May 30 – June 9
THE MOORS by Jen Silverman
with April Armstrong*, Bonnie Black*, Lori Evans, Kate McMorran, Molly Parker Myers*, and Shane Sczepankowski
Directed by Tracy Liz Miller
Sets and Lights – John Sowle
Costumes – Jennifer Anderson, assisted by Michell Rogers
Sound Design – Steven Patterson
Sound Engineer – Carmen Borgia
Stage Manager – Joshua Martin
Stage Crew – Delia Darling, Meeghan Darling
Two spinster sisters, their possibly schizophrenic maid, and a melancholy and philosophical mastiff spend their days and nights dreaming of love and power in a ruinous old estate on the desolate, fog-enshrouded English heath (though, oddly, all of them seem to speak with American accents, including the dog). When the arrival of a hapless governess (even though no children are in evidence) and a crash-prone moor hen upset the already precarious balance of the household, romances bloom, alliances are formed, lies are unmasked, loyalties shift, and the tension mounts until finally – someone reaches the breaking point!
THERE WILL BE BLOOD!
This production is made possible in part by generous underwriting support from Jay Lesenger.
Here’s an interview by Jim Riley with Tracy Liz Miller and John Sowle on Mid-Hudson Cable.
* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
APRIL ARMSTRONG (Agatha) recently performed Mommy in Eisa Davis’ Angela’s Mixtape at the Vineyard Playhouse. Favorite roles: “Billie Holiday”, in, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, (Hudson Valley Rep, Vineyard Playhouse & Providence Black Repertory Co.); “Sara” in Ragtime (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto – Dean Goodman Acting Award and the Broadway National Tour); and My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) American Music Theatre of San Jose. Other productions: “Carrie Pipperidge” in Carousel (Casa Manana, Broadway National Tour); Spunk (Delia/Missey Mae) Twin Rivers Theatre Co., Threepenny Opera (Lucy) American Repertory Theatre, Tin Pan Alley Rag (Tremonisha/Freddie) Coconut Grove Playhouse with Andre de Shields, Candide (Cunegonde) The Guthrie, April has performed Off-Broadway in The Rivals (Lydia Languish) Titans Theatre Company, Extraordinary Measures (written and directed by Eve Ensler) at H.E.R.E., Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Skriker, both at The Public Theater, as well as The Bacchae (featuring music of Phillip Glass) at the Delacort. TV: Law & Order: SVU (recurring). Film: Washington Square (solo aria), Frank Song’s How To Say Goodbye; Alexander Etseyatse’s 419; Paul Haber’s Love Is Deaf; Laurie Frazer’s 47 Secrets To A Younger You. April’s storytelling and song cds, The Cat Came Back; Stories and Songs with a Jazzy Twist and Birds of a Feather are available on CDBaby.com and Amazom.com. Visit her online at www.aprilarmstrong.com
BONNIE BLACK (The Moor Hen) is delighted to be making her Bridge Street Theatre debut. NYC credits include HB Playwrights Foundation, CAP21, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, NY International Fringe Festival, Theatre for the New City, ELT and 78th Street Theatre Lab. Regional: The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, residency with Adrian Hall’s Trinity Repertory Theatre and company memberships with the Alley Theatre and Great Lakes Theatre Festival, among others. Bonnie appeared at Capitol Repertory Company in Dancing at Lughnasa, at Buffalo Studio Arena in The Importance of Being Earnest, at Stageworks/Hudson in Car Talk and at Shadowlands in Speed of Darkness. Recently, Bonnie played Ophelia Barnett in The Queens of the Golden Mask at Ivoryton Playhouse, Madame Blavatsky in the workshop and development productions of Citizen Wong with Pan Asian Rep and in the title role of Driving Miss Daisy at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Television includes: FBI, Mr. Robot, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, recurring on Loving, and several soaps.
LORI EVANS (Marjory/Mallory) spends most of her time working with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, where she has appeared in Love’s Labor’s Lost (Holofernes), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Egeus, Titania), Emperor of the Moon (Doctor), and Private Eyes (Frank), and where she also teaches and tours Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World in their nationally acclaimed education program, and directs in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Riotous Youth and in numerous residencies. Regionally: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Book-It Repertory); Iris (Majestic Theater); Romeo & Juliet (Hubbard Hall); Almost Maine (Gold from Straw Theatre), Into the Woods (Mount Baker Theatre),The Kiss (The Writer’s Voice 10 Minute Play Festival, NYC winner of Best Play in 2018), and working with wonderful Berkshire companies like Aglet and WAM. She is delighted with this chance to get to know the theater community here in Catskill!
KATE McMORRAN (Emilie) is a New York City based actor, singer, and writer. Recently, Kate was seen as Ann Deever in All My Sons with the Voice Theatre. Favorite roles include: Clytemnestra in Agamemnon, Jeanie in Hair, and Kate Monster in Avenue Q. Her plays have been produced throughout New York including at The Future is Female Festival and NY Winterfest. Most recently, her play In Character premiered at Nylon Fusion. katemcmorran.com,
MOLLY PARKER MYERS (Huldey) returns to Bridge Street Theatre after last season’s There Is A Happiness That Morning Is. Other work with BST/Kaliyuga includes Redwood Curtain, Lucky Lindy, The Mound Builders, True Love Lies and Kill Me Now. Recent regional credits include Papermaker (Shadowland Stages), Emilie and The House of Blue Leaves (Wellesley Rep), Mamma Mia!, The Graduate, The Norman Conquests Trilogy, Lost in Yonkers and Talley’s Folly (Winnipesaukee Playhouse) and Constellations (Tangent Theatre). www.mollyparkermyers.org
SHANE SCZEPANKOWSKI (The Mastiff) has been working in the theatre community for nearly two decades. His more notable roles include playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Amos Hart in Chicago. Shane received his Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University in 2017 and he is excited to share his talents with the Bridge Street Theater family for the very first time. Shane is an actor at heart and has used that love of performance as a catalyst for honing his skills as a director and a playwright. Some of his more memorable theatrical endeavors include directing The Nerd with Memento, Mori and Co., directing and performing in Paul Menzer’s The Brats of Clarence, and writing his own adaptation titled The Un-Tragedie of Macbeth. This will be Shane’s first time portraying an animal (Mastiff) on stage and while he anticipates a few ruff spots, he is ready to fetch this opportunity, and he refuses to roll over and play dead.
TRACY LIZ MILLER (Director) Tracy is honored to work at The Bridge Street Theatre and thanks John for this opportunity. Currently on faculty in the theatre department of Western Connecticut State University. Former Director of Theatre Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. Co-Founding Producing Artistic Director of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre. www.bridgeinit.org. Selected professional directing credits: Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams at Stray Cat Theatre/Tempe Center for the Arts, Much Ado About Nothing at Southwest Shakespeare Company, The 12 Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben at Class 6 Theatre, Titus Andronicus at Improbable Fiction Theatre Company in NYC. Selected professional acting credits: Titania/Hippolyta in Midsummer at Southwest Shakespeare Company, Dora in The Swan at Chester Theatre Company, Molly in Dusk Rings a Bell at Shaker Bridge Theatre, Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Tekla in The Creditors at Miscreant Theatre Co in NYC. Academic directing: A Love Story at West Conn, Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus at Arizona State University, Fiddler on the Roof, Eurydice, A Christmas Carol, Mother Hicks, Man of La Mancha, Almost, Maine at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Member AEA/SAG/AFTRA. Associate Member Society of Directors and Choreographers. Member ATHE and Statera Arts.