Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters: A Staged Reading

When:
October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2017-10-12T16:00:00-04:00
2017-10-12T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
USA
Cost:
$10 general; free for Mount members
Contact:
413-551-5100

THE BUNNER SISTERS
Cast and crew for the reading at The Mount, October 12, 2017

ANN ELIZA BUNNER — Amy Prosser
EVELINA BUNNER — Erin Neufer
MRS MELLINS — Anne Buelteman
MRS LEOPOLD GOLDFARB — Delphi Harrington
MR HERMAN RAMY/PRIEST — Josiah Polhemus
ANTHONY NEWFIELD — Director/Narrator
RICHARD ALLEMAN — Playwright

After its successful world premier production in San Francisco, Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters—adapted by Richard Alleman and directed by Anthony Newfield—will have a reading at The Mount. Inspired by Wharton’s  novella, the play depicts the lives of two unmarried sisters living and working as seamstresses in a tenement in Lower Manhattan in the 1880s. When an unattached man enters the picture, their complacent existence is upended. Sensitively adapted for the stage, The Bunner Sisters takes audiences on a dramatic journey to a not so innocent age, with many of the same problems we face today—from income inequality to the precarious status of women.

Richard Alleman has written for Vogue, Travel + Leisure, and numerous other publications.

Actor-director Anthony Newfield is a veteran of New York theater and is currently appearing in 1984 on Broadway.

ANN ELIZA BUNNER — Amy Prosser

Amy Prosser (Ann Eliza) has performed with the Denver Center, Geva, Caldwell, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Capital Stage, TheatreSquared, foolsFURY, Shotgun Players, RE:ACT, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Ashland New Plays Festival. Favorite roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole, Prossy in Candida, Rosalind in As You Like It, Emilia in Othello, Isabella in Measure for Measure, and Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (Best Actress Carbonell Award nomination). Her play, Things Reveal Themselves Passing Away, had its world premiere last year at Z Below in San Francisco. Amy has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and recently starred in the independent film Superpowerless. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

EVELINA BUNNER — Erin Neufer

Erin Neufer (Evelina) spent her formative years in Tokyo, Japan, before moving to Indiana and then New York, where she currently resides. She earned her Master’s Degree at the NYU Graduate Acting Program. New York: Nathan the Wise (CSC with F. Murray Abraham), Where We Are (Ensemble Studio; Workshop), Colony Collapse (New Dramatists; Workshop). Theatre: The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Bay Street Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (CenterStage), Pulse (The Guthrie Theatre), The Seagull, Laughing Stock (Peterborough Players-NH Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actress), The Diary of Anne Frank (Pioneer Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre), Kennedy Center. NYU: Plenty, The Three Sisters, Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph world premiere), Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Landscape of the Body. TV: Gypsy (Netflix). 2007 Irene Ryan Award Winner.

MRS MELLINS — Anne Buelteman

Anne Buelteman (Mrs. Mellins) is an actor and voice actor currently living and (occasionally) working in the San Francisco Bay Area for companies including ACT, TheatreWorks, and Center Rep. Her only appearance on Broadway was as a member of the ever-rotating throng of Les Miserables back when it was in its first decade and dinosaurs ruled the earth. A member of the original San Francisco workshop cast of The Bunner Sisters, she loves this play and would go anywhere to do it again.

MRS LEOPOLD GOLDFARB — Delphi Harrington

Delphi Harrington (Mrs. Goldfarb) Broadway: The Country House, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Seagull, Chapter II, Thieves, Romeo & Juliet, Everything in the Garden. Off-Broadway: Year of the Rooster (EST), Uncle Vanya (CSC), The Sea, The Hairy Ape (Irish Rep), Beckett/Albee, Blithe Spirit (Drama League Award nomination), Three Tall Women, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Films include the recent Sully, and she appears on TV’s House of Cards.

MR HERMAN RAMY/PRIEST — Josiah Polhemus

Josiah Polhemus (Mr. Ramy) has performed at the American Conservatory Theater, where he appeared in Charlie’s Aunt, Good (with William Hurt), Hamlet, and A Christmas Carol. He played the role of Tom in The Norman Conquests trilogy at Shotgun Players, receiving a Bay Area Critics Circle nomination. He has performed at TheatreWorks, foolsFURY, RE:ACT, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Encore Theatre. In Los Angeles, he won an LA Weekly award for best performance in All My Sons at both A Noise Within and The Odyssey. In New York, Josiah originated the role of Blake in Sheila Callaghan’s POSH at LaMama. Film credits include Superpowerless, Surrogate Valentine, White on Rice, and The Truth About Cats & Dogs. He has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud member of AEA.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.