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Program: Measure for Measure



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Directed by: Lisa Channer

Dramaturg: Liz Engelman, Andrew Ian Carlson, Lezlie C. Cross

Stage Manager: Shana Ferguson

Assistant Stage Manager: Nathan Andrew Riley

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Alex Purcell
Provost, First Gentleman, Justice

Bianca Leigh
Mistress Overdone, Fracisca, Mariana, Messenger

David Ryan Smith

Lisa Kitchens

Paul Kite
Lucio, Abhorson

Pun Bandhu

Roberta Maxwell
Escalus, Barnadine

Sathya Sridharan
Claudio, Froth, Boy, Servant, Messenger

Shannon DeVido
Second Gentleman, Friar Thomas, Juliet, Elbow, Friar Peter

Tina Benko

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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Aditi Brennan Kapil

Playwright, Measure for Measure

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a television and theatre...

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a television and theatre writer, actress, and director. She is of Bulgarian and Indian descent, and was raised in Sweden prior to moving to Minneapolis, and more recently Los Angeles. Current projects include Season 2 of American Gods on Starz, a new play titled 1933 commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, two commissions (a translation of Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measure, and an American Revolutions piece tentatively titled Pax Americana) with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and an as yet Untitled commission with Audible. Most recently, in the 2016/2017 season, Kapil premiered SouthCoast Repertory (SCR) commissioned play Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and at SCR, and Yale Rep commissioned play Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.

Aditi’s first play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center, and selected for the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.

Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NYC), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights’ Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.

Her Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy showThe Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv), based loosely on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013, and have since been produced across the US and in the UK. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Lisa Channer

Current: Co-Artistic Director Theatre Novi Most in Minneapolis. Previous:...

Current: Co-Artistic Director Theatre Novi Most in Minneapolis. Previous: co-founder Sleeveless Theatre, Massachusetts 1989-97. Directing and performance work has been seen across the world including New York (Public Theatre), Chicago (Organic Lab Theatre), New England (Yale Repertory Theatre, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival), Amsterdam (IT’s Festival), Belfast (Old Museum Arts Centre), Russia (Bodyword Festival, Osobniak Theatre etc) and Minneapolis (Illusion Theater, Playwrights’ Center, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Red Eye Theater, Park Square, etc). Fox Foundation and Fulbright awardee. MFA in Directing, Yale School of Drama. Additional advanced training at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, California and the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatre Arts, Russia. Currently associate professor and head of the BA in Performance Creation program at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Work upcoming: DENIM, a new play about American identity and branding with playwright Savannah Reich (Novi Most, Minneapolis MN and San Francisco CA Summer 2020) ; Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill (Park Square Theatre, St. Paul MN Fall 2019); The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, (University of Minnesota Spring 2020).

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Liz Engelman

Dramaturg, Measure for Measure

Liz Engelman is on faculty in the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin....

Liz Engelman is on faculty in the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin. As a dramaturg, Liz splits her time between the school year at UT Austin, and summer in Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat center in the Boundary Waters. Liz has served as the Alumnae Relations Coordinator at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, as Resident Dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre, as the Literary Director of the McCarter Theatre, the Director of New Play Development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and as Assistant Literary Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Liz has worked on the development of new plays across the country and abroad, including The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College. Liz has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights’ Center.

Liz studied dramaturgy and new play development at Brown and Columbia universities, where she received her BA and MFA in theatre and dramaturgy, respectively. Liz is the co-editor with Michael Bigelow Dixon of several collections of plays, and a book on playwriting exercises; two volumes of monologues with Tori Haring-Smith; and a collection of Hedgebrook plays with Christine Sumption. She has written articles published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Forum.

Liz has served as President, Board Chair and is a current Board Member of LMDA, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She serves as an Ambassador-at-Large for the National New Play Network and is on the Advisory Board for Scriptworks. She is a board member of the National Theatre Conference.

Expertise: New play dramaturgy, playwriting, directing…and paddleboarding.

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Andrew Ian Carlson

Dramaturg, Measure for Measure

Andrew is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the...

Andrew is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting and performance studies and serves as the co-head of the B.A. program. Since 2012, Andrew has also been the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and the American Theatre Magazine’s historical almanac column.

Andrew is co-author of the 11th edition of textbook The Essential Theatre and has published essays in Theatre History StudiesAmerican Theatre Magazine, and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. He has presented scholarship at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, American Society for Eighteenth Century Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.

As a dramaturg and actor, Andrew has worked with the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and Children’s Theatre of Madison. He is also an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has worked as an actor for ten seasons. Andrew is an award-winning teacher. In 2016, Dr. Carlson received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 Provost’s Teaching Fellow.

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Lezlie C. Cross

Dramaturg, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at...

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at the University of Portland. Her recent dramaturgical work includesTimon of Athens; The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; As You Like It; All’s Well That Ends Wellat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island, Guys and Dollsand William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Playat the Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Raisin in the Sun at Cincinnati Shakespeare Love’s Labours Lost at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville;and The Tempest,Much Ado about Nothingat Classic Stage Company. Her published articles and book reviews appear in the journals Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Survey as well as the book projects Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Her article in Theatre History Studies (2017) places the controversy surrounding Play On! in historical context. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington, a MA from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, and a BA from Whitman College.

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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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Alex Purcell

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

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

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Bianca Leigh

Bianca Leigh Theatre: Waxy Bush in MTC’s THE NAP on Broadway (Understudy/performed),...

Bianca Leigh Theatre: Waxy Bush in MTC’s THE NAP on Broadway (Understudy/performed), Time/Wind in Taylor Mac’s theatre epic THE LILY’S REVENGE, Franny Halcyon in the New York and San Francisco workshops of TALES OF THE CITY THE MUSICAL, Tatiana in Paul Lucas’ award-winning verbatim piece TRANS SCRIPTS at American Repertory Theatre, Beatrice in Christina Anderson’s MAN IN LOVE at Kansas City Rep, and Olivia in Del-Sign Project’s TWELFTH NIGHT, performed entirely in American Sign Language. Film and Television: Mary Ellen in the groundbreaking film TRANSAMERICA, Karma Johnstone in HURRICANE BIANCA, and Dr. Rachel Sandow on LAW & ORDER: SVU. Bianca wrote and performed her solo musical BUSTED, the tale of a young Trans woman in pre-Disney New York City at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her new play, MBJrT, was part of last spring’s Monday Night Playwright Series at Kansas City Rep. She will be featured in Laverne Cox’s upcoming documentary, DISCLOSURE, an exploration of Trans representation in motion pictures and on television.

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David Ryan Smith

David Ryan Smith: Broadway: “One Man, Two Guvnors”; “Passing...

David Ryan Smith: Broadway: “One Man, Two Guvnors”; “Passing Strange”. Off Broadway: “Passage” (Soho Rep); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Henry V” ,”Twelfth Night”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “The Comedy of Errors”, “Pericles” (The Public Theater), “Gone Missing” (City Center/Encores! Off Center), “Mankind” (Playwrights Horizons), “The Death of the Last Black Man…”(Signature Theater), “The Glory of the World” (BAM), “#9” (59E59); “Marat/Sade” (Classical Theater of Harlem). Regional: Shakespeare Theater Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Barrington Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Triad Stage, Crossroads Theater Company, California Shakespeare Theater, etc. Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Medal of Victory, Bee Season. Education: MFA, American Conservatory Theater.

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Lisa Kitchens

Lisa is an actor, teacher and creator. Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch...

Lisa is an actor, teacher and creator. Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/The Cherry Lane). Regional: Radiunt Abundant, Actions and Objectives (Triad Stage); Napoli!, Major Barbara, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Henry IV Part II, Man in the Iron Mask (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). Other credits include: Go Get the Axe (FIG Productions), The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry (Concrete Temple/HERE Arts Center); Raft (59E59/Edinburgh International Fringe Festival); and many more. Lisa is an ensemble member with Spellbound Theatre, a theatre company for The Very Young, where she teaches and performs. She was a 2018 recipient of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency through the US Forest Service in Alaska and is a 2020 artist recipient of The Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway. She creates original work for young audiences as well as grownup audiences. Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater; BFA, The University of Evansville. www.lisakitchens.com/ GFW
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Paul Kite

Paul is a theater and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New...

Paul is a theater and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York.
Selected current projects: Guardsman, a theatrical piece about failure, survival, the way we’re conditioned, and the life of and hero worship surrounding Wyatt Earp. I don’t know how to talk about this—, a multi-disciplinary piece of theater told through the perspective of a human being waking up to (and then) trying to understand the ramifications of his own privilege, and Bottling Dreams of the Tearful Don’t Knower, a poem play about a lost man gathering tears for his other half who can no longer cry. In the past, he has worked with Lincoln Center Theatre, Pearl Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Working Theatre, Three Day Hangover, The New Harmony Project, The Group Lab, Amios and Red Stage Theatre; He received a BS in theatre from the University of Evansville and an MFA in acting from Rutgers.
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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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Sathya Sridharan

Sathya Sridharan is actor and writer from St. Louis, MO. Off- Broadway: India...

Sathya Sridharan is actor and writer from St. Louis, MO. Off- Broadway: India Pale Ale (MTC), An Ordinary Muslim (NYTW), Two Mile Hollow (WP Theater), The Winter’s Tale (The Public Shakespeare Mobile Unit), Hamlet (Sheen Center), This Is It How It Ends (59E59 Summer Shorts). NY Theater: Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr), Mechanics of Love (ToByFor Productions). Regional: Our Town (Portland Center Stage), Hapgood (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Philadelphia Story, As You Like It (Chautauqua Theatre Company). Film: Premise, All The Little Things We Kill, Bikini Moon, Dastaar (SXSW, IndyFest), Tourists (Nantucket, CAAM, NJFF), Open Roads (Nantucket). Television: “Succession”, “Night Time”, ”Elementary”, “The Tick”, “Blindspot”, “The Blacklist”, “Madam Secretary”, and “Younger”. Sathya was a 2013 Princess Grace Award Winner (Grace Le Vine). MFA: NYU

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Shannon DeVido

TV: “Insatiable,” “Difficult People,” “Delco Proper,”...

TV: “Insatiable,” “Difficult People,” “Delco Proper,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “Law and Order:SVU,” “Nightcap,” “Sesame Street”. Off-Broadway: Teenage Dick (World Premiere), The Healing (World Premiere), Still More of Our Parts, New Hopeville Comics. Film: The Homecoming, Good Beer. YouTube: Stare at Shannon. www.shannondevido.com

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Tina Benko

Ms. Benko’s theatre credits include John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride...

Ms. Benko’s theatre credits include John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride at Lincoln Center, Rajiv Joseph’s Describe The Night at the Atlantic Theatre, Toni Morrison’sDesdemona at The Barbican/ White Light Festival/ Intern’l Tour, Daniel Fish’s Who Left This Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Nights Dream production atTheatre For a New Audience, Julius Caesar at The Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the park, Scenes From a Marriage, The Crucible, and The Little Foxes all directed by Ivo Van Hove, The Cherry Orchard at The Roundabout, Jackie at Womens Project, Informed Consent at Primary Stages, Tales From Red Vienna and Top Girls for Manhattan Theatre Club. Film and Tv includes Mapplethorpe, The Sound of Silence, The Greatest Showman, The Kitchen, Fair Market Value, The Rehearsal, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, NCIS, TURN: Washington Spies, Flesh and Bone.

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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 Measure for Measure 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