Asolo Rep Presents LAS MENINAS 3/18-5/15
Asolo Repertory Theatre is thrilled to introduce Florida audiences to Las Meninas, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The play is directed by Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, who directed the World Premiere of Las Meninas at San Jose Rep in 2002. The Asolo Rep production of Las Meninas runs from March 18-May 15, 2011 in Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre; then will travel to Miami to perform as part of the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) soft opening. The SMDCAC performance is hoped to foster a further artistic exchange between the two cities and the two organizations, and lead to more projects. Complete details about the Miami performances will soon be released.
"We are mounting only the second professional production of this important and largely unknown great American play, by a playwright who over the course of the last decade has become one of the most celebrated living American theatre artists. It was, quite simply, an incredibly powerful opportunity to engage with this work once again, and to present it to our audiences. I think people will be surprised at how enjoyable the play is...how touching, how humorous, and how easy it is to relate to the human beings in the world of this play. They'll find that they actually understand them and are touched by them. Las Meninas roughly translates as "the waiting women" or "ladies in waiting." The title's import lies in the fact that Louise, Nabo, and even Queen Marie-Thérèse have been waiting. Waiting for their stories to be told. And ideally their stories will resonate out into the larger world. We are also thrilled to be able to take this production to Miami and share it with even more people through this new SMDCAC collaboration," explains Michael Donald Edwards.
Set in the glittering court of King Louis XIV, the play is based on the little known true story of Queen Marie-Thérèse and the consequences of her scandalous relationship with Nabo Sensugali, her African servant. Was the mysterious Black Nun of Moret really the illegitimate daughter of Queen Marie-Thérèse, wife of Louis XIV? Was she hidden away in a convent to cover up the queen's illicit love affair with Nabo? Las Meninas offers a dramatic and humorous view as it unravels this historical mystery.
for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Other plays include Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, London's Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and Poof! Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate oF Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. www.lynnnottage.net
Michael Donald Edwards is in his fifth season as Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Rep. He was previously the Associate Artistic Director for Syracuse Stage and served as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. A Garland Award and Drama Logue Award winning director, Mr. Edwards has directed at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, San Jose Rep, Opera San Jose, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe in San Diego, Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Opera, the State Theatre of South Australia, Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Previously for Asolo Rep, Mr. Edwards has directed The Smell of the Kill, Amadeus, Nobody Don't Like Yogi, Darwin in Malibu, A Tale of Two Cities, Equus, The Winter's Tale, Perfect Mendacity, The Last Five Years, The Life of Galileo, La Bête and pieces in the first annual Unplugged festival of new plays.
As previously announced, in addition to direction by Michael Donald Edwards, the creative team includes sets by Lee Savage, costumes by B. Modern, lighting design by Burke Brown, projection design by Dan Scully, composition by Mark Van Hare, sound design by Toby Jaguar Algya, choreography by Leymis Bolaños Wilmot, movement direction by Jim Hoskins, wig and hair design by Michelle Hart, voice & dialect by Patricia Delorey, and production stage management by Kelly Borgia.
The cast of 15 includes Resident Company Members David Breitbarth (Doctor), Douglas Jones (Painter), Barbara Redmond (Queen Mother/Superior), and Guest Artists Jud Williford (King Louis), and Kate Hampton (La Valliere). Other cast members include Alicia Dawn Bullen (Lady), Adam S. Carpenter (Courtier), Devereau Chumrau (Therese), Kim Hausler (Lady), Danny Jones (Courtier), Ron Kagan (Courtier), Will Little (Nabo), Angela Sauer (Lady), Lindsay Marie Tierce (Marie Therese), and David Valdez (Attendant).
More about the play:
Las Meninas is based on the true story of the illicit romance between Queen Marie-Therese (wife of Louis XIV) and her African servant, Nabo, a dwarf from Dahomey, and the hilarious consequences that scandalized the French court.
Lynn Nottage was inspired to write the play after reading an essay about the African presence in royal families, particularly a nearly forgotten mention of an illicit romance between an African dwarf and the Queen Marie Thérèse of France. After several years of research, Nottage penned the play.
The play takes its title from Diego Velázquez' masterpiece, ‘Las Meninas,' painted in 1656, which depicts the Spanish royal family, with the Infanta attended by her ladies-in-waiting (the meninas) and by her pet dwarves.
Las Meninas had its World Premiere at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2002, where it was directed by Michael Donald Edwards. The Asolo Rep production is his second time directing the play.
"Lynn Nottage shines a revealing, fiercely imaginative beam on the French Court...By shedding light on this obscured, somewhat fanciful tale of an African in King Louis Court, Nottage reveals contemporary truths about the racial divide." -San Jose Mercury
"The play is a mix of politics and really good royal dish. 'French Queen Has Black Dwarf's Baby' would be a tabloid cover for the ages: Not even Fergie ever managed a scandal of such eloquent proportions." -San Francisco Weekly
Las Meninas premiered at San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose, CA, in 2002
(Timothy Near, Artistic Director; Alexander Urbanowski, Managing Director)
It was developed in Genesis 2000 at Crossroads Theatre Company.
It received a developmental workshop at ACT/Hedgebrook
Women's Playwrights Festival, ACT, Seattle, WA.
LAS MENINAS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Contains Mature Themes.
Performances: Las Meninas previews on March 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. in the Mertz Theatre, Asolo Rep's mainstage. Opening night is Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m., followed by Asolo Rep's mingle-with-the-stars champagne afterparty in the lobby. The play runs through May 15, 2011, in rotating repertory, so days and times alternate. Please consult the website or box office often for more details and news.
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CREATIVE TEAM BIOS:
TOBY JAGUAR ALGYA FIRST SEASON (Sound Designer, Las Meninas) Recent NYC productions include: Rosmersholm (Pearl Theatre), Reckless (Marymount Manhattan College), Hamlet (Gallery Players), Whida Peru/Mosaic (59E59 Theatres), Fantasy Football the Musical? (NYMF), Moisty the Snowman (NYMF). Regional: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (People's Light and Theatre, co-design w/ Fitz Patton), A Wrinkle in Time (South Coast Rep.), Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse), Brooklyn Boy (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse), Taziyeh: The Martyrdom of Hussein (Centro Cultural de la Raza). Associate: Intervals (Stylus concert series, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), Stylus | a project by Ann Hamilton (The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), Kamza Bar Kamza (dir. Shlomo Dubnov, Calit2), Tobacco Road (des. by Shahrokh Yadegari, La Jolla Playhouse). Toby holds a Master's Degree in sound design for theatre from UC San Diego. For more information please visit http://lejaguar.com
KELLY A. BORGIA* THIRD SEASON (Production Stage Manager) Other Asolo Rep credits include: Boeing Boeing Bonnie & Clyde, The Life of Galileo, The Perfume Shop, Unplugged: New Play Festival, Inventing Van Gogh, and Murderers. Regional theatre credits include: The Pavilion, Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theatre Festival); Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Once on this Island, Betrayal (Hangar Theatre); Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty (Northern Stage); The Miser, Picnic, am Sunday, Speed-the-Plow (CenterStage, Baltimore). Off-Broadway: Hurricane: A New Musical (2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival), Cato (The Flea Theatre) and My Heart in a Suitcase (Arts Power Touring Theatre). She thanks you all for supporting Asolo Rep, which allows her to be a 30-year-old snow bird.
Burke Brown FIRST SEASON (Lighting Designer, Las Meninas) MR. Brown's recent NYC work includes work with the Ohio Theater, Apollo Theater, Joyce Soho, Three-Legged Dog, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Public Theater, La Mama ETC, Under The Radar Festival, Summer Play Festival, Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, Playwright's Realm, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. His international work includes productions at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea, and Opera Erratica in Toronto. MR. Brown is a member of the Wingspace Design Collective and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. www.wingspace.com/burke
PATRICIA DELOREY EIGHTH SEASON (Voice & Dialect Coach) Other Asolo Rep credits this season: Bonnie & Clyde, Twelve Angry Men, Boeing Boeing. Ms. Delorey is the Head of Voice, Speech & Dialects at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. She is a Certified Associate Fitzmaurice Teacher with her MFA in Voice & Speech from the M.X.A.T./American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Patricia has taught voice at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, Texas State University, and the University of Bologna in Italy. Professional voice, speech & dialect coaching credits include: Plasticine with Studio 6 directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky, Phaedra 4.48 directed by RoBert Woodruff, and the world premieres of Nocturne, Ohio State Murders and Stone Cold Dead Serious directed by Marcus Stern.
MICHELLE HART NINTH SEASON (Hair/Wig Designer) a licensed cosmetologist and certified professional make-up artist, Hart designs for Asolo Rep and FSU/Asolo Conservatory shows. Other Asolo Rep credits this season: Boeing Boeing, La Bête, Twelve Angry Men. Other credits: Sarasota Ballet: Last Call, Rake's Progress; Florida Studio Theatre: Ruthless the Musical and Lady With All the Answers; West Coast Black Theatre Troupe: One Mo' Time; four seasons with Banyan Theater; and Open Stage Theatre: Ideal Husband, Dorian Gray and Rumors (where she won the Opius Award for Best Hair). She has also done hair and make-up for Joan Rivers, Doris Roberts, Martin Short, Jane Russell, Arlene Dahl and for the music videos "Second Chance" by Shinedown and "Reverse Cowgirl" by T-Pain.
Jim Hoskins THIRTIETH SEASON (Movement Specialist) Mr. Hoskins has performed, directed and choreographed in education theatre, television, film, the corporate theatre, opera, nightclubs and the legitimate theatre. He has staged more than 400 productions in this country and abroad. Over the past 40 years Mr. Hoskins has taught period movement and dance, and was the movement specialist for both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Penn State University and the graduate program at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. He resides in Sarasota, where he is an adjunct professor of theatre at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and staff choreographer for Asolo Rep. Mr. Hoskins' book, The Dances of Shakespeare, is published by Routledge, New York/London.
B. MODERN FIRST SEASON (Costume Designer) is delighted to make her Asolo Rep design debut. She is an Associate Artist, having designed over 35 productions at at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and also serves as an Associate Artist, having designed over 20 productions at Geva Theatre Center, New York. She has been honored with numerous awards for costume design. Regional theatre credits include productions for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR; The Globe Theatres, San Diego, CA; Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI; The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis; San Jose Repertory Theatre; TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA; Georgia Shakespeare Festival; American Musical Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre; and The Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Opera credits include productions for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Opera San Jose.
LAURYN E. SASSO FIFTH SEASON (Resident Dramaturg) received her BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College and her MFA in Dramaturgy from UMass/Amherst. She has also studied with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. Previously, she has worked at Perishable Theatre in Providence, R.I. and with the SPF Summer Play Festival in NYC.
Lee Savage SECOND SEASON (Set Designer) Past Asolo Rep credits include: Inventing Van Gogh. New York: The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Jack's Precious Moment (Page 73), Oohrah! (Atlantic), punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), End Days (EST), I (Heart) Kant, The Private Lives of Eskimos (Committee Theatre Company). Regional: ALLIANCE THEATRE, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Centerstage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Westport Country Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre; International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Jammer (Fringe First award). Awards: Helen Hayes Award Nomination (Richard III), and Connecticut Critics Circle Award (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow); Affiliations: Wingspace Theatrical Design Group. Education: BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Dan Scully FOURTH SEASON (Projection Designer) Other Asolo Rep credits include: The Life of Galileo; The Winter's Tale; and The Blonde, The Brunette, and The Vengeful Redhead. As a projection and lighting designer based in New York City, Dan leverages a background in performing arts and computer engineering to explore the intersection of visual art, technology, and storytelling. Recent and upcoming projection designs include 1969 (Alarm Will Sound/Carnegie Hall), A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre), The Orchestra Rocks! (Weill Music Institute/Carnegie Hall) and Seven Last Words (Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra Society). Dan is the resident lighting designer for Abraham in Motion Dance Company, with whom he recently won a Bessie Award for The Radio Show. Dan lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Bernadette. He has an MFA in Design from Tisch/NYU.
MARK VAN HARE FIRST SEASON (Composer) Van Hare assisted with the sound designs for After the Revolution at Playwrights Horizons, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the University of Delaware's Professional Theater Training Program, Tigers Be Still at Roundabout Underground, and The Band's Visit at the Hartford Stage's Brand New Festival.
LEYMIS BOLAÑOS WILMOTT FIRST SEASON (Choreographer) Co-founder and artistic director of Fuzión Dance Artists, Sarasota's Contemporary Modern Dance Company, her work has been performed nationally at the John F. Kennedy Center, Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, Chicago Theatre Building, Florida Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio and Ailey City Group Theatre in NYC, the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex Theater, Koger Center of the Arts in South Carolina, as well as at local venues. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from Florida State University and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at New College of Florida. Awards include the prestigious Dance Magazine award for Southeast Best Choreographer. She is currently collaborating with renowned composer Edward Cosla on original scores for Fuzión and with Francis Schwartz on a new version of Kinda Cage-y, part of the John Cage Trust. For more information please visit www.fuziondance.com
CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
David Breitbarth* ASSOCIATE ARTIST, FIFTEENTH SEASON (Doctor, Las Meninas) Other Asolo rep credits this season: Rene du Parc, La Bête; Juror #4, Twelve Angry Men. David is delighted to be returning to Asolo Rep after a year on the road with the first national touring company of Spring Awakening. Over 60 Asolo Rep productions include: world premieres of Jason Wells' Men of Tortuga and Perfect Mendacity, The Winter's Tale, A Few Good Men, Pride and Prejudice, Laughing Stock, Rounding Third, Peter Pan, The Front Page, The Immigrant, Hobson's Choice, Art. Off-Broadway: Short Change, Perfect Crime, Fluorescent Hunger, This Hard Life. Los Angeles theater: Life in the Trees (west coast premiere), David's Mother. Film & Television: Frasier, Taken!, Law & Order, Fame. For the Banyan Theater Company (founding member): Betrayal, Sight Unseen, Don Juan in Hell, Otherwise Engaged. David is newly married to the actress Kate Hampton and lives in Sarasota with his dog, Koufax.
Alicia Dawn Bullen THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Ensemble, Las Meninas) Other Asolo Rep credits this season include: Chorus, Antigone Now and Ensemble, La Bête and Las Meninas. Last season for the Conservatory she appeared in The Game of Love and Chance, Machinal, The Mystery Plays and Miss Julie. Favorite professional credits include The Crucible, Love's Labour's Lost, The Little Dog Laughed, Parade, and Huck Finn. Love and many thanks to her family, her amazing donors (her "Sarasota family") Rolfe & Jean, John & Myrna, and George & Judy and to her amazing fiancé and partner-in-crime, Adam.
ADAM S. CARPENTER THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Courtier/Attendant, Las Meninas) Also in La Bête and Antigone Now this season, Adam is back on the Mertz stage after understudying The Imaginary Invalid his first year. Other Asolo Rep credits this season include: Servant, La Bête and Juror #2, Twelve Angry Men. Last season for the Conservatory he was the Defense Attorney in Machinal and Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance. Not to mention several credits from his alma mater, Hope College. He also appeared as André in Eight as part of the Ringling International Arts Festival (2009). Adam would like to thank George and Judy, Roz, his family, and his amazing fiancée, Alicia.
Devereau Chumrau THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Louise Marie-Therese, Las Meninas). Also in La Bête (Dorine) and Antigone Now (Antigone) this season, her credits include The Imaginary Invalid (u/s Angelique) and A Winter's Tale (u/s Dorcas) in the 08-09 Asolo Rep season. Other credits: Game of Love and Chance (Lisette), Machinal (Lawyer for the Prosecution) for the 09-10 FSU/Asolo Conservatory season; and Eight (Astrid) for the 2009 Ringling International Arts Festival. Devereau is excited and honored to once again join the Asolo Rep season! She thanks her family, friends, and fabulous donors Bill & Margy Sandy and Herman & Sharon Frankel for all their tremendous love and support!
Kate Hampton* GUEST ARTIST, SECOND SEASON ( La Valliere, Las Meninas) is delighted to return to the Asolo Rep stage where she performed in La Bête, Pride and Prejudice and Expecting Isabel. Other credits include: the first national tour of Spring Awakening. Broadway: The Best Man and The Deep Blue Sea. Other New York: Have You Seen Steve Steven? (13P); The Typographer's Dream (Clubbed Thumb); Over the River and Through the Woods; All My Sons (Roundabout). Regional: Absurd Person Singular (Bristol Rep),Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Humana Festival); Loot (The Arden); The Real Thing (Olney); All My Sons (Williamstown); Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). TV credits include: The Law & Order trifecta, The Education of Max Bickford, Sex and the City. She is newly married to the actor, David Breitbarth.
KIM HAUSLER THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Lady/Attendant, Las Meninas) Also in La Bête this season, Kim is thrilled to be in the Mertz Theatre after touring with Antigone Now as Ismene this fall. Conservatory credits: Young Woman, Machinal; Abbey, The Mystery Plays; and Miss Julie. Kim received her BA from Rider University and currently teaches at Manatee County School for the Arts. She thanks Bob and Beverly Bartner, Bill and Madge Berman, and the late Winnie Hodgson for all of their phenomenal support!
RON KAGAN THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Courtier/Attendant, Las Meninas) Also in Twelve Angry Men, La Bête and Antigone Now with Asolo Rep this season. Last season for the Conservatory: The Game of Love and Chance, Machinal and The Mystery Plays. New York City: The Cherry Lane Theatre Cherry Pit: Dizzy; The NYU Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing: The Tambora Cure; Hunter College: Waiting for Godot, Magic Time, Street Scene, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Oxford University: Elusiver Desires, The Ascent of F6, The Burial at Thebes, The Play's the Thing; Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The Play's the Thing; Thank you to Kagan family, fiancée Katey McCarthy and the one and only Esther Mertz.
Danny Jones THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Courtier/Attendant, Las Meninas) Also in Twelve Angry Men, La Bête and Antigone Now with Asolo Rep this season. Past Conservatory roles include Mr. Mystery in The Mystery Plays, George H. Jones in Machinal, and Harlequin in The Game of Love and Chance. In addition to being an actor he is also a celebrated slam poet and original musician. Danny would like to thank his wonderful family, his awesome donors Mel and Ryna Cohen, and the incredible Eva T. Slane for their love and support.
Douglas Jones* ASSOCIATE ARTIST, TWENTY-FIFTH SEASON (Painter, Las Meninas) Other Asolo Rep credits: Bejart, La Bête; Juror # 10, Twelve Angry Men, Argan, The Imaginary Invalid; Camillo, The Winter's Tale; General Burgoyne, The Devil's Disciple; Roger, Perfect Mendacity; Mortimer, The Constant Wife; Turai, The Play's the Thing; Frank, Equus; Dyson, Lady. Other Asolo Rep credits include Amadeus, Men of Tortuga, A Few Good Men, Pride and Prejudice, Darwin in Malibu, Laughing Stock, Enchanted April, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Crucible, Hay Fever, You Never Can Tell, Art, A Flea in Her Ear, Golden Boy, Black Coffee, King Lear, Nicholas Nickleby and The Kentucky Cycle. Other favorites: directing The Clean House and playing Vanya in Uncle Vanya at The Banyan Theater. He has directed and acted in many Asolo Rep Late Nites. Doug has spent seasons at Baltimore's Center Stage, The Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespearean Festival, Stage West, Cincinnati Playhouse, Boston's Huntington Theatre, American Stage, The Playmakers, The Straz Center, Florida Studio Theatre and four plays Off-Broadway. Doug trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.
Will Little THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Nabo Sensugali, Las Meninas) Originally from College Park, Georgia, Will received his BFA from Howard University in Washington, DC. His most recent work includes: La Bête, Twelve Angry Men and Antigone Now with Asolo Rep, Clay in Dutchman and Christopher in Blue/Orange on the Cook stage, Bernie in Deadly Closure (Indie Film), Dr. Posner in Wit and Grumio in Taming of the Shrew at The Players Theatre. He thanks God for giving him his talent and strength, and thanks his family and true friends for always being there. Special thanks go to the Caballeros, Sarita, Missy, Kala, Charles, Zhaniya, Dhakeria and the dogs for keeping him on his "A" game. IDID!
Barbara Redmond* ASSOCIATE ARTIST RETURNING (Queen Mother/Superior, Las Meninas) Thirty years ago, Barbara played the young Anne of Austria in The Three Musketeers at the Historic Asolo Theatre. Today she plays the ageing Anne of Austria in Las Meninas at the Mertz Theatre. Along the way, she has traveled the nation developing her work as actress, director, playwright and teacher. She currently serves as Head of Acting at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.
ANGELA SAUER THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Lady/Attendant, Las Meninas) Other Asolo Rep credits include: Antigone Now (Chorus), The Edge of Peace workshop (Girl), The Winter's Tale (Paulina u/s), The Imaginary Invalid (Beline u/s). Conservatory: The Mystery Plays (Amanda/Lucy), Machinal (Nurse/Matron). Angela received the2006 Excellence in Theatre Award at Saint Mary's College, as well as two KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Award nominations. She writes the blog "Angela Learns to Act" and is an online columnist for BackStage. She thanks her supportive family, and her lovely sponsors, Charles and Miriam Wood.
Lindsay Marie Tierce THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Queen Marie Therese, Las Meninas). Other Asolo Rep credits this season: Chorus Leader, Antigone Now. Last season with the Conservatory: Patty/Grace in Mystery Plays and Mother/Woman in Bar in Machinal. Lindsay has her BA in Theatre from Cal State Northridge where she appeared as Penny in You Can't Take it With You and in Ron Popenhagen's production of The Imaginary Invalid. She thanks: the Weillers, the Winnicks, and the Curries for their love and support, and her husband -and other half- Nick.
DAVID J. VALDEZ GUEST ARTIST, SECOND SEASON (Attendant, Las Meninas) Asolo Rep: The Life of Galileo (Roman Monk, ensemble), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Jedidiah/Jonas, ensemble), Tunes for Two. Jobsite: The Serpent (Adam, et al.), Gorey Stories (Little Henry), Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Gypsy Productions: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Parker/Harris, et al.). Party Animals (Max) and KeyPin It Real (Cornball) with Kathie Lee Gifford. SATP: Love! Valor! Compassion! (Ramon), Return to the Mindshaft, Steppin' Out. Alum: Blake School of the Arts, USF, and ATW's Springboard NYC.
Jud Williford* GUEST ARTIST, SECOND SEASON (King Louis XIV, Las Meninas) Other Asolo Rep credits include: Prince Conte in La Bête, Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men, and Larry in Managing Maxine. As a core company member at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) Jud appeared in several shows. Highlights include: Scapin with Bill Irwin, The Imaginary Invalid, Curse of the Starving Class, Happy End, The Government Inspector and War Music. Other regional credits include shows at The California Shakespeare Theater including Macbeth, (Macbeth) San Jose Rep, Peoples Light Theater Chautauqua Theater, Aurora Theater and Z Space. Film credits: Rite Time Wrong Spot with Olympia Dukakis, The Tripper (dir. David Arquette), Two from the Line (dir. Rowan Brooks) and Saturn the Musical starring opposite Jeffrey Alexander Galfer.
*Members of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.