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King Lear

January 26 - February 18, 2024

Theatre At St. Clements, 423 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

Shakespeare's timeless tale of family, madness, political violence, and love brought to you by the critically acclaimed Frog & Peach Theatre Company. Starring Greg Mullavey (of Broadway's Clever Little Lies, The Soap Myth, and TV's classic Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as the royal king who demands to know which of his daughters love him the most, and sets off one of the bloodiest family conflicts in theatre history.

Here's what the critics say about Frog & Peach:

"The always adventurous and daring Frog and Peach Theatre Company, under the direction of the dynamic Lynnea Benson, must be commended. Strong performances make us feel that we are part of the production." - JK Clarke, Theatre Pizzazz

"The perfect combination of smart directing and excellent acting made this show very easy to follow, despite the tangled storylines and Mr. Shakespeare's renowned style of language." - Kate Seabury, Manhattan With a Twist

"Frog and Peach Theatre surprised me with its originality--a wonderful job of taking something old and making it new. If you're in New York and looking for some pure happiness in your life, hurry and see them!" - Christina Papoleone, Grain of Salt

King Lear includes gruesome acts of violence and other situations that may be disturbing to sensitive viewers. Discretion is advised.

Overview

Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Press and Reviews

Opening Night Reviews - February 10, 2024
Beyond the Curtain - January 23, 2024

Cast and Creative

Amy Frances Quint (Goneril)
Amy Frances Quint (Goneril) is an actor, voiceover artist, and photographer, and is a core company member of Frog & Peach Theatre Company. Born and raised in Rome, she is now a longtime New Yorker. Some favorite roles with Frog and Peach include Rosalind in As You Like It, Katarina in Taming of the Shrew, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She is co-founder of Quattro Gatti Theatre Company, with whom she has presented work at 59E59, The Edinburgh Fringe Fest, The PIT and Capitol Fringe. Amy is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Stella Adler Studio. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Matthew, daughter Cassandra, and cats Cobweb and Masha. She is thrilled to be back to work with this wonderful group of theatre artists.
Anuj Parikh (Cornwall)
Anuj Parikh (Cornwall)  is delighted to be unhinged again with Frog & Peach. Previously with F&P: Oliver de Boys (As You Like It), Dr. Pane (College Fun). Other fun roles include Dromio (Comedy of Errors, Hip to Hip Theatre); Badger (Wind in the Willows, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble); Titus Andronicus (noted in the New York Times); Rev. Duckworth (premiere of Alice Again, by The Lifespan of a Fact's G. Farrell). He also has a PhD in experimental nuclear astrophysics from Yale and was a professor in Barcelona and expert on thermonuclear stellar explosions. See anujparikh.com for more!
Camelia Iturregui Fuertes (Regan)
Camelia Iturregui Fuertes (Regan) is an NYC-based actor, writer, and creator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She studied at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and trained at the Atlantic Acting School, Stonestreet Film Acting Studios, and NYU Berlin's Acting Residency. Camelia had her Off-Broadway debut in Frog and Peach's 2022 production of As You Like It as Lady Delphine and understudied for the roles of Phoebe and Audrey. She recently starred as Briana in the premiere of Tell Your Mom I Miss Her at The Tank and took on the role of Aegeon in Comedy of Errors at La Plaza Cultural. Camelia is thrilled to be a part of her second production with Frog and Peach and is ready to explore this production of King Lear through Regan's fiery eyes. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with some familiar faces and cannot wait to create some magic. To learn more visit: www.cameliaiturreguifuertes.com.
Erica Cafarelli (Alice, u/s Cordelia)
Erica Cafarelli (Alice, u/s Cordelia) is excited to be making her onstage Frog & Peach debut. She previously stage managed the premier of College Fun and ASMed Frog & Peach's As You Like It. She recently played Cherry in The Beaux Stratagem at Stag & Lion Theatre Co., and is playing Curly in their upcoming production of Peter Pan. You can see her soon as Violet in the short film Reaper (Jester Folly Films).
Milton Elliott (Sir William, u/s Kent)
Milton Elliott (Sir William, u/s Kent) This is Milton's first play with the Frog and Peach Company. Other Shakespeare roles include the Ghost in HAMLET and the Second Murderer in RICHARD III, both performed with Ruth Stage Theater Company. Other Credits include BLACK EAGLES performed at Ford's Theater and Manhattan Theater Club. He was also in the first national tour of Neil Simon's BILOXI BLUES.
Steven Ungar (Old Man, u/s Gloucester)
Steven Ungar (Old Man, u/s Gloucester) is happy to be working again with Frog & Peach! Recent work: With Frog and Peach, As You Like It, Verbatim, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Previously, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (twice), Romeo and Juliet, The Three Sisters, Treasure Island, The Dentist, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Alcestis, The Fairy Queen. Training: American Academy of Dramatic Art, John Basil (classical theater), David Wells (voice). Thanks to Janis, Suzy, John, Joshua, Riley, Jack, Julia, and Ted.
John L. Payne (Kent)
John L. Payne (Kent) studies with Geoffrey Owens for Shakespeare & with Michael Beckett for scene study. Shows with Frog and Peach: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, as well as four seasons of Shakespeare Outdoors in Harlem. Most recently appeared in the season finale of Law and Order.
Calley Luman (Cordelia, Lucia)
Calley Luman (Cordelia, Lucia) is excited to be returning to Frog & Peach this season! Select acting credits include: As You Like It (Frog & Peach); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Holyhead, North Wales); Hamlet, Winter's Tale (Seven Stages Shakespeare); Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Theater Company D.C.). Film: Cowgirls 'N Angels, Pearl (2010). Calley received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Check out their educational acting account on Tiktok: @cmail101. Thanks to family and friends for your never ending love and support.
Riley Scott (Duke of Albany)
Riley Scott (Duke of Albany) recent selected credits include: Soiree at Walter Benjamin's by Henry Sussman at the NYTF, As You Like It with The Frog & Peach Theatre Company, and Rakesh Palisetty's thesis production of Hedda Gabler. Riley is thrilled to be undertaking a second production with Frog & Peach. With love to Sami, my acting cohort, and Caliban. Performance is sport. www.rileyscott.nyc
Eric Ryan Swanson (Oswald)
Eric Ryan Swanson (Oswald) Recent NYC credits: Malvolio in Twelfth Night at The Flea Theatre, Touchstone in As You Like It at Teatro LATEA, Fancis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Sheen Center (Frog & Peach), Cinna the Poet/Soothsayer in Julius Caesar (Gallery Players), Cloten in Cymbeline, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre 80), Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing (Soho Playhouse). Other credits include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rochester Shakespeare). Training: B.F.A. Acting Chicago College of Performing Arts Theatre Conservatory. Dear Alex, Dear Felix, none of this would be possible without you.
Marcus Watson (Fight Director) (he/him) is a fight director, intimacy coordinator, intimacy director, actor, movement specialist and teaching artist working in NYC. His violence and intimacy work has been seen on and off Broadway; as well as on Netflix, HBO, Peacock, Hulu, Showtime and others. Marcus pulls techniques from his extensive background in physical storytelling to ensure that the story being told is clear, safe and intentional. He is honored to be a part of the creative team of Frog & Peach Theatre. Find him on IMDB or IDCProfessionals.com.
David Elyha (Earl of Gloucester)
David Elyha (Earl of Gloucester) Other Frog & Peach roles: Cardinal Pandulph in King John, Senior Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Egeus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sir Oliver Martext in As You Like It. More Shakespeare: The Fool in King Lear, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Polonius and the Ghost in Hamlet, Touchstone in As You Like It, Prospero in The Tempest, Brabantio in Othello. He wrote, produced, and directed Midas, a Satire of the Theatre for Theater for the New City. A professional storyteller for 15 years in public and private schools, at National and International Festivals and Workshops, his book Tell Us About Siva, a collection of Hindu folktales, is on Amazon. Many clips on YouTube including the storytelling event "Circe's Alchemical Island" performed with classical singer and acoustic sound musician. He is currently preparing a novel based on Northwest Coast mythology.
Lenyn Hernandez Marcia (Production Stage Manager) is a New York-based stage manager and costumer, Credits include: Cocktail Magique (Company XIV), The Nosebleed (Japan Society), Acedia: An Apocalypse Trilogy (Mind The Art Entertainment), Puffy Hair (The Tank), Pinkalicious (Theatre Row). With Frog & Peach Theatre: Verbatim (The Players), and Tinkerbell Live! Regional credits include: Sistas The Musical, Fetch Clay Make Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (The Ensemble Theatre - Houston), Life Could Be A Dream, Xanadu (Stages Repertory), Silence! The Musical (SRO Productions), A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre). When not immersed in the world of theatre, Lenyn can be found in his vampire cave avoiding the world. You can follow Lenyn's latest projects on his Instagram page @Q101Go.
Lenny Ciotti (Duke of Burgundy)
Lenny Ciotti (Duke of Burgundy) is very happy to make his return to the stage with Frog & Peach. He was born in Italy and moved to New York to attend the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Over the years he has had the chance to perform in a slew of F&P productions including Touchstone in As You Like It and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. After taking a hiatus from acting for a few years, I am thrilled to be back on stage with such a talented bunch. I want to thank Lynnea for giving me this opportunity, my wife Elise for being awesome, and my dog Phoebe for being fluffy.
Greg Mullavey (King Lear)
Greg Mullavey (King Lear) is a veteran actor of over 100 plays from Broadway to LA and from Miami to Anchorage and many points in between. His most recent Frog and Peach production was the title role in Titus Andronicus and is very excited to be joining Frog and Peach with this stellar cast. Some of Greg's favorites: On Broadway: "Romantic Comedy" opposite Mia Farrow and Tony Perkins; starring in "Rumors" as Lenny, opposite Veronica Hamel; Off Broadway, Tony winner Joe DePietro's "Clever Little Lies," opposite Marlo Thomas; The National Jewish Theatre's "The Soap Myth" as a Holocaust survivor; and "Final Follies" as Grandad at The Cherry Lane. In LA as Gayev in Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" opposite Alfred Molina, as Shylock in The Road Theatre's "Merchant Of Venice," and as Leonato in East LA Classic's "Much Ado About Nothing"; At Minneapolis' Guthrie, "The Price" opposite David Margolis and Alan Feinstein in Anchorage, Alaska's Light Opera Co. "I Do, I Do," In Calgary Alberta, Canada, "Tale Of An Allergist's Wife" opposite Dawn Wells and in Miami at The Coconut Grove, as Jake in "Jake's Women." And of course audiences may know Greg from the hundreds of TV shows and films he's been in, from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" opposite Louise Lasser and the film Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, and westerns like Gunsmoke, Big Valley and Centennial, as gunslinger Mule Canby to one of his latest, Hulu's "iCarly" as Grandad. Greg had the privilege of playing Lear 25 years ago at the Center Theatre in Oklahoma City and is excited to be exploring the creative challenge of finding where a quarter of a century's more earthly experience can be brought to mix into this iconic character and his tragic tale. Greg always dedicates his performances to his beautiful wife Ariana and his daughter Allison.
Eric Doss (Fool)
Eric Doss (Fool) is delighted to return to Frog & Peach after last year's production of As You Like It (Touchstone). Other favorites with Frog and Peach: Two Gentleman of Verona (Launce), Measure for Measure (Angelo), Midsummer... (Bottom), Titus Andronicus (Saturninus), King John (King John) and many supporting roles throughout the years! Elsewhere on Stage in NYC: Poor People at the NY Fringe; and with Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company: The Libertine (Alcock, Charles & Ensemble), Lovesong (Beane), 6xTenn and many more. Regional Stage: DC Fringe, Bridge Rep of Boston, Houston Shakespeare Festival (five seasons), Mildred's Umbrella, Theatre Lab, HGO (with Basil Twist), NM Rep, and Teatro Hispanidad, among others. He also works as a director, video artist and puppeteer. Thanks to Jennifer (and to Lynnea and all the F&P gang)! EricDoss.com
Clayton Turner (France, Julian)
Clayton Turner (France, Julian) is thrilled to be making his debut with Frog & Peach Theatre Company. His recent credits include Arsenic and Old Lace and The Beaux Stratagem at Stag & Lion Theatre Company. He also recently directed his first short film, Balding Anonymous, and produced his first short play, Karaoke Tuesday, at Open Hydrant Theater Company in The Bronx. He is excited to produce more films and plays in the future, and to share the stage with such talented actors.
Jaixa Irizarry (Lady Curan)
Jaixa Irizarry (Lady Curan) made her Frog & Peach Theatre debut last season as Audrey in As You Like It and is so excited to be returning! While at BMCC she made appearances as Jasmine in Pipeline, Joyce in Top Girls, and Marcia in Our Lady of 121st St. When not on stage she works behind the scenes as a costume assistant and makeup designer for such productions as ¡Americano! (Off-Broadway), Emojiland (Off-Broadway), and Replaced! (Teatro Latea). This has given her a unique set of skills and experience that she's excited to bring to the talented group of artists for this production.
Lynnea Benson (Director) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Frog & Peach Theatre Co. Frog & Peach directing credits: Verbatim (a new comedy starring Estelle Parsons), College Fun, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus (starring Greg Mullavey), et al. As Frog & Peach's Lead Teaching Artist, Ms. Benson creates and implements Shakespeare and other arts curricula for grades K-12, adults, and for formerly homeless, vulnerable New Yorkers. Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio; Barnard College grad. Writer/director for the hit comedy web series Tinkerbell Online, and for Tinkerbell Theatre.
Jonathan Reed Wexler (Edmund)
Jonathan Reed Wexler (Edmund) is a native New Yorker. This will be his twelfth Shakespeare production with Frog & Peach. His favorite roles are Jaques and Horatio. He studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He is also a member of Gorilla Rep, known for their outdoor A Midsummer Night's Dream, and will soon be appearing as Lord Hastings in a film adaptation of Richard III. Other theater credits include The Braggart of Bourbon Street (NYCFringe), Playdate (Dixon Place), and A Tale of Two Cities (Roxy Regional Theatre). Film credits include Last Supper, The Stand Up, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Evil Weed. He has appeared as a co-star and guest star on television in The Mysteries of Laura and Rockaway. He is an actor at The Metropolitan Opera, performing ensemble roles in the new productions of Carmen and Florencia en el Amazonas this season.
Emmeline Chuy (Emma, u/s Goneril, u/s Regan)
Emmeline Chuy (Emma, u/s Goneril, u/s Regan) is a New York born-and-raised actress. She has trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Shakespeare's Globe, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Upcoming work includes the world premiere of Depths of the Valley at this spring's New York Theater Festival.
Coleman Shu-Tung (Sir Redway)
Coleman Shu-Tung (Sir Redway) is a busy Brooklyn-based artist, having just come off of performances as Snake in School for Scandal, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night and the Prince in Cinderella. He made his Frog & Peach debut in last season's As You Like It, and is excited to return in King Lear. Instagram: @coleman.shu-tung
Gina Bonati (The Doctor)
Gina Bonati (The Doctor) is an actress (yay to feminine endings) and dancer. She is some other things too. She moved to NYC in 1981 to attend Juilliard and has happily struggled as an artist in this wild town ever since. She is a member of Ildiko Nemeth's New Stage Theatre, a member of the Actors Studio and of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She generally starts her day in professional ballet classes, then rests. She teaches at The Strasberg Institute. She is a gardener and stitcher, a painter and poet, a singer and musician.
DazMann Still (Edgar)
DazMann Still (Edgar) is a newcomer to the Frog & Peach Theatre Company this year! Previously in Frog & Peach's College Fun over the summer, this will be his first Shakespeare production with the company. Some previous credits include: Manifest (Kory), Bill and Ted Face the Music (Jimi Hendrix), Blue Bloods (Marcus), Maybe I Do (Jonah), and the stage play The Royale (Fish). He also loves doing voiceover work! In addition to having done some voice work on the animated show Solar Opposites, his client list includes: White Castle, AT&T, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Nissan, American Express, Bounce, Maryland Health and more. Thanks to everyone who's coming out to see the show! And he sends special thanks to his family for making the trip to NYC to show some love. Enjoy the show!

Laurence Cantor (u/s King Lear)
Laurence Cantor (u/s King Lear) has written and directed for the stage, but essentially he is an actor. Among more than 150 acting gigs, his favorites include, on stage: Goldberg in Pinter's The Birthday Party, Polonius in Hamlet, Roebuck Ramsden in Shaw's Man and Superman, and Chebutyk in in Chekhov's Three Sisters. He's trained at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and elsewhere with Terry Schreiber, Austin Pendleton, Christopher Martin and a host of others. For further information, please see www.laurencecantor.com.