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Program: Macbeth



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater


by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Migdalia Cruz

Directed by: Edward Torres

Dramaturg: Ishia Bennison

Stage Manager: Jakob W. Plummer

Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Kesner

Assistant Director: Jordan Tragash

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Angel Desai
First Witch, Servant, Second Lord, Seyton, Messenger

Annie Henk
Ross, Second Apparition

David Anzuelo
Duncan, Old Siward, Second Murderer, First Lord

Fernando Gonzalez
Porter, Angus, First Apparition, Messenger, Young Siward, Fleance, Donalbain

Flor De Liz Perez
Third Witch, Lady MacDuff, Woman, Soldier, Caithness

Greg Cuellar
Lennox, First Murderer

Heather Velazquez
Second Witch, Son, Servant

Jordan Barbour
Macbeth, Third Murderer

Raffi Barsoumian
Banquo, Doctor, Menteith

Ronald Peet
Malcolm, Old Man

Sean Carvajal
Macduff, Third Apparition, Captain

Zabryna Guevara
Lady Macbeth, Hecate

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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Migdalia Cruz

Playwright, Macbeth, Richard III

Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator,...

Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, Miriam’s Flowers, & Frida, produced in venues such as BAM, Latino Chicago Theater Company, Mabou Mines, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, & Teatro Vista—last seen at CSC with Another Part of the House—her adaptation of Garcia-Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba. An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, and was awarded a 2016 NYFA Grant for Playwriting. Migdalia was nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, & by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR. Recently, Migdalia taught the Fornés Playwriting Workshop at Notre Dame/2016-2018, at Princeton/Spring 2018, and as a guest artist at Brown, UMass/Amherst & Yale, and will teach at CalArts, January 2020.
Her translations of Macbeth & Richard III, for OSF’s Play On! have been inspiring journeys, from the Isle of Iona to Leicester’s Cathedral, with U.K. actress/dramaturg, Ishia Bennison, and dramaturg/producer Lue Douthit. www.migdaliacruz.com
Upcoming: Macbeth @ AASC in San Francisco, July 2019, & FUR @Boundless Theater/Next Door@NYTW, October 2019.

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Ishia Bennison

Dramaturg, Macbeth, Richard III

Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen....

Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen. Her first introduction to Migdalia Cruz was in London when she produced and performed in Miriam’s Flowers, a wonderful play written by Migdalia. Little did we know that nearly 30 years later we’d have the pleasure of reuniting and working together on on Macbeth and Richard III for OSF. We’ve had a blast.

Theatre includes:
Romeo and Juliet and Merry Wives of Windsor, Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC and national tour); Julius Caesar (Donmar, all female version); The Importance of Being Earnest (The Rose, Hong Kong Festival); Our Private Life  (Royal Court); The Canterbury Tales (tour and The Rose), A Couple Of Poor, Polish Speaking Romanians(Soho Theatre); A New Way To Please YouSejanus -His FallSpeaking Like MagpiesCymbelineMeasure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company); Bites (Bush Theatre); Strange OrchestraMother Courage (Orange Tree); Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Library); Arabian Nights (Young Vic Company); Antony and Cleopatra (BAM New York), A Midsummer Night Dream (Brazil tour), Merry Wives (India tour), Richard III (Riverside Studios & The Tower of London) Poetry Or BustSamson AgonistesRomeo and Juliet (Northern Broadsides); Medea (Lilian Baylis); Les Miserables (Nottingham Playhouse) Turcaret (Gate); One For The Road (Meridian Prods.); Educating Rita (Oxford Playhouse); Red Devils (Liverpool Playhouse).

Television and Film includes:
Happy Valley – two seasons; New TricksLast Tango in HalifaxTrue Dare KissAt Home With The Braithwaites – four seasons; Holby CityEmmerdaleCoronation StreetBurnsideLove HurtsGive And TakeMother’s DayStory TellerBreadEastendersMuch Ado About NothingMitch: A Family AffairKesslerBid For PowerKing David with Richard Gere; Anno DominiThe Awakening; Jesus Of Nazareth.

Producer of 7 documentaries for BBC and Channel 4

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Edward Torres


He recently directed Native Gardens and Familiar at the Old Globe.

He recently directed Native Gardens and Familiar at the Old Globe.
As a performer he was recently seen in the critically acclaimed production of Downstate by Bruce Norris at Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and at the Royal National Theater in London.
TV credits include Chicago PD, Luke Cage, The Following, The Duece, The Get Down, Gotham and The Romanoffs www.edwardtorresdirector.com

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Jordan Tragash

Assistant Director

Jordan is a Chicago based actor and director who has worked with A Red Orchid...

Jordan is a Chicago based actor and director who has worked with A Red Orchid Theater, Eclipse Theater, Facility Theatre, Collaboraction, and many more. jordantragash.com

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Plays: All’s Well That Ends Well; Antony and Cleopatra;...

Plays: All’s Well That Ends Well; Antony and Cleopatra; As You Like It; The Comedy of Errors; Coriolanus; Cymbeline; Edward III; Hamlet; Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three; Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; King John; King Lear; Love’s Labor’s Lost; Macbeth; Measure for Measure; The Merchant of Venice; The Merry Wives of Windsor; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado about Nothing; Othello; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Richard II; Richard III; Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; The Tempest; Timon of Athens; Titus Andronicus; Troilus and Cressida; Twelfth Night; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Two Noble Kinsmen; The Winter’s Tale.

Poems: “Venus and Adonis,” “The Rape of Lucrece,” “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” Sonnets (154).

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Angel Desai

Recent theater:  “India Pale Ale” (MTC), “An Ordinary Muslim” (NYTW),...

Recent theater:  “India Pale Ale” (MTC), “An Ordinary Muslim” (NYTW), ”Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band”” (Ma-Yi Theater).  Broadway:  “”Company”” (2007, Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical).  Other Off-Broadway: CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public/NYSF, Women’s Project, MCC.  Regional: Yale Repertory, George St. Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Festival, Old Globe, McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory. TV: “City on a Hill” (upcoming), “Bull”, “Jessica Jones”, ”Chicago Med””, “Minority Report”, “Madam Secretary”, “Major Crimes”, many others. Video games:  “”Gears of War 4″” (First Minister Jinn, voice).  Film: This Time Next Tuesday, The Clique, The War Within, Heights, Black Knight, Robot Stories.  52nd St Project volunteer. Recipient: 2019 New Dramatists Charles Bowden Award, 2017 NYU Diversity Faculty Mentorship, 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. MFA in Acting from NYU.

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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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David Anzuelo

Theater acting credits: Fishmen (Intar); Intimacy (New Group); Our Town (Northern...

Theater acting credits: Fishmen (Intar); Intimacy (New Group); Our Town (Northern Stage); Frost/Nixon (Rep Theater St. Louis); Oedipus El Rey (Woolly Mammoth); Stand-Up Tragedy (Apple Tree Theater, Joseph Jefferson Award, best supporting actor). Film- A Walk Aming The Tombstones, Remember Me. TV- The Americans; White Collar; Elementary; Blue Bloods; Strangers; Succession; Deadbeat. davidanzuelo.com

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Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez is an actor, science enthusiast, linguistics freak, ne’er-do-well,...

Fernando Gonzalez is an actor, science enthusiast, linguistics freak, ne’er-do-well, rascal, scamp, and synonym fan! Recent credits include “Skinnamarink” (Next Door @ NYTW), “Minor Character” (UTR/The Public Theater), “Red Emma & the Mad Monk” (The Tank), “Ding Dong It’s the Ocean” (JACK), “A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile” (Clubbed Thumb), “Miss Julie” (Two Headed Rep), “Breeders” (New Light Theater Project), “Omega Kids” (NLTP), sundry readings at New York Theatre Workshop, New Dramatists, & Portland Center Stage, and a smattering of web projects. He also translated & adapted “Bohemian Lights” for Live Source’s production at HERE Arts Center. BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch/Playwrights Horizons. Follow him @uniqueid… if you’ve a strong stomach for puns. Fernando-gonzalez.com
Pronouns: He/him/his

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Flor De Liz Perez

Flor De Liz Perez: Thrilled to join this epic tribute to the Bard! International...

Flor De Liz Perez: Thrilled to join this epic tribute to the Bard! International credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat (National Theatre, London). Off-Broadway: Dolphins and Sharks (Labyrinth Theater); Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick Theater/The Sol Project); Comedy of Errors, Pericles (The Public); Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam); Los Monólogos de la Vagina (Westside Theatre); In the Time of the Butterflies (Repertorio Español). Selected Regional: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage & Film/Vassar College); The House that will not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep); A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River Theater); In the Continuum, Nicholas Nickleby, Romeo and Juliet (PlayMakers Rep). Film: Big Exit (in post-production), The House That Jack Built. TV: POSE (FX); Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Elementary (CBS). MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill/PlayMakers Rep.

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Greg Cuellar

Greg Cuellar is a NYC based Chicano actor. Recent credits: Comedy of Errors...

Greg Cuellar is a NYC based Chicano actor. Recent credits: Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage); Jeremy O’Harris’ the feels…KMS (American as F*ck Festival); Courage! To the Field! (The Revisionists); development workshops for Initiative (Playwrights Realm INK’D Festival) and Boxcar (Trans Lab/The Public/WP Theatre); residency at The International WOW Company. He is a founder of The Hive, a multidisciplinary collective, experimenting with ecologically sustainable methods of theatre and performance creation. Recipient of the 2015 Bob Hope Acting Fellowship and the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. Education: MFA Acting, Columbia University. Mni Wiconi.
Pronouns: He/him/his, They/them/theirs

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Heather Velazquez

Heather Velazquez  Off Broadway: Pipeline (Lincoln Center), American Mariachi...

Heather Velazquez  Off Broadway: Pipeline (Lincoln Center), American Mariachi (The Old Globe, The Denver Center for the performing Arts), Another Word for Beauty (The Goodman Theatre), So Go the Ghosts of Mexico (Sundance Theatre Labs), Worship (Theatre for the new city), Pinkolandia (INTAR). TV: Blue Bloods, Live from Lincoln Center. Education: BFA in Theatre, New World School of the Arts.

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Jordan Barbour

New York: Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (TFANA); Spencer in Vertebrae (NYTW);...

New York: Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (TFANA); Spencer in Vertebrae (NYTW); Countee Cullen in Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages); Quinapalus/Zachary in The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio); Tench/Aborigine/Caesar in Our Country’s Good (78th Street Theatre Lab); The Rev in Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Ars Nova); Friar/Barnardine in Measure for Measure (Sage Theater); among others. Regional: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, The Book of Will, The Wiz, Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). All the Way, The 12 (Denver Center); Macbeth, To Kill a Mockingbird (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Rent (Syracuse Stage), Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse); The Who’s Tommy (Berkshire Theatre Festival); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Two River Theater Company); Yellowman, Hair, Topdog/Underdog, Yeast Nation (Perseverance Theatre); Chimerica (Studio Theatre); among others. Tour: Peter Brooks’ The Suit, The Shipment (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia). Film/TV/Web: The Outs, New York is Dead, Hair: Let the Sun Shine In. Training: Classical Voice at Juilliard; BA, Columbia University. Jordan has also written and starred in two solo shows: This African-American Life and I Definitely Need Therapy.

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Raffi Barsoumian

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth...

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Henry IV (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Privacy, Pericles (The Public Theater); King Lear, Arok of Java (Exit, Pursued By a Bear). In Los Angeles: Guards at the Taj (The Geffen Playhouse); Red Noses (The Actor’s Gang); Zoo Story, Counting the Ways (Luna Playhouse). Regionally: The Count of Monte Cristo, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V (American Shakespeare Center); As You Like It, King John (Actor’s Shakespeare Company); Restoration Comedy, Don Juan (Stanford Summer Theater). International: Sedimenti (Compagnie Du Faubourg); Globe Theater International Fellowship. TV audiences might recognize him from his roles on The Code (CBS), Shameless (Showtime) and The Vampire Diaries (CW). Barsoumian received his training at École Jacques Lecoq and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Ronald Peet

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate...

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer). FILM: The Land of Owls, The Meyerowitz Stories, First Reformed, Nevada. TV: “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Blindspot” & “Girls.” OFF-BROADWAY: “DADDY” (New Group, Vineyard), Spill (EST), Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr), Kentucky (EST/Page 73), Icarus in the LES (Joe’s Pub), The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Debutante (Ars Nova). REGIONAL: The Lion In Winter (Two River); peerless (Barrington Stage); The Golem Of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama) & over 30 roles in 15 productions with American Shakespeare Center. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre & Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Sean Carvajal

Sean Carvajal: Broadway: KING LEAR (Edgar). Off-Broadway credits include...

Sean Carvajal: Broadway: KING LEAR (Edgar). Off-Broadway credits include Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent Awards), Seven Spots on the Sun (Sol Project/Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), Queen Latina and Her Power Posse (Cherry Lane Theatre), Ghetto Babylon (59E59 Theaters), Lissabon (La MaMa), and Holy Land (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Water by The Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum), Seven Spots on the Sun (World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse), and Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre). TV: “Crashing” (HBO). He is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company.

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Zabryna Guevara

An actress working in film, television and theatre, Zabryna Guevara will...

An actress working in film, television and theatre, Zabryna Guevara will be starring on ABC’s new fall drama EMERGENCE. She can currently be seen as ‘Dora’ on Season 1 of NBC’s “New Amsterdam.” Other credits include “Tell Me a Story,” “Twilight Zone,” “Gotham,” “The Get Down” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Burn Notice,” “Elementary,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Irreplaceable You,” “The Incredible Jessica James,” and the recent Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Swallow.”
Guevara’s roots lie in theatre, and has originated roles and co-starred in many off-Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize winning “Water by the Spoonful,” “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” “The Cook,” “Chimichangas and Zoloft,” “Sonia Flew,” “El Paso Blue,” “Santa Concepción,” “Tight Embrace,” “Now and Then” and “Bulrusher.”
A native of New York City, Guevara graduated with a BFA from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Ada Karamanyan


Ada Karamanyan is a casting director based out of New York, NY. She currently...

Ada Karamanyan is a casting director based out of New York, NY. She currently serves as the casting associate for the off-broadway theater organization The Playwrights Realm, and as a producing artistic leader for the year-round fellowship program Trans Lab, co-created and produced by MJ Kaufman and Kit Yan. Recent affiliations include casting for Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Co., New York Musical Festival, and ACT – A Contemporary Theatre. In addition, she served as the casting fellow at New York Theater Workshop during their inaugural 2050 administrative fellowship program.
Pronouns: she/her or they/them

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Lue Morgan Douthit

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.
Pronouns: he/him

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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 Macbeth 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