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Program: King Lear



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

King Lear

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Marcus Gardley

Directed by: Ian Belknap

Dramaturgs: Nakissa Etemad, Philippa Kelly

Stage Manager: Cheyney Coles

Assistant Stage Manager: Maggie Latham

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Blake Russell

Brooke Parks
Albany, Doctor

Cara Ricketts
Cordelia, Oswald

Gina Daniels
Goneril, Old Man

Gregg Mozgala

John Glover
King Lear

Marie Thomas
Curan, Gent, Servant, Captain, Messenger

Michael Gabriel Goodfriend
Cornwall, Knight, Officer, Messenger

Paco Tolson
France, Edgar, Gentleman

Patrick Kerr
Gloucester, Herald

Tala Ashe
Regan, Messenger

Tramell Tillman
Burgundy, Edmund

There will be two 15-minute intermissions.

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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Marcus Gardley

Playwright, King Lear

Marcus Gardley is a proud Oakland-born playwright-poet...

Marcus Gardley is a proud Oakland-born playwright-poet whom the New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” His play, X OR THE NATION V. BETTY SHABAZZ was a New York Times Critic Pic and was remounted off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. His play THE HOUSE THAT WILL STAND opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 to rave reviews and a sold-out extension with 8 AUDELCO nominations, winning 4 including Best Play. It is now being adapted into a motion picture written by Gardley. He is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2019 San Francisco Library Laureate Award. Gardley received the 2018 Guiding Light Award presented by Cal Shakes and won the 2017 Special Citation Theater Award for his play black odyssey, which swept the Theater Bay Area Awards garnering 6 other prizes including Best Production and a special playwrighting award. He is the 2015 Glickman Award for THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND and the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow. He was the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid- Career Playwright. His work has been produced across the country with several productions in England and France. Upcoming productions include: a musical called PARADISE SQUARE with choreography by Bill T. Jones and directed by Moises Kaufman slated for Broadway. Currently, Gardley is writing a biopic about Marvin Gaye produced by Dr. Dre, and a film adaptation of 12 Angry Men and developing a TV series with OWN and HBO as well as F/X and a TV series with Michael B. Jordan about Mansa Musa.

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Nakissa Etemad

Dramaturg, King Lear

Nakissa Etemad is a professional dramaturg, producer, director, and French...

Nakissa Etemad is a professional dramaturg, producer, director, and French translator based in San Francisco, CA. She is the recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for her work on four multi-city world premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry through LARK’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire (Perseverance Theatre, AK; Pillsbury House Theatre, MN; LATC; Univ. of S. Florida’s School of Theatre & Dance). The Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), she has worked in the field of dramaturgy since 1992, including full-time posts as Dramaturg & Literary Manager for Philadelphia’s The Wilma Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Resident Dramaturg & Artistic Associate for San Diego Rep. Ms. Etemad has fostered 24 professional world premiere plays & musicals and dramaturged over 90 productions, workshops & staged readings with such writers as Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, Luis Valdez, Polly Pen, Marcus Gardley, Charles L. Mee, Doug Wright, Octavio Solis, Julie Hébert, Chay Yew, Dael Orlandersmith, Katori Hall, Lillian Groag, Culture Clash, D.W. Jacobs, Ray Leslee, Heather McDonald, Steven Dietz, Lauren Yee, David Adjmi, Dan Dietz, Geetha Reddy, Garret Jon Groenveld, Marisela Treviño Orta, Torange Yeghiazarian, Stephanie Fleischmann, and Jeanne Drennan.

Highlights include: Dramaturg for East Coast Premiere/2nd Production of Arthur Miller’s penultimate play Resurrection Blues at The Wilma; The Philadelphia Orchestra & The Wilma Theater’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by Tom Stoppard & André Previn, with David Strathairn and Richard Easton; the inaugural world premiere production of Marcus Gardley’s every tongue confess in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle; the world premiere Wilma-commissioned musical Embarrassments by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan; world premiere of The Doors musical Celebration of the Lizard at San Diego Rep, with workshops starring Billy Zane and Grace Jones; Producer of San Jose Rep’s 5th Annual New America Playwrights Festival 2001, featuring Lynn Nottage, Polly Pen, James Milton, Naomi Iizuka; and Dramaturg for Katori Hall on her play The Mountaintop in Bay Area Playwrights Fest. Ms. Etemad has also provided dramaturgy for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, O’Neill Music Theater Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Golden Thread, African-American Shakes, French Consulate SF, The Cutting Ball Theater (as Resident Dramaturg for BATCC award-winning productions of Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Victims of Duty), Playwrights Foundation (PF) and six Bay Area Playwrights Festivals, Crowded Fire, Alter Theater, George St. Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, Austin Script Works, and the inaugural season of Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor with Gardley’s the House that will not Stand.

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Philippa Kelly

Dramaturg, King lear

Philippa Kelly (PhD Shakespeare) is Resident Dramaturg for the California...

Philippa Kelly (PhD Shakespeare) is Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater and regularly serves as production dramaturg for various regional theaters. She is also Professor and Chair of English at the California Jazz Conservatory. For her research Philippa has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, Walter and Eliza Hall, and Commonwealth Foundations at UC Berkeley, Oxford University and Bellagio, as well as Fellowships at the Australian National University and Sydney University and a multi-year Senior Fellowship at the University of New South Wales. Philippa is the co-recipient of a Bly Award for Innovation in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, culminating in a volume, Unpacking Dramaturgy: Diversity, Inclusion and Representation, Case Studies From the Field, co-edited with Amrita Ramanan, to be published by Routledge Press in the summer of 2019. Philippa is team leader for grants awarded by the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation and the California Arts Council for curriculum components taught in under-served Oakland schools. She has published many works, including 11 books (presses include Halstead, Ashgate, Oxford University Press, Michigan, Arden), 45 internationally refereed articles, and 43 playbill articles. Philippa has published extensively on King Lear, the closest to her heart being her book, The King and I(Arden Press, 2011). A meditation on Australian identity through the lens of Shakespeare’s King Lear, The King and I illuminates contemporary social attitudes toward the fringe-dwellers of society. Finally, Philippa is proud to lead a year-round community theater group entitled Berkeley Theater Explorations, the purpose of which is to make dramaturgy foundational to community theater appreciation.

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Ian Belknap


Ian Belknap is the Artistic Director of The Acting Company where he has directed: Hamlet,...

Ian Belknap is the Artistic Director of The Acting Company where he has directed: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, Of Mice and Men and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. As the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director he has produced: Desire, Macbeth, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Other directing credits include: Shaw’s Millionairess, Red, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Damascus. He is a graduate of Towson University.

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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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Blake Russell

Juilliard: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bus Stop, La Cocina by Tony Meneses....

Juilliard: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bus Stop, La Cocina by Tony Meneses.
Off Broadway: The Glory of the World by Chuck Mee (BAM).
Regional: That High Lonesome Sound by Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, and Charise Castro Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville), White Rabbit/Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, and ‘Cause I Know You Got Soul by Zayd Dohrn (Chicago Home Theater Festival), Reluctant to Burn by Korde Tuttle (New School), Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry (LiveWire Theatre), Spark (Adventure Stage), Othello (Suitcase Shakespeare).
Workshops: Thoughts of A Colored Man directed by Taye Diggs, Fire Island by Korde Tuttle (NYTW), Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris (Yale).
TV: The Blacklist (NBC).
Training: HB Studio, School at Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship, Juilliard.
Blake is a co-founder of The Chicago Home Theater Festival, a yearly city-wide month-long performance festival aimed at disrupting injustice through the arts and community organizing, associate producer with HomeBase Theatre Collective, an emerging black student actor organization, and he was awarded partial funding at Juilliard for Self Care Saturdays, a rotating weekly workshop of wellness practitioners from the practical to the esoteric.
Represented by Nicolosi & Co, Abrams, Liz Rosier.
Currently, a second year actor at Juilliard. Group 51!

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Brooke Parks

In four seasons at OSF: Dionyza, Thaisa and Ensemble in Pericles; Iras and...

In four seasons at OSF: Dionyza, Thaisa and Ensemble in Pericles; Iras and Ensemble in Antony and CleopatraKatherine in Henry V; Doctor Kaya in The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; Helen of Troy in Troilus and Cressida; Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar; Mariana in Measure for Measure; Viola in Twelfth Night; Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

Other theatres: Ophelia in Hamlet (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Katrin in Mother Courage (Shakespeare and Company); Susan in Wait Until Dark (Geva Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company); Georgette in The School for Wives, Antoinette in A Flea in Her Ear, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ermengarde in The Matchmaker (A Noise Within); Sylvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Hilda in The Autumn Garden (Williamstown Theatre Festival workshops); Maja in Baal, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Rossignol in Marat/Sade, Arkadina in The Seagull, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, among others (Yale School of Drama).

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Cara Ricketts

Cara Ricketts is a celebrated Canadian theatre actress and having starred...

Cara Ricketts is a celebrated Canadian theatre actress and having starred for several seasons at the acclaimed Stratford Festival in roles such as “Imogen” in Cymbeline, “Ruth” in The Homecoming opposite Brian Dennehy, “Portia” in Julius Caesar and “Maria” in Twelfth Night, directed by Des McAnuff among many other productions. Recently she made her New York debut as “Isabella” in the critically acclaimed Measure for Measure for Theatre for a New Audience. Ms. Ricketts other selected credits include “Queenie” in The Wild Party (Acting UpStage) for which she was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance – Female, “Hedda” in Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel), “Marianne” in Constellations and “Susan” in Race (Canadian Stage). For film and television Cara is best known for portraying the role of “Bertilda” in the E1 mini-series “Book of Negroes,” as well as appearing in the feature films Jean of the Joneses, Across the Line and The Anniversary. Her selected television credits include guest appearances on fan favorite BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” CTV’s “Saving Hope” and CBC’s “Murdoch Mysteries.” and being a series lead on CBC’s “Street Legal” cararicketts.com

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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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Gina Daniels

Broadway: Network, All the Way. Off-Broadway: Building the Wall, Displaced,...

Broadway: Network, All the Way. Off-Broadway: Building the Wall, Displaced, Zona, 24 Hour Plays. International: Wuzhen Theatre Festival. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (company member for 11 seasons), Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arden Theatre, TheatreWorks, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Center Stage, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Geva Theatre Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater. TV: “Orange Is the New Black,” “High Maintenance.” gina-daniels.com

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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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John Glover

John was seen recently on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival...

John was seen recently on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of Saint Joan, and the Simon Godwin production of The Cherry Orchard, as well as Waiting for Godot (Tony Award Nomination) and Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award). Notable Off-Broadway appearances include Fire and Air, Troilus and Cressida, Nikolai and the Others, The Paris Letter (Drama League Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination) and the recent production of All Our Children. On television John has been seen on “Smallville,” “Brimstone,” “Frasier” (Emmy Award Nomination), “An Early Frost” (Emmy Award Nomination), “Crime and Punishment” (Emmy Award Nomination), “Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder” (Emmy Award Nomination), “L.A. Law” (Emmy Award Nomination), and “Tales of the City.” John has over 35 film credits including JULIA, ANNIE HALL, and the recently released SHAZAM.

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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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Marie Thomas

Marie Thomas recently played LaVeuve in The House That Will Not Stand at...

Marie Thomas recently played LaVeuve in The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theater Workshop, Sadie Delaney in The Delaney Sisters, First 100 Years, at The Goodman Theater in Chicago in 2018,Nina Dubois in Knock Me A Kiss in New York at the New Federal Theater in 2010, at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, NC, 2011 and 2013. She received The Audelco Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was Goneril in King Lear starring Avery Brooks, at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, Samm-Art William’s The Dance on Widow’s Row at the New Federal Theater in New York and The National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. At Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, she was Dorabelle in The Disappearance with Ruby Dee. She received an Audelco Award for Best Actress for her performance of Pam in Richard Wesley’s The Talented Tenth in New York. On Broadway “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, Lincoln Center, The Duplex. Television/ Film credits, The Cosby Mysteries, L.A. Law, Knots Landing, Amen, and on the Daytime Dramas, The Doctors, a contract Player for three years, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, and the film Hot Shots.

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Michael Gabriel Goodfriend

Michael has appeared in plays at regional theaters across the country including...

Michael has appeared in plays at regional theaters across the country including the Guthrie, Folger, Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Yale Rep and St. Louis Rep. He has performed extensively in New York with the Irondale Ensemble Project, 59E59 Theaters, Pecadillo Theater, Pearl Theater Company and more. He was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five seasons and has made appearances on a few television shows and low budget films. He has written several plays, most notably “Dear Father”, a play about Franz Kafka, which was a semifinalist at the O’Neil Festival. He also wrote and produced for “Left Jab”, a weekly talk show that aired on Sirius XM Radio for nine years, and was a producer for “The Majority Report” on Air America Radio. MFA, Yale School of Drama. www.michaelgabrielgoodfriend.com
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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
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Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology...

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology series for Apple TV. Before that he was in the musical CYRANO at Goodspeed starring Peter Dinklage. Broadway: TRAVESTIES, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE RITZ. Off Broadway: STAGE KISS (Sarah Ruhl) Playwrights Horizons; THE DEVILS (Liz Egloff) New York Theater Workshop and Paul Rudnick’s JEFFREY at the Minetta Lane. National tour: THE LION KING (Las Vegas). Recent regional work includes Polonius in HAMLET at the Old Globe, FINGERSMITH at A.R.T.; Joe DiPietro’s HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse and THE HEIR APPARENT at Chicago Shakespeare. Veteran of many TV programs including recurring roles as Noel on FRASIER (Sag Award – Ensemble) and the Blind Guy on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Film: DOMINO, STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and others. He has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
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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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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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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
 with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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