Jennifer Henry as Margaret Hughes. Photo by M. Lavigne Photography
Jennifer Henry will portray Margaret Hughes in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
Jen is thrilled to be back The Players’ Ring! Hailing from rural PA, she holds degrees in Music, Theatre, and Technical Theatre & Design. Now residing in Kittery, she and her other half Michael enjoy performing on the seacoast and encouraging their geriatric dog to eat. You can see Jen next as the Female Authority Figure in Hairspray with Patrick Dorow Productions. Compleat Female Stage Beauty is a script that she has loved as both play and screenplay…she hopes you love its energy, comedy, rebirths and fragility as much as she does!
Wayne Asbury will be portraying Villiars, Duke of Buckingham
Wayne originally hails from Kansas City, Mo, where he began his professional career over twenty years ago. He has performed all over the country before landing in New Hampshire, via NYC. He is thrilled to be appearing with Back Alley Productions for the first time. Past credits include: Quinn in Penelope, Bradley in Buried Child, Martin in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, and Henry in Mud and Lorenzo in The Melancholy Play.
It’s been such an intriguing process working on Stage Beauty. The play has such pathos and confronts emotionally complex issues that we, as a society, are still sorting out. But it is also hilarious. To vacillate between these two extremes is a challenge that actors rarely get the opportunity to undertake. I love that this modern play, written about theatre (and morality) in the 1600’s, is still so topical and serves as a step in the process of determining what we are willing to accept in our culture, and in ourselves.
Samuel Bennett will portray Samuel Pepys in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
Sam is a comedian, and he’s sorry for not taking himself as seriously as some professional directors might like. He has performed in three countries, seven states, a few hundred schools and bars, and at least a few closets. Co-creator and originator of two Seacoast improv groups, Sam is currently taking on one of his largest undertakings – being taken seriously with a British accent. After spending several weeks reciting his lines as Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Hugh Grant, Stephen Hawking, and so many more outstanding, renowned individuals, he possibly might have found a voice that isn’t reminiscent of somebody that you’ve seen in a movie. The biggest interest Sam has in this show is the fantastic cast and crew that will bring this all to life: Todd, Danica, Billy, Molly, Justin, Jen, Adam, Olivia, Wayne, Samantha, Chris, Jess, and Joi. Each of these people are amazing artists, musicians, actors, writers, designers, craftsmen, and producers, and it would be a disservice to not find out more about them.
Olivia Tobin as Nell Gwyn. Photo by M. Lavigne Photography
Olivia Tobin will portray Nell Gwynn in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Olivia has lived in the NH Seacoast area for ten years. She is very excited to return for her second show since Decision Height with Back Alley Productions at the Players’ Ring last May. You can find her working in downtown Portsmouth, rolling croissants and baking bread at Ceres Bakery. Olivia would like to send a huge thank you to Mum & Dad, fiancé Jordan, siblings and friends.
Todd Fernald as Juror #4 in 12 Angry Jurors at The Rochester Opera House 2017
Todd Fernald will portray Sir Charles Sedley in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
Todd is thrilled to once again be working with Back Alley Productions having last appeared five years ago in the memorable role of Nurse Scottie in Wit. A theatrical performer, director and playwright, Todd has appeared at numerous theatrical venues and his credits include stage, radio, and television. He has toured extensively throughout New England with Get-A-Clue Productions and is the recipient of three Spotlight Nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Favorite roles include Juror #4 in 12 Angry Jurors, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family Musical, Barfee in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Horton in Seussical the Musical all at the Rochester Opera House; Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors with PDP Productions; Frankie in Forever Plaid and Sancho in Man of LaMancha at Dover Repertory Theater; COMiCALiTY with DARWiN’s WAiTiNG ROOM; and the Baker in Threshold Stage Company’s premiere production of Into the Woods. Todd has also appeared for 13 seasons as part of the Governor’s Inn Murder Mystery series and has written nine original scripts for the Inn, of which he recently garnered a 2017 Seacoast Spotlight Nomination for Best Original Play for his 2016 script Roch of Ages.