2004 - Awake and Dream

  A Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to our 42nd season - the season of Awake and Dream! Our slogan this year may seem an odd or whimsical call to action, but it is nonetheless a wondrous and provocative one. It is all about possibility . It is a perfect theme for our 2004 roster of offerings, for without exception, all tell tales of awakenings, of revelations and of dreams about what might be - whether it be the promise of a better life, the discovery of love or faith, or the prospect of a better kingdom.

Awake and Dream! is an equally apt description of what happens when we engage in the act of theatre-going. There is a ritual to which we all intuitively submit upon entering the dimly lit hall of a theatre. We prepare to enter an alternative realm –– a domain where anything is possible — and we open up to the "proposals" and the worlds conjured up by our writers and artists. In the magical darkness of our theatres, we enter territories where our hearts, minds and senses are awakened in a way that is unique, potent and often life changing.

This mysterious power of theatre can electrify, mobilize and help us see visions of what might be, or what we might become — visions that encompass the entire scope of human experience, from the basest to the most noble, from the most humble to the most ambitious quests or dreams. Like our dreams, theatre leads us to undiscovered countries, new ideas, startling revelations and fresh inspirations. It is a place where dreams come true and where they are born. In these troubled times, it is more important than ever that we remember how to dream and believe that our visions can be realized. So, let the tales and words of our master storytellers lead the way — come, awake and dream with us!

2004 Season Plays

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Love's Labour's Lost

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian B. Crowe

Travel with us to the royal court of Navarre, where the foolish "ivory tower" ideals of four earnest, young men come unraveled at the hands of four clever young ladies. Shakespeare's delightful coming-of-age tale is a hilarious ode to the journey of growing up that exposes, with great affection, the follies, infatuations and desperate yearnings of youth.

The Crew

Director - Brian B. Crowe
Sound Designer - Richard M. Dionne
Lighting Designer - Brenda Dolan
Costume Designer - Kim Gill
Production Stage Manager - Mindy Richardson
Scenic Designer - Brian J. Ruggaber

The Cast
The Equity Company

Holofernes - Ames Adamson
Dumaine - Benjamin Eakeley
Costard - David Foubert
King of Navarre - David Furr
Berowne - Thomas M. Hammond
Don Adriano de Armado - Eric Hoffmann
Boyet - Greg Jackson
Princess of France - Caralyn Kozlowski
Rosaline - Victoria Mack
Maria - Erin Partin

The Non-Equity Company

Sir Nathaniel - Duncan Hazard
Moth - Molly McCann
Servant / First Lord / Musician - Kelvin O'Bryant
Jaquenetta / Musician - Mandy Olsen
Longaville - Troy Scarborough
Anthony Dull / Musician / Monsieur Marcadé - Brian Schilb
Katharine - Laura A. Simms
Servant / Second Lord / Forester / Musician - Al Vota

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Adapted by Nilo Cruz
From the short story by Gabriel García Márquez
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte

Ride with the moon to a town lost in time and experience a magical and joyous myth. A mysterious, winged creature falls to earth and is discovered by two children, who are certain, deep in their hearts, that he is a wounded angel. This colorful tale engages the imagination and delights the senses with its archetypal imagery, wondrous phenomena and festive, live music.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, author of the Tony Award-nominated play ANNA IN THE TROPICS, has created a magical stage adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings." Márquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, is the author of ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE and LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, among many other major works.

Artistic Staff

Bonnie J. Monte – Director
Kerri Allen – Dramaturg/Language Consultant
Steven L. Beckel – Sound Designer
Nilo Cruz – Playwright
Regina García – Costume Designer
Paul Ivory – Bassist
Nicholas Kitsopoulos – Composer
Kris Kukul – Musical Director
John La Barbera – Guitarist
Gabriel García Márquez – Author
Carrie Mossman – Scenic Designer
Mindy Richardson* – Production Stage Manager
Steven Rosen – Lighting Designer
Roger Squitero – Percussionist

The Cast
The Equity Company
Yolande Bavan – Justina / Bonafacia
Emilio Delgado – Man with the Panama Hat / Don Galante
Danielle Larracuente – Fefé
Selenis Leyva – Woman Who's Been Crying
Gregory Mitchell – A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Alfredo Narciso – Showman / Cirilo / Mountain Man
Lazaro Perez – Juan José / Agracelio
Jessica Pimentel – Spider Woman / Worker #2
Saundra Santiago – Elisenda
Mark Elliot Wilson – Pelayo

The Non-Equity Company
Robin De Jesús – Momó
Michael Earle – Selim Al Din / Peddler / Townsperson
Mary Floyd – Worker #3 / Townsperson
Magaly Roig – Girl with a Box of Prayers / Moon / Townsperson
Drew Valins – Townsperson

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Hay Fever

By Noël Coward
Directed by Gabriel Barre

Be our guest at the bustling Bliss house for Noël Coward's wickedly witty "comedy of bad manners." A small coterie of guests arrive for a lovely weekend in the country - only to find themselves enmeshed in a maelstrom of stinging humor and outrageous behavior, as the self-absorbed and hilariously dysfunctional Bliss family thrusts their alarmed visitors into the midst of their edgy histrionics.

The Artistic Staff
Gabriel Barre, Director
Richard M. Dionne, Sound Designer
Stephen Gabis, Dialect Coach
Michael Giannitti, Lighting Designer
Karen A. Ledger, Costume Designer
Brenda J. Lillie*, Production Stage Manager
James Wolk, Scenic Designer

The Equity Company

(Listed in order of appearance)
Clara – Alison Weller*
Sorel Bliss – Katharine Leonard*
Simon Bliss – Michael Kary*
Judith Bliss – Jill Gascoine*
David Bliss – Edmond Genest*
Sandy Tyrell – Sean Dougherty*
Myra Arundel – Cindy Katz*
Richard Greatham – Randall Newsome*
Jackie Coryton – Caitlin Miller*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. This theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors' Equity Association.

Richard II

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Mullins

This rarely performed history play is the first installment in Shakespeare's royal tetraology about the fall of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the rise of the House of Lancaster. Richard's detachment from the common people, combined with his flagrant spending habits, shady funding sources, reliance on ill-chosen counselors and penchant for war, ultimately leads to his epic downfall.

The Artistic Staff
Director - Paul Mullins
Production Stage Manager - Alison Cote*
Costume Designer - Hugh Hanson
Composer - David Maddox
Set Designer - Tobin Ost
Lighting Designer - Shelly Sabel
Fight Director - Rick Sordelet

The Cast
King Richard II - David Conrad*
Queen Isabel - Maria Kelly
John of Guant, Duke of Lancaster, uncle to the King - Patrick Boll*
Henry Bollingbroke, Duke of Hereford, his son - David Manis*
Duke of York, Edmund of Langley, uncle to the King - Cynthia Mace*
Duke of Aumerle, their son - Chris Landis
Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk - Matthew Montelongo*
Sir John Bushy - LeRoy McClain*
Sir William Bagot - Michael Ellison
Sir Henry Green - Michael Earle
Bishop of Carlisle - Duncan Hazard
Earl of Salisbury - Brian Schilb
Duke of Surrey - Eric Hoffmann*
Captain of the Welsh Army - Michael Rossmy
Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland - Craig Wallace*
Harry Percy, his son - Kelvin O'Bryant
Sir Piers of Exton - Matt D'Amico*
Lord Fitzwater - Michael Kroeker
Lord Berkeley - Drew Doyle
Margueritte, lady attending on the queen - Christina Cherry
Timothy, servant to the house of York - Michael Sossiadis
Gardener - Geddeth Smith*, LeRoy McClain*, Michael Earle
Stable Groom - Matthew Montelongo*
Prison Keeper - Geddeth Smith*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck
Directed by Joe Discher

Hitch a ride to 1930s Northern California for Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's heartbreaking American classic OF MICE AND MEN. One of the most celebrated works in our nation's literary canon, it is the haunting tale of George and Lennie, two lonely migrant workers who dream of a place they can call their own. Their unlikely friendship infuses both men with hope for the future, but as all too often happens, "the best laid schemes o' mice and men" go awry as George and Lennie pursue the dream that sustains them.

The Artistic Staff

Director - Joe Discher
Lighting Designer - Matthew E. Adelson
Sound Designer - Steven L. Beckel
Production Stage Manager - Brenda J. Lillie*
Fight Director - Rick Sordelet
Set and Costume Designer - Marion Williams

The Cast

(In order of appearance)
George - Graham Winton*
Lennie - Mark Mineart*
Candy - Jim Mohr*
The Boss - Joe Mancuso
Curley - Marc Aden Gray*
Curley's Wife - Victoria Mack*
Slim - Paul Niebanck*
Carlson - Michael Daly*
Whit - Chris Landis
Crooks - Ron Brice

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte

To take the high road, or the low road? That is the question facing the celebrated warrior Macbeth. Unbridled ambition and moral impotence unleash destruction on an entire nation in this brilliant psychological and political thriller. The formidable talent of actors Robert Cuccioli and Laila Robins will breathe life into the doomed Thane and his upwardly mobile wife.

Funding is provided, in part, by a grant from American Express Company

The Artistic Staff

Director - Bonnie J. Monte
Costume Designer - Frank Champa
Sound Designer - Richard M. Dionne
Lighting Designer - Brenda Gray
Production Stage Manager - Josiane M. Lemieux*
Set Designer - Michael Schweikardt
Fight Director - Rick Sordelet

The Cast
In order of appearance
Macbeth - Robert Cuccioli*
Macduff/Macdonwald - Gregory Derelian*
Lady Macduff/Witch - Melissa T. Miller
Witch /Lady Macbeth's Gentlewoman - Corey Tazmania
Witch - Caralyn Kozlowski*
Duncan - Raphael Nash Thompson*
Malcolm - Jimonn Cole*
Captain Seyton - Michael Rossmy
Lennox - Doug West
Rosse - Brian Schilb
Angus/Murderer 2 - Seth D. Rabinowitz
Donalbain/Young Siward - Roderick Lapid
Groom/Menteith - Dennis Ferenchick
Groom/Servant/Soldier - Steven Jayson
Macbeth's Servant/Soldier - Alexander Haynes
Banquo - Michael Stewart Allen*
Lady Macbeth - Laila Robins*
Murderer 1/Soldier/Caithness - Aaron Shipp
A Porter - Eric Hoffmann*
Fleance/Macduff's son - Austin Colaluca*
An Old Man/Old Siward - Leon Addison Brown*
Lord/Doctor - Duncan Hazard
Macduff's daughter - Chloe Colaluca

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.


Book, music and lyrics by Peter Mills
Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Our holiday gift to you and your family is the regional theatre premier of an exuberant new musical based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Girl, disguised as boy, steals the hearts of both the lord and the lady in this melodic, funny and festive comedy of unrequited loves and mistaken identities. Beautiful ballads and rollicking refrains make this a theatrical gem for all ages!

The Artistic Staff

Director - Paul Mullins
Original costume designer - Frank Champa
Orchestrations - Daniel Feyer
Costume designer - Kim Gill
Production stage manager - Brenda J. Lillie*
Book, music and lyrics - Peter Mills
Co-adaptors - Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
Musical director - F. Wade Russo
Lighting designer - Shelly Sabel
Set design - Michael Schweikardt
Choreograper - Becky Timms

The Orchestra
Piano/Conductor - F. Wade Russo
Violin - Elizabeth Schulze
Cello - jennifer Gravenstine
Bass - Paul Ivory
Woodwinds - Mike Brown, Tom Piercy
Percussion - Mary E. Rodriguez

The Cast
Feste, a jester - Joel Blum*
Orsino, Duke of Illyria - Steve Wilson*
Olivia, a countess - Maria Couch*
Sir Toby, her uncle - T. Doyle Leverett*
Malvolio, her steward - Ames Adamson*
Maria, her maid - Kristie Dale Sanders*
Viola, twin sister of Sebastian - Elena Shaddow*
Sebastian, twin brother of Viola - Chris Peluso*
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a suitor to Olivia - Benjamin Eakeley*
Antonio, a pirate - Darren Matthias* Orsino’s servants - Howard Emanuel, Peter Maris
Olivia’s servants - Suzanne Houston, Justine Williams

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.