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Program: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


present

THE PLAY ON FESTIVAL

at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Jeffrey Whitty

Directed by: Jeffrey Whitty

Dramaturg: Heidi Schreck

Stage Manager: Alison R. Simone

Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Emmanus

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan

Cast

Amanda Sykes
Helena, Starveling

Aneesh Sheth
Puck, Philostrate

Angel Desai
Hermia, Snug, Moth

Bianca Leigh
Hypolita, Titania

Chelsea Nicolle Fryer
Flute, Cobweb

Genesis Oliver
Lysander, First Fairy

Kevin Kantor
Bottom

Michael Sharon
Theseus, Oberon

Patrick Kerr
Egeus, Quince, Peasblossum

Sathya Sridharan
Demetrius

Tasso Feldman
Snout, Mustardseed

There will be one 15-minute intermission.

A short talkback with members of the creative team will take place immediately following the reading.

Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare.


The Play On Festival is supported by a generous grant from the Hitz Foundation.

 

All performers in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers, and watches. The use of cellular phones in the theater is prohibited by New York City law.

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Creative Team

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Jeffrey Whitty

Playwright & Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year...

Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year he received Best Adapted Screenplay honors for CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (Fox Searchlight Pictures) by the Writers Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Satellite Press Association and several more as well as Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. Musicals: the authentic pre-Broadway HEAD OVER HEELS (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015), AVENUE Q (Tony Award Best Book, Best Musical), TALES OF THE CITY (Best Book, Bay Area Theater Critics), BRING IT ON (Best Musical Tony Nom) with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green. Plays: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER, THE HIDING PLACE, THE PLANK PROJECT. Upcoming: FALLEN WOMAN, a true-crime playsical about his first cousin twice-removed (a famous burlesque dancer in the 1930’s), BAD FAIRY (a series for televison), and several projects soon to be announced. MFA NYU Graduate Acting/Tisch.

 

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Heidi Schreck

Dramaturg, Midsummer Night's Dream

Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living...

Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living in Brooklyn. Her latest play Grand Concourse premiered at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, and theaters across the country, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her other plays include Creature (New Georges and Page 73); There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); and The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre). Awards include the Page 73 Fellowship, the Lilly Awards Stacey Mindich Prize, and the Claire Tow Fellowship at Playwrights Horizons. As an actor, Heidi has performed extensively at theaters in NYC and regionally, including the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Women’s Project. She has also appeared on Nurse JackieBillionsThe Good Wife and Law and Order: SVU. Heidi is currently a writer and co-executive producer on Amazon’s I Love Dick. Other television writing includes Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and Billions, as well as projects in development with ITV and Bravo, and a mini-series inspired by Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior. Heidi has received two OBIEs, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Playwright

Plays: All’s Well That Ends Well; Antony and Cleopatra;...

Plays: All’s Well That Ends Well; Antony and Cleopatra; As You Like It; The Comedy of Errors; Coriolanus; Cymbeline; Edward III; Hamlet; Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three; Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; King John; King Lear; Love’s Labor’s Lost; Macbeth; Measure for Measure; The Merchant of Venice; The Merry Wives of Windsor; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado about Nothing; Othello; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Richard II; Richard III; Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; The Tempest; Timon of Athens; Titus Andronicus; Troilus and Cressida; Twelfth Night; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Two Noble Kinsmen; The Winter’s Tale.

Poems: “Venus and Adonis,” “The Rape of Lucrece,” “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” Sonnets (154).

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Company

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Alison R. Simone

Stage Manager

Alison R. Simone (Production Stage Manager): Off Broadway: Onassis Festival,...

Alison R. Simone (Production Stage Manager): Off Broadway: Onassis Festival, Under the Radar Festival, Mother of the Maid, Othello (The Public), Curse of the Starving Class (Signature Theater Company), ’68 (NYMF), Witness (Playwrights Realm). Events: Kiss Me, Kate Benefit Reading, Roundabout Spring 2017 Gala, (Roundabout Theater Company), Broadway Backwards, Red Bucket Follies, Gypsy of the Year (BC/EFA), Heels on Wheels (Stage 48). Regional: Baskerville, Bye Bye Birdie, Crazy for You, Funny Girl, The Graduate, The Little Mermaid, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Newsies; MFA Columbia University; Proud AEA member.

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Amanda Sykes

Amanda Sykes New York credits: Goodbody (59E59), Drunkle Vanya and Twelfth...

Amanda Sykes New York credits: Goodbody (59E59), Drunkle Vanya and Twelfth Night: or Sir Toby Belch’s Lonely Hearts Cabaret(ThreeDayHangover); The Faire (Fault Line Theatre Co.); Macbeth (NYIT nomination for best supporting actress, The Crook Theater Co.); Regional Credits: the world premiere of Naked Influence (Capital Rep.); Circle Mirror Transformation (George Street Playhouse); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Government Inspector, and A Christmas Carol (The American Conservatory Theater); Proof (Skyline). BFA from the University of Evansville, MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater

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Aneesh Sheth

Aneesh Sheth Film/TV: Marvel’s Jessica Jones (NETFLIX), New Amsterdam (NBC),...

Aneesh Sheth Film/TV: Marvel’s Jessica Jones (NETFLIX), New Amsterdam (NBC), A Kid Like Jake (IFC Films/Sundance 2018), High Maintenance (HBO), Difficult People (Hulu). The Public: Southern Comfort, Twelfth Night: Mobile Unit, Masculinity Max. Regional/Tours: Bombay Dreams (1st National), Around the World in 80 Days (Village Theatre). Other credits include Lincoln Center Theater, La MaMa Etc., York Theatre, NAMT, NYMF, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation and the Asian American Theatre Company (San Francisco). Training: B.F.A.NYU/Tisch/CAP21. Proud AEA/SAG-AFTRA member. aneeshsheth.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Angel Desai

Recent theater:  “India Pale Ale” (MTC), “An Ordinary Muslim” (NYTW),...

Recent theater:  “India Pale Ale” (MTC), “An Ordinary Muslim” (NYTW), ”Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band”” (Ma-Yi Theater).  Broadway:  “”Company”” (2007, Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical).  Other Off-Broadway: CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public/NYSF, Women’s Project, MCC.  Regional: Yale Repertory, George St. Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Festival, Old Globe, McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory. TV: “City on a Hill” (upcoming), “Bull”, “Jessica Jones”, ”Chicago Med””, “Minority Report”, “Madam Secretary”, “Major Crimes”, many others. Video games:  “”Gears of War 4″” (First Minister Jinn, voice).  Film: This Time Next Tuesday, The Clique, The War Within, Heights, Black Knight, Robot Stories.  52nd St Project volunteer. Recipient: 2019 New Dramatists Charles Bowden Award, 2017 NYU Diversity Faculty Mentorship, 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. MFA in Acting from NYU.

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Bianca Leigh

Bianca Leigh Theatre: Waxy Bush in MTC’s THE NAP on Broadway (Understudy/performed),...

Bianca Leigh Theatre: Waxy Bush in MTC’s THE NAP on Broadway (Understudy/performed), Time/Wind in Taylor Mac’s theatre epic THE LILY’S REVENGE, Franny Halcyon in the New York and San Francisco workshops of TALES OF THE CITY THE MUSICAL, Tatiana in Paul Lucas’ award-winning verbatim piece TRANS SCRIPTS at American Repertory Theatre, Beatrice in Christina Anderson’s MAN IN LOVE at Kansas City Rep, and Olivia in Del-Sign Project’s TWELFTH NIGHT, performed entirely in American Sign Language. Film and Television: Mary Ellen in the groundbreaking film TRANSAMERICA, Karma Johnstone in HURRICANE BIANCA, and Dr. Rachel Sandow on LAW & ORDER: SVU. Bianca wrote and performed her solo musical BUSTED, the tale of a young Trans woman in pre-Disney New York City at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her new play, MBJrT, was part of last spring’s Monday Night Playwright Series at Kansas City Rep. She will be featured in Laverne Cox’s upcoming documentary, DISCLOSURE, an exploration of Trans representation in motion pictures and on television.

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Chelsea Nicolle Fryer

Chelsea Fryer is an actor and collaborator who enjoys spreadsheets and yoga....

Chelsea Fryer is an actor and collaborator who enjoys spreadsheets and yoga. Previous credit: R + J (Hypokrit Theater), Untitled Yippee Project (Sunglasses After Dark), Everything You Touch (Rattlestick). Chelsea would like to thank her work wife in life and theater Ada Karmanyan, and her partner Alex, for playing the best *every other character* in Shakespeare cannon for practice. chelseanicollefryer.com

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Genesis Oliver

Genesis Oliver Broadway: Angels In America. Off-Bway: Empathitrax, How To...

Genesis Oliver Broadway: Angels In America. Off-Bway: Empathitrax, How To Live On Earth (Colt
Coeur); Primal Play (New Georges). Regional: We Are Proud To Present…(Playmaker’s
Rep), One Night In Miami…(Baltimore CS) & various others. TV: LITTLE AMERICA,
NOS4A2 Commercials: KIA, AT&T, CITI BANK & various others.
National Theatre Conservatory (MFA)

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Jessica Emmanus

Assistant Stage Manager

Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Cher Show. Off Broadway:...

Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Cher Show. Off Broadway: Notes from the Field (Second Stage). NYC: Between the Lines, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (92nd Street Y), Protest (Cherry Lane Theatre) Regional: Seared, Dangerous House, Buffalo Bill (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Education: MFA, Columbia University. Thanks to her parents and her friends for always being supportive of the journey.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Kevin Kantor

Kevin Kantor is a non-binary actor and performance poet. Selected Credits:...

Kevin Kantor is a non-binary actor and performance poet. Selected Credits: Things I Know To Be True (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre – American Premiere) Macbeth (Actors Theatre of Louisville, dir. Les Waters) The Legend of Georgia McBride (B Street Theatre and Hippodrome Theatre), The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Othello, Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility (Island Shakespeare Festival), And Humbaba Came From His Strong House of Cedar by Jen Silverman (Iowa New Play Festival). As a poet, Kevin’s writing has been featured in Button Poetry, Teen Vogue and The Huffington Post, with over 18 million online views. Kevin was featured alongside Lady Gaga during her 2016 Oscars performance and worked as a content supervisor and contributor on John Ridley’s ABC drama “American Crime.” Their collections include Endowing Vegetables With Too Much Meaning and Please Come Off-Book. Kevin is an alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company. @Kevin_Kantor
Pronouns: they/them/theirs

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Michael Sharon

Michael Sharon has performed in 25 productions of 20 of Shakespeare’s plays...

Michael Sharon has performed in 25 productions of 20 of Shakespeare’s plays at the Folger Theater, the Oregon, Utah, and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, Connecticut Repertory Theater, London’s West End, the Los Angeles Theater Center, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC. Favorite roles include Leontes, Macbeth, Pericles, Theseus/Oberon, Orsino, Aufidius, and Mark Antony in both JULIUS CAESAR and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. Michael has played El Gallo in numerous productions of THE FANTASTICKS, including the historic Off-Broadway production, and originated the role of Basilius in HEAD OVER HEELS at OSF. Other favorite roles include Vronsky in ANNA KARENINA, Rochester in JANE EYRE, Starbuck in THE RAINMAKER, Emile DeBecque in SOUTH PACIFIC, and Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Broadway World and Carbonell Award nominations). Other theaters include Goodspeed, Long Wharf, NYCity Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Wilma, and the York (NYC). Michael is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and received classical training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

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Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology...

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology series for Apple TV. Before that he was in the musical CYRANO at Goodspeed starring Peter Dinklage. Broadway: TRAVESTIES, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE RITZ. Off Broadway: STAGE KISS (Sarah Ruhl) Playwrights Horizons; THE DEVILS (Liz Egloff) New York Theater Workshop and Paul Rudnick’s JEFFREY at the Minetta Lane. National tour: THE LION KING (Las Vegas). Recent regional work includes Polonius in HAMLET at the Old Globe, FINGERSMITH at A.R.T.; Joe DiPietro’s HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse and THE HEIR APPARENT at Chicago Shakespeare. Veteran of many TV programs including recurring roles as Noel on FRASIER (Sag Award – Ensemble) and the Blind Guy on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Film: DOMINO, STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and others. He has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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Sathya Sridharan

Sathya Sridharan is actor and writer from St. Louis, MO. Off- Broadway: India...

Sathya Sridharan is actor and writer from St. Louis, MO. Off- Broadway: India Pale Ale (MTC), An Ordinary Muslim (NYTW), Two Mile Hollow (WP Theater), The Winter’s Tale (The Public Shakespeare Mobile Unit), Hamlet (Sheen Center), This Is It How It Ends (59E59 Summer Shorts). NY Theater: Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), Mechanics of Love (ToByFor Productions). Regional: Our Town (Portland Center Stage), Hapgood (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Philadelphia Story, As You Like It (Chautauqua Theatre Company). Film: Premise, All The Little Things We Kill, Bikini Moon, Dastaar (SXSW, IndyFest), Tourists (Nantucket, CAAM, NJFF), Open Roads (Nantucket). Television: “Succession”, “Night Time”, ”Elementary”, “The Tick”, “Blindspot”, “The Blacklist”, “Madam Secretary”, and “Younger”. Sathya was a 2013 Princess Grace Award Winner (Grace Le Vine). MFA: NYU

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Tasso Feldman

Intimate Apparel (McCarter Theatre), Amadeus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona,...

Intimate Apparel (McCarter Theatre), Amadeus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Charley’s Aunt, The Cocoanuts, The Three Musketeers, (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew, The Heart of Robin Hood, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, On The Razzle, The Clay Cart, Tartuffe (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Mlle. God (Ensemble Studio Theatre LA); Goldfish (South Coast Repertory); Equivocation (Geffen Playhouse); What You Will (New Theater House); War Music (Chicago Humanities Festival); The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); The Glass Menagerie (New Repertory Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Mousetrap (Stoneham Theatre) TV: The Resident (FOX), Black Box (ABC), C.S.I: NY (CBS), H.M.S. *pilot (CW), Film: Everyday Saturday, The Artist

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Ada Karamanyan

Casting

Ada Karamanyan is a casting director based out of New York, NY. She currently...

Ada Karamanyan is a casting director based out of New York, NY. She currently serves as the casting associate for the off-broadway theater organization The Playwrights Realm, and as a producing artistic leader for the year-round fellowship program Trans Lab, co-created and produced by MJ Kaufman and Kit Yan. Recent affiliations include casting for Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Co., New York Musical Festival, and ACT – A Contemporary Theatre. In addition, she served as the casting fellow at New York Theater Workshop during their inaugural 2050 administrative fellowship program.
Pronouns: she/her or they/them

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Lue Morgan Douthit

Executive Director / Dramaturg, Timon of Athens

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a...

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy. Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood;  and Equivocation.. She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016. Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Taylor Bailey

Producer

Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions...

Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions with The Neo-Futurists. He served as Operations Manager and Education Coordinator for The Neo-Futurists, as well as the program developer and coordinator for Neo-Access, a multi-winged strategy for diversity and inclusion as well as accessibility for the differently abled. As a freelance director, performer, storyteller, dramaturg and producer worked with: First Floor Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, American Theatre Company, The Agency Collective, Timeline Theatre, About Face Productions, Collaboration Theatre Company and others. In Dallas, worked with WaterTower Theatre and served as the Associate Artistic Director of Sideman Productions for two years. Additional experience as a teaching artist, IT coordinator and project manager.

Publications: Contributor, New York Times Bestseller It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming
Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
 with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

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Summer Martin

General Manager

Summer Martin has spent over a decade in domestic and international grant...

Summer Martin has spent over a decade in domestic and international grant management for non-profits focused on the arts and education. Summer’s continued commitment to community outreach and education has carried her into work with OSF’s Play on! project.

Education: BA, Mount Holyoke College; MSc, Maryland University of Integrative Health

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

Sally Cade Holmes (Line Producer) is a Tony-nominated producer committed...

Sally Cade Holmes (Line Producer) is a Tony-nominated producer committed to making challenging and innovative entertainment with broad appeal. On Broadway, she has co-produced Hadestown, Anastasia and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Off-Broadway, she is a producer on the his play Puffs. She has produced projects in Ars Nova’s AntFest, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Hot! Festival and The Public’s Under The Radar Festival. She collaborated with Les Freres Corbusier to produce Here’s Hoover! directed by Alex Timbers. Additionally, she is the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (The Inheritance, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Visit, It’s Only A Play). She served as the Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other companies that she’s collaborated with include: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Keen Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Sans A Productions, and TheatreWorks USA. Sally Cade is a Master of Arts Administration candidate at Boston University and received her BS in Theatre Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Evansville. She is an associate member of the Broadway League and a member of the 2016-2018 WP Lab.

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

Hannah Lang is a producer and theatre-maker living in Brooklyn. She is currently...

Hannah Lang is a producer and theatre-maker living in Brooklyn. She is currently working as the Programming Associate at NYMF and as an Artistic Associate at Hypokrit Theatre Company, in addition to being the proud founder of Three of Cups Theatre Collective. She is a recent graduate of St. John’s University, where she earned her M.A. in History. She is most passionate about producing work that uplifts voices of marginalized communities. She recently assistant directed Molly Houlahan on Hypokrit’s R+J, and is a former intern of The New Victory Theater, New York Musical Festival, and Honest Accomplice Theatre. Thank you to the entire Play On Shakespeare team!

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

Matt is the Assistant Festival Producer for the Play On Festival. He’s...

Matt is the Assistant Festival Producer for the Play On Festival. He’s spent the past five years in events and festivals; including work for the Austin Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, and the New Harmony Project. BS in Theatre & History from the University of Evansville.
Pronouns: he/him

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Play On Shakespeare

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced a new commissioning program called Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare. The project was simple yet enthusiastically ambitious in its original conception: to commission 36 playwrights (with one lucky playwright taking on all three Henry VI’s) to “translate” 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare (including Two Noble Kinsman and Edward III) over the course of three years (last drafts were submitted December 31, 2018) and with a commitment that the commissioned group comprised at least 51% women and writers of color. In it’s three year tenure at OSF, Play on! worked with nearly 1000 actors, directors, stage managers, and producers on nearly 80 readings, workshops, productions and demonstrations in 19 different cities, collaborating with 24 different theatres and academic institutions around the world.

At the end of Play on!’s three-year tenure at OSF, energized by its overwhelming scope and success, the project’s producing team secured funding to form their own, new not-for-profit company. On January 1, 2019, once again with the critical support of the Hitz Foundation, they established Play On Shakespeare, whose mission is to enhance the understanding of Shakespeare’s plays in performance for theatre professionals, students, and audiences by engaging with contemporary translations and adaptations. The Play On Festival is the first of many undertakings planned by the company.

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Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed...

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed to reimagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. It is a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today.

In 1967, director Christopher Martin founded CSC Repertory in a 100-seat theater at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on West 73rd Street. Following short stints in small spaces, CSC grew to the point where it needed a permanent home. In 1973, the theater moved to its present premises on 13th Street, an intimate space that was formerly an East Village carriage house.

In the 50 years since, CSC has become a leading Off-Broadway theater that is a home for new and established artists, as well audiences seeking epic stories intimately told. Productions have been cited by all major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon...

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season of up to 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and world-premiere plays and musicals. OSF’s play commissioning programs, which include American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, have generated works that have been produced on Broadway, throughout the American regional theatre, and in high schools and community theatres across the country. The Festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to approximately 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals.

 OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences.

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Play On Festival Staff

Lue Douthit, Executive Director
Taylor Bailey, Producer
Summer Martin, General Manager
Sally Cade Holmes, Line Producer
Hannah Lang, Assistant Line Producer
Matt Hagemeier, Assistant Festival Producer
Emma Hogan, Script Supervisor
Ada Karamanyan, Casting
Cameron Bell, Erin Michelitsch, Micah Ammons,
Peter Charney, Savanah Sanchez, Production Assistants
Blake Zidell and Associates, Press Representative
Gold Rush Creative, Marketing Consultation
Ligature Creative, Graphic Design

CSC Administrative Staff

John Doyle, Artistic Director
Toni Marie Davis, Chief Operating Officer/GM
Gina Cimmelli, Director of Audience Services
Phil Haas, Director of Marketing and Communications
Brendan McNamara, Assistant General Manager
Michael Mullen, Education Coordinator
Cassandra Nwokah, Executive Assistant
Oliver Pattenden, Director of Development
Megan Sover, Company Manager
Whitaker Gardner, Courtney Kuhbach, Board Operators
Emily Murphy, Megan Sover, Clarisse Van Kote, Box Office Associates
Alex Irish, Jarvis Griggs, Emily Murphy, Cassandra Nwokah, Megan Sover, House Managers