SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES Update: Year One

January 2 - April 19, 2020

Rehearsals are well under way for Brave Spirits Theatre's history-making SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES project, during which our ensemble of 20 will be performing all eight of the Bard's history plays in repertory over two years, and we are having an absolute nerdy blast of a time putting all of this together. Tickets are now on sale for the full two years, and are already selling quickly, which has all of us thrilled and excited!

https://www.bravespiritstheatre.com/tickets/

 

This first year's shows are the HENRIAD, comprising RICHARD II, 1 HENRY IV, 2 HENRY IV, and HENRY V, and my rehearsal hours are steeped in elegant anger, stage combat, the exploration of Welsh, and Scottish accents, to flesh out my roles of the Duchess of Gloucester (R2), the Douglas (1H4), and Lady Mortimer (1H4), among others. I'm having a marvelous time, and using every tool in my actor toolbox while acquiring some new ones. Our first preview is January 2nd, 2020!

SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES with Brave Spirits Theatre

2019 - 2021

I am absolutely over the moon to announce that I am joining Brave Spirits Theatre in Washington, DC, in their enormous two-year SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES project, running the eight histories from RICHARD II through RICHARD III one after another, and then in repertory, for the next two years. The company states, "In 2020, Brave Spirits Theatre will make history by becoming the first professional American theatre company to mount full productions of Shakespeare’s two tetralogies and perform them in repertory. Performing near the nation’s capital, Brave Spirits will bring a distinctly American stamp to these plays, while also staging them in their signature actor-driven, intimate, and dark style."

This is literally a dream job for me, and I cannot wait to dive into this many sword-fights and this much text--especially as I will be playing Warwick in all three parts of HENRY VI, and Buckingham in RICHARD III! 

MAC INTENSIVE with Neutral Chaos Combat

May 10 - 14, 2019

I have been accepted as one of 16 participants to attend the inaugural Mentoring Advanced Combatants (MAC) Intensive at Indiana University, created and hosted by Neutral Chaos Combat. This exclusive 5-day intensive is an opportunity for advanced combatants with large amounts of training and experience to further their skills in technique, pedagogy, choreography, martial technique, and general continuance of their craft. I am honored to be part of this cohort, and can't wait to get started!

CYRANO with Titan Theatre Company

February 8 - 17, 2019

I am proud to announce that I am the Fight Director and the understudy for Cyrano himself in Titan's upcoming production of CYRANO, directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr. The opportunity to play with these gorgeous words, and to swashbuckle to my heart's content, has me absolutely ecstatic, and I can't wait to share this show with the world! Check out the BroadwayWorld.com article for more details! 

THE ROARING GIRL with Rude Grooms

November 30, 2018

I will be playing Moll Cutpurse, the Roaring Girl herself, in Rude Grooms's exploration of THE ROARING GIRL, a rarely-performed Jacobean play of laughter, intrigue, and raillery, and I'm THRILLED! A female character who dresses in male attire, sword-fights, dares to perform on stage, and generally flouts convention in every way she can? Sign me up. #Typecasting

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