Who’s Who: Shakespeare in Love

Who’s Who: Shakespeare in Love

August 4, 2017

 REMO AIRALDI* (Fennyman/Apothecary) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut with this production. He has appeared in over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including last season’s Night of the Iguana, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Island of Slaves [IRNE Award—Outstanding Actor]. Other credits: Seven productions with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Exposed (Boston Playwrights’ Theater), Mistero Buffo (The Poets’ Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Rep), and productions at Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville.

 PAUL ALPERIN (Musician/Wabash/Ensemble) is honored to make his SpeakEasy debut. Paul met his cello in North Carolina in 1998; before Shakespeare In Love, they previously worked together in the pits of Light in the Piazza and Nine (AFD), Man of No Importance and Play On (BHP), Spring Awakening (Suffolk), West Side Story (Moonstruck), The Last Five Years (Ram’s Head), and Pirates of Penzance and Ruddigore (Durham Savoyards)Favorite on-stage roles include ‘Barfée’ in …Spelling Bee, ‘Josephine Strong’ in Urinetown, ‘Farquaad’ in Shrek, and ‘Brian’ in Avenue Q. Thanks to Rebekah and Newton whose tail wags make every day meaningful.

 STEVE AUGER (Ralph/Nurse/Ensemble) is excited to return to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in early productions of Jeffrey and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. He was recently seen in The Visit and A Beautiful Day… (IRNE Nomination–Best Supporting Actor, Elliot Norton Award–Best Play] at Apollinaire Theatre Company. Steve has also appeared in productions at Bad Habit Productions, Theatre On Fire, Praxis Stage, Triangle Theater and in the last century, The New Erhlich Theater at the BCA!  Steve is an alumnus of Improv Boston and The Improbable Players. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. As always, love to Myles.

 KEN BALTIN* (Henslowe) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared as Ira Zimmer in Brooklyn Boy. Recent credits include Beckett in Brief (Commonwealth Shakespeare) and Blood on the Snow (The Bostonian Society).  Other acclaimed productions on area stages include Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Lyric Stage); Kite Runner, Eurydice, Waiting for Godot, American Buffalo (New Rep); Deported/a dream play, King of the Jews, Permanent Whole Life (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre); Copenhagen, A Screenwriter’s Daughter (Vineyard Playhouse); Oleanna (Merrimack Rep) and others. Ken teaches acting and directs at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

 NANCY E. CARROLL* (Queen Elizabeth I) returns to the SpeakEasy where she appeared in Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, and A Man of No Importance.  Her other credits include:  Broadway: Present Laughter. International: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Big Maggie (Druid Theatre, Ireland); Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland). Regional: Ripcord, I Was Most Alive With You, The Seagull, Good People, Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, She Loves Me, The Rose Tattoo, Dead End (Huntington Theatre); Rapture Blister Burn (Geffen Playhouse); Our Town, She Loves Me  (Williamstown); Trad, Return of the Winemaker (Tir Na); Flight of the Monarch, The New Electric Ballroom, Breath of Life, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady, Collected Stories (Gloucester Stage); Uncanny Valley, Secret Garden (Stoneham Theatre); The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport (New Repertory Theatre); Bailegangaire (Súgán Theatre); Homebody/Kabul (Boston Theatre Works); Humble Boy, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale (Publick Theatre); Auntie and Me (Merrimack Repertory); Precious Little, Buried Child, The Unexpected Man (Nora Theatre). TV and Film: Spotlight, Olive Kitteridge, Irrational Man. Elliot Norton Awards: Present Laughter, Brendan, Bailegangaire.

 JENNIFER ELLIS* (Viola De Lesseps) has appeared in The Bridges of Madison County, Far From Heaven, and Nine at SpeakEasy. Jen has also appeared Off-Broadway at New World Stages – and here in Boston at The Charles Playhouse – as Barbara DeMarco in Shear Madness. Favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol (National Tour); My Fair Lady (Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award); Urinetown, 1776 (Lyric Stage); Wonderful Town (Elliot Norton Award); and Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Boys From Syracuse (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Out of Sterno, The Most Happy Fella (IRNE Award); and Jacques Brel… (Gloucester Stage); The Cherry Orchard and Snow White (Peterborough Players); and Boston Lyric Opera. Love to Ben. Check our her website!

 CAMERON BEATY GOSSELIN (Webster /Abraham /Ensemble /Musician) is pleased to make his SpeakEasy debut. Previous credits include Bobby (Coyote on a Fence), Griever (Blue Window), and Katurian (The Pillowman).  Shakespearean credits include Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Laertes (Hamlet), Banquo (Macbeth), and Don Pedro (Much Ado about Nothing). Cameron graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Theatre with a focus on Acting. Cameron now resides in Weymouth with his wife Meredith and their St. Bernard, Sadie.

 JADE GUERRA (Mistress Quickly/Molly) is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut.  Local credits include productions with Brown Box Theatre Project, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, and Fresh Ink Theatre. Jade is a company member with Theatre Espresso, a touring group whose mission is educating students in the New England area around matters of social justice.  She is grateful for the constant support of her family and James.

 JESSE HINSON* (Ned Alleyn) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut. In New England, he has worked at Actors’ Shakespeare Project (Resident Acting Company Member), New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, and the Berkshire Theatre Group.  Jesse earned his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University and is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Theatre at Northeastern University.

 JEFF MARCUS (Ensemble/Musician) is elated to join SpeakEasy for the first time. Previous credits include Camelot (Lyric Stage); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Company One); Noises Off (Hackmatack Playhouse); A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (Apollinaire Theatre); The Love Of The Nightingale (Hub Theatre Company); From The Deep (Boston Public Works and NYC Fringe), The Seagull and Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company). Jeff is a graduate of Emerson College.

 GEORGE OLESKY* (Will Shakespeare) is honored to make his SpeakEasy debut in his home state. A Newton native, he has appeared at Trinity Rep, People’s Light & Theater, Epic Theater Ensemble, Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, A Noise Within, and Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Rep. Recent TV: Blue Bloods. George holds an MFA in Acting Brown/Trinity Rep.


 ZAVEN OVIAN (Ensemble) is happy to be back at SpeakEasy after having performed in Big Fish a few years back. Other Boston credits include Water by the Spoonful, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Lyric Stage); Barnum! (Moonbox Productions); Fiddler…, Les Miz, Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre); The Threepenny Opera, In the Heights, The Heresy of Love, Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory). Thanks to all for their love and support!

 OMAR ROBINSON*  (Richard Burbage).  SpeakEasy: debut. Recent credits include: The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Pericles, Twelfth Night, and the title role in Hamlet (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Superior Donuts, The Death of a Salesman, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage); The Hunchback of Seville (Trinity Rep); Dog Paddle (Bridge Rep);  Finish Line (Boston Theater Company & Boch Center). Omar received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College.

 EDWARD RUBENACKER (Sam/Juliet and Asst Musical Director) recently appeared at SpeakEasy as Gibbs in Dogfight. He is also elated to be working as the assistant music director on this piece.  Past credits include Skeets in Floyd Collins; Anthony in Sweeney Todd; M in Cock; and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. Past Music Director credits include: James and the Giant Peach (CIC); Disembodied Hand (Boston Premiere); You’re A Goodman, Charlie Brown. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory! Many thanks and love to all my family and friends!

 CAROLYN SAXON* (Nurse) returns to SpeakEasy having appeared in Violet, The Color Purple, In The Heights [IRNE Nomination], and Far From Heaven. Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, Hair, Purlie, Can-Can, Timmy the Great (Savion Glover, dir.), Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert, NY International Fringe Festival. Film credits: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (dir. by Woody Allen) Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Papermill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre. Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Outside the Box Festival, Sharing A New Song, NEC Millennium Choir.

 EDDIE SHIELDS* (Kit Marlowe) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after previously appearing in Significant Other (IRNE Award) and Casa Valentina (IRNE nomination).  Other Boston credits include: Edward II, The Comedy of Errors (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Company One); Pinocchio (Wheelock Family Theatre).  New York: Henry VI.3, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drilling Company); Billy Redden (Theater Row); JULIE (WorkShop Theater); Taliesin (Metawee River Theatre).  Film/TV:  Moonrise Kingdom, Road to Joy, Unsure/Positive, The Entertainment.  MFA:  Brandeis University.

 DAMON SINGLETARY (Tilney/Sir Robert De Lesseps/Others) will also be seen this season at SpeakEasy as Reverend Peters/Station Policeman/Others in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Some favorite Boston-area stage appearances include roles with Zeitgeist Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Bad Habit Productions, Company One, Boston Actors Theater, Roxbury Repertory Theater, and Titanic Theatre Company. Upcoming productions include The Wiz at the Lyric Stage. Damon is a member of StageSource and Boston Actors Theater. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Laurie (also an actor) and their son Sterling.

 LEWIS D. WHEELER* (Lord Wessex) returns to SpeakEasy where he appeared previously in Hand to God. Recent credits include Ideation, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (New Rep); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Blood on the Snow (The Bostonian Society); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); To Kill a Mockingbird, Doubt (Gloucester Stage); No Man’s Land (American Repertory Theater); The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage). Lewis has also appeared in productions with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, Stoneham Theatre, Huntington Theatre, American Stage (FL), Publick Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Cape Rep, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Film/TV: Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, Live by Night, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood. BA: Cornell University.  MFA: American Film Institute.

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