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Program: King John



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

King John

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Brighde Mullins

Directed by: Drew Barr

Dramaturgs: Drew Barr, Katie Peterson

Stage Manager: Cheyney Coles

Assistant Stage Manager: Maggie Latham

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Carlo Albán
Austria, Hubert

Chinaza Uche

Jerome Preston Bates
James Gurney, Citizen, Pandulph

Kat Griffin
Arthur, Lewis The Dauphin

Kim Wong
Lady Faulconbridge, Constance, Pembroke

Mark Bedard
Essex, Philip Of France, Executioner, Henry

Olivia Negrón
Robert Faulconbridge, Blanche, Peter Pomfret, Bigot, Melun

Pun Bandhu
King John

Roberta Maxwell
Elinore, English Herald, Messengers

Zenzi Williams
Chatillon, Salisbury, French Herald

There will be one 15-minute intermission.

A short talkback with members of the creative team will take place immediately following the reading.

Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare.

The Play On Festival is supported by a generous grant from the Hitz Foundation.


All performers in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cellular phones, beepers, and watches. The use of cellular phones in the theater is prohibited by New York City law.

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Creative Team

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Brighde Mullins

Playwright, King John

Brighde Mullins’s plays include Rare Bird; Those Who...

Brighde Mullins’s plays include Rare Bird; Those Who Can, Do; Monkey in the Middle; Fire Eater; Topographical Eden and Pathological Venus. 

 Her awards include a Guggenheim, a United States Artists Fellowship and a Whiting. She has held residencies at Lincoln Center, New York Stage and Film, Mabou Mines, and is a Usual Suspect at NYTW. She teaches at U.S.C. and lives in Los Angeles.

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Drew Barr

Dramaturg, King John

Drew Barr has directed productions of new, modern, and classical plays and...

Drew Barr has directed productions of new, modern, and classical plays and musicals for theaters across the United States and around the world. He directed the Dutch-language premiere of the National Theatre of London’s War Horse, which opened the 2013 Holland Festival at Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre before a year-long tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. For the National Theatre, he also directed the Australian premiere of War Horse, which ran in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He was the Resident Director for War Horse on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater. Also on Broadway, Drew served as associate director for Simon McBurney’s acclaimed revival of All My Sons by Arthur Miller, as well as Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Sweet Smell of Success and Twelfth Night. He recently served as associate director/dramaturg for the Simon McBurney and James Yeatman stage adaptation of Robert Evan’s autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, which played a sold-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Drew’s other New York directing credits include the premiere of Neal Brennan’s one-man show, 3 Mics, which played at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and was recently filmed for Netflix. He directed revivals of Brian Friel’s Lovers and Frank Marcus’s The Killing of Sister George for The Actors Company Theater (TACT) at the Clurman Theater, as well as the Off-Broadway premieres of Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream and Karl Gajdusek’s Greedy, for Clubbed Thumb.

Regionally, Drew has directed for such companies as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company, Perseverance Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Actors Company Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73.

In addition to work as a private coach, Drew has directed and guest taught for many of the country’s leading actor training programs, including the Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, SUNY Purchase, the University of Delaware’s PTTP, the University of Washington’s School of Drama and the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: M.F.A. Graduate Acting Program of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; A.B., Drama (with Honors), Stanford University; SDC, AEA. drewbarr.com

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Katie Peterson

Dramaturg, King John

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, This One...

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, This One TreePermission, and The Accounts. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely. Recently, she contributed a poem to the Boston Review’s  2017 anthology, Poems for Political Disaster. She has received fellowships to support her work from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With her partner Young Suh, she has made and shown multimedia work in film, sculpture, and artist’s books; last year Mills College Museum of Art presented a show of their collaborative work entitled “Can We Live Here? Stories from a Difficult World.” Peterson is Associate Professor of English at the University of California Davis where she teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. She often teaches on a short term basis at Deep Springs College in rural Inyo County, California, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

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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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Carlo Albán

Carlo Albán: Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Sweat, References to Salvador...

Carlo Albán: Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Sweat, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot (Public Theater); Tamburlaine (TFANA); A Small, Melodramatic Story, Intríngulis (Labyrinth); A Summer Day (Rattlestick); Pinkolandia (INTAR); Living Dead in Denmark (Vampire Cowboys). Regional: Sweat, The River Bride, Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens (OSF); A Parallelogram, Lydia (CTG); Night of the Iguana (Guthrie); Dreamlandia (DTC). Film: Mile 22, Hurricane Streets, Hi Life, Strangers With Candy, Life Support, 21 Grams, Whip It, Margaret. TV: “Sesame Street,” “Law & Order,” “Oz,” “Thicker Than Blood,” “Prison Break,” “Girls,” “The Night Of.” Member of Labyrinth Theater Company. Recipient of a 2017 Theatre World Award for an outstanding Broadway debut for Sweat.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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Cheyney Coles

Stage Manager

Off-Broadway: Sea Wall / A Life, Girl From the North Country (Public Theater);...

Off-Broadway: Sea Wall / A Life, Girl From the North Country (Public Theater); The House That Will Not Stand (NY Theatre Workshop).
Regional: Hood: A Robin Hood Musical Adventure, Miller, Mississippi, Constellations, Dreamgirls, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, All the Way, Great Society, Electra, The Rocky Horror Show, Fortress of Solitude, etc. (Dallas Theater Center).
BCEFA: Broadway Backwards 2019
Love to Soren and Wylie.

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Chinaza Uche

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

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

Jerome Preston Bates :American Son,Jitney,Stickfly and Seven Guitars.Jonin...

Jerome Preston Bates :American Son,Jitney,Stickfly and Seven Guitars.Jonin at The Public Theatre,Daisy in the Dreamtime at The Beckett.Also Circle Rep,NFT,NEC,127 Rep,King Lear at Classical Theatre of Harlem and The Billie Holiday Theatre.Regional MacBeth at The Old Globe,Comedy of Errors,Richard 3rd and Two Trains Running at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Rep,The Folgers,Arena Stage,Center Stage,Hartford Stage,Philadelphia Drama Guild,Denver Center,Long Wharf,Satchmo at The Waldorf at Alley Theatre and World Premiere Of Seven Guitars at Goodman Theatre oppsite Viola Davis.Television :HBO’s OZ,All My Children,Law and Order and SVU,NYPD Blue,NY Undercover and Third Watch and Lights Out Film : Peeples opposite Kerry Washington,Musical Chairs,Tio Papi,Shaft 2000.It Runs In the Family and The Out of Towners.Education : LAMDA London,University Of Tenneesse,Knoxville College and The New School.Winner of seven Audelco Awards.Thank You God,Family,OSF and Classic Stage.

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Kat Griffin

Kat is an NYC based Actor/Singer/Photographer. They are a Nonbinary &...

Kat is an NYC based Actor/Singer/Photographer. They are a Nonbinary & Queer advocate for representation of marginalized voices on stage in Theatre. Kat has performed in numerous cabarets & concerts in NYC at venues including but not limited to 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, & Birdland Jazz. Recent credits include Madeline True (Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY/BAR New Haven) & Benjamin Tallmadge (AGENT 355/Musical Theatre Factory).
Kat is currently saving for gender confirmation Top Surgery- check out the link in their Instagram bio to help! @Kat_Griffin_  www.katgriffin-actor.com/
Pronouns: They/She/He

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Kim Wong

Kim Wong has performed in over 30 productions of Shakespeare plays in her...

Kim Wong has performed in over 30 productions of Shakespeare plays in her lifetime, playing 66 roles in 18 of the plays in the cannon. Highlights include: Henry V (The Public); Henry VI (NAATCO – Drama Desk nomination); King Lear (Guthrie); Hamlet (St. Louis Rep); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger); All’s Well That Ends Well (Triad Stage); Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington); Romeo and Juliet (PSF Tour). Other Off-Broadway credits include: The Hard Problem (Lincoln Center); Promising (InProximity); A Man For All Seasons (AMFAS); Red Flamboyant (Firebone). TV/Film: “Night Time” (CW); “The Deuce” (HBO); “Wizard of Lies” (HBO); “Blue Bloods” (CBS); “Deception” (NBC). Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Accidental Shakespeare Company, 2010-14. BFA: NYU.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Maggie Latham

Assistant Stage Manager

Maggie Latham is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in...

Maggie Latham is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in Theatre Arts with a focus in Stage Management. Recent professional credits: The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Chain Theatre), With or Without You (Theatre Row), Seussical Jr. (Seattle Childrens Theatre). Educational credits: Into the Woods, The Clean House, Little Shop of Horrors. Thanks to Dabney, my incredibly supportive parents, and everyone I don’t have space to mention. www.maggielklatham.com

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Mark Bedard

Off-Broadway: Trebonius/Cobbler in Julius Caesar (TFANA); Collins/Wickham/Ms....

Off-Broadway: Trebonius/Cobbler in Julius Caesar (TFANA); Collins/Wickham/Ms. Bingley in Pride & Prejudice (Primary Stages); Oberon/Lysander/Flute/etc in Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Pearl Theatre); Fashions for Men (Mint Theater)
Other New York: Hysterium in Forum (Geva Theatre); Bolingbroke in Richard II, Hortensio/Biondello/Merchant/etc in Taming of the Shrew, Major Andre in General From America, Touchstone in As You Like It, Provost in Measure for Measure, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival)
Seven-year company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Mr. Hammer (Groucho) in his own adaptation of The Cocoanuts; Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho again!) in Animal Crackers; Georg Nowak in She Loves Me; Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters; Kewpie in Paradise Lost; King of Navarre in Love’s Labor’s Lost; Launcelot Gobbo in Merchant of Venice; Antipholus of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors; Biondello in Taming of the Shrew; Much Ado about Nothing; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV 2; and more
Other regional: The Cocoanuts (Guthrie); Roe (Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep); Posthumus in Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Robert in Boeing Boeing (Seattle Rep); Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (Marin Theatre); Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Mother Courage (Shakespeare and Company)
TV/Film: The Good Fight; Instinct; The Knick.
Education: UCIrvine www.markbedard.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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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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Roberta Maxwell

Ms Maxwell began her Shakespearean career in America with Michael Kahn at...

Ms Maxwell began her Shakespearean career in America with Michael Kahn at The Stratford Shakespeare Theater In Connecticut. She was last seen in NYC 2016 in “The Gabriel Plays Trilogy” at the Public Theater. Her Broadway debut was in Stratford Canada’s “There’s One in Every Marriage” followed by “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “The House of Atreus,” and “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” Ms. Maxwell originated the role of ‘Jill Mason’ in the Tony Award-winning play Equus. She joined Lincoln Center to play ‘Jessica’ in “The Merchant of Venice” and “Our Town,” which was later filmed for Masterpiece Theater/PBS. Since then she has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in many regional theaters. She has received Obies and other awards. She was a regular character on the soap operas “All My Children” and “Another World.” Among other series are “Law and Order,” “Warehouse 13,” “Rookie Blue,” and “The Money” (HBO. )Her films include “Dead Man Walking,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Postman,” and the upcoming, “Percy,” starring opposite Christopher Walken. She is a dual CANADIAN/US citizen. and a proud member of Actors Equity, CND Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

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Zenzi Williams

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

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

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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 King John is about in only three panels…

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Play Synopsis

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

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Play On Festival Staff

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

CSC Administrative Staff

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