“O, me alone! Make you a sword of me!” – William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
TOP: MAURICE PARENT, KHADIJA BANGOURA, ARASH MOKHTAR, PERRI YANIV, NIGEL GORE. BOTTOM: VASILE FLUTUR, DAVID KEOHANE, TINA PACKER, CURTIS RANDOLPH RAND, JULIA TY GOLDBERG.
VIRTUAL BENEFIT READING for the NAACP legal defense and education fund:
directed by nathan malin
TUESDAY, july 21st, 2020
6:30pm, LIVE MUSIC
Every other Tuesday for the rest of the calendar year, BEDLAM will be presenting live virtual play readings 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.
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VALISE FLUTUR (CAIUS MARTIUS)
Film: Snakeeater, Varlet, Delenda, Hell House 2, Kidnapping of A Fish, The Naked Woman, Dominant Species (Slamdance selection) TV: The Deuce, The Blacklist Theatre: Off-Broadway: Tamburlaine (TFANA),Jericho (Attic Theatre); Island of Dr. Moreau, Splitfoot (Edinburgh Fringe),The Lincoln Dress. Romanian, Spanish, Italian, French. MFA Brooklyn College.
MAURICE PARENT (TULLUS AUFIDIUS/ENSEMBLE)
Maurice Parent is an actor, singer, dancer, educator, and mentor originally from the Washington, D.C., area. He has performed Off-Broadway, across the nation and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As an actor Maurice has been nominated for four Elliot Norton Awards by The Boston Theater Critics Association, winning two, been nominated for 8 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards winning three, and won a 2017 an ArtsImpulse Award. As an educator Maurice has taught courses at Northeastern University, Boston University, Reed Academy, and the Boston Public Schools. He has led workshops at The Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College and several Boston theatre companies. He was named the 2018 Monan Professor for Theatre Arts at Boston College and a 2019 Neubauer Fellow Faculty Fellow for Tufts University where he currently is a Professor of the Practice. He is a resident company member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and co-founder / Executive Director of the Front Porch Arts Collective (www.FrontPorchArts.org), a theatre company which “examines the interactions between race, economics, culture, gender and sexuality from a Black perspective.
Maurice Emmanuel Parent
KHADIJA BANGOURA (VIRGILIA/ENSEMBLE)
Khadija Bangoura greatly welcomes the opportunity to read in Bedlam’s benefit reading of Coriolanus. Previous acting credits include The Lathe of Heaven and Runaways (Boston University), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stowe Theatre Guild), and with Very Merry Theatre in Burlington, Vermont. Khadija is attending Boston University, pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts. She recently studied Writing and Literature in Paros, Greece.
NIGEL GORE (COMINIUS/ENSEMBLE)
Nigel Gore* 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 in a Shakespeare), 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.
PERRI YANIV (TITUS LARTIUS/ENSEMBLE)
Perri Yaniv’s recent theatre credits include REFUGE with Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda, Mary’s Little Monster and The Brutes with SpitNVigor, The Plantation with Brave New World Repertory, and Raft of the Medusa with Barefoot Theatre Company for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Even more recent Zoom readings for Metropolitan Playhouse, Harlem Camarata, TRU Theatre Development, and Planet Connections Zoomfest. Sworn BEDhead since 2014. Many thanks to Nathan and the entire team. www.perribazyaniv.com
ARASH MOKHTAR (JUNIUS BRUTUS/ENSEMBLE)
Off-Broadway: The Crucible, The Connelly Theater; Hamlet, The Sheen Center. Regional (selected): The Corpse Washer (by Naomi Wallace & Ismail Khalidi), 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; The Humans, Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Disgraced, Coachella Valley Rep (nom. Best Lead Actor in a Drama, Desert Star Awards, CA.); Sinners, (dir. Brian Cox), Mirror Rep; Family Shots, Human Race Theatre Co., Kiss of the Spider Woman, Richmond Triangle Players. Film: Day 39 (Finalist, 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards, 2015); Benji the Dove; Black Site Delta; Chosen (opposite Cathy Moriarty); Best Man in the Dark. TV: “Ramy”, “The Blacklist”, “Instinct”, “Madam Secretary”, “Forever”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Elementary”, “Believe”, “Zero Hour”, “Person of Interest”, among others. Add’l. Credits, NY: Rhinoceros, Richard III, Coriolanus, Broadway Bound, The Servant of Two Masters, An Ideal Husband, Killer Joe, Closer, and Hurlyburly. www.arashmokhtar.com
David keohane (Sicinius velutus/ensemble)
David is ecstatic to be making his New York debut with the crazies at Bedlam. Other Bedlam credits include The Crucible and Pygmalion at Central Square Theater. Boston area credits include Vanity Fair, Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, Matchless & The Happy Prince (Central Square Theater), and work with SpeakEasy Stage Company. Chicago area credits include productions with Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Jackalope Theatre, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. David received his BFA from Boston University with an acting certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. www.davidmkeohane.com.
TINA PACKER (VOLUMNIA/ENSEMBLE)
Tina Packer is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has directed most of Shakespeare’s plays (some of them several times), acted in seven of them (never when directing) and taught the whole canon one way or another at over thirty colleges in the U.S., including Harvard, M.I.T. and NYU. At Columbia, she taught in the M.B.A. program for four years, resulting in the publication of her piece, Power Plays: Shakespeare’s Lessons in Leadership and Management with Deming Professor John Whitney. She began her career in England, having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Ronson Award for most Outstanding Actor. Following this, she became an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing at Stratford, in the West End, and on tour. She has worked at The Royal Court in London; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leicester, Coventry and Hornchurch repertory companies. For BBC Television, she played Dora to Ian McKellen’s David Copperfield, was a love interest for Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who (which she has never lived down), and also performed in several other TV plays and series. She came to the U.S. in 1974 when the Ford Foundation funded an eleven-month project for her to research the visceral roots of Elizabethan theater with five master teachers (Kristin Linklater, John Barton, B.H. Barry, John Broome, Trish Arnold), fifteen actors, and three managers. Out of these projects led by Tina throughout England and the US, her work has translated into the aesthetic and practical methods that Shakespeare and Company is based on, and still practices to this day. Tina has returned to acting from time to time, most notably as Edith Wharton and a two-year stretch as Shirley Valentine, playing in Lenox, Boston and Louisville, and Lettice in Lettice and Lovage. For the Boston Shakespeare Company, she directed a season of twelve Irish plays, including the U.S. premiere of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme. She has received the state of Massachusetts’s highest honor, The Commonwealth Award, and has six honorary degrees (which gives her great pleasure as she never went to regular college).
RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND (MENENIUS AGRIPPA/ENSEMBLE)
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.
Juila Ty Goldberg (valeria/ensemble)
Julia Ty Goldberg is so happy to join this online production. Julia is a rising senior at the Boston University School of Theatre. Favorite recent roles include Jessica in Sarah B. Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened (http://www.sarahmantell.com/), and Susanna in Howard Barker’s The Europeans. Currently, Julia is working at the Karsh Center in Los Angeles, an organization that provides a safety-net to individuals and families in Koreatown by connecting them with legal aid, food distribution, health resources, among other social services. She would like to thank her parents for providing internet access and a place to live during this time, and Nathan Malin for inviting her on board.
Doug waterman (live music)
Doug Waterman writes and performs his own songs, music for theatre, and children’s songs. Theatre credits include productions of “Othello,” “As You Like It,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “Measure for Measure.” A native of Wisconsin, Doug wrote his first song in the 10th grade, about an ill-fated relationship with a past winner of a locally famous beauty contest, Alice in Dairyland. It is the greatest song ever written.