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Program: The Taming of the Shrew


present

THE PLAY ON FESTIVAL

at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Amy Freed

Directed by: Jackson Gay

Dramaturgs: Lezlie C. Cross, Drew Lichtenberg

Stage Manager: Shana Ferguson

Assistant Stage Manager: Nathan Andrew Riley

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan

Cast

Cynthia Bastides*
Player 2, Biondello, Curtis

Becca Blackwell
Player 1, Tranio, Servant 4, Joseph

Martha Gehman*
Vincentio, Messenger

Rosie Hallett*
Bianca, Tailor, Servant 2

Michelle Hurst*
Baptista, Servant 1, Haberdasher

Patrick Kerr*
Lord, Gremio

Bianca Leigh*
Hostess, Pedant, Widow

Ronald Peet*
Servant 1, Grumio

Susannah Rogers*
Katherine, Page

Blake Russell*
Hunt 1, Hortensio

David Ryan Smith*
Sly, Petruchio

Samy Nour Younes*
Lucentio, Hunt 2, Servant 3, Nicholas

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.

 

*Starred 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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Creative Team

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Amy Freed

Playwright, Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus

Amy Freed is the author of Shrew! ,The Monster Builder,...

Amy Freed is the author of Shrew! ,The Monster Builder, Restoration Comedy, The Beard of Avon, Freedomland, Safe in Hell, The Psychic Life of Savages, You, Nero and other plays. Her work has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwrights’ Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters. Playwriting awards include Charles MacArthur Award, Joseph Kesselring Prize, LA and Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Freedomland.)
She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University in the Theater and Performance Studies Department.

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Jackson Gay

Director, Taming of the Shrew

UPCOMING: Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod (Dorset); Letts’ August: Osage County...

UPCOMING: Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod (Dorset); Letts’ August: Osage County (REP); Partnership by Elizabeth Baker (Mint). RECENT: Power of Sail by Paul Grellong (The Warehouse Theatre); Chekhov’s The Seagull (Juilliard); Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin (Arena Stage); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film and MCC, off-Broadway Alliance Best New Play Award 2018); Lover Beloved by Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik (AlleyTheatre); Mat Smart’s Kill Local (La Jolla Playhouse); Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Studio Theatre / New Neighborhood); Shakespeare’s Much Ado adapted with Ken Lin (Cal Shakes); These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (New Neighborhood, Atlantic, Geffen, Yale Rep – Critics Pick Time Out NY, Best Production and Adaptation LA Sage Awards, Best of 2015 Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director); 3C by David Adjmi and Thurber’s Where We’re Born (Rattlestick); Thurber’s The Insurgents (Labyrinth); Thurber’s Scarcity and Jones’ The Jammer (Atlantic); A Little Journey by Rachel Crothers (Mint – Drama Desk
nomination Outstanding Revival of a Play); Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic and Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Outstanding Production of a Play).
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Lezlie C. Cross

Dramaturg, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at...

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at the University of Portland. Her recent dramaturgical work includesTimon of Athens; The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; As You Like It; All’s Well That Ends Wellat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island, Guys and Dollsand William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Playat the Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Raisin in the Sun at Cincinnati Shakespeare Love’s Labours Lost at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville;and The Tempest,Much Ado about Nothingat Classic Stage Company. Her published articles and book reviews appear in the journals Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Survey as well as the book projects Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Her article in Theatre History Studies (2017) places the controversy surrounding Play On! in historical context. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington, a MA from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, and a BA from Whitman College.

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Drew Lichtenberg

Dramaturg, Taming of the Shrew

Drew Lichtenberg is Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare...

Drew Lichtenberg is Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he has worked on 40 productions over 8 seasons, including 19 plays from the Shakespeare canon, and world premieres by David Ives, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Heather Raffo, Yaël Farber, Jeffrey Hatcher, and Ellen Mclaughlin. In his ten-plus years as a dramaturg, Drew has also worked on Broadway and in London’s West End, as well as at theatres around the country including Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Center Stage, the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival. He is currently working on freelance dramaturgy and adaptation projects with the Young Vic in London, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Theater J.

He is a part-time faculty member at the Catholic University of America and Eugene Lang College at the New School and he has guest lectured at a variety of institutions including Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, Denison University, Ohio University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Goethe Institute, and the Alliance Française. He has served as a responder for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and advised on arts funding panels for the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Cuyahoga County Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He has appeared as a guest panelist on the National Theatre’s Platform series, Howlround, and Maryland Public Television, and as a judge on the New Plays panel of the D.C.-area Helen Hayes Awards. He has presented at the annual meetings of ATHE and the Comparative Drama Conference, and his writing and reviews have appeared in Theater,Theatre Journal, Text & Presentation, and Contemporary Theatre Review. His scholarly monograph, Piscatorbühne 1927-8: The Season that Changed Modern Theatre, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.

He holds a Master’s and a Doctorate in Fine Arts in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Playwright

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

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

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

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Company

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Cynthia Bastidas

Cynthia Bastidas​ – Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), #nowall...

Cynthia Bastidas​ – Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), #nowall (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center),​ ​​The Mecca Tales (Sheen Theatre/Crossroads Theater), SHE SHE SHE (New Ohio Theatre), Informed Consent (Gulfshore Playhouse),​ ​Just Like Us (Denver Center Theatre), The Why Me Pen (Public Theater), Kita y Fernanda (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Co), Lost/Not Found (Up Theater), The World’s Fair Play Festival (Queens Theatre), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167), Zero (Public Theater), Anna in the Tropics (Lehman Stages). Television: Homeland S6 E6. Training: MFA Theater-Brooklyn College, HB Studio, Labyrinth Master Class, Andrew Wade-Royal Shakespeare Company.  www.cynthiabastidas.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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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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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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Martha Gehman

Martha Gehman- Gehman has worked as both an actress and a director at The...

Martha Gehman- Gehman has worked as both an actress and a director at The Public, Circle Rep, Manhattan Theater Club, The Second Stage, Stark Raving Theater, Portland, The Magic, San Francisco, and The Odyssey and The MET both in Los Angeles. She has written and performed her own material in two one person shows: Mercy, and Percy, at Fringe Festivals in NYC and Seattle. She was featured in a number of movies including The Flamingo Kid, The Legend of Billie Jean, F/X, The Father of the Bride, Practical Magic and numerous independents.She sang in a rock band, The Mod Squad, and danced with NYC Ballet.Inspiration: Aretha, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Beckett, Wordsworth, Longfellow, Pierre Bonnard, Matisse to name a few. www.marthagehman.com

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Rosie Hallett

Rosie Hallett is a San Francisco and New York-based actor. Regional: Men...

Rosie Hallett is a San Francisco and New York-based actor. Regional: Men on Boats, (American Conservatory Theatre); The Best We Could (ACT New Strands Festival); Red Speedo, Status Update (Center Repertory Theatre); The Country House (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); peerless, The Way West, and Native Son (Marin Theatre Company); The Winter’s Tale (San Francisco Shakes). BA, Stanford University. www.roselynhallett.com

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Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst THEATRE: Portland Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long...

Michelle Hurst THEATRE: Portland Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, Soho Rep, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 651 ARTS/Irondale Ensemble, The Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY). FILM: “Jean of the Joneses,” “Airheads,” “Sherrybaby,” “Smoke,” “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home.” TELEVISION: BBC1’s “Last Tango in Halifax,” “Broad City,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” (multiple episodes), “Sex and the City,” “Orange is the New Black.”

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Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology...

Patrick Kerr most recently did a guest role on LITTLE AMERICA, a new anthology series for Apple TV. Before that he was in the musical CYRANO at Goodspeed starring Peter Dinklage. Broadway: TRAVESTIES, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE RITZ. Off Broadway: STAGE KISS (Sarah Ruhl) Playwrights Horizons; THE DEVILS (Liz Egloff) New York Theater Workshop and Paul Rudnick’s JEFFREY at the Minetta Lane. National tour: THE LION KING (Las Vegas). Recent regional work includes Polonius in HAMLET at the Old Globe, FINGERSMITH at A.R.T.; Joe DiPietro’s HOLLYWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse and THE HEIR APPARENT at Chicago Shakespeare. Veteran of many TV programs including recurring roles as Noel on FRASIER (Sag Award – Ensemble) and the Blind Guy on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Film: DOMINO, STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and others. He has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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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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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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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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Susannah Rogers

Recent theater credits include: The premiere of Amy Freed’s Shrew!...

Recent theater credits include: The premiere of Amy Freed’s Shrew! at South Coast Rep, The Monster Builder at South Coast Rep, the US premiere of You Will Remember Me and Outside Mullingar at Hudson Stage, All the Way at ART and on Broadway. Recent film and tv includes: Gotham, The Path, Mr. Robot, Younger, The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

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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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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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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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Ada Karamanyan

Casting

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

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

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Lue Morgan Douthit

Executive Director

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

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy. Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood;  and Equivocation.. She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016. Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Taylor Bailey

Producer

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

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

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

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Summer Martin

General Manager

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

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

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

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Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed...

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

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

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

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

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

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

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Play On Festival Staff

Lue Douthit, Executive Director
Taylor Bailey, Producer
Summer Martin, General Manager
Sally Cade Holmes, Line Producer
Hannah Lang, Assistant Line Producer
Matt Hagemeier, Assistant Festival Producer
Emma Hogan, Script Supervisor
Ada Karamanyan, Casting
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