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RICHARD III
Meet the Cast

JOHN BRADLEY (Sir Robert Brackenbury|Earl of Oxford): John is happy for the opportunity to participate in theater with such a wonderful group of people, even in times like these. Some of his favorite roles have included Billy Cane (Bright Star) with the RFCT, Duke Vincentio (Measure for Measure) with Northeast Stage,and Rafe Sadler (Wolf Hall) at the NFCT.

 

 

BEN EAGER (Prince Edward of Wales): Ben began acting in 2012, with the NFCT production of The King And I. He continued to do shows mainly with NFCT and RFCT for six years, some of his favorites being 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', 'Urinetown', and 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown', with NFCT, along with 'School of Rock', 'Legally Blonde', and 'Gypsy' with RFCT. In addition to being on stage, he has been in the pit, crew, and even the lighting booth, on occasion. Ben stopped doing theater to study violin in NYC, where he attended the Lucy Moses School, and participated in programs with the New York Youth Symphony. He was about to begin his freshman year at Roosevelt University's CCPA, when the pandemic convinced him to take a gap year. Ben is thrilled to be spending some of his spare time performing with his old castmates from Richard III, and hopes you enjoy this unorthodox presentation.  

 

TIM FERRIS (Duke of Buckingham): When Colin asked Tim to reprise his role as the Duke of Buckingham, Tim was happy to accept. Times being what they are these days, having theatre is any form is both a comfort and a joy. Tim is thrilled to be performing with all his old friends from the previous 2017 production, brought together by the wonders of Zoom. When not acting arch or stressing about what his face is doing on the webcam, Tim works as a writing professor at Suffolk Community College (over Zoom) and takes education classes at CUNY Hunter College (also over Zoom). Things that Tim has accomplished in times of COVID: read over twenty different novels, learned how to cut his own hair, and discovered that soy sauce and scrambled eggs are a disastrous combination.

 

 

 

JUSTIN D. HARRIS (Rivers, Ely, Priest): Justin is an east end actor, director, writer et al, and current Arts Academy Manager at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. He is also a masterful teaching artist working with actors from Manhattan to Montauk in theatre and Shakespeare. Justin is a graduate of Brown University in Neuroscience and has an extensive resume in the performing arts including a capella, mariachi band, and step dance. In 2016, he worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival administratively, in performance, and co-coordinating the 5th National Asian American Theaters and Artists ConFest. Justin is board member of virtual theatre group OK Zoomer and recently directed and choreographed the Long Island Premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star with Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater this past year. His favorite acting credits include Emcee (Cabaret), Chutes&Ladders (Water By The Spoonful), and Shakespeare's Othello, Brutus, Bottom, and Lucio.   

AMY IPPOLITO (Lady Anne, Murderer): Amy is thrilled to have been asked back to work with Colin again on her beloved Lady Anne. Working with this cast back in 2017 was a dream and to be given the chance to resurrect this incredible company of actors is truly a once in a lifetime moment, that she does not take for granted. One shred of light during these dark moments was being able to still contribute her voice in this story. Thanks to a virtual production Amy was still able to be a part of Richard III while being in Virginia while she works to finish her Master’s Degree in Shakespeare and Performance.

 

 

CHRISTIAN LEPORE (King Edward IV/Lord Mayor/Sir Walter Herbert): is happy to collaborate once more with Colin Palmer in this unique production of Richard III, having previously worked with him in the North Fork Community Theatre’s production of Wolf Hall as Thomas Cromwell and, before that, Northeast Stage’s production of Measure for Measure as various citizens of Vienna. Some of his other favorite roles include Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in Night of the Iguana, Feste in Twelfth Night, George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare, and as a featured performer in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

 

A.D. NEWCOMER (George, Duke of Clarence): 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 do good work here on the North Fork as well. She was last seen on a live stage in NFCT’s Wolf Hall, whose run was cut short by Covid. Thanks Danny, Monkey, Colin,  the Northeast Stage Board and the great cast of RIII for this journey into and through a first-time Zoom production and their amazing work keeping theater alive while we navigate these difficult waters as artists in a new world. 

 

 

 

 

 

COLIN PALMER: (Richard of Gloucester, Director):Colin is thrilled to be revisiting Richard III after the immensely enjoyable 2017 production across the North Fork. Recent onstage performances (pre-COVID) include Bishop Stephen Gardiner in Wolf HallProfessor Bhaer in Little Women, and Daryl Ames in Bright Star. Other productions as director include Wolf Hall and The Santaland Diaries (NFCT), Measure for Measure and Henry V (Northeast Stage), Titus Andronicus (SBU Pocket Theatre)Glengarry Glen RossThe Who’s TommySEX: aka weiners and boobs, and The Book of Liz (Management Productions).

JOSEPH PODLAS (Prince Richard of York):

 

 

CHRISTINE RICHARD (Duchess of York): Christine is thrilled to revisit Cecily, Duchess of York as well as this tremendously talented cast.  Thanks to Colin for his kindness and hand-holding through the filming process.

 

 

MARK SISSON (Lord Stanley): Mark lives in Mattituck with his wife and son and visits with his other son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in New Jersey as often as possible. This marks his second appearance with Northeast Stage after A Midsummer Night's Dream in the 80's, plus the affiliated Richard III three years ago and now. Thanks to Colin and our wonderful cast.

 

 

 

 

SARAH STORJOHANN (Queen Elizabeth): Sarah is thrilled to be working with this amazing cast from across the internet waves, having recently moved to the Green Mountain State of Vermont.  She is especially grateful to the inimitable Colin Palmer, who has directed her in five shows over the last seven years (Henry V and Measure for Measure with Northeast Stage; Richard III with East End Mobile Theatre; Wolf Hall with NFCT).  Sarah was seen most recently treading the boards at North Fork Community Theatre (Lizzie Cromwell & Queen Katherine – Wolf Hall; Germaine – Picasso at the Lapin Agile).  A graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program (2003), she has also appeared in Northeast Stage’s productions of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Elaine); The Supreme Beings (Mother Nature); Tales and Tempests (Various Roles); and The Comedy of Errors (Queen Solina).  Special thanks, as always, to Kit for his unending love and support; and of course to Dad for… well, everything!  For Monique, Kevin and Harvey.

 

DAN YAIULLO (Lord Hastings/Earl of Richmond/Sir James TyrrellRichmond, Tyrell, Hastings) Dan is excited to revisit this production and revive these characters during this age of such artistic scarcity. The last production he participated in before the world shut down was Sense and Sensibility with Hudson Warehouse earlier this year, in which he played John Dashwood and Mr. Palmer. Other credits include Dress of Fire with Austin Pendleton, Women Behind Bars with Amy Stiller, Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory, and Fourteen Little Red Huts, which performed last year in Voronezh, Russia. He has participated in various readings with Red Bull Theater and The Acting Company, is a graduate of NYU Tisch, and has studied in Oxford at the British American Drama Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN YAIULLO (Sir William Catesby): John is super glad to be a part of Richard III as Catesby yet again! Enjoy the show folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMES YAIULLO (Original Music): James is delighted to supply the music for this production which so many of his dear friends are a part of. This just in: you have a 100% chance of enjoying this production. Psh, didn’t you pay attention in math class? Numbers don’t lie.