Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

 

 

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cast Spotlight: Jessica Levesque

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A talented actor, Jessica has taken on the role of Titania, Queen of the Faeries with her usual dedication and attention to detail. She brings an exuberance to acting that makes it clear to everyone she was born for the stage.

Jessica Levesque sure has been busy! Since graduating high school she has appeared in several plays and films and even a spot in a TV series! She appeared in a play at Theatre Loft in 2014 which won kudos from critics, and also appeared on stage as Alex, a young woman with Autism who wants to play Roller Derby. You can read a review here.

In her spare time, Jessica makes jewelry and does other crafts. She adores modpodge! Don’t miss Jessica in  Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cast Spotlight: Jennifer L.S. Weber

 

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Cast Spotlight: Jennifer L. S. Weber​, is outstanding in the role of Francis Flute. Jenn is simply fantastic and puts everything she’s got into it . She’s creative in the moment and many of her spontaneous improvisations (along with other cast members’ improvs) have been incorporated into the show. From Springville, Jen and her husband Charles are very active in community theatre there: Springville Center for the Arts.

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Festival of Shorts

Final Show Sunday April 7th!

CAST

Quentin Gray (Barry, Pig #3, Alex): Quentin was raised in Toledo, Ohio and has been acting since 15 years old. H was a film extra in Marshall, Bashira, Crown Vic, and the first Purge. Quentin has appeared in several stage productions with roles such as Jeffrey in The Curtious Savage at the Ghostlight Theate and Randy Dexter in Curtins for The Elmira Little Theater in Elmira,NY. Quentin trained with Frank Rossi in both Method and Meisner. “I want to thank inclusive Theater of WNY for giving me this great opportunity as an actor. Juggling multiple roles is a new experience for me. So I would have to thank Aimee for giving me this part and pushing my limits as an actor.

Jessica Levesque ( Thomasina, Snow White, Mama) Active in RollerDerby until an injury ended her career, Jessica moved on to acting, something she’d always wanted to do. She has appeard on several episodes of Total Divas, and an independent film, The Secret Origin of Mojo Man. Jessica loves WWE wrestling, Anime and cartoons. She loves the beach, making jewelry and travelling. Jessica has appeard in several plays on Buffalo stages including Always October (2013), The Process (2014), An Evening of Personal Stories (2017), And Where Will You Put the Things You Save? (2018).

Colleen Ann O’Byrne (Television Man): Colleen is a long time Buffalo resident who has appeard in one previous Inclusive Theater of WNY production—An Evening of Personal Stories. She makes her acting debut in Television Man, the first short play in ITOWNY’s Festival of Shorts. Colleen has one adult son and two Bichons: Molly and Bella.

Summer Harris (Cate Blanchett, Paula, Princess Charming): A enior at The Park School of Buffalo, Summer is excited to be apart of ITOWNY’s Festival of Shorts! In the past with The Park Players she has been Mollie in TheMousetrap, Alice in You Can’t Take it With You, Banzai and a Featured Dancer in The Lion King Jr, the antagonist Cat in Honk! Jr, and the variety shows Patchwork since middle school. She also performed in The Diary of Anne Frank with The Raiders of Niagara as Anne Frank. In her spare time she loves to draw, write, sing, play guitar, ukulele, and viola.

Jennelle Torrey (Gremlin, Wolf) is a wife, mother, virtual assistant, curriculum developer, technology trainer, actor, and accessibility advocate. To me Inclusive means that everyone no matter who you are has access to be included in all areas of life, there should be no exceptions.

Rev. Christopher Wylie (Gremlin, Zombie, Television Man, Pig 2, Rumplesiltskin) Chris is a father, husband, United Methodist pastor, writer, blogger, musician, artist, actor, and disability advocate. More than anything he wants you to know that Inclusive means you are loved no matter the body in which you live.  

Aimée Levesque, Ph.D. Executive and Artistic Director: Aimée has served on the Boards of Buffalo Theatre Alliance (TABS) and Ujima Theatre. She holds Masters Degrees in English Literature and Library Science and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. This past January Aimée received her Doctorate in Curriculum Design and the Science of Learning from University at Buffalo. Aimée’s daughter Jessica, a talented actress and a woman on the autism spectrum, is one of the inspirations for Inclusive Theater of WNY.

Marilyn Erentsen-Scott (Artistic Director) Marilyn retired from the stage after a well received performance in 7th grade and only returned some 50 years later, appearing in a play (The Process in 2014) with two of the actors in this production: Jessical Levesque and Chelsea Braun. Marilyn and her husband of 38 years, Steve, moved to Buffalo from L.I. almost five years ago. They have one son, Anthony, and a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Penny, who is the official mascot of InclusiveTheater of WNY. A former Registered Nurse, Marilyn received her BA in Sociology from Adelphi University in 1998 and has worked for more than 25 years as an advocate for full inclusion for people with disabilities.