An evening of one-acts featuring "Women of Wit & Will"
Directed by Katherine Harte-DeCoux, Stacee Mandeville, and Taylor Tobin
Presented by by Mortal Folly Theatre & Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory
in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program
JULY 11 - 22
"I wanted more than the life that had been resigned to me..."
~ Catalina de Erauso, Lieutenant Nun
An action-packed evening of adventurous (and mostly new!)
storytelling, the heroines of BROADSIDE! go to extraordinary
ends to pursue lives of their choosing, even when flying in
the face of societal norms. Full of vivid characters of both
humor and humanity, this swashbuckling romp spans nearly
a thousand years of history, passion, and swordplay,
through five short plays with a fearless female perspective.
Produced by Katherine Harte-DeCoux and Alexsis Balaoing
Fight Director: Nathan DeCoux
Assistant Fight Director / Fight Captain: Matthew Rini
Weapons provided by Gotham Armory
Lighting Design: Rafael Cubela
Scenic Design: Daniel P. Walters
Costume Design: Diana Green
Postcard Design: Dave Green
Starring: Lexi Balaoing, Robert Bellsey, Giselle M. Chatelain, Diana Green, Katherine Harte-DeCoux, Shannon Kelly, Laura King, Matthew Rini, Emily Stine and Daniel P. Walters. Click here for company bios.
BROADSIDE! is an evening of Five [Mostly] New Short Plays:
The True Author ... Revealed by James Armstrong - Based on a true story, Miss Delia Bacon is eager to crack the Shakespeare code and share its secrets with you! Premiered in 2009 in a collection of one-acts at The Tank and anthologized in The Best American Short Plays: 2008-2009.
The Sign in the Scarlet Prison by James Armstrong - Inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem. By the right of the White Election, the new queen must kill the old... someday. Originally produced by the Lady Cavaliers at the 2002 Women-at-Arms Festival at Theater for the New City.
First to Draw Blood by James Armstrong - World Premiere! Heroic romance of princes, pirates, and honor, drawn from beloved Scandinavian folk tales.
When Ladies Go A-Thieving by James Armstrong - Premiered at the American Globe Theatre 10th Annual 15-Minute Play Festival, an homage to Dickensian London and life in its seedy underbelly.
Lieutenant Nun: The Thrilling Adventures of Catalina de Erauso by Katherine Harte-DeCoux - Also based in history; first workshopped by the Friday Night Fight Club: Circo Pelear in Brooklyn in 2006. A notorious cross-dressing conquistador awaits your admiration. Bravado! Heckling! Duels! Death! Who could ask for more?
Running time: Approximately 90 minutes, including one intermission
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES Wednesday, July 11 at 8pm
Thursday, July 12 at 8pm
Friday, July 13 at 8pm
Saturday, July 14 at 3pm
Saturday, July 14 at 8pm
Sunday, July 15 at 8pm
Wednesday, July 18 at 8pm
Thursday, July 19 at 8pm
Friday, July 20 at 8pm
Saturday, July 21 at 3pm
Saturday, July 21 at 8pm
Sunday, July 22 at 8pm
Tickets are available for $18 general admission, $15 students/seniors by calling 212-352-3101 or simply click here.
Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to theatrically and truthfully reflect a female vision on the stage while creating a community of artistic freedom. We fulfill this by presenting female directors' visions of original works or the classics and by staging new plays either written or directed by women. This includes children’s shows and educational programming as well as our semi-annual festival of new works, featuring emerging women playwrights and directors, each season. BROADSIDE! is the most recent grant recipient of the Looking Glass Theatre Space Grant Program, an artistic and community initiative continuing the mission of Looking Glass Theatre.
LEXI BALAOING (Sign in the Scarlet Prison – Scarlet; Ladies Go A-Thieving – Bet) is an actor/director/producer originally from Florida. She has been an active repertory member of the Mount Dora Theater Company and the Knysna Players of South Africa, and is the CEO of The Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory. She received her BFA in Acting from Florida State University where she graduated Cum Laude, and has studied Shakespeare abroad in London. She has worked with such notables as Patsy Rodenburg, Adrienne Lester, Jane Alexander, Olympia Dukakis, and Marius Weyers. Most recently, Lexi appeared as the title role in Julius Caesar, a Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory production at the Access Theatre Gallery in Tribeca, in February, 2010.
ROBERT BELLSEY (Lieutenant Nun - DeSilva; First to Draw Blood - Soldier #1) is one of few people he knows that was born in NYC and moved to California, instead of vice versa. He studied Theatre and Film at San Diego State University and then returned to New York to study at the William Esper Studio. NYC credits include the Hudson Shakespeare Company, 13th Street Repertory, Theatre Rats and the OOBR-winning Lion In Winter by Paper Moon Players. After first working with Kate Harte and Nate DeCoux more than seven years ago on Romeo & Juliet, he happily joined the Mortal Folly team for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Flute [Thisbe] / Mustardseed) in 2010, patenting his memorable suicide move - knife in the eye! Thanks to ALL family and friends for every day of their life-long support.
GISELLE M. CHATELAIN (First to Draw Blood – Ællin) recently moved from New Orleans, LA to New York, having worked professionally in PA, LA and KY. Favorite credits include Carny-Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal (Gorilla Rep); Fate 3-Mythunderstood (No. 11 Productions/ KRT); Honey-Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Silk Dress Productions); Jo-A Taste of Honey and Collete-Brewed (Four Humours Theatre Company). Giselle has also stage managed several productions and served as Assistant Managing Director for the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. She is recognized as an actor/combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors.
NATHAN DECOUX (Fight Director) was trained as an actor and director at NYU/Playwrights Horizons, where he first studied stage combat in 1992. He has been studying the martial arts since 1996, choreographing staged violence in the NYC area since 1999, and has been teaching stage combat to actors since 2005. He currently teaches with Swordplay Stage Combat (www.swordplaystagecombat.com) here in NYC, and is the Resident Fight Director for Mortal Folly. He is also the founder of Gotham Armory (www.gothamarmory.com), where he makes aluminum weapons for the stage and screen.
DIANA GREEN (Costume Designer; Sign in the Scarlet Prison – Grey; Ladies Go A-Thieving – Doll) is the Artistic Director of a company which she founded 13 years ago called The Children’s Shakespeare Theatre. She has produced and directed over 45 plays with actors from 6 – 80 years old - all Shakespeare, all the time. It is a pleasure to branch out into the modern world with the talented actors and directors of BROADSIDE! Diana would like to thank Kate for this wonderful opportunity, Nate for his excellent fight direction and her fellow actors for their courage and dedication.
KATHERINE HARTE-DECOUX (Co-Producer; Founder / Artistic Director of Mortal Folly Theatre. Directing When Ladies Go A-Thieving and Lieutenant Nun; Playwright of Lieutenant Nun; Delia - The True Author... Revealed) - An actor/ director/ stage combatant / playwright originally from Michigan, Kate has studied Shakespeare, stage combat, and history with RADA and BASSC instructors while abroad in London and Scotland, and with the American Globe Theatre and Swordplay Stage Combat in NYC. Regional directing/ production/ performance credits include Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory, the New York Renaissance Faire, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Milestone Productions and Events, the Lady Cavaliers, and the Hudson Shakespeare Company in New Jersey.
SHANNON KELLY (First to Draw Blood – Alvild) is a recent graduate of Manhattanville College where she earned a BA in Dance and Theater as well as a self-designed BA in Linguistic Expression. She has appeared in a number of productions that most recently include Haroun and the Sea of Stories-It's Your Voice and Midsummer Night’s Dream at Manhattanville College. This past summer, Shannon trained as an acting apprentice at the Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY where she performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also recently performed in Hungry People, the musical at the Provincetown Theater and the Roy Arias Theater in NYC. While offstage, Shannon is an avid tea-drinker and literature lover.
STACEE MANDEVILLE (Director of First to Draw Blood and Sign in the Scarlet Prison) - NYU/TSOA - is an artist of many hats. As an actor-turned-director, some of her favorite directing projects have been: End Caligula by Sean Michael Welch and Scenes From a Wake by Chuck McMahon, both of which were reviewed very favorably by Off-Off-Broadway Review. Most recently, she was Assistant Director for Mortal Folly’s Macbeth. Her next acting project (shooting in August) is “The Spirit Seeker,” an indie-TV pilot, where she will share the spotlight with actual Hollywood stars! Wearing many hats, she is also a Jazz and Blues vocalist with award winning Blues guitarist Robert Ross, a print model and entrepreneur (founder of Tandem Communication, a public speaking and accent reduction consulting company).
MATTHEW RINI (Assistant Fight Director / Fight Captain; Lieutenant Nun – Miguel De Erauso; First to Draw Blood – Alf) is excited to be returning to a hat-trick of theatre, having worked with Bushwick Shakes, Mortal Folly AND Looking Glass Theatre on multiple prior occasions. Classical credits include AYLI, Macbeth, Midsummer, Shrew, Much Ado, R&J and Twelfth Night. Contemporary plays include Dancing at Lughnasa, Rumors, and Cosi as well as other new works such as Sex and Hunger, Horatio, and the NYIT-award winning The Three Sillies. Film and television credits include shows on Discovery ID, Animal Planet and the Oprah Winfrey network, as well as a variety of independent films (some of which are quite funny). Thanks to all family and friends who love and support him in his endeavors.
EMILY STINE (Lieutenant Nun - Catalina De Erauso) started out as a dancer at a very young age and was quickly drawn to the theater. Growing up in Florida she found many opportunities to perform in both community and professional productions. After attending a small school where she majored in Dance, Emily decided to take a break from the theater and focus on her other love, music. As a singer/songwriter and guitar player she recorded several studio albums, toured, and relocated to NYC four years ago. While in NYC, Emily started the band Emily & The Marauders and toured the East Coast. As a recent addition to her training and to help her segue back into the New York Theater scene Emily began studying stage combat with Swordplay Stage Combat in New York City where she has received certification for multiple weapons from the SAFD.
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