Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Park

Romeo & Juliet

06.01.18 – 06.24.18

Directed by Elena Araoz

 

In 2018, Romeo & Juliet returned to Shakespeare Glen for the first time since our inaugural season.


Overview

Our 2018 production of Romeo & Juliet was directed by Elena Araoz, a rising star in American Theatre. Visit Elena’s website.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this great love story to life in such an incredibly iconic setting in St. Louis’ beloved Forest Park,” Araoz said. “Working outdoors in the park presents so many opportunities for creativity; it really is an honor to be able to immerse myself in this project.”

Araoz will be joined by a St. Louis-based creative team, including Dottie Marshall Englis (Costumes), Margery and Peter Spack (Scenic Designers), John Wylie (Lighting), Rusty Wandall (Sound), Paul Dennhardt (Fight Choreographer), and Joanna Battles (Voice & Text), all of whom worked on previous Festival productions.

Be sure to join our mailing list for the most up-to-date info.  Click here to sign up.


Cast

Patrick Blindauer (Chorus/Peter/Apothecary) Blindauer makes his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis mainstage debut with Romeo & Juliet, having previously appeared in the Old North production of Shakespeare in the Streets. He also produced Treasure for Treasure, a SHAKE 38 play which added puzzles to Measure for Measure. Local projects include The Wizard of Oz (Lion) at Variety Theatre, 42nd Street at The MUNY, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at Upstream Theater. On-screen, he was featured in…

Harrison Farmer (Ensemble) Farmer was most recently seen in Hamlet (Marcellus) at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He has also appeared in She Kills Monsters (Orcus), The Philadelphia Story (Sandy Lord), and Macbeth (Young Siward) at The Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Harrison will earn his BFA in Acting from The Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in 2019. Love and thanks to his family and friends.

Patrice Foster (Lady Montague) Foster is thrilled to be making her Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut in Romeo & Juliet. She was most recently seen in Kirkwood Theatre Guild’s production of Good People (Kate). Regional credits include Sin Titulo (St. Louis Actors Studio), For Her as a Piano (Pegasus Theatre Chicago), Hanging Mary, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Thousand Cranes (Barter Theatre), and Cinderella (The Berkshire Theatre Group). Foster received her MFA in acting from

Esmeralda Garza (Ensemble) Garza is beyond excited to be working with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Originally from Alamo, TX, Garza has just finished her second year as a musical theatre major at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She was last seen in the ensemble of Hamlet at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She would like to thank all of the friends, family, and mentors that continue to support her journey and especially the Festival for this amazing opportunity!

Gary Glasgow* (Friar Laurence) Glasgow is returning for his 14th season at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Favorite productions include: The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus), Henry IV (Lord Chamberlain), Henry V (Archbishop), Richard III (Hastings), and The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio). Recently, he appeared in the critically-acclaimed production of Dancing at Lughnasa at Mustard Seed Theatre. Other local appearances include…

Dakota Granados* (Tybalt) Professional credits include Hidden Hate/Hidden Love for Anna Deavere Smith and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, and Alligator (The Sol Project and New Georges). Granados is a founding member of the production company Raucous and Quill (instagram:@raucousandquill). He is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Much love to our director Elena, my wonderful friends and my supportive mother.

Karl Hawkins (Balthazar) Hawkins is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis after just concluding the Education Tour. Hawkins is a St. Louis native and a graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. Credits include Cardenio: Shakespeare’s Lost Play (St. Louis Shakespeare); In The Heights (R-S Theatrics); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck); Marcus, or The Secret of Sweet (Marcus); and The 25th Annual Putnam County…

David Heron* (Lord Montague) Award-winning Playwright, Producer, Actor. This is Heron’s Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. Off Broadway/New York credits: The Emperor Jones (Irish Repertory Theater), The Winter’s Tale (New York Classical Theater) Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (New Federal Theater), Pecong, Medea (National Black Theater), Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra (Harlem Shakespeare Festival), and his own play Love and Marriage and New York City…

Daniel Ocanto (Musician) Ocanto is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. He has toured nationally and internationally with a diverse range of groups. His recent touring and studio work has been with Big Harp (CA), Anna McClellan (NY), and Icky Blossoms (NE). His work on the score of Hillary Bettis’ Alligator (The Sol Project/New Georges) earned him and his collaborators a 2017 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding

Jane Paradise* (Nurse) Paradise is delighted to join the amazing family of artists at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Shakespeare credits include Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Williamstown Theater Festival, Williamstown, MA); Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet (Alley Theater, Houston); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe TSTP, London, England). Other regional credits include Marat/Sade, Picnic, Inherit The Wind, The Rose Tattoo, and John Brown’s Body (Williamstown Theater Festival);

Reynaldo Piniella* (Romeo) Piniella was previously seen in The Death of the Last Black Man…; Venus (Signature Theatre Company); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for A New Audience); Romeo & Juliet (Balthasar, Actors Theatre of Louisville); and I & You (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). TV credits include “Sneaky Pete,” “Greenleaf,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “NYC 22,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Us & Them,” “Louie,” “Flesh & Bone,” “The Carrie Diaries”…

Michael James Reed* (Lord Capulet) Reed is a Shakespeare Festival St. Louis veteran, having appeared in The Winter’s Tale, Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (In the Park); Good in Everything (In the Streets); and Loves Labor (Pulitzer Arts Foundation), as well as two season as a teaching artist with the Education Tour (In the Schools). He’s performed locally at the MUNY, New Jewish Theatre, Hot City, Upstream, St. Louis Actors Studio, and…

Cherie Corinne Rice* (Lady Capulet) Rice is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for a third time. Her past roles include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale (2017) and Bianca in Othello (2012). She is most known for her work on the cable TV comedy series, “Nightcap” (PopTv, Hulu). Rice’s favorite past roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Light Fantastic Theater) and Viola/Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Trinity Repertory Company). Rice is Head of Voice and Speech at…

Antonio Rodriguez* (Benvolio) Rodriguez is jazzed to be back with the Festival, having previously appeared in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour, Shakespeare in the Streets and on the main stage in Shakespeare Glen. His favorite St. Louis credits include The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), The Violet Hour (Max & Louie Productions), Cafe Chanson (Upstream Theatre), All is Calm (Mustard Seed Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Stray Dog Theatre), Bad Jews (New…

Sean Smith (Musician) Smith is a trumpet player with 22 years experience. He is also a composer and arranger. He has recorded with Athens, GA’s Reptar, New York City’s Yeasayer, Grant Green Jr. and the gospel world’s Reggie Parker. This past winter he performed with the Dust Ensemble for Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, directed by Elena Araoz. In 2017, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award…

Graham Ulicny (Musician) Multi-instrumentalist and Dust Ensemble member Graham Ulicny has written, toured and recorded music in many capacities. As a founding member of Athens, GA-based band Reptar, he wrote and recorded four studio albums on major independent labels (Vagrant, Lucky Number, Joyful Noise). He is the current keyboardist of Omaha, NE-based band The Faint, with whom he has toured the US and Asia, and recorded…

Chris Ware (Friar John) Ware, a poet who works out of St. Louis, is a local and regional spoken word champion who has contributed writings to “Crossing the Divide,” an anthology of works from St. Louis poets assembled by Michael Castro. Ware’s recent credits include Bud, Not Buddy (Metro Theatre Company), Of Mice and Men (Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble), and Games Dad Didn’t Play (Metro Theatre Company).

Terrell Wheeler* (Mercutio) Terrell Wheeler is a New York-based actor and a Rutgers University graduate with classical training from the Globe Theatre in London. Regional theatre credits include: Fly (Pasadena Playhouse), Lombardi (Riverside Theatre), Carnaval (Luna Stage). Off Broadway: Fly (New Victory Theatre). Off-Off Broadway: O’Neill Unexpected (Metropolitan Playhouse); The Last Saint on Sugar Hill (National Black Theatre). TV credits: “Blue Bloods” (CBS). I am…

Pete Winfrey (Prince/Paris) Winfrey makes his sixth appearance in a Shakespeare Festival St. Louis mainstage production and is thrilled to be back in Forest Park. Previously, he performed in The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the 2015 Education Tour, Twelfth Night, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. Favorite credits include Sweet Revenge (Upstream Theater), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Metro Theater Company), Bad Jews (New Jewish Theatre, St. Louis…

Sigrid Wise (Juliet) Wise is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, having played Emilia/Dorcas in last summer’s production of The Winter’s Tale. Other favorite credits include Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Gretel Brinker) at Metro Theatre Company in St. Louis, The Sonnets (Ensemble) at Bridge Production Group in New York, The Tempest (Miranda) at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Macbeth…

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association


Creative Team

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. Whatever the facts, it is clear that in the years between…

Elena Araoz** (Director) Araoz comes to the Festival with international and Off-Broadway experience in directing new plays, classics and opera. She most recently directed Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud (Boundless Theatre Company), Bystanders, a series on the subject of witnessing, resisting and persisting, for Anna Deavere Smith and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Briandaniel Oglesby’s Small Steps (Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival), and Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s Torera (The Public Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series). New York City

Emilee Buchheit* (Stage Manager) Buchheit is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for her eighth season. She previously stage managed the Festival’s productions of The Winter’s Tale (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016), Antony and Cleopatra (2015), Henry IV and Henry V (2014), Twelfth Night (2013), The Taming of the Shrew (2011), and assistant stage managed The Merry Wives of Windsor (2009).  Most recently Buchheit stage managed The Humans at the…

Nikolas George Brown* (Assistant Stage Manager)  Brown joined the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis team in September as an intern, and is now honored to be the mainstage ASM this summer. Thank you to each and every Festival staff member for all their hard work! Brown just graduated in May from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a degree in Stage Management. Selected credits include: Off-Broadway: Romeo & Juliet at Classic Stage Company, Little Shop of…

Joanna Battles (Text Coach) Battles currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. This season, she was dialect coach for Born Yesterday, Miss Bennett, and Heisenberg (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). As a voice, dialect, and text coach, Battles’ favorite credits include “Bonnie & Clyde: Night and Day” (A&E productions); “The Haunting in Connecticut II” (Lionsgate Films); August: Osage County…

Paul Dennhardt** (Fight Choreographer) Dennhardt’s fight direction was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Hamlet. Past credits at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis include: Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Favorite credits include: The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Beaux Stratagem…

Dust Ensemble (Composers) features the collective minds of Daniel Ocanto, Sean Smith, and Graham Ulicny. The trio first collaborated on Hillary Bettis’ Alligator (2016), under the direction of Elena Araoz, receiving a nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards. Time Out New York described their dynamics ranging from “riotous

Dottie Marshall Englis*** (Costume Designer) Marshall Englis designed costumes for previous Festival productions including the inaugural performance of Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Winter’s Tale. Other recent designs include The Humans, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, The Winslow Boy, and All the Way, (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Two Gentlemen

Kristin Rion (Artistic Line Producer/Assistant Director) Rion is a local producer, director, and teaching artist committed to serving and collaborating with women and underrepresented communities. Recent credits include The Lion King, Jr. (director, COCA), The Music of the Goddess (director, SATE), Every 28 Hours play festival (Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), and Arcadia (Thomasina, West End Players Guild), for which she received a St. Louis Theater Circle…

Laura Skroska (Props Master) is excited to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, having been the props master for the 2017 Education Tour. Skroska studied technical theatre at Northwestern University and SIU-Edwardsville, and received her MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University, and is the Assistant Technical Director for the New Jewish Theatre. Other recent credits include Properties Designer for the 2016 Union Avenue Opera season and Props Master for the 2016-2017…

Margery & Peter Spack / Studio Spack (Scenic Design) Margery & Peter Spack made their Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut with 2016’s Tales of Shakespeare at Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony. Recently they have designed scenery for Heisenberg and Safe House at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Golda’s Balcony, Intimate Apparel (Winner, Set Design in a Play, 2018 STL Theater Circle), and Never the Sinner at The New Jewish Theatre. Upcoming designs include the remount of Shakespeare in the Streets: Blow Winds at the Central Library, June 15 & 16. As Studio Spack Environment Design…

Rusty WandallRusty Wandall (Sound Design) Wandall is excited to be returning to the festival for his seventh year. Wandall was honored with the 2016 St. Louis Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on the Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. He is currently the head of sound design at Webster University and the resident sound designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis.  He has also worked with Variety Children’s Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Opera Theatre…

John Wylie (Lighting Design) Wylie 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 eleventh season with SFTSL. In past seasons, John…

 *Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
**Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
***Denotes member, USA Local 829


Flashback to 2001

Photos from the Festival’s inaugural production in 2001 of Romeo and Juliet

Jennifer Ikeda* as Juliet in our 2001 production of Romeo and Juliet.              *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. Photo © Jerry Naunheim

Set for our 2001 production of Romeo and Juliet. Photo © Jerry Naunheim