Matt de Rogatis* as King Richard III   was most recently seen as "Roy" in a critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of James McLure's Lone Star at The Triad Theater. Before that he played "Frederick Clegg" in the United States premiere of The Collector at 59E59 Theaters and the title role of Hamlet at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre. Other New York credits include "The Elephant Man" in The Exhibition, "Charlie Gordon" in Flowers for Algernon,"Stanley Kowalski" in A Streetcar Named Desire and "Ken" in Red; revived and uniquely staged in Chelsea at The Jim Kempner Fine Art Gallery. He wishes to extend a special thank you to Austin Pendleton and RJ Lamb. @themightydero

Brian Patrick Murphy* as Clifford/Buckingham Theatre credits include: The Clearing (dir. Josh Hecht), The Two Gentlemen of Verona  (dir. Hamilton Clancy), Hamlet (13th st Rep), BREAK (dir. Tracy Middendorf), Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, Burn This. TV: Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Billions (Showtime), Blue Bloods (CBS), VINYL (HBO), Seven Seconds (Netflix). 

Jim Broaddus* as York   has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and in film, as well as in numerous commercials and voice-overs. Broadway: Romeo & Juliet; Saint Joan; Tartuffe, 13 Rue de L'Amour. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Look Homeward Angel, Ghosts. Regional: She Stoops to Conquer, The Contrast.

Johanna Leister* as Queen Elizabeth grew up in Texas, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, studied acting at HB Studio with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld, and continues to study with Austin Pendleton.  Selected credits include Broadway: Whose Life Is it Anyway w/Mary Tyler Moore, Tartuffe w/Tammy Grimes, Dracula w/Raul Julia, and Whodunnit w/Fred Gwynne. Television: 4-years as Phoebe Smith on The Edge Of Night, Mariane in Tartuffe for PBS Great Performances, and Liz Posen in  Kennedy, a  mini-series starring Martin Sheen. Film: Thanksgiving, A Size Too Small. Regional Theatre: Long Wharf, Geva, Actors Theatre Louisville, Alley, Pioneer, Walnut Street, Two River, Human Race. Off Broadway: Rattlestick, Gorilla Rep, Dodger Theatre Productions, Riverside Shakespeare, HB Playwrights. National Tour: Jill Mason in Equus. Ms. Leister has taught acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY and HB Studio.

Debra Lass* as Queen Margaret   New York Theatre:  Helen Aylward in Ghosts after Ibsen at the cell and Madame Elizabeth in Look Homeward Angel at the Abingdon, both directed by Austin Pendleton; Greenhouse Ensemble Theater; Emerging Artists Eatfest; FringeNYC; Ensemble Studio Theater; American Theater of Actors; La Cucaracha; Whitney Museum’s Music Art and Theater Performance Series. Regional: Vineyard Playhouse; Virginia Museum Theater.  TV and Film:  Custody with Viola Davis; Damages with William Hurt; recurring on the Guiding Light; Onion News Network.  AEA; SAG/AFTRA

John Constantine* as Prince Edward/The First Murderer/Grey  is making his New York stage debut in Richard III. His recent work includes Our Town, as Editor Webb, A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley,and the understudy of Ray in Lone Star at the Triad Theater.Constantine also enjoys voice acting from his home studio in New Jersey. He is honored to serve the playwright in this production of Richard III.

Rachel Marcus as Lady Anne  is Recent credits include “Sympathy in C”, Suzanne Mernyk’s meditation on surviving cancer with musical direction by Terry Hanson to be reprised in Oct. at the Cherry Lane, “Jackie and Clarisse”, a darkly comic tale of domestic abuse written and directed by Deborah Vines. Also appeared as Anna in “Manhattan Fable”, a character she created from workshop sketch to full production, (Roy Arias, Harold Clurman Theatre), written and directed by Bobby Holder. Various productions at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn include:  “The Bend in the Tree” directed by Will Taylor, “A Remarkable Man” directed by Kim Sharp, “Location, Location, Location” directed by Valeri Adjani. Some other credits: Lady Macbeth (MacBeth), Maria (Twelfth Night), Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Queens Shakespeare, directed by Nan Asher.  Film credits: “The Way of Glass, “Bigly”, “Shervin’s World”. She wishes to thank Austin and Matt for the opportunity to participate in this great play and to a superb cast.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Austin Pendleton (Director)  B.A. Yale University, 1961; studied acting in NY with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen and Robert Lewis. Apprenticed at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Acting: Ivanov (CSC), Rosmersholm (Pearl Theatre), The Last Will, Love Drunk and Another Vermeer (Abingdon), Mother Courage and Romeo and Juliet (Public Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park), Limonade Tous Les Jours (The Cell), Small Craft Warnings (Mother of Invention), The Sunset Limited(Steppenwolf in Chicago, 59E59 in NY). Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank, Doubles, Hail Scrawdyke!(Derwent Award), The Little Foxes and Fiddler on the Roof, Off-Broadway: The Sorrows of Frederick, The Black Monk, Hughie, Sophistry, Educating Rita, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie and Drama Desk Awards) and Oh Dad… Title roles in Hamlet, Richard 3, and Richard 2 (Off-Off-Broadway), King Lear, Waiting for Godot andQuills (New Rep, Boston); Ivanov and Tartuffe (Yale Rep); Amadeus (Cleveland Playhouse). Film: Bad City(DVD), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, My Cousin Vinny, A Beautiful Mind, Trial and Error, The Associate, Guarding Tess, Mr. and Mrs, Bridge, The Muppet Movie, Starting Over, Front Page, What’s Up Doc, Skidoo, Catch-22. TV: 100 Centre Street, OZ, Homicide, St. Elsewhere. Directing–Broadway: Spoils of War, The Little Foxes (Tony nomination), John Gabriel Borkman, The Runner Stumbles and Shelter. Directing–Off-Broadway:Hamlet, Ivanov, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya (CSC); Vieux Carre and Toys in the Attic (Pearl), Fifty Words(MCC). Directing–London: Detroit (National Theatre). Directing–Regional: The Birthday Party, Detroit, Love Song, Frankie and Johnny, Harvey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Three Sisters, Loose Ends, and Say Goodnight Gracie (Steppenwolf). Fathers and Sons, Beach House, The Master Builder, Miss Julie and The Dance of the Earth (Long Wharf). King Lear, Electra, Angel Street, and The Cherry Orchard (Whole Theatre). Playwright:Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, Booth, Librettist: A Minister’s Wife. Recipient of 2007 Drama Desk Special Award as Renaissance Man of the American Theatre.

Pete McElligott as Clarence  is an actor, director, writer, and teacher.  He is a founding member of The NOLA Project in New Orleans and the Ten Bones Theatre Company in New York. The work of both companies has been featured in American Theater, The New Yorker, TimeOut, Village Voice, and The New York Times.  He has worked with The Pearl Theater, ReGroup Theatre, Southern Rep, Pipeline Theater Company, Smith Street Stage, and The Hangar, among many others.  His writing has been the recipient of an NEA grant, received two New Orleans' Big Easy awards for Best Original Work, been a featured selection of the NNPN, and been performed in Chicago, Atlanta, Indiana, Maryland, New York, and New Orleans.  As a teacher, he has worked with the Actionplay Workshop at the Rebecca School,  taught workshops in both New Orleans and Chicago, and taught at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for the past ten years.

Milton Elliott* as Warwick/The Second Murderer/Lord Stanley  is honored to be a part of this visionary production of Richard III.  Theatre Credits include the role of Selridge in the first national tour of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. Lt. Roy Truman in Black Eagles at Crossroads Theater, Ford's Theater and Manhattan Theater Club. Brodin in Red Noses at The Secret Theater in conjunction with Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. The GHOST in Hamlet at 13th Street Repertory Theater. 
Thank you Matt and Austin.

Carolyn Groves as Duchess of York*   appeared on Broadway in “The Pleasure of his Company, Photo Finish” with Peter Ustinov, “You know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running”. Off-Broadway in “The Web and The Rock” directed by Jose Ferrer and “Say Goodnight, Gracie” directed by Austin Pendleton. She made her film debut in Robert Downey’s cult classic, “Pound”. Her television credits include “The United States Steel Hour”, “The Dupont Show of the Month”, three guest appearances with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”, and Carolyn appeared as Victoria Winters in the soap opera “Dark Shadows”. Stage Reading. May 2018 “The Shadow Box”, as Felicity (Gene Frankel Theatre). Showcase. March 2018 “Pieces of a Play Wright II”. One Act Play, “Gee Gee Jupiter”, as Sunshine Moonglow (120 Bank Street Theatre)

Michael Villastrigo* as King Edward   New York Theater includes: The U.S Premiere of Harold Pinter's “Remembrance of Things Past” (w/Richard Armitage, 92Y) Josh Fox's “Reconstruction” (Baruch Performing Arts Center) & “Auto Da Fe” (Ohio Theater), “The Velvet Oratorio” (The Czech Consulate), “Twelfth Night” (American Theater of Actors), and “O Walter, My Walter” (The Living Theater)

Regional Theater includes: “Tartuffe” (Annapolis Shakespeare Co., MD), “As You Like it” (Bardlesque, DC),“Charlotte’s Web” (Two River Theater, NJ) and “Merry Wives of Windsor” (Hudson Shakespeare Co., NJ & CT) Michael looks forward to releasing the pilot “Welcome2NY”, along with the feature films “The Fish”, “Monsters of Mulberry St.”, and “The Operation” later this year.  He considers himself extremely fortunate to be part of this cast.

Austin Pendleton* as King Henry VI   has most recently appeared in New York in Dress of Fire (Ioan Ardelean), City Girls and Desperadoes (by Pamela Enz), Delta in the Sky With Diamonds (by June White), The Workshop (by Torrey Townsend), Consider the Lilies (by Stuart Fail), The Sea Gull (as Trigorin, at Mississippi Mud), and King Lear (as King Lear). He made his New York debut in 1962 in Oh Dad, Poor Dad...., directed by Jerome Robbins.  In 1964 he made his Broadway debut, again directed by Mr. Robbins, as Motel the Tailor in the original cast of Fiddler on the Roof.  Since then he has appeared on Broadway under the direction of Alan Arkin (Hail Scrawdyke, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award), Mike Nichols (The Little Foxes, in a cast which featured Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Margaret Leighton, Beah Richards, E.G. Marshall, Maria Tucci and Richard Dysart, among others), Morton da Costa (Doubles), and James Lapine (The Diary of Anne Frank, with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin).  Next season he will appear in Choir Boy, by Tarrell McCraney, directed by Trip Cullman, at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway.  Off-Broadway he played the title role in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, for which he (and just about everybody else involved) won an Obie Award, under the direction of Word Baker.  He has appeared in about 250 movies, including My Cousin Vinny, What's Up Doc, Wall Street 2: the Money Never Sleeps, The Front Page, Catch-22, The Muppet Movie, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, and Short Circuit. 

John L Payne* as Brackenbury/Catesby  John L. Payne is a New York based actor who has studied acting with Austin Pendleton and Michael Beckett at HB studios, and Shakespeare with Geoffrey Owens.  Favorite recent roles include Sir Marlowe in " She Stoops to Conquer " at Love Creek Productions, Snout in Midsummer Night's Dream at Frog and Peach, and last summer's Claudius in Hamlet at Tornout Theatre's production at Prospect Park. John has also appeared in numerous indie films over the last several decades. (See
He is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity. 
Thanks to Austin for a chance to join this terrific production and, as always, thanks to Jill for putting up with it all.

Glenna Freedman (Publicist) 
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Maya Luz (Costume Consultant) studied at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, graduating with distinction in 2009. Soon after Maya competed in the Emmy award winning design challenge series,  Project Runway  on  Lifetime Television . Nearly making it to the finals, she made the bold decision to leave the show to hone her skills as a designer away from the camera's watchful eye.  Her experience includes numerous private commissions, as well as working with fashion houses in NYC & abroad, including, Hannah Marshall, Proenza Schouler, Coach, Members Only, Ohne Titel, and Calvin Klein Collection. She has been recognized by such organizations as PVH, Scholastic Publishing, Gen Art, Core 77, and was nominated as an Outstanding Alumnui by Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2012.



Jesse Meckl (​Stage Man​ager) is a recent graduate of The New School for Drama, and is focusing on both Acting and Directing. When he is not filling one of those positions, you can find him stage managing another! Some of his past productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The New School for Drama), Echoes of Ebola (ASM: Playwrights Horizons), Fabuloso (Theatre Row), The Land of Cheesecake and Ice Cream (Theatre Row), The Collector (ASM:59E59 Theaters) and KATIE (Theatre for the New City). He’s thrilled to be working on Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III at the 124 Bank Street Theatre, and looks forward to future productions that include the members from this team.



Adam Dodway* as Rutland/Pallbearer/Dorset/Tyrell/Ratcliffe  most recently appeared in New York as Luke in   An Apartment in Purgatory (by Matt Nestor) directed by Michael Piatkowski,  Bobby (Small Craft Warnings) and Ben  (Look Homeward, Angel), both with Mother of Invention, directed by Austin Pendleton .  Other roles include  Peter ( The Diary of Anne Frank ) and Charlie (Brigadoon ), both with St. Bart's Players, Francis (La Cage aux Folles),  Captain ( Sleepy Hollow ) with Emerging Artists Theatre,  Wilbur (Charlotte's Web) and various characters in the acting ensemble at The Metropolitan Opera.  Film: Vultures , directed by L.A. Teodosio.  NYU Steinhardt and HB Studio.  Adam is working toward his MA in Theatre at Hunter College.  Proud member of NY Eastside Aikikai, NYC Office Suites, SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  Special thanks to Austin. 

Greg Pragel* (Fight Director) Greg’s fight direction and portrayal of Clifford / Buckingham was recently seen during Wars of the Roses at Bank Street Theater. Greg is currently directing a new play - 36 Juniper (Wrong House Theatre) and his fight direction can be seen in Julius Caesar (Hamlet Isn’t Dead.) Other notable fight direction in Noises Off (Amateur Comedy Club) and The Collector (59E59.) Originally from Buffalo, NY, he's an alum of N.U. & the Stella Adler Studio.  Favorite acting credits are Cletis in Lone Star (Triad Theatre), Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (HID), & Danny in BABY: the Musical (Play-By-Play). Proud AEA Member. Special thanks to Austin, Matt & this team, family and friends, and always to his love, Liz!



Marsh Shugart (​Light Design) is a New York based stage manager and designer. Past credits include Northbound(lighting designer,)Katie(lighting designer,)Wild women of planet Wongo(hair and makeup designer,)Molasses In January(Stage Manager,)Appointment With Death(Stage Manager)and Nutcracker the Musical(Stage Manager.) He is thrilled to be working with such a creative team and to be involved with this project.