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Program: The Winter’s Tale



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Tracy Young

Directed by: Christopher Liam Moore

Dramaturgs: Ben Pryor

Stage Manager: Katie Kennedy

Assistant Stage Manager: Suzanne K. Milton

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Barzin Akhavan
Camillo, Mariner

Daniel Passer
Autolycus, Lord, Servant

Gina Daniels
Hermione, Time, Mopsa, Gentleman

Jade Wu

Mark Bedard
Clown, Antigonus

Michael Mendelson

Patrick Kerr
Archidamus, Shepherd, Dion, Rogero

Raffi Barsoumian
Florizel, Jailer, Court Officer

Rajesh Bose

Tala Ashe
Perdita, Emilia

Tasso Feldman
Mamillius, Steward, Dorcas, Cleomenes, Lord

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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Tracy Young

Playwright, The Winters Tale

Tracy Young is a theatre director and playwright. Tracy developed several...

Tracy Young is a theatre director and playwright. Tracy developed several original plays with The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, including the musicals Hysteria (Ovation Award), Euphoria (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards) and A Fairy Tale (Garland and GLAAD Image Awards), as well as Dreamplay, a meditation on Carl Jung’s theories of collective unconscious. She created several adaptations of classic plays and novels, including the critically acclaimed Candude, or The Optimistic Civil Servant (from Voltaire’s Candide for Cornerstone Theatre Company), The Servant of Two Masters and The Imaginary Invalid for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (with co-adaptor Oded Gross), and most recently a theatrical adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Her most challenging and joyful work to date is Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (with co-adaptor Bill Rauch), a simultaneous telling of Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Earlier forays into Shakespearean translation include productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

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Christopher Liam Moore


Acting and directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (10 seasons), Artists Repertory...

Acting and directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (10 seasons), Artists Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, South Coast Repertory; founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company. King Richard in Richard II (OSF), Walter Jenkins in All The Way (OSF, American Repertory Theater, Broadway); Lady Macbeth in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, Jon in Ghost Light (OSF and Berkeley Rep, Malvolio in Twelfth Night (OSF). Film/TV: Night Moves, Friends; Third Rock from the Sun; The Cherokee Kid; Simone; Memron; Star Trek: Voyager; Judging Amy(recurring); series regular on Murder in Small Town X and Ten Items or Less. Awards: Acting: Los Angeles Stage Alliances Ovation Award (two nominations, one award), Garland, Drama-Logue Award, L.A. Weekly Awards; nominated for the Helen Hayes Award and the Connecticut Drama Critics Circle Award.
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Ben Pryor

Dramaturg, The Winters Tale

Ben Pryor is the Provost and CEO of Antioch University Seattle.  Before...

Ben Pryor is the Provost and CEO of Antioch University Seattle.  Before serving as a dramaturge for Play On!, Pryor was a founder and longtime member of the Glacity Theatre Collective in Toledo, Ohio.  As an actor with GTC he appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Breathing CorpsesEurydiceSuburban MotelAll’s WellBetrayalWaiting for Godot, ExhibitionHunting Cockroaches and Circle Mirror Transformation.  Pryor joined the GTC for the Toledo Symphony’s production of Stoppard and Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at Carnegie Hall in 2011.

Pryor is originally from southern California where he attended the Johnston Center of the University of Redlands where he played Ferdinand in The Tempest.  He has worked with the South Coast Repertory Theatre and has appeared in short films and a children’s television production for ABC.  Pryor has a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

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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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Barzin Akhavan

Broadway-Network, NYC-Hamlet (Waterwell), Regional- Seattle Rep, ACT SF,...

Broadway-Network, NYC-Hamlet (Waterwell), Regional- Seattle Rep, ACT SF, Berkeley Rep, Marin Theatre Co, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Lookingglass, CATF, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Arena Stage, The Guthrie, Folger Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 4 seasons at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and 5 seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Daniel Passer

Daniel Passer creates work as a performer, writer and director. For over...

Daniel Passer creates work as a performer, writer and director. For over a decade, Daniel has been a lead Clown and Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil and Dragone Entertainment. Credits include plays on Broadway and globally at Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, The Goodman, The American Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madrid Stadium, Moscow Art Theatre and The Kremlin. Recently, he collaborated and performed in Burning Man – First Ritual with a world class troupe of aerialists, acrobats and dancers and has played with the ensembles of The Actors’ Gang, Cornerstone, Lookingglass, and is a founding member of the international clown companies Your New Best Friends, Gods of Sex and The Rotten Plantains. He recently directed Servant of Two Masters at CalArts. Daniel is on the faculty of the Theater School at CalArts and is currently working on the multi-media piece Way of Wolf with performer and writer Marissa Chibas that was part of CalArts Center for New Performance Residency and Festival/Teatr Studio, Warsaw, 2018. danielpasser.com

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Gina Daniels

Broadway: Network, All the Way. Off-Broadway: Building the Wall, Displaced,...

Broadway: Network, All the Way. Off-Broadway: Building the Wall, Displaced, Zona, 24 Hour Plays. International: Wuzhen Theatre Festival. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (company member for 11 seasons), Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arden Theatre, TheatreWorks, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Center Stage, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Geva Theatre Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater. TV: “Orange Is the New Black,” “High Maintenance.” gina-daniels.com

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Jade Wu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Mendelson

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

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

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth...

New York theatre credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Henry IV (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Privacy, Pericles (The Public Theater); King Lear, Arok of Java (Exit, Pursued By a Bear). In Los Angeles: Guards at the Taj (The Geffen Playhouse); Red Noses (The Actor’s Gang); Zoo Story, Counting the Ways (Luna Playhouse). Regionally: The Count of Monte Cristo, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V (American Shakespeare Center); As You Like It, King John (Actor’s Shakespeare Company); Restoration Comedy, Don Juan (Stanford Summer Theater). International: Sedimenti (Compagnie Du Faubourg); Globe Theater International Fellowship. TV audiences might recognize him from his roles on The Code (CBS), Shameless (Showtime) and The Vampire Diaries (CW). Barsoumian received his training at École Jacques Lecoq and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Rajesh Bose

Off-Broadway and Regional Favorites: Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam...

Off-Broadway and Regional Favorites: Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam Theatre), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Oslo (St. Louis Rep), Mary Stuart (Folger Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Disgraced (Playmakers Rep, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre – Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination), The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford TheaterWorks). Film & Television: “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Damages”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds”, the series finale of “The Sopranos”, and the Acadamy Award nominated film Frozen River.
Pronouns: he/him

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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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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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Tasso Feldman

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

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

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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

CEO and Creative Director

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

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

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Taylor Bailey

Associate Creative Director

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

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

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

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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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

In the fall of 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

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

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

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Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed...

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

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

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

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

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

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

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Further Reading

Welcome Letter from Lue

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

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Good Tickle Brain Synopsis

Who needs a five-act structure? See what The Winter’s Tale is about in only three panels…

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Play Synopsis

Read a play synopsis from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and see scans of some of the original Folios!

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Play On Festival Staff

Lue Douthit, Executive Director
Taylor Bailey, Producer
Summer Martin, General Manager
Sally Cade Holmes, Line Producer
Hannah Lang, Assistant Line Producer
Matt Hagemeier, Assistant Festival Producer
Emma Hogan, Script Supervisor
Ada Karamanyan, Casting
Cameron Bell, Erin Michelitsch, Micah Ammons, Nicolas Di Miele,
Peter Charney, Savanah Sanchez, Production Assistants
Blake Zidell and Associates, Press Representative
Gold Rush Creative, Marketing Consultation
Ligature Creative, Graphic Design

CSC Administrative Staff

John Doyle, Artistic Director
Toni Marie Davis, Chief Operating Officer/GM
Gina Cimmelli, Director of Audience Services
Phil Haas, Director of Marketing and Communications
Brendan McNamara, Assistant General Manager
Michael Mullen, Education Coordinator
Cassandra Nwokah, Executive Assistant
Oliver Pattenden, Director of Development
Megan Sover, Company Manager
Whitaker Gardner, Courtney Kuhbach, Board Operators
Emily Murphy, Megan Sover, Clarisse Van Kote, Box Office Associates
Alex Irish, Jarvis Griggs, Emily Murphy, Cassandra Nwokah, Megan Sover, House Managers