Aaron Strand (Fool) has starred Off-Broadway in The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller, Off-Off-Broadway in Caligula Maximus at LaMama ETC, and at the notorious NYC hot-spot The Box. Originally from Athens, Georgia, Aaron graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He attended The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and notably played the titular role in Macbeth. He has performed throughout Atlanta on stage as Ivan in 'ART', Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Michal in The Pillowman; and on film in Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Winner 2012 48hr film Competition), The Doll Collector (2nd Place 24 Film Race), and Little Miss Twenty Something. A professional blues guitarist, he wrote and performed with The Manhattan Cartel.
Alexander Barnett (Lear) www.alexanderbarnett.com
Alexandra Cohler (Cordelia) just wrapped shooting the lead role in a new short film, Remember Me? She is a member of the all-female experimental Shakespeare company, The Dark Lady Players, with whom she’s played such roles as Hamlet and Iago. Other select stage credits include: Family Shakespeare (MTWorks); After Tartuffe and The Tragedy of Dandelion (Newborn Reading Series); Any Which Way Thou Wouldst Have It (Medallion Productions); Iago in Writing Othello;; Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park (East Hampton Guild Hall); More; what do you mean; Sins of Our Fathers; Hamlet Bound and Unbound (Ego Actus); Buckingham (Southampton Cultural Center); Plan 9 from Outer Space and Bitch Macbeth (DMTheatrics).
Andy Rivera (Guard) hails from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early on, he performed as an entertainer, playing guitar, singing, and as musical director. Work took him around the world and while living in Berlin, Germany, he debuted as a background actor in the film The Innocent, starring Anthony Hopkins. That first, small role got him a more featured principal speaking role in the movie Gospel According to Harry, starring Viggo Mortensen. A few years later, while living in Stuttgart, Germany, he decided to give theater a try and performed in five different shows over a two-year period: The Graduate, High School Musical, Night of the Living Dead, before landing his very first soloist debut in Fiddler on the Roof, performing shortly after in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Back in the US and more recently, he has performed in the HBO TV Series VEEP, and was featured in the National Geographic Documentary Drama American Genius. More recently, he performed as a principal actor in Shooting The Prodigal, and was featured in the popular TV Series House of Cards. Andy has expanded his entertainment skills serving as Assistant Director and Camera Operator in The Substitutes, currently in post-production; while producing and acting in the short film The War at Home.
Brett Lawlor (1st Knight) Professional film debut. Regional theatre: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival - The Two Gentleman of Verona (Outlaw/Ensemble). University theatre: Favorite roles include Charlie Cowell in The Music Man, Mr. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Louie in Lost in Yonkers, and Eddie in A View from the Bridge.
Cezar Constantine (France/Herald) is a New York-based Film and TV actor. Cezar's acting career began with a number of roles in a variety of short films and has continued to grow and expand with a wide range of roles, including the lead in projects such as Tolls (Feature Film - 2015), Brujo (Short Film - 2014) and the Boston/New England Regional Emmy Award-Winning Documentary series The Folklorist (2013), as well as supporting roles in a list of projects such as Mary Loss of Soul (Feature Film - 2014), Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce (Feature Film - 2014) and Mosden (Short Film - 2014), among others.
Craig Allen (Doctor)is best known for his stage roles as Dr. Grimpthorpe in Magic, Duncan in Macbeth, Siegfried von Konigswald in Happy Birthday Wanda June, and Mr. Glib in St. Patrick’s Day; or, The Scheming Lieutenant. He has also been working extensively in performing live theater in online virtual environments with the troupe Avatar Repertory Theater, where among many roles he has done Marty in Marty, Chrysale in The Learned Women, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the White Knight in Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Dan Thorp (Oswald) is a lifetime resident of the D.C. area who has many local film credits including Pivot Point, Georgian Way and The Men Who Built America. His most recent stage credit is Edward Raynor in Black Coffee. Dan, a member of SAG/AFTRA, is currently working with MdM Talent.
Eric Michael Smith (Edgar) is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. From the suburbs of Illinois, Smith has lived and worked all over, including Los Angeles, Maryland, New Jersey, and currently New York. Favorite roles include: Charles in As You Like It, Hal in Proof, John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dave in Things to See and Do (film), Henry in The Coffee Shop Show (web-series), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, The Provost in Measure for Measure, and Rick in Six Degrees of Separation. Smith also attended the William Esper Studio and is set to graduate from there in June of 2015.
Frank Mancino (Tenant)likes to think of himself as playwright and actor, performing both in Baltimore and DC, and in Classical and modern works. His most recent appearance was Mr. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. His favorite roles have been Toby Belch in The Twelfth Night; and Sparkish in The Country Wife. To learn more, go to: http://mancino.org.
Garrett Matthews (French Soldier) recently graduated from The Hartt School where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He has performed in operas at the Hartt Opera Theatre, Connecticut Concert Opera, and Kennedy Center, starting in middle school. Matthews’ TV credits include House of Cards and America's Most Wanted and the independent film Dead Doggz. Matthews received the Folger Theatre’s “Peggy O'Brain Award” for portraying Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently he played Danny Zuko in Grease at the Rockville Musical Theatre.
Jim Zidar (Gloucester) has been a professional actor based in Washington, DC for the last 30 years. He has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford's Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio and Signature Theatres, Scena Theatre (including a tour in Thessaloniki, Greece), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and other venues. His two favorite roles to date were at precisely opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum: Galileo in Life of Galileo and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. In 2008 he directed, at the playwright's request, a revival/staged reading of Barbara Garson's 1967 play Macbird! at the Brecht Forum in New York. In 2010 he read the role of Sir John Harington in Robert Brustein's Mortal Terror, again at the playwright's request, at The Players Club. Mr. Zidar has taught theatre for over two decades, including 12 years of International Baccalaureate Theatre Arts, during which time he directed 15 plays in English, five in French, and one in Russian. For five years he played a featured character on a national weekly radio show produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jared Doreck (Edmund) is an actor/model/dancer. He just returned to Prague after filming KILD in Texas this summer. He is an award winning improviser and narrator. Leading actor in Una Mujer en una Caja & The Caretaker (2011 winners Gulf Coast Film Festival "Best Foreign" & "Best Drama", respectively). Jared has worked in musicals under Jerry Bock and Stuart Ostrow. In Europe, he recently filmed for the TV shows Borgia and Crossing Lines, and two projects with Česká Televize: Colette and České století. Jared is a proud member of the Prague Shakespeare Company.
Jared Jason Murray (Burgundy/British Soldier) is an actor based in the DC area. D.C. Area: Kennedy Center: Shear Madness (Tony) Olney Theatre Center: Red Riding Hood A New Fable (Wolf); Imagination Stage: Rapunzel (Brian/Simon U/S); Theater Alliance: The Night Before Christmas (Elf); The American Century Theater: Marathon‘3 (Red); Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Richard III (1st Murderer); Source Festival: Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (Kyle); Impossible Theatre Company: Macbeth (Donalbain); REGIONAL: Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama (Captain Blake); The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama (Ensemble).
Leah Filley (Goneril) www.leahfilley.com
Michael Crowley (Knight/Servant): Principal Credits - Macduff (understudy Macbeth)/ Macbeth for the Annapolis Shakespeare Company; Earl of Surrey(Ensemble)/Henry IV Parts 1/2 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Christopher (understudy)/Tribes at the Studio Theatre; Protest by Vaclav Havel at the Ambassador Theatre; and The Politician; Interrogation in the Capital Fringe Festival.
Omar A Said (Knight/Soldier) is the writer and director of an original one act play The Pear Tree, a screenplay The Spirit of the Staircase, and the graphic novel Ignominy. He Is an Associate Producer for PUNK CITY and an Assistant Director of their most recent short film Product Wars.
Philip Fletcher (Bedlam Beggar) is a Founding Company Member of Synetic Theater, a physical theater company based in the Washington DC area. Throughout his tenure with Synetic he has appeared in over 50 new and remount productions. Synetic production highlights include: Twelfth Night (Orsino) [Helen Hayes Outstanding Ensemble], King Lear (Edmund) [HH Outstanding Ensemble and Supporting Actor nominated], Othello (Iago) [HH Outstanding Ensemble and Lead Actor nominated], A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) [HH Outstanding Ensemble], Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) [HH Outstanding Ensemble], Carmen (Lucas) [HH Outstanding Ensemble Nominated], Macbeth (Witch) [HH Outstanding Supporting Actor], and Hamlet…the rest is silence (King Hamlet’s Ghost/Player King) [HH Outstanding Ensemble]. Other theater credits include: Red Eye Gravy Theater; Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio). Philip is also a reoccurring guest dancer for Word Dance Theater appearing in: Once Wild (Sergei Yesenin) [Dance Metro DC Outstanding Group Performance and Individual Performer Nomination], We Three [performed as part of Dance Bethesda], Body/Soul, and Chambers of the Heart. Other dance credits include: K.G. Dance, A Beautiful Madness, Broken, F.C.F. 4514, and Possession [performed as part of Dance Arts Dance Festival in NYC].
Samantha Dena (Regan) A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Samantha has performed in various regional and off broadway productions. Favorite roles include Helena in All's Well That Ends Well (with Capital Classics in West Hartford, CT), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (performed in Stratford Upon Avon, England), and Olivia in Twelfth Night (performed in Original Pronunciation). She can also be seen on the new webseries Coffee Shop Show as Claire! Visit samanthadena.com for more.
Steve Lebens (Albany) has worked extensively in Washington, D.C., theaters. Most recently he played Polonius and the Ghost in Hamlet and Mr. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at Compass Rose Theatre. He was a company member of the American Century Theater, where he starred in critically acclaimed productions of 12 Angry Men, Judgment at Nuremberg, I Do I Do and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. He has also worked at The Studio Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theater, Signature Theatre, The Source Theatre, and The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where he began his professional career. Internationally, he produced and starred in productions of K2, Three Sisters, A Walk in the Woods and True West with the Theater of the Americas in Bogota, Colombia, and in The Lion in Winter with the Drama Circle in Karachi, Pakistan. Film and television credits include House of Cards, VEEP, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, El Amor es mas Fuerte, Te Quiero Pecas and Field of Lost Shoes.
Todd Mazzie (Knight/Soldier) is thrilled to be working with Alexander Barnett on King Lear. His last Shakespearean role was Lysimachus in Pittsburgh Repertory Theater's Pericles. Todd has a Bachelor of Arts in acting from The University of Pittsburgh and has been performing on stage and film for more than eighteen years. He recently appeared as Churchill's Aide on The History Channel's The World Wars and has done various featured background roles with Turn on AMC and Veep on HBO. In 2014 Todd was seen as Clive in Frederick Town Player's See How They Run and Cléante in The Rockville Little Theater's The Miser, Vince Fontaine in Rockville Musical Theater's Grease and Richard in an original debut of A Revolutionary Christmas by Reiner Prochaska with the Maryland Ensemble Theater.