"With this thrilling cast featuring some of New York’s finest actors under the brilliant direction of Louisa Proske, I know we’re all in for a rare treat with Webster’s The White Devil, a provocative and shockingly timely play. And we’re reconfiguring the Lucille Lortel Theater seating arrangement into a three quarter thrust to create a wonderfully intimate experience for it. I can’t wait to share this experience with New York’s finest theater audiences!" — Jesse Berger | Founder and Artistic Director
The cast will feature Amara James Aja, Jenny Bacon, Lisa Birnbaum, Robert Cuccioli, Edward O’Blenis, Daniel Oreskes, Cherie Corinne Rice, Socorro Santiago, Tommy Schrider, Derek Smith, and T. Ryder Smith.
AMARA JAMES AJA (Marcello / Officer) is thrilled to be making his Red Bull Theater debut. Previous credits include In The Heat of the Night (Barter Theatre), Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Blameless (The Old Globe), and Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest (Ithaca Shakespeare Company). Amara holds an MFA from The Old Globe and University of San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in Government from Cornell University.
JENNY BACON (Isabella / Antonelli / Lawyer) BWAY Misery; OFF BWAY My Name Is Asher Lev (Westside), Heartless (Signature), In the Wake (Public), Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center), More Stately Mansions, Streetcar Named Desire, Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (NYTW), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts), Carson McCullers (Playwrights/WP), Race (CSC), Arabian Nights (MTC); REGIONAL Goodman, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Yale, Williamstown, Westport, Weston, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Alley, Long Wharf, Court, California Shakes; AWARDS and NOMINATIONS Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, Herald Angel; FILM and TV; MAD?, Outliving Emily, In God's Hands, We Pedal Uphill, “Blue Bloods,” “L&O,” “L&O SVU,” “L&O CI”.
LISA BIRNBAUM (Vittoria Corombona) is thrilled to be making her Red Bull debut in The White Devil. Off-Broadway: F#%king Up Everything, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, and Lizzie Borden, Regional: Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility (P.C.S., A.R.T., and the Folger), Lawrence Wright's Cleo (Alley Theatre, dir. Bob Balaban), Lysistrata (Conn. Rep), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Playmakers), Italian American Reconciliation (Longwharf), Cry of The Reed (Huntington), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of DC), All's Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep), Romeo and Juliet and Anything Goes (Williamstown). TV: “Deception,” “Law & Order,” “What Would You Do,” “Guiding Light.” M.F.A. YSD.
ROBERT CUCCIOLI (Monticelso / Office / Physician) Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nom., Drama Desk, O.C.C. Award), Les Miserables, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Off-Broadway: And The World Goes ‘Round (O.C.C. Award), Rothschild and Sons, Jacques Brel, Bikeman, Snow Orchid, White Guy on the Bus. Television: “The Sinner,” “White Collar,” “Sliders,” “Baywatch,” “The Guiding Light.” Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, Impossible Monsters, The Rest of Us. Original Cast Recordings: Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Ghostlight), Rothschild and Sons, The Look Of Love (Solo Album).
EDWARD O’BLENIS (Gasparo / Francisco's Man/Court Officer/Conjuror) New York; Coriolanus at Red Bull, Bedlam, Target Margin, Prospect Th*, The Culture Project, NYI Fringe Fest*, The Clurman; REGIONAL: Westport Playhouse, Yale Rep*, Chicago Shakes*, Triad Stage, Cont* Am* Th* Fest*, Cape Fear, A*T* of Louisville, Delaware Th*, Nebraska Shakes*, Hamptons Shakes*, Crossroads Th*, People's Light, Gulfshore Playhouse, Passage Th*, Premiere Stages, Intiman, New Century, Actors Shakes* Project, Hangar Th*, Seattle Children's. TV: “L&O SVU,” “Bill Nye”. FILM: Shirley, Eden, Proud, On the Outs. AWARDS: Fox Fellow Recipient. EDUCATION: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Member of The Actors Center Workshop.
DANIEL ORESKES (Brachiano) played the dual role of Peres/Hirshfeld in the Tony-award winning Oslo at Lincoln Center. Broadway: role of Big Davey in the Tony-award winning Billy Elliot, Miracle Worker, Cymbeline, Aida, Electra, and The Song of Jacob Zulu. Off-Broadway: Taylor Mac's Hir (Playwright's Horizons), Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist (Rattlestick), Russian Transport (New Group), 27th Man, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public), John Patrick Shanley's Cellini (Second Stage) and his Missing Marissa (Primary Stages). Film/TV: Thomas Crown Affair, Devil's Advocate, Abe, “The Deuce,” “The Code,” “Show Me A Hero,” “The Sopranos,” “Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” “Blacklist,” “Madam Sec.” etc.
CHERIE CORINNE RICE (Zanche / Giovanni) is thrilled to be making her Red Bull debut in The White Devil. Rice is most known for her work on comedy series, "Nightcap" (Lionsgate, Hulu). She has graced the stage at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in Romeo & Juliet, The Winter's Tale, and Othello; Viola/Sebastian in Twelfth Night at Trinity Rep in Rhode Island. Rice is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting program and UC Berkeley's Theater and Performance Studies program. She's currently Head of Voice at Professional Performing Arts School. Voice/Dialect coach at Audible.com, Huntington Theater Company, Lyric Stage Company and NYC Fridge Festival.
SOCORRO SANTIAGO (Cornelia / Matron, Doctor Julio) Red Bull debut. Broadway: The Bacchae at Circle in the Square. Off-B'Way: Roundabout theatre, Public theatre, Ars Nova, INTAR, Ma-Yi theatre, EST, BAM, NYTW, Delacorte Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick among others. Regional: ACT, Goodman, Victory Gardens (Jeff award) LongWharf, Shakespeare, Guthrie, Huntington (IRNE nomination). TV: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Seven Seconds,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blue Bloods,” “All the Law & Orders,” “All My Children” (ALMA award). Films: Widows director: Steven McQueen, Devil's Advocate, Heaven's Prisoner, iGilberto, Vampires vs The Bronx.
TOMMY SCHRIDER (Flamineo) Broadway: War Horse. Off-Broadway: Theatre For A New Audience, BAM, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Irish Rep, Classic Stage, NYTW, PROTOTYPE, Ripe Time, Rattlestick Theatre. Regional: Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Huntington, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company. Int'l: Andrews Lane, Dublin. TV: “The Americans,” “Blacklist,” “The Enemy Within,” “Elementary,” “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” “Medium,” “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order”. 2016 Charles Bowdan Actor Award, New Dramatists. He also teaches acting at Montclair State University. MFA: NYU.
DEREK SMITH (Lodovico / Camillo) Red Bull Theater: The School for Scandal, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Witch of Edmonton (Joe Calloway Award), The Dance of Death. Broadway: The Green Bird (Tony nomination), The Government Inspector, Timon of Athens, Jackie: An American Life, Ring ‘Round the Moon, Getting and Spending, and several years as Scar in The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Heartbreak House (Gingold Group) Desire, Incident at Vichy, Sylvia (Drama League, Los Angeles Ovation awards), King John (2000 Derwint award), Dark Rapture, Cruise Control, Ten by Tennessee, The Green Bird (Obie award). Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre, ART, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage. Film/TV: “The Equalizer,” “The Good Wife.”
T. RYDER SMITH (Francisco de Medici) Broadway: Oslo, War Horse, Equus. NY theatre: Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone and Passion Play, Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel (Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance), the 3-actor/30-character Lebensraum (Drama Desk award, Outstanding Ensemble Cast); world premieres of Christina Masciotti, Katori Hall, David Greenspan, Anne Washburn, Richard Foreman. Film and TV: “Instinct,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Nurse Jackie,” PBS Miniseries “The Abolitionists,” Brainscan; experimental films by Marie Losier, Daniel Fish, Lawrence Krauser, Redmond Entwistle. Vocal work: The Venture Brothers, Bioshock video games.
Find out more about our production of The White Devil. Performances begin March 19, 2019.