Tony Award-nominated actors Manoel Felciano (To Kill a Mockingbird, Amélie, Sweeney Todd) and Reg Rogers (Broadway's Tootsie, The Royal Family) team up with Jennifer Sánchez (Broadway's Pretty Woman, On Your Feet) as the play's trio of tricksters. Nathan Christopher (Off-Broadway debut); Stephen DeRosa (Broadway's Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Into the Woods, The Man Who Came to Dinner); Carson Elrod (Broadway's Peter and The Starcatcher, Noises Off); Teresa Avia Lim (Broadway's Junk at Lincoln Center Theater); Jacob Ming-Trent (Falstaff in Shakespeare in the Park’s Merry Wives); Louis Mustillo ("Mike & Molly"); and Allen Tedder (Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird) complete the cast.
NATHAN CHRISTOPHER is delighted to be making his debut with Red Bull Theater. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nathan has appeared on stage at the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater, the Jungle Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater and Illusion Theater among others. Favorite roles include Jeff in Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan and Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit. Nathan has also taken part in touring productions around the United States, Europe and Russia and appeared in a number of independent films. He has a B.A. in theater from the University of Minnesota. When not acting, Nathan is also a freelance artist and illustrator.
STEPHEN DEROSA. Red Bull: The Government Inspector; Broadway: Gary: A Sequel, On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods, The Man Who Came to Dinner; Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors, These Paper Bullets!, Love's Fire, Irma Vep. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, George Street Playhouse, Yale Rep. Film/TV: “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire” (Eddie Cantor). MFA: Yale Drama.
CARSON ELROD’s Broadway credits include Peter and The Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow. Off-Broadway: Seize The King (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Tempest, Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well (NYSF), The Liar, The Heir Apparent (CSC). Important Hats of the 20th Century, The Explorer’s Club, (MTC), Lives of The Saints, All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Cavedweller (NYTW). Regional: Williamstown, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Westport, Denver Center, Tanglewood, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Berkeley Rep, A.R.T. TV: “The Good Fight,” “Law & Order: CI,” “30 Rock.” Film: Wedding Crashers, Kissing Jessica Stein.
MANOEL FELCIANO was most recently seen as Prosecutor Horace Gilmer in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway production To Kill a Mockingbird. Other Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination), Amélie, Disaster!, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret. Off Broadway: Lynne Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark and The Secret Life of Bees, The Changeling (Red Bull), Trumpery, Much Ado About Nothing, Shockheaded Peter. Regionally: Twelfth Night (dir. Rebecca Taichman) The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, world premiere of Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly, The Exorcist with Brooke Shields, Clybourne Park, Round and Round the Garden, Caucasian Chalk Circle, November, Jerry in At Home at the Zoo (Rebecca Taichman Dir.), Elektra with Olympia Dukakis, Ragtime (Kennedy Center), Three Sisters (dir. Michael Greif, Williamstown), George in Sunday in the Park with George opposite Kelli O'Hara. Various Film/TV, Teaching/Directing in the MFA programs of ACT, NYU and Columbia. Education: BA from Yale and MFA from NYU.
JACOB MING-TRENT was most recently seen as Falstaff in Shakespeare in the Park’s Merry Wives as well as The Forty-Year-Old Version (Netflix) and R#J (Sundance). Several Off-Broadway productions, including Father Comes Home From the Wars..., for which he earned a Lortel Award for Best Supporting Actor. TV: starred in the series “White Famous” (Showtime), played Panda in “Watchmen” (HBO), “Ray Donovan” season six (Showtime), “Feed the Beast” (AMC), etc. Film: Starred in the reboot of SuperFly (Sony), The Possession of Hanna Grace (Screen Gems), etc. Upcoming: “Only Murders in the Building” opposite Steve Martin and Martin Short (Hulu) and “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” (Hulu). Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody and Shrek The Musical.
TERESA AVIA LIM. Broadway: Ayad Akhtar's Junk at Lincoln Center. Other works: Cleopatra in Caesar & Cleopatra for Gingold Theatrical Group; Shakespeare in the Park's all female production of Taming of the Shrew, NAATCO's Awake and Sing, and Macbeth with the Mobile Shakespeare Unit at the Public Theatre. Teresa originated her roles in Peerless, Water by the Spoonful, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West. TV/Film: “The Code,” “Ray Donovan,” “Blue Bloods,” “Limitless,” “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Dispatched,” “Take Me with You,” and Monster. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and an inaugural Recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Scholarship.
LOUIS MUSTILLO’s long-running play Bartenders received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Solo Performance. In 2019 he appeared opposite Andy Garcia in Jeffery Hatcher's adaptation of Key Largo, directed by Doug Hughes at The Geffen in Los Angeles.He played Vince Moranto for six seasons on “Mike and Molly.” Has appeared in 30 films. Recently completing the inspirational Bobcat Moretti and the very funny Magic Hour. Mr Mustillo has appeared in over sixty TV shows including “The Sopranos” playing put upon gardener Sal Vitro and most recently “Bluebloods” and “NCIS.”
REG ROGER’s Broadway credits include Tootsie and The Royal Family (Outer Critics Circle nominations),The Iceman Cometh, Present Laughter, You Can't Take It With You, A Free Man Of Color, The Big Knife and Holiday (Tony and Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway includes, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Pain and the Itch, Cellini, and The Dazzle (OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards). Film and TV include: I Shot Andy Warhol, Primal Fear, Lovely By Surprise, “Friends”, “The Americans", "Boardwalk Empire", “Flesh And Bone”, "The Knick", “Hell On Wheels”, “You”, “NOS4A2” and most recently Neville Townsend on “The Blacklist.”
JENNIFER SÁNCHEZ’s Broadway credits include The Rose Tattoo, Pretty Woman, Sunday in the Park With George, On Your Feet, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Ghost, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road. Jennifer is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where her headshot is featured on a billboard in the middle of the desert. She is a songwriter, Brooklynite, and mother to one very tall son. Insta: @hennihennisanchez
ALLEN TEDDER most recently appeared on Broadway in To Kill a Mockingbird (Guitarist). Off Broadway: King Lear (Delacorte Theater). Regional: PlayMakers Repertory Company. Training: UNC Chapel Hill; The Juilliard School. Allen is from North Carolina and is very grateful to have made it onto the stage here with these great artists. He is so glad to be working with Red Bull Theater.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
This new version of Ben Jonson’s rowdy comedy classic is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jesse Berger – the pair that created the 2017 production of the hit comedy The Government Inspector. The creative team includes Alexis Distler (scenery), Tilly Grimes (costumes), Cha See (lighting), Greg Pliska (sound & orignal music), and Tommy Kurzman (wigs & makeup). Rebecca McBee and Kayla Santos stage manage the production.
JESSE BERGER has directed Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Volpone, Loot, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Changeling, and The Government Inspector since founding Red Bull Theater in 2003. Under his leadership, Red Bull produces a variety of classical work, including past productions such as Erica Schmidt’s Mac Beth, Michael Sexton’s Coriolanus, Keith Hamilton Cobb’s American Moor, over 200 readings online and in person through the OBIE Award-winning Revelation Reading Series, inspiring new writing in conversation with the classics through the annual Short New Play Festival, and offering education and outreach through free Bull Session discussions, Classical Acting Intensives, RemarkaBULL Podversations, and Shakespeare in Schools. Jesse has also directed in New York and across the country at such theaters as Denver Center Theatre (Richard III), Old Globe (Othello), Pittsburgh Public (Venus in Fur, The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife, Life X 3, A Number, Circle Mirror Transformation), PlayMakers Rep (An Iliad), Barrington Stage (Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular), NY Theater Workshop, SoHo Rep, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, Theaterworks/USA, Urban Stages, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Theatre J, Asolo Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Co (Marat/Sade), and the Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Hamptons, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Jesse received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of Marat/Sade, and he has been thrice-nominated for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Excellence in Directing for The Government Inspector, The Witch of Edmonton, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His production of The Maids was nominated as Outstanding Revival by both the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards. Jesse received a 2018 OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction of The Government Inspector.
JEFFREY HATCHER's work was last presented by Red Bull Theater in 2017 with his hit version of inane corruption à la Gogol, The Government Inspector. His Broadway credits include Never Gonna Dance (book). Off-Broadway credits include Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at the Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe, The Turn of the Screw, and The Spy at The Acting Company; and Neddy at American Place. Other credits include Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers, Mercy of a Storm, Smash, Korczak's Children, To Fool the Eye, Confederacy of Dunces, The Critic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and others at The Guthrie, Old Globe, Yale Rep, The Geffen, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Arizona Theater Company, San Jose Rep, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, Children’s Theater Company, History Theater, Madison Rep, Intiman, Illusion, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Company, Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), Asolo, City Theater, Studio Arena and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad. Film and television credits include Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, Mr. Holmes, and episodes of “Columbo” and "The Mentalist." Grants/awards: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Barrymore Award Best New Play, and IVEY Award Best New Play. He is a member and/or alumnus of The Playwrights Center, the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and New Dramatists.
Poet, playwright, actor, and scholar, Ben Jonson (1572-1637) embodied the pressures and possibilities of his fast-paced urban literary world. Raised in London, he had an elite classical education at the Westminster School, but he also apprenticed as a bricklayer, which he resented, before reportedly killing a man in single combat as a soldier in Flanders. Notorious for drinking and fighting, he was frequently on the wrong side of the law; he was nearly hanged in 1598 after killing an actor in a duel, and was imprisoned in 1597 and 1605 for co-writing plays that offended authorities. Fiercely competitive, he claimed that he “beat Marston, and took his pistol from him,” and responded to the legend that Shakespeare had “never blotted line” by writing, “my answer hath been, would he had blotted a thousand.” Yet he also reveled in friendships, frequently collaborated with other writers, and was revered by younger poets who became known as “Sons of Ben.” In keeping with his mixture of grittiness and aspirations to gentility, his literary output ranged from commercial drama to elite court masques and lyric poems. The satiric comedies for which Jonson is best known reflect the mix of urban ambition, work, violence, and playfulness that shaped his own experience.
Recent credits include Broadway: Harry Connick Jr.-- A Celebration of Cole Porter (co-design); New World Stages and Duke (with Red Bull Theater): The Government Inspector; Juilliard Opera: The Turn of the Screw, Il Turco in Italia, The Marriage of Figaro, Curlew River; Public Theater: Toast; Hartford Stage: The Piano Lesson, Having Our Say; McCarter Theatre: Intimate Apparel; George Street Playhouse: Nureyev's Eyes, Daddy Long Legs; Playmakers Repertory Company: The Christians, Tartuffe, The Three Sisters, Trouble in Mind; Winner of the Barrymore Award for In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Wilma Theater). MFA:NYU. www.alexisdistler.com
TILLY GRIMES is an English theatre & film designer based in New York.
For Red Bull - The Government Inspector, dir Jesse Berger (Lucille Lortel nomination). Theatre credits include Lightning Rod Special’s Underground Railroad Game, Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds, dir. Rachel Chavkin; Theresa Rebeck’s Seared dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel at MCC; and Ratatouille- a tiktok musical, dir. Lucy Moss. New York including Roundabout, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic, Ars Nova, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges & La Mama Theatre. Regional including Williamstown, ART, Berkeley Rep, The Alley, Goodspeed Opera, OSF, The Wilma, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two River, Trinity Rep, and Westport Playhouse. tillygrimes.com | instagram-missTgrimes
Cha See is from Manila, Philippines. Off-Broadway credits: The Fever (Minetta Lane/ Audible Theatre); one in two (Signature Theatre); What To Send Up When It Goes Down (Playwrights Horizons/BAM, ART NY) among others. Regional: Everybody (PlayMakers Rep); Marisol (Trinity Rep); On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre); America V2.1 (Barrington Stage); Yasmina’s Necklace (Premiere Stages); Legacy Land (Kansas City Rep) Upcoming: Soft (MCC Theatre); Change Agent (Arena Stage); Exception to the Rule (Roundabout); The Antelope Party (Wild Project); The Great Leap (Portland Center Stage) Training: MFA NYU Tisch. For more seelightingdesign.com; seelightingfoundation.com. @seethruuu
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Select credits include - NYC: 24 Hour Plays and Musicals On Broadway; Off-Broadway: Harry Townsend's Last Stand, Fiddler of the Roof in Yiddish, The Other Josh Cohen, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Church & State, Murder For Two, Silence! The Musical, Working: A Musical; Regional: Mystic Pizza, Million Dollar Quartet (Ogunquit Playhouse), Rock of Ages, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls (Theatre Aspen), Clue: On Stage!, Altar Boyz, Sylvia, Red, The Foreigner, The May Queen, Tally's Folly (Cape Playhouse), Company, The Rocky Horror Show, Ain't Misbehavin', Summer of '42 (Bucks County Playhouse).
Broadway (Makeup): Mrs. Doubtfire, All My Sons, True West, St. Joan, My Fair Lady, Little Foxes, Long Day’s Journey, Bright Star and Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Wigs/Makeup) Westside Theatre, MCC, The Atlantic, The New Group, The Public, MTC, NWS. Regional: The MUNY, Geva Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, Cape Playhouse, Sig. VA, MSM. Associate Hair Designer on over 15 Broadway Productions. Builds wigs for numerous films/TV shows. For Mommy and Nanny Always. IG: @TommyKurzmanWigs
KAYLA SANTOS is a New York City based Stage Manager. Some previous credits include The Noah Racey Project (Theatre Aspen), Hoard (Carnegie Stage), Love and Yogurt (New York Theatre Barn/Out of the Box Theatrics), Enter Laughing, Lolita, My Love, The Day Before Spring (The York) The Evolution of Mann, Sam's Room, Bastard Jones, The Year of the Bicycle, Shoes and Baggage (the cell), Crackskull Row (The Irish Repertory Theatre), That Golden Girls Show! (DR2 Theatre), Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company).
THE PRODUCTION STAFF
Lauren Page Russell
Vocal, Dialect and Text Coach
Action and Movement
Associate Scenic Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Associate Lighting Designer
Associate Sound Designer
Scholar & Dramaturgical Consultant
COVID-19 Safety Manager
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