Directed by Keith Oncale

   Assistant Director: Elana Bell
   
Designed by Gregory Tippit
   
Music by Howard Harrison, Abena Koomson
   
Photography & Poster Art: Shawn Washburn
 
 Choreography: Anne Matematico
   
Stage Managers: Gregory Tippit, Elana Bell
 
 Assistant Stage Manager: Matthew Chesmore

Featuring : Naomi Barr, Mark Brey* Nicholas Coleman, Abena Koomson, Jeremy Schwartz*, Richard Simon*  Jane Titus*, Susan Willerman*

& Peter Zazzali*  

*appeared courtesy of Actors Equity Association.  These Actors  appeared without benefit of contract or salary. The donation of their professional services was with special permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

Iris, bearded lady.....................................Jane Titus*
Nina, trapeze........................................Naomi Barr
Isabel, fortune teller.....................Susan Willerman*
Bill, ringmaster..................................Peter Zazzali*
Jorge, flame swallower.................Jeremy Schwartz*
Carl, midway.....................................Peter Zazzali*
Rosemary, cook...........................Abena Koomson
Hartley, roustabout...................Nicholas Coleman
Eno, illusionist...........Mark Brey*/Richard Simon*
Lulu, kissing booth..............................Naomi Barr
Patron..........................................Susan Willerman*
Patron..........................................Jeremy Schwartz*
David, lion tamer.......................Nicholas Coleman
Joey, clown................Mark Brey*/Richard Simon*
Clear Eyes, native man...............Jeremy Schwartz*
Polynesia, dancer.........................Abena Koomson
Carlotta, twin..............................Susan Willerman*
Simone, twin.........................................Jane Titus*

2001

Naomi Barr (Nina, Lulu) was last seen as Cressida in the American Studio Theater’s production of Troilus and Cressida. She has also appeared with the Judith Shakespeare company and the Aquila Theater Company. She is thrilled to be working with this company of clowns and thanks Mr. Oncale and Ms. Koomson for asking her to join the circus.

Elana Bell (Assistant Director) is an actress, singer, poet and teacher living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is currently a member of the LOUDER JAM poetry collective, and performs her work at Bar 13 in New York City. Elana has also facilitated theater and poetry workshops for students in New York City, Los Angeles and Whitefield, Maine, as well as for women in the Valhalla Women’s Correctional Facility in upstate New York. She recently conceived, created and performed in Painted Wings, a two woman cabaret of original songs, poetry, and storytelling at the WOW Café Theater in New York City. This summer, Elana will perform at the National Black Theater Festival in Minus One, an educational drama about violence in teen relationships. She is thrilled for this opportunity to work with Mr. Oncale.

Julia Bolus (Author) is a writer who also works as literary assistant to the writer Arthur Miller. She is also Academic Director and a teacher at Kent School Summer Writers Camp: www.writerscamp.org

Nicholas Coleman (Hartley, David) Nick has appeared with Actors Stock Company NYC in Victoria Station, he most recently appeared in Lightning Strikes Theater’s OOBR Award winning production of In the Parlance. Having performed for both the camera and for live audiences, Nicholas’s favorite stage roles include: Mick Hamilton in Steel Pier; Claude in Hair; Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra; and the roles he has originated for several New York playwrights. For upcoming work and news:  www.ncoleman.com

Howard Harrison (Music, Sound Design)-Howard’s musical ensembles include: The Topless Baboon Opera, The Coprophagists, and his pride and joy Teratoma, with their most recent "Prozac Daiquiri" just released on broke-dick records. He can be found playing guitar with the NYC based quartet Walrus.

Abena Appiah Kubi Koomson (Rosemary, Polynesia) Aba is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College performing arts program and currently serves as Managing Director of Actors Stock Company/NYC. In spring of 2001 she performed in Pinter Pieces: The Black & White at the Producer’s Club.  Painted Wings, a cabaret written with Elana Bell, was performed at WOW Café Theater in April.  She was Founder and Co-Artistic director of Drink To This! Coffeehouse, Performances and Exhibits, a summer workshop based in Hartford, CT. Other acting credits include Matthew Wells’ Times Unknown for Echo Repertory Theatre and the premiere of her original one woman show Cozi Sa Wala: Magic Words at the New York International Fringe Festival 2000.  Music credits include performing as vocalist/ trombonist with master drummer and recording artist Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng’s highlife ensemble which has performed at the Knitting Factory, the Isaac Hayes Soul Christmas Bash, and recently traveled to Mexico for the Festival Internacional de Puebla.  She would like to thank the Daytime Ministry of the New York City Church of Christ for their unfailing love and support of the arts, and especially Keisa for her constant wisdom.

Keith Oncale (Director) Founding Artistic Director of Actors Stock Company NYC. ASC/NYC credits include Cozi Sa Wala : Magic Words, The Black & White, Victoria Station and A Slight Ache. He has directed the stage premiere of Roald Dahl’s A Fine Son, The Playboy Stories, the OOBR award winning In the Parlance for Lightning Strikes Theater, Times Unknown for Echo Repertory, The Tempest Project for Judith Shakespeare Company and Elvirado at Expanded Arts. He is three time recipient of the Dallas Theater Critic’s Forum Award and the Dallas Theatre League Award for his adaptation and direction of Euripides’ Electra. Directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Slab Boys, Saved, The Lion and the Jewel, Tiebele and Her Demon, Fen and The Lady’s Not for Burning. Keith will direct the ASC/NYC production of  Vicki Caroline Cheatwood’s 10:10 in conjunction with Six Figures Theatre Company in October.

Jeremy Schwartz* (Jorge, Clear Eyes, Patron) Jeremy is originally from Dallas where he received several Critics Forum Awards for his work as Konstantin in The Seagull, Marley in A Christmas Carol and Stashu Okonsky in the world premiere of Shiner by Erik Ehn and Octavio Solis. He also received two theatre guild awards for work in Shiner, and as Dimas in Triumph of Love. In New York he has worked with several theatres, and  is a company member of Lightning Strikes Theatre Company, having designed sound for LSTC’s OOBR Award winning production of In the Parlance. He just wrapped production on the independent feature Radiant, which will be traveling the festival circuit in 2002. Love to Jenni.

Richard Simon Most recently seen as Ted in The Days Between by Robert Anderson at The Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls, NY. Recent NYC credits include Brutus in New Perspectives’ Julius Caesar, and Portia in the Judith Shakespeare’s reverse gender Julius Caesar. Also in New York: Arthur Phillip/John Wisehammer in Our Country’s Good at The Theatre at Holy Cross; Solinus in Comedy of Errors (Mint Theatre), the title role in Pericles and Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatre Row Theatre) all with the Judith Shakespeare Company; Tranio in Taming of the Shrew with the American Globe Theatre; Firedrake’s production of Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been… at NADA, and Mr. Zero in The Adding Machine with Six Figures Theatre Co. Richard has acted in England in the London New Play Festival. His regional credits include Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew; Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (NY Renaissance Festival); Silvius in As You Like It directed by Phoebe Brand; Gene in No Mercy at Hartford Stage; Richard in The Lover (The Rainbow Theatre, CT) and a season at American Players Theatre, WI, where he was directed by Morris Carnovsky. He was also seen in a program with the Mendolssohn String Quartet at the Emelin Theatre and recently was in a new play, Death Wears White, performed as benefit for the American Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT. Richard received training from many great people, here and in England, and is a board member of the Firedrake theatre company.

Gregory Tippit (Production Design) Founding Member of Actors Stock Company NYC and designed the inaugural production of  Cozi Sa Wala : Magic Words at the New York International Fringe Festival and Pinter Pieces at the Producers Club. He has designed sets and costumes for award winning productions of Vieux Carre, Global Village, The Slab Boys, Tiebele and Her Demon and Lenny. Greg Stage Managed Comedy of Errors the Judith Shakespeare Festival 2000 and served  as Stage Manager for Cabbages and Kings. As an actor he has appeared with Fort Worth Shakespeare Festival, Addison Center Theater and the premiere of Mata Hari with Deep Ellum Opera Theater.

Jane Titus* (Iris, Simone) - New York: Actor’s Stock Company: Elvirado, Judith Shakespeare: Tempest,  Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus; Echo Repertory Theatre: Time’s Unknown, This winter in The Trouble with Kate; American Globe Theatre: The Seagull; Shakespeare Project: Coriolanus; NorthStar Productions: Medea (Critic’s Choice, Off-Off Broadway Review).  Jane serves as Artistic Director for Echo Repertory Theatre. This one is for Pat. Thanks for all your support and sage advice.

Susan Willerman* (Isabel, Carlotta, Patron) Susan appeared with ASC/NYC as Flora in A Slight Ache. Credits include the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in Romulus Linney’s play of that name at the Ensemble Studio Theater  where she is a member, and Kate in Haiku with the Actor’s Ensemble in Columbia County. She was in the original production of  Charles Gordon’s No Place to be Somebody and subsequently was in the 1st National Tour. She played Cordelia in an early Roundabout Theatre production of King Lear, and Andromache in The Trojan Women. She has had speaking roles on Law & Order. Her own play, Too Large to Secure, had a production with the Red Earth Ensemble at Synchronicity Space. This fall she will be working with The Actor’s Ensemble, Inc. on a piece to be developed, In Dunkler Night (working title), composed of original documents and true stories of people who endured Nazi concentration camps and the Stalinist Oulag.

Peter  Zazzali* (Bill, Carl) Peter is delighted to be joining Actors Stock Company NYC for this production.  His other credits include:  NYC: Target Margin Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Judith Shakespeare Co. and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional: George St. Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Theatre at Monmouth, North Shore Music Theatre, Portland Stage Co., American Shakespeare Theatre, and the New Jersey, Fort Worth, and Utah Shakespearean Festivals. He received his training at CalArts and the University of Delaware.