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The Tempest on O!


presents

The Tempest

A Digital “First Reads” Production
Streaming on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s O! Platform

by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation
by Kenneth Cavander

Reading Director: Nicholas C. Avila

Reading Dramaturgy: Kristin Leahey

Original Dramaturgy: Christian Parker

Co-Producer: Sally Cade Holmes, Holmes Productions

Stage Manager: Priscilla Villanueva

Zoom Producer: Keyanna “Key” Alexander

Video Editor: Ben Charles

Cast

by order of appearance

Steven Sapp
Captain, Juno

Lauren Modica
Bosun

Tyrone Kenneth Wilson
Alonso

Al Espinosa
Antonio

Michael J. Hume
Gonzalo

Jimmy Kieffer
Sebastian

Jonathan Luke Stevens
Sailor 1, Iris

Royer Bockus
Sailor 2, Adrian, Ceres

Grace Chan Ng
Miranda

Amy Kim Waschke
Prospero

Rodney Gardiner
Ariel

Fidel Gomez
Caliban

William Thomas Hodgson
Ferdinand

Amy Lizardo
Trinculo

James Ryen
Stephano

Preston Mead
Stage Directions, Sailor

Dan Lin
Stage Directions, Sailor

Produced in partnership with

For Play On Shakespeare
Lue Douthit, Creative Director and CEO
Kamílah Long, Managing Director
Taylor Bailey, Associate Creative Director
Summer Martin, Director of Learning Engagement

Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director
David Schmitz, Executive Director
as part of Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare


Play On Shakespeare is supported by a generous grant from the Hitz Foundation.

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Kenneth Cavander

Playwright, Tempest, Timon of Athens

Kenneth Cavander began his theatre career in England at London’s Royal...

Kenneth Cavander began his theatre career in England at London’s Royal Court Theatre, as Assistant to Director George Devine on Chekhov’s Platonov, starring Rex Harrison. Subsequently he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, translating and co-adapting with John Barton a three-evening cycle of plays based on ten Greek tragedies, The Greeks. Meanwhile, starting as assistant to film director Carol Reed, and later in the story department of the Rank Organization, he began writing for BBC television. Among his assignments was an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s science fiction story, The Machine Stops., recently reissued in DVD by the British Film Institute as part of the celebrated series Out of the Unknown. More recently, his television drama, Beyond Narnia, was aired on the BBC in 2007, and his film biography, Florence Nightingale, received a BAFTA nomination in 2009. His U.S. television work has ranged from The File on Jill Hatch, a three-part co- production of Channel Thirteen and the BBC, to movies of the week for CBS and NBC. Among his television documentaries are the award-winning, Beyond Hate, with Bill Moyers, and a one-hour special on Robert Motherwell for the long-running series, American Masters. Continuing his work in theatre in the U.S., his plays and adaptations have been represented on and off Broadway, and in many regional theatres. He was a founding director of the Williamstown Theatre Second Company, where he wrote and directed several productions, including the musical Boccaccio (with composer Richard Peaslee), later produced at Washington’s Arena Stage, and on Broadway. He also developed the original workshop version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. Returning to the Arena Stage, his adaptation of six classical dramas, telling the story of King Agamemnon and his daughters, opened the 2001-2002 season there. His one-act opera for family audiences, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also with music by Richard Peaslee, originally produced at Lincoln Center, had a successful revival later off-Broadway in New York. His reworking of the many legends surrounding the mythical character of Oedipus, The Curse of Oedipus, received a 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Cicle nomination for writing. He has completed two projects for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s PLAYON versions of Shakespeare plays, Timon of Athens (2014), and The Tempest (2017), both produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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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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Nicholas C. Avila

Reading Director

Nicholas is a freelance director currently based in the San Francisco Bay...

Nicholas is a freelance director currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicholas has directed and or developed plays at theatres that include: The Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Foundation, The Chance Theater, The Magic Theatre, and Son of Semele Ensemble to name a few. Prior to the Covid closures, Nicholas was scheduled to direct Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Elizabethan season with many of these wonderful actors that participated in this reading. Nicholas is very grateful to have had the opportunity to gather with such a talented group of artists made possible by the generosity and vision of Play On Shakespeare! Many thanks to all who participated and made this possible including but not limited to Lue Douthit, Taylor Bailey, and Sally Cade Holmes. The grandness of their gesture to allow us this opportunity to read for you cannot be understated. Nicholas is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Directing Program.

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Kristin Leahey

Reading Dramaturg

Kristin Leahey served as the Director of New Works at Seattle Repertory Theatre,...

Kristin Leahey served as the Director of New Works at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Resident Dramaturg at Northlight Theatre, and, prior to that post, the Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has freelanced as an artist with the O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Orlando Shakes, LA’s Ammo Theatre Company, Providence’s Trinity Repertory Theatre, NY’s Primary Stages, NY’s Classical Stage Company, Playwrights’ Center, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, MN’s Jungle Theater, WA’s Village Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Lark, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Victory Gardens Theater, American Theatre Company, Collaboraction, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Redmoon, Boston’s New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival, Teatro Luna, Teatro Vista (artistic associate), Steep Theatre Company (ensemble), and A Red Orchid Theatre, among others. She is an Assistant Professor, Dramatic Literature & Dramaturgy at Boston University and holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She serves as the co-editor of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas official journal REVIEW. And Leahey is a Producer with the WP 2020-22 Lab in New York City. She likes to hike; her selfie is from Lake Louise in Alberta.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.bu.edu
Twitter: @KristinLeahey
Instagram: @kristinleahey
Facebook: @KristinLeahey

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Christian Parker

Dramaturg, The Tempest

Christian Parker is a director and dramaturg. He  has just completed a seven...

Christian Parker is a director and dramaturg. He  has just completed a seven year stint as Chair of the MFA Theatre program at Columbia University, where he also oversees the Dramaturgy concentration. He was the Associate Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company from 2001-2014, and served as the Literary Manager of Manhattan Theatre Club for several seasons. He is a founding member of the new itinerant theatre company, New Neighborhood, where he is developing a new show with the theatrical band The Petersons. Notable directing projects include plays by Tina Howe, David Hare, Leslie Ayvazian, Jeff Whitty, Ken Weitzman, Marco Ramirez, David Auburn, Cusi Cram, Rolin Jones, and Laura Eason. He was the resident director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and has developed work with the O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Labs, New Harmony, Gulfshore Playhouse and Perry-Mansfield, among others. He is a past Tony nominator. BA, Middlebury College. MFA, Columbia.

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Company

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Steven Sapp

Captain, Juno

Co-Founder/Core Member of UNIVERSES since 1995

Playwriting/Acting...

Co-Founder/Core Member of UNIVERSES since 1995

Playwriting/Acting credits include: AmericUS (Directed/Developed by Joan Herrington); UNISON (Directed/Developed by Robert O’Hara); PARTY PEOPLE (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); AMERIVILLE (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); The Denver Project (Director Dee Covington); One Shot in Lotus Position (Director Bonnie Metzger); BLUE SUITE (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); SLANGUAGE (Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); RHYTHMICITY (Playwright/Actor/Director); THE RIDE (Playwright/Actor/Director). Acting only credits include: The Comedy of Errors (Directed by Kent Gash). Directing only credits include: Passover by Antoinette Nwandu (Director); SWOPERA by Carpetbag Theatre (Director); Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (Director); THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOSS (Assistant Director to Chay Yew); Will Powers’ THE SEVEN (Director-The Univ. of Iowa); Alfred Jarry’s UBU: Enchained (Director-Teatre Polski, Poland). Awards/Affiliations: 2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program recipient; 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (Theatre); Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company Member (3 Seasons:’12-‘14); 2008 U.S. Cultural Ambassador w/ the U.S. State Dept./Jazz at Lincoln Center – Rhythm Road Tour; 2008 TCG Peter Zeisler Award; 2002 TCG National Directors Award; 2002-2004 and 1999-2001 TCG National Theater Artist Residency Program Award; 1998 and 2002 BRIO Awards (Bronx Recognizes its own-Performance); Van Lier Fellowship w/ New Dramatists; Co-Founder of The Point CDC; New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect; BARD College, BA ’89 – Theater. Publications: UNIVERSES’ The Revolution will be Live! (2021 release- TCG Books); SLANGUAGE in The Fire This Time (TCG Books); BLUE SUITE in The Goodman Theatre’s Festival Latino – Six Plays (Northwestern University Press); PARTY PEOPLE in The Manifesto Anthology (Rain City Projects- Fall 2014); Featured on the covers of American Theater Magazine 2004 and The Source Magazine 2000. Member: Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Universes Website: www.universesonstage.com

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Lauren Modica

Bosun

Lauren Modica is elated to have the chance to play with Nick, the Cast, Lue...

Lauren Modica is elated to have the chance to play with Nick, the Cast, Lue and Play On! A four-season veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has been seen as the Cheshire Cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Glendower and Judge Silence in ‘Henry 1V: Parts I and II’, Widow in ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’, and Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Based in Portland, she’s appeared on Portland Center Stage and Artist’s Repertory theater and many others. Gratitude and love to all she loves.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.lauren-modica.com
Twitter: @laurenmodica
Instagram: @lolomodica

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Tyrone Kenneth Wilson

Alonso

Tyrone Wilson is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where he received...

Tyrone Wilson is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where he received his MFA in Acting and Middlebury College earning BA Honor Degrees in Theatre and Psychology. Theatre audiences have seen Tyrone in the European Tour of Ajax directed by Peter Sellars, on Broadway in Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith and the US Tour with Julie Harris. Off Broadway he was part of the RAPP Theatre Center in various productions, Theatre for New Audience, NY Public Theater and Circle in Square Theatre. Tyrone has performed in numerous Regional Theaters. In 26 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Mr. Wilson has appeared 50 productions; creating nearly 60 roles.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Chautauqua Center Website
Facebook: @tyrone.k.wilson

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Al Espinosa

Antonio

In ten seasons at OSF: Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream;...

In ten seasons at OSF: Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Banquo, Macbeth; Parolles, All’s Well That Ends Well; Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza, Destiny of Desire; Luis Núñez Arista, The Way the Mountain Moved; Wessex, Shakespeare in Love; Pistol, The Merry Wives of Windsor; Joe Gargery, Great Expectations; Marcellus, Hamlet; Angie the Ox, Guys and Dolls; Edmond Dantès, The Count of Monte Cristo; Alonso, The Tempest; Rivers, Tyrrell, fight captain, Richard III;  Cloten, Cymbeline; Macduff, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; Trigorin, SeagullHenry IV, Part TwoThe Pirates of Penzance. Broadway: Getting Away with Murder (Broadhurst Theatre); Sacrilege (Belasco Theatre). Off-Broadway: Hippolito, Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre); Oliver, As You Like It; Orsino/Curio, Twelfth Night (The Public Theater/NYSF); others. Regional: Lenny, Of Mice and Men; Juan Julian, Anna in the Tropics (Pasadena Playhouse); Tomas Santos, Santos & Santos (Dallas Theater Center), others. Film/TV:Che, Path to Paradise, Love Fifteen (webseries), Law & Order:LA, Undercovers, Royal Pains, Law & Order, Law & Order:SVU, iCarly, 30Rock, Numb3rs, House (recurring), NCIS, Century City, Fidel, Diagnosis: Murder, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Cosby. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama; BFA, SMU.
Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Michael J. Hume

Gonzalo

28 Seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, roles include Cymbeline, Friar...

28 Seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, roles include Cymbeline, Friar Laurence, Macbeth, Sir Toby Belch, Autolycus; more recently Senator Everett Dirksen, et al. in ALL THE WAY/THE GREAT SOCIETY (premier) at Seattle Rep, OSF; Helicanus/The Bawd in PERICLES (OSF, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Guthrie Theatre). Seasons at the American Conservatory Theatre, SF, and South Coast Rep. Hartford Stage, Kennedy Center, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Clarence Brown, Marin Shakespeare, Pittsburg Public Theatre, International Theatre of Vienna, etc. Co-Founder of Capital Rep in Albany, NY, 10 seasons as actor, Conservatory Director, and directed productions of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, etc. New York City: Roles at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights’ Horizon, Manhattan Punchline, New Dramatists, Circle Rep Lab, Lucille Lortel, The Orpheum, HB Studios, study with Uta Hagen. Co-Author (with Malcolm Hillgartner/Jahnna Beecham): THEY CAME FROM WAY OUT THERE!, DOGPARK (Milwaukee Rep, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Hope Summer Rep); PARCEL FROM AMERICA (Irish Theatre of Chicago); THE MAGICIAN’S SECRET (Commissioned by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, NC and Orlando Rep, pending productions post-vaccines). Michael has been in seven productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and is 9 plays shy of completing The Canon.
Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Jimmy Kieffer

Sebastian

Off-Broadway: Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages); Charles...

Off-Broadway: Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages); Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol (Canal Park Playhouse). Regional: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Maurice in Ever After, Ben Davis in Nick’s Flamingo Grill, others (Alliance Theatre); Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened . . . (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Ed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Repertory Theatre St. Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Luther Billis in South Pacific (Guthrie Theater); Squash in Victor/Victoria (Theatre Under the Stars); Brian in Avenue Q (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Charles Dickens/John Allan in The Completely Fictional . . .Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Acres in The Rivals (Baltimore Center Stage); Rosenberg/Venticello in Amadeus, Ross in Macbeth (Chautauqua Theatre); Pap Finn in Big River, Frank Lubey in All My Sons, Lane/Merriman in The Importance of Being Earnest, Touchstone in As You Like It, Carl in Opus, Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, John Browdie/Sir Mulberry Hawk in Nicholas Nickleby (PlayMakers Repertory Company). Film/TV: Ocean’s Eight, Ricki and the Flash, A Place Apart, Criminal Minds, others. Training: MFA in Acting, UNC Chapel Hill.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Website: www.jimmykieffer.com
Twitter: @TheJimmyKieffer
Instagram: @jimkieffer
Facebook: The Jimmy Kieffer

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Jonathan Luke Stevens

Sailor 1, Iris

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream;...

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mariner/Ensemble in The Tempest* (*originally scheduled for 2020), Link Larkin in Hairspray; Rynaldo in All’s Well That Ends Well; Ado Andy in Oklahoma!; Marcus, Boy Hamlet, Crier, Horatio in The Book of Will; Valentine, Adam, Peter, Ensemble in Shakespeare in Love; Terror #7/Soldier in UniSon; Valentine in Twelfth Night; Ensemble in The Wiz; Society Max, Gambler, Ensemble in Guys and Dolls; Ensemble in Head Over Heels.

Other theatres: Pepper in Mamma Mia!, Ensemble in Holiday Inn (5th Avenue Theater); Car Talk: The Musical (Central Square Theatre); Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (Ocean State Theater Company); Ensemble/Sid Phillips in Singin’ in the Rain (New Bedford Festival Theater); Cobwebb in The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theater); Reynaldo/First Sailor in Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare); A Matter of Life and Death (Northwestern University National High School Institute).

Education: BFA in Theatre, The Boston Conservatory

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Instagram: @jlstevens

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Royer Bockus

Sailor 2, Adrian, Ceres

In five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (selected credits): Laurey...

In five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (selected credits): Laurey in Oklahoma!, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helena in All’s Well that Ends Well, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Rapunzel in Into the Woods. Other Theatres: Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Trinity Repertory Company), Peter Pan, The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Into the Woods (The Wallis Annenberg Center), Fly By Night (The Jungle)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.royerbockus.com
Instagram: @royerbockus

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Grace Chan Ng

Miranda

Grace Chan Ng is a Los Angeles based actor, originally hailing from the Bay...

Grace Chan Ng is a Los Angeles based actor, originally hailing from the Bay Area. Theatre credits include Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Hana in The Great Wave (American premiere) (Berkeley Rep); Kim in F*ck Miss Saigon (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep); Stuff/Senses (understudy) in Everybody (California Shakespeare Theater); Ester in Dry Land, Wilhelm in The Black Rider (Shotgun Players); Min Li in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (world premiere) (Bay Area Children’s Theatre); Junhee in You for Me for You (Crowded Fire Theater); Jeanie in Hair (Bay Area Musicals); Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Berkeley Playhouse); Estrella in Life is a Dream (Cutting Ball Theater); Miranda in Bagyo (TheatreFIRST); Noreen in Faulted (FoolsFURY Theater Company).
Training: BA in Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University; Circle in the Square Theatre; American Conservatory Theatre, Beverly Hills Playhouse, others.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.gracechanng.com
Instagram: @gracechanng

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Amy Kim Waschke

Prospero

Amy Kim Waschke was most recently seen at the Geffen Playhouse in their production...

Amy Kim Waschke was most recently seen at the Geffen Playhouse in their production of REVENGE SONG: A Vampire Cowboys Creation. The LA Times called her performance “vibrantly dangerous” and applauded her “theatrical ferocity.” Ms. Waschke received her MFA from the University of Washington, training under Jon Jory, Catherine Madden, and Steve Pearson. After graduate school she moved to New York where she worked regularly with the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, lead by playwright Qui Nguyen (Disney’s RAYA) and director Robert Ross Parker. Ms. Waschke was the lead in many of their raucous, irreverent, comic book-style comedies. In 2012, she met director, playwright and MacArthur Genius, Mary Zimmerman, and toured the US and China as the titular character in Zimmerman’s epic play THE WHITE SNAKE. Ms. Waschke is also a proud company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival where favorite roles include Hermione in THE WINTER’S TALE, Huong in VIETGONE, Emilia in OTHELLO, and Lady Macbeth in MACBETH.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.amykimw.com
Instagram: @akwaschke

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Rodney Gardiner

Ariel

Rodney Gardiner is a ten season veteran of OSF, playing major roles in many...

Rodney Gardiner is a ten season veteran of OSF, playing major roles in many shows including Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Guys & Dolls, and several world premieres. Regionally, Gardiner has also worked at Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, and Kirk Douglas Theater. He is also a member of Waterwell Theater Company. In 2021, Gardiner will be featured in a recurring role on OWN.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Instagram: @thetalentedmrgardiner

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Fidel Gomez

Caliban

Mr Gomez is an LA based Chicano Actor/Director. He was born and raised in...

Mr Gomez is an LA based Chicano Actor/Director. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles. His TV credits include: Grey’s Anatomy/HBOs Walkout/NCIS
Theatrically Mr Gomez has worked at The Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Denver Center Theatre, and OSF. Mr. Gomez is currently a guest lecturer at the UCLA school of Theatre Film and Television.

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William Thomas Hodgson

Ferdinand

In three seasons at OSF: Ferdinand, The Tempest*; Demetrius, A Midsummer...

In three seasons at OSF: Ferdinand, The Tempest*; Demetrius, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Malcolm, Macbeth; Stokes, How to Catch Creation; Romeo, Romeo and Juliet; Dumaine, Love’s Labor’s Lost. (*originally scheduled for 2020)

Other theatres: Dr. Fowler Greenhill in It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep); Eamon Jameson in Calligraphy (TheatreWorks); Silvius in As You Like It (California Shakespeare Theater); BJJ in An Octoroon (Mixed Blood); James Hemmings in Thomas and Sally (Marin Theatre Company), Charlotte in I Am My Own Wife (Ubuntu Theater Project); Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), El Jonny in El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse/San Diego Repertory Theatre); Puck (understudy) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (PCPA); Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical (Berkeley Playhouse); Bart Simpson in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (UCSD); Louis in Angels in America (Santa Fe University of Art and Design).

Achievements: Founding Co-Artistic Director, Ubuntu Theater Project; BroadwayWorld Award/Best Actor; Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award/Best Actor and Outstanding Direction.

Training: MFA in Acting, UCSD; SFUAD; PCPA.

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Twitter: @ohemglob
Instagram: @ohemglob
Facebook: @WilliamThomasHodgson

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Amy Lizardo

Trinculo

Amy Lizardo is an actor, singer and teaching artist who most recently appeared...

Amy Lizardo is an actor, singer and teaching artist who most recently appeared in Arena Stages production of Mother Road. Amy was a member of the 2019 and 2020 Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s acting company; she was slated to appear in The Tempest and Bernhardt/Hamlet. She appeared in the 2019 premiere productions of Octavio Solis’ Mother Road and La Comedia of Errors. As a former Bay Area based actor Amy worked with American Conservatory Theatre (A Christmas Carol, Men on Boats, The Unfortunates), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Party People), California Shakespeare Theatre (Quixote Nuevo, The Tempest), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Simple Gifts, and many more! Amy received her MA in Theatre from San Jose State University.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram: @amylizardo

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James Ryen

Stephano

Most recently appeared on ABC’s American Housewife. Wants you to: Support...

Most recently appeared on ABC’s American Housewife. Wants you to: Support the Arts, wear a mask, support small, local businesses, go ahead and enjoy another dessert, know you look great in that outfit, and know how appreciated you are for supporting Play On, OSF, and the theatre!
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Website: www.jamesryen.com
Twitter: @JamesRyen
Instagram: @james_ryen
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Preston Mead

Stage Directions, Sailor

Preston Mead has appeared in Great Expectations, Shakespeare In Love, Hairspray!,...

Preston Mead has appeared in Great Expectations, Shakespeare In Love, Hairspray!, and Peter And The Starcatchers at OSF. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been his home for the past four years and is grateful to have been a part of this reading.
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Instagram: @prestonmead_

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Dan Lin

Stage Directions, Sailor

An actor, singer and producer, Dan Lin is a proud native of Gaithersburg,...

An actor, singer and producer, Dan Lin is a proud native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, “one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S.” He was most recently seen in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season as Prentiss in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.

Chicago theater credits include ROMEO AND JULIET with The Family Crest (Jacaranda Collective); WOLF PLAY (Gift Theatre); UNITED FLIGHT 232 (House Theatre of Chicago); SUPPORT GROUP FOR MEN, KING OF THE YEES, THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS (Goodman Theatre); CHIMERICA (Timeline Theatre); MISS SAIGON (Paramount Theatre); JULIUS CAESAR (Chicago Shakes); THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Lifeline)

Regional theatre: AMERICAN HWANGAP (Interlochen Shakespeare Festival); THE WHITE SNAKE (The Old Globe 2015, Goodman Theatre 2014)

Dan is an Executive Producer on the independent feature film FLORA, where his portrayal of Matsudaira Basho won him a Best Supporting Actor award from Miami International Sci-Fi- Film Festival. FLORA has also received multiple awards across different festivals in America and Europe, and is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

Other credits include several guest star appearances on UTOPIA, THE BRAVE, CHICAGO MED, and CHICAGO PD, as well as VO work for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s picture SKYSCRAPER.

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Instagram: @dlinpls
Dan Lin on YouTube

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Sally Cade Holmes

Co-Producer

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

SALLY CADE HOLMES is a Tony Award-winning producer. Broadway: Hadestown (Tony Award), The Inheritance, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Anastasia. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors and Puffs (or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic). Sally Cade also works with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Play On! Shakespeare as a Line Producer. Past credits include Dylan Frederick’s Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s AntFest), Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Ryan J. Haddad’s Hi, Are You Single (2015 Hot! Festival and 2016 Under The Radar). She collaborated with Les Freres Corbusier to produce Here’s Hoover! directed by Alex Timbers. She spent five years as the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Visit, It’s Only A Play) and served as the Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other companies that she’s collaborated with include: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Keen Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Sans A Productions, and TheatreWorks USA. Sally Cade is a Master of Arts Administration candidate at Boston University and received her BS in Theatre Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Evansville.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: www.sallycadeholmes.com
Instagram: @sally_cade

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Priscilla Villanueva

Stage Manager

Priscilla Villanueva *(AEA) Stage Manager – Her recent credits include...

Priscilla Villanueva *(AEA) Stage Manager – Her recent credits include INTAR Theatre, Theatre of the New City, The Kraine Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Pipeline Theatre Company The Public Theatre & Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Peace & Love.
Pronouns: She/Her; They/Them
Instagram: @villanueva.priscilla

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Keyanna "Key" Alexander

Zoom Producer

Keyanna Alexander (She/Her) is an early career theatre maker, concentrating...

Keyanna Alexander (She/Her) is an early career theatre maker, concentrating in directing and playwriting. She graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2018. Her recent work has been with Women’s Theatre Festival, Theatre Unmasked and Theatre Breaking Through Barriers. Before the pandemic, Keyanna worked at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, but is currently working remotely from her hometown, Shallotte NC and intermittently making new material. She discusses the intersection of identity and arts advocacy through her talk show, Theatre’s NOT Dead with Keyanna Alexander, which updates every Tuesday on YouTube.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Website: https://ko-fi.com/theatresnotdead
Instagram: @aww.keeks
Theatre’s Not Dead YouTube Channel

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Ben Charles

Video Editor

Ben is thrilled to support the Play On team as video editor for the “First...

Ben is thrilled to support the Play On team as video editor for the “First Reads” series. He is a huge fan of Play On and their core mission. Ben is an artist in many capacities. He currently lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and son.
Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Further Reading

Kenneth Cavander on The Tempest

Read an essay written by Kenneth Cavander about his process translating “The Tempest”.

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Good Tickle Brain Synopsis

Who needs a five-act structure? See what The Tempest 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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