Exonerated, Hurricane Katrina, Driving Miss Daisy, Court-Martial at Fort Devens, A Christmas Carol, Apostasy. He has worked at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Mint Theatre, New Federal Theatre, American Globe, Folger Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, American Stage, African Globe, Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre, Red Fern Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Charlotte Rep, Stage East Ensemble, Dunbar Rep. Film/TV: Made in Jersey (Parole Officer Sid Melman), Oz, Ed, All My Children, One Life to Live, Graveyard Shift, Give Chase, Asbury Park, Wally and the Chosen Few, First Baptist. Education: Morehouse; MFA, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Love to the Ducks! Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Jacob Fishel (Henry V) Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Broken Heart (TFANA), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), Macbeth (NYSF). Television: Cold Case, Medium, Without a Trace, Numb3rs. Film: How I Got Lost. Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre.
Duke of Exeter
Michael Genet (Duke of Exeter) made his Two River debut last season in Honk!. Broadway: A Few Good Men, Hamlet, Northeast Local, Lestat. Off-Broadway: A Soldier’s Play, The Colored Museum, Resurrection, Earth and Sky, Seven Guitars, The Oedipus Plays, Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Television: Deadline, Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, All My Children, As the World Turns, New York Undercover, Journey's End, Law & Order: CSI, One Life to Live. Film: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Booty Call, Let It Be Me, Stranger Among Us, Simple Justice, Presumed Innocent. Writing Credits: Hallelujah (American Playhouse), She Hate Me (w/Spike Lee, Sony Pictures Classics), Talk to Me (FOCUS Features), for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.
Kevin Kelly (Captain Gower) Two River Theater: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, All My Sons, Opus, Much Ado About Nothing. New York theater includes NYSF/Public Theater (Richard III, The Brother/Sister Plays, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing), the Acting Company, HERE, Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59. Regional appearances include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Guthrie Theater, O’Neill Center/National Playwrights Conference, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Peterborough Players, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Triad Stage. Film/TV includes As the World Turns, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Law & Order, and Looking Out, a new film by Chris Haag. Musical appearances include Erin and Her Cello, Zibaldone, and particular subway stations around the city. Education: NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting Program.
Captain MacMorris, Duke of Orleans, Williams
Ian Lassiter (Captain MacMorris, Duke of Orleans, Williams) Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: Mission Drift (Connelly Theater, co-writer/performer); FUCT Comedy Troupe (Cherry Lane Theatre, UCB, The PIT, various, co-founder/co-writer/performer). New York/Regional: Ash Girl (Connelly Theater), Martian Chronicles (Fordham Alumni Co), Land O' Fire (Wings Theatre), September 12th (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), The History of Valentyne and Orson (Mettawee River Theatre Company). Ian earned his MFA from New York University.
Lord Scroop, Dauphin, Captain Jamy
Ben Mehl (Lord Scroop, Dauphin, Captain Jamy) New York: Habit (an installation by David Levine), Victor Frange Presents Gas, Miss Julie. Regional: Love’s Labour’s Lost (as Don Armado, Chautauqua Theater Company), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown), The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet (as Romeo), Much Ado About Nothing, Jerry Springer the Opera, Reefer Madness the Musical, Equus (as Alan Strang). NYU Grad Acting: Camino Real (as Casanova), KMT, Measure for Measure, Major Barbara, The Time of the Cuckoo, Three Sisters, Cymbeline. Training: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Ismenia Mendes (Katherine, Boy) Born in Portugal, Ismenia immigrated to America with her family at a young age. She recently graduated from The Juilliard School’s Drama Division where she played roles such as Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lorna Moon in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy. She would like to thank her family, Hannah, and David for their fierce love and support.
Howard W. Overshown
Howard W. Overshown (Constable) is excited to be working at Two River again; he was last seen here in Art. New York/Broadway credits include Richard III starring Kevin Spacey (BAM/Old Vic/World Tour), A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington. Off-Broadway: Yellowman (MTC), Blue (Roundabout), Beauty on the Vine (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Never the Sinner (John Houseman Theatre). Regional: Yellowman; Passion Play, A Cycle; The Great White Hope; Blue (Arena Stage); Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, The Tempest, Great Expectations the Musical (Folger Shakespeare Theatre); Trip to Bountiful (Cleveland Play House/Round House); Henry V, Macbeth, School for Scandal, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre); Exit Wounds (Arden); Radio Golf (Milwaukee Rep). Film/TV: Grand Street, Body of Lies, 13, Pride and Glory, Law & Order: SVU and CI, Kings, 666 Park Avenue, New Amsterdam, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Pistol
Geoffrey Owens (Archbishop of Canterbury, Pistol) last appeared at Two River in Opus. Recent credits include Henry in Race (Goodman) and Casca in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC). Other credits include Salome (with Al Pacino); Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), As You Like It (Orlando), and Macbeth (Ross) at the Belasco Theatre (director Estelle Parsons, producer Joseph Papp); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Timon of Athens, Pericles, Richard II at the New York Shakespeare Festival; Arms and the Man (Bluntschli) at Dallas Theater Center; Tartuffe (Valere) at Hartford Stage; The Misanthrope (Alceste) and Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) at Long Wharf. Television: The Cosby Show, Boston Legal, Medium, Flash Forward, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Journeyman, Las Vegas, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Built to Last, That’s So Raven, Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU. Film: The Paper (director Ron Howard), Play the Game (with Andy Griffith), Wilde Salome (director Al Pacino).
Jesse J. Perez
Bishop of Ely, Corporal Nym, Montjoy
Jesse J. Perez (Bishop of Ely, Corporal Nym, Montjoy) Off-Broadway: Triple Happiness (Second Stage), The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons), In the Penal Colony (Classic Stage), Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Candide (Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on the Sound); A Servant of Two Masters, Lulu, The Cherry Orchard, Taming of the Shrew (Yale Rep); Hard Weather Boating Party (Humana Festival); Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep); Cascabel, Argonautika, Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass); Celebrity Row (Portland Center Stage); Pericles (Goodman); Hamlet (McCarter). Lucia di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera). Film /TV: Enter Nowhere, American Splendor, All Night Bodega, Playing God, Kazaam, Person of Interest, Life on Mars, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Job, Third Watch. Jesse is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Lieutenant Bardolph, Alice, French Soldier, Duke of Burgundy
Thom Sesma (Lieutenant Bardolph, Alice, French Soldier, Duke of Burgundy) has appeared on Broadway and National Tours in leading roles in productions including The Times They Are A-Changin’, Search and Destroy, The Lion King, Titanic, and Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway credits include NYSF (Cymbeline and Othello), Roundabout, Second Stage, Drama Dept., among others. TV/Film: The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order, Third Watch, Canterbury’s Law, Lay the Favorite, Building Girl, Over/Under, others. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and AEA. James 2:26.
Earl of Cambridge, Captain Fluellen
Brendan Titley (Earl of Cambridge, Captain Fluellen) New York credits: As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure (The Public); Henry IV, Pt. 1 (Access Theater); Miss Julie (Jimmy’s No. 43). Regional: You Can’t Take It With You, Macbeth (Chautauqua Theater Company), The 13th of Paris, Brilliance (New Harmony Project). TV: Person of Interest, The Good Wife. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Michael Sexton (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Society in NYC. He most recently directed Kelly Masterson’s Edith with Jayne Atkinson and Jack Gilpin at the Berkshire Theater Festival and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with Jay O. Sanders at The Public Theater. He has directed New York premieres of plays by Rinne Groff, Will Eno, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Victor Lodato, Phil Porter, Chloe Moss, Marin Gazzaniga, Eric Gamalinda, and Rosemary Moore. His work has been seen at Red Bull Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC Theater, Classic Stage Company, Soho Rep, PS122, The Old Globe, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, SPF and the Cherry Lane Alternative. For The Shakespeare Society, he has programmed and directed events featuring John Douglas Thompson, Adam Gopnik, Michael Cerveris, Stephen Greenblatt, Martha Plimpton, James Shapiro, Robert Pinsky, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Easton, Trevor Nunn, Denis O’Hare, Kathleen Chalfant, Estelle Parsons, Michael Cumpsty and others. He has been a frequent guest artist at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, The Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where he has directed the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Ostrovsky, Tirso de Molina, Brian Friel, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Suzan-Lori Parks. He has taught theater and Shakespeare at Princeton University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NYU. He co-edited with Tim Page Four Plays by Dawn Powell.
Andromache Chalfant (Scenic Designer) is currently working on designs for the opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire at Virginia Opera. Her most recent Off-Broadway credits include: Adam Rapp's Through the Yellow Hour and Jose Rivera’s Massacre (Rattlestick Theater). Other New York credits include: Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop); Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC Theater); Warrior Class, Sex Lives of Our Parents, Bachelorette (Second Stage Theatre); El Gato Con Botas (Gotham Chamber Opera/Tectonic Theater Company); Edgewise (The Play Company); Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons). Regional credits include designs for: The Old Globe, Arena Stage, Minnesota Opera, Kansas City Repertory, American Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage, Westport County Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Tilly Grimes (Costume Designer) is a European theater and film designer currently working between London, Dublin, and New York. Recent American theater credits include Martin Crimp’s Caligula, Sophie Faucher’s La Casa Azul, Peggy Stafford’s Motel Cherry, and Mark Lamos’ Twelfth Night, as well as frequent work with Westport County Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, La MaMa, Shakespeare on the Sound, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New World Stages, HERE Arts Centre, New Georges, Theatre Row New York. Tilly is a guest artist/guest designer at The Juilliard School, New York University, Fordham University, The Curtis Institute and Trinity College Dublin. Tilly is co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company “SavageCharm.” She received her MFA from NYU Tisch School and is a teaching artist at Brown University.
Allen Hahn (Lighting Designer) Regional theater credits include Three Tall Women (Seattle Rep), The Lady with All the Answers (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Front Page (Playmakers Rep), Ghosts (Geva Theatre), as well as numerous productions in New York City. Opera highlights in the US include Emilie (Lincoln Center Festival), Rinaldo (NYCO), Il Sogno di Scipione (Gotham Chamber Opera), Mitridate (Santa Fe Opera), Don Giovanni (Glimmerglass), Death in Venice (Chicago Opera Theater), Elegy for Young Lovers (Curtis Institute, Philadelphia). He designed the world premiere productions of Miss Lonelyhearts (Juilliard), and Kafka’s Trial (Royal Danish Opera). European highlights: Giulio Cesare (Royal Danish Opera), La Giulio Cesare (Opera Zuid—Netherlands) and Der Freischutz (OLBE-ABAO, Bilbao). Several of his designs were selected for the 2007 Prague Quadrennial stage design exhibition, and he served as Lighting Design Curator for the US exhibit at the 2011 Quadrennial. He has worked with artist Tony Oursler on installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark, and designed several productions with cross-media performance company The Builders Association since the company’s inception in 1994.
Sound Design and Original Music
Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design and Original Music) is thrilled to be making his Two River debut. He has composed music and designed sound for dance and theater at dozens of spaces around NYC and the U.S. He is the resident sound designer for Collaboration Town and The Woodshed Collective. Recently: sound design for Kiss the Air at the Park Avenue Armory with Elizabeth Streb. Original music and sound design for Titus Andronicus at The Public; The Maids with Red Bull Theater; The Tenant, a massive theatrical installation with the Woodshed Collective; an immersive Balm in Gilead at Industry City, directed by Brian Mertes. His music project, Smirk, has performed all over the world, including appearances at Unsound in Krakow, MUTEK in Montreal and the Save Festival in Moscow. Upcoming: release of post-classical music on Clown and Sunset Aesthetics.
Francis Robert Perillo
Francis Robert Perillo (Vocal Coach) is a Master Voice Teacher and has trained actors for over 30 years. He has worked at Binghamton University, Marymount College, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he was head of the Voice Department. Mr. Perillo trains and coaches actors privately for performance and auditions; he has worked extensively with businessmen and women, writers, politicians, and singers and has given seminars and workshops to choral groups, readers of scripture, deacons, priests, and other teachers of voice and speech. He is a stage director and has directed playwrights as varied as Shakespeare, Coward, John Patrick Shanley, Tom Stoppard, and Charles Ludlam. He recently directed the musical The Spitfire Grill, and served as dramaturg/director for Aldo Pisano's one-man show Judgement. He was vocal coach to writer and performer Lawrence Wright for his play The Human Scale directed by Oskar Eustis. Last autumn he was vocal and text coach for The Public Theater’s Love’s Labor’s Lost. In addition to serving on the faculty of The Public’s Shakespeare Lab, he has been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University; at Stanford he was voice and text coach on three Shakespeare plays produced collaboratively by Stanford and The Public Theater. www.fperillo.com.
Thomas Schall (Fight Director) has worked at Two River as Fight Director of Topdog/Underdog and August Wilson’s Jitney. Broadway: Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Columnist, The Lyons, Death of a Salesman, War Horse, Venus in Fur, The House of Blue Leaves, A Free Man of Color, The Merchant of Venice, A View from the Bridge, After Miss Julie, Mary Stuart, Waiting for Godot, The Seafarer, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Coram Boy, Journey’s End, The Woman in White, Wicked, Noises Off, Art. Off Broadway: King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Mother Courage, Hamlet, The Book of Grace, Why Torture Is Wrong…, Singing Forest, The Good Negro (The Public Theater), Blood and Gifts, Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose, Belle Epoque, A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center), Regrets, Close Up Space, Ruined (MTC), Look Back in Anger (Roundabout), The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre), Beast (New York Theatre Workshop), The Pride (MCC), Homebody/Kabul (BAM).
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell (Casting) Broadway: Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, Avenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with the Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Blue Valentine, Another Happy Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Letters to Juliet, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Starting Out in the Evening, Death of a President, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, Sherrybaby, Kinsey, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Personal Velocity. Upcoming films: The Place Beyond the Pines, Gods Behaving Badly. Television: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Members of CSA.
Production Stage Manager
Larry Copeland (Production Stage Manager) is making his Two River debut. Broadway: Leap of Faith, PA. Regional: Cats (White Plains Performing Arts Center), PSM. Canadian credits: I Am My Own Wife (Canadian Stage, Canadian premiere), PSM; Disney’s The Lion King (Disney/Mirvish Productions), ASM; Larry’s Party (Canadian Stage, world premiere), ASM; Mill on the Floss (Soulpepper, North American premiere), ASM; Songs for a New World (Colour and Light Productions), PSM; Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Wild Guys, Sleuth, Skylight (Theatre New Brunswick); Anne of Green Gables the Musical, Emily (Charlottetown Festival), ASM. Plus eight years as the Senior Production Manager for Princess Cruises, seeing the world!