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Program: Romeo and Juliet



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Hansol Jung

Directed by: Danya Taymor

Dramaturg: Aaron Malkin

Stage Manager: Katie Kennedy

Assistant Stage Manager: Suzanne K. Milton

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Frankie J. Alvarez
Tybalt, 3 Servingman, 1 Musician, 2 Watchman

Tala Ashe
Juliet, Chorus

Shannon DeVido
Lady Capulet, Apothecary

Jin Ha
Romeo, Abraham

Mia Katigbak
Nurse, Lady Montague

Abraham Makany
Peter, Sampson, Servingman, Head Servingman, Montague, 3 Watchman, Petruchio, Friar John, Page

Ronald Peet
Benvolio, 2 Servingman, 2 Musician, Chief Watchman, Balthasar, Potboy

James Saito
Friar Laurence, Capulet’s Cousin

Zo Sakamoto
Mercutio, Prince, Gregory, Paris, 1 Servingman, 3 Musician

Paco Tolson

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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Hansol Jung

Playwright, Romeo and Juliet

Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions include Wild...

Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions include Wild Goose Dreams (Co-production: The Public Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), Wolf Play (NNPN Rolling Premiere: Artists Rep Portland, Mixed Blood, Company One), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville),Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), and No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, and Boise Contemporary Theatre). Commissioning institutions include The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, National Theatre in UK, Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, Artists Repertory Theater, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of Romeo and Juliet for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at The Public Theater, Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center’s New Play Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship at Lewis Center for the Arts, Whiting Award, Helen Merrill Award, Page 73 Playwright Fellowship, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court. She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including EvitaDracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Hansol holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects, and The New Class of Kilroys.

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Aaron Malkin

Dramaturg, Romeo and Juliet

Aaron is the Literary Director & Dramaturg at New York Theatre Workshop...

Aaron is the Literary Director & Dramaturg at New York Theatre Workshop and has been on the Artistic Staff at the theatre since 2012. At NYTW, he serves as the resident dramaturg, oversees the literary office, co-administers the 2050 Artistic Fellowship, and works extensively on the theatre’s public programming initiatives. Before moving to New York, Aaron worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Arena Stage as a dramaturg and producer. As a freelance dramaturg, Aaron has worked with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and People’s Light and Theater Company. He has collaborated with Ayad Akhtar, Hammaad Chaudry, Sibyl Kempson, Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Colman Domingo, Nathan Alan Davis, Mfoniso Udofia, Hansol Jung, Heidi Schreck, Jeremy O. Harris and Lucas Hnath, among others. He has been published in HowlRound: A Journal of the Theater Commons, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Asides Magazine, and Arena Stage’s Sub/Text: Your Virtual Dramaturg. Aaron is a graduate of Brown University.

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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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Danya Taymor


Danya Taymor (Director) is a New York based director. Recent work: Jeremy...

Danya Taymor (Director) is a New York based director. Recent work: Jeremy O. Harris’ ”Daddy” (Vineyard/New Group), Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (LCT3/Steppenwolf), Danai Gurira’s Familiar (Steppenwolf), Martyna Majok’s queens (LCT3), Justin Kuritzkes’ The Sensuality Party (The New Group), Nathan Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Brian Watkins’ Wyoming(Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built and LEGOM’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea). Her production of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over was filmed by Spike Lee and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is streaming on Amazon Prime. BA: Duke University. Upcoming work: Will Arbery’s HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING (Playwrights Horizons)

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Frankie J. Alvarez

Frankie J. Alvarez is best known as the passionate Agustin on HBO’s critically-acclaimed...

Frankie J. Alvarez is best known as the passionate Agustin on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series LOOKING and its companion LOOKING: THE MOVIE. FILM: ROCKAWAY (dir. John J. Budion), VANDAL (dir. JD Freixas), THE DRUMMER (dir. Eric Werthman). TV: L&O: SVU, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE GOOD WIFE, BLINDSPOT, CONTROVERSY (pilot), MADAM SECRETARY, SMASH, IT’S FREEZING OUT THERE, APHASIA (short). NY: Othello (workshop, NYTW, dir: Sam Gold), Those Lost Boys: The Ten-Year Reunion (co-creator, Ars Nova). Regional: Bathing in Moonlight (McCarter Theatre); The Whipping Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet: Prince of Cuba/Hamlet: Príncipe de Cuba (Asolo Rep); Measure for Measure & Julius Caesar (2011 company member, Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Education: BFA, Florida State University; MFA, The Juilliard School. Awards: recipient of Juilliard’s Raul Julia Scholarship for Excellence in Drama.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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Tala Ashe

Off-Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (The Public: Shakespeare in the Park),...

Off-Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (The Public: Shakespeare in the Park), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons); The Who and the What (LCT3); Urge for Going (The Public), Theatre for One: Barrel Wave (Signature). Regional: Head over Heels, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Troilus and Cressida, The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Welcome to Arroyo’s (The Old Globe); Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Huntington). TV: “Legends of Tomorrow” (currently), “American Odyssey,” “Smash,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Covert Affairs,” “30 Rock,” “Law and Order.” Other: Sundance Theater and Film Institute, BFA: Boston University, LAMDA, UCB.

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Shannon DeVido

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

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

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Jin Ha

Broadway: M. Butterfly (Song Liling, dir. Julie Taymor). Off-Broadway: Troilus...

Broadway: M. Butterfly (Song Liling, dir. Julie Taymor). Off-Broadway: Troilus & Cressida (dir. Daniel Sullivan, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park). Regional (Chicago): Hamilton: An American Musical (Aaron Burr, dir. Thomas Kail). TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC, dir. David Leveaux). Upcoming: Devs (FX, dir. Alex Garland). Education: B.A., Columbia University; M.F.A., NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. @mistterjin
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Mia Katigbak

Mia Katigbak has acted extensively with NAATCO, most recently in Henry VI,...

Mia Katigbak has acted extensively with NAATCO, most recently in Henry VI, Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts. Selected productions in NYC: The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (Transport Group); Recent Alien Abductions (PlayCo); Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group); Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi); Dear Elizabeth (Women’s Project); Ivo van Hove’s Scenes From a Marriage (NYTW); A Beautiful Day in November…Great Lakes (New Georges/Women’s Project); Good Person of Szechwan (Foundry/Public Theater). Other NYC: Soho Rep, The Civilians, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, Intar, Pan Asian Rep. Regional: Long Wharf, Sharon Playhouse, the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater in Louisville, Two River Theater, Berkeley Rep, Swine Palace, and the Guthrie. International: Manila, Philippines and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is the co-founder and Artistic Producing Director of NAATCO. Awards: Special Drama Desk, TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow for Distinguished Achievement, Actors Equity Foundation’s St. Clair Bayfield for Best Supporting Role in a Shakespeare Play; Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theater; NYIT for Artistic Achievement; the Lily for Trailblazing; an Obie for performance (in NAATCO’s Awake and Sing!); Lucille Lortel and Lee Reynolds Awards (League of Professional Theatre Women); the Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award. www.naatco.org

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Katie Kennedy

Stage Manager

Katie Kennedy is a West Virginia native. Since moving to New York, she has...

Katie Kennedy is a West Virginia native. Since moving to New York, she has worked on The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest”), “Latin History for Morons”, “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up”, “Wickedest Woman”, “Pedro Pan”, “The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition”, “Rent”, “Urinetown: The Musical”, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”, and “Camelot” at Lincoln Center’s annual gala.

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Abraham Makany

Theater: The Corpse Washer in the 43rd Humana Festival (‪Actors Theatre...

Theater: The Corpse Washer in the 43rd Humana Festival (‪Actors Theatre of Louisville);‬ Trial of an American President (Theatre Row); Waterwell’s Hamlet (The ‪Sheen Center)‬; Kandahar to Canada in The 34th Marathon of One-Act Plays (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Job (‪The Flea Theater‬); the Obie Award winning production of The Brig (The Living Theatre). Television: Gotham, Blue Bloods, Deception, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, Blindspot, The Americans, HAPPYish, Person of Interest, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas. Abraham trained at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts (BFA).

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Suzanne K. Milton

Assistant Stage Manager

Suzanne K Milton (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on this...

Suzanne K Milton (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on this amazing project! Previous shows include, NYMF winner, “Pedro Pan,” “The Review or How to Eat your Opposition,” “Rent,” and “Le Nozze di Figaro.” She’s also been seen on stage in “Chicago,” “Sister Act, the Musical,” and “The Laramie Project.” www.suzannekmilton.com

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Ronald Peet

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate...

Ronald Peet stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series The I-Land (w/Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer). FILM: The Land of Owls, The Meyerowitz Stories, First Reformed, Nevada. TV: “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Blindspot” & “Girls.” OFF-BROADWAY: “DADDY” (New Group, Vineyard), Spill (EST), Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr), Kentucky (EST/Page 73), Icarus in the LES (Joe’s Pub), The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Debutante (Ars Nova). REGIONAL: The Lion In Winter (Two River); peerless (Barrington Stage); The Golem Of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama) & over 30 roles in 15 productions with American Shakespeare Center. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre & Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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James Saito

Broadway: The King and I, Golden Child. James received an Obie award for...

Broadway: The King and I, Golden Child. James received an Obie award for his performance in Durango at the Public Theater. Other Off-Broadway and regional theaters include: Mitzi Newhouse (LCT), Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout. Vineyard, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Singapore Rep, Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Films include: Always Be My Maybe, While We’re Young, Life of Pi, Big Eyes, Wilson, I Think I Love My Wife, Thomas Crown Affair, the original Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. TV and streaming include: Modern Love (opposite Jane Alexander), Altered Carbon, The Terror, New Amsterdam, Elementary, Instinct, Broad City, The Deuce, Madam Secretary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, House of Cards, Law & Order, Person of Interest, Too Big To Fail, Eli Stone (series regular, Dr. Chen)
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Zo Sakamoto

Zo Sakamoto (pronouns: they, them, theirs) is a San-Francisco born, NYC based,...

Zo Sakamoto (pronouns: they, them, theirs) is a San-Francisco born, NYC based, Japanese-Jewish American queer gender-nonconforming actor/singer/mover/comic. They have been called “the biggest badass onstage,” “a gracefully athletic faerie,” and “endearingly twitchy,” in performances at Theatre Row, WP Theatre, NY’s Town Hall, Birdland Theatre, The Cherry Lane Studio, nationally, and onscreen, in roles of various genders, vulpine, spectral, swashbuckling, soul-sucking, prophetic, and punkish. Favorite performances include Atlas 2 in MJ Kaufman’s “Double Atlas,” at Playwright’s Realm, directed by David Mendizábal, Zo’s Birdland Theatre debut singing and playing guitar with Ring of Keys in “Queering the Stage,” Madhuri Shekar’s “Antigone Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s”, directed by Taylor Reynolds at WP Theatre (The Movement Theatre Company, Hypokrit Theatre), doing standup comedy in “Nasty Women+,” hosted by Amanda Duarte, Mac Rogers’ “Compelled Speech,” directed by Illana Stein, Juliet in Hypokrit Theatre’s “Romeo + Juliet,” directed by Molly Houlahan, and Cyrano in “Cyrano de Tinder,” written and directed by Jack Fellows. Zo plays guitar, piano, ukulele, and a bit of violin and drums, and cursorily speaks a handful of languages. Zo is a grateful member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and Ring of Keys. www.zosakamoto.com

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Paco Tolson

Paco Tolson is best known for developing new American plays. He is excited...

Paco Tolson is best known for developing new American plays. He is excited to bridge the modern and the classical with this trailblazing company of artists. Off-Broadway: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), Twelfth Night (Fiasco Theater and Classic Stage Company), The Unwritten Song and End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Children of Vonderly and Rescue Me (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi and Vampire Cowboys). With VC: Men of Steel, Fight Girl Battle World, Agent G, and The Saturday Night Saloon. With the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s Tale, Black Swan Lab, Daedalus Project, and Vietgone. Film and television credits include “Madam Secretary,” “Happy!,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Code,” and 7 DAY GIG. Paco is a graduate of Brown University and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. “Love to Kate and Ama, my heart and soul.” pacotolson.weebly.com
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Ada Karamanyan


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

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

Executive 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 including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood;  and Equivocation.. She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016. Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Taylor Bailey


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
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Summer Martin

General Manager

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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