AUSTYN DAVIS is a local Boston actor who has a deep love for Shakespeare and devised work. She is an Emerson College graduate (2015) with a B.A. in Acting and a minor in Dance. Recent credits include: As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre Project), Enough & Enough Jr. (Paradise Moves), Cymbeline (Imogen, Brown Box Theatre Project), The Winter’s Tale (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), The Taming of the Shrew (Brown Box Theatre Project), Clubland: The Monster Pop Party (Club Oberon), and Dancing at Lughnasa (Emerson Stage). She is also a proud member of Paradise Moves, a collective focused on creating discourse through movement-based storytelling.
Marge Dunn as Dolly
MARGE DUNN is a Boston-based actor, director, fight choreographer, tech director, and yoga instructor. Recent local credits include Cloud 9 (Central Sq Theater); Cardboard Piano (New Rep); Miss Holmes, It's a Wonderful Life (Greater Boston Stage); Three Sisters (IRNE nom), Dancing at Lughnasa (Wellesley Rep); Dog Act (IRNE nom) (Theatre on Fire); Macbeth (Brown Box); Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing (Boston Theater Company). She is thrilled to be back in Dolly's pink shoes again!
Becca A. Lewis as Dolly
BECCA A. LEWIS most recently appeared as Prudencia in Apollinaire's The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart where she has also performed in Three Sisters, Informed Consent, The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, and Detroit. Other recent roles include The Women Who Mapped the Stars (Central Square Theater with the Nora), Revolt. She said. Revolt again. (Company One - Dig Boston's Best Performance), GRIMM (Company One - IRNE nomination Supporting Actress), Charlotte's Web (Wheelock Family Theatre), NSFW (Theatre on Fire - IRNE nomination supporting actress), The Big Meal (Zeitgeist Stage - Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress), Tigers Be Still (Zeitgeist Stage - Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress), Far Away, Vinegar Tom, Fen (Whistler in the Dark). Becca co-created and performs in The Pineapple Project (pineappleproject.org) with Queer Soup, an original piece for kids celebrating gender diversity. This summer, Becca will be in the premier of Kirsten Greenidge's site-specific, choose-your-own-adventure play, Greater Good, with Company One.
Stephen Sampson as Cato
STEPHEN SAMPSON was born and raised in Boston, MA. Stephen was educated in the Boston Public School system, graduating high school in 2009 with a diploma from Boston Community Leadership Academy. He is a husband and father of two. He is also an actor, spoken word poet, and budding playwright. Stephen is passionate about working to help youth and adults in urban areas have more access to theater education and training. For the past four years he has been creating theater centered around Black History with elementary school students. Stephen has been featured in commercials, films, and stage plays. He has earned an Associate’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Bunker Hill Community College and will have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Performance from Emerson College come December 2019.
Stewart Evan Smith as Cato
STEWART EVAN SMITH is a Boston based actor, most recently appearing in The Three Musketeers at Greater Boston Stage Company. He has previously appeared in It's A Wonderful Life (Greater Boston Stage Company), Between Riverside and Crazy (Speakeasy Stage Company), To Kill A Mockingbird (Gloucester Stage), Edward II (Actors Shakespeare Project), Murph (Open Theatre Project), Lucky Stiff (Stoneham Theatre), Noises Off (Priscilla Beach Theatre), and Dog Act (Theatre on Fire), and many different roles as a member of the ensemble of Shit-Faced Shakespeare. He is currently a regular ensemble performer with Mystery Cafe, as well as Theatre Espresso.
Patrick Gabridge (Playwright)
Patrick Gabridge’s plays include Drift, Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors, Chore Monkeys, and Blinders, and have been staged by theatres around the world. He’s been a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and New Rep and has received fellowships from the Boston Foundation/Brother Thomas Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His short plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, and YouthPlays, and have received more than 1,000 productions from theatres and schools in 14 countries. He is the current artist-in-residence at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. He’s the author of three novels, Steering to Freedom, Tornado Siren, and Moving (a life in boxes). He co-founded Boston's Rhombus playwright’s group, the Playwrights' Submission Binge, and the New England New Play Alliance. He’s currently the New England Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild and is producing artistic director of Plays in Place, a new company specializing in creating site-specific work for cultural institutions and historic sites. gabridge.com
Courtney O'Connor (Director)
Courtney is a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College. She has directed with Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Nora Theatre, AIM Stage, Coyote Theatre, Emerson Stage, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (intern company). Previously Director of Education and Outreach for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of Coyote Theatre, and Program Director of the Emerson Summer Stage for High School Students. Recipient of the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Direction as Associate Director for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage) and the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching. Oversaw the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays written by at-risk youth from Boston with Coyote Theatre Project. Courtney directed the world premiere and return engagement of Blood on the Snow, a site-specific play about the Boston Massacre for the Bostonian Society in the 300-year-old Old State House. courtneyoc.com.
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