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MEET THE LOVERS: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

MEET THE LOVERS!
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Cory McLean as Lysander
Summer Harris as Helena
Justin A. Chortie as Demetrius

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY), in collaboration with The Foundry, is proud to announce our inaugural Shakespearean event – Shakespeare in the Parking Lot “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” along side an adapted Shakespearean Short by D.G. for good measure! (It’s not really in the parking lot, but in a covered, semi-outdoor space at The Foundry on Northampton Street in Buffalo.)

July 25-28, 2019

All performances begin at 7pm.

Ticket Information: Brown Paper Tickets
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Director Spotlight: Aimee Levesque

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Aimee 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. In December 2018, Aimée received her Doctorate in Curriculum Design and the Science of Learning from University at Buffalo. She also recently received (5/2019) the Arts Services Initiative’s (ASI) Rising Star Award! Aimee’s daughter Jessica, a talented actress and a woman on the autism spectrum, is one of the inspirations for Inclusive Theater of WNY.

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

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Director Spotlight: Marilyn Erentsen-Scott

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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 Jessica Levesque. 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 Inclusive Theater 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.

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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Director Spotlight: Dallas Taylor

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Dallas is no stranger to Inclusive Theater of WNY. He was a participant in ITOWNY’s “My Story” and “A Festival of Shorts,” and a crew member for the production “And Where Will You Put The Things You Save.”

Taylor is a content associate for WNED | WBFO and a youth coach-mentor for Algonquin Sports for Kids. When not working, you may randomly find him taking pictures.

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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Backstage Spotlight: Imani Sky Mesiah-Skinner

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Sky was involved in theatre for four years at her high school, in which she stage managed for two of those years. Now she is happily working with the Inclusive theatre as their stage manager! We are so excited to have her join us!!

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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Backstage Spotlight: Carling Barry-Spicer

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We are so excited to have our newly minted American back to assist with A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Welcome home, Carling!

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: 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