Director Andrew Lichtenberg oversees the acting work of his wife, Debora, in the roles of Mistress Overdone and Francisca, the nun, while twin sons Drew and Nick play Lucio and Claudio respectively.
This is not the first time the two boys have been involved in their father's productions, but Debora has not performed onstage since 1981.
After earning her MFA in theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1980, and working in audience development at Stage West and directing at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, she went on to pre-med work at Bryn Mawr College and then veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1992, Debora and Andy founded the Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital on Route 9 in Pelham.
Debora and Andy
met at UMass
as graduate students in theater.
Andy had earned his BA in theater and music at Case Western Reserve, and became familiar with UMass after working summers there with acting teacher Jon Farris.
As part of the company's outreach efforts, Andy
developed a series of workshops for teachers which later evolved into "Shakespeare Alive", a program that brought a four-actor company into schools throughout the entire Philadelphia school district and tri-state area.
also performed in a number of the company's mainstage productions.
Despite this extensive background, Andy
had not directed for many years as he
and Debora worked to establish the clinic and raise their boys.