Be enchanted by one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. A Midsummer Night's Dream combines two pairs of star-crossed lovers, a hopeless troupe of actors, the king and queen of the fairies and their rascally henchman Puck, who creates romantic and comic havoc for all. Hold on to your heart - Cupid is armed and dangerous!
CAST & CREATIVE
KEVIN MCKILLIP* as Theseus/Oberon
CATHERINE LEFRERE* as Hippolyta/Titania
BETSY MOORE as Philostrate/Puck
HARVEY T. JORDAN as Egeus/Tom Snout
REBECCA TUCKER as Hermia
JOSH DURFEY as Lysander
JASE EGAN as Demetrius
ROSEMARY BROWNLOW* as Helena
TY SMITH as Peter Quince
JERRY LEE* as Nick Bottom
LUCAS MICHAEL CHANDLER as Francis Flute
GREGG KOSKI as Robin Starveling
CHRIS HAYHURST as Snug
RUBY JAMES as Mustardseed
ALICE JAMES as Moth
MYAH COLLIE as Cobweb
BROOKE JONES as Peaseblossom
Director SCOTT VIETS
Scenic Designer MICHAEL KRAMER
Costume Designer REBECCA MEREDITH
Lighting Designer MIKE SALI
Properties Designer MATT SWEETLAND
Stage Manager JAY DAVID
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
WHO'S WHO IN A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
KEVIN MCKILLIP (Oberon/Theseus) returns to Sierra Rep after appearing in A Christmas Story. Credits include: Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Iowa Shakespeare, New American Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, over 30 projects with First Folio (including title roles in Hamlet and Richard III, as well as As You Like It, MacBeth, The Winter’s Tale) over 20 productions with Peninsula Players, appearances with Mercury Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Illinois Theatre Center, American Players Theatre, and two seasons as an American invitee to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, where he received a Tyrone Guthrie Award. Kevin has 3 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (AEA), including Best Lead Actor for Richard III. Kevin has appeared on Chicago Med (NBC) Empire (Fox) The World Wars (History), and over 20 Episodes of The Morning Sweat on the Onion Network.
BETSY MOORE (Puck/Philostrate) Betsy’s solo show, Freebird Goes to Mars was listed as one of the 5 best moments in theater of 2015 by the L.A.Weekly and won the award for best avant-garde show on Broadway at the United Solo Festival. Performance awards include the Garland Award for her work in Dolores, best performance from The International Amsterdam Film Festival for her work in Sissy, and best supporting actress for Light as a Feather.
REBECCA TUCKER (Hermia) is thrilled to be making her SRT debut! New York Credits: New Victory Theatre (Caps for Sale the Musical), Theatre Lab (Robot Songs). Regional Credits: Ford's Theatre (The Widow Lincoln), Palm Beach Dramaworks (Night of the Iguana), Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Importance of Being Earnest, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Norman Conquests), Broward Stage Door (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Interlakes Summer Theatre (Gypsy), Iron Crow Theatre (The Zero Hour), Theatre KAPOW (Living in Exile), Okoboji Summer Rep (Little Women the Musical). NHTA Best Supporting Actress 2014. BFA CSU Fullerton.
LUCAS MICHAEL CHANDLER (Francis Flute) is a Company Member here at SRT and is very excited to be working on Midsummer for the first time. He is a graduate of PCPA, and was most recently seen on stage in the Ensemble of Mamma Mia! Lucas has worked on many other productions here, starting with My Fair Lady in the spring of 2016. His favorite role that he has played is Goat from The Robber Bridegroom. He is very thankful to his family for always coming to see his shows, and to the community for the overwhelming support of SRT. Thank you all for coming! Enjoy the show!
CHRIS HAYHURST (Snug) has most recently appeared in The Glass Menagerie here at Sierra Repertory Theatre and he is thrilled to be back! Regional credits: A Lie of the Mind at Center Stage Conservatory, The Library at Chicago’s Level 11 Theatre Company, and in The Glass Menagerie as Jim at Stage 3 for which he won the prestigious Elly Award from SARTA for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Other recent performances include Fool for Love as Eddie at Center Stage Conservatory, True West as Austin at Center Stage Conservatory, and he originated the role of Ronald in Jim Knable’s Green Man at Stages Theatre Company. Chris has studied with Steppenwolf West, Black Box Acting in Chicago, and has a B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton. Chris is thrilled to be part of such a talented cast and production team. He’d love to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support, much love.
CATHERINE LEFRERE (Titania/Hippolyta) currently plays Anna-Theresa on Syfy's hit TV show HAPPY! starring Christopher Meloni. Other TV: GIRLS (HBO), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix), Running Wilde (FOX). SELECTED THEATRE: Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Randy Skinner,director), Carnival & Out Of This World (Theater Row), For Worse (New York Stage&Film Festival);The Judy Holliday Story; The Blue Room. Maria in Lend Me A Tenor, Mae West in Dirty Blonde, As You Like It &The Boys from Syracuse (Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC). How To Succeed in Business..., Gypsy, Boeing Boeing, NOIR (Broadway World Award Nomination, Best Actress), Anything Goes, Grease. She can be seen in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day In New York, starring Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning. Graduate of Northwestern University and The School at Steppenwolf.
ROSEMARY BROWNLOW (Helena) This production marks Rosemary’s fourth time working on Midsummer, her third rodeo playing Helena, and her second show at SRT (you might have seen her as Belle/Mrs. Cratchit in A Columbia Christmas Carol). Regional: South Coast Repertory, PCPA, Great River Shakespeare Festival and others. Favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, Rachel in My Name is Rachel Corrie, and children’s book icon Junie B. Jones. This one goes out to anyone brave and wild enough to run into the forest, without disguise, in pursuit of what they know is right. UC Irvine MFA.
JOSH DURFEY (Lysander) studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at Southern Utah University. He last performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Education Tour of The Tempest as Ferdinand. Previous shows include: Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls, Neleus in Mary Poppins, and more at the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Cinderella (Christopher) at Starlight Mountain Theatre; Bandito Rides Again (Rupert) at Pickleville Playhouse; Bat Boy the Musical (Edgar/Bat Boy), Romeo and Juliet (Prince), and As You Like It (William) at Southern Utah University. He is ecstatic for this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and hopes you enjoy it as much as he did preparing it.
HARVEY T. JORDAN (Egeus/Tom Snout) has performed with numerous regional theatres around the country, including Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Minnesota Repertory Theatre, Drake Theatre Repertory, Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, The Show Below, Highland Summer Theatre, Stage 3, and the American Blues Theatre Company. He also served as an Artist-in-Residence for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Harvey has directed professional theatre productions in L.A., Chicago, and Northern California, and holds an M.F.A. in Acting from U.C. Davis.
MYAH COLLIE (Cobweb) is thrilled to be joining the cast of her first mainstage production at SRT! She recently enjoyed playing the part of Rosie in the SRT Jr. production of Clowns. Now a local of Tuolumne County, Myah got her first taste of theater participating in workshops at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Myah would like to thank her family for all their love and support!
ALICE M. JAMES (Moth) is so excited to be in her first professional show her at SRT! Previous credits Seussical (Thing 1), Annie (Orphan), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble), and Mary Poppins (Ensemble) all at CSTARS. Alice is 8 years old and is in the 3rd grade. In her spare time she enjoys art, dance, acting, and sewing. She would like to thank her sister, mom, dad, and Scott Viets for the opportunity. Have a good time and enjoy the show!
JERRY LEE (Nick Bottom) joined Sierra Rep earlier this year as the company's new Marketing Director. He has appeared in the SRT productions of Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Don Quixote), Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair (Pat Gilbert), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho). Lee will also be hosting this year’s Cabaret Series. As an actor: Forbidden Broadway (California Musical Theatre); Life Could Be A Dream, A Christmas Carol (CenterREP); A Little Princess, The Fantasticks (Sacramento Theatre Company); West Side Story (Mountain Play); Orlando, An Iliad, A Tale of Two Cities (SacImpulse Theatre). As a director: Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Robber Bridegroom (SRT); I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Sacramento Theatre Company).
JASE EGAN (Demetrius) is an actor, award winning playwright and screenwriter. Born and raised in Queens New York, he graduated with honors in both Theatre and Creative Writing from Queens College, and then went on to receive his MFA from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has been lucky enough to perform on Shakespeare's Globe in London, as well as perform in plays in Athens, Ireland, Off-Broadway, as well as regionally.
TY SMITH (Peter Quince) is an SRT company member and some of his 85 roles include Rumson in Paint Your Wagon, Governor/C.J. Scruggs in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Lear in King Lear. A graduate of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Professional Actor Training Program, Ty is a veteran of Off-Broadway, regional theaters and Shakespeare festivals across the country. He spent several summers with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival where his roles included Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Antonio in the Merchant of Venice and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.
GREGG KOSKI (Robin Starveling) is making his first appearance at SRT. Other performances include seven productions for the Sacramento Theatre Company, including Sense and Sensibility, Cinderella, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest and MacBeth. Other notable roles include: Pinball Champ in Tommy, Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff in MacBeth, Kreon in Antigone, De Guiche in Cyrano, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Iago in Othello, Pulver in Mr. Roberts, Teddy in The Homecoming, Trotter in The Mousetrap, Butley in Butley. He is a B.A. graduate in Theatre Arts from C.S.U. Sacramento. Thanks to Scott Viets.
BROOKE JONES (Peaseblossom) is thrilled to be joining the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in her professional debut. She recently played the role of Puck in SRT Jr’s workshop production of Midsummer. Brooke has studied dance at Randi Murray’s Dance Studio for five years and is currently taking violin lessons. She enjoys music of all genres, art, singing, and acting. She is passionate about the arts and wishes to thank SRT and her parents for inspiring her and helping her to fulfill her dreams!
RUBY ELAINE JAMES (Mustardseed) is overjoyed to be part of yet another show here at SRT!! Previous SRT credits include The Sound of Music (Gretl), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Susan), and The Music Man (Gracie Shinn). Other favorites include the title role in Annie, and Seussical (JoJo) with Calaveras Sings Theatre Arts Repertory for Kids (CSTARS). Ruby is enjoying dance classes at Motherlode Dance Academy, also voice lessons with Randi Linee! She would like to thank her mom, dad, sister, and the whole SRT family for making theatre possible for her! Enjoy the show!
*Member, Actors' Equity Association