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And . . . we’re back!
Welcome back to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins and, more importantly, welcome back to live theatre!
It’s not the first time that Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre has welcomed people back to the theatre. It was the play that reopened the London Globe Theatre in 1631 after it was shuttered because of the plague. And it was the first Shakespeare play performed when the theatres reopened at the beginning of the Restoration after years of Puritan closure.
A play about surviving adversity, about what really matters to us, and about how love can indeed survive the most perilous circumstances seemed like an inspired choice to return at last to “play.”
I’m not going to lie. It has been a very long fifteen months since we hurriedly closed our hit The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) which happened to feature Director Matthew R. Wilson as an actor. Any resemblance between these two productions is to be gleefully anticipated.
We have a lot of folks to thank, starting with . . . you, for choosing to be here today, proving that what you love about theatre is its aliveness. Every moment on Netflix is highly calculated but we definitely didn’t plan that train whistle, or that actor forgetting a costume piece and having to improvise, or that dramatic moment that somehow works more sweetly than ever before because of some ineffable alchemy of the moment.
We have to thank our stalwart staff who persisted through these long, fallow months, our new staff who learned fast, our trustees and advisors who provided sage counsel throughout, our donors and grantors who gave more than ever before to ensure our survival, and the State of Maryland for its extraordinary financial support.
Like Pericles, we have survived adversity. We have considered deeply what really matters to us. And like him, we know we are loved. This is our hard-won and deeply felt gift of the pandemic.
Welcome back, friends. We are so very, very glad you are here.
Lesley Malin, Managing Director
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is probably not the first play that comes to mind when you think of William Shakespeare. In fact, the play wasn’t entirely written by Shakespeare; his 1623 “complete works” doesn’t include it; the only version (a 1609 quarto) contains obvious errors; and critics since Shakespeare’s friend Ben Johnson have dismissed the language as clunky.
And yet… Audiences have always LOVED seeing it live!
The play isn’t just a text; it’s PLAY. It belongs to the style called “Romances,” epic tales of love and magic that make up the end of Shakespeare’s career (think The Tempest or The Winters’ Tale), and it is dying to leap off the page. More than other plays by Shakespeare, this one is full of choral narration, songs, pantomimes, spectacle, sweeping journeys through space and time, and general PLAYFULNESS.
Like other plays from the end of Shakespeare’s life, it is also about redemption. While his famous tragedies depict people who lose it all, this play is about folks who get a second chance. Maybe that’s why it was the first Shakespeare play revived in London after the Puritans burned down the theatres. It’s definitely why we chose it for our return after the travails of the pandemic.
When we were planning to reopen this summer, I decided to embrace social distancing as the concept for the play. We wanted to keep actors safe, which led me to ruminate on our year of separation. What if the actors always stay 6 ft apart from each other? What if we never handed props to each other or just walk up and shake hands? After all, this is a play about DISTANCE. For all of us now, and for all of the characters in this play, it’s both a danger and a luxury to connect. (The babies in this staging bring new meaning to the term “contactless delivery”!)
But this play isn’t just about separation. It’s also about coming together, across space and time, with a spirit of hope and adventure. There have been productions staged with scores of actors and live animals. Ours comes to you with 8 players on a playground. The original script already contained narration and jokes about theatrical representation—imaging a stage is a boat or that actors become new people. I think of our characters like little Playmobile figures – just snap on a new shirt and a new hairpiece, and now you can play someone different!
We all want something different after the year we’ve had. Pericles is a story for our time: a tale of adventure through chaos, friendship through misfortune, and unexpected joy in getting back what once was lost. As our hero says, “No more, you gods! Your present kindness makes my past miseries sport.”
Matthew R. Wilson, Director
Ian Gallanar Founding Artistic Director
Lesley Malin Managing Director
The Adventures of Pericles
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
Director: Matthew R. Wilson+*
Production Manager: Sarah Curnoles+
Production Stage Manager: Lauren Engler
Scenic Designer, Technical Director: Dan O’Brien+
Costume Designer: Kristina Lambdin+
Sound Designer: Kaydin Hamby
Music Director: Grace Srinivasan+
Once upon a time, far, far away...
CAST (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE TEAM
Matthew R. Wilson – Director
Sarah Curnoles – Production Manager
Lauren Engler – Production Stage Manager
Dan O’Brien – Scenic Designer, Technical Director
Chester Stacy – Assistant Technical Director
Ali Januzzi – Assistant Director
Kristina Lambdin – Costume Designer
Ellie Cattle, Elizabeth Chapman – Stitchers
Abby Barton - Costume Intern
Mollie Singer – Properties Designer
Kaydin Hamby – Sound Designer
Grace Srinivasan – Music Director
Mindy Braden – Backstage Manager
Abigal Rosen – Tech Manager
Rebecca Kleeman – Assistant Stage Manager
Maggie Urban – Health and Safety Manager
Isabel Duarte – Directing Intern
Dr. Bob Connors – CSC Covid Health Advisor
Pam Forton - Senior House Manager
Stacey Morrison, Tony Pernasilice, Abigail Funk, Candice Christmas, Gregory Atkin – House Managers
+ CSC COMPANY MEMBER
*Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical union.
There will be no intermission.
Videotaping, recording, and photography of any kind are prohibited during the performance.
Graphic illustrations and Logo designed by Brandon W Vernon
For Summer 2021, Free Shakespeare For Kids is sponsored by the Caroline Fredricka Holdship Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee.
Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Secretary Holt and Assistant Secretary Gilbert, Senator Bill Ferguson, and the citizens of Maryland.
CSC Volunteers and Ushers, CSC Interns, The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Chef Dan Benedix, Kelsey's Restaurant, Phoenix Upper Main, Umi Sushi, Moorenko's Ice Cream, Bin 604
CAST PHOTOS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
The Adventures of Pericles Show Synopsis
King Antiochus offers his daughter's hand in marriage to any man who answers his riddle, with those who fail sentenced to death. Pericles hears the riddle and understands that it is a trick, where revealing the truth of the king's incestuous relationship with his daughter will also result in death. He flees the city, but Antiochus sends an assassin after him.
Pericles travels to Tarsus to provide food for the city in famine. He then sets sail again and suffers a shipwreck. He is rescued by fishermen and finds out that King Simonides will offer his daughter Thaisa in marriage to whoever wins a jousting contest. Pericles wins and the pair marry.
After finding out that Antiochus is dead, Pericles sets sail for Tyre to reclaim his throne with Thaisa, now pregnant with their first child. During a storm, Thaisa dies giving birth to a daughter and is buried at sea. Pericles lands at Tarsus and entrusts his baby daughter, christened Marina, to the care of Governor Cleon and his wife Dionyza. Thaisa's coffin lands at Ephesus, where she is revived by the doctor Cerimon. She enters the temple of Diana as a nun.
Fourteen years pass and Marina has grown up to be a beautiful young woman. Her foster-mother, Dionyza, is envious and arranges her murder, only for her to be abducted by pirates who sell her into a brothel in Mytilene, where her chastity proves bad for business. Lysimachus, the governor, visiting the brothel in disguise, is greatly impressed by her.
Stop reading now if you don't want to know how it ends.
Pericles, still wandering the seas, arrives by chance at Mytilene, where his ship is visited by Lysimachus. He has Marina brought aboard the ship in an attempt to rouse Pericles from his sorrows. When their conversation reveals her to be his daughter, Pericles is overjoyed. In a dream, the goddess Diana directs him to make sacrifice at her temple in Ephesus and they set sail to accomplish this final act.
*Synopsis lovingly borrowed from the Royal Shakespeare Company (rsc.org.uk)
Scholars mostly agree that there is a sharp difference between the first two acts and the final three acts of the text of Pericles. Acts one and two are sometimes clumsier, less poetic and generally serviceable whereas the final three acts achieve moments of pure poetry in line with some of Shakespeare’s finest work. The theories as to why there is this break are numerous; the most popular theory is that Shakespeare is the author of only part of the play – perhaps he had a collaborator who was primarily responsible for the first two acts or perhaps Shakespeare revised another author’s play, concentrating his revisions mostly in the final three acts. Another theory suggests that the whole play is by Shakespeare, but that the first two acts were imperfectly remembered by those who had it set to print for the Quarto edition in 1609 and those text corruptions remained through later printings.
However one approaches the authorship issue, the play itself is a fascinating piece of work. Elements of the play are reminiscent of others of Shakespeare’s works: the lost daughter Marina finds parallels in Perdita in The Winter’s Tale; the reconciled father and daughter reflect Lear and Cordelia; the chorus played by Gower is a version of the Chorus in Henry V. But the dramaturgy of Pericles, with its episodic plot and scarcely fleshed-out characters, is unlike much of Shakespeare’s work.
Pericles is generally dated around 1607 or 1608, making it one of Shakespeare’s late plays. Toward the end of his playwriting years, Shakespeare experimented with a new genre, the “romance,” which became fashionable during the rule of James I. These kinds of plays were extensive narratives driven by plots with many interlinked episodes, some imbued with a fairy-tale flavor. They suited the popular taste and captured the public’s imagination at the time, and their appeal continues to be strong today. Pericles counts as one of Shakespeare’s earlier works of this period, followed by Cymbeline (ca. 1608-10), The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest (both dated around 1610-11). Compared to the poetry and depth of character in the great tragedies, the Romances can appear to be messier plays with lesser dramaturgy. Some scholars speculate that Shakespeare may have felt he had achieved what he wanted in the tragic and comic forms, and the romance offered him the opportunity to explore other theatrical elements.
The plot of Pericles is a very old Greek tale. It was known to Shakespeare through a number of versions, most notably the story of Apollonius of Tyre in Book Eight of Confessio Amantis (Lover’s Confessions) by the medieval poet John Gower, a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer. Gower and his work would have been familiar to a Renaissance audience and Shakespeare’s inclusion of Gower as a character provides a nod of acknowledgment that Gower was a source for Shakespeare’s play. A second, more contemporary to Shakespeare, source of Apollonius’ story was Laurence Twyne’s Patterne of Painfull Adventures, a novel published in 1576.
The title character’s name changed from Apollonius to Pericles with Shakespeare’s play. A three-syllable name may have proved easier to work with, but what inspired the name Pericles is open to speculation. Perhaps Shakespeare named him after Pericles of Athens, whose description he may have encountered in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, on which he drew to write Coriolanus around the same time as Pericles. Or the name may come from the character of Pyrocles in Sir Philip Sidney’s verse idyll Arcadia or Pyrochles in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queen, both of which would have been familiar to Shakespeare.
In 1608 George Wilkins published a prose narrative titled The Painful Adventures of Pericles Prince of Tyre. The proximity of Wilkins’ publication date to the appearance of Shakespeare’s play has led some scholars to believe that George Wilkins was the (inferior) collaborator on the play Pericles while others speculate that Wilkins merely drew heavily upon Shakespeare’s play, which had been quite popular, to tell his own version of the story in novel form.
The extent to which authorship issues affect or influence a stage production may very well be negligible. Ultimately, the same investment in the text needs to be made by actor, director and designer regardless of whether the text is thought to be written by Shakespeare, by another author or in collaboration.
*Article gratefully borrowed from Guthrie Theater's Pericles Play Guide (guthrietheater.org)
Deimoni Brewington (Cleon, Lysimachus, and others) is making their CSC debut. Sleep Deprivation Chamber, Roundhouse Theatre, Drama League Award Nomination, Protest in 8, Theater Alliance, Blood at the Root, Theater Alliance, Helen Hayes Award (Best Ensemble in a Play). Deimoni holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Howard University.
Jose Guzman (Pericles) is a CSC Resident Actor and Teaching Artist who has appeared in with CSC in Love's Labour's Lost as Berowne; A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Nick Bottom; The Winter’s Tale as Leontes; Othello as Iago; Macbeth as Banquo; Much Ado About Nothing as Don Pedro; and many others. Additional productions in the DC area include Ana in the Tropics with GALA Hispanic Theatre and Taming of the Shrew with Lean & Hungry Theatre. In 2018, Jose won the James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train at 1st Stage Theater. Jose holds an MA in Theatre from Binghamton University.
Steven Hoochuk (Helicanus/Bawd and others) Pericles marks Steven’s twelfth production with CSC and his first as an Associate Company Member. Past roles include Westmorland in Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 as well as Antonio (The Tempest), Mortimer (The Fantasticks), Baptista (Taming of the Shrew) and Marcus Andronicus (Titus Andronicus). Steven has also appeared with Maryland Shakespeare Festival, (where he also served as Director of Education), as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Richard in Richard III, Macbeth (Macbeth), Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing) and Claudius (Hamlet). He is also an accomplished close-up magician and board game enthusiast.
DeJeanette Horne (Lychordia, Leonine, and others) a native Washingtonian, is making his debut with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Regional credits include: The Infinite Tales (4615 Theatre Company); West By God and God of Carnage (Keegan Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Silver Spring Stage); Harvey (1st Stage of Tyson); One Man Two Guvnors (1st Stage of Tysons); The Fire and the Rain (Constellation Theater); Blues for an Alabama Sky (Port City Playhouse); Clybourne Park (The Arlington Players); While the Lights Were Out (Colonial Players); The Soul Collector (Port City Playhouse); Day of Atonement (African Continuum Theatre); Hercules in Russia (Doorway Arts Ensemble).
Lolita Marie (Thaisa, Diana, Pirate, and others) is making her CSC debut. She is a Helen Hayes award recipient for Doubt (1st Stage); and Helen Hayes nominee '20 for God of Carnage (Keegan Theatre) and '19 Secrets of the Universe (The Hub Theatre). Regional stage credits include, a repertory production of The Royale (Olney and 1st Stage theatres); Native Son (Mosaic Theater Company); Flood City, Brownsville Song, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Theater Alliance); The Skin of Our Teeth (Constellation Theatre Company); Sophocles’ Electra (4615 Theatre Company); Well (1st Stage Theatre); An American Daughter (Keegan Theatre); Leto Legend (The Hub Theatre); The Hampton Years and Something You Did (Theater J); Blood Wedding (Constellation Theatre Company); The Constellation (Active Cultures Theatre); and Getting Out (Journeymen Theater Ensemble). Independent film and television credits include Too Saved and Nocturnal Agony (Nubia Filmworks), and Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry (I.D. Investigation Discovery).
Chania Hudson (Marina, Daughter of Antiochus, Fisherman, and others) is making her CSC debut, her previous roles at Howard Community College include Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Evil Gabi in She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, and Anna in Spring Awakening The Musical. Chania has also been performing, since 2016, with Arts Collective's 'What Improv Group?!' directed by S.G. Kramer and Tatum Moss. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BFA in Acting, and her most recent roles from UMBC include: Everybody in Everybody by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, Wiletta in Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, and Ruth in Hunting and Gathering by Brooke Berman. www.chaniahudson.com
Molly Moores (Antiochus, Dionyza, Boult, and others) is CSC Company Member and CSC Teaching Artist. She has appeared with CSC in A Christmas Carol (2014-2019); Macbeth (movable 2019); Macbeth (student matinee 2019); Romeo and Juliet (student matinee 2015-2020); Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018 and 2011); The Winter's Tale; Julius Caesar; Anne of the Thousand Days; The Three Musketeers; Macbeth (2016); Much Ado About Nothing; Richard II; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; Pride and Prejudice; Romeo and Juliet (2012); and The Merchant of Venice. www.mollymoores.com
Elizabeth Ung (Thaliard, Cerimon, Lord, Sailor, and others) is making her CSC debut. Select credits include Single Carrot Theatre: Keep Off the Grass, Lear; Wyrd Sisters Shakespeare Society: Twelfth Night [virtual production]; The Strand Theater Company: Little Women; Fells Point Corner Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Baltimore Shakespeare Factory: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; The Wheel Theatre Company: The Winter’s Tale; Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater: Tigers, Dragons, and Other Wise Tails; Pointless Theatre Co.: Rite of Spring; The Tank NYC/Asian Pasifika Arts Collective: Tornkid. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is an Asian American actor and theatre artist based in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which are on the Indigenous Piscataway and Susquehannock lands. (she/her) www.elizabethung.com
Matthew R. Wilson (Director) previously directed CSC’s Much Ado about Nothing (2015) and performed in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), CSC’s last show before the pandemic. He is a two-time Helen Hayes Award winner and seven-time nominee as an actor, director, playwright, and fight director. Directing credits include Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Aurora Fox, Denver); Act a Lady (Hub Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors (1st Stage); and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Constellation Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination for Fight Direction), as well as physical comedy stagings of A Commedia Christmas Carol (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Our Town, A Commedia Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, The Mandrake, and Molière’s Don Juan (Helen Hayes Award nomination) for Faction of Fools Theatre Company. Matt teaches at The George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. He holds an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting and PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. He is a proud member of The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. MatthewRWilson.com
Sarah Curnoles (Production Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Ali Januzzi (Assistant Director) holds a BA in Theatre and Psychology from George Washington University. This is her first time working with CSC.
Lauren Engler (Stage Manager) is a CSC Resident Technical and Design Company Member. She was Community Engagement Project Coordinator for The Diary of Anne Frank. She has recently stage managed CSC’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, Anne of the Thousand Days, and Titus Andronicus. Performing with CSC, she recently appeared as Miss Winthrop in A Christmas Carol (2017), Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014) and the Courtesan in A Comedy of Errors. Locally, Lauren has performed in Poe’s Last Stanza with Do or Die Productions, Coriolanus with Cohesion Theatre Company, and Sweeney Todd with Stillpointe Theatre. She stage manages Renaissance Rumble at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Lauren holds a BA in Performance Theater and Studio Art from High Point University
Dan O’Brien (Technical Director & Facilities Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Kristina Lambdin (Resident Costume & Business Manager) (See Staff Bios)
Mollie Singer (Properties Designer) Chesapeake Shakespeare Company properties designs include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Red Velvet, The Winter’s Tale, The Fantasticks, Julius Caesar, Richard III, and Anne of the Thousand Days. Other selected credits include: Subject to Change (Scenic Design, UMD: College Park); Souvenir (Scenic Design, Rep Stage); Sweeney Todd (Associate Scenic Design, Rep Stage); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Rep Stage, Scenic Design); Hunting and Gathering (Rep Stage, Scenic Design); True West (Rep Stage, Properties); Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Forum Theatre, Properties); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Theatre J, Properties). Mollie holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kaydin Hamby(Sound Designer) has previously designed The Diary of Anne Frank and Dracula for CSC. Kaydin holds their BA in Theatre Design and Production from UMBC. Please visit KaydinHamby.com to listen to their portfolio of work.
Grace Srinivasan (Music Director and CSC Resident Music Director) is the resident music director at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and has programmed and arranged the music for productions since 2016. A soprano who performs a wide-ranging repertoire throughout the region, she appeared as a soloist in a program of works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, If Music Be the Food of Love, with CSC artists, the Peabody Baroque Band, and the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Grace holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory and sings professionally at St. Stephen Martyr Church and the National Cathedral. www.gracesrinivasan.com
Mindy Braden (Backstage Manager) is a CSC Resident Technical and Design Company Member. She has served as Props Designer for Romeo and Juliet (2015), The Importance of Being Earnest, A Christmas Carol (2015), Dracula (2013), The Merry Wives of Windsor, and As You Like It; as Stage Manager for productions including Pride and Prejudice, Richard III, Taming of the Shrew, and Antony and Cleopatra; as Backstage Manager for As You Like It; and as Costume Designer for The Merry Wives of Windsor, to name just a few of her many credits.
Abigal Rosen (Tech Manager) is a theatre artist, teacher, and musician from Washington, DC. She recently finished an Artistic Direction apprenticeship at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Favorite past productions include: Angels in America, August: Osage County, and the timeless classic musical Xanadu. (she/her/hers)
Chester Stacy (Scenic Carpenter/Painter, and Assistant Technical Director) (See Staff Bios)
Rebecca Kleeman (Assistant Stage Manager) is making her CSC production debut. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre Design and Production from Boston University.
Maggie Urban (Health Safety Manager) has previously worked with CSC as the stage management intern on Love’s Labour’s Lost and the light board operator on A Christmas Carol (2019). Her theatrical management credits include Rumors at The Colonial Players, and In The Heights, The Producers, and 9 to 5 at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Magdalene holds a BA in Theatre Design & Production from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Isabel Duarte (Directing Intern) is making her CSC production team debut. She has also appeared as Mira in Theory of Relativity at George Washington University.
Ian Gallanar (Founding Artistic Director) In addition to founding the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in 2002, Ian has worked as a professional actor, director, and writer for more than 150 professional productions. He has directed 40 productions for CSC. Previously, Ian has served as Artistic Director for the National Theatre for Children, Minnesota Shakespeare in the Park, and the Repertory Theater of America. Ian is a proud member of the distinguished National Theatre Conference and the Dramatists Guild of America; a Helen Hayes Tribute Award, Telly Award, and Howie Award (Howard County Arts Council) winner. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is a Member of the College of Fine Arts Advancement Council. He is Immediate Past President of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association, an organization for professional Shakespeare companies around the globe.
Lesley Malin (Managing Director) is a founder of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and has served as its Managing Director since 2003. She managed CSC’s building renovation of an 1885 bank into our modern Shakespeare playhouse as well as the associated $6.7 million capital campaign. She has performed in 28 CSC productions and previously in New York. She has, for 20 years, been Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Lark, a new play development center in New York City, where she earlier was Managing Director. She served for five years on the Executive Committee of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association and organized its annual conference that CSC hosted in Baltimore in 2017. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, NYU’s Arts Management program, Leadership Howard County, and LEADERship Baltimore (2018).
Jane Coffey (Director of Development) is a business development, sales and IT professional who has worked in the banking, staffing, IT, and renewable energy industries, most recently with Microsoft and Clean Choice Energy. Jane has served on the Board of Trustees for Arts Education Alliance of Maryland (AEMS) since 2017. She served on the Board of Trustees of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company from 2006 to 2015, and for several years was its president. She is an ardent supporter of the arts in Baltimore. Her husband is the professional musician and song writer Arty Hill and her daughter, Josie, is an animation artist-in-training at the Columbus College of Art and Design
Michael Lonegro (Director of Operations and Finance) was the lighting designer for CSC’s Julius Caesar (2017) and has operated lighting for numerous CSC productions. He is a member of the Resident Technical and Design Company. Before joining CSC in 2014, he studied law at the University of Maryland and comparative literature at the University of Chicago and worked for 10 years as a university press editor. He holds a BA from Yale University, where he also designed lighting for undergraduate and graduate theatre productions.
Kristina Lambdin (Resident Costume & Business Manager) won the Broadway World Best Costume Design award for her designs for A Christmas Carol (2016). Some of her costuming credits with CSC include Dracula (2013 and 2019); The Diary of Anne Frank; She Stoops to Conquer; Alice in Wonderland; Red Velvet; Anne of the Thousand Days; The Fantasticks; Macbeth (2016); A Christmas Carol (2014-2018); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005, 2011 and 2014); The Importance of Being Earnest; The Taming of the Shrew (2006 and 2013); Romeo and Juliet (2003, 2012, and student matinees 2015-2019); A Doll’s House; As You Like It (Broadway World Best of Baltimore Award); and The Country Wife. Broadway World named her as a top artist of the 2007 Baltimore Theatre, and she won the Greater Baltimore Theater Award for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005). For more than a decade, she served as the Costume Supervisor for the Baltimore Opera Company and then Lyric Opera Baltimore.
Brandon W Vernon (Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer) is an animator, illustrator, and graphic designer who has worked for numerous publications and theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. He served as the Dramaturg for Dracula (2019). He holds an MFA in Visual Communication from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and a BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has designed for theatre, film, television, and has been a featured artist on MTV.com.
Sarah Curnoles (Production Manager) stage managed with CSC for Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Dracula, A Doll’s House, The Tempest, and Henry V. Before working at CSC, she was self-employed as a life coach. She has also worked at Center Stage as the Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors. Sarah created and directed A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes which was performed at the Baltimore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and various stages around Baltimore.
Daniel O’Brien (Technical Director & Facilities Manager) is a founding member of CSC. Daniel has performed, designed scenery, lights, and served as Technical Director for many productions (among other jobs too numerous to name). He oversaw the construction of CSC’s theatre in Baltimore and designed the sets and lighting for Macbeth (2016); for the inaugural season plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard II; Romeo and Juliet (2015-2019); A Christmas Carol (2014-2019), and many others.
Ron Heneghan (Director of Education) oversees education programs for CSC. More than 13,000 students attended performances in the 2018-2019 student matinee program, while the in-school residency, where CSC Teaching Artists embed in English/Language Arts classrooms as a resource for teachers and a learning experience for their students, served more than 2,500 students in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Howard Counties. Ron is a member of the CSC Resident Acting Company and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a BS from the University of Maryland.
Gerrad Alex Taylor (Associate Artistic Director & Director, The Studio) directed Dracula (2019); A Christmas Carol (2018); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018), and co-directed Henry IV, Part 2 (2019) for CSC. Gerrad also teaches in the theatre departments at UMBC and George Washington University. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a member of CSC's Resident Acting Company, and has worked as an actor, director, and educator for theaters and educational institutions across the country including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Pacific Conservatory Theatre-PCPA, Everyman Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Washington Stage Guild, and the Children's Theatre of Annapolis. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Mandy Benedix (Box Office Manager) previously worked as the Audience Relations and Box Office Manager at Baltimore Centerstage. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in Theater. She has had the pleasure of living and working in Chicago and New York prior to calling Baltimore her home.
Pamela S. Forton (Senior House Manager) supports the Box Office and coordinates many of the front-of-house and patron services that make audiences feel welcome in our beautiful theater and at the Ruins.
Ellie Skoda (Box Office Associate) is making their CSC debut as box office associate this summer. She is a recent graduate with a BA in Theatre Arts from McDaniel College.
Miranda Solomon (Marketing & Development Assistant) assists and supports CSC’s marketing and development teams in promoting and funding CSC's work. She previously worked at Omnibus Theatre, a small fringe theatre in London, UK, as a marketing intern. She holds a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Marketing from the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University.
Chester Stacy (Scenic Carpenter/Painter, and Assistant Technical Director) has designed, built, and painted many CSC productions, including Alice in Wonderland, The Fantasticks, Red Velvet, and Titus Andronicus; and for Baltimore Center Stage’s Thoughts of a Colored Man and Shakespeare in Love. Chester Creates LLC, has provided film production design for The Night Watchmen, set decoration for House of Cards and The Wire; and environmental graphics for Crunch Fitness, Royal Caribbean, Bmore Greek Grill, and Healthy Highlandtown.
Russell Laury (Porter) worked with Southway Builders on the transformation of our landmark building into a beautiful Downtown Baltimore theater before joining the CSC staff.
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Paul and Chandler Tagliabue, in honor of Emily Rockefeller
Penny Thompson and Charlie Riesz
Mr. and Mrs. A. Stanley Brager, Jr.
Kevin G. and Susan A. Burke
Virginia Tyler Campbell
Kim Citizen and Biffery Braxton
Yara Cheikh and Firmin DeBrabander
Jeff and Carolyn Crooks
David Donelson and Joan Speer
John C. Eisner and Jennifer Dorr White
Joseph Ferlise and Barry Carter
Kevin and Sherry Frick
Dennis J. Gallagher
Ian Gallanar and Maria Trujillo
Jesse and Carol Gardner
Judith Golding and Rob Brager
Glen R. Goodwin and Dr. Jennifer Cooper
Carole and Scott Greenhaus
Bill and Ruth Henry
Nick and Cynthia Islin
Chris and Mary Ellen Kiehne
Mr. Richard W. Ley
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Malin
Janet and Tom McGlynn
Nora Brigid Monahan
Frank B. and Mary Ellen Moorman
Kevin and Joyce Parks
Walter and Mary-Ann Pinkard
Mr. Earle Pratt and Dr. Kelly Emerson
Robert E. Prince
Erin and Steven Prumo
Sean Rhoderick and Ana Kornegay
Sharon and Michael Runge
Scott and Sharon Stewart, CE Science Inc.
Julie Suman and Mark Toohey
Doris S. Sweet
Charles† and Mary Jo Wagandt
Joe and Valerie Yingling
Anonymous, in memory of Jed and Grace Tucker
Dr. Murry Bentley and Ms. Linda J. Clark
Susan Betso and Carol Clark
Pamela H. Bilger
Don and Patricia Black
Sherilyn Brinkley and Jeff Brotman
Bob Burke and Helen Blumberg
Glenn and Sandy Campbell
Robert and Kathryn Cole
Ernie and Linda Czyryca
Natalie Davis and Brian Corwell
Chris and Mary Alane Downs
Caleb and Amber Driesman
Dean Ford and Mary Turos
Caroline Griffin and Henry E. Dugan, Jr.
Rabbi Joanne and Dr. Gary Heiligman
Chris Hendrie and Carolyn Hitt
Mark A. G. Huffman
The Kempton Family
Tim and Jennifer Kingston
Steven Kittner and Mary Farmer, in honor of Roger Sherwin
The Klipp-Lischner Family
David Mintzer and Cinda Hughes
Professor Megan Olsen and Professor Tim Wood
Nancy and Tom O'Neil
Paul and Jenny Oxborough
Rev. Patricia Payne
Frederick N. Pearson
Kathleen and Rich Rattell
Charles Wheatley and Kimberly Reeves
Keenan and Natasha Rice
Susan Shaner and John Roberts
Sarah S. Robinson
Morrie and Martha Ruffin
Carolan and Brian Stansky
George and Holly Stone
Beth and David Tohn
Kem and Susan White
Matt and Sarah Wilson
Paul and Irene Aldridge
Richard and Kathleen Baum
Charlie and Kathy Beach
Michael and Teri Bennett
Elizabeth and Ira Berman
Cheryl Bernard-Smith and Chip Smith
Leslie and Hugh Bethell
Kristi and Dan Blackwood
Jean and Randy Boone
Peter Bouxsein and Jodi Dunn
Jean Waller Brune
Bob and Jan Busch
Mike and Elsa Cain
Susan and Geoff Carey
The Schenkel Family
Jeffrey and Elaine Christ
Dr. Martha J. Connolly
Mary and John Cooper
Vinny DeMarco and Molly Mitchell
Bruce and Lindsay Fleming
Donna and Joe Flynn
Anna and Charlie Gable
Tom and Jeanne Gildee
Jefferson M. Gray
Drs. Forrest Hall and Cynthia Tifft
Frank Heneghan, in honor of Helen Heneghan
Mary Parker and Adam Hill
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Hunt
Shelley Korch, in honor of CSC Staff
Tim and Mary Kwei
Paul and Moira Larsen
Sherry and Bryan Lazarson
Alison and Laddie Levy
Brooke Lierman and Eben Hansel
Karyn and Barry Marsh
Sara Marie Massee, in memory of Tina Blevins
Victor McGlaughlin M.D.
Linda and Jerry Meyer
Janet Minke and Wes Dixon
Mark Morgan and Melissa Varney
Ken Moss and Patryce Toye
Jennifer C. Munch
Morgan and Michael Nebistinsky
Russell and Karla Nemec
Marsden McGuire and Mary E. O'Byrne
Jacob Lauinger and Marisa O'Connor
Thomas L. and Leslie V. Owsley
David and Cheryl Pace
Stephen Parker and Ginny Larsen
Steve and Cynthia Parr
William and Nancy Paternotte
Rebecca Pearlman and Peter Evans
Marian and Mitch Perkey
Keven Perkins and Christine Bordine
Louis Perkins and Drusilla Schmidt-Perkins
Mr. Samuel M. Peters and Dr. Suzanne Hurst
Susan H. Pratt
Stasia and Patrick Reynolds
Brian and Barbara Scheetz
Mark and Kathy Schmidt
Patricia E. Smeton
James and Anne Smith
Phil and Pat Stackhouse
Andrew Tagliabue and Mark Jones, in honor of Emily Rockefeller
Michael Terrin and Bess Keller
Lindsay Thompson and Kevin Mercer
Friends of Matthew Nayden—Litigation, in memory of James F. Nayden
Mary Jo Tydlacka
Lorraine and Leon Ukens
Dr. Charles Emerson Walker, in honor of Michael Sullivan
Eric and Mary Walker
Susan M. Watts
Maria J. Wawer
Greg and Rhea Weber
Trevor and Rosemary Williams
Jenny Wright and Josh Osborne
Mr. and Mrs. H. Ronald Zielke
Dr. Newton Franklin Adkinson
Patricia and Sushil Advaney
Charley Albert, in honor of Lizzi Albert
Daniel and Kelly Allan
William and Laurie Anderson
Nathan Thomas and Maura McNally
Robert and Martha Armenti
Mackenzie and Jennifer Astin
Elliott and Janis Badder
Kathleen Barber and Barry Feinstein
Brian Bauer and Samantha Sharbonda
William and Geraldine Beach
Erik and Jen Berry
Teresa and Michael Betenbaugh
Patricia Howland Bond
Chet and Diane Brewer
Joe and Jane Brinley
Elizabeth Burin and Avishai Ben-David
Susan R. Buswell
Richard Chambers and Heidi Herr
Dave and Pat Chason
Theresa Childs and Mark Kinzie
Lea Ann Christenson, Ph.D.
Cindy and Nick Clemens
Luke Clippinger and Patrick Burns
Alan and Deborah Cohen
Emried and Wandaleen Cole
Janet and Sean Coleman
David and Sara Cooke
John and Nancy Cowger
E. Darrin and Kathi Cox
Jim and Rae Cumbie
Ann Ottewil and Dr. J. Stephen Cunat
Grace and Frank Cunningham
Scott and Amber Curtis
Janice and Robert Davis
Mary H. Davisson
Trisha and Bobby Deen
Vince and Sherry DeFrancisci
Sean and Laura Delaney
Ray Mercer and Patricia Delk-Mercer
Michele DeMusis and John Campbell
David Ditman and Denise Valancius-Ditman
Barbie and John Dunning
David and Marian Entin
Karen and Dave Eske
Vanessa and Kevin Eskridge
Mary and George Evering
Elaine and George Farrant
Bruce and Lisa Field
Dr. Dale J. Fixsen and Elizabeth A. Fixsen
Pamela S. Forton
Eric and Esther Frey
Teresa and Carl Gilbert
Ellen Flynn Giles and R.H. Giles
Gil and Terry Gleim
Donna and Abram Goldstein
Kristen Vanneman-Gooding and Ira Gooding
Susan K. Goodman
Michael and Colleen Gottlieb
Noel and Rodger Grammer
Carol and John Green
Ms. Laura Gregorzak
John and Leslie Grimes
Adam and Fredye Gross
Pamela Gueverra-Johnson and Mike Johnson
Dianne and Darren Hackett
Amy Rosewater Halushka
Eric Hansmann and Cheryl Torsney
Steven Harper and Barbara Klein
Lily Hill, in honor of the Fletcher-Hill Family
Kathy Hogue and Nick Sommese
Katharine Hudson, in honor of Robin Hough
Susan and Ted Hussar
John and Jennifer Husson
Dr. Linda J. Jacobs
Roch and Linda Kallmyer
Jerri Kamicker and Ned Brooks
Harold and Norma Kanarek
Robert and Marcia Kargon
Hattie and Eric Katkow
Ed and Elizabeth Kirsch
Matthew and Sandra Knutson
Barbara Kornblatt, in memory of David Kornblatt
Susan M. Krabbe, in honor of Helen Holden
Deborah and Gary Kreipl
Rita M. Kurek, D.D.S.
Brandon and Kari Larche
Bob Barnett, Kim Larson
Frank G. Lemoine
Kim and Andy Lennon
Mary Beth Lennon, in honor of Kevin and Susan Burke
John and Carrie Leovy
Jill and Aaron Levin
Donna and Alex Levy
Tom and Fran Lonegro
Matt and Cheryl Conelius
Judy and David Mauriello
Dr. Fran McCabe
Pat and Jackie McNamara
Suzan and Alex Mecinski
Scot and Cindy Millen
The Miller Family
Gregory and Gretchen Mirkin
Nancy Moore and Robert Goren
Nancy and Scott Moores
Jeffrey Mose, in honor of Melisa Paye
Delise and Matthew Munroe
Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Murphy
Janet and Douglas Neilson
Mr. Lou Nolan and Ms. Korrina Nolan
Rhonda and Paul Nowacek
Wells and Mary Obrecht
Lynne O'Brien and Roger Mitchell
Dr. Bodil Ottesen
Hilary and Thomas Paska
Kazimiera and Jon Patterson
Chris and Mary Pohlig
Robert E. Pownall
Kate and Mike Primm
Mickey and Marian Raup
Patrick Reardo and Marianne Horrigan
Timothy and Julia Reda
Paula and Charles Rees
Art and Evelyn Renkwitz
Mike and Jo Ann Rich
Nicole Ripken and Family
The Robin Family
Scott and Megan Rodgville
Alix and Jeff Rodman
Erica and Tadd Russo, in honor of Jennifer Judd and Kira Brunton
Peter Terry and Joan Salim
Richard and Kayleen Saucier
Sheila Schanck, in honor of Chris Schanck
Steve and Dee Seipp
Kim Shapiro and Mike Pierce
Tim Allard and Darylle Sheehan
Ken and Lois Sheeler-Duncan
The Shore/Swann Family
Ann and Stuart Silver
Don and Lauren Small
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
F. Louise and Wayne F. Smith
Erin Steele, Colin Steele
Beverly and Steve Stein
Anne K. Stratton
Roy and Andrea Struble
David and Irene Tabish
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Techau
Elva E. Tillman, Esq.
H. Mebane and Ivana Turner
Barbara Vaeth, in honor of Molly Moores
Peter Van Allen, in memory of Andrea Kramer
Donna Van Dyke and Andrew Green
Katharine George and Jon Velapoldi
Matthew Von Hendy
Helen and Scott Walper
Anne and Ray Wedgeworth
Sandra Welty and Michael James
Chip and Rhona Wendler
Michael and Roberta Wentworth
Dominic and Ann Wiker
Judy Wixted and George Dappert
Gabriel Vesperman Young
David and Karen Zolet
Corporate, Foundation, and Government Support
The Helm Foundation
State of Maryland
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Maryland State Arts Council
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios, www.Bakerartist.org
City of Baltimore
Maryland Department of Labor
The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
Howard County Arts Council, through a grant from Howard County Government
The John J. Leidy Foundation
Maryland Department of Commerce
Maryland Department of Education
The Morris A. and Clarisse Mechanic Foundation
T. Rowe Price Foundation
The Arts Insurance Program, LLC
Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and the Citizens of Baltimore County
Baltimore National Heritage Area
Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Caroline Fredericka Holdship Charitable Trust, through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee
The M&T Charitable Foundation
J. S. Plank and D. M. DiCarlo Family Foundation
The Nora Roberts Foundation
Southway Builders, Inc.
Applied Development LLC
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Dr. Frank C. Marino Foundation
McCormick & Company
The Sylvia Meisenberg Endowment for Shakespeare Education
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
Paradise Interiors LLC
The Walther Charitable Fund
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Maryland Charity Campaign
Pew Charitable Trusts
T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving
United Way of Central Maryland
Maryland Public Television
Board of Trustees
Laura Boydston, President
Robin Hough, Vice President
Sean Rhoderick, Treasurer
Lesley Malin, Secretary
|Kevin G. Burke
Joseph Ferlise, JD
|Renée S. Lane-Kunz, JD
Nora Brigid Monahan
Earle W. Pratt, III
Ian Gallanar - Founding Artistic Director
Lesley Malin - Managing Director
Jane Coffey - Director of Development
Michael Lonegro - Director of Operations and Finance
Kristina Lambdin - Resident Costume Designer & Business Manager
Brandon W Vernon - Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer
Sarah Curnoles - Production Manager
Daniel O’Brien - Technical Director & Facilities Manager
Ron Heneghan - Director of Education
Gerrad Alex Taylor - Associate Artistic Director & Director, The Studio
Mandy Benedix - Box Office Manager
Pamela S. Forton - Senior House Manager
Stacey Morrison, Tony Pernasilice, Abigail Funk, Candice Christmas, & Gregory Atkin – House Managers
Ben Norin, Lauren Brightwell - Box Office Intern
Miranda Solomon - Marketing & Development Assistant
Chester Stacy - Assistant Technical Director & Assistant Facilities Manager
Russell Laury - Porter
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Scott Alan Small
Gerrad Alex Taylor
Isabelle Anderson - Distinguished Artist in Residence
Kevin Costa - Educator in Residence
Nellie K. Glover - Resident Dance Choreographer
Kristina Lambdin - Resident Costume Designer
Grace Srinivasan - Resident Music Director
Brandon W Vernon - Graphic Designer
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