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Program: Hamlet



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater


by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Lisa Peterson

Directed by: Ellen McLaughlin

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Diane Healy

Assistant Stage Manager: Violeta Picayo

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Alok Tewari
Ghost, Claudius

Annie Henk
Marcellus, Cornelius, Rosencrantz, Player Queen, Sailor, Priest, English Ambassador

Ben Quinn
Barnardo, Voltemand, Guildenstern, 2 Player, Prologue, Lucianus, Fortinbras, Gravedigger

Paul Juhn
Polonius, Attendant, Gentleman, Messenger, Norweigian Captain

Pooya Mohseni

Raffi Barsoumian
Francisco, Hamlet

Ronald Peet
Laertes, Reynaldo, 1 Player, Player King

Tala Ashe
Ophelia, Servant, Osric

Terri Weagant

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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Lisa Peterson

Playwright, Hamlet

Recent NY credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare...

Recent NY credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare (NYTW- 2012 Obie Award, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominations); Shipwreckedby Donald Margulies and Motherhood Outloud by 15 writers (Primary Stages); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, Slavs! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness) by Tony Kushner, Traps by Caryl Churchill, The Waves adapted from Virginia Woolf by Peterson and David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations) and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Directing), all at New York Theatre Workshop; The Fourth Sister by Janusz Glowacki and The Batting Cage by Joan Ackerman (Vineyard Theatre); The Poor Itchby John Belluso, The Square by 16 writers, and Tongue of a Bird (The Public); Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (MTC); Birdy adapted from the William Wharton novel by Naomi Wallace (Women’s Project); The Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons/WPP); The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages); and Sueno by Jose Rivera (MCC).  Lisa has directed regionally at the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for 10 years), La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director for 3 years), Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, McCarter, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Huntington, Dallas Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and California Shakespeare Theater.  She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and on the executive board of SDC.

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Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include...

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a BirdA Narrow BedIphigenia and Other DaughtersTrojan WomenInfinity’s HouseHelenThe PersiansOedipusAjax in IraqKissing the FloorSeptimus and ClarissaPericles and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. Her Trojan Women was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Adaptation.

She has taught playwrighting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Princeton University and Yale School of Drama.

As an actor, she is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in all workshops and productions of the play through its Broadway original run.

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Luan Schooler

Dramaturg, Hamlet

Luan Schooler is the Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at...

Luan Schooler is the Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Since starting there in 2015, she has initiated projects with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Linda Alper, Andrea Stolowitz, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. Before joining Artists Rep, she was Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Berkeley Rep for several years, and worked with many writers including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, Lillian Groag, Bridget Carpenter, and Robert Fagles. While at Berkeley Rep, she served as production dramaturg on many productions, including with Lisa Peterson on Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. At OSF, she provided dramaturgy during two seasons, including on David Edgar’s Continental Divide, a project so large it required three dramaturgs: Lue Douthit, Douglas Langworthy, and Luan Schooler. (Interesting side note: the collective noun is ‘aggravation’, as in, “an aggravation of dramaturgs”.) Prior to all these experiences, she was a company member of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska for many years. There, she learned what makes plays tick by working with artists like Paula Vogel, John Murrell, Molly Smith, Per Olav Sorensen, Pavel Dobrusky, John Luther Adams, and many others.

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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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Alok Tewari

Alok Tewari Broadway: The Band’s Visit Other Theatre: India Pale Ale (MTC);...

Alok Tewari Broadway: The Band’s Visit Other Theatre: India Pale Ale (MTC); Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley); The Band’s Visit (Atlantic); Awake and Sing! (Public / NAATCO); A Fable, Through the Yellow Hour, War (Rattlestick); Bunty Berman Presents, Rafta, Rafta… (New Group) Television: “BULL,” “Looming Tower,” “Iron Fist,” “House of Cards,” “Madam Secretary,” “Homeland,” “Fringe” Film: Pirates of Somalia, Shelter, Brooklyn’s Finest.

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Annie Henk

NYC Theater: City of No Illusions: The Talking Band; Triggered: The Amoralists;...

NYC Theater: City of No Illusions: The Talking Band; Triggered: The Amoralists; Cute Activist: New Saloon; The Rafa Play: Pool Plays; To The Bone: Cherry Lane Theatre; Pinkolandia; Lucy Loves Me: INTAR, La Ruta: Working Theater; The Play About my Dad: Collaboration Town; Enfrascada: Clubbed Thumb; Frank Dwyer, Sadly Missed: Ensemble Studio Theatre
Regional: Ritu Comes Home; InterAct Theatre; Pinkolandia Two River Theater; Enfrascada: Renaissance Theaterworks; Taking Flight; The Cook: Stages Repertory Theatre.
Film/TV: Friendly Neighborhood Coven, Longmire, Red Oaks, High Maintenance, That’s What She Said; East Willy B; White; Entre Nos
Member: AEA; SAG-Aftra; The Actors Center www.AnnieHenk.com
Pronouns: She/her/hers

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Ben Quinn

Ben Quinn is an NYC-based actor and multi-instrumentalist, originally from...

Ben Quinn is an NYC-based actor and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Cincinnati, OH. After completing his undergraduate theater training at the University of Evansville, he received his M.F.A from the American Conservatory Theater. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Planet Connections Festival Awards for the roles of Paul in ‘Rusalka’ and Mack in ‘Close Your Eyes and Sleep’ last summer. Aside from acting, he plays mandolin and guitar in his americana band The Good Morning Nags, who released their first full length album, “Hard Hope”, this past December. www.benquinn.net

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Diane Healy

Stage Manager

Diane Healy: Some NY credits: Pygmalion, Peter Pan, Cry Havoc!, Twelfth Night/What...

Diane Healy: Some NY credits: Pygmalion, Peter Pan, Cry Havoc!, Twelfth Night/What You Will, Sense & Sensibility (BEDLAM); The Father, A Doll’s House (Theatre for A New Audience). Also in NY with: Mabou Mines; Primary Stages; Playwrights Realm; Barrow Street Theatre; Soho Playhouse; Atlantic Theatre Co., LCT3, LaMama, Keen Company, The Civilians, EST. Regionally: Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, 4 seasons with Folger Theatre, 10 seasons with Shakespeare & Company, 14 seasons with Oldcastle Theatre Company. Dance & Theatre at Princeton University, Bard College, Green Mountain College, East Tennessee State University.

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Paul Juhn

Paul Juhn is a Korean American actor and writer based in New York. Stage...

Paul Juhn is a Korean American actor and writer based in New York. Stage credits include Henry VI (NAATCO), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), wAve (Ma-yi Theatre Company), White Chocolate (The Culture Project), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S. 122), Sides: the Fear is Real (Mr. Miyagi’s Theatre Company). T.V. and Film credits include: Works of ART, SALT, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Quantico, 30 Rock. He is a founding member of Suffolk Street Films and Mr. Miyagi’s Theatre Company. MFA in Acting, UCSD. suffolkstreetfilms.com

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Pooya Mohseni

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist....

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist. A New York trained actor, Pooya’s active on stage and her latest appearances include an award winning one woman show, titled “”One Woman””, in United Solo Festival at The Theatre Row, written by Cecilia Copeland & directed by Joan Kane, “”Galatea”” by MJ Kaufaman , directed by Mo Zhou for the WP Pipeline festival, “”The Good Muslim”” by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by William Carden at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”, directed by Natsu Onoda Power.
Her most recent TV role is a recurring guest star on the new crime drama “”Big Dogs”” produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2019. Her other TV appearances include a recurring role in the first season of the “”Falling Water””(USA) and the first season of “”Madam Secretary””(CBS).
She’s also in the process of producing and starring in a short film she co-wrote “”Transit: A New York City Fairytale””, about a love affair between a trans woman and a man she meets on the subway,to be released in 2020. Pooya is represented by Headline Talent Agency
Follow @Pooyaland on Instagram www.pooyaland.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Raffi Barsoumian

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth...

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Henry IV (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Privacy, Pericles (The Public Theater); King Lear, Arok of Java (Exit, Pursued By a Bear). In Los Angeles: Guards at the Taj (The Geffen Playhouse); Red Noses (The Actor’s Gang); Zoo Story, Counting the Ways (Luna Playhouse). Regionally: The Count of Monte Cristo, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V (American Shakespeare Center); As You Like It, King John (Actor’s Shakespeare Company); Restoration Comedy, Don Juan (Stanford Summer Theater). International: Sedimenti (Compagnie Du Faubourg); Globe Theater International Fellowship. TV audiences might recognize him from his roles on The Code (CBS), Shameless (Showtime) and The Vampire Diaries (CW). Barsoumian received his training at École Jacques Lecoq and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Ronald Peet

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate...

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer). FILM: The Land of Owls, The Meyerowitz Stories, First Reformed, Nevada. TV: “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Blindspot” & “Girls.” OFF-BROADWAY: “DADDY” (New Group, Vineyard), Spill (EST), Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr), Kentucky (EST/Page 73), Icarus in the LES (Joe’s Pub), The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Debutante (Ars Nova). REGIONAL: The Lion In Winter (Two River); peerless (Barrington Stage); The Golem Of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama) & over 30 roles in 15 productions with American Shakespeare Center. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre & Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Tala Ashe

Off-Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (The Public: Shakespeare in the Park),...

Off-Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (The Public: Shakespeare in the Park), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons); The Who and the What (LCT3); Urge for Going (The Public), Theatre for One: Barrel Wave (Signature). Regional: Head over Heels, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Troilus and Cressida, The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Welcome to Arroyo’s (The Old Globe); Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Huntington). TV: “Legends of Tomorrow” (currently), “American Odyssey,” “Smash,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Covert Affairs,” “30 Rock,” “Law and Order.” Other: Sundance Theater and Film Institute, BFA: Boston University, LAMDA, UCB.

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Terri Weagant

Terri Weagant is Brooklyn-based actor, solo performer and writer. She has...

Terri Weagant is Brooklyn-based actor, solo performer and writer. She has performed in many parts of the US, Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic. Regional theatre credits include Roe (Asolo Repertory Theatre; Handy Award), Bo-Nita (Urbanite Theatre), Every Brilliant Thing (Denizen Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Henry V (Seattle Shakespeare Company), These Streets (ACT Theatre), The Cider House Rules (Book It Repertory Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Consolidated Works), Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (CHAC), Karaoke Suicide is Painless (Radial Theatre Project). Film and television credits include Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon), The Jazzman’s Jazzman (CroMagnon Films), Big Boy (Pinprick Films). Terri is producer of the documentary film Above the Bamboo Room, which will premiere in Haines, Alaska in 2019. She currently teaches at The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU.

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Violeta Picayo

Violeta Picayo  Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet,...

Violeta Picayo  Off-Broadway: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Peter Pan, New York Animals (Bedlam). New York: Twelfth Night and What You Will, The Seagull (Bedlam), Julius Caesar (Pocket Universe), RadioBABEL (SITI Lab), This Is How…to Dance (SITI Company), Taming of the Shrew (Tale Told), soft (NYSAF). Regional: Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (American Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage), The Connector (NYSAF), Young Playwrights Festival (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). International: We Must Live (Cellar Theatre, UK), American Blues, The Importance of Being Earnest (Edinburgh Fringe), Thyestes (OYL, Greece). Violeta is a company member at Bedlam and a proud graduate of the SITI Conservatory, NTI, and Vassar College.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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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
 with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

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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.
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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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 Hamlet 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,
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