Matt de Rogatis* as King Richard IIIwas 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
Greg Pragel* as Clifford/Buckingham is honored to be a part of this passionate creative team. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he's a proud alum of the Stella Adler Studio. New York credits include Cletis in Lone Star (Triad Theater/Wild Project), Horatio in Hamlet (13th Street Repertory), George Scudder in Sweet Bird of Youth (Gallery Players), & Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost (Hamlet Isn't Dead). Regionally he's been seen as Little Harp in Robber Bridegroom (Sierra Rep), and Danny in Baby: the musical (Play-By-Play Theatre). He's also a resident acting member for Hamlet Isn't Dead & a fight choreographer in the city, choreographing for Phoenix Theater Ensemble, Wrong House Theatre and at 59E59. Special thanks to Austin and Matt, mentors, family and friends, and always to his love Liz! Proud member of AEA. www.gregpragel.com
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 Son/The First Murderer 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 and QUILLS (New Rep, Boston); IVANOV and TARTUFFE (Yale Rep); AMADEUS (Cleveland Playhouse). Film: BAD CITY (DVD), WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, 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 CARRÉ 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 DEATH (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 father/The Second Murderer 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.
Kathleen Peirce* as Duchess of York Theater: Man from Nebraska (dir. David Cromer, 2nd Stage); Our Town (dir. David Cromer, Barrow Street); The Three Sisters (dir. Austin Pendleton, Two Rivers); Uncle Vanya (dir. Olympia Dukakis. Two Rivers); The Habitation of Dragons (dir. William Carden); The American Clock, Summerfolk, Something Unspoken (all dir. Austin Pendleton; Birthday Party in Madagascar (dir. Amy Wright); A Guided Consideration of a Lamentable Deed (dir. Daniella Topol); The Laramie Project; Cycling Past the Matterhorn; New York; Wonderland; Table Manners; Talking With… “Rodeo”; The Beauty Part. TV: The Blacklist (NBC); BUNK (IFC); Soup Kitchen Nightmares (webisode). Film: Black Mail; Nature Morte; Finding Graceland; Nine Lives; A Green Belt; A Coda to Cody.
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.