Monday, January 7, 2013

The Shrew WINKS: Meet the Cast & Crew

Wide Eyed Productions Presents
The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Stephanie Johnson
AD/SM’d by Celine Rosenthal

The Players:

Erik Franzen (Baptista/Lord) has accompanied, on various instruments, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, The Muppets and a host of others. He won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Song of Singapore", in which he played Spike. New York audiences remember his controversial portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in "Richard III". Also in NY: Lester Riggins in Wide Eyed's production of "Noah's Arkansas", Law &Order, the Colbert Report, Boardwalk Empire, Saturday Night Live, et al. Favorite quote from Willie the Shake: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." (Henry VI, pt. II, IV, II, 86).

This is Amy Fulgham (Widow/Alehouse Hostess)’s debut with Wide Eyed. Reared in Jackson, Mississippi, she spent many years performing in Chicago at the Shattered Globe, Lifeline, Circle, Mary-Arrchie and other theatres and appearing in industrial films. In NYC, Amy has worked with MCC (Fresh Plays Festival), The Metropolitan Playhouse, and Adam Roebuck Productions including a tour as Janis Joplin in 27th Heaven, and appeared on film as Nancy in All Good Deeds with Last Ditch Pictures and as Emma in HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Amy is currently attending The New School of Drama earning an MFA in Acting. "Lechery sir, it provokes and unprovokes; it provokes the desire but it takes away the performance". – The Porter in Macbeth

Andrew Harris (Vincentio/Tailor/Grumio) is an original member of Wide Eyed, with credits in Euripides' “The Medea”, “A Devil Inside”, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”, “Henry VI part III”, “The Spin Cycle”, “Plight of the Apothocary” (part of 2011's 'A Girl Wrote It' festival), and “Yes” (part of 2012's 'A Girl Wrote It' festival).” ...It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/ Signifying nothing”. -Macbeth: act 5, scene 5.

Lucy McRae (Bianca) has been an Acting Company member with WEP since 2008, during which time she has performed in numerous productions, including Arias in the Key of Clown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In addition to acting on stage and screen, Lucy is a voice-over artist and loves to do funny voices or tell you why this shampoo is going to change your life. "There's nothing I have done yet, o' my conscience, deserves a corner. Would all other women could speak this with as free a soul as I do." -Katharine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 1

Jake Paque (Petruchio) An actor, writer and sports enthusiast who still dreams of being a quarterback in the NFL. He'd even consider the CFL. In the meantime he does film, TV, commercials, voice-over and theatre. For more info on Jake and his upcoming projects check out his website at, or follow him on twitter @jurassicpaque. Previous Wide Eyed projects include: “A Devil Inside”, “Phedre”, “Henry VI pt. 3” and a brief stint as an anthropomorphic iPod. Jake's favorite quote from “Shakespeare in Love”, starring Ben Affleck is "Allow me to explain about the theatre business; the natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster."

Amy Lee Pearsall (Katherine) is an original member of Wide Eyed Productions, having appeared with the company in “The Trojan Women”, “One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest”, “Prairie Plays”, and their inaugural production of “The Medea”, among others. Most recently, she appeared in Gideon Productions’ “Blast Radius (The Honeycomb Trilogy)”. Amy Lee holds a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. She is also a freelance writer when the opportunity presents itself, and has been known to take some photographs. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”. – The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1

Tristan Sample (Lucentio /Curtis) is excited to be making his debut with Wide Eyed! He is currently working on his MFA in Acting at The New School for Drama. "...but you, O you, So perfect and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best!" - The Tempest

Sage Seals (Hortensio) is an original member of Wide Eyed with credits including roles in “The Medea”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “A Devil Inside”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”, “Jack and the Soy Beanstalk”, and “Last Days of Judas Iscariot”. Sage attended Boston Conservatory, and Circle in the Square Theater School. He enjoys coffee, music, and nice pair of slacks. “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – As You Like It

Sky Seals (Biondello) is a co-founder of Wide Eyed. He has been Jason in "The Medea", Don Pedro in "Much Ado...", stage manager/AD/Designer of "A Devil Inside", composer and Minstrel in "Jack and the Soy Beanstalk" and "Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears", production manager for "Noah's Arkansas", King Edward in "Henry VI, part 3", Serge in "Early Michigan" (part of "A Girl Wrote It" 2012), and Royce in "Animals". "What a piece of work is man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a God, the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!" -Hamlet, bitches.

Leif Steinart (Tranio/Pedant/ Nathaniel/Servant) is thrilled to be working with Wide Eyed again. This past summer he appeared in “Animals” by Sam Byron, directed by Kristin Skye Hoffman. "Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice."

Liz White (Gremio) currently works as an Associate Director at Youth, I.N.C., where she works with nonprofits to increase the effectiveness of their board by providing advisory services and by placing corporate executives on their board. Prior to joining Youth, I.N.C., Liz served as the Development Manager at Girls Inc. of New York City planning events and developing and executing fundraising strategies. She is also a proud Co-Founder of Wide Eyed Productions and is thrilled to serve as the Board Chair. She has appeared in the Wide Eyed productions of “The Medea”, “A Devil Inside”, “The Spin Cycle”, and “A Girl Wrote It (2011 and 2012)”. Liz received her B.A. in Performing Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.P.A. from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. “Lord, what fools these mortals be”.-Puck, Midsummer Night's Dream

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