Joe Ciampi and Thomas Young
Michael Bond, J. Ciampi, and T. Young
Joe Ciampi and Thomas Young
The Rutgers Gardens
September 28-30 and October 5-7
Photos courtesy of Justin Jajalla Photography and Eric Hackler
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Rutgers Gardens is a self-sustaining operation and relies on visitor support. Funds for maintaining the Gardens, purchasing equipment and materials, supporting salaries, and providing public programs are raised through facility rental fees, special events, membership dues and donations from our generous supporters. Rutgers Gardens is one of the few botanical gardens in the country that does not charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year.
In addition to this premiere, folk production, ReThink Theatrical hosted a unique event alongside our weekend performances: Sherwood Festival! The festival brought local food and drink vendors together with games and activities for the whole family. See below for vendor details
After several years of renovating a house from 1882, Fritz’s has established itself as a fast casual restaurant in the heart of the Easton Avenue neighborhood. We have created a cozy environment that is perfect for lunch away from the office, a study break snack or dinner with friends. We serve our sandwiches on house-made breads featuring fresh roasts, as well as vegetarian and vegan options, with house-made sauces. We don’t stop at sandwiches, but also offer over 40 different scratch-made desserts and bakery treats. Our menu and bakery options will change with the seasons as The Garden State inspires us.
Sweets By Lovey is an individually operated baking company. They specialize in Cupcakes, Cookies, Cake Pops, and Cakes. It gives them a special feeling bringing a smile to people’s faces with their baked goods. Everything they make is made from scratch and freshly baked!!
Unionville Vineyards is an estate winery in Hunterdon County, farming 37 acres of vineyard across 5 unique sites. Recently named one of the top 500 wineries in the United States by FOOD&WINE Magazine, our wines are highly rated by Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Advocate. Nestled on 89 acres of preserved farmland in Ringoes, the tasting room is open for tastings and sales daily from 12-5pm.
ROBIN HOOD / CHRISTOPHER WOLFE
Portraying one of his favorite folktale heroes, Christopher Wolfe is honored to perform with an amazing, professional, & loving cast and production staff. He would like to extend his sincerest thanks to you, the audience, for supporting local community theater and for sharing with him the time-tested art of genuine storytelling. Christopher would like to dedicate his second performance with ReThink Theatrical to all of the wonderful people in his life who constantly support and encourage him to better himself and continue doing what he loves.
Leonid Weismantel is a Senior at Rutgers University pursuing a degree in Music Education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Leo is proud to be returning to ReThink once again to help make their vision reality. He would like to thank his friends and family who have continued to support him throughout his endeavors both onstage and off, and would like to thank his fellow Nottinghamians for making this production so much fun. Also, he’s Little John. Enjoy the show!
LITTLE JOHN / LEONID WEISMANTEL
SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM / DAVID BLAKELY
This will be David Blakely’s third acting performance, following the role of King Duncan in ReThink Theatrical's 2017 production of Macbeth, and Hortensio in mla Format Dance’s production of “Kate,” premiered at Rochester Fringe Festival this year. Blakely’s upbringing in Pennsylvania, honing an Appalachian folk and bluegrass musical style alongside local artists, makes this show of special personal importance. Additionally, Blakely is a US Air Force veteran, trained as a Korean translator at the Defense Language Institute. Now in the third year of study at Rutgers, Blakely works as an undergraduate Learning Assistant of Physics.
Rebecca Madeira (Maid Marian) is so happy to be a part of her first Rethink production. She is a sophomore music major at Rutgers, where she has recently worked with Cabaret Theatre and the Livingston Theatre Company. She performed as the Witch in Into the Woods, Berthe in Pippin, and in Old Friends: A Musical Revue, and she also assistant directed LTC’s Godspell. She has never been prouder or more excited to be a part of a production, and she thanks her family and the cast and staff of Robin Hood endlessly. 1 Thes 5:16-18
MAID MARIAN / REBECCA MADEIRA
PRINCE JOHN / JONATHON DAWSON
J. Wallace Dawson (Prince John) is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Music Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. His performance as Prince John will be his first ever with Rethink Theatrical. Past roles include: Mr. Mushnik from Little Shop of Horrors, Billy Crocker from Anything Goes, and J. Pierrepont Finch from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is a dedicated musician that spends most of his free time playing the guitar or piano.
Emily Woods (Wil Scarlet) is so proud to be in her first production with ReThink Theatrical. She is a senior at Rutgers studying Theater, Psychology, and Women's and Gender Studies. In the past, Emily has played roles like Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Starbuck in Moby Dick: Rehearsed. Emily wants to thank this cast and crew for being wonderful people who fill her life with joy. She also wants to thank her family and friends for dealing with her constantly advertising this show on Facebook. (If you're reading this, thank you for coming!)
WIL SCARLET / EMILY WOODS
JESTER / ALLIE KROEPER
Allie Kroeper (Jester) is elated to play this ridiculous part! Allie last stage managed ReThink’s Macbeth and played various roles in ReThink’s Stages: A Legacy in Revue. She’s a member of Hackensack’s improv troupe, Howdy Stranger, and studies improv at the Magnet Theater. You can experience Allie’s play, We Have Standards, at No Peeking Theatre this November. "Thanks to my friends, family, and Nicole for supporting me through this busy time. Thank you to the staff and cast for your vision and guidance. A big shout out to Mike Bond for expanding my singing capabilities! Congratulations, Tom, Joe, & Mike <3"
Chelsea Joy Woods (Nurse) is a youth librarian, dramaturg, & archivist with a passion for theater. When she is not serving the public, she performs both with David Blakely as a folk duet, and with the Princeton Pro Musica chorus. This is her second show with ReThink Theatrical.
NURSE / CHELSEA JOY WOODS
FRIAR TUCK / ENSEMBLE / RYAN MOREY
Ryan Morey (Friar Tuck / Ensemble) is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Ryan carries a name of the Roman god of war, and is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the reddish iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance that is distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Ryan is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.
Celine Dirkes (King Richard / Ensemble) is super thrilled to be a part of ReThink Theatrical’s Robin Hood! A recent graduate of Rutgers’ BA Theatre Studies program, Celine is an active theatre maker and educator. She had the pleasure of teaching at Mason Gross Extension Division’s KidsCreate Camp this August, and acting as a Resident Advisor for Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory this July. You may have seen her or her written work on-stage at Cabaret Theatre, or in ReThink Theatrical’s Macbeth (Malcolm). She is grateful to her parents, friends, (both in Illinois and New Jersey) and the ReThink community for their love and support!
KING RICHARD / ENSEMBLE / CELINE DIRKES
PERCUSSIONIST / PAT BRACUTO
Electrician by day, cat-petter by night. This is the first theater production that Pat Bracuto has ever been involved in, and he is so glad to have been able to experience this, while also gaining a new found appreciation for theatre in the process. He'd like to give a big shout out to his friends and family, and to the homie Joe Ciampi for getting him involved in this show in the first place.
Joe Ciampi is a NJ based educator, musician, and production manager. He is the current Production Manager of ReThink Theatrical. Joe has been with ReThink from the very beginning, serving as an Audience Experience Coordinator for Midsummer Nights Dream and as the Assistant Director of WONDERLAND&U and Stages: A Legacy in Review. While attending Rutgers University, he was a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club and served as their Vice President of Alumni Relations and as their Vice President of Special Organizational Affairs. He worked as stage manager and sound/lighting designer for Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been a member of stage crews and pit bands for Livingston Theater Company. He currently teaches at East Brunswick High School.
CO-DIRECTOR & CO-BOOK/MUSIC WRITER / JOE CIAMPI
CO-DIRECTOR & CO-BOOK/MUSIC WRITER / THOMAS YOUNG
Thomas is proud to serve as ReThink Theatrical's current Artistic Director. With his Masters in Landscape Architecture, Thomas currently works as the Creative Director for the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, where he helps to develop communities through art and cultural programming. In addition, he is a part time lecturer for the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers. Thomas's theatrical background includes directing a variety of musicals and plays, such as STAGES: a Legacy in Revue (ReThink), WONDERLAND&YOU (ReThink), co-directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ReThink), HAIR (LTC), Next to Normal (Cabaret), and the Last Five Years (NJ Productions). In addition, he uses his vocal background to musically direct shows such as Ordinary Days (BRHS), the Will Rogers Follies (BRHS), Pippin (BRHS), Seussical (Metuchen HS), and Merrily We Roll Along (LTC). By combining his spatial understanding of landscapes and theatrical exploration of storytelling, Thomas strives to build upon five-sensory experiences of both place and narrative.
Joana Marmelo is extremely honored to have been given the opportunity to join ReThink for this production of Robin Hood as the Stage Manager! She is a recent graduate from the Rutgers Business School with a degree in Marketing and a minor in HRM. However, being in the business school did not keep her away from theater! Joana was involved with The Livingston Theatre Company for her four years in various roles. She held the roles of Managing Director in her senior year and Business Manager in her junior year. Along with executive roles, she worked on various production staffs within the roles of Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Props Coordinator.
STAGE MANAGER / JOANA MARMELO
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CO-MUSIC WRITER / MICHAEL BOND
Michael Bond started playing piano when he was 4 years old. By the time he was 6, he was playing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC. After competing classically for 7 years, he began studying jazz. He was mentored by artists Stanley Cowell, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, and Mike LeDonne. Michael was a special recipient of both the Excellence in Jazz Performance Award and the Arthur G. Humphrey Award for Music Education while attending Rutgers University. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in both Jazz Performance and Music Education in 2012. Since then, the young pianist/educator has continued to develop a growing audience in both the NYC music scene and around the world. Michael has conducted and music directed shows for a variety of theater companies including: Mighty Oak Players, Livingston Avenue Theater Company, McCarter Theater's Summer Program, and Pinnworth Productions. He recently received the 2017 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Music Direction. Michael is currently working as a vocal coach/staff accompanist for the Musical Theater program at Rider University. Michael is featured on Jean Chaumont's record "The Beauty of Differences" which was released in this past June featuring Grammy Nominated artists Ike Sturm, Rudy Royston, and Sam Sadigursky (onstage clarinetist of "The Band's Visit"). The album recently received a 4 star review by Downbeat Magazine.
There’s no better team to work with than ReThink Theatrical! Eric is honoured to be counted among them. He recently did fight choreography for their captivating production of Macbeth. As a performer, he played Katurian (The Pillowman), Algernon (The Importance of Being Ernest) & Laertes (Hamlet). He’s also directed An Inspector Calls, And Then There Were None & this November, Th/ir/ds at First Avenue Playhouse. During the day (& most nights), Eric is a filmmaker, photographer and editor. Follow Eric on social media @checkerliar. Break a leg, you amazing actors, singers, princes, hoods & horseys!
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER / ERIC HACKLER
RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER / MARISSA AUCOIN
Marissa Aucoin is a passionate artist who utilizes dance to empower individuals and build communities through shared physical expression. She holds both an MFA and BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport and Montclair State University, respectively, and is committed to providing accessible dance education for dancers and non-dancers alike. Currently, Marissa teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Raritan Valley Community College, at Yvonne’s School of Dance, and for several community arts programs including ReThink Theatrical. In addition to her work as a teaching artist, Marissa continues to choreograph, produce and perform professionally. She is the founder and artistic director of mla | Format Dance, and has presented and performed work at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Visual Studies Workshop, GreenSpace, Hollins University, and GEVA Theatre Center. Marissa is thrilled to continue her work with ReThink to provide accessible storytelling through the arts. For more information about Marissa, please visit www.marissaaucoin.org.
Danielle (Danni) Durso is a high school English and Creative Writing teacher in NJ. She received her Ed.M in English high school education and her B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. During her time at RU, Danni also earned her minor in Dance while continuing to perform, direct, and choreograph for The Livingston Theatre Company and Cabaret Theater. Post-College Danni has worked with ReThink Theatrical and the Perth Amboy Community Theater. With these companies she has been able to create programming that works with students to push their interpretations of dance and connect with their styles of performance. Outside of school, Danni teaches for private dance studios, which work with students who compete at regional and national levels. Recently she has started her residency at Yvonne’s School of Dance in Edison, NJ. Danni’s technique focuses on ballet, lyrical/contemporary, tap, and musical theater. She now continues to meld her love of dance, performance, and storytelling by working with ReThink Theatrical.
RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER / DANIELLE DURSO
Holly Cheyenne attended Drexel University and the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Fashion Merchandising and Costume Design. Holly has created costumes for Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr., Jungle Book, A Raisin in the Sun, Stage Door, Avenue Q, Les Miserables and several dance performances, for a few local theater companies. In addition to creating costumes, Holly has also performed in several local productions, most recently, The Colored Museum with MPower Arts. She also enjoys designing cosplay costumes for her 7 year old daughter. Holly would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support and for understanding her creative side.
COSTUME DESIGNER / HOLLY CHEYENNE
SET/PROPS DESIGNER / MATT LEDDIN
Matthew Leddin is a High School History Teacher and Technical Director at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Having over fifteen years of experience in theatrical productions while working on over forty productions in a variety of production roles in carpentry, lighting, sound, and design. He has most recently worked as the Artistic Director and Scenic Designer for the 2018 production TEDxAsburyPark as well as Scenic Designer for TEDxNavesink in 2016 and 2017. In the past he has worked for or with Rutgers Cabaret Theater, Rutgers Livingston Theater Company, Stone Dog Productions, Ivy Crest Theater Company, and The New Jersey Repertory Theater Company. This is his first production with ReThink Theatrical.