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. I transcribed the play from the manuscript held in the British Library’s Lord Chamberlain’s Plays collection. The play’s climactic tableau is captured in the photo below. At last year’s 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. This year, I will play General Haynau in Michael Field’s A Question of Memory, directed by Catherine Quirk.
As 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).
I also act, dialect coach, and dramaturge 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.
Header Image: Detail of Johnstone's How We Live manuscript