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Program: Henry VI, Part 2



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Henry VI, Part 2

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Douglas P. Langworthy

Directed by: Michael Barakiva

Dramaturgs: Mead K. Hunter, Jeremy Stoller

Stage Manager: Alison R. Simone

Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Emmanus

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Tala Ashe
Margaret, Jourdain, 2nd Gentleman

Benjamin Bonenfant
York, 1st Murderer, Mate, Michael

Patrice Johnson Chevannes
Buckingham, Hume, Stanley, 2nd Murderer

Anthony Cochrane
Cardinal, Dick, Iden

Chelsea Nicolle Fryer
Spirit, Servant, Post, Captain, Holland, Clifford

Ryan J. Haddad
Messenger, Post, Whitmore, Richard

Paul Kite
King Henry, 1st Gentleman

Joseph Castillo-Midyett
Warwick, Herlad, Clerk

Olivia Negrón
Suffolk, Bevis

Alex Purcell
Salisbury, Bolingbroke, Sherriff, Smith

Constance Shulman
Eleanor, Vaux, Stafford, Young Clifford

Paco Tolson
Somerset, Cade, Edward

Lisa Wolpe
Gloucester, Master, Humphrey

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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Douglas P. Langworthy

Playwright, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, 3

Douglas Langworthy is the Literary Director at the Denver Center Theatre...

Douglas Langworthy is the Literary Director at the Denver Center Theatre Company where he has participated in the development of many plays and musicals, including the world premieres of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will, Karen Zacarías’ Just Like Us, Octavio Solis’ Lydia, Michael Mitnick’s Ed, Downloaded, Lloyd Suh’s Great Wall Story and Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton’s Sense and Sensibility: The Musical. Prior to Denver, Douglas served as Dramaturg and Director of Play Development at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ for two years and Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for seven. While at OSF he developed a new adaptation of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos and a new translation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan, both for the 1999 season. In 2007 he again collaborated with Metropulos and Alper to write lyrics and book for the new musical Tracy’s Tiger, based on the novella by William Saroyan, with music by Sterling Tinsley. Douglas has translated over 15 plays from the German, including The Prince of Homburg and Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, and Medea by Hanns Henny Jahnn. He received a National Theatre Translation Fund Award for his translation of Amphitryon. He was also the dramaturg for Target Margin Theater in New York, which produced his translation of Goethe’s Faust. With Target Margin he also co-wrote the opera The Sandman, with text adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann. He is currently adapting D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love for the stage with Art Manke.

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Mead K. Hunter

Dramaturg, Henry VI, Part 1, 2, 3

Mead K. Hunter launched his theater career as playwright in residence at...

Mead K. Hunter launched his theater career as playwright in residence at Storefront Actors Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and like most theater folk, went on to take a turn at nearly everything job description the field encompasses. He earned an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University and a PhD in Critical Studies from UCLA. He has taught performance history and text analysis at UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Iowa and the California Institute of the Arts. He also guest lectures on contemporary theater at institutions around the United States, and frequently consults for various art service organizations as well as commercial entities.

For 10 years he served as Director of Literary Programs for A.S.K. Theater Projects in Los Angeles where, among other duties, he commissioned many original scripts, including Naomi Iizuka’s 36 ViewsMayhem by Kelly Stuart, Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction, and The Lively Lad by Quincy Long. While in L.A., he also curated the popular Common Ground Festival, which introduced numerous companies to the region including RedMoon Theater and Diavolo Dance Company.

From 2002-2009, Mead was Portland Center Stage’s Director Literary & Education Programs. While at PCS, he was the production dramaturg on many world premieres (including Celebrity Row by Itamar Moses, and Glen Berger’s O Lovely Glowworm), in addition to curating the company’s annual festival of new work. Beloved dramaturgical endeavors elsewhere include the world premieres of Sam Hunter’s The Whale at Denver Center, The Huntsmen (by Quincy Long) for Portland Playhouse, The Monster Builder (by Amy Freed) and Ithaka (by Andrea Stolowitz) for Artists Repertory Theatre, Amy Freed’s Shrew! at SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, and of course getting to work with Doug Langworthy on the Henry VIplays for the Play On! project.

Today Mead is a professor in the Performing Arts Department of the University of Portland, where he teaches theater history, dramaturgy and script analysis, and recently directed Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids. He is also an associate editor for Methuen Ltd., working currently on the forthcoming Methuen Guide to Contemporary Drama. Mead is especially proud to be the former artistic director of The New Harmony Project, a play development organization dedicated to supporting new works for performance that reflect the resilience of the human spirit.

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Jeremy Stoller


Jeremy Stoller has served as dramaturg on the world premieres of Ken Urban’s...

Jeremy Stoller has served as dramaturg on the world premieres of Ken Urban’s A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington) and Nibbler (Rattlestick); L M Feldman’s A People (Orbiter 3); Paper Canoe’s Light at Triskelion Arts; Thomas Choinacky & John Jarboe’s Beaut and R. Eric Thomas’s Will You Accept This Friend Request?, both at First Person Arts. Director of New Work, Keen Company. Additional dramaturgy/literary work with Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Civilians, Disney Theatrical, The Flea, George Street Playhouse, Jewish Plays Project, Live Source, Luna Stage, Musical Theatre Factory, Rough Draft Festival, Play On Shakespeare, PlayPenn, terraNOVA Collective, and Two River Theater. Teaching: Drew University, PlayPenn, KCACTF. Founder, The Dramaturgy Open Office Hours Project. Co-founder, Beehive Dramaturgy Studio.

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Michael Barakiva

Director, Henry VI Part 2

Michael Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli-American director and writer. His...

Michael Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli-American director and writer. His second YA novel, HOLD MY HAND (FSG, Macmillan), was published just last week! He has directed all over the country and in New York. He is entering his fourth season as Artistic Director at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York (www.hangartheatre.org). He also serves as Artistic Director of the Upstart Creatures in New York, NY (www.upstartcreatures.org). Upcoming projects include an adaptation of Paradise Lost for The Red Bull Theater, and his third novel, a reimagination of the Campbell epic in the form of YA fantasy with a queer protagonist.
Michael is a recipient of the David Merrick Prize in Drama, a Drama League Summer Fellowship, a Granada Fellowship at UC Davis and the Phil Killian Fellowship in Directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Directing). www.michaelbarakiva.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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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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Benjamin Bonenfant

Benjamin Bonenfant is based in New York City and most recently appeared as...

Benjamin Bonenfant is based in New York City and most recently appeared as Octavius in Julius Caesar at Theatre For A New Audience. New York credits also include Robin in The Heart of Robin Hood and Aumerle in Richard II at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. In two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Great Expectations, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey. Regional: Denver Center (Hamlet, Benediction, A Christmas Carol, When We Are Married); Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 5 seasons (Henry V, Wittenberg, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Inspector General, Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing); Arvada Center (The Lion In Winter); Boulder Ensemble (Ambition Facing West, And The Sun Stood Still); Curious Theatre (Red, Colorado Theatre Guild “Henry Award,” Best Supporting Actor); Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (4000 Miles); and TheatreWorks (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Salome, The Seagull, The Bacchae, Our Town, As You Like It. TV: “Bull.” He has a BA from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Represented by KMR Talent.

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Patrice Johnson Chevannes

Patrice Johnson Chevannes is an award winning actress whose Broadway credits...

Patrice Johnson Chevannes is an award winning actress whose Broadway credits include Racing Demon and The Crucible, which starred Academy Award Nominees, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, directed by Sir Richard Eyre. Off Broadway, her credits include Desdemona, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart, in what was billed as a ‘photo negative’ production of Othello. Recently she had the pleasure of working on Yael Farber’s adaption of August Strinberg’s, Mies Julie, directed by Shariffa Ali, Ngozi Anyanwu’s plays, Good Grief and Homecoming Queen, directed by Awoye Timpo; The Public’s Mobil Unit, Henry V, directed by Robert Ohara; Pericles, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and Tamburlaine, directed by Sir Michael Boyd, (both with Theatre For A New Audience). Patrice has received an Audelco Nomination for Angelique, and Tamburlaine and won an Audelco Award for For Colored Girls. She received a Barrymore Nomination for Best Actress in Athol Fugard’s, Coming Home at The Wilma Theater. Patrice wrote and directed three award winning feature films through the film company she started with her brothers and sisters, God-And-All-O-Wee Productions: (Jamaican patois for, God and all of us); Kings County, NY’s Dirty Laundry and Hill and Gully. This year, through her music company, U-big-witus Inc she helped to debut new, Jamiacan Reggae artists, Richie & The Ragga. Television: Chambers for Netflix, POSE for FX. hillandgully.com

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Anthony Cochrane

Anthony Cochrane is an Actor/Composer from the north of Scotland.

Anthony Cochrane is an Actor/Composer from the north of Scotland.
Broadway: The Audience with Helen Mirren. War Horse, the TONY winning trilogy, The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard and Cymbeline at Lincoln Center Theater; Off-Broadway: Nikolai And The Others, (LCT), Cato, (The Flea), Othello, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Iliad, The Man Who Would Be King, The Invisible Man and Romeo and Juliet (Aquila Theatre Company), Dense Terrain (BAM – Doug Varone). Regional: Yale Rep, Old Globe, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis, Shakespeare Theater Of New Jersey, Syracuse Stage. UK: credits include The Wives Excuse, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and The Broken Heart (Royal Shakespeare Company), Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh), Lyric Theatre (Belfast). Film: Wall Street (Money Never Sleeps), Apocalypse Watch. TV: ‘The Blacklist’, ’Law And Order SVU’, ‘Benjamin Franklin’ (PBS), ‘Taggart’ (STV),
He has composed scores for more than 30 theatrical productions, amongst them Kenneth Cavender’s Timon Of Athens for ASF. Film scores include Alex Webb’s Pizza, The Girl From 2C, Hove (The Wind) and To The Flame, and Robert Richmond’s Dreadful Sorry. www.anthonycochrane.com

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Jessica Emmanus

Assistant Stage Manager

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

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

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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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Ryan J. Haddad

Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based...

Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), Noor and Hadi Go to Hogwarts (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), and the cabaret Falling for Make Believe (Joe’s Pub). Regional credits include The Maids, Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Hi, Are You Single? (Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival). Television credits include “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” He has a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix series “The Politician” (streaming September 27). Haddad has performed original work at La MaMa E.T.C., the New Museum and The LGBT Center of New York City. His plays in development include Good Time Charlie and Dark Disabled Stories. He is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow under the mentorship of Moe Angelos. Learn more at www.ryanjhaddad.com and follow him on social @ryanjhaddad.

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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.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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Joseph Castillo-Midyett

Joseph Castillo-Midyett: Off-Broadway: The Acting Company: Of Mice and Men,...

Joseph Castillo-Midyett: Off-Broadway: The Acting Company: Of Mice and Men, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors; The Pearl Theater: Twelfth Night; 59E59 Theaters: Enjoy (American premiere); Rattlestick Theater: National Playwrights Festival. REGIONAL: Shakespeare DC: Much Ado; The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville: Dracula; Syracuse Stage: Glass Menagerie, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Delaware Theatre Company: The Complete Works of Shakespeare; Texas Shakespeare: Amadeus; Peter in Peter Pan (dir. Mark Lamos); Misalliance; Savages, Christians and Other Homo Sapiens (dir. Adrian Hall). FILM: Collateral Beauty, The Awakening, C Street, From Nowhere. TELEVISION: Homeland, FBI, New Amsterdam, Plot Against America, The Following, Divorce, Master of None, MacGyver, Jessica Jones, The Resident, City on a Hill, The Path. josephcastillomidyett.com thisboysvida.com

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Olivia Negrón

Olivia Negrón– Broadway: Cuba & His Teddy Bear (w/ Robert De Niro),...

Olivia Negrón– Broadway: Cuba & His Teddy Bear (w/ Robert De Niro), Serious Money (w/ Alec Baldwin & Kate Nelligan)
Off-Broadway: Circle Rep Lab, LaMAMA, HB Playwrights.
Regional: Two River Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum,  South Coast Rep, Atlanta’s Alliance, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Walnut Street Theatre, Canon Theater (Beverly Hills), La Jolla Playhouse, and as Ana in The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl at four regional theatres; TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca and Boise Contemporary Theatre.
Film: The Last Fare, Outliving Emily, The Devil’s Whisper, Everything Relative (Sundance Film Festival), The Clairvoyant, and Captivity.
Television, Etc.: Devious Maids, Law and Order, Law and Order; SVU, Ms. Negrón was motion-captured for the role of Patricia Madrazo in Grand Theft Auto V, is the Fairy Godmother in the web series, “Tinderellas,”” and served as Executive Producer on the award-winning HBO documentary feature ATOMIC HOMEFRONT.

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Alex Purcell

New York credits include Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (Smith Street Stage)...

New York credits include Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (Smith Street Stage) Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Smith Street Stage), Paul in Hot L Baltimore (Harold Clurman Lab), Billing in Public Enemy (Pearl Theatre), and understudying Con in Stupid Fu**ing Bird (Pearl Theatre). Regional credits include Fred in A Christmas Carol (Portland Stage), Amir in Disgraced (Portland Stage / Hangar Theatre), and extensive work with the Cincinnati Playhouse. He is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and holds a BFA in Film/TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. AlexGPurcell.com

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Constance Shulman

Constance Shulman: originated the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the...

Constance Shulman: originated the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the WPA Theater and Lucille Lortel Theater. Most recently received a Drama Desk nomination for Bobbie Clearly at the Roundabout Underground. Performed in Barbecue at The Public and Rose Tattoo at Williamstown. Along with her cast, received a Screen Actors Guild award three years in a row for best ensemble in a comedy series for Orange Is The New Black, playing Yoga Jones. Can be seen in the upcoming Pop TV series, Florida Girls, as well as Blacklist, Broad City and SVU. Has been in many films, past and present…Fried Green Tomatoes to the just finished shooting, Birth of a Butterfly. Connie voiced Patti Mayonnaise in Nickelodeon’s animated series, Doug, which went on to play on ABC Disney. She co-produced the documentary, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury, which ran on America ReFramed, and was voted top 10 documentaries by the NY Times in 2015. Connie has just finished her first novel.

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Alison R. Simone

Stage Manager

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

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

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Paco Tolson

Paco Tolson is best known for developing new American plays. He is excited...

Paco Tolson is best known for developing new American plays. He is excited to bridge the modern and the classical with this trailblazing company of artists. Off-Broadway: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), Twelfth Night (Fiasco Theater and Classic Stage Company), The Unwritten Song and End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Children of Vonderly and Rescue Me (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi and Vampire Cowboys). With VC: Men of Steel, Fight Girl Battle World, Agent G, and The Saturday Night Saloon. With the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s Tale, Black Swan Lab, Daedalus Project, and Vietgone. Film and television credits include “Madam Secretary,” “Happy!,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Code,” and 7 DAY GIG. Paco is a graduate of Brown University and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. “Love to Kate and Ama, my heart and soul.” pacotolson.weebly.com
Pronouns: He/him/his

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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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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

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
 with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

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Summer Martin

General Manager

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

Summer Martin has spent over a decade in domestic and international grant management for non-profits focused on the arts and education. Summer’s 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 the Henry VI cycle 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
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