Fairfielders are behind the scenes of CT Free Shakespeare

Teddy Carraro and Jane Hollis of Fairfield are staff members of Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CFS) which for its 16th year will present Mornings of April and May, a comedy by Spanish Golden Age playwright, Pedro Calderon de la Barca. The play will run for one week only from Wednesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9, from 6 to 8 pm at the Peacock Pavilion at CT’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Actors are Actor’s Equity Actors. Performances are free. The zoo closes at 4 pm but will reopen at 5:15 for guests attending the play. The audience is advised to come early to get the best seating and bring a blanket or chairs. It is traditional to picnic ahead of time. Cancelled only when weather is severe.

This is Teddy Carraro’s third year with CFS as a technical intern. The intern program (in conjunction with WorkPlace, Inc.) helps young people with an affiliation or experience with theatre as an art form develop specific, technical theater job skills as well as the practical insights, attitudes and experiences needed to pursue a career in technical theater. It allows students to grasp theater firsthand -with professional actors and technical staff – not just by passively sitting back and watching, but also by actively doing. Technical Theater Interns assist in the actual running of CFS’s summer main stage show. Carraro graduated from Fairfield Warde High School this year and will attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs this fall.

Jane Hollis has worked for CFS since 2012 as Director of Publicity. She is a 34 year resident of Fairfield.  She is also a freelance writer and proofreader and was formerly the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport. She was an Assistant Manager in Champion International’s marketing department.

Mornings of April and May is a lighthearted, music filled comedy by Spain’s great Golden Age playwright, Pedro Calderon de la Barca. Like the majority of comedies composed during the Spanish Golden Age, “Mornings of April and May” is a “cloak-and-sword play” (comedia de capa y espada.”) The genre derives its name from the frequency with which identities are concealed or confused (by means of cloak or veil) and the readiness with which challenges are issued and duels staged.  The comedy is about love, honor, jealousy and fidelity, with healthy doses of comedic devices such as mistaken identity and eavesdropping. The play takes place in Madrid in the 1600’s, but the themes are timeless. It is suitable for all ages.

Emmy Award winning scenic designer, Liz Popiel of NYC and Danbury, CT, a tenured professor at Western Connecticut State College in the Theater Arts Department returns to CFS for a second year to design the set for the play.

Broadway fight choreographer Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum who worked with CFS actors in Romeo and Juliet, returns to coach the play’s duel.

For more information, call 203-232-8805 or 203-916-8066; visit ctfreeshakespeare.org or facebook.com/CT Free Shakespeare; follow on Twitter @CFShakespeare.

CT Free Shakespeare and Mornings of April and May is sponsored by Actor’s Equity Association, Avram and Rhoda Freedberg Family Foundation, The City of Bridgeport, The State of CT DECD, Norma Terris-Albert Firestone Foundation, The WorkPlace, CT’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport Innovation Center, and Merit Insurance.

Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CFS) was founded in 2000 as an offshoot of Dandelion Productions. It is a non-profit theater company whose mission is to produce free-to-the-public professional works of classical theater in an accessible, skillful, imaginative American style that honors the playwright’s language and intentions and that crafts these plays with a 21st century sensibility. CFS is committed to mounting productions that make Shakespeare and other great playwrights accessible to a broad range of audience members, including those not familiar with their work, without jeopardizing artistic integrity.

Teddy Carraro of Fairfield and Koran Fitzgerald of Bridgeport

Teddy Carraro of Fairfield and Koran Fitzgerald of Bridgeport

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