Into the Breeches
by George Brant
directed by Shana Gozansky
April 4 – May 4, 2019
Octagon Stage | 2 hours 10 minutes, plus intermission
Recommended ages 12+
Montgomery, 1942: With the local playhouse’s director and actors off at war, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V. A hilarious and moving comedy about the transformative power of art.
Into the Breeches affirms “theater is not a relic, but about our lives today.” – Providence Journal
Meet the Cast
Allison Briner Dardenne
Allison Briner Dardenne returns to ASF after starring in Ring of Fire in 2013. Broadway: Bright Star, Mamma Mia! National tours: Bright Star, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Titanic, White Christmas. Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Listen To My Heart, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Pete ‘N’ Keely. Representative regional: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, St. Louis Rep, plus 25 other credits. TV: The Carrie Diaries, Law and Order, SVU, All My Children, One Life To Live.
Grant Chapman is thrilled to join ASF. Other theatres include the Guthrie Theater, the Alliance Theatre, Trinity Rep, Intiman Theatre, Actor’s Express, Stonington Opera House, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. Grant is a company member of the Williams Project, a living wage theatre company. Training: MFA, Brown University/Trinity Rep; BFA, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater. www.grantchapman.net
James Judy is happy to be returning to ASF where he performed Tito in Lend Me a Tenor way back in the 90s! His credits include Broadway: Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway: La Boheme – NYSF, Fiorello – City Center Encores. National Tours: Deaf West’s Big River, Newsies, South Pacific. James has worked extensively in Regional Theatres across the country. James would like to thank Kathy and Audrey for being his loving refuge.
Greta Lambert has been a company member for 33 years, playing most of Shakespeare’s women, Ivy Rowe (Fair and Tender Ladies), Amanda (Glass Menagerie), Shirley Valentine, Dottie (The Furniture of Home), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Linda (Death of a Salesman), Blanche DuBois, Hedda Gabler, Sarah Bernhardt, Eliza Dolittle. ASF directing: Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Proof, Relative Values, Beauty & the Beast, and Cinderella.
Tracey Conyer Lee
Tracey Conyer Lee Last seen in Sweat at Pittsburgh Public; recent work includes four productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at Yale Rep, Paula Vogel’s Civil War Christmas at Baltimore Centerstage, Shenkkan’s All the Way at Denver Center, Colman Domingo’s Dot at Detroit Public Theatre, over 75 regional, touring, and off-Broadway productions. Also a playwright, Ms. Lee’s plays have received development or production in New York, Boston, DC, and Chicago. For more www.traceyconyerlee.com
Marcy McGuigan Alabama Shakespeare debut. Recent: Once – Ivoryton Playhouse; Ring of Fire – Stages Rep; Red Herring – Portland Stage. NYC: The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, Shanghai Moon, Swingtime Canteen. Tour: 42nd Street (Carbonelle Nomination). Regional: Vanya and Sonia – Flat Rock; Lombardi – Human Race Theatre (Daytony Nomination); The Sisters Rosensweig – Capital Rep; Other Desert Cities – The Fulton Theatre. TV/Film: Humor Me, Inside Amy Schumer, People in New Jersey, GTA 4, Ghost Stories.
Sarah Walker Thornton
Sarah Walker Thornton most recently appeared in the reading A Sudden Spontaneous Event in ASF’s Southern Writers Festival. NYC and regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Armless, Measure for Measure, and Anthem (Off-Broadway). At ASF, previous credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Beaux Stratagem, James and the Giant Peach, Peter Pan, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dr. Fausus, and Cymbeline. MFA: Acting Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.
Gracie Winchester is thrilled to make her Alabama Shakespeare Festival debut. She most recently worked Off-Broadway as Ophelia in the Drilling Company’s production of Hamlet. Other credits include Broadway/National Tour: Annie Get Your Gun. Region/Off-Broadway: Macbeth/Merry Wives of Windsor/Much Ado… (Drilling Company), Pericles/Tempest (Orlando Shakespeare), I and You (Arts Garage), 39 Steps (Alhambra), Cymbeline (Texas Shakespeare). Proud AEA member since age six. BFA grad (Theatre UCF). Love for JAGS.
The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.