BEDLAM Announces Casting For UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET
BEDLAM announces the new production of UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET. This new theatrical mashup of ROMEO & JULIET and UNCLE VANYA will kick off Bedlam's 2018/2019 season instead of the previously announced ROMEO & JULIET and UNCLE VANYA in repertory. The cast for UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET will feature Edmund Lewis, Susannah Millonzi, Randolph Curtis Rand, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Eric Tucker.
"As I began preparing to present the two plays in rep I saw an opportunity to display their strong thematic similarities in a new way. Both plays showcase characters experiencing longing for love at different times in their lives. In Uncle Vanya they are looking back saying how did I get here? In Romeo & Juliet they are looking forward saying how can I get there? By watching these epic classics side-by-side within the same sitting in UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET, the audience can follow the doubling actors on a journey through a landscape where both worlds intersect revealing the characters varying experiences of love, loss and longing at various milestones in their lives." - Eric Tucker
UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET pairs William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy of two star-crossed lovers with Anton Chekov's legendary play about a celebrated professor and his new wife's return to their family estate. With a new adaptation of UNCLE VANYA by Kimberly Pau, interspersed with ROMEO & JULIET's Shakespearean verse, UNCLE ROMEO VANYA JULIET will use 5 actors to weave together both stories, exploring how hidden passions can explode with the perspective of time.
Previews begin Friday, September 14, 2018, at the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 W 53rd Street), opening Tuesday, September 25, 2018, for a limited 7-week run through Sunday, October 28, 2018.
Edmund Lewis was seen most recently in a dress in Bedlam's hit production of Pygmalion. A founding member of Bedlam, he has appeared in the company's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit Sense & Sensibility as well as Saint Joan, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, What You Will, New York Animals and Peter Pan. Additional credits: They Promised Her The Moon (Miranda Theatre Company, directed by Valentina Fratti); The Tempest (A.R.T., co-directed by Aaron Posner and Teller); The Libertine (Chernuchin Theatre, directed by Eric Tucker); The Philadelphia; Time Flies; and Words, Words, Words (Bang Theatre Collective).
Susannah Millonzi. Peter Pan, New York Animals (WSJ Performance of the Year 2015), Dead Dog Park, Twelfth Night/What You Will (Bedlam); Prometheus Bound (David Oyelowo, CSC); Pageant (Clubbed Thumb); Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Arabian Nights, The Winter's Tale (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Romeo and Juliet, King John, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare & Co.); Electra (Footlight Award for Best Actor), Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare); Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Merchant Venice, All's Well (Georgia Shakespeare); As You Like It (Orlando Shakespeare). Choreographer for Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Orlando Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory, Esperance. BA: Barnard.
Randolph Curtis Rand is an OBIE Award winning theatre artist. Most recent work includes directing The Pill at La Mama, and The Tempest at Scranton Shakespeare Festival, and playing the leads in King Charles III at Burning Coal Theatre (NC), and in Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other artist/theaters he's worked with; Joseph Chaikin, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Foreman, Pig Iron, The Rude Mechs, The Talking Band, Target Margin, and The Wooster Group to name a few.
Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota in the CW's "Gossip Girl." She was Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, "The Knick." Other television credits include "Search Party," "The Good Wife," "Elementary," "Girls," "Guiding Light" and "The Sopranos." Theatre credits include Peter Pan with Bedlam; queens at LCT3; The Comedy of Errors as part of The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit; Love, Loss and What I Wore on Off-Broadway; The 39 Steps at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater. MFA from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard.
Eric Tucker. Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Pygmalion (Bedlam, Sheen Center); Peter Pan (Bedlam, Duke on 42nd); Vanity Fair (The Pearl); Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award; Lortel nomination, Best Director; Drama League nomination, Best Revival); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Drama League nomination Best Revival; WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics Pick); Bedlam's Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014); Bedlam's Hamlet (NY Times top 10; Time Out NY and Backstage Critics' Pick); Tina Packer's Women of Will. For Bedlam: Sense & Sensibility A.R.T.; Hamlet/Saint Joan McCarter Theater; Central Square Theater (Elliott Norton Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics' Picks); The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River); Disney's Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT, WSJ Best Classical Production 2017); Sense & Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 4 Helen Hayes awards including Best Director and Best Production); Copenhagen (Central Square Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors' Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Artistic Director of Bedlam.
The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment, so that the city's small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's 380+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives that seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.
BEDLAM's past critically-acclaimed productions are enjoying runs across the country. A tour of HAMLET/SAINT JOAN recently played Los Angeles and Boston, and a production of SAINT JOAN will play The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C. in May and June of 2018. Recent BEDLAM productions include PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw at The Sheen Center, PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie at The Duke on 42nd, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Kate Hamill at A.R.T., Houston's Stark-Naked Theatre Company's SAINT JOAN, Boston's Central Square Theater's SAINT JOAN and TWELFTH NIGHT/WHAT YOU WILL, and The McCarter Theater's HAMLET/SAINT JOAN.
Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, BEDLAM creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms in a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life. In this new, fresh, active environment storytelling becomes paramount and the result is a kinetic experience of shared empathy.