Following a highly successful run at California Shakespeare Theater, Two River Theater Co. is proud to present Shakespeare's most magical and mischievous celebration of fools in love: A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Two River Artistic Director Aaron Posner.
Says director Posner: "This play is a celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings. Love, sex, power, friendship and jealousy all mix together (with a little supernatural help) to make a magical, musical mess that is practically irresistible." Of his cast he adds, "It is one of the most dynamic and delightful casts I have ever seen. We worked closely together to match Shakespeare's playful and intoxicating spirit. We let that be our guide, and then just had a hell of a good time playing in the theatrical forest we created from our collective imaginations."
This dynamic between the cast has been commented on by reviewers and audience members alike: The SFist blog calls them "a great and harmonious ensemble of a cast". Nor has the spirit of the creative process gone unnoticed: The Daily Californian has called it "a magical, creative, and continually surprising production". This is Posner's latest direction of Shakespeare since the widely acclaimed production of Macbeth co-directed by Teller in 2008. It is co-produced with California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, CA. Two River audiences will remember cast members Erin Weaver (Mary's Wedding), Doug Hara (Our Town), Joe Harrell (ReEntry), Richard Ruiz and Tara Giordano (Frog and Toad). The cast also includes Keith Randolph Smith, Pegge Johnson, Avery Monsen, Bradley Mott, Duane Noch, Lindsey Gates, Richard Thieriot, and Danny Scheie.
A Midsummer Night's Dream begins previews on Tuesday, October 20, opens Saturday, October 24, and runs through Sunday, November 8.
Aaron Posner, Director: For nearly 20 years Aaron has worked as a director, playwright, teacher, and consultant in the American professional theater. As a co-founder and former artistic director of Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, he directed over 40 productions, taught dozens of classes, and created award-winning educational programs. As a freelance director, Aaron has worked at many of the country's leading regional theaters including Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Folger Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the Alliance, The Children's Theatre Company and many more. In addition to directing, Aaron is a published playwright and has penned nearly a dozen adaptations of literature. Aaron's most recent adaptations include Mark Twain's A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage with music by James Sugg; My Name is Asher Lev based on the novel by Chaim Potok; and Sometimes a Great Notion, based on the novel by Ken Kesey. Aaron has won Barrymore Awards for directing and playwriting, two Helen Hayes Awards for direction, and is an Eisenhower Fellow. He is originally from Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Northwestern University.
Lindsey Gates*, Helena: Off-Broadway: Legacy Codes by Cherylene Lee. Regional: Legacy Codes, Hangar Theater; Big River, Music Theater of Wichita; West Coast premieres of Far Away, I Have Loved Strangers, and Current Nobody, Just Theater; and Whisper From the Book of Etiquette by Claire Chaffee, Playwrights Foundation. Lake George Theater Lab: Kitchen Sink Play, OTMA, Belle of Amherst, and the American premiere of Performances by Brian Friel. Television/Film: "Strangers with Candy", Comedy Central ; "Vamps", Universal; "L.A. Firefighters", Fox; "Steam" (written by her husband), and "Lost in Translation". Ms. Gates is a proud graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Circle in the Square / Classical Studio).
Tara Giordano*, P.T. Quince: is delighted to return to Two River Theater where she has appeared in The Underpants, A Year with Frog and Toad, and has taught for TRTC's educational programs. She has performed at Arena Stage, McCarter Theater, Kennedy Center, New York Theater Workshop, Theater Alliance (Headsman's Holiday dir. by Aaron Posner), and others. Recent credits include: Citizen Ruth at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Heidi in Heidi at Imagination Stage, Is He Dead? at Olney Theater, and a principal role in the independent feature film "YellowBrickRoad". She first studied and performed Shakespeare in high school with Shakespeare and Co. and continued at Middlebury College and beyond.
Doug Hara*, Puck: is a veteran ensemble member of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company where he has participated in 16 productions including The Brothers Karamazov, Metamorphoses, West, Eurydice, The Arabian Nights, Up Against It, The Master and Margarita, and Lookingglass Hamlet. Recent credits include A Prayer for Owen Meany and Something Intangible, Arden Theatre; and Our Town, Two River Theater Company. Broadway credits: Metamorphoses and The Boys of Winter. Off-Broadway: The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Metamorphoses, and Lookingglass Alice. Doug has worked with many regional theaters throughout the country including The Goodman Theatre (Odyssey, Journey to the West), About Face Theatre (11 Rooms of Proust), Jellyeye Drum Opera (Blood Lotus), The Huntington Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, BAM, The Joyce Theatre, and Second Stage Theater.
Joseph C Harrell, Snout: is honored to be working with Two River Theater Company once again. He received his AS from University of South Carolina and will finish his BS in management at Rutgers Business School in May of 2009. Joseph served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2008. He attended The William Esper School in Manhattan NY 2008 and HB Studios in 1997. Recent credits include ReEntry, Two River Theater Company; and Time Remembered and The Servant of Two Masters, University of South Carolina. Joe worked as a military movement coordinator on ReEntry as well as Man=Man at the Yale School of Drama. Current works include: ReEntry at Rutgers University, which will be performed this Veterans Day at Rutgers-Newark to educate faculty and students about combat veterans; and Happy New Year, an independent film in which he is a production associate, an actor, and a military advisor.
Pegge Johnson*, Titania/Hippolyta: Regional credits include: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Richard III (Queen Elizabeth), and Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet), Elm Shakespeare Company; All's Well That Ends's Well (Mariana) and Ghosts (Regina u/s), Hartford Stage Company; Jitney (Booster's Woman), Crossroads Theatre/tour; John Dory and Combination Skin, Company One; Long Wharf Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theater Works (Hartford), and The National Black Theatre Festival. She has worked in independent film, regional commercials, print, and voiceover. Other performance work include a one-woman historical performance piece based on the life of Rebecca Primus, commissioned by the CT Historical Society and the Hartford Black History Project; a multi-character, one-woman touring play about Prudence Crandall, produced by Young Audiences of CT and the Anti-Defamation League; and a decade-long association with The Performing Ensemble, a theater company dedicated to producing work of the African Diaspora and community education. She holds a BA in Theater. Many thanks to the muses!
Bradley Mott*, Snug/Egeus: Bradley is making his TRTC debut with A Midsummer Night's Dream. In fact, Bradley is a newly transplanted "New Jerseyonian", having spent the last 30 years working as an actor and educator throughout the Midwest and Los Angeles. Currently, he teaches acting to the NYU students at CAP21 Studios.