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RICHARD II

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

THE COMPANY THEATRE PRESENTS

DIRECTED BY CARL DEL BUONO

OCTOBER 14-30
THE TEMPLE THEATRE LOFT

CAST

Richard - Rich Steele

Queen - Jael Lopez

Gaunt/Northumberland - Christopher C. Conway

York - Matt Ames

Duchess of York/Berkeley/Surrey - Erin Kate Howard

Bolingbroke - Ged Owen

Aumerle - Calvin Staropoli

Duchess of Gloucester/Bishop of Carlisle - Ariana Kizu Rivera

Mowbray/Salisbury/Exton - Evan Miller Watelet

Bagot/Keeper - Tyler Lucero

Bushy/Lady - Prophet-Elu Andazola

Green/Lady - Connor McGuire

Henry Percy - Liz Preston

Gloucester/Ross/Abbot - Lauren MacDonough

Gardener/Willoughby - Ben Gillooly

Scroop/Fitzwater/Gardener - Adam Urbanic

CREW

Assistant Director - Philip Detrick

Stage Manager - Kate Duprey

Assistant Stage Manager - Jordyn Owen

Lighting Designer/Set Design - Brodie McPherson

Costume Designer - Kendall Del Buono / Jordyn Owen

Sound Design - Carl Del Buono

Production Photographer - Michelle Blake

ABOUT THE CAST

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RICHARD STEELE is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Company Theatre production! His one act play Cell Outs was recently produced by The Company Theatre at FRINGE, and some recent local acting credits include Benedick in RCP's Much Ado About Nothing, Orin in JCC's Little Shop of Horrors, and Pompey in the Highland Bowl production of Antony & Cleopatra. Rich would like to thank Kate and Carl for the opportunity to portray such a wonderful role, as well as all of the cast and crew who bring this show to life. Additionally, Rich would like to thank his parents, and his partner Amanda for their love and support.

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GED OWEN is a BFA Musical Theatre graduate from Nazareth College. Recent credits: Terrence the Blood Mage in Cell Outs, Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, and Dogberry in Much Ado. Up next you can catch Ged continuing his role as Terrence The Blood Mage in a web series releasing in the near future! He would like to give a very special thank you to his wife, Jordyn Rose, for her support and for joining on the team as ASM.

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JAEL LOPEZ, is a theater enthusiast who finally decided to stop watching and started acting.  Playing Iras in Antony and Cleopatra was so much fun, she decided to continue. She wants to thank everyone that comes out to see this provocative and seasonally appropriate production; in the words of the king: " Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs."

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CALVIN STAROPOLI is honored and excited to be able to participate in another amazing Company Theatre production! His most recent performance was at this year's Fringe Festival where he played Larry in Cell Outs. Some other recent acting credits include Antony & Cleopatra (Octavius Caesar), The Grapes of Wrath (Floyd), and OFC Creation’s A Golden Girls Christmas Carol (Various Characters). He also directed a production of Almost, Maine at OFC last year. He would like to give thanks to his family for their endless support, and to Carl, Kate, Phil, and the whole cast and crew for all the amazing work they’ve done, and for being wonderful to work with!

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EVAN J. MILLER is beyond excited to be a part of The Company Theatre’s first official production. Having worked with Carl, Kate, and Brodie on both Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), and Antony and Cleopatra (Menas, Proculeius), he is absolutely certain this will be another marvelous production. He send special thanks to his mother for passing on her love of theatre, to Mark Brummit for his instruction in understanding and giving life to Shakespeare, and Michelle Blake for being a wonderful partner in both theatre and life.

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MATT AMES is Associate Professor of Theater/Dance at Nazareth College, where he teaches a wide range of subjects including Theater History and Acting in Shakespeare, which makes this project particularly enjoyable. Locally, Matt has appeared at Blackfriars as Hank in The Unbearable Sound of Right Now, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie, at JCC as the appalling Steve in August Osage County, with Rochester Community Players in Highland Park as Claudius in Hamlet, and as crappy lawyer Luther Rosser in Parade at Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival. At Naz he has directed over a dozen shows, beginning with 2007’s Shape of Things and Curse of the Starving Class, currently in rehearsal. Matt would like to most VOCIFEROUSLY thank Carl and his fellow cast members for their patience while this older actor “with such gentle sorrow” shook the dust off his brain. Much love to his lads and their very supportive mom, and most importantly to his muse, KJU, whose voice is always in his heart. I love you.

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CHRISTOPHER C. CONWAY is a native of rural, deep East Texas, and has performed on stages in Houston, Seattle, and Rochester. Last seen in The Company Theatre’s Fringe Festival offering Cell Outs, he has appeared locally with JCC CenterStage (Tracy Jones, Indecent)  Blackfriars (Glengarry Glen Ross) Out of Pocket (Yankee Tavern) and Rochester Community Players (Much Ado About Nothing). Some favorite previous roles include: Larry in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Fagin in Oliver! and Moricet in the Feydeau farce 13 Rue de L'Amour. Look for him later this year in the University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program’s production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. He thanks the entire Richard II team for their warm support. Christopher is a proud member of The Company Theatre.

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TYLER LUCERO is excited to bring his favorite Shakespeare play to life with his friends at the new Company Theatre. He appeared last year with much of the Company team in the Rochester Community Players’ Much Ado About Nothing as Borachio, and as Ferdinand in RCP’s Highland Bowl production of The Tempest. Among his favorite roles has been playing Lucentio in Wallbyrd Theatre Company’s 2018 circus-themed The Taming of the Shrew… See a theme?: Tyler hopes to see or perform in every Shakespeare play live, with this production being his seventeenth of (about) thirty-nine! To “those loved ones nearest / the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched / in the footlight glow”, he gives his most generous thanks.

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ADAM URBANIC is a Rochester-based actor and stage manager, and longtime collaborator with the wonderful team behind the new Company Theatre! Recent credits include The Zoo Story and Bardbending, both with Wallbyrd Theatre Co. for the Rochester Fringe Festival, and Much Ado About Nothing with Rochester Community Players. You can next catch him onstage in his sixth season with Geva Theatre Center's A Christmas Carol. All thanks to his friends and family, who generously forgive his mad schedule and constant refrain of "sorry, I have rehearsal that night," and try to spend time with him anyway.

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CONNOR MCGUIRE is delighted to join the Company Theatre’s production of Richard II! This is Connor’s first theatrical production in the Rochester area, as well as his first foray into Shakespeare. Some of Connor’s favorite previous credits include Elmira College’s productions of Noises Off! (Garry/Roger), Scapino (Leandro), Ordinary Days (Jason), The Night of the Iguana (Nonno) and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene). Connor is an environmental toxicologist and holds graduate degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Connor thanks the cast and crew of Richard II for being so welcoming and supportive, as well as his friends, family, cats, and partner Joshua, for all their love and encouragement.

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BEN GILLOOLY is quite excited to continue his work with The Company Theatre’s inaugural season, and thrilled to be diving back into another Shakespeare production. You may have seen him recently at Fringe Fest, in the premiere of Cell Outs as Taylor and Terrence. You may have even caught him stomping around the Highland Bowl in the summer, as Alexas in RCP’s Antony & Cleopatra. Ben would like to extend his sincere gratitude to his partner Lexi for her unwavering support, to his cat Frances for her unending cuteness, and to you for supporting local art by local artists! Enjoy the show!

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LAUREN MACDONOUGH, is honored to play Lord Gloucester/Lord Ross/Abbot in The Company Theatre's production of Richard II. Lauren has performed professionally and locally for 10+ years in theatre and film. Her highlights include Lady Macbeth in 2019 with Rochester Shakespeare Players, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in 2017 with Pittsford Musicals, and The Pigeon in Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus in 2022 with TYKEs. When not onstage, Lauren works in marketing and teaches WerQ dance fitness at the JCC. She would like to thank the cast and crew for welcoming her with open arms and her family and friends for their unwavering support.

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LIZ PRESTON, is so excited to be a part of one of the first shows for The Company Theatre. They recently graduated from Robert Wesleyan College where they co-founded the student theatre production department, featuring such shows as Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby and The Library. Some of their favorite shows include Pride & Prejudice (Jane Bennet),
Peter Pan (Wendy), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), Lord of the Flies (Ralph), The Library (Caitlin), The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe (Susan Pevensie), Antony & Cleopatra (Eros) and West Side Story (Minnie). They recently made their film debut in local Buffalo horror production Viscera (Carmen). They would like to dedicate this production to their parents, who have always supported them in their love of theatre. Enjoy the show!

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ERIN KATE HOWARD, previously appeared as Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra with Rochester Community Players and in the 24 hours Plays as Halloween with Writers & Books at The Rochester International Fringe Festival, at JCC Centerstage as Tracy Jones in the world premiere of Stephen Kaplan’s Tracy Jones and in the regional premiere of Gloria: A Life in the role of Gloria Steinem. At Blackfriars Silent Sky (Annie Jump Cannon), Twelfth Night (Olivia).  Erin-Kate has an MFA in acting from Catholic University of America.

ABOUT THE CREW

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CARL DEL BUONO As one of the Founding Artistic Directors of The Company Theatre, Carl is committed to bringing audiences offerings of the highest level of artistic engagement, while also creating a holistic space for performers to learn, grow, and excel. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Carl has been a staple of theatres all over New York State, especially here in Rochester. As a director, his most recent production of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2021) was a breakout success, lauded by artists and audiences alike as one of the best pieces of classic theatre produced in this area in years.

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PHILIP DETRICK has had immense joy working with Carl and the rest of the production team and cast on this production. Recently, Philip directed "Cell Outs" by Richard Steele, produced by The Company Theatre for the Rochester Fringe Festival. Rochester Acting Credits: Antony in RCPs "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Highland Bowl, Shawn Keogh in "Playboy of the Western World" and Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing" with RCP, "Forbidden Broadway" with OFC and Princeton/Rod in "Avenue Q" with Blackfriars Theatre. Philip thanks his boys for letting him put food in the bowl between work and theatre and asking no more from him.

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JORDYN OWEN is very excited to be joining The Company Theater for their inaugural season. This is the first production Jordyn has worked on and she is looking forward to working with the fantastic cast and crew again. She would like to thank the cast and crew for welcoming her with open arms, her family and husband, Ged Owen, for their constant support and encouragement.