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Program: Henry VIII



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Caridad Svich

Directed by: Adrian Alexander Alea

Dramaturg: Julie Felise Dubiner

Stage Manager: Alison R. Simone

Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Emmanus

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Annie Henk
Secretary, Servant, 2nd Gentleman, Gardiner, Lincoln, Capucius

Anthony Cochrane
Cardinal Wolsey

Bill Connington
Brandon, Lovell, Cardinel Campeius, Keeper, Man, Messenger

Cynthia Bastidas
Katherine, 3rd Gentleman, Cranmer, Vaux

Gregg Mozgala
Prologue & Epilogue, Abergavenny, Surveyor, Suffolk, Griffith

Madeleine Kelley
Anne Boleyn, Boy

Pun Bandhu
Henry VIII

Stephanie Weeks
Sergeant, Chamberlain, Patience, Gentleman

Tramell Tillman
Buckingham, Sands, Scribe, Surrey, Porter

Vivia Font
1st Gentleman, Cromwell, Denny

Yvette Ganier
Norfolk, Guildford, Old Lady, Garter

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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Caridad Svich

Playwright, Henry VIII

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the...

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In 2018-2019, her play RED BIKE receives an NNPN rolling world premiere at theatres across the US.

Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Halcyon Theatre, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, CEAD Festival in Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.. She is currently under commission from American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theater, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and she is a 2017-2018 visiting research fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Key works in her repertoire include 12 OpheliasIphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her HeartThe Booth VariationsAlchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s BluesAny Place But HereArchipelagoThe Way of Water and In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’ novel). She has radically reconfigured works from Wedekind, Euripides, Sophocles, and Shakespeare and adapted works by Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her plays have been directed by Annie Castledine, Maria Irene Fornes, Lisa Peterson, Neel Keller, William Carden, Nick Philippou, Annie Dorsen, Katie Pearl, Stephen Wrentmore, Daniella Topol, Jose Zayas, and David Lozano, among many others. In her theatre work she has collaborated with composers Adam Sultan, Graham Reynolds, O-Lan Jones, Michael Roth, the Jones Street Boys, Jane Shaw, Mike Croswell, and Tom Hagerman of the Grammy-winning band DeVotchKa.

Her work has also intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the US Gulf region, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for US Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theatre action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theatre in New York City, Finborough Theatre in London and over sixty venues across the US; and Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders. She has also published over twenty titles with NoPassport Press by authors as diverse as Todd London, John Jesurun, David Greenspan, Carson Kreitzer, Rinde Eckert, Lenora Champagne and Octavio Solis.

Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and more. Four collections of her works for live performance are published as follows: The Hour of All Things and other plays (Intellect, 2017), JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays (Intellect UK, 2016); Instructions for Breathing and other plays (Seagull Books UK, 2014); Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, Denmark, 2012). She has edited several books on theatre including Audience Revolution: Dispatches from the Field (TCG, 2016), Innovation in Five Acts (TCG, 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries and Theatre in Crisis? (the latter two for Manchester University Press, UK). She is co-author of Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft, which is published by Methuen Bloomsbury Drama in 2017.

She sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca as well as works by Calderon de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Julio Cortazar, Victor Rascon Banda, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary works from Mexico, Cuba and Spain. She is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, and affiliated artist with the Lark and New Georges, and lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has received fellowships from Harvard/Radcliffe, NEA/TCG, PEW Charitable Trust, and California Arts Council. As an arts journalist, she has written for American TheatreHowlroundPAJThe Dramatist, and Hotreview. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and she also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes in INTAR’s legendary HPRL Lab. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. She has taught playwriting at Bard, Barnard, Bennington, Denison, Ohio State, ScriptWorks, and Yale School of Drama. caridadsvich.com

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Julie Felise Dubiner

Dramaturg, Henry VIII, Merchant of Venice

Julie Felise Dubiner is the former Associate Director of American Revolutions:...

Julie Felise Dubiner is the former Associate Director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. While at OSF, Julie served as dramaturg for Beauty and the BeastThe WizSweat, The CocoanutsThe Liquid Plain; and Party People. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, she collaborated on more than 40 productions and projects in the regular season and the Humana Festival, and co-created Rock & Roll: The Reunion Tour. In Philadelphia, she was project manager of the musical The Rosenbach Company and dramaturg at the Prince Music Theater. In Chicago, Julie freelanced with Defiant Theatre, blue star performance company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and others. She has been a guest dramaturg at the Kennedy Center and KCACTF, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the New Harmony Project and elsewhere. Julie is the co-editor of two anthologies of Humana Festival plays; co-author of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Practical Guide; and a contributor to The Routledge Companion to DramaturgyInnovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance, HowlRound, the LMDA Source Book; and is a Kilroys nominator. Julie holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Columbia University.

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Adrian Alexander Alea

Adrian Alexander Alea is a creative director and producer based in NYC, passionate...

Adrian Alexander Alea is a creative director and producer based in NYC, passionate about elevating the social consciousness of humanity through story-telling in Theater, Live Events, and Film in non-profit and commercial industries. Currently, Adrian is developing and directing a staged musical adaptation of Cristina García’s award-winning novel DREAMING IN CUBAN (music and lyrics by IBEYI) and a TV mini-series called LOS CHEN written by Christina Quintana.

Recent credits: STAND by Caridad Svich (New Dramatists reading; featuring Daphne Rubin-Vega and Grace McLean), FUCKING A by Suzan-Lori Parks (Yale University), AUTOPSIA A UN COPO DE NIEVE by Luis Santillán (The Lark), and THE SPANKING MACHINE by Marga Gomez (Syracuse Stage, Solo Artist Residency). Upcoming: HERCULES (Disney Theatricals, The Public Theater’s Public Works; AD), TRES HERMANAS (Central Works Theater, Dir.). Assistant credits: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park), KILL MOVE PARADISE (National Black Theater), VENUS (Signature Theatre), ALICE BY HEART (musical workshop at MCC), and THE ODYSSEY (Public Works).

Previously, he was a Management Associate for The Medina Company and Jennifer Lopez. Main projects: Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas Residency (All I Have) and “”Ain’t Your Mama”” music video. BA from Columbia University. MS from Northwestern University. adrianalea.com
Pronouns: he/him/his Yes

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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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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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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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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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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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Cynthia Bastidas

Cynthia Bastidas​ – Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), #nowall...

Cynthia Bastidas​ – Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), #nowall (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center),​ ​​The Mecca Tales (Sheen Theatre/Crossroads Theater), SHE SHE SHE (New Ohio Theatre), Informed Consent (Gulfshore Playhouse),​ ​Just Like Us (Denver Center Theatre), The Why Me Pen (Public Theater), Kita y Fernanda (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Co), Lost/Not Found (Up Theater), The World’s Fair Play Festival (Queens Theatre), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167), Zero (Public Theater), Anna in the Tropics (Lehman Stages). Television: Homeland S6 E6. Training: MFA Theater-Brooklyn College, HB Studio, Labyrinth Master Class, Andrew Wade-Royal Shakespeare Company.  www.cynthiabastidas.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Gregg Mozgala

Gregg has been in various productions with The Public Theatre, Manhattan...

Gregg has been in various productions with The Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama ETC, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Kennedy Center.

He received a Lucille Lortel Award (Best Featured Actor) for his work in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Cost Of Living” by Martyna Majok. He was recently nominated for a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for the role of Richard in “Teenage Dick” by Michael Lew.

Mr. Mozgala was honored as a “”Champion Of Change”” by The New York City Mayor’s Office For People With Disabilities in 2017, and named a Kennedy Citizen Artist Fellow by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2016.

Gregg is the founder and Artistic Director of The Apothetae, a theatre company dedicated to the production of works that explore and illuminate the, “”Disabled Experience.””

He is currently the Director of Inclusion at Queens Theatre. www.greggmozgala.com
Pronouns: He/him/his

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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.
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Madeleine Kelley

Madeleine Kelley is an actress from the San Francisco Bay Area. In May, she...

Madeleine Kelley is an actress from the San Francisco Bay Area. In May, she completed an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. NYU Credits: Hamlet (Horatio), Three Days in the Country, The Book of Lucy (Eve), Brainpeople (Rosemary), The School for Husbands (Isabella), Animal Farm (Squealer), The House of Blue Leaves (Bunny Flingus), Othello (Desdemona), The Three Sisters (Masha). Last fall, she wrote and starred in Ms. Blue Sky, a comedic play about the Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford Hearings and dating in the #MeToo era, which was produced as a part of Grad Acting’s 2019 Free Play Festival. http://nyugradacting2019.com/class/madeleine-kelley/
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Pun Bandhu

Pun Bandhu is grateful to have been involved with the development of the...

Pun Bandhu is grateful to have been involved with the development of the Play On! plays over the last two years. Broadway: WIT (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway: THE TREASURER (Playwrights Horizons), PLENTY (Public Theater), INFORMED CONSENT (Primary Stages/EST), FAUST (Target Margin Theatre), TRUE AND SOLID GROUND (Soho Rep) among others. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, Theatreworks, McCarter Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Denver Center Theatre (Henry Award, Best Supporting Actor). Recipient of the New Dramatists’ Bowden Actor Award. Oscar-nominated films include: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Judge, Burn After Reading, Michael Clayton. Upcoming: The Report, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening, Sell By. TV includes: “House of Cards”, ”Blindspot,” “Madam Secretary,” “Gotham,” “FBI,” “Difficult People,” “Law and Order(s),” recurring on “Blue Bloods.” Pun serves on the Advisory Board for the Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA. He co-founded the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC), an advocacy group for Asian actors, and is a proud member of the Actors Center. www.punbandhu.net

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Stephanie Weeks

Stephanie Weeks​ has performed at many award-winning regional theaters...

Stephanie Weeks​ has performed at many award-winning regional theaters and Off-Broadway. Favorite roles include Target Margin Theater’s production of ​Mourning Becomes Electra ​(Christine, New York Times Critics Pick), ​Ruined​ (Salima), and ​The Crucible​ (Tituba), Animal Farm ( Old Major, Boxer) ​Film Ex-Doofus​ (dir: Melvin Van Peebles, Tribeca Film Festival) and ​Rosy​ (2017)​TV- ​Upcoming: ​Tales Of The City​ for Netflix starring Laura Linney. ​Training​—London Academy of Music and Drama; MFA: American Conservatory Theater. stephaniejweeks.com

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Tramell Tillman

Tramell Tillman is a DC/MD native. Some of his theatre credits include: The...

Tramell Tillman is a DC/MD native. Some of his theatre credits include: The Great Society (Lincoln Center), Carmen Jones (CSC), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull), Sweat (Oregon Shakes and Arena), All the Roads Home (Cincinnati Playhouse), Hamlet, The Wiz, (OSF), A Raisin in the Sun, The Tempest (Chautauqua), The Whipping Man (Clarence Brown). He can also be found on television: Dietland (AMC), Godfather of Harlem (EPIX), The Hunt (Amazon), Elementary (CBS), and Difficult People (Hulu). He is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee MFA program and a former member of the Chautauqua conservatory program. Watch his journey on Facebook, IG: Tramell.Tillman, or Twitter: @TramellTillman

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Vivia Font

Vivia is very pleased and delighted to be a part of PlayOn! Some NY Credits:...

Vivia is very pleased and delighted to be a part of PlayOn! Some NY Credits: Recent Alien Abductions (WalkerSpace-PlayCo) villa (Wild Project-PlayCo), underneathmybed (Rattlestick), Fernando (New Ohio Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (NY Classical), EST YoungBloods festival/brunch, & work at Playwrights Realm, Primary Stages, SOL Project, The Public. Selected Regional: Native Gardens (Merrimack Rep), Bad Dates (Cincinnati PH), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Tenth Muse (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Richard III, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well & others (Old Globe), Mariela in the Desert, Map of Heaven (Denver Center). Vivia teaches acting and Speech at Princeton University, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School-NYU(her Alma mater), and Manhattan Marymount College. Latest and greatest creation: Leandro, son. www.viviafont.com

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Yvette Ganier

Yvette Ganier an Obie award-winning actor based in New York City. Miss Ganier...

Yvette Ganier an Obie award-winning actor based in New York City. Miss Ganier is known for working with August Wilson on three of his last four plays originating the roles of Rena in Jitney and Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean and featured as Tonya in King Hedley II at the Goodman Theatre. Some of Yvette’s credits include: Broadway – The Miracle Worker, King Hedley II; London – Jitney; Off-Broadway/NY – The Slow Room, The Block, Pitbulls, Breath Boom, Jitney, For Colored Girls. Regional: The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Mark Taper Forum, Park Square Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, The Wilma, Baltimore CenterStage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, New Freedom Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, The Curran, Seattle Rep, The Intiman, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Geva. Yvette is currently recurring in New Amsterdam on NBC as Nurse Linda Weber. Awards: Obie Award, LA Ovations Award, NAACP Image Award, Dallas Theater Critics Award, AUDELCO Award, The Bowden. Coming up: The film, DisordHer, at the MVAAFF Summer 2019.
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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

CEO and Creative Director

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

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy. Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres and over two dozen Shakespeare productions. In 2009, she was the co-producer and co-founder of the Black Swan Lab for new play development at OSF which she ran until 2016. In 2019, she co-founded Play on Shakespeare, which carries forward the Shakespeare translation work began at OSF.Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Taylor Bailey

Associate Creative Director

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

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

Publications: Contributor, New York Times Bestseller It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming
Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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

Summer Martin has spent over a decade in domestic and international grant management for non-profits focused on the arts and education. Summer’s commitment to community empowerment informs her dedication to the mission of Play On Shakespeare.

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

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

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

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Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed...

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

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

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

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

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

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

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Further Reading

Welcome Letter from Lue

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

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Good Tickle Brain Synopsis

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

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Play Synopsis

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

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Play On Festival Staff

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

CSC Administrative Staff

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