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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otpthemovie:

Peter Donovan is the star Quarterback of the Messina High School football team. Pete enjoys junk food, cheap beer, football, nudity, and sex (particularly with his kinda sorta girlfriend Maggie).  Pete has already been drafted to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes and is thoroughly enjoying a carefree last semester of high school. 
Pete Donovan is played by Joe Flynn: Training from Fordham at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway: Our Town (Sam Craig) Off-Off-Broadway: White Girl Waisted (Marley) Little Mac, Little Mac, You’re the Very Man (Actor 7) Fordham University: Not All Thieves Come to Harm You (Thief), Reckless (Lloyd Bophtelophti), Brotherly Love (Wally), Winners (Joseph Brennan).

otpthemovie:

Peter Donovan is the star Quarterback of the Messina High School football team. Pete enjoys junk food, cheap beer, football, nudity, and sex (particularly with his kinda sorta girlfriend Maggie).  Pete has already been drafted to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes and is thoroughly enjoying a carefree last semester of high school. 

Pete Donovan is played by Joe Flynn: Training from Fordham at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway: Our Town (Sam Craig) Off-Off-Broadway: White Girl Waisted (Marley) Little Mac, Little Mac, You’re the Very Man (Actor 7) Fordham University: Not All Thieves Come to Harm You (Thief), Reckless (Lloyd Bophtelophti), Brotherly Love (Wally), Winners (Joseph Brennan).

otpthemovie:

The Leo Girls (plus the boys that love them)

The first reading of OTP will take place August 23rd at 7pm at Studio 150 located 150 West 46th Street (Bet. 6th and 7th Ave.), 6th Floor. Tickets are $10 and unlimited drinks and light refreshments are $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or on our website: http://www.thecradletheatre.org/purchase-tickets.html

otpthemovie:

Claude “Mighty Mouse” Mayes, is a high school Junior and the starting running back for the Messina High football team.  Claude is an army brat and only started at Messina fall of his Junior year. He’s shy and lacks confidence, but he’s a sweet guy and has blossomed amongst his new found friends at Messina.  Now if he could only summon up the courage to ask out the Coach’s daughter.

Claude is played by Dylan Ungaretta. Dylan is a New York-based actor and romance languages student in his last year at Fordham University.  Off-Broadway: BKE Theatre Co/Studio 353-Spring Storm (Arthur Shannon), Sweet Bird of Youth (George Scudder).  Regional: The Cradle Theatre Company-The Winter’s Tale (Florizel).  Fordham University: Mainstage- Measure for Measure (Angelo),What of the Night? (Joseph); Studio- Lydia (Misha), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (various).  Webseries/film: Pablo Panda Productions- BFFs (Joey).  Dylan would like to thank his family for putting their everything into his dream, his cast for weaving a daily web of passion and inspiration, and the writer/directors for their faith and for not being fed up with his cheekiness yet.  

otpthemovie:

Hannah Leo is a Messina High School Sophomore and member of the cheerleading squad. She is Coach Leo’s daughter and Bea’s beloved little sister. Hannah is confident, happy, outgoing, and positive. She’s popular, not only because she’s pretty, but because she’s a genuinely kind person who goes out of her way to be welcoming to everyone. Hannah may have an innocent exterior, but she’s got a strong mischievous streak.  Unlike her sister, Hannah loves her home town and would happily live there for the rest of her life. 
Hannah is played by Olivia Macklin. Olivia is a rising junior pursuing a BA in Theatre at Fordham University. Recent Fordham University credits include God’s Ear (Lenora), Oh My Darling (Amelia/Mellie), Childhood (Caroline), and HORSE GIRLS (Ashleigh) which was in association with Primary Stages, and also performed at the Ars Nova ANT Fest. New York City credits includeVery Bad Words (Taylor) which premiered at the NY Fringe Fest 2013 and The Winter’s Tale (Perdita/Mamillius) with The Cradle Theatre Co. at Shetler Studios. Olivia recently returned from performing as Anna in Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono Per Nuocere in Rome, Italy. She will also be reprising her role as Ashleigh in HORSE GIRLS at The Cell Theatre in Chelsea this December. Love to Rebecca and Sarah. 

otpthemovie:

Hannah Leo is a Messina High School Sophomore and member of the cheerleading squad. She is Coach Leo’s daughter and Bea’s beloved little sister. Hannah is confident, happy, outgoing, and positive. She’s popular, not only because she’s pretty, but because she’s a genuinely kind person who goes out of her way to be welcoming to everyone. Hannah may have an innocent exterior, but she’s got a strong mischievous streak.  Unlike her sister, Hannah loves her home town and would happily live there for the rest of her life. 

Hannah is played by Olivia Macklin. Olivia is a rising junior pursuing a BA in Theatre at Fordham University. Recent Fordham University credits include God’s Ear (Lenora), Oh My Darling (Amelia/Mellie), Childhood (Caroline), and HORSE GIRLS (Ashleigh) which was in association with Primary Stages, and also performed at the Ars Nova ANT Fest. New York City credits includeVery Bad Words (Taylor) which premiered at the NY Fringe Fest 2013 and The Winter’s Tale (Perdita/Mamillius) with The Cradle Theatre Co. at Shetler Studios. Olivia recently returned from performing as Anna in Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono Per Nuocere in Rome, Italy. She will also be reprising her role as Ashleigh in HORSE GIRLS at The Cell Theatre in Chelsea this December. Love to Rebecca and Sarah. 

otpthemovie:

Ladies and Gentlemen: Ben and Bea.  You can refer to them by their preferred couple nickname #Beadick.

The first reading of OTP will take place August 23rd at 7pm at Studio 150 located 150 West 46th Street (Bet. 6th and 7th Ave.), 6th Floor. Tickets are $10 and unlimited drinks and light refreshments are $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or on our website: http://www.thecradletheatre.org/purchase-tickets.html

otpthemovie:

Ben Johnson is the placekicker for the Messina High School Football team.  He is best friends with fellow football players, Pete Donovan and Claude Mayes. Ben is like most guys in Messina. He loves football and Nascar, but he’s also a political junky and a huge James Joyce fan.  He’s ambitious, but keeps that to himself.  He’s smart and funny, an excellent athlete, and generally able to charm anyone besides ex-girlfriend, Bea Leo.  Which, of course, drives him insane. 

Ben is played by Patrick Fleury.  A native Virginian and graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Patrick is thrilled to be a part of this production. He has appeared recently on TV in Celebrity Ghost StoryI Killed My BFF, and a promo for Cutthroat Kitchen. He has worked with Pam Mackinnon in a workshop of “A Map of Virtues” for Clubbed Thumb. Some favorite theatre credits include “Our Town” (Doc Gibbs), “Desire: A Varsouviana” (Stanley), “Little Town Blues” (Vernon), and “Richard 3” (Hastings).  Patrick is a proud member of Less Than Rent Theatre. Also, be sure to check out Eclectic Boogaloo on FunnyorDie.com for some sketch comedy. For more information about Patrick, and to see what he’s up to, check out www.patrick-fleury.com

otpthemovie:

Bea Leo is a Messina High School Senior and the daughter of Hank Leo, the coach of the football team. Bea has lived in Messina her whole life and can’t wait to get out, even though she adores her sister Hannah and best friend, Maggie.  She’s the lone liberal feminist in her very Republican town and Bea is never afraid to speak her mind. Bea is single-minded to a fault and is determined not to be distracted by boys.  Especially not a certain someone who lives next door….

Bea Leo is played by Aishling Pembroke. Aishling is so excited to be working with The Cradle Theatre Company! She recently graduated Fordham with a degree in Performance. Fordham: The Labyrinth of Desire (Florela), Metamorphoses (Alcyone and others), Eulogy to a Hell of a Dame (Linda), Winners (Mag), The Way We Ain’t Supposed To (Libby), Reckless (Doctors 1-6), Lullabies and Broken Things (Eloise), the dreamer examines his pillow (Donna). Other: Non Tutti I Ladri Vengono Per Nuocere (Anna) with Fordham University in Rome. Much love and thanks to everyone involved. 

otpthemovie:

A sneak peek at what we did in rehearsal today

Dorks.

otpthemovie:

Claude and Hannah

The first reading of OTP will take place August 23rd at 7pm at Studio 150 located 150 West 46th Street (Bet. 6th and 7th Ave.), 6th Floor. Tickets are $10 and unlimited drinks and light refreshments are $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or on our website: http://www.thecradletheatre.org/purchase-tickets.html

otpthemovie:

A look at the Drunk Sledding sequence in OTP.  This scene takes the place of Act 2, Scene 3 in the original play.  We think Shakespeare would have appreciated the concept of drunk sledding and he definitely would have appreciated snow penises.

honeytangerine:

inthecoldcoldground:

apoca-lypstick:

sometimes you just have to go to starbucks for four hours and reread some shakespeare plays, you know?
COME SEE OUR OTP: THE MOVIE READING THIS SATURDAY IN NYC!
STAY UPDATED ABOUT OUR FIRST TOURING SHOW, PERICLES!
IF YOU’RE IN BALTIMORE OR NYC, JOIN OUR COMPANY!

Our Marketing and Outreach Director is better than yours. Also, learn about our Shakespeare events.

Yeah, I mean look at that lady who is both super intelligent and attractive and just like generally good at everything. 

WHAT SHE SAID!

honeytangerine:

inthecoldcoldground:

apoca-lypstick:

sometimes you just have to go to starbucks for four hours and reread some shakespeare plays, you know?

COME SEE OUR OTP: THE MOVIE READING THIS SATURDAY IN NYC!

STAY UPDATED ABOUT OUR FIRST TOURING SHOW, PERICLES!

IF YOU’RE IN BALTIMORE OR NYC, JOIN OUR COMPANY!

Our Marketing and Outreach Director is better than yours. Also, learn about our Shakespeare events.

Yeah, I mean look at that lady who is both super intelligent and attractive and just like generally good at everything. 

WHAT SHE SAID!

otpthemovie:

A sneak peek at what we did in rehearsal today

otpthemovie:

Both the characters and the actors who play them. Stay tuned!

Check this out, guys!

Overheard in rehearsal:

"This is what we call Friday Night Lights-ing"

"Does that mean brooding or football?"

"Both"

jerusalemsunrise:

No but this is so much fun it should be illegal.

Outtakes from yesterday’s promotional photoshoot for otpthemovie. Tickets for the first reading, Saturday, August 23rd, are on sale now on our website