Shakespeare In Love


Date: November 1, 2018 — December 2, 2018
Days & Times:

Tues. - Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. at 2 pm;
Sat. Nov. 24 at 2 pm
No perf. Nov. 6,
20, 21 & 22

Running Time: 2 hours
Price: $30-$35

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod
Directed by Maura Hanlon


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

Poor Will Shakespeare is suffering from a severe case of writer’s block with a deadline fast approaching. Then his number one fan, Viola, appears, disguised as a boy and hoping to appear in his new play. Viola sparks the bard’s creative fires and when he and his muse fall in love, hilarity ensues: mistaken identities, competitive backbiting with another troupe of players, and the potential of suffering the Queen’s wrath! Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love is an homage to the joys of theater.

Shakespeare in Love is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cast

Will Shakespeare
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Nick Nudler (Will Shakespeare) At Cape Rep Theatre: Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rough Crossing; Off-Broadway: Wicked Frozen; Regional: Disaster! with Seth Rudetsky, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, and The Importance of Being Earnest at CT Repertory Theatre. Training: BFA, UConn. NickNudler.com.

Viola De Lesseps/Thomas Kent
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Lindsey Erin Agnes (Viola De Lesseps/Thomas Kent) Lindsey is excited to return to Cape Rep to be a part of this wonderful production. Her most recent credits at Cape Rep include Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Waitress/Nancy D in A New Brain, Ensemble in Billy Elliot, and Bradley in Men on Boats. Lindsey is grateful to her family for always supporting her passion.

Kit Marlowe/Ned Alleyn
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Mario Haynes* (Kit Marlowe/Ned Alleyn) is thrilled to be making his Cape Rep Theatre debut!  Regional: The Light Princess (American Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Topdog/Underdog, Betrayal (ART/MXAT Institute), Martin Shkreli’s Game.  International: The Seagull, Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, Pullman Car Hiawatha. Training: BA University of Georgia, MFA Acting ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. He likes to read various biographies, watch rare, pretentious movies, and The Simpsons.  www.mariohaynes.com

Fennyman
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Stephen L. Russell* (Fennyman) is happy to be back at Cape Rep, where he was last seen in Boundless, and to be working with so many old friends as well as three of his favorite playwrights (Lee Hall, Shakespeare and Stoppard.) Other regional theater credits include Tir Na, New Rep, Huntington, Lyric, Stoneham and, here on the Cape, the Academy, HJT and some 25 shows with WHAT. Stephen’s voice acting can be heard in many popular games including the new releases Fallout 76 and Underworld Ascendant. stephenrussellvoice.com

Queen/Nurse/Whore
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Jenn Pina* (Nurse/Queen/Whore) has been an actor, dancer, director, teacher or student in theaters (and parks, street corners, studios…) from California to New York, Massachusetts to Louisiana on and off for over 40 years. Jenn has been fortunate to have such playgrounds as the CCTC/HJT, the Experimental Theatre Wing in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Tinbox Theatre, Happensdance Improvisational Wing, Sledgehammer Theatre, and Pilgrim Theatre. Since 2003, she has worked as an executive coach, using theatre-based techniques to help leaders around the globe hone their ability to connect with their audiences. Her client list is extensive, and includes such institutions as Harvard Business School, Wellington Management, Bain Capital, TED, The Ariel Group, and UP Education Network. Jenn is co-founder of ÁSA Theatre, www.asatheatre.org. Love and thanks to Calliope, Fionn, Xevi, Mark, John, and Julie. And to Mo, Janine, and this fun and talented cast and crew for welcoming me to Cape Rep.

Henslowe
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Art Devine, (Henslow) is a theater artist whose work as a playwright, director, actor, and designer has been enjoyed throughout Cape Cod, Boston and California. He was last seen as Mrs. Bumbrake in Peter and the Star Catcher. Other acting credits include Rough Crossing, La Cage aux Folles, Mr. Burns, The Light in the Piazza, Jerusalem, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Born Yesterday, The Full Monty, The Sunshine Boys, The Love Talker, The Lion in Winter (Cape Rep), The Seven Year Itch (Cape Playhouse’s Tribute to Lee Remick), Hamlet (San Diego Rep), Heart of Jade, Giggle and Scream, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Buried Child (WHAT), Rough Crossing, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Pirates of Penzance, The Good Doctor, Elizabeth the Queen, Godspell (APA), Peter Pan and Wendy, and Dancing at Lughnasa (HJT).  Art studied acting, directing, and playwriting at Trinity Rep Conservatory and was Lead Carpenter at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego. Art is so grateful for all the love and support he gets from his wife Maura (Mo) Hanlon and his tribe of family.

Richard Burbage
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Anthony Teixeira (Richard Burbage) Anthony is a local performer, producer, music director and educator who is so grateful to have been part of an incredible season at Cape Rep!  Previous shows here include Mamma Mia!, Merrily We Roll Along, The Tuna Goddess, Evita, Funny Girl, The Light in the Piazza, Mack & Mabel, A Year with Frog & Toad, Lyle the Crocodile, and How I Became A Pirate, as well as shows at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, and Theater Under the Stairs. Anthony has been a soloist and featured singer for the Cape Symphony, and will perform the role of the Tin Man for their concert presentation of The Wizard of Oz in February 2019.

Edmund Tilney
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Stephen Rourke (Edmund Tilney) Stephen is delighted to be returning to the Cape Rep stage after appearing here last season in Billy Elliot. His work in theatre includes acting, directing, designing, dramaturgy, and teaching. Recent appearances: Guys and Dolls and Carousel at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. Favorite stage roles: John Adams in 1776, Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, and the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.  Earlier this year he directed and designed scenery for Unnecessary Farce at AFD in Arlington, and performed in Remembering the 40’s at RMT. He thanks his leading lady, Donna Marie, for supporting and encouraging his endless pursuits.

Wabash/Sir Robert De Lesseps
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Dennis Cunningham (Wabash/Sir Robert De Lesseps) Dennis’ previous Cape Rep credits include roles in Outside Mullingar and Regular Singing. At the Harbor Stage in Wellfleet he appeared in Glen Garry Glenross and most recently as Jack Mullen in The Weir. He has a long connection to theater on Cape Cod, dating back to the opening season at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in 1985 when he played Bobby in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. He has also played numerous roles in Stephen Russell’s WHAT for Kids.

Lord Wessex
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Ari Lew (Lord Wessex) Ari is always happy to return to the Cape Rep stage.  He has been seen in Mamma Mia, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Goodbye Mary Rose, Light in the Piazza, and Evita. Other favorites include The Weir (Harbor Stage Company), Urinetown the Musical (Tilden Arts Center) Little Shop of Horrors (CCTC-HJT), 39 Steps, Utility Monster, I am a Camera (WHAT), Aida, La Boheme (Metropolitan Opera), Arsenic and Old Lace (Priscilla Beach Theatre).  He resides in Yarmouth with his lovely wife Holly. Enjoy the show!

Ralph
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Tom Wolfson (Ralph) is delighted to be returning to the Cape Rep stage where he has performed in many roles since 1997, including Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Professor in Jerusalem, Xavier Cassidy in By the Bog of Cats, Alberto Miranda in Death and the Maiden, and Harold in Orphans. Helping to fund raise for Cape Rep in the Becker/Wasson productions of Footlight Fantasies has been a joy for Tom. He is deeply grateful for the direction, guidance, and support of Mo Hanlon and Janine Perry in helping to shape and draw out talents he was unsure he possessed, thereby helping to make his life more complete and fulfilling.

Nol
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Ryan Sheehan (Nol) is thrilled to return to Cape Rep for the third time this season!  He was seen here previously as Shawn in the world premiere of The Tuna Goddess, and in the ensemble of Mamma Mia!  Ryan is a recent graduate from Quinnipiac University with two B.A.’s in Theater and Film.  Select collegiate credits: Spring Awakening (Moritz), True West (Lee), Really Really (Davis), Arms and the Man (Captain Bluntschli), The Imaginary Invalid (Cleante).  Other credits include: The Crowded Hour (Manhattan Theatre Club); Watch Your Back (The Barrow Group); Bored in the USA, Stuck Keys, Ghost Cat (Abingdon Theatre Company); Where is Everybody? (NETC). Ryan would like to thank, as always, his family for their constant love and support.  www.ryansheehanacting.com

Sam/Robin/Frees/Musical Direction
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Peter Hodgson (Sam/Robin/Frees/Musical Direction) is happy to be back at Cape Rep as an actor after music directing Mamma Mia! Last year, he was the Musical Director for Billy Elliot and wrote the music for Boundless. He attended NYU, where he received both his BM in Music Theory and Composition and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing.  Since graduating, he has written for many different projects ranging from musical theater, to pop, to film.  Peter currently resides in New York City.  Thanks to the Cape Rep Family for having me back!

Webster
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Macklin Devine (Webster) most recently appeared in Cape Rep’s summer hit, Mamma Mia!, as Herbert/Pip in Cape Rep’s Young Company production of Great Expectations, as Tall Boy/Posh Boy in Billy Elliot the Musical and as Witch 1 in the inaugural YoCo production of Macbeth. He also appeared at Cape Rep in Jerusalem and Footlight Fantasies and he played Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Harwich Junior Theatre. Macklin hopes to become an actor/filmmaker some day, and is delighted to be a part of this ensemble. Thank you to my parents and my brothers for all their support.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Maura Hanlon (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre. She has had a very busy 2018 season, adapting and directing Great Expectations for the Young Company, directing our season opener, Merrily We Roll Along, appearing as Rosie in Mamma Mia! and Helen in Fun Home, and now, directing Shakespeare in Love. Thank you, Janine! She has directed many, many plays at Cape Rep, and quite a few elsewhere. Favorite directing credits include Men on Boats, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep) and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). Mo is also a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (My Name is Asher Lev, Topdog/Underdog, The Bottom of the Sky, to name just a few) and an occasional playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, which she also composed, and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a graduate of Holy Cross where she was a French/Pre-Med major. She studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She was twice nominated for the Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum and was offered a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Her productions have been named frequently in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of…” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach, and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and YoCo. Extra-special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin. maurahanlon.com.

Sceinc Design
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Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Ryan is a Houston-based scenic designer of theater, opera, and dance working across the country and Europe. He is the Resident Designer at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, MA as well as a Company Artist with Prague Shakespeare Company and the Classical Theatre Company of Houston. Regional Credits: Theatre under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Cape Rep, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Legacy Theatre, Prague Shakespeare Company. Opera and Dance: Glimmerglass Festival, New Orleans Opera, Opera San Jose, HGOco, Open Dance Project, and the Houston Ballet. Recent and Upcoming: Cape Rep: Shakespeare in Love. Glimmerglass Festival: Cunning Little Vixen. More at www.RyanMcGettigan.com

Lighting Design
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Phil Kong (Lighting Design) Cape Rep Theatre credits include Boundless (Scenic Design), A New Brain, Men On Boats, The Woman In Black, Mr. Burns–a post electric play, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, and Next to Normal. Phil’s work has been seen internationally in dance, theater, music and other live events. His most recent work includes art direction for Khalid’s performance at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, Lighting Design for Chameo: Agent im Auftrag der Natur for Tui Cruises gmbh, and associate design and lighting programming for the Site Lighting at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Upcoming projects include associate lighting design for Cambodian Rock Band at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and living full time in a van with his wife and daughter.

Costume Design
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Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. After several years in California she is very happy to be back East to work at Cape Rep once again. She continues to be a nationally known designer of hand made journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection.

Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden (Stage Manager) has previously stage managed eleven shows at Cape Rep from 9-Ball (2013) to this season’s The Tuna Goddess and served as Production Stage Manager for the 2017 & 2018 seasons. Other favorite credits include stage manager at Chestnut Street Playhouse (The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!) and Bartlett Theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts.

Fight Choreography
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Margaret is a Boston-based fight choreographer. Favorite credits include Julius Caesar and Midsummer for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Closetland as a guest artist with Bridgewater University, and Our Dead Dead Drug Lord, a world premiere with Off the Grid, for which she did both the violence and the intimacy design. Margaret is a proud graduate of Emerson College. Special thanks to Ted and Omar for all their help.

Dialect Coach
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Alison Weller* (Dialect Coach) has been dialect/speech coach at Cape Rep on Jerusalem, Woman in Black, Billy Elliot, and all YoCo productions. She was last seen in Mamma Mia! Broad- way: Coram Boy. O Broadway: is Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre), Gone Missing (Barrow St. Theatre), and Aphrodisiac (PS 122). As an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning Civilians: original collaborator on the long-running Gone Missing and critically-acclaimed is Beautiful City, also The Ladies (Chashama), and The Modern World Project with Anne Kauffman. Other NY: The Female Terorist Project ( The Committee), Out from Under It, and Blue Lila Rising (New Georges). Regional: Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WHAT, and seven seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. With Cape Rep: Billy Elliot, Men on Boats, Outside Mullingar, and many others. Alison is proud to have been in the company of American Records’ ReEntry, performing at naval bases in VA, CA, and MS for sailors returning from deployment. Her play Boundless premiered at Cape Rep in 2017. She is teaching an investigative theatre class at e New School in this fall. BA, Harvard; MFA, UCSD

** Associate Member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio.

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