Meet the Theatre Makers

Meet the cast and crew of Merry Wives!

Andrew Austin (Slender) loves doing Shakespeare, and has appeared in As You Like It (twice), Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V.  Big thanks to Parker Reed for being a great director, and the whole cast and crew for being such a pleasure to work with. And big thanks, too, to the audience for coming out and supporting live theatre.

Caden Crocco (Servant/Fairy)   Caden has been in many New Deal productions including King Lear, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and he will be in the upcoming Julius Caesar.

Cassidy Crocco (Servant/Fairy)   is very exited to be in this production of Merry Wives. This will be her 22nd show since 2016. Some of her favorite roles are include the Grandma in The Addams Family, Tin Man in Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio in Pinocchio, Marley in A Christmas Carol, and Ariel in The Tempest. She is 13 years old and loves playing soccer, basketball, and singing. Please enjoy the show.

Joe Eriole (Frank Ford) – Joe is a local attorney, actor, director, producer and supporter of theater arts in the Hudson Valley. He has appeared before on New Deal’s stage in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and as John Proctor in The Crucible, and wrote and directed New Deal’s inaugural Shakespeare Festival production, Hell is Empty, All the Devils Are Here. He thanks Parker for the opportunity to have such good sport at Mr. Ford’s expense, and delighted to work with this kind and generous cast. 

Teresa Gasparini (Alice Ford) – Teresa is a local director, actor, and producer in the Hudson Valley and is a founding member and the Executive Director of The New Deal Creative Arts Center. She has performed in dozens of shows and directed over 50 productions. Ms. Gasparini is a recipient of a 40 Under 40 Mover and Shaker Award presented by the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce and received recognition from Dutchess County Tourism with a Distinction in the Arts Award. Teresa is a life-long resident of beautiful, historic Hyde Park, and under The New Deal Creative Arts Center, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly community magazine, Hyde Park Insider. A great deal of thanks to Parker, Grace, and the entire cast and crew of the show for their kindness, good humor, and a very ‘merry’ time.

Lia-Marie Henry (Host) is thrilled to take part in New Deal’s Summer Shakespeare Fest for the second year.  She was most recently seen in New Deal’s 10 x 10 Fest and has appeared in several previous productions at New Deal and County Players as both an actress and a vocalist.  She would like to thank her family for their constant support, and Parker for giving her the opportunity to work with such a talented cast.

Steavie Hergenrader Reed (Mistress Quickly) is delighted to be returning to the park with this silly sort!  Recent roles include June Bennett in Into the Breeches!, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Celia in As You Like It, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible.

Gianna Iorio (Faerie/Servant) has been in many New Deal youth productions, including The Tempest and the upcoming Julius Caesar. She is excited and honored to be part of Merry Wives! Gianna would like to thank Parker, Miss Teresa, Mr. Stephen, Grace, her Dad and the entire cast for their support and guidance. Enjoy the show!

James Iorio (Tech Crew) has been part of New Deal’s tech team for many productions, including last year’s Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and the upcoming Julius Caesar. He is grateful to be working with Parker, Stephen, Grace and this talented cast on this wonderful show! 

Rianna Makow (Anne Page and Pistol) is thrilled to be performing with New Deal again. Past roles include Dancer in Something Rotten, Jean in August: Osage County and Olivia in Romeo and Juliet. Rianna is a special education teacher and a dance teacher at Dance Works Too. A big thank you to Parker and to the entire cast of this amazing production. 

Melissa Matthews (Reverend Evans) has been involved with the theater – acting, directing, dancing, or designing – for nearly 30 years. She recently performed in New Deal’s production of Into the Woods as Rapunzel’s Prince. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great cast and crew. Thank you to everyone who put hands on this production and to Teresa, Parker, Grace, Jay, Stephen, and to Francie.

Eric Miller (Shallow) – Actor and landscape photographer Eric Miller is the co-owner of the Journey Inn Bed &
Breakfast in Hyde Park. In prep school long ago, he played Vladimir (Didi) in Waiting for Godot, the Prosecuting Attorney in The Investigation by Peter Weiss, and David Bliss in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever. In 2021 he portrayed the psychiatrist Dr. Spivey in New Deal’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His one-man show of landscape photography, In Love With Light, ran for 6 weeks this spring at the Montgomery Row Art Space in Rhinebeck. A Brooklyn native, Miller lived in New England and Northern California for 7 years before returning to Brooklyn. He moved to the Hudson Valley 9 years ago.

Parker Reed (Director/Doctor Caius) has enjoyed the opportunity to be silly in public with such a Merry Company. He teaches, directs, and performs in and around the northwest corner of Connecticut, always with the desire to connect people and quicken pulses. He’s very grateful to the audience for coming to play.

Jeffrey Sculley (George Page) is happy to be back in the park with New Deal (bugs and humidity, notwithstanding).  His favorite flavor of Pop-Tart™️ is strawberry-frosted.

Wendy Urban-Mead (Meg Page)Wendy is delighted to be joining this merry band to tell the tale of Falstaff and the Merry Wives. Recent credits include Henry V (Cap’t Gower), Grand Concourse (Shelley), Boy (Production Assistant), Gentleman’s Guide (run crew) and Billy Elliot (Lesley), and scores of Shakespeare readings online with Livingroom Shakespeare. She thanks Parker, Grace, her cast-mates, and everyone on the production team. Love to Russell, Kass, and Charlie; she dedicates her “Meg Page” to Kevin Archambault.

Thomas L Webb (Sir John Falstaff): To Old Friends and New Friends who share the boards and the Bard with me! Much Love to my Father and Family! To V: You lost me at the “cease gormandizing” part!

Grace Woodcock (Stage Manager) Grace is delighted to be the Stage Manager for Merry Wives.  Grace is not a stranger to stage managing. She has stage managed her high school shows including Curtains in May 2021, Almost Maine in October 2021, and Holiday Inn in March 2022. Last summer she also stage managed the Youth Summer Shakespeare show The Tempest and is stage managing Julius Caesar this year on August 19th. She is also a proud member of the International Thespian Society at FDR High School. During the month of July, Grace produced a short documentary, Paperback, with the Woodstock Film Festival. It will be shown at the film festival in late September – early October. Grace would like to thank the cast, the amazing people behind the scenes, and of course many many thanks to Parker, the fantastic director of Merry Wives.

Stephen Woodcock (Tech Crew) has been involved with New Deal Creative Arts Center since its inception in 2017.  He plays many roles in the organization and is known to most at New Deal as the “right hand man”.  Most recently, Stephen has served as technical director, set builder, as well as sound and lighting designer for Winter 10×10 Fest, Tuck Everlasting, Into the Woods and the current production of Merry Wives.  He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.  To the cast and crew of Merry Wives – “Break a Leg!”