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Program: Coriolanus



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater


by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Sean San José

Directed by: Awoye Timpo

Dramaturgs: Rob Melrose, Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Stage Manager: Priscilla Villanueva

Assistant Stage Manager: TaTyana Smith

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Chelsea Nicolle Fryer
Fourth Roman Citizen, Valeria, First Officer, Aedile, Noble, Third Servingwoman

Chinaza Uche
Cominus, Second Volscian Senator, First Volscian Lord

Fedna Jacquet
Brutus, Roman Lieutenant, Nicanor, Second Messenger, Third Conspirator

Frankie J. Alvarez
Titus Lartius, Tullus Aufidius, Fifth Roman Citizen

Jake Hart
Menenius, First Volscian Senator, First Volscian Lord

Kevin Kantor
Second Roman Senator, Second Roman Soldier, Messenger, Seventh Roman Citizen, Second Volscian Watchman

Lisa Kitchens
Third Roman Citizen, Messenger, Gentlewoman, Herald, Second Officer, Volscian Citizen, Young Martius

Michael Sharon
First Roman Senator, First Roman Soldier, Sixth Roman Citizen, Second Messenger, Volscian Lieutenant, First Volscian Watchman, First Conspirator

Sathya Sridharan
Sicinius, Third Roman Soldier, Adrian, Second Conspirator

Sol Marina Crespo
Second Roman Citizen, Virgilia, Second Servingman

Vanessa Kai
First Roman Citizen, Volumina, First Volscian Soldier, First Servingman

Zenzi Williams

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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Sean San José

Playwright, Coriolanus

Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of...

Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, a new performances company for people of color in San Francisco. Founded in 1996, Campo Santo is an award-winning group committed to developing new Performance and to nurturing people of color centered new audiences and has premiered more than 75 new pieces. For 15 years he was the Program Director of Performance for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space. He co-created Alma Delfina Group-Teatro Contra el SIDA and Pieces of the Quilt, a collection of 50+ short plays on AIDS. He teaches in the Theatre, Dance, Performance Studies Department at University of California at Berkeley. His writing commissions and productions include: Play On! for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory, Ictus Productions, Kronos Quartet, and others. San José has created original theatrical works from the prose writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hagedorn Denis Johnson, Luís Saguar, Vendela Vida and more.

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Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Dramaturg, Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Henry VI Pt. 1, Two Noble Kinsmen


MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS is an Assistant Professor at SUNY: New Paltz, a freelance dramaturg, and the President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Her dramaturgical credits include: The Greatest with the Louisville Orchestra, Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; Sweat at the Goodman; productions of Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven GuitarsThe Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Hairspray, The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of ErrorsTo Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.

She also works with the Great Plains Theatre Conference and is affiliated with NNPN.

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Rob Melrose

Dramaturg, Coriolanus

Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater...

Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Public Theater (PericlesPrince of Tyre), The Guthrie Theater (Happy DaysFreud’s Last SessionPenJulius Caesar – with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), The Old Globe (Much Ado About Nothing); Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective; The Gamm Theatre; Cal Shakes; and Crowded Fire, among others.

His directing credits at Cutting Ball include A DreamplayOndine (World Premiere), Mount Misery (World Premiere), Communiqué no˚ 10Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in RepKrispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night (World Premiere), Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno’s Lady Grey (in ever lower light), The TempestThe Bald SopranoVictims of DutyBone to Pick & Diadem (World Premiere), EndgameKrapp’s Last TapeThe Taming of the ShrewMacbethHamletmachineAs You Like It, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Roberto Zucco, and My Head Was a Sledgehammer among others. His translations of WoyzeckUbu RoiPelleas & Melisande, and Communiqué no˚ 10 have been published by EXIT Press.  He has also translated PhèdreThe ChairsThe Bald SopranoNo ExitThe Stronger, and The Man with the Flower in his Mouth.  He has written a number of plays including Helen of TroyAsylumDivorsosaurus, and his rock musical of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz.  He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island and Marin Academy.  He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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Awoye Timpo


Awoye Timpo (Director). Off-Broadway: The Loophole (Public Studio), Good...

Awoye Timpo (Director). Off-Broadway: The Loophole (Public Studio), Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (Playwrights Realm), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater). Regional: Everybody Black (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), Paradise Blue (Long Wharf Theatre), Jazz (Marin Theatre Company). Other: Carnaval (National Black Theater); Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theatre); The Vanished (Site-Specific); Skeleton Crew (Chester Theater Company), Ndebele Funeral (59E59, Edinburgh Festival/Summerhall, South African tour). Producer: CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


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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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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Chinaza Uche

He has performed Off-Broadway in ‘Sugar In Our Wounds’ (Manhattan...

He has performed Off-Broadway in ‘Sugar In Our Wounds’ (Manhattan Theater Club), ‘Sojourners’ (New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Realm), ‘Dolphins and Sharks’ (Labyrinth Theater Company), ‘Three Days To See’ (Transport Group, NYTW). Off-Off: ‘Daily Life Everlasting’ (Witness Relocation, La Mama), ‘Hands Up’ (The National Black Theatre), ‘Othello’ (Kinetic Theatre Company), ‘Obskene’ (Talking Band). Regional: ‘Brownsville Song’ (Seattle Rep), ‘The Brothers Size’ (Everyman Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in “Golden Boy” (CBS), “Deception” (NBC), and “Blue Bloods” (CBS) and “Blacklist” (NBC) and in the films Mother of George (Sundance), Terry Richardson’s Last Hours (Cannes), Shookum Hills (Upcoming), and stars in the feature film Nigerian Prince which premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also will be appearing in the Anthology Series ‘Little America’ (Upcoming, Apple TV) and is a Recurring character on the Apple TV show ‘Dickinson’ (Starring Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski) Which will be airing Fall 2019. School: NYU Drama. Experimental Theatre Wing and Classical Studio (where he originally fell in love with the bard!) Instagram: @chinazauche. Grateful to be part of this process!!
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Fedna Jacquet

Fedna currently works out of NYC where she is a full time writer and actor....

Fedna currently works out of NYC where she is a full time writer and actor. Some of her stage work include: (Ain’t No Mo) The Public Theatre, (Gloria, a Life) Daryl Roth Theatre, (The Tempest/Henry V) The Classical Theatre of Harlem,(Proof) Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, (Midsummer) Hartford Stage. Some of her TV credits include New Amsterdam, Blacklist, Law and Order SVU, Elementary, Pan Am. Fedna’s written work for the Screen include: Isaiah, Same Script Different Cast, Kingdom of the Sun, The BreakUp Series. Written work for Stage include: Pefeksyon (Perfection), and Inheritance (Talks With My Father). Her work has had readings and workshops at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYU Studio Tisch, Homebase, and The DVRF Fund. Fedna has been awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the category of Playwriting/Screenwriting. She is a finalist for the 2018 American Black Film Festival/TvOne Screenwriting competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Brienin Bryant Scholarship, Finalist for the 2018 Playwright’s Realm Fellowship, and a 2018 Finalist for The DVRF Fund. BA: Brown University MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.fednajacquet.com

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Frankie J. Alvarez

Frankie J. Alvarez is best known as the passionate Agustin on HBO’s critically-acclaimed...

Frankie J. Alvarez is best known as the passionate Agustin on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series LOOKING and its companion LOOKING: THE MOVIE. FILM: ROCKAWAY (dir. John J. Budion), VANDAL (dir. JD Freixas), THE DRUMMER (dir. Eric Werthman). TV: L&O: SVU, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE GOOD WIFE, BLINDSPOT, CONTROVERSY (pilot), MADAM SECRETARY, SMASH, IT’S FREEZING OUT THERE, APHASIA (short). NY: Othello (workshop, NYTW, dir: Sam Gold), Those Lost Boys: The Ten-Year Reunion (co-creator, Ars Nova). Regional: Bathing in Moonlight (McCarter Theatre); The Whipping Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet: Prince of Cuba/Hamlet: Príncipe de Cuba (Asolo Rep); Measure for Measure & Julius Caesar (2011 company member, Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Education: BFA, Florida State University; MFA, The Juilliard School. Awards: recipient of Juilliard’s Raul Julia Scholarship for Excellence in Drama.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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Jake Hart

Jake is a Cherokee and Mexican American actor from California and Seattle....

Jake is a Cherokee and Mexican American actor from California and Seattle. Nationwide, he has performed theatrically for over 2 decades. As a voice actor he can currently be heard across the country on multiple campaigns. On television he is the voice of Optimus Prime for Rescue Bots Academy, and can be seen occasionally. He is humbled and grateful to be a part of this cast and crew, and to perform on one of NYC’s greatest stages. Wado. www.jakehart.org

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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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Lisa Kitchens

Lisa is an actor, teacher and creator. Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch...

Lisa is an actor, teacher and creator. Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/The Cherry Lane). Regional: Radiunt Abundant, Actions and Objectives (Triad Stage); Napoli!, Major Barbara, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Henry IV Part II, Man in the Iron Mask (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). Other credits include: Go Get the Axe (FIG Productions), The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry (Concrete Temple/HERE Arts Center); Raft (59E59/Edinburgh International Fringe Festival); and many more. Lisa is an ensemble member with Spellbound Theatre, a theatre company for The Very Young, where she teaches and performs. She was a 2018 recipient of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency through the US Forest Service in Alaska and is a 2020 artist recipient of The Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway. She creates original work for young audiences as well as grownup audiences. Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater; BFA, The University of Evansville. www.lisakitchens.com/ GFW
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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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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Priscilla Villanueva

Stage Manager

Priscilla Villanueva is a Brooklyn based Stage Manager. Her recent Off-Broadway...

Priscilla Villanueva is a Brooklyn based Stage Manager. Her recent Off-Broadway credits include: CULLUD WATTAH (The Public Theatre), NEUROSIS (DR2 Theatre), GALATEA OR WHATEVER YOU BE (The Women’s Project), LOCUSTS HAVE NO KING (INTAR THEATRE). She has worked with many great theatre companies such as Bushwick Starr, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Playwrights Realm, and The Public Theatre just to name a few. She is happy to be on board as one of the PSM’s On Play On!
Peace & Love

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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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Sol Marina Crespo

Originally from Caimito Alto, Puerto Rico, Sol is a New York based actress...

Originally from Caimito Alto, Puerto Rico, Sol is a New York based actress and writer. Notable theater credits include: Azul (Southern Rep Theatre); John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec! (The Public, NY); Water by the Spoonful (PittStages); Brewed (No Name Players). Film/TV: New Amsterdam (NBC); Tell Me A Story (CBS); Sea Oak (Amazon); Stage 5 (Dir. Phoebe Pearl); Unsane (Dir. Steven Soderbergh), Old Maid (Tutsitala Prods). Awards include: The Eben Demarest Trust by The Pittsburgh Foundation (2016); Person of the Year – NYTheatre.com (2012); Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement (2007) and the HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress (2005). www.solmarina.com

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TaTyana Smith

Assistant Stage Manager

TaTyana Smith is a stage manager and actress from Brooklyn. She graduated...

TaTyana Smith is a stage manager and actress from Brooklyn. She graduated from the City College of New York with a B.A in Theater. She’s worked with the New Ohio Theatre, the Beckett Theatre and Theatre for the New City. Her off- Broadway credits include: Porto and Cullud Wattah. TaTyana thanks her friends and family for their support.

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Vanessa Kai

Off-Broadway: The Pain of My Belligerence (Playwrights Horizons); KPOP (Lortel...

Off-Broadway: The Pain of My Belligerence (Playwrights Horizons); KPOP (Lortel Nomination, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater/Woodshed Collective); Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play, National Asian American Theater Company), Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage); Architecture of Becoming (WP Theater). Select Regional: Top Girls (Huntington Theatre Company), Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Far East (Award for Outstanding Debut by the Connecticut Critics Circle, Stamford TheaterWorks). TV: “New Amsterdam,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Gotham.” www.vanessakai.com

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Zenzi Williams

Zenzi Williams is excited to be joining the Play On! Shakespeare Festival...

Zenzi Williams is excited to be joining the Play On! Shakespeare Festival this year! New York Theater credits: Lockdown (Rattlestick), School Girls (MCC Theater), Title role in Mobile Unit of Henry V (The Public), The Crucible (Broadway), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Company), Mother Courage and Her Children (Classic Stage Company). Other theater: Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre). Television credits include Chicago Fire, Blue Bloods, The Good Fight, The Defenders, Daredevil. Film: Black Panther, The Mess He Made. Williams studied at the British American Dramatic Academy and has a BA from Temple University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

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Ada Karamanyan


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

CEO and Creative Director

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 and over two dozen Shakespeare productions. In 2009, she was the co-producer and co-founder of the Black Swan Lab for new play development at OSF which she ran until 2016. In 2019, she co-founded Play on Shakespeare, which carries forward the Shakespeare translation work began at OSF.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

Associate Creative Director

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
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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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 commitment to community empowerment informs her dedication to the mission of Play On Shakespeare.

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.
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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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Further Reading

Welcome Letter from Lue

For the first half of my career at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I was the “new play girl”, doing what literary managers since time immemorial…

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Good Tickle Brain Synopsis

Who needs a five-act structure? See what Coriolanus is about in only three panels…

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Play Synopsis

Read a play synopsis from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and see scans of some of the original Folios!

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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, Nicolas Di Miele,
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