Spoon River Anthology NYC

 

The Production Staff:

Technical Director..............Bob Ritz

Lighting Designer...Debra Leigh Siegel

Costume Designer........Joyce Ritz

Sound Designer......Ellen Faith Brodie

Stage Managers.......Renata Almeida

                                                      Eric Strauss

Sound Operator.........Eric Strauss

Master Electrician..Debra Leigh Siegel

Lightboard Operator......Jerry Volpe

Director of Theatre...Ellen Faith Brodie

 

Directors' Note:

This adaptation of Edgar Lee Master's "Spoon River Anthology" (published in 1915) is the result of a Special Topics course in which  we explored the staging of various forms of literature using Readers Theatre techniques. Our culminating project, Spoon River, as presented in our Harry Hope Theatre and now in NYC,  is our interpretation of these classic American poems. We've learned so much about human nature through analysis of each poem - phrase by phrase - word by word. We've tried to come up with staging that dramatizes the literature which was originally meant to be read to oneself - now aloud.  This has been a very creative collaborative process of many artistic voices - students, faculty and guest artists.  There have been other adaptations of these poems from page to stage. We offer you ours!

 

Special Thanks to:  First United Methodist Church of Willimantic (for the choir robes); and to Bob Thurston  (music for the show).

 

 

ECSU Student Biographies

 

Renata Almeida (Stage Manager) -  of Brazil (Salvador); a Sophomore; Performing Arts/Theatre major. She acted in and co-directed many musical plays in high school such as "Grease," "Peter Pan" and "The Wizard of Oz;" attended Wellsley University in MA taking classes in acting, Improvisation; co-directed "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown); worked props for "Macbeth" (presented by Tour de Force of England at ECSU); was Stage Manager of "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist, James Simmons) and for "Voices We Must Never Forget" (presented by guest artist Nora Cole); and was Stage Manager for "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding."  She will be participating in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002 program.

Kat Bacon (Ensemble) - of Gales Ferry, CT; a Freshman; Communication major/Theatre Minor; was involved in the Music program at Ledyard H.S.; acted in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist, James Simmons).

Adam Brandt (Ensemble) - from Redding, CT; a Junior; Performing Arts/Theatre major; acted in  "Alcestis," "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons), "Archetypes," "Natural Reaction,"  "Horoscope Dope," "Lifelogues" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole),"Plaza Suite;""Classic Commedia" (directed by guest artist Larry Hunt); "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons) and "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding." He was a co-director of "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood playwright, Maggie Brown) which premiered at ECSU; and acted in "Macbeth" (as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU). Adam was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition Alternate (2000) and Candidate American College Theatre Festival (2001 and 2002). He was in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2000 program. He will be touring the US this summer in the Imago Theatre Company's "The Tempest."

Jessica Donofrio (Ensemble) - of Chaplin, CT; a Sophomore;  a Performing Arts/Theatre major; made her ECSU debut in "Plaza Suite;" acted in "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood playwrightMaggie Brown); "Macbeth" (as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England); "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons) and in "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute/The Wedding." She was an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship partner at the ACTF 2002. She will be participating in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002 program.

Bridget Duggan (Ensemble) - of Storrs, CT; a Freshman; Performing Arts/Theatre Major; before ECSU acted in summer Gilbert and Sullivan productions of "The Mikado," "Pirates of Penzance," and "The Gondoliers." She also acted in musicals such as "Guys and Dolls," "Anything Goes," " and "Into the Woods." She performed in ECSU's "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons) and in "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding."

Rakeya Gee (Ensemble) - of Stratford, CT; a Junior; Sociology major/Theatre minor; She is a dancer (ballet and interpretive) and poet; has had 7 years of singing experience; has acted in "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown) and "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons).

Erin Harwood (Ensemble) - of Canterbury, CT; a Freshman; presently undeclared major; before ECSU, she acted in "Into the Woods;" at ECSU, acted in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons").

Kristin Kenney (Ensemble) - of  Guilford, CT;  a Junior; Communication and Performing Arts/Theatre major; In Guilford High School, did technical theatre work; at Trinity College acted in Mamet's "Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock;" at ECSU, acted in "Chances" which played at ECSU and in NYC; and  "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); and  in "Macbeth" (as part of the ECSU Tour de Force of England guest residency). She will be participating in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002 program.

Leslie Kimble Snow (Ensemble) - Born and raised in Southern California; now a "Connecticut Yankee;" a Junior Fine Arts/Theatre major; Leslie's early years were spent in Theatre and Dance; lived and worked professionally in NYC for eight years; subsequently ran her own school under Connecticut Young Artists. Leslie came to ECSU as an adult student from Quinnebaug Valley Community College and plans to return to arts in education development in the future.

Aaron Lathrop (Ensemble) - of North Stonington, CT;  a Junior majoring in Performing Arts/Theatre; acted in Children's Theatre, Garde Arts Center, Mystic Seaport: "Lantern Light Tours," " Ghost Tales," " Tale of a Whaler," Westerley Chorus: "Twelfth Night," Flock Theatre: "Much Ado About Nothing," " Henry IV Part I," " Hairy Ape;" and at ECSU: "Alcestis," " The Mysteries: The Nativity"  (directed by British guest artist James Simmons), " Short Stuff," "Lifelogues" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole), "Life Is A Dream," "Classic Commedia" (directed by  Guest artist Larry Hunt) and "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding." He also worked props for "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged). Aaron will be participating in the International Summer School In London 2002 program.

Colleen Lowry (Ensemble) - of Groton; a Junior; is a History major; with Psychology and Theatre minors; acted in "Fame," "Little Shop of Horrors,""The Daily Planet," "The Lark;" was Vice-President of Drama Club in high school. At ECSU, she acted in "Alcestis;" "Short Stuff 2000;" and "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons).

Jill Luberto (Ensemble)- of Franklin, CT; a Junior; majoring in Performing Arts/Theatre. Before ECSU, she was in "Brighton Beach  Memoirs," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Bald Soprano;" and part of the Underground Railroad Theater Company's production of "Carnival of Animals"  at the Garde Art Center , in the Flock Theater's "The Hairy Ape" and "As You Like It;""Tale of a Whaler" at Mystic Seaport. She acted  in ECSU's "The Secret of Cell Block 7,"   "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by guest artist James Simmons),  "Pre-Game," (at ECSU  and in NYC),  "Lifelogues" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole at ECSU and in NYC); "Plaza Suite," "Classic Commedia" (directed by guest artist Larry Hunt); "Macbeth" (as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU), "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest artist James Simmons) and "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute." She was a participant in the Eugene O'Neill Summer Puppetry Festival in New London, Summer of 2001. She was a partner in the ACTF 2000 and 2001 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competitions. Jill will be participating in the International Summer School In London 2002 program.

Kate Louise Novack (Ensemble) - of Norwich, CT; a Senior PerformingArts/Theatre major and Art History minor. Kate received her Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Psychology concentration from Three Rivers Community Technical College. Prior to that, she attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a Musical Theatre major.She sings with the Preston City Chorus and has acted in "Pump Boys and Dinettes," "Our Country's Good," and as David in a Vacation Bible School reenactment. At ECSU, she acted in "Chekhov Shorts/The Marriage Proposal." She participated in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2001 program. She has been chosen as an Irene Ryan Acting Competition alternate for the 2003 American College Theatre Festival.

Tonya Pellegrino (Ensemble) - of Chaplin, CT; a Junior Psychology major/ Theatre minor; before ECSU, at Lyman High School acted in "Into the Woods," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Beauty and the Beast;" performed with Second Step Players at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, CT; at ECSU, she acted in "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown) and in "Macbeth" (with Tour de Force of England).

Tamika Pettway (Ensemble) - of New Haven, CT;  a senior; Communication major/ Theatre minor; acted in "Drawing the Shades" (a short play for Take Back the Night at ECSU); in "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown) and in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons).

Gabriel Stalnaker (Ensemble) - a Junior; Performing Arts/Theatre major. He performed in a 2-man rap show at open mic nights. He was the Costume Design Assistant for the Harry Hope Theatre production of "Life Is A Dream." Gabe acted in ECSU's "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding."

Eric Strauss (Stage Manager) - of Long Island, NY; a Freshman Performing Arts/Theatre major; prior to ECSU, he acted and worked tech. crew for all his high school productions as well as community theatre shows; at ECSU was the Lightboard Operator for "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"  and built sets for "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons. Eric is a member of the International Thespian Society (Troupe #201); and has worked stage crew at the 42nd Street Workshop for "Intellectuals."

Rachel Tatro (Ensemble) - is a Sophomore majoring in English. She has been in numerous high school productions as well as ECSU's "Alcestis; ""The Mysteries," "Life Is A Dream," and "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown).

Alex Vernon (Ensemble) - of Franklin, Tennessee; a Freshman; Performing Arts/Theatre major.  At ECSU he acted in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest artist James Simmons) and "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute/The Wedding." Previous acting experiences include "Guys and Dolls," "The Veldt," and "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)." He has been chosen as an Irene Ryan Acting Competition candidate for the 2003 American College Theatre Festival.

Daniel Whelton (Ensemble) - from Tucson, AZ; is majoring in Performing Arts/Theatre and Business. He acted in "Alcestis," "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by guest artist James Simmons),  "Archetypes" (at ECSU  and in NYC); co-wrote  and acted in "Chances" (at ECSU and in NYC);   acted in "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged);" "Lifelogues" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole at ECSU and in NYC);  "Plaza Suite;"  "Classic Commedia" (directed by guest artist Larry Hunt),"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Macbeth" (as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU),"The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest artist James Simmons) and "Chekhov Shorts/The Marriage Proposal/The Wedding." Dan was a  Co-Director of "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood  playwright, Maggie Brown) which premiered at ECSU). He was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition partner at the 2000 and 2001 American College Theatre Festivals and was an Irene Ryan Candidate at ACTF 2002. He has been chosen as an Irene Ryan Acting Competition candidate for the 2003 ACTF. He also performed in the ACTF 2002 Five-by-Ten's "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye." Dan participated in ECSU's 2000 and 2001 Summer School in London programs. Dan was the Box Office Manager for the Performing Arts Department.