PRODUCED BY ED SZYLINSKI
Awarded Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Musical, One-Act by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
What would you choose -
truth or law?
Antigone pits her beliefs against those of her uncle, the king, in a bloody test of will that leaves few unharmed. She challenges his decree, that her traitorous brother should go unburied thereby condemning his soul to eternal unrest. Antigone attacks issues of law and ethics. In your darkest moment, would you act with your heart or your mind?
ADRIANA BOHMIER, Antigone, is so excited to be back after playing Lady Capulet in LES Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in acting and is currently an improv student at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. If you want to see her improv team Wuce Billis in action go to facebook.com/wucebillisimprov for upcoming show details!
PATRICK FALCON, Haemon/Chorus, is ecstatic to be making his debut with LES Shakes with such a wonderful and talented cast. Recent regional credits include The Hammer Trinity (House Theatre), The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago), and A View from the Bridge (Teatro Vista) in Chicago, where he received his BFA, (CCPArts). He composed and co-wrote an original production The Cape in partnership with ArtsSpring, an Arts in Corrections program, with the Homestead Women’s Correctional Institution in South Florida.
CHANTELLE GOULEVITCH, Ismene/Chorus, is an artist living between New York and Sydney, Australia. She has her B.A. in Applied Theatre (majoring in Management) from Griffith University and has completed three years of full-time study at HB Studio. Through business and the arts, she wants to challenge our indoctrinated social, political and personal beliefs, expose what connects us, discover joy and help the voiceless be heard. Favorite credits include: Her Visa (One Thousand Percent), Across the Way (HB Studio), Lady from the Sea (HB Studio).
KEVIN MACKENZIE MEJIA, Sentry/Chorus, completed the Core Training program at HB Studio, and has studied there since. He worked with Amy Wright in Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson and in Beach Trip by Perry Guzzi; he also worked with Stuart Vaughan in Lady From The Sea by Ibsen. Recently he worked on a workshop adaptation of nine short stories by Italo Calvino. He is very grateful to be where he is and owes a lot to his family and friends.
MIKE MALONEY, Creon, is thrilled to be working with LES shakes again! NY: Romeo and Juliet (Nurse, Prince), Twelfth Night (Antonio/Malvolio), The Velvet Oratorio (Martin). Others: The Winters Tale (Leontes), Hamlet (Guidenstern) BM:University of Illinois, MFA: The Boston Conservatory. For Emily and my puppy Daphne.
EMILY SHANKMAN, Eurydice/Chorus, is thrilled to be joining LES Shakespeare Company for this production. She was most recently seen performing with The Metropolitan Opera in Manon Lescaut. Other credits include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Wombat Theatre), Vaclav Havel's The Hunt for a Pig (NYTimes Critic's pick), Dollhouse, The Way of the World (The Boston Conservatory), Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare Co) and Carousel (College Light Opera). Emily can also be seen playing violin with various bands and artists around the city. BM in Vocal Performance, Lawrence University. MFA in Theater, The Boston Conservatory.
JAE WOO, Tiresias/Chorus, was born in South Korea and grew up in New Zealand. He graduated from BU with a BFA in Acting. His recent credits include Nagg in Endgame (BU), Nym in Henry V (The Gallery Players), Greek Chorus inCaenis (Pace Gallery) and Brutus in Julius Caesar (LAMDA). He is currently a resident actor (BAT) at The Flea Theater Company. He is also a passionate dancer, and was the director of BU's Hip Hop dance troupe, FUSiON.
ZACKERY BETTY, Chorus, is a native of Maine, but now calls the Big Apple his home. Zackery received his B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Jazz from Marymount Manhattan College. While studying, performed works by Twyla Tharp, Emery LeCrone, and Cherice Barton. He was also given the opportunity to create work for Dancer's At Work. Currently Zackery is excited to be working with N Squared Dance Company and Tami Stronach Dance. Zackery has also performed as a guest artist with KEIGWIN + CO. He is excited to be making his acting debut with LES!!
YOKKO, Messanger/Chorus, is an actress, Movement & Butoh Artist, Solo Performer from Nagoya, Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show" for her Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform at United Solo Europe in Warsaw, Poland in June, 2015, then toured to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. (Nominee of The Asian Arts Award) Other theatre credits include BALDY (Center of Remembering & Sharing; United Solo 2013; Hollywood Fringe 2013; FringeNYC 2012; Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), Butoh Electra (Irondale Center; FringeNYC 2011), and many others. Dance credits include Isis Variations (Fringe NYC 2014); Facet (Hollywood Fringe 2013; Wave Rising Series), and many others. Yokko also acted in several of local and international films, one of which was the first runner up in the 2014 72-hour Shootout at the Asian American Film Lab (Himitus). She is a proud member of The Ume Group as well as the founder and artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC. Other Awards include: Best Physical Theatre Show (Butoh Medea at United Solo 2015 at Theatre Row)
MELODY ERFANI, Director. She has her M.F.A in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and was a participant of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts during which she procured an internship with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Favorite credits include: 97 Orchard St. (Creator/Director with 5D Productions), All an Act (The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Dying City, Raised in Captivity(ASDS Repertory), Othello (The Looking Glass Forum), Our Town, Pride and Prejudice, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(Stagedoor Manor, NY). She has also worked at Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ) and Skylight Opera Theatre (WI).
MAE FRANKEBERGER, (PSM), Mae is over the moon about returning to LES Shakes on their production of Antigone! These warm-hearted fellows stole her heart a year ago and now she won’t leave their side. Other NYC credits: Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective),Screenwriter Dies of His Own Freewill (64 E 4-Fringe) Romeo & Juliet (LES Shakes -Under St Marks), Everybody Gets Cake (Parallel Exit-59E59) Kiss Your Brutal Hands (64 E 4-Fringe & Theater Row-USF), God’s Country (Signature Theater-NYMF), I-Pod (Theater Row-USF). London Credits: Hamlet (Young Vic Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre). University credits: Homemade (Mark Twain Award), Dancing at Lughnasa, La Guerra and The Being. Mae has a BFA in stage management from Rutgers University - MGSA. Love to Dad, Mom, Keith, Lynn, Jon, and Jim for all their love and support!
ARIEL LAURYN, Mercutio, graduated from Dell'Arte International (MFA'14 Ensemble Based Physical Theatre), with a focus on Devised Theatre and Physical Comedy. Since moving to NYC last September, Ariel has performed in The Golden Toad Part IV (The Talking Band),The Tooth of Crime (Columbia Stages), Under Milk Wood (Stegosaurus), and took her original two-woman farce, Stella and Blanche, to the New Orleans Fringe Festival '14. Puppet-wise, she has built and played with puppets atThe Puppet Kitchen, and puppeteered for the short film The Neverbell and two web commercials with VaynerMedia. She is a member of The Ume Group, with whom she is devising new works, and leading workshops in Play and Engagement this September. She is also a company member/devising consultant of Built4Collapse. Outside of theatre, she is braving new territory, co-writing a comic web series,Illuminutty, to be filmed this fall. Stay tuned... (P.S. She was not named after the sprite or the mermaid. She was named after her parents' dog. Like Indiana Jones.)
NICK NEAGLE, Choreographer, is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a specified concentration in choreography. Nick was able to perform works by Loni Landon, Larry Keigwin, Anthony Ferro, and Tami Stronach. Throughout his college career, Nick discovered his craft was most prominent while choreographing. He produced three works in the student choreography showcase while at Marymount. Recently Nick has shown works at Dancewave’s Summer Intensive and was a featured choreographer at the Queensboro Dance Festival. Nick was also a guest choreographer at Steffi Nossen’s School of Dance this past fall and produced a new work for Fertile Ground at Greenspace.
STEFANIE FLAMM, Photographer, grew up loving photography. From a young age, her father passed on his photography equipment to her and let her go wild. She is self-taught in photography, learning her way around a camera through experience.Stefanie moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue an Acting degree at Marymount Manhattan College. While assistant directing a show her sophomore year, she volunteered to shoot pictures for the entire one-act festival. She quickly discovered her niche in theatre production photography, and has been working as a freelance photographer ever since. Since 2011, Stefanie has shot over 60 productions, focusing on providing high-quality photographs for young theatre designers and directors. She also spent eight months working as a studio assistant at Taylor Hooper Photography.She is also a performer, and can be seen regularly performing at Reckless Theatre, or with her independent team JANET.
ALEXANDER KOO, Photographer. He has written, directed and produced numerous plays, short films, music videos, and commercials. His plays have been produced at Off Broadway houses including Abingdon Theatre Co. and Workshop Theatre. He studied at NYU for Philosophy and Film as well as ASDS for Screenwriting and Playwriting. He has toured with Oxford Shakespeare Co in NY and England as well as receive training from Cicely Berry and John Barton. He loves Shakespeare.
CHRISTINA WATANABE, Set Designer. With LES Shakes: Romeo and Juliet. With Ms. Erfani: Elsewhere in Elsinore, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Christina is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Her designs have been seen in many venues in NYC and beyond. Christina tours domestically and internationally. Other design work includes cabaret, events, academia, and retail windows. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829. www.StarryEyedLighting.com.