Meet the cast of our first summer touring show of 2016, Richard II. This is the first time HSC has brought this dynamic history play to its audiences, and we couldn't be more excited to introduce you to this talented cast of individuals. There are most new faces, but some returnees who we know you'll be glad to see!
Kaitlyn Farley (Queen Isabel/Duke of Aumerle) Kaitlyn is thrilled to be back with Hudson Shakespeare for Richard II; having just closed Martyr’d Signs with them in the role of Bassianus. Other credits include Off-Broadway indie-hit ‘On The Spot’, action film ‘Yankee Rose’, and ‘Provenance’, in which she was the first human ever to play the role of Leda, (normally played by a marionette). She studied musical theatre at The Randolph Academy in Toronto before coming to New York to receive training at the hands of esteemed industry professionals at The Tom Todoroff Conservatory. She is also an active member of New York based stage-combat collective ‘Art of Combat,’ and has loved being fight captain in these last two shows with Hudson. She also has a cat, Dobby, who wears a bowtie; bowties are cool.
Rhiannon Lattimer (Henry Bolingbroke) Originally hailing from Surrey England, Rhiannon is a graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY three-year program, where she originated the role of Bridget in Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘Robin Hood: A New Musical’. Select credits include, ‘Agave’ in ‘The Bacchae’, ‘Paulina’ in ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Viola’ in ‘Twelfth Night’. She is thrilled to be returning to work with Hudson Shakespeare Company after having just playing Titus in their 'Martyr’d Signs: A Titus Andronicus adaptation' and this season you can catch her again in 'Edward III'. www.rhiannonlattimer.com
Tom Cox (John of Gaunt/Northumberland) is back with Hudson Shakespeare for the ninety-seventh time (sometimes they even let him on stage). His first appearance with the company was under the direction of the founder, Henry Hudson, when Tom played King Lear before a bewildered audience of Leni Lenapes. They seemed to like his performance and adopted him into the tribe under the name, “Dances with Thunderstorms”. Tom’s first role, as Ghost in the world premiere of Hamlet earned him praise from Queen Elizabeth (the First) who called it a towering performance and then sent him there. Seriously though, this is a wonderful group to work with. This much fun should be illegal. Thanks, Geoffrey.
Charlie Leeder (Duke of York) has been an active local musician, actor, playwright and juggler for many years in the area. He was most recently seen in “Sword Fight Christmas” in the role of Santa at the Producer’s Club, and favorite roles include Bob in "The Gentle Present," which he also wrote, Doolittle in "My Fair Lady", and Fagin in "Oliver!" Charlie has written the longest running show in the history of New Hope, Pa. "A Catered Affair,” which ran for sixty weeks at the Tow Path Dinner Theater and for which he received a Golde Dust Award while acting in his own play. He is also remembered as Charlie the Answer Man in the television show Meadowlands Marquee, a project which he helped to write and in which he acted. He has recently concluded a tour with the children’s band Joy and the Toys in which he acted in the capacity of Musical Director, Lead Vocalist and Composer. He is pleased to be participating in his first project with Hudson Shakespeare Company and will be appearing as Falstaff in the Company’s upcoming production of Henry Four Part One and Two in the fall.
Steve McMahon (Green/Bishop of Carlisle) is a Scottish actor and writer based in NYC. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in February 2016, winning the Lawrence Langner Award for Voice & Speech. Since graduating, he has performed in Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice and Songs of the Iroquois with Adirondack Shakespeare Company. Scottish credits include Four Parts Broken with the National Theatre of Scotland and Titus Andronicus with Bard in the Botanics. He will play the title role in Edward III with Hudson Shakespeare Company in July.
Megan Ghorashy (Bushy/Henry Percy) is so excited to be working with Hudson Shakespeare Company again! She was last seen in Hudson Shakespeare's production of Martyr'd Signs- A Titus Andronicus Adaptation as Chiron. Previous work in New York include being Berta in Hedda Gabler with NYC Studio Theatre. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 2014, Megan was the winner for the John Cauble One-Act Play award for Region V at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work, Final Moments. www.meganghorashy.weebly.com
Sharon DeWitte Cacciabaudo - (Mowbray/Bagot/Duchess of York)- Thrilled to be back with Hudson Shakespeare since appearing as Dr. Pinch/Amelia in Comedy of Errors; Last seen as Samantha Gold in Exhibit This!; Other favorite roles include - Sister Mary Ignatius in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU; Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (among other Shakespearean roles) and Mrs. Wallace in Swordfight Christmas. She is also a writer of outrageous comedic plays such as SHAKESPEARE IN THE TRAILER PARK and ESCAPE FROM THE WOMENS' WACKO WARD.
Ryan Molloy (Richard II) Ryan graduated with BFA from Hofstra University in 2015 with an ingrained love of Shakespeare. Originally from the greater Boston area, Ryan started with Hudson Shakespeare as Malvolio and Sebastian in their most recent school tour of "Twelfth Night" and continued with their production of "Almost Maine." When he's not performing, he can usually be found on the Upper West side trying to predict people's futures by interpreting the latte art he's given them at Macaron Parlour. He can also be seen briefly in a few episodes of "Blue Bloods" if you squint and tilt your head a little. Ryan is incredibly excited to be part of such a skilled and passionate cast in this very underrated play.
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