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Program: Richard II



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Richard II

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Naomi Iizuka

Directed by: Jennifer Chang

Dramaturg: Joy Meads

Stage Manager: Erin McCoy

Assistant Stage Manager: Allison-Marie Molnaa

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Becca Blackwell
Bushy, Bishop of Carlisle, 1st Gardener’s Man

Bill Connington*
Gaunt, Northumberland, Gardiner

Constance Shulman*
Bagot, Salisbury, Guard, Exton’s Servant

Jade Wu*
Duchess of Gloucester, Ross, 1 Lady, Surrey, Duchess of York Keeper

Jordan Barbour*
Aumerle, Berkeley

Lisa Wolpe*
Lord Marshall, York

Patrice Johnson Chevannes*
1 Herald, Queen Isabel, Groom

Paul Juhn*
Richard, Welsh Captain

Samy Nour Younes*
Green, Sir Stephen Scroop, 2 Gardener’s Man, Abbott of Westminster, Exton

Vanessa Kai*
Mowbray, Harry Percy (Hotspur)

Vichet Chum*

Yvette Monique Clark*
2 Herald, Willoughby, Servingman, Fitzwater, 2 Lady

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.


Asterisk* indicates 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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Naomi Iizuka

Playwright, Richard II

Naomi lizuka’s plays include 36 VIEWS,...

Naomi lizuka’s plays include 36 VIEWS, POLAROID STORIES, ANON(YMOUS), LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, TATTOO GIRL, SKIN, AT THE VANISHING POINT, CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST, LAST FIREFLY, CITIZEN 13559, and WAR OF THE WORLDS (a collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company.) Her plays have been produced at theatres across the country including Berkeley Rep, the Goodman Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Cornerstone Theater Company, Children’s Theater Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Huntington Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, the Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, and Soho Rep. Iizuka’s plays have been published by Overlook Press, Playscripts, Smith and Kraus, Dramatic Publishing, and TCG. lizuka is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, a Hodder Fellowship, and a Jerome Fellowship. Her play GOOD KIDS was commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium’s New Play Initiative and has been produced at universities nationwide. Recent projects include an adaptation of SLEEP by Haruki Murakami which premiered at the 2017 BAM Next Wave Festival and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, a play written in collaboration with US Marine Corps combat veterans and their families, and produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Cornerstone Theater Company in 2018. Iizuka was the Berlind Playwright-in-Residence at Princeton University this past academic year and heads the MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

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Joy Meads

Dramaturg, Richard II

Joy Meads is recently the Director of Dramaturgy and New...

Joy Meads is recently the Director of Dramaturgy and New Works for A.C.T. in San Francisco. Formerly the Literary Associate and Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group, where her dramaturgy credits include Forever by Dael Orlandersmith, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Royale by Marco Ramirez, and A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris. Previous to CTG, Joy was Literary Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theater, where she ran the theater’s New Works/New Communities program. Joy has also worked with Portland Center Stage, the O’Neill, South Coast Rep, Chicago Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, Native Voices at the Autry, NYTW, and Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts.

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Jennifer Chang


JC is a SoCal based director/actor. upcoming: LA Premiere of HANNAH AND THE...

JC is a SoCal based director/actor. upcoming: LA Premiere of HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO by Jiehae Park for The Fountain/ ewp and WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON at SCR. Head of Undergraduate Acting at UCSD. LADCC Award for direction VIETGONE (ewp). Select credits: DEATH & COCKROACHES by Eric Reyes Loo, ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER by Rajiv Joseph, EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM by A Rey Pamatmat, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN by Oscar Wilde. Founding member of Chalk Rep. 2018 Drama League Fellow, Director’s Project. Director’s Lab West. MFA: UCSD. BFA: NYU. Special thanks to Lue, Naomi, and Joy. www.changinator.com

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


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

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

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

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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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Bill Connington

Bill Connington: Selected credits: Zombie at Theater Row. Film: Zombie. Upcoming...

Bill Connington: Selected credits: Zombie at Theater Row. Film: Zombie. Upcoming indie film: Love, Repeat, a romantic dramedy; Poughkeepsie Is for Lovers. Graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama. www.billconnington.com

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Constance Shulman

Constance Shulman: originated the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the...

Constance Shulman: originated the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias at the WPA Theater and Lucille Lortel Theater. Most recently received a Drama Desk nomination for Bobbie Clearly at the Roundabout Underground. Performed in Barbecue at The Public and Rose Tattoo at Williamstown. Along with her cast, received a Screen Actors Guild award three years in a row for best ensemble in a comedy series for Orange Is The New Black, playing Yoga Jones. Can be seen in the upcoming Pop TV series, Florida Girls, as well as Blacklist, Broad City and SVU. Has been in many films, past and present…Fried Green Tomatoes to the just finished shooting, Birth of a Butterfly. Connie voiced Patti Mayonnaise in Nickelodeon’s animated series, Doug, which went on to play on ABC Disney. She co-produced the documentary, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury, which ran on America ReFramed, and was voted top 10 documentaries by the NY Times in 2015. Connie has just finished her first novel.

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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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Jordan Barbour

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

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

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Lisa Wolpe

Lisa Wolpe is an actress. director, writer, producer, who has worked at theaters...

Lisa Wolpe is an actress. director, writer, producer, who has worked at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Prague Shakespeare Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, and more. She founded the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company in 1993, where she produced, directed, and performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, and Iago. She has been touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has taught and directed at universities including NYU, Emerson, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Honors include the L.A. Drama Critic’s Award for Sustained Excellence; Sidney Berger Award for Excellence; NBC News’ “”Local Hero””; Jacob Bronowski Award for Theater Excellence; Women in Theater’s “”Red Carpet”” and “”Woman of the Year”” Awards; Women’s Theater Festival’s “”Rainbow Award”” for promoting Diversity; “”Sustained Excellence”” Award from Playwrights Arena; the Key to Harlem; two Congressional Certificates of Merit; Whittier College’s Distinguished Artist Award; University of Colorado “”First Scholar”” and “”Roe Green Visiting Artist”” appointments.

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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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Paul Juhn

Paul Juhn is a Korean American actor and writer based in New York. Stage...

Paul Juhn is a Korean American actor and writer based in New York. Stage credits include Henry VI (NAATCO), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), wAve (Ma-yi Theatre Company), White Chocolate (The Culture Project), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S. 122), Sides: the Fear is Real (Mr. Miyagi’s Theatre Company). T.V. and Film credits include: Works of ART, SALT, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Quantico, 30 Rock. He is a founding member of Suffolk Street Films and Mr. Miyagi’s Theatre Company. MFA in Acting, UCSD. suffolkstreetfilms.com

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Samy Nour Younes

Samy Nour Younes’s most recent credits include Into the Woods (Ford’s...

Samy Nour Younes’s most recent credits include Into the Woods (Ford’s Theater), The Triumphant and Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin Theater), and Well Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage). He can also be seen on season four of Transparent.
As an activist, Younes served on the leadership teams of the DC Area Transmasculine Society and the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. He has coorganized rallies for Pride, Transgender Day of Remembrance and more. He also leads panels on the barriers trans people face in accessing health care and has participated in national ad campaigns to promote awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.
Younes was the cohost of insighT with Consuella Lopez, a DC-based online talk show with an all-trans panel, and is currently the cohost of the similarly-themed Topics Include podcast. He aims to highlight the diversity of the trans experience — not just in their struggles, but also in their triumphs. As of 2019, he has written one ten-minute play, Ancestral Lines and Other Tall Tales, which will be published in the upcoming Latinx Archive; and his TED Talk, on the importance of transgender history, went live in March. samynouryounes.com
Pronouns: he/they

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Vanessa Kai

Off-Broadway: The Pain of My Belligerence (Playwrights Horizons); KPOP (Lortel...

Off-Broadway: The Pain of My Belligerence (Playwrights Horizons); KPOP (Lortel Nomination, Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater/Woodshed Collective); Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play, National Asian American Theater Company), Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage); Architecture of Becoming (WP Theater). Select Regional: Top Girls (Huntington Theatre Company), Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Far East (Award for Outstanding Debut by the Connecticut Critics Circle, Stamford TheaterWorks). TV: “New Amsterdam,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Gotham.” www.vanessakai.com

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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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Yvette Monique Clark

Yvette has done many productions regionally, nationally and internationally....

Yvette has done many productions regionally, nationally and internationally. Some of her notable shows have been UniSon (Mama, Terror #6), The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evillene and Glinda), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Chicago (Mama Morton), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere). Her dream has always been to say the words of the Great One. Yvette is thrilled to be a part of PlayOn! She is grateful for the opportunity to take a bite out of Shakespeare.

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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


SALLY CADE HOLMES is a Tony Award-winning producer. Broadway: Hadestown (Tony...

SALLY CADE HOLMES is a Tony Award-winning producer. Broadway: Hadestown (Tony Award), The Inheritance, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Anastasia. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors and Puffs (or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic). Sally Cade also works with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Play On! Shakespeare as a Line Producer. Past credits include Dylan Frederick’s Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s AntFest), Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Ryan J. Haddad’s Hi, Are You Single (2015 Hot! Festival and 2016 Under The Radar). She collaborated with Les Freres Corbusier to produce Here’s Hoover! directed by Alex Timbers. She spent five years as the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Visit, It’s Only A Play) and 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.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.sallycadeholmes.com
Instagram: @sally_cade

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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 Richard II 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,
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