Vito D'Ambrosio, Caroline Hewitt and More Set for Alley Theatre's WARRIOR CLASS

By: Apr. 29, 2013
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Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Kenneth Lin's Warrior Class. Kenneth Lin is a staff writer on Netflix's House of Cards and the creator of a new limited series, American Way, for USA Networks. Warrior Class, which won the Theatre Communications Group Edgerton New Play Prize, is directed by Wilson Milam and runs May 3 through June 2, 2013 on the Neuhaus Stage.

The cast of Warrior Class features Vito D'Ambrosio as Nathan Berkshire, Caroline Hewitt as Holly Lilliam Eames, and Nick Maccarone as Julius Weishan Lee. All three actors are making their Alley Theatre debuts.

Warrior Class features scenic design by Eugene Lee and costume design by Deb Trout. Lighting design is by Geoff Korf with sound design by Matt Starritt and dramaturg Jacey Little.

Kenneth Lin returns to the Alley with his newest play, Warrior Class, as part of the Alley Theatre's New Play Initiative, which facilitates the creative collaboration between playwrights, directors, actors, and designers during all stages of a new play's development. In 2010, the Alley produced Lin's world premiere of Intelligence-Slave as part of its New Play Initiative.

Warrior Class centers on Julius Weishan Lee, a New York assemblyman who's been dubbed "The Republican Obama." Lee is the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran with a seemingly limitless political career ahead of him. Then someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression, and Lee must decide how far he'll go to keep the incident out of the public eye. Whatever his decision, the consequences may be costly.

Kenneth Lin's plays include Fallow, which received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding New Play and a Brown Martin Philadelphia Award; Intelligence-Slave; Po Boy Tango, which won the TCG Edgerton New Play Prize; said Saïd, which was a Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner, won a L. Arnold Weissberger Award and a Princess Grace Award; Life On Paper; Agency* and Genius In Love. His plays have been seen at theatres throughout the country, including the Second Stage Theatre Company, ALLIANCE THEATRE, Northlight Theatre Company, People's Light and Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Marin Theater Company and East West Players. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Wilma Theater and Arena Stage. Residencies include Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ucross Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lark Playwrights Workshop, Interstate 73, New York Stage and Film, McCarter Playwrights Retreat. Education includes Cornell University, a Fulbright Scholarship and Yale School of Drama.
Warrior Class, by Kenneth Lin and directed by Wilson Milam, begins performances Friday, May 3, opens officially Wednesday, May 8, and runs through Sunday, June 2, 2013, on the Neuhaus Stage.

Vito D'Ambrosio (Nathan Berkshire) is making his Alley Theatre debut. Regional theatre credits include Harbor Lights Theater, NYC as Vincent in Lombardi; Arena Stage, D.C. as Johnny in Frankie & Johnny in the Claire De Lune; LATC, L.A. in The Inspector General and King Lear; The Goodman Theater, Chicago as Genilli in Riverview; and Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago as Eddy in Fool for Love, Habu in Tracers and Sgt. Rooney in Streamers. Film credits include How Sweet it is, Nancy Dre, and The Untouchables. Guest star credits include Harry's Law, Person of Interest, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal where he recurred as Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito, Without a Trace, Jack & Jill, Just Shoot Me, Everybody Loves Raymond, Diagnosis Murder, Seinfeld, ER and many more. Vito grew up in Chicago where he attended Columbia College's Theater Dept. In L.A. he is a graduate of Joanne Baron Studio as well as Linklater and Feldenkrais in New York.

Caroline Hewitt (Holly Lilliam Eames) is making her Alley Theatre debut. Off-Broadway credits include New York Theater Workshop of Five Very Pretty Girls with Director Michael Greif and reading of Checkers with Live Schreiber and Hope Davis; Tamburlaine reading with Director Julie Taymor at Theater for a New Audience; and Stockholm, Pennsylvania reading and A Short History of Women reading with Judith Ivey at The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Regional credits include Baltimore Centerstage in The Rivals; The American Conservatory Theater in The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Director John Doyle and A Christmas Carol; The Chautauqua Theater Company in Arcadia and The Winters Tale; Portland Stage Company in Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh; Gulfshore Playhouse in Blithe Spirit; Surflight Theater in Barefoot in The Park and Translator: Rose, La Nuit Australienne. Caroline is a founding member of The________Space; she is currently adapting the novel Howard's End into a play. She has a BA in French from Vassar College and a MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater.

Nick Maccarone (Julius Weishan Lee) is making his Alley Theatre debut. Off-Broadway theatre credits include MC in Classic Kitchen Timer, written and directed by Adam Rapp and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew at CSC Young Company. Film credits include Fortune House, Girls Against Boys, EMR and Il Giorno Piu. TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, and Americana. He has an MFA from Columbia University.


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