The Merry Wives of Windsor, June 2003
Meet the Cast:
Mistress Ford - Nyoka Boswell a recent graduate of Alabama State Univ. is pleased to share her talents with Park Players. This is Nyoka’s first Shakespeare production, however not a stranger to the stage. Nyoka has performed in such productions as The Crucible, Once on this Island, The Wiz, and The Soul of Nat Turner. ( just to name a few) Nyoka thanks God for given her the ability to inspire others through the Art of Performance.
Mistress Page - Karla Blanton was recently seen in Birmingham Festival Theatre’s production of Tom Jones. She has also been in productions at South City Theatre and ACTA and is excited about acting with Park Players for the first time. When not acting, she runs a small business and spends as much time as possible with her 14 year old daughter.
Falstaff June 19th - 23rd Clark Vines is a native of Alabama having been born in Happy Home (yes, it exists) and raised in Graysville. He holds an M.A. in History and is in pursuit of other advanced degrees at this time. He was most recently seen as Curtis Appleby in ACTA's production of NIGHTWATCH and as Preacher Haggler in South City's production of DARK OF THE MOON. When not acting or directing he pursues writing having had several of his short plays produced and poems published.
Falstaff - June 26th - 28th Jeff Martorell An Alabama native who grew up in New Orleans has been acting for over 25 years. He has appeared on most of the New Orleans Stages as well as a small theater in Michigan. Jeffrey is particularly thrilled to be working with The Birmingham Park Players. He would like to dedicate his performance to his mom, Gwen Martorell.
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Ford - Jairus Bean is currently a sophomore majoring in theatre at the University of Montevallo. He first began performing at Ramsay High School in there production of Much Ado About Nothing in 1999. He has since immersed himself in the world of the theatre at every available opportunity.
Page - James Ward is an aspiring writer and co-owner of a restaurant. In twenty years of on-and-off stage work, this is his first Shakespeare experience and James couldn’t be happier. James also does television commercial work and appeared in the locally filmed movie ‘Under The Sidewalk Moon’.
Caius - Hilbun Adams is very thrilled to be a part of this endeavor. His ambition is to one day portray a rock or tree on stage, as his degree is in stillness. He would like to dedicate his performance in this play to his daughters Emma and Abigail.
Anne Page/Robin - Lyndsay Antos has previously been in The Glass Menagerie, Up the Down Staircase, and Rumplestiltskin at Concordia University in Chicago, Il. This is her first Shakespearean production, and she is extremely excited to be working with Clark and the gang!
Fenton - Grey Tilden is an acting student at Lawrence Studios. He’s excited to make his Shakespearean (and outdoor) debut with the Park Players under the astute direction of Clark Vines. He works as a research technician at UAB.
Slender - Jeffrey Marrs is new to the Park Players, but has been seen recently in “Tom Jones” at BFT, as well as in Art and The Laramie Project. His newfound love is in directing, having finished Night Watch in Trussville last January, and is excited to be heading up The Diary of Anne Frank, this fall.
Shallow - Terry Hermes was a performer in his college days as a philosophy major at Spring Hill College. After threatening for years to return to the theater, he did so in a recent production of Lysistrata, When he heard about the Park Players, he jumped at the chance to perform with this group. He will also appear in Much Ado About Nothing.
Mistress Quickly - Cindy Barr is a ‘retired’ nurse and mother of Joy, 18 and Zachary, 8. Her heart belongs to her husband, Mark, but her time goes to the theatre! This is her third Park Players show and thanks her family for letting her spend so much time away from home.
Bardolph - Scott Nesmith is a corporate lackey by day and a dabbler in theatre in his spare time. He has previously been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II and Lysistrata, and appeared in the UAB film Finding Mollie
Nym - Steven Ross One of the Founding Members of Park Players Steven is a Birmingham Native and works as a
computer programmer for Comforce. This is Steven second production with Park
Pistol/Rugby - Currie Adams is a member of the sketch comedy group Happy Nowhere. This is his acting debut in Birmingham. He has been in productions of Dark of the Moon, Animal Cracker, Love Letters and was a member of the improve troupe Einstein Simplified in Knoxville, Tn. (Please forgive me Alabama).
Host - Gabrielle Metz is very excited to be performing her 2nd play with the Park Players. She really enjoyed being a part of the Park Players inaugural season's performance of The Taming of the Shrew last summer. She has also starred as Mollie Ralston in the Mousetrap (November 2002) and been in Amadeus (December 2000) and Cabaret (May 2003) at Theater LJCC, as well as in many other local plays and musicals. When not working on the stage, Gabrielle is employed as a clinical social worker.
Simple - Tonya Curtis is a new face to Park Players. She joined the cast in relief of a sick actor. She's happy to have this chance to work with Clark and the whole cast of "Merry Wives".
The Director - Anthony Vines was born in Happy Home Al., and raised in Graysville, AL. He holds an MA in history from the University of Montevallo. Recent acting work includes appearances in Southcity's DARK OF THE MOON (Preacher Haggler) and ACTA's NIGHTWATCH (Appleby). Personal favorite roles include the Common Man in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Stained Glass Theatre, NC) and that of Edgar in GVS's version of KING LEAR. He is proud to have seen several of his short plays produced by various production companies including AN OFFER OF YOUTH by the Common Groundworks in Chicago. His directorial favorites include GVS's HAMLET (B'ham, AL), GPF' s SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF (Greensboro, NC) and Brown Ledge Theatre's ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE (Burlington, VT). When not working in theatre, Anthony enjoys making independent films working in the same above-mentioned capacities.
Stage Manager - Mike Oakes is one of the founding members of Park Players. Unlike the rest of his fellow board members he has no desire to be on stage and act. He is much happier being behind the set in his role as the 'strong back - weak mind' of the group. He has stage managed King Lear, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. This is his second play to be the director Clark Vines' Stage manager. When not being the roadie for Park Players he works at UAB as a network administrator.