"...the bitchiest, most hilarious female free-for-all since THE WOMEN..." - The New York Daily News

Meet the Ladies 
at the Alamo!

An all-star cast, ready to tackle the Paul Zindel script, about whichThe Village Voice wrote,

"Mr. Zindel is a very crafty writer; he has written an old-fshioned, well-made play, and he has made it very well indeed, with strikingly funny repartee and smahing exits, with suspense and reversals galore."

In order of appeareance...

Karen O’Donnell (Dede Cooper) is pleased to be performing again with SIST. Karen is well known to Staten Island audiences for both her acting and directing accomplishments. She also co-founded and managed The NeverLand Theatre Company which was housed for 8 years at The CSI Center for the Arts. Karen most recently performed at the Jersey City Attic Ensemble as M’Lynn Eatonton in their production of Steel Magnolias, , she played M’Lynn twice before for SI Shakespearean Theatre  and for NeverLand. Karen has directed Art, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell, Annie & others for NeverLand, and Eastern Standard, Lips Together- Teeth Apart and a new adaptation of Little Women for this company. She is also the director of the Annual South Shore Rotary Show and the Annual On Your Mark Fundraiser. Some of her favorite stage roles have been Mama Rose in Gypsy, the title role in Shirley Valentine, Kate Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa, & Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You. She is very happy to be working with her good friends Craig, Liz, Julie, Mimi & Barbara and her new friend Melissa! A retired RN, Karen is now busy working as a professional photographer. Thanks to her ever supportive husband Mickey and as always God Bless the Children!

Barbara Gatti (Bella Gardner) Bee is happily returning to the stage after a 7 year absence.  She debuted with Shakespearean Theatre as Mother Superior in Nunsense in 1998 and reprised the role in 2 additional versions: Nuncrackers and Meshuggah-Nuns with fellow cast mate Karen O’Donnell.  She is a veteran of local theatre since 1980 and has been a performer in many musicals and comedies most notably: Hunyak in Chicago, Ethel in Music Man, Aunt Gert in Lost in Yonkers, and Sylvie in The Female Odd Couple.  Bee has also been a stage manager and set designer for various productions and theatre groups on Staten Island.  A proud mother of 17 year old Laura, Bee is also an independent consultant with Arbonne International which manufactures all botanically based beauty, health, and wellness products.  “It’s a s-t-r-e-t-c-h , but thank you, ‘my onuh’ for giving me this opportunity to play Bella.”

Melissa Santantonio (Suits) Melissa is exited to make her SI Shakespearean Theatre  debut with such a wonderful cast and crew.  She was previously seen in a variety of Sea View Playwrights Theatre  productions which include: Candida (Prossy), The Crucible (Mary Warren), Uncle Vanya (Sonya), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Moonshine) and most recently Four by Tenn. She would like to thank the cast for coming with her on this wild and thrilling roller coaster ride called the theatre.  As always, special recognition to her mother who taught her to believe.

Mimi McMann (Joann Remington)  Mimi McMann has been a fixture in most community theatres on Staten Island since the late 70’s. Some of her favorite and more memorable roles are : Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Queen Gertrude in Hamlet,  Annie Sullivan in  The Miracle Worker, Ruth in The Homecoming, and Laura in  The Glass Menagerie, and too many more too mention.  A retired NYC Dept. of Ed. reading specialist,  Mimi is busy with her private practice, tennis and of course her wonderful family who has always supported her theatre endeavors. 

Julie Corbin (Shirley Fuller) Julie has been performing in community theatre for 30 years, and is thrilled to be working again with some of her oldest and dearest friends. She has been fortunate enough to play a wide variety of roles over the years, her most recent being Beatrice in last season’s SI Shakespearean Theatre production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Some of her favorite dramatic roles include: Terry in Sideman, Hannah Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana, Lee in Marvin’s Room and Sally Talley in Talley’s Folly. Known for her comedic and musical roles, her personal favorites are: Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Shirley Talley in Fifth of July, Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Mrs. Prentice in What the Butler Saw. Julie has also been a “fixture” in the annual South Shore Rotary shows. She would like to thank her handsome and wonderful husband, Jack Furnari, for his constant encouragement and support in her theatrical endeavors.


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