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A Note From the Creative Director
Welcome to Our Town in my town.
I have lived in Northborough for most of my life, 21 years. As I’ve been preparing to move out of my childhood home this fall, I began feeling nostalgic, and wanted to give one last love letter to my home town.
I founded Yorick Ensemble with the intention of only producing pieces when they felt urgent- and this is a perfect example of that plan in action. As soon as I saw this new grassy spot built in the center of town, I knew right away that I wanted to do a play here. I’ve long had a fondness for Our Town but it has taken on new meaning for me this year. The events of the past couple of years brought separation and division to communities and families. The pain of loss and uncertainty was felt by everyone one way or another. Finally, we are seeing some light at the end of the long tunnel.
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning text teaches that change is constant, and that we should always be seeking out the beauty in what’s already around us. Now that we’ve had a lot of time for quiet reflection, I am excited to host this reunion of our local theatre community.
Thanks for coming, and enjoy the show.
The Company of Our Town:
as Dr. Gibbs
John has been acting & directing in the area for 40 years. Some of his favorite roles include John Adams in 1776 & Salieri in Amadeus (Concord Players); Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre III); Harold Hill in The Music Man (SLOC); Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (The Umbrella); The Stage Manager in Our Town (Rivers Edge Players) & Henry II in The Lion in Winter (TCAN). He thanks his wife Carolyn and daughters Nicole and Heather for all their love and support of his theatrical hobby.
as Howie Newsome
Mike is very excited to be part of his first (in-person) Yorick Ensemble project! You may have seen him pop up with Yorick during their Quarantine Theater series while we were all hunkered down at home. Mike was most recently in the DASH Award-winning production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Concord Players. Other favorite credits include: Children of Eden (Adam/Noah) with A Common Thread Theatre Company, Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) with Stadium Theatre, The Addams Family (Uncle Fester) with Rivers Edge Players, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (The Beast) with Metrowest Family Theater.
as Mrs. Soames
Francine has been acting and directing in the area for over 25 years. Most recently, she directed a virtual production of Will's Dramaturg (Jakespeare). Other directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (MIT); The Women of Lockerbie (TTG); and Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical (Belmont). Acting credits include: Joan in Saint Joan and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Piccadilly); Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (R.O.S.E.); Oscar, the Royal Guard, at King Richard's Faire; and Beatrice in Beata Beatrix (Boulevard (EMACT Festival Best Actress nomination)). Francine is a graduate of Williams College.
as Simon Stimson
Michael is proud to be making his directorial debut as the co-director of Our Town, in addition to playing Simon Stimson. He has appeared with his co-director Josh in Pirates of Penzance (Yorick Ensemble), as well as Peter and the Starcatcher (Vokes Players). His other roles include Harold Hill in the Music Man (Savoyard Light Opera Company), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Ernest (Footlight Club), and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park (Concord Players). Michael couldn't be more proud of the cast and crew of Our Town, and he hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as we did putting it together!
as Sam Craig
Becca is excited to be back with Yorick Ensemble after playing Ruth in last year’s production of The Pirates of Penzance! During the day, she works in the Development Office at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and lives on campus as a dorm parent with her boyfriend and pets. She is also the Marketing Manager for Weston Drama Workshop. Enjoy the show!
as Emily Webb
Sonya is honored to make her debut with Yorick Ensemble! She is grateful to perform on stage again since TCAN Players’ Fall 2019 production of One Man, Two Guvnors as Pauline. Sonya is a skilled stage & screen actor, model, and living decor artist. Her most memorable stage roles from the past decade include: Stageloft Repertory Theater - Sally Andrews (Drinking Habits,) Belinda Blair (Noises Off,) Tracy Lord (The Philadelphia Story,) Polly Perkins (There Goes the Bride;) Flyleaf Theatre Company: Ilsa (Spring’s Awakening,) Feste (Twelfth Night); Corie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park - WCLOC Theatre Company;) and Brigid O'Shaughnessy (The Maltese Falcon - Pasture Prime Players.) As always, Sonya would like to thank her friends, family, & colleagues for their endless support. Break all those wonderful legs, Old Towners! @exit22wingsr
as The Stage Manager
Josh is the founder and creative director of Yorick Ensemble. Most recently, he directed Yorick's DASH Award-winning 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Josh also directed Yorick's The Pirates of Penzance, and appeared as Major General Stanley, for which he recieved a DASH Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Acting credits include A Certain Potions Teacher in Puffs (Russo/Richardson), Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher (Vokes), Dickon in The Secret Garden (Concord Players), Charles Granillo in Rope (Footlight Club) and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Walking Shadow Shakespeare Project). Directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Company, and Still Life with Iris. Josh holds a BFA in Theatre and Performance from Emerson College.
as Professor Willard
Venessa Bennett is making her debut in Massachusetts community theater after her recent move from Florida. She is an English degree holder turned singer/songwriter. Her previous theatrical experiences include featured roles in Suds ‘n Shakespeare productions.
as George Gibbs
Patrick is thrilled to join this wonderful cast and creative team at Yorick Ensemble. He is an Actor and Educator based in Natick, MA. Past theatrical credits include A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage), Act Up and Vote! (Central Square Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Company Of Saugus), As You Like It (Saratoga Shakespeare), PUFFS! (FTLO Theatre) among others. He earned a Bachelor Of Fine Arts from The Hartt School. He has also trained with Drama Studio London, Shakespeare & Company and Company One Theatre.
as Joe Stoddard
Kevin Jay returns to the stage after a long hiatus and is excited to share the boards with his son, Michael. Kevin has appeared as John Proctor in The Crucible, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Theseus in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Charlie in Death of a Salesman.
as Rebecca Gibbs
Maggie is very excited to join the production of "Our Town" as Rebecca Gibbs. This will be Maggie's 14th theater production and she hopes it will be the first of many with Yorick Ensemble. Maggie has been blessed to be part of some great productions such a "A Christmas Story", "Miracle on 34th St", "Once on This Island", "Seussical the Musical", "Villain School" and "Kokonut High" to name a few. Her favorite role to date has been the character of Esther Jane in A Christmas Story. In addition to performing on stage Maggie has been in several short films and commercials. Her favorite part of being an actress is the opportunity to develop a character that the audience will feel a connection to. Maggie is very excited to bring Rebecca Gibbs to life and hopes everyone enjoys the show and the chance to see live theater again!
as Mrs. Gibbs
Lorna Nogueira is a local actor and sometime director. Her last gig before the pandemic shuttered theater was directing a production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Prior to that she was in Fourth Wall's The Women Who Mapped the Stars, Pilgrim Soul's The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime and Washington Street Players's Arsenic and Old Lace. She hopes to be part of the revival of local theater and appreciates Yorick Ensemble's endeavors in that vein.
as Mrs Webb
At Acme Theatre: THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Director/Set Designer/Set Dressing/Props Designer) at Vokes Players: A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN UKRAINE (Gino); CHICAGO (Props Designer), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Props Designer); at Hovey Players: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (Jacey/Various), NEXT FALL (Holly); MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Barnardine/Mistress Overdone); at Burlington Players: INCORRUPTIBLE (Marie), DEARLY DEPARTED (Raynelle Turpin); THE HOT L BALTIMORE (Jackie); at Winchester Players: PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (Suzanne); at ImprovBoston: THE STABLE (Cast/Creator), MAXITOR (Cast), GRANDE DAMES (Cast/Creator), BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (LuLu/Creator), THE ROBERT CYCLE (Cast), CRACKERS IN BED (Cast/Creator), THE IMPROVBOSTON FAMILY SHOW (Cast), ; at Theatre to Go: MOON OVER BUFFALO (Roz); at Atlantis Playmakers: OLEANNA (Carol); THE TEMPEST (Trinculo); I HATE HAMLET (Felicia Dantine); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Asst. Director/Stage Mgr); THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Dromio of Syracuse)
as Constable Warren
Steve began acting in 7th grade when he was a soprano with a bad British accent, so they let him play Oliver. He's appeared in several local productions over the years, including as Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles with the Dragonfly Theater, Harry in Kiss Me Kate with the Walpole Footlighters, and Blind Willy in Blind Willy and the Talking Dog with the Coffeespoon Theater. He took a few years off to (insert lame excuse here), but he's grateful to Josh and Michael for the opportunity to stretch his acting muscles again.
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