Cast of the ISC’s King Lear
We are very proud of the amazing cast that has been devoted to creating this remarkable production!
Paul Walsky • King Lear
Paul, a practicing neurologist in Santa Fe for forty years, has chiefly done eccentric character roles, some of which are Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Charlemagne in Pippin, Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Mick in The Caretaker, Donny Dubrow in American Buffalo, Egerman in A Little Night Music, Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, The King in The King and I, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Lenny in Of Mice and Men. As you can see, he never gets the girl.
Lynn Goodwin • Goneril
Lynn recently directed Just Say It Theater’s production of Constellations and has directed eight collaborative, original theater pieces, each with at least twenty actors from Santa Fe schools. As an actor in Santa Fe, she has been in Body Burden, Bonjour Là, Bonjour, Circle Mirror Transformation, Good People, I Hate Hamlet, Luna Gale, Our Place, Sworn to Water. Lynn has had principal and supporting roles in film, TV, off-Broadway, and regionally. With playwright Dale Dunn, Lynn serves as Co-Artistic Director of Just Say It Theater, teaching and collaborating with artists intent on keeping live theater alive. Lynn holds a B.A. in Theater (Yale), MFA in Writing (Columbia), and advanced certificate in Screenwriting (UCLA).
Ariana Karp • Regan
Ariana is an alumna of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theater. She received early theatrical training with Richard and Anne DiPrima at the Young Shakespeare Players in Madison, WI, a program that performs uncut Shakespeare with children ages 6 to 18; Ariana was an actor in thirty-six classical productions over six years.
After receiving her BA in Literature-Theater from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 2011, she returned to the Young Shakespeare Players as a director. She works with Stairwell Theater Company in Brooklyn as an actor, dramaturg, and assistant director. She is a producer, director, and contributor of “Tabling: the Podcast.” Ariana is also a founding member of the Ducdame Ensemble and was the revival director for the production of Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega (1562–1635). Besides classical theater, Ariana also has a passion for playing cello, something she has enjoyed doing since the age of five.
Clara West • Cordelia
Clara is 14 and goes to New Mexico School for the Arts. She is a member of the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, our youth troupe that performs uncut Shakespeare. She has performed as Wyrd Sister 1, Son to Macduff, Murderer 2, English Doctor, Menteith, Lady, Lord, Donalbain, and the Fight Corps in Macbeth; Claudius in Hamlet; Viola and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night; Prospero, Ceres, Nymph, and Sprite in The Tempest; King Henry IV, Tavern Wench, and Ragged Soldier in King Henry IV, Part 1; a player in the What’s in a Name workshop; Hermione and Mopsa in The Winter’s Tale; Murellus, Calpurnia, Lucius, Third Plebeian, and Lucilius in Julius Caesar; Hippolyta and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Marty Madden • Earl of Gloucester
Marty most recently played Ed Boone in the Santa Fe Playhouse production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Other Playhouse productions include Dr. Givings in The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; as well as Waiting for Waiting for Godot, and For Lack of a Tail in last year's Benchwarmers. Later this season, Marty looks forward to playing John in Oasis Theatre Company's production of David Mamet's The Shawl. Marty’s film work includes writing the feature film, Musical Chairs (directed by Susan Seidelman), as well as writing and directing his own feature film, Cotton (starring Gary Cole).
Alex Reid • Edgar/Poor Tom
Alex has appeared on stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Zoo Story, La Rhonde, Cowboy Mouth, and Terrorism. After a long stint of running through the wild weeds and climbing into the clouds with nothing but the pond mantle and tadpoles to guide him, Alex makes his return to the stage in the role, audiences will surely agree, he was born to play. In addition, Mr. Reid is currently helming a Clarke Gable biopic starring himself.
Geoffrey Pomeroy • Edmund the Bastard
Geoffrey has a BS with Honors from Skidmore College where received the Periclean Scholar Award for his performance as Peck in How I Learned To Drive, and he is an honors graduate from the British-American Drama Academy in London. His New York and California theater credits include Rabbit Hole, Cowboy Mouth, The Immigrant, Oedipus, Waiting For Lefty, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Henry V, The Hostage, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Antigone, Arcadia, as well as Verklarte Nacht at Carnegie Hall. In Santa Fe, Geoffrey has appeared in Ever The Twain, Proof, The Glass Menagerie, and November. His television and film credits include Better Call Saul, Manhattan, and War on Everyone. As a writer, Geoffrey’s short film, Hypothetically, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has won several awards nationwide.
Ambrose Ferber • Earl of Kent
Ambrose got his start in theatre as an injured boy in Commedia dell ’Arte when he was five and has since played on stages throughout Colorado, North Carolina, and New Mexico. Some of his favorite roles include Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, John Hancock in 1776, Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Miles in The Drawer Boy. He first swung steel as Douglas in Henry IV, Part 1, and has since gone on to serve as the fight captain, lead fighter, fight trainer, and fight director in a number of shows, including approximately 247 Romeo and Juliets, plus Les Miserables, Cyrano, Extremities, and Macbeth. He works as a fight director, teacher, and trainer throughout the southwest region. Ambrose can be seen in the feature film Eyeborgs and in various TV shows, usually playing some kind of cop.
Glenna Hill • The Fool
Glenna is a native of the UK. She has lived in Santa Fe now for many years on and off. She trained in theatre in London, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Glenna has worked for the Santa Fe Opera, Theatrework, Red Thread Collective, and Santa Fe Playhouse. She was most recently seen as Gilberte in Michel Tremblay’s play Bonjour La, Bonjour at The Adobe Rose Theatre, directed by Wendy Chapin. Glenna was most recently seen in The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Patrick MacDonald.
Noah Segard • Duke of Cornwall
Noah Segard is a new New Mexican! He is a transplant to Santa Fe from Wichita, Kansas. He has performed twice previously in Santa Fe with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing as Don John, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Demetrius. He spends his days as part of the behavior team at the Santa Fe Humane Society loving on puppies (adopt, don’t shop!). He wants to send a shout out to his truly incredible cast mates, director, dramaturg, and crew. Most of all he wants to tell his parents he’s thankful for the love and support they’ve given him, to show his puppies Benedick, Beatrice, and Puck they’re are loved in turn, and to give his lovèd-be, Zoe, the sweetest of kisses.
Marc Lynch • Duke of Albany
Marc attended Columbia College Chicago, where he studied the craft of acting and received a BFA in Theatre, Film Production, and Cinema History. He was last seen at the Albuquerque Little Theatre as Hoke Coleburn in Driving Miss Daisy and at the Vortex Theatre as Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh. Some of Marc’s favorite roles include: Queequeg (Moby Dick), Turkle (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Sargent Carlino (Wait Until Dark), Baylen (Glen Garry Glen Ross), Shamrayev (The Seagull), Diamond Louie (The Front Page), TT Williams (Member of the Wedding), Hamlet (Hamlet), Juror #3 (12 Angry Men), Danny (The Gravones of Philadelphia), and Bailey (The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail), among many others. Marc is delighted to be in the International Shakespeare Center’s production of King Lear and working with the fabulous cast and production crew in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and following in the footsteps of all the other actors in the world who have played the Duke of Albany.
Mairi Chanel • King of France / Curan / Gentleman Knight / Old Man
Mairi grew up attending Shakespeare in Santa Fe performances and reading her grandfather’s old copies of the plays, fostering a lifelong love of theater, and of course, Shakespeare. She has had the privilege of playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the 2nd Wyrd Sister/Lady Macduff in Macbeth, both Ariel and Miranda in staged readings of The Tempest, and Puck in a staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other favorite roles include Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Karen Wright in The Children’s Hour, Karlie in Luna Gale, and Chloe Baxter in Phoenix. Mairi is also a regular in Santa Fe’s live RPG show, Plus One to Mischief, in which she plays an assortment of roles, including Padget, Your Friendly Neighborhood Demonic Warlock of the Unknowable Abyss.
Dylan Marshall • Oswald / Captain
Dylan is known for
a knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats;
a base, proud, shallow, beggarly,
filthy, worsted-stocking knave . . .
Miles Blitch • Prince of Burgundy / Herald
Within just a decade, Miles has almost thirty dramatic productions under his belt. He has collaborated with a wide range of companies, from Valley Youth Theatre to the Arizona Opera. Miles has also been thrice recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work in stage performance and sound design. Having loved performing and listening to musical scores since childhood, his extensive knowledge now serves him well as a sound designer. His innate verbal skills were honed by his international background and cum laude degree in Asian Studies at ASU, leading to both a deeper understanding of other cultures and a self-produced and -performed noh play.
Miles is equally at home onstage or backstage, and takes great pride in being part of the entire theatrical experience!
Knights, Soldiers, Messengers, Servants, Attendants
Caryl Farkas • Director: Caryl is a co-founder and President of the International Shakespeare Center. She has been directing Shakespeare plays for more than fifteen years in Madison, Wisconsin, and now here in Santa Fe. She directed both young actors and adults for the Young Shakespeare Players, was a founding board member of Fermat’s Last Theater (a Madison company taking an experimental approach with classical theater), and founded Upstart Crow Productions and Upstart Crows of Santa Fe—youth Shakespeare troupes with an emphasis on collaborative creation. She spent ten years on the board of the Madison Savoyards, serving as President and Vice-President, and acted as an assistant production manager for their yearly operas. She created an outreach program to schools for Savoyards and YSP that reached numerous schools, libraries, and community centers where she introduced young and old alike to the joys of Gilbert and Sullivan and Shakespeare. She is over-joyed to be working with Robin Williams and Ariana Karp to create a Shakespeare repertory company in Santa Fe.
Robin Williams, Ph.D. • Dramaturg: Robin has a forty-five–year history of studying Shakespeare, eventually formalized with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Shakespeare studies from Brunel University London. She has a particular passion for and background in what Shakespeare tells the Reader or Actor from inside the text using rhetoric, meter, forms of address, verse vs. prose vs. rhyme, and more.
Suzanne Cross • Stage Manager: Suzanne has a long work history with multiple theaters from Louisiana to North Carolina to Santa Fe. Since 2015, she has worked as stage manager or ASM with multiple local groups. Besides six productions with Dr. Robert Benedetti’s New Mexico Actors Lab, she worked with the Santa Fe Playhouse (Macbeth), Red Thread Santa Fe (Almost Maine), Teatro Paraguas (Motherf****r with a Hat), Shakespeare in the Garden (The Tempest), Ironweed Productions (The Crucible), and Oasis Theater (The Water Engine). Suzanne has been an active volunteer for various Shakespearean productions and for the International Shakespeare Center. When not in rehearsal, Suzanne works as a paralegal, intimate caterer, and expert in Elizabethan cooking.
Joy Farkas • Assistant Stage Manager
Ambrose Ferber • Fight Director: Ambrose is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, plus he is a member of Screen Actors Guild.
Vincent Faust • Set Design
Skip Rapoport • Lighting Design: Skip has designed lighting in New York, Los Angeles, and many points in-between; at New York’s American Place Theater and Dance Theater Workshop, Los Angeles’ Vanguard Theater and Schönberg Hall, and Chicago’s Body Politic Theater. His clients have included The Acting Company, Mark Taper Forum’s New Theater for Now, Donald Byrd and the Group, and Nevada Dance Theater. In Santa Fe, he has designed for The Lensic, Theaterwork, Theater Grottesco, Ironweed Productions, Teatro Paraguas, New Mexico Actors Lab, and many others. Skip is especially proud of his work with New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe Prep, and Just Say It Theater, working with the next generation of theater artists.
Costume Builders: Clare Lighton. Also Abby McGahey, who is a professional sign language interpreter, but enjoys applying her years of sweatshop sewing experience to good use.