Genre: Classical, Comedy, Kids
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Blake Bradford

Featuring an all-female cast, Zephyer Rep's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream sets the action in that wonderful era of folly and excess: 1980's.  First mounted to much acclaim in 2006, Blake Bradford's Dream follows four young lovers as they flee the city of Athens to find freedom and love in the forest. There they discover a place of enchantment, inhabited by fairies and their warring masters, Titania and Oberon. A group of local artisans rehearsing a play also look to the forest for privacy, but everyone's plans are disrupted by the impish prankster Puck. One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream evokes a world of rebellion, magic and romance, where chaos erupts, lovers are mismatched, and all is reconciled through the wonder and power of love. 

Open:   04/01/10
Close:   04/10/10

4/1 @8pm, 4/2 at 8pm, 4/3 @8pm, 4/4 @2pm, 4/8 @8pm, 4/9 @8pm, 4/10 @8pm
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:$20 regular, $15 student
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Kirsten Anderson (Flute) first read Midsummer when she was nine. She understood very little of it.

Mia Anderson Titania/Theseus

Mia Anderson (Titania/Theseus) is thrilled to be performing with Zephyer Rep. She was just seen in the role of Candace in the film Production which was selection in Urban World film festival 2009, she also did a reading at the Hot Ink Festival in Appointment with God playing opposite Rebecca Jones, and has made her directing debut in New York in the Frozen One Act Festival with Construct Theater Company. Regionally she has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare (Boston MA), Boston Theater Works (Boston MA), Dreamkeeper Theater (Dayton OH), Providence Black Rep (Prov R.I.) and Painted Bride Theater in Philadelphia to name a few. She is also a proud Native New Yorker hailing from Brooklyn, USA!

Karen Brelsford (Helena/Publicity) is excited to be in her second Zephyer Rep production; her first was in Dear Brutus as the philandering Joanna Trout. Karen is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Company and has experience in stage, film and TV, including various Lifetime movies and international commercials. Favorite performances include Jellyroll Shoes, Snowing at Delphi, and No Sex Please We’re British where she got rave reviews including: "the physical comedy was impeccable"; "brilliant, super, and very funny”. She has both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Dendrochronology (tree-ring studies). Karen wants to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support. kbrelsford@hotmail.com

Tamara Cacchione Demetrius

Tamara Cacchione (Demetrius) is thrilled to be reprising the role of Demetrius after performing it in the production mounted in 2006. When Tamara is not acting, she can be seen on the court at Madison Square Garden as a member of the 7th Ave Squad cheering for the Knicks. She is a graduate of Vassar College (BA in Drama), National Theater Institute, and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. Favorite past roles include Marlene in Dance at Bataan (written and directed by Blake Bradford), Callie in Stop Kiss, April in Hot L Baltimore, and Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (reverse gender). tk_cacchione@yahoo.com

Amanda Donelan Mustardseed

Amanda Donelan (Mustardseed) is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance. Amanda’s New York Theatre credits include performing as a member of Chocolate Cake City NY at comedy clubs across the city and comedy festivals including Chicago Sketch Fest; Memorial Days: Staged Reading and The Long Christmas Ride Home with the Red Fern Theatre Company; Beautiful Noises and Coal’s of Fire with The Queen’s Players; and Everyman with Turtle Shell Productions. Amanda was also the makeup designer for Found A Peanut and Who Will Carry The Word with the Red Fern Theatre Company. She would like to thank Zephyer Rep for giving her the opportunity to be part of this amazing cast and the chance to work on such a wonderful play. Further, she would like to thank all her friends, family, and her mom & dad for all of their love and support. :o)

Julia Giolzetti (Snug) is ready to have a roarin' good time as Snug. This is her second production with Zephyer Rep, her first being February's Dear Brutus (Mrs. Purdie). She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. San Diego: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet; SD Youth Playbill Award for Best Actress). NYU: Electra (Chrysothemis), The Misanthrope (Philinte), Laura Dennis, Cloud Nine, Mad Forest. New York: American Soldiers (Theater for the New City), PINK!, Henry V, The Back Line, T.A.B. (Downtown Urban Theater Festival & Manhattan Rep), Three Sisters. Film: HappyThankYouMorePlease (presented at Sundance 2010), White Irish Drinkers, Maconheiro, Sweet Lorraine, Last Chance. TV: "Z Rock". Commercial: Bank of America. Voiceover: "Big Love" interactive billboard campaign (NY/LA). Julia blogs about her crazy life at giolzetti.blogspot.com. Love to Mom, Dad, and Angela.

Mary Jane Gocher Egeus/Starveling

Mary Jane Gocher (Egeus/Starveling) was recently seen at Wings as Aunt Lizzie in I, Undertow and as Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace and Lynne Weiss in Pants on Fire, for Phare Play. She appeared as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and as Mrs. Plumm in Uncommon Women for Love Creek Productions. She also played Mrs. Baker in Butterflies Are Free for Latin American Theatre Ensemble, and Cory in How Fish Breathe for All Souls Players Reading Series. Her TV credits include a principal role in Court TV’s “Haunting Evidence”. She has studied with Austin Pendleton and Eric Michael Gillett at HB Studio. AFTRA mgocher@nyc.rr.com

Alicia Green Hermia/Choreographer

Alicia Green (Hermia/Choreographer) is a graduate of New York University, earning her Master’s degree in Educational Theater. She received her undergraduate degree in theater and music from Fordham University, and has studied at Circle in the Square, Alvin Ailey, HB Studios and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Alicia was most recently seen as Donna in Snake in Fridge and is very excited to be reprising the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been featured in a handful of independent films, most notably The Key. New York: Claire/Christina in Dance at Bataan, Tess in Six Degrees of Separation, Gloria in Wait Until Dark, Sophie in Baal and Queen Isabella in Chamber Music. Regional: Cavale in Cowboy Mouth, Sabina in Skin of our Teeth, Jesse in ’night Mother. She would like to thank her very patient friends and family for all their support and love and most especially…her frickin awesome husband.

Keiko Green Oberon/Hippolyta

Keiko Green (Oberon/Hippolyta) is thrilled to be working on Zephyer Rep's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has worked previously with NAATCO, Ma-Yi, and INTAR, as well as appearing in the London premiere of Drums on the Dam in the Accidental Theatre Festival. Thanks to Blake and all the lovely ladies! BFA: NYU/Tisch.

Caroline Kessler Lysander

Caroline Kessler (Lysander) is thrilled to have made the acquaintance of Zephyer Rep. Recent credits include feature film work in Rome and various shorts in New York. Aside from acting, Caroline is a filmmaker whose directorial debut, CONQUESTS, is soon to hit the festival circuit; a video editor whose commercial work includes the Sam Adams "Take Pride in Your Beer" campaign; and an artist currently illustrating a children's book (please visit www.carolinekessler.com for work samples). Un abbraccio grande al mio uomo per tutto quello che è già successo quest'anno.

Sarah Lucie Peaseblossom

Sarah Lucie (Peaseblossom) graduated in May from Boston College with a Bachelor of the Arts in Theater and English. She also studied Shakespeare in London at the British American Drama Academy and toured Rome and Ireland with the Boston College Chorale. Some notable recent productions include An Experiment with an Airpump (Susannah/Ellen), Angels in America (Angel/Emily), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), and Sweet Charity. This is Sarah's New York Debut with the Wings Theatre, and she is thrilled to be working with such a great group on her favorite Shakespeare.

Madeline Reed (Snout) was most recently seen as Sebastian Lore/Oatsie Carew in the Rep @ NYU production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom/Sleeping Beauty or Coma. She also appeared as an unhinged grade school teacher in the upcoming film The Video Guys. She can also be seen as Detective Powell in the film Fog Warning, which has been included in the Fright Night Festival as well as Shockerfest International Film Festival. Her training includes The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and T. Schreiber Studio in New York. While at RADA she appeared as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Nerissa in Merchant of Venice. Other favorite past roles include L’il Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Mistress Page in Merry Wives of Windsor and Sandra in The Exonerated. www.madelinereed.com

Ashley Stauffer (Cobweb) has recently been doing background work on Film and Television. You may have gotten a glimpse of her on “Ugly Betty” or “Law & Order SVU”. Look for her in upcoming movies such as Step up 3D, The Adjustment Bureau, and a 2010 untitled James L. Brooks film. She has also been in an independent film called Shattered Focus. Ashley graduated from the New York Film Academy, One-Year Acting on Film; studying the art with David Vando, Victor Verhaeghe, Lea Brandenburg and James Price.

Claire Tyers (Puck) is ecstatic and honored to be playing her favorite Shakespearean character, PUCK. After her 2008 graduation from Eugene Lang College of New School University, she has been committed to building credits in film, musicals, singer showcases, theatre and even web commercials. Her favorite theatrical roles include Shakespeare's Viola and Autolycus, Wilde's Gwendolen Fairfax, and JC Super Star's Mary Magdalene. She would like to thank her sisters for helping make her dreams come true and Mom and Dad for the willow tree in the back yard. Thank you cast and crew of Midsummer for providing a world for her to be this "shrewd and knavish sprite" she truly is.

Anna Wood Quince

Anna Wood (Quince) is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. She also attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, were she worked with the fine Master instructors of Stella Adler Conservatory and the Shakespeare Conservatory. After a quick adventure in Paris and a little time in the business world, Anna returned to stage and screen in NYC last year. Recent NY Stage: Kim, Nebraska, MTC, Mrs. Peacock , The Enlightenment of Mrs. Cartwell, MTS (Estrogenius), Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Raw Space. Anna will be appearing as a high powered French business woman in the upcoming film Private Moments, by first time director Curro Sanchez, she is also proudly playing Gwen in the NYU student sitcom project “Cold Cuts”. She is a very proud new member of the WorkShop Theater Company (ww.workshop.org), and thrilled that she is s to be listed as an ‘original New York cast member’ in the soon-to-be-published The Enlightenment of Mrs. Cartwell, by Danniel Damiano. Thanks loving mentors JP Gates and Melissa Center and best husband in the world Andrew.

Kymm Zuckert Bottom/Assistant Director

Kymm Zuckert (Bottom) is 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. She started performing at the age of three in such plays as The Little Clown Who Forgot How to Laugh, a French-language version of Sleeping Beauty and the original reading of Devour the Snow, as well as appearing in television shows like “Sanford and Son”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Days of Our Lives”. She recalls almost every character she played as a child was named Jenny. As an adult, Kymm has been a performer and director with various theatre companies: Love Creek Productions, Foolish Mortals and Phare Play Productions. She has performed as Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, April in The Hot L Baltimore, Leona in Small Craft Warnings and Marie-Ange in the world premiere of Maiden's Progeny (Off-Broadway). She has been a director for the past twenty years, for such shows as Dear Brutus, A Woman of No Importance, Orpheus Descending, Ghosts, Arcadia, A Doll's House, Cloud Nine, Closer, Gay Slave Handbook and Shirley Valentine.

Blake Bradford Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes Snake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

Matt Klane Fight Director

Matt Klane is a fully trained advanced actor-combatant with the SAFD, and has studied as a Fight Director and Choreographer under Swordmaster Joe Travers. He holds a teaching license from New York State, and has taught undergraduate Stage Combat courses in three states. His choreography and stunt work has been seen here in the NYC area for the past eight years across the off- and off-off-Broadway stage, as well as on MSNBC, AMC, NBC.com and NewYorkTimes.com. All steel weapons for this performance were fully designed and created by swordsmith Nathan DeCoux and Gotham Armory. Wooden weapons provided by Honda Martial arts and designed by Matt Klane.

Linda Hill Associate Producer

Linda Hill first made a name for herself in the field of improvisational and stand up comedy in San Francisco where she was in such groups as Spaghetti Jam, Femprov and National Theater of the Deranged. Soon she struck out on her own as one of 8 women comics who were working in stand up at the time and she performed and became friends with such talents as Diane Amos (the "Pine Sol Lady"), Whoopi Goldberg, Marga Gomez, Tom Ammiano, Kevin Meaney and Robin Williams to name but a few. Her television appearances include "Comedy Tonight" on PBS for three years, one as host; The "TV IQ Test" for which she won a California Emmy, "Two Guys with Amazing Shorts" on HBO; "Two Drink Minimum" on Comedy Central; and "Nashville Now" on TNN. She is proud to be a member of Zephyer Rep Company.

Peggy Queener Associate Producer

Peggy is pleased to once again be joining Zephyer Rep as a producer.  She was last seen in Dear Brutus and will next be seen in Zephyer Rep's The Cherry Orchard.