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Program: Troilus and Cressida



at Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F Angelson Theater

Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Lillian Groag

Directed by: Lillian Groag

Dramaturg: James Magruder

Stage Manager: Priscilla Villanueva

Assistant Stage Manager: TaTyana Smith

Casting: Ada Karamanyan

Sound Design and Original Music by: Matt Callahan


Ashley Bell
Cressida, Cassandra

Carlo Albán

Frankie J. Alvarez
Paris, Achilles

Genesis Oliver

Jake Hart

Jeremy Lawrence
Thersites, Prologue

Jordan Barbour

Kim Wong
Patroclus, Helen, Alexandra

Lisa Wolpe

Mhari Sandoval
Aeneas, Andromache, Margarelon

Michael Sharon

Nat Cassidy
Menelaus, Deiphobus, Helenus, Assorted Servants

Peter Van Norden
Priam, Nestor

Tony Torn
Pandarus, Calchas

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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Lillian Groag

Director and Playwright, Troilus and Cressida

Lillian Groag works in the theatre as an actress, playwright and director. ...

Lillian Groag works in the theatre as an actress, playwright and director.  Her acting credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, Mark Taper Forum, and regional theatres throughout the country.  She has directed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mark Taper Forum’s Taper Too, New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Center Stage, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Missouri Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory,  A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Juilliard School of Music, Florentine Opera, Kentucky Opera,  Arizona Opera, the Sundance Institute Playwrights’ Lab, the Virginia Opera, Opera San Jose and the Company of Angels.  Her plays The Ladies Of The CamelliasThe White Rose (AT&T award for New American Plays), The Magic Fire (Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays), Menocchio and Midons have been produced variously by the Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory, Denver Center, The Shaw Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Northlight Theatre, the WPA Theatre, Seattle Repertory, the Asolo Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, and The Shaw Festival.   Abroad:  Mexico City, Junges Theatre in Bonn, Landesbuhne Sachsen-Anhalt in Eisleben, Shauspielhaus in Wuppertal, Hessisches Landestheater in Marburg, Shauspielhaus in Stuttgart, Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, (National Tour) in Italy, and Tokyo.  She has done translations and adaptations of Lorca, Feydeau, Musset, Marivaux and Molnàr, produced at the Guthrie, the Mark Taper Forum Taper II, and Missouri Rep (now Kansas City Rep).  She is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre. The Ladies Of The CamelliasBlood WeddingThe White Rose and The Magic Fire have been published by Dramatists Play Service.  Up coming:  A Nervous Splendour, adaptation, from Frederic Morton’s book, Flypaper, new play.  Master’s and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in Romance Languages and Literature, Theatre Thesis,  and an Honorary PhD from Lake Forest College.

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James Magruder

Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida

James Magruder (Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida) is a playwright,...

James Magruder (Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida) is a playwright, translator, and fiction writer. His adaptations of Gozzi, Moliére, Marivaux, Hofmannstahl, Lesage, Labiche, Giraudoux, Sidney, and Dickens have been performed on and off-Broadway, at regional theaters across the United States, and in Germany and Japan. He has published three books of fiction (Sugarless, Let Me See It, and Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall) and wrote, or co-wrote, the books to the Broadway musicals Triumph of Love and the inauthentic Broadway Head Over Heels. He lives in Baltimore and teaches theater at Swarthmore College and the Yale School of Drama.

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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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Ashley Bell

An actress across film, television and theater Ashley Bell is most recognizable...

An actress across film, television and theater Ashley Bell is most recognizable for her critically acclaimed role in The Last Exorcism, (Independent Spirit Award and MTV Movie Award nomination.) Bell has crossed genres, making her Broadway debut in Machinal and has starred in films that have been staples in the independent film festival circuit, premiering at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and TIFF.

Bell directed, wrote and produced her first feature documentary, Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story, rated 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It received a nationwide theatrical release by Abramorama, broadcast on STARZ, DVD release on Netflix, global iTunes release, and was qualified to be in consideration for a 91st documentary Academy Award.

Currently Bell is Executive Producing a global docu-series entitled, Elephant Chronicles, which she created with Silent Crow Arts slated for production in 2019. She is attached to Co-Direct and star in Bloods Suds, written by Annie Burgstede. Bell has adapted Lillian Groag’s play Flypaper into a limited series.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bell studied acting and directing at Cambridge University (UK). She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors, and was mentored by Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner.

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Carlo Albán

Carlo Albán: Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Sweat, References to Salvador...

Carlo Albán: Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Sweat, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot (Public Theater); Tamburlaine (TFANA); A Small, Melodramatic Story, Intríngulis (Labyrinth); A Summer Day (Rattlestick); Pinkolandia (INTAR); Living Dead in Denmark (Vampire Cowboys). Regional: Sweat, The River Bride, Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens (OSF); A Parallelogram, Lydia (CTG); Night of the Iguana (Guthrie); Dreamlandia (DTC). Film: Mile 22, Hurricane Streets, Hi Life, Strangers With Candy, Life Support, 21 Grams, Whip It, Margaret. TV: “Sesame Street,” “Law & Order,” “Oz,” “Thicker Than Blood,” “Prison Break,” “Girls,” “The Night Of.” Member of Labyrinth Theater Company. Recipient of a 2017 Theatre World Award for an outstanding Broadway debut for Sweat.
Pronouns: he/him/his

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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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Genesis Oliver

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

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

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Jake Hart

Jake is a Cherokee and Mexican American actor from California and Seattle....

Jake is a Cherokee and Mexican American actor from California and Seattle. Nationwide, he has performed theatrically for over 2 decades. As a voice actor he can currently be heard across the country on multiple campaigns. On television he is the voice of Optimus Prime for Rescue Bots Academy, and can be seen occasionally. He is humbled and grateful to be a part of this cast and crew, and to perform on one of NYC’s greatest stages. Wado. www.jakehart.org

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Jeremy Lawrence

Jeremy Lawrence will be performing his critically acclaimed Lavender Songs:...

Jeremy Lawrence will be performing his critically acclaimed Lavender Songs: a Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret, June17 & 18th at Pangea www.pangeanyc.com. New York Theatre: TOSOS Doric Wilson’s Street Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club , 4 shows at the Mint Theatre. Regional: Fiddler (Goodspeed, the MUNY), Noises Off (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Into The Woods (Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse) also Tartuffe at Westport. He is the perennial “Scrooge” for the the 2300 seat Hanover Theater ,Worcester, MA. Recent TV: Dickinson, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue. Film credits: the original Critters, work with Stephen Daldry, Ron Howard and Brian DePalma. His one man Tennessee Williams shows have received international critical acclaim. His Cabaret Verboten was produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well s at CSC and, around the country , In Sweden and in London.. His plays Arsenals and Uncommon Ground have been prouduced in major regional theatre productions. jeremylawrence. net

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Jordan Barbour

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

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

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Kim Wong

Kim Wong has performed in over 30 productions of Shakespeare plays in her...

Kim Wong has performed in over 30 productions of Shakespeare plays in her lifetime, playing 66 roles in 18 of the plays in the cannon. Highlights include: Henry V (The Public); Henry VI (NAATCO – Drama Desk nomination); King Lear (Guthrie); Hamlet (St. Louis Rep); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger); All’s Well That Ends Well (Triad Stage); Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington); Romeo and Juliet (PSF Tour). Other Off-Broadway credits include: The Hard Problem (Lincoln Center); Promising (InProximity); A Man For All Seasons (AMFAS); Red Flamboyant (Firebone). TV/Film: “Night Time” (CW); “The Deuce” (HBO); “Wizard of Lies” (HBO); “Blue Bloods” (CBS); “Deception” (NBC). Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Accidental Shakespeare Company, 2010-14. BFA: NYU.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Lisa Wolpe

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

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

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Mhari Sandoval

A native New Yorker, Mhari has acted in five Shakespeare festivals, with...

A native New Yorker, Mhari has acted in five Shakespeare festivals, with four repertory companies, including five seasons in the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as creating characters in several world premieres. Favorite roles include Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler), Margaret (Trust), and especially Kate (Taming of the Shrew) and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), both opposite her husband. Active in the voice-over industry, she’s recorded scores of television and radio ads, animated shows, an audiobook, and was the narrator for six seasons on “Deadly Sins” (Investigation Discovery.) She played the voice of the Neberdine recruiter on “Maniac” with Jonah Hill (Netflix), as well as that of “Dame Judy Stench” on the Nat Geo Red Carpet Special. A proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, she serves on multiple committees, and is the chair of the Commercial Voice Over Work Group, working to preserve and strengthen both unions in a changing marketplace. mharisandoval.com

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Michael Sharon

Michael Sharon has performed in 25 productions of 20 of Shakespeare’s plays...

Michael Sharon has performed in 25 productions of 20 of Shakespeare’s plays at the Folger Theater, the Oregon, Utah, and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, Connecticut Repertory Theater, London’s West End, the Los Angeles Theater Center, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC. Favorite roles include Leontes, Macbeth, Pericles, Theseus/Oberon, Orsino, Aufidius, and Mark Antony in both JULIUS CAESAR and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. Michael has played El Gallo in numerous productions of THE FANTASTICKS, including the historic Off-Broadway production, and originated the role of Basilius in HEAD OVER HEELS at OSF. Other favorite roles include Vronsky in ANNA KARENINA, Rochester in JANE EYRE, Starbuck in THE RAINMAKER, Emile DeBecque in SOUTH PACIFIC, and Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Broadway World and Carbonell Award nominations). Other theaters include Goodspeed, Long Wharf, NYCity Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Wilma, and the York (NYC). Michael is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and received classical training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

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Nat Cassidy

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

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

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Priscilla Villanueva

Stage Manager

Priscilla Villanueva is a Brooklyn based Stage Manager. Her recent Off-Broadway...

Priscilla Villanueva is a Brooklyn based Stage Manager. Her recent Off-Broadway credits include: CULLUD WATTAH (The Public Theatre), NEUROSIS (DR2 Theatre), GALATEA OR WHATEVER YOU BE (The Women’s Project), LOCUSTS HAVE NO KING (INTAR THEATRE). She has worked with many great theatre companies such as Bushwick Starr, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Playwrights Realm, and The Public Theatre just to name a few. She is happy to be on board as one of the PSM’s On Play On!
Peace & Love

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Peter Van Norden

Peter Van Norden won the 2018 L.A. Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Drama...

Peter Van Norden won the 2018 L.A. Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in Harold Pinter’s THE HOTHOUSE for the Antaeus Thr. Co. This past summer he understudied Tom Hanks and performed the role of ‘Falstaff’ in HENRY IV, Parts I & II at Shakespeare Center LA . Most recently he played ‘Ben Franklin’ in 1776 and ‘R.F. Simpson’ in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at the La Mirada Thr. Co. At The Rubicon Thr. in Ventura, Ca., he has played ‘Wilhelm Furtwvangler’ in Ron Harwood’s TAKING SIDES, ‘Neils Bohr’ in Michael Frayn’s COPENHAGEN, and, for three years, ‘Ebeneezer Scrooge’ in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Peter was the first American actor to play the title role in Mike Bartlett’s KING CHARLES III at Arizona Thr. Co. In his native NYC: LITTLE JOHNNY JONES (with Donny Osmond), HAMLET (with both Kevin Kline and Sam Waterston), JUNGLE OF CITIES (with Al Pacino), HENRY V (with Meryl Streep), and SAINT JOAN (with Lynn Redgrave). Included among his dozens of film and TV roles are leads opposite Oscar winner Jodie Foster in THE ACCUSED, as Steve Guttenberg’s inept partner in POLICE ACADEMY 2 and as ‘Ralph Brentner’ in the Stephen King mini-series, THE STAND. petervannorden.com

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TaTyana Smith

Assistant Stage Manager

TaTyana Smith is a stage manager and actress from Brooklyn. She graduated...

TaTyana Smith is a stage manager and actress from Brooklyn. She graduated from the City College of New York with a B.A in Theater. She’s worked with the New Ohio Theatre, the Beckett Theatre and Theatre for the New City. Her off- Broadway credits include: Porto and Cullud Wattah. TaTyana thanks her friends and family for their support.

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Tony Torn

Recent Stage: Sam in Triplight at Joe’s Pub; Paul Swan in Paul Swan...

Recent Stage: Sam in Triplight at Joe’s Pub; Paul Swan in Paul Swan is Dead and Gone at Torn Page; Franklin in The Fat Lady Sings at La Mama ETC; Celedon in Ruffles, or, A Progression of Rakes at The Tank; Mother/Cyclops?Ensemble in Venus at The Signature Theatre; Ubu in Ubu Sings Ubu at Abron Arts Center, The Slipper Room, American Repertory Theater @ The Oberon, B.B. Kings and The Highline Ballroom; Rusty Trawler in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Cort Theater on Broadway. Known for his work with experimental theater legends Reza Abdoh and Richard Foreman, Tony manages Torn Page, a private event space and classroom named for his parents Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. www.tornpage.org www.tonytorn.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.
Pronouns: she/her or they/them

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Lue Morgan Douthit

CEO and Creative Director

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

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

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Taylor Bailey

Associate Creative Director

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

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

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

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Summer Martin

Director of Learning Engagement

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

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

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

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Sally Cade Holmes

Line Producer

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

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

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Hannah Lang

Assistant Line Producer

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

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

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Matt Hagemeier

Assistant Festival Producer

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

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