A Virtual Benefit Production for:


anna Karenina

written by LEO TOLSTOY
from the translation by CONSTANCE GARNETT

Friday, May 14th, 2021

7:30pm EST


Performed LIVE in bedrooms across the city.

Thanks to the generous support of the HOWARD GILMAN FOUNDATION, Bedlam is continuing our online DO MORE Series that was initially launched in 2020 in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement and associated organizations working toward eliminating race-based discrimination.

We pledge that all proceeds will go directly toward these efforts.We are currently compiling a list of organisations in need. If you have suggestions to add to our list, please reach out to us directly at: info@bedlam.org


Annabel Capper & Violeta Picayo
directed by Violeta Picayo


Katie Hartke & Ryan Quinn
directed by Annabel Capper

Rachel Botchan & Benji Brooks
directed by Hal Brooks

Arielle Yoder & Zachary Fine
directed by Beasie Goddu

Aïssa Guindo & Sammy Grob
directed by Nina Goodheart


Please consider a gift in any amount to support:

The Loveland Foundation brings opportunity, healing, and therapy to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more…

Cast Bios

Annabell Capper


Annabel directed Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton and The Price by Arthur Miller as part of Bedlam’s ‘Do More’ reading series this year. Favorite roles include: New York:  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)


Violeta Picayo is a Cuban-American actor, director, and choreographer, based in NYC. Selected credits – New York: Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam), Julius Caesar (Pocket Universe), RadioBABEL (SITI Lab), Taming of the Shrew (Tale Told), This Is…How to Dance (SITI Company). Film/Digital: A Despicable Woman, Small Talk, Upstate. Violeta has worked regionally at the American Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Internationally, she has worked in Argentina, Greece, Scotland, and England. Violeta is an associate artist of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and a company member at Bedlam. www.VioletaPicayo.com

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With Bedlam: Sense & Sensibility (A.R.T.). Katie is a co-founder of the NYC-based Esperance Theater Company, where she played Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lord Capulet and Lady Macbeth in Youth & Ambition, and Leena Breitwisch in the world premier of Jeremy Kamps’ Breitwisch Farm. She has appeared in 10 seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where favorite roles include Viola (Twelfth Night), Imogen (Cymbeline), Lucrece (The Liar), Rosaline (Love’s Labours Lost), and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other regional work includes Virginia Stage (Sense & Sensibility), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Blithe Spirit), Half Moon Theater (cul-de-sac), Arc Stages (Love/Sick), Portland Stage (A Christmas Carol), Middlebury Acting Company (Cat on A Hot Tin Roof), Shadowland (Clybourne Park, Love/Sick), Epic Theatre Ensemble (Othello), Flux Theatre Ensemble (Life Is A Dream), Core Theatre Comp (Wonder of the World), and the NY Fringe (A Tiger in Central Park).  TV/Film: “Succession,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Guiding Light,” “College Humor,” “The Circuit,” and various commercials and voice overs. Training: Bachelor of Music, Catholic University; Circle In the Square Theater School.

Ryan Quinn


With Bedlam:  The Crucible (NYC/Connelly Theater & Boston/Central Square Theater), Sense and Sensibility (A.R.T. & Portland Center Stage), and Dead Dog Park (59E59 Theaters).  Off-Broadway: Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage); The Killer, King Lear, Hamlet, and Antony and Cleopatra (Theater for a New Audience); Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre Company). Select regional: Yellowman (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe Theatre); The King Stag (Yale Repertory Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Dorset Theatre Festival); and eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: “Blindspot,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist: Redemption,” “Person of Interest,” “Friends from College,” and “Ovum.”  Ryan is the artistic director of Esperance Theater Company (esperancetheatercompany.org).  M.F.A:  Yale School of Drama.

Rachel Botchan


Selected Off-Broadway: Over 40 productions with the Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Pearl Theatre Co. including A Taste of Honey, The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, And Away We Go by Terrence McNally (world premiere), Hard Times, Vieux Carré, Toys in the Attic, Twelfth Night, Heartbreak House, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Bayfield Award for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance in NYC for Lady Anne); National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene- The Sorceress, A Klezmer’s Tale, The Blacksmith’s Folly, and The Maiden of Ludmir; New Yiddish Rep – God of Vengeance. Selected Regional: Two River, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep., Virginia Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Hal brooks


Hal Brooks is a Brooklyn-based freelance director. He was the Artistic Director of the Obie Award Winning Pearl Theatre Company. He has been artistic director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project since 2012 and associate artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference since 2010. Recent credits –  Regional: Residence (Humana Festival) The Whale (Denver Center), Tigers Be Still (Dallas Theater Center), Six Years (Humana Festival), Be a Good Little Widow (Old Globe). Off Broadway:  Nilaja Sun’s No Child, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), By the Water (Manhattan Theatre Club), Urge for Going (Public Theater), The Bad Guys (Second Stage). At the Pearl: The Rivals, Uncle Vanya, The Bald Soprano, Don Juan, Figaro, Public Enemy, The Dingdong. He has directed at American Conservatory Theater, Juilliard, The New School, NYU Graduate and NYU Undergraduate. Mr. Brooks is a member of LCT Directors Lab, a Drama League Fellow, and a recipient of the NEA/TCG Program for Directors. Hal has taught in the College Seminar Program at Yale College in 2010, 2013, and 2016.

Arielle Yoder

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Broadway/National Tour: Birthday Candles (Upcoming – Roundabout), The Humans First National Tour. Off-Broadway: DOG, The Price of Thomas Scott, soot and spit. Regional: Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival: Shrew! Shaker Bridge Theatre: The Mystery of Love and Sex. The Guthrie: Concrete Orange: An American Fable. PlayMakers Repertory Company: Three Sisters, Peter and the Starcatcher, 4,000 Miles, An Enemy of the People, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vanya and Sonia, and Masha and Spike, Love Alone, The TempestMetamorphoses. TV/Film: FBI: Most Wanted, Law and Order: SVU. Arielle serves as an Associate Director for DreamStreet Theatre Company, a 501c3 nonprofit for performers with developmental disabilities. arielleyoder.com | dreamstreetnyc.org | @yodes91
Zachary Fine


Zachary Fine is an actor, playwright, director and teacher. Broadway credits include China Dollwith Al Pacino. Off-Broadway credits include The Acting Company, The Mint Theater, Pearl, Red Bull, Fiasco, Theater For A New Audience, New York Classical Theater. Regionally Guthrie, Folger (two-time Helen Hayes nominee), Playmakers, and many more. Director; Spanish language world premiere of El Bien Del Pais (Our Country’s Good) at Teatro Helenico, Mexico City; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Key West Theater; Thin Air Shakespeare Festival, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham’s Between The Moon and Me at Birdland and Playmakers Repertory Company. TV/Film; “Person of Interest,” “BlackBox” (recurring), “One Life to Live.” Writing his play Bewilderness was produced regionally at Playmakers Rep and has been in development with many theaters. His other writing has been supported by the Lark, EAT Festival’s One Man Talking, Space on Ryder Farm, IRT, The Acting Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Playmakers Rep. Apprenticed with Christopher Bayes and trained at Ecole du Phillipe Gaulier, The Circus Center in San Francisco, Spymonkey w/Aitor Basauri and received an MFA from the University of Tennessee and B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Oberlin College. He teaches clown and games at NYU and holds workshops around the world. 

Beasie Goddu


Beasie Goddu is a writer and theater artist based in NYC and New Haven. She is passionate about both literature and theater and seeks to work at their intersection. An English major at Yale, she is an Editorial Fellow at The Yale Review. Assistant Directing: My World (Yale,) a new musical; Hedda Gabler (Bedlam.) Set Design: Woman and Scarecrow (Yale.) Selected playwriting: Ferris Wheel, an original work, and  Motel Chronicles, an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s memoir. She plans to produce both in the fall. Prior to Yale, Beasie attended The Brearley School, where she acted and designed sets, and also took classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute. 

Nina Goodheart


Nina Goodheart is a director based in New York. She is passionate about creating theater that builds community, centers women, and demands an emotional response. Recent directing credits include Man of La Mancha, The Effect, Into the Woods, and others. While at Yale, she directed the first all-undergraduate production of Fun Home. Assisting / observing credits include: Jagged Little Pill (dir. Diane Paulus, original Broadway production); Scotland, PA (dir. Lonny Price, Roundabout Theatre Company); Mary Page Marlowe (dir. Lila Neugebauer, Second Stage Theater); and multiple workshops at New York Stage & Film. Prior to her time at Yale, Nina worked at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, assisting Artistic Director Diane Paulus and working on several world premiere productions.

Aïssa Guindo


Aïssa Guindo is an actress, director, and vocalist currently studying Cognitive Science at Yale University. A global citizen, Aïssa has lived, studied, and worked in the Netherlands, France, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and the US. In addition to performance, Aïssa is a five-time winner of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Dramafest competition. Some notable past productions include: Dreamgirls (Effie), The Effect (Dr. James), Aida (Aida), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Project Broadway series at Symphony Space (Featured Vocalist). 

Sammy Grob


Sammy Grob is a writer, performer, and arts educator. He is a recent graduate of Yale University, and has taught improv to K-12 students in New Haven and around the country. He has served as an orchestrator, music director, sound designer, and dramaturg on many student productions and original musicals. Favorite past productions include: The Effect (Tristan), Fun Home (Roy), and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince).


Benji Brooks is a fourth grader at PS 261 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. He is the starting second baseman for the Huskies 9U travel baseball team and an avid guitar player.