Quintessence Theatre Group launches its second season with two classic comedies:
Carlo Goldoni’s THE VENETIAN TWINS, in a translation by Ranjit Bolt,
and William Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE,
to be presented in repertory from October 5 – November 20, 2011.
THE VENETIAN TWINS
Separated in childhood, two Venetian twins unexpectedly arrive in Verona looking for love. Mistaken identities and madness ensue. Stolen jewels, lover’s duels and a death by poison fuel Carlo Goldoni’s 1748 comic masterpiece. Following the success of A Servant of Two Masters, Goldoni was determined to cement his place as Italy’s greatest comic playwright. Influenced by Molière and inspired by the famous twin comedies of Plautus and Shakespeare, Goldoni reformed commedia dell’arte by removing the masks and introducing psychological realism and social commentary. Quintessence is excited to present one of the stage’s funniest comedies using Ranjit Bolt’s contemporary English translation.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
THE VENETIAN TWINS plays October 5th – November 19th. A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will take place on Wednesday October 5th at 7:00pm. A discussion on Goldoni and Commedia will take place with director Alexander Burns before the show on Thursday, October 27th. A discussion with the cast will take place after the show on Wednesday, November 9th.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE plays October 12th – November 20th. A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will take place on Thursday October 13th at 7:00pm. A discussion with the cast will take place after the show on Wednesday, October 26th. A discussion on Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will take place with director Alexander Burns before the show on Thursday, November 17th.
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SEAN BRADLEY Quintessence: Measure for Measure, Apology. Philadelphia: Lord of the Flies (Curio Theatre); A Prometheus Bound (Renegade Classic Theatre); As You Like It, Hamlet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Delaware Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Horizon); Winners (Round Table Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Plays and Players). Educational: The Cider House Rules Pt 1 & 2, Roger and Miriam, The Philadelphia Story, Measure for Measure, Venus (University of the Arts). As Fight Director: Othello (Goodwill Theatre); See What I Want to See, Dog Sees God, In the Blood (Philly Fringe); A Prometheus Bound (Renegade Classic Theatre). Training: BFA, University of the Arts.
JOSH CARPENTER* Quintessence: Henry V, The Importance of Being Earnest. Philadelphia: Diabolique (Exigent Theatre). New York: How To Act Around Cops (The Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre); Holiday (Gotham Radio Theatre); Exhaustion (Naked Angels Lab); Taking One for the Team (Target Margin Theater); Radioplay (Manhattan Theatre Source); Tough! (American Theatre of Actors). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I Capture the Castle, Henry V, Pride and Prejudice, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, A Christmas Carol (American Shakespeare Center, VA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New England Shakespeare Festival). International: The Detectives, Jackie and the Giant (Bear Educational Theatre, Czech Republic). Training: Northwestern University.
J CENTER* Philadelphia: Nagg in Endgame, Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape, and M (the Man) in Play (EgoPo). Regional: As You Like It, Twelfth Night (The Globe/SSA); the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (New Arts Theatre, Dallas); the Historic Event in How I Got That Story, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Stage West, Fort Worth TX). Film: The Last Airbender, Law Abiding Citizen, Jacob and Death, La méduse rouge, Changing the Game.
SEAN CLOSE Quintessence: Henry V, The Importance of Being Earnest. Regional: The Pillowman (Bootless Artworks), As You Like It (Theatre Horizon), High Dramma Sketch Comedy. Educational: The Seagull, Eurydice, Hair, Antigone, Orpheus Descending, Damn Yankees, Little Shop of Horrors (College of William & Mary). Training: BA in Sociology and Theatre at College of William & Mary.
JESSICA DAL CANTON Quintessence: Don Juan. Philadelphia: The Greek Theatre Project (Iris Theatre Company); Silverhill (InterAct); Boeing Boeing (Act II); Hedda Gabler (Mauckingbird); Arms and the Man (Hedgerow); The Three Sisters, Incorruptible, TheTempest, Our Town (Villanova). Regional: The Foreigner (Covina Center); George Washington Slept Here, Pirates of Penzance, The Foreigner, Blythe Spirit (Maples Rep); Gypsy, You Can’t Take it With You (Arlington Theatre). International: CrossedWires, Necropolis (Prague Fringe); Medea (Cyprus International Theatre). Upcoming: Changes of Heart (Philadelphia Artist Collective). Training: BFA, University of Texas; MA,Villanova. www.Jessicadalcanton.com
KHRIS DAVIS Quintessence: Henry V. Philadelphia: Ruined (PTC); Go Green (WST Outreach tour); Black Nativity (Theatre Double); Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Camden Rep); First Breeze of Summer (Adrien Theatre); u/s Blue Door, Superior Donuts (The Arden Theatre).
BETHANY DITNES Quintessence: Don Juan, Measure for Measure. Philadelphia: Carrie (Brat Productions); How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Sick, Pussycat (Luna Theatre Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (Ritz Theatre Company); Henry V, Henry IV Part 1 (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre C.A.A.); Mate(Primary Stages); The Shape of Things (Theatre Revolution). Educational: The Philadelphia Story, Hot L Baltimore, The Dinner Party, Measure For Measure (University of the Arts). Training: BFA, University of the Arts.
BENIM FOSTER* Broadway: Barefoot in the Park w/ Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet, directed by Scott Elliot. National Tour: Twelve Angry Men w/ Richard Thomas and George Wendt, directed by Scott Ellis (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: Becky Shaw (Second Stage); Last Train To Nibroc (Drama League Nomination for Best Play); Henry V directed by Doug Hughes (NYSF/The Public). Regional: Sleuth with Keir Dullea (Playhouse on the Green); Daniel Goldfarb’s Modern Orthodox regional premiere (Caldwell Theatre Company); A Higher Place In Heaven (People’s Light); Duplex (Best Actor Award, Midtown International Theatre Festival). Film: STAGS (Best Actor Nomination, Visionfest Film Festival 2011), FLYING SCISSORS (with Matthew Arkin), BROADWAY DAMAGE, ANALYZE THIS, Independent Film Channel’s THE UNDESERVED, the award winning short IMPERFECTION. Television: “FRINGE,” “UGLY BETTY,” “LAW & ORDER,” “LAW & ORDER: SVU,” “GUIDING LIGHT,” “AS THE WORLD TURNS,” “ANOTHER WORLD,” “ALL MY CHILDREN.” Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts.
DANIEL FREDRICK Quintessence: Don Juan. Regional: reasons to be pretty (Journey Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, 12th Night (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Something Intangible, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Circle Theatre); Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Watertower Theatre); Sonnets For An Old Century (Firestarter Productions); Chicago (Center Season). Training: BFA in acting, Texas Christian University.
ALEXANDER HARVEY Quintessence: Henry V. New York: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Theatre Row/York Shakespeare Company); Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (ShakespeareNYC/Vook); Dreams of a Common Housefly (BAX/Upstart Festival); The Merchant of Venice and The Jew of Malta (YSC); King Lear (Balloon Heaven/Producer’s Club); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Compassion Theater Co.); To Walk In Darkness (Turtle Shell). Regional: Doubt , Hip/Shake, The Red Sun and The Green Moon (Syracuse Stage). UK: The Merchant of Venice w/s (Shakespeare’s Globe); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream (new vic). Training: RADA, The Bristol Old Vic and Syracuse University.
LESLIE NEVON HOLDEN Philadelphia: The Musical Adventuresof Flat Stanley, A Christmas Carol, 2010-2011 Acting Apprentice and Touring Outreach Company (Walnut Street Theatre). www.leslienevon.com & www.lnhtheatrearts.com
KEN SANDBERG Quintessence: Henry V, Don Juan. Philadelphia: Dog Sees God, Aspects of Love, The Shape of Things, Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Zombie! The Musical, Simulations (Plays and Players); Romeo and Juliet (Arden Theatre Co);This is Our Youth (Sympatico Theatre Project); Anonymous Theatre (PDC); Sleep Detective, Spit for Tat (PTW); Wategate the Musical (Underground Arts); Conversations from the Cafe, Sidewalk Cafe (Represented Theatre Co). New York: Teach You Children (Dramatists Guild of America); Fabian is a Hurricane Now (HEM Theatre Collective). Regional: A Winter’s Tale, Taming of the Shrew (Collingswood Shakespeare Theatre, NJ); Shenandoah, Grease, Wizard of Oz (Alhambra Dinner Theatre, FL). Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy.