Memorial Day VIRTUAL BENEFIT READING for BEDLAM’s Veteran’s Programming:
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Monday, May 25th, 2020
6:00pm, Live Music
Since 2015, BEDLAM has curated excited programming for US Veterans, including our weekly FREE Veteran’s Acting class. This class provides a safe place where Veterans can come together to find camaraderie, a creative environment and most importantly a forum for expression without fear of judgement. It has been shown that the performing arts can play a powerful role in helping Veterans reintegrate back into civilian life. During this current global crisis, BEDLAM continues to provide weekly classes virtually and has plans to expand this programming to extend our reach outside of the NYC Tristate area.
Please consider a gift in any amount to support this incredibly important programming.
Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Bedlam’s Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom., Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014), Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will. For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.
Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota in the CW’s hit drama series “Gossip Girl”. She can be seen as Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick.” Other television credits include: “Search Party,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Film credits include Pigeon, Growing up and Other Lies, Loserville and Butterflies of Bill Baker. Off-Broadway theater credits include queens at LCT3, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018) with Bedlam and Peter Pan also with Bedlam, The Comedy of Errors as part of the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, and Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. Regional theater credits include The 39 Steps at The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater and The Nerd at Bucks County Playhouse. Zuzanna is a Master Teacher for YoungArts in Miami. She received a B.A. from Barnard College.
Randolph Curtis Rand
Randolph Curtis Rand is a theatre artist, working in design, directing, teaching, and performance. He has appeared with many artists throughout the country, and abroad, including: Bedlam, Burning Coal Theatre (NC), Joseph Chaikin, Compagnia de’ Colombari, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Foreman, The Foundry, Meredith Monk, Not Man Apart (CA) Pig Iron Theatre, The Rude Mechs, The Talking Band, Target- Margin, and The Wooster Group to name a few…AND in many institutions like, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Adelaide Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Cockpit (UK), The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Public Theatres (New York, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh), The Kitchen, La Mama, Lincoln Center, The Meltdown Festival (UK), Naropa University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Graduate Acting School and Undergraduate Theatre), On the Boards, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, P.S. 122, UCLA, University of the Arts, The Walker and The Wexner, among many others.
Rajesh is thrilled to be returning to Bedlam after playing Alfred Doolittle in last years production of Off-Broadway and Regional Favorites: Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Oslo (St. Louis Rep), Mary Stuart (Folger Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Disgraced (Playmakers Rep, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre – Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination), The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford TheaterWorks). Film & Television: “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Damages”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds”, the series finale of “The Sopranos”, and the Acadamy Award nominated film Frozen River.
A founding member of Bedlam, Edmund Lewis has appeared in the company’s acclaimed Off-Broadway hit Sense & Sensibility as well as Pygmalion, Peter Pan, Saint Joan, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, What You Will, and New York Animals. Additional credits: The Tempest (A.R.T., co-directed by Aaron Posner & Teller), The Libertine (Chernuchin, directed by Eric Tucker), The Philadelphia, Time Flies and Words, Words, Words (Bang Theatre Collective) and the Miranda Theatre Company’s premiere of Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon.
S&Co: Prospero, The Tempest; Belarius/Doctor Cymbeline; Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night; Falstaff Merry Wives; Caesar, Julius Caesar, Bottom Midsummer. Off-Broadway: Pickering, Pygmalion. Bedlam: Dr. Rank, A Doll’s House, Ostermark, The Father. TFANA: Col. Brandon, Sense & Sensibility, Dorn, The Seagull. Bedlam Regional: Mrs. Jennings, Sense & Sensibility, Bedlam/A.R.T. Killigrew, Nell Gwynn; Enobarbus, Antony & Cleopatra. Folger DC; Richard, Richard III, (Westword Denver; Best Actor Award), Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Macbeth. Colorado Shakes; George, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, (Eliot Norton Award Outstanding Actor). Public Theatre; Squeers/Hawk, Nicholas Nickleby, Lyric, Boston; James Tyrone, Long Day’s Journey, Lyman Felt, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Oldcastle, VT: Caesar, Julius Caesar, Orlando Shakes; Brutus, Julius Caesar, Prague Shakes; Women of Will; U.S. tour. Shanghai, Prague, The Hague, UK, Mexico: Volumnia, Coriolanus, Mercury Theatre, England.
The Convent ( A.R.T/ NY), Pygmalion ( Bedlam) Hamlet (Kraine Theater) Passion Play (Lincoln Center) Regional:Twelfth Night ( Shakespeare on The Sound) , Mrs Packard ( Bridge Rep, Boston), Macbeth (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) London: The Price ( Apollo Theatre, West End), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Lost Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Hazlitt Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest ( Hazlitt Theatre), Melancholy Play ( Old Vic Studio), Two Women For One Ghost ( Regent’s Park) Stitching (Judi Dench Theatre), Making The Sound Of Loneliness ( Arcola Theatre) TV: For Life ( ABC), EastEnders (BBC) Sensitive Skin (BBC) Operation Mincemeat (BBC) Radio: Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida (BBC)
Selected theatre: Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Pygmalion (Bedlam), Radium Girls (Metropolitan Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Modern Shakespeare Project), and several seasons with the O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. TV: “The Real SVU” (Lifetime). Grace holds a voice degree from Furman University, and has performed at 54 Below and the SeriousFun Benefit Gala, under the direction of Mary-Mitchell Campbell. She has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre, Atlantic Acting School, and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. And most recently, in her NYC bedroom, where she is happily quarantining.
Lisa Birnbaum is so happy to be taking part in this special Much Ado. NY Off Broadway credits include John Webster’s White Devil, Other Than We, F#%king Up Everything(now Brooklyn Crush), Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, On Island and Lizzie Borden amongst others. Recent Regional credits include Bedlam’s King Lear (Bristol Riverside Theatre) Cleo (Alley Theatre), Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (Folger, ART, & Portland Centerstage), Lysistrata (Conn. Rep), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Playmakers Rep), The Moscows of Nantucket (TWN), Italian American Reconciliation (Longwharf Theatre), The Cry of the Reed (Huntington Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.), Alls Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep.), Romeo and Juliet and Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival). On Camera credits include Two Black Dudes, Evil, Madam Secretary, Decpetion, Law & Order, What Would You Do and Guiding Light. Lisa holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Visit her on instagram @liserbeth.
DRIA BROWN * (JOAN) National Tour: Bedlam’s Hamlet/Saint Joan. Regional: The Cake (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) Saint Joan (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) Cadillac Crew (Yale Rep) Saint Joan (Folger Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Revolutionists (Gulfshore Playhouse) Off Broadway: #NEWSLAVES (Playwrights Realm); CRH (Kraine Theater). TV: Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album. UNCSA @dria.brown
MARY JO MCCONNELL
MJ is a proud veteran, having served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care. She is honored to offer free guided meditation/wellness classes on the Veterans Arts Workshop-Online Portal for veterans and their families. On the artistic side, she is currently an actor with thirty-seven years of professional experience and an MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theatre. You might have seen her perform in the Broadway National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act and All Shook Up, as well as over fifty roles in regional & off-Broadway theatre. She co-wrote (with Shakespeare), produced and starred in the short film Trumped as well as her one woman show, Captain MJ’s Fantastic Adventure. On television, she appeared in One Life to Live, Masters of Sex, Pan Am, and loves working on NYC indie films. She is currently featured as Una in Hunters on Amazon Prime. Founding artist-New York’s Musical Theatre Factory. Connect with her on Instagram @maryjomcconnell.
With Bedlam: Saint Joan (Gulfshore Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Hamlet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Selected NYC: Strictly Dishonorable (Attic Theater Company), Hedda (Bridge Production Group). Regional: Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Virginia Rep). As a filmmaker and producer his films have screened on Short of the Week and at festivals like Bushwick Film Festival, Oaxaca Film Festival and Miami Web Fest. BFA: UNCSA
Lauren Modica is now in her fourth (and sadly, abridged) season at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she last appeared as Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Other OSF roles include the Cheshire Cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Widow in ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’, Glendower in ‘Henry IV’. REGIONAL: ‘Fingersmith’ at American Repertory Theater. She last worked with Bedlam on their production of ‘Sense & Sensibility’ (Mrs. Jennings) at Portland Center Stage, where other work includes Mary Bennett in ‘Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley’, six seasons of The Second City’s ‘Twist Your Dickens’, and others. She loves a good rain.
Andy most recently appeared in Bedlam’s productions of Hamlet/Joan at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Saint Joan at Gulfshore Playhouse. In NYC, he understudied the same roles during Bedlam’s Off-Broadway run. He is a resident artist with Riot Act Theatre, and has worked at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Pioneer Theatre Co., among others. He has appeared in Disney Channel movies, and independent films. BFA, University of Utah.
A Washington DC based actor, has performed with Bedlam as Edward and Robert Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility at American Repertory Theater, Portland Centerstage and Folger Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination – Best Actor). Some of his DC favorites include: Newsies (Arena Stage), Cake Off (Signature Theatre), The Wanderers (Theater J), Boeing Boeing (No Rules), Twist your Dickens (The Kennedy Center, The Second City) and Fly By Night (1st Stage, Helen Hayes Nomination – Best Actor). He has also performed in DC and regionally with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, Everyman Theatre, The Guthrie, and The Acting Company among others. Jamie received his MFA in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
NICK ADDEO AEA-SAG-AFTRA Nick began acting and singing with his appearance in a production of La Boheme at the Paramount Theatre in his hometown of Asbury Park, NJ in 1978. While stationed in England with the military, he preformed in Hello Dolly, Grease and A Few Good Men. Moving back to New York City, Nick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in music and performed stage combat for New York City Opera’s Macbeth and Dead Man Walking at Lincoln Center. Regional theater in Cortland Rep’s “Sex Marks The Spot”, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s “Saturday Night Fever” and The John W. Engeman Theater’s “Miracle On 34th Street”. Shakespeare roles include “Julius Caesar” in multiple roles, Gratiano in “The Merchant Of Venice”, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in “Twelfth Night” a feature film self produced and Henry V in “Henry V”. Nick also has a small speaking role on HBO’s “The Deuce”. Nick is a classically train tenor and plays guitar. He spends a lot of time with photography and video work creating small films and documentaries. www.nickaddeoenterprises.com
Quinlan Fitzgerald is an actor/singer based in Los Angeles. Regional credits include: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (Portland Center Stage at the Armory); The Humans (Artists Repertory Theatre);The Wolves, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher, and You for Me for You (Portland Playhouse); Ordinary Days and Trails (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); The Angry Brigade (Third Rail Repertory Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Portland Actors Ensemble). Other credits include Spring Awakening (Out of the Box Theatre Company); Godspell and Audience (Knightsbridge Theatre). TV: Shrill, The Birch. She is a past Portland Playhouse apprentice and holds a B.F.A. in acting and a B.A. in communication from the University of California Santa Barbara. Thanks to Bedlam for bringing us a little storytelling today and thank you to all the men and women who serve and have served our country. A special thanks to Nick Olguin, Sergeant, US Marines (1993-2019). Love you, cuz.
Spencer Aste Bedlam: Various roles in St. Joan. Most recently cast as Ralph in Dennis at Theatre 54. Other work: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lincoln Center: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (New York Philharmonic). Other New York theatre: Axis Theatre Company; Boomerang Theatre Co.; Morningside Players; Axial Theatre; The Acting Company (company member); Fundamental Theater Project; Storm Theatre Co.; New York Theatre Workshop; The Cell; MTC; MCC; Rising Phoenix Rep. and La MaMa, among others. Films: “My First Kiss and the People Involved”; “200 American”; “Taking Woodstock” (directed by Ang Lee); voice of Scratch (green army man) in “Toy Story”. Television: “The Blacklist”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Boardwalk Empire”; “Royal Pains”. Web Series: “The Thing”. Spencer received his M.F.A. from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO. Much love to Erik.