RAGTAG THEATRE COMPANY
Co-Director | Arlecchino | Playwright
Sam LaFrage is the creator and co-founder of The Ragtag Theatre Company. He is a writer/ director/actor living in NYC and is a 2012 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was selected as a member of the 2013 New York Academy Company. Sam was the Production Stage Manager for Douglas Carter Beane's Robin Hood: The Musical, and was worked beside and collaborated with George Heslin (Founder of the Origin Theatre Company, NYC), director/playwright Derek Ahonen (Founder of The Amoralists Theatre Company, NYC), Barbara Rubin (Market Theatre in Joannesburg, South Africa) and Denis Reid (Yale School of Drama). He has written and directed two plays (“The Commedia Cinderella” and “The Commedia Rapunzel”) both of which premiered at Columbia Children’s Theatre in South Carolina and had an Off-Broadway run at The Soho Playhouse
Natasha is a 2012 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was selected as a member of the 2013 New York Academy Company. Her AADA Company credits include: “Night Watch” (Elaine Wheeler), “A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden” (Barbara Parris), “Rumors” (Clair Ganz), and “Improbable Fiction” (Jess). Other NYC credits include: “The Thirty Nine Steps” (WPPAC), “As You Like It” (Producer’s Club), “Would He Be Wood” (Mary MacArthur Theatre), and “Swindled” (Strawberry One Act Festival). Natasha made her directorial debut with “The Rental” (By Mary Harvey Levine) for the LIC Secret Theatre One Act Festival, for which she won the award for Best Director.
The New York native recently completed his third year of study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he was a part of the AADA company, a group specially selected for advanced actor training. Favorite roles include Stephen Belber (The Laramie Project), Pontagnac (An Absolute Turkey) Baylis (Blackbird), and originating the role of Alan A Dale in Douglas Carter Beane’s new musical Robin Hood. Andy graduated from Elon University with degrees in Cinema Production (Directing) and Italian Studies, has taught in Rome, studied in Florence, and speaks Italian fluently. He would like to thank his dad, Chris, and mom, Carol Ann, for their endless love and continued support on the journey. SEMPRE DRITTO!
Billie Aken Tyers
Billie originated the role of 'Mustardseed' in the World Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's new play 'Fairycakes' in NYC and the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Then took on the role of Lady Jane in another World premiere of Robin Hood the Musical. favourite roles include Ariel (The Tempest) The Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Hair (tribe/black boys trio) Ronda (Almost Maine) Maria (Twelfth Night), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Audrey (As You Like it), Shirley Talley (Fifth of July) and Sylvia (Thrill of Love, American Premiere). Billie also worked in the UK, credits include Andrew lloyd Webbers Over the Rainbow on the BBC, S'WARM with the National Youth Theatre in London and a special performance for Her Majesty the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. She is excited to be continuing this crazy journey as Rosetta. For Mum and Dad who taught me to have a sense of Humor. Follow her blog for more updates on her crazy Life!
Sean Barry Parsons
Sean Barry Parsons is a comedic character actor thrilled to be joining
The Commedia Cinderella as Zanni! Schooled in another
form of acting, Political Science, Sean has been performing in New
York for the past 2 years. Having trained at the Upright Citizen’s
Brigade, Sean frequently performs at jams, open-mics, and makeshift
stages across the boroughs. He’s starred in a number of productions
such as The Emcee in Cabaret, Ebenezer Scrooge in Scrooge: The
Musical, and as Harold in the award-winning production of The Rental
directed by Natasha Nightingale. Sean’s currently pursuing
theatre, voiceover, sketch, and improv comedy…really anything to keep
him off the streets. He’ll wrap things up now because you’ve stopped
reading, and there’s a 150 word limit. Macbeth!
Mollie is THRILLED to be back for Commedia Cinderella! Mollie is a born and raised Austinite with an Acting degree from Oklahoma City University. NY Credits: THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL (with these crazy Ragtag fools), ALMOST MAINE, FLOYD COLLINS, THE MILK MEETING (Ophelia Theatre Group), WHISKEY PANTS, FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS (Mind the Art Entertainment), and FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS: In Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below. Favorite Regional Credits: Marian in MUSIC MAN, Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL (Crane River Theatre), Gloria in DAMN YANKEES (Tent Theatre), and Brenda in HAIRSPRAY (Zach Scott Theatre). A thousand thanks to Mama & Dada, Dan, and this delightful cast and creative team. Soli Deo Gloria! http://www.mollie-craven.com/
Jason is exploding with excitement to be joining this incredibly hilarious and kooky cast. This is his first show since he has been back from singing at Dorney Park all Summer. Some of his recent NYC credits include Evita at The Gallery Players and Hair at The Secret Theater which is where he also does children's theater regularly. Other favorite credits include Emcee in Cabaret, The Leading Player in Pippin and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown. Thanks to my Mom and friends for always supporting my munchkin voices and grotesque faces!
Happy to make his Rag Tag debut! Favorite credits include Seusical(Horton), Godspell("We Beseech Thee), It Runs In The Family(Dr. Connolly), Hands On A Hardbody(Jesus), and Bare: A Pop Opera(Peter). Let's play! NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO!
Dennis Corsi is the artistic associate of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat, focused on the development of new work celebrating diversity. He is creative director of Script Match, an app simplifying the process of finding plays and musicals. Dennis is the video director at B • OUT, an LGBTQ media company, where he is directing the new television series In Pursuit. Dennis has assisted directors Peter Flynn, Leah Gardiner, Tony Caselli, and Devanand Janki. Other directing credits include Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA), The Commedia Rapunzel (SoHo Playhouse), Based on a Totally True Story (Renegade Theatre Festival), bare (Michigan State University), and Bless Me Father (Manhattan Rep). You can find him on Twitter @corsidennis
Production Stage Manager
Sally has been stage managing for over 8 years and has recently received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Producing and Management in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College last year. Since then, she has worked many freelance shows, interned for the IT Awards Show (Off-Off Broadway Awards), and also works for the Sheen Center For Thought and Culture as their on call stage manager. She is thrilled to be working with the Soho Playhouse and the Commedia team on this wonderful production of Commedia Cinderella.
Becky Laff is an author, illustrator and story artist. Her noted theater illustrations and poster art have been used by the Tony Award Winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN as well as Columbia Children's Theater in Columbia, SC. She is currently producing "Joseph, the Dreamer" and "Deborah, Queen and Prophet" as part of a series for KarBen Books as well as other titles and projects for Lerner Publications. Her work includes several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition of her dance-themed drawings and animations. She has produced comics for many years including works for Devil's Due Publications, Image Comics, and Scholastic Books. She does all this and more in Minneapolis, MN.
Angela Borst (Costume Designer): Angela is a New York City-based costume designer who has created costumes for theatrical productions, special events and costume competitions along the east coast. She received her degree in fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and has been designing costumes for over the last ten years. Her previous works include Riverside Theater Arts Peter Pan: Flight to Neverland, NCT's The Wedding Singer and SPONGE Theatricals off-broadway production of bare:A Pop Opera. She is thrilled to be a part of the magic making with the Spaghetti and Meatball Players for their production of The Commedia Rapunzel. Her design aesthetic combines character driven choices, fashion knowledge and a passion for the art of storytelling. Much love and thanks to her friends and family who help keep her sane throughout all the costume chaos. http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Stage Manager
Amy is an actor from Glasgow Scotland. She is a graduate of the 2015 class of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since graduation she has been working on a short film C.I.T with Hup! Productions, Descendants of the Chalice with the Wirehead Collective and is a part of Girl Be Heard Theatre Company.