May 17 – June 15, 2014
Two Performances – A Festival First
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents our first two-performance season featuring an adapted version of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, May 17-June 15. We encourage everyone to see both performances, but patrons can enjoy each as a complete evening of theater.
Henry V telescopes historical events that took place between 1415-1420. The play takes place in London and Southampton in England, and in various locales in northern France.
In this openly theatrical play, a Chorus is our storyteller and guide to the reign of King Henry V and the battle of Agincourt.
The newly crowned Henry V contemplates pursuing his right to lay claim to the French throne. After being convinced by his clergy that he has this right, and having suffered a grievous insult from the French Dauphin, Henry decides to go to war. He departs for Southampton where he foils a plot by three of his peers, who have been bribed by the French to assassinate him. This danger overcome, he sets sail for France and war.
As preparation for war gears up, Falstaff dies. His companions, some of whom appear in Henry IV, grieve Falstaff’s death and go to war with Henry. They include Pistol, Bardolph, and Falstaff’s Page from Henry IV, as well as Nym, a new character in Henry V.
Hearing of Henry’s intent, the French prepare for war, though there is disagreement as to how serious a threat he poses. The French King is concerned. His son, the Dauphin, continues to believe Henry the wastrel youth he was before his father’s death, despite reports that Henry has undergone a transformation.
In France, Henry lays siege to Harfleur, which he takes after much difficulty and loss of life. The fall of Harfleur surprises and enrages the French. Henry determines to return to England for the winter in order to rest his weary troops. The French decide to cut off his army while he is weakened. Though Henry would rather not engage them with an army that is depleted and ill, he is determined to fight if they leave him no choice.
Pistol and his cronies have continued their cowardly ways in Henry’s army. Bardolph is arrested for thievery and, with Henry as witness, hanged. Nym meets a similar fate.
Having cut off the English army’s escape, the French smell an easy victory over the depleted and vastly out-numbered English. To their astonishment, they are routed in the battle of Agincourt and must sue for peace. Henry seeks to solidify his descendants’ claim to the French throne and, among other concessions, demands the hand of Katherine, the French Princess, in marriage. Their heirs shall rule France. To this the French King gives his blessing. The play ends with the Chorus’ reminder that Henry’s victory was destined to be short-lived. His young son, Henry VI, would indeed be crowned the King of England and France, but would lose France as a result of domestic strife and internal political turmoil.
Cast of Characters
|Henry IV||Henry V|
|Jim Butz*||Hal||Henry V|
|Anderson Matthews*||Worcester||Chorus / Montjoy / Erpingham|
|Gary Glasgow*||Lord Chief Justice||Canterbury / Nym / Jamy|
|Joneal Joplin*||Northumberland / Ely||Ely / French King|
|Michael James Reed*||Henry IV||Exeter|
|Jerry Vogel*||Pistol / Sir Walter Blunt||Pistol|
|Alex Miller*||Bardolph / Douglas||Bardolph / Burgundy|
|Andrew Michael Neiman||Poins||Constable / Scroop / Macmorris|
|Charles Pasternak*||Hotspur||Dauphin / Cambridge|
|Chauncy Thomas*||Sir Richard Vernon||Orleans / Grey / Williams|
|Antonio Rodriguez||Humphrey||Rambures / Bates|
|James Hesse||John of Lancaster||Duke of Bedford|
|Dakota Mackey-McGee||Lady Percy||Princess Katherine|
|Kari Ely*||Hostess Quickly||Hostess Quickly / Queen Isabel|
|Kelley Weber||Lady Northumberland||Alice|
|Eric Dean White||Morton||Governor / Salisbury / Le Fer|
|Leo Ramsey||Thomas of Clarence / Peto||Various Roles|
|Dan Haller||Falstaff’s Page||Boy|
Drew Battles* (Gower) is pleased to be returning to SFSTL after making his St. Louis stage (streets) debut with Old Hearts Fresh. Regional credits include The Seafarer (Sharky) and Opus (Alan) at Southern Repertory Theatre; Macbeth (Macbeth) and King Lear (Egar) at New Orleans Shakespeare Fest at Tulane; August: Osage County (Bill), A Free Man of Color (Pincepousse/Tallyrand), King Lear (Edmund), Design for Living (Earnest), A Doll’s House (Torvald), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne),…
Jim Butz* (Henry V) could not be more thrilled to be returning to the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis! He was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Freud’s Last Session, as C.S. Lewis. Favorite credits include Hamlet Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, A Number The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lobby Hero The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Measure for Measure The Mustardseed Theatre, The Merchant of Venice The New Jewish Theatre, Biloxi Blues The Geva Theatre,…
Mason Conrad (York) feels incredibly excited and blessed to be a part of this festival! Originally from Friendswood, Texas, he is currently a junior at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis. His past credits there include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orpheus in Eurydice, and Frank Harcourt in The Country Wife.
Tony DeBruno* (Fluellen) is a 21-year company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles he has played for include Shylock/Antonio (Merchant of Venice), Otto Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Leonato/Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Charley (Death of a Salesman), Pisario (Cymbeline), and Charley (August Osage County), to name a few. DeBruno received his MA from the University of Arizona, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.
Kari Ely* (Hostess Quickly / Queen Isabel), a St. Louis native, is thrilled to be making her debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She has worked for virtually every professional company in St. Louis. Highlights include: Repertory Theatre: Mrs. John Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility), Nurse/Harriet (Sunday in the Park with George); Stages for 19 seasons: Desiree (A Little Night Music), Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie); New Jewish: Rose (Sirens), Lil (Kindertransport); HotCity Theatre:…
Gary Glasgow* (Canterbury / Nym / Jamy) is pleased to be returning for his 11th season at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, where favorite productions include Twefth Night (Fabian), Richard III (Hastings), The Tempest (Sebastian), Macbeth (Porter), Romeo and Juliet (Paris) and The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio). Most recently, he appeared in the critically acclaimed production of All Is Calm at Mustard Seed Theatre. Locally, he has also worked at The MUNY (18 seasons), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,…
Dan Haller (Boy) is finishing 8th grade at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, IL where he loves participating in theater, soccer, volleyball, and scholar bowl. ICS competes in the American Scholastic Achievement League Challenge for which Dan is the 2013 Illinois state champion. At age 10 Dan began acting at The Actor’s Attic where he studies improvisational theater and acting with Mary Beth Babcock. He continued with SFSTL summer camp where he…
James Hesse (Duke of Bedford) is very excited to be joining the 2014 season of St. Louis Shakespeare! James is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE where he performed in over 20 main stage productions. His most recent professional credit was at The Broward Stage Door Theater in Coral Springs, FL as David (The Twilight of the Golds). James is also an experienced carpenter having worked at The Goodspeed Opera House during the 2013 season on their productions of Good News!,…
Joneal Joplin* (Ely / French King) is making his sixth appearance with the Festival beginning with its inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet. He has been seen in hundreds of productions in countless cities in the majority of the United States and Canada. Most recently he has appeared in productions of Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, 1776, Richard II, and To Kill A Mockingbird. He has received Kevin Klein Awards, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Acclaim Awards, Special Recognition Awards,…
Dakota Mackey-McGee (Princess Katherine) is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis this summer. Professional credits include Comedy of Errors (St Louis Rep), Civil War (Theatreworks USA). Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre: Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Julia in A Murder is Announced, Waitress in Hank Williams Lost Highway. Other favorite credits include: Anne Frank in Yours, Anne, Wendla in Spring Awakening and April in The Pig Iron People. Graduate of Webster Conservatory…
Anderson Matthews* (Chorus / Montjoy / Erpingham) most recently appeared at SFSTL as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and before that as Polonius in Hamlet. He has appeared in 27 productions at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, most recently in Other Desert Cities. Other productions include Flea in Her Ear, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blue Orange, Betrayal, A Number, and Copenhagen. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, and Hartford Stage,…
Alex Miller* (Bardolph / Burgundy) is humbled to have the opportunity to work with such talented artists. As an Associate Professor at Millikin University, Alex teaches all levels of Acting and Stage Combat. In addition to his university duties, he serves as artistic director for Shakespeare Corrected, an alliance between the Decatur Correctional Center and Millikin University, which immerses students and offenders in a 10-month collaborative process resulting in a full length annual production.
Andrew Michael Neiman (Constable / Scroop / Macmorris) Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Richard III (Tyrell/2nd Murderer/Blunt). Chicago: As You Like It (Le Beau/US Touchstone) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Chrysalis The Gift. St. Louis: Pericles (Pericles) and Henry V (Henry) St. Louis Shakespeare; Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather (Michael) Non-Prophets; The Elephant Man (John Merrick) Stray Dog Theatre; Jest Murder Mysteries. East Coast: Measure for Measure (Duke Vincentio) Connecticut Repertory Theatre;…
Charles Pasternak* (Dauphin / Cambridge) is making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. Regional: Henry V in Henry V, King Louis XIV/Philippe in Man in the Iron Mask (world premiere), Prince Hal in Henry IV, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Rinaldo in All’s Well That Ends Well (dir. Tim Ocel) among others, with Shakespeare Santa Cruz (4 seasons); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers with The Denver Center Theatre Company; Creditors with Ensemble Theatre, Santa Barbara (Indy Award);…
Reginald Pierre (Westmoreland) is thrilled to be taking part in his first Shakespeare Festival production. A St. Louis native, Reginald is an avid film and television fan and a nature photography enthusiast. His recent credits include Macon in Gee’s Bend (Mustard Seed Theatre) and Davis in Red Light Winter (HotCity Theatre). He would like to thank Tim and Bruce for the opportunity to be a part of this grand undertaking and his family for their unwavering support.
Leo Ramsey (Various Roles) is so thrilled to be making his main-stage debut at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. He began working with the Festival as a member of the Shakespeare Squadron, was part of the original musical Winning Juliet (Tyson) through Metro-Youth, and the green-show for Twelfth Night (Malvolio). He also appeared in the Youth Chorus at the MUNY in multiple shows including Les Miserables (2013), and many shows with COCA Theatre Company,…
Michael James Reed* (Exeter) will be making his third appearance with the Festival since moving to St Louis four years ago, having been in Taming of the Shrew and last year’s Twelfth Night. He has appeared numerous times at the Rep, including the recent The Mousetrap, as well as Clybourne Park, A Steady Rain, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The Vibrator Play. Other local credits include The Price and Speed-the-Plow with New Jewish, Upstream Theatre in Blood Wedding, Hot City in Entertaining Mr. Sloane,…
Antonio Rodriguez (Rambures / Bates) could not be more jazzed to be returning to SFSTL as a part of such a thrilling project, having appeared in last year’s Shakespeare in the Streets production of Old Hearts Fresh and in the 2011 education tour. For the past four years he has performed across St. Louis with many companies including New Jewish Theatre, Upstream Theater, Mustard Seed Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Max and Louie Productions, Stray Dog Theatre, and OnSite Theatre…
Chauncy Thomas* (Orleans / Grey / Williams) is thrilled to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, after previously performing in Othello. He received BAs in Drama with an Acting Emphasis and Psychology from Washington University. Recent credits include Topdog/Underdog (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), Jackie and Me (First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee), and The Winter’s Tale (Mustard Seed Theatre). For the past four seasons, he has performed at the St. Louis Black Rep in nine productions,…
Jerry Vogel* (Pistol) is a St. Louis-based, professional actor. Some favorite roles for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis include; The Dukes in As You Like It, Clarence in Richard III and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Most recently, Jerry was seen in An Iliad for Upstream Theatre, Shrek: The Musical at the MUNY and Time Stands Still at Insight Theatre. Regional theatre credits include: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Rep, New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre,…
Kelley Weber (Alice) has been an actress and teacher in St.Louis for the last 18 years. She has worked all over including The St. Louis Rep, The New Jewish Theater, Hot City, and Mustard Seed Theater where she is a resident artist. She is the theater director at Clayton High School and has her MFA in Acting from University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Eric Dean White (Governor / Salisbury / Le Fer) is extremely pleased to be returning to Shakespeare Festival for the second time, having last appeared in the 2012 production of Othello. He studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and currently lives in St. Louis with his beautiful wife and two daughters. Since moving to St. Louis a few years ago, he has worked on a number of theatre, film and commercial projects with many different companies. He can next be seen in The Normal Heart…
*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
William Shakespeare (Playwright) rose from obscurity to become the most read, adapted and translated writer of all time, but also the subject of great speculation. We know he was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on April 25, 1616. Tradition holds that he was born three days earlier, and that he died on his birthday—April 23—but this is perhaps more romantic myth than fact.
Bruce Longworth (Director, HENRY V), directed Hamlet in 2010 and Othello in 2012, is delighted to return to the Festival. He has been a faculty member in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University since 1985, and is currently the Head of the Performance programs. Local and regional directing credits include The Gamester, The Taming of the Shrew, Bah Humbug!, The Nutcracker, and The Elves and the Shoemaker for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis;…
Scott Neale (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to the Shakespeare Glen after designing the set for the past two years for Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew*. Scott received his MFA from Northwestern University and currently resides in St. Louis, Mo. where he runs his design business. St. Louis credits include Jackie and Me, Metro Theater Co.; Clybourne Park†, The Invisible Hand, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Awake and Sing, The New Jewish Theatre**; Conversations with an Executioner,…
Scott is an adjunct professor of hand drafting and AutoCad at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He is also a credited contributor to the collegiate textbook “Scene Design and Stage Lighting,” 9th and 10th Editions (Parker, Wolf & Block : 9th Edition © Wadsworth 2009) www.scottcnealedesign.com. *Denotes Kevin Kline Award Nomination ** Denotes Kevin Kline Award Recipient †Denotes Louie Award Recipient
Dorothy Marshall Englis (Costume Designer) is pleased to return to the Festival, where she previously designed costumes for Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and last year’s Twelfth Night. Long associated with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, she has designed many shows including Macbeth; Amadeus; Kiss Me Kate; The Taming of the Shrew; and Saint Joan. For Illinois Shakespeare Festival, designs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello,…
John Wylie (Lighting Designer, HENRY V) is the Head of Production Programs at Webster University where he teaches Technical Direction and Lighting. He is a graduate of Augustana College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. John has designed for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Missouri Rep, the St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theatre Company, Variety Children’s Theatre and Geva Theatre in New York, among others. This is his eigth season with SFSTL. In past seasons,…
Gregg Coffin (Composer) has created, directed, arranged and orchestrated the music for productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Off-Broadway/NY: Composer/Lyricist: Five Course Love (Minetta Lane Theatre), Convenience (Duke on 42nd Street); International: The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Stratford Festival of Canada); Slavs! (Tarragon Theatre); Vinci (National Arts Centre/Manitoba Theatre Center/CanStage); Regional: The Cocoanuts (Oregon Shakespeare Festival);…
Rusty Wandall (Sound Designer) is excited to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his third year. He is currently Head of Sound Design at Webster University and the Resident Sound Designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Rusty holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sound Design from UMKC. Recent designs include: Race (Kevin Kline nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation (Kevin Kline nomination), A Steady Rain, The Comedy of Errors,…
Suzanne Mills (Voice and Text Coach) is honored to return to the Festival for her fifth season. Previously, she has coached Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, and Twelfth Night. Local credits elsewhere include coaching An Almost Holy Picture, The Winter’s Tale and Tartuffe for Mustardseed Theatre. She has taught Voice & Speech and Acting for Lindenwood University, St. Louis University, and Fontbonne University. She has enjoyed a long time collaboration with Bruce Longworth, director of Henry V,…
Paul Dennhardt (Fight Choreographer) is delighted to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his seventh season as Fight Director. Paul is a professor of theatre at Illinois State University where he heads the movement training for the MFA in Classical Acting. He is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (M. AmSAT), a Fight Director/Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a Master Teacher/Fight Director with Dueling Arts International. Paul’s fight direction…
Dennhardt has been on the teaching staff for the National Stage Combat Workshop and has conducted workshops in stage combat and the Alexander Technique at the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting, the University of Montevallo, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the National Stage Combat Workshop, numerous SAFD regional stage combat workshops, the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the Taipei National University of the Arts, the Igor Neils Kreinig International Arts Academy in Moosburg, Austria, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival and the American College Theatre Festival. Dennhardt is the proud recipient of the Society of American Fight Directors 2010 Patrick Crean Award.
Emilee Buchheit* (Stage Manager) is delighted to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for her fourth season in the park! She previously stage managed SFSTL’s production of Twelfth Night in 2012 and The Taming of the Shrew in 2011 as well as assistant stage managed SFSTL’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2009. Emilee also is a Stage Manager for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis where she most recently stage managed The Other Place and Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976.
Ashley Newman* (Assistant Stage Manager) is very excited to be spending her first summer with the Shakespeare Festival. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ashley has spent the past two years in St. Louis working for the Repertory Theatre’s Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC). Favorite credits include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Annie Oakley, and A Gnome for Christmas with ITC, 9 to 5, The Producers, and How I Became a Pirate at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL,…