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Founders

A sad note.  In April 2017 we received the unwelcome news that our Vice President and co-founder Annette Triquère has passed away.  Sorrowful news indeed, following on the loss in February 2015 of our long-time Artistic Director and guiding light Lance Hewett.  We would not be who we are without these two remarkable artists and people.  We have no doubt this pair of dynamos are still stirring things up in the Great Beyond.

Lance Hewett (1947-2015) was Co-Founder, President and Artistic Director of Isle of Shoals Productions, Inc., a Manhattan-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company from its inception in 1995. IOS directing included Shadowlands by William Nicholson, his new “intimate” adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and the World Premiere of That Lady from Maxim’s, twice revived and winner of the 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, for which Lance was nominated as Outstanding Director. He originally developed and directed all the musicals in Prelude to Tomorrow, at the same time as he directed (in rep) memorable productions of The Runner Stumbles, his own adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Emlyn Williams’ brilliant psychological murder mystery Night Must Fall. For Valentine’s Day at the Theatre Row Complex, he conceived and directed Falling in Love with Love, a musical revue set in the fictional Manhattan Psychoanalytical Institute for the Romantically Challenged, and later on an original musical revue, Autumn Leaves, featuring songs of Autumn (his favorite season) from Broadway and motion pictures. He also directed a rare off-off-Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Our Town, at the legendary Gene Frankel Theatre in lower Manhattan, in rep with the staged reading of In This Fallen City, Bryan Williams’ prize-winning off-Broadway play and teleplay, in a new version expanded from a two-character play, that put the entire offstage world of this contemporary urban tragedy on the stage as shadows and flashbacks. Lance conceived, directed and wrote the book for our hugely successful Noël Coward double bill, Café Coward paired with Still Life at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, following this with the two-act version of Café Coward, a 1930s cabaret tribute to Coward’s words and music, for Hofstra Entertainment. For Isle of Shoals he directed/adapted an intimate eve with Will & Chris...penned by those bad boys of Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and a double bill of Suddenly Last Summer & Steps Must Be Gentle, Tennessee Williams’ neglected theatrical gems. After a Long Island tour, Blue Songs, Gray Songs, a dramatic/musical montage of America’s Civil War, was presented at the Pantheon Theatre, NYC, followed by a Grand Guignol theatricalization, with period songs, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables at the Lark Theatre. He staged the NYC revival of A Hatful of Rain at PC II Theatre, and a new translation of Hecabe by Euripides for the Cyprus Embassy and NYC boroughs tour. Other NYC non-musical premieres include To Rose ~ Love Edward, a heartbreaking yet poetic journey of a woman’s descent into Alzheimers, Raw Space; and Icarus Variations, re-opening wounds of lost lives, lost loves and lost innocence during the Vietnam era (Kelly Bishop, Michael Higgins, Helen Stenborg) Off-B’way at the Promenade — both by Bryan Williams; Men of Iron, Sanford Meisner; Daydreams, Actors Corner. NYC revivals: a restored/newly translated Miss Julie, Pulse; the Bram Stoker Centennial revamped revival of Dracula, Gallery Players; Take a Giant Step; for Fordham: The Runner Stumbles, Bus Stop, Shadow Box, Tempest, Taming of the Shrew and Sweeney Todd. Lance directed the 7-month run of Guys and Dolls at Resorts Casino, Atlantic City; another production (Donna Pescow, Joey Travolta) Pocono, Falmouth, Bucks County Playhouses. Treasured regional directing: Shadowlands, Real Inspector Hound/15 Minute Hamlet, Laughing Horse, Ellensburg, WA; Servant of Two Masters, Northeastern Theatre Ensemble, PA; Romeo and Juliet, Road to Mecca, West FL Rep/Athol Fugard Festival. Lance began his career as an actor/singer (AEA, SAG) – he first teamed up with Bryan Williams when he was walking away with the reviews in Jacques Brel at Woodstock Playhouse. NYC/Regional roles included his highly praised Rutledge in 1776 with Howard da Silva, Christmas Past opposite John Carradine in A Christmas Carol at Town Hall, Japheth in Two By Two with Milton Berle, and leading roles in National Tours/productions with Leonard Nimoy, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Josh Logan, Jan Peerce, Don Ameche, Barbara Eden, Eva Gabor, Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable, John Raitt; many others. Lance was very proud to be a Founding Member of the celebrated Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.

Annette Triquère (Co-Founder and Vice President) was a versatile performer, both as a singer and an actor, and studied voice with several excellent teachers, including the legendary Lois Hunt of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She first teamed with Lance Hewett and Bryan Williams when she played Constance in a Huntington production of the undervalued Jerry Herman musical Dear World.  The three joined together as Isle of Shoals Productions, whose first production was Lighthouse, written by Bryan and directed by Lance, in which she created the role of Harmony. That was followed by an evening of Noel Coward’s works:  Still Life (Dolly Messiter) and Café Coward (Violet Coward); Suddenly Last Summer (Mrs. Venable); and House of the Seven Gables (Hepzibah). She toured the greater New York area in the title role of Hecabe, the Euripides tragedy, produced by Cypreco of America, Inc., and directed by Lance. This production was also performed, by special request, at the Cyprus Embassy in New York City. She performed the role of Lady Bracknell in the off-Broadway production of Ernest, an original musical version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, presented at the Jose Quintero Theater and directed by Gayden Wren. Her many other roles included Mamita in Gigi, The Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha, Mrs. Harcourt in Anything Goes, Eunice in 70, Girls, 70, Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, A in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Adult Female Chorus in How I Learned to Drive. She toured with her two one-woman shows, How Lovely to be a Woman, and Ladies of the Stage and participated in the creation of two pilot television productions, Heck’s Angels and Splinters from a Wooden Leg. Her classical music credentials included soprano solo work in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Amato Opera Company in Manhattan, NYC. Annette was a dedicated teacher in public and private schools in both the U.S.and Nova Scotia, and taught both musical theatre and voice classes at the Performing Arts Center of Long Island. She held a BA degree from Queens College, CUNY, in Education and Music, and a Master’s degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She had a successful voice studio in New York for more than 15 years and her students were admitted to many of the finest music schools. In June, 2007 Annette relocated to Williamstown, MA, and worked with The Greylock Project, a creative arts program in writing and performance for young people, which is sponsored and supported by the legendary Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she appeared onstage in Our Town.

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