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Thu, June 20, 2019

21:00 – 22:00

Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy

In the thirteenth year of participation in The Season, the Continuum Company will present a cabaret of music by the most important composers of musical theater of the 20th century.

Featured Biographies

Marinda Anderson


Off-Broadway: The Cake (MTC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mobile Unit), Teenage Dick, Miss You Like Hell (The Public); The Treasurer, Bella: An American Tall Tale, A Life, Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons); Sex of the Baby (Access Theatre); Obama-ology (The Juilliard School). Regional: Airness (Humana); A Doll’s House (Huntington); Three Sisters (Playmaker’s Rep); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Intimate Apparel (Dorset Theatre Festival); Fairfield (Cleveland Play House). TV: “New Amsterdam,” “High Maintenance,” “Madam Secretary,” “Gotham.” BFA: Howard University. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

John Ellison Conlee


Theatre credits include MTC: THE NAP, MURDER BALLAD, THE MADRID, THE GREEN HEART. Other recent theatre: VENUS, TUMACHO, and Watson(s) in THE(curious case of the)WATSON INTELLIGENCE (2014 Obie Award). Recent film and tv work includes LBJ (Dir. Rob Reiner), Hal Hartley’s films MY AMERICA and NED RIFLE,  HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix) BILLIONS (recur-Showtime), UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (recur-Netflix), PARKS AND RECREATION (recur-NBC) and BOARDWALK EMPIRE (SAG Award nomination)(recur-HBO). Broadway: THE FULL MONTY (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), THE CONSTANT WIFE, and 1776. Off-Broadway includes PIG FARM (Roundabout), Ethan Lipton’s LUTHER (Clubbed Thumb), THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, and THE BALD SOPRANO (Atlantic), and Encores versions of ASSASSINS,ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. Other work includes (tv) NURSE JACKIE (Showtime), BROTHERHOOD (recur-Showtime), NCIS:LA, COMMON LAW, MEDIUM, and films, SERENDIPITY, THE REBOUND, and KINSEY. He received his MFA from NYU.

Jin Ha


Broadway: M. Butterfly (Song Liling, dir. Julie Taymor). Off-Broadway: Troilus & Cressida (dir. Daniel Sullivan, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park). Regional (Chicago): Hamilton: An American Musical (Aaron Burr, dir. Thomas Kail). TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC, dir. David Leveaux). Upcoming: Devs (FX, dir. Alex Garland). Education: B.A., Columbia University; M.F.A., NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. @mistterjin

Korey Jackson


Korey is very excited to return once again to Villa La Pietra, having performed here in ’The Tempest’ in 2015, and ’The Odyssey’ in 2017. Other credits include Wild With Happy (The Public Theater), Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Macbeth (Berkeley Rep), School for Wives (Two River Theater), Sex of the Baby (Access Theater). Film/TV credits include ‘5 Flights Up’ (Focus), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Homeland (Showtime), Daredevil (Netflix), House of Cards (Netflix), and the upcoming Godfather of Harlem (Epix). He also enjoys volunteering with such great organizations as the 52nd Street Project, Art In The Armed Forces (AITAF), and Stories 4 Strength. He is a graduate of NYU’s Grad Acting program, past recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Artist Fellowship, and founder of F.A.M. Creative Productions.

Karen Pittman


Broadway: Disgraced (2015 Theatre World Award Winner, Good People, Passing Strange.  Off Broadway: Pipeline (Lincoln Center) (Drama League Award Nominee, Lucille Lortel Award Nominee), King Liz (Second Stage), Domesticated (Lincoln Center). Film: Detroit, Benji The Dove, Custody, Begin Again, The Rewrite, The Bourne Legacy.  TV: Homeland, Living With Yourself, NOS4A2, The Morning Show, Luke Cage, The Americans, Horace and Pete, Blindspot, Blacklist, Elementary, And numerous others. Northwestern University: Bachelor of Science Voice and Opera. New York University, Masters of Fine Arts.

Emily Swallow


Emily is a New York based actor and singer.  She received her BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and her MFA from NYU Grad Acting in 2004 and has been hopping back and forth between New York, LA and other cities ever since.  New York, LA and Regional Theatre Credits include High Fidelity (Broadway), Henry IV Parts I&II (with Tom Hanks, Shakespeare Center of LA), Cry It Out (Echo Theatre), Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum), The Country House (Geffen Playhouse), Romantic Poetry (MTC), Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF), Measure for Pleasure (The Public Theatre), Nice Fish (with Mark Rylance), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie Theatre), TV/film roles include: The Mentalist (Agent Kim Fischer), Monday Mornings (Dr. Robidaux), Supernatural (Amara), Guest Spots on How to Get Away with Murder, Bull, Man With a Plan, Elementary, Instinct, Flight of the Conchords, Southland, The Good Wife, Forget Me Not, The Lucky Ones and the upcoming The Mandalorian on Disney+.  Emily can be heard as the voice of Lisa Tepes on the Netflix animated series Castlevania.

Deborah Lapidus


As a musical director: “The Club”,“Camelot” and “My Fair Lady” (Berkshire Theatre Group), and “A Little Night Music”, “1776”, “A Funny Thing…” (Williamstown Theatre Festival) Also seven seasons directing their cabaret. Has musical directed shows at Guild Hall,The Denver Theatre Center, The Long Wharf, and the Musical Theatre Conference at the Eugene O’ Neill Center.
As a vocal coach: Broadway: “Trip to Bountiful” (Cicely Tyson), “33 Variations” (Jane Fonda), Off Broadway: “Joan of Arc” (Public Theatre), “Harry Clarke” (Minetta Lane), and Carnegie Hall “Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds”( also Great Performances, PBS) Film: (On-set)“Happythankyoumoreplease” (vocal coach to Kate Mara),“Evening” (Claire Danes) and “The Girl In the Park” (Sigourney Weaver). (Pre -production) “Behind the Candelabra”(Michael Douglas) and the upcoming “Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Jessica Chastain). Deb was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Sound Check” as well as a guest lecturer at Arts Educational School in London and the St Petersburg Conference for Global Affairs. She has taught master classes at RADA in London and Victoria School of the Arts in Melbourne.
She serves on the faculties of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School.

Jim Calder


Jim Calder is the Artistic Director of the Continuum Company, Director of La Pietra Summer Theatre Festival, Head of Movement at Graduate Acting Program NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, recipient of grants from NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, US-Mexico Fund for Culture, NYSCA and recipient of David Paine Carter Excellence in Teaching award and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Directed works in New York City at INTAR Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, Pearl Theatre, Classic Stage Company, with workshop presentation at The Public, New York Theatre Workshop and Home. Jim has performed at The Old Globe, P.S. 122, INTAR Theater, and throughout Europe with Teatro De La Grappe. He was the lead actor in PBS’s Noddy & Friends TV show and was a consultant for the development of the show and has performed under the direction of Jacques LeCoq in numerous TV specials in France. Jim is currently Movement and Acting Coach for the upcoming film, “Silent Retreat”.

The Continuum Company


The Continuum Company is built on an ethos of creation and a love of collaboration…. we paint ourselves in a corner and tell a story in the escape. Our company is comprised of more than 300 actors and artists, trained by the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Spanning careers over three decades, their diverse talents and eclectic points of view are woven together by a shared vocabulary and collective curiosity. A small group from the Continuum Company gathers each summer at Villa La Pietra in Florence with the purpose of exploring a unique theatrical challenge, provocation, or classical work. In 2012, celebrated author E.L. Doctorow enlisted the group to use its unique storytelling to bring to life his novel The March. In 2014, a 27-person cast fused Homer’s The Illiad with traditional South African music and dance, with script by Laurence Maslon. In 2017 The Odyssey – Everyone’s Seeking Something, an imaginative retelling of the Odyssey, was written by Naomi Lorrain and conceived/created in collaboration with The Continuum Company. A decade prior, a three-person version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, originally developed at Villa La Pietra, went on to a run at the Classical Stage Company in New York City. This summer marks the 14th year of this thrilling collaboration.