The Cradle Theater

Our name is representative of the two core values of our company. We began as a student company, and now as we leave this time of being students, and our company gets older, we want to hold on to what is great about student theatre: theatre that is unbridled in its imagination and energy. Additionally, we are interested in examining where we come from to know where we are going, which is why we have devoted ourselves to studying the works that come from the cradle of civilization--The Greeks, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and later, new work inspired by folklore and mythology.
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But there are still two more chances to see it at 2pm and 7pm.  Tickets are available online and at the door at Shetler Studios, Penthouse 1.  

Hope to see you there!

The Winter’s Tale opens tonight! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the magic. 

For more information, visit our website.

The Winter’s Tale opens tonight! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the magic. 

For more information, visit our website.

 Here’s a sneak peak at our production of “The Winter’s Tale,” opening this Thursday, August 29th and running until September 1st at Shetler Studios in New York, NY. Tickets are available on our website (thecradletheatre.org) and at our Eventbrite page (http://awakenyourfaith-efbevent.event…)

Dylan Ungaretta (Florizel/Mariner/Servant) is an actor and a Junior at Fordham University - Lincoln Center. His past credits include roles in Measure for Measure (Angelo), Lydia (Misha), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Young Scientist, British Envoy, Strauss), and an upcoming webseries, Timesplitters (Theo). He would like to thank his director, Rebecca Etzine, for always giving him new reasons to be passionate about The Bard; his cast and crew for an incredibly fun, enlightening, and inspiring few months; and his family for giving him loads of Florizels and Perditas to draw from and honor in this production. 

Scott Epstein is a Scenic Designer currently entering his senior year in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Thank you to Rebecca and the team for this wonderful opportunity! 

Scott Epstein is a Scenic Designer currently entering his senior year in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Thank you to Rebecca and the team for this wonderful opportunity! 

Here’s a word from our costume designer, Janice Ferger, about our process and concept.  Soon, we’ll be sharing page to stage photos from rehearsal.

 

When Rebecca and I first discussed producing “The Winter’s Tale” we talked about how the story is a fairy tale. There is a lost princess, there is magic, there is a happy ending. We wanted the play to feel like a fairy tale for our audience. I want the audience to feel transported to another world when they see the play. I want them to believe in magic. I want them to believe happy endings really can happen no matter how dark things may appear.

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Shane Moan (Lighting Design) is a graduate of Fordham University’s theatre program. Recent credits include Savage/LoveVerse Play, and Childhood. For more information please visit www.shanemoan.com.

Victoria Sun (Stage Manager) is a Philly native and rising sophomore at the Barnard College of Columbia University. A prospective double major in American Studies and French, Victoria has also worked with the Midtown International Theatre (Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq), the Columbia Musical Theatre Society (Party Worth Crashing), The Puppetbox Theatre (A Blues for ScroogeMomotaro), and Upper Darby Summer Stage (High School Musical 2, Peter Pan), among others. She’d like to thank her family/friends for their continued support — and special thanks to Rebecca Etzine and our wonderfully beautiful cast/crew for making this process such a fun and rewarding experience.

 John Donchak (Old Shepherd/First Lord):  Fordham Studio credits include:  Eljon Wardally’s “Opening Night” (Fred), Thornton Wilder’s “Childhood” (Billee), Morgan Richardson’s “DC” (Sen. Monroe); Bridget Carpenter’s “The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (And Anna)” (Freud).   Has also appeared in Young Jean Lee’s “Pee Pee Poo Poo Pa Pa Face (Soldier)” It has been nothing short of a pleasure to call this my first Shakespearean production.  I want to thank Rebecca Etzine and the cast and crew for teaching and guiding me along the way.  

Kyle Walton (Leontes) is a rising senior at Fordham University. He is very excited to be a part of this show and to have the opportunity to rediscover a wonderful play like the Winter’s Tale. Thanks to Rebecca, Victoria, the entirety of the amazing cast and crew of the show, the 17f collective (It lives on!), and my girlfriend Renee for all the support! 

Matt Minnicino (Antigonus/Autolycus) is an actor-cum-playwright-cum-director + a few other things, give or take. He hails from sunny Virginia, where he spent four hot summers studying the Bard at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. He has acted in Shakespeare with Empty Chair Theatre Company, ASC Young Company, Easy Leap Theatre Company, U.Va Drama, and Reckless Bard Productions — he was also co-founded and current Literary Manager of the Idly Bent Theatre Company, as well as a founding member of Empty Chair and Reckless Bard. He has acted in 22 productions of 15 Shakespeare plays — some favorite roles include Richard III, King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Nick Bottom, Polonius, Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Part 2 and Cloten in Cymbeline. He has also directed, assistant directed, and fight choreographed numerous Shakespeare plays. In the winter, he’ll be adding Othello and Julius Caesarto that list, and directing Titus Andronicus. He is also an award-winning playwright, who has been lucky enough to enjoy a number of productions across the east coast in and in NYC, most recently a Fringe Festival production of his play Persephone. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull will be performed by Columbia Stages in October. He is currently studying for his MFA in Playwriting under Charles Mee at Columbia University. Check out pictures of his ugly mug, and maybe some more tidbits over at mattminnicino.com.

Matt Minnicino (Antigonus/Autolycus) is an actor-cum-playwright-cum-director + a few other things, give or take. He hails from sunny Virginia, where he spent four hot summers studying the Bard at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. He has acted in Shakespeare with Empty Chair Theatre Company, ASC Young Company, Easy Leap Theatre Company, U.Va Drama, and Reckless Bard Productions — he was also co-founded and current Literary Manager of the Idly Bent Theatre Company, as well as a founding member of Empty Chair and Reckless Bard. He has acted in 22 productions of 15 Shakespeare plays — some favorite roles include Richard III, King Lear, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Nick Bottom, Polonius, Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Part 2 and Cloten in Cymbeline. He has also directed, assistant directed, and fight choreographed numerous Shakespeare plays. In the winter, he’ll be adding Othello and Julius Caesarto that list, and directing Titus Andronicus. He is also an award-winning playwright, who has been lucky enough to enjoy a number of productions across the east coast in and in NYC, most recently a Fringe Festival production of his play Persephone. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull will be performed by Columbia Stages in October. He is currently studying for his MFA in Playwriting under Charles Mee at Columbia University. Check out pictures of his ugly mug, and maybe some more tidbits over at mattminnicino.com.

Joe Etzine (Composer/Musical Director) is an emerging composer, bandleader, and guitarist in the New York area. He draws from as wide a range of musical traditions as possible, drawing no lines between them and making no apologies for it. He has performed in various jazz, rock, and soul bands in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and the New York area.  Composing for theatre is a particular point of interest for him because it allows him to tell stories through music, creating atmosphere and emotion in concert with the actors. He has composed for several plays, including Twelfth Night, Ajax, Macbeth, Love’s Labors Lost, and most notably Tales of Brave Ulysses, an experimental work chronicling Homer’s Odyssey through the music of Cream. He is a graduate of William Paterson University’s jazz performance program.

Joe Etzine (Composer/Musical Director) is an emerging composer, bandleader, and guitarist in the New York area. He draws from as wide a range of musical traditions as possible, drawing no lines between them and making no apologies for it. He has performed in various jazz, rock, and soul bands in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and the New York area.  Composing for theatre is a particular point of interest for him because it allows him to tell stories through music, creating atmosphere and emotion in concert with the actors. He has composed for several plays, including Twelfth Night, Ajax, Macbeth, Love’s Labors Lost, and most notably Tales of Brave Ulysses, an experimental work chronicling Homer’s Odyssey through the music of Cream. He is a graduate of William Paterson University’s jazz performance program.

Sam Lopresti (Camillo/Gaoler) is a graduate of the Fordham University Theatre Program, where he was taught by, among others, Obie award winners Matthew Maguire and Kate Mulgrew and Tony award nominee Alison Fraser. While there he performed in seven student-written and student-directed works. Since graduating he has worked extensively with Tony White’s Double Down Productions, including the world premier of Chuck Orsland’s Dive Bar as well as Macbeth and Hamlet. He is also an Eagle Artist at the Eagle Project. He would like to thank Rebecca and the phenomenal cast for an amazing experience, his family for their unending support, and Becky for so much of everything. Sam is a member of SAG-AFTRA. 

Sarah Spring (Hermione/Dorcas) is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center and Interlochen Arts Academy. Fordham theatre: Measure for Measure (Isabella), Twelfth Night (Viola), The Language Archive (Alta), The Reagans (Patti Davis Reagan), Thank You, Fifteen (Victoria Lynn), Dybbuk (Leah), The Rubber Room (Jamie Cartwright), Thornwilde (Cinderella). Fordham film: Learn How to Sleep (Imogene). Thanks to Rebecca, family, cast, crew, and the great state of Ohio.