Thursday, December 3, 2015

Meet the Cast and Director of The Second Shepherds' Play

The Second Shepherds' Play is just about a week away! Meet the folks who are bringing it to life!

Derek Peruo (Director) does classic plays and heightened language like Shakespeare, Molière and Beaumarchais. This is Derek's third production with Bad Quarto Productions, and his directorial debut with the company. In addition to Bad Quarto, Derek was also in Much Ado About Nothing, Iphigenia In Tauris, Life's a Dream, Kosi Dasa, Machinal, and Man of La Mancha. He appeared Off Broadway as Doofus in the premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Snow Angel. Derek was a Recognized Actor/Combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of Chicago Stunt Works for 5 years. Derek attended the School of Performing Arts at LaGuardia High School in New York and received his BFA in acting from DePaul University. He studied Commedia dell’Arte, Feldenkrais, Lecoq, sword fighting, and comedy. Special thanks to Sara for her guidance and love.

Jessica Webb (Coll, the first shepherd) is thrilled to be working with Bad Quarto Productions, after recently moving to New York and appearing in The Cranky Cabaret and Bound for Broadway Showcase. Favorite recent credits include Vicki Smith in "Caught in the Net" with Prather, "Annie Get Your Gun" with The Palms Theatre, and "Godspell" with MET. She is an AriZoni nominee as well as a two time NYA winner for her roles as Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Sally in “YAGMCB”, and Cinderella in "Into the Woods" all with Studio 3 Performing Arts. Love to Emma, Ajax, and the family!

Andre Silva (Gib, the second shepherd) is a New York based actor. He recently finished an intensive course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). He has been seen in Bad Quarto Productions' Taming of a Shrew as Aurelius and in Daniel Adams production of Three Sisters at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory. He also has several short films currently in post-production and being submitted to film festivals around the country. He is delighted to be a part of this cast and wants to thank his friends and family for their ever growing support!

Stephen Zuccaro (Daw, the third shepherd) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Off-broadway credits include: Nightmare Before Insomnium (The Paper Box), Frolic!, Outcasts, Characters (June Havoc Theatre), Misfits, Players (Abingdon Theatre), andThespians (TAPNYC). Other recent credits include: The Lyons(Bare Bones Theatre Co.), And Then There Were None (AlphaNYC), and Antigone (Wandering Theatre Co.) Stephen would like to thank Derek, the cast and crew, and all those in attendance, with special thanks to his family and friends for their constant love and support. Stephen is currently represented by The Talent Express.

Nicholas Corda (Mak, a thief/an Angel of the Lord) is a theatremaker, actor, producer, writer, and the Managing Editor at Chance Magazine. His artistic focus is in community-based social theatre, Theatre of DeColonization, and Animal Studies. He has collaborated with New Brooklyn Theater, The Living Theatre, One Year Lease Theatre Company, and Amerinda to author four pieces for Chance Magazine and produced Chance Issues 4-7. Nick also edited and designed Bond Street Theatre’s book A Decade in Afghanistan, about the company's decade-long work in Afghanistan. Nick is the founder of the Artistic Theatre Collective Acteurs sans Limites, and an alumnus of Vassar College (General and Department Honors) and the National Theatre Institute. Off Broadway: Captain Hook’s Cabaret by Erika Jenko; Times Scare (Smee), The Tempest; Perchance to Dream Theatre (Ferdinand), Deirdre, a New Musical (Ardan); Off-Off Broadway: Twelfth Night; Stag & Lion Theatre Company (Sebastian), As You Like It; Stag & Lion Theatre Company (Orlando), Richard III; Stag & Lion Theatre Company (Richmond), Cymbeline; Wyrd Theatre (Aviragus/Philario/Lord 1/Gaoler), The Midsummer Experiment; Wyrd Theatre (Egeus/Flute), Tinkerbell Theater: Cinderella; Frog & Peach Theatre Company (Albert&Cameron/Chef/Royal Announcer), Tinkerbell Theater: The Tinderbox; Frog & Peach Theatre Company (Evil Queen), Lullaby by Lynn Rosen; Guest Artist with The Box Collective (Father). He also loves to make tomato sauce on cold winter days.

Courtney McClellan (Gill, Mak's wife/Mary, the Blessed Virgin) excitedly joins Bad Quarto Productions for the Second Shepherds Play! Credits include Ripper (Lizzie/Mrs. Lusk) in NYC, Hamlet (Gertrude) and the Comedy of Errors (Adriana/Courtesan) with NCShakes and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Nashville (Nurse Flinn). Other Nashville credits: A Raisin in the Sun and Once on This Island. Regional credits: Chicago (Mama Morton), Big River (Alice), and The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe) with Weathervane Playhouse (Newark, OH); Romeo and Juliet (Lady Montague/Lady Capulet/Benvolio), Macbeth (Witch/Malcolm), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania/Helena/Quince) with NCShakes. BA Communications/Theatre, Hampton University; McCaskill Studios, NYC.

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