Shakespeare’s Richard III
Directed by Dr. Lindsey Snyder
NextStop Theatre Company continues its inaugural professional season with a new vision for William Shakespeare’s Richard III, running January 30-February 23, 2014. Directed by Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder, this production re-imagines Shakespeare’s most deliciously evil villain as an ambitious Deaf man, ruthlessly seeking power in an hearing world. The cast will be led by Ethan Sinnott (Gallaudet University) playing the title role of Richard.
“We are honored and overjoyed to be working with Lindsey and thrilled to be integrating such talented Deaf actors from Gallaudet and the DC theatre community into our company,” says Producing Artistic Director, Evan Hoffmann. “The re-imagining of Richard as a Deaf man will bring new meaning and insight to one of Shakespeare’s most complex villains. I have no doubt that Lindsey’s vision for this show will have a powerful effect on hearing and non-hearing audiences alike.”
Snyder is a highly respected scholar, actor, director and ASL interpreter, who has worked extensively around DC, with organizations such as the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, Synetic Theatre, and Studio Theatre. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Gallaudet University and is Director of Access and Inclusion for Faction of Fools Theatre Company.
Sinnott is an Associate Professor at Gallaudet University and serves as Program Director for the Theatre Department, where he teaches directing and scenic design and works as an advocate for Deaf theatre. He has also designed for several theatre companies around DC, including Faction of Fools, Imagination Stage, and Signature Theatre.
Sinnott will be joined by Daniel Corey (1st Stage, American Century, Rorschach) as Richmond/Shadow Richard, Rachel Spicknall Mulford (Faction of Fools) as Lady Anne, Carolyn Kashner (Keegan, Olney, WSC) as Queen Elizabeth, and Sun King Davis (Shakespeare Theatre, Keegan, WSC) as Buckingham. Rounding out the cast will be Zach Brewster-Geisz, Ben Lauer, Sandra Mae Frank, Kevin Collins,Charles Ainsworth, Bill Fleming, Marilyn Bennett, and Mary Suib.
Richard III will also feature the work of an all-star collection of top DC area designers and theatre professionals, including JD Madsen (scenic design), Sarah Tundermann (lighting design), Erin Nugent(costume design), Stan Harris (sound design), Casey Kaleba (fight direction), and Kristen Pilgrim(properties design). Theresa Bender is the Production Manager with Samantha Owens serving as Production Stage Manager.
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Jan 30 – Feb 23, 2014
Preview Performances: $20
January 30 and January 31, 2014
Regular Performances: $25
Premium Performances: $27
Saturdays and Sunday Matinees
Please note the Sunday 7pm performances on 9th, 16th, 23rd have been removed from the performance schedule.
Ethan Sinnott (Richard of Gloucester) DC AREA: Directing and Scenic Design: Lysistrata; Hamlet; L’Abbe de L’Epee: A Satire; Corpus Christi; Spoon River Anthology; Fences; The Oresteia; A Streetcar Named Desire (Gallaudet). Scenic Design: Goya en la Quinta del Sordo (Gallaudet). Titus Andronicus (2014); A Commedia Christmas Carol; Hamlecchino(Faction of Fools). Gilgamesh (Constellation Theatre Company). Cinderella Remix (2014); P. Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical; Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; Mulan; Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth; The Jungle Book; Junebug and the Reverend; Hip-Hop Anansi; Huck Finn’s Story (Imagination Stage). The Diaries (Signature Theatre). Love’s Labor’s Lost (Washington Shakespeare Company). Ethan is the Director of, and Associate Professor at, Gallaudet University’s theatre program. This production marks his return to the stage for the first time in 15 years.
Sun King Davis
Sun King Davis (Duke of Buckingham) NextStop/ESP: Side Man; Hamlet. DC AREA: King John; Caesar and Dada; Henry IV/V, The Revenger’s Tragedy (WSC-Avant Bard). Moliere’s Don Juan (Faction of Fools). Never the Sinner; Side Man (1st Stage). The Saint Plays (Factory 449). Man of La Mancha; A Christmas Carol (Wayside). Henry V; Richard II (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Nights at St. Januarius (The Belle Parricide). Directing: R.U.X: Rockwell’s Universal seXbots (Winner for Best Comedy, ’12); 43 and 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Capital Fringe Festival). Sun King is an actor, director and most recently a playwright. A DC native, he is a graduate of Georgetown Day High School and New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Daniel Corey (Richmond/Shadow). DC AREA: Neverwhere, after the quake (Rorschach – Company Member), A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (Hub), Suite Surrender (1st Stage), Richard III, Juno and the Paycock (WSC Avant Bard), Julius Caesar (Chesapeake Shakespeare), Macbeth (Impossible), Biography, Marathon ’33, On the Waterfront (American Century), Qualities of Starlight, Driving Home (Source Festival), Captain Drew on Leave (Quotidian). MA in Theater Education from Catholic University of America. Forthcoming: The Love of the Nightingale (Constellation).
Zach Brewster-Geisz (Hastings/Lord Mayor/Messenger/Herbert). DC AREA: Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival), Pride and Prejudice, Tartuffe (Annapolis Shakespeare Company), Klecksography: DC Underground (Rorschach Theatre), Iron City (Forum Re-Acts), The Farnsworth Invention (Alchemy Theatre), The Green Bird, The Dining Room, A Community Theatre Christmas (Actors Repertory Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (Pallas Theatre Collective, upcoming May 2014). REGIONAL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory), The Music Man (Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre). FILM/TV: Who the Bleep Did I Marry, Evil Twins (Investigation Discovery), The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake (Maryland Public Television), T’ai Chi Man! (Tunguska Event). As a director and animator, Zach’s short films have screened at the DC Shorts Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Dam Short Film Festival, the NYC Shorts Festival, and on Nicktoons and G4. He is a proud graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (where he also teaches in the Film Acting Program) and is excited to be making his NextStop debut. Thanks to Karyl, Drew, and Emma for their patience, support, and understanding.
Ben Lauer (Catesby,1st Murderer). DC AREA: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing (Annapolis Shakespeare Company, “Getulio!”(for the Nat’l Building Museum’s Big Build Festival). EDUCATION: BA in theatre, College of William and Mary, RADA Shakespeare Summer School, ASC Theatre Camp. Ben is excited to join NextStop for this amazing production of Richard III!
Sandra Mae Frank
Sandra Mae Frank (Murderer/Elizabeth Jr). DC AREA: UNcontendED Love, Apples and Oranges (MO2 Productions), Commedia Christmas Carol (Faction of Fools). Recently graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Theatre Arts, she is passionate about acting, giving back to the theatre community, and wants to do as much as she can in theatre until her final bow.
Rachel Spicknall Mulford
Rachel Spicknall Mulford (Lady Anne/Grey/others). DC AREA: The Lady Becomes Him, Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark, 1st, 3rd and 4th Annual “Fool For All”, (Faction of Fools). Lovers, Gay: Accept Me If You Love Me (Spotlight Comunicaciones), Stage Door (The American Century Theatre), The Miracle Worker (Synapse Theatre Company). TOURING: A Commedia Romeo and Juliet (Faction of Fools). Associated Artist of Faction of Fools Theatre Company. BA, University of Maryland.
Carolyn Kashner (Queen Elizabeth). DC AREA: The Balcony, The Plague (Scena Theatre), Ah! Wilderness, Marathon ’33 (The American Century Theatre), Babes in Toyland (The Washington Savoyards), Man of La Mancha, Rent, National Pastime (The Keegan Theatre, Rent – Winner, Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble), The Last Five Years (1st Stage), Richard III (WSC Avant Bard), Witness for the Prosecution (Olney Theatre Center), A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits (E.M.P. Collective), James Joyce’s The Dead, The Iceman Cometh (Quotidian Theatre Company). NATIONAL: The Fall of the House of Usher, Exiles from the Sun (New York Fringe Festival). UPCOMING: Failure: A Love Story (The Hub Theatre), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Theatre Alliance). Carolyn is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Kevin Collins (Clarence/Stanley). DC AREA: Fallbeil (Field Trip Theatre), As You Like It (Lean & Hungry Theater). INTERNATIONAL: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth (Drunk Tank Productions, Dublin, Ireland). Kevin earned his Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre & Performance from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. in Theatre & Dance from James Madison University.
Charlie Ainsworth (Ratcliffe/Norfolk/Tyrell). DC AREA: Broken Spokes (assistant director), Waiting for Godot (director/Vladimir), Hamlet (Horatio), Georgetown’s Visible Impact (ensemble), The Mandrake (Siro), L’Abee de L,Épée (L’Epee), Noises Off! (Frederick/Philip), Corpus Christi (Judas); Faction of Fools. A Gallaudet senior majoring in Theatre and History, Charlie aspires to receive an MFA in directing.
Bill Fleming (King Edward, Brakenbury, Rivers, Cardinal Ely). NextStop/ESP: The Seafarer (Sharkey), Art (Marc, VTA Conference One Act Competition – Best Actor), The Grapes of Wrath (Noah Joad), As You Like It (Jaques), The Price (Victor Franz), Kvetch (Arnold), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), Requiem for a Heavyweight (Producer). DC AREA: The Tempest (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Vpstart Crow), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Green), Ensemble (Maryland Renaissance Festival). NEW YORK: Shakespeare’s Scum (Well Met Productions). Thanks always to Naomi, Ben & Sarah.
Marilyn Bennett (Duchess of York). NextStop/ESP: The Price (Esther). DC AREA: A Young Lady of Property, Mary Rose, The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (Rep Stage), Strange Interlude U/S (The Shakespeare Theatre), Picnic (Bay Theatre Company), Betty the Yeti, Wonder of the World, Independence, Arms and the Man (Maryland Ensemble Theatre), Manicures and Monuments (Journeymen Theater Company), The Waverly Gallery (Didactic Theatre Company), Agnes of God (Rhodora Theatre Company), A Delicate Balance, (American Century Theatre), Language Monkey, Sasquatch and the Man, Then and Again, The Shore (Source Theatre Festival). Studied at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and The Shakespeare Theatre.
Mary Suib (Queen Margaret) DC AREA: Frances Perkins (WWIT); Fantastics (No Rules Theatre Company). Honor & Anchovies; Tales of Marriage & Mozzarella, (Faction of Fools). August: Osage County (RCP, WATCH nomination). Hedda Gabler; The Importance of Being Earnest (Scena). Madman and the Nun (Ambassador); 448 Psychosis (Factory 449); Before Breakfast (Gift International Theatre Festival).
Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder
Lindsey D. Snyder (Director) DC AREA: HandSpeak (Kennedy Center), Tales of Marriage & Mozzarella (Faction of Fools), The Lady Becomes Him (Faction of Fools), Savage in Limbo (Woolly Mammoth/UMD), Machinal (UMD), The Lab (Off Center Prod), Mother Hicks (Off Center Prod.). NATIONAL: The Rivals (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical), The Seagull (New Group Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit (Literally Alive). INTERNATIONAL: Henry V (The Garage Theatre, London), Sweet Charity (New Theatre, London). Director of Access and Inclusion, Faction of Fools Theatre Company. MFA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. PhD, University of Maryland. LindseyDSnyder.com
Theresa Nichols Bender (Production Manager) NextStop/ESP: Caroline, or Change (Producer, Properties, Set Dressing), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Producer, WATCH Nomination Outstanding Play),Metamorphoses (Producer, Co-Master Carpenter, Special Effects. WATCH Award: Outstanding Play. WATCH Nominations: Set Construction, Special Effects),RENT (WATCH Awards: Set Dressing, Properties), Life x 3 (Producer), Hansel & Gretel (Producer), It’s A Wonderful Life (Producer, Properties, Scenic Painting),Little Women (Producer), The Frog Princess (Narrator, Properties), The History Boys (ASM). DC AREA: Taking Flight Theatre Company: Evil Dead: The Musical(Producer), The Elephant Man (Producer), The Fifth of July (Gwen Landis), bare: the musical (Properties, Set Dressing). Dominion Stage: The House of Blue Leaves(Producer), Jeffrey (Producer). Leesburg Theatre Company: No Exit. Theresa is thrilled to be continuing a long-term relationship with NextStop/ESP and thanks you for supporting us.
Casey Kaleba (Fight Director). DC AREA: Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Othello, The Gaming Table, Henry V, Part I
(Folger), Neverwhere, The Minotaur, After the Quake, The Gallerist, Living Dead in Denmark, Dream Sailors
(Rorschach – Company Member), Miss Saigon, Really, Really, See What I Wanna See, Nest
(Signature), Neville’s Island, Sleuth, Camelot
(Olney Theatre Center), Titus Andronicus
(Faction of Fools). www.toothandclawcombat.com
Kristen Pilgrim (Asst. Director, Props Designer) DC AREA: Directing: The Immortal Jellyfish (Avalanche), The Shrewing of the Tamed (UnRuly Women); Big Bad, The Hobbit (Asst. Director, Fight Director), Encore Theatre. Traveling Players Ensemble: The Poet and the Rent, Othello (Asst. Director, Fight Captain), Romeo and Juliet, King Lear (Asst. Dir, Fight Capt), As You Like It (Asst. Dir, Fight Capt), Much Ado About Nothing (Asst. Dir, Fight Capt) The American Century Theatre: On the Waterfront (Asst. Director, Fight Director). WSC Avant Bard: Caesar and Dada (Asst. Fight Director, Props Designer), The Tooth of Crime (Props Designer), The Bacchae (Props Designer), Faction of Fools: A Commedia Christmas Carol (Props Designer), The Lady Becomes Him (Props Designer). Kristen is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and is excited to be working with NextStop!
Samantha Owen (Production Stage Manager). DC AREA: The Hobbit, Honk Jr, Big Bad, Legally Blonde (Technical Director-Encore Stage & Studio). REGIONAL: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, 39 Steps (Theatre by the Sea). Graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Theatre.
Laura Moody (Assistant Stage Manager) NextStop/ESP: The 39 Steps (Stage Manager), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Stage Manager), Frozen (Stage Manager), Caroline, or Change (Assistant Stage Manager), Tomfoolery (Assistant Stage Manager), Metamorphoses (Hunger/Midas’s Daughter/Lucina/Q), The Frog Princess (Stage Manager), Fairytales In Training (Stage Manager), Many Moons (Stage Manager), Hansel And Gretel (Dizzy Wierdeena), Twinderella (Ethel), Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur (Morgan Le Fay). DC AREA: Play It Again, Sam (Stage Manager), Little Theatre of Alexandria. The House of Blue Leaves (Stage Manager), Dominion Stage. The Foreigner (Stage Manager), Glengarry Glen Ross (Stage Manager), The Fifth Of July (Shirley), The Elephant Man (Pinhead), Taking Flight Theatre Company. Medea (Stage Manager), Port City Playhouse.
JD Madsen (Scenic Designer). REGIONAL: Design Credits: Pas de Duex, The Temperamentals, Italian American Reconciliation, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Two Character Play, Reckless, The Binding Lady, The Crucible, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Songs for a New World, 1776, Big River, Suessical, Wizard of Oz, Forever Plaid. Associate Design Credits: Shakespeare Theatre Gala ’12 & ’13, The Game’s Afoot, Cyrano, August: Osage County. Educational Theatre Design Credits: Enchanted April, Minotaur, A Child Shall Lead Them: The Making of the Night of the Hunter, Beidermann and the Firebugs, Cabaret, The Country Wife, Really Rosie, The Utter Glory of Morrisey Hall, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. Upcoming productions: Cripple of Inishmaan,; In addition to freelance design, JD teaches at the University of Maryland, in the Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies Department. He sends his love to his muse Elena, and their joy and inspiration Huck and Harper, since his work would have no meaning without their patience and willingness to share their husband and father with the world.
Erin Nugent (Costume Designer) DC AREA: Race, The Argument (Theater J) The Full Monty, August: Osage County, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 12 Angry Men, Steel Magnolias, Golden Boy, Lincolnesque, All My Sons (Keegan Theatre, Company Member) Blues Journey (Kennedy Center) On the Eve of Friday Morning (Shakespeare Theatre Company) Ambition Facing West, The Night Before Christmas, In on It, Blue/Orange, Gross Indecency (Theater Alliance) The Pavillion (HUB Theatre) REGIONAL: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Unnecessary Farce, Travels with My Aunt, COLE, Noises Off, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Boeing, Boeing, Leader of the Pack (Totem Pole Playhouse) The Long Christmas Ride Home (Perseverance Theatre) INTERNATIONAL: Glengarry Glen Ross (Keegan Theatre Ireland Tour) EDUCATION: M.F.A. University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Sarah Tundermann (Lighting Designer). DC AREA: Meena’s Dream
(Forum Theatre), Anything Goes
(Adventure Theatre MTC), Plasmic Patterns
(Baltimore Theatre Project), Figure Eights
(Dance Place), A Little House Christmas
(Adventure Theatre MTC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(University of Maryland), A Commedia Romeo And Juliet
(Faction of Fools), and Priscilla Dreams the Answer
(Nu Sass/Capital Fringe); NYC: As You Like It
(Atlantic/NYU), Video Tape
(Esse Aficionado), Second Season-Take Root
(TUC); INTERNATIONAL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(NACTA, Beijing). Sarah is thrilled to be working with NextStop for the first time. She has an MFA in lighting design from the University of Maryland and currently lives in NYC. www.tundermannlights.com
Stan Harris (Sound Designer). Stan has worked as sound designer with many area theater companies and other venues for 24 years. This list includes VTC, SCT, MCP, DS, TAP, PWLT, PCP, 2nd Flight Productions, Hexagon, Alexandria Harmonizers, Washington Savoyards, Vienna Falls Chorus, Leesburg’s Acoustic on the Green, Jammin Java, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater, British Embassy Players, Elden Street Players and Next Stop. Stan has been nominated eight times for a WATCH award for his work as Sound Designer. He received the award two times for plays, The Weir and The Mystery of Irma Vep (ESP), and once for a musical, RENT (ESP). Stan is also the lead engineer at his church in Burke, Knollwood Community Church.
“I was passionate about the concept for this production from the very ﬁrst time that Lindsey Snyder mentioned it to me. This is something that has never been done and an amazing opportunity to bring Shakespeare back to Herndon in a bold new way! This will be more than a play. It will be an experience that is not to be missed.”
Evan Hoffmann, NextStop Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director