Virtual Benefit Reading for:
Know your rights camp
the importance of being earnest
A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE
By OSCAR WILDE
Directed by Annabel Capper
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 2020
6:30pm: LIVE MUSIC by Roulston & Young
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.
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: email@example.com
Please consider a gift in any amount to support:
know your rights camp
Lauren modica (miss prism)
Lauren is thrilled to be returning to BEDLAM’s reading series (previously: Masha in ‘Three Sisters’, Margaret in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’) after being working with the Company on Bedlam’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (Mrs. Jennings/Portland Center Stage) two winters ago. A 4-Season veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Titania in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Cheshire Cat ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Widow ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’, Glendower ‘Henry IV: Part I’ and others) and regular performer in Portland (Mary ‘Christmas at Pemberly’, ‘Our Town’, ‘Twist Your Dickens’, JAW Festival/Portland Center Stage) and elsewhere, she sends huge thanks to Annabel and Bedlam for inviting her to revisit a favorite role, and work with favorite humans. Happy Holidays!
paul whitty (Lane/Merriman/Reverend Canon Chasuble)
margaret odette (gwendolen fairfax)
Margaret Odette is a Haitian American actor from Harlem, NYC. She has performed at Rattlestick Theater, The Long Wharf Theater, Williamstown, and Chautauqua, among others. In 2019 Margaret portrayed “Hero” in The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing, which PBS recorded for its Great Performances series. Her last stage performance before the Covid-19 pandemic was in The Vampire Cowboys’ world premiere of Revenge Song at The Geffen Playhouse. TV: Instinct, Elementary (cbs); and Blindspot (nbc). Margaret will next appear in the feature film Boogie, and will star in the new Netflix series Sex/Life. Education: BA Brown University, MFA NYU Tisch.
zachary fine (algernon moncrieff)
Zack Fine (he/him/his) is a teacher of clown and games currently on faculty at NYU. He works on and off-Broadway as an actor, director, and playwright, and leads workshops on play and creativity around the world. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in American History and an M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee. His pedagogy of play began with many years of apprenticeship in the world of clowning. First with Christopher Bayes at Yale and Juilliard, then at the Circus Center in San Francisco, then a collaboration with Aitor Basauri of the internationally renown Spymonkey, and a sojourn in Paris with the world-famous Philipe Gaulier. Zack has been interviewed and featured in many national news outlets for his work. He is the founder and facilitator of Recess, a quick and easy way to integrate play into the workday.
sachi parker (lady bracknell)
Parker made her film debut in 1985 in “Stick,” directed by Burt Reynolds, and appeared in “Back to the Future,” “About Last Night,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Riders to the Sea,” “Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael,” “Bad Influence,” and “Scrooged.” She recently completed “All Me, All the Time,” with Keir Dullea.
When television beckoned, Parker soon found herself guest-starring in numerous popular series and TV movies, including “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Equal Justice,” “Eerie, Indiana,” “Alien Nation,” “Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre,” “Santa Barbara,” “Capitol” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.” Her theater work included “The Lulu Plays,” “Ladies in Waiting,” and “Pastorale.” She was invited to perform at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival in “My Cup Runneth Over,” “West Side Story,” “Moon Children” and “Independence.” She has appeared in regional theatre companies in the Chekhov classics “The Cherry Orchard,” “The Seagull” and “The Three Sisters.”
Staying true to her Japanese roots, Parker has served as the daytime anchor for a Japanese language news program out of New York City, and starred in daytime Japanese television. She was recognized for her work as an actress bridging cultural differences between Japan and the US in l990 with the prestigious Kurosawa Award. In 2008, Parker appeared in the acclaimed Japanese film “The Witch of the West is Dead”, playing the leading role of a 75-year-old grandmother.
Aleca piper (cecily cardew)
Aleca Piper is originally from D.C. and is a proud graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase. This year she made her sketch comedy debut with the Boogie Manja Collective. She is passionate about creating new works and giving homage to the classics. Previous work includes: Veranka in Anna Karenina: a riff, Maria in Twelfth Night, Calianax in The Maid’s Tragedy, Official Lady of Missing You in Made To Dance To Dance In Burning Buildings, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lucius in Julius Caesar, Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, Bertha Holly in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Maid in Red Cross, and Beulah Binnings in Orpheus Descending.
jamie smithson (jack/earnest)
Annabel capper (director)
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)
roulston & young (live music)
‘London’s comedic musical cabaret at its best’ CABARET SCENES
Sarah-Louise Young (Fascinating Aïda, An Evening Without Kate Bush, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) and Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aïda, Meow Meow, Jess Robinson, Christine Bovill) have been writing and performing partners for 15 years, starting life in cabaret and recently crossing over into musical theatre with their new show Maxa, The Most Assassinated Woman In The World.
They have performed internationally, including Canada, Malaysia and at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival and last year they made their Off-Broadway debut together with their West End hit show about Julie Andrews, Julie Madly Deeply.
They write bespoke songs for any occasion and can be found at:
(Photo credit: Claudio Raschella)