The Lyric Stage Company Of Boston & Actors' Shakespeare Project Present TWELFTH NIGHT
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated during a shipwreck and are forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolized by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister is it possible for this to all end well? Well, it IS a comedy!
Post-show Q&A with the artists: After every Sunday matinee, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116. TICKETS: Start at $25, Seniors $10 off regular price, Student rush $10. Group rates available, lyricstage.com. Box Office: 617-585-5678. actorsshakespeareproject.org
Paula Plum (Director) is a founding member of Actors' Shakespeare Project and has worked as an actor and director with the Lyric Stage since 1975. She has been Artistic Director of WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since its inception in 2003, touring concerts throughout New England during the holiday season. She has directed in Paris, New York, and Boston and is the 2009 recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship. In the last year she has directed the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration for the Boston Pops and Reclaiming Lucretia for Boston Lyric Opera. Paula is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, five IRNE Awards, three Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Actress, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumna of Boston University's College of Fine Arts. paulaplum.com
Rachel Belleman* (Feste) is a New-York Based actor, thrilled to be making her Lyric Stage Debut! She returns to Actor's Shakespeare Project after performing with them in Exit the King. Recent credits: 1776 (New Rep Theatre), Broadway Jukebox (Brown Box Theatre Project), Love's Labour's Lost and Midsummer Night's Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare), Bridges of Madison County (SpeakEasy Stage), and Stuart Little (Wheelock Family Theatre). She has a BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University. rachelbelleman.com
Dominic Carter (Sebastian) is making his Lyric Stage and Actor's Shakespeare Project debut. Credits: Jesus Hopped The A Train (Hovey Players), All My Sons (Praxis Stage), This Place/Displaced (Artists' Theater of Boston), Romeo and Juliet (Underlings Theatre), and I M Possible (Hibernian Hall). He has performed extensively in workshops and festival presentations throughout Boston, including The Next Stage (TC Squared), the One-Minute Play Festival (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Move Your Face (Boston Theater Company), and a staged reading of The King of Love Is Dead (Company One).
Jennie Israel* (Maria) is making her Lyric Stage debut. ASP productions include Richard III, Edward II, Othello, Henry VI, Part II, As You Like it, Medea, The Duchess of Malfi, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King John, All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Julius Caesar. Other local credits: Boston Marriage, Tartuffe, Dollhouse (New Rep), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Huntington Theatre), Living in Exile, Comedy of Errors, The Heidi Chronicles (Vineyard Playhouse), Molly Maguire (S g n Theatre), Macbeth, As You Like It (Commonwealth Shakespeare), Undine's Valediction, Summer, The Scarlet Letter, Macbeth (Shakespeare & Company). Regional credits: Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Lincoln Center Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago, The Greenwich Street Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Rudy (TriStar), Guiding Light (CBS), Coming to Litchfield. Jennie is currently an assistant professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Jennie is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG- AFTRA.
Samantha Richert* (Olivia) performed with Actor's Shakespeare Project in The Tempest, and previously at the Lyric Stage in Hold These Truths, City of Angels, and Becky's New Car. Other local credits include: Gooney Bird Greene and her True Life Adventures (Wheelock Family Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), Ripe Frenzy (New Rep), Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), The How and the Why (Nora Theatre Company), Lucky Stiff (Greater Boston Stage Company), Jesus Christ It's Christmas!, Snow White and the Seven Bottoms (Gold Dust Orphans), and Ryan Landry's 'M' (Huntington Theatre). Regional theatre credits include: Moonchildren, Babes in Arms, A Christmas Carol, and Candide (Berkshire Theatre). Samantha is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, she is a part-time faculty member at Northeastern University and is a director, dialect coach and fight director for many schools and theatres across Massachusetts. samantharichert.com
Alejandro Simoes* (Orsino/Aguecheek) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up the Sky, and One Man, Two Guvnors. This is also his third show with ASP having appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and Titus Andronicus. Other recent credits include Between Riverside and Crazy, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Grand Concourse, and The Motherf**ker with the Hat (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor, SpeakEasy Stage), The Gift Horse (New Rep), Marjorie Prime (Central Square Theatre), as well as productions with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare & Company, A.R.T., New Exhibition Room, Whistler in the Dark, and The Publick Theatre. He trained at Shakespeare & Company and Northeastern University.
Richard Snee (Malvolio) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Light Up the Sky, Blithe Spirit, November, Red Herring, The Baltimore Waltz, Communicating Doors, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, and Epic Proportions. He is a founding member of ASP and has appeared in their productions of Exit the King, Comedy of Errors, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Antony & Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, A Winter's Tale, School for Scandal, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, Hamlet, and Macbeth. He has also appeared at the Huntington Theatre, the Wilbur Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Nora Theatre, among others, and the Gloucester Stage where he will appear this June in Barefoot in the Park with his wife, the lovely and talented Paula Plum.
Hayley Spivey (Viola) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in Virgina Woolf's Orlando. Previous credits include Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Stories (Wheelock Family Theatre), Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage), Don't Give Up the Ship (Fresh Ink Theatre), and First Love is the Revolution (Apollinaire Theater Company).
Bobbie Steinbach* (Sir Toby Belch) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in Light Up the Sky, Follies, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Little Night Music, Arms and the Man, Spitfire Grill, Over the River and Through the Woods (Norton Award), and Assassins. As a founding Member/Resident Actor with Actors' Shakespeare Project, she appeared in seventeen plays including Coriolanus, Macbeth, Winter's Tale, School for Scandal. Other credits: A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Rose Tattoo, Dead End, The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre), 1776, Golda's Balcony (IRNE Award), Fiddler on the Roof, Tongue of a Bird, Collected Stories (IRNE Award), The Clean House, A Girl's War (IRNE Award), The Waverly Gallery, Stonewall Jackson's House (Norton Award) (New Rep), Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Other regional appearances: Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage, and the Boston Symphony. Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement and Huntington Theatre Company's Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship recipient. Bobbie is also an acting coach and a director. bobbiesteinbach.com
Michael Forden Walker* (Antonio/Fabian/Valentine) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Actors' Shakespeare Project: Director of Youth Programs, Founding Member. Richard III (twice), The Tempest, Richard II, Measure for Measure (twice), Middletown, Troilus and Cressida, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, The Duchess of Malfi, Merchant of Venice, King John, Love's Labour's Lost, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, King Lear. Local/Regional: Gamm, Underground Railway, Centastage, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Molasses Tank Productions, The Bridge, Company One, an Innovative Theatre in Charlotte, NC. Credits include Macbeth, Tru Grace: Holiday Memoirs, The Random Caruso, Comp, Antony and Cleopatra, Ionesco, Not Ionesco, Native Speech, Love's Fire, The Roaring Girl, The Spanish Tragedy, The Dwarfs, The Alchemist, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, The Rover, Tales of the Lost Formicans, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Sleeping Beauty or Coma, and The Metamorphosis. M.A. in English, Boston University.