Edward II Cast

The Cast

Andrew Dahreddine – Earl of Arundel

Andrew Dahreddine is excited to work with Mercury Glass for the first time! He is a recent BFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and RADA in London, England. Andrew most recently had the pleasure of appearing in Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory. Other recent credits include: To Win a Crown of Thorns (Reading- Midtown Int’l Theatre Fest.), Julius Caesar (Hudson Warehouse), and a Singer’s Showcase at Don’t Tell Mama. Andrews thanks all of his mentors, family, and friends for their constant support.

Armand Lane – Bishop of Winchester

Armand Lane is very excited to be part of this production. His most recent acting credits include True West (Saul Kimmer), Effervescent (Jack), Eurydice (Father), Good Person of Szechwan (Shu Fu), This is Our Youth (Dennis), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik) and Street Scene (Mr. Easter). He would like to thank his family and friends for their undying support.

Christopher-Rashee Stevenson – Mortimer Junior

Christopher-Rashee Stevenson is a freelance director, playwright, and performance artist from Baltimore whose work has been featured at JACK, the Millennium Film Workshop, NURTUREart Gallery, and the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute. Favorite acting credits include playing Claudius/Ghost (Hamlet), Mother Jacques (The Future is in Eggs), Renfield (Dracula) and Sebastian (The Tempest). Big love to MGTC for the opportunity.

Colin Hinckley – Prince Edward

Colin Hinckley is a 2014 graduate of Bennington College where he received a BA in Acting and Video production. This is his first theatrical production in NYC and he is thrilled to be making it with Mercury Glass Theatre. He has, however, recently appeared in the short films “Zocky” and “110 Llandaff,” premiering later this year. His past roles include Hamlet in Hamlet, Prior Walter in Angels in America, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Philinte in School for Lies and many others, mostly in his home state of Vermont. He is thrilled and honored to be working for Mercury Glass Theatre and to begin his career in NYC. [colinhinckley.com]

Daniel Lerner – Bishop of Coventry

Daniel Lerner was born in the Bronx, New York and currently resides with his wife and six-year-old triplets sons in Bedford, New York. He studied acting in Los Angeles at the Tracy Roberts actors studio as well as the Groundlings improvisational troupe. He now studies with renowned acting coach Harold Guskin. Mr. Lerner recently performed with the target/margin theater in Brooklyn New York. And most recently for little radical theatrics production of Damn Yankees (Joe Boyd). “Thank you to Phillip Waller, Laura Cornwall and the entire cast and crew for such generosity of spirit”.

Devin Doyle – Spencer

Off Broadway: With A Shrug (Fringe), Reefer Madness (AlphaNYC). Off Off Broadway: Merry Wives of Windsor (Baited Bear), Rough Approximations (Incubator Arts Project), Best Boss Ever (Abingdon Theater), Cloud Nine (Columbia Stages). Film: My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain, The Orchard. Television: “The Perfect Murder” (Discovery Channel), “Celebrity Ghost Stories” (Bio Channel). Graduated SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater. Visit devindoyleonline.com.

Don Sheldon – Baldock

Don Sheldon graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 with a degree in Theater. Favorite roles have included Romeo in R&J, Larry Foreman in Cradle Will Rock, Leo in 4,000 Miles, and Robert in Betrayal. He recently moved to New York from sunny Chicago.

Dov Lebowitz-Nowak – Warwick/Abbot, Fight Captain

A graduate of Brown University, and the 2-year Conservatory at Michael Howard Studios, Co-Founder of Beard Match Films, and founding member of Broken Window Rep., Dov has been working as a performer, director, producer, fight director, designer & teacher since he first appeared onstage over 20 years ago. Favorite venues include: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Theater Row, New York Stage & Film, 59E59, TFANA, Arclight, Kennedy Center, Trinity Rep, The Sackett Group, SPAC. He is grateful to Phil and his fellow Mercurials for being so inviting & supportive throughout this process, and for the opportunity to work on this exciting project! [Www.DovLN.com]

Elliott Brichford – Pembroke

A graduate of Denison University and is pleased to be appearing in another Mercury Glass production and thrilled to be performing with such a wonderful cast. He most recently appeared as the Friar in the Mercury Glass’s production of Measure for Measure. His favorite Shakespearean roles to date include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Ariel in The Tempest.

Ellyn Heald – Berkeley

Ellyn Heald is delighted to be making her debut with Mercury Glass. She was most recently seen as Imogen in Cymbeline and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Other favorite credits include Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice Joanna in The Changeling, and Marina in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Ellyn also recently achieved her master’s degree in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. For more information, please visit ellynheald.com.

Heinley Gaspard – Mortimer Sr

A recent graduate and associate of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Heinley excited to be making his debut with Mercury Glass Theatre Company. His previous stage productions include Midsummer’s Night Dream, A Flea in Her Ear, The Music Man, and Fences, earning an NJACT nomination for Lead Actor in a Play in 2013. His Film credits include The Hit, Only Go There at Night 2, Cold Blue Eternal, and O2 in which he won the award for Best Male Performance at the 2012 Ocean Film Festival. Currently he can be seen on stage with the Comedic Improv Troupe ‘Reverse Circles’. Heinley is excited to be working with and learning from this talented and passionate production staff cast and crew.

Jacobella Luongo – Lady Margaret

Jacobella Luongo is thoroughly enjoying being a part of the fantastic cast of Edward II with Mercury Glass Theatre Company. A graduate from Binghamton University, Jacobella has a BFA in acting and has also studied Meisner Acting Technique at The Ward Acting Studio in New York City. Jacobella is also known for her Off-Broadway roles as Janice Joplin in Maybe It’s You and Rhonda Jones in Friday Night Fever. She has also played femme fatale, Carlotta, in Dead Man’s Cell Phone and struggling therapist, Kelly, in Dying City. Jacobella is an accomplished singer who is classically trained and enjoys both classic and modern material. Jacobella loves to study history, and has even picked up sword-fighting training! Jacobella would like to thank her family, who have supported her in pursuing her dream of acting since she was a little girl, and the director and stage manager of Edward II, Philip Waller and Laura Cornwall, for this wonderful opportunity and for their time and dedication on this show.

Jeff Hathcoat – James/Lightborn

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Jeff Hathcoat is back for his 3rd Mercury Glass production, recently portraying Sampson in Romeo & Juliet, and Pompey in Measure for Measure. He is very glad to call Mercury Glass his home again and looking forward to more productions with the company. Other Credits: Othello (Allentown Shakespeare in the Park),Peggy Pregnant Skates (DreamUp Festival), The Valley of Fear (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

Jeremy X. Halpern – Spencer Sr.

Jeremy X. Halpern is the creator of 1-800-Weirdos and host of “Weirdos.TV” (weirdos.com), and has masterminded such epic productions as “Battle of the Dead Celebs”, and “Speak of the Devil – A Satanic Cabaret”. He performed for a decade in the Faux Real Theatre Company’s “William Shakespeare’s Haunted House”, and recently served as the musical director for Chris Tanner’s “The Etiquette of Death” (which closed LaMama’s 50th season). He is currently the executive producer of the mind-controlled levitation ride (also the World’s largest bio-feedback machine), xxxy’s “The Ascent” (http://theascent.co).

Joel Higgins – Bishop of Coventry

Joel Higgins hails originally from central Tennessee. Although he has been working theatrically for the past decade, Edward II marks his first performance in New York.

Joey LePage – Kent

Joey LePage is a theatre artist based out New York City. He is the co-artistic director of the experimental theatre group, Monk Parrots, and has produced shows at La MaMa, 59E59, Dixon Place, and has toured to Italy and Texas. As an actor and director, Joey has worked with Title:Point, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Monsterpiece Theatre, Underlings Productions, Salvage Vanguard (Austin), and Hyde Park Theatre (Austin). Additionally, Joey works as a comedian and actor for Murder Mystery New York, an interactive dinner theatre. He went to the University of Texas and studied Theatre and Theoretical Mathematics.

Josh Krebs – Matrevis

Josh Krebs is thrilled to be back with the Mercury Glass gang! He just recently performed in “Shrewman vs Shrew man” at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival as well as performing his one man show “Maniac”. Thanks to everyone in the cast and you, yes you for coming and supporting independent theatre! Keep in touch with his stuff he has going on at joshkrbs.weebly.com

Kasey Brown – Lancaster

Kasey Brown is so excited to be making her debut with Mercury Glass Theatre Company! Kasey received a B.A. in theater and psychology from Boston College. Previous roles include ensemble member in Romeo and Juliet (Manhattan Shakespeare Project), Viola in Twelfth Night, Princess in Love’s Labours Lost, and others. When Kasey is not acting, she is directing and pursuing her other passion- social justice. Many thanks to Philip and Laura for their incredible hard work and support, this amazing cast, Varun, Jules, Ted, and my wonderfully supportive family!

Katy Pinke – Levune

Katy Pinke received her BA from Princeton University. After graduating Princeton she lived in Beijing, working as a Mandarin translator while studying and performing classical Chinese poetry and original solo work in a post-baccalaureate program at Tsinghua University. Now back in New York, she has performed in new works in the NYC Fringe Festival and Farm Theater Festival, and is featured in artist Ian Giles’ film “Multilingualism,” set to premiere at Frieze London in 2015. She is currently studying under Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio.

Korey Emslie – Earl of Leicester

Korey Emslie received his BA in Theatre Arts from California State University Chico.
Credits include: Rabbit Hole (Howie), Alone (The Producer/Kurogo), Deployed the Musical (Ensemble, Workshop), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), Anonymous (Anon), The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Yusef El Fayoumy). Korey has studied with the Beverly Hills Playhouse and with the Shakespeare Forum.

Levi Morger – Edward

NYC: The Sister (Dutch Kills), The Duchess of Malfi (Art.Party), Three Sisters (The Assembly). UK: The Special (World Premiere, UK Tour), As You Like It (Bard in The Botanics). Film: Hey, Sonny (Jurado), and upcoming film Take Me With You (Joslin). Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Leya Topodas – Queen Isabella

Leya Topodas is delighted to make her debut with the indefatigable Mercury Glass Theatre Company! Select off-off Broadway: Fresh Cut, Birthways, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Comedy of Errors; Film: Apostles of Park Slope, Seven Days Ago. Education: BFA Brooklyn College. Special thanks to Philip Waller and Laura Cornwall. Thanks to Maria Psomas, Paul Michael and Rose Bonczek. Love to all my family and friends!

Marcus Stewart – Gavestone

Marcus Stewart is a resident actor at Theatre of War, and he could not be more thrilled to be joining Mercury Glass Theatre as Gaveston in Edward II. Marcus was last seen as Edgar in TOW’s production of King Lear. He’d like to thank his cast and Phil for bringing us together with this story. Marcus dedicates this performance to Andrew Gilenson who taught him to find time for laughter, and for play. May you rest in peace.

Micah Brown – Sir John of Hainault

Micah Brown is a SAG AFTRA affiliated actor with classical theatre training from the Old Victoria Theatre in London, he has been featured in various plays, commercials and on screen productions in both New York and London including King Lear, Henry IV and the NewFilmmakers and WilliFest Film festival Winner, Paper Boats, and the I WILL Under Armour Commercial Series. When he is not acting, Micah is an avid software and technology nerd and Amercian film market patron.

Natalie Kropf -Gurney

Natalie Kropf graduated from Cornell College in 2011 with a degree in Acting. Past New York credits include: Measure for Measure (Mercury Glass Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Wyrd Theatre); Dead in the Water (That Toy Pony); The Gumshoe at War (Columbia Stages); 2nd Nature (That Toy Pony); [Desire!] A Varsouviana (Less Than Rent);The Three Sisters (Onomatopoeia Theatre Co.); As You Like It (Inwood Shakespeare Fest.); East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Looking Glass Theatre); Frankenstein (Theater in Asylum); Voices in Conflict (The Public Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, The Culture Project).Some other professional credits: Atlas of Mud (Working Group Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Riverside Theatre); The Long Christmas Ride Home (Riverside Theatre).

Sean Boyce Johnson

Credits include Tyler in the Off-Broadway production of Gym Shorts (777 Theatre), Preacher/New Tom in Amiri Baraka’s Slave Ship (Cornerstone Festival, U.K.), Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (Pendragon Company Tour), Danny/Lendall in Almost Maine (Lake Placid’s Center for the Arts), Ace in Chains (Players Theatre) and Jemison in Mill Fire (Ivy Theatre Co. & Theatre Lab). Sean would like to thank God, his friends and his family for their love and support.