Shakespeare for Everyone

 

2003
St. Francis College
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by John Webster
directed by Jemma Alix Levy

 

Matt D'Amico makes the character (Bosola) slimy and sympathetic at the same time, always a difficult trick, and his attack of regret at the end works nicely.   Renée Bucciarelli's duchess is quietly dignified, and Jon Fordham makes a suitably cold cardinal.  Andrew Oswald rants enthusiastically as Ferdinand.  He and Mr. Fordham have some effective scenes together, presenting two faces of evil: Ferdinand is road rage; the cardinal, the type who might quietly compile an enemies list.

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

Renée Bucciarelli plays the title role . . . she is superb - saucy and sensitive, valiant and vulnerable.  Jemma Alix Levy directs the more than capable cast.  She makes the most of a lavish wardrobe (Lea Umberger is costume designer) and minimal scenery and keeps the action flowing.  The Cardinal (Jon Fordham) and Ferdinand (Andrew Oswald) do a brilliant job establishing each his own distinct brand of iniquity so that in the end we may feel a bit sorry for Oswald, but we sincerely hope Fordham will burn in hell.

Matt D'Amico gives a multi-layered and thoughtful performance as Bosola.  In supporting roles, Vicki Hirsch is especially notable as Cariola and Shuana Miles gives a nuanced yet bawdy performance as Julia, the whore with a heart.

Paulanne Simmons, The Brooklyn Papers

 

 

Left, Renée Bucciarelli (Duchess of Malfi) and Andrew Oswald (Ferdinand).  Right, Jon Fordham (Cardinal) and Shuana Miles (Julia).  Photos by Jonathan Slaff.

CAST

Cardinal

Jon Fordham

Ferdinand

Andrew Oswald*

Bosola

Matt D'Amico*

Antonio

Patrick Hallahan*

Malateste/Servant/
Madman/Pilgrim

Frank Smith

Roderigo/Officer
Madman/Pilgrim

Dayle Vander Sande

Pescara/Officer/Madman

Chris Mongioardo

Delio

Mauricio Tafur Salgado

Executioner/Doctor
Silvio/Servant

Rob Mess

Julia

Shauna Miles

Duchess of Malfi

Renée Bucciarelli*

Cariola

Vicki Hirsch*

Production Understudy

Sabrina Mess

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

CREW

Stage Manager

April A. Klein*

Assistant Stage Manager

Lars Preece

Technical Director

Vincent Hokia

Costume Designer

Lea Umberger

Associate Costume Designer

Darlene Estremera

Lighting Designer

Izzy Einsidler

Properties Manager

Lucie Chin

Composer

Aaron Friedman

Front of House Manager

Margaret Cassetto

Press/Photos Jonathan Slaff Associates
Web Site/Postcards Cliff Harris
Programs/Ad Sales Joseph Small
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