Shakespeare Theatre Company Announces Casting for THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
In honor of Artistic Director Michael Kahn's final season with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), the opening show of the 2018-2019 Season, William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, will feature beloved performers, many of whom have been with the Company since the very beginning. The cast for the farcical comedy will include STC Affiliated Artists Veanne Cox (Adriana), Nancy Robinette (Emilia), Tom Story (Angelo), Ted Van Griethuysen (Egeon) and Gregory Wooddell (Antipholus of Syracuse). Directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, fresh from his record-breaking production of Lerner & Loewe's Camelot, the production will play at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from September 25 through October 28, 2018.
Other familiar faces include Christian Conn, last seen at STC as Damis in The Metromaniacs, Carson Elrod (The Heir Apparent), Sarah Marshall (The Government Inspector), Eleasha Gamble (Two Gentlemen of Verona, a rock opera) and Matt Bauman (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).
"I'm thrilled that Alan's production of The Comedy of Errors will open my final season with STC," said Michael Kahn. "It's a terrific cast and Alan is a master-not only at comedy, but also at creating pieces that allow talented artists to shine. I know they'll bring the world of Ephesus to life in all its anarchic glory."
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, following the lives of two sets of twins, each with the same name. Through chronic cases of mistaken identity, audiences can leave logic behind and delight in the confusion, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and sons forget their fathers. The blunders double, triple and cube until chaos reigns-and everyone is pretty sure that everyone else is completely insane.
"While this play is all the things you might think of first-zany gags, physical comedy, mistaken identities and goofy hijinks-it also contains so many of the ideas that Shakespeare brings to full fruition later in his career" said Alan Paul. "I hope with this production, you will see not only The Comedy of Errors, but the beginnings of a great tradition Shakespeare later created. And, of course, that this terrific cast leaves you crying with laughter." The production will feature original songs by Composer and Lyricist Michael Dansicker.
Matt Bauman (Officer) STC: A Funny Thing...Forum (Protean). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: City Center Encores: Grand Hotel, The New Yorkers, Pipe Dream; York Theatre: Saturday Night; Peccadillo Theatre: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. REGIONAL: Old Globe: Guys and Dolls; Pioneer Theatre: Newsies, Mamma Mia; Bucks County Playhouse: 42nd Street; Barrington Stage: Kiss Me, Kate; Goodspeed Musicals: Hello! My Baby, Great American Mousical (dir. Julie Andrews); Berkshire Theatre Festival: A Chorus Line; NSMT: Tarzan; St. Louis MUNY: Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast, Footloose. INTERNATIONAL: Joan Rivers-A Work in Progress (with Joan Rivers). TELEVISION: Next Step Realty: NYC (ABC Family). TRAINING: Brown University: BA in Theatre Arts. WEB: @MattBaumanNYC, MattBaumanNYC.com.
J. Bernard Calloway (Duke Solinus/Luce) will make his STC debut. NEW YORK: Broadway: Memphis the Musical (Delray, Tony Award for Best Musical 2010), All the Way (Starring Bryan Cranston, Tony Award for Best Play 2014). Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: Head of Passes (starring Phylicia Rashad) and The Good Negro (Henry). REGIONAL: Head of Passes (Mark Taper in LA) Commonwealth Shakespeare Company-Huntington Theater: Julius Caesar, Vineyard Playhouse: Loves Labour's Lost (Vineyard Playhouse), American Theater Company: Othello, Two River Theater Co: Jitney, The Old Globe: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Guys and Dolls. FILM: Central Park 5, Pelham 123, Anesthesia, The Breaks, Big Words, Man on a Ledge, The Girl's in Trouble. TELEVISION: Law and Order (SVU, Original, Criminal Intent), White Collar, Rescue Me, Elementary, Good Wife, Luke Cage, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest. TRAINING: BA in Theatre Alabama State University, MFA in Acting Brandeis University, Shakespeare and Company.
John Cardenas (Ensemble) NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Theatre Row: The Cadaver Synod, Brad Knows Nothing; Carnegie Hall: Sondheim's 80th Birthday Celebration. NATIONAL TOURS: Fiddler on the Roof. REGIONAL: Wagon Wheel Theatre, Arizona Broadway, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Beef and Boards, Little Theatre on the Square. TRAINING: Wagner College: BA in Theatre/Speech, Minor in Dance and Music. WEB: @johnnie_321.
Christian Conn (Antipholus of Ephesus) STC: The Metromaniacs, The Liar, The Beaux' Stratagem, Love's Labor's Lost (Free For All, Carter Barron). NEW YORK: Broadway: Desire Under the Elms. Off-Broadway: Red Bull Theatre: The Metromaniacs, The School for Scandal; Classic Stage Company: The Liar; The Flea Theater: Fulfillment. REGIONAL: Studio Theatre/Pittsburgh Public: Venus in Fur; Old Globe: The Importance of Being Earnest; Guthrie Theater: Other Desert Cities; four seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, three seasons with The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and one with The Acting Company. TELEVISION: Unforgettable, The (718), Tough Crowd. TRAINING: Rutgers University: BFA. WEB: @schmacticonn.
Veanne Cox (Adriana) STC: Affiliated Artist, The School for Lies, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World, The Beaux' Stratagem. NEW YORK: Broadway: An American in Paris, A Free Man of Color, La Cage Aux Folles, Caroline or Change, The Dinner Party, Company, Smile. Off-Broadway: The Old Friends and The Most Deserving, Paradise Park, Spain, Last Easter, The Wooden Breeks, Damn Yankees!, Blind, A Question of Mercy, The Batting Cage, The Altruists, Freedomland, House and Garden, Labor Day, The Food Chain, Flora the Red Menace. REGIONAL: Murder on the Orient Express, Present Laughter, Private Lives, Betty's Summer Vacation, Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Importance of Being Earnest. FILM: Erin Brockovich, You've Got Mail, Marci X, Big Eden, Beethoven's 4th. TELEVISION: Incorporated, Odd Mom Out, Smash, Pan Am, Louie, Two Broke Girls, Royal Pains, Joan of Arcadia, Law & Order(s), Seinfeld, Cinderella. AWARDS: Special Drama Desk Award; Obie Award for Sustained Excellence; Tony, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Lucille Lortel and Ovation Award nominations. WEB: Web Series: Indoor Boys, Cady Did.
Carson Elrod (Dromio of Syracuse) STC: The Heir Apparent. NEW YORK: Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: Comic Potential; House/Garden; Based on a Totally True Story; Explorer's Club; Manhattan Theatre Club: Important Hats of the 20th Century; New York Theatre Workshop: Cavedweller; NYSF/Delacorte Theatre: Measure For Measure, The Tempest, All's Well That Ends Well; Theatre for a New Audience: Oliver Twist; Primary Stages: All in the Timing, Lives of the Saints. REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Barrington Stage, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare and Company. OPERA: Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow (directed by Susan Stroman). FILM: Wedding Crashers, The Weekend, Kissing Jessica Stein. TELEVISION: 30 Rock, Person of Interest, Elementary, Law and Order: CI. AWARDS: Emery Battis Award, Lucille Lortel Nominations, Drama League Nominations. OTHER: #FairWageOnStage. TEACHING: STC Affiliated Teaching Artist, Williamstown, NYU Grad Acting. TRAINING: KU: BA. NYU Grad Acting: MFA. Upright Citizens Brigade, People's Improv Theatre, IOWest. WEB: CarsonElrod.com.
Eleasha Gamble (Courtesan) STC: Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera (Silvia). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Zipper Theatre: Under the Bridge. NATIONAL TOURS: The Lion King, Fiasco Theater's production of Into the Woods (Baker's Wife). REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Oklahoma! (Laurey), Oliver! (Nancy), The Women of Brewster Place; Signature Theatre: Chess (Svetlana), Into the Woods (The Witch), Les Misérables, Urinetown, First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb; Ford's Theatre: The Civil War, Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol; Roundhouse Theatre: Once on This Island (Erzulie); Lyric Theatre: Big Fish (The Witch); Marriott Lincolnshire: Dreamgirls. TELEVISION: The Night Of (HBO), Sneaky Pete (Amazon). AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for The Civil War. OTHER: Powerhouse Theatre at NYSAF: The Waves (Susan). TRAINING: Catholic University: BM in Musical Theatre.
Carter Gill (Dromio of Ephesus) will make his STC debut. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Frances Black Productions: Commedia Dell'Artichoke; The Flea Theatre: Even Maybe Tammy (dir. Christopher Bayes). REGIONAL: Colorado Shakespeare Festival: The Merchant of Venice; Yale RepertoryTheatre: Eurydice U/S (dir. Les Waters), Berkshire Theatre Group: Moonchildren (dir. Karen Allen); Actors Theatre of Louisville: The 39 Steps; TheatreWorks Silicon Valley: 3 Farids (New Works Festival). FILM: Banana Split, Couch, A Queen Without his Crown. TELEVISION: Law & Order, Person of Interest, Turn: Washington's Spies,Younger. OTHER: Christopher Bayes' Funny School of Good Acting Professional Commedia Company: founding member; The Comic Performer: founder. TEACHING: Pace University: Professor of Acting; Rider University: Professor of Theatre; Marymount Manhattan College: Professor of Theatre. TRAINING: Southern Methodist University, BFA in Directing; Yale School of Drama, MFA in Acting. WEB: www.cartergill.com
Sarah Marshall (Dr. Pinch) STC: Grusha in Inspector General, Witch in Macbeth, Ceremon in Pericles. REGIONAL: Berkshire Theatre Festival: Book Club Play; Arena Stage: Glass Menagerie, How I Learned to Drive, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Women, You Can't Take it With You, Briarpatch, The Miser, Blithe Spirit, Execution of Justice; Studio Theatre: Apple Family Plays 1-4, Golden Dragon, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Miss Margarida's Way, Sylvia, Betty's Summer Vacation; Folger Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Twelfth Night; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Zombie: The American, Marie Antoinette, Civilization, Vibrator Play, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Clean House, The Dead Monkey, Wanted; Round House Theatre: Angels In America, Beauty Queen of Leenan, Camille, The Cherry Orchard, Love and Anger, Escape From Happiness, Criminals in Love, Baby with the Bathwater. TEACHING: Georgetown University, Duke Ellington School of The Arts.
Justin G. Nelson (Ensemble) NATIONAL TOURS: The Wizard of Oz (2nd National Tour). REGIONAL: Theatre Memphis: A Chorus Line; Playhouse on the Square: The Color Purple, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Footloose, Mamma Mia, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Billy Elliot. FILM: Show and Tell Tango. TELEVISION: House, New Girl, Modern Family. AWARDS: Gypsy Award (Memphis Theatre Community). TRAINING: University of Memphis: MA in Liberal Studies; Middle Tennessee State University: BA in Vocal General Music Education; The Actor's Gym (David Perlow: New York, NY). WEB: JustinGNelson.com; Instagram: @justingnelson.
Nancy Robinette (Emilia) STC: Affiliated Artist; The Winter's Tale, The Government Inspector, The Heir Apparent, An Ideal Husband, Twelfth Night, The Beaux' Stratagem, Lady Windermere's Fan, Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, The Rivals, The Silent Woman, The Little Foxes, Sweet Bird of Youth. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Off-Broadway: NY Theatre Workshop: Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Finally Flannery; Roundabout Theatre Company: Give Me Your Answer, Do! REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter's Tale; Old Globe: The Savannah Disputation; Arena Stage: Ah, Wilderness!, Death of a Salesman, Well, The Women; Round House Theatre: Better Living, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Studio Theatre: Souvenir, Frozen, The Play about the Baby, Tribes; Signature Theatre: John; Theatre J: Everything Is Illuminated; Williamstown Theatre Festival: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Scena Theatre: Mother Courage, Happy Days; Papermill Playhouse: The Diary of Anne Frank. FILM: Ashpet, Soldier Jack, Serial Mom. TELEVISION: Louie, Homicide, Telegrams from the Dead, The Hunley, The Day Lincoln Was Shot. AWARDS: 1998 Fox Fellow; Helen Hayes Tribute; STC Will Award (Company).
Tom Story (Angelo) STC: Affiliated Artist, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale (2014 Free For All and mainstage), The Government Inspector, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (2010 Free For All and mainstage), Richard II, Henry V, Design for Living, Major Barbara, The Rivals, Twelfth Night (1995 Free For All), Measure for Measure. REGIONAL: Synetic Theater: Three Men in a Boat; Arena Stage: The Book Club Play, Oliver; Ford's Theatre: Our Town, Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol, 1776, The Glass Menagerie; Berkshire Theatre Festival: The Book Club Play, The Glass Menagerie, Amadeus, Secret Lives of the Sexists,The Heidi Chronicles, The Misanthrope, Moby Dick-Rehearsed, Camelot, Life's a Dream, Design for Living(director); Studio Theatre: POP!, The Wolfe Twins, Legends!, The Invention of Love, Prometheus, The York Realist, Ivanov, A Number, The Pillowman, The Rocky Horror Show, Moth (director), Terminus (director), Silence! The Musical; Folger Theatre: The School for Scandal, Henry IV, Part 1; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; McCarter Theatre Center; Kansas City Repertory; Round House Theatre; Great Lakes Theater Festival; Seattle Repertory Theatre. AWARDS: 6 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Fox Foundation Fellowship. TRAINING: Duke University; The Juilliard School.
Ted Van Griethuysen (Egeon) STC: Affiliated Artist; productions since 1987 include: Camelot, Henry IV, Part 1 (Owen Glendower); Henry IV, Part 2 (Justice Shallow); The Winter's Tale (Antigonus/Old Shepherd, mainstage, 2014 Free For All); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince, mainstage, 2015 Free For All); All's Well That Ends Well (King of France); Strange Interlude (Henry Leeds); Mrs. Warren's Profession (Mr. Praed); Twelfth Night (Malvolio); Major Barbara (Andrew Undershaft); Love's Labor's Lost (Holofernes, mainstage and RSC); Don Carlos (Philip II); King Lear (Lear); The Tempest (Prospero). NEW YORK: Broadway: Romulus, Inadmissible Evidence. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: The Clandestine Marriage; Studio Theatre: The Steward of Christendom, Life of Galileo, Rock 'n' Roll, A Number, The Habit of Art, The Apple Family Plays, The Father. INTERNATIONAL: Battersea Arts Centre (London): Life of Galileo; Arcola Theatre (London): Broadway from the Shadows; Trafalgar Studios: Lovely and Misfit (Mr. Paradise). AWARDS: Seven Helen Hayes Awards; The Will Award; Drama Critics Award (NYC); Richard Bauer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Washington Theatre, and the Helen Hayes Tribute of 2017. TEACHING: Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel; Columbia University; University of South Carolina; Manchester Metropolitan University (U.K.).
Folami Williams (Luciana) NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Classic Stage Company: Julius Caesar, Othello; Intar Theater/One-Eight Theater: The Maids. Other: Manhattan Shakespeare Project: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night; International WOW Company: Auto De Fe, Reconstruction. REGIONAL: Kitchen Theatre Company: Smart People; Guthrie Theater: Concrete Orange an American Fable. TRAINING: Columbia University: MFA in Acting.
Gregory Wooddell (Antipholus of Syracuse) STC: Affiliated Artist; Romeo & Juliet (Mainstage and 2018 Free For All), Hamlet (2018), Othello (2017), The School for Lies, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lady Windermere's Fan, Othello (2005), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife, Don Carlos, Richard II, The Comedy of Errors. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Lyons, Cymbeline; Off-Broadway: Vineyard Theatre: Nicky Silver's The Lyons (World Premiere); Encores! at City Center: Girl Crazy; Red Bull Theater: Volpone; Clurman Theatre: Splitting Infinity. REGIONAL: Arena Stage / McCarter Theatre Center: Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock Holmes; World Premiere); Philadelphia Theatre Company: Terrence McNally's Some Men (World Premiere); Huntington Theatre Company: David Grimm's Miracle at Naples (World Premiere); Signature Theatre: Cabaret; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Henry VIII (Henry VIII); Mark Taper Forum: School of Night; Round House Theatre: Stage Kiss, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bay Street Theater: Dissonance; Alley Theatre: Gross Indecency; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III; Shakespeare on the Sound: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream. TELEVISION: Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Third Watch, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives. TRAINING: The Juilliard School.
Matt Zambrano (First Merchant/Second Merchant) NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Recent Cutbacks: Fly, You Fools!; Broken Box Mime Theater: See Reverse, Topography, Above Below (Innovative Theater Award Winner); Lingk Productions: Becket. NATIONAL TOURS: The Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown Trivia Show! (Penguin Publishing). REGIONAL: Milwaukee Rep: Our Town, The Foreigner; Orlando Shakes: Man of La Mancha; Philadelphia Theater Co.: Baskerville! A Sherlock Holmes Mystery; Utah Shakes: Peter and the Starcatcher (Regional Premiere), Loves Labor's Lost, Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Scapin: The Denver Center: The Liar (Regional Premiere), The Santaland Diaries, As You Like it, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet; Colorado Shakes: Twelfth Night. FILM: A Cycle. TELEVISION: Starz Family Feast (Cranberry Sauce). OTHER: The Story Pirates: Director and Performer, Podcast (Multiple Episodes); Poetry Slam Champion (National Semi-Finalist). TEACHING: Disney Theatrical Group. TRAINING: The National Theater Conservatory: MFA in Acting; University of Colorado: BFA in Acting. WEB: Orcs of New York, Shakescheer!; MattZambrano.com.