Presents William Shakespeare's
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Shakespeare's most despised, most racist, most sexist,
and most anti-semitic comedy (other than that play
about Shylock) gets a helluva workover. Like the
Bard gettin' hated on by Dave Chapelle, this all-minority cast
will make you jump for joy, or at least make you
want to burn your Barbies.
Directed by Jason Shilling Kendall
Original Music Composed by Donna Stearns
January 16 and 17, 2006 at 8:00 PM
Performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theater
303 W. 42nd St (at 8th Ave.)
Cast for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Larry Floyd as PROTEUS
Larry W. Floyd an actor/writer/director striving to
emulate the great Ray Aranha, has been seen with Prometheus'
Fire in 'JB', 'SkyyPiece', 'Sugar Cane Fields', 'The Nature of Violence'
and 'Summer Solstice, Part I.' Other productions include
'King Lear', 'Henry IV, Parts I & II', 'Henry V', 'Merry Wives of
Windsor', 'Richard II' and 'Julius Caesar' (Shakespeare
Saturdays) 'King Lear' (Yale Repertory) 'Jesus Christ
Superstar', 'You Can't Take it With You' and 'A Streetcar
Named Desire' (Kweskin Theatre) 'In The Blood and
Natasha' (ATA), 'Miss Ever's Boys', 'Seven Guitars', 'On
Striver's Row', 'Colored Museum', 'Boys Next Door' and
'A Soldier's Play' (Rich Forum).
Michael Flood as VALENTINE
Michael is excited to work with such a talented cast
and crew in this fast-paced, linguistically driven
version of "Two Gentlemen..." He has tackled the
Bard in many fashions, from staged readings to
full-fledged productions. Performances include,
"The Tempest", "Love's Labours' Lost",
"King Henry IV, Part II", "Phaedra", Kettle Dreams
(Original Production), The Moe Show (Television Pilot)
and various independent projects. Michael would like
to thank his loved ones and his teachers/mentors for
their support through his process to become a "working"
Daralyn Jay as JULIA
Daralyn is excited to be working with Jason and
MoonBeam.net Productions again. She is a two-time veteran of
the Shakespeare Saturdays reading series ("Henry IV
Part 2," "The Two Gentlemen of Verona") and has graced the New York
stage in a variety of dramatic and musical theater
productions. She has also appeared in independent films,
national television commercials, and done voiceovers, including
Bally's Total Fitness, Judge Hatchett, and several
foreign productions. Daralyn can also be spotted around town
with her trio, performing jazz, Latin, and pop standards.
Christine Vinh as SILVIA
Christine Vinh is a native of Texas and is pleased
as punch to make her
acting debut north of the Mason-Dixon line with such
a fabulous ensemble of
people. She is a graduate of the University of
Texas and the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts Summer Conservatory.
Theatre credits include
"Communicating Doors", "No Sex Please, We're British", "Hamlet", "Don't
Dress for Dinner", "Barbecuing Hamlet" and "You're
A Good Man, Charlie
Brown". She has also appeared in a nationwide
commercial with the utterly
forgettable line "I love Mondays!". Much thanks
to Jason - a fellow
Longhorn - for this great opportunity.
Kevin Josephson as LAUNCE
Kevin Josephson is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater
Company's professional acting program. He has
previously appeared with this company in Twelfth
Night (Malvolio), Henry V (Exeter), Merry Wives of
Windsor and Julius Caesar. Other productions include
Love's Labours Lost and Merchant of Venice (Instant
Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (The Shakespeare Project),
Iphigenia at Aulis (Horace Mann Theatre), Writing
to Vermeer (Lincoln Center), Lion Tamer (Sande Shurin
Theatre) and Stop the Wedding (St. Marks Theater).
Excited to be working with such a talented and fun
group of actors, he has appeared on Comedy Central
and in a number of independent films including
Zero's Miracle and Echo Boomers.
Tessa Gibbons as SPEED
Tessa Gibbons studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and is
a member of The Sum of Us Theater Company. She played Terry in Balm in
Gilead, Lynn in The Death of Frank, and
Kate in Hellhound on my Trail. She has participated
in a number of Shakespeare Saturday readings
by Jason Kendall) and is a regular performer in the Improv
improv summit at the Brooklyn Lyceum. She also recently made her
comedy debut at Caroline's on Broadway.
Ria Mae Binaoro as LUCETTA and The Host
Ria Mae Binaoro is very proud and excited to be a part of her
third production with the Jason and Donna Shakespeare family.
Ria's experience on the stages of New York includes all kinds
of roles from an Asian rapper to the senile Man of La Mancha
himself. Now with 2 Gentlemen of Verona, she is proud to add
"tart" to the resume. Oh, the delights that a BA can earn you!
She would like to thank her loving family and friends for all
their support and sends special thanks to Jason and the rest of the Shakespeare Saturdays clan.
Franz Hewitt as THE DUKE
Franz is proud to be working with Jason and Donna
again for "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". He was last seen
in Shakespeare Saturday's "Richard II". Other Shakespeare
Saturdays productions include "Twelfth Night" and
"Julius Caesar". A graduate of the State University
of New York at Albany, where he was a part of the
school's classical training program, he was featured in several
University theater productions including Jackie Robert's "Lick
o' the Knife" playing the lead character, Alexander Dumas (
the French-African writer of "Three Musketeers". ) Franz was
also in Athol Fugard's celebrated work exploring racial and
human relationships in 1950's South Africa "Master Harold and
the Boys" in the role of Sam, as well as the University Production
of Leonard Gershe's "Butterflies are free" playing Don Baker.
Franz would also like everyone to know that he gets
cranky when he is hungry. Thanks.
Nathaniel Kressen as THURIO
Nathaniel is the Founding Artistic Director of the emerging theater company
Prophecy Productions, where he works primarily as a playwright and director.
He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and
the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York. He is thrilled be working
for the first time with MoonBeam.Net Productions, and hopes you enjoy
Brendan Rothman-Hicks as PANTHINO and An Outlaw
Brendan is pleased to be working on this production.
Currently he is taking scene study and HB Studio. Recent
credits include 'Jack and The Beanstalk' with Sign of The
Times Theater Company and 'Native Son' with Azana Theatre
Company. Independent film credits include White Boy, in 'Locas 4 Life'
(currently available on DVD.) Many thanks to family and friends
for all of their constant support!
Juan Loney as EGLAMOUR and An Outlaw
Juan Loney is a native of St. Louis, MO. He is a graduate of Millikin University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater. His New York City body of work includes A Streetcar Named Desire, The American Theatre of Harlem; Julius Caesar Set in Africa, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and he originated the role of Billy Strayhorn in Laurence Holder's Swee' Pea and the Duke, Theatre For The New City. Regional work includes The Amen Corner, and The River Niger, African Globe TheatreWorks. In film he had a principal role in the independent film A Few Loose Screws.
Max Madison as CRAB the DOG
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 www.moonbeam.net 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!
Jason Kendall : Director and Producer
Director and Producer Jason Kendall has directed numerous
including Twelfth Night (just last November), Measure for
Measure at the New York Comedy Club, and Merry Wives of Windsor
in the basement
of a Spanish Harlem church. Jason is in the clown casting pool
of Cirque du Soleil and has been up for such roles as "The Baby"
Mystere and "Creepy Red Fat Guy" also in Mystere, as well as
"The Innocent Clown" in Dralion.