Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Here we are. Two weeks from launching out upon a vast unknown, with so much left to solve, discover, forget remember, go back and get, and so much yet to build. We are excited by what is yet to come and all that is left to do in bringing this great experiment to life! We invite you, and extend a hand to come along with us deep into the Forest of Arden, where poems grow on trees and love is in the breeze. Where hearts sing, and fools roll, where there is laughter for the soul !
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Foster Solomon (Jacques and Charles the Wrestler) After four years in Los Angeles, Foster is happy to be back in Richmond to play Charles the Wrestler and Jacques in As You Like It. Previous Richmond credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Prospero in The Tempest, and Hamlet in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Richmond Shakespeare); Lincoln in Top Dog/Under Dog and William in Lobby Hero (TheatreGym); and directing To Kill a Mockingbird at Barksdale Theatre. All love to his beautiful wife, Susan and his boys, Trey and Jordan.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Jerome Weiss (Adam) received a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School, then toured Europe and North America with Netherlands Dance Theater, Harkness Ballet of NYC, and San Francisco Ballet. He moved to Richmond in 1989 to teach for Richmond Ballet. He was certified to teach Pilates in 1997, had his own Pilates studio for 12 years, and now is back performing character roles and teaching at Richmond Ballet. He feels like a silent movie actor making the transition to “talkies.” His very first speaking role was as Percy in Richmond Shakespeare’s “Elizabeth Rex” earlier this year.
Trevor Kimball (Duke Senior) began his stage career wearing tights at age 12 (explains a lot), playing Hamlet. He went on to roles in various onscreen and stage productions on both coasts. Favorites include Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Cable in South Pacific, Gollum in The Hobbit, Peck in How I Learned to Drive, and Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors. He is most proud however of his role as husband to Melanie and dad to Grace.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tony Sanchez (Amiens) is a recent graduate of the BFA Theatre Performance program at VCU. He is pleased to make his first post-university appearance with such an innovative project. He was last seen in the Ensemble of Grapes of Wrath at the Barksdale Theatre, and as the Host of VCU's late night variety show No Shame. His primary concentration has been on Mask and devised theatre, and he plans to pursue projects both on the Eastern Shore of the US, and abroad. As always he has his parents, younger sister, and loved ones to thank for the unwavering support.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Carolyn Boucher (Phebe) is a proud BFA graduate of TheatreVCU. Favorite roles include John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Madame Curie in VEIL (devised with the Smelter Theatre Ensemble), Joy/Lee in Aloha! Say the Pretty Girls with Nightlight Collective, and Sara in Stop Kiss at Sycamore Rouge.
Olivia Luna (Celia) is a third year Theatre Performance major who hopes to graduate with a BFA from VCU. She has recently been seen in TheatreVCU and Barksdale Theatre's collaboration of Grapes of Wrath, and VCU Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre performances of A Thousand Faces: Everyday Heroes, The Elephant Man, and The Colored Museum. She sends a great deal of love and thanks to her friends and family for all their support and guidance. And a special thanks to her sisters Courtney, Derizz, Dani, Jessie, and Ahjah for holding her up these past two years.
Charley Raintree (Touchstone) has most recently appeared in the TheatreVCU and Barksdale Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath as Jim Casy. Previous credits include Cabaret, Shadow Play and The Glass Menagerie at TheatreVCU. Charley has performed with The Conciliation Project, Shoe String Players, Night Light Collective, Showtimers Theatre, Little Town Players, Viriginia Western CC, and the Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre. Charley took 1st place in the VA/NC Regional NSAL acting competition and received the Donald Wilson Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Acting. This opportunity to bring live theatre into Battery Park is an excellent honor.
Bryan Gabriel Lamorena (Orlando) is currently a senior in TheaterVCU’s Bachelor of the Arts program with a focus in Performance and Literature. His credits include: Cementville¸ A Thousand Faces; Everyday Heroes, and Daniel On A Thursday for the Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre. He was also a part of VCU’s mainstage production of Shadow Play, a collaborative project of David Leong, Gary Hopper, and Leeland Faulkner. His Shakespeare credits include: Feste the fool, Antonio, and Sebastian from Twelfth Night and Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet. Bryan is very excited about this opportunity to start a public outdoor venue for Shakespeare. And hopes you enjoy the journey as well.
Michael Sater (Silvius, Le Beau) is thrilled to be performing with some of the most talented and respected artists in the city for this inspired project. He holds a BFA in Theatre from VCU, where he focused on English literature and Shakespearean studies. His favorite roles include Henry David in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Painter in Titus Andronicus, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Catesby in Richard III. He would like to thank Joe and James for this opportunity found through a diner window.
Melissa Carroll-Jackson (Vocal Coach) is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (with an emphasis in Voice and Speech). She also has an MA from Oklahoma State in Theatre Studies and a BFA in Theatre Performance from Wichita State. After her undergraduate work , she spent five years in New York training with The Atlantic Theatre, creating her own theatre company, “The Sum of Us”, and acting in film and on stage. As a voice and dialect coach, her work has also been heard all over Richmond including such venues as the University of Richmond, Richmond Shakespeare Company, the Chamberlayne Actors Theatre, Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Henley Street Theatre Company. When not voice coaching, Melissa enjoys acting and directing in Richmond. While in VA she has been seen on the stages of VCU, Richmond Shakespeare Company and will be playing three roles in Richmond Triangle Player’s upcoming production of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. She’s glad to be back working with old friends on such an exciting production and thanks them and her family for all their support.
Lauren Hafner (Audrey) is entering her last year as a Theatre-Performance major at VCU. She was last seen on the TheatreVCU mainstage in The Who’s Tommy. Some of her other credits include Elephant Man, A Thousand Faces: Everyday Heros, The Mixed Tape Project, Fatherhood ReThought and the sketch comedy show Ant Farm. She is thrilled to be a part of Theatre in Battery Park’s inaugural production!
Freddy Kaufman (Duke Frederick) is thrilled to be involved in the inaugural production of "Theatre in Battery Park". Freddy was most recently seen in Henley Street Theater Company's productions of A Servant of Two Masters, A Doll’s House, Romeo and Juliet, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Seagull. Freddy has also been a staple of the Richmond Shakespeare Company, performing in Hamlet, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. Freddy is a full time criminal defense attorney. He brings his theatrical talents to criminal defense trials and criminal defense tactics to the stage. Which better benefits society is debatable.
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