Genre: Classical
Phare Play's All-Female Production of a Shakespeare Classic

Phare Play Productions is proud to present Emmy-winner Joan Darling as Prospero in their all-female production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Known as his fantastical swan song, The Tempest follows Prospero, a deposed magician that inhabits a distant island with his young daughter Miranda. With the help of the sprite Ariel (Kerry Shear), Prospero is able to bring those responsible for his misfortunes to his island for his final retribution. Shakespeare's grand tale of revenge, betrayal, and most importantly forgiveness, comes to life under the direction of Artistic Director Blake Bradford.
Open:   12/28/07
Close:   01/12/08

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$18.00/$15.00 students
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Joan Darling began her career as an actress with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford as Viola in Twelfth Night. She starred in the award winning improvisational theater company, The Premise, with Gene Hackman, Tom Aldredge, and Ron Liebman. She starred on Broadway in Leda had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment. She won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.

She was the first woman nominated for an Emmy for directing. She has been nominated four times and won an Emmy for directing Mom's on Strike. Her episode of "The Nurses" for M.A.S.H. was nominated for an Emmy and is included in the Best of M.A.S.H. episode.

She is considered the first woman director of the modern age and blazed the way for the women who followed in her footsteps. Her first directing assignment was Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which was featured on the cover of every major magazine from Newsweek to Rolling Stone within six weeks of its debut. She followed that by directing the world famous episode "Chuckles the Clown" of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named by the New York Times as the funniest half hour ever on television.

Her first feature, First Love was named one of the ten best by CBS. She was the first woman to direct Magnum P.I. and among her many other television credits are Rich Man, Poor Man, Doc, Rhoda, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Civil Wars.

She is renowned as a teacher (her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list) and is currently adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She created the "Directing the Actor" workshop for the Sundance Institute and has served as a creative advisor at the Director's lab at Sundance for the last fifteen years. She also has served as a creative advisor at the European Moonstone Labs. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a "Woman Who Made It."

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Erik Darling. 'I know my lines.'

Kerry Shear (Ariel) is a native Californian, born and raised. She studied acting under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg in New York and Los Angeles. She is a Life Time member of The Actors Studio. A founding member of the original Los Angeles Actors Theater where she appeared in Eugene O'Neil's "Hairy Ape", Arnold Wesker's "The Kitchen", the world premier of Tina Howe's "Museum", "Prowlers", and "The Mulatto's Orgy". Also a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater-West where she appeared in the world premiere of John Ford Noonan's "Waiting For The Word", "Why Emily Needs a New Outfit" and "The Woods" by David Mamet. At the Strasberg Theater Center she appeared in "Cowards", "The Commitment of Bob", "Biederman and the Fire Bugs" and John Ford Noonan's "Recent Developments in Southern Connecticut". In Boise, Idaho, she appeared with Wilford Brimley in A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters". She worked with John Casavetes on his theatrical piece "Knives" which later became the film "Love Streams". She appeared in the Odyssey theater production of "Three Penny Opera" and she is most proud of her recent performances; on the Wisconsin stage in the world premier of Bill Svanoe's new Comedy "The Last Laugh" and her portrayal of Gladys in the Deep Dish Theater Company's production of Athol Fugard's "A Lesson From Aloes" directed by Joan Darling. Her film credits include "On the Nickel", "The Hitch Hikers", "Night Flowers", "Talking Walls", and "Lunker Lake". She has appeared on "The Waltons", "Unsolved Mysteries", "Divorce Court" and numerous commercials. She taught acting at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles for many years as well as coaching privately. For the last two summers she has taught a sensory Workshop in Wisconsin at the Shake Rag Alley Arts Festival. She has recently relocated to Chapel Hill from Los Angeles and has been privately coaching Actors in the Strasberg Method.
Kendall Rileigh (Miranda) is delighted to be in "The Tempest"! National Tours: "Great Expectations"; "Charlotte's Web". NY: "Spartacus"; "Julius Caesar"; "The Melting Pot"; "Twas the Night Before"; "The Revenants"; "The Last Cloud" (with Phare Play); et al. Regional: "Romeo & Juliet"; "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; "Twelfth Night"; "The Seagull"; "The Cherry Orchard"; "The Miss Firecracker Contest"; "The Lonesome West"; "Sonnets for an Old Century"; "Antigone"; et al. Training: Duke University; Moscow Art Theatre; NY Circus Arts Academy. Kendall also enjoys writing - three of her plays have been produced. Affiliations: AEA, SAG, AFTRA.
Dolores Kenan (Alonso) - Recent appearances in New York were in the Fresh Fruit Festival as Jeanne in "My Mother Told Me I Was Different" and as Karla in "Wonder of the World". Prior to those, she appeared in "Dead End" and "Two Gentleman of Verona" at the Int'l Fringe Festival, Gertie in "Fuddy Meers", Mag in "Beauty Queen of Leenane" and Aida in "Over the River and Through the Woods". Regional theatre appearances were at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, George Street Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, and the New York Public Theatre.
Marla Yost (Ferdinand) has recently performed at HERE Arts Café, for the American Living Room Festival, as well as at the Brick Theater. For PlayMakers Repertory Company: "The Front Page" (Gene Saks, dir.), "Cyrano de Bergerac" (Joseph Haj), "Richard II" and "Caesar and Cleopatra" (David Hammond). For the Professional Actor Training Program: "Kid Simple" (Shelley Butler), "Twelfth Night" (Charles Steak), "The Real Thing" (Jeffrey Blair Cornell), "Full Moon" (Benny Sato Ambush), "Holy Ghosts" (Kenneth P. Strong), "Making History" (Ray Dooley), "Red Noses" (John Feltch). Education: MFA, UNC-Chapel Hill/PlayMakers Repertory Company; Vassar College.

Theater: Titus Andronicus; Phare Play Productions: Office Hours; The Tempest; Fifi, Effie and the Donut Lady; Ensemble Studio Theater: Bluff and Berlin '45; Barrow Group Studios: Punchline; Theater-Studio: The Greatest Love; Instant Shakespeare Company: Othello, Hamlet, the entire cycle of history plays, The Vagina Monologues; Love Creek: Beyond the Horizon; Sauce for the Goose, Women of the Wild West, No Plums, 3 Widows and a Corpse, In a Wicked Mood. Television: Lipstick Jungle; Parco, P.I.; One Life to Live. Film: P.J.; Dance Salsa; numerous short films. Corporate trainer with Performance of a Lifetime.

Kim Carlson (Antonio) first appeared in the musical "Lovesongs" at the 13th Street Theater, toured as a background singer with Cat Stevens on his last world tour, made a solo album, performed a cabaret act, and toiled in the corporate world until unforeseen events allowed her an irresistible chance to jump back into her creative life. She was recently seen as Sunny in The Red Fern Theater Company production of "The Exonerated" at the 78th St. Theatre Lab. She holds a BA in creative writing and studied acting with William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Austin Pendleton, and Terry Schreiber. She is currently at work on a one-woman show about the unintended consequences of ignoring your dreams.

Susanne Gottesman-Traub has varied credits for directing and acting in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. She is delighted to once again be a part of the Phare Play family.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School and New York University, Kymm has been working in the theatre for forty years. The daughter of well-known actors Bill Zuckert and Gladys Holland, she started performing at the age of three in such plays as The Little Clown That Forgot How to Laugh and a French-language version of Sleeping Beauty as well as appearing in television shows like "Sanford and Son", "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "Days of Our Lives". As an adult, Kymm has been a performer and director with theatre companies such as Love Creek Productions, Foolish Mortals, Phare Play Productions and Zephyer Rep, performing as Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, April in The Hot L Baltimore, Bottom in an all-female version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leona in Small Craft Warnings and Marie-Ange in the world premiere of Maiden's Progeny at 59E59 Theaters.  She has been a director for the past seventeen years, of such shows as The Trojan Women, Dear Brutus, Man and Superman, Dulcy, The Cemetery Plays, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, A Woman of No Importance, Orpheus Descending, Ghosts, Arcadia, A Doll's House, Cloud Nine, Closer, Gay Slave Handbook and Shirley Valentine.

Dianna holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Ithaca College and is a proud Mercersburg Academy graduate. She has played a slew of interesting characters ranging from an Old Whore to a snobby little rich girl. Her proudest moments have been Princess Puffer ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Queen Margaret ("Richard III), Homeless Lady ("A New Brain"), Lucille ("Junie B. Jones"), Gonzalo ("The Tempest"), and a saucy maid named Sara Dippidy at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire where she learned high falling and swashbuckling. Dianna would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support. i Sin Ti Soy Nada!

Sarah Strasser (Francisco) Some of Sarah's favorite roles are: Rosalind in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" produced at Hubbard Hall, Florie in Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" work-shopped at Circle in the Square, and Agnes in John Pielmeier's "Agnes of God" performed at the University of the Arts. Sarah Received her BFA from the Philadelphia based school and also attended the two-year conservatory at Circle in the Square.
Sarah Hankins (Christina/Claire) recently appeared in Phare Play's productions of "Arcadia" and their all-female production of "The Tempest". Sarah's New York credits include Juliet in Genesis Rep's "Romeo and Juliet", Dora Sunnyside in the Metropolitan Playhouse's "The Octoroon" and "The Wisdom that Men Seek" at The Dramatists Guild. Sarah relocated to NYC in Fall 2006 after five years as an Associate Artist at Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Selected acting credits from OSF include: Ophelia ("Hamlet"), Desdemona ("Othella"), Portia ("Julius Caesar"), Miranda ("The Tempest"), Sybil ("Private Lives"), Louka ("Arms and the Man"), Sylvia ("The Two Gentlemen of Verona"), Bianca ("The Taming of the Shrew") and Mariane ("Tartuffe"). Other regional theater credits include: Shakespeare & Company, Bristol Riverside Theater, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Charlotte Repertory Theater. Sarah trained with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
Alexandra Devin (Stephano) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has acted in France, New York, and across the US. Other Shakespeare credits include Hermia ("A Midsummer Night's Dream") at the WorkShop Theater Company, and Margaret ("Much Ado About Nothing") and Prince Edward ("Richard III") for Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Her plays have been produced around NYC and in PA; her novel and a CD of the Bright Red Boots band are available online. SAFD Recognized Actor/Combatant (Rapier & Dagger, Unarmed, Broad Sword, Knife). Co-founder of Why Theatre; member of AEA (2nd generation!), WorkShop, SAFD, and Dramatists Guild.

Carrie Colden (Thomasina Coverly) was most recently seen on the Phare Play stage in the all-female "Tempest" and has served as the company's resident costume designer for nearly a year. She has also directed "Wildwood Park" in "Unwrap Your Candy" for Phare Play. Besides her role in the show, she additionally is putting together the amazing clothing ensembles that will be adorning the cast in this production of "Arcadia".
Amanda Knox (Boatswain/Mariner/Juno) was just recently a part of the Off Broadway production of "Dolphin Up a Tree" at the Daryl Roth 2 Theatre. Other notable stage credits include "Dark of the Moon" and "Taming of the Shrew". To date her film credits include the award winning thriller "Windcroft", "Demon Resurrection" and "The Bedford Asylum". She has appeared in "Inside Man", "Gracie",

"Music and Lyrics" and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Part 2" as well as such television shows as "The Sopranos", "New Amsterdam" and "Six Degrees". Training: William Esper Studios, The Barrow Group(current).

Elizabeth English (Mariner/Iris) is thrilled to be working with Phare Play again after participating in their delightful 24 hour play festival last month! Most recently, she appeared as Luther in "The Life and Times of Martin Luther" (Reformed) for FringeNYC, and worked as an Acting Intern with The Looking Glass Theatre. Elizabeth is a graduate of The Catholic University of America Drama Program. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Johnstone in "Blood Brothers", Countess de Lage in "The Women", Charisse in "The My House Play", and Lois Lane in "Kiss Me, Kate".