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Henry V

By William Shakespeare

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Having inherited the throne, Henry must live down his wild adolescent past and unite his people in Shakespeare’s epic tale of leadership and ambition. Youthful and vigorous, Henry commits his troops to war—and must then examine the cost of glory as he moves among friends and enemies, noblemen and ordinary soldiers alike. Brimming with intrigue, battles, comedy, and romance, Henry V will feature some of New York’s most accomplished young Shakespearean actors.

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Exceptional.

THE STAR-LEDGER

Charisma. Henry V was loaded with that.

SCENE ON STAGE

A bold piece of theater that deserves far better than the shortened run Hurricane Sandy has imposed on it.

STAGE MAGAZINE

MEET THE ARTISTS

THE CAST

Connor Carew

Connor Carew is thrilled to return to Two River after appearing in last season’s Much Ado About Nothing (Friar, Verges). Regional credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout) and tours ofRomeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence), Macbeth (Banquo), andThe Odyssey (Eurylochus) with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey;Troilus and Cressida (Antenor) and tour ofJulius Caesar (Brutus) with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; 2011 Apprentice with the Pearl Theatre Company in NYC. Connor holds degrees from Temple University and the New School for Drama.

Suzzanne Douglas

Suzzanne Douglas made her Two River debut in last season’s In This House. Broadway: 3 Penny Opera(opposite Sting), It’s a Grand Night for Singing,The Tap Dance Kid,Into the Woods. Off-Broadway: Kara Lee Corthron’s Julius by Design(world premiere). At George Street Playhouse, she starred in Wit(thefirst African-American to play the role of Dr. Bearing) and Hallelujah! Baby(Arena Stage), which was personally rewritten for her by Arthur Laurence. Regional credits include three plays by Regina Taylor: Drowning Crow (Goodman), Night in Tunisia (George Street), and Crowns (Pasadena Playhouse, NAACP Image Award for Best Ensemble); Women of Brewster Place(Alliance); Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film: Tap alongside legends Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines (NAACP Image Award), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Black Oscar), Jason’s Lyric, The Inkwell and, most recently, Changing the Game. TV: starring role on Parent ’Hood, The Parkers, The Good Wife, Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, I’ll Fly Away, In the Shadow of Love, and the TV film Sounder (Image Award nomination). She has soloed with the Honolulu, New Jersey, and Arlington Symphonies and performed with jazz greats Stanley Turrentine, Gene Harris, Jon Faddis, Kenney Burrell, Kenny Barron, Nate Adderley, Don Braden, and T.S. Monk. Visit www.suzzannedouglas.com.

Evander Duck

Evander Duck is thrilled to return to Two River and embrace the family of Henry V.  Theater: FencesMacbeth, Julius Caesar, As You Like ItMuch Ado About Nothing, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Blues for Mister Charlie, Two Trains Running, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Exonerated, Hurricane Katrina, Driving Miss Daisy, Court-Martial at Fort Devens, A Christmas Carol, Apostasy. He has worked at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Mint Theatre, New Federal Theatre, American Globe, Folger Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, American Stage, African Globe, Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre, Red Fern Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Charlotte Rep, Stage East Ensemble, Dunbar Rep. Film/TV: Made in Jersey (Parole Officer Sid Melman), Oz, Ed, All My Children, One Life to Live, Graveyard Shift, Give Chase, Asbury Park, Wally and the Chosen Few, First Baptist. Education: Morehouse; MFA, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Love to the Ducks! Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Jacob Fishel

Jacob Fishel Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Broken Heart (TFANA), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), Macbeth (NYSF). Television: Cold CaseMediumWithout a TraceNumb3rs. Film: Things I Cannot Tell, How I Got Lost. Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre.

Michael Genet

Michael Genet made his Two River debut last season in Honk!. Broadway: A Few Good Men, Hamlet, Northeast Local, Lestat. Off-Broadway: A Soldier’s Play,The Colored MuseumResurrection, Earth and SkySeven GuitarsThe Oedipus PlaysJoe Turner’s Come and Gone. Television: DeadlineUgly BettyLaw & OrderTyler Perry’s House of PayneAll My ChildrenAs the World TurnsNew York UndercoverJourney’s EndLaw & Order: CSIOne Life to Live. Film: Wall Street: Money Never SleepsShe Hate Me25th HourBooty CallLet It Be Me,Stranger Among UsSimple Justice, Presumed Innocent. Writing Credits: Hallelujah (American Playhouse), She Hate Me (w/Spike Lee, Sony Pictures Classics), Talk to Me (FOCUS Features), for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.

 

Kevin Kelly 

Kevin Kelly Two River Theater: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, All My Sons,Opus, Much Ado About Nothing. New York theater includes NYSF/Public Theater (Richard III, The Brother/Sister Plays, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing), the Acting Company, HERE, Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59. Regional appearances include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Guthrie Theater, O’Neill Center/National Playwrights Conference, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Peterborough Players, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Triad Stage. Film/TV includes As the World Turns, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Law & Order, and Looking Out, a new film by Chris Haag. Musical appearances include Erin and Her Cello, Zibaldone, and particular subway stations around the city. Education: NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting Program.

Ian Lassiter

Ian Lassiter Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: Mission Drift (Connelly Theater, co-writer/performer); FUCT Comedy Troupe (Cherry Lane Theatre, UCB, The PIT, various, co-founder/co-writer/performer). New York/Regional: Ash Girl (Connelly Theater), Martian Chronicles(Fordham Alumni Co), Land O’ Fire(Wings Theatre), September 12th (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), The History of Valentyne and Orson (Mettawee River Theatre Company). Ian earned his MFA from New York University.

Ben Mehl

Ben Mehl New York: Habit (an installation by David Levine), Victor Frange Presents Gas, Miss Julie. Regional: Love’s Labour’s Lost (as Don Armado, Chautauqua Theater Company), Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown),The Comedy of Errors,King Lear, Romeo and Juliet (as Romeo), Much Ado About Nothing, Jerry Springer the Opera,Reefer Madness the Musical, Equus (as Alan Strang). NYU Grad Acting: Camino Real (as Casanova), KMTMeasure for Measure, Major BarbaraThe Time of the Cuckoo, Three Sisters, Cymbeline. Training: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Ismenia Mendes

Ismenia Mendes Born in Portugal, Ismenia immigrated to America with her family at a young age. She recently graduated from The Juilliard School’s Drama Division where she played roles such as Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lorna Moon in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy. She would like to thank her family, Hannah, and David for their fierce love and support.

Howard W. Overshown

Howard W. Overshown is excited to be working at Two River again; he was last seen here in Art. New York/Broadway credits include Richard IIIstarring Kevin Spacey (BAM/Old Vic/World Tour), A Free Man of Color(Lincoln Center), Julius Caesarstarring Denzel Washington. Off-Broadway: Yellowman(MTC), Blue(Roundabout), Beauty on the Vine(Epic Theatre Ensemble), Never the Sinner(John Houseman Theatre). Regional: Yellowman;Passion Play, A Cycle; The Great White Hope; Blue(Arena Stage); Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet,The Tempest, Great Expectations the Musical(Folger Shakespeare Theatre); Trip to Bountiful(Cleveland Play House/Round House); Henry V, Macbeth, School for Scandal, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night(Shakespeare Theatre); Exit Wounds(Arden); Radio Golf(Milwaukee Rep). Film/TV:Grand Street, Body of Lies, 13, Pride and Glory, Law & Order: SVUand CI,Kings, 666 Park Avenue, New Amsterdam, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns.

 

Jesse J. Perez

Jesse J. Perez Off-Broadway: Triple Happiness (Second Stage), The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons), In the Penal Colony (Classic Stage), Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Candide (Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello,Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on the Sound); A Servant of Two MastersLulu, The Cherry Orchard, Taming of the Shrew (Yale Rep); Hard Weather Boating Party (Humana Festival); Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep); CascabelArgonautika, Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass); Celebrity Row (Portland Center Stage); Pericles (Goodman); Hamlet (McCarter). Lucia di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera). Film /TV: Enter Nowhere, American Splendor, All Night Bodega, Playing God, Kazaam, Person of Interest, Life on Mars, Law & OrderLaw & Order: SVUThe Job, Third Watch. Jesse is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma has appeared on Broadway and National Tours in leading roles in productions including The Times They Are A-Changin’, Search and DestroyThe Lion King, Titanic, and Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway credits include NYSF (Cymbelineand Othello), Roundabout, Second Stage, Drama Dept., among others. TV/Film: The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order, Third Watch,Canterbury’s Law, Lay the Favorite, Building Girl, Over/Under, others. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and AEA. James 2:26.

Brendan Titley

Brendan Titley previously appeared at Two River in Henry V. Broadway: Macbeth New York: As You Like ItAll’s Well That Ends WellMeasure for Measure (NYSF); The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Henry IV, Pt. 1 (Access Theater). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Troilus & Cressida (Henley Street Theater). TV: Person of InterestThe Good Wife. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

THE ARTISTS

Director

Michael Sexton
Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton is the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Society in NYC. He made his Two River debut last season with Henry V. He recently directed Kelly Masterson’s Edith with Jayne Atkinson and Jack Gilpin at the Berkshire Theater Festival and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with Jay O. Sanders at The Public Theater. He has directed New York premieres of plays by Rinne Groff, Will Eno, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Victor Lodato, Phil Porter, Chloe Moss, Marin Gazzaniga, Eric Gamalinda, and Rosemary Moore. His work has been seen at Red Bull Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC Theater, Classic Stage Company, Soho Rep, PS122, The Old Globe, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, SPF and the Cherry Lane Alternative. For The Shakespeare Society, he has programmed and directed events featuring John Douglas Thompson, Adam Gopnik, Michael Cerveris, Stephen Greenblatt, Martha Plimpton, James Shapiro, Robert Pinsky, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Easton, Trevor Nunn, Denis O’Hare, Kathleen Chalfant, Estelle Parsons, Michael Cumpsty and others. He has been a frequent guest artist at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, The Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where he has directed the works of Shakespeare, Molière, Ostrovsky, Tirso de Molina, Brian Friel, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Suzan-Lori Parks. He has taught theater and Shakespeare at Princeton University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NYU. He co-edited with Tim Page Four Plays by Dawn Powell.

Scenic Designer

Andromache Chalfant
Andromache Chalfant

Andromache Chalfant is currently working on designs for the opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire at Virginia Opera. Her most recent Off-Broadway credits include: Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour and Jose Rivera’sMassacre (Rattlestick Theater). Other New York credits include: Food and Fadwa(New York Theatre Workshop); Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC Theater);Warrior Class,Sex Lives of Our Parents, Bachelorette (Second Stage Theatre); El Gato Con Botas (Gotham Chamber Opera/Tectonic Theater Company); Edgewise (The Play Company); Inked Baby(Playwrights Horizons).Regional credits include designs for: The Old Globe, Arena Stage, Minnesota Opera, Kansas City Repertory, American Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage, Westport County Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Costume Designer

Tilly Grimes
Tilly Grimes

Tilly Grimes is a European stage designer currently working between London, Paris, and New York. Awards include the Balsamo Grand for Emerging Immigrant Artists, the Irish Arts Design Award, and Irish Times Theatre Award. American theater: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, Boston Lyric Opera, La MaMa, Shakespeare on the Sound, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New World Stages, HERE Arts Center, New Georges, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute. She previously designed Two River’s productions of As You Like It, Present Laughter and Henry V and is delighted to be back at “team two river.” Tilly is also co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company ‘SavageCharm’ and teaching artist at Brown University. She received her MFA from NYU Tisch.

Lighting Designer

Allen Hahn
Allen Hahn

Allen Hahn Regional theater credits include Three Tall Women (Seattle Rep), The Lady with All the Answers (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Front Page (Playmakers Rep), Ghosts (Geva Theatre), as well as numerous productions in New York City. Opera highlights in the US include Emilie (Lincoln Center Festival), Rinaldo (NYCO), Il Sogno di Scipione (Gotham Chamber Opera), Mitridate (Santa Fe Opera), Don Giovanni (Glimmerglass), Death in Venice (Chicago Opera Theater),Elegy for Young Lovers (Curtis Institute, Philadelphia). He designed the world premiere productions of Miss Lonelyhearts (Juilliard), and Kafka’s Trial(Royal Danish Opera). European highlights: Giulio Cesare (Royal Danish Opera), La Giulio Cesare (Opera Zuid—Netherlands) and Der Freischutz (OLBE-ABAO, Bilbao). Several of his designs were selected for the 2007 Prague Quadrennial stage design exhibition, and he served as Lighting Design Curator for the US exhibit at the 2011 Quadrennial. He has worked with artist Tony Oursler on installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark, and designed several productions with cross-media performance company The Builders Association since the company’s inception in 1994.

Sound Design and Original Music

Brandon Wolcott
Brandon Wolcott

 Brandon Wolcott is returning to Two River after previously designing sound for As You Like It and Henry V, for which he also composed original music. Selected credits include: New York: The Record (with 600 Highwaymen, original score), The Good Person of Szechwan and Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory), The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Maids (Red Bull Theater), The Tenant, Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), So Much Mad in Me (with Faye Driscoll), Hit the Wall (Barrow Street), Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, The Joyce, La MaMa, DTW, PS122, 3LD, Juilliard, New Ohio, New Georges. Regional: Great Lakes, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Magic.

Vocal Coach

Francis Robert Perillo 
Francis Robert Perillo 

Francis Robert Perillo is a Master Voice Teacher and has trained actors for over 30 years.  He has worked at Binghamton University, Marymount College, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where he was head of the Voice Department. Mr. Perillo trains and coaches actors privately for performance and auditions; he has worked extensively with businessmen and women, writers, politicians, and singers and has given seminars and workshops to choral groups, readers of scripture, deacons, priests, and other teachers of voice and speech. He is a stage director and has directed playwrights as varied as Shakespeare, Coward, John Patrick Shanley, Tom Stoppard, and Charles Ludlam. He recently directed the musical The Spitfire Grill, and served as dramaturg/director for Aldo Pisano’s one-man show Judgement. He was vocal coach to writer and performer Lawrence Wright for his play The Human Scale directed by Oskar Eustis. Last autumn he was vocal and text coach for The Public Theater’s Love’s Labor’s Lost. In addition to serving on the faculty of The Public’s Shakespeare Lab, he has been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University; at Stanford he was voice and text coach on three Shakespeare plays produced collaboratively by Stanford and The Public Theater. www.fperillo.com.

Fight Director

Thomas Schall
Thomas Schall

Thomas Schall has served as fight director on over 70 Broadway shows, among them Six Degrees of Separation, Groundhog Day, Jitney, The Present, The Front Page, The Crucible, Blackbird, War Horse, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, A View from the Bridge. He has worked extensively at Lincoln Center Theater (Disgraced, Blood and Gifts), The Public Theater (Hamlet, King Lear, Mother Courage), MTC (Ruined, Murder Ballad), New York Theatre Workshop (Red Speedo, Othello) and the Met Opera (Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore).

Casting

Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell
Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell

Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBetrayal, CinderellaThe Performers, Lysistrata JonesRelatively SpeakingThat Championship SeasonA View from the BridgeAll My SonsAvenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: The Place Beyond the PinesBeasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Tale, The Reluctant FundamentalistBlue ValentineAnother Happy DayIt’s Kind of a Funny StoryLetters to JulietThe Private Lives of Pippa LeeStarting Out in the EveningDeath of a PresidentThe Darjeeling LimitedThe Namesake, Sherrybaby, KinseyThe Ballad of Jack and RosePersonal Velocity. Upcoming films: This Is Where I Leave YouGods Behaving Badly. Television: Curb Your EnthusiasmFlight of the Conchords, FringeThe Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Members of CSA.

Production Stage Manager

Larry Copeland
Larry Copeland

Larry Copeland is very happy to return to Two River Theater during these challenging times. Previously he was part of the Stage Management teams for Twelfth Night, Oo-Bla-Dee, Lives of Reason, and Henry V. Broadway: Leap of Faith; Off Broadway: Exit Strategy; In Canada: Lion King, I Am My Own Wife, Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables, Two years of touring with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia through the US, Canada, and China. Larry would like to thank Sue, Sybil, and CC for all their love and support.

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