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Program: Henry IV, Part 1



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Henry IV, Part 1

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Yvette Nolan

Directed by: Lavina Jadhwani

Dramaturg: Waylon Lenk

Stage Manager: Priscilla Villanueva

Assistant Stage Manager: TaTyana Smith

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Frankie J. Alvarez
Prince Hal

Jordan Baker
Northumberland, Peto, Douglas

Michelle Beck
Lancaster, Poins, Lady Mortimer

Yvette Monique Clark
Worcester, Chamberlain, Vintner, Carrier

Bill Connington
Westmoreland, Ostler, Bardolph, Messenger

Paul Kite
Hotspur, Traveler, Francis

Julian Remulla
Blunt, Gadshill, Servant, Messenger

Lynne Marie Rosenberg
Carrier, Traveler, Kate, Mistress Quickly, Vernon

Lisa Wolpe
Falstaff, Glendower

Jade Wu
King Henry IV, Mortimer, Sheriff

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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Yvette Nolan

Playwright, Henry IV, Part 1, 2

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays...

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include BLADE, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), The UnpluggingGabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer), the libretto ShanawdithitDirecting credits include Bearing (w. Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre at Luminato), The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich (Arts Club), In Care by Kenneth T Williams (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwan Theatre), Thicker Than Water by Heather Morrison (Sum Theatre), Nôhkom by Michael Greyeyes, Bearing(Signal), Salt Baby by Falen Johnson (Globe), Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (w. Michelle Olson), Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams, Justice by Leonard Linklater (Gwaandak), Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J. Murray, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian  and The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe(Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian… , The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). As a dramaturg, she works across Turtle Island on projects including Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat and Ultrasound by Adam Pottle, Many Fires by Charlie Peters, Ecstasy (film) by Cara Mumford, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit by Maria Campbell, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance, A History of Breathing by Daniel Macdonald, The Glooskape Chronicles by Donna Loring. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She is an Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre.

Yvette is working on Henry IV, pt 1; and Henry IV, part 2 – Click for more details!

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Waylon Lenk

Dramaturg, Henry IV, Parts 1, 2

Waylon Lenk is Karuk from the villages of Ka’tim’îin and Taxasúfkara,...

Waylon Lenk is Karuk from the villages of Ka’tim’îin and Taxasúfkara, as well as an Oregon-based dramaturg/producer. He is currently a dramaturg on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Off the Rails, and a doctoral student at the University of Oregon’s Theatre Department, where his current research involves reading indigenous North American maps as performance texts. He also teaches Introduction to Acting, and recently directed a shadow puppet adaptation of a Klamath legend in the University’s Many Nation’s Longhouse. Last season he was the Shakespeare Dramaturgy Resident at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and worked on The Winter’s Tale and Richard II. He has previously presented work at Oregon State University, Portland Public Schools, the Piggyback Fringe Festival in Wakefield, Quebec, and at the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation’s U.S. Grant Hotel. His work approaches Native theatre from his position(s) as a dramaturg and a pikváhaan, or Karuk storyteller. As a dramaturg he actively promotes the work of Native playwrights and is involved research to extend the boundaries of what is considered “Native theater.” As a pikváhaan he uses tools from the field of theatre to (re)activate his people’s body of literature. His work has been funded by Oregon State University, Advocates for Indigenous California Languages, and the Yurok Tribe. He is currently developing a piece that uses traditional Karuk pikvah and primary historical documents to grapple with the ongoing legacy of the California Genocide aka Gold Rush with funding from The Evergreen State College’s Longhouse Education and Culture Center. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University, and a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.

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Lavina Jadhwani


Lavina Jadhwani is a theatre director, adaptor, and activist. She creates...

Lavina Jadhwani is a theatre director, adaptor, and activist. She creates work that is well-crafted, rigorously researched, compassionately curated, and radically inclusive. As a second generation immigrant, Lavina constantly investigates the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” and through her work, she strives to expand the definition of that word to include more minority voices.

Lavina’s directing credits include work at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Asolo Rep, Mixed Blood Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Teatro Vista, Writers Theatre, and Rasaka Theatre Company (where she served as Artistic Director for 6 years). Her adaptations include THE SITAYANA (a solo performance piece based on the Hindu epic, The Ramayana), VANYA (adapted from Chekhov), and SHAKUNTALA: AN EAST-MEETS-WEST LOVE STORY (an a cappella musical, adapted from Kalidasa, featuring Bollywood/American pop mashups).

Proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA, Directing), Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, Scenic Design; Masters, Arts Management) and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. www.lavinajadhwani.com
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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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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.
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Jordan Baker

Recently: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE (Milwaukee Rep & Arizona Theatre Company)....

Recently: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE (Milwaukee Rep & Arizona Theatre Company). Broadway: SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: THREE TALL WOMEN (Original cast), MILK, NIGHT SKY, IS LIFE WORTH LIVING? Regional: NATIVE GARDENS (Denver Center), LUNA GALE (Goodman Theatre, Original cast), APPROPRIATE (Humana Festival), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (Royal Exchange England), OTHELLO (Folger), MACBETH (Philadelphia Drama Guild), MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Old Globe). Film: THE POST, THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS, 5 FLIGHTS UP, ANOTHER EARTH, THE DAVID DANCE, PAPARAZZI, OUT OF TOWNERS, CITY HALL, ESCAPE FROM LA, AND LOVE POTION #9. IMDB.ME/JORDANBAKER
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Michelle Beck

Michelle is an actress, teaching artist, writer, and director based in Brooklyn....

Michelle is an actress, teaching artist, writer, and director based in Brooklyn. New York Theater credits: A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway); Hurricane Diane (NYTW); Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater); A Kid Like Jake (LCT3); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic – The Bridge Project); Much Ado About Nothing (Theater for a New Audience); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); The Changeling (Red Bull); Uncle Vanya (Pearl); and The Sentinels (59e59) . Regional credits: The Wanderers (Old Globe); King Charles III (ACT, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theater); Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Tartuffe (McCarter/ Yale Rep); Hamlet (Shakespeare Theater); Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). TV credits: Luke Cage (recurring) ; Claws; Homeland; Madam Secretary. Film credits: Ovum; Ambition’s Debt; Death of a Prince; Spinning Into Butter. Previously, she co-wrote/directed the short film Sam & Julia with Randy Harrison and will be directing her short The Snakes later this summer. She is a member of the Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group, where her play Others is in development. She is a teaching artist with Dreamyard/PublicWorks, Hunt’s Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble, MTCA, and Epic Theater Ensemble (Artists Advisory Council member). Education: SUNY Purchase. www.thisismichellebeck.com
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Yvette Monique Clark

Yvette has done many productions regionally, nationally and internationally....

Yvette has done many productions regionally, nationally and internationally. Some of her notable shows have been UniSon (Mama, Terror #6), The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evillene and Glinda), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Chicago (Mama Morton), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere). Her dream has always been to say the words of the Great One. Yvette is thrilled to be a part of PlayOn! She is grateful for the opportunity to take a bite out of Shakespeare.

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Bill Connington

Bill Connington: Selected credits: Zombie at Theater Row. Film: Zombie. Upcoming...

Bill Connington: Selected credits: Zombie at Theater Row. Film: Zombie. Upcoming indie film: Love, Repeat, a romantic dramedy; Poughkeepsie Is for Lovers. Graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama. www.billconnington.com

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Paul Kite

Paul is a theater and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New...

Paul is a theater and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York.
Selected current projects: Guardsman, a theatrical piece about failure, survival, the way we’re conditioned, and the life of and hero worship surrounding Wyatt Earp. I don’t know how to talk about this—, a multi-disciplinary piece of theater told through the perspective of a human being waking up to (and then) trying to understand the ramifications of his own privilege, and Bottling Dreams of the Tearful Don’t Knower, a poem play about a lost man gathering tears for his other half who can no longer cry. In the past, he has worked with Lincoln Center Theatre, Pearl Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Working Theatre, Three Day Hangover, The New Harmony Project, The Group Lab, Amios and Red Stage Theatre; He received a BS in theatre from the University of Evansville and an MFA in acting from Rutgers.
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Julian Remulla

Lucius in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Theatre for a New Audience); Benvolio...

Lucius in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Theatre for a New Audience); Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; Jonathan Handle in The Way the Mountain Moved; Lucius, Plebeian and Ensemble in Julius Caesar; Baker and Chorus in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Nol and Proteus in Shakespeare in Love; Francisco, Player and Ensemble in Hamlet; Dion and Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale; Ventidius’ Messenger, Caphis, Musician and Ensemble in Timon of Athens.(Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Vivaldi in Appoggiatura (Denver Center Theatre Company, New Works Festival reading at Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance, UC Santa Barbara); Rama in Prince Rama and the Monkey King(Boxtales Theatre Company) www.julianremulla.com
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Lynne Marie Rosenberg

Lynne Marie Rosenberg is an actor, writer, and producer living in Brooklyn,...

Lynne Marie Rosenberg is an actor, writer, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY; she is best known for her work as “Dinah” on HBO’s High Maintenance. Lynne was the creator, producer, and host of the popular Joe’s Pub show, CastAndLoose Live!, which explored representation and inclusions issues in the entertainment industry, through the aperture of the casting breakdown. Currently, Lynne is shooting Famous Cast Words, an interview show she created, writes, and is hosting, produced by ALL ARTS / New York Public Media, addressing the same subject matter. Look for the show’s release in late summer/early fall 2019 on the ALL ARTS website. www.lynnemarierosenberg.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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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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Lisa Wolpe

Lisa Wolpe is an actress. director, writer, producer, who has worked at theaters...

Lisa Wolpe is an actress. director, writer, producer, who has worked at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Prague Shakespeare Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, and more. She founded the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company in 1993, where she produced, directed, and performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, and Iago. She has been touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has taught and directed at universities including NYU, Emerson, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Honors include the L.A. Drama Critic’s Award for Sustained Excellence; Sidney Berger Award for Excellence; NBC News’ “”Local Hero””; Jacob Bronowski Award for Theater Excellence; Women in Theater’s “”Red Carpet”” and “”Woman of the Year”” Awards; Women’s Theater Festival’s “”Rainbow Award”” for promoting Diversity; “”Sustained Excellence”” Award from Playwrights Arena; the Key to Harlem; two Congressional Certificates of Merit; Whittier College’s Distinguished Artist Award; University of Colorado “”First Scholar”” and “”Roe Green Visiting Artist”” appointments.

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Jade Wu

Jade wrote daytime drama series and directs documentary films and television....

Jade wrote daytime drama series and directs documentary films and television. Her fellowships included Disney/ABC Writing, Jerome, and Film/Video Arts. She received grants from NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Ms. Foundation and Film/Video Arts. She has been a three time NEA Panelist.

In acting, Jade will recur in the upcoming ABC series FOR LIFE. She has recurring roles on BULL, MANIFEST, BILLIONS, and is Genghis Connie on Netflix’s Luke Cage. In theatre, Jade was privileged to work with icons George C. Wolfe, Liv Ciulei, Joanne Akalaitis, Wendy Goldberg, Gerald Gutierrez, Alan Schneider, Daniel Aukin, and Blanka Zizka.

In writing, Jade was a BlueCat Screenplay Semi-finalist, PEN USA Rosenthal Finalist, Sundance Film Lab Finalist and Orchard Project Semi-finalist. Jade is commissioned to create, write and develop an epic, high concept Chinese American family television drama series. Other projects in development include a television/new media biopic Drama series and a Children’s Animation series.

In education, Jade was a Guest Lecturer at Bard College, California State University/East Bay, and the Raul Julia Performing Arts Institute. Her solo play, MEMES IN THE MEMBRANE, was work-shopped at La MaMa Umbria, La MaMa/NYC and part of Creative Capital’s Summer Intensive Artist Program and previewed at The Marsh/Berkeley. jadewu-artist.com
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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.
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Lue Morgan Douthit

Executive 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 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


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

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 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

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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