The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company
THE EDGE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS BEAUTIFUL DISTANCES
The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company’s final production of 2021 will premiere on YouTube on New Year's Eve at 7:00 p.m. It will be available to view until January 31, 2022. Beautiful Distances is an adaptation by Catherine Behrens of a Susan Glaspell play, The People. It is directed by Kim Dupuis, with cinematography and editing by David Teubner, art direction by Susan Sanders, and poster design by Kyle Petrillo.
The production is chock full of talented actors who worked hard under difficult circumstances to get the filming done while adhering to safety precautions in these times of COVID.
The cast comprises Kevin Colarusso, Robert Wellington, Peter Eisenstadter, Lori Goldring, Thomas Bernstock, Wendy Almeida, Tristan Shawley, and Robert Gray.
Beautiful Distances explores the struggle of theatre artists to illuminate and enrich human experience through the medium of theatrical storytelling. Its message is timeless.
The Putnam Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Eppes-Jefferson Foundation are generously supporting this production. This film, like The Edge’s other five online productions, is available to view free of charge. But filming is quite expensive, and funds are limited, so donations are fervently requested. Donations can be made by and clicking on the above “donate” button.
The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company in collaboration with The Keene Public Library presented a Reading of Two O. Henry Short Stories, adapted and directed by Catherine Behrens, narrated by Wendy Almeida, music organized by Anna Behrens, and featuring, The Cop and the Anthem with Damien Licata as Soapy, Mark DiPietro as Lefty/Cop, Kenzie Yelin as Waiter 1/Young Woman and Jenny Holan as Waiter 2/Umbrella Woman/Judge and The Gift of the Magi with Kenzie Yelin as Della, Mark DiPietro as Jim, Jenny Holan as Madam Sofronie, Damien Licata as Sales Clerk. Saturday, December 11, 1:30 PM, Cohen Hall, Keene Public Library to be followed by Library Tea in Heberton Hall of Keene Public Library.
The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company is back doing live staged reading! We are so excited to be back in a live format at Heberton Hall in the Keene Public Library. Read all about it below and join us September 16-19 to enjoy our staged reading performances.
Death of a Salesman will feature Damien Licata as Willy Loman, Kim Dupuis as Linda Loman, Mark DiPietro as Biff Loman, Scott Aronowitz as Happy Loman, Peter Eisenstadter as Charley, Kenzie Yelin as The Woman, Jason Cook as Uncle Ben, Charlotte Traas as Ms. Forsythe, Jenny Holan as Jenny, Heather Herring as Letta, Tristan Shawley as Bernard, Howard, and Stanley, and Catherine Behrens as the narrator.
A View from the Bridge will feature Damien Licata as Eddie Carbone, Kim Dupuis as Linda Loman, Ruby Dupuis-Morrison as Catherine, Jackson Hogan as Rudolpho, Jason Cook as Marco, James Duffy as Alfieri, Peter Eisenstadter as Louie, Scott Aronowitz as Mike, and Catherine Behrens as the narrator.
Both plays are directed by Kim Dupuis, assistant directed and stage managed by Marla Stefflre, and assistant stage managed by Tristan Shawley.
Please be prepared to wear a mask for all performances. We will have the seating arranged so that you can sit with your party and be distanced from the other audience members.
Reservations are suggested. Call 603-352-5657 for reservations or additional information.
The Edge will present The Guys by Anne Nelson in collaboration with the Keene Public Library. It will be Directed by Kim Dupuis, and will feature Mark DiPietro as Nick and Kenzie Yelin as Joan. This staged reading will happen on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 as a tribute to the heroes of that tragic day.
June - July 2021
Incomplete by Daniel L. Patterson, Directed by Kim Dupuis, Cinematography and Editing by David Teubner, Art Direction by Susan Sanders. Featuring: Daniel L. Patterson as Daniel L. Patterson, Damien Licata as George, Peter Eisenstadter as The Man, Catherine Behrens as The Woman, Kenzie Yelin as The Cavewoman, Tracy Messer as Male Internet Voices, Susan Sanders as Female Internet Voices. June 25 - July 31
May - June 2021
The Edge will present Trifles by Susan Glaspell. It will be Directed by Kim Dupuis, Cinematography and Editing by David Teubner, with Art Direction by Susan Sanders. This online theatrical production will feature (pictured above top row) Damien Licata as Sheriff Peters, Veda Crewe as Mrs. Peters, Scott Aronowitz as County Attorney Henderson and (pictured above bottom row) Peter Eisenstadter as Mr. Hale and Catherine Behrens as Mrs. Hale. This production will be available to view on our YouTube channel May 28 - June 30.
And in 2022
We plan to bring back Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley Directed by Kim Dupuis Featuring Damien Licata, Mark DiPietro, Grace Johnson, Charlotte Traas, Cynthia Rodier
Dinner Theatre Performance &
ABOUT OUR DINNER THEATRE
With sadness but out of an abundance of concern for public health, the Edge Ensemble decided to postpone our March 2020 production of "Italian American Reconciliation." Rapid developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 led the cast, crew, and board members of the Edge Ensemble to make the difficult decision to postpone.
We hope to be able to present this funny and heartwarming play in 2022. Thank you for your support, and please stay safe!
Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley is a delightful romantic comedy, full of whimsy and wisdom. AND, we hope to be able to bring back our ANNUAL DINNER THEATRE fundraiser along with this lovely production which will, of course, feature an Italian style feast! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Call 603-352-5657 or email TheEdgeEnsemble@aol.com or send a message from the "contact us" section of this website to purchase your tickets and make your menu selections. If you have not been to one of our dinner theatre evenings before, check our current production section for details!
ABOUT THE PLAY
Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem! While he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife, Janice, who shot his dog and even took a bead on him, he feels he cannot regain his “manhood” until he woos and wins her one more time—if only to put his broken marriage behind him once and for all. He enlists the aid of his lifelong buddy, Aldo Scalicki, a confirmed bachelor who tries, without apparent success, to convince Huey that he would be better off sticking with his new lady friend, Teresa, a usually placid young waitress whose indignation flares when she learns what Huey is up to. In a moonlit balcony scene, Aldo pleads his lovesick friend’s case and, to his astonishment, Janice capitulates—although not for long. However we do learn that her earlier abuse of Huey was intended to make him “act like a man” which, at last, he does. And, more than that, he (and the audience) become aware that, in the final essence, “the greatest—and only—success is to be able to love"—a truth which emerges delightfully from the heartwarming, wonderfully antic and always imaginatively conceived action of the play.
A fanciful, lighthearted and zestfully comic exploration of male/female relationships, and the sometimes unsettling (and very funny) complications that can ensue. An award-winning success in its initial production in Los Angeles, the play was subsequently presented by New York’s famed Manhattan Theatre Club as well. “He writes wonderful Runyonesque dialogue—a sort of gritty, downtown version of sparkling drawing-room comedy—and highly rhetorical speeches that are fun to hear, because actors love to perform them.” —The New Yorker. “Ultimately Shanley is telling us a tall tale but he does it with so much humor, so much winsome charm that it is almost irresistible.” —NY Daily News. “…bathed in the same moonlit madness that gave his Moonstruck screenplay its savor and flavor…A lovely play.” —NY Post. (Moonstruck was released in 1988 and was nominated for six Oscars, winning for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Cher), and Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis). Don't miss our delightful production of Italian American Reconciliation, directed by Kim Dupuis and featuring the spot-on acting talents of Damien Licata as Aldo Scalicki, Mark DiPietro as Huey Maximillian Bonfigliano, Grace Johnson as Teresa, Charlotte Traas as Janice, and Cynthia Rodier as Aunt May.