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Program: Pericles



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater


by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Ellen McLaughlin

Directed by: Lisa Rothe

Dramaturg: Alan Armstrong

Stage Manager: Shana Ferguson

Assistant Stage Manager: Nathan Andrew Riley

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Allison Strickland
Dionyza, Thaisa

Benjamin Bonenfant
First Lord, First Gentleman, Second Fisherman, Second Knight, Second Pirate

Bianca Leigh
Lychorida, Bawd, Diana

Blake Russell
Second Lord, Third Fisherman, Third Knight, Third Pirate, Second Gentleman, Lord

Brooke Parks
Gower, Cerimon

David Ryan Smith

Genesis Oliver
Cleon, Marshal, Thaliard

Jeff Biehl
Antiochus, Simonides, Pandar

Michael Gabriel Goodfriend
Leonine, Lysimachus

Nat Cassidy
Messenger, First Fisherman, First Knight, First Pirate, Bolt, Sailor, Servant, Lord

Nemuna Ceesay
Daughter, Marina

Patrice Johnson Chevannes
Helicanus, Ship’s Master, Philemon

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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Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include...

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a BirdA Narrow BedIphigenia and Other DaughtersTrojan WomenInfinity’s HouseHelenThe PersiansOedipusAjax in IraqKissing the FloorSeptimus and ClarissaPericles and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. Her Trojan Women was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Adaptation.

She has taught playwrighting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Princeton University and Yale School of Drama.

As an actor, she is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in all workshops and productions of the play through its Broadway original run.

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Lisa Rothe


Lisa Rothe is a NYC-based freelance theater director, coach and educator,...

Lisa Rothe is a NYC-based freelance theater director, coach and educator, and is currently the Interim Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Her most recent directing work has been seen at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre and at the Tony award winning TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley; and her award-winning production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS by Jeanne Sakata, starring Joel de la Fuente, has toured all over the country. Future: HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Barrington Stages & The Cultch/Vancouver); CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (KC Rep); STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Guthrie Theatre); FUN HOME (KC Rep). Lisa is a co-Artistic Director of The Actor’s Center in NYC, a recent co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, member of the National Theater Conference, an Artistic Affiliate and former Audrey Fellow with New Georges, a former Fox Fellow, and a Drama League alum. She was also the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark for over five years, providing expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new plays to production, both nationally and globally. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting & Director’s Lab. www.lisarothe.com

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Alan Armstrong

Dramaturg, Pericles

Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University...

Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University Center for Shakespeare Studies, working in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to make performance more central to Shakespeare teaching and scholarship. He led twelve NEH national Shakespeare institutes for school teachers and served as a senior scholar for NEH institutes for college and university professors at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) and the American Shakespeare Center. He is currently research dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 productions of Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two, and 2018 production of Henry V.

Dr. Armstrong studies both original and contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s plays. His most recent work includes a book of interviews entitled Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story; an essay discovering textual evidence for the doubling of Egeon and Dr. Pinch in original performances of The Comedy of Errors; and an article on “Actors as Evidence: Building a Character.” For many years, he also co-edited the international journal Literature and History and reviewed OSF productions for Shakespeare Bulletin.

Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cornell University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship (University of Southampton, U.K.) and ACLS research grant (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford), and has taught also at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Mary Baldwin University/American Shakespeare Center’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance.

Armstrong has been production dramaturg for eight OSF Shakespeare plays: King JohnCoriolanusHenry VIIIHamletHenry IV, Parts One and TwoHenry V; and Pericles. He was also dramaturg for OSF’s world premiere production of Great Expectations and literary consultant for its production of Wit.

Alan is working on Pericles – Click here for more details!

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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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Allison Strickland

Allison Strickland is a performer and visual artist with a focus on where...

Allison Strickland is a performer and visual artist with a focus on where Spirituality, Creativity, and Healing meet. She has worked at several regional theatres including Syracuse Stage, Seattle Rep, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. This past fall her visual work was presented in a Swan Feather produced evening to honor “Strength in Spirit” with proceeds going to the New London public school lunch system. She is a believer that Art is Medicine and that we are ALL creators. allisonstrickland.co and healingtheartist.co
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Benjamin Bonenfant

Benjamin Bonenfant is based in New York City and most recently appeared as...

Benjamin Bonenfant is based in New York City and most recently appeared as Octavius in Julius Caesar at Theatre For A New Audience. New York credits also include Robin in The Heart of Robin Hood and Aumerle in Richard II at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. In two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Great Expectations, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey. Regional: Denver Center (Hamlet, Benediction, A Christmas Carol, When We Are Married); Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 5 seasons (Henry V, Wittenberg, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Inspector General, Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing); Arvada Center (The Lion In Winter); Boulder Ensemble (Ambition Facing West, And The Sun Stood Still); Curious Theatre (Red, Colorado Theatre Guild “Henry Award,” Best Supporting Actor); Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (4000 Miles); and TheatreWorks (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Salome, The Seagull, The Bacchae, Our Town, As You Like It. TV: “Bull.” He has a BA from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Represented by KMR Talent.

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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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Blake Russell

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

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

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Brooke Parks

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

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

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

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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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Genesis Oliver

Genesis Oliver Broadway: Angels In America. Off-Bway: Empathitrax, How To...

Genesis Oliver Broadway: Angels In America. Off-Bway: Empathitrax, How To Live On Earth (Colt
Coeur); Primal Play (New Georges). Regional: We Are Proud To Present…(Playmaker’s
Rep), One Night In Miami…(Baltimore CS) & various others. TV: LITTLE AMERICA,
NOS4A2 Commercials: KIA, AT&T, CITI BANK & various others.
National Theatre Conservatory (MFA)

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Jeff Biehl

Jeff Biehl – Broadway: MACHINAL (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: LIFE SUCKS...

Jeff Biehl – Broadway: MACHINAL (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: LIFE SUCKS (Drama Desk Nomination, Wheelhouse), CATCH AS CATCH CAN (Page73), RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN (Playwrights Realm), CHARLES FRANCIS CHAN’S JR’S EXOTIC ORIENTAL MURDER MYSTERY (NAATCO), 10 OUT OF 12 (Soho Rep), LIVES OF THE SAINTS and POOR BEHAVIOR (Primary Stages), FULFILLMENT (Flea), BURNING (New Group), ISSAC’S EYE (EST). Regional: world premieres at Yale Rep, Denver Center, and Humana Festival. Also shows with South Coast Rep, Shakespeare Theater, Long Wharf, and Westport. FILM: What is Life Worth, A Master Builder, Ricki and the Flash. TV: The Path, Vinyl, Mysteries of Laura, Forever, Southland, all Law & Orders. Juilliard. jeffbiehl.net

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Michael Gabriel Goodfriend

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

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

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Nat Cassidy

Nat Cassidy is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and musician....

Nat Cassidy is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and musician. Acting credits include “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Bull” (CBS), “Quantico” (ABC), “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access), “The Following” (Fox), “The Affair” (Showtime), “Red Oaks” (Amazon) “High Maintenance” (original webseries), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Instinct” (CBS), theatrical productions both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, and Lloyd in Gideon Media’s hit audiodrama “Steal the Stars.” Nat is the author of numerous award-winning horror plays which have been produced and developed across the country. His plays have been nominated for a combined total of 17 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including 3 times for Outstanding Full-Length Script (which he won in 2009 for his play about Christopher Marlowe and Caligula, and in 2011 for Outstanding Solo Performance for his one man show about HP Lovecraft) and he was commissioned by The Kennedy Center to write the libretto for a world-premiere opera. Nat also wrote the novelization of the “Steal the Stars” podcast, which was published by Tor Books and named one of the best books of 2017 by both the Chicago Review of Books and NPR. Pancakes to K. www.natcassidy.com
Pronouns: He/him

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Nathan Andrew Riley

Assistant Stage Manager

Ordinarily found ONstage, Nathan Andrew Riley is thrilled for the opportunity...

Ordinarily found ONstage, Nathan Andrew Riley is thrilled for the opportunity to be behind the scenes on this project as Assistant Stage Manager. Special thanks to Shana for the opportunity to learn from the best!

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Nemuna Ceesay

New York: What to Send Up When it Goes Down (The Public Under the Radar Festival),...

New York: What to Send Up When it Goes Down (The Public Under the Radar Festival), The Cake U/S (MTC), Dracula (Three Day Hangover), The Unfortunates (Joe’s Pub). Regional: What to Send Up When it Goes Down (A.R.T. and Woolly Mammoth), 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: Katy Keene, Prodigal Son, FBI, 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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Patrice Johnson Chevannes

Patrice Johnson Chevannes is an award winning actress whose Broadway credits...

Patrice Johnson Chevannes is an award winning actress whose Broadway credits include Racing Demon and The Crucible, which starred Academy Award Nominees, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, directed by Sir Richard Eyre. Off Broadway, her credits include Desdemona, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart, in what was billed as a ‘photo negative’ production of Othello. Recently she had the pleasure of working on Yael Farber’s adaption of August Strinberg’s, Mies Julie, directed by Shariffa Ali, Ngozi Anyanwu’s plays, Good Grief and Homecoming Queen, directed by Awoye Timpo; The Public’s Mobil Unit, Henry V, directed by Robert Ohara; Pericles, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and Tamburlaine, directed by Sir Michael Boyd, (both with Theatre For A New Audience). Patrice has received an Audelco Nomination for Angelique, and Tamburlaine and won an Audelco Award for For Colored Girls. She received a Barrymore Nomination for Best Actress in Athol Fugard’s, Coming Home at The Wilma Theater. Patrice wrote and directed three award winning feature films through the film company she started with her brothers and sisters, God-And-All-O-Wee Productions: (Jamaican patois for, God and all of us); Kings County, NY’s Dirty Laundry and Hill and Gully. This year, through her music company, U-big-witus Inc she helped to debut new, Jamiacan Reggae artists, Richie & The Ragga. Television: Chambers for Netflix, POSE for FX. hillandgully.com

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Shana Ferguson

Stage Manager

Shana is thrilled to be a part of this exciting project! Broadway: Living...

Shana is thrilled to be a part of this exciting project! Broadway: Living On Love. Tours: Beautiful, Motown (First National). Off-Broadway: Trip of Love, Songbird, Bedbugs!!! New York: Cabin in the Sky (New York City Center Encores!), Here’s Hoover! (Abrons Arts Center), Oliver! (The Secret Theatre). Regional: Double Trouble, The BFG (Imagination Stage), Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse).

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Ada Karamanyan


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

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

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Lue Morgan Douthit

CEO and Creative Director

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a...

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy. Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres and over two dozen Shakespeare productions. In 2009, she was the co-producer and co-founder of the Black Swan Lab for new play development at OSF which she ran until 2016. In 2019, she co-founded Play on Shakespeare, which carries forward the Shakespeare translation work began at OSF.Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Taylor Bailey

Associate Creative Director

Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions...

Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions with The Neo-Futurists. He served as Operations Manager and Education Coordinator for The Neo-Futurists, as well as the program developer and coordinator for Neo-Access, a multi-winged strategy for diversity and inclusion as well as accessibility for the differently abled. As a freelance director, performer, storyteller, dramaturg and producer worked with: First Floor Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, American Theatre Company, The Agency Collective, Timeline Theatre, About Face Productions, Collaboration Theatre Company and others. In Dallas, worked with WaterTower Theatre and served as the Associate Artistic Director of Sideman Productions for two years. Additional experience as a teaching artist, IT coordinator and project manager.

Publications: Contributor, New York Times Bestseller It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming
Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
 with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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

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Play On Shakespeare

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced a new commissioning program called Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare. The project was simple yet enthusiastically ambitious in its original conception: to commission 36 playwrights (with one lucky playwright taking on all three Henry VI’s) to “translate” 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare (including Two Noble Kinsman and Edward III) over the course of three years (last drafts were submitted December 31, 2018) and with a commitment that the commissioned group comprised at least 51% women and writers of color. In it’s three year tenure at OSF, Play on! worked with nearly 1000 actors, directors, stage managers, and producers on nearly 80 readings, workshops, productions and demonstrations in 19 different cities, collaborating with 24 different theatres and academic institutions around the world.

At the end of Play on!’s three-year tenure at OSF, energized by its overwhelming scope and success, the project’s producing team secured funding to form their own, new not-for-profit company. On January 1, 2019, once again with the critical support of the Hitz Foundation, they established Play On Shakespeare, whose mission is to enhance the understanding of Shakespeare’s plays in performance for theatre professionals, students, and audiences by engaging with contemporary translations and adaptations. The Play On Festival is the first of many undertakings planned by the company.

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Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed...

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed to reimagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. It is a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today.

In 1967, director Christopher Martin founded CSC Repertory in a 100-seat theater at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on West 73rd Street. Following short stints in small spaces, CSC grew to the point where it needed a permanent home. In 1973, the theater moved to its present premises on 13th Street, an intimate space that was formerly an East Village carriage house.

In the 50 years since, CSC has become a leading Off-Broadway theater that is a home for new and established artists, as well audiences seeking epic stories intimately told. Productions have been cited by all major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon...

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season of up to 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and world-premiere plays and musicals. OSF’s play commissioning programs, which include American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, have generated works that have been produced on Broadway, throughout the American regional theatre, and in high schools and community theatres across the country. The Festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to approximately 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals.

 OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences.

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Further Reading

Welcome Letter from Lue

For the first half of my career at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I was the “new play girl”, doing what literary managers since time immemorial…

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Good Tickle Brain Synopsis

Who needs a five-act structure? See what Pericles 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