Present A Restoration Comedy


Written by George Farquhar
Directed by Catherine Andre

General Admission: $20 • Student/Senior: $10

In this hilarious restoration comedy, a British Captain comes to a small town to raise recruits only to fall desperately in love with the daughter of a local country Justice. Farquhar brings a whole new level to the metaphor of love as war with scintillating dialogue, seductive strategizing, and even sword fighting! The ensemble cast will lead the audience through the play’s intricate twists and turns as we ride through the roller coaster of love, schemes, and inheritances.


The Balcony Theater at The Center at West Park

165 W 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Feb 1st - 10th • 8:00PM
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

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Meet The Cast

Daniel Duren as Bullock, Pluck

Regional: The Burial at Thebes (Soldier) and The Christmas Carol (Caroler) at the Guthrie Theater. Fordham University: White People (Alan Harris), Agamemnon (Agamemnon) Phoebe in Winter (Liam),The Dumb Waiter (Ben). Community: Before I Go (Lenard/Phil) MN Fringe Festival, The Three Sisters (Fedotik) Night Path Theater, Playwriting: To Hell in a Handbasket (The Kraine Theatre), Before I Go MN Fringe Festival, Ballast Wild Intention Teen Troupe.


Douglas Pardella as Captain Brazen/Thomas/Producer

Fordham: A View From The Bridge (Alfieri), The Luck of the Irish (Mr. Donovan), Mr. Marmalade (Mr. Marmalade); London Dramatic Academy: Three Sisters (Andrey), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius). This is Douglas's inaugural show as a producer. He has endless thanks for his family and friends. This production wouldn't exist without their support.

Ian Edlund as Worthy

Ian is a recent graduate of Fordham University's Theatre program. New York Theatre: Fuck Mary Kill (Danny u/s) at the New Ohio Theatre. Fordham: The Skin of Our Teeth, The Owl Answers/Sun, The Winter's Tale. Film: Mixtape Marauders (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival.) Thank you to Cat, Kelsey and Doug.  

Jenna Wyman as Rose, Lucy, Costar, Smith

A NYC based actress, director, and theatre artist. She recently graduated from Fordham University and The London Dramatic Academy with a BA  in Theatre Performance. She is currently a member of The Magis Theatre Company. Previous Credits include: The Winter's Tale, Paulina (Fordham University), Anna Bella Eema, Annabella (Dir. Mandy Heiser), Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Clytemnestra (Dir. Brian Jennings).

Kendall Cafaro as Sylvia

An actor, singer, theatre maker and recent graduate from Fordham University’s theatre program. Her Fordham credits include: The Winter’s Tale, The Owl Answers/Sun, Weldon Rising, Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake), The Bald Soprano, Pilot’s Wings. During college, she had the chance to study acting at the Moscow Art Theatre as well as Droznin and authentic movement through the National Theatre Institute. Since graduating, she has: studied devised theatre in Berlin through Bard College Berlin, began doing work as a teaching artist, delved into student film work, and collaborated with friends on projects. She’s excited to be in a play again with her friends! Thank you so much to Doug, Kelsey, Catherine and cast for restoring comedy. For more info:

Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn as Justice Balance, Melinda

Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn is a performer, theater maker and teacher from Hong Kong. She’s performed her play based on interviews with clowns, I.M. LOST! – a show about clowns and how to be happy, in productions at Princeton University (dir. Ogemdi Ude), Dixon Place (dir. Kat Yen) and Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival (dir. Benita de Wit). She is currently developing a new show, SCUM, based on SCUM Manifesto author Valerie Solanas and beauty queen Carolyn Sapp. She recently directed, produced and performed in a presentation of SCUM at Dixon Place. She also teaches workshops on clown training through partnerships with the Princeton University Office of Religious Life and the Youth Leadership Development Program of New Jersey.


Patrick Swailes Caldwell as Kite

An actor, director, magician and songwriter who just graduated alongside most of the company from Fordham University Lincoln Center and is known primarily for playing Martin Shkreli in Pharmabro: An American Douchical! Directing: Into the Woods (Vanguard Summerstock Theater) The Man Who Built His House to Heaven (Edinburgh Fringe Festival/ 59 E 59 Theater) Shadows, The Zoo Story (Fordham Kehoe Theater). Magic Design: Maybe Tomorrow NYC Fringe/ PIT Loft. Patrick will be starring in the new circus show “The Optimist” with Atlas Circus Company this month and next at the People’s Improv Theater.

Tony Macht as Captain Plume

NYC: Stuff and Nonsense, Romeo and Juliet. Fordham: Electric Baby, The Winter's Tale, The Skin of our Teeth. Upcoming projects include the feature film Safe Spaces, and the short film Listen. Many thanks to Doug, Cat, and Kelsey for making the show possible.

Meet The Creative Team

Catherine Andre

Catherine Andre is a NYC-based director committed to shaping heightened texts into visceral and immediate performances that embolden female characters and interrogate our shared human condition. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Princeton University, her recent directing credits include Mud (Fornés), A Dream Play (Strindberg), Macbeth and HAIR (Rado/Ragni). Assisting credits include Peter Pan (Bedlam), GURLS (McCarter Theatre Lab), Elektra and Red Noses (Lewis Center for the Arts). Upcoming projects include As You Like It and the new play Trash Mermaids. This season, she is a Visiting Artist at Princeton University and First Stage Artist at the Drama League.

Wesley Cornwell
Set Designer

Wesley Cornwell is a New York based theater designer. Recent credits include Dead Poet Society (CSC; Assistant Director Intern for John Doyle), Lost and Guided (The Angle Project; set, costumes, lights), Man of La Macha (Princeton Festival; set), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Theaterlab; set, lights, sound), Cyrano (Grind Arts Co, FringeNYC; lights), Once (Princeton U; set, costume), Spring, On Fire (Princeton U; costumes). He received his BA with honors from Princeton University where he was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize, the Lewis Center for the Arts' highest award to a graduating senior.

Kelsey Rearden
Stage Manager

A recent graduate from Fordham University, majoring in Theatre Design and Production with a concentration in Stage Management. New York: Hadestown at NYTW (PA), Absolutely Filthy at Fringe Encores (PA). Fordham: The Winter's Tale (PSM), Weldon Rising (PSM), Anna Bella Eema (PSM), The Bald Soprano (PSM), White People (ASM), The Skin of Our Teeth (ASM), Nina (ASM). Infinite gratitude to Cat and Doug for being a complete dream team, and also to the cast and designers for their brilliance and dedication. Love to Mikey and Lisa.

Asa Lipton
Associate Producer/Lighting Designer

Asa Lipton is a NY-based designer, technician, and artist. He has worked on dozens of plays in NYC as a lighting designer, projection designer, and various other roles. The Recruiting Officer will be his first time as an associate producer. He’d like to thank Doug, Cat, and the entire cast and creative team for creating such an inspiring project. Select lighting design credits include: A Piece of My Heart with Onomatopoeia Theater Company, And Miss Reardan… with Retro Productions, Good Boys and True with Retro Productions, Full of Grace at LaGuardia PAC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare on the Sound. For Noah.

Danica Martino
Costume Designer

Danica is a New York based costume designer for theatre and film. Credits include wRETCH The Final Concert (the Wild Project), Mary Stuart (Spicy Witch Productions ) and The Fight (Storm Theater). She is currently working as costume coordinator on a produciton of The Low Road at The Public Theater.

Sheridan Stevens
Musical Composer

Sheridan Stevens is a NYC composer/lyricist. A participant of the BMI Lehman Engel program, his compositions have been seen at theaters across America, including in Earthquakes in London at the Guthrie Theater, The Village Home at the Mission Theater, and was featured in the New York Times for his original compositions in Too Blondes at the Metropolitan Room. He received the Carol Willington award for his original song, Perfect Day

Julie Solomon

Julie Solomon is a scenic designer, dramaturg, and theatre-maker. Since moving in New York City in August, she has worked on shows at the IRT, The Tank, The Duke, Dixon Place, and more. When not working on indie theatre shows, Julie is the Artistic Administrator at the Drama League.

Franco Giacomarra
Sound Design

Francesco Giacomarra is a musician and  junior Theatre Student at Fordham University studying playwriting and sound design. Thanks to Asa and Doug for bringing him onboard!


Written by George Farquhar
Directed by Catherine Andre

The Balcony Theater
The Center at West Park
165 W 86th Street
New York, NY  10024

February 1-3 & 6-10


 Director: Catherine Andre
Stage Manager: Kelsey Rearden
Lighting Designer: Asa Lipton
Set Designer: Wesley Cornwell
Costume Designer: Danica Martino
Sound Designer: Franco Giacomarra
Musical Composer: Sheridan Stevens
Dramaturg: Julie Solomon
Producer: Douglas Pardella
Associate Producer: Asa Lipton 

Daniel Duren as Bullock, Pluck
Douglas Pardella as Captain Brazen
Ian Edlund as Worthy
Jenna Wyman as Rose, Lucy, Costar, Smith
Kendall Cafaro as Sylvia
Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn as Justice Balance, Melinda
Patrick Swailes Caldwell as Kite
Tony Macht as Captain Plume, Thomas


In this hilarious restoration comedy, a British Captain comes to a small town to raise recruits only to fall desperately in love with the daughter of a local country Justice. Farquhar brings a whole new level to the metaphor of love as war with scintillating dialogue, seductive strategizing, and even sword fighting! The ensemble cast will lead the audience through the play’s intricate twists and turns as we ride through the roller coaster of love, schemes, and inheritances.

Come join our contemporary American reimagining of George Farquhar’s scarcely-performed “THE RECRUITING OFFICER” at The Balcony Theater at The Center at West Park



We, as recently graduated theatre artists, are taking our extensive education to the New York stage with a dynamic production of The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar. We want to bring classical comedic theatre to an intimate New York space while responding to the age we have found ourselves in. High quality, affordable theatre that is broadly accessible is integral to a thriving culture. We want to give audiences a rambunctious night of theatre while adding to the ongoing conversation about the rifts within our country.

All of the actors and designers working on this production are recent college graduates who have received degrees in theatrical performance, design, and direction. Some of the productions our coalition of artists have directed, designed, and acted in are Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, Maria Irene Fornes's Mud, Jenny Schwartz’s God’s Ear, and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth, as well as several original plays.

The Center at West Park is a home for arts, culture, and community in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization that offers a diverse range of programs for artists, audiences, and the neighborhood; manages the building’s facilities; and stewards the restoration of its historic exterior. This production is made possible, in part, through the Center’s Artist Residency program. To learn more about this program and apply for a residency, visit


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Opening Night:
Thursday, February 1st, 2018 • 8PM
Show Dates:


General Admission: $20
Student/Senior: $10