Anna Christie  

The Tower Theatre welcomes the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST), from New England, with their production of

Anna Christie

by Eugene O'Neill

Directed by Joe Stiliano

Evenings at 7.30 : Tuesday 28th May - Saturday 1st June
Matinée at 3.00 : Saturday 1st June

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

The passion of a coal barge captain's daughter and a rough-hewn sailor takes a tumultuous turn when her secret past is revealed. Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill won the second of his four Pulitzer Prizes for this heroic classic.

Arguably Eugene O'Neill's quintessential early play, Anna Christie grapples with alcoholism, alienation, heartbreak, mortality and the monolithic sea; all experiences drawn from the playwright's own past.


'Anna Christie' in rehearsal

Anna (Ariel Sargent) and Mat (Matthew Recine)

'Anna Christie' in rehearsal

Anna (Ariel Sargent) and Marthy (Lauren Ashly Suchecki)

'Anna Christie' in rehearsal

Johnny (Ray Jenness) and Larry (Nathan Burgett)

'Anna Christie' in rehearsal

Marthy (Lauren Ashly Suchecki) and Chris (Steve Turner)



Cast List

"Johnny-The-Priest" : Ray Jenness
Larry, Bartender : Nathan Burgett
Chris Christopherson, Captain Of The Barge "Simeon Winthrop" : Steve Turner
Marthy Owen : Lauren Ashly Suchecki
Anna Christopherson, Chris's Daughter : Ariel Sargent
Mat Burke, a Stoker : Matthew Recine

 

Production Team

Director : Joe Stiliano
Stage Manager : Susan Laniewski



Ariel Sargent has performed as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cordelia in King Lear (Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe), Ardelia in Silence! the Musical (Arts After Hours), Yonah in Children of Eden, and Johnna Monevata in August: Osage County (Marblehead Little Theatre), among others. Most recently she was seen as Young Lily in Letters from War (North Shore Music Theatre benefit performance). Ariel holds a Bachelor's degree in theatre from Dean College, and a certificate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
 
Nathan Burgett is excited to be joining CAST for another production. Previously he played Cleante in The Miser and the Clown in The Winter's Tale. Nathan graduated from Gordon college with a major in Theater Arts and Communication Arts; currently he is following his passion as a filmmaker.
Steve Turner has been acting for thirty-something years in the Boston area and has loved (almost) every minute of it. Some credits from this century : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Marblehead Little Theatre); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Theatre to Go); The Unexpected Guest (Stage 284); Pygmalion (Flat Earth Theatre); Hamlet (Sea Change Theatre Co.); Stuff Happens (Zeitgeist Stage); To Kill a Mockingbird and Rock Lobster (Boston Children's Theatre); Revenge of the Super Sleuths (Post Meridian Radio Players); King Lear, As You Like It, The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe); American Dream and Seven Bl*wjobs (Theatre on Fire); Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure (TCAN Players), Juno and the Paycock (Lyric Stage Co.), The Importance of Being Earnest (Longwood Players).
 
Ray Jenness has been a theatre professional for sixty years as actor, director, technician, producer, and teacher. He has worked with professional, educational and community theatre companies throughout New England. His favorite acting roles include Shylock, Falstaff, Prospero, Tevye and Max from The Homecoming.
Originally a NYC native, now living on the north shore of Boston, Matthew Recine is thrilled to be working with the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe again. He has been seen with CAST as various heroes, villains, and one particularly nasty Fairy King. Favorite roles include Roger Shears/Others in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Steward in Into the Woods, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abdi/King Dushyanta in Queen's Boulevard, and Brutus in Julius Caesar.
 
Lauren Ashly Suchecki studied theatre in New York City at Herbert Berghof Studio and performed in New York and New Jersey before heading to New England. She performed with the Salem based theatre company Wharf Rat for 10 years then took a break from theatre to run The Last Stop in East Gloucester. Lauren has been seen most recently with Castle Hill Productions as Mollie in The Mousetrap. She has performed with Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative as Sybil Birling in An Inspector Calls, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Beyond Therapy, Rumors and Becky Shaw. She has also performed with Fishtown Players in their production of The Savannah Disputation and with Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe in Scenes From An American Life, The Taming of the Shrew as Kate and As You Like It as Rosalind. Some of her favorite hobbies are drinking Margaritas, dancing ballet and singing alone and watching sad movies. She loves living in Gloucester with her amazing husband Ted and her pup Tulia Theodora. She is honored to be performing with such a talented group of actors and insanely excited to stomp the boards in London!
Joseph Stiliano spent many years as an actor and stage manager in professional theatre before going into the restaurant business with his wife, chef Sue Small. Twenty five years later, after selling the restaurant, he became active in local theatre, and, with a lot of help from his friends, founded Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe in 2008. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the HB Studio in New York.