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Five Days and Counting….

It seemed as if opening day was so far off when we started this Shakespearean adventure, but alas, we are a mere FIVE days from our Thursday soft opening. We are offering our dress rehearsal as a ‘pay what you can’ night for those who are adventurous enough to play the role of audience at Thursday evening’s performance.

Because we are an inclusive theater company we offer extended rehearsals so those cast members who have the talent but need that extended time to get comfortable in their roles can have that. And so we have been rehearsing since June.

Our cast members who don’t require as much rehearsal time have generously and magnanimously rehearsed right alongside their peers with a level of enthusiasm that has demonstrated to us both their love of theatre and their support of our mission. Truly, this is an exceptional group of human beings and we have relished every single minute of our time with them.

These photos taken during recent rehearsals give you just a hint of the powerful performances you will experience during this show. It is a comedy, however, and this cast takes that aspect to the absolute limit. As the temperatures have risen, so has the need for comic relief and we’ve incorporated some of that into the play.

SO, if you think you’ve seen “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” before, well…you haven’t seen this one!

Where: The Foundry 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo When: July 25-28 All performances at 7pm. For tickets click here.

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Cast Spotlight: Lawrence Rowswell

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Larry is delighted to make his ITOWNY debut as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A veteran of the theatre, he has appeared in over eighty productions with more than two dozen WNY companies. In 2016, he won the Artie Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

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Cast Spotlight: Justin Chortie

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Justin has been all over the place, performing from Toronto to Lewiston To Sanborn to Cheektowaga to Salamanca to North Tonawanda to Hamburg to Springville, when he’s not acting, writing, directing or performing improv with WNY Improv Inc, he’s probably doing karaoke. Justin has experience with Shakespeare, having performed in a production of the Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. Justin enjoys this opportunity to work with Inclusive Theatre of WNY for the first time. Justin dedicates his performance to his partner Bryce.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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Cast Spotlight: Cory McLean

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We are so blessed to have Cory McLean cast in the role of Lysander. He was born in the Southern Tier but lived in Detroit during his teens. He tells us he has only recently become involved with the theater but we never would have guessed! He’s performed as Willum Cubbert in The Nerd and in various interactive dinner shows. Cory is a versatile and creative actor who truly embodies his character, rarely breaking out of character during rehearsals. He also has a fantastic sense of humor. When reading for a female cast member who had to miss a rehearsal, he did so in falsetto, to the great surprise and amusement of us all. Later he ramped up the camp by donning a yellow yarn wig. Cory remarks in his playbill bio that he “is excited for the opportunity to perform Shakespeare on stage for the first time”, but it seems to us he’s been doing it his whole life! He is very talented and keeps adding new dimensions to his portrayal of Lysander.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

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Cast Spotlight: Penny Striker

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Penny is thrilled to reprise the role of Puck and feels she is having more fun with it now than when she last played Puck at ECC in the early 90’s! She is also excited to be playing Lady Slackbeth in Dave Goddard’s hilarious rendition of MACBETH. Some of her previous performances include: TALES OF THE DRIVEN, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT, MOUSETRAP, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, as well as many others. By day, she is the mother of two magnificent young boys. By night, she is thankful to be sharing her passions with the unending support and love of Bill Baldwin.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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Cast Spotlight: Patricia Crowe

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Patty has been a proud member of ITOWNY since May 2019. Starting as Barbara in Night of the Living Dead in 2015, theater became a vital part of Patricia’s creative expression. Playing a British cook (And Then There Were None) to a nine character role in The Dining Room, and even a gig in a musical Guys and Dolls! It has been a fun 5 years since that first role, and now the privilege of being a part of this talented team, while learning to perform Shakespeare can now be checked off her list. Thanks and appreciation also goes to my fiance Chris, who has patiently been at my side for all rehearsals and performances. Thank you ITOWNY!!!

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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Cast Spotlight: Mario Brown

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Mario is very new to this incredulous artform, we call “acting”! He has had a love for the theater most of his adult life be it, attending, supporting or just researching theater. He even has a screenplay story that he has been birthing for, ummmm, nearly 10 yrs, but He is certain now, more than ever that’ll He will see it through! This group of illustrious actors and actresses inspires him with their dedication, gifts and individuality! He thanks Kevin for his tireless support and Russell, for the introduction to this new beginning.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

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Cast Spotlight: Kim ‘Queenie’ Robinson

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‘Queenie’ started acting at a young age as her mother always said she had a flair for the dramatic! Recently though fate, Queenie’s sister Sherri got her back into acting and Queenie couldn’t be happier.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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Cast Spotlight: Monica Morrisey

Monica

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New to ITOWNY, Monica plays the fair and regal Hippolyta!

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

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Cast Spotlight: Katy Steen

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Katy, in her youth was memorizing movies since she could speak. Her interest in acting was nurtured through organized youth performances and classes. Now in her thirties, her interest in acting was rekindled upon her arrival in Buffalo.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets