The Merry Month of May Presents
William Shakespeare's

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Lon Blais

April 30, May 1, 2 and 3, 2006 at 8:00 PM

Cast for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jason Adamoas THESEUS
JASON ADAMO is originally from the Philadelphia area, where he appeared in numerous shows, including Camila (Walnut Street Theatre), Brigadoon (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac and Evita with the Actor's Company of Pennsylvania at the Fulton Opera House, Li'l Abner (Allenberry Playhouse) and Gershwin, By George (Wilmington Grand Opera House). He has appeared in New York in The Alzheimer's Monologues (Producers' Club), Philosophically Speaking (Kairos Italy Theater) and Jane Eyre: The Musical (Wings Theatre). Other Shakespearean credits include Hamlet and As You Like It with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and Off-Off-Broadway productions of The Winter's Tale and Titus Andronicus. Jason is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Jessica Pagan as HIPPOLYTA
Pagan is the Queen of the Amazons in real life too. She hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she starred as Queen Elizabeth I in her fourth grade Living Biography Pageant and fell in love with the drama of the English Renaissance. She has attended NOCCA and BADA and has a BA from Columbia University and an MA from RADA.
Ashton Crosby as EGEUS and PETER QUINCE
This is Ashton's fifth Midsummer. The first was a schoolboy production; he was Hermia. He's happy to have lived long enough to play his own father. Recent NYC credits include The Shoemaker's Holiday, Scapin and The Power and the Glory, all at the Storm Theatre. He has also spent the last four summers doing Free Shakespeare in the Park, Untermyer Park, in Yonkers.
Sarah Silk as HERMIA
This is Sarah Silk's second chance to perform Shakespeare since she moved to NYC last summer. She was last seen in William Shakespeare's Haunted Pier with the Faux-Real theater company, where she played Regan from King Lear and Tamora from Titus Andronicus. Past roles include Mrs. Martin in The Bald Soprano and Viola in Twelfth Night. Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago undergraduate college where she studied philosophy. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and asks that you please tip your servers well.
Chella Ferrow as HELENA
Chella is thrilled to be playing Helena this Spring. She first performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream at twelve, in a hot and crowded schoolroom in Johannesburg South Africa which was the beginning of her passion for the theatre, and which led her to London to attend Drama Studio London. Her London theatre credits include Time and the Conways, The Dead, and Cousin Basilio. Recently, Chella has been focusing on film and television, and her most recent credits are Beyond the Ladies Room Door, Oh Pere Mere et Terre, and Law and Order.
Michael Vaccaroas DEMETRIUS
Film: Dirty Laundry, Pisser, Heat Wave, The Prodigal, Prince's Fairy, Ishtar, Restless, Rich Kids. TV: Another World. Changing Channels' Theatre: Believe In Me...A BigFoot Musical, Runaways, Godspell, Grease, Angel, Doo Wop Dracula, West Side Story, In The Boom Boom Room, Bread Alone, MacBeth, Left & Right Are From The Actors' Point Of View, Girls & Boys Together, Murder Most Foul, Pageant, Fury, Company. Cabaret: Child Of The '70s (Best Male Cabaret Singer-L.A. Gay & Lesbian Times), Back To Broadway (MAC Award- Outstanding Musical/Comedy Performer), On The Road To Kabul, The Best Sex Of The 20th Century Sale!, The Life & Times Of Billy Rae, Too Many Johnsons. Michael's debut CD, Archangel, is available at He is currently recording his second, Je' mappelle Michael.
Stephen A. Long as LYSANDER
Stephen Long is pleased to be back under the lights -- instead of hanging them. He most recently appeared on stage as Von Sparren in Prince of Homburg...three years ago in London, England. Since then he has been focused on the other side of production: shooting and lighting independent films. This has accidentally resulted in bit parts in films and MTV, but he never would have returned to the stage had it not been for the encouragement of Mr. Blais. Thanks to God for His blessings, and The Parents for their patience.
Martin Keiser as NICK BOTTOM
Marty Keiser grew up in Medford, NJ and attended Tufts University and the London Academy of Theatre, double majoring in Theatre and Psychology. He recently received an MFA in Acting from Columbia University and became a member of Actor's Equity. New York credits include: Devillette in Andrei Serban's Faust (Metropolitan Opera), Joshua/Gerry in Cloud 9, Hercules in Alcestis at Chashama, Kent in King Lear directed by Kristin Linklater, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night which also toured to Germany and Korea, Jaquin in Eduardo Machado's Crocodile Eyes which toured to Bologna, Italy and The House of Bernarda Alba, the New York Observer's Ensemble of the Year for 2004. He has seen Midsummer 6 times, on 3 continents, previously performed as Lysander and still loves every word.
Dusty McKeelan as FRANCIS FLUTE
Dusty McKeelan graduated last May with a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University in conjunction with The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Highlighted roles from the past include Prospero in The Tempest, John in Fifth of July, Patrick in Inventing van Gogh, Peter in Eastern Standard, and Edward in the New York premiere of The Revelation Circus. Mr. McKeelan is overjoyed to be working with Shakepearean text, and he wants to thank you all for supporting this production. He would also like to thank his wife Lindsay, his parents, all of his friends and family, and of course God for their continuing love and support.
Robert Dioguardias TOM SNOUT
For the Bard, Robert has played Malcolm and Ross in two separate productions of Macbeth, and Roderego in Othello. Other stage credits include Regional: Williamson in Glengary Glen Ross for Two Fools productions, Daniel Kaffee (lead) in A Few Good Men for The Stanley B Theatre Co. (Boston) Off-Broadway includes: Dread in The Adventures of Riff-Cat Polito, for Theatrix, Larry Gordon in Tunnel Phobia for The Gallery Players. Other showcases include Flesh Tint for The Looking Glass Theatre, Lottery for Theatre Studio Inc. Tours include The Prince in The Prince Of The Pyramid for The National Theatre For Children. Film credits include David Silver in The Family Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson, Wallace Cavanaugh (Lead) inOcean City (winner .Best Short Film. Ohio International Film Festival), Pete Hurley in Bringer. Robert is excited to clown around with everyone and says "Its not often I get to play a stone wall on stage. My inspiration comes from the level of customer service at the cable company"
Matthew R. Staley as ROBIN STARVELING
Matthew is thrilled to be working with Lon again after having appeared with him last year in The Dentist. Recent credits include: The Doctor in The Dentist, Planchet in The Three Musketeers and Flippy the Clown in What is Legitimate Theater?.
Paul Pakler as PUCK
Paul is very excited to be playing Puck in this production. This is his first performance in New York, having moved from Orange County, California. Paul's most recent credits include Some Voices (Ray), for which he received critical acclaim from the LA Times and Snow White: An Enchanting Musical at Disneyland, where he originated the role of Dopey. Paul is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Theatre.
Brett Maughan as OBERON
Brett Maughan recently relocated to NYC from Colorado, where he was a director, actor, and designer for theatre. His NY credits so far are Soldier/Priest/Son/Guy in a staged reading of Armenian Voices, various characters (human and puppet) in New Perspective Theatre's Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman, and he will be performing the Prologue and Stalagmus in Plautus' The Prisoners for high school Latin students in April. His recent Colorado roles include Val in Tenessee William's Orpheus Descending, Banquo in Macbeth, and he served as director for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, all with The Upstart Crow in Boulder, Colorado. His favorite credits are Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oberon, and director for Craig Lucas' Blue Window.
Emily Gerstell as TITANIA
Emily Gerstell literally began shrieking and jumping up and down for joy when she got Lon's message offering her the role of Titania - much to the chagrin of the other patrons of Starbucks. This marks her second time working with Lon and Jason; she had the pleasure of acting alongside them in this past summer's production of "The Dentist." She graduates with honors this May from Barnard College, where she majors in English Literature with a concentration in Theater. While at school, she has pursued her acting career outside of Columbia's campus and has appeared in numerous shows and films these past four years. Much love to her family, friends and teachers for their unflagging support.
Erica Francis as PEASEBLOSSOM
After taking a few years off to become a filmmaker (currently a Camera Assistant), Erica is happy to be acting again (seeing as that is what got her into that whole mess to begin with). She began acting with the Junior Theater in Satellite Beach, Florida and then with the Kechi Playhouse in Wichita, Kansas in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Witness for the Prosecution and was a stand-in for the Hallmark Sarah Plain and Tall series. She was a company member of The Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita and The Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka as a soloist and was seen in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Coppelia, Swine Lake (Night of the Living Zoo), and many, many, many performances of The Nutcracker (to name a few). She is a graduate of the Brooklyn College Film Department. Thanks and much love to God, family, and friends.
Christina Lynn Vinsick as COBWEB
Christina is all smiles to be performing Shakespeare for the first time in New York under the direction of Lon Blais. She has studied Transformational Acting in Woodstock at the Sande Shurin Studio while dedicating the last five years to the Italian restaurant she owns with her husband. Her passion for stage dates back to the role of Goldilocks in an upstate school production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Most recently she has worked on the James Gray production of We Own the Night. Christina's joy of perfomance is not limited to the theatrical, though, and extends into competitive sports. She is a former U.S. Rock Climbing Team member and was a national and regional champion; an alpine ski racer, martial artist and motorcycle enthusiast. Also, a student of renowned canine behavior expert Dr. Karen Garelick, she has trained to be a handling specialist. She has donated her spare time to community outreach efforts and volunteers as a consultant at Vinyard Sound Recording Studio. Pre-production on her documentary project Finding Faith is currently underway. Guided by Lon and Joanna Blais, she's happy to make her New York debut in Midsummer. She is grateful to God and sends big hugs and deep thanks to her faithful family, supportive friends and loyal staff who help remind her that even though dreams may not always pay the bills....they are what keep a spirit alive.
Erica Rhodesas MUSTARDSEED
Erica Rhodes has made numerous appearances on Garrison Keillor's, A Prairie Home Companion. She has starred in White Russian, and Right as Ron Off-Broadway. And she has toured with TheatreWorks in Ramona Quimby. She is currently attending the Atlantic Theatre Conservatory. She is a member of Actor's Equity.
Lon Blais as SNUG the JOINER (and Director)
Lon is delighted to be directing for this Merry Month of May's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lon, although always having a hand in some form of theater, retired from teaching a year ago to dedicate his full effort to his "other career". To date he has gotten himself into one of the unions, appeared in six films (ok, they were indies), two commercials (ok, non-union and local, to boot), some highly forgettable extra work (good for some pocket money), and with "The Dentist" three plays (which is what he retired for in the first place). Lon has apppeared as Henry in "Henry V", Principal Vernon in "Reflections from the Breakfast Club", John Proctor in "The Crucible", Geoffrey in "The Sisters Rosensweig", Michael in "Dancing at Lughnasa", along with a slew of dues-paying others. Lon is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers who has directed numerous regional and acadenmc productions. His credits include "Jesus Christ Superstar", "A Flea in Her Ear", "The Sisters Rosensweig", "Little Foxes", "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean". Thanks to Jo for letting me pursue my dream, Kaiser for not allowing me to look too terrible, and Aggie for licking my face.
Agostina Belly* as MY DOG
Named after a once noted Italian film star (though she spelled her last name "Belli" ) is better known as "Aggie" to her fellow cast members who refers to her as "the potato chip of canines"- you can't have just one visit from Aggie, you'll want more and more. "Midsummer" marks the Aggie's New York stage debut.
* Appears Courtesy of Daisy Hill Puppy Farm