Brooke Bloom, Fred Arsenault and More Join A.R.T.'s MARIE ANTOINETTE
he American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) has announced additional casting information for David Adjmi's new play, Marie Antoinette, directed by Rebecca Taichman, with choreography by Karole Armitage, in a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre. Marie Antoinette begins previews on Saturday, September 1, and runs through Saturday, September 29, with press opening on Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm.
The complete cast includes Brooke Bloom as Marie Antoinette, Fred Arsenault as Emperor Joseph of Austria, Hannah Cabell as Yolande de Polignac, David Greenspan as Sheep, Polly Lee as Therese de Lamballe, Steven Ratazzi as Louis XVI, Jake Silbermann as Axel Fersen, Jo Lambert and Teale Sperling as Marie's coterie, Vin Knight as the Royalist, Andrew Cekala as the Dauphin, and Brian Wiles as Guard.
The barbed and brassy tragicomedy Marie Antoinette provides a peek into the life of everyone's favorite representative of the 1% - the infamous Queen of France and cake enthusiast. Though she delights and inspires her subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture, times change and Marie finds her sparkling and sheltered world turned upside down by the Revolution.
Brief biographies of the cast members:
Brooke Bloom (Marie Antoinette) earned a Barrymore Award for the title role of Becky Shaw at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, played Ophelia in Hamlet at South Coast Repertory Theatre, and most recently was seen in Lungs at the Barrington Stage Theater. Her film and television credits include He's Just Not That Into You, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Good Wife, and she has a recurring role in CSI: Miami.
Fred Arsenault (Emperor Joseph) was seen as Perry in The Royal Family and Born Yesterday on Broadway, and regionally in Henry V, Travesties, The Spy, and was a member of Blue Man Group. His television credits include The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Law and Order SVU.
Hannah Cabell (Yolande de Polignac) appeared on Broadway as Margaret Moore in A Man for All Seasons, Off-Broadway in Rinne Groff's Compulsion at The Public Theater (also at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and in the title role of Pumpgirl at Manhattan Theater Club; in the world premiere of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Rep, and Three Sisters at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
David Greenspan (Sheep)'s Broadway credits include Melancholy Play, The Patsy, and The Royal Family; off-Broadway Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Orlando (directed by Rebecca Taichman), Faust (Mephisto, Obie Award), Terrence McNally's Some Men, and the revival of The Boys in the Band (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). His plays include Coraline (a stage adaptation based on Neil Gaiman's novel) and the Obie Award winners She Stoops to Comedy and The Argument.
Polly Lee (Therese de Lamballe)'s New York credits include Nightlands (New Georges), How I Fell In Love (Abingdon Theatre), Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Water (HERE Arts Center. Regionally she appeared at La Jolla Playhouse. Humana Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Gloucester Stage Co., McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Studio Arena, among others.
Steven Ratazzi (Louis XVI) has appeared in several productions at Classic Stage Company, including most recently in Galileo, The Age of Iron, The Tempest, Therese Raquin, Christmas at the Ivanovs, and The Alchemist. He was also seen in Henry V at the Delacorte Theatre, Painted Snake on a Painted Chair (Obie Award) at LaMama, and Stunning at Lincoln Center, among others. He created and gives voice to the character of Doctor Byron Orpheus on the animated series The Venture Brothers on the Cartoon Network.
Jake Silbermann (Axel Fersen) appeared in David Adjmi's 3C at the Rattlestick Theatre, Dracula at The Little Shubert Theatre and played Hyppolytus in Emily Mann's production of Phaedra Backwards at the McCarter Theatre. His television credits include Gossip Girl, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns, playing the role of Noah Mayer. He is the writer and co-producer of the award winning short film Stuffer, and is a founding member of The Camisade Theatre Company.
Jo Lambert (Marie's coterie) was previously seen at the A.R.T. as one of the Daughters of the Ocean in Prometheus Bound. Other credits include The Last Goodbye at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Joe's Pub, New York, Dance, Dance Revolution at Ohio Theatre, The Daughters at Joe's Pub, and Hamlet at Galapagos Art Space.
Teale Sperling (Marie's coterie) New York theater credits include Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall), URANUS (Superhero Clubhouse at Dixon Place), TheBCam/Macbeth (Inertia Productions and was seen on film and television in Elf Man, Sesame Street, My Gimpy Life, and the upcoming short film Small World.
Andrew Cekala (Dauphin) appeared in the Huntington Theatre production of All My Sons, Underground Railway Theatre's The Life of Galileo, New Repertory Theater's A Christmas Story, Berklee College of Music's Ragtime, Turtle Lane Playhouse's The Full Monty (Nathan), among others. He also has performed in numerous Watertown Children's Theatre productions and with Revels.
Vin Knight (Royalist) is a member of Elevator Repair Service, and was seen at the A.R.T., in New York, and in the international tour of Gatz, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), The Sound and the Fury, and No Great Society; The Temperamentals with the Barrow Group, and over a dozen productions with the adobe theater company, among others.
Brian Wiles (Guard recently received his MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Iachimo in Cymbeline, Elijah in elijah, and Jane Heimlich in Miss Heimlich. He also appeared at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Local Theater Company, and on television in Home Court and As the World Turns.