William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest playwright in the English language. The author of comedies, histories, and tragedies, Shakespeare began his career by 1594 as an actor and a playwright with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later the King’s Men), a London theater company, writing three comedies, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona; and two tragedies, Titus Andronicus and Richard III. Over the next few years, Shakespeare wrote and produced several plays with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at The Theatre at Shoreditch, including the comedies Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice; the history plays Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V; and the popular tragedy Romeo and Juliet. In 1599, after their lease on The Theatre had expired, Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men dismantled it and rebuilt it as the Globe, where Shakespeare produced his greatest plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night. Beginning in 1608, Shakespeare began writing for the indoor theater Blackfriars, where he produced his final plays. These later works, including Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest, were comedies that featured spectacle, romance, and magic.
Westport Country Playhouse: Twelfth Night, Lettice and Lovage, Camelot, Art, Red, Broken Glass, Love and Money, and more. Lamos has directed almost 30 productions of Shakespeare’s plays, including multiple productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice---as well as Measure for Measure, Much Ado about Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar. They have been performed at Lincoln Center Theater, Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Canada's Stratford Festival, Guthrie Theater, Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, and, most notably, Hartford Stage, where he was artistic director for nearly 17 seasons and for which he accepted the Tony Award in 1989. As an actor he appeared in Twelfth Night with Lynn Redgrave (at Stratford, Connecticut, Gerald Freedman, director); King Lear, Love's Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure (all directed by Michael Langham); and the title role in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and the title role in Hamlet, directed by Jack O'Brien.
Westport Country Playhouse: Camelot, Broken Glass, Love & Money, The Dining Room, The Breath of Life, Of Mice and Men. Designs for America’s regional theaters, London’s West End, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions, including The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk awards for both), and The King and I. Opera credits include world premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Great Gatsby for Metropolitan Opera, Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera, and Central Park for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. He is a professor of Stage Design at the Yale School of Drama.
Fabian Fidel Aguilar
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Fabian Aguilar is a New York City-based designer and has most recently designed Afterglow (Midnight Theatricals), Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattestick Playwrights Theater), A View from the Bridge (A Light Fantastic), set and costumes for The War Boys (Access Theater, east coast premiere), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage) and Midsummer (Araca Project). He is a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Moors (Yale Repertory Theater, world premiere) and The Master and Margarita (Yale School of Drama); Midsummer, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room, Orlando (Yale Summer Cabaret '15: Rough Magic); He Left Quietly (SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto), among others. He has worked for various theaters, conservatories, and universities in Boston including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Beau Jest, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others. He received his BA from Boston University.
Westport Country Playhouse: Appropriate, The Invisible Hand, Red, Art, And A Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: Absolute Brightness …, and The Curvy Widow at Westside Arts; The Killer, Tamburlaine, and Measure For Measure at Theatre For a New Audience; The Atlantic; B.A.M.; MCC; Playwrights Horizons; Play Co.; Primary Stages; Rattlestick; Second Stage. Regional: Actor’s Theater of Louisville; Arena Stage; Baltimore’s Center Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Playhouse; Dallas Theater Center; Ford’s Theatre; The Goodman; Hartford Stage; The Hangar; The Huntington; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf; New York Stage and Film; The Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Yale Repertory Theatre. Graduate: University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama.
Westport Country Playhouse: Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Souvenir, Heaven Can Wait, Triangles for Two. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Souvenir; Ah, Wilderness; A Long Day's Journey into Night; Our County's Good; Other People's Money; Measure for Measure; And A Nightingale Sang; From the Mississippi Delta; Search and Destroy; End of the Day; Playland; Marisol. Regional Theatre credits include designs for Ford’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Alliance Theatre-Atlanta, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage Company-Maine, Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Budries chairs the Sound Design Program at the Yale School of Drama.
Shane Ann Younts
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce
. Broadway: Newsies
, Clybourne Park
, Bonnie & Clyde
, Mary Poppins
, The Lion King
, Jekyll & Hyde
, Mamma Mia!
. Off-Broadway & Regional: The Skin of Our Teeth
, Luck of the Irish, Winter’s Tale
, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Hudson Valley Shakespeare). Tours: War Horse
, Mary Poppins
, Jekyll & Hyde
, Les Miserables
, All’s Well that Ends Well
, Measure for Measure
, (all Shakespeare in the Park), Timon of Athens
, Edward II
, Duchess of Malfi
, The Miracle Worker
, Steel Magnolias
; Guthrie: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Twelfth Night
, Antony & Cleopatra
. Faculty – NYU Graduate Acting Tisch. Co-creator of the Shakespeare Pronunciation audio app. https://www.shakespearepronunciation.com
Westport Country Playhouse: Appropriate, Lettice and Lovage, Camelot, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Michael's work was most recently featured in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida. Regional: The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre, Smith Street Stage, and others. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama where he teaches Stage Combat, and the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College. He is also the Creator/Coach of the physical training program, "The Actor as Athlete.”
Props and Set Dressing
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Faye was the first Props/Set Dresser to have ever won an Obie - ever! Broadway: TheTerms of My Surrender (Belasco); Oslo (Lincoln Center); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth); Gin Game (Golden); Fun Home (Circle in the Square, Tony Nomination Best Set); The River (Circle in the Square); Of Mice & Men (Longacre); Macbeth (Lincoln Center); Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr); Golden Boy (Belasco); Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr, Tony Nomination Best Set); Warhorse (Lincoln Center, Tony Winner Best Set); The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst/Delacorte, Tony Nomination Best Set); Enron (Broadhurst); Albee’s Seascape (Booth), and a zillion off-Broadway shows at Lincoln Center.
Milla Cozart Riggio
Westport Country Playhouse: Twelfth Night. Milla Cozart Riggio is the James J. Goodwin Professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, where, among other subjects, she teaches Shakespeare. Her edited books include Teaching Shakespeare through Performance. She has worked with Mark Lamos on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III, and Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals at Hartford Stage. As a member of the Board of the East Coast Artists, she was dramaturg for Richard Schechner’s production of Hamlet. Her areas of interest include Carnival and other festivals. She is currently editing a book on Festive Devils in the Americas.
Tara Rubin Casting
Fifth Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, Miss Saigon, Cats, School of Rock, Disaster!, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe.
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA,
Merri Sugarman CSA, Eric Woodall CSA,
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA,
Claire Burke CSA, Felicia Rudolph CSA
Production Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Grounded, Lettice and Lovage, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of Lunch Hour, The Late Christopher Bean, The Cocktail Hour, Scotland Road, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Select credits: Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay, Make Man, Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); The Scottsboro Boys, American Fiesta, Mary Rose, The Internationalist (Vineyard Theatre); Look Back in Anger, Ordinary Days, Distracted, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Roundabout Theatre); Good Boys and True (Second Stage); Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Regional: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Baltimore Center Stage); Rain, Found, The Nightingale (New York Stage and Film); The Scottsboro Boys (Guthrie Theater), Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Smith is a Founding Member of Blue Roses Productions. Equity member since 1999.
Alex H. Hajjar*
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: Les Miserables, The Realistic Joneses, After Midnight. Off-Broadway: Head of Passes, Fun Home (The Public); Mother Courage (CSC); YEN, Georgia McBride (MCC); Big Love (Signature); This American Life (BAM); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); Belleville (NYTW); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (SoHo Rep); Melancholy Play (13P). Regional: Ether Dome (Hartford Stage); Ride the Tiger, February House, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Long Wharf Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Peterborough Players).
Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Before moving to California, Barker was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret, and produced the first annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays. He was Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Managing Director Fellow. Barker holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko Scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He serves on the Yale School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He is a member of the inaugural class of artEquity diversity, equity and inclusion facilitators. Prior to graduate school, he was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago, and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company, and The Playground Theater.
Westport Country Playhouse
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May through November; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; the New Works Circle, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. In 2017, The Playhouse proudly named the Broadway Method Academy as its resident conservatory program, training hundreds of your performers annually. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.
For This Production
Assistant Costume Designer: Asa Benally
Assistant Lighting Designer: Gifford Williams
Assistant Sound Designer: Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
Wig Designer: Erin Bullock
Dresser: Amanda Rose Smith
Wig Supervisor: Jodi Jackson
Production Assistants: Liza Miller, Page Tazewell
Fight Captain: Jim Ludlum
Rehearsed at the Roundabout Rehearsal Studios.
Czekaj Artistic Productions
Barbara and John Samuelson
Barbara and John Streicker
Carol and Peter Seldin
CORPORATE PRODUCTION SPONSORS
CORPORATE PRODUCTION PARTNERS
The Graham Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.
EDUCATION INITIATIVE MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM
The David & Geri Epstein Private Foundation
and the National Endowment for the Arts