Final Chance to See Orlando Pabotoy’s Tour De Force Performance in Self- Penned SESAR

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

Ma-Yi Theater Company’s World Premiere of SESAR, written by and performed by Orlando Pabotoy in his playwrighting debut, ends limited run tonight.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Richard Feldman, SESAR began previews on October 20, opened October 24  and ends limited run tonight on Theatre Row at The Beckett (410 W 42nd St). Tickets to “SESAR,” are available through TODAYTIX. Check every morning at 10am.Or go to Telechargeoffers.com and use CODE TRMOCAPRE for 20% off during previews. Or TRMOCAREG for 20% off during the regular run.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT “SESAR”
Born to a Filipino father and American mother, Pabotoy grew up in Bohol, a province that is part of the cluster of islands in the Philippines known as the Visayas Region. When he was 15, while watching television, Orlando caught a show with Christopher Plummer delivering a speech from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” In SESAR, the teenager locks himself in the only family bathroom to dive head-first into the world of ancient Rome, determined to make sense of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The boy’s father, a former town mayor now exiled because of his democratic beliefs, joins his son in the bathroom, and using his own experiences, teaches him real-life lessons about power, love, and loss.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

With Set and Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, Lighting Design by Oliver Wason, Sound Design by Fabian Obispo, Projection Design by Dan Scully and Rachael Gass as Production Stage Manager.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

Check out what the critics have to say:

“…a moving solo show of personal memoir smartly written and performed with élan by Orlando Pabotoy. As a young Filipino boy seduced by Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, this play is the sweet and profound story of how that text bonded a son and father together during a time of political strife in Asia.” —Stage Left

“Director Richard Feldman and his production team build the atmosphere around him via vivid screen projections on the stark white walls of designer @jhgeorgialee Junghyun Georgia Lee’s set, quick blackouts that speed up time, then an extended blackout where it is easy to believe there are two actors on stage conversing. And yes, having staged a show entirely in a bathroom, Feldman could not resist an homage to the shower scene in Psycho.” –frontrowcenter.com

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

“Portraying both father and son, as well as a variety of other Shakespearean and contemporary characters, Pabotoy displays impressive linguistic and physical skills. He rails in pantomime against the winds of a hurricane, magically shrinks to boy-size then grows to manhood and back again. He speaks, or hypnotically whispers or sings, not only in modern and Shakespearean English, but also in Fijian and Visayan.”_Theatre Guide

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

“Musical interludes, crashing thunder and battle noises are adeptly depicted by sound designer Fabian Obispo. Oliver Wason’s striking lighting design veers from realism to fantasy with its fluctuations. Stylized footage of the Philippines, hurricanes, and news broadcasts are the chief features of Dan Scully’s mesmerizing projection design.

Filled with sentiment, Sesar is an uplifting and engaging experience.” THEATERSCENE

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

Orlando Pabotoy “ is sunshine after the rain. He ignites the stage –you can see this is his home and he radiates the inner glow of an artist born to tell stories that shake worlds and heal wounds and mend hearts. He is completely brilliant.” _Stage Biz

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Orlando Pabotoy debuts as a Playwright with Ma-Yi Theater Company. His recent work as playwright includes That Beautiful Laugh and an adaptation of Goldoni’s The World In the Moon. His recent work in devising and creation of new works were in collaborations with projects such as The Object Lesson (NYTW, BAM, various International Festivals) Home (BAM, various International Festivals) by Geoff Soebelle and Holoscenes – a site specific art piece that deals with the Trauma of flooding by Lars Jan. Orlando Pabotoy was recently a movement director for NAATCO’s Henry the VI by Shakespeare. His professional works in performance, direction and choreography has been seen in (selected venues): NAATCO, Ma-Yi Theater, The Public, NYTW, Yale Rep, Met Opera, Kirk Douglas, The Guthrie. American Airlines Theater, TFANA, The Lake Lucille Project. Salzburg Festival (Austria). Orlando Pabotoy is a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, ITW (Amsterdam) and The Juilliard School. Awards: Obie Award (Magno Rubio with Ma-Yi), TCG Fox Fellowship Foundation.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Richard Feldman, Director, SESAR – Juilliard School of Drama – Specialty: Scene Study, Associate Director, Project Director
Richard Feldman was born in New York City and has directed productions including Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Rosmersholm, Fifth of July, Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, and Infinity’s House. He was formerly a teacher at H.B. Studio, is a founding member of the Vermont Ensemble Theater, and co-founder of the Dinosaur Theater. He attended Horace Mann School, holds a BA from Yale University, and did graduate studies at the American Conservatory Theater. Feldman joined the Drama Division faculty at Juilliard in 1987, became associate director in 2007, and has been acting director since 2016.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

The Drama Desk, Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company’s 2018 – 2019 Season features all-new American plays by Asian American Playwrights. After a breakout season with the award-winning success of the musical KPOP, and with the closing of Mike Lew’s highly praised Teenage Dick – Ma-Yi is presenting the productions of Sesar & The Chinese Lady in repertory at Theatre Row. Click here for more information.

Ma-Yi Theater Company has the distinction of being a primary incubator of new Asian American theater and the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the world.

Broadwayworld.com Photo Flash: Ma-Yi Presents World Premiere Of Orlando Pabotoy’s SESAR

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Ma-Yi Presents World Premiere of SESAR by Orlando Pabotoy, Opens October 24

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting the World Premiere of SESAR, written by and performed by Orlando Pabotoy, who previously acted with Ma-Yi, in his playwrighting debut, October 20 – November 1, 2018.  Helmed by Richard Feldman, SESAR is now in previews for a Wednesday, October 24 opening night on Theatre Row at The Beckett (410 W 42nd St). Tickets to “SESAR,” are available through TODAYTIX. Check every morning at 10am.Or go to Telechargeoffers.com and use CODE TRMOCAPRE for 20% off during previews. Or TRMOCAREG for 20% off during the regular run.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT “SESAR”
Born to a Filipino father and American mother, Pabotoy grew up in Bohol, a province that is part of the cluster of islands in the Philippines known as the Visayas Region. When he was 15, while watching television, Orlando caught a show with Christopher Plummer delivering a speech from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” In SESAR, the teenager locks himself in the only family bathroom to dive head-first into the world of ancient Rome, determined to make sense of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The boy’s father, a former town mayor now exiled because of his democratic beliefs, joins his son in the bathroom, and using his own experiences, teaches him real-life lessons about power, love, and loss.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

With Set and Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, Lighting Design by Oliver Wason, Sound Design by Fabian Obispo, Projection Design by Dan Scully and Rachael Gass as Production Stage Manager.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Orlando Pabotoy debuts as a Playwright with Ma-Yi Theater Company. His recent work as playwright includes That Beautiful Laugh and an adaptation of Goldoni’s The World In the Moon. His recent work in devising and creation of new works were in collaborations with projects such as The Object Lesson (NYTW, BAM, various International Festivals) Home (BAM, various International Festivals) by Geoff Soebelle and Holoscenes – a site specific art piece that deals with the Trauma of flooding by Lars Jan. Orlando Pabotoy was recently a movement director for NAATCO’s Henry the VI by Shakespeare. His professional works in performance, direction and choreography has been seen in (selected venues): NAATCO, Ma-Yi Theater, The Public, NYTW, Yale Rep, Met Opera, Kirk Douglas, The Guthrie. American Airlines Theater, TFANA, The Lake Lucille Project. Salzburg Festival (Austria). Orlando Pabotoy is a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, ITW (Amsterdam) and The Juilliard School. Awards: Obie Award (Magno Rubio with Ma-Yi), TCG Fox Fellowship Foundation.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Richard Feldman, Director, SESAR – Juilliard School of Drama – Specialty: Scene Study, Associate Director, Project Director
Richard Feldman was born in New York City and has directed productions including Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Rosmersholm, Fifth of July, Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, and Infinity’s House. He was formerly a teacher at H.B. Studio, is a founding member of the Vermont Ensemble Theater, and co-founder of the Dinosaur Theater. He attended Horace Mann School, holds a BA from Yale University, and did graduate studies at the American Conservatory Theater. Feldman joined the Drama Division faculty at Juilliard in 1987, became associate director in 2007, and has been acting director since 2016.

Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang

The Drama Desk, Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company’s 2018 – 2019 Season features all-new American plays by Asian American Playwrights. After a breakout season with the award-winning success of the musical KPOP, and with the closing of Mike Lew’s highly praised Teenage Dick – Ma-Yi is presenting the productions of Sesar & The Chinese Lady in repertory at Theatre Row. Click here for more information.

Ma-Yi Theater Company has the distinction of being a primary incubator of new Asian American theater and the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the world.

Broadwayworld.com Photo Flash: Ma-Yi Presents World Premiere Of Orlando Pabotoy’s SESAR

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Partying with the cast of NAATCO’s HENRY VI; Performances through September 8

The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang
David Shih, Sophia Skiles, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho, Ron Domingo and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang
David Shih, Sophia Skiles, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho, Ron Domingo and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, the All-Asian American cast of The National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO)’s production of Stephen Brown-Fried’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI  opened at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theaters (502 West 53rd Street at Tenth Avenue), with Part 2 opening tonight. The limited run of performances continue through September 8th. Check out all of the festivities below at The Distillery.

John D. Haggerty, James Seol, Paul Juhn, Rajesh Bose, Jon Norman Schneider, Kim Wong, David Huynh and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, James Seol, Paul Juhn, Rajesh Bose, Jon Norman Schneider, Kim Wong, David Huynh and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang

Brown-Fried helms a cast that features Rajesh Bose (Indian Ink, Disgraced), Ron Domingo (OBIE Award-winner for The Romance of Magno Rubio); John D. Haggerty (Les Miserables – Broadway and National Tour); Wai Ching Ho (Madame Gao in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix series “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”); David Huynh (No-No Boy – Pan Asian Rep, The Cherry Orchard – Moscow Art Theatre); Michelangelo Hyeon (NYC debut); Anna Ishida (Beowulf -A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig/Dave Malloy – featured in The New Yorker‘s “Top 12 Best Off-Broadway Shows”); Paul Juhn (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” The Good Person of Szechwan -The Public Theater/The Foundry Theatre; White Chocolate -The Culture Project); Vanessa Kai (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), Mahira Kakkar (TFNA’s Winter’s Tale), Mia Katigbak (Obie Award – Awake & Sing!; Lucille Lortel Award and Lee Reynolds Award from League of Professional Theatre Women; Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award); Jon Norman Schneider (House Rules – Ma-Yi, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater, The Oldest Boy – Lincoln Center Theater, Durango – Public Theater/NYSF), James Seol (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), David Shih (“Blindspot” – NBC, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres, Somebody’s Daughter – Second Stage, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater); Sophia Skiles (A Dream Play, The Seagull, The House of Bernarda Alba – NAATCO); and Kim Wong (The Public’s Henry V).

The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Nicole Slaven, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Toby Algya, and prop design by Ryo Tatsumi. Orlando Pabotoy and Kimiye Corwin are the movement directors. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

Kim Wong, Kimie Nishikawa, Reza Bejhat, Toby Algya, Ysabel Jasa, Rajesh Bose and Vanessa Kai. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, Kimie Nishikawa, Reza Bejhat, Toby Algya, Ysabel Jasa, Rajesh Bose and Vanessa Kai. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Juhn, Mia Katigbak and Stephen Brown-Fried. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Juhn, Mia Katigbak and Stephen Brown-Fried. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances for Part 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00; Part 2 will be performed Wednesday Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at 7:00. Tickets for all seats for all performances are $45, with special packages for both parts, and may be purchased at www.naatco.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

Kim Wong, Mia Katigbak and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, Mia Katigbak and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Kai, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho and Sophia Skiles. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Kai, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho and Sophia Skiles. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, Michelangelo Hyeon, Jon Norman Schneider, Paul Juhn, Ron Domingo, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh, Stephen Brown-Fried, James Seol and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, Michelangelo Hyeon, Jon Norman Schneider, Paul Juhn, Ron Domingo, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh, Stephen Brown-Fried, James Seol and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
James Seol, Marc de la Cruz, Lia Chang, Olivia Oguma and Daniel Velasco. Photo by Lia Chang
James Seol, Marc delaCruz, Lia Chang, Olivia Oguma and Daniel Velasco. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, David Shih, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh and Paul Juhn. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, David Shih, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh and Paul Juhn. Photo by Lia Chang
HENRY VI cast, creative and designers. Photo by Lia Chang
HENRY VI cast, creative and designers. Photo by Lia Chang

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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First Look: NAATCO’s HENRY VI

John D. Haggerty, Vanessa Kai, Ron Domingo, James Seol, David Huynh, David Shih. Photo Credit: William P. Steele

The National Asian American Theatre Company, kicks off their 28th season with Stephen Brown-Fried’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI. This Off-Broadway limited engagement at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theaters (502 West 53rd Street at Tenth Avenue) opens on Tuesday August 21st (Part 1) and Wednesday August 22nd (Part 2). Performances continue through September 8th only.

Photo Flash: First Look at NAATCO's HENRY VI
John D. Haggerty, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo Credit: William P. Steele

Brown-Fried helms a cast that features Rajesh Bose (Indian Ink, Disgraced), Ron Domingo (OBIE Award-winner for The Romance of Magno Rubio); John D. Haggerty (Les Miserables – Broadway and National Tour); Wai Ching Ho (Madame Gao in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix series “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”); David Huynh (No-No Boy – Pan Asian Rep, The Cherry Orchard – Moscow Art Theatre); Michelangelo Hyeon (NYC debut); Anna Ishida (Beowulf -A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig/Dave Malloy – featured in The New Yorker‘s “Top 12 Best Off-Broadway Shows”); Paul Juhn (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” The Good Person of Szechwan -The Public Theater/The Foundry Theatre; White Chocolate -The Culture Project); Vanessa Kai (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), Mahira Kakkar (TFNA’s Winter’s Tale), Mia Katigbak (Obie Award – Awake & Sing!; Lucille Lortel Award and Lee Reynolds Award from League of Professional Theatre Women; Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award); Jon Norman Schneider (House Rules – Ma-Yi, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater, The Oldest Boy – Lincoln Center Theater, Durango – Public Theater/NYSF), James Seol (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), David Shih (“Blindspot” – NBC, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres, Somebody’s Daughter – Second Stage, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater); Sophia Skiles (A Dream Play, The Seagull, The House of Bernarda Alba – NAATCO); and Kim Wong (The Public’s Henry V).

John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Jon Norman Schneider. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Jon Norman Schneider. Photo Credit: William P. Steele

Henry VI will have scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Nicole Slaven, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Toby Algya, and prop design by Ryo Tatsumi. Orlando Pabotoy and Kimiye Corwin will serve as movement directors. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

James Seol, John D. Haggerty, Rajesh Bose, Mahira Kakkar. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
James Seol, John D. Haggerty, Rajesh Bose, Mahira Kakkar. Photo Credit: William P. Steele

Performances for Part 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00; Part 2 will be performed Wednesday Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at 7:00. Tickets for all seats for all performances are $45, with special packages for both parts, and may be purchased at www.naatco.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

Jon Norman Schneider. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
Jon Norman Schneider. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
 David Huynh, David Shih, James Seol. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
David Huynh, David Shih, James Seol. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
John D. Haggerty, Vanessa Kai, Ron Domingo, James Seol, David Huynh, David Shih. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
John D. Haggerty, Vanessa Kai, Ron Domingo, James Seol, David Huynh, David Shih. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
Paul Juhn and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo Credit: William P. Steele
Paul Juhn and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo Credit: William P. Steele

NAATCO Presents HENRY VI, Shakespeare’s Trilogy In Two Parts, August 11 – September 8

The OBIE Award-winning NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Company, kicks off their 28th season with Stephen Brown-Fried’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI.

Brown-Fried directs a cast that will include Rajesh Bose (Indian Ink, Disgraced), Ron Domingo (OBIE Award-winner for The Romance of Magno Rubio); John D. Haggerty (Les Miserables – Broadway and National Tour); Wai Ching Ho (Madame Gao in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix series “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”); David Huynh (No-No Boy – Pan Asian Rep, The Cherry Orchard – Moscow Art Theatre); Michelangelo Hyeon (NYC debut); Anna Ishida (Beowulf -A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig/Dave Malloy – featured in The New Yorker’s “Top 12 Best Off-Broadway Shows”); Paul Juhn (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” The Good Person of Szechwan -The Public Theater/The Foundry Theatre; White Chocolate -The Culture Project); Vanessa Kai (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), Mahira Kakkar (TFNA’s Winter’s Tale), Mia Katigbak (Obie Award – Awake & Sing!; Lucille Lortel Award and Lee Reynolds Award from League of Professional Theatre Women; Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award); Jon Norman Schneider (House Rules – Ma-Yi, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater, The Oldest Boy – Lincoln Center Theater, Durango – Public Theater/NYSF), James Seol (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), David Shih (“Blindspot” – NBC, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres, Somebody’s Daughter – Second Stage, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater); Sophia Skiles (A Dream Play, The Seagull, The House of Bernarda Alba – NAATCO); and Kim Wong (The Public’s Henry V).

This Off-Broadway limited engagement at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street at Tenth Avenue) will begin August 11th, with Opening Nights set for August 21st (Part 1) and 22nd (Part 2). Performances continue through September 8th only.

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“Shakespeare’s Henry VI is the story of a great nation’s decent into barbarism and cruelty. It is a study of how the experience of a problematic foreign war erodes civil discourse at home, and how that erosion allows political self-interests to take hold and send a country hurtling into civil war. The play’s resonances with our world today are terrifying; it serves as a cautionary fable on the fragility of empire, and on the horrors that human beings are capable of enacting. The fact that this story will be told by NAATCO with an entirely Asian American cast vastly expands the project’s significance. A story can be made to resonate and radiate with new power when it’s told by actors who don’t look the way the audience may have expected the characters to look. It contributes to an ongoing nationwide examination of who we, as theatre-makers, endow with the right to speak for all of America,” said Mr. Brown-Fried.

Stephen Brown-Fried directed NAATCO’s award-winning production of Awake and Sing! (Walkerspace/The Public Theatre, Drama League Nomination: Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), as well as Macbeth (Northern Stage), Misalliance, All’s Well That Ends Well and Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing (Trinity Shakespeare) and other productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare and at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, as well as at training programs including The Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting, SMU/Meadows School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the Associate Director of Gingold Theatrical Group, where he created and leads the company’s Speakers’ Corner New Works Lab as well as the company’s education initiatives. He holds a BA in History and Drama from Stanford University, an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, is Head of Directing at The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama, and is a Lecturer in Directing at The Yale School of Drama.

Henry VI will have scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Nicole Slaven, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Toby Algya, and prop design by Brittany Coyne. Orlando Pabotoy and Kimiye Corwin will serve as movement directors. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

Under the leadership of Founding Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak and co-founder Richard Eng, NAATCO was founded in 1989 to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture by offering European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts; adaptations of these classics by Asian American Playwrights; and new plays – preferably world premieres – written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by all-Asian American casts. NAATCO puts into service its total commitment to Asian American theatre artists to more accurately represent onstage the multi- and inter-cultural dynamics of our society. By doing so, they demonstrate a rich tapestry of cultural difference bound by the American experience. The enrichment accrues to each different culture as well as to America as a whole. NAATCO performs this chosen repertory as written, with no forced Asian cultural associations. The repertory’s importance comes not only through the valuable training it provides for theatrical craft, but also from its ability to reach across ethnic boundaries to illuminate abiding characteristics of human nature. The superimposition of Asian faces on a non-Asian repertory, interpreted by artists using diverse and truly universal references to serve the text very faithfully, reflects and emphasizes the kinship among disparate cultures. “We do not say we are all the same, we say that we have quite large areas of understanding. We also say that affirmations of timeless values and new insights about old works can come from unexpected faces.” NAATCO was the recipient of the Obies’ Ross Wetzsteon Award, the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for their work “highlighting the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society” and the Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of its contribution toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in American theatre. For more information, visit www.naatco.org.

Performances for Part 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00; Part 2 will be performed Wednesday Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at 7:00. Tickets for all seats for all performances are $45, with special packages for both parts, and may be purchased at http://www.naatco.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

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Chukwudi Iwuji, Heather Lind, Corey Stoll, Alison Wright and More in Shakespeare in the Park Company of OTHELLO

Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of OTHELLO is currently running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through Sunday, June 24.

Corey Stoll and Thomas Schall. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Thomas Schall. Photo: Joan Marcus

OTHELLO is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The complete cast of OTHELLO features Peter Jay Fernandez (Duke of Venice); Motell Foster (Roderigo); Andrew Hovelson (Lodovico); Chukwudi Iwuji (Othello); David Kenner (Ensemble); Heather Lind (Desdemona); Tim Nicolai (Ensemble); Flor De Liz Perez (Bianca); Miguel Perez (Brabantio);Thomas Schall (Montano); Caroline Siewert (Ensemble); Corey Stoll (Iago); Babak Tafti (Cassio); Peter Van Wagner (Gratiano); and Alison Wright (Emilia). The non-equity ensemble will feature Kevin Rico Angulo, Christopher Cassarino, Lily Santiago, and Allen Tedder.

Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll. Photo: Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll. Photo: Joan Marcus

Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, OTHELLO.

Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll. Photo: Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll. Photo: Joan Marcus

OTHELLO features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair and wig design by Matthew B. Armentrout, music composition by Derek Wieland, fight direction by Thomas Schall, and movement direction by Adesola Osakalumi.

Chukwudi Iwuji and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Alison Wright. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Alison Wright. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Alison Wright, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Alison Wright, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Alison Wright. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Alison Wright. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
 Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Motell Foster. Photo: Joan Marcus
Corey Stoll and Motell Foster. Photo: Joan Marcus
Babak Tafti and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Babak Tafti and Heather Lind. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji. Photo: Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Alison Wright. Photo by Joan Marcus
Heather Lind and Alison Wright. Photo by Joan Marcus

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson to Helm OTHELLO at Shakespeare in the Park Starring Chukwudi Iwuji, Peter Jay Fernandez, Corey Stoll, Alison Wright, Flor De Liz Perez and More

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) is presenting the 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of OTHELLO beginning Tuesday, May 29 at the Delacorte Theater, continuing a 56-year tradition of free theater in Central Park. Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, OTHELLO will officially open on Monday, June 18 and will run through Sunday, June 24.

The complete cast of OTHELLO features Peter Jay Fernandez (Duke of Venice); Motell Foster (Roderigo); Andrew Hovelson (Lodovico);Chukwudi Iwuji (Othello); David Kenner (Ensemble); Heather Lind (Desdemona); Tim Nicolai (Ensemble); Flor De Liz Perez (Bianca); Miguel Perez (Brabantio); Thomas Schall (Montano); Caroline Siewert (Ensemble); Corey Stoll (Iago); Babak Tafti (Cassio); Peter Van Wagner (Gratiano); and Alison Wright (Emilia). The non-equity ensemble will feature Kevin Rico Angulo, Christopher Cassarino, Lily Santiago, and Allen Tedder.

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Free Shakespeare in the Park to direct a sumptuous new production of OTHELLO. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, OTHELLO.

OTHELLO will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Jessica Paz, and music composition by Derek Wieland.

The summer season will continue with a reimagined staging of the critically-acclaimed Public Works musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT (July 17-August 19), conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah. TWELFTH NIGHT will begin performances on Tuesday, July 17 and run through Sunday, August 19 with an official press opening on Tuesday, July 31.

Ato Blankson-Wood joins the cast of TWELFTH NIGHT in the role of “Orsino.” The previously announced TWELFTH NIGHT cast members include Nikki M. James (Viola), Andrew Kober (Malvolio), Jacob Ming-Trent (Sir Toby Belch), and Shaina Taub (Feste). Equity actors and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke. Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.

TWELFTH NIGHT will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by John Torres, and sound design by Jessica Paz.

Public Works is a national and international initiative currently affiliated with four theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe to create ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. The current theaters are Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with SMU Meadows School of the Arts; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; and The National Theatre in London. In March 2017, Dallas Theater Center presented their inaugural Public Works Dallas production, The Tempest, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and featuring 200 Dallasites. Seattle Repertory Theater presented their inaugural Public Works Seattle production of The Odyssey in September 2017, directed by Marya Sea Kaminski. In October 2017, London’s National Theatre announced a new partnership with The Public, PUBLIC ACTS, inspired by The Public’s successful Public Works model. The partnership launches with a new staging of Pericles performed on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage in August 2018, directed by National Theatre resident director Emily Lim. The Public Works productions of The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and The Odyssey are also available to be produced through Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

The Public Works Shakespeare in the Park musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT will run for five weeks during the summer in an expansion of the model that has been presenting Public Works pageant shows for limited performances in early September over the past five years at the Delacorte. The expanded five-week run this summer will allow 50,000 more New Yorkers to see this inspiring community initiative.

This season, The Public proudly welcomes the return of The Jerome L. Greene Foundation and Bank of America as season sponsors. The generous support of Bank of America and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation helps to sustain The Public’s mission of inclusion, creating great theater, boldly conceived, and free for all.

Tickets to The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. The Public continues its partnership with TodayTix, who will again be offering the exclusive Mobile Ticket Lottery for Free Shakespeare in the Park. Tickets will be distributed by mobile lottery on the TodayTix app each date that there is a public performance at the Delacorte Theater. On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will also be distributed via an in-person lottery at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Borough distribution information, as well as information about ADA accessible performances, will be available at a later date.

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company’s mission to increase access and engage the community.

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. To learn more, or to make a contribution, call (212) 967-7555, or visit http://www.publictheater.org.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Othello Director) has appeared on The Public’s stage in Lackawanna Blues (Obie, Helen Hayes), The Winter’s Tale, Henry VIII, Measure for Measure, and East Texas Hot Links. His directing credits include Jitney (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, NY Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle), The Piano Lesson (Lucille Lortel, Obie, Audelco), The Happiest Song Plays Last, My Children My Africa, The First Breeze Of Summer, Seven Guitars, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Two Trains Running, Jitney, Things Of Dry Hours, Gem Of The Ocean, and Radio Golf. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Seven Guitars (Tony Award), Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Jelly’s Last Jam. His additional Off-Broadway credits include How I Learned What I Learned and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.

Shaina Taub (Twelfth Night Conceiver and Music & Lyrics, Feste) is a Vermont-raised, New York-based songwriter and performer. Taub created last September’s musical adaptation of Public Works’ As You Like It with director Laurie Woolery at the Delacorte, in which she played Jaques. In 2016, she created the Public Works production of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte, also appearing as Feste. She is a winner of the Fred Ebb Award, the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant. Taub’s work was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook concert series and she recently made her Carnegie Hall debut performing her music with the New York Pops. She wrote the score for and co-starred in Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats, directed by Tina Landau at the Signature Theatre and A.C.T. She earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination as Mary in the Off-Broadway run of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and appeared in the original cast of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop. Her songs have been performed by Audra McDonald and Sutton Foster, and she wrote the theme song for Julie Andrews’ Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, performed on the show by Sara Bareilles. She is an artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub where she plays a monthly concert. Her album Visitors is available now and her new record will be released this spring. She’s currently writing a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women’s suffrage movement. http://www.shainataub.com

Oskar Eustis (Twelfth Night Co-Director) has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. In the last three years, he has produced two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals (Fun Home and Hamilton), and back to back winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton and Sweat. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to1989. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise; Larry Wright’s The Human Scale; and most recently Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park. He has founded numerous ground-breaking programs at The Public, from Public Works and Public Forum to the Emerging Writers Group and the Mobile Unit. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others.

Kwame Kwei-Armah (Twelfth Night Conceiver and Co-Director) is the incoming Artistic Director of the Young Vic in London. He is also the outgoing Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he has directed Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts, The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man, and Things of Dry Hours. At The Public, he has directed Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit ’67. His other credits include The Liquid Plain, Porgy and Bess, One Night in Miami, Lady from the Sea, One Love, and the upcoming Soul: The Stax Musical at Baltimore Center Stage. Kwei-Armah was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture: Senegal, 2010. His works as playwright include Marley, Beneatha’s Place, Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret, Let There Be Love, Seize the Day. He is an Associate Director of The Donmar Warehouse and has served on the boards of The National Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre and T.C.G. He was Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (2010-15), and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for services to drama. In 2012-2013 and 2014, Kwei-Armah was named Best Director in City Paper’s “Best of Baltimore,” and nominated for the Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Regional Artistic Director. In 2016 he was awarded the Urban Visionary Award alongside House Representative Elijah Cummings by the Center for Urban Families for his work in the Baltimore community. His production of One Night in Miami was nominated for the Oliver Award for “Best New Play of 2016.”

Lorin Latarro (Twelfth Night Choreographer) has previously choreographed the Public Works productions of Twelfth Night and The Odyssey. Broadway credits includes Waitress; Dangerous Liaisons; Waiting For Godot; Curious Incident Of…; and American Idiot (Associate). Additional choreography includes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street; Peter and The Wolf (BAM); God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores); and Queen Of The Night (Drama Desk Award). Select regional credits include Beaches and Kiss Me Kate. Select Opera includes La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflote. Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate. Performed in 12 Broadway shows, plus Tharp, Momix, Graham. Latarro is also a graduate/adjunct professor at Juilliard.

ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS:

PUBLIC WORKS is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with community partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in theater workshops, attend classes, attend productions, and become involved in the daily life of The Public. Founded by Resident Director Lear deBessonet and currently led by Public Works Director Laurie Woolery, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. Public Works exemplifies The Public’s long-standing commitment to community engagement that is at the core of the theater’s mission. It is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. It seeks to create a space where we can not only reflect on the world as is, but where we can actually propose new possibilities for what our society might be.

ABOUT The Public Theater:

THE PUBLIC is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheater.org

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People’s Light Excavates the Price of Passion in “Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem,” April 25 – May 27

People’s Light is presenting an inventive, intimate version of one of Shakespeare’s most timeless plays. In Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem, the parents, Friar, and Nurse recreate the passion and recklessness of their star-crossed children to face their culpability and seek redemption. Conceived for six veteran actors by Resident Director Samantha Reading (I and You, Richard III) and Producing Director Zak Berkman (The Harassment of Iris Malloy), this classic tale of balconies and battlegrounds becomes an inspiring act of truth and reconciliation. Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem plays on the Leonard C. Haas Stage in Malvern from April 25 to May 27, 2018.

Co-conceivers Berkman and Reading craft a unique entry into a well-known tale by picking up the story a year after the death of the titular lovers. As the violent feud has continued to rage, an official edict commands the parent generation to recount the tragic events of their children, and older characters are compelled to portray the younger. Director Reading says, “By playing their own children, the parents get a chance to truly understand what the young people felt, and how they made their most shocking decisions. The older characters receive a gift that any parent would cherish—the opportunity to bridge the generation gap and see the world through their children’s eyes.

“I hope audiences will share in the joy the parents feel as they embody their smart, vibrant kids falling in love for the first time,” she says. “And I hope audiences will connect with the parents’ struggle as well, as they assess their part in the horrific events that ended their children’s lives.

“The parents have so many questions at the close of Shakespeare’s play,” says Reading. “They need to process it all, re-examine what they’ve done, take responsibility for their actions, and figure out how to change the system so their tragedy will never happen to anyone else.

“In our production, their reckoning becomes an inspiring public event in which the entire audience takes part.”

The production features a mix of veteran company members and favorite guests. Resident artist Stephen Novelli (Morning’s at Seven, The Matchmaker) and returnee Jeanne Sakata (A Single Shard) play Juliet’s parents Lord and Lady Capulet. Frequent visitor Brian Anthony Wilson (The Diary of Anne Frank, All My Sons) and company staple Teri Lamm (Morning’s at Seven, The Matchmaker) play Romeo’s parents Lord and Lady Montague. Long-time ensemble members Marcia Saunders (Moon Over Buffalo, The Matchmaker) and Graham Smith (The Matchmaker, A Single Shard) play the Nurse and the Friar respectively.

People’s Light’s Resident Director Samantha Reading helms the production, which she conceived with Producing Director Zak Berkman. Director of Design James F. Pyne, Jr. (Aladdin: A Musical Panto, The Road: My Life with John Denver) designs the set, and resident artist Marla J. Jurglanis (Moon Over Buffalo, Morning’s at Seven) creates costumes. First-time guest Deborah Constantine designs lights, and returnee Christopher Colucci (I Will Not Go Gently, Morning’s at Seven) designs sound. Resident artist Gina Pisasale acts as dramaturg, and long-time company member Kate McSorley Fossner stage manages.

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. People’s Light is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

BIOS
Samantha Reading Director, Adapter, & Co-Conceiver
Company Member since 2010. People’s Light: Director: I and You, Richard III, Biloxi Blues, Pride & Prejudice, Stargirl, Beautiful Boy, A Wrinkle in Time, Kidnapped. Selected Choreographer/Fight Director credits: The Cherry Orchard, Noises Off, The Winter’s Tale, Bach at Leipzig. Playwright: Co-Author Musical Pantos Sleeping Beauty, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon, and Aladdin. Theatre Includes: Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Act II Playhouse, and Villanova Theatre. Co-founded Dancing with The Students, a non-profit organization that offers ballroom dance instruction to 5th – 8th grade students in North Philadelphia, is a nine-time Barrymore Nominee, and received the 2014 & 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement.

Zak Berkman Co-Conceiver
Zak is the Producing Director at People’s Light. His plays include The Harassment of Iris Malloy, Beauty on the Vine, A Breath Short of Breathing, A Splendid Isolation, as well as numerous short works. Beauty on the Vine was produced Off-Broadway by Epic Theatre Ensemble featuring Olivia Wilde and David Strathairn. The play was subsequently produced in Chicago, published by Dramatist Play Service, and optioned by Dirty Rice Pictures to be turned into a film. The Harassment of Iris Malloy received its World Premiere at People’s Light and was later produced at Detroit Public Theatre in Spring 2017. It previously was a finalist for the Smith Prize. Zak is a co-author and composer for Such Things As Vampires, which will premiere at People’s Light in Fall 2018. He is a former writer for NBC’s daytime drama Days Of Our Lives.

Teri Lamm Lady Montague
Company Member since 2015. People’s Light: Myrtle Brown in Morning’s at Seven, Mrs. Molloy in The Matchmaker, Cydney Malloy in The Harassment of Iris Malloy, Fanny Dashwood/Charlotte Palmer in Sense and Sensibility, Annalee in Auctioning the Ainsleys, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Leah in Row After Row, Jessie Mae in The Trip to Bountiful, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Theatre Includes: The Iceman Cometh (Broadway), Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout), Palace of the End, Hannah and Martin, Habitat, Little Eyolf, Time and the Conways (Epic Theater Ensemble), Midsummer, Equus, Flea in Her Ear, Devil’s Disciple (The Alley Theater), How I Learned to Drive (Dallas Theater Center). Film/Television Includes: Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Third Watch, Trifling With Fate. Training: MFA, NYU.

Stephen Novelli Lord Capulet
Company Member since 1974. People’s Light: Artistic Associate; Co-Artistic Director 1993-1997; Associate Artistic Director 1997-2009. Actor: Hamlet, Sister Carrie, A Christmas Carol, Julius Caesar, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Legacy of Light, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Richard III, The Matchmaker, and Morning’s at Seven. Director: Dutchman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Valley Song, Measure for Measure, Camping With Henry And Tom, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes. Theatre Includes: The Beaux Stratagem (Barter Theatre), Philadelphia, Here I Come (Soho Rep), Rumors (Walnut Street Theatre), The Tempest (Arden Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (Lantern Theatre), Eurydice and Angels in America (Wilma Theater), Inherit The Wind (Bristol Riverside Theatre).

Jeanne Sakata Lady Capulet
People’s Light: A Single Shard. Theatre Includes: Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, ACT San Francisco, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, ACT Seattle, Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Institute. Special Honors: Los Angeles Ovation Award, Best Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red at East West Players. Film/Television Includes: Big Hero 6, Dr. Ken, Advantageous (2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nomination), The Babymakers, Bravo’s True Fiction, NCIS Angeles, NUMB3RS, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Riley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage (Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF). Jeanne is also the playwright of the nationally acclaimed solo play Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance). Websites: holdthesetruths.infojeannesakata.com.

Marcia Saunders Nurse
Company member since 1976. People’s Light: Over 85 productions including Cora in Morning’s at Seven, Stella in Stella and Lou, Mrs. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Dotty in Noises Off, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Skin of our Teeth, My Mother Said I Never Should, Abelard & Heloise, Memory of Water. Theatre Includes: Recently My Fair Lady (Quintessence Theatre), The Gin Game (Montgomery Theater), Paige in HIR (Simpatico Theatre), directed Steel Magnolias (Candlelight Theatre). Off Broadway: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theatre Co.) Regional: Wilma Theater, Arden Theatre, Two River Theater. A Delicate Balance garnered Marcia a Best Supporting Actress award, and she has received numerous Barrymore nominations including Best Actress for Stella and Lou and A Man from Nebraska. Training: Graduate Program, LAMDA.

Graham Smith Friar
Company Member since 1999. People’s Light: Morning’s at Seven, The Matchmaker, A Single Shard, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Dividing the Estate, The Rainmaker, Shipwrecked, Valley Song, A Delicate Balance, Camping With Henry and Tom, The Miser, The Crucible, Twelfth Night. Theatre Includes: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Oedipus, A Man for All Seasons (NC Shakespeare), As You Like It, The Tempest, Dracula, Humanafest (Actors Theatre Louisville), Proof, Misanthrope, Angels in America, The Substance of Fire (Charlotte Repertory),  Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Red (Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach), Best of Enemies, The Seafarer, 12 Angry Men, Camping With Henry and Tom, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep). Training: 13 tours with family vaudeville-magic show, Saucy Sorcery; BA, Davidson College; MFA, Hilberry Classic Theatre.

Brian Anthony Wilson Lord Montague
People’s Light: The Diary of Anne Frank, All My Sons, Fences, Seven Guitars, Nathan the Wise, Eggs, and Les Trois Dumas. Theatre Includes: Thurgood (Olney Theatre Center), Fences (Woodstock Theatre, VT), The Last Jimmy (Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami), Titus Andronicus (Rowan University). Film/Television Includes: Ocean’s 8, Creed, How to Get Girls, Title VII, Crooked and Narrow, Limitless, 6 Souls, Jersey Justice, Keeping the Faith, The Postman / Siren, Dietland, Bull, Bloodline, Gothan, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Blue Bloods, Broad City, Unforgettable, Law & Order SVU, The Sopranos, and The Wire. For my family and in memory of my Dad, Timothy Wilson.

CONNECT, ENGAGE, INTERACT AT PEOPLE’S LIGHT

ACCESSIBILITY & ENGAGEMENT
Open Caption performances of Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem will be May 16 at 2 & 7:30pm and May 20 at 2pm. At these performances, an LED screen near the stage displays the actors’ lines simultaneously with the action of the play to assist patrons with hearing impairments, as well as those who are learning English.

May 27 at 2pm will be a Relaxed Performance, which invites and encourages everyone to fully experience live theatre, including (but not limited to) individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and sensory sensitivities. For details about all features and accommodations of Relaxed Performances, visit peopleslight.org.

May 27 at 2pm will also feature audio description and a pre-performance sensory tour. Audio description headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance (the set, costumes, and lighting effects, as well as the physical actions and body language of the actors) for our patrons with visual impairments. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue, so patrons won’t miss a moment of the performance. In conjunction with this service, the sensory tour offers the opportunity to experience up close and feel certain key props and costume pieces. Interested patrons can register with the box office at 610.644.3500 to participate in the tour, which begins at 1:15pm.

Service animals are welcome at all performances at People’s Light. The theatre offers a designated relief area for their comfort.

Join Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale and a member of the artistic team for Scoop on Wednesdays (May 2, May 16, & May 23). Participate in lively pre-performance discussions about the world of the play and the context behind the production. Now only $5 and available for purchase online.

Join the cast for AfterWORDS, informal post-performance discussions after Thursday evening performances (May 10, May 17, & May 24).

BISTRO & FARMHOUSE
Enjoy prix fixe Dinner & A Show packages at the Farmhouse Bistro prior to select Wednesday through Sunday performances. Pay $81 for a Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Saturday matinee, or Sunday evening package, or $85 for a Friday evening, Saturday evening, or Sunday matinee package. That’s a savings of up to 15% off the single ticket price. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500.

Located next to the Bistro is a full-service catering venue, The Farmhouse at People’s Light, perfect for weddings, corporate events, and special celebrations. Contact the Farmhouse Sales Team at 610.647.1631 x156 or thefarmhouse@peopleslight.org.

TICKET INFORMATION
Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem previews begin on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30pm and run through Friday, April 27. The play opens on Saturday, April 28 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, May 27.

Standard single tickets start at $39. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase group tickets, call 610.647.1900 x111 or email benedict@peopleslight.org.

 
$29 Community Night tickets are available for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday preview performances on April 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm.

 
Pick Subscriptions and People’s Passes are flexible and affordable ways to see multiple plays. Choose 3 productions and enjoy savings along with many of our full subscriber benefits. Or, purchase a set of 6 People’s Passes, redeemable for any production of the season, in any combination. Remaining 2017-18 productions include Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem (April 25 – May 27, 2018), Skeleton Crew (June 13 – July 8, 2018), and Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie (August 1 – 26, 2018). Pick Subscriptions start at $102 and a set of People’s Passes starts at $222. Visit http://www.peopleslight.org or call 610-644-3500 to order.

Actors, prices, productions, performance dates and times are subject to change. Additional service charges will apply. Contact the Box Office for more details.

 
ABOUT PEOPLE’S LIGHT
Now in its 43rd season, People’s Light, a professional, not-for-profit theatre in Chester County, Pennsylvania, makes plays drawn from many sources to entertain, inspire, and engage our community. We extend our mission of making and experiencing theatre through arts education programs that excite curiosity about, and deepen understanding of, the world around us. These plays and programs bring people together and provide opportunities for reflection, discovery, and celebration. Founded in 1974, we produce eight to nine plays each season, in two black box theatres with 340 and 160 seats respectively, mixing world premieres, contemporary plays, and fresh approaches to classic texts. Through two new play initiatives, New Play Frontiers and The Harmony Labs, People’s Light currently has nine active play commissions. Of our 436 productions, over a third (166) have been world or regional premieres.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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Production Photos: Tony Award Nominee John Douglas Thompson Leads ACT’s HAMLET through October 15

Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) kicks off its 2017-18 season with William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Hamlet (September 20-October 15, 2017). Obie Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee (Best Featured Actor in a Play, Jitney; Satchmo at the Waldorf, A.C.T.) John Douglas Thompson leads a stellar cast of beloved Bay Area actors in Shakespeare’s ghostly tale of revenge, palace intrigue, and madness. Press night for Hamlet will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, right) is visited by the Ghost of his father (Steven Anthony Jones). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, right) is visited by the Ghost of his father (Steven Anthony Jones). Photo by Kevin Berne

Shattered by the mysterious death of his father, the king, and shamed by the unnatural acts of his mother, Hamlet’s despair has left him a devastated prince.

John Douglas Thompson as Hamlet Photo by Kevin Berne
John Douglas Thompson as Hamlet. Photo by Kevin Berne

When visited by the ghost of his father, who tells of the treasonous acts by Hamlet’s uncle, Hamlet vows to avenge the death that has brought a cloud of darkness over the castle. A classic tale of a family haunted by grief, power, and despair, Hamlet marks A.C.T.’s first production of Shakespeare in nearly two decades, and a thrilling start to the 2017-18 season.

Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano)  Photo by Kevin Berne

Joining Thompson onstage are (in alphabetical order): Graham Beckel, Rivka Borek, Teagle F. Bougere, Peter Fanone, Anthony Fusco, Dan Hiatt, Steven Anthony Jones, Domenique Lozano, Adrianna Mitchell, Vincent J. Randazzo, Teddy Spencer, and Jomar Tagatac.

Horatio (Anthony Fusco, center) tells Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) about his encounter with the Ghost of his father, the former king.  Photo by Kevin Berne
Horatio (Anthony Fusco, center) tells Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) about his encounter with the Ghost of his father, the former king.  Photo by Kevin Berne

Helmed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, the creative team for Hamlet includes James F. Ingalls (Lighting Designer), David Israel Reynoso (Scenic and Costume Designer), and Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer). Original music will be written by composer David Coulter, who recently composed and performed the music for A.C.T.’s acclaimed world-premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Polonius (Dan Hiatt) and Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson)  Photo by Kevin Berne

Single tickets (ranging from $15-$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Laertes (Teagle F. Bougere) and Ophelia (Rivka Borek) Photo by Kevin Berne
Laertes (Teagle F. Bougere) and Ophelia (Rivka Borek)  Photo by Kevin Berne
Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano) Photo by Kevin Berne
Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) and Gertrude (Domenique Lozano) Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) greets Ophelia (Rivka Borek). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson) greets Ophelia (Rivka Borek). Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, left) comes upon Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) praying in the chapel. Photo by Kevin Berne
Hamlet (John Douglas Thompson, left) comes upon Claudius (Steven Anthony Jones) praying in the chapel. Photo by Kevin Berne
The court assembles to watch the Player King (Graham Beckel) and the Player Queen (Adrianna Mitchell). Photo by Kevin Berne
The court assembles to watch the Player King (Graham Beckel) and the Player Queen (Adrianna Mitchell). Photo by Kevin Berne
The Gravediggers (Graham Beckel, left, and Teddy Spencer) discuss Ophelia's death. Photo by Kevin Berne
The Gravediggers (Graham Beckel, left, and Teddy Spencer) discuss Ophelia’s death. Photo by Kevin Berne

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