William Shakespeare's
Coriolanus

In repertory with The Trojan Women Project

February 8th - February 25th, 2018

The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm
Sunday at 2pm and 7pm

Coriolanus runs approximately two hours and thirty minutes, with a 10-minute intermission.

General Admission: $20
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About the Play

Performed in repertory with The Trojan Women Project, William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus explores war and winning from the opposite perspective. As civil unrest threatens political upheaval, the war hero Coriolanus is driven to defend and then destroy his own country. This tragedy of toxic masculinity takes a fierce look at men who cannot leave war behind.

Recommended for ages 13 and above. 

Please contact us at boxoffice@bravespiritstheatre.com for accessibility information and if you need to arrange specific accommodations.

The previous scheduled first preview on Wednesday, February 7th has been cancelled. Our first performance will be the preview on Thursday, February 8th.

Cast and Creative


Tori Boutin

Tori Boutin

Valeria and Ensemble

 is thrilled to be working with Brave Spirits for the first time. Credits: RORSCHACH THEATER: She Kills Monsters (Kelly/Kaliope), A Softer World (Hope); ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook (Mrs./Mother/Lucille u/s); WE HAPPY FEW: Dog in the Manger (Anarda/Frederico); SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: As You Like It (Phoebe); NU SASS: 22 Boom (Narrator), Nu DraftsNu Drafts 2.0; SOURCE FESTIVAL: Physics of Now (Dagney), Ball Drop (Analemma), Collect Everything (Gabi), What Remains of Youth (Sydney). Tori holds a BA from the Catholic University of America’s Department of Drama.



Renea Brown

Renea Brown

Virgilia and Ensemble

Renea Brown, Lexington, KY, obtained her Bachelors of Science in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville and a Certificate in Acting from Circle in the Square Broadway Theatre in Manhattan. Recent credits include The Tempest and Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Amber in Good Kids, Guiderius in Cymbeline and Taylor in the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage production of Abortion Road Trip at Theatre Prometheus; Celia in As You Like It at PG Shakes; MacbethTaming of the Shrew,  and The Tempest at KY Shakespeare Theatre.



Diane Curley

Diane Curley

Julia Brutus and Ensemble

BIO



James Allen Kerr

James Allen Kerr

Cominius and Ensemble



Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer

Young Martius and Ensemble



Jessica Lefkow

Jessica Lefkow

Volumnia and Ensemble

previously appeared with Brave Spirits as Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra) and Margaret (Richard III). Local performances include work with 1st Stage, Taffety Punk, dogandponydc, and STC Education. Regional performance credits include work with Gulfshore Playhouse and the American Shakespeare Center. As a director and teacher, Jessica has worked with theaters and schools across the United States, Europe and Asia. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Catholic University in America, and an MFA in Classical Acting from the STC’s Academy of Classical Acting, George Washington University. Jessica is a member of SAG-AFTRA.



Robert Pike

Robert Pike

Aufidius and Ensemble



Ian Blackwell Rogers

Ian Blackwell Rogers

Menenius and Ensemble

For BST: Duke, Antonio, Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Stanley, Tyrrel, Lord Mayor (Richard III), Theseus, Oberon (Two Noble Kinsmen/Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the King (The Maid’s Tragedy). Ian is a Resident Company Member of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, playing Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Shylock, Petruchio, Malvolio, Touchstone, and Leontes. Ian is a member of Pallas Theatre Collective, where he played Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, and Gonzalo in The Tempest.  He played Edgar Allan Poe in A Dream Within a Dream, an immersive theater project for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. He’s also worked with Scena Theatre, in Public EnemyThe PlagueThe Chairs, and The Insect Play.



Thomas Shuman

Thomas Shuman

Titus Lartius and Ensemble



John Stange

John Stange

Coriolanus

BST: Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra and Melantius in The Maid’s Tragedy. OTHER CREDITS: The Keegan Theatre’s The Dealer of Ballynafeigh22 Boom! with Nu Sass Productions, or Middletown at NextStop Theatre. He’s also a serial enabler of bar theatre, like LiveArtDC’s The Merry Death of Robin Hood and Shakespeare in the Pub’s monthly shenanigans. John is a loyal graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory, 2009. http://johnstange.actor



Anderson Wells

Anderson Wells

Sicinius Velutus and Ensemble




Charlene V. Smith

Charlene V. Smith

Director

ACTING: Evadne (Maid’s Tragedy), Juliet, and Silvia/Lucetta (Two Gentlemen of Verona); DIRECTING: The Bloody Banquet (Co-Director), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Co­-Director), Richard IIIThe Two Noble Kinsmen at BST; Richard II at Mary Baldwin College S&P; The Spanish Tragedy (Director) at Rude Mechanicals; A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Assistant Director) at Virginia Shakespeare Festival. TRAINING: London Dramatic Academy; BA in Theatre and English from the College of William and Mary; MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Centercharlenevsmith.com



Jordan Friend

Jordan Friend

Assistant Director

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Brian Gillick

Brian Gillick

Set Designer



Casey Kaleba

Casey Kaleba

Fight Director

Casey staged violence for BST’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a WhoreThe Maid’s TragedyRichard IIIRomeo and Juliet and Co-Directed The Bloody Banquet. A Certified Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, Casey has arranged fights for more than four hundred productions throughout the country, including extensive work with the Folger, Round House, Signature, and Rorschach Theatres. He designed blood effects for Faction of Fools’ Titus Andronicus and Constellation Theatre’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as the Men at Arms: Reforged web series, and he serves as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live. Casey has been an instructor at Catholic University, the University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, as well as a guest artist for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society. He founded and fostered Tooth & Claw Combat Arts into the largest stage combat training program in the DC area: www.toothandclawcombat.com



Briana Manente

Briana Manente

Makeup Designer

Graduating from the Catholic University of America with her MFA in Acting in 2015 Briana’s passion for classical theater and text led her to play Hotspur, Coleville, Clarence, and of course Mouldy in BST’s Henri IV: the Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory. Other DC and MD credits include: Mercutio and Friar Lawrence in Juliet and Romeo and Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Catholic University, Dori in Danny Boy with Unexpected Stage Company, Countess and Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Well with Blood & Courage: the under-30 company of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare in the Parks Prince George’s County, Dusty in Stone Tape Party with NuSass productions, First Witch in Macbeth with Theatre Prometheus, and Emilia in Othello with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.



Sarah Mango

Sarah Mango

Stage Manager



Kristina Martin

Kristina Martin

Costume Designer

REGIONAL: Catholic University of America: Little Women; Keegan Theatre Company: Six Degrees of Separation; Theatre Prometheus: CymbelineMacbethUrban Arias, Independence Eve; NextStop Theatre: Urinetown the MusicalBoeing BoeingWilly WonkaEurydiceCity of AngelsSnow WhiteCrimes of the HeartSeussical the MusicalMiddletownNo Spring ChickenKiss Me KateAladdinThe Secret GardenA Man For All SeasonsLove Loss and What I WoreGutenberg! The MusicalA Charlie Brown Christmas, SylviaMiss Electricity; Infinity Theatre Company: A Closer Walk With Patsy ClineGodspellMillion Dollar QuartetAlmost Heaven (Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor). To learn more, visit her website at KristinaMartinDesign.com.



Laura Esti Miller

Laura Esti Miller

Dramaturg

BIO



Schedule

Wednesday, January 31 @ 8pm: Preview The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 1 @ 8pm: Preview The Trojan Women Project
Friday, February 2 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 3 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project

Thursday, February 8 @ 8pm: Preview Coriolanus
Friday, February 9 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Saturday, February 10 @ 3pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 10 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 11 @ 2pm:The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 11 @ 7pm: Coriolanus
Monday, February 12 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project

Wednesday, February 14 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 15 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Friday, February 16 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 17 @ 3pm: Coriolanus
Saturday, February 17 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 18 @ 7pm: The Trojan Women Project
Monday, February 19 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project

Wednesday, February 21 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Thursday, February 22 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Friday, February 23 @ 8pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 24 @ 3pm: The Trojan Women Project
Saturday, February 24 @ 8pm: Coriolanus
Sunday, February 25 @ 2pm: The Trojan Women Project
Sunday, February 25 @ 7pm: Coriolanus

 


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Reviews

This is an extraordinary Coriolanus: insightful, gripping, and painfully timely. It pulses with energy and powerful, immensely skilled performances. It’s very much a Coriolanus for right now, and must be experienced.

This reviewer has seen a half-dozen productions of this Coriolanus, but the Brave Spirits Theatre rendition is the most enthralling of the bunch.  Even if you have seen the play before, you haven’t seen Coriolanus in its full, dark glory unless you see this production.

Coriolanus is brought to life with a passion and vitality that that holds you captive. Brave Spirits Theatre has created a sharp, ferocious show which places the audience in the center of the action and transports them to the darkest corners of the human psyche— in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Don’t miss this one. We have a lot of fantastic Shakespeare theater in this area, but Brave Spirits more than holds their own— Coriolanus exceeds expectations and successfully pushes the boundaries in every way.

In usual Brave Spirits fashion, the whole cast is energetic and sells every second of the drama. Ensemble characters are flexible, and each player is a star.

Breathtaking in its pace, the scenes slipping from one to the next as the actors burst from the sides or from their seats into their first lines and responses. Breathtaking in its action, the milling rabble, the battling armies, the angry Volscian mob tearing Martius to pieces in the final scene. Breathtaking in its proximity.