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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

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: Russell Holt

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This is Russell’s first play with Inclusive Theater of WNY, Russell, who plays Theseus, is an actor from Lackawanna, NY. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2014. In May 2018 he performed in Lit401: A School Shooting in One Act (C) at the Shea’s Smith Theatre which was his first professional level show in Buffalo. Later in his first musical The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble) with Rocking Horse Productions at the Lancaster Opera House in October 2018, followed by his first lead role in the film Hate Crime (Malcolm McLeod) a SkoVu Tv original in November 2018. He appeared in A.R.T of WNY’s production of Our Town (George Gibbs) in January 2019. In May 2019 Russell appeared on stage at the Kenan Center in the play ART (Marc). Russell volunteers for the theatre department (W.O.B Players) at his high school LHS and has participated in some productions since graduating. Russell is a talented actor who plays Theseus with a regal, commanding demeanor. From Russell’s playbill bio: “Special Thanks goes to God for the ability to  perform in this production. Also thanks to Inclusive Theatre for considering me for this opportunity and the support from my family and friends.”

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Jennelle Torrey

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We are so happy to have Jennelle in the role of Moth. Jennelle played several roles in ITOWNY’s Festival of Shorts last April and we are thrilled she auditioned for a role in our current production. Jennelle has a great sense of humor and is just fun to be around.

She is a wife, mother, virtual assistant, curriculum developer, technology trainer, actor, and accessibility advocate. To Jennelle, Inclusive means that everyone no matter who you are has access to be included in all areas of life, there should be no exceptions. And we agree wholeheartedly!

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Rev. Christopher Wylie

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We first met Rev. Christopher Wylie in October 2019 when he attended a performance of Inclusive Theater of WNY’s inaugural play And Where Will You Put the Things You Save? at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. Chris was so moved by the play, and especially by Steve Brachmann’s portrayal of a man who becomes a wheelchair user after a serious car accident, that he stayed after to speak with Steve. The two have become friends, and has become a friend of ours too. Last March Chris showed up for auditions and won roles in our Spring production (A Festival of Shorts), and again in this production, in which he plays the role of “Peaseblossom”.

As edgy as he is hilarious, Chris is a father, husband, United Methodist pastor, writer, poet, blogger, musician, artist, actor, and disability advocate. He tells us that more than anything he wants people to know Inclusive means one is loved no matter the body in which one lives.  

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Avery Gill

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This is Avery’s first play with Inclusive Theater of WNY. He brings a whole new dimension to the role of Mustardseed. An accomplished rap artist who has released his first album “The Legend”, his next album will be called “September 8th” and his EP album will be called “The Virgo.” Avery is more than a rapper – he is also a songwriter, a music producer, a colored pencil artist and owner and founder of the record label “Awesomesauce Records.” Avery wishes to thank his family for their support (both sides), his friends including Aimee and Jessica Levesque and the rest of the cast and crew of Shakespeare in the Parking lot presented by Inclusive Theater of WNY.

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: Dave Goddard

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Dave Goddard says he worked for 40 years primarily as a musician, guitar player, and songwriter, before being bitten by the dreaded theatre bug early in 2019.  He played Leo the One-Eyed Lute Player in Subversive Theatre’s “Tales of the Driven,” and as various eccentric characters in Inclusive Theatre’s “Spring Festival of Shorts.” Tonight marks Dave’s debut as a playwright with the production of “The Trash-edy of Slackbeth.”

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Cat Kwiatkowski

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We are thrilled to have Cat in the role of Hermia in “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  She was previously seen in Lancaster Regional Players’ “Stas & Stella’s Mostly Traditional Polish Wedding”, at ACTS in Alden in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and “Miracle on 34th Street”; at Neumann University in two round of “Faculty Follies”; in Keuka College’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”; and in the Franciscan Mystery Players at St. Bonaventure University. Cat is an amazingly talented actor and tells us Hermia is her dream role. And it shows. Her performance is exceptional. Cat has an expressive face that a communicates even what words don’t. Cat is also talented in the area of sewing and crafts and a lot of what you’ll see in terms of costuming, backdrops and set are the result of her imagination and handiwork. It’s clear that theater is her passion and we are so fortunate to have her on board! Thank-you, Cat, for all you do!

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

 

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Summer Harris


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We are thrilled that Summer Harris has returned to Inclusive Theater of WNY as Helena in this year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! She was last seen in ITOWNY’s Festival of Shorts (Cate Blanchett/Princess Charming/Paula) and is a recent graduate of The Park School of Buffalo. Her past productions with The Park Players include The Mousetrap (Mollie Ralston), You Can’t Take It With You (Alice Sycamore), The Lion King Jr (Banzai/Featured Dancer), Honk! Jr as the antagonist Cat, and several productions of Patchwork the Variety Show. She was also Anne Frank in The Raider’s of Niagara’s The Diary of Anne Frank and is currently interning at Park Summer Day Camp in drama and Summer Scholars as an Assistant Counselor. She will be attending her freshman year at Buffalo State this fall as a Theatre major. Summer is a very talented young woman with a bright future in theater, we’ve no doubt! Don’t miss her passionate performance as Helena!

 

 

 

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Plays

Cast Spotlight: Colleen Ann O’Byrne

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Colleen Ann O’Byrne joined ITOWNY in the fall of 2018 when she served as Assistant to the Prop Master for And Where Will You Put the Things You Save? at the Alleyway Theatre. This past April Colleen auditioned for and was cast in a role in Television Man for ITOWNY’S Festival of Shorts.

Colleen has performed in summer theater with individuals with disabilities previously and is thrilled to be back on stage. Although she has been diagnosed with MS, through homeopathy and other natural and alternative therapies she has managed to slow its progression. Doing what she loves, she says, is great for the immune system!

Colleen’s biggest fans are her two Bichons–Molly and Bella. Don’t miss Colleen’s performance as The Handmaiden (no, not that one!) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare!

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets