Genre: Classical, Drama, Lesbian+Gay
By Timothy Findley, Directed by Joanne Zipay

On the eve prior to the dawn execution of Robert, Earl of Essex, for treason, Shakespeare and his company of actors are at court. Under curfew in a barn, with the Queen, through her restless night as she struggles with the decision she has made to behead her beloved "Robin".

On the sixteenth century stage the women roles were played by men; the only woman in the company is the seamstress who makes and repairs the costumes. The Queen is intrigued by the nature of the men that play these roles, and whether their 'essence' is truly that of a man, or of a woman. In part to entertain and divert the Queen who is tormented by her decision to execute Essex, and in part to illuminate the question that so intrigues her, members of the company recite and play short vignettes from various of Shakespeare's plays. In this vein they challenge the Queen with provocative questions that would be inadmissible at any other time or place, and reveal their sympathy for Essex. At times the Queen commands and threatens regally, at times she drops her guard and confesses her womanly feelings.

There is a powerful counterpoint for the Queen, who feels the sexual passion of a woman, but must put that aside to act in the interest of the State - or, as she said to the army at Tilbury: "I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a King". Here, poignantly, she says to the male actor: "If you will teach me how to be a woman . . . I will teach you how to be a man."

About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Open:   04/02/08
Close:   04/19/08

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 8 p.m.

There is an added matinee on Saturday, April 19th at 3PM
Running time is 2 hours with an intermission.
Theater:   Nicu's Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$18.00, $14.00 Students and Seniors, Opening benefit for $25
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Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.         Official Web Site: www.spoontheater.org
Stephanie Barton-Farcas Queen Elizabeth I
Stephanie Barton-Farcas has been seen Off-Broadway in 'Nuclear Family' as well as in 'Talk Show' which toured to LA. Other roles include Jenny Diver in 'Threepenny Opera', Dora in 'The Swan', Gwen in 'Fifth of July', The Waitress in 'Kosher Harry', Josie in 'Steaming' and many others. In film she can be seen in 'Backward Looks, Far Corners' (with Martha Plimpton), 'Ash Wednesday' and others. She thanks this lovely cast, Joanne, the Nicu's Spoon company and her Mom, Mihai and Sophie. "Well-behaved women rarely make history" --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Michael DiGioia Ned Lowenscroft
Michael DiGioia (pronounced D-Joya), originally from Chicago, is a New York based actor/singer, who has appeared Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and in Regional theatres throughout the U.S. & abroad. His career has varied from classical plays to book-musicals & revues, and has now moved toward independent film work. In 2007 Michael was seen in a film-short "The Dawn Chorus" at the Sundance Film Fest, and 2008 marks the release of two indy films "Mother's Milk" and "Out of Service" currently making the rounds at film festivals. Recently, selections of Michael's debut CD "Another Look" were heard on WMNR Fine Arts Radio's "Broadway Bound w/Garrett Stack". For info regarding his CD you can visit www.CDBaby.com, and for further info relating to his acting career and awards, please visit his website: www.m-digioia.com. Seeking Reps. 646-342-9358.
Scott David Nogi William Shakespeare
Scott David Nogi - Nicu's Spoon: Richard III, Previously he has choreographed fights for Nicu; as well as, directed and performed in their reading series. NYC: Godot Has Left The Building (The Culture Project), Dreaming of Norton (Theater Row), Pink Lady (EST) Regional: The Real Inspector Hound (Dogwood Dell), Tempest (ASC), Godot Has Left The Building (Lex Theater). National Tours: The Giver (NTPA). Film/TV: "F.C.U. w/ Bill Murray" (2008 Sundance Film Festival Selection), "All-For-Nots," "Chappelle's Show," "Norm." B.F.A. – NYU, Atlantic Theater Co. For Haley – my strength, my love, my muse.
Andrew Hutcheson Jack Edmund
Andrew Hutcheson has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and recently appeared with Nicu's Spoon as The Man in Kosher Harry and as Richard in Shakespeare's Richard III. Before that, he went on tour with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in their productions of Julius Caesar (as Caesar) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Bottom and Oberon). He has also appeared on the New York stage in productions of Romeo & Juliet (as Tybalt/Paris) and Titus Andronicus (as Lucius) and toured the Southeast as The Beast in American Family Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast. This summer he will be touring with the Texas Shakespeare Festival in productions of Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and 1776 as they travel to Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics. He would like to thank his mom, dad, and grandmother, Barnes & Noble, God, Carrie Taylor, and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dupre for this opportunity.

Tim Romero Tom Travis/ Lord Robert Cecil

Tim Romero is a proud member of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company and of Actors Equity. He was last seen at the Spoon in "Tibet Does Not Exist Anymore" and was with them off-off and then Off Broadway in 2008’s ‘Elizabeth Rex’. He was also in 'Beatiful Thing', and debuting his singing voice for a live audience in '23 Coins'  Thank you Steph for the friendship and your belief in me and to the Knishy.

Rebecca Challis Kate Tardy
This is Rebecca's fourth main stage production with Nicu's Spoon, having been in the US Premiere of 'Cherish' in summer of 2006 and 'Tales of the Lost Formicans' in 2007, as well as 'Richard III'. She has also appeared in many of their reading series including various roles in "Spokane" by Christian Gaul, "Casualties of the Great White Washer" by Derin Altay-Gemignani, and most recently in "The Common Cold" and "The Offenses of Cacti", both by Matthew Swaye. Rebecca also performed in the New York Premiere of Tom Stoppard's "Indian Ink" with Alterego Productions. A native Texan, Rebecca had the privilege of studying at Southwest Texas State University under the tutelage of the late, great Larry Hovis. She also spent four summers as a cast member in the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Melanie Horton Lady Stanley
Melanie Horton is from Eagle River, Alaska and this is her first production with our company. Past regional theatre includes Eliza in My Fair Lady, Sally and Marsha, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Tartuffe, As You Like It, Velma in Chicago, and Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy.

Merle Louise Anne, Countess of Henslowe
Broadway: Original Companies of 'Sweeney Todd' (the Beggerwoman); 'Kiss of the Spiderwoman'(Molina's Mother); 'La Cage Aux Folles' (Mme. Dindon); 'Into the Woods' (Cinderella's Mother, Granny, Giant); 'Company' (Susan); 'Gypsy' (daughter June to Ethel Merman's Mama Rose). Regional Theatre: works by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Moliere, Shaw. Merle is Mom to Heather, Laura, Matt and 3 cats; Bones, Wolfman and Moon.
Alvaro Sena Harry Pearle
Alvaro Sena made his first main stage appearence with Nicu's Spoon in The Little Prince. He is a brazilian actor and moved to NY thinking of the expansion of his career. His acting credits include Garcia Lorca, Shakespeare, Eugene Ionesco and others like Brazilian authors Maria Clara Machado and Nelson Rodrigues. He has worked as an intern for Cultural Foundation of Curitiba, a program where he had to travel to poor areas bringing the magic of art and teaching Literature and Acting to kids who did not have access to the arts. He also has worked as a production assistant and booked commercials as well. In NY he has attended acting classes at Michael Howard's, SFT and Theatre Dance at The Broadway dance center. He's also been in Nicu's Spoon productions of ‘Stumps', The US Premiere of ‘Cherish', 'Buried Child' and most recently in the US Premiere of 'Kosher Harry'.
Bill Galarno Percy Gower
Bill is an Equity member since 1959, when he played Peter in 'Plain and Fancy' at The Gretna Playhouse, PA. Broadway credits include 'The Sound of Music' at City Center with Constance Towers, 'Candide' with Alan Arkin at Avery Fisher Hall, and 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' at The Vivian Beaumont with Sam Waterston, as well as national tours of '110 in the Shade' and 'Move Over Mrs. Markham' (US Premiere). Last fall he played opposite Karen Lynn Gorney as the Duke of Windsor in the new Off-Broadway play, 'The Merry Wife of Windsor'. He just completed a run in the world premiere of 'The Count' at Florida Stage.
Oliver Conant Luddy Beddoes

Oliver Conant (Rev. Isaac Thigpen) a Manhattan based actor, writer, director and dramaturg, was last seen at the Spoon as Cole, a former follower of the psychopathic minister Jim Jones in Brian Dykstra's Hiding Behind Comets. Other Spoon: the comparatively harmless Comparative Religion Professor Norman Levy in Don Thompson’s Tibet Does Not Exist; the lecherous sot Luddy Beddowes in both the initial and off-Broadway runs of Timothy Findlay’s Elizabeth Rex, and (with Judith Shakespeare) the Roman General Cominius in Joanne Zipays staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Oliver began acting early. In high school, thanks to an indulgent and encouraging drama teacher, he produced, directed and starred in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. At fourteen he landed a principal role as Benjie in Robert Mulligan's 1971 Warner Bros film Summer of '42, reprising the role in a forgettable sequel and performing on Broadway as Kevin, middle son to Barbara Belgedes and Robert Lansing and the put upon younger brother to James Woods in Jean Kerr's 1973 domestic comedy Finishing Touches. There followed a hiatus of almost three decades, during which Oliver persued advanced degrees in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, worked in publishing, wrote reviews and essays, and taught as an adjunct and in secondary schools. In 2000 Oliver returned to the stage in, as it happened, another work of Samuel Beckett, playing the role of Hamm in Phillip E. Price’s production of Endgame. Since then he has acted in a variety of off-off Broadway plays as well as acting and directing a lot of Shakespeare. Along with Nicu’s Spoon, he is a member of the Medicine Show, Frog and Peach, and Judith Shakespeare Companies.

Sammy Mena The Bear

Born and raised in the Bronx Sammy has been performing since the first grade. Through out elementary school and high school Sammy performed in the school's yearly Christmas and spring shows. In October of 2007 & 2008 Sammy was a part of New York's premier haunted house Blood Manor where he played a crazy inmate and tormented the guest while they waited on line. Sammy is a company member with Nicu's Spoon and has been in both productions of 'Elizabeth Rex' as well as 'Pinocchio'. Sammy would like to thank his friends and family for their support through out his acting career.

David Tully Matthew Welles

David has been acting in NYC for 15 years since achieving a B.A. in English and in Drama at Muhlenberg College. Including 11 other shows, David was in the off-Broadway show, "Elizabeth Rex" and received a New York Times Review in "Kite Cut Loose In The Middle Of The Sky" with Nicu’s Spoon Productions. David also played the lead (Jeff) in Suburbia which won an Off-Broadway Review Award. His appearances on T.V. include Sex in the City, Law and Order, and OZ, as well as most recently, the 4th episode of “The Good Wife” called “Cleaning House” this season. He plays the lead in a feature called “The Falls” available on Netflix and in stores like Barnes and Noble and Borders and on Amazon.com. David also plays a supporting actor role in The Fast Life, and is in another feature “Saturday Morning” and “Zerosome”, available now. David is an AEA, AFTRA, and SAG actor. You can check out David’s website at www.actordavidtully.com