Genre: Classical, Drama
by William Shakespeare, Directed by S. barton-Farcas

In a society where all humans are physically disabled, where the very fabric of the world reflects the remarkable and distinctive, the poor, perfectly formed Richard uses his meager talents to ascend the throne.

This production turns every audience expectation about this classic play on its head and demands an answer to ‘what is disability?’

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:   09/29/15
Close:   10/11/15

Sept 29, 30, Oct 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8PM
Oct 3, 10, 11 at 7PM
Oct 11 at 2 PM
Opens Sept 29 and closes Oct 11:
Theater:   Secret Theatre
Address:   4402 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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Cost:$15-18 except for Gala shows
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  GUY VENTOLIERE (Richard) – Guy is the Managing Director of Hip to Hip Theatre Company where he performs Shakespeare throughout NYC each summer. He recently appeared in Red Noses with Nicu’s Spoon Theatre and has a BA in Shakespearean Theatre, worked on SNL and was “Ted O’Toole” in the Disney series Cool Tool Adventures. Richard III marks his 20th Shakespeare performance and what a role to celebrate. Thanks Stephanie!
  RACHEL HANDLER (Anne, Murder 2, Bishop of Ely) -- Rachel is an actor/singer based in NYC. Favorite roles include: Marian in The Music Man; Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse…; Carly in reasons to be pretty; and Chunks in the feature film, Smothered, to be released in February. Her solo show, Inspiration Whore, has been praised for its exploration of the label, “disabled.” Much love to Stephanie and this talented cast and crew! and‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  ALEXANDER NERO (Buckingham)-- Alexander Nero is a recent graduate of Hunter College. Last October, he played Don Pedro in that institution's production of Much Ado About Nothing and he played LeGrue in Nicu's Spoon's production of Red Noses last April, his first production with this magnificent company. He is most pleased to be performing for the first time in a Shakespearian tragedy and history.
  PERRI YANIV (Clarence/Messenger/ Cardinal) -- Perri is thrilled to be working with Stephanie and the Nicu crew. Credits include Red Noses, Dijla Wal Furat, Injunction Granted. Delivery Hour, The Wolf of Wall Street, Common Ground, Five Minutes, and Winter Has No Sun (forthcoming). Thanks to Stephanie and the entire cast. For Jessica. Literally.
  JESSICA LEVESQUE (Clarence/ Messenger / Cardinal)-- Jessica is excited to delve in to one of the original game of thrones with this wonderful cast and crew. Other games include Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra, Calpurina in Julius Caesar, and Goldie in Hello from Bertha for more information about Jessica please check out: Break Legs everyone and enjoy the show
  RANDI SOBOL (Queen Elizabeth) - NYC: The Tempest (Prospera), Avalon (Viviane), both at Looking Glass; Bubby’s Shadow (Bubby), MITF; The Burial at Thebes (Chief Elder), La MaMa; Harvey (Veta), FHB. Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (and tour): Orpheus Descending (Dolly). Film: Go To Hell (God). Saloon singer. Acting again after doing time in the real world.‬
  STEPHANIE GOULD (Duchess of York/Norfolk) Stephanie is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful production. Favorite theater credits include The Boys Next Door (w/ Identity Theater), Agnes in Ludlow Fair, Trailerville (NYC premiere). Film: Extra Dark (upcoming), Fixers, Snow, and the title role of Crystal in On Crystal. A member of both SAG-AFTRA and AEA, Stephanie holds a B.A. in English from Saint Anselm College, and has trained at Circle in the Square Theatre School and The Peoples Improv Theatre. An accomplished writer, she also runs a blog called RantsReviewsandReels. Follow her on Twitter: @StephanieGould.
  NICHOLAS LINNEHAN (Margaret) Nick is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu’s Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life’s Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children’s shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making great theater with great people
  Diana Benigno (Dramaturge, Assistant Director, Lord Stanley, Murderer 1, Girl, Richmond) -- Diana Benigno is so happy to be a part of Richard III and was last seen as Sister Marguerite in Nicu's Spoon's Red Noses. Favorite and most recent roles include Beatrice in Hunter College's Much Ado About Nothing and Vivika in the Hunter MFA playwriting festival's The Moment Before it All Went Wrong. Thank you to Stephanie for allowing me to play from all perspectives. Thank you Mom, and the ultimate crew, for the faith. For my teachers.
  JOSEPH P GENERA (King Edward, Catesby) – Joe is an actor/singer & disability advocate from CT; recent projects include the feature films Russian Doll & Silent Treatment, Street Theater 2015 & Pinocchio the (Rock!) Musical, and TV’s Elementary & Madam Secretary. Joe is proud & honored to be part of this ground-breaking production of Richard III. Thank you all!
  Ian Gregory Hill (Hastings/Tyrell/Queen Elizabeth U/S) Off-Broadway: The Butterfly Girl at Vital Theatre Company (Andy). Regional: The Pokemusical (Professor Oak/Giovanni), Carrie at Beck Center for the Performing Arts (Mr. Stevens), Helly Dolly (Ambrose) and Damn Yankees (Bryant). Proud Baldwin Wallace Grad. Special Thanks to Melissa, Anthony, KJB, BWMT14, Leeds, Mama, Papa, Luedtke, and BRE.
  FENTON LI (Urn Bearer, Mayor, Dorset, Sheriff, Oxford, Guard)-- ‪Nicu's Spoon is a tasty mouthful for the soul, and he's so grateful to be given another spoon after last season's "Red Noses". A graduate of the America Academy of Dramatic Arts; he is honored to work with such an outstanding production. Theatre: Red Noses, Yellow Face, Icarus, The Good Doctor. Select TV/Film: Carrie Diaries, Brown Nation, Free the Nipple, Wolf of Wall Street, Annie, Demolition, The Intern. Indies: The Brits are Coming, Aura Boroughs, Grief of Others, The Networker, and Front Cover. Visit him on
  ESTELLE OLIVIA (Rivers, Prince Edward, Page, Young Elizabeth) - Estelle is thrilled to be part of Richard III. She made her NYC stage debut in Kitchen at NY New Works Fest and has taken on such varied roles as Peter Pan, Ophelia, Wasserstein’s Susie Friend, and Ionesco’s Father Jack. She is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She plays a terrified citizen in the upcoming Ninja Turtles 2 movie. She sends all her love and gratitude to her mom and brother.
  ESPEN SIGURDSEN (Guard, Boy, Messenger, Prince of York)-- Espen is a graduate from The Lee Strasberg Institute and has been featured in productions for both stage and film. This summer he's been filming "The Girl in The Woods" as the lead, along with additional supporting performances in "Abnormal Attraction" and "Mommy Heist". He is happy to make "Richard III" his debut in Shakespeare theatre.