* denotes member of AEA

MELODY BATES* (Olivia/Second Officer) OHA credits include: AVALON (Morgana, playwright), R & J & Z (Juliet, playwright), Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor, Mr. Burns, and Twelfth Night.  NY Innovative Theatre Awards: 3 awards and 11 nominations, in categories including Lead Actress, Full-Length Play, and Original Music. NYC acting credits include The Public Theater, BAM, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she recently appeared as a solo dancer in Agrippina. TV and film: Law & Order SVU, PBS Great Performances. Her play R & J & Z will be published by Original Works Publishing in 2020.

REBECCA HART* (Viola/Sebastian) Rebecca Hart is a writer & performer based in NYC. At OHA: Midsummer Nights Dream, The Seagull, The Cabaret at the End of the World (w/Melody Bates - 2017 NY Innovative Theatre Award Best Original Music). Other recent performing credits include The Revolutionists (Playhouse on Park; CT Critics Circle Award), Midsummer: A Play with Songs (Hartford Theatreworks; CT Critics Circle Nom), (Not) Water (3LD Center NYC), and the short film JO (Play Mountain; varoius film festivals).  She performs original music frequently with and without her 6-piece band; her album The Magician’s Daughter is available online.

JONATHAN MASTRO* (Feste/Original Music) OHA: Fantasticks (dir. Julia Whitworth). NYC: David Cromer's OUR TOWN; HIT THE WALL (BST); Julie Taymor's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; Arin Arbus' TAMING OF THE SHREW (TFNA); #DateMe (Westside); PARIS COMMUNE (Civilians/BAM); Cabaret performance with Emily Bergl (Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Algonquin). Regional/International: Almeida, Goodman, Chicago Symphony; San Diego Symphony; Cincinnati Symphony; Second City, Lookingglass, Broad, KC Rep, Huntington, Annoyance, etc. As a screenwriter: VIPER CLUB, starring Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco and Matt Bomer. WGA/AEA/Local 802 AFM. Love to S G and H.

THOMAS PIPER* (Toby Belch) Thomas is thrilled to be back at OHA, even in a virtual, pandemicy-kinda way.  Past OHA productions: Hamlet”, “As You Like It”, “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, “Measure For Measure”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Julius Caesar”, “Brilliant Traces”, “Elizabeth Rex”, “The Seagull”, and the world renowned “Biffing Mussels”. He has appeared in numerous productions from Off Broadway to LA, and a whole lotta spots in between. Film and TV credits include: Law and Order:SVU, As the Word Turns, Dennis Leary's "Merry F#%$in' Christmas", Life Lines, Rake, You Don’t Know Jack, Swimming, Vodka Rocks. ZOOM credits include...

BARI ROBINSON* (Orsino) Bari is thrilled to be back at OHA this summer (virtually!). Recent credits Shakespeare in Love (Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, and Opera House Arts), Twelfth Night (Baltimore Center Stage), Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Orlando (Opera House Arts),  Othello (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), Julius Caesar (Opera House Arts), A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater), Lauren Gunderson’s By and By (Shotgun Players), Topdog/Underdog (Dramatic Repertory Company),The Snow Queen (Portland Stage Company), Film: Mail.Man (Trailside Studios LLC), The Finest Hours (Disney Studios). Education: The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab (NYC), Columbia University (MFA), Bowdoin College (B.A.).

JEFFREY FRACÉ* (Malvolio) Jeffrey Fracé is a performer, director, writer, and teacher. At OHA: Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives of Windsor, and 10 Real Star Acts. Most recently he created and performed the dance-theater piece 11 Comets with Rachael Lincoln, and wrote and directed the short film Meg & Siggy Go Swimming. He is a founding member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, and a former Associate Artist of SITI Company. Currently based in Seattle, he heads the acting program at University of Washington.

MARIA JUNG* (Maria/First Officer) Maria Jung is an actor and model based in NYC. Recent theater credits include AVALON (Opera House Arts), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Iphigenia 2.0 (Neighborhood Playhouse), Cymbeline (Annapolis Shakespeare Company) and the 2015 NBC Diversity Showcase (dir. Jason Eagan). Film credits include Paterno (HBO), The Magic Bomb (Award winning short at the Queens World Film Festival) and Milk and Cookies (Syd & Mike). 

RACHEL MURDY* (Andrew Aguecheek/Captain) Rachel Murdy is in the midst of a performance art residency at SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City as GOMO (a posthumous lounge singer) but she couldn’t miss being at beloved OHA where has played the Dukes and Corin in AS YOU LIKE IT, the Duke in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, the Evil Apothecary in ROMEO AND JULIET AND ZOMBIES, Paulina in THE SEAGULL, Mrs. Hucklebee in THE FANTASTICKS, and Norma Millay in THE MILLAY SISTERS CABARET. She is an original cast member and creator of THE DONKEY SHOW NYC/Cambridge. See what she is up to with her current singing-ghost project @ghostofmroberon on Instagram and at

ARISAEL RIVERA* (Antonio/Fabian) Arisael Rivera received his MFA in Acting from The New School.  Selected theatre credits include: Ned Alleyn in "Shakespeare in Love", Stephano in "The Tempest" with Opera House Arts and Dull in "Love's Labour's Lost" with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  Arisael can be seen as "Cesar" in NYC MOIA's series "We Speak NYC."  He's the co-creator and writer of "Meet: The Web Series," an official selection of the New York Lift-Off Film Festival.    Arisael le da las gracias a su familia por su constante apoyo!  Follow him on Instagram: @arisael_riv

JENNIFER CASTER* (Stage Manager) Jen is delighted to return to Stonington Opera House to stage manage this virtual production. Previously at Stonington Opera House: Shakespeare in Love, AVALON, The Tempest, I Have Seen Horizons, Antony & Cleopatra, Elizabeth Rex, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Brilliant Traces, Dying City, and Burt Dow: Deep Water Man. Her most recent regional stage management credits include engagements with North Carolina Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Balled Idaho, Opera Idaho, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, and Cleveland Play House. Jen is the production manager with Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant.

JULIA WHITWORTH (Director) Julia Whitworth cofounded Shakespeare in Stonington in 2001 with her production of The Tempest at Opera House Arts. Since then she’s directed 6 more Shakespeares (Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline) and 1 musical (The Fantasticks) at OHA; had three children, become ordained an Episcopal priest, and moved three times—most recently to Indianapolis, where she runs Trinity Episcopal Church. She is grateful to Judith and Linda and so many brilliant collaborators, especially Ray Neufeld, set designer and spouse extraordinaire, for 20 years of magic in Maine.

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