BY ANTON CHEKHOV
THE COMPANY THEATRE PRESENTS
DIRECTED BY CARL DEL BUONO
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS BLACKBOX
Arkadina - Jill Rittinger
Treplyov - Philip Detrick
Nina - Jess Ruby
Trigorin - Jon Froehlich
Sorin - David Munnell
Masha - Campbell McDade Clay
Polina - Erin Kate Howard
Dorn - Christopher C. Conway
Medvedenko - Rich Steele
Shamraev - Ted Wenskus
Yakov (U/S Treplyov) - Calvin Staropoli
Stage Manager - Kate Duprey
Production Manager - Jordyn Owen
Scenic/Lighting Designer - Brodie McPherson
Costume Designer - Kendall Del Buono
ABOUT THE CAST
JILL RITTINGER is thrilled to join The Company Theatre for The Seagull. A partial list of acting credits include Henrietta Swan Leavitt in Silent Sky, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Catherine in Proof, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, the title role in Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, Katharine Hepburn in the one-woman show: Tea at Five in both 2007, and 2011, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, (Blackfriars Theatre) Candy Starr in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, (JCC Centerstage) David Bowie in the staged reenactment of Bowie’s arrest in Rochester in 1976: Bowie Goes to Jail, (Eggwork Productions) Anna in Closer, Angel and Others in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, Tallulah Bankhead, in Something Cloudy, Something Clear, (Method Machine) Colette in The Hostage, (Rochester Irish Players) Amy in Amy’s View (Shipping Dock Theatre) and Miss Fischer in A Picasso with John Hertzler (Geva Theatre Center Play Reading). Recent commercial credits include: URMC, I Love New York, Planned Parenthood, Nick at Nite, and a campaign spot for Monroe County Executive, Adam Bello. Her voice may be heard in training and travel videos worldwide. Education: SUNY Fredonia-Theatre Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School, NYC-Acting Intensive. A proud graduate of the Masters in Adolescent Inclusive Education program at Nazareth College, she has taught in both Rochester and New York City. She is currently pursuing training in Intimacy Coordination for Stage and Film with IDC. She lends her time as the Victor Primary School Building Leader for The Spot, an organization providing free snacks, clothing and school supplies to students. www.thespotny.org
Gratitude to her Boys, and to Carl for his belief in possibility, and Love.
PHILIP DETRICK is beyond words over his luck to have been involved in this show with these people. Rochester credits include: Harvey Marshall in The Wisdom of Eve with The Company Theatre, Arthur de Bourgh in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q and Ensemble in The Rocky Horror Show at Blackfriars Theatre, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra with RCP at The Highland Bowl, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Shawn Keogh in Playboy of the Western World with RCP at MuCCC, and Ensemble in Geva's A Christmas Carol. Philip would like to thank his three cats Lucky, Dusty, and Ned for supporting him in his nightly theatrical endeavors.
JESS RUBY (she/her) is delighted to be making her Company Theatre debut alongside a tremendously talented cast and crew. In addition to being her second Rochester production, The Seagull also happens to be one of her all-time favorite plays. Most recently, Jess appeared in Blackfriars’ production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley as Elizabeth Darcy. In 2021 she graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Her past credits also include Lilith and Her Demons (Lilith) and All That’s Left (Girty), both original works at UArts, as well as Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Our Town (Emily Webb), and City of Angels (Gabby/Bobbi) with Porch Light Productions. Jess currently works at a local record store and is also fond of reading, hoarding yarn, and vintage fashion. She’d sincerely like to thank her husband, Alex, her parents, family, friends, and most importantly her dog, Cowboy, for endlessly cheering her on.
JON FROEHLICH is an actor, director, teacher, and writer recently transplanted to the Rochester area. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of Infinite Spark Theater Company, whose debut production premiered at Geva Theatre Centre as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival.
Before moving to Rochester, Jon lived in New York City, where he was co-founding member and artistic director of experimental theater company, Cloud of Fools, for whom he wrote, directed, acted, and led the training program. The company’s 7 productions played in NYC, and toured regionally.
He was also a founding company member of Niky Wolcz’s Theatre Kuden, with whom he performed Shakespeare, Commedia dell’Arte, Moliere, Calderon, Gertrude Stein, and original work in NYC, Germany, Italy, and Puerto Rico.
His commercial acting career included performances in independent, regional, and off-Broadway theaters, along with frequent collaborations with sister companies Caborca (Distant Star, Hamlet), Stolen Chair (The Man Who Laughs, Potion, Kill Me Like You Mean It), and Dangerous Ground (Paris Belongs to Us, Solaris), and others.
Before his move to Rochester, Jon taught movement and acting at Pace University, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Columbia University’s MFA Acting program. Currently, he teaches Movement for Actors at the University at Buffalo.
MFA Columbia University.
Jon is excited to make his debut with The Company Theatre, and dedicates his performance to his fierce Margo Crane, his fiery Popova.
DAVID MUNNELL is very excited to have this opportunity to work with one of Rochester’s most electrifying new theatre groups, The Company Theatre. This will be Mr. Munnell’s second time on stage since COVID, having performed the role of Picasso in Out of Pocket’s production of A Picasso at MUCCC in the fall of 2021. Prior to COVID, local audiences may recall Mr. Munnell’s work in the roles of Shelly in Glengarry Glen Ross, Willy in Death of a Salesman, and Robert in Proof (all at Blackfriars). In addition, one of Mr. Munnell’s favorite roles was Bev in the JCC Centerstage production of August: Osage County. In 2020, Mr. Munnell retired as the Director of the Theatre Program at RIT. Nowadays, in addition to staying involved in the local theatre community, he and his wife Micheline are enjoying retirement: sailing, gardening, traveling, and playing with their dog, Gracie.
CAMPBELL MCDADE CLAY (she/her) is beyond thrilled to be making her Company Theatre debut. She is a proud alumna of the University at Buffalo, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Performance. Recent credits include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Mary Bennet), Pipeline (Laurie), Everybody (Everybody, non-lottery), Julius Caesar (Cassius), and 45 Plays for 45 Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Benjamin Franklin). Special thanks to her family, Juan, Frieda, and Timiyah.
ERIN KATE HOWARD
CHRISTOPHER C. CONWAY hails from rural, deep East Texas, and has appeared on stages in Houston, TX and Seattle, WA. Since relocating to Rochester in 2017, he has had the great good fortune to work with Blackfriars Theater (Glengarry Glen Ross); Out of Pocket (Yankee Tavern); JCC’s CenterStage (Indecent, Tracy Jones); Rochester Community Players (Much Ado About Nothing); University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program (The Crucible); and The Company Theatre (Cell Outs, Richard II). A few favorite past roles: Larry in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Fagin in Oliver!, Moricet in the Feydeau farce 13 Rue de L'Amour, and Royce the Guard in Richard Steele’s Cell Outs. He’s tickled beyond words to be a part of this Chekhovian endeavor, and is as thrilled as all get-out to work with this amazingly talented and supportive team. Christopher is a proud member of The Company Theatre.
RICH STEELE is thrilled to be working again with The Company Theatre! He was recently seen as King Richard in Richard II. Other favorite roles include Benedick in RCP’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, Orin the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors at JCC. Rich is also the playwright of Cell Outs, a 1 act play which was produced by The Company Theatre at last year’s Fringe Fest. When he’s not onstage, you can find him teaching Theatre and Performing Arts at Eastridge High School. Rich would like to thank his cast mates for their energy and passion. He would also like to thank Carl, Kate, Kendall, and Jordyn for their warmth and dedication. Lastly, Rich would like to thank his parents, and his wonderful fiancé Amanda.
TED WENSKUS is a stage and voice actor from Rochester, NY. He has performed in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Judgment at Nuremberg, Hedda Gabbler, The Doctor’s Dilemma, and At Swim, Two Boys on stage and been featured in multi-cast productions of Dracula, Spring Awakening, and The Devil’s Disciple on audible.com. Ted is also a published playwright and has had works produced in Dubai, England, Australia, the Philippines, and throughout New York, earning a Theatre Association of New York State award for playwriting in the process. He is currently working on numerous writing, theatre, and radio drama projects (as always).
CALVIN STAROPOLI is thrilled to once again be working with the Company Theatre on this iconic play. He recently worked with them last year in their production Richard II where he played Aumerle. Other recent credits include Rochester Community Player's production of Antony & Cleopatra (Octavius Caesar), the Fringe Festival one-act play Cell Outs (Guard, Larry & Royce U/S), and OFC Creations’ A Golden Girls Christmas Carol (Various Characters). He also recently directed the murder mystery play Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine at OFC’s Old Farm Cafe. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2020 with a BFA in Acting. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support, and for the Rochester theatre community for always being so kind and welcoming.
ABOUT THE CREW
CARL DEL BUONO
SPECIAL THANKS TO: