Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Cast

 

Jim Armstrong, Rosencrantz
Andrew Knowlton, Guildenstern
Benjamin Muir, Hamlet
Brenna Stewart, Ophelia
Jesse Phillips, Claudius
Marlene Matos-Jones, Gertrude
Jamie Johnson, Polonious
Dave Tripp, Player
Madeleine Brown, Alfred
Ray Jacildo, Tragedian
Tom Beattie, Tragedian
Reg Matson, Tragedian
Leete Stetson, Tragedian
Matthew McGrath, As Cast
Jorge Nef, As Cast

 



Jim Armstrong, Rosencrantz

 

Jim Armstrong, RosencrantzFor Hart House Theatre:

Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lord Mayor/2nd Murderer in Richard III; 2nd Murderer/Caithness in Macbeth.

 

Selected Credits:

General Dearborn in The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company); Fabian in Twelfth Night, Abraham/Friar John in Romeo and Juliet (Canopy Theatre Company); Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (Touring Players of Canada); Mike in The Memory of Water, Giles in The Mousetrap, LeBeau in As You Like It (University Players); Hal in Proof, Holloman in Lawrence and Holloman (University of Windsor).

 

About:

Outside of the theatre, Jim has been seen angrily trying to board a streetcar in a recent episode of The Murdoch Mysteries, being hacked to death in the independent film The Killer God, and most recently dancing around dressed as a giant M&M (Yellow, to be precise) in Liecester Square, London. Jim’s participation in this show would not have been possible without the love and support of his girlfriend Emma, and the love and support of his family.

 

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Andrew Knowlton, Guildenstern

 

Andrew Knowlton, GuildensternFor Hart House Theatre:

Richmond in Richard III; Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream; King of France in King Lear.

 

Selected Credits:

Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors (Humber River Shakespeare); Lance in The Dinner, Mr. Green in Secretary (Pivitol [arts] Theatre); Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Canopy Theatre); Malcolm in Macbeth, Duke Orsino/Feste in Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project).

 

About:

Andrew is thrilled to be joining this fantastic cast after taking the summer off to marry his really supportive and patient wife Kate. He holds a BFA-Acting from the University of Windsor and a Diploma from the Moscow Art Theatre School summer study program. His performance as Duke Orsino/Feste in Twelfth Night was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Andrew is also a contributing member of Radio Project X which performs live radio shows monthly and can be heard in podcast form, visit radioprojectx.com for more details.

 

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Benjamin Muir, Hamlet

 

Benjamin Muir, HamletFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Jewel in As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); The Salesman in No Time For Dreams (Barking Birds Theatre); various characters in Grimm (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/ Humber Theatre).

 

About:

Benjamin has also appeared as Lt. Bill Grayson in History Channel’s Storming Juno. Benjamin is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program. He has returned to Humber College to assistant direct first and third year students with Tatiana Jennings. Benjamin also trained at The Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles with Master Teacher Ron Burrus.

 

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Brenna Stewart, Ophelia

 

Brenna Stewart, OpheliaFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Mephistopheles in Twilight Solider (U of T Drama Festival); Juliet in Goodnight Desdemona (Good morning Juliet) (Theatre Erindale); Infant Phenomenon in Nicholas Nickelby part 1 (Theatre Erindale).

 

About:

Brenna is a recent graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

 

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Jesse Phillips, Claudius

 

Jesse Phillips, ClaudiusFor Hart House Theatre:

The Prince in Romeo and Juliet.

 

Selected Credits:

Merchant of Venice, Coriolanus, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Oedipus Rex (Canopy Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RBC Festival of Classics).

 

About:

Jesse is excited to be working with the folks at Hart House again after so many years. A graduate of the theatre program at George Brown College, he has also worked as an educator in public schools on the accessibility of Shakespearean language.

 

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Marlene Matos-Jones, Gertrude

 

Marlene Matos-Jones, GertrudeFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Who’s Under Where? (Working Reel Productions; A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth Reloaded (Upper Canada Repertory Company); Blood Brothers (Encore Entertainment); Grease (Escape Productions).

 

About:

Marlene is a graduate of the University of Windsor BFA Acting program. She has also appeared in several television commercials; including Ford, Curves, Lowes and ICS Canada. When she isn’t performing, she is hanging out with her 2 year old, the adorable Miss.

 

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Jamie Johnson, Polonious

 

Jamie Johnson, PoloniousFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor (The Village Players); Guardiano in Women Beware Women (York University).

 

About:

Jamie is a graduate of the M.F.A. (Playwriting) program at York University. His plays have been seen at Summerworks and York New Play Festivals. He’s also spent a large amount of time stage managing and designing for independent companies (Theatre Wum, Acme Theatre, Compleat Theatre, etc.).

 

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Dave Tripp, Player

 

David Tripp, PlayerFor Hart House:

Gregory/Peter in Romeo and Juliet; Player King/Gravedigger in Hamlet.

 

Selected Credits:

Menenius in Coriolan, Don John in Much Ado About Nothingus (Canopy Theatre); Erik in Theatre of the Film Noir (Love of Louis Theatre Co); Ballad in District of Centuries (Sound the Canon); Bruce in A Singularity of Being (Pencil Neck Productions).

 

About:

David is terrible at writing bios since he feels that you are only as good as your latest work. That being said, he is a graduate of the Guelph Drama Program, and when not acting on stage, is acting responsible raising with his beautiful wife his 3 year old son and ensuring he never loses his sense of play. David is excited to be a part of this talented cast.

 

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Madeleine Brown, Alfred

 

Madeleine Brown, AlfredFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Maria in The Trial of Embrace (University of Toronto Drama Festival: President’s Award for Best Production, Hart House Theatre Award for Best Performance – The Ensemble); Performer in the Studio A Disney Revue (Peterborough Theatre Guild); Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (Arbour Theatre) Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Mille (Adam Scott C.V.I.).

 

About:

Madeleine is in her second year in the joint Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Madeleine recently completed a summer internship in the Administration Department at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

 

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Ray Jacildo, Tragedian

 

Ray Jacildo, TragedianFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Sparks from a Campfire (Dominion Repertory Company); Proof (King’s Town Players); Penelope Waits (Queen’s University), ‘I’ (Toronto SummerWorks); As You Like It (Vagabond Theatre Company); City of Angels (QMT), Carmen (QSOC), Love & Other Myths and Transformation (Soulpepper Theatre Company).

 

About:

Ray Jacildo studied Drama at Queen’s University, and has been part of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Youth Mentorship and Leadership Programs under the mentorship of Derek Boyes and Jeff Lillico. He has recently finished acting in a new play written and directed by Canadian playwright Sharon Pollock, and is currently working as Administrative Manager at Theatre 20.

 

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Tom Beattie, Tragedian

 

Tom Beattie, TragedianFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

The Young Duke of York in Richard III, and Paddah Miller in Quiet in the Land (Stratford Festival of Canada); Village Boy in Blessings in Disguise (Touchmark Theatre); Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace (Victoria College Drama Society); Mike in Zombie (Springworks Indie Theatre & Arts Festival).

 

About:

Tom is thrilled to be taking part in this years Hart House season. Originally from Stratford Ontario, Tom has been in and around theatres for almost as long as he can remember. He has appeared in various productions with Playmakers! Theatre School, and for high school and University drama societies.

 

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Reg Matson, Tragedian

 

Reg Matson, TragedienFor Hart House Theatre:

Arcadia.

 

Selected Credits:

The Bear (Next Stage Theatre Company). As Writer: Mannequin Ensemble (Hart House Players), The Wormwood Prince (Next Stage Theatre Company). As Director: The Threepenny Opera (UC Follies).

 

About:

Reg is a graduate of the Film and English programs at UofT, where he has written, directed, and performed original works. Reg is also a member of the Hart House Theatre Standing Committee, and has worked on several of the theatre’s shows operating tech.

 

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Leete Stetson, Tragedian

 

Lette Stetson, TragedianFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

Marshal Herrick in The Crucible, Joseph Jung in Rockbound (Two Planks and a Passion), Man 1 in Songs for a New World (Charcoal Sketch Productions), Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever (Alumnae Theatre).

 

About:

Leete is thrilled to be joining Hart House for one of his favorite plays. He is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Dalhousie University’s music and theatre program.

 

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Matthew McGrath, As Cast

 

Matthew McGrath, As CastFor Hart House Theatre:

Debut

 

Selected Credits:

The Dormouse in Absolute Alice (Toronto Fringe 2012); Pigeons in Love (InspiraTO 2012); Gunpowder Arizona (The Simian Showcase/ Monkeyman Productions), Wilbur in Hairspray (St. Michael’s College); Arsenic and Old Lace (VCDS).

 

About:

Matt McGrath is a U of T alumni, having graduated with a major in Cinema studies and English. Matt has been acting on the stage for over 10 years, and is thrilled to be performing in a Hart House show for the first time. He would like to thank the cast and crew of R&G for their hard work and dedication, as well the Hart House Production team for giving him this opportunity.

 

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Jorge Nef, As Cast

 

Jorge Nef, As CastFor Hart House Theatre:

Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Lion in the Streets.

 

Selected Credits:

Antony & Cleopatra (Alchemy Theatre); Merchant of Venice (Canopy Theatre); Criminal Genius (For The Love of Louis Theatre).

 

About:

Jorge is preparing for his biggest role yet as he awaits the arrival of his first child.

 

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