Lake Braddock to Present 'The Tempest'

Lake Braddock to Present 'The Tempest'

<bt>The big story of this production is that one of D.C.'s hottest young actors and graduate of Lake Braddock is coming back to direct.

Jon Cohn, a 1991 graduate, most recently the co-star of The American Century Theatre/Theatre J production of "Home of The Brave," will direct the high school students of Lake Braddock in his adaptation of William Shakespeare's last play.

Cohn, a regular fixture in The Washington Post Style section, has recently performed to rave reviews as John in Source Theatre's production of "A Life in the Theatre," as the title character in Studio Theatre's "Kit Marlowe," and as Ferdinand in the Folger Theatre's "The Tempest." Eleven years after graduation, Cohn has returned to the school in which his mother was PTSA president to share his love for theater and Shakespeare with the students of The Lake Braddock Theatre.

Aspiring and successful actors and designers in their own right, Lake Braddock Theatre and students are eager to get that final dose of professional training before they head off to the collegiate or professional ranks, themselves.

Below is a list of the 19 Cappies Awards nominations and eight Cappies won by LBT since the Cappies creation in 1999. Also is a cast list of "The Tempest" featuring the accomplishments of some of the actors:

Northern Virginia Critics Awards Program (Cappies)


2000 — Set, Costumes, Makeup, Sound, Set Crew, Featured Actress, Actor — Mike Innocenti

2001 — Set, Lighting, Actress, Best Play — "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


2000 — Lighting, Staging (Special Effects), Supporting Actor, Actress, Best Play — "Dracula"

2001 — Costumes, Makeup, Featured Actor

Lake Braddock Theatre — The only school in Cappies history to be nominated in every technical theatre category, the only school to win the Best Featured Actor (Play) award and one of only two schools to be nominated for best play in two consecutive seasons. The 19 production nominations are the most for any school in Cappie history.


Prospero — Adam Lowe (2002 VHSL Patriot District All-Star Cast)

Ariel — Anna Kate Bocknek

(2001 Virginia Governor's School for Drama)

Caliban — Carly Jehlen

Miranda — Kat Purgal (2002 Virginia Governor's School For Drama Nominee)

Ferdinand — Adam Ressa

Trinculo — Roya Zarrinnahad

(1999 English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition Metro First

Runner-up, 2001 — Cappies Best Actress Nominee, 2001 and 2002

Folger Shakespeare Excellence in Acting, 2001 Virginia Governor's School for Drama, 2002 VHSL Patriot District All-Star Cast)

Stephano — Jacob Perlin

Antonio — Rachel Poole

Gonzalo — Gabi Yount

Alonso — Robert Jones

Sebastian — Lauren Rife

Francisco — Matt Ference

Adrian — Sean Pollin


Kevin Barringer, Corrina Beall, Tess Brown, Stephanie DePaolis, Brian Dudolevitch, Kitt Evans, Michelle Gomez, Michelle Grossman, Elizabeth Holtan, Kerry Kaleba, Megan Lange, Chris Lindstron, Kathleen Mason, Katie Newman, Andrew Peloquin, Michelle Plotkin, Heather Ridenhower, Michelle Salomon, Stephanie Santiago, Anja Stickley, Katie Voss, and Robert Austin Wingfield

House Managed by Lauren Kidd

Publicity by Liz Murray

Makeup by Melissa Gonzales

Costumes by Megan Lange

Properties by Michelle Plotkin

Set by Adam Lowe

Lights by Daniel Eichhorst

Sound by Keith Filppu

Company Managed by Carly Jehlen

Stage Managed by Joe Spinnato

Produced by R. L. Mirabal

Directed by Jon Cohn