Genre: Classical, Comedy, Drama
William Shakespeare

For its twenty-sixth Shakespeare production, American Theatre of Actors presents in its Outdoor Theater "Measure for Measure," Shakespeare's comedy about the law, in which a judge falls in love with the sister of a man he has sentenced to die and apparently finds himself guilty of the same offense as the condemed brother. The scene between brother and sister is "one of the dramatic pinnacles of Shakespeare" (Goddard). Directed by James Jennings.

Michael Henry Harris, The Duke; David Demato, Angelo, the Deputy; Lauren Waisbren, Isabella, sister to Claudio; Chad Mills, Claudio, a young gentleman; Gregory O'Conner, Lucio, a worldly gentleman; Dustin Smallheer, Pompey, tapster to Mistress Overdone; Erin Maya Darke, Mistress Overdone/Francisca, the Nun; Kevin C. Woods, Elbow, the Constable; Charles Baker, Escalus, an ancient Lord; Christopher Thornton, Provost; Paul Hansen, Justice/Executioner/Friar Thomas and Friar Peter; Brett Fleischer, Froth, a gentleman /Barnadine, a prisoner; Cara Maltz, Mariana, betrothed to Angelo; Katherine Poklema, Juliet, beloved of Claudio/Gentleman; Marie Darden, Gentleman

About the Company: American Theatre of Actors

The American Theatre of Actors was founded in 1976 by James Jennings, who continues as its President and Artistic Director. It is a repertory theatre company consisting of 50 actors, 20 playwrights and 10 directors. Its purpose is to promote the development of new playwrights, directors and actors and provide them a creative atmosphere in which to work without the pressures of commerical theatre. The plays are dramas and comedies dealing with the social and ethical problems of contemporary society. Over 800 new works have been presented and more than 8000 actors have worked at ATA, including Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Dan Lauria, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin O'Connor, Kevin Spacey, William Fichtner and Edie Falco.

Cast: David Demato, Lauren Waisbren, Chad Mills, Erin Maya Darke, Paul Hansen, Audrey
Open:   06/07/06
Close:   06/24/06

Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00PM
Theater:   American Theatre Of Actors
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Michael is thrilled to be working with James and the cast of Measure for Measure. Michael completed two year training programs with Maggie Flanigan (Acting), Shane Ann Younts (Voice, Speech, and Shakespeare), and the Actors Movement Studio (Williamson Technique). Since completing his training last spring, Michael has appeared in three full length and two one act plays. He also wrote, directed and produced his one act play Gameday.

Previous Shakespeare includes Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing for Sounding Theatre Company.

Gregory O'Connor Lucio, a worldly Gentleman
Gregory O'Connor made his New York Stage debut when Burt Young pulled him out of an acting class to play a lead role in the Actor's Studio production of "Hagerty." Mr. O'Connor has since been featured in several off-Broadway plays and a number of television productions and independent films. A very physical actor, his exuberant charm and almost dangerous intensity make for a compelling stage presence.

He has studied acting with Owen Hollander, Gary Swanson, and other members of the Actor's Studio and has worked with Salem Ludwig on his directorial skills. In 2006, Gregory performed in a Bollywood movie, appeared in a Matthew Modine directed film, and played three roles in Pilates - The Musical. Visit for more information.

Dustin Smallheer Pompey, tapster to Mistress Overdone
Dustin is happy to return to the American Theatre of Actors, and even to happier to finally be doing his first Shakespeare play. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Dustin won ATA's 2005 Jean Dalrymple Award for Most Promising New Actor for his role as "Jerry" in the "Mother's Song". He has worked in every facet of perfomance but is happy to be back doing his first Dustin would like to thank his cast for making his this an enjoyable experience, James Jennings for having faith in him, his family for there never ending support, and Jessica for giving him that kick in the butt he needed to be onsatge for this production.
Kevin C. Woods Elbow, a Constable
Kevin C. Woods is a graduate of Brooklyn College, with a BA in Television and Radio.

In addition to acting, Kevin C. Woods is also a freelance photographer, and voice over artist.

Having done many Shakespeare productions, Kevin is proud to include Measure for Measure in his list of credits.

Being surrounded by a lovely and wonderful cast, lead by a great director, is truly what theatre is all about.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day....come to our performance of Measure for Measure, and I will personally let you know!! :-)

He That Thou Knowest Thine...

Kevin C. Woods

Charles Baker Escalus, an ancient Lord
Charles Baker recently began studying acting to further a lifelong interest in Shakespeare. His experience now includes Escalus in Measure for Measure, American Theatre of Actors (James Jennings, Director), and a Senator and Gratiano in Othello, produced by the Inner Circle Theater Company at Abingdon Theatre. His training has been at The Michael Howard Studios, at HB Studios, and in voice and speech, with Shane Ann Younts.

Brett Fleisher Froth, a gentleman/Barnadine, a Prisoner
After brilliantly portraying the "wretched boy" in the Shakespeare Theatre's revival of "The Country Wife" six years ago, Brett makes his triumphant return to the stage in Measure for Measure where he plays a fool and a drunk. His absence from the theatre was jolted by a desired search to accurately capture the life of these two characters and in addition to establish a career in film and television. Brett landed several roles where he was given the opportunity to work with such actors as: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Shepard, Amy Madigan, Giovanni Ribisi, and Elias Koteas. But more importantly, Brett found the inspiration he was looking for and is finally ready to play the parts he has devoted his life to...
Christopher is very grateful to be working with the cast of Measure For Measure. Christopher is a graduate of The Maggie Flanigan Studio and The Actors Movement Conservatory. Christopher has worked with The Coran Repertory Company in Click, by Michael Bettencourt, directed by Ken Terrell and The Theatre Ouf's production of Moliere's Scapin, directed by Helene Deme Elzevir. He would like to thank James for giving him the opportunity. Also Michael Henry Harris for supporting the Team.
Cara Maltz Mariana, betrothed to Angelo
Cara Maltz received her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from University of California at Irvine in 2005, and since then has been living in NYC. She has appeared in many off-off B'way shows, including Later Life (Amateur Comedy Club), The (Irish) Wake (ATA Beckmann Theatre), Shakespeare in Concert (ATA Shubert Theatre), Ah, Wilderness! (The Heights Players), and Stage Play (78th St. Theatre Lab). She is delighted to be working now in ATA's Outdoor Theatre, and looks forward to seeing many beautiful sunsets throughout the course of this production.
Katharine Poklemba Juliet, beloved of Claudio/Gentleman
Katharine is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a BA in Theatre. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Louisiana Drama-Rama Festival, the Riant Strawberry Festival, and the Midtown International Fringe Festival. Before coming to New York she was a 2002 Apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Katharine is a founding member of InTouch Theatre productions which has produced Last Day, Test Tube World, and OKtoberfest '04, along with many other one-act ventures. She most recently took on the role of Lucy Hale in LaMuse Venales production of The Tragedy of Abraham Lincoln. She is delighted to have Measure for Measure be her first Shakespeare production in New York.