Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Meet Celeste!

First things first. You are probably mispronouncing Celeste's name! She is Italian to the core, and we require an Italian pronunciation! I am no good at I.P.A. so my best attempt at presenting the proper pronunciation of Celeste's name would be:

che - LES - tay

So, now you're in the know. You may remember Celeste from last summer's productions in which she played Jaques in As You Like It and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, as well as several roles in Macbeth. I particularly loved her portrayal of Fleance. Adorable. In addition to Ce's classical chops, she is also an incredibly talented commedia performer. I had the good fortune to work with Celeste last summer just before heading up to the Adirondacks. We performed with Hyperion Theatre Project's fourth annual Manhattanpotamia show, The Trek Down Columbina's Treasure Trail -- and I believe that Celeste has performed in each and every one of the Manhattanpotamia incarnations over the last several years. She is pretty hilarious!

I know Celeste is excited to be performing one of her dream roles this summer: the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice. This is not to be missed! I am also really looking forward to her portrayal of Helena. This is a character so often played over-the-top, as a goofball, but I know Celeste is going to bring a sensitive and even tragic touch to this role and truly bring her alive for our lucky Adirondack audiences. We are thrilled to have her back this season! And I know she will be ready to relax by Schroon Lake after a month-long tour of Hyperion's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Italy. Welcome back, Celeste!

Fun fact: Celeste is a certified sommelier.

Celeste Moratti
(MID: Helena; VEN: Morocco, Balthasar, Salerio; KIDS: TBA)

Stage: Celeste in Crazy Sound, Antonio in Days of Antonio, and Roica in Boing Boing Boing Against the Wall (La MaMa Etc, NYC); Elena in The Theory of Color (Medicine Show Theatre, NYC); The Woman in Night Lights (Public Theatre, Cleveland OH), the Woman in Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice (Inverted Foot Stage, NYC), title role in Euripides’ Medea, and Dario D’ambrosi’s Angelina (Teatro Quirino, Rome IT), Wife in Edmond, Emilia in Othello (Teatro Primostudio, Milan IT), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyperion Theatre Project, NY and Italian tour), Jacques in As You Like It, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Lenox/Fleance in Macbeth (Adirondack Shakespeare Company), Ensemble in Red Noir (The Living Theatre, NYC), The Angel in Angels in AmericaPerestrojka, Elmire in Tartuffe, Simonne Evrard in Marat-Sade (Stella Adler Studios, NYC). Film: Ariel in My Mother’s Fairy Tales, Antonio in Il Bambino Gallo, Bianka Yonak in Fight the Panda Syndicate. Member of The Living Theatre, Hyperion Theatre Project, Teatro Patologico and proud member of Adirondack Shakespeare Company!

Some fond memories from Summer 2010, our inaugural season:

Jaques in As You Like it

Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet

Lennox in Macbeth

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