PHILADELPHIA, PA. Quintessence concludes its sixth season of progressive classic theatre with the Devil and Saints Repertory: Shaw’s SAINT JOAN presented in rotating repertory with Christopher Marlowe’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS. An eleven actor repertory ensemble, comprised of Quintessence’s best and lead by directors Rebecca Wright and Alexander Burns, will bring to life Shaw and Marlowe’s masterworks and continue to establish Quintessence’s brand of epic classic theatre for 21st century Philadelphians. SAINT JOAN begins previews on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm and opens on Saturday, March 19 at 8pm. DOCTOR FAUSTUS begins previews on Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm and opens on Saturday, April 2 at 8pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. 

SAINT JOAN

March 16 – April 22, 2016. Opening Night: March 19, 2016 

Inspired by the voice of angels, a French peasant girl defies society, her church and her king as she leads her country’s army to victory over the invading English forces. Are Joan’s angels real, or is her fearless heroism and ability to lead an innate greatness which transcends class, gender and physical strength? Can the men in Joan's world accept and celebrate such a powerful and enigmatic woman, or must they destroy what they cannot understand and control? Shaw's masterpiece challenges all preceding artistic representations of the Saint Joan story to create one of the greatest heroines in the history of drama.  

Following last season’s celebrated production of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Rebecca Wright returns to Quintessence to direct Shaw's Saint Joan. Leigha Kato, who stunned audiences with her portrayal of Myrrah in the Arden Theater's Metamorphoses earlier this season, makes her Quintessence debut as Joan. Andrew Betz (the Cheshire Cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Celia in As You Like It) will play the Dauphin. Andrew delighted audiences with a different Dauphin in Quintessence's Henry V. The creative team includes costume designer Nikki Delhomme, sound designer Adriano Shaplin, and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. 

DOCTOR FAUSTUS

March 30 – April 24, 2016. Opening Night: April 2, 2016 

Doctor John Faustus is Germany’s preeminent scholar in philosophy, medicine, law and ‎theology, and yet, he is unsatisfied with the scope of his knowledge and the power it gives him. Calling on Lucifer, Faustus sells his soul to the devil for the power of black magic, 24 years of unlimited knowledge, and to have Lucifer's minion Mephistopheles as his own. In this dark comedy, Marlowe’s mighty verse takes Faustus on an epic adventure through space and time to test the limits of the human mind that knows all, but lacks a soul. 

Fulfilling a lifelong dream to direct Christopher Marlowe, Artistic Director Alexander Burns will lead Quintessence favorites Gregory Isaac as Doctor John Faustus‎, Sean Close as his trusty servant Wagner, and Josh Carpenter as the diabolical Mephistopheles. The creative team includes costume designer Jane Casanave, puppet designers Martina Plag and Chris Coyote, and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. 

QUINTESSENCE: A CLASSIC REPERTORY ENSEMBLE FOR PHILADELPHIA

Quintessence Theatre Group is a professional classic theatre, dedicated to the performance and adaptation of epic works of classic literature and drama for the contemporary stage, igniting the mind, body and soul through the power of the actor, design and spoken word.  Quintessence was named 2015 Best Theater Company, Up-and-Coming, by Philadelphia Magazine. Now in its sixth season, Quintessence continues to work towards the establishment of an acting ensemble and a rotating repertory at the historic Sedgwick Theater in Mt Airy, Philadelphia.  

SAINT JOAN plays March 16 – April 22. A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will be presented on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00pm. Post-show talkbacks with the cast and director will take place on Sunday, April 3 and Thursday, April 14.  DOCTOR FAUSTUS plays March 30 – April 24. A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will be presented on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm. Post-show talkbacks with the cast and director will take place on Thursday, April 21 and Sunday, April 10. 

On Saturday, April 9 and April 16 there will be special 2pm matinees so that both productions can be experienced in one day. Please check the repertory performance schedule at www.QuintessenceTheatre.org for exact performance times and dates.  

Tickets are $34 - $27 general admission, $25 for seniors (65 and over) $15 for student and youth (21 and under). Group discounts and weekday student matinees are available. To purchase tickets or subscriptions, visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 1.215.987.4450. For ticket information please email BoxOffice@QuintessenceTheatre.org

THE ENSEMBLE 

JOHN BASIULIS (Ensemble): Regional: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatre in the Square, Springer Opera House, American Shakespeare Center, Commonweal Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company. International: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BBC Television. Training: Guildford School of Acting (UK). 

ANDREW BETZ (Dauphin): Quintessence: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Richard II, As You Like It, Henry V.  National Tour: Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Regional: Much Ado About Nothing, Hair (White Plains PAC), The Boyfriend (Princeton Festival), The Secret Garden (Utah Shakespearean Festival).  Training: Otterbein University. 

ALAN BRINCKS (Ensemble): Quintessence: Hansel & Gretel, The Mandrake, Romeo & Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Metamorphosis, As You Like It, Richard II, Mourning Becomes Electra. New York: Henry V (Gallery Players), Macbeth (What Dreams May Co.), Hamlet (What Dreams May Co.), Street Scene (Brave New World Rep), Othello (Wandering Bark Theatre Co.) Regional: Green Eyes (Company One-Boston) A Midsummer Night?s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet (Nebraska Shakespeare), A Christmas Carol, U/S: Around the World in 80 Days (Virginia Stage Company). Film: The Poet (Tom White). Training: Nebraska Wesleyan University, Shakespeare's Globe London. 

TOM CARMAN (Ensemble): New York: Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (Flea Theater), Anthem (Random Access Theatre). Regional: Bones in Whispers (Longacre Lea), The Tooth of Crime (WSC Avant Bard), The Graduate (Keegan Theatre) This Is Not A Time Bomb (Source Theatre). Philadelphia: Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (UArts). Training: The Catholic University of America.

JOSH CARPENTER* (Mephistopheles): Quintessence: The Mandrake, Romeo & Juliet, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Wind in the Willows, Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer, Othello, The Seagull, The Venetian Twins, The Merchant of Venice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry V. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Theater at Monmouth, American Shakespeare Center, Miami Theater Center, GTA SouthernStage, The Growing Stage. New York: Cherry Lane Theatre, Target Margin Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Gotham Radio Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, Naked Angels Lab. Philadelphia: Macbeth, Great Expectations, Incorruptible (Arden Theatre). Film: Wildlife. Training: Northwestern University.                        

SEAN CLOSE (Wagner): Quintessence: The Mandrake, Romeo & Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, As You Like it, Richard II, The Wind in the Willows, The Misanthrope, Arms and the Man, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, The Venetian Twins, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry V. Philadelphia: 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Theater, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Iron Age Theatre, South Camden Theatre Company, B. Someday Productions, Bootless Stageworks. Training: William and Mary University.

IFE FOY (Ensemble): Philadelphia: Metamorphoses (U/S - The Arden), Black Nativity (U/S - Theatre Horizon), The Taming of the Shrew (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Ojo (Bricolage), King Henry V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre). Training: Point Park University.  

ANITA HOLLAND (Ensemble): Quintessence:  Hansel & Gretel, Romeo & Juliet, The Mandrake, The Three Musketeers, The Metamorphosis, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: The Reckoning The Gym at Judson, LAMVF The Brick, The Comedy of Errors Sailors and Soldiers Monument, The School for Scandal and Servant of Two Masters at Jimmy's 43, Dealing with Ophelia on Governors Island. Philadelphia: Lulu’s Golden Shoes (Flashpoint Theater Company), We Are Bandits (Asian Arts Initiative). Film credits: The Maldonado Miracle and Smitty. Training: The University of Utah. 

GREGORY ISAAC (Faustus): Quintessence: The Mandrake, Romeo & Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Regional: The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Writers’ Theatre, TimeLine Theater, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, The Scranton Shakespeare Festival, and the Marriott Lincolnshire. New York Credits include: Oliver! (Secret Theatre), The Short Life of Trouble (Wandering Bark), St. Joan of the Slaughterhouses (Horace Mann Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titan Theatre).   

LEIGHA KATO* (Joan): Philadelphia: Metamorphoses, A Little Night Music (Arden Theatre), Into the Woods (Theatre Horizon), 4000 Miles (Philadelphia Theatre Co.). Regional: HAIR (Chance Theatre). Training: The University of the Arts.  

AARON KIRKPATRICK (Ensemble): Regional:  Measure for Measure (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival).  Philadelphia: Taming of the Shrew (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Light Sensitive (Montgomery Theater).  Training: Indiana University (MFA). 

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. 

ALEXANDER BURNS (Director Doctor Faustus/Artistic Director): Quintessence: Hansel & Gretel, The Mandrake, Romeo & Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, As You Like It, Richard II, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Wind In The Willows, Hamlet, She Stoops To Conquer, The Misanthrope, Arms and the Man, The Diary of a Madman, Othello, The Seagull, Antigone, The Merchant of Venice, The Venetian Twins, The Importance of Being Earnest, Don Juan, Apology, Henry V, Measure for Measure. Philadelphia: Macbeth (Arden Theatre). Alexander was a Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. As an assistant director Alexander has worked at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He has assisted directors Frank Galati, Michael Kahn, Gale Edwards, Robert Moss, and Ethan McSweeny. Training: Northwestern University, LCT Directors Lab, the Jack O'Brien Directors Lab. 

REBECCA WRIGHT (Director Saint Joan): Quintessence: The Metamorphosis. New York: Sarah Flood in Salem Mass (The Flea Theater), Joan of Arc: Voices in the Fire (Columbia University), Sophie Gets the Horns (The Riot Group)Philadelphia (selected): A Number (Tiny Dynamite), We Are Bandits (Applied Mechanics), 17 Border Crossings (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental), Some Other Mettle (Applied Mechanics), Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in Clark Park), Vainglorious (Applied Mechanics), Slip/Shot (Flashpoint), Overseers (Applied Mechanics), In A Daughter's Eyes (InterAct Theatre Company), Love Jerry (Nice People Theater Company), Portmanteau (Applied Mechanics). Training: University of London, University of Michigan.