Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Streets

Shakespeare in the Streets

In North St. Louis County & Calhoun County, IL
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It
September 13 & 14 at 7:00 PM

Free | Reservations Recommended

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Each night, the audience will be transported between two locations:
Act 1 Location – The intersection of Page and Ferguson by 24:1 Coffeehouse/Cafe
Act 2 Location – The Mississippi River at the Golden Eagle Ferry by Kinder’s Restaurant
**Transportation to and from the  Mississippi River will be provided.**

More on the Project from the National Endowment for the Arts: Only Connect: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide through Theater by Paulette Bette


Tickets: The performances are free but reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot here:

Seating: We recommend bringing your own lawn chairs. The Festival will have a limited number of chairs for audience use at each location on a first come first serve basis.

Parking in Pagedale: The First Baptist Church (directions)

Food and Drink: You are allowed to bring in your own food and beverages, but be prepared to carry for the duration of the travel. Glass containers or alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the buses. There will be complimentary food tastings at each location as well as a small concession for water and soft drinks. On Saturday, the 24:1 Arts & Culture Festival will precede the performance with local food trucks, vendors, and more.

Pets: Due to the travel involved, pets are not allowed at this performance.

Mobility and Accessibility Questions? There will be limited number of accessible parking spots at 24:1 Coffeehouse & Cafe and two buses that are ADA compliant. Please reach out Allie Magee at 314-531-9800 ext. 113 or


Parking and Site Map

Parking in Pagedale: The First Baptist Church (directions)

For Calhoun County, IL Residents:
Arrive at the Golden Eagle Ferry near Kinder’s Resturant by 6 PM to journey across the river and catch the bus to Pagedale. (directions)

Schedule of Events

The performance will take approximately three and half hours to complete.

  • 6 PM: Calhoun residents meet at Golden Eagle Ferry for buses to Pagedale / Registration opens at Page and Ferguson.
  • 7 PM: Act 1 begins.
  • 7:25 PM: Intermission / Board buses to Calhoun County.
  • 8:10 PM: Transfer from buses to the Golden Eagle Ferry.
  • 8:30 PM: Audience departs ferry for setting of Act 2.
  • 8:45 PM: Act 2 begins on the bank of the Mississippi River.
  • 9:30 PM: Performance ends / Board buses to Pagedale.
  • 10:15 PM: Buses arrive back to the parking lot at First Baptist Church in Pagedale.


The world premiere play is based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It and is the culmination of a year’s work in Calhoun County, IL and North St. Louis County, MO. It is part of Shakespeare Festival’s ongoing work to bridge the urban-rural divide and elevate the voices of Midwest artists and residents.

Love at the River’s Edge opens with one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The players are Midwestern families and their journey of love, community and reconciliation will take audience members from Pagedale, MO to Calhoun County, IL, with the mighty Mississippi in a starring role. 


AUDREY Audrey J. Black
OLIVER Daniel Clear
ADAM Anita Jackson*
ORLANDO Jason J. Little
CECIL Victor Mendez
CEE CEE Margaret Mischeaux
CASHIER Ralph “Jack” Moses
PHOEBE Ellie Nolte
JACKSON Chris Ware
ROSALIND Lindsey Watters
WHITTMOND Eric Dean White*
ENSEMBLE Olivia Brodbeck
Tiara Brown
Kaleb Garrett
Andrew Heffington
Haylee Kress
Megan Steward


Audrey J. Black (Audrey)  is the ninth & tenth grade School Guidance Counselor at Carnahan High School of the Future and the Special Projects Coordinator for Mayor Terry Epps, City of Pine Lawn. Black has been a counselor at Carnahan High School since 2003 and formerly a middle school teacher for 10 years. In addition, she has been the Special Projects Coordinator for Mayor Epps since 2016. She is an active member of the Westside M.B. Church in St. Louis, MO and performs in plays and skits as part of the Theater Ministry.  She is a mother of four and believer in Jesus Christ.  In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, tranquility and traveling.

Olivia Brodbeck  (Ensemble) is a seventh grader at Brussels Junior High School. She is incredibly excited to join the cast of Love at the River’s Edge as well as the Shakespeare in the Streets experience. This is Olivia’s second stage appearance with her fist being a munchkin in Calhoun Entertainment Company’s production of The Wizard of Oz in 2018. She enjoys the outdoors and country life.

Tiara Brown (Ensemble) This is Tiara fourth musical after starring in Once On This Island (Ti Moune) and appearing in Oklahoma! and others at Normandy High School and Middle School. She is very honored and grateful to be apart of Love at the River’s Edge with her fellow classmates from Normandy and representing her school. She would like to thank her choir teacher, Mr. Foster, all of the cast members for making her feel comfortable and everyone that comes out to enjoy the show.

Daniel Clear (Oliver) is a senior at Heritage Classical Christian Academy, and is thrilled to be performing in Love at the River’s Edge. He is a member of Shakespeare Squadron, the Festival’s teen acting ensemble, and has participated in the Festival’s Shakespeare summer camp and Shakespeare in the Park Green Show. Favorite roles include The Winter’s Tale (Leontes), Henry V (Henry V) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Biron). He thanks his teachers, family, friends and the Festival for this opportunity.

Kaleb Garrett (Ensemble) is a junior at Normandy High School. He is excited to return to the stage after performing in Oklahoma! (Andrew Cranes) at his school production. He would like to thank Mr. Foster for teaching him how to act.


Andrew Heffington (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be making his theatrical debut as a cast member of Love on the River’s Edge. Over the course of his young life, Andrew has developed an enjoyment of Shakespeare due to his father’s influence. Andrew is excited to have this opportunity to explore his interests.


Anita Jackson* (Adam) is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York. Previous work at The Black Rep includes Crowns (Mother Shaw), Caroline or Change (Caroline) and Blues in the Night (The Lady), for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award. She performed in the annual Tennessee Williams Festival’s Hello from Bertha (Bertha) for which she was nominated for a St. Louis Theatre Circle award. Anita is a Kranzberg Arts Foundation (KAF) fellow and a featured jazz performance and recording artists. She is so honored to share in this collaborative production with Shakespeare in the Streets.

Haylee Kress (Ensemble) is a freshman at Brussels High School. She plays the euphonium in the school band. Love at the River’s Edge will be the first production she will take part in. She is ecstatic for the opportunity to be a part of the cast. Thanks to Carly Cottingham for co-creating the drama club!


Mama Lisa (Duchess) is the president, founder and artistic director of Fundisha Enterprises (Founded in 1995). Fundisha Enterprises focuses its works on empowering the community through the preservation of African culture and the celebration of performing arts traditions from the diaspora.  With over 35 years of professional experience, Mama Lisa brings seasoned expertise in academics, percussion, dance, storytelling, craft and oral history. In partnership with these efforts, Mama Lisa continues to speak, teach and perform with various local and national entities. Her credits include Afi Ama Folk Performing Co., Unity Art Ensemble, Non-Stop Reggae, Grupo Atlantico (Columbia), Drums N Harmony, Cambooley, McCree Theatre (MI), Umoja African Arts Co. (PA), Us Players (SLU), Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities and the The St. Louis Black Repertory Co.

Jason J. Little (Orlando)  is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare in the Streets this year. He performed in the regional premiere of Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio back in 2017 with The St. Louis Shakespeare company. Some of his other previous performance’s consists of The Meeting as Malcolm X(Jpek Theater Company), A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (The Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Camwood on the Leaves, a show overseas in the Bermuda islands and many others around St. Louis and out of town. Jason would like to thank his family for allowing him to use his gift to tell stories to the world!

Victor Mendez (Cecil) is delighted to make his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. He is a recent graduate from Washington University and has studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Past roles include Pedro in The Night of the Iguana (TW Festival), Lodovico in Othello (St. Louis Shakespeare), various characters with Jest Murder Mystery (Lemp Mansion), and Father/Jasper/Freddie in Aunt Dan and Lemon (Washington University Performing Arts Department). He sends his love to family, friends, and the Up-Down crew.

Margaret Mischeaux (Cee Cee) is beyond elated to be a part of this wonderful cast and unique project. As a junior from Normandy High School, Mischeaux is a proud member of Thespian Troupe 837 for which also serves as Vice President. Mischeaux has appeared in Zooman and the Sign, Once On This Island and most recently starring as Laurey in Oklahoma!

Ralph “Jack” Moses (Cashier)From growing up in Calhoun County, living in Chicago and returning to his family farm in Golden Eagle, Ralph Moses brings his experience as a Computer Systems Engineer, Horsemanship Instructor and Farmer to the stage. His background includes studying acting, playing in a band, performing horsemanship demonstrations, and competing in World Championship of barrel racing. His life experiences allow him to combine the excitement and energy of being a country boy with worldly attitudes of big city living.

Ellie Nolte (Phoebe) is the daughter of Mark and Jeniffer Nolte of Golden Eagle, Illinois. She is currently a Junior at Brussels High School and is a percussionist in the school band. She had a blast playing Go-to-Hell Kitty in Chicago last spring is thrilled to be playing Phoebe in Love at the River’s Edge! She also hopes everyone loves the show as much as she does!

Megan Steward (Ensemble) is a teacher at Brussels Grade School along with sponsoring the drama club. She is extremely thrilled to be involved with the Shakespeare in the Streets production of Love at the River’s Edge. During her high school years, she was an active member of Alton High’s Thespian troupe #126. She has been part of many productions including The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, You Can’t Take It With You, Man of La Mancha and many more. Her love of the theatre has continued to grow since participating in her first play and is excited to share her love of theatre with the next generation.

Charity Troupe (Ensemble) is in sixth grade at Salvage Middle School. This is her first time performing. She has loved to act since she was little and has always been an overachiever. Her dream is to study theater at The Juilliard School and one day play Portia in the Merchant of Venice because she is a great role model for women in Shakespeare. She would like to thank her mom and dad for supporting her always.

Chris Ware (Jackson) is 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 Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Bud, Not Buddy (Metro Theatre Company), Of Mice and Men (Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble) and Games Dad Didn’t Play (Metro Theatre Company).

Lindsey Watters (Rosalind) is thrilled to join the cast of Love at The River’s Edge. She is a member of the Calhoun Entertainment Company with appearances in Chicago (Velma) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) and joined the cast of Alton Little Theater in Mamma Mia (Ali). After a high school English teacher helped her find her love of Shakespeare, she is incredibly excited for this opportunity. Thanks Mrs. D!

Eric Dean White* (Wittmond)  is excited to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and to be taking part in one of his favorite St. Louis traditions: Shakespeare in the Streets.  Eric has worked for many theatres in St. Louis and regionally in New York, Houston, etc.  He studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Love to Wendy, Payton, and Cassidy for their never-ending patience and support.


Richardson, Mariah L. -- PhotoMariah L. Richardson (Playwright) A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Richardson received her BA in Communications from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Smith College in Playwriting. Recipient of the Regional Arts commission $20,000 Artist Fellowship 2016, Richardson was named to the Confluence Regional Writers Project with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for 2019. In 2018 she was their playwright …

Kathryn Bentley (Director)  is an Associate Professor of Theater Performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she is the Artistic Director of SIUE’s Black Theatre Workshop as well as the Director of the Black Studies Program.  Some of her directing credits include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Colored Museum, Since Africa, Venus, Only Just a Minute, and Intimate Apparel. Kathryn is the Artistic Director of Bread …

Kendrick Lawson-Knight (Set Design) is thrilled to work on his first show with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Shakespeare in the Streets.He is currently a senior at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where he studies Scene Design. His upcoming work includes Twelfth Night (Webster University) directed by Jason Spelbring and 4 Little Girls (COCA/Black Rep) directed by Jacqueline Thompson. Some of his favorite shows he has designed include Photograph 51 (Webster University) directed by Trace Turner and A New Brain (Ping!) directed by Gaby Rodriguez. Special thanks to the SFSTL team and Switch for making all of this possible.

Felia Davenport  (Costume Designer) received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is an Associate Professor in the Communication and Media Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Davenport has designed for many theatre companies in the St. Louis region, some of her recent credits include Brain Works (Nine Network and Barnes Jewish Hospital), Nonsense and Beauty (Repertory Theater St. Louis), District Merchants (New Jewish Theatre), Caught (The Rep), Mama Africa the Musical (Cape Town, South Africa), The How and The Why (New Jewish Theatre) and much more. Currently, she is designing for Winters Opera, Metro Theatre, and ITC for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Felia is honored to be designing again for Shakespeare in the Streets.

Jayson M. Lawshee (Lighting Design) is currently a Senior BFA Candidate studying Lighting Design at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He has worked within the Conservatory designing productions such as, By The Way…Meet Vera Stark and Choreographic Project:Temporary Beings. Lawshee has also worked with high schools in the Saint Louis area, such as Chaminade College Preparatory School and Nerinx Hall. Designing productions Our Town and Afflicted: Daughters of Salem among others. He is extremely grateful to Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis for giving him the opportunity to be apart of this production!

Syrhea Conaway (Composer/Musician) is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. She continues to present workshops at local schools and libraries, give motivational speeches and performances for non-profit and for profit organizations. She’s produced live sound design NPR’s Peabody Award Winning Podcast “To the Best of Our Knowledge” in the summer of 2017. She made her acting debut in the winter of 2018 with Metro Theater’s production of Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure. Currently she is a member of the Great River’s Greenway Artist of Color Council, and is the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis DJ in residence for 2019.

Colin McLaughlin (Composer/Musician) is an actor, playwright, community social worker, and musician.  Colin is honored to supply music to this wonderful piece of theater, and has learned a lot playing with Syrhea Connaway. He is thrilled to take part in Shakespeare In The Streets, a project that fosters connection and community, and is humbled by the power of art to bring people together.

Delaney Piggins (Associate Producer/Assistant Director) Delaney Piggins serves as the Associate Producer, Lead Teaching Artist and Assistant Director for this year’s Shakespeare in the Streets. She started with this project teaching in the drama class at Brussels Community School. Also at the Festival, Delaney teaches Shakespeare Squadron, Summer Camp and the SHAKE101 Program in St. Louis area schools. A freelance actor and playwright, Delaney has worked with St. Louis companies including The New Jewish Theatre, SATE, That Uppity Theatre Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Imaginary Theatre Company and ANNONYarts. She is a 2019 RAC Individual Artist Grant Recipient, for her study of moment work at Tectonic Theatre in NYC to help her to continue to develop work with a focus on devising and community outreach.

Carolyn Ivy Carter* (Stage Manager) is overjoyed to Stage Manage Love at The River’s Edge at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis! She is thrilled to be a part this collaboration between these communities. Some of her favorite credits include Stage Manager for the Repertory Theatre St. Louis’ Imaginary Theatre Company, Stage Manager for The New Jewish’s I Now Pronounce, and Production Coordinator for The Conservatory’s 50th Anniversary. Graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre arts at Webster. Romans 15:13

  Vanessa Tabourne (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis!  She is a graduate of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a B.F.A. in Stage Management, class of 2019.  She was also an Assistant Stage Manager at Thunder Bay Theatre.  Some of her other credits include working as a Production Assistant for Tuacahn Center for the Arts and Repertory Theatre St. Louis.

Efua Osei (Community Engagement Resident) Efua Osei, originally from Dover, Delaware, is a current junior at Washington University in St. Louis. She is majoring in African & African American Studies, with minors in Political Science and Design. Community Engagement ResidentWhile being a performing artist since she was younger, she’s become more involved with choreography and theater through Black Anthology, which is Washington University’s oldest cultural production…

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association.

Shakespeare in the Streets is underwritten by the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts with generous support from the Whitaker Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts: Creativity Connects, the Strive Fund, Moneta Group, and J.P. Morgan. Leadership support for all of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ new work initiatives comes from Karen & Mont Levy.  

Whitaker Foundation