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Program: Much Ado About Nothing


present

THE PLAY ON FESTIVAL

at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Ranjit Bolt

Directed by: Desdemona Chiang

Dramaturg: Lydia Garcia

Stage Manager: Jakob W. Plummer

Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Kesner

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan

Cast

Anthony Michael Lopez
Don John, Sexton

Ben Quinn
Borachio, Friar

Fernando Gonzalez
Claudio

Gregg Mozgala
Benedick

Jackson Moran
Conrad, Messenger

Juan Francisco Villa
Leonato

Lisa Kitchens
Hero, 2nd Watchman

Marsha Stephanie Blake
Don Pedro

Nemuna Ceesay
Beatrice

Pooya Mohseni
Margaret, Verges

Stephanie Weeks
Ursula, Dogberry

Yvette Ganier
Antonio, 1st Watchman, Attendant

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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Ranjit Bolt

Playwright, Much Ado About Nothing

Ranjit Bolt was educated at The Perse School, Cambridge,...

Ranjit Bolt was educated at The Perse School, Cambridge, and at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He workedas an investment analyst and adviser for eight years, before concentrating on theatre translation from the end of 1990. His acclaimed translations for the theatre include works by Molière, Seneca, Sophocles, Corneille, Beaumarchais, Brecht, Goldoni, and Zorilla. He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in 2003.

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Lydia Garcia

Dramaturg, Much Ado About Nothing

Lydia Garcia is a dramaturg, educator, and facilitator. She has served as...

Lydia Garcia is a dramaturg, educator, and facilitator. She has served as the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company as well as the Resident Dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she served as the production dramaturg for All’s Well that Ends Well, Sense and Sensibility, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Yeomen of the Guard, Vietgone, The Count of Monte Cristo, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Fingersmith, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Water by the Spoonful, Richard III, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, The Imaginary Invalid, August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Servant of Two Masters, Much Ado about Nothing, and Quixote. In addition to her dramaturgical work, Lydia was a resident lecturer and teacher at OSF, as well as a trained staff facilitator for issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. She holds a BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Gender pronouns: she/her/hers

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Desdemona Chiang

Dramaturg / Director, Antony and Cleopatra

Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle and the San Francisco...

Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle).

Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts.

Awards/Affiliations: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator.

Desdemona working on Antony and Cleopatra – Click here for more details! 

BA: University of California at Berkeley
 MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Playwright

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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Company

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Alex Kesner

Assistant Stage Manager

Selected credits include: Owen Wingrave (PSM- little opera theatre of New...

Selected credits include: Owen Wingrave (PSM- little opera theatre of New York), A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum (ASM- Gulfshore Playhouse), Million Dollar Quartet (ASM- Weston Playhouse), Gypsy (ASM- Riverside Theatre), Mamma Mia (ASM- Riverside Theatre), Once (SM intern- Weston Playhouse), Buyer & Cellar (SM intern- Weston Playhouse)

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Anthony Michael Lopez

NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre...

NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Rachel Chavkin), Othello (starring Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo, dir. Sam Gold), Dessert (dir. Whitney White), The Artificial Jungle, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest (Theatre Row). NATIONAL TOUR: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Doug Panch). REGIONAL: Vanity Fair (Shakespeare Theatre Company and A.C.T. San Francisco), Henry V (Hartford Stage), Nike, or We Don’t Need Another Hero (A.C.T. San Francisco), The Penalty (The Public), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queens Theatre), All The Rats & Rags (Joe’s Pub). FILM: Mapplethorpe (starring Matt Smith, Tribeca FF), Anomaly, Pop Meets The Void. TELEVISION: “Broad City,” “Homeland,” “The Knick,” “Half Life” (Pilot).
Pronouns: He/him/his

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Ben Quinn

Ben Quinn is an NYC-based actor and multi-instrumentalist, originally from...

Ben Quinn is an NYC-based actor and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Cincinnati, OH. After completing his undergraduate theater training at the University of Evansville, he received his M.F.A from the American Conservatory Theater. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Planet Connections Festival Awards for the roles of Paul in ‘Rusalka’ and Mack in ‘Close Your Eyes and Sleep’ last summer. Aside from acting, he plays mandolin and guitar in his americana band The Good Morning Nags, who released their first full length album, “Hard Hope”, this past December. www.benquinn.net

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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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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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Jackson Moran

Theater: Wit (Triad Stage); Parfumerié, opposite Richard Schiff (Wallis...

Theater: Wit (Triad Stage); Parfumerié, opposite Richard Schiff (Wallis Annenberg Center, LA); The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, Grapes of Wrath (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Tours: October in the Chair (Amsterdam Fringe), Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Live!). TV: The Deuce (HBO). Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. www.jackson-moran.com

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Jakob W. Plummer

Stage Manager

Foremost, Jakob is a core member of Fair Wage Onstage (fairwageonstage.org)...

Foremost, Jakob is a core member of Fair Wage Onstage (fairwageonstage.org) and an über-proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. His credits include – Broadway: Oslo (Tony Award Best Play), Sunday in the Park with George, A View from the Bridge (Tony Award Best Revival of a Play), The Crucible, Pretty Woman. Other credits include productions with The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Juilliard School of Music, A.R.T., The GRAMMY Awards, The U.S. Open, TEDTalks, The Actors’ Fund, Encores!, The Junior Theatre Festival, Heartbeat Opera, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cain Park, The World Science Festival, and Civic Entertainment.

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Juan Francisco Villa

Juan Francisco Villa – Juan recently made his Geffen Theater debut...

Juan Francisco Villa – Juan recently made his Geffen Theater debut in Los Angeles with the World Premiere of THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA by Jose Rivera. He was in the NY Times Critics Pick OEDIPUS EL REY by Luis Alfaro, Directed by Chay Yew at The Public Theater (NYC). He also played Tennessee Williams in the Off-Broadway Abingdon production of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Philip Dawkins at Cherry Lane Theater. He is also a Director who Co-Directed the Helen Hayes winning production of JESUS HOPPED THE A-TRAIN and COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage (DC). He is the writer/performer of his auto-biographical award winning solo play EMPANADA FOR A DREAM. LA Credits: Empanada for a Dream (LATC), Kissing Che (Celebration Theater). Off-Broadway: The Play About My Dad (Collaboration Town/59E59); Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines); One Night in The Valley (INTAR). Chicago credits: Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Hillary and Clinton, Mojada. (Victory Gardens Theater); 2666, El Grito del Bronx, (Goodman Theatre); Our Lady of 121st (Steppenwolf Theatre); Elliot: A Soldiers Fugue, (Rivendell/Teatro Vista); Gun Show (16th Street Theater); Take Me Out (Steppenwolf Theare). TV credits: Madame Secretary (CBS), Chicago PD (NBC), Blacklist: Redemption and Betrayal (ABC). Juanfranciscovilla.com
Pronouns: he/him/his

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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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Marsha Stephanie Blake

Marsha Stephanie Blake can currently be seen playing a mama on Netflix shows...

Marsha Stephanie Blake can currently be seen playing a mama on Netflix shows See You Yesterday (directed by Stefon Bristol, produced by Spike Lee) and When They See Us (directed by Ava Duvernay). Upcoming films to be released later this year include Luce (directed by Julius Onah and starring Octavia Spencer) and The Laundromat (director Steven Soderbergh). She was recently seen onstage as Emilia in Othello opposite Daniel Craig’s Iago, has appeared on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Paul Green Award from Tony Kushner). Off-Broadway credits include An Octoroon and Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep and Hurt Village at Signature Theatre (for which she won an Audelco Award). She is a real-life mama to two girls.

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Nemuna Ceesay

Nemuna is a big fan of Play On! and is honored to be a part of the Festival!...

Nemuna is a big fan of Play On! and is honored to be a part of the Festival! New York: The Cake U/S (MTC), Dracula (Three Day Hangover), The Unfortunates (Joe’s Pub). Regional: The Cake (Barrington Stage Company), The Christians and Tartuffe (PlayMakers Rep), Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Roe and Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater), and A Raisin in the Sun and The Comedy of Errors (Cal Shakes). International: Major Barbara (Theatre Calgary) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). TV/Film: The Assistant, Younger, Instinct, An Enemy Within, Madame Secretary, Broad City and Forever. MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater. www.nemunarceesay.com Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Pooya Mohseni

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist....

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist. A New York trained actor, Pooya’s active on stage and her latest appearances include an award winning one woman show, titled “”One Woman””, in United Solo Festival at The Theatre Row, written by Cecilia Copeland & directed by Joan Kane, “”Galatea”” by MJ Kaufaman , directed by Mo Zhou for the WP Pipeline festival, “”The Good Muslim”” by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by William Carden at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”, directed by Natsu Onoda Power.
Her most recent TV role is a recurring guest star on the new crime drama “”Big Dogs”” produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2019. Her other TV appearances include a recurring role in the first season of the “”Falling Water””(USA) and the first season of “”Madam Secretary””(CBS).
She’s also in the process of producing and starring in a short film she co-wrote “”Transit: A New York City Fairytale””, about a love affair between a trans woman and a man she meets on the subway,to be released in 2020. Pooya is represented by Headline Talent Agency
Follow @Pooyaland on Instagram www.pooyaland.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Stephanie Weeks

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

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

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Yvette Ganier

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

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

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Ada Karamanyan

Casting

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

Executive Director / Dramaturg, Timon of Athens

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 including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood;  and Equivocation.. She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016. 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

Producer

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

General Manager

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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Play On Festival Staff

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

CSC Administrative Staff

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