is pleased to announce the first piece in its series, The Immersive Theatre Project.
Hamlet: See What I See
November 12-18 at the Barnett on Washington.
This epic theatrical event will transform the way you view your own existence. Join us as players to reveal both the precious beauty and the painful agony of the human condition. Throw away everything you think you know about theatre or Hamlet, and join us for a thrilling journey of self-awakening. Concept by Kelly Hummert, adaptation and direction by Melanie Armer.
Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, has been in Wittenberg at school. He comes home to attend his fathers funeral, and ends up at his mother hasty wedding to his father's brother, Claudius, who is suddenly King of Denmark. Hamlet's life takes a fearsome turn when the ghost of his father appears to him, demanding Hamlet exact vengeance for his murder. The distraught Dane must now decide whether to follow through with the deadly act, or turn the violence against himself.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Lucianus and The Player King
Isaiah di Lorenzo
The Player Queen
First Gravedigger and Fortinbras
Brandon Alan Smith
Sarajane is pleased as punch to be making her Rebels & Misfits debut! Sarajane has a Master’s degree in English Literature and a growing collection of action figures on her desk. Some of her previous roles include Diane (The Little Dog Laughed), the Angel (Angels in America), Lady Macduff (Macbeth), Honey (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and Emma (Jekyll & Hyde). Earlier this year, she was honored to be the Post-Dispatch’s GO! List Reader’s Choice for Best Actress. When not acting, writing, or knitting, you can probably find her napping somewhere, covered in kittens if at all possible. Much love to Kim (and Doogie, Rosie, Jack-Jack, and Poe-Poe).
Tyler Cheatem has been performing since childhood, and has appeared in a variety of productions all over the Midwest. Recent credits include Stray Dog Theatre's Spellbound (Lovely) The Main Street Musical Festival's A Good Man (Hardaway), Mustard seed Theatre’s All is Calm, and concert versions of The Phantom of The Opera (Phantom), Eugene Onegin (Lenski). Tyler is blessed to be a part of Rebel and Misfits’ very intriguing project and would like to thank his family, friends, and Queens for their unwavering love and support!
Gheremi Clay, is a dancer, singer and choreographer from St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, Gheremi decided to start dancing and training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), where he found himself in both COCADance and Hip Hop Crew for two years. Along with being apart of the student dance companies, Gheremi participated in COCA's musical performances of Ragtime, Bring it On, Songs for a New World and the most recent summer musical, Memphis, where he played the character, Delray Farrell. At 18, Gheremi traveled to Los Angeles, California and studied at AMDA and participated in the hip hop dance company, "The Badgers". Traveling back to St Louis, Gheremi has been able to share his talents as a dance teacher at COCA, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Best Dance and Talent Center, and many other studios/organizations. Gheremi, will be taking part in the play "Akeelah and the Bee" as character Dr. Larabee at COCA, alongside the play "Hamlet: See What I See" as The Player King!
Isaiah recently played Crispin in St. Louis Shakespeare’s Heir Apparent and Monkey Man in West End Players’ Great Falls, whilst stalking ghosts and invigorating his South City neighborhood. B.A. degrees in Theatre and Literature from Saint Louis University, and a B.F.A. from the great Stephens College Dance Department prepared him for years of company positions with Calgary Alberta’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Bremen Germany’s Steptext Tanztheatre and the Daniel Gwertzman Dance Company of New York City, among others. Isaiah is committed to efforts that enrich and enliven our culture and welcomes The Immersive Theatre Project to the STL, and is proud and humbled to be a part of its inaugural production of Hamlet: See What I See.
FRANKIE FERRARI is thrilled to make her Rebel and Misfits debut in such an incredible piece. Her most recent productions include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress with Stray Dog Theatre, Phifty Shades of Phaedra with YoungLiars, and Phaedra's Funeral with Equally Represented Arts. She is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She would like to thank Kelly and Melanie for taking a chance on her, and her cast for such an incredible experience.
Kelly is pleased to return to the St. Louis stage where she played one of the Witches in Macbeth at Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, under the direction of our fight choreographer, Rick Sordelet. New York Theatre Credits: Viola in Twelfth Night at Brooklyn Shakespeare Experience, Maggie in After The Fall with Stage 15 Productions, Medea in Medea Redux in The 24 Hour Plays at the Public, the New York Premiere of Kato McNickle’s Swimming In The Ocean, and Helen in the workshop of Warning: Adult Content at MCC. Other roles: Jack in Lord of the Flies, Hermione in The Winters Tale, Lula in The Dutchman, and Antony in Julius Ceasar. Film Credits: The Devil Wears Prada, The Marconi Brothers, The Good Shepard, and Across the Universe.
Joel P. E. King, “JPEK”, is a native of East Saint Louis. Graduating from SIU Edwardsville, Joel attained a B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in music and theater. King is an entrepreneur, performer, writer, director and producer. Traveling across the nation, King “purposefully” finds himself back in St. Louis, using his artistic skills to entertain and inspire. His production company, JPEK CreativeWorks, has had great success bringing quality, original productions. Through his courageous, socially driven stage plays, monumental events have been given a “fresh” voice. King is "Broadway bound" with his works being compared to the late August Wilson. Theater credits include: Spunk, Knock Me a Kiss, Raisin in the Sun, Colored Museum, Immigrant Project, In the Blood, Dutchman…. Musical credits are: Big River, Damn Yankees, Bubblin Brown Sugar, Ain't Misbehavin, The Color Purple, The Sam Cooke Story, Complancency of Silence in which he received a Kevin Kline Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical. Joel has world premiered in operas; Ruth and Joshua's Boots, just to name a few. Joel King has attained leading roles in independent films such as: Pieces of a Dream, where he stars as young leading actor, Chris, best friend of Vic, played by former internationally acclaimed pop group member Raz B of B2K, Ishmeal Meet the Grave of Haagar, award winning movie Ruzzian Roulette. His recent movie credits include MMG's "Stratosphere" and Kim Conner's "Before I Do" to also star Jensen Atwood, Omar Gooding and Andrea Kelly.
Leif Newberg received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder with an emphasis on installation and painting. He creates and participates in immersive art installations meant to provide “out of the box” experiences. In addition to the study of art, he loves aviation and has a commercial pilot’s licence and skydiving certificate. But never has he been more nervous than attending his first ballet class. He is fascinated by the revealing nature of the body in movement and unlocking it’s inherent wisdom.
LEE OSORIO is thrilled be back in St Louis; he is a proud alumnus of Washington University in St Louis. Off-Broadway: Bullet for Adolf (Directed by Woody Harrelson) Favorite Regional credits: Significant Other (Actor's Express), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Tavern), Middletown (Trinity Rep), Pride and Prejudice (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Great Expectations (Book-It Repertory), Yellow Face (ReAct Theatre). MFA, Brown/Trinity Rep. www.leeosorio.com
BlaQue Pearl was born in Saint Louis, MO and raised in East St. Louis, IL where she gives much credit to her foundation of life. While attending SIUC, she received her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Theatre while she continue to take dance classes and later attained a BA in Liberal Arts Theatre in 2005. BlaQue Pearl was blessed be an actress/dancer/Choreographer of such productions/companies: The Trials of Brother Jero; I've Never Heard; Vagina Monologues; Facing the Shadows; Meeting at the Elder's Circle; Me Don & the Psychiatrist; A Deeper Shade of Blue; The Mask; Zaouli, The Princess; Real Life; A House Divided; Before It Hits Home; Jzanell; Twisted Sister; Day of Absence; Mary Mitchum; From A Girl Prospective; The Color: The Wigs; Cabaret; & Black Carcass of St. Louis: Frankie and Johnny. BlaQue Pearl also embraces being a teacher for COCA; Normandy Middle School; & etc. Thank You Melanie Armer and Kelly Hummert for the opportunity to continue to share our gift to the world.
Reginald is ecstatic to be taking part in this innovative new project. He is a St. Louis actor who recent credits include Isaac in the world premiere of Suspended (Upstream Theater), Bernardo in Remember Me, for Shakespeare in the Streets—Maplewood (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), and Tom Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). When he is not acting or learning lines, Reginald is a TV/film fanatic, who will offer unsolicited opinions and recommendations without hesitation. Reginald’s affections can easily be won with donuts and/or cereal. He wants to thank Kelly, Melanie, and the cast/crew of this show for the opportunity to do new and exciting work, and his family for their unwavering support.
Andrea Reed is a 20 year old student from Saint Louis, MO. She has formerly studied Acting at Northern Illinois University’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. Some of her former works include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Steel Magnolias, Harvey and The Real Thing. She is extremely excited to make her debut in Hamlet with REBEL AND MISFITS!
Andy Sloey, a St. Louis native, has been studying and performing improvisational theater since 1996. He is the general manager and instructor at The Improv Shop, St. Louis' only longform improv theater and training center. He is also an adjunct professor at Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre arts, where he also received his BFA in performance. He is a graduate of both the iO Training Center and Second City Conservatory in Chicago. While in Chicago, he performed at iO with the Harold teams ‘Quincy’ and ‘The Strangers,’ produced and performed shows with various independent teams and made frequent appearances at The Playground Theater and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox. He has also performed at the Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles Improv Festivals, as well as the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Before moving to Chicago, he was an ensemble member and Artistic Director of longform improvisation at CITY Improv in St. Louis’ Union Station. He is delighted to be a part of Hamlet: See What I See.
Brandon Alan Smith is a classically trained actor, holding a BFA in Acting from The University of the Arts. He has worked professionally in New York theatre, film, and television for the past decade. His most notable stage credits include three shows with the acclaimed International WOW Company and Oscar Nominated Director, Josh Fox ("SURRENDER"/SSGT. Smith, "Auto da Fe"/Soldier A, and "The Solutions Project Grassroots Tour"/Jimmy); three Italian tours with Shakespearean company Teatro delle Due ("The Taming of the Shrew"/Petruchio, "Romeo and Juliet"/Tybalt, "Macbeth"/Macduff); he is now honored to play "Hamlet”. A member of SAG-Aftra and AEA, Brandon is currently cast as "Talon" on Fox's "Gotham", and has recently appeared on NBC's "Blindspot" and "Taxi Brooklyn". He has worked on a number independent films with a wide range of releases. Additionally, Brandon is a highly experienced stage combatant, and moonlights as a professional stunt performer, having doubled for actors and performed on such shows as "Blacklist", "Gotham", "Person of Interest", "Law and Order: SVU", "Forever", and "Elementary”.
Chris was most recently seen at Stages Saint Louis in their production of Alice in Wonderland. He has played the title role in The Who’s Tommy at Springer Opera House in Columbus. He has worked with The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and was recently nominated for a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for best supporting actor in a drama for his role as Beethoven in Dog Sees God. Additional roles include the title role in Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), Adama in Spellbound, Devlin in Ashes to Ashes, and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. He is a SAFD Actor Combatant and is extremely experienced in acoustic guitar. He received his MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
King Claudius & his Queen Gertrude request your attendance in Castle Elsinore to attend a sporting duel between the prince of Denmark Hamlet and our beloved friend of the court; the masterful Laertes. The royals ask that you maintain a distance, as that is the most exciting way to witness a match. May the best man win!
Once inside the castle, The royals invite you to:
Please wear your most festive attire! The time for somber clothing befitting the loss of our dearly departed King has passed, and the Royals ask that you join them in the celebration of their marriage and King Claudius’s coronation.
Interact with but please do not touch members of the court without their express invitation.
Speak but only when spoken to by a member of the court.
The participatory use of your cellular devices for sharing your experience is encouraged while at court, but the use of flash or videos of the court will not be tolerated by the king and will result in immediate expulsion from the castle grounds.
Ms. Hummert is the founder and Artistic Director of REBEL AND MISFITS PRODUCTIONS. She holds a BFA in Acting from Webster Conservatory’s Theatre Program, where she honed her acting skills and developed her love of directing and a taste for “out of the box" work. She created and directed a ninety-minute, modernized production of THE WINTERS TALE, directed David Mamet’s THE WATER ENGINE as a stage-play, and LOT 13: THE BONE VIOLIN. After making her St. Louis debut in Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis’ third season in Macbeth, Ms. Hummert moved to New York, where she found herself working with some very successful writers, acting, and eventually helping writers shape their stories in more original ways. After almost a decade in New York, she moved back in St. Louis, where she saw a thriving theatre community and a niche for her personal work. She is dedicated to presenting life-changing stories in non-tradional environments and in non-traditional ways. Thanks to Melanie S. Armer, she is staging her long-dreamt interpretation of Hamlet. Her hero is David Bowie, and as he so eloquently said “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” She is extremely proud of this cast and creative team, and is thrilled to bring the first piece of Immersive Theatre to St. Louis!
Ms. Armer has developed and directed Chance Muehleck's LIVE/FEED at the Brooklyn Lyceum and at Dixon Place as part of their “Under Construction” series. She has also developed and directed Mr. Muehleck's A GATHERING, BAUHAUS THE BAUHAUS, and THE ATTENDANTS at chashama. Past collaborations with Muehleck include directing the 10-minute version version of A GATHERING, created for Open Stage’s Play-In-A-Day and remounted by Dog&Pony in Pittsburgh, and TAGGING APRIL for the Flux Festival and in Valdez, Alaska. Ms. Armer assisted Leonard Foglia on the Broadway revival of WAIT UNTIL DARK and director Michael Warren Powell on Lanford Wilson’s A SENSE OF PLACE. She is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of LIVE Theater Company, where she produced and directed the world premieres of Muehleck's THE HONEYPOT REDUX and Jane Shepard’s EATING THE DEAD. Work with other NYC theatre companies includes The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women’s Project & Productions, New Georges, Theater for the New City, the 2002, 2005 & 2007 NYC Fringe Festivals, and over 25 plays for Circle East. In Pittsburgh her work includes AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN and SYMPATHETIC MAGIC at The Open Stage Theatre (where she also served as Managing Director), and THE CAY at Prime Stage. Ms. Armer is a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Her current focus is on developing non-traditional theater in collaborative environments.
Chad Raines is a musician from Dallas, Texas. In New York he has designed for Roundabout Underground, Here Arts Center, Jack Performing Arts Center, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Ontological, The New Ohio, La Mama, The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival as well as Regional and College Theaters such as Bard’s Fisher Center, Princeton’s Berlind Theatre, Brown/Trinity, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Barnard College to name a few. He is the resident Sound Designer for Fault Line Theater and I AM A BOYS CHOIR and has designed for Rachel Chavkin, Robert Woodruff, Julia Jarcho, Liliana Blain-Cruz, Robert Woodruff, Robin Frohardt among many other awesome people. He is a 2011 graduate of the Yale School of Drama and frontman for the rock group, “The Simple Pleasure” www.chadraines.com
New York credits include: The Wedge Horse, At The Table, Breathing Time, From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre). Tennessee Williams 1982 (Playhouse Creatures). Consent (Steinberg Center). If Colorado Had An Ocean, Soulographie, How and Why I Robbed My First Cheese Store (La Mama). Mary-Kate Olson is in Love, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea). Frankenstein: Mortal Toys and Atta Boy (HERE). Regional Credits include: Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sledgehammer Theatre, The Peterborough Players and Bristol Riverside Theatre. John has won two New Hampshire Theatre Awards and an LA Weekly Award. He is an Artistic Associate of Fault Line Theatre. MFA from CalArts. www.jeckert.com
Emily is the fashion designer behind Wai Ming, which launched in high-end specialty boutiques in 2012 and has continued to define its place in the contemporary design space with its clean and feminine-yet-graphic aesthetic, intricate design details, and thoughtfully versatile designs. The line, which has become known for its dresses, is designed for and inspired by strong, dynamic, global women who appreciate the beauty and ease of Wai Ming’s effortlessly polished aesthetic. Each piece from the collection is carefully crafted in the best factories of New York’s Garment District using luxurious fabrics from Italy and Japan.
Wai Ming meaning “gift of light” in Chinese, is the given middle name of founder and designer, Emily Brady Koplar. Emily – who divides her time between St. Louis and New York – has worked in the fashion industry for more than a decade but started designing and making clothes in her early childhood. She obtained a degree in Economics from Boston University before deciding to follow her true passion of fashion design and earning a degree from Parsons School of Design. She gained experience at Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Tam, May Department Stores and Aeropostale, which helped forge her desire to launch her own eponymous line.
Wai Ming has been featured in national media outlets including InStyle, People StyleWatch, W, TeenVogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Women’s Health, Refinery29, and WhoWhatWear.
Rick has 30 years of action movement to the New York City theatrical community. He has 68 Broadway credits including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, ECLIPSED, and BRIGHT STAR. He has 65 first-class production credits in hundreds of cities on five continents including BEN HUR LIVE (Rome, European Tour) and four international and national tours currently running. He most recently finished working on THE NEW YORK SPECTACULAR for Radio City Music Hall and three operas for Santa Fe Opera. He has been a stunt coordinator on over 1,000 episodes of television and for numerous feature films. Rick is a board member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and author of the play BURIED TREASURE. He is also the author of the upcoming film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea produced by Fox and directed by Bryan Singer. sordeletink.com.
Aarti is a St. Louis native returning from Los Angeles to join Rebel and Misfits Productions. She has worked locally at Synergy Productions, Talent Plus and Lounge Concepts as well as SKAM Artists in Los Angeles.