Me as Brocklehurst

“What have we to do with nature?” Brocklehurst (Hakala) chastises Miss Scratcherd (Mimi Winick) Miss Temple (Laura Kasson Fiss), and Miss Grice (Alisa Clapp-Itnyre)

As part of the Nineteenth-Century Theatre Caucus (19CTC), I bring rarely-performed nineteenth-century drama to the stage for twenty-first-century audiences. At the 2016 North American Victorian Studies (NAVSA) conference, I performed in a production of John Brougham’s 1849 stage adaptation of Jane Eyre, directed by Amy Holley. At the 2017 NAVSA meeting, I directed and performed in a production of J.B. Johnstone’s How We Live in the World of London, an 1856 stage adaptation of Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor. The play’s climactic tableau is captured in the photo below. At the 2018 NAVSA meeting, Tom Recchio and Catherine Quirk co-directed W.R. Waldron’s Lizzie Leigh! Or, The Murder Near the Old Mill (1850), a melodrama loosely based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s short story.  I was thrilled to be cast as the comic man, Toby Darwen. At the 2019 NAVSA meeting, I played General Haynau in Michael Field’s A Question of Memory, directed by Catherine Quirk.

How We Live_Tableau

L to R: Anne Humpherys, Sarah Allison, Taryn Hakala, Sarah Faulkner, Amy Kahrmann Huseby, Catherine Quirk, Erin Farley, Carol Hogan-Downey, Sarah Weaver, Mallory Cohn, Tom Recchio. Foreground: Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

Captain CuttleAs a member of the Dickens Project, I have performed in three farces written by Adam Abraham for the Dickens Universe: OMFG: A Dickensian Travesty; Chuzzlewit’s End: An American Travesty; and Firm Dealings with Dombey. Favorite roles have included Sloppy, Mrs. Gamp, and Captain Cuttle (left).

At UC Merced, I performed in a student directed staged reading of The Lamarie Project and in the annual children’s opera The Last Book on Earth.

I have also acted, dialect coached, and dramaturged for community theatre groups in Merced (Playhouse Merced and Merced Shakespearefest) and Yosemite National Park (Shakespeare in Yosemite). Most recently, I played Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare in Yosemite.

The Dream Team

The cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Shakespeare in Yosemite 2018

Header Image:
Detail of Johnstone's How We Live manuscript