Much Ado About Nothing at Actors' Shakespeare Project

it's a HOME GAME at my beloved Actors' Shakespeare Project this spring and it is such a joyful one!

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is directed by our badass new Artistic Director Chris Edwards (we are obsessed with him and when you see the show you'll understand why) and is rocking pretty hard at the gorgeous Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center through May 6. 

we are singing a lot of Beyonce during the show and a LOT of Michael Jackson during the pre-show. 

I'm playing Hero and recently got to chat with folks at Edge Boston (read it here)  and Boston Irish Reporter (check it out here) about ASP, the show, and my roots as a Fall Festival of Shakespeare kid at Shakespeare & Company

tickets are going fast (get 'em here)

 

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elemeno pea at boston playwrights' theatre, november 2-19

this DELIGHTFUL dark sharp comedy by Molly Smith Metzler is in previews now and runs until November 19.

I'm pumped to share the stage with two of my big-time-acting-lady crushes-- Amanda Collins and Samantha Richert and two awesome dudes as well: Barlow Adamson and Jaime Carrillo. 

and last but not least, our director is one of my all-time-favorites: Shana Gozansky. 

here's a little preview piece ("Hard Truths Wash Up On The Vineyard") in BU Today to learn more. 

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back home.... at shakespeare & company!

it ALWAYS gives me a thrill to set foot on the property at Shakespeare & Company and the woods where I grew up shouting Henry V speeches from the trees and getting stabbed with imaginary and not-so-imaginary broadswords.

i'm here now for five weeks Assistant Directing THE TEMPEST, which boasts S&Co's longtime company member and new Artistic Director Allyn Burrows at the helm. I have a strict "HECK YES" policy for any time Allyn invites me to work on something, and I'm particularly thrilled to be here breaking in a brand-new outdoor space on the beautiful Kemble Street grounds.

So far my job has involved a lot of saying NOPE when actors request to enter by zip-lining in from some rooftop or other.

young artists, new voices, yerma, oh MY

a few highlights from a busy winter and spring! 

an extraordinary Actors' Shakespeare Project residency diving into THE TEMPEST with incarcerated youth at a DYS facility in central MA

two of my (very) tiny plays were performed in the Boston chapter of the One Minute Play Festival

a residency at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge MA, where I directed THE COMEDY OF ERRORS with their (delightful) 7th and 8th graders

a living room reading of a draft of a new Lila Rose Kaplan (playwright crush alert!) play

a week in residence at Boston Playwrights' Theatre for NEW NOISES, the Massachusetts Young Playwrights' Project. I've been performing in this incredible collaboration for several years and I look forward to it every spring

and last but not least, I had two incredible opportunities (one through HowlRound and one through Huntington Theatre) to work with Huntington playwright/goddess-in-residence Melinda Lopez on her new translation/adaptation of Lorca's YERMA. It's been my joy to be part of the development of this work for a couple of years now and each time I visit it I fall deeper in love.

THE TEMPEST at Actors' Shakespeare Project

Hello again from Boston where I am five weeks into an utterly delightful run of THE TEMPEST at my home base, Actors' Shakespeare Project. I'm playing scrappy little Miranda, a homeschooler raised in the wilderness. No acting required! 

Our beloved Artistic Director Allyn Burrows is at the helm, and it has been a particularly meaningful process as he begins his new tenure as Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company today-- January 1 2017! 

THE TEMPEST opened December 1 and runs through January 8th. We're playing at Willett Hall (of United Parish Brookline, which is right in lovely Coolidge Corner). More info on all that here. 

SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL at Actors' Shakespeare Project

Our frankly INSANE production of THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL opened this weekend in Cambridge and I couldn't be more proud! It is directed by Paula Plum (one of my all-time favorite directors and human beings) and is filled with a cast of incredible actors who also all happen to be very dear friends. It also marks my first play as a member of the Resident Acting Company at Actors' Shakespeare Project, an enormous honor towards which I have been working for five years.

The show is an absolute delight to strap into wig and corset for each night, and plays through May 8th at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

And our shenanigans got a very lovely notice in the Boston Globe today which you can read here

All's Well That Ends Well at Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Hello from MEMPHIS TENNESSEE!

I am over the moon to be here playing Helena in All's Well That Ends Well at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, directed by TSC Artistic Director Dan McCleary.

All's Well will play December 10-20 at the heavenly Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis TN.

This week, I join the acting company of TSC for two staged readings as part of 400: The Shakespeare Feast, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's passing. I'll play Virigilia in Corialanus, and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors

I will also be eating a lifetime supply of barbecue.

a world premiere at Gloucester Stage Company

It was my honor to work with director David R. Gammons on bringing a world premiere to life at the beautiful harbor-side Gloucester Stage Company this fall. GSC Playwriting Resident Lucas Baisch's A Measure of Normalcy made its debut October 22-November 1.

I played a manic midwestern teenager who ran a burrito stand in a dying mall by day and lived in a fantastical and terrifying cartoon world inhabited by her coworkers by night.

TWELFTH NIGHT at Elm Shakespeare Company

I'm thrilled to be back in New Haven CT this summer, playing Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT at the wonderful Elm Shakespeare Company for their 20th season.

TWELFTH NIGHT is directed by Elm Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Jim Andreassi. Our beautiful (FREE! OUTDOOR!) play opens August 20 and runs 8pm every night (except Mondays) until September 6.

more info here

 

SAVING KITTY at Central Square Theater

I'm delighted to announce that I will be playing Kitty in Saving Kitty at the Central Square Theater this July. Nora Theatre Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner directs and the fearlessly hilarious Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show, Legally Blonde, American Pie) plays my whacky mom. Saving Kitty will run July 9 through August 2, and tickets are available here.

I've had a busy and wonderful spring directing Stoneham Theatre's Spring Shakespeare production of Comedy of Errors with a fantastic group of eighteen youth actors age 9-18. The public performance is on Saturday June 6 at 11am, all information here

I'll be appearing in select performances of the UK Fringe sell-out hit Shitfaced Shakespeare, a co-production of Magnificent Bastard Productions and Cambridge Historical Tours. This wild and whacky Midsummer plays now at the Davis Square Theatre, and I'll be with the company until June 6th. My remaining performance dates are May 21, May 22, May 23, May 31, June 4 and June 6. Tickets available here and you can hear Michael Underhill and me being interviewed about the show (and getting quizzed on current events, gulp!) on WGBH here (begins at the 2 hour 28 minute mark)

Last weekend I played Anne Marlowe in Huntington Theatre Company's staged reading of Hair of the Dog (by Constance Congdon) for the Boston Theatre Marathon, a fundraiser for the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which raises money for theatre artists and companies in crisis.

 

News & 2014 Recap

I begin rehearsals shortly for Measure for Measure with Actors' Shakespeare Project, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. It will be my 4th time onstage with ASP in as many years, and I couldn't be more proud! Measure for Measure plays January 7th-February 1st 2015 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

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january/february I played Anya in Actors' Shakespeare Project's celebrated production of The Cherry Orchard, directed by the Obie-winning Melia Bensussen

march  I spent an exciting week at the New 42nd Street Studios in NYC, where I played Elizabeth Morton in Hartford Stage's new play development workshop of Elizabeth Egloff's Ether Dome, directed by Michael Wilson and co-produced by the Huntington Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse.

april  I performed in a world premiere production of Lila Rose Kaplan's 123 with Fresh Ink Theatre, directed by Shana Gozansky

may I co-directed the pilot year of the Spring Shakespeare program for the Stoneham Theatre Young Company. Caitlin Lowans and I directed 18 middle and high school students in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

june I did a play reading at the Huntington Theatre of Playwriting Fellow Lila Rose Kaplan's new play, Home of the Brave.

july/august I spent a wonderful summer in New Haven, CT playing Thaisa in Elm Shakespeare Company's production of Pericles in Edgerton Park, directed by Elm Artistic Director Jim Andreassi. 

september/october I played Molly in In The Summer House at the Atlantic Wharfdirected by Caitlin Lowans and produced by Fort Point Theatre Channel.

october/november I performed in a site-specific staged reading of Our Town at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and produced by Central Square Theater