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An Iliad
By Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare
January 4 – 14, 2018

Cast & Design Team

Guy RobertsGuy Roberts* (Co-Director & Poet) Guy is the Founder and Artistic Director of Prague Shakespeare Company, the professional English-language theatre of the Czech Republic. In 2016, under his leadership, PSC became the first theatre company in the world to present the entire newly accepted Shakespearean canon (41 plays including Sir Thomas More, Cardenio and Edward II as well as all the sonnets and poetical works) in a single year as part of the historic PSC400 Season.  He is a 2015 recipient of the Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Medal of Honor from the Masaryk Democratic Movement in recognition for his work promoting arts and artistic freedom. In 2014 Guy received the inaugural Sidney Berger Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Association in recognition of his dedication to the works of William Shakespeare.  His work as actor, director and producer has been seen in the United States, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Qatar and Egypt and has been honored with multiple awards and over 100 US theatre award nominations for Best Actor, Director and Production.  He was named “Honorary Houstonian” at the 2013 Houston Press Theatre Awards for his PSC touring productions in collaboration with Main Street Theater Company (MST). PSC/MST productions include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night directed by Rebecca Greene Udden, Macbeth, Henry V (Houston Press Theatre Award and BroadwayWorld Houston Theatre Award for Best Director) and Richard III. He appeared as Michael Bakunin in Rebecca Greene Udden’s MST production of The Coast of Utopia. His recent PSC credits include Prague productions of: Amadeus (Estates Theatre), Richard III (at Prague Castle and the Estates Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Estates Theater), Macbeth (Estates Theater), As You Like It (Estates Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Venus in Fur, Twelfth Night, as well as PSC tours of Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing to the Library of Alexandria, Egypt and Patrick Doyle’s Music of Shakespeare with Patrick Doyle, James Shearman and Jessica Boone in Doha, Qatar and Orlando, Florida. His Much Ado serves as the basis for a Czech version, which he directed – and is still running at Divadlo Bez Zabradli in Prague. Guy is a proud member of AEA, SDC, SAFD and STA.

Rebecca Greene Udden (Co-Director) Main Street Theater: (Director) Enemies, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (First American Productions), Twelfth Night (Prague Shakespeare Company), Silent Sky, Peace in Our Time, Heartbreak House, The Real Thing (1986 & 2013), The Coast of Utopia, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Heidi Chronicles (2010 & 1992), Arcadia (2010 & 1996), The House of the Spirits (English-language Premiere), Translations, Caroline, or Change, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, The Rice, Copenhagen, The Little Foxes, Full Bloom, Northanger Abbey, The Witlings, The Miser, Uncommon Women and Others, Pride and Prejudice, and many more, (Actor) Memory House, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company), The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Third, The Busy World Is Hushed, Somebody’s Sons, The Sisters Rosensweig, Hapgood, Hamlet, and more;  (Costume Design) numerous productions; Prague Shakespeare Company: (Director) Twelfth Night.  Catastrophic Theatre: Advisory Board.  Board of Directors, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Member of the American Leadership Forum Class XVI.  2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, Rice University. Member of the Vestry, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Executive Artistic Director and Founder, Main Street Theater.

Patrick Neil Doyle (Composer) Patrick is a classically trained composer who has most recently written the score for King Bert Productions’ drama series ‘The Moonstone’ for BBC One. In the world of feature film, Patrick’s former projects include writing additional music and lyrics for international feature films such as ‘Brave’ (Disney Pixar), ‘Sleuth’ (Castle Rock Entertainment), ‘La Ligne Droite’ (Gaumont), and the documentary feature ‘Jig’, directed by Sue Bourne. He has composed the score for feature films such as ‘The Legend of Longwood’ in 2014, ‘Kepler’s Dream’ in 2015, and ‘Nae Pasaran’ due to be released in 2018. Patrick has worked as music programmer on the 2016 remake of ‘Whisky Galore’, the Amma Asante feature film ‘A United Kingdom’, and most recently on the Sony Animation ‘The Emoji Movie’. Previous composition for theatre includes William Boyd’s sell out run of ‘Longing’ at the Hampstead Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 revival of the 1977 musical ‘Glasvegas’. Patrick also worked on the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival production of ‘Macbeth’, directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford. More recently Patrick worked as musical director and music programmer for Branagh’s theatre season at the Garrick Theatre, London.

Jessica BooneJessica Boone* (Muse) Jessica is the co-CEO, Company Manager and an Associate Artist for Prague Shakespeare Company, where she was recently seen in several PSC productions in association with the Czech Republic National Theater at the Estates Theater as Constanza in Amadeus, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Lady Anne in Richard III (also at Prague Castle), and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale. Jessica has been seen in Houston with MST in the MST/PSC tours of Venus in Fur (Vanda), Twelfth Night (Viola), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Henry V (Princess/Boy) and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero). In 2016, she also appeared at the historic Library of Alexandria, Egypt in the PSC tours of Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing and on tour with Academy-Award nominated composer Patrick Doyle, conductor James Sherman and Guy Roberts in Patrick Doyle's Music of Shakespeare in Qatar, Doha and Orlando, Florida. Other PSC: As You Like It (Rosalind), Cymbeline (Innogen), King Lear (Regan). Other MST: Coast of Utopia, Or,, and The Heidi Chronicles. Houston Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Pericles (Thaisa), Cymbeline (Innogen), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Love's Labor's Lost, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus. Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol; The Virginia Musical Theater: Ballroom (Diane). Children's Theatre Festival: Jerry Bock’s The New Adventures of Pinocchio and The Land of Broken Toys. BA in Acting and Directing (magna cum laude), University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance where she performed with the Stuart Ostrow Musical Theatre Collaboration in Merrily We Roll Along (Mary Flynn), Bronx Bashert (Stella), and the title role in Lady Windermere's Fan. She has also been seen on the internet in Škoda's web series: Meet The Engineer and she is known throughout the anime world for her work voicing hundreds of characters in Japanese animated series such as Akame ga Kill!, Hello Kitty, Angelic Layer, High School of the Dead and Azumanga Daioh. Her film and TV work includes the feature film Unlocked starring Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom, Noomi Rapace and John Malkovich as well as the new SKY-TV series DAS BOOT. Jessica also appeared on ABC-TV as series-regular Rabia in MISSING and was named a “femme-on-fire” by playboy.com.  Jessica is a recognized actor/combatant by the SAFD and a proud member of AEA and British Equity.

Fanette RonjatFanette Ronjat (Muse) Fanette Ronjat is a French actress and an Associate Artist with Prague Shakespeare Company. Most recently she appeared at Divadlo Kolowrat in Deaf Empire, Celia in As You Like It, Ophelia in Short Shakespeare: Hamlet as well as at the Estates Theater as Emilia in The Winter's Tale. Other  Prague Shakespeare Company credits include: Coriolanus, As You Like It (US tour and Cesky Krumlov), Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear (also US tour) and M4M: A Play about Measure for Measure. She recently appeared in the PSC/Alabaster Cat co-production of the world-premiere of The Play About A Dick. In France she was seen as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, the Sear in Clandestinopolis and as Eva on the TV series Clèm among other things. Fanette has worked for several years with the french educational theater company Koalako. She is delighted to make her MST debut.

Eric Sammons (Production Stage Manager) This is Eric's fifth season as PSC's Production Stage Manager and Business Manager. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he earned his BA in theatre from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He served as a founding board member for Evolution Theatre Company in Denver and is a company member of Woof Theatre Company in Boulder, Colorado. In his five years in Prague, he has been seen onstage in productions at the Prague Playhouse and Blood, Love, and Rhetoric and he served as Production Stage Manager on the Prague premiere of the musical RENT. For PSC Eric’s credits include PSM or ASM on  Amadeus, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, Fools For Love, As You Like It, Dracula, Much Ado About Nothing, The Complete Works of William, Shakespeare (Abridged), AmeriKAfka, Murder of Gonzago, Duchess of Malfi, Cymbeline,  The Long Christmas Dinner, Julius Caesar, 450th Shakespeare Birthday Party and Venus in Fur among others. Eric has appeared as an actor with PSC on Macbeth, The Long Christmas Dinner, Into the Woods and The Santaland Diaries.

Eva Bellefeuille (Costume Designer) Eva was born in the Czech Republic and graduated from the Prague Drama Academy (DAMU). Since then she has done work as a stage and costume designer for Divadlo Rokoko in Prague, and worked extensively for other theatres around the Czech Republic including theatres in Hradec Kralove, Cheb, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary. For PSC, Eva has designed costumes and worked on Amadeus, Richard III, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upcoming designs include the Trojan War cycle at the Estates Theater for PSC. In addition to her stage work and work for TV and film, she does graphic design work and paints.

Markéta Trösterová-Fantová (Scenic Designer) Markéta is a scenic, lighting and costume designer for theatre, dance, and performance art. She has worked in theatres, galleries and visually inspiring sites in both the United States and Europe. Marketa led the USITT-USA team as the Artistic Director of the US National and Student exhibits for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and recently moved to Prague from Philadelphia, where she accepted a position of the Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial 2019.

Přemysl Janda (Original Lighting Designer) Has worked for the Czech Republic National Theatre as a lighting designer since 2005, where he has collaborated with many prominent European directors, set designers and lighting designers.  For example, spouses Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, Hartmut Schörghofer, Joël Lauwers, Etienne Pluss, Michal Docekal, Daniel Tesar, Robert Wilson, AJ Weissbard. Lighting design created for those scenes: Estates Theatre, New Stage, Mahennovo theater, Theater De Munt La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre de Caen - Opera House, Opera De Dijon, Les Theatres De La Ville de Luxembourg. His most successful designs are: Richard The Third directed by Michael Dočekal (Prague 2006), La finta Giardiniera directed by Ursel and Karl Ernst Herrmann (Prague 2008, Brussel 2011), Die Entführung aus dem Serail directed by Joël Lauwers (Prague 2011), Don Giovanni directed by duo SKUTR (Prague 2012), Orfeo ed Euridice directed by Hartmut Schörghofer (Prague 2013), L’Olimpide directed by Ursel Hermann (Prague, Théâtre de Caen - Opera House, Opera De Dijon,  Les Theatres De La Ville de Luxembourg. 2013), Der Stein directed by Michal Docekal (Prague 2015). For Prague Shakespeare Company at the Estates Theater he has designed lights for Richard III (also Prague Castle), The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth as well as Divadlo Kolowrat productions of All is True, The Order of the Blue Chrysanthemum and Edward III. He sees himself as a lighting designer, which places emphasis on functionality and dramaturgy of lighting design and perfect technical execution performance.

Special Thanks We would like to give a special thanks to the world renowned Classicist Professor Stanley Lombardo for his expert advice. Our composer Patrick Neil discussed the use of song within the body of the play and chose suitable passages of Ancient Greek from The Iliad as the lyrics. After which, Professor Lombardo very kindly gave detailed guidance on the correct pronunciation and the historical relationship between music and The Iliad. Without his generous help we could not have accomplished what we have.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

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