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Program: Othello



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater


by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Mfoniso Udofia

Directed by: Victor Malana Maog

Dramaturgs: Alex Barron, Ayanna Thompson

Stage Manager: Erin McCoy

Assistant Stage Manager: Allison-Marie Molnaa

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Becca Blackwell
Duke, 2nd Gentleman, Clown, Gratiano

Chelsea Fryer
1st Senator, Emelia

Chinaze Uche

Jade Wu
Officer, 2nd Senator, Montano, Herald, Gentleman

Kelsey Ventner
Desdemona, Messenger

Mark Bedard

Michael Mendelson
Brabantio, 3rd Gentleman, Musician, Lodovico

Natalie Hegg
Bianca, Officer, 1st Gentleman, Gentleman

Tasso Feldman
Cassio, Messenger

Vichet Chum
Roderigo, Sailor

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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Mfoniso Udofia

Playwright, Othello

Mfoniso Udofia is a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator,...

Mfoniso Udofia is a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, providing artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview / Huntspoint. In January 2016 Playwrights Realm produced the world premiere of Sojourners, the origin story of the Ufot Family Cycle. In Spring 2016, The Magic Theater in San Francisco produced the west coast premiere of Sojourners and the world premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun, in repertoryNew York Theatre Workshop produced the New York City return of Sojourners in Spring 2017, which ran in repertory with the world premiere of Her Portmanteau, which was previously developed in 2015 at the National Black Theatre. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award and the 2017-2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her Ufot Cycle play, Her Portmanteau, will be produced [Spring 2018] by Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Mfoniso is also currently at work on a commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, translating Shakespeare’s Othello, through their Play On! program. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed at and/or presented/produced by The New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, NNPN, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company, and more. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop’s 20/50 Fellowship, and Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia or visit www.mfonisoudofia.com.

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Victor Malana Maog


Victor Malana Maog, named one of American Theatre Magazine’s “People...

Victor Malana Maog, named one of American Theatre Magazine’s “People to Watch”, recently directed back-to back productions of Mfoniso Udofia’s Her Portmanteau at A.C.T. and the world premiere of In Old Age at Magic Theatre. He also has directed and developed work at The Public Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Hartford Stage, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Drury Lane Theatre, 2g, The Lark, New Dramatists, ABC/Disney, and large-scale stage shows, live events, and spectaculars at Disney Parks Live Entertainment. Maog first gained notice in 2004, when he was one of six directors in the nation to receive the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. He has also been awarded the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage, Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone Theatre Company, and the Presidential Award with the Theatre Arts Project, and was recently chosen as an inaugural TCG SPARK Leader, spotlighting rising arts executives. B.A. in Global Leadership and Performance Studies – NYU/Gallatin. 2g, Artistic Director. Board President, CAATA. Upcoming: Macbeth at Cal Shakes. www.victormaog.com
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Alex Barron

Dramaturg, Othello

Alex Barron is a dramaturg and producer based in New York. He has worked...

Alex Barron is a dramaturg and producer based in New York. He has worked on the artistic staffs of MCC Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Playwrights Realm and Manhattan Theatre Club, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute Theatre Program and Scott Rudin Productions. As a dramaturg, he’s developed new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Stage and Film, The O’Neill Center, The Public Theater and the Denver Center, among others. Alex produced Naked Radio, a new play podcast, for Naked Angels Theatre Company and is a producer on The New Yorker Radio Hour. 

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Ayanna Thompson

Dramaturg, Othello

Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center...

Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University. She is the author of Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance(Palgrave, 2010) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006). She is currently working on a collection of essays for Cambridge University Press, and is collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus. Professor Thompson was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America, and was one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018.

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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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Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing...

Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Erin Markey, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. Their solo show They, Themself and Schmerm still tours. Film/TV includes: High Maintenance, Untitled Noah Baumbach Project, Shameless, Deadman’s Barstool, and Jack in the Box. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. beccablackwell.com

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Chelsea Nicolle Fryer

Chelsea Fryer is an actor and collaborator who enjoys spreadsheets and yoga....

Chelsea Fryer is an actor and collaborator who enjoys spreadsheets and yoga. Previous credit: R + J (Hypokrit Theater), Untitled Yippee Project (Sunglasses After Dark), Everything You Touch (Rattlestick). Chelsea would like to thank her work wife in life and theater Ada Karmanyan, and her partner Alex, for playing the best *every other character* in Shakespeare cannon for practice. chelseanicollefryer.com

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Chinaza Uche

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

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

Jade wrote daytime drama series and directs documentary films and television....

Jade wrote daytime drama series and directs documentary films and television. Her fellowships included Disney/ABC Writing, Jerome, and Film/Video Arts. She received grants from NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Ms. Foundation and Film/Video Arts. She has been a three time NEA Panelist.

In acting, Jade will recur in the upcoming ABC series FOR LIFE. She has recurring roles on BULL, MANIFEST, BILLIONS, and is Genghis Connie on Netflix’s Luke Cage. In theatre, Jade was privileged to work with icons George C. Wolfe, Liv Ciulei, Joanne Akalaitis, Wendy Goldberg, Gerald Gutierrez, Alan Schneider, Daniel Aukin, and Blanka Zizka.

In writing, Jade was a BlueCat Screenplay Semi-finalist, PEN USA Rosenthal Finalist, Sundance Film Lab Finalist and Orchard Project Semi-finalist. Jade is commissioned to create, write and develop an epic, high concept Chinese American family television drama series. Other projects in development include a television/new media biopic Drama series and a Children’s Animation series.

In education, Jade was a Guest Lecturer at Bard College, California State University/East Bay, and the Raul Julia Performing Arts Institute. Her solo play, MEMES IN THE MEMBRANE, was work-shopped at La MaMa Umbria, La MaMa/NYC and part of Creative Capital’s Summer Intensive Artist Program and previewed at The Marsh/Berkeley. jadewu-artist.com
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Kelsey Venter

Kelsey Venter is thrilled to be a part of the Play On Shakespeare Festival!...

Kelsey Venter is thrilled to be a part of the Play On Shakespeare Festival! Regional credits include Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (co-production with the American Conservatory Theater and the Guthrie Theater); The Last Five Years, Love & Information, Monstress, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and A Christmas Carol (The American Conservatory Theater); Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Sense & Sensibility (The Old Globe Theater); Next to Normal (Tantrum Theater), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (PVPA), Big Fish, The Miracle Worker, Les Miserables (San Diego Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress), The 39 Steps, Trying and Guys & Dolls (Lamb’s Players Theater); I Love You Because (North Coast Rep); She Loves Me and Boeing-Boeing (CenterREP); The Threepenny Opera and Seagull In The Hamptons (Shotgun Players). Venter earned her BA in Theatre from SDSU and her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.
Pronouns: www.kelseyventer.com

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Mark Bedard

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

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

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Michael Mendelson

Michael is thrilled to be a part of Play On Shakespeare this summer. Michael...

Michael is thrilled to be a part of Play On Shakespeare this summer. Michael is a member of AEA and SDC, a Resident Artist with ART and Artistic Director of Portland Shakespeare Project. He received a BFA from Wayne State University and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. Directorial projects include: The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and workshops of Jeff Whitty’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ranjit Bolt’s Much Ado About Nothing (Portland Shakes);The Importance of Being Earnest, The Understudy, Intimate Apparel and Mistakes Were Made (ART); An Act of God (Nebraska Rep.)
Acting credits include 35 productions with Artists Repertory Theatre: most recently-A Doll’s House Part 2, Everybody, & Small Mouth Sounds. Other credits include Well, Let Me Down Easy, (Profile Theatre) Twelfth Night (Portland Shakes.), King Lear, Betrayal (OSF/Portland), Shylock inThe Merchant of Venice, Iago in Othello (Northwest Classical Theatre Company), Miracle Theatre, triangle productions!, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Co., Portland Center Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, New Rose Theatre, Revolving Shakespeare Co., Theatre 1010, Lincoln Center/Clark Studio Theatre, Genesius Guild, The Barrow Group. PCPA Theatrefest, Paper Mill Playhouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, Penobscot Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Idaho Rep, Attic Theater and Wisconsin, Utah and Berkeley Shakespeare Festivals. www.mvmendelson.com
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Natalie Hegg

Natalie Hegg is an Artistic Associate with Hunger and Thirst Theater, where...

Natalie Hegg is an Artistic Associate with Hunger and Thirst Theater, where she has appeared in Triffles and Messenger #1. She also composed music for their inaugural production Ivanov, and workshop of The Seagull Project. Other favorite credits: Kill Me Like You Mean It, Potion, and The Bachelors’ Tea Party (Stolen Chair Theatre), Rock ‘N’ Roll and A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater), Dancing Boobies Trilogy: Lecture and Reenactments (Center for Performance Research), workshops of Collapse and Elisabeth & the Water Troll (New Harmony Project). MFA: American Conservatory Theater, BS: University of Evansville.
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Tasso Feldman

Intimate Apparel (McCarter Theatre), Amadeus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona,...

Intimate Apparel (McCarter Theatre), Amadeus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Charley’s Aunt, The Cocoanuts, The Three Musketeers, (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew, The Heart of Robin Hood, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, On The Razzle, The Clay Cart, Tartuffe (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Mlle. God (Ensemble Studio Theatre LA); Goldfish (South Coast Repertory); Equivocation (Geffen Playhouse); What You Will (New Theater House); War Music (Chicago Humanities Festival); The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); The Glass Menagerie (New Repertory Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Mousetrap (Stoneham Theatre) TV: The Resident (FOX), Black Box (ABC), C.S.I: NY (CBS), H.M.S. *pilot (CW), Film: Everyday Saturday, The Artist

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Vichet Chum

Vichet Chum is an actor and writer originally from Dallas, Texas and now...

Vichet Chum is an actor and writer originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. Regionally, he’s performed at Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Huntington Theatre Company, Everyman Theatre, New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. In NYC, he’s performed at the Cherry Lane Theater, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, Project Y Theatre, Woodshed Collective, Slant Theatre Project and the Incubator Arts Project. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, Second Generation Productions, Crowded Outlet, Weston Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater, Amios, Florida State University, and the New Harmony Project. His show KNYUM had its world premiere at Merrimack in January 2018 where he also serves as an Associate Artist. He is the 2018-19 Princess Grace Awards recipient in Playwriting. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). vichetchum.com

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Erin McCoy

Erin McCoy (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off- Broadway:...

Erin McCoy (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off- Broadway: Ain’t No Mo, Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Buzzer, Fidelis, Under the Radar Festival, Public Works: Twelfth Night; Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest (The Public Theater), Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theater Club), Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theater). Regional: Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); Appropriate (Westport County Playhouse) Education: Otterbein University.

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Allison-Marie Molnaa

Allison-Marie has been working as a freelance Stage Manager in NYC for three...

Allison-Marie has been working as a freelance Stage Manager in NYC for three years. Some of her favorite credits include: Emmeline (ASM), Savage Love (PA), Puffs (ASM/Deck Crew). She is thrilled to hop on board the Play On team!

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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.
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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 Othello 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