May 5th - 27th

All performances are outdoors and free to the public!
So grab a few friends, grab a picnic lunch, grab some beverages, and come enjoy a fantastic production of this magical, heartfelt show about love, loss, and all the mistakes in between.

Summit Rock in Central Park
Enter at 81st St & Central Park West
Saturday, May 5th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, May 6th @ 1:30pm
Sunday, May 13th @ 1:30pm


Riverbank State Park Amphitheater
Enter at 145th St & Riverside Drive
Saturday, May 12th @ 6:00pm
Saturday, May 19th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, May 20th @ 1:30pm
Saturday, May 26th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, May 27th @ 6:00pm


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Eric Dexter Brown (Leontes) Making his debut on the Fools & Kings stage, Eric Dexter Brown is a graduate of West Virginia University who has years of classical and contemporary theatre under his belt. Including Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Marc from Art.




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Laura Vogels (Hermione) Classically trained in London at Italia Conti, LAMDA and RADA, Laura has played roles from the works of established playwrights to bringing to life fresh new voices. She has worked in both London & New York theatres, on and Off-Broadway, as well as over a dozen roles on cable TV and in Independent Film. She is experienced in voice over; fluent in English and in Dutch, and is a member of the Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble. Laura is thrilled to be working with The Fools & Kings Project to bring to life one of Shakespeare’s noblest women.

Off stage, she loves to dance the tango, dive deep into any topic with friends and meditate while over-caffeinated. Laura loves to engage with passionate viewers and you can follow her personally @LauraVogels or her #Monoblog Project where she shares 3 self-tapes a week at @the_Monoblog on Instagram.

She is the founder and artistic director of The Aviary, a production company that focuses on “Ethical Storytelling” and bringing to life scripts that entertain, educate, and elevate the audience.  Laura’s short film “A Woman Walks Into A Bar” is currently in consideration at several film festivals. For more information visit or

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Liz Tancredi (Paulina/Dorcas) was last seen with Fools & Kings playing Dionyza/Wrath in Pericles. Favorite credits include Rough Crossing, Failure: A Love Story, and One Man, Two Guvnors (Cape Rep Theatre); Snow White, Babes in Arms (Berkshire Theatre Festival); NY premieres of Restoration Comedy, These Seven Sicknesses (Flea Theater); Measure for Measure (Roxy Regional Theatre); Into the Woods (Thin Air Theatre Co.); The Comedy of Errors (Anthem Theatre Co.), Icarus, an Americana Folk Opera (A.R.T./The Oberon). Liz is also a teaching artist for The Play Group Theatre in White Plains and Star 2 B Performing Arts in Poughkeepsie. BFA Syracuse Drama and will be attending Brooklyn College in the fall for her MFA in Acting with a Teaching Fellowship. Love & thanks always to Sam.



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Robert Bradvica (Polixenes) is extremely fortunate to be a part of this production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Robert is originally from California, where he started his career in theater, before going to school at NYCDA, and has had the bug ever since. This will be Robert’s second show in NYC, and his second time working with the incredible Melissa Meli. This has been an absolute joy to work on, and he can’t wait for you all the enjoy it. He’d like to give a shoutout to his parents, without whom none of this would be possible, and his incredible friend group with him in NYC. Thank you all! 



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Kenneth Dowling Jr. (Camillo) Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, this is his first Shakespeare production and he is thrilled to be working with Fools and Kings Project. His other New York theatre credits include The Madness of Hercules as the First Citizen of Thebes, Quincey Morris in Dracula: A Tale of Flesh & Blood and he just completed a staged reading of Nat Turner: The Trial, a story about the trial and last days of rebel slave Nat Turner. His favorite stage credits include The Piano Lesson (Ritz Theatre, FL), A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Experimental Theatre, FL), and Glengarry Glen Ross (Players by the Sea, FL). Kenneth studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Truthful Acting Studios, and has a BA in Theatre and Film from the University of Central Florida. He thanks the director, cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication. He also thanks his family and friends for all their love and support of him accomplishing his dreams.


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Mackenszie Drae (Florizel/Officer/Mariner) is thrilled to be making his New York Theatre Debut with The Fools and Kings Project. He is a recent transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre scene where he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nomination for his performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago (Pinole Community Players). Other Bay area Credits include Lancelot/Etc in Spamalot (City LIghts Theatre Co.); J in Brahman/i (Crowded Fire Theater Co. West Coast Premier); The Scottish King in Macbeth (WePlayers); Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie (CCMT); and The Evil Alien Brother in Ladybug Girl and Bumble-Bee Boy The Musical (BACT World Premier/Tour). Mackenszie received much of his acting training at Diablo Valley College and The Pacific Coast Theatre's Conservatory. He would like to thank his Mother, his four older brothers, and his best friends, who might as well be family, for their never-ending support and equally never-ending honest criticism, both of which has pushed him to always work harder and push further to explore and to create his Art. Thank you for coming and please enjoy the show.


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Helen G. McMillan (Perdita/Mamillius/Dion) Born in Germany and raised in Scotland, Helen G McMillan moved to the states in 2012 to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is excited to be making her debut with The Fools & Kings Project! Previous stage work includes: Dorothy in Dorothy of Nowhere (Best Actress in Festival Nominee, Origin Theatre's 1st Irish Festival); Helen in Perfecting The Kiss (Mind The Gap Theatre Co.), Annie Loder in The Stange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Winnepesaukee Playhouse, NH). Watch out for upcoming work in the short film 'Sonnet 150' (The Sonnet Project, NY Shakespeare Exchange) and as Lexi in the mockumentary comedy webseries 'That's A Wrap!'.


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Tucker Dally Johnston (Antigonus/Autolycus) is delighted to be returning to The Fools & Kings Project for his third show. He has recently returned from Pennsylvania where he was the Resident Guest Artist at Westminster College. His previous roles include The Maniac (Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Helicanus (Pericles), and Verges/Friar Frances (Much Ado). He is ecstatic to be back n the city with his Princess. 



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Ian Fraser (Clown/Servant/Gentleman) A very recent transplant from Colorado, Ian is incredibly excited to join Fools & Kings! New York: Please Don’t Take my Rhythms and Blues (UBAT) Regional: Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, White Christmas (Airborne Dance), Fiddler on the Roof, Rocky Horror Show, Rabbit Hole, Servant of Two MastersOn Duty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Our Town (UCB). Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder.



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Matthew Dean Wood (Shepherd/Cleomenes) is incredibly thrilled to be a part of this  production! He Received his BA in Drama and Theatre from Queens College (Class of '09), where he was lucky enough to receive the Robin Hirshfield Miller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. He also trained at NUI (University of Galway) in Galway, Ireland where he studied Irish Theatre. He is an alumnus of T. Schreiber Studio in their Six-Week Conservatory where he trained with Robert Verlaque, Carol Reynolds, and Page Clements. He also had extensive training with Peter Jensen in scene study. Some of his past credits include The Hot L Baltimore at T. Schreiber, Variations on a Cat Call at the Bridge Theatre, Farewell To Sanity at the Gene Frankel Theatre in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Your War'try Grave at La Mama, Lottery Play in the Thespis Theatre Festival,  Warmth in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Twelfth Night at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory with Classics on the Rocks, and the Raucous Caucus Festival at The People's Improv Theatre Loft.


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Kate Hopkins (Mopsa/Emilia/Lord) is a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BFA in Acting. She is excited to be joining Fools & Kings for her second show with them - the first being Pericles. She is so excited to be working with such wonderful people again and cannot wait to bring some Shakespeare to life!


Creative Team

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Melissa Meli (Director) is an actor, director, producer, and podcaster in NYC, and is the proud Artistic Director of the Fools & Kings Project. Her most recent directing work was seen at the NYTF's Winterfest, for which she directed the premiere of The Veritas Times with Vulcan Theatre Company. Other directing credits include The Tempest (Fools & Kings), Tech Support: Circe and J Train (PCTF '15, Award for Outstanding Production of a One-Act for J Train), and The Importance of Being Earnest. Some of Melissa's favorite acting endeavors are Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Pageant Princess (Maxine, WVMTF '14), Julius Caesar (Cassius), and many readings of Pieces (Tabby). You can find her podcasts, The Amateur Detective Club and Blank History Month on your favorite podcatcher, or BFA, NYU Tisch, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.



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Tristan Miller (Assistant Director) is an actor, comedian, podcaster, and editor in chief of WayWord WordSmiths co, a production company that creates light, inclusive art that instigates positive social change. As an artist Tristan believes there is a moral imperative to create joy and he hopes this show does just that. This is his fifth production in which he has been involved. He is excited to step into this new creative role! Go to for more information.




Melanie Rose Magri (Performance Stage Manager) is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 at Five Towns College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz/Commercial Music with a concentration in Music Business. As a trained vocalist and instrumentalist, she teaches, performs, and writes music. Melanie does freelance theater work in many different areas such as marketing and stage management, she’s a dog walker, and works on the Puffs the play street team. Credits include: Performance: Siren’s Den the Musical BCEFA Benefit Concert (Keys 2); International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (Dominance A Capella Group Alto); DCINY Total Vocal A Capella Concert at Carnegie Hall (Alto). NYC Theater: Moth&Flame (SM/Broad Op); Nailed (PSM/Board Op); Against the Wall (ASM/Marketing/Board Op); Next to Normal JED Foundation Benefit Concert (Producing Assistant); Trinkets (ASM); Endangered the musical (Marketing/Outreach); Walker International Communications Group Inc. marketing shows such as Once on this Island on Broadway (Marketing Assistant); A Piece of My Heart (ASM); Blood Boundary (Crew); Siren’s Den the Musical (ASM); College theater: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Music Director); Film: Lily (Production Assistant/Extra).


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Vanessa Wendt (Movement Director) is an actor, singer, combatant, and dancer based in New York. She is also the Managing Director of The Fools & Kings Project. New York: La Maupin, The Musical (Brigitte, Fight Captain – Fresh Fruit Festival), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia), Roaring Girl (Mistress Gallipot, Fight Director), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), As You Like It (Duke Frederik/Corin), Windy-Woo and her Naughty, Naughty Pets (Princess Vicki/Ensemble; Workshop Reading), Pieces, The Musical (Dr. Carol – Workshop Reading), Julius Caesar (Brutus, Fight Captain), Simon: The Invisible Boy (Simon's Mom, Dance Captain; Ritual Theater Company), Orphan Train: The Musical (Rachel Pierce), The Taming of the Shrew (Katharina), Bourbon Street: A New Musical (Anne-Marie Laveau), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), Comedy of Errors (Adriana - Fringe 2014), Quest of the Hero (Princess Zelga - PCTF 2014), Sunday on the Rocks (Jessica), Under Fire (Ensemble – NYMF), The Big Orange Splot (Penelope Record), Dutch Courage (Dance Captain); Chicago: Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), How To Succeed in Business…. (Bud Frump), Little Women: The Musical (Marmee). 


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