Andy Richardson is a stage actor, singer, dancer, and current student at Gallatin. He is a junior pursuing the concentration Interpretation: Musical Theatre Performance and American Sign Language. His Broadway credits include Disney’s Newsies (original Broadway cast); Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone (original revival cast); and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His regional productions include the world premiere of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse, Big River, Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan, and West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus, and The Music Man at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.
The Department of Fools Presents the Tooth-Puller
Commedia dell’arte is salacious, zany, tremendously enjoyable and deeply satirical. This group of alumni is from Gallatin and the Lee Strasberg Institute and features Yair Ben-Dor, Matthew A.J. Gregory, Oren Oettinger, Christina Paterno, Olivier Renaud, Andy Richardson, Eduardo Rios, Leila Rusciani, Brandon Salerno, and Anna Tempte. The internationally diverse group of actors has each brought something unique to the table in terms of a worldview and cultural experiences in order to say something pertinent in 2016 through the use of Renaissance street theater. Through the time-honored tradition and allure of commedia dell’ arte’s physical humor, acrobatics, song, and satire, we seek to raise a variety of salient questions. Are those in power responsible to those “beneath” them? What ability do those at the bottom of social hierarchies have to affect their own lives and communities? What can be done when the boss is wrong? Or incompetent? Or dangerous?