TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC.

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Festival, Instant Shakespeare Company, Tulsa Rep, Madison Rep, Chicago Equity Theatre, Stage One, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Source Theatre & The Florida Shakespeare Festival.  Other select credits include Show Boat on Broadway  & The Octoroon, In Tune With the Universe, Robeson, Scenes From the Unexpectedness of Love, The In-Gathering & Hallelujah, Baby! (all Off-Broadway). His National Tours have been The Color of Justice, Show Boat, The Wind in the Willows & The King& I.

 

Petronia Paley [Director] was last seen as Dr. Selene Slater-Bernaud in The Ensemble Studio Theatre’s On The Way To Timbuktu.  Other roles include Clytemnestra in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Electra (Audelco Award Winner), Gertrude in Hamlet (Take Wing And Soar Productions), It Hasn't Always Been This Way (New Federal Theatre), Dr. Iris Preston in EST's Relativity (Audelco Award Nomination), Gratiana in The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull Theatre), Ethel in On Golden Pond on Broadway & the Kennedy Center, Madame Ranevskya in the Cherry Orchard (The Classical Theatre of Harlem - Audelco nomination), Jocasta/Eurydice the Oedipus Plays (Shakespeare Theatre), Regan in King Lear (Yale Repertory) Hecuba in Trojan Women (Shakespeare Theatre - Helen Hayes Nomination), Prosecutor in The Trial… (New Federal Theatre - Audelco Award). She is a veteran of daytime television creating long running characters on “Guiding Light” & “Another World.”  Her directing credits include How Many Goodbyes Must We Say? & Spic Chic, Can We Dance?  & staged readings for the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, Take Wing And Soar Productions & The Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has written the plays: The Empty-Hand Traveler Set No Limit to Her Desires, The Psychogenesis of Sexuality, Letters (a collaboration) & On the Way to Timbuktu.  Ms. Paley created First Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Café.  She has taught acting & solo performance at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center & acting to beginning & second year students at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre & scene study at New Federal Theatre.  She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Red Bull Theatre & the Actors Studio & created I the Actor Acting Workshops.  

 

Trezana Beverley [Medea] won the 1976 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.  Ms. Beverley has since created a unique signature in the American theatre.  She is not only recognized as one of our country’s great actresses, but is also a master acting teacher, director & singer. She has been a guest director on the theatre faculties of NYU Tisch School Of The Arts, Rutgers University, Brandeis University, City College, SUNY Purchase & currently, The Julliard School.  Trezana was an artist in residence at the PlayMakers Repertory Co. in Chapel Hill, NC for two years where she was able to further develop her original performance genre DanzActing™. Her recent regional directing credits include Salome, Yellowman & String Of Pearls & her directing work on Salome was sighted in American Theater Magazine [September 2003]. This past spring, she made her New York commercial theatre debut with the production of The Darker Face Of The Earth.

 

Ian Stuart [Aegeus] was last seen at TWAS in the Classical Lab presentation of Oroonoko. Theatrical credits include Broadway (Caesar & Cleopatra, Run For Your Wife, Racing Demon) & Off-Broadway, London's West End, six National Tours & dozens of regional theatres in plays by Ayckbourn, Christie, Coward, Shakespeare, Shaw, Simon, Stoppard & Wasserstein. Most recently, he played in Keen Theatre's In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheim & at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Henry V & Richard III. He has recorded numerous audio books, provided voice-overs for TV & radio commercials & made guest appearances on various soaps, Comedy Central's “Strangers with Candy” & “Law & Order.”  

 

Dathan B. Williams [Jason] was recently seen as Sgt. Foley in the musical reading of An Officer & A Gentleman at Amas & as Teddy Horne Sr. in Stormy Weather, Imagining Lena Horne at The Prince Music Theater. This is his third association with TWAS, having appeared as The Messenger in Medea & as Cassius in Julius Caesar.  He has performed classical roles with The Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Tyrone Guthrie Award) for 2 Seasons, the Folger Theatre, The Orlando Shakespeare

 

 

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