About the Director


HARRIET POWER (Director) is honored and delighted to be working with theatre colleague Michael Hollinger on his Villanova theatre playwriting debut. Ms. Power has worked with playwrights throughout her career, as a resident director of Bay Area Playwrights Festival, West Coast Playwrights, and the Iowa Playwrights Festival, as well as during her tenure as Artistic Director of Venture Theatre and at the International Women Playwrights Festival (Galway, Ireland). Incorruptible launches a busy season of directing; future projects include Syncopation at Act II Playhouse (March 2006), the world premiere of Seth Rozin’s Reinventing Eden (InterAct Theatre Company, April 2006), and Sebastian Barry’s Fred and Jane, highlighting the Irish Festival at Villanova Theatre in May 2006. An associate professor of theatre at Villanova, Ms. Power teaches dramaturgy, acting, and solo performance. In 2004, during her sabbatical year in Rome, Italy, she directed Dinner with Friends for The English Theatre of Rome (the city’s largest professional English-language theatre). Recent U.S. directing credits include Art and By the Bog of Cats… (Villanova Theatre) and Missing Link (InterAct Theatre Company, 2002 Barrymore nominee for Best New Play). She is the recipient of three Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Direction for Measure for Measure (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Venture Theatre), and Angels in America: Perestroika, for which she received the 1997 award with Villanova colleague James J. Christy.

About the Playwright


MICHAEL HOLLINGER is the author of RED HERRING, INCORRUPTIBLE, AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF, and TINY ISLAND, all of which premiered at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and have together enjoyed productions around the country, off-Broadway, and abroad. These plays are all published by Dramatists Play Service; TINY ISLAND also appears in NEW PLAYWRIGHTS: BEST PLAYS OF 1999, published by Smith and Kraus. TOOTH AND CLAW was commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Science and Technology Project, and received its world and New York premieres in the spring of 2004 at the Arden and EST, respectively. A new play, OPUS, wil premiere at the Arden and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre in 2006. Michael has written seven touring plays for young audiences, as well as the 3D Laser Show EXTREME CHOICES for New Jersey's Liberty Science Center. For PBS, he has written three short films and co-authored the feature-length PHILADELPHIA DIARY. Awards include the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays, a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Michael is a resident playwright of New Dramatists and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova, where, 17 years ago, he was cast opposite Megan Bellwoar in PIPPIN. They now share a life, a profession, and two children, Benjamin and Willa.

Production Photos

image from the production of Incorruptible
The Peasant Woman (Barbara Quinn) surrounded by the monks of Priseaux: Father Charles (Tim Horner), Brother Olf (Matthew Rohner), Brother Felix (Jared Nelson), and Brother Martin (David Whalen)
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Jack (Shane Borer, left) and Marie (Jessica DalCanton)
image from production of Incorruptible
Father Charles (Tim Horner, left) and Brother Martin (David Whalen)
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Jack (Shane Borer, left), Brother Martin (David Whalen) and Father Charles (Tim Horner)
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Brother Martin (David Whalen, left) threatens Jack (Shane Borer) as Father Charles (Tim Horner) and Brother Olf (Matthew Rohner) look on
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Jack (Shane Borer)
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Jack (Shane Borer) and Marie (Jessica Dal Canton)
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Father Charles (Tim Horner) and Jack (Shane Borer)

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Get Involved

Ushers are needed for every performance. Ushers arrive one hour before the show, hand out programs, help seat patrons, and see the show for free! Please contact the Villanova Theatre Box Office at 610-519-7474 if you would like to usher.

Production Crew
We need volunteer crew members to help build sets, hang lights, and sew costumes. This is a great way to experience theatre "behind the scenes" and meet new people. Please contact Business/Production Manager Elisa Loprete Hibbs at 610-519-4897 to volunteer for production crew.

Open Auditions
Want to be in the spotlight? Audition for Villanova Theatre productions! Auditions are held throughout the year. 

Cast of Characters

Charles, abbot of Priseaux: TIM HORNER
Brother Martin, his second in command: DAVID WHALEN
Brother Olf, a novice: MATTHEW ROHNER
Brother Felix, a novice: JARED NELSON
Peasant Woman, from the village: BARBARA QUINN
Jack, a one-eyed minstrel: SHANE BORER
Marie, his wife of sorts: JESSICA DAL CANTON
Agatha, abbess of Bernay: TAYLOR WILLIAMS