The Heights Players


A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Directed by Elizabeth Bove
December 1st–17th, 2017

"When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos."
–Thomas More

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Meet the Cast
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David Shakopi David Shakopi as Thomas More

David is happy to be performing again at The Heights Players and is especially pleased to be working with this talented cast and crew. Recent roles: Born Yesterday (Ed Devery); You Can’t Take It With You (Mr. Kirby); Den of Thieves (Big Tuna); Tartuffe (Orgon). Film/TV: 6 Degrees of Murder; Haunted; Boys Will be Boys. V.O.: Kognito; Bright Talk; AmTrust. For M&K.
Brian Kelly Brian Kelly as Thomas Cromwell

Brian is an actor and musician. His theatrical work began with a one man show The Story of You (2014). “The work is eerie, tense, wry, unsentimental and alive with restless energy.” - Edith Meeks, director, HB Studio. Over the past year he’s appeared in several TV crime shows and a number of short films and plays. In early 2018 he will play the lead in a production of Ionesco’s The Lesson at LATEA Theatre in the Lower East Side. Examples of his music, writing, and acting can be found at
Hugh Heckman Hugh Heckman as Duke of Norfolk

Hugh has appeared in productions at the HB Studio Playwrights Theatre, in such plays as The Egg and Butter Man, Balm in Gilead, The Collection, and Three Sisters, directed by Amy Wright, and Bury the Dead, directed by Geoffrey Owens, and in works directed by Jack Hofsiss. He has also appeared with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Hugh was a writer on the CBS Evening News, and now is with the PBS NewsHour Weekend. He's very happy to be working with The Heights Players for the first time.
Steven W. Bergquist Steven Bergquist as The Common Man

Steven made his Heights Players debut in 1958 in Quality Street and appeared in shows such as Pinocchio, Cheaper by The Dozen and Puss in Boots Out West. In 2003 he returned to play Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Alfieri in A View From the Bridge, Buddy in Follies and Hector in History Boys. Steven is a student in the evening division at Juilliard, studying classical singing.
Shelton Tripp as Richard Rich

Shelton is excited to be making his Heights Players debut. He received his BFA in acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Credits include Fox on The Fairway, The Philadelphia Story, Two Gentleman of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, and Reasons to be Pretty.
Kendra Culley Kendra Culley as Margaret Roper

Kendra is thrilled to be performing in her first production with The Heights Players. She received her BFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Credits include: It's A Baby, Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly), Period in Period, Under Construction, As You Like It, and The Dining Room. Many thanks to this brilliant cast and crew and to her family and friends for their continuous love and support!
Nettie Chickering Margaret Sullivan as Alice More

Margaret is an actress and singer and was last seen at The Heights Players as Mrs. Morehouse in The Women and Flora in Cracks. She has appeared in various plays, musicals, and operettas. Among her favorite roles are Mrs. Bramson in Night Must Fall, Deirdre O’Malley in Waiting in the Wings, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, Maggie in The Women and the opera singer, Heidi Schiller, in Follies.
Bill McAndrews Bill McAndrews as Cardinal Wolsey

Bill is a native New Yorker and is excited to be working with The Heights Players. Bill’s selected theater credits include: Joshua / Martin (Cloud 9), Harry (WHY at the Emerging Artists Theater), Master Mayor (WUTOPIA at Columbia Stages), Harry (Living At Home), Eddie (Scenes of a Sexual Nature), Nathan (Feldman and Sons), and Sheldon Copper (Correction). Also, Bill has appeared in a number of independent short films. Bill is a member of the Tres Artis Theater Community. Love to Marjorie.... talented cast, director, and crew......Carpe Diem!
Nicholas Hudson Nicholas Hudson as King Henry VIII

Nicholas has previously appeared in: Twentieth Century (Oscar Jaffe, Studio Players), The House of Blue Leaves (Billy Einhorn, Narrows Community Theater), Inspecting Carol (Larry Vauxhall, The Heights Players), Richard III (Second Murderer/Bishop of Ely, Gallery Players), Annie Get Your Gun (Buffalo Bill, Narrows Community Theater), and Hairspray (Mr. Pinky, Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theatre).
Corey Grant Ray Wagner as Chapuys

Ray has appeared on our stage in Regrets Only (Hank Hadley), All the King’s Men (Judge Irwin), And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge),The Hollow (Insp. Colquhoun), Verdict (Karl Hendryk), Twentieth Century (Oscar Jaffe), Dracula (Van Helsing), Hamlet (Polonius), Show Boat (Cap’n Andy), and Death of a Salesman (Charley). A longtime member of the PAPER MOON PLAYERS of Sheepshead Bay and WINGS THEATRE in Greenwich Village, he has worked as an actor, director and designer. Other favorite acting roles include: Andrew in Sleuth, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and Henry II in The Lion in Winter. As always, for Bob…
Adeyinka Adebola Stephen deFluiter as Cranmer

Stephen returns to the Heights Players after a long hiatus. He first appeared here in 1975 in The Chalk Garden, then The Crucible and Finian's Rainbow, among others. He has acted and directed in repertory in Denver, New Orleans and New York at Circle Repertory, performed on film, notably in Hannah and Her Sisters and Radio Days, and on television as the chief coroner on Law and Order. He takes great pleasure in working with Liz Bove and this very talented cast.

Adeyinka Adebola Christopher Young as William Roper

Christopher is appearing in his first production with The Heights Players. He is happy to be returning to the stage after a 10 year hiatus. Thank you to the Buffalo Theater Community who taught him so much about this craft and prepared him for a career in the arts. Many thanks to his family and friends.

Maureen Vidal Maureen Vidal as Woman

Maureen is happy to return to the New York stage after her annual hiatus in Hawaii. Her most recent appearance on our stage was in last year's production of Stage Door. She also appeared in Sound of Music (Narrows Community Theater) and at Silvercup Studios as a stand-in for Judy Blume ( She is particularly pleased to be working on this production with such a talented director and crew. As always, in memory of Mimi, Mom, Dad and John.

Doris Martir Doris Martir as Woman

A native New Yorker, she has appeared in such productions as, Ana in The Tropics, Follies, Look Homeward Angel Forum, The Heiress and West Side Story at The Heights Theater. Off Off Broadway; They Just Don't Get It, and Love Sex and Menopause. Presently appearing in Latin Lives. 2 short films *both award winning. and the web series Latin Lives. Studied with Tom G. Waites Studio, HB, Stella Adler Studio and Alan Gordon Studio. I want to thank Tom Tyler and the staff of the The Heights Players for the very hard work they do keeping live theater alive.