Playwright / The Mariner
Actor and co-writer Benjamin Evett has been on the forefront of Boston theatre for thirty years. In 2015, he won Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for Albatross. He was last seen in Phoenix at Arizona Theatre Company in Freud’s Last Session and God of Carnage. He was a member of the American Repertory Theatre Resident Acting Company from 1993 to 2003 and appeared in over 50 productions. He was Founding Artistic Director of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he played Hamlet, Coriolanus, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban. He has performed with Virginia Stage Company, the Missouri Rep, the Alley Theatre, and the Cleveland Play House, among others.
Matthew Spangler’s plays have been produced by major theatres throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and France. They have also received a number of awards, including: San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards, San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards, an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, Elliot Norton Awards in Boston, and the Liverpool Post Award for Best Production, to name a few. His plays include adaptations of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, T.C. Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain, and fiction by John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jazmin Darznik, and Marjan Kamali, among many others. His adaptation of The Kite Runner, based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, is currently being produced at Wyndhams’ Theatre on London’s West End. Mr. Spangler is a professor of performance studies at San José State University in California.
Rick Lombardo is a stage director, artistic director, adapter and educator. During the 2016/2017 season, he will be directing two New York premieres: Ring Twice for Miranda at City Center Stage 2 and Albatross at 59E59, which he has previously directed in Boston (2015 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production), at Gloucester Stage Company, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mr. Lombardo was the Artistic Director at San Jose Repertory Theatre for six seasons, where he directed the world premieres of The Snow Queen (New York Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Production and Publishing Awards), Game On (Theatre Bay Area Award Best New Play 2014), and Love in American Times. For 13 years, he was the Producing Artistic Director of Greater Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, where his productions were regularly recognized with awards and for which he received the 2008 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. His New Rep production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob played an engagement Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Mr. Lombardo is currently the Chair and Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. He has served on the boards of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and the National New Play Network. www.ricklombardo.net
Cristina Todesco designs in both theatre and film. Theatre companies include Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Company One, ART Institute, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre, Boston Playwrights, Merrimac Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theater, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet’s Theater, Speakeasy Stage Company, Stoneham Theater, Harbor Stage, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, among many more. She has designed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Tanglewood. For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Eliot Norton Awards: The Clean House (New Rep), Twelfth Night (ASP), The Aliens and The Flick (Company One), and an IRNE Award: appropriate(Speakeasy Stage). She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University’s School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in scenic design from BU’s School of Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches.
Frances Nelson McSherry is a professional costume designer who has worked in theatres from Boston to California. She is delighted to be a part of the Albatross team. Ms. McSherry is a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, and teaches theatre design and fashion history courses. Ms. McSherry received her MFA in Theatre Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. francesnelsonmcsherry.com.
Lighting and Projections Designer
Mr. Herzig has designed projections in the Boston area for Revels Inc. (Christmas Revels 2016), ArtsEmerson (Mala, Sugar), Lyric Stage Company (Fast Company, Dear Elizabeth, Chinglish), New Repertory Theatre (The Snow Queen), Speakeasy Stage Company (Tribes), and the Huntington Theatre Company (Ryan Landry’s M). He received an IRNE award for Projection Design for a Small Stage in 2016 for Albatross at the New Repertory Theatre. Mr. Herzig works as the Lighting and Projection Supervisor for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College. He graduated from Emerson College in 2008 with a BFA in Theatre Design/Technology. garrettherzig.com
Off Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout) Regional: Albatross (Michael Seiden/The Poets’ Theatre); Private Lives (Shakespeare Theater Co.), A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Private Lives, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Fences, A Civil War Christmas, The Miracle at Naples, The Corn is Green (Huntington Theater Co.), The Four of Us (Old Globe). Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte (Tanglewood Music Center), as well as three seasons with Boston Lyric Opera and several productions with Boston Early Music Festival. Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University.
Michael Seiden has extensive experience in executive management, having served as the Executive Director for the Technology Programs at the University of Phoenix, Managing Consultant for Berger & Co., Director of Information Systems for Johns Manville Corporation, and President of Western International University. He has taught for a variety of academic institutions and is actively involved on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. He has published articles for the Arizona Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Arizona Business magazine, among others. Albatross is his first venture in theatrical production.
Founded in 1950 above a hardware store in Harvard Square, The Poets’ Theatre has a long history exploring the places where the poetic and the theatrical meet. Great poets like Dylan Thomas, Frank O’Hara, Richard Wilbur, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Robert Pinsky, and actors including Tommy Lee Jones, Stockard Channing, Irene Worth, Alvin Epstein, and Cherry Jones have all been part of the company.
The Poets’ Theatre aspires to elevate the poetic possibilities of the theatre. We invite audiences to share in the universal languages of poetry and theatre, which imbue every element, including language, lighting, movement, sound, and space, with multiple meanings, allowing us to express the otherwise inexpressible. We celebrate the work of poets past and present, and innovate new ways of theatre-making that electrify audiences and illuminate the vast and beautiful diversity of the human experience.