SOLD OUT and EXTENDED at the 47th Street Theatre in Times Square!
WON the NYMF Award for Excellence: Outstanding Individual Performance!
BEST OF 2011! Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times. "Psittacus Productions' electrically flamboyant 'CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera.'"
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Louis Butelli and Robert Richmond bring their Helen Hayes Award-winning version of Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, AL.
Louis and Robert will collaborate on the 75th Anniversary Season at The Lost Colony on historic Roanoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
CYCLOPS full cast recording and new performance dates will be forthcoming in 2012. More info soon.
Development of our new piece based on Shakespeare's RICHARD III is currently in development. Email us for more info.
Louis Butelli (Executive Director) Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Louis has spent the past fifteen years working as an actor, teacher, director, and writer. From 1998-2008, he was Artist-In-Residence and Company Clown for the Aquila Theatre Company. During that time, he played in over 25 productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights, appearing Off-Broadway, at major regional houses, on tour in 49 US states and across Europe; taught over 300 masterclasses; wrote, adapted and appeared in a new production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde;" and authored numerous successfully funded grants. Other credits include La Jolla Playhouse; LA Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC; Folger Theater; Yale Rep; Long Wharf; Orlando Shakes; Two River Theater, NJ; Alpine Theater Project, MT; Seaside Shakespeare of Nantucket; La Scala Opera's West Side Story in Milan, Beirut, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo; many others. TV: The Unusuals, and All My Children (ABC), Law & Order, and L&O: Criminal Intent (NBC). Louis is on faculty at the School of Theatre, University of Southern California, where he teaches a course in Comedic Acting. This year, in addition to producing Psittacus Productions' "A Tale Told By An Idiot" and "CYCLOPS," he collaborated with Robert Richmond to make the short film, "Dreadful Sorry," financed by a generous grant from the South Carolina Film Commission, "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and "Henry VIII" at the Folger Theater in the nation's capital, for which he won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer. Louis is a proud resident of Los Angeles, and misses his cats.
Chas LiBretto (Managing Director) Chas was born in Manhattan and raised in northern New Jersey. He started acting at a young age, and discovered a love for Shakespeare while playing the titular character in Hamlet at age 8. He has received BAs in drama, English Literature, and Creative Writing at Washington College in Maryland, studied in and traveled across Europe, and trained in a variety of disciplines at the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory in New York City. As an actor, he's performed in New York and at regional theaters, in classical and modern work alike. As a director, he has staged David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," R.C. Sherriff's World War I play "Journey's End," and a long-form, structured improvisation based on transcripts from Brecht and Miller's testimonies to HUAC. As a freelance videographer, he's worked at "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brian," "The Today Show," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and, most surreal of all, for the Media Pool at the 2008 Republican Convention. He writes fiction and drama, and is a proud member of the Screen Actors' Guild. He co-founded Psittacus Productions last February, and "CYCLOPS" is the second show he's produced through the company, following 2010's summer hit, "A Tale Told By An Idiot." He lives in Los Angeles.
Artist Katharine LiBretto has created an original print run of 37 signed and numbered copies of this poster, 18" x 24". They are beautiful. Email for information about obtaining one.
Praise for Psittacus Productions'
A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT
Included on 'Best of 2010' Lists Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly and Harvey Perr, Stageandcinema.com
2010 LA Weekly Theater Award: Best Lighting
Considered! Ovation Award
Using fragments of the original text of MACBETH, A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT is both a meditation on terrorism and an experiment in the power of theater artists to electrify an empty space. The project uses bodies, music, and light to transport the audience to a world where dream-logic reigns, and one can no longer fully trust one's own senses.
Directed by Robert Richmond
The Company: Louis Butelli*, Lisa Carter*, Paul Corning, Daryl Crittenden*, Darin Dahms*, Nicole Flannigan, Madeleine Hamer, Jessica Just, Chas LiBretto, Elizabeth Saydah*
Stage Manager: Steve Hedrick*
*=Member of Actors' Equity Association
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