Monday, December 17, 2007

The Merchant of Venice Cast List

Meet the Cast of ASC's The Merchant of Venice:

Peter Galman*- Shylock, a rich Jew

Terence MacSweeny - Antonio, a merchant of Venice

Elizabeth Belonzi - Portia, a rich heiress

Justin Gibbs* - Bassanio, Antonio's friend, suitor likewise to Portia

Colin Ryan* - Gratiano, friend to Antonio and Bassiano

Jessica Weiss - Nerissa, Portia's maid-in-waiting

Jonathan Hopkins - Lorenzo, in love with Jessica

Beth Ann Leone* - Jessica, daughter to Shylock

Craig Colfelt - Lancelot Gobbo, the clown, servant to Shylock

Patrick McCarthy* - The Duke of Venice
& Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot

Timur Kocak* - Salerio, friend to Antonio and Bassiano

Paul Sugarman - Solanio, friend to Antonio and Bassiano

Michael Hajek* - Tubal, a Jew, friend to Shylock
& Stephano, servant to Portia

Jordan Meadows* - Prince of Aragon, suitor to Portia

James Rana* - Prince of Morocco, suitor to Portia

*Denotes members of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"Strange Eventful History": King John Fights

In addition to bringing you information on Actors Shakespeare Company's upcoming productions, from time to time, we'll delve into ASC's history to bring you some highlights from the Company's 7 year History. We're calling it "Strange Eventful History"

Below check out a short film from ASC's Spring 2007 production of King John.
The film was made by Timur Kocak and Ron Sanborn, and the Fight Choreography is by David Godbey and Denise A. Hurd.

"Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer"

Welcome to the new Actors Shakespeare Company blog! ASC is a classical theatre company located in Jersey City, NJ. We are launching this blog to keep you informed of the news and developments with our upcoming productions and events.

Coming next: The Merchant of Venice, playing at the West Side Theater, located on the campus of New Jersey City University, February 21st to March 9th 2008. Tickets are available now at TheatreMania.

More information on Merchant and ASC are always available at our Official Website.

In the coming months, we’ll be chronicling the Merchant creative process here, with previews of costume and set designs; interviews with actors, musicians and designers; and discussions with Artistic Director Colette Rice on ASC’s approach to one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and thought-provoking plays.

So, keep checking back for more news and information!