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Speak the Speech


Speak the speech

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Speak the Speech


Speak the speech

400 years ago a great man shuffled loose this mortal coil.

Before the Bard departed for the undiscovered country he left us with some of the greatest plays, characters and poetry the English language has ever known. And we're doing it all.

You know Romeo, but do you know Corilanus? You know Hamlet, but do you know King John?

This year we, The Gallery Players, The Rogue and Peasant Players and South Brooklyn Shakespeare are banding together to bring you every blessed word, through a series of impromptu coffee house style readings. First up? The Histories!

So come out and get a (semi-accurate) English history lesson April 1-3! 

The best part? Tickets are free!

Actually that's a lie. Here's the best part: Have you been reading this and thinking "Man, that sounds cool, I wish I could be involved"



Well...YOU CAN! Come on out and you can volunteer to join us on stage! Are you an old Shakespeare pro looking to honor the man who's influenced your life? Great! Have you never touched a word of Shakespeare in your life but you've always wanted to? GREAT! 
 

FRIDAY APRIL 1ST:
HENRY THE 8TH...5PM PRESENTED BY THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS
KING JOHN.........8PM PRESENTED BY THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND
RICHARD II........10PM PRESENTED BY SOUTH BROOKLYN SHAKESPEARE
HENRY IV PT 1....1PM PRESENTED BY THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS
HENRY IV PT 2...5PM PRESENTED BY THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS
HENRY V...........8PM PRESENTED BY SOUTH BROOKLYN SHAKESPEARE

APRIL 3RD. 
HENRY VI PT 1..10AM PRESENTED BY THE GALLERY PLAYERS
HENRY VI PT 2...1PM PRESENTED BY THE GALLERY PLAYERS
HENRY VI PT 3...5PM PRESENTED BY THE GALLERY PLAYERS
RICHARD III........8PM PRESENTED BY THE GALLERY PLAYERS


All performances will be at the Gallery Players!

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Mission Statement


 

 

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Mission Statement


 

 

What happens when we strip the stage of concept and design and tell a story in a direct, yet visceral manner? The Rogue and Peasant Theatre Company aims to provide a theatrical experience that stems directly from the playwright’s intent. Using the plays of William Shakespeare as the heart of our work we aim to stimulate our audiences through the power of language, allowing our auditory senses to fuel our imaginations. Based on how Shakespeare’s plays would have been staged at the Globe, our productions will use only the necessary props and set pieces needed to help tell the story and create the world of the play. We believe that all you need is an empty space, an ensemble of actors, and text to create beautiful theatre. And, of course, an audience.

Malka Wallick

Artistic Director

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Meet Us


MEET THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS

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Meet Us


MEET THE ROGUE AND PEASANT PLAYERS

Artistic Director

Malka Wallick is a New York based actress, dramaturg and Shakespeare aficionado. She recently returned from London where she was studying in the MA Theatre Lab at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  Some of her favorite roles include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Solange (The Maids), Miranda (The Tempest), Antigone, (Antigone), Vasquez (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), and J in R+J. Theatre has taken Malka abroad where she has studied and performed in London and Italy, (La Mama Umbria). She is the first runner up of the Warwick Shakespeare Writing Competition. 

Education

MA Theatre Lab, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

BA in theatre from  Sarah Lawrence College

Conservatory Training from the British American Drama Academy

The Pearl Theatre

Co-artistic director

Tim Dowd is a New York based actor, writer, producer and board recognized lord of the geeks. He has worked on most major Shakespeare plays as well as performed dozens of fight scenes with a lightsaber. Favorite roles include: Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Benedict (Much Ado About Nothing), CB (Dog Sees God), Adam (North to Maine) and R (R+J). 

EDUCATION

BA Binghamton Universtiy

Shakespeare and Company

The People's Improv Theatre

The Pearl Theatre 

Terry Schreiber Studios

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CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Kelly Johnston originally hails from North Carolina, where he did his undergraduate studies at UNC at Chapel Hill in Theatre. He followed up a few years later by getting his Master’s Degree in Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. He has worked in various regional theatres, in addition to freelancing here in New York City at several different venues including Columbia University, NYU, and the NYC Fringe twice. He co-founded and ran two critically acclaimed theatre companies: Sirius Theatre in Los Angeles (1995-1998) and, most recently, the Arizona Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Arizona (1998-2009).

At Sirius, Kelly was co-Artistic Director and the architect of the annual Summer of Shakespeare tour. This multi-state partnership with different cities allowed audiences to come see Shakespeare in various outdoor venues free of charge.

At AzSF, Kelly was the Artistic Director for its first twelve seasons, during which time he developed the Educational Outreach program, co-created the long-form experimental improv group, The World’s Greatest Shakespeare Company and developed the training/apprentice program. Currently, he freelance directs in New York City and is the co-creator of the web series, Department of Death.

He is a proud Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a founder of Directors Discuss, a co-Artistic Director of Rogue and Peasant Slave Theatre Company, a company member of Magis Theatre Company, an Associate Artist of the Arizona Shakespeare Festival, and a Resident Director for Variations Theatre Group. 

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rESIDENT ACTOR

Robert Lee Taylor – Regional Credits include: Cory in Fences at Portland Stage Company, Reuben/ Sam III understudy in Blue at Paper Mill Playhouse and Ross in Macbeth at the London Study Centre.

New York credits include: Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, and Theseus/Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream all at American Globe Theatre. Christian/ De Guiche in Cyrano at Jose Quintero Theatre, Kariuki in Kariuki’s Notebook at La Ma Ma ETC., Sohovik in Damn Yankees  (Audelco Award Winner) at Paul Robeson Theatre, and the Narrator in Charlotte’s Web at TheatreWorks USA. 1st Lt. Vernon Baker in Honor Deferred on The History Channel as well as several Holiday Snuggie commercials as a Caroller.

RESIDENT ACTOR

 Dee Dee Popper studied theater and dance at Sarah Lawrence College.  She attended the British American Drama Academy in London.  

Credits include Alice (Closer), Tybalt/Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). Julie (Miss Julie), and Bertha Mason (Jane Eyre).

She loves photography and crazy cat YouTube videos, and continues to dance in her spare time.  Feel free to strike up a conversation with her about Tudor England, sloths, or musk oxen and she will happily indulge you.  Oh and her spirit animal is an otter…. In case you wanted to know.

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Resident ACtor

Brenna Yeary is an actor, singer, director and educator living in New York City.

Favorite credits include Zelda: An American Love Story, Noises Off, Guys and Dolls, Our Show of Shows, Witness for the Prosecution, Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life, The Drowsy Chaperone, Seven Brides for Seven BrothersOur Show of Shows, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show, andMuch Ado About Nothing in Reading, UK. 

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RESIDENT ACTOR

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY who received dual BAs in Theater and Creative writing from Franklin & Marshall College. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom has been workshopped as part of IATI Theater's Cimientos Play Development Program, and performed at The Brick's 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival;

Matt's play Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Recently, Matt wrote the Pepsi branded digital short The Perfect Play, starring Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. He is currently a member of The Flea Theater's resident acting company, The Bats, with whom he performed in Jeffrey M. Jones' A Letter from Omdurman, as well as the Drama Desk Award nominated and New York Times Critics' pick These Seven Sicknesses.

He is also a contributing writer to and former City Editor of online Latino culture and events guide Remezcla. Matt is pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University.

RESIDENT ACTOR

Sarah is excited to be working with such a talented group of people!

She is a graduate of NYU Tisch, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).

Some of her favorite roles includes Ariel in Tempest, Irina in Three Sisters, and Portia in Julius Caesar. You may have seen her recently on your taxi tv advertising for the Empire State Building.

Check her out at sarahbonner.me

RESIDENT ACTOR

Thomas Leverton was trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

NYC credits include title roles of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Jean Darlymple award Best Shakespearean Actor) When Pilate Met Jesus, and Pericles, as well as lead parts in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, The Play’s the Thing, Unforgettable, Avoid Direct Sunlight, The Libation Bearers. Regional Theatre: Red (TheatreWorks, Hartford) The Mousetrap (Centenary Stages, NJ) Dracula (Dreamcatcher Theatre), Truth( Abingdon Theatre), Deathtrap (Ryan Little Theatre), Orgy in the Lighthouse (Theatre at St. Marks), Romeo and Juliet (Pax Amicus), The Big D (Manhattan Theatre Source)

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RESIDENT ACTOR

Alejandra is a newly transplanted actor and theatre maker from Denver, Colorado and a recent graduate of the MA Theatre Lab at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has her BFA in Acting from the Hartt School, where she was able to work with TheatreWorks Hartford and the Hartford Stage. She is also a founding member of Visionbox (now Denver Academy of Dramatic Art) and proud collaborator on their production of The Othello Project, Phase II. Some of her favorite roles include Marlene in Mill Fire, Arthur in Shakespeare to the Letter, Portia in Julius Caesar, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Echo in Eleemosynary. She also loves writing, crossword puzzles, current events, and tea (milk no sugar).

Education

MA Theatre Lab, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

BFA in Acting, The Hartt School

Denver Center of the Performing Arts

Visionbox (Denver Academy of the Dramatic Arts)

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Christine is honored to be a new member of Rogue and Peasant Players and have an opportunity to work with such a talented group!

A native Floridian and graduate of University of South Florida, she is an actress, producer and former theme park stunt performer. Some favorite roles include Lady M in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Elmire in Tartuffe, Agnes in The Shadow Box, and Lady Capulet & The Nurse in Rogue and Peasant’s R+J.

She is Co-Founder of Red Shark Productions and thrilled to be an associate producer on their next production, Wine and Spirits, in June.

When not indulging in a theater related activity, Christine might be jet skiing, in the Chesapeake Bay or recording some music with her hubby.

For more information, please visit

www.christineseisler.com