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THE COMPANY THEATRE PRESENTS

OEDIPUS REX

SOPHOCLES'

DIRECTED BY SEAN BRITTON-MILLIGAN

FEBRUARY 15-25, 2024
THE TEMPLE THEATER

MAJOR SPONSORS

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THE NELSON B. DELAVAN FOUNDATION

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

MEDIA SPONSOR

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SEASON PARTNER

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CAST

Oedipus - Ron Dufort

Creon - Shane Blauvelt

Jocasta - Yakira Capri Coleman

Teiresias - Ian Cannioto

Messenger 1 - Charlene Beckwith

Messenger 2 - Connor McGuire

Priest/Shepherd - Adam Bresette

Chorus - Briar Rose Murphey, Courtney Mallen, and Kidane Malik

CREW

Director - Sean Britton-Milligan

Stage Manager - Grace Condon

Assistant Stage Manager - Jennifer Acosta

Dramaturg - Amy Canfield

Lighting Designer - Matt Oliner

Sound Engineer - Erik Wheater

Sound Designer - Sean Britton-Milligan

Costume Designer - Celeste Clauson

Scenic Designer - Sean Britton-Milligan

Master Carpenter - Kelly Flegel

Carpenters - Scott Lancer, Jimmy Stahl, Erik Wheater, Angel Garcia, Grace Condon, Jennifer Acosta and Cast

Scenic Artists - Sean Britton-Milligan, Angel Garcia, Jennifer Acosta

ASL INTERPRETERS

Alison Child & Reina Castro (Sat. 2/17)

Jaide Winant, Eliana Soto, & Abby Hill (Sun. 2/18)

ABOUT THE CAST

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RON DUFORT (OEDIPUS) is delighted to return to The Company Theatre stage, after appearing in last years’ The Man Who Came To Dinner (Ernest W. Stanley) and Spring Awakening (Adult Man). Other recent local credits include Spamalot (Sir Bedevere et al.) and 1984 (Winston Smith) with Blackfriars Theatre, and The Three Musketeers (Porthos) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nick Bottom) with The Open Road Theatre. Ron can also be seen in many independent feature films and shorts, including a few recent favorites: Aliens on Acid (a sci-fi buddy dramedy), Cadenza (not the first musical about a bank robbery that Ron’s found himself in), and the YouTube horror series Serial, locally produced by Coleman Brothers Films (just beginning its second season!). Also a member of The Company Theatre’s board of directors, Ron is immensely proud to be part of this dynamic and talented group which continues to bring amazing theater opportunities to the Rochester community.

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SHANE BLAUVELT (CREON) is excited to be in his first production with The Company Theatre. He would like to thank all of those who have supported himself as well as the company and made tonight possible.

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YAKIRA CAPRI COLEMAN (JOCASTA) is a Rochester born and raised actress, singer, songwriter, and poet. She's been in multiple shows, notably Ragtime at the JCC, Once on this Island at Blackfriars and festivals including the 2022 Rochester Puerto Rican Fest,. When Yakira isn't on the stage, she is Directing Eastridge’s Vocal Performance Program, relaxing with her puppy, going to Karaoke or just spending time with friends. Her past shows include Blackfriars 2023 production of Once On This Island (ensemble, Awge U/S)  The Jewish Community Center of Rochester's TYKES 2022 Production of Llama Llama Red Pajama (Mama Llama)and 2023’s production of Giraffes Can’t Dance (Elephant), RIT/National Technical institute for the Deaf’s 2022 production of In The Heights (Camila), Rochester’s 2022 Puerto Rican Festival, Blackfriars 2021 production of Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ), JCC’s 2019 production of Newsies (Miss Medda Larkin), JCC’s 2017 production of Bring It On (Danielle) and Blackfriars Theater’s 2015 Production of Beehive: The 60’s Musical (Self, Tina Turner). She’d like to thank Director Sean Britton-Milligan for giving her the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone, as well as Ian Cannioto and Marianna Tonas for being an amazing support.

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IAN CANNIOTO (TEIRESIAS) is joining The Company Theatre for his second show and his first live play EVER so he is ecstatic to be a part of Oedipus Rex. Previously he was in the Company Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Spring Awakening as Hanschen. Other favorite credits include Blackfriars Once On This Island (Daniel), TYKEs Llama Llama Red Pajama (Llama), Sunday Stages 35mm (Voice 3) and MCCs A Gentlemans Guide To Love And Murder (D’Ysquith Family). A special shout-out to his ride or dies, Emily, Kidane, Kira and Marianna for being his rock and to the ultimate ride or die, his mommy. Love you all! Enjoy the show!

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CHARLENE BECKWITH (MESSENGER 1) is excited to make her debut with The Company Theatre! Other past roles include: As You Like It (Audrey), Over The River and Through The Woods (Caitlin), The Misanthrope (Basque), Spongebob (Featured Sardine), A Calamari Out of Water (Meg), and Carousel (Star Keeper/Dr. Seldon). When not on stage, Charlene can be found working at the RPO as their Director of Ticketing. She would like to thank Sean for the wonderful opportunity to work with such an amazing cast and crew. She would also like to thank her friends, family, and especially her boyfriend Andrew for all of the love and support!

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CONNOR MCGUIRE (MESSENGER 2) is delighted to return to The Company Theatre once again after playing Sandy/Radio Man in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Green in Richard II! Other recent roles include Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity (OFC Creations) and Ike Skidmore in Oklahoma! (Webster Theatre Guild). By day, Connor can be found working as an environmental toxicologist, using his expertise of science to solve problems in human health and environmental chemical exposure. Connor would like to thank Sean and Grace and the rest of the production team for enabling this wonderful experience, as well as his friends, family, loving husband Joshua and of course his two cats, Zephyr and Agatha for all of their support!

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ADAM BRESETTE (PRIEST/SHEPHERD) is more than happy to do his second show at The Company Theater. He was last seen in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Baker). A few of his favorite past performances are Bullets Over Broadway (Mitch/Hot Dog Man) {Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theater}, Another Sunday (Lewis) {Fringe}, Spring Awakening (Georg) {Monroe Community College}, and Flour City Interactive ROC Garden (H.H Warner) {Fringe}. He attended Monroe Community College and got his degree in theater arts there. Adam is an avid open mic performer in the area, even making it on the poster at Lovin’ Cup. When he is not performing, he loves to watch movies, travel, play video games and spend time with his friends and family. He would like to thank Sean and Grace for giving him this amazing opportunity, along with thanking the cast and crew for all of their heard work and dedication, and he thanks his family and friends for all of their love and support, “I wouldn’t be here without them.”

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BRIAR-ROSE MURPHY (CHORUS 1) is thrilled to make her debut with The Company Theatre! A bit of a theatrical jack of all trades, her favorite recent projects have included directing the original play Gardenias at OFC Creations; writing and directing her original one-act Good Intentions at Everyone’s Theater Company; and getting back into her love of improv at The Focus Theater. When not in a theater, you can find Briar working as an event producer, bartending at Geva, or rambling to herself in French as she tries to keep her language skills sharp. Briar would like to thank castmate Connor McGuire for his encouragement to join the production; Sean and Grace for all of their hard work; and her mother for all of her support!

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KIDANE MALIK (CHORUS 2) is an actor born and raised in Rochester. Kidane is thrilled to make his Company Theatre debut with this fantastic production of Oedipus Rex as a member of the Greek Chorus! He has loved being in several shows since he started acting, nearly ten years ago; some favorites include Almost, Maine (Pete/Jimmy/Director), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Lord Montague “Monty” D’Ysquith Navarro), and Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince). While he's not onstage, you can find him teaching art to begrudging middle schoolers, playing with fresh-cut flowers, or wishing he was curled up, under a tree, with a fat book and a sweet breeze. He'd like to thank the director, Sean, for this incredible opportunity and all his tireless work on the many facets of this project, as well as the Stage Manager, Grace for her willingness to put in time with him and his fellow choral folk! He’s also thankful for all those involved in the wonderful production, his supportive family and friends, and especially his beloved partner, Em, whose love he is blessed to bask in every day. A special shoutout to Heather for inspiring him to join the most ancient and ever-heightened Dance of Voices :)

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COURTNEY MALLEN (CHORUS 3) is thrilled to debut at The Company Theatre, a year after moving to Rochester from Austin, Texas, where she took a several-year acting hiatus to earn a graduate degree in architecture. Past favorite roles are Frosty Moons in Adult Entertainment (Director’s Circle Theater, Erie PA) and Chris in The Exorcist (Roadhouse Theatre, Erie PA). In her daily life she is a communications director, designing branding and strategy for an architecture nonprofit. Courtney is so grateful to Sean and Grace for this incredible opportunity, fellow chorus members Briar and Kidane for their teamwork and inspiration, partner Justin for endless line readings, reassurance, and tasty snacks, and her two cats, Special Agent Dale Cooper and Moppa who did absolutely nothing. 

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ABOUT THE CREW

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SEAN BRITTON-MILLIGAN (DIRECTOR) is one of the Founding Members and Executive Director of The Company Theatre. His most recent directing credits include PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER (Geneva High School), SPRING AWAKENING (The Company Theatre), CABARET (GTG), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (GTG), NEXT TO NORMAL (SUNY Fredonia), and BENT (SUNY Fredonia). He also most recent was awarded a TANYS Outstanding Direction and Production Concept for the Geneva Theatre Guild's production of CABARET in 2022. In addition to Directing, he has worked on over 50+ productions as an Actor, Set Designer, Lighting Designer and more. He would like to thank this stellar cast and crew for bringing this vision to life that has been in the making since 2014!

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GRACE CONDON (STAGE MANAGER) is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work on her second production at The Company Theatre since graduating from SUNY Fredonia with her B.A. in Theatre Arts, previously as Assistant Stage Manager for The Company Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet  While she has worked in many different capacities in the theatre, her focus is stage management. She has several ASM credits including Silent Sky, Beatrice and Benedict, and Indecent, and has most recently stage managed the SUNY Fredonia Mainstage production of Our Town. She wants to thank Sean for providing this opportunity to her and trusting her to aid in his vision for this production, Jennifer for her kindness and willingness to help in any way she can, and all the cast and crew for welcoming her with open arms. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their undying support and especially her best friend, Jimmy, for introducing her to the incredible team at The Company Theatre.

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JENNIFER ACOSTA (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is excited to be a part of their second production with The Company Theatre. She would like to thank Grace and the production team for all of their help and support during the production. 

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AMY CANFIELD (DRAMATURG) is delighted to be dramaturg for her second production with The Company Theatre.  She most recently served as dramaturg for The Man Who Came to Dinner and has previously been dramaturg for Screenplays, The Kingfisher Theater, Bread and Water Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, and the New American Theatre.   Amy is also an actor, director, and playwright.  She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism from The Ohio State University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

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THANKS TO OUR DONORS:

PREMIERE ($1000+):

THE NELSON B. DELAVAN FOUNDATION

GENESEE VALLEY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY ARTS FOUNDATION LGBT+ GIVING CIRCLE

FRANK AND CHRISTINE MILLIGAN

LEADING ($500+):

DAVID MUNNELL

RON DUFORT

SUSAN MURAD

NEW YORK KITCHEN

BILLSBORO WINERY

STEVE AND CINDY DUPREY

MAJOR ($250+):

JONATHAN ROSENFELD

DAVID RUNZO

COLE AND BARBARA RUBY

SALLY MILLICK

WEGMANS

CANANDAIGUA QUICK PRINT

YOUNG AND COMPANY

DENISE BARTALO

SUPPORTING ($100+):

JIM JORDAN

SARA PENNER

PETER ELLIOTT

RICK STAROPOLI

DORIS AND GREG LUDEK

CHRISTOPHER C. CONWAY

EMILY PUTNAM

SCOTT AND JULIE SHRINER

DIANE SPACHER

LOU CINELLI

MEMBER ($50+):

JUDY MOLNER

JAEL LOPEZ

JESS RUBY

CHUCK STAROPOLI

JILL RITTINGER

SEAN BRITTON-MILLIGAN

THOMAS MUNDELL

PARKLEIGH

PATRON ($5+):

CONNIE NEER

MARY KITZEL

MARY HOFFMAN

LILIANA BRAUN

JANET PECK

JES SUTTON

JONATHAN JORDAN

CHRIS MCCORMACK

NIK BARON

BARBARA STAROPOLI

JON FROEHLICH

CONNIE NEER

ANNABETH MCGOVERN

DARA LUBIN

DONALD FRIDAY

KATE KREMER

SEEMA THERUVI

ELIZABETH STEELE

KATHLEEN ROTH

GLEN EGLI

SAMMI COHEN

JOAN MOUNTAIN

JESSIC BERLET

KIT PRELEWITZ

LUIS SANCHEZ

CHARLES STAROPOLI

JAMES GORDON

IAN PATTERSON

DIANA CARTER

BARBARA MARKOWETZ-KUIPERS

ANDIE GRAHAM

JONATHAN BINSTOCK

GABRIELA LOPEZ

GEORGE STEELE

MARION OWEN

DAVID KENSEK

SANDRA BUDIMIR

ERIC JOHNSON

ROGER PALMA

SARA PETERS

KELLY YOHO

DAVID GARRETSON

PAMELA DAVIS

SUSAN ASER

CRAIG ZICARI

SALLY COHEN

SANDRA WEBER

DANA OSTERLING

DIANE CHEVRON

KATHLEEN LACY-KRUPP

DARYL DEAR CUBITT

ALEXA SCOTT-FLAHERTY

SUSAN SHARKEY

DANIEL MEJAK

KRISTASHA MATEO

SARAH PETERS

IVELISSE NIEVES

ALANA CARTER

MARAGRET AND DAVE BURNS

EDIE STEELE

Any errors or omissions are purely accidental. Please email info@thecompanytheatreroc.org with corrections.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO:

BILLSBORO WINERY

THE TEMPLE THEATER

GENESEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GEVA THEATRE CENTER

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

THEATREROCS

AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DONORS AND PATRONS WHO HAVE JOINED US THUS FAR AND FOR THE MANY SEASONS TO COME.

THANK YOU!

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