8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
August 14 - September 14, 2008
Funding Arts Network
& Bresaro Suites at the Mantell Plaza
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Adapted by Ricky J. Martinez
Directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo
Scenic Designer: Rob Eastman-Mullins
Scenic Painter/Asst. Scenic Designer: Yamarys Salomon
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Rob J. Rick
Composer: M. Anthony Reimer
Costumes: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Betsy Paull-Rick*
Assistant Stage Manager: Stephen Perrot
Photography: Eileen Suarez* (marketing & publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
Exhibiting Lobby Artist: Tara Vodihn*
Time & Place:
Duke's palace and the Forest of Arden, 1600's
One of the Bard's most accessible romantic comedies! Follow Shakespeare's gorgeous heroine into
a forest of possibilities where the nature of true love vs. romantic love are put to the test amidst
misunderstandings, gender confusions, and mistaken identities.
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players, they have their exits and their
entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages..."
- Excerpt from AS YOU LIKE IT
ORLANDO - Cliff Burgess
ROSALIND - Elise Girardin
JAQUES/FIRST LORD - Clint Hooper*
DUKE SENIOR - Stephen Neal*
LE BEAU/JAQUES DE BOYS - Odell Rivas
FREDRICK/HYMEN - James Samuel Randolph*
ADAM/CORIN - Wayne E. Robinson, Jr.*
CELIA - Katherine Michelle Tanner*
OLIVER - Christopher Vicchiollo*
PHEBE - Betsy Graver+
AMIENS - Jennipher Murphy+
CHARLES/SILVIUS - David Sirois+
TOUCHSTONE - Joshua David Robinson+
AUDREY - Jessa Thomas+
* members of Actors' Equity Association
+ member of the New Theatre Apprentice Program
Cliff Burgess (Orlando) is ecstatic about making his New Theatre debut as Orlando de Boys. He is a theatre graduate student at Florida Atlantic University and is currently writing his thesis on Marcus Andronicus from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Past productions include: Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Tusenbach in Three Sisters, and Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men to name a few. You will be able to see him in some upcoming theatre productions such as The Naked Stage's Macbeth as Thane of Ross and New Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie.
Elise Girardin (Rosalind) began training in Australia at the ATYP and continued at the ACTT. She then went on to study Meisner at The Actors Pulse. In 2008 she trained in a Shakespeare intensive program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Miami theatre credits include: Burn This [The Alliance Theatre Lab] Sister Cities [The Womens Theatre Project], Just a Kiss [New Theatre], House and Garden [Actors Playhouse], Private Lives [Curtain Call Playhouse] and Amadeus [Mosaic Theatre]. Film and television credits include: Crash Palace [Foxtel], The Projectionist [independent short], School Torque [SBS], Becker Hargreaves inc. [independent short] and Moulin Rouge [Bazmark Films].
Clint Hooper (Jaques/First Lord) is a proud member of Actors' Equity and excited to be taking part- or is it two parts?- in this summer's production of As You Like It. No stranger to Elizabethan Theatre, Clint has performed regionally in other Shakespearean plays such as A Winter's Tale (Polixines), and twice in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus/Bottom). Other regional credits include Lord Alfred's Lover (Robbie Ross) at the former Shores Theatre and Lincolnesque (Francis), Saint Joan (La Tremouille), and A Nervous Smile (Brian) all at New Theatre. Clint freelances in sound design and property construction, but occupies his days as a high school theatre instructor, because, after all, that's where the big bucks are!
Stephen Neal (Duke Senior) has directed, designed and/or performed in over a hundred plays in academic and professional regional theatre. Favorite roles: Stage Manager in Our Town, Ross in The Goat, the title character in Tom Walker and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Last summer he completed his fourth year as a company member of New Theatre's Shakespeare Project: where he played Belarius in Cymbeline, Cassius in Julius Caesar and The Earl of Warwick in Shaw's Saint Joan. Directing favorites: Taming of the Shrew, Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! Midsummer Night's Dream, Affluenza! and Steve Martin's The Underpants.
Odell Rivas (Le Beau/Jaques de Boys) has been seen in many theatres is South Florida. He was named New Times' Best Actor for the 2007 Best of Miami Issue for his performance in Square Peg's production of Three Angels Dancing on a Needle. He has worked with New Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, Actor's Playhouse, and The Public Theatre of South Florida. I would like to thank my family always for their support and also God because he is looking out for me.
James Samuel Randolph (Fredrick/Hymen) returns to work at New Theatre after last summer's Shakespeare and Friends playing Brutus in Julius Caesar and as Cauchon in Saint Joan. He recently directed in the City Theatre's Festival Shorts for Kids and Undershorts. As an actor he has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials, television shows and feature films and is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. James won the Carbonell Award for his work in the dual roles of Mr. Lies/Belize in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America, and currently James teaches in the Theater Division at New World School of the Arts.
Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. (Adam/Corin) is a graduate of: Northwestern, the NTC, and ACT. A professor of theatre at FIU, Wayne has directed Eleemosynary, The Rose Tattoo, All in the Timing, Talking With, Sylvia, 5th of July, The House of Blue Leaves, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Hot L Baltimore, As You like It, Balm in Gilead, Anna in the Tropics, Electricidad, Company, Gypsy and Hair. Local, directing: Line, All in the Timing and frag, acting: Betrayal, Talley's Folly, King Lear, Never the Sinner, The House of Seven Gables, Electra, Wit, The Weir, Hamlet, Othello, and Twelfth Night.
Katherine Michelle Tanner (Celia) is thrilled to return to New Theatre where she was last seen as Evan in Fill Our Mouths. She continues to play roles across America and England. Some of her favorites include Jane in Jane Eyre, Catherine in Proof, Ophelia in Hamlet, Catharine in Suddenly Last Summer, Myrrha in Metamorphoses, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Oona in Chaplin: A Musical, Helen in The Cripple of Inishman and the Boy in the Academy Award Nominated short Respire, Mon Amie. She holds a B.A. triple major from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Asolo Theatre Conservatory.
Christopher Vicchiollo (Oliver) marks his third year doing the Summer Shakespeare with the New Theatre. Kudos to Eileen and Ricky and the entire New Theatre Family for keeping the dream alive.
Betsy Graver (Phebe) is very excited and thankful to be a part of New Theatre's production of As You Like It. She was recently seen at New World School of the Arts in Bartholomew Fair (Win Littlewit) and Marat/Sade (Charlotte Corday). She is entering her senior year in college which means over the summer she has begun to tackle what we New World goers call the One Person Show, playing at the Tower Theatre in December. She would like to thank Ricky, Roberto and her very understanding professors at New World for giving her this amazing opportunity.
Jennipher Murphy (Amiens) is excited to join the company here at New Theatre, and looks forward to being a part of the South Florida theatre community. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and just earned her M.F.A from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. While in school, she worked on school and community productions, including Agnes of God, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Learned Ladies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Titus Andronicus, and The Hot'L Baltimore. Her love and thanks go to her husband Skye for his support.
Joshua David Robinson (Touchstone) is a native of our nation's capital, Washington DC, and a recent graduate of the University of Miami's theatre department. Joshua has recently appeared in several Shakespeare productions in Miami including, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon). When not reciting lines in Shakespearian verse, Joshua spends his time working in Miami as a Licensed Massage Therapist. This is Joshua's first time working with New Theatre, and he looks forward to collaborating with them again.
David Sirois (Charles/Silvius) is happy to be making his professional debut here at New Theatre. A recent graduate from New World School of the Arts, his roles included, Roy Cohn (Angels in America), Justice Overdoo (Bartholomew Fair), Piero (Big Love) and Dorimant (Man of Mode). He began his education at Broward Community College, playing many roles, his favorites were, Peter Van Daan (Diary of Anne Frank), Berenger (Rhinoceros), and Erskine (Smash). Frowlf!
Jessa Thomas (Audrey) is very excited to be joining New Theatre in her debut performance! She has been involved with New Theatre as an intern for the past year and loves working with the New Theatre family. Jessa has been acting for many years including receiving her degree in Musical Theatre playing numerous collegiate roles, was an Irene Ryan Award semi-finalist, acting with the 1st International American Drama Conference in Beijing, China, and she has also interned for City Theatre's Summer Shorts. Jessa would like to thank her husband, Kyle, and her family for their love and support.
Roberto Prestigiacomo (Director) is a theater-maker whose creative work includes directing, the development of community-based theater through improvisation and storytelling techniques, and the creation of original physical theater pieces (TransPerformance). Roberto, a produced playwright, was artistic director for Theater With Your Coffee, Potlatch Theater Lab, and is now producing artistic director of AtticRep in San Antonio, TX. He teaches at Trinity University, is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and is native of Rome, Italy.
Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return to New Theatre for her third season after having served as Production Manager and Properties Designer for City Theatre's Summer Shorts short play festival. While serving as PSM at the Mosaic Theatre she was honored with a Curtain Up! Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. Recent directing and choreography credits include Summer Brave, Hair, Forever Plaid, and Fanny & Sadie. Many thanks to Ricky, Eileen, Roberto and the rest of this wonderful company. Much love to Rob. Deep gratitude, for everything, to Michael, Jon and Scott. Betsy is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.