Podcast with Harry Groener, Julie Jesneck & Ross Lehman from Chicago Shakespeare’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC
A insightful discussion about bringing this classic to modern day audiences, with cast members Harry Groener (Cyrano), Julie Jesneck (Roxanne) and Ross Lehman (Ragueneau). For more information and for tickets visit ChicagoShakes.com.
Harry Groener returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he appeared in the title role of The Madness of George III (Jeff Award). Recent credits include: General William Tecumseh Sherman in The March (Steppenwolf Theater); Presidents Lincoln and LBJ in Appomattox by Christopher Hampton (Guthrie Theater); King Lear in King Lear (Antaeus Company, Los Angeles); and Richard in Equivocation (Ovation Award, Geffen Theatre). Broadway credits include: Crazy for You (Tony Award nomination); Oklahoma! (Theatre World Award, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations); CATS (Tony Award nomination); Harrigan and Hart (Drama Desk Award nomination); Oh, Brother!; Is There Life After High School?; Sleight of Hand; George in Sunday in the Park with George; Imaginary Friends; and King Arthur in Spamalot. Other New York credits include Twelve Dreams (Lincoln Center) and If Love Were All with Twiggy. Mr. Groener has over sixty television credits, including: the Mayor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Ralph in Dear John; Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise; Medium; Bones; Las Vegas; CSI; Mad About You; and The West Wing. Film credits include: About Schmidt, Road to Perdition, Amistad, Dance with Me, Patch Adams, Brubaker and Manna from Heaven. Mr. Groener is an associate artist at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Julie Jesneck makes her Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Broadway credits include Rock ‘n’ Roll. Off Broadway credits include: Mary Broome, Love Goes to Press (Mint Theater); Tricks The Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane); The Runner Stumbles (The Actors Company Theatre); as well as productions with Roundabout Theatre Company, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama League, Cherry Lane Theatre, Summer Play Festival and HERE Arts Center. Regional credits include: Fallen Angels (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Grace, or The Art of Climbing, The Trip to Bountiful (Denver Center Theatre); The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre); IN (Pioneer Theatre Company); 33 Variations (Capital Repertory Theatre); A Thousand Clowns (Intiman Theatre); Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe); The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance Theatre, The Acting Company); Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Television and film credits include: Law & Order, Empire Falls (HBO), Feeling Tall and Fishy Business. Ms. Jesneck is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Ross Lehman returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: Cyrano de Bergerac, As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, Dudley Marsh/ Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and on tour to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), King Lear and Cymbeline. Other Chicago credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers (Marriott Theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner, Waiting for Godot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Jeff Award), Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre); A Man of No Importance (Jeff Award), The Dresser (After Dark Award), As You Like It and Hamlet (Writers’ Theatre). Broadway credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Tempest and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. International credits include Koko in the London production of Hot Mikado (Laurence Olivier Award nomination).s
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Penny Metropulos through November 10, 2013 in CST’s Courtyard Theater. The stars have aligned to reunite the actor-director team behind CST’s wildly popular production of The Madness of George III. The illustrious Harry Groener, who took home the Best Actor Jeff Award for his turn as King George, will play the nobleman whose gift for romance is shadowed by his all-too-prominent nose. Director Penny Metropulos takes the helm of this enduring masterwork that speaks as directly to the heart today as it did more than 100 years ago. Featuring some of the most clever, touching lines ever written, this homage to poetry, love and panache reminds us that sometimes what you seek is right under your, well…nose.