CAST AND CREATIVE
Cast listed in alphabetical order.
Edmund Lewis *
Polonius/Horatio and others in Hamlet
Dauphin/John de Stogumber and others in Saint Joan
Edmund was seen most recently in Bedlam’s acclaimed off-Broadway hit Sense & Sensibility. Prior to that, he played various characters in New York Animals (written by Steven Sater) and appeared as Malvolio in Bedlam’s one play/two ways repertory of Twelfth Night and What You Will. A founding member of Bedlam, Edmund acted in the original award-winning runs of Saint Joan and Hamlet, first at the Access Theater and then off-Broadway at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Other roles include Sebastian in The Tempest (A.R.T., co-directed by Aaron Posner and Teller); Sackville and Mr. Harris in The Libertine (Fools’ Theatre, directed by Eric Tucker); Mark in The Philadelphia, Kafka in Words, Words, Words, and Sir Richard Attenborough in Time Flies (Bang Theatre Collective).
Andrus Nichols *
Gertrude/Ophelia and others in Hamlet
Joan in Saint Joan
Andrus was most recently seen in Ivo Van Hove’s A View From The Bridge at The Kennedy Center in D.C. and The Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. Off-Broadway: Sense & Sensibility (Bedlam; Drama League nom., Best Revival; Off-Broadway Alliance Award winner), Hamlet, Saint Joan (Bedlam; Lucille Lortel nom., Outstanding Lead Actress; Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Revival). New York: Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, Twelfth Night, What You Will (Bedlam); Hello From Bertha (Pooks Hill); Hamlet (Shakespeare Forum); The Libertine (Fools’ Theater). Regional: Hamlet, Saint Joan (Bedlam/Olney Theatre Center/Central Square Theater; Helen Hayes and Elliot Norton noms, Outstanding Lead Actress; IRNE Award, Outstanding Visiting Performer); Hamlet (title role), Iphigenia and Other Daughters (We Players/Alcatraz Island); Julius Caesar; The Rainmaker; The Importance of Being Earnest; others. Andrus cofounded Bedlam with Eric Tucker in 2012. www.andrus-nichols.com
Tom O'Keefe *
Claudius/Rosencrantz and others in Hamlet
Cauchon/Poulengey and others in Saint Joan
Off-Broadway: Tamburlaine the Great, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan. Other New York: Dead Dog Park, Bedlam's Twelfth Night and What You Will, The Best of Everything, A Hard Wall at High Speed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Libertine. Regional: Outside Mullingar, Richard II, The Taster, Measure for Measure, From Orchids to Octopi, Humble Boy, Questa. TV: Shades of Blue, The Path, CSI, Criminal Minds, E.R., The Shield, Rules of Engagement, Drake & Josh. Film: A New Tomorrow, Avenging Angel, CrashN’Burn, Fill Your Heart with French Fries (short). BA, Pennsylvania State University. JD, Boston University School of Law. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. www.Tom-OKeefe.com
Eric Tucker *
Hamlet in Hamlet
Dunois/Warwick and others in Saint Joan
Wall Street Journal Director of the Year 2014. Off-Broadway: Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (off-Broadway Alliance Award; Lortel nom., Best Director; Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival; WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; New York Times Critics’ Pick); Bedlam’s Saint Joan (New York Times/Time Magazine top 10, Off-Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014);Bedlam’s Hamlet (New York Times top 10, Time Out NY and Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will; The Belle of Belfast. For Bedlam: Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (world premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night, What You Will (New York Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (New York Times top 10; New York Times /WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Pick), Saint Joan,and Hamlet (NYC and Tour, Elliott Norton Outstanding Visiting Production and Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top 10). Other: Sense & Sensibility (Folger); Copenhagen (Central Square Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF); The Libertine (IRNE nomination, Best Director); Hamlet (with William Hurt); Mate (The Actors’ Gang), Macbeth (Best Overall Production and Best Director noms L.A. Weekly). Eric received his MFA from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Artistic Director of Bedlam.
William Shakespeare has had plays on and off-Broadway and at theaters around the world, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear. Shakespeare wrote during the English Renaissance when theater was one of the primary forms of entertainment and new plays were all the rage (but so was bear-baiting, let’s not get carried away). As an actor and writer for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later to become the King’s Men), Shakespeare wrote for a dedicated company under the patronage of some of the most powerful nobles of his era. The new works that he and his contemporaries created continue to have an abiding influence on the drama and literature throughout the world. Shakespeare’s most recent McCarter credit is Antony & Cleopatra (2014), directed by Emily Mann. He is widely considered to be the greatest playwright in the English language.
George Bernard Shaw
(SAINT JOAN Playwright)
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856 and began his literary career as a novelist. Shaw’s early dramas include Plays Pleasant, Plays Unpleasant, Widower's Houses, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, The Man of Destiny, Man and Superman. His radical rationalism, utter disregard of conventions, keen dialectic interest, and verbal wit often turn the stage into a forum of ideas. In the plays of his later period, discussion sometimes drowns the drama (Back to Methuselah), although in the same period he worked on his masterpiece Saint Joan, in which he rewrites the well-known story of the French maiden and extends it from the Middle Ages to the present. Other important plays: Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion, Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma, Candida, and Pygmalion. Shaw's complete works appeared in 36 volumes between 1930 and 1950, the year of his death.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, Measure For Measure, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights. Shakespeare and Company: Red Velvet, The Comedy of Errors, An Unexpected Man, Sotto Voce, The Taming, Ugly Lies the Bone. Folger: As You Like It, Sense & Sensibility. Off-Broadway: The Singing Forest (New York Shakespeare Festival); Play Yourself (New York TheatreWorkshop); This Thing of Darkness, White People (Atlantic Theater Company); Hamlet, Saint Joan, New York Animals, Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, Dead Dog Park (Bedlam); Dry Land, Everything is Ours, Fish Eye (Colt Coeur). Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: 25 designs including 3C, Lady, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, The Revisionist, Saved or Destroyed. Assistant Professor, Adelphi University.
Les designs for a diverse range of live performance, spanning contemporary and Shakespearean theater, modern dance, classical ballet, and international performance art. Previous collaborations with Bedlam include Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, and New York Animals. Broadway: Wrong Mountain (Assistant), High Society (Assistant). Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater, Rattlestick Theater, P73, Theatre Row, Ensemble Studio Theatre, In Violet Rep, others. Regional: Shakespeare and Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Geva Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Triad Stage, Arden Theatre, others. Dance: White Oak Dance Project, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Joffrey Ballet. International: Centre Pompidou; La Scala; and the National Ballets of England, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Canada, and Russia. Les is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Trampas is thrilled to be collaborating again with his friends from Bedlam. In addition to choreographing the original critically acclaimed run of Bedlam’s Hamlet, his theatrical work includes Women of Will for Tina Packer and Richard III for Shakespeare Dallas. Trampas has been a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator in film and television for over 20 years. His 100 + credits include four Pirates of the Caribbean films, National Treasure, and Zombieland, among many others. Trampas was Michael Keaton’s stunt double in the film Birdman and recently joined Mr. Keaton again as his stunt double on Spider-Man: Homecoming, due in theaters next summer. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America. Complete credits can be found on IMDb.
Diane Healy *
(Production Stage Manager)
Recent NY credits: The Father, A Doll’s House (Theatre for A New Audience); Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (Mabou Mines); Perfect Arrangement (Primary Stages); Twelfth Night, What You Will, Sense & Sensibility (Bedlam); City Of (Playwrights Realm); Hit The Wall, Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre); Bill W. & Dr. Bob (Soho Playhouse). Atlantic Theater Co., LCT3, LaMama, Keen Company, The Civilians, EST. Regional: Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Oldcastle Theatre Company. Other: Dance and Theatre at Bard College, Green Mountain College, East Tennessee State University, and St. Andrew’s University.
(Director of Production)
David has worked at McCarter since 1982. As head of the Production Department he directs the Scenic, Prop, Costume, and Stage Operations personnel in their creation of physical elements and provision of backstage support for the Theater Series and McCarter’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. In addition, the 30 person production staff sees to the needs of all guest artists and companies presented at the theater each season. During David’s tenure, the department has more than 150 theater productions and thousands of presented performances to its credit. Prior to beginning his McCarter career as Technical Director, David held posts at Center Stage in Baltimore and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He received his BA from Washington University and MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Debbie joined McCarter in March 2016. Her experience spans Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, regional, and non-profit theater. Broadway: Mothers & Sons, Grace, Annie, War Horse, Hair, Merchant of Venice, Speed the Plow. Off-Broadway and London highlights: Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan, Passion Play, Merrily We Roll Along. Chicago: Founder of Roadworks Productions, with residencies at Steppenwolf & Victory Gardens. Highlights: John Barth’s The End of the Road, Lanford Wilson’s Serenading Louie, Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth, Chuck Mee’s Orestes, and Eric Bogosian's subUrbia. Ms. Bisno leads workshops at Yale, is an Advisory Member of Playwrights Realm NY, Board Member of Yale Summer Cabaret, and FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). She lives with her husband David Goldman and Portuguese Water Dog, Stella.
(Artistic Director/Resident Playwright)
Emily has overseen 150+ productions as McCarter Theatre’s multi-award-winning Artistic Director and Resident Playwright. Ms. Mann’s recent McCarter productions include: the world premieres of Bathing in Moonlight, All the Days, Baby Doll, Five Mile Lake, Antony & Cleopatra, Proof, A Delicate Balance. Other recently directed world premieres include: Danai Gurira’s The Convert; Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why; Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I. Broadway productions: A Streetcar Named Desire, Anna in the Tropics, Execution of Justice, Having Our Say. Her plays: Hoodwinked; Gloria (Steinem) Live At Lincoln Center; Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth; Execution of Justice; Still Life; Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard. Adaptations: Baby Doll, Scenes from a Marriage, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, Antigone. Most recent awards include a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts, a Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award, and the Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”
Timothy J. Shields
Timothy has served as McCarter’s Managing Director since 2009. From 1983 to 1992 he was McCarter’s Business Manager and General Manager. His professional experience includes serving as Managing Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 10 years; as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) for six; he’s held administrative positions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Denver Center Theatre Company. He’s the current President of the League of Resident Theatres [LORT] and Chair of the ArtPride NJ board. He’s served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group; Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin and has been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a BFA in Drama Production from Carnegie-Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (which partially explains his near-addiction to the Pirates and Steelers).
Bedlam is a NYC-based not-for-profit theater company under the artistic leadership of Eric Tucker. Founded in 2012, Bedlam received instant recognition for its production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan in which only four actors played over 25 characters. The company is thrilled to be performing Saint Joan in rep with Hamlet here at McCarter. Additional past shows include Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, Dead Dog Park, New York Animals, and two productions of Twelfth Night that ran in rep with each other. Bedlam’s productions have been noted as Ben Brantley’s “Critics’ Picks” for The New York Times six times, included on The New York Times “Top Ten Best Show Lists” two times, as well as those of The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine respectively. The Wall Street Journal also named Eric Tucker as “Director of the Year” in 2014. Bedlam has won two Irne Awards, two Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, and an Obie Grant. Bedlam has also been nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards, a Drama League award, and four Elliot Norton awards, winning for Best Visiting Production and Best Ensemble for Saint Joan. Bedlam also offers a free Veteran Outreach program and adult education workshops in acting, producing, and directing. Upcoming: Bedlam will present Cry Havoc! written and performed by Stephan Wolfert, directed by Eric Tucker, at the New Ohio Theatre, March-April 2017. www.bedlam.org
McCarter Theatre Center
Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Centeris one of America’s leading regional theaters and is the only organization in this country that is a professional producing theater and simultaneously a presenter of major performing artists. World premiere plays include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award - Best Play), Miss Witherspoon; The Brother/Sister Plays; Me, Myself & I; Having Our Say; The Convert; and Crowns. Other plays include Broadway productions of Translations; Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize); and Electra. McCarter is a presenter of world renowned artists such as Lang Lang, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Wynton Marsalis, David Sedaris and many others. Our education/outreach efforts serve tens of thousands through student matinees, in-school residencies, adult education classes, and more. McCarter is supported by contributions from Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, many corporations and foundations and from over 3,000 individuals. Discover more at www.mccarter.org.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
McCarter Theatre Center operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres
and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.