Chanelle Benz (Elizabeth Woodville) Chanelle is a graduate of Boston University’s Acting Program and also trained at LAMDA. She has worked at various theaters including: The Huntingdon Theater Company, HERE, Theater For The New City, Galapagos Art Space, Columbia University Stages, The Abingdon Theater and The Red Room. Favorite credits: Solange in The Maids, Natascha in Three Sisters , Vassilisa in The Lower Depths, Alice/Jove in GUT Symmetries, and Millamant in The Way of the World.
Dylan Bluestone (Young Henry/Petitioner 2/Clerk/Prince Edward) started his career at age 2 when he started doing schtick in the family room. At 3 he landed the role of Daniel in As the World Turns where he stayed for 6 1/2 years. His other TV credits include Law and Order, ESN’s “Wayne Street,” Sesame Street, Naked Brothers’ Band and numerous national commercials. His film credits include Kevin Bacon’s “Loverboy”, Rainier Judd’s “Remember Back, Remember When” and several industrials. He studies with Diane Hardin and Sheila Gray. This is his first professional theater performance. Great, too! [Virginia’s words, but likely Dyl’s, too.]
David Palmer Brown* (Gloucester) – Has played, over many years, a variety of roles in Washington, D.C. and New York, including: Thomas Becket (Murder in the Cathedral), Dracula (title role), Older in It’s Not Even Past (PUSH Productions); Mephisto (Theatre of Necessity) and Frank Elgin in The Country Girl (at New Actors Workshop).
Dan Burkarth* (Clifford) – is also currently in Fox Media’ Roommates at the Producer’s Club II. He serves on the Board of Directors with Turtle Shell Productions as their Teen / intern Coordinator. Recently he received acclaim for his portrayal of the pompous but charming Shakespearian ham actor, Edward J. Thornton III in Theatre for New City’s The Ghosts of 14th Street. Dan is delighted to be part of this talented cast! FaceBook
Giovanni Vargas (Curtis, “Two Realities”): Giovanni trained @ Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival. He has acted with: Wonderland One Act Festival, Around the Block Theatre Group, Coconut Daughters Productions, West Side Actors Studio and Valencia Character Company in NYC. On YouTube, he can be seen parodying Obama in “Border Jump Off” for “Fresh Prince of DC,” with whom he has also writen and produced.
Jarvis Smith (Sidney, “Two Realities”): received his training from University of Delaware. He has been seen on many TV shows and with many O-O-Bwy companies, including most recently, “Bored to Death.” This is the second time he has worked with Virginia Hammer (the first in June 2010’s “Global Warming” Theatre Festival @ 13th St. Rep, NYC) and the first in Newark, with, he hopes, many more to come.
Tom Cox (Warwick/Petitioner 2/Dick Butcher/Northumberland) – Tom is obsessed with King Lear (the play and the role) having done Cornwall in a staged production and readings as Lear, Kent, Gloucester, Oswald, Cornwall and the Doctor. Favorite roles have included Chebutykin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters (dir. by Gerald Glackin) and Inspector Hound in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound.”
Joe Hamel (Duke of York) Off Broadway: understudied and performed the role of Messer Nicia in the Pearl Theatre Company 2008 production of Machiavelli’s The Mandrake. Other roles include, Brutus, Touchstone, Bob Cratchit, and Lum in Gorilla Rep.’s Fool. Joe is a member of the Hudson Warehouse theatre company. www.hudsonwarehouse.net Thanks to directors, cast and crew.
Virginia Hammer* (Margaret; Artistic Director) Training: Central School, London and NYU. West End, London: Aspects of Love; Regional U.K.: Perth, York, London Fringe. Regional, U.S.: Alaska Rep., classics and comedy Fringe in Phila., v/o’s for many Philly industries; Irish band Skibereen in Philly; jazz singing in NY and Phila.Has acted in many great new plays by brilliant writers Tevya Abrams, Dean Bevan, Fred deLuna, Tom Lavignino, Elise Marenson, Neville Mur, Morna Martell, William Petersen and Larry Schwabach, among others, with Tri-State Rep, Around the Block and Village Playwrights, where her full-length Stuck in Deposit, one-acts The Two and Holiday in Velours, insane monologue The Thespians, or Off to the Shakeathon! and soon, full-lengths Reunions and Real Power have been/will be read.
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Karl Hanover* (Henry VI) – is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. Regionally he has worked with the Denver Center Theatre Company, CalShakes, Berkeley Rep, and the San Francisco and Philadelphia Shakespeare Festivals. Most recently he performed the voices of Atlas and Fontaine for the computer game BioShock, and he continues to be involved in the original work Expedition 6, written and directed by Bill Pullman.
Suzanne Hayes* ( Elinor) – previously appeared in Henry VI as King Henry in Judith Shakespeare’s famously cross-gendered production, portrayed Trinculo in their production of The Tempest and Sir Plume in their “Rape of the Lock” (Alexander Pope). Other Shakespeare credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She has appeared in several films of her husband Michael Patrick Kelly, including producing and appearing in Operation Lysistrata, the documentary of the largest theatrical act of protest in our history. On the steering committee of THAW, Theaters Against War, she gives much time and energy to advocating for peace and has appeared with THAW on The Next Hour on WBAI radio.
Bennett Pologe (Richard) – Phantom (Phantom of the Opera – Yeston-Kopit), Raul (Phantom of the Opera – David Bell). Regional: Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), the King (The King and I), Riff Raff (Rocky Horror Show), Jake (“Jake’s Women” and, at Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre, an elf, a millionaire and a skeleton. Shakespeare: Buckingham (Richard III), Warwick (Henry VI), Bellarius (Cymbeline), Shylock, Brutus, Polonius. Ben has not appeared on Law and Order.
Jordan Reeves* (Suffolk/Edward) Jordan is a NY based actor, director and fight choreographer. He holds a MFA in Acting from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium. He is also the Artistic Director and a founding member of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, where his roles include Richard III in,“Richard III,” Valentine in “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and DENNIS in“This is our Youth”. Regional: Trinity Repertory Company “Cyrano,” “Romeo and Juliet” Orlando Shakespeare Festival “Oedipus at The Crossroads,” “JACK and the Beabstalk” New American Theatre “Three Musketeers,” “Arsenic and Old Lace”. If you’d like to know more about Jordan check out his web site at jordanryanreeves.com.
Josh Thelin* (Cardinal Beaufort/Clarence) – NY: Day of Absence, Classical Theatre of Harlem; Job, Storm Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot; Cymbeline (Folding Chair). Regional: Shear Madness and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Kennedy Center; Henry VIII and Punk Hamlet, Taffety Punks, Julius Caesar; Romeo and Juliet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Everyman Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Capital Fringe. Training: MFA., Academy for Classical Acting (ACA). Oberlin College. Member: First Look Theatre Company. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Larry Weeks (Jack Cade/Messenger/Murderer) – A lifelong rock-n-roller (keyboards, vocals) and self-avowed Shakespeare geek, this is Larry’s 20th Shakespeare production. Favorite roles include Pandarus (Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare in the Wild), Buckingham (Richard III) and Claudius (Hamlet – Gorilla Rep). Thanks to Virginia, directors and cast for their perseverance.
Gerald Glackin graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Theatre. He did his post-graduate studies at the British American Drama Academy, where he was fortunate to study with Earle Gister (former Dean of Yale’s Acting Program). He continued studying with Mr.Gister at the Actor’s Center. Gerald has worked in the Delaware Valley, New York and London. He co-founded 2060 Inc., a not for profit theater company in New York City, in 2003. He has produced, acted and/or directed in all seven productions for the company, most recently directing Three Sisters.
Rodney Hakim is a local director, actor, coach, and writer. Previous directing credits include such critically acclaimed productions as “Shining City,” “Frozen,” (Outrageous Fortune Co.), “Operation Ajax” (Butane Group), “Entertaining Lesbians” (named Select Artist, Fall Collection), and “No Exit” (named Best of the Fest, Midtown International Theatre Festival), as well as a long running series of Shakespeare readings in association with Barnes & Noble Bookstores.RodneyHakim.com
Susan McCallum* has appeared in the plays of William Shakespeare and Eugene O’Neill and will race to Devil’s Island for an encore of any of these with one hour’s notice. Additionally, she enjoyed working in plays of Brendan Behan, Frank Gilroy, Brian Friel and Sean O’ Casey, not to mention the infinite number of not yet famous New York playwrights whose dreams and visions she has been privileged to share. She is delighted to be working on Henry VI and thanks Virginia for this opportunity. She has also been a frequent and passionate performer for Shakespeare on Saturdays.
Chanelle Benz; David Palmer Brown*; Virginia Hammer*; see bios above
* Member of Actors Equity Association