Green Theatre Collective presents
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
Thursday July 14th and Friday July 15th at 5pm
at the Music Pagoda in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Rain or Shine!
Directed by Sarah Hankins
Costumes and Props by Janet Cohen
Original Music Composed by MELA
Stage Manager Maxwell Waters
Featuring Brendan Boland, Melanie Closs, Hal Fickett, David Gautschy, Jessica Giannone, Gina Rivera & David Shaw
Admission is free, though donations will be gratefully accepted after the performance
GTC is proud to dedicate our Brooklyn performances to Debbie Pressman and all NYC educators
Show runs 90 minutes
As the Music Pagoda is in the middle of Prospect Park, please allow ample time to reach the performance site.
About the Company: Green Theatre Collective
Green Theatre Collective is one of the countries first eco theatre companies, and seeks to produce sustainable theatre in outdoor environments. This includes, but is not limited to, a city park, block, square or waterfront or any space accessible to the public. By performing in outdoor spaces used by the community, we not only seek to entertain our audiences, but also help reacquaint them with their environment, and acknowledge the need to preserve and honor it.
(ROMEO & JULIET AND JULIUS CAESAR IN REP) | Open: 07/24/10 Close: 08/07/10
EBE Ensemble (Eric Alba, Artistic Director; Montgomery Sutton, Executive Director) will produce its first free, outdoor summer program at Prospect Park’s 1887 Music Pagoda from July 24-August 7, featuring a repertory company in productions of Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. The productions, together called Shakespeare in the Pagoda, are sponsored in part by Arizona Iced Tea and will be site-specific and feature active, modern interpretations using Shakespeare’s classic texts. Live music and foley sound effects enhance the outdoor experience.
Romeo & Juliet, directed by Dev Bondarin (Gallery Players’ The House of Blue Leaves), opens at 1pm on July 24; Julius Caesar, directed by Kristine Ayers (EBE Ensemble’s Things to do in New Jersey),opens at 4pm. The shows plays continue in rotating repertory at 1pm and 4pm daily on July 25, 30, 31, August 6, and 7. For complete schedule information, visit www.ebeensemble.com/shakespeare/.
The repertory company includes many familiar faces to Prospect Park area residents, including ensemble members Montgomery Sutton* (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V at the Music Pagoda; Gallery Players’ King Lear and Candide) as Romeo and Octavius Caesar; Eric Alba (EBE’s Buddha Nosh and Russian Roulette) as Tybalt and Brutus; and Joshua Luria (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V) as Benvolio and Casca, as well as guest artists Judy Alvarez (Gallery Players’ Candide), Ugo Chukwu (The Heights’ Players Take Me Out), Camille Mazurek* (Pulse Ensemble Theater’s Twelfth Night and Ladies in Retirement), Nicholas Reinhardt(Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V), Len Rella* (Gallery Players’ Candide; Gorilla Rep’s Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc), Jessica Rothenberg (The Huntington Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard; Gallery Players’ King Lear), Elizabeth Spano (Curious Frog’s Romeo & Juliet), Steve Viola (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V), and Jessica Frey (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles).
The shows feature costume design by Amanda Jenks, original music by Frederick Alden Terry (Romeo & Juliet) and Nicholas R. Wright (Julius Caesar), fight choreography by Turner Smith, and live foley design by Joshua B. Jenks and Nancy Valladares. Julius Caesar is assistant directed and stage managed by Mandee Kulaga; Romeo & Juliet is staged managed by Jessica Polanco.
EBE Ensemble is dedicated to developing and presenting new and unique works of theatre. They believe that making theater accessible enhances a community and that, through an ensemble-based approach, they can better present quality theatre that strives for an emotional truth. Now finishing their third season, EBE Ensemble has produced several new plays and adaptations and created the “You Fill in the Blank” play festival and competition in addition to the award-winning national one-act festival, Elephants on Parade.
* denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.
Prospect Park’s rarely-used Music Pagoda is the site for the summer Henry plays. Departing from the traditional model of Shakespeare in the Park, the shows will be performed with actors staging portions of the play in the surrounding wooded areas of the Pagoda; audience will be scattered throughout the performance grounds.
In keeping with the company’s mission to bring interactive, quality
classical theatre to all there is no traditional proscenium staging, no star casting, and no charge for tickets.
A cut version of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 opens Auguts 22nd at 4:30pm; the trilogy continues on Sunday, August 23rd at 4:30pm with Henry V. The shows play through September 6th on Saturdays and Sundays.
Elyzabeth Gorman (director, Henry IV) just completed the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Her previous work includes "Every Man" (2007 winner, Samuel French Festival), "See Jane Run" at FringeNYC and five NY premieres. She received a BFA from Boston University, where she was the recipient of the Stone Award grant in production dramaturgy.
Melisa Annis (director, Henry V) recently assisted Tony-nominated director Bill Russell on an updated Off-Broadway reading of “Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens” and worked with an incredible cast of forty (including several Tony, Emmy and Drama Desk Award winners). Melisa is an RST veteran, having directed Under Milk Wood and a "triumphant" Twelfth Night in 2008. Originally from Wales, Melisa worked as an actress on a national soap opera and the National Theater of Wales prior to coming to the US.
Rebellious Subjects Theatre was founded in May 2008 by Lauren Ferebee and Patrick Woodall. The company creates unconventional stagings of classic plays, fostering a new audience for older material and revitalizing the perception of well-known playwrights among the theatrical community. For more information on the company's activity, please visit their website at www.rebellioussubjects.org.
For more information on Prospect Park events, programs, membership and volunteering at the Park, call the Park Hotline at (718) 965-8999 or visit www.prospectpark.org. Dial 311 for all Parks & Recreation information
Tiffany Abercrombie, Bryn Boice,* Sutton Crawford, Tarik Davis, Drew de Jesus, Paul Frazee, Ben Friesen, Simone Harrison,* Jon Ledoux, Jonathan Levy, Joshua Luria, Kevin Mitchell, Nick Reinhardt, Ben Rezendes, Montgomery Sutton,* Eric Rice,* Adrien Saunders, Jesse Sells,* Steve Viola, and Patrick Woodall