Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”
― Konstantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art
With support from you, we will be able to continue our mission of bringing unique theatre to the Boston area and beyond. A play doesn’t just happen - it requires many people and much dedication.
Theatre is a group effort and the audience plays as big a part as any cast member. My years in front of and behind the scenes gives me a keen appreciation for the people who are hungry to be challenged and reached by the personal nature that only the stage can bring.
Our company has ambitious goals and you have helped us move a step closer to them.
We bring professional-level productions at proletariat prices.
Overpriced musical entertainment and straight plays priced out of reach of a normal night out whittle down the audience. Couple this with the competition of inexpensive distractions available to us all and it is obvious why seats are unfilled.
Porpentine seek to redress this imbalance and bring human interaction back to the everyday life of all.
R. Nelson Lacey has performed with a number of companies in New England, including Apollinaire Theatre Company, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Happy Medium Theatre Company, the Provincetown Theatre Company, Bay Colony Shakespeare, and the Vermont Shakespeare Company. He played Thomas More in the Porpentine Players' inaugural production of Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons." Other favorite roles include Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Gaveston in "Edward II," Dr Caius in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and Astrov in "Uncle Vanya."
Sharon Lacey is a painter based in Somerville, MA. She has degrees from University of London (MA, Book History, 2011) and the New York Academy of Art (MFA, Painting, 2001). She graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC, with degrees in Art and English (1997), and also studied art and literature at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Keble College, Oxford University (1995). Currently, she is the Arts Research Writer for MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology.
Sharon’s art training has primarily focused on traditional techniques and materials, with particular emphasis on the human figure. She has exhibited work in the US, the UK, and Finland. She has participated in art residencies and cultural exchanges in Spain, China, Tibet, New York State, and at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland. Sharon is a recipient of a 2013 Somerville Arts Council artist fellowship grant and a 2014 grant from the MIT Arts Council.
Her work for Porpentine involves set design, costuming, and graphic design. Previously, she worked with performing arts troupe Toujours L’Amour (Charleston & Brooklyn) and the Anarchist Society of Shakespearians (Boston).
Jon Taie graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor of arts in theatre. He moved to Boston in 2008. Jon has produced, acted and directed in numerous productions on and off the stage. Performance was emphasized at school, but Taie was always more comfortable in the director and production roles. Previous to the formation of Porpentine, audio 'plays' have been a keen interest from which The Spapera grew. Now he splits his time between A/V, writing, theatrical work and stage plays.
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