Actors: Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, David DeSantis, Patrick T. Horn, Rob MacFadyen, Una Aya Osato, Eddie Shields
Musician: Edward RosenBerg III
Playwright: Robert Bagg
Composer: Neal Kirkwood
Sarah Elizabeth Bedard is thrilled to be joining Mettawee River Theatre Company for the first time! Sarah is a third year MFA Acting student at Brandeis University. Some of her previous roles include Agnes in Agnes of God, Clytemnestra in The Oresteia, Brooke in Noises Off, Little Sally in Urinetown, Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, and Hannah in Bad Habit Productions’ IRNE award-winning Arcadia. Most recently, Sarah was seen at Brandeis Theatre Company as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet as well as Electra in Orestes. Next up for Ms. Bedard is DibbleDance at Shakespeare and Company, followed by her own work, Interrupted, at Brandeis Theatre Company, for which she will perform as well as direct.
David DeSantis is a New York City based actor and graduate of both the New York Film Academy and the Stella Adler Studio. As a member of “Homunculus Mask Theatre”, David has performed in “Eponymous!”, “Songs of Love”, “Rossum’s Universal Robots”, and “Homunculus: Reloaded”. Outside of mask theater, recent appearances include “Alice in Wonderland”, “La Ronde”, and Israel Horovitz’s “Line”. “Taliesin” is David’s first show with the Mettawee River Theatre Company.
Patrick T. Horn is a current M.F.A. candidate at the New School for Drama and received his B.A. in Arts from Drew University. Originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, he is ecstatic to be working with a company that has such a rich history and impact on the theatrical community under such a legend as Ralph Lee. His most recent credits outside of New School include the Hudson Guild Avant Garde Festival as a member of Das Group and Antipholus of Ephesus in the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Comedy of Errors. He would like to thank his friends and family for their tireless support and his fellow cast members for their dedication and artistic prowess.
Rob MacFadyen is a New York City based actor, fight choreographer, and voice-artist. He has performed in New York City with Primary Stages (Little Monsters) and in regional theaters such as the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Macbeth, Candide, A Christmas Carol), the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well that Ends Well, Henry V), Brandeis Theatre Company (Love’s Labours Lost, Three Sisters, Sunday in the Park with George), Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre (Tartuffe, Medea, Lady Windermere’s Fan), and Performance Network (Candida). He holds an MFA from Brandeis University.
Una Aya Osato was born and raised in the East Village of New York City, where she works as a performer, writer, and educator. Since graduating Wesleyan University, she has written critically acclaimed one-woman shows, exHOTic other, Recess, JapJAP, Keep It Movin’, and collaboratively created and performs with her family, LOL: The End. She has performed all of her work nationally and internationally in theaters, classrooms, community organizations, universities, and prisons. Una’s work has won numerous awards including winner of “Best Female Solo Show” at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, “Best of Fest” in Winnipeg Canada, “Audience Choice Award” at the FRIGID New York Festival, and was nominated by the NY Innovative Theater Awards for “Outstanding Solo Performance.” For her upcoming happenings please visit: www.facebook.com/una.aya.osato
Eddie Shields - Previous Roles include A Class Act (Michael; Playwrights Horizons, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Billy Redden (Billy;Theatre Row), Romeo and Juliet, Iphegenia at Aulis (Romeo, Messenger; Brandeis Theater Company), Film: “Moonrise Kingdom”. Currently receiving his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. Special thanks to Ralph, Casey, and Susan Dibble.
Edward RosenBerg III is a composer/performer living in New York City. He attended the Eastman School of Music and received a BA in Saxophone/Jazz. He also attended Queens College and earned an MA in Music Composition. Edward performs regularly with a variety of groups that range in style from Modern Classical to Jazz to Heavy Metal (and back). He is a founding member of the prog-jazz outfit, Jerseyband, that toured Europe in 2010 and recently finished their 7th album. Edward’s other bands, Heart Of Barf and Glue Gun Optimism, are both active in New York City. In addition to his own groups, Edward’s compositions have been performed by the Second Instrumental Unit, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Anti-Social Music, and the Tokyo Brass Arts Orchestra, among others. He is currently working on several large-scale projects including a new musical and an opera. Edward is the founder of SongBaby, a company that creates homemade songs for the ones you love! More info and music at http://wetdryvac.virb.com
Robert Bagg and Ralph Lee collaborated on two productions, directed by Ralph, during their senior year in college in 1956-57. Both plays had Classical origins: a translation of Euripides The Cyclops and a dramatization of the Nausicaa episode of Homer’s Odyssey. Bagg continued to translate Greek drama, eight plays altogether, which have been staged in 65 productions on four continents. He contributed translations of Oedipus The King, Antigone, Oedipus at Kolonos, Elektra & Women of Trakhis to The Complete Plays Of Sophocles (Harper Perennial. 2011) , co-authored with James Scully who contributed Aias & Philoktetes. Bagg’s versions of Oedipus The King & Antigone are included in The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3rd edition, 2012. He also has published several books of poetry, including Madonna of the Cello, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is currently writing a critical biography of the American poet Richard Wilbur. He taught English at the University of Massachusetts 1965-96.
Neal Kirkwood is a composer, pianist, arranger and bandleader living in New York City. His ensembles include the Neal Kirkwood Octet, a “little big band” featuring some of the top improvisers in New York City. Experimental yet swinging, the Octet performs Kirkwood’s original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. He also leads the Chromatic Persuaders, a quartet featuring violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Lindsey Horner, and drummer Tom Rainey. He recently debuted a new trio with Allison Miller on drums and Lindsey Horner on bass.
As a composer, Neal Kirkwood has received has received numerous commissions, including a 2007 New York State Music Fund commission for “Village Songs,” a song cycle for children’s chorus and a ten-piece jazz ensemble, with a text drawn from the writings of 4th grade students in New York public schools. In 2000 he received a New York State Council for the Arts commission for “The Future of Futurism,” a five movement work for jazz orchestra. Other commissions include “Voices” for children’s chorus, 2008, for the Children’s Aid Society chorus, and “The Mirrored Self” and “The Enchanted Realm” for the Belgian ensemble Octurn. His composition for jazz orchestra “Goldberg’s Variations” was winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Competition in 1996. He has composed music for symphony orchestra, jazz orchestra, chamber ensembles, and voice. He holds a master’s degree in composition from Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Charles Jones.
In addition to his activities as a bandleader and composer, Kirkwood has performed and recorded with Pony Poindexter, Bobby Previte, Lindsey Horner, Mark Feldman, Mike Clark, among others, and has toured with vocalists Michel Hermon, Chris Connor, Abby Lincoln and Bobby McFerrin.
He has also been deeply involved performing and composing for some of New York’s most creative and experimental theater ensembles. For 12 years he has composed scores for Ralph Lee’s Mettawee Theater. He has contributed to many of playwright Jim Neu’s productions, often in collaboration with saxophonist Harry Mann. He has also worked with Otrabanda Company, the Talking Band, Anne Bogart, Joseph Chaiken, and Louise Smith.
He has released four CDs as a leader: “The Neal Kirkwood Octet,” “The Chromatic Persuaders,” and “Extrospection” on Timescraper Records, and a solo piano CD “Time’s Circle” on Present Eye Music. He is currently on the faculty of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Third Street Music School in New York City