Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos

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Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
William Shakespeare’s

DIRECTED BY   Guillermo Cienfuegos
 February 5–March 12, 2023
Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
We are excited and grateful that you have joined us for one of
Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing—a title that is
the crowning definition of our season’s theme, “Daring to Love.” Irresistibly
charming and bursting with wit, the production will leave you wanting to
come back. And speaking of Shakespeare! Don’t miss Lauren Gundersen’s
The Book of Will—a comic detective story detailing the trials and
tribulations of his three closest friends as they conspire to create the first
collection of his work. And to round out a spring of great theatre, Manuel
Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman.

And now—Much Ado About Nothing!


Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

Cover photo by Daniel Reichert (L to R) Joshua Bitton and Erika Soto. Photo above of Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott by Daniel
Reichert. Background pattern artwork by Dennis S. Juett & Associates Inc.
Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
Photo by Christopher Alvarez.

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Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
Much Ado
About Nothing
Play by    William Shakespeare
Directed by     Guillermo Cienfuegos
James & Trevessa Terrile
Chris Burt & Tieu-My Nguyen
Leilani Jones Wilmore
Z. Clark Branson Foundation
Lawrence & Patricia Sparks

Scenic Designer   Angela Balogh Calin†
Costume Designer     Christine Cover Ferro
Lighting Designer    Ken Booth
Sound Designer    Chris Moscatiello†
Properties Designer   Stephen Taylor
Wigs & Makeup Designer    Tony Valdes
Stage Manager   Chloe Willey*
Assistant Stage Manager   Raven Chatt*
Dramaturg    Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad
Choreography    Joyce Guy
Text Coach   Susan Wilder
Light Board Operator   Jacob Padilla
Run Crew   Bryan Tiglio
Assistant Director   Rachel Berney Needleman

Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
Beatrice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Erika Soto*
Benedick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joshua Bitton*
John/Verges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rafael Goldstein*
Don “The Prince” Pedro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frederick Stuart*
Claudio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Stanley Andrew Jackson*
Hero. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Hellquist
Margaret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeanne Syquia*
Balthasar/Ursula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nick Petroccione
Leonato. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Pasqualini*
Dogberry/Antonio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wesley Mann*
Conrade/Friar Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Randy Thompson
Borachio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Uribes*
Ensemble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Alejandro Hernandez
Ensemble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Arely Vianet

                  RUNTIME: 2 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES
   Beatrice: Kodi Jackman*, John/Verges/Borachio: Will
    Block*, Don “The Prince” Pedro: Justin Blanchard*,
 Margaret: Nicole Ohara, Dogberry/Antonio: Bert Emmett*,
Leonato: Edgar Landa*, Balthasar/Ursula: Mitchell Lam Hau,
             Hero: Carene Rose Mekertichyan*,
                Benedick: Rafael Goldstein*

            Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission
                   and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

                     † Designer is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE.
                     * Represented by the Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
                        and Stage Managers in the United States.

Photo by Daniel Reichert. Erika Soto.                                                                    2023 SPRING 5
Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
The play opens at the house of Leonato, Governor of Messina, in Sicily,
shortly after the liberation of Sicily in 1943 during World War II. Don Pedro,
a British-born, American film star whose best known movie is “The Prince,”
has just arrived in Messina. Because his chief role is to maintain troop
morale, he has seen little fighting action but makes a splashy entrance.
Among those joining him are his good friends, Claudio, a young soldier,
and Benedick, an older soldier who is a close friend to both. Leonato, with
his daughter, Hero, and his quick-witted niece, Beatrice, welcome the men.
Beatrice and Benedick resume the “merry war” of clever wordplay that is
typical of their dynamic.
Claudio tells Benedick and Don Pedro that he loves Hero, and Don offers to
facilitate the match. Benedick insists that he will never marry; later, Beatrice
says the same about herself. At a masked ball, Don Pedro wins Hero as
Claudio’s wife, despite the efforts of Don’s troublemaking half-brother,
John, to interfere. Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato devise a trick to make
Benedick think that Beatrice is secretly in love with him, while Hero and
her waiting-women, Margaret and Ursula, trick Beatrice into thinking that
Benedick is secretly in love with her.
John’s henchmen, Borachio and Conrade, suggest another way that
Claudio’s nuptials can be disrupted: Borachio proposes that because he
and Margaret are lovers, he can trick her into appearing at Hero’s window
to admit him into the bedchamber. John contrives to have Don Pedro
and Claudio watch from a distance, and they are both deceived. Later,
Borachio is overheard by the incompetent local watch, led by the bumbling
Constable Dogberry, boasting about the deception. The watch arrest
Borachio and Conrade.
Next day, at the wedding, Claudio denounces Hero at the altar as a whore.
Hero collapses in anguish, the soldiers depart, and the friar advises the
others to spread a rumor that Hero has died, to allow them time to discover
the truth. Beatrice and Benedick find themselves alone and confess their
love for each other.
The plot unravels when word arrives that John has fled Messina. Borachio
confesses the scheme to Don Pedro and Claudio, who begs Leonato’s
forgiveness. Leonato demands that Claudio marry his brother Antonio’s
“daughter.” At the wedding, the women appear masked, and Hero
eventually reveals herself to the penitent Claudio. Beatrice and Benedick
attempt to deny their love for each other, but when presented with the
sonnets that each has written to the other, they confess their love and
cheerfully agree to marry, to everyone’s delight.
*This Synopsis and Character Map reflect the specific setting of Director Guillermo Cienfuegos’s
  production at A Noise Within. Shakespeare’s plays continue to speak to audiences in part
  because they can be adapted to many different locales and time periods.

Audience members can learn more about this season’s plays by visiting the Audience Guide at

Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos

     Governor of Messina, father to Hero,
                                                                          Brother of Leonato.
    and a participant in the scheme to get
     Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love.

                         ♦                                        Cousin to Hero, niece to Leonato and
                                                                Antonio, and eventual lover of Benedick.
                      Hero                                     She is intelligent and sharp-tongued, with
       Daughter to Leonato and cousin to                        a pleasant personality and a good sense
    Beatrice, Hero is known for her beauty                     of humor. She and Benedick verbally spar
    and her gentle temperament. She falls          ♦          throughout the play, and Beatrice regularly
      in love with Claudio, but he publicly                  announces her dislike of love and her desire
     disgraces her at their wedding. She is                    never to marry. However, due to a scheme
   also a participant in the scheme to make                  devised by Don Pedro, she ends up falling in
       Beatrice and Benedick fall in love.                                  love with Benedick.

                      ♥                                                            ♥
                                                                 Soldier and friend to Don Pedro and
    Soldier and friend to Don Pedro, Claudio
                                                       ■     eventual lover of Beatrice. He is a match for
   immediately falls in love with Hero and is
                                                              Beatrice in intelligence and wit and boasts
   about to marry her when he is tricked by
                                                               about his intentions to remain a bachelor
 John into thinking she has been unfaithful. He
                                                             forever. He is caught up in Don Pedro’s plot,
  is also a participant in the scheme to make
                                                               however, and ends up falling in love with
        Beatrice and Benedick fall in love.
                                                                   Beatrice by the end of the play.

        One of Hero’s serving women.                                           Don Pedro
                                                             A British-born, American film star whose best
                                                                known movie is “The Prince.” A friend of
                   Margaret                                   Leonato’s, Don Pedro is a celebrity member
         One of Hero’s serving women                           of the American forces who sees minimal
        and lover to Borachio. He tricks                     fighting action but who assists in keeping up
        her into becoming an unwitting                         troop morale. He helps Claudio woo Hero,
       accomplice in the plot to destroy                       and he participates in the scheme to trick
        Hero and Claudio’s relationship.                       Beatrice and Benedick into falling in love.
                                                             Misled by his half-brother John’s plot, he joins
                                                             Claudio in humiliating Hero, but he also helps
                                 ♥                               to make amends for his poor judgment.

    Follower of John, lover to Margaret,
  and major player in the plot to destroy
   Hero and Claudio’s relationship. He is
                                                               Half-brother to Don Pedro and the play’s
 ultimately caught out when he drunkenly
                                                                chief villain. John is unwilling to accept
    confesses his scheming to Conrade.
                                                   ■           the forgiveness and camaraderie offered
                                                               by Don Pedro. Instead, John devises and
                                                              oversees the plan to destroy the happiness
                                                                           of Hero and Claudio.
        Follower and friend of John.

                Dogberry                                                             Witty musician and
                                                           Dogberry’s second
   Constable and head of the watch in                                                 attendant of Don
                                                             in command.
   Messina. While dedicated to his job,
                                                  ■                                 Pedro. His song “Sigh
 Dogberry has the habit of misusing words,                                           No More” highlights
  making him a source of amusement and                                               double standards in
                                                       Father Francis              how infidelity is viewed
    confusion for the other characters.
                                                         A priest.                 in men versus women.

Symbol Key:   ♦ Family       ♥ lovers or married       ■   employees
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Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos

Q: T
    his is your directorial debut at A Noise Within, welcome by the way.
   Can you share with us your journey before ANW?

A: I’ve been working as an actor (under my given name Alex Fernandez)
    in theatre, film, television and voice-over since 1990, when I graduated
    from the training program at the American Conservatory Theatre. I’ve
    been directing plays under the name Guillermo Cienfuegos for over 20
    years, mostly in the intimate theatre scene in Los Angeles at venues such
    as Pacific Resident Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, The Blank Theatre
    Company and at Rogue Machine where I currently serve as Co-Artistic
    Director. I also directed outside of LA at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in
    Ashland and at NYC’s 59E59 Theatre off-Broadway. I’ve been fortunate to
    have received awards recognition for my work, including the Ovation and
    Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for my production of Henry V.

Q: M
    uch Ado About Nothing has been adapted into films and continues to
   be popular in theatres across the country. What was it about Much Ado
   that attracted you to the story?

A: W
    ell, it’s obviously a wonderful play, so for me it starts with that.
   Anytime I get a chance to work on a great play like this with a talented
   and engaged group of actors, I jump at it. What really hooked me was
   that Julia and Geoff attached the theme ‘Daring To Love’ to this ANW
   season. That really speaks to me—and directly to what I think this play is
   about. It’s a terrifying thing to love someone, to let yourself be loved. But
   it’s worth it. I think there’s a lot heartfelt and hilarious potential in the
   struggle with whether or not to make yourself vulnerable to that.

Q: Y
    our adaptation of Much Ado takes place in World War II Italy, after
   the liberation of Sicily. What was the motivation behind setting our
   story here?

A: T
    he play features a company of soldiers returning victoriously from some
   unnamed military action. I wanted to give that some specificity that
   would resonate with American audiences—and setting it during World
   War II would play on the nostalgia that many of us feel towards the
   iconic images and clothing and music of that era. I also wanted to set it
   in a Sicily that was now ready for celebration and joy after having been
   under a dark cloud for so long.

Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
Q: In a meeting with the A Noise Within staff, you mentioned that
    music will play a part in your production. How do you use music as a
    storytelling device? And what inspired you to choose this selection of
    music to help you tell the story?

A: I intend to utilize the wonderful music of that swing era as well as great
    Italian music of the period throughout in transitions from scene to scene.
    We will also have some live music in the production—and the masked
    dance that appears in the script will be transformed into a fun Italian
    Tarantella. I hope the music will capture the hope that the characters are
    taking a chance to feel—and it’s MY hope that the music will translate as
    joy to the audience.

Q: S
    omething else you mentioned in our meeting is that you “like to
   make a mess” Can you explain what that means in term of directing or
   cultivating your creative vision for a project?

A: I think with the staging of theatre the attempt too often is to grab
    hold of every single aspect and every single moment and squeeze it
    into submission, in order to utterly control the outcome. To make it
    perfect. Life is just not like that. This work is the art of recreating human
    behavior, human emotion, human impulse, human folly—and there’s
    nothing perfect about any of that. It’s extremely messy. Acting is actually
    the art of imperfection. It’s not that I don’t want to rehearse—it’s a
    composed piece of art after all and each moment in one of my shows
    has been specifically composed. I just love it when a play feels like it’s
    possibly going to fall apart at any moment—but doesn’t. It feels like it’s
    all really happening. Like it’s inevitable. So right or wrong, I like to get
    into a room with a script, and a group of actors, and just make a mess

Q: Y
    ou have shared with us some of your plans for Much Ado About
   Nothing. What are you most excited about seeing come to life on

A: W
    e’re taking on a rather bold physical staging that I hope will be exciting
   and whimsical and definitely messy. Some of the choices we’ve made
   with the characters will perhaps not be what an audience is expecting
   in a Shakespeare production. Frankly, I’m excited to see if the mess I’m
   creating will actually work!

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Much Ado About Nothing - February 5-March 12, 2023 DIRECTED BY Guillermo Cienfuegos
Queen Elizabeth I made history          be allowed to inherit her family’s
when she famously decided not to        property. This, however, was often
marry, making her the first woman       deemed socially unacceptable. As
to rule England as a sole monarch.      a result, families frequently went
While Elizabeth’s radical decision      out of their way to procure male
to rule without a husband heralded      heirs to prevent the eldest daughter
some degree of hope for progress        from inheriting, even if that meant
regarding women’s rights, women         passing an inheritance to a very
in Elizabethan England were still far   distant relation.
from equal to men.
                                        Since women did not own or inherit
To begin, women were granted            property, nearly all women in the
significantly fewer opportunities       Elizabethan Era married. Marriage
to receive an education. While          was an essential aspect of society,
some girls, typically girls of higher   and thus many social and legal
social status, could attend grammar     codes governing marriage practices
school, they were not allowed to        existed. Before the Elizabethan Era,
attend university or work in any        marriages often functioned solely as
professional field. Much of a young     alliances between families in order
woman’s education centered on           to protect or advance a family’s
how she might be a proper wife          wealth and social status. While
and mother, and many only learned       marriages still often functioned
to read so they could properly          like this during the Elizabethan
understand the Bible.                   Era, a new law was passed in 1604,
                                        allowing a man and a woman to
According to the laws of the            marry without the consent of either
time, women could not own or            person’s parents. This slight shift
inherit property, fundamentally         in laws and practices allowed for
excluding them from achieving any       a bit more marital freedom, which
kind of financial independence.         appealed to the growing trend of
A woman’s financial status and          placing affection and love at the
stability depended entirely on the      core of a marriage.
men in her life. In childhood and
adolescence, girls relied on their      WOMEN IN SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS
fathers for financial backing, and in
marriage, women depended on their       The women in Shakespeare’s
husbands. Any property belonging        plays, particularly in Shakespeare’s
to a woman’s family would be            comedies and romances, tend to
passed down to the family’s eldest      challenge what it meant to be
son, regardless of the eldest son’s     a proper woman in Elizabethan
age—a family could have a 20-year-      England. In As You Like It, Twelfth
old daughter and an infant son,         Night, and Two Gentlemen of
and the son would still be the sole     Verona, we see heroines crossdress
inheritor of the family’s property.     as a means of reinvention or
Should a family have no male            disguise. When they do so, they
heirs, the eldest daughter would        adopt an appearance and manner

Left to Right: Unknown woman,
                                                  formerly known as Mary, Queen of
                                                  Scots by Unknown artist, c.1570.
                                                  From the National Portrait Gallery,
                                                  “Katherine Parr” by Unknown art-
                                                  ist, c. late 16th century. From the
                                                  National Portrait Gallery, London.

so precise that they trick nearly      Sir Walter Raleigh, a contemporary
everyone they encounter. In            of Shakespeare and a poet, notes
presenting as men, these comedic       how the women in Shakespeare’s
heroines contradict the social         plays, particularly comedies
expectations assigned to them by       and romances, “are almost all
their gender and social status, if     practical, impatient of mere words,
only for a short time.                 clearsighted as to ends and means.
                                       They do not accept the premises
Other comedic and romantic             to deny the conclusion, or decorate
heroines in Shakespeare’s canon        the inevitable with imaginative
use language and wit to defy social    lendings.” ♦
expectations. In Much Ado About
Nothing, Beatrice engages Benedick     Edited from:
in frequent battles of wit and         McManus, Clare. “Shakespeare and Gender:
wordplay, often outshining him while   The ‘Woman’s Part’.” The British Library,
also embodying a fierce sense of       The British Library, 10 Feb. 2016,
independence. Margaret also stands     shakespeare/articles/shakespeare-and-gender-
out, using bawdy humor and double
entendre to defy expectations of
propriety and purity.

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between December 1, 2021–January 3, 2023.
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Dr. & Mrs. Arnold Mulder                  William Wirshing
Michael M. Mullins & James A. Newman      Nancy Wischhusen*
Mishele & Benjamin Myers*                 Mahlon & Gwen Woirhaye
Scott Myers                               Richard Yaffe & Kathie Boyle
Janice Ohta & Fred Weiss                  Judt Yamagata
Jessie & Nathan Okelberry                 John Zaylor

                              Friends ($250 to $499)
Lawanda Allee                             Angela Conner & Kevin Speaks, in Honor
Edward Alvarado                             of Deborah Strang
Hon. Lourdes G. Baird                     Lee Darlington
Sue Beall                                 Bronwyn Dawson, in Honor of
Ronald & Jody Berges                        Fionn James
Charles & Jo Berryman                     James Dolan*
Helen C. Burney, in memory of Kim Banks   Michaela Essl
Dr. Robert Carr                           Jocelyn & John Fawaz
Stacy Christopher*                        James Freed
Dennis Cohen                              Rose Friendland

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Ziona & Steven Friedlander                                David & Janice Moritz
Frederick & Barbara Gable                                 Pantazis Mouroulis
Marge Galindo                                             John Pasquin
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Daniel R. Gilbert Jr. & Kathryn S. Rogers                 Gary Pickering
Sandy Gillis                                              Elizabeth & Tom Polenzani
Albert & Corinne Glover                                   Roberta Pollock & Jim Sadd
Barbara Goen Nemer, in memory of                          Daniel Pudi
  David Nemer                                             Leslie Regal
Marti Griffin*                                            Eric & Laurie Rodli
Bob Hamill                                                Daniel Rothmuller
Steve Harwood & Jane Tubman                               Kevin Schaeffer
Leah Heap & Freeman Baldwin                               Marleen & Hugh Scheffy
Michael Hegeman                                           Jaye Scholl & Charlie Bohlen

Susan Henry, in Memory of                                 Nayan Shah & Ken Foster
  Bobbi Holtzman                                          Richard Sheehan & David Clarke
David & Agneta Hurst                                      Beverly & Brydon Shirk
Maria Impala                                              Michael & Carol Sholer
William Ireland                                           Mark Sprecher*
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William & Beatrice Jennings                               John & Barbara Kay Stocky
Cara King                                                 Dr. Margaret Stuber & Mr. Lawrence Gail*
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Andrea & Jay Labinger                                     Carolyn Talcott
Philip S. Lanzafame                                       Drs. Clint & Louise Taylor
Cynthia Leva & Fred Barker                                Julie & Paul Thomson
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The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation                                  partnership with Arts Midwest
The Rose Hills Foundation
S. Mark Taper Foundation                                        Director Circle
Steinmetz Foundation                                            City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division
U.S. Small Business Administration                              Crawford Family Foundation
                                                                Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Producing Sponsor                                               Mara W. Breech Foundation
The Ann Peppers Foundation                                      Michael & Irene Ross Endowment Fund of the
The Capital Group Charitable Foundation                           Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund                                        The Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund
The Green Foundation
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors &                       Playwright Circle
  Los Angeles County Department of                              Maria’s Italian Kitchen
  Arts and Culture                                              MonteCedro Inc.
The Shubert Foundation                                          Pasadena Lions Memorial Trust
                                                                Rotary Club of Pasadena Foundation
BCM Foundation                                                  Artist Circle
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Helen and Will Webster Foundation
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                   Joshua Bitton        (Macbeth, Broken Heart); NY
                   (Benedick) WITH      Shakespeare Theatre (Henry V,

                   ANW: Loot.           Hamlet); Red Bull Theater (The
                   ELSEWHERE: The       Witch of Edmonton, The
                   Crumple Zone         Changeling); Berkeley Rep,
                   (Rattlestick),       Shakespeare Theatre D.C.
                   Romeo & Juliet       (Argonautika); Alabama
                   (Lincoln Center      Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth);
Inst.), Between Riverside & Crazy       Commonwealth Shakespeare (Love’s
(Fountain - Ovation Nom.). Dirty,       Labour’s Lost); Shakespeare Festival
Filthy Love Story (Rogue Machine),      St. Louis (Othello, Midsummer
Lost Girls, Bull, Of Mice & Men         Night’s Dream); McCarter Theatre (A
(Pasadena Playhouse) Rules Of           Christmas Carol); Long Wharf (A
Seconds (LATC), Backseats &             Civil War Christmas, World
Bathroom Stalls. FILM/TV: 50+           Premiere). TV/FILM: Law & Order-
shows: HBO’s The Pacific & The          SVU. EDUCATION: BFA: NYU-Tisch,
Night Of..., One Dollar, recurring on   MFA: Brown University.
Bupkis, Castle, The Mentalist, guest
appearances Leverage, Magnum P.I.,                         Will Block he/him
Daredevil, Justified, Lucifer, Grey’s                      (u/s John/Verges/
Anatomy. Dead Wrong, The Tangle,                           Borachio) With
Small Engine Repair, National                              ANW: First Soldier,
Treasure & Larry Crowne.                                   All’s Well that Ends
EDUCATION: MFA Rutgers                                     Well ELSEWHERE:
University. Company member of                              The Wickhams, ETC
Rogue Machine.                                             Santa Barbara;
                                        Murder on the Orient Express, La
                 Justin Blanchard       Mirada; The Two Noble Kinsmen,
                 (u/s Don Pedro)        Kingsmen Shakespeare; Treasure
                 WITH ANW: Debut.       Island, Hally in Master Harold…and
                 ELSEWHERE:             the Boys, Sacramento Theatre
                 Journey’s End          Company. Richard II in Richard II,
                 (Broadway, Tony        Method and Madness; Romeo in
                 Award); Theatricum     Romeo and Juliet, The Porters of
                 Botanicum (Trouble     Hellsgate, A Midsummer Night’s
the Water, World Premiere);             Dream, LA Phil. TV/FILM: This is Us.
Roundabout Theatre Co. (Into the        Director: All is True, The Two Noble
Woods); Fiasco Theater (Cymbeline);     Kinsmen, The Porters of Hellsgate;
Theatre for a New Audience              Our Town, Sacramento Theatre
                                                              2023 SPRING 1 7
Company; Henry IV, Macbeth,              The Threepenny Opera; The Dance
Method and Madness. Artistic             of Death; The Tempest; Tartuffe;
Director of the Porters of Hellsgate.    Pericles, Prince of Tyre; The Beaux’
Love to the family. www.                 Stratagem; A Christmas Carol;               Cymbeline; The Bungler; Antony and
                                         Cleopatra; Twelfth Night, or What
Ken Booth he/him/his (Lighting           You Will; The Comedy of Errors;
Design) WITH ANW: Resident Artist.       The Chairs; Great Expectations;
Since 1998, Ken has worked on at         Waiting for Godot; Loot; As You Like
least 70 productions at A Noise          It; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at
Within. Included in these are: Animal    The Hollywood Bowl and at ANW
Farm; Metamorphoses; An Iliad;           among others. Recipient of LADCC,
Alice in Wonderland; The Winter’s        Ovation, Garland, Drama-Logue
Tale; Henry V; Pericles, Prince of       awards. ELSEWHERE: South Coast
Tyre; Julius Cesar; Three Penny          Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse,
Opera; Great Expectations; Man of        Denver Center Theatre, The Old
La Mancha; The Glass Menagerie;          Globe, Laguna Playhouse, West
King Lear; The Tempest; The Dance        Coast Ensemble, Milwalkee Rep.,
of Death; Buried Child; Rosencrantz      Georgia Shakespeare, Chautauqua
and Guildenstern Are Dead; Noises        Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre
Off; Ubu Roi; The Tragedy of Richard     Co., Antaeus Theatre, The Alliance
III; and the annual A Christmas Carol.   Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo
ELSEWHERE: He began his career           Repertory, Orlando Shakespeare
at Stages Theater and has worked         among others. FILM/TV: 16
at The Fountain Theater, Deaf West       productions with I.R.S. Media, PBS,
Theater Company, Pacific Resident        Full Moon Productions, Moviestore
Theater, and The Tiffany Theaters        Entertainment, Romanian Films.
(among others). EDUCATION: He            EDUCATION: MFA, Set and Costume
graduated from UCLA in 1982.             Design–The Academy of Fine Arts
                                         (Bucharest, Romania). Member of
Angela Balogh Calin she/her/             the Costume Designers Guild in the
hers (Scenic Design) WITH ANW:           USA and Romania.
Scenic & Costume Design: Animal
Farm, All’s Well That Ends Well, Set     Raven Chatt, she/her/hers
Design: The Madwoman of Chaillot;        (Assistant Stage Manager) WITH
The Imaginary Invalid; Romeo and         ANW: Debut . ELSEWHERE: King
Juliet; The Dance of Death; Ghosts;      Liz, The Inheritance Part 1 & 2, Geffen
The School For Wives; Julius Caesar;     Playhouse; Clue, La Mirada Theater
The Seagull; The Winter’s Tale; As       EDUCATION: BA—Production and
You Like It; Twelfth Night; Cyrano       Design for theater, UCLA.
de Bergerac (1995); The Country
Wife. Costume Design: Alice in                            Guillermo
Wonderland; Buried Child; Gem of                          Cienfuegos, he/
the Ocean; Noises Off; Othello; A                         him/his (Director)
Christmas Carol; Man of La Mancha;                        WITH ANW: Debut.
Henry V; The Madwoman of Chaillot;                        ELSEWHERE: The
A Christmas Carol; Man of La                              Beautiful People,
Mancha (2017); King Lear; The Maids;                      Disposable
The Imaginary Invalid; You Never                          Necessities, Ready
Can Tell; Romeo and Juliet; A Flea       Steady Yeti Go, Dutch Masters,
in Her Ear; Julius Caesar; Figaro;       Rogue Machine Theatre (where he

William Shakespeare’s
                                                                         Much Ado About Nothing
                                                                         Feb. 5–Mar. 12, 2023
2022-2023                                                                Manuel Puig’s
THEATRE SEASON DARING TO                                                 Kiss of the Spider Woman
                                                                         Mar. 26–Apr. 23, 2023
                                                                         Lauren Gunderson’s
                                                                         The Book of Will
                                                                         May 7–Jun. 4, 2023
Image: Sydney A. Mason and Trisha Miller. Photo by Daniel Reichert.

                                                                       Noise Now is an enhanced commitment
                                                                       to being of service to all audiences. In
                                                                       collaboration with peer organizations,
                                                                       we offer dance, music, art exhibitions,
                                                                       non-traditional theatre, and more.

Trans Chorus of                                                       The Dance and
Los Angeles                                                           the Railroad
April 8 at 7:30pm                                                     Presented by Artists at Play
Join us for a pre-show performance of                                 May 19 & May 20 at 8pm,
pieces inspired by Kiss of the Spider
                                                                      May 21 at 2pm,
                                                                      May 22 at 7pm
The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles: is
the first all Trans-Identified Chorus in                              A haunting and powerfully affecting
America, consisting of Transgender,                                   work by David Henry Hwang revolving
Non-Binary, Intersex, Gender-Non-                                     around two Chinese artists and their
Conforming and Gender-Fluid                                           fellow railroad workers, who stage
individuals. TCLA Celebrates diversity                                a strike to protest the inhuman
and acceptance in our appearance and                                  conditions suffered by the Chinese
vocal presentation so that others can                                 laborers in the American West of 1867.
see and feel the joy we share. Through                                Artists at Play: is a Los Angeles
our music we bring to the world                                       based theatre-producing collective
awareness, understanding, power and                                   dedicated to programming that
victory for the Trans Community.                                      explores the Asian American
                                                                      experience. Since 2011, we have
                                                                      produced theatre that demonstrates
                                                                      the humanity and complexity of our
                                                                      diverse communities. We provide a
                                                                      platform for meaningful representation
  GET TICKETS:                                                        through employment opportunities,                                           inclusive programming, advocacy, and
                                                                      administrative and artistic resources.
serves as Co-Artistic Director);                              Bert Emmett (u/s
Between Riverside and Crazy,                                  Dogberry/Antonio)
Fountain Theatre; Christmas Contigo,                          WITH ANW: Bob
Oregon Cabaret Theatre; Henry V                               Cratchit, Ghost of
(Ovation and LADCC Awards for                                 Christmas Present /
Best Director), Rhinoceros, The                               Marley/Ensemble
Homecoming, Safe At Home: An                                  u/s, A Christmas
Evening with Orson Bean, The Fried                            Carol; Dodo/Mock
Meat Trilogy, My Girlfriend is An         Turtle/White Knight/Ensemble, Alice
Alien, Concealing Judy Holliday,          in Wonderland; Antigonus /
Lions, Pacific Resident Theatre; Julia,   Shepherd u/s, The Winter’s Tale;
Pacific Resident Theatre & 59E59          Father Dewis u/s, Buried Child;
Theatre, NYC Off Broadway FILM/           Rutherford Selig, Gem of the Ocean;
TV: Boned, The Pear, Voices of the        Karl Lindner, A Raisin in the Sun; Mr.
New Belarus. EDUCATION: American          Jones, Animal Farm. ELSEWHERE:
Conservatory Theatre, Advanced            Los Angeles: Colonel Armadillo, The
Training Program.                         Armadillo Necktie (Last Straw
                                          Award); Lombardi, Lombardi;
                    Geoff Elliott he/     Edward, Someone Who’ll Watch
                    him (Producing        Over Me; Watson, Sherlock’s Last
                    Artistic Director)    Case (Scenies Award); Ty, Cobb;
                    WITH ANW:             Dodgson, Sherlock Through the
                    Director: A           Looking Glass (BroadwayWorld
                    Christmas Carol,      Awards nominee); Old Gobo in
                    The Winter’s Tale,    Merchant of Venice; Dr. Mortimer et
                    The Glass             al., Baskerville; Prospero, The
Menagerie, Rosencrantz and                Tempest; Kanute, Don’t Hug Me I’m
Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, All       Pregnant (Eddon Award). FILM/TV:
My Sons, Endgame, Eurydice, The           The Forsaken, Alien Hunter, Outside
Playboy of the Western World, and         Ozona. Bert is also a proud member
many others. Actor: Boxer/Old Major,      and current Executive Director of
Animal Farm; Midas, Metamorphoses;        The Group Repertory Theatre. SAG/
The Poet, An Iliad; Dodge, Buried         AFTRA; AEA. EDUCATION: BA,
Child; Ebenezer Scrooge, A                Theatre Education—Northern
Christmas Carol; Don Quixote, Man         Arizona University.
of La Mancha; Lloyd Dallas, Noises
Off; King Lear, King Lear; The Father,    Christine Cover Ferro she/her
Six Characters in Search of an            (Costume Designer) WITH ANW:
Author; and more. ELSEWHERE:              Debut. ELSEWHERE: Stage: The
South Coast Repertory, Arizona            Rhinoceros (PRT, Stage Raw Awards
Theatre Company, American                 nominee); Between Riverside
Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley            and Crazy (The Fountain, LASA
Shakespeare Festival, California          Ovation nominee); Disposable
Repertory. EDUCATION: MFA—                Necessities (Rogue Machine);
American Conservatory Theatre. Mr.        Wicked Lit (Unbound Productions,
Elliott is a recipient of multiple        LASA Ovation winner), Carmen
LADCC, Backstage Garland, Robby,          (ACD, Houston Grand Opera), Ann
Drama-Logue, and LA Weekly                (ACD, World Premiere, Grand 1894
awards as well as the Margaret            Opera House). Film/TV: Linked
Hartford Award for Distinguished          by Love (webseries); Promised
Achievement for ANW.                      Land (ACD, pilot, ABC Signature);

                                                                          Manuel Puig’s

                                                               Kiss of the
                                                             Spider Woman
Christopher Rivas and Ed Martin. Photo by Daniel Reichert.

                                                                                   Allan Baker
                                                               ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY
                                                                 DIRECTED BY Michael Michetti

                                                                 March 26–April 23
                                                               Tickets on sale now at
Cosmos: Possible Worlds (ACD,           Chandebise, A Flea In Her Ear. Mark
NatGeo); Encore! (ACD, Disney           Antony, Julius Caesar. Sebastian, The
+). EDUCATION: BA, Macalester           Tempest. Valere, Tartuffe. Redpenny/
College; MFA, Brandeis University       Mr. Danby, The Doctor’s Dilemma.
                                        Eros, Antony and Cleopatra.
Maryellen Gleason she/her/              Ensemble, Coriolanus. Ensemble,
hers (Interim Managing Director)        Macbeth. ELSEWHERE: North Coast
Maryellen Gleason is a professional     Rep – Amadeus. Theatricum
Interim leader with deep experience     Botanicum – Trip, Other Desert
in the performing arts. She             Cities. Sacred Fools Theater
has served as President of the          Company – Roy Baty, Do Androids
Phoenix and Milwaukee Symphony          Dream of Electric Sheep? Zombie
Orchestras. She has held interim        Joe’s Underground – Hamlet, Hamlet.
leadership roles with the Pasadena      Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater
Playhouse, USC Pacific Asia Museum,     – Abram, Our Class. La MaMa ETC. –
A Noise Within, Oregon Shakespeare      Miser Stevens, The Devil You Know.
Festival, and Solve ME/CFS. She also    Playwrights Horizons –
advises rare disease organizations      Frankenstein’s Monster, Monster and
through the Milken Institute/Chan       Caligula, Caligula. VOICEOVER:
Zuckerberg Rare Initiative and          Netflix’s Transformers: War for
serves on the board of the Harvard-     Cybertron; Fallout 4, The Evil Within
Radcliffe Orchestra Foundation.         2, and others. Feature films, shorts,
                                        and music videos. EDUCATION: BFA,
                  Rafael Goldstein      Theater–Tisch School of the Arts,
                  he/him/his (John/     NYU, Atlantic Theater Company
                  Verges) WITH
                  ANW: A Christmas      Joyce Guy she/her (Choreography)
                  Carol, Fred/          WITH ANW: Raisin in the Sun, Gem
                  Ensemble Animal       of the Ocean and Seven Guitars.
                  Farm, Napoleon,       ELSEWHERE: Actress, playwright,
                  Orpheus and           filmmaker and choreographer
others, Metamorphoses; Paroles, All’s   won the NAACP Award for Best
Well That Ends Well, Mad Hatter/        Choreographer in 2019 for Lorraine
Tweedle Dee/Caterpillar/Ensemble,       Hansberry’s Les Blancs at the Rogue
Alice in Wonderland (2021).             Machine. She has choreographed
Ensemble, Sonnets for an Old            Choir Boy at Dezart Performs in
Century (Noise Now audio play);         Palm Springs. She is director of
Mad Hatter/Tweedle Dee/Caterpillar/     the documentary film Dancing Like
Ensemble, Alice in Wonderland           Home. FILM/TV: Moneyball and The
(2020). Tim Algood, Noises Off. Tom     Santa Clause, The Secrets of Sulphur
Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie.         Springs, The Mysterious Benedict
Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and           Society, Clickbait, Bosch, to name a
Guildenstern Are Dead. Pierre/          few; and a recurring role on General
Rodrick, The Madwoman of Chaillot.      Hospital. EDUCATION: Joyce has a
Henry, Henry V. Edgar/Poor Tom,         B.S. from Hampton University.
King Lear. Claude de Aria, The
Imaginary Invalid. Septimus Hodge,
Arcadia; Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet.
The Son, Six Characters in Search of
an Author. Chris Keller, All My Sons.
The Guard, Antigone. Camille


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                   Balthasar/Ursula)     theater to diverse audiences.
                   WITH ANW: Debut.
                   ELSEWHERE:                              Alexandra Hellquist
                   Mitchell has worked                     she/they (Hero)
                   up and down the                         WITH ANW: Debut.
                   west coast with                         ELSEWHERE: On
PCPA in Lend Me Tenor: The Musical                         The Other Hand
(west coast premier) as Young Tito,                        We’re Happy, bled
The Actors Co-Op in A Man For All                          for the household
Seasons as Richard Rich, SLO Rep in                        truth, Still Life
A Funny Thing Happened on the            Rogue Machine; Othello Griot; Hot L
Way to the Forum as Miles Gloriosus,     Baltimore T. Schreiber. A multi-ethnic
and Conservatory Rep in The              international mutt who celebrates
Merchant of Venice as Bassanio. He       weirdos and the beauty of
is thrilled to be debuting with ANW      imperfection. After growing up in
in Much Ado About Nothing!               seven countries, she’s based in LA,
                                         but misses her family everywhere.
                  Dr. Miranda            Singer, partner-dancer, story
                  Johnson-Haddad         dramaturg, heartbroken optimist.
                  she/her (Resident      Brown alum. Recently named in
                  Dramaturg) WITH        LATimes’ Best Theatre of 2022,
                  ANW: Dramaturg,        woohoo! Looking for representation
                  Animal Farm,           in all the wrong places. Single “I’m
                  Metamorphoses,         Not The One” with Mathew James
                  All’s Well That Ends   available now. Deeply grateful.
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Kodi Jackman she/      History, Al Freeman Theatre;
                 her/hers (u/s          Thoughts of a Colored Man, GALA
                 Beatrice)              Hispanic Theatre. TV/FILM: Power
                 WITH ANW:              Rangers Ninja Steel. EDUCATION:
                 Aphrodite, Alcyone     Royal Central School of Speech and
                 & others u/s,          Drama (London), Classical Acting,
                 Metamorphoses;         M.A. Howard University, Theatre Arts,
                 Lavatch, All’s Well    B.F.A. British American Drama
That Ends Well. ELSEWHERE: La           Academy, Oxford, UK. www.
Mirada Theatre for the Performing
Arts: Lawyer 2/Joanne & Jack u/s, A     Instagram: @StanleyAJ3
Few Good Men. Ensemble Theatre
Company: Cassie, The Wickhams:                            Edgar Landa (u/s
Christmas at Pemberley. Foolish                           Leonato) WITH
Production Co.: Lucius, Titus                             ANW: Debut.
Andronicus; The Duke, Measure for                         ELSEWHERE:
Measure. Sierra Madre Playhouse:                          Benedick, Much
Jane Krakowski and others, Yellow                         Ado About
Face. Shakespeare Orange County:                          Nothing, Off Square
Agrippa, Antony + Cleopatra. New                          Theatre; Don
Orleans Shakespeare Festival: Juliet,   Armado, Love’s Labor’s Lost,
Luna 1 (premiere); Moth, A              Shakespeare & Company; Montano,
Midsummer Night’s Dream;                Othello, Independent Shakespeare
Ensemble, Shakespeare on the Road.      Company. Edgar also directs and
EDUCATION: Guildford School of          stages fight & violence for theaters
Acting.                                 large and small across Southern
                                        California and beyond. He currently
                  Stanley Andrew        serves on the teaching faculty at the
                  Jackson he/him/       USC School of Dramatic Arts. www.
                  his (Claudio) WITH
                  ANW: Snowball/Mr.
                  Whymper/Bull,                           Wesley Mann
                  Animal Farm                             (Dogberry/
                  ELSEWHERE: King                         Antonio) WITH
                  Lear, The Wallis                        ANW: Wesley is
Annenberg PAC; Wine in the                                delighted to be
Wilderness, Portland Center Stage;                        returning to ANW
Battle Cry, Cleveland Playhouse;                          after his
Three Musketeers, Alley Theatre; A                        performance as The
Wonder In My Soul, Baltimore            Player in Rosencrantz and
Center; NSFW, Swimming While            Guildenstern Are Dead. President in
Drowning, Stages; And in this Corner    Madwoman Chaillot, William in You
Cassius Clay, The Ensemble Theatre;     Never CanTell. ELSEWHERE: Roles at
Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night,        Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Henry V, As You Like It, Pop-up         include Peter in The Heart Of Robin
Globe Theatre Company; The              Hood, Northumberland in Richard II,
Suicide, Embassy Theatre;               Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Leonato in
Revengers’ Tragedy, Webber              Much Ado About Nothing, The Fool
Douglas Theatre; Dontrell, Who          in King Lear, Clown in 39 Steps,
Kissed the Sea, Source Theatre          Detective Fix in Around The World In
Company; Insurrection: Holding          80 Days and numerous others.

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Ebenezer Scrooge at Nevada               film. TV/Film: The Walking Dead,
Conservatory Theatre and Portland        Human Target, Eureka, Psych,
Center Stage, World premiers of The      Caprica, The Cape and Trauma.
Book Of Will at Denver Center for        He has scored series and specials
the Performing Arts, as well as          for National Geographic, The
Lovers And Executioners at The           Discovery Channel, ZDF Germany,
Arena Stage. Elephant Man at             specials and promos for HBO, BBC,
Arkansas Rep, three plays at The         Animal Planet, MSNBC, and The
Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina,         History Channel. Theater highlights
Feste in Twelfth Night and Larry in      include The Kennedy Center,
Burn This at American Conservatory       The Smithsonian Institution, The
Theatre. Multiple roles and plays at     Shakespeare Theatre, Signature
PCPA. FILM/TV: Over fifty credits so     Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Rogue
far including the yet unreleased         Machine, Antaeus, Skylight Theatre,
Appletv series Mrs. American Pie.        The Fountain Theatre, Odyssey                      Theater, The Road Theatre, Pacific
                                         Resident Theater, and he served as
                  Carene Rose            assistant conductor for the national
                  Mekertichyan she/      tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
                  her/hers (u/s Hero)
                  WITH ANW: Debut.       Rachel Berney Needleman
                  ELSEWHERE:             (Assistant Director) WITH ANW:
                  ...Ladies and          Assistant Stage Manager, Waiting for
                  Gentlemen of           Godot. ELSEWHERE: As a director:
                  Colour, Knight of      What We’re Up Against, Five Second
the Burning Pestle, Macbeth, The         Chances (Pacific Resident Theatre
Tempest, Pericles, Twelfth Night,        Co-op), Cabaret Noel with Gigi
Independent Shakespeare Co.; The         Bermingham, Cowgirls (EST-LA),
Three Musketeers, Palos Verdes           The Space Between (The Braid), 4
Performing Arts; Señor Plummer’s         Minutes (MeetCute LA 2022), audio
Final Fiesta, Rogue Artists Ensemble;    plays for Open Door Playhouse, and
Troy, Hero Theatre; Macbeth,             new play readings and workshops
Northern Stage. She serves as            for Company of Angels, Chalk Rep,
Independent Shakespeare Co.’s            The Blank, EST-LA, Skylight and
Artistic Associate for Social Justice,   Theatricum Botanicum. Dramaturg
Program Coordinator at Support           credits include Antaeus (Diana of
Black Theatre, and is a proud            Dobson’s, Cloud 9, Henry IV) and
co-author of the LA Anti-Racist          Arizona Theatre Company (At Wit’s
Theatre Standards and Blklst             End). Rachel is a co-author of the LA
Contributor. EDUCATION: BA—              Anti-Racist Theatre Standards.
Dartmouth College; Certificate—
London Academy of Music and                                Nicole Ohara she/
Dramatic Art (LAMDA).                                      her/hers (u/s                                             Margaret) WITH
                                                           ANW: Debut.
Christopher Moscatiello he/him/                            ELSEWHERE: A
his (Sound Designer) WITH ANW:                             graduate of the
Debut. ELSEWHERE: Chris is an                              Stella Adler Art of
award-winning sound designer,                              Acting Studio her
composer, music editor and music         recent credits include: Small &
director for theater, television and     Mighty (English Dub) on Disney+,

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Mortuus Est.: Legacy on Spotify,          acting, Nick is busy playing guitar
Found Family winner of the Paris          on other artists’ tracks, as well as
Film Festival Best LGBTQ, &               his own.
Producer of Gummy Worm
(Hollywood Fringe Best Comedy                               Julia Rodriguez-
Nominee & Encore Producers’ Award                           Elliott she/her
Winner). Nicole is on a mission to                          (Producing Artistic
build a body of work that takes                             Director) WITH
people on a journey of self-discovery                       ANW: Under her
and awareness. She hopes to create                          leadership, ANW
art that brings us one step closer to                       has produced more
healing.                                                    than 175 works, and
                                          she has directed 50 productions
                  Tony Pasqualini         including An Iliad, Metamorphoses,
                  (Leonato) WITH          Argonautika, A Christmas Carol,
                  ANW: Debut.             Animal Farm, Man of La Mancha ‘18,
                  ELSEWHERE: A            Noises Off, Henry V, A Tale of Two
                  veteran of forty-five   Cities, Man of La Mancha ‘17, King
                  years in the theatre,   Lear, The Imaginary Invalid, Six
                  Tony is a playwright    Characters in Search of an Author, A
                  and actor. He has       Flea in Her Ear, Julius Caesar, The
appeared at South Coast Repertory         Threepenny Opera, The Tempest, The
as Jim Bayless in All My Sons and         Dance of Death, Come Back, Little
Leonato in Much Ado About                 Sheba, Tartuffe, Pericles, Prince of
Nothing; the Fountain Theatre as          Tyre, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The
Donald Rumsfeld in What I Heard           Bungler, Antony and Cleopatra,
About Iraq; Ensemble Studio Theatre       Twelfth Night, The Chairs, Great
as Harold in Watching OJ; the             Expectations, Measure for Measure,
Hollywood Bowl as Van Swieten in          Much Ado About Nothing
Amadeus; Rogue Machine as Tim in          (choreographer), The Rehearsal,
A Great Wilderness; and Pacific           Oliver Twist, Henry IV, Part 1, Dear
Resident Theatre as Andrew in             Brutus, The Winter’s Tale, Loot, Ubu
Loyalties (a play he also wrote). TV/     Roi, The Master Builder, Othello,
FILM: Guest starring roles include        Mourning Becomes Electra, and A
Grace and Frankie, Mad Men, Modern        Midsummer Night’s Dream at the
Family, West Wing, The Office, and        Hollywood Bowl and at ANW.
Frasier.                                  EDUCATION: MFA—American
                                          Conservatory Theatre. In 2012, Ms.
                   Nicholas               Rodriguez-Elliott (along with her
                   Petroccione he/        husband Geoff) received ACT’s
                   him/his (Balthasar/    inaugural “Contributions to the
                   Ursula) WITH           Field” Award. Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott
                   ANW: Debut.            received the 2005 National Latina
                   ELSEWHERE: Can         Business Women’s Association’s
                   be found in            Latinas in Business Award in the Arts
                   Paramount’s limited    & Entertainment category; the 2006
series, The Offer, as well as a few       Women in Business Award from the
short films currently in the festival     California State Senate and
circuit. Nick trains with Diana Castle    Assembly; and the 2010 Fifty
at the Imagined Life, after receiving     Fabulous Women of Influence in the
his BA in Drama at USC. Outside of        San Gabriel Valley Award.
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