Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
Passed down from the campfires of Ancient Greece comes a fresh retelling of Homer’s soaring epic. Featuring a virtuosic one-man performance, one embattled storyteller grapples with The Iliad’s timeless tale of the horrors and heroism of war. With intimacy and immediacy, this strikingly theatrical experience will shine a light on how Homer’s poem rings true today.
Starring Broadway veteran Jeffrey Binder (The Lion King, Mary Poppins), An Iliad is a visceral 95-minute retelling of Homer’s The Iliad. Originally developed by actor Denis O’Hare and playwright Lisa Peterson, this compact adaptation tells the story of Achilles, Hector, and all the players of the Trojan War; and it reminds how one of history’s most epic stories is still relevant 2000 years later.
KRISTEN COURY (Director)Founder and Producing Artistic DirectorKristen Coury founded the Playhouse in 2004, after she moved to Naples from New York City. When in New York, she worked in commercial theatre for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions working on Broadway and International productions of Beauty and the Beast, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company called The Really Useful Group, working on Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has directed many of the Playhouse productions to date, of which her favorites include: Merchant of Venice, My Fair Lady, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, All My Sons, An Enemy of the People and The Glass Menagerie. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Tovah Feldshuh, which was released around the US and Europe. Kristen has directed several new works, produced a CD and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development, including Steel Pier on Broadway, a Broadway workshop of The Jazz Singer and Houdini at the Goodspeed Opera House. Kristen proudly serves as a board member of the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the professional, not-for-profit American Theatre. She is also a frequent investor in Broadway productions, most recently the revival of Once On This Island. Kristen has lived in Florence, Paris, and London, is a ballroom dancer, a certified Nia instructor, and an energy worker. Kristen was named one of the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2008, a “Star in the Arts” by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2011, one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013, and a “Leading Lady” by Naples Illustrated in 2018.
JIMMY LAWLOR (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to Gulfshore Playhouse! At GSP: Informed Consent, An Enemy of the People, My Fair Lady, Do This, Merchant of Venice, Leading Ladies, The Price, Scapino, Miss Keller Has No 2nd Book, Mystery of Irma Vep. Jimmy is a Scorpio, new father, cat owner, and a music enthusiast, who enjoys scotch and bourbon. He only runs when chased. Jimmy designs lighting for opera, theatre, dance, corporate clients, architecture, interiors, and more. New York work includes Broadway, Off Broadway, and beyond. Jimmy’s work has been seen internationally in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Mexico, Canada, and Germany. MFA from NYU Tisch. Member of USA 829 & Wingspace Design Collective. www.lawlordesign.com
JENNIFER BRONSTED (Costume Designer) Jennifer C. Bronsted is in her seventh season at Gulfshore Playhouse. Favorite credits at Gulfshore Playhouse include Boeing-Boing, The Butcher, The God Game and All My Sons. Other design credits include Henry V and Henry VI part 1 with American Shakespeare Center, How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying with Gooseberry Park Players and The Servant with Two Masters with Florida Gulf Coast University. She has worked with Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer graduated University of Alabama with Master of Fine Art in Costume Design/Production. www.jennyclairedesigns.com
DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic Designer) GP: Over 10 shows including The Mystery of Irma Vep, All My Sons, The Mountaintop, and My Fair Lady. As as designer and associate, David’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Recent designs in NYC include: A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row), Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle) and A Better Place (The Duke on 42nd Street). Recent regional designs include: The Nerd (George Street Playhouse), The Norman Conquests (Northern Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Weston Playhouse), The Lake Effect (Geva Theatre), Gypsy (Cape Playhouse), and Sex With Strangers (Kitchen Theatre Company). Other regional design credits include productions at The Kennedy Center, Bay Street Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Urban Arias, and Bucks County Playhouse, among others. Internationally, he has worked at English Theatre Berlin in Germany. Broadway (Associate) work includes: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Color Purple (Tony-winning revival, also London and National Tour), and King Charles III. David is a graduate of Ithaca College and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. For more of his work, please visit www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com.
BETH LAKE (Sound Designer) Beth Lake is freelance Sound Designer and theater practitioner based in NYC. She has a particular fondness for creating new, literature-based experiences. She is often working with Broadway’s top designers as an Associate Designer. She is thrilled to be back at Gulfshore Palayhouse having designed The Price last season. Recent projects include:1,000 Splendid Suns (The Old Globe), My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater), Sex With Strangers (Westport Country Playhouse), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), and The Wolves (Lincoln Center Theater). Education: M.F.A. UC-Irvine; Member USA829.
JOHN PATRICK (Vocal Coach) Theater Company Vocal Coach for Gulfshore Playhouse: Highlights include – The Mystery of Irma Vep, Scapino, The Merchant of Venice, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Importance of Being Earnest. Guthrie Theater: The Legend of Georgia McBride. PlayMakers Repertory Theater: Highlights include – Cake, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid, A Number, Henry IV & V. TeachingCo-Founder of Miller Voice Method (MVM) Studio, Tenured Professor; Head of Voice and On Camera Acting for the Professional Actor Training Program at UNC Chapel Hill 2011-2018, NYU Graduate Acting Program, Southern Methodist University, the National Theater School of Finland at Helsinki, Queen’s College and the Lyric Theater in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Training M.F.A., Rutgers University; B.F.A., Texas Christian University.
MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA (Casting Director) casts theatre and film in New York City, and is thrilled to be returning for a tenth season with Gulfshore Playhouse, where has cast over 35 plays and musicals since 2009. Recent credits include The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company), Spamilton (NYC and Chicago companies), A Night With Janis Joplin (AEA National Tour), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (AEA National Tour), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Film credits include The Hyperglot (Artios nomination for excellence in casting, dir. Michael Urie), Contest, and Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin). Other regional credits include productions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Denver Center, The Old Globe, Asolo Rep, Great Lakes Theater, Hangar Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and many more. Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. MichaelCassara.net / @michaelcassara
EMILY HAUGER (Stage Manager) is delighted to be back for a 17th show at Gulfshore Playhouse! Previous GP SM credits: The Mystery of Irma Vep, Scapino, The Merchant of Venice, Constellations and The Who and the What. GP ASM credits include An Enemy of the People, Informed Consent, Boeing Boeing, The Glass Menagerie, The Liar, The Butcher (world premiere), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (2x), Body Awareness, and The Mountaintop. Other regional stage management credits include West Side Story, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Mamma Mia!, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Glass Menagerie at Weston Playhouse. Emily is also the Company Manager at GP.
ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, except as noted.
Show Attendance Not Required.
Members will be able to join the cast after the show for a Q&A about the process, the show, or even just to learn what it’s like to be an actor. Actor & Director Talk-Backs will take place the second Thursday of each production following the evening performance.
Learn how theatre artists translate what’s on the page to the stage! Through a unique partnership with the Collier County Public Libraries, Script Club will consist of book club-style discussions surrounding the scripts for Gulfshore Playhouse’s productions, diving into the themes and topics of each text as well as teaching the art of script reading and interpretation. With meetings at South Regional Library, this free program is accessible and open to all in our community!
After the curtain falls, join us for a post-show conversation, moderated by a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse staff, to have a discussion with your fellow audience members about the themes and ideas of the play. Curtain Conversations may feature special guests from the region or the production to further enhance the discussion.
Oct. 28th following the 3 PM matinee
Season Benefactors: Steve and Jane Akin, Jay and Patty Baker
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Christine and Terrance Flynn, Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank, Tom and Nancy Gallagher, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Mosey and Don Gunther, Bob and Linda Harden, Christine Paddock, Dottie and John Remondi
Show Sponsor: Gail Paster
Chocolate Sponsor: Norman Love
Dining Partner: The Claw Bar