AnneMaria Rajala, Matthew Summersgill, Tara Vodihn in KING LEAR
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Company of Actors:
The South Florida Shakespeare Festival

The Cast

Leontes Don Pedro Robert Strain*
Polixenes Benedick Peter Tedeschi
Autollycus Don John/Friar James Samuel Randolph*
Camillo Leonato Steve Gladstone*
Florizel Claudio Euriamis Losada*
Hermione Margaret Annemaria Rajala*
Paulina Beatrice Bridget Connors*
Perdita Hero Cecilia Isis Torres*
Clown Borachio Christopher Vicchiollo*
Mamillius   Nicholas Alexander*
* members of Actors' Equity Association


**in Alphabetical order

NICHOLAS ALEXANDER (Mamillius in TALE) First appearance at New Theatre. Regional: Broward Center, Parker Playhouse, UCPA Theatre. Film work: The Halls of Jacob, Captain Incredible, Canvas, Take 4, About Mathew, My Struggle. Nicholas became at the age of 5, the youngest Black Belt 2nd degree in Tae Kwon Do.

"...My mother cried but then there was a star danced and under that was I born. I have often dreamed of unhappiness and waked myself laughing..." (Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing)

BRIDGET CONNORS (Beatrice in ADO, Paulina in TALE, Text coach) New Theatre: Wait and See, White People (New Theatre Best Actress Award, Best Actress Nomination Carbonell, Best Actress Nomination Curtain Up), Macbeth, Paradise. Regional: Mosaic Theatre, Gable Stage, Florida Stage, Broward Stage Door. South Coast Repertory, Indiana Repertory, New Mexico Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, PCPA Theatrefest, A Noise Within, and the Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festivals.

"I may be negligent, foolish and fearful. In every one of these no man is free" (Camilo in The Winter's Tale)

STEVE GLADSTONE (Leonato in ADO, Camilo in TALE) New Theatre: Blind Date (Bill Hindman Award, Carbonell nomination), Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth. Regional: since 1975 anywhere where they will employ a wonderful sightless actor. Motion picture credits include Hot Stuff, The Island, The Specialist. Clio Award for a commercial spot for the Miami Herald. ASCAP Musical Theatre award (book and lyrics) for South of the North Pole. President, Florida Screen Actors Guild.

"...Why look you so upon me? I am but sorry, not afeard, delayed... but nothing altered..." (Florizel in The Winter's Tale)

EURIAMIS LOSADA (Claudio in ADO, Florizel in TALE) New Theatre: Othello, Twelfth Night (Bill Hindman Award: Best Supporting Actor), Long Days Journey Into Night (Curtain Up Nomination), Beauty of the Father, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, Barrio Hollywood, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Lost Tango, Paradise. Regional: Broward Center, Stage Door, Shores Theatre. Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Curtain Up Award for Best New Male Performer for Bat Boy.

"...Note this before my notes: there's not a note of mine that's worth the noting..." (Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing)

ANNEMARIA RAJALA (Margaret in ADO, Hermione in TALE) New Theatre: The Diaries (Bill Hindman Award Best Actress, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Times Like These (Carbonell Nomination: Best Actress), Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Ladies and Not So Gentle Women. Born in Finland, came to Miami to attend New World School of the Arts, where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Regional: Actors' Playhouse, Hollywood Playhouse, Giovanni Luquini, Miami Light Project, Creative Arts, Artemis, Circ X.

"...My villany is upon record... I desire nothing but the reward of a villain..." (Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing)

JAMES SAMUEL RANDOLPH (Don John/Friar in ADO, Autolycus in TALE) As an actor, James has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials and films, playing a wide variety of roles both classical and contemporary including Booth in TOP DOG/UNDERDOG at the Mosaic Theatre and the title role in King Lear at New Theatre. He is a Carbonell winner for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the dual roles of Mr. Lies/Belize in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America. James has also directed Porgy and Bess, for the Florida Arts Celebration, and other works such as The Crucible, The Grapes of Wrath, Pippin, A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Elephant Man., and most recently for City Theatre's 11 TH annual season of Summer Shorts. James currently teaches acting, directing and voice at New World School of the Arts.

"...Speak low if you speak love..." (Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing)

ROBERT STRAIN (Don Pedro in ADO, Leontes in TALE>) New Theatre: Electra, Tom Walker (Carbonell Nomination), King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Diaries. Regional: Mosaic Theatre, Ring Theatre.

"Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any I will do myself the right to trust no woman and the fine is for which I may go the finer I will live a bachelor..." (Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing)

Peter Tedeschi (Benedick in ADO, Polixenes in TALE) is making his New Theatre debut. New York credits include Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Henry V, Henry IV, Part 2, and Gogol's Marriage as well as several new plays. Favorite regional theatre roles are John Adams in 1776, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and Tom/Phyllis/Leslie in Sylvia. He has also appeared at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia in an award-winning adaptation of The Lower Depths and in Chekhov's The Bear and The Wedding. He is an editor of the Moscow Art Theatre's official encyclopedia. He has an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

"...give me leave and do not say 'tis superstition, that I kneel and then implore her blessing..." (Perdita in The Winter's Tale)

CECILIA ISIS TORRES (Hero in ADO, Perdita in TALE) New Theatre: Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth. Regional: Hollywood Playhouse. University of Miami Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater. She is a teacher for Steet Dance at the Wellness Center where she was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Graduating Senior award from the Frost School of Music.

CHRISTOPHER VICCHIOLLO (Borachio in ADO, Shepard/Sevant in TALE) is proud to be making his New Theatre debut. South Florida credits include Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), MacBeth (MacDuff) and Julius Caesar (Mark Antony); also William Congreve's Way of the World, Simon Moore's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery and many original plays with Edge Theater. Chris was also one of the founding members of Punch 59, a sketch comedy company that performed around South Florida for five years. Chris hails from Chicago, where he attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois.

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