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William Shakespeare's
TWELFTH NIGHT
Directed by A.D. Newcomer

with Colin Palmer

Meet the Cast:

 

John Bradley (Sir Andrew Aguecheek): John is glad to be back at the Northeast Stage and to be working with this wonderful cast! Some of his favorite roles have included Billy Cane (Bright Star) with the RFCT, Rafe Sadler (Wolf Hall) at the NFCT, and Duke Vincentio (Measure for Measure) here at Northeast Stage.

 


 

 

Michael Drozd (Sea Captain / Antonio) : Michael is super excited to be making his Northeast Stage debut! Michael has never been in a Shakespearean play. Primarily with a musical theater and classical background, Michael has his bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He has been in numerous shows across the North and South Forks. Some of his favorite roles include Christoph (Wolf Hall), Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid), Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), George (The Wedding Singer) and Kyle B O’Boyle (Legally Blonde). Along with performing, he teaches private voice lessons and has been a director/musical director for musicals in the William Floyd School District. Michael is super grateful to the cast and crew for a wonderful time, and he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show! 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin D. Harris (Festalu/Officer 2): Justin is an East End actor, director, writer, teaching artist et al. He is a Brown University graduate (Neuroscience) and the Arts Academy Manager at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Justin is thrilled to be back working with Northeast Stage where last he's played iconic characters such as Othello, Brutus, Lucio, Nick Bottom, and Feste himself in various festivals and productions. He had the honor of working and performing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016. One of Justin's greatest theatrical achievements has been directing and choreographing the Long Island premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's folk/bluegrass musical "Bright Star." Justin's favorite acting credits include Emcee in "Cabaret" and Chutes&Ladders in "Water by The Spoonful."  

 

 

 

 

Huck Hirsch (Feste/Officer 1): The last time Huck did Shakespeare was senior year at the High School of Performing Arts (back when The Bard himself trod the boards). Between then and now, Huck graduated from Amherst College, traveled the world doing musicals like A Chorus Line and 42nd Street, wrote for TV in Los Angeles, and relocated to the North Fork in 2015, where community theater adventures now color his days fluorescent! Much love and thanks to all his creative collaborators on the local theater circuit.

 

 

 

Charles E. Lehner

 

 

 

Charles E. Lehner (Duke Orsino): returns to the stage after a hiatus. He was in Northeast Stage's previous two productions of Twelfth Night, as understudy to the Priest as directed by Hannah Gray in 2019, and as Officer 1 in the show directed by Amie Sponza in 2006. Other previous appearances with Northeast Stage included Mississippi Mud, directed by the late Peg Murray in 2007, and Love's Labours Lost, directed by A.D. Newcomer in 2009. At Ross School in 2008-2011 he performed in various plays and musicals directed by Gerard Doyle and Adam Judd. He also has performed in musicals at North Fork Community Theatre. At University of Rochester's International Theatre Program he played in An Absolute Turkey by Georges Feydeau in 2011, and in Cinderella by Joël Pommerat in 2013, directed by Nigel Maister. Charles works as a software engineer. 

 

 

Christian Lepore (Sir Toby Belch) is delighted to return to Northeast Stage and the exacting, yet careful direction of A.D. and Colin; he was last seen here as various citizens of Vienna in 2019’s Measure for Measure. He was most recently seen on stage as Thomas Cromwell in NFCT’s regrettably plague-shortened production of Wolf Hall. Raised in Mattituck, he has appeared onstage in numerous theatres in Washington, D.C., on Long Island and in Philadelphia. Some of his other favorite roles include Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in Night of the Iguana, Norman in The Dresser, Feste in Twelfth Night, George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare, and as a featured performer in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He thanks A.D. for the opportunity to return to this, one of his favorite plays.

Nancee Moes (Olivia) is professor, curriculum designer, and occasional theatre director on Long Island. Her last time on stage was back in 2016 for the Long Island Shakespeare Festival production of Three Musketeers ("Milady"), and she's pleased to be performing again...and to be able to cross off a bucket-list role! Her recent directing credits include The Heidi Chronicles (2019), An Evening of Molière (2019), Two Gentlemen Of Verona (2018), Comedy Of Errors (2017), Oedipus Rex (2017), and Measure for Measure (2016).

 

Colin Palmer (Malvolio/Assistant Director/Costumes): Colin is thrilled to be returning to live theatre with this spectacular cast. Previous Shakespeare roles include Richard of Gloucester (Richard III), The Provost (Measure for Measure), Emperor Saturninus (Titus Andronicus), and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Henry V).  

 

 

 

 

Peter Peterson: (Sebastian/Fabian): Peter is excited to be performing in live theater again with Northeast Stage. Previous performances include Measure for Measure, As You Like It and Macbeth. He was also in the NFCT's productions of Wolf Hall and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  He thanks his family and friends for their continued support. Enjoy the show!

 

Wendy Peterson (Viola/Cesario)This is Wendy’s second time performing with the Northeast Stage. She last appeared as Jane Seymour in NFCT’s production of Wolf Hall, andClaudio in Northeast Stage’s production of Measure for Measure. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with this wonderfully talented group of actors again, and she hopes you enjoy the show.

 

 

 

Lin-Marié Salvato: (Valentine/Priest): Lin Marié is thrilled to make her stage debut with this production of Twelfth Night directed by A.D. Newcomer. Despite a lifelong interest in theatre, growing up in South Africa, she was not afforded many opportunities to pursue acting—so joining the Northeast Stage has been a dream come true! She would like to thank A.D. Newcomer for taking a chance on her, and convey how excited and honoured she is to perform alongside this talented cast.

 

Mark Sisson (Festelee/Officer #3 ): Wonderful to be back on the boards with the Bard! Mark lives in Mattituck with Lauren and Luke. This will be the third Shakespearean attempt for him with NE Stage: first was in '82 in A Midsummer's Night Dream, directed by Peg Murray, second, 2017 in Richard III, directed by Colin Palmer and now, directed by A.D. Newcomer. "The third pays for all!"

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Rebekah White (Maria) is a singer, actress, teacher, co-founder of the former production company RW StageArt and a current member of the board of Northeast Stage.  She holds a BS in Music from Adelphi University and is currently working on her MA in Elementary Ed.  She has been fortunate throughout the years to work with numerous production companies.  Some of her favorite roles have included Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Ariel in The Tempest, Carol in Oleanna, Anna in Boston Marriage, Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along, Honey in Who's Affraid of Virginia Woolf, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, Princess in Love's Labour's Lost, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jacques in As You Like It and the title role in Anna Christie.  Her greatest role to date though, has been being mom to her son Quint and daughter Aurora. Thank you to AD and our talented cast!

A.D. Newcomer (Director):  A.D. has been a member of Northeast Stage since 2002 in a variety of capacities including Shakespeare-in-the Park director for a bunch of years. A.D. is an alumna of the Intensive Actor Training Program and Education training programs at Shakespeare & Company based in Lenox, MA. Since then, she has served as company member, Actor Training Program teacher trainee and Education Department faculty there and in 2017 returned home to the North Fork. She was last seen on a live stage in NFCT’s Wolf Hall, whose run was cut short by Covid. This summer she has been serving as a  theater Teaching Artist at Westhampton Beach Performing  Arts Center and iCamp in Bridgehampton as well as directing Hamptons Shakespeare Festival’s Camp Shakespeare program for the fifth year. A.D. is thrilled to once again this year play Director of Northeast Stage’s Shakespeare in the Park.  Nice to be home with a wonderful cast and crew. Thank you to the incredible talents who took a chance on this production in an uncertain time and did amazing work without knowing where it might lead and thank you to the board, our quiet heroes. 

 

 

 

A.D. Newcomer with Dog