Shakespeare for Everyone

 

2002
St. Francis College
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by William Shakespeare
directed by Deborah Wright Houston

 

Magically, the queen who lent her name to an era renowned for its prosperity and support of the arts appeared from the pages of history to attend a recent performance of William Shakespeare's the Tempest.  Arriving late and taking the time for a photo op with the Brooklyn borough president, Elizabeth I (or at least the uncredited actress portraying her) dominated the proceedings.

Artistic Director Deborah Wright Houston's production was a clear, if darker than usual concept backing the production; there was no doubt that everyone had a thorough command of Shakespeare's and Houston's intentions.  Everything was done very carefully, very respectfully, and very studiously.  Nayokah Marlyne Afflack in the gender-bent role of Queen Alonsa gave a truly riveting performance, making the storms raging inside Alonsa's guilt-stricken ravings commanding and heart-rending, a true tempest.

Doug Filomena did his usually fine job with the lighting.

Doug DeVita, Off-Off-Broadway Review
www.oobr.com

 

CAST

Master

Achilles Vatrikas

Boatswain

Roger Dale Stude

Alonsa

Nayokah Marlyne Afflack

Antonio

Joseph Hamel

Gonzala

Lou Kylis

Miranda

Carrie Edel

Prospero

Leo Bertelsen

Ariel

Jovinna Chan

Caliban

Achilles Vatrikas

Ferdinand

Glenn Urieta

Sebastiana

Bev Lacy

Adriana

Lara Silva

Francisco

Evan Franca

Trincula Sabrina Yocono
Stephano Roger Dale Stude
Iris/Spirit Ashlynne Holder-Mosley
Ceres/Spirit Benedetta Agnoli
Juno/Spirit Miranda Knutson

CREW

Assistant Director/
Acting Coach

Vicki Hirsch

Production Manager/
Set Designer

Dan Nichols

Stage Manager

Gale Strum

Lighting Designer

Doug Filomena

Costume Designer

Deborah Wright Houston

Composer

Joe Ryan

Choreographer

Amy Schwartzman Brightbill

Front of House

Joel Blecka

Press Representative/
Web Site
Jonathan Slaff Associates
Program/Ad Sales Joseph Small
Ad Sales Bev Lacy
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