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William Shakespeare's

Directed by Jason Shilling Kendall
Original Music Composed by Donna Stearns

November 21 and 22, 2005 at 8:00 PM

Performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theater
303 W. 42nd St (at 8th Ave.) in the Heart of the Theatre District.

Cast for Twelfth Night

Cast Photos

Elizabeth Gwynne Wilson as VIOLA
Elizabeth G. Wilson is excited for her debut performance with Productions. Elizabeth has a BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. She also studied in London at the London Dramatic Academy under the direction of Richard Digby Day. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: "Helena" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Aimable in Charles Mee's Trojan Women. She also recently filmed the independent film Coyote Funeral (Jason May, prod.) that will enter the festival circuit in 2006. Elizabeth is a company member of VOICETheatre in New York City. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support and thank Jason for the opportunity to play Viola in this production of Twelfth Night.
Gabriel Portuondo as DUKE ORSINO
Gabriel Portuondo is a native of Brentwood, Long Island and is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BSBA and also of Columbia University with an MFA in acting. Gabriel Portuondo's most recent credits include: Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Horatio in Hamlet with the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Hamlet, Prince Hal in Henry IV Part One, Henry V in Henry V, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet with Shakespeare Saturdays. Other recent theatrical credits include: Underground Griots (National Black Theater Festival), La Tempestad (Manhattan Enseble Theater) Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, Tempest, and Twelfth Night with the Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Gabriel Portuondo has also written a play entitled Urban Aura (produced by Five Stone Productions) combining Shakespeare and spoken word poetry, with jazz, classical, hip-hop and electronic music. Gabriel Portuondo worked for three years as a Teaching Artisit teaching theater in The New York City Public School System. Gabriel is also a member of Magis Theatre Company.
Rebecca Lynne David as OLIVIA
Rebecca Lynne David hails from the streets of San Francisco/San Jose California. She is a recent graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School of New York. Recently seen in the New York premiere production of the hit British play, "Sweet Love Adieu", she is excited to be continuing her lovely experience with New York theatre with this production.
David Thomas Crowe as FESTE the CLOWN
David Thomas Crowe first worked with Jason and Donna in the original Midtown International Theatre Festival production of All The World's A Stage. Other notable appearances include '1776' (Fraunces Tavern), What's Wrong With This Picture? I'm In It! (New York Fringe Festival), Cafe Society and Rumple Who? (Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre), Don Juan In Outer Space, The Butt Cracker, and the title role in Bullshot Crummond.

Peace be with you, David. 2009.

Jerry Marco as MALVOLIO
Jerry is happy to be working again with Jason, swapping sides this time (last time Jerry directed and Jason was on stage). A classically trained actor with a spicule of Chicago improv, he's having great fun with this character whose tragic sense of his own historical significance leads him to say, "ho ho." Jerry spends his spare time trying to find a way to work a reference to Shakespeare's sonnets into his bio.
Lon, although always having a hand in some form of theater, retired from teaching a year ago to dedicate his full effort to his "other career". To date he has gotten himself one of the unions, appeared in six films, two commercials, some highly forgettable extra work, and with "Twelfth Night", four plays (which is what he retired for in the first place). LON has apppeared as Henry in "Henry V", Principal Vernon in "Reflections from the Breakfast Club", John Proctor in "The Crucible", Geoffrey in "The Sisters Rosensweig", Michael in "Dancing at Lughnasa", along with a slew of dues-paying others. Thanks to Jo for letting me pursue my dream, Kaiser for not allowing me to look too terrible, and Aggie for licking my face.
Ali Baynes as MARIA
Ali Baynes has appeared in numerous New York theater productions including "Death of a Salesman" co-starring Emmy Winner Andre de Shields. Over the years she's created a collection of characters that run the gamut. Favorites include mental patients, secretaries, whores, feminists, drunks, lesbians and a soccer mom. Her film and television credits include a recent guest appearance on the Discovery Channel's "Go Ahead Make My Dinner," Judy on "The Guiding Light," Jane in an "Unsolved Mysteries" reenactment, as well as playing herself in the reality-based series "Actor's Showcase" on Metro TV. Ali wishes to thank Jason for the opportunity to play Maria in this upcoming production of Twelfth Night.
MATEO MORENO most recently appeared in "Law & Order" and the upcoming "The Devil Wears Prada" starring Meryl Streep. He also starred in a national tour of "The Barber of Seville" playing the barber himself, Figaro, and has performed with the sketch comedy troup "Outta Work Actors." Theatre credits include "All in the Timing," "Swounds," "Into the Woods," "Romeo & Juliet," and a staged reading of "Hamlet," where he met Jason and Donna. Film/Television credits include "School of Rock," "Sex in the City," "Pizza Boy," "The Witness," & "Captivated." As well as act, Mateo gets behind the camera as well, and his feature directing debut "Days" (which he co-stars in and wrote as well) is hitting the film festival circut now. He's also wrote a musical "Project Campfire," which he will produce in the spring. Love to his close-knit family and friends, including his newest gang of misfits Lisa, Debbie D., Betty B., and Joe.
Kevin Woods as FABIAN
Kevin C. Woods is a graduate of Brooklyn College/CUNY with a BA degree in Television and Radio. As a Freelance Photographer and Voice-over Artist, Kevin has also studied acting with Roger Hendricks Simon of The Simon Studios in NY. Some of Kevin's favorite acting credits include Hotspur in Shakespeare's "King Henry the Fourth, Part I" Chorus in Shakespeare's "Henry the Fifth", Cliff in "Waiting for the Dawn", Stanley in "Blood Moon Fugue", Don Juan by Moliere, and Dave in "The New Salesman" (performed at the 28th Annual Samuel French Festival, July 28, 2003). Kevin has just finished shooting a short film titled "Airplay", where he held the lead role. He thanks Almighty God for his blessings, talents and gifts, as well as his entire family for their love and support. He is also grateful to Jason Kendall and the Shakespeare Saturdays family for another chance to do quality theatre.
Fabio Pires as ANTONIO
Fabio Pires is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina MFA program in acting. He has performed at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Savannah Shakespeare Festival, to name a few. He has performed in over a dozen plays by Shakespeare, playing such roles as Hamlet, Edgar (King Lear), Armado (Love's Labours' Lost), Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Demetrius (Midsummer Night's Dream), Dromio of Ephesus (The Comedy of Errors) He is an advanced actor combatant recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), and a free-lance fight choreographer. Recently, he served as dialect coach for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's production of The Clean House.
Seamus Mulcahy as SEBASTIAN
Seamus holds a BFA from SUNY Fredonia and has attended The London Dramatic Academy and the Chautauqua Institution. He has recently return from a tour with Boston Chamber's Encore!! His credits can be found on his website at
Shawn Palmer is a junior at The Calhoun School in Manhattan. She met Jason Kendall while working on All's Well That Ends Well when she was in ninth grade. Last year she brought Henry IV, Part I to Calhoun in a co-production with Moonbeam Productions. In 2004 she won an Outstanding Achievement in a Play award for her portrayal of Mandel in Arthur Miller's Playing for Time at Stage Door Manor. In 2005 her cast won a Best Ensemble award for their production of Shirly Lauro's A Piece of My Heart, in which she played Sissy, also at Stage Door Manor. Other recent credits include Guard in Antigone; Pubelius, Citizen 1, and Soldier in Julius Caesar; and Elise in The Miser. She is also currently rehearsing a production of Cabaret , to be performed in early December at The Calhoun School.
Corrine Wu was born in Shanghai, China. She has studied acting at HB Studio with Austin Pendleton, at Pan Asian Repertory Workshop with Ernest Abuba, with Roger Simon and Elizabeth Dixon in NYC. Theatrical roles include: Lone Street by R.A.T. theatre company; At 3:00 O�clock in the Morning, Women of The Wild West, JoyRide by Brief Acts productions; Oracle Bones (lead) at Pan Asian Repertory; How I Learned To Drive (Female Greek Chorus) at HB studio; Julius Caesar (reading) by Shakespeare Saturday. Safe Harbor Amsterdam (reading) at Collective Unconscious Theatre; Television: Law & Order SVU, As the World Turns, Starved. Films: Supporting role of Katty in Year of the Fish (director, David Kaplan), Agny, Double Booked, Joe Killionaire.
Donna Stearns (Composer/Court Musician) is an award-winning songwriter. Her CD single "First Dance" won an Honorable Mention from The 9th Annual Billboard Song Contest and was an entry in the First Round on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominating Ballot for Best R&B Song of the Year. Music clips are online at where CD singles can be ordered. Her musical farce "All The World's A Stage" was a "Best of Fest" winner at The 2002 Midtown International Theatre Festival. As an actor, Stearns freelances with several agents. Stearns graduated from Florida State University. She currently serves as an Alternate on The Songwriters Guild of America's Board of Directors and continues to produce Shakespeare Saturdays with her husband Jason. Thanks and love to Jason for another wonderful opportunity to pen music! A big hug to the cast! David, Lon, Mateo - thanks!

Cast Photos