A WILDE OCTOBER: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, SALOMÉ

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Oscar Wilde. Directors: Tony White, Gary Filsinger, AC Jermyn

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People: Jack and Algernon are best friends, both of whom are wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest. Comic calamity ensues as the two get caught in a tangled web of mistaken lovers, assumed names, and a lost handbag.

An Ideal Husband: Sir Robert Chiltern is the epitome of success - both in his public life and in his private family life. However, an indiscretion committed as a younger man threatens to dismantle all that he has achieved when the sinister Mrs. Chevely attempts to blackmail him. Chiltern and his wife turn to an old friend, Lord Goring, for assistance. Can Goring help the couple extricate themslelves from their scandalous plight?

Salomé: Herod pledges to his step-daughter Salomé that he will give her half of his kingdom if she will dance for him at a banquet at his palace. This unfolds while John the Baptist is held captive in Herod's cistern, and after the prophet has rebuffed the advances of Salome. Only one thing will satiate Salomé's desire after she performs the Dance of the 7 Veils - something taboo that plunges the entire atmosphere of the Tetrach's domain into an aura of doom.


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Close:   10/31/10

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Ian Richard Barnes Algernon Moncrieff, The Importance of Being Earnest

Ian Richard Barnes is an actor and playwright. He has performed in Boys in the Backroom with Love Creek, and Man & Superman with Foolish Mortals. Ian has been seen at the Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater reading a lead role in A Matter of Faith, his self-penned play currently in the development process. Other stage projects include lead roles in Twitter Theater, and Hunters (part of TheaterVision’s 2008 Center of Gravity festival). On film, Ian played the lead in Eco-Tuna, a comedic short making the festival rounds, Beneath the Rock, True Hollywood Sitter, and has appeared on All My Children. He is managed by Seth Greenky at Green Key Management (212) 874-7373.

Brian Reilly Jack Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest

Brian has been performing in off-off-Broadway theatre since 1994; most recent performances have been with New York City-based Love Creek Productions, where he has been a repertory member for several years. He was last seen as Damis in Moliere’s Tartuffe; other recent performances include the roles of Harry and Martin in Churchill’s Cloud 9, Monk in William’s Small Craft Warnings, and Judge Brack in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Brian has also performed in improv and sketch comedy shows at the Gotham Comedy Club and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as in numerous industrial videos for various law enforcement agencies in the country. Brian is the founder of Lexington Ensemble Company, the parent company of CityShow, which is producing “A Wilde October.”

Shawn Michial Madsen Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest

Shawn Madsen has done a number of classic plays in the Off-Off Broadway market over the years. Most recently he directed and acted as Joseph Surface in a production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's School for Scandal. Other recent classic roles include Duke Buckingham in Shakespeare's Richard III, Five Wits in Everyman, Gnatho in Terence's The Eunuch, Talthybius in Euripides' The Trojan Women, Cloten in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Smirnov in Checov's The Bear, Iago in a greatly abbrieviated version of Shakespeare's Othello and smaller appearances in productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Two Gentleman of Verona, Taming of the Shrew, and Twelth Night. Shawn also has numerous credits appearing in and/or Directing more modern (and original) matierial. Contact him at 917 327 3954 or NYMadman@hotmail.com

Melissa Patterson Cecily Cardew, The Importance of Being Earnest

Melissa Patterson is delighted to be involved in this production! She was most recently seen as Mariane in Foolish Mortal's production of Tartuffe. After graduating with a BFA in performance from Northern Kentucky University, she toured the Midwest in a big white van doing puppetry and children's theatre. Favorite past roles include: Little Sally in Urinetown (Raleigh Little Theatre), Morning Star in The Kentucky Cycle (Artists Collaborative Theatre), and Sacagawea in The Adventures of Lewis & Clark (Theatre IV).

Scott Watson Lane/Merriman/Gribsby/Moulton, The Importance of Being Earnest

Scott Watson is excited to be a part of the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, one of his all-time favorite shows. Some previous credits include Albany/Knight in King Lear (Hudson Shakespeare Company, NJ), Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Latino Flavored Productions, NYC), Egeon, Bathazar in A Comedy of Errors and Malcolm in Macbeth (Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, MI) Scott also holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance from Grand Valley State University (MI).

Margaret Woodard Gwendolyn Fairfax, The Importance of Being Earnest

Margaret is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and LAMDA summer course. Her past New York theater credits include Abigail in The Crucible, Masha in The Seagull, Sei in a modern adaptation of Trojan Women, Cosette in Les Miserables, Mimi in Miss Saigon, and Maggie in A Chorus Line. She also had the privilege to originate the roles of Edwina in Bobby Bathurst and Sarah in The Awkward Date at The Putney Theatre in London, England. She is very excited to play Gwendolen Fairfax for the second time in less than a year with this wonderful new cast! She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support!

Sue-Ellen Mandell Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest

Sue-Ellen began her training at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts and was graduated as a theatre major from Hunter College.  She also attended The Neighborhood Playhouse, Herbert Berghof Studios (coached by Bill Hickey) and the Roger Hendriks Simon Studios. While being a mom and a Speech Pathologist, Sue-Ellen continued to perform in regional and off broadway venues. Favorite roles include; Martha: Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blanche: Streetcar Named Desire, Ouisa: Six Degrees of Separation, Jack’s Mom: Into the Woods and Fraulein Koss: Cabaret. This year marks her  full time entry into the New York theatre scene and it has been exciting and busy. She is now a member of three theatre companies ( Turtle Shell, Love Creek and Write Act Eastside) . Projects have included some independent and student films, several one act play festivals, play readings and a commercial for the Home Shopping Network. She also appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival this past summer. (Contact: sueellenmandell@aol.com)

John Naughton Canon Chasuble, The Importance of Being Earnest

John Naughton is happy to be working with this great group. He has appeared in numerous New York and regional productions. Favorite shows include The House of Blue Leaves, Wait Until Dark, What the Butler Saw, and Le Wilhelm's The Death in the Juniper Grove. He is a founding member of Creative Artists Laboratory, holds a Theatre Education Degree, and has worked for many years as a teacher in Manhattan.Thanks to the family, Blake and Christine and the cast. Special thanks to the late, greats Elizabeth Dillon and Eloise Niederkirchner. 212 489-0202, johnnypn@hotmail.com

Collin Biddle Sir Robert Chiltern, An Ideal Husband

COLLIN BIDDLE: Recent shows include Southern Baptist Sissies, Closet Madness, Stuck, Dive Bar and Fade to Black (both by Chuck Orsland), An Ideal Husband, When Joey Married Bobby, Twelfe Night, All’s Well That Ends Well.  Regional credits include Measure for Measure, Much Adoe About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and Taming of the Shrew.  Appearing in the upcoming films Bad Parents and The Search for Agent Z.  Additional credits and information at www.collinbiddle.com.  With love and thanks to Ann and the girls.

Arash Mokhtar Lord Goring, An Ideal Husband

Arash Mokhtar is an actor, director, writer and artist based in New York City. Recent credits: Lord Arthur Goring in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Joe Cooper in Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe, Sam in the debut of 70 Million Tons, Daniel Woolf in Closer, Eddie in Hurlyburly, Farrell Taggert in Paradiddle. Recent film credits: Berlioz (lead) Master and Margherita, independent short; Nebbish (supporting), independent feature, When the Devil Come; Adel (supporting), Jamais Vu (Never Seen).

Taliesen Rose Lady Chiltern, An Ideal Husband

Since graduating from the Brooklyn College MFA Acting Program last year, Taliesen has been seen in Dave McCracken’s Macbeth in the Other Room with DJM Productions, as Lady Macbeth, Love Creek’s production of The Anniversary Gift, as Darlene, and Moliere’s Tartuffe, as Doreen. Other stage roles include Meg in Louis Nowra’s Away with Hunters Hill Theatre, Whitney in A Piece of my Heart, as well as Eve in Children of Eden, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and was also seen in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Euripides’ Iphigenia, and The Vagina Monologues. Taliesen’s film and television credits include Australian films Gabriel and Perfect Spheres, and Australian TV show Blackjack. (Contact: tknehans@gmail.com, (718) 219-2590)

Kathleen Boddington Mrs. Chevely, An Ideal Husband

Kathleen is very excited to be performing as Lady Chevely in City Show’s Production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband! Recently, she performed in Paul Trupia’s For the Good of the Country at the Chernuchin Theatre as part of the Strawberry Festival and in Warren Schultz’s Who Put the Ex in Exmas? at the Manhattan Repertory Festival in Winterfest. Favorite roles include Elmire in Moliere’s Tartuffe, Grace in Tennessee Williams’ Something Unspoken, Betty in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, and the sweet but clueless Lady Stutfield in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. She recently shot the short film, The Watchers and a TV Pilot called The Final Moment. Kathleen has studied Meisner with Larry Silverberg and has also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts here in New York. Kathleen is represented by Sonia at AboutFace Talent.

Faith Aeryn Lady Basildon, An Ideal Husband

Faith Aeryn is a California girl with a background in theatre, film, stage combat and wordsmithing. She studied at SFSU, ACT and BADA, and is happy to be living and working in NYC. Her recent credits include Blood Red Roses,The Comedy of Errors, and Anatol. Much love and boundless thanks to Wilton and my dear family and friends for their unending support. www.FaithAeryn.com

Meaghan Sloane Mabel Chiltern, An Ideal Husband

Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Meaghan Sloane received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she was also honored with the Achievement of Excellence in Acting Award by the Theater department faculty upon her graduation. Meaghan's most recent theater credits include  Melanie in Wind Up Productions one act play festival, Unbalancing Acts at Spoon Theater, and as Elaine Pearlman in the world premiere of Mel Weiser's new play Cry, Tiger! in Phoenix, Arizona. She is thrilled to be fulfilling her long-held dream of performing in an Oscar Wilde play.

Heather Shisler Mrs. Marchmont, An Ideal Husband

NYC Stage: An Ideal Husband (Procucer’s Club), The Importance of Being Earnest (S/R West End Th.), Carousel (Heights Players), A Sagacious Hunch (NYC Fringe), No Problem (Drilling Co.), Beshert (Dramatists Guild), improv at the Broadway Comedy Club.  Favorite regional: Bus Stop (Barnstormers Theatre), I Hate Hamlet (Cortland Rep.) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Attic Ensemble). Heather has acted in over a dozen films including: Plato's Reality MachineTaught to Hate and How to Rock a First Date.  Training: MFA Acting (2015) The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, BA Theatre Performance, University of Missouri. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. www.heathershisler.com

Abraham M Adams Vicomte de Nanjac, An Ideal Husband

Abraham M. Adams is thrilled to be working with CityShow in A Wilde October. A transplant from Salt Lake City, UT he has lived in Brooklyn for the past four years living out his dream of acting in the city that never sleeps. He was last seen as Claudio in Oxford Shakespeare Company's workshop of Much Ado About Nothing. Many thanks to Gary and Brian for this opportunity. Mom and Dad... as always, much love.

Susan Neuffer Lady Markby, An Ideal Husband

Susan Neuffer is thrilled to be a part of "A Wilde October".  She has studied at the Michael Howard Studios conservatory and the Barrow Group, and has appeared in numerous independent and student films, musicals, and plays. Susan's also presented many solo cabaret shows.  Films include Red Tape, No Direction, and Work It Out.  Plays include Enemies, A Love Story and Don Nigro's Tristan.  Thanks, as always, to hnybr1.

Michael Selkirk Lord Caversham, An Ideal Husband
Michael recently appeared as Kyle in Seventies Porn at Manhattan Repertory, Edgar Allan Bloom in The Blue Balloon at NY Theatre Workshop, Man/Hand in Violins at Manhattan Theatre Source, Karl in Deconstructing Berlin at the Milagro Theatre, Paul in Everything Will Be Alright at the Horace Mann Theater.  He is a founder of Playsmiths, a playwrights’ workshop here in NYC.  www.michaelselkirk.com

Henri Douvry Phipps/Mason, An Ideal Husband

Henri Douvry is delighted to be appearing as Phipps and Mason in this production of An Ideal Husband. He returned to the stage several years ago after a lengthy hiatus and since has appeared in over a dozen plays and many independent films. His stage credits include Robert in Proof, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Hubert De Burgh in King John, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Sam, the male lead in The Cemetary Club. His most recent film credit was a bishop/exorcist in a History Channel docudrama, Exorcism, which aired nationally this past Halloween. (Contact: kneadcon@aol.com or (201) 790-2781)

Claudia Casamassimo Salome, Salome

Claudia Casamassimo is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she spent her last year studying Shakespeare with Louis Scheeder at the Classical Studio.

Theatre roles include Princess in Love's Labour's Lost, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Bianca in Othello, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jolene in Raw with Cedar Lake Ensemble, and Suzy in Strictly Murder. She has also worked on several films with Brilliant Productions.

Christopher began his career 18 years ago working as an actor in classical theater. He transitioned into writing, producing, and directing, commercials, music videos and two independent feature films, The Digital Prophet and The Process of Creative Deception. He has recently returned to his first love, acting, and is very excited to be playing the part of Banquo in Macbeth. In addition Christopher and his wife Schnele are the creative partners of UrbanTopaz Multimedia, which focuses on graphic art, website design and film/video production; www.urbantopaz.com/romero.html

Bill Bria Iokanaan, Salome

Bill Bria hails from Ann Arbor, MI and got his BA in the Visual and Performing Arts from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Bill also spent a semester studying in London at the British American Drama Academy. His most recent projects include Broadhollow Theater's production of The Woman In Black, Haberdasher Theatre's production of Arnold Schulman's Lost, and a handful of shows with sketch group American Candy. He has written and directed plays in addition to acting, and thanks ArtEffects for letting him play in their sandbox!
 

Lillian Small Herodias, Salome

Lillian J. Small’s places of study have included San Jose State University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Actor's Center in New York. Favorite roles have been Roxanne from Cyrano de Bergerac, Dracula from Dracula, Adriana from Comedy of Errors, The Angel from Angels in America, Nijo from Top Girls, and Terry in Cucumbers. She is also studying Tango and is a licensed massage therapist. (Contact: Bluelillylotus@hotmail.com)

Kevin Gilligan Page of Herodias, Salome

Kevin Gilligan is originally from NC, where he got his BA in Theatre at UNCW. He spent 4 years off and on touring nationally with the Hampstead Stage Company performing literature based children's theatre. Recently he performed in the Innovative Theatre Award Nominated Commedia del Arte play Manhattanpotamia IV. He is a resident company member of the improv troupe the Red Tie Mafia and is a writer/director for sketch troupe American Candy. He'd like to thank AC for the opportunity to get re-acquainted with Oscar Wilde.

 

Paul Herbig The Young Syrian/ 1st Jew/ 2nd Nazarine, Salome

Paul Herbig’s film credits include Alone on the Dark II, Fears of a Clown, and Unnatural Selection. New York theater credits include Medea (Jason) with Mainspring Collective, Affluenza (Eugene – originated role) with Heiress Productions, Donnie and the Monsters (Tommy/Sock puppet) with Horse Trade, and Cartoon (Rockstar) with Madcap. Regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and The Tempest (Ferdinand). Paul has a BA in theater from the University at Albany.

Enrique Huili Tigellinus/ Cappodocian/ Namaan, Salome

Enrique Huili (Ferdinand) attended the conservatory school at Shenandoah University for acting in Virginia where he transferred to the New York Film academy and earn his degree. Returning back to school right after NYFA, Enrique earned another degree at the Terry Schreiber Studio Conservatory Program. Enrique has been in a couple of Off Off Broadway shows including Macbeth and Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, which was his first time starring in a show. Enrique just finished touring with The Hudson Shakespeare company in the production of The Tempest.

Adam P. Murphy 2nd Jew/ 1st Nazarine, Salome

Adam maintains a regular Off-Off-Broadway presence as an actor.  He most recently performed at the Kraine and Producers' Club theatres and at The Tank.  In July he will appear in an AEA showcase production of Irish comedy "Spreading the News" with Unity Stage Co. outdoors in Queens.  Adam has worked in TV, film, commercials, and voice-overs as well as sketch comedy (American Candy) and improv (Say What? NYC).

Jeff Greene Soldier, Salome

Jeff would first like to give thanks to God for the opportunities with which He has blessed him. A New York native, Jeff started his career in Print and Fashion modeling. He expanded his repertoire to include Film, Television, and Theater. He has appeared on The Good Wife, Law & Order and All My Children. Jeff has been on stage in Two Trains Running, an edition of Romeo and Juliet, and internationally in When A Man Loves A woman in Canberra Australia, among others. Jeff’s innovative thinking and creativity continues to inspire him as he cultivates the craft. Recently, Jeff completed his first film production in the film, Spare Change. Jeff would like to thank City Show and April Christine for this tremendous opportunity.