Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Streets

Shakespeare in the Streets: Blow, Winds

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear
On the steps of the St. Louis Public Library
June 15 & 16, 2018

Photo by J. David Levy

Location: St. Louis Public Library

With our partners at the St. Louis Public Library and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will present its first public performance of Blow, Winds on the steps of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch in downtown St. Louis. Following the performance cancellations in September of 2017, our community came together in an amazing way to bring this production back to the streets.

Story Inspiration:

“During our frequent conversations with residents, we heard many stories about their love for St. Louis and the pride they have in their neighborhoods.  But we also heard about their frustration with problems that seem to be ingrained, not only in our city, but throughout the world, including inequality, injustice, and violence. This project sheds light on what there is to celebrate in our city, while still acknowledging the problems we all face. Our fate belongs to one another.” Nancy Bell, Playwright

After the cancellation in 2017, the festival has welcomed aboard our new playwriting fellow, Mariah Richardson, to collaborate with our playwright-in-residence and add an important voice to the Blow, Winds story. My major contribution was to rewrite the Fool’s Prophecy. It is no longer a prophecy but a call to arms; to rise up, join together, and make change that benefits the whole city. I like that idea. That is my dream for my city.” Mariah Richardson, Playwriting Fellow

2018 Remix Cast

Arnautovic, Elvedin -- PhotoElvedin Arnautovic (Kansas) Arnautovic is from Kozarac, a Bosnian town with a rich and colorful history. After escaping war and spending his teenage years in Germany, he moved to St. Louis. Arnautovic currently works at the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He most recently appeared in Bosnian/American: Dance for Life at Mustard Seed Theatre.

Boresi, Karla -- PhotoKarla Boresi (The Fool’s Chorus) A huge theater fan, Boresi is excited and honored to be working with the seasoned professionals at Shakespeare in the Streets again, after appearing in Old Hearts Fresh (The Grove). Boresi is an administrative law judge by day, with a passion for teaching Zumba. Her favorite role to date is Ursula to her daughter’s Ariel in their car production of The Little Mermaid.

Dernlan, Elias -- PhotoElias Dernlan (The Fool’s Chorus) Dernlan, born and raised in South City, is an eighth grader at Providence Classical Christian Academy, and is excited to be part of this year’s Shakespeare in the Streets production.



Di Lorenzo, Isaiah -- PhotoIsaiah Di Lorenzo (Poor Tom) Isaiah is proud to be a part to make theatre in his
home town. Mr. Di Lorenzo is a graduate of the Saint Louis University with degrees in Theatre and Literature. Stephens College provided technique for professional immersion in Contemporary, Ballet, East Indian, West African… on both coasts of North America and beyond. Housing and Community Development now occupies much of his energy and imagination.

Flores, Adam -- PhotoAdam Flores (Fool) Flores is proud to return to Shakespeare in the Streets after being in the inaugural production of The New World on Cherokee Street. He is assistant professor of theater at Fontbonne University and founding resident artist of Mustard Seed Theatre. In 2016 he directed The Bosnian-American Project: The Dance for Life, a world premier collaboration with the Bosnian community of St. Louis and Mustard Seed Theatre. In his 10-plus years as a resident/theater…

Flowers Roberts, Erika -- PhotoErika Flowers Roberts (Cordelia) Erika Flowers Roberts was most recently seen in Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Heidi) at Metro Theater Company, and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour. Erika graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in speech and theater education and is now a local teaching artist.

Hand, Michelle -- PhotoMichelle Hand (Kent) Hand was most recently seen in The New Jewish Theater’s production of Life Sucks (Pickles). Other recent credits include: Born Yesterday (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Silent Sky (West End Players Guild) Dancing at Lughnasa (Mustard Seed Theater); Macbeth (St. Louis Shakespeare) and The Two-Character Play (Tennessee Williams Festival/Midnight Company). Much love and many thanks 
to her family and friends for their support of her and of local theatre.

Joplin, Joneal*--PhotoJoneal Joplin* (King Louis) This is Joplin’s sixth production with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, beginning with the inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. He has appeared in hundreds of productions of Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, 1776, Richard II, and To Kill a Mockingbird. He has received Kevin Kline Awards, Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Acclaim Awards, Special Recognition Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

Keating, Katy -- PhotoKaty Keating (Regan) is a theatre artist in the St. Louis area. She is thrilled to be working with this phenomenal team!… Again! Katy is the Co-Artistic Director of Poor Monsters and the Communications Director at ERA. Recently, she appeared in Life Sucks (New Jewish Theatre), Remnant (Mustard Seed Theatre), and Titus Androgynous (YoungLiars). She also directed Or What You Will, The Third (Poor Monsters), and How to be a Woman (Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s Aphra…

Korte, EmilyEmily Korte (The Fool’s Chorus) This is Korte’s first foray into acting. By day she is an occupational therapist and has lived in St. Louis for most of the last 16 years.



Lopez Montaigne, Minerva -- PhotoMinerva Lopez Montaigne (The Fool’s Chorus) Lopez is the proprietor of Gooolll Soccer Apparel at California and Cherokee streets and was a cast member of the inaugural Shakespeare in the Streets production of The New World. She is also the organizer of the Cherokee Street Latino Business Owners Association. A tireless community activist and advocate for the neighborhood, Lopez is the founder of the Mexican Cultural Center
in St. Louis. She is also a gourmand, technologist and…

Perkins, Jeanitta* -- PhotoJeanitta Perkins* (Goneril) has been acting professionally since 2010 and is pleased to take part in her second Shakespeare In The Streets production! She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, The Black Rep, New Line Theatre, and Ozark Actors Theatre. Jeanitta is a voice actor with NOW Talent Management and a nationally certified optician. Her 6-year-old son has made his…

Pierre, Reginald --PhotoReginald Pierre (Edmund) Pierre is a veteran Shakespeare Festival St. Louis performer in Forest Park, and also appeared in 2016’s Shakespeare in the Streets production in Maplewood. Recent credits include: LaBute New Theater Festival at
St. Louis Actors’ Studio; Seven Guitars at The Black Rep; Hamlet: See What I See at Rebel and Misfits Productions; and Suspended at Upstream Theater.


Tucker, Jaz -- PhotoJaz Tucker (Illinois) Jaz Tucker’s first acting role was at the age of thirteen. Knowing this was his calling, his mother made him audition and that is when he knew he’d want to act for the rest of his life. Since that fateful day Jaz has gone on to be involved in numerous acting projects, both in front of and behind the scenes. Recent roles include Captain Byers
in in Judgement at Nuremberg with Midnight Company, West in Two Trains Running with Clayton Community Theatre, and Avery…

Gentlemen of Vision (Step Team) Gentlemen of Vision Rites of Passage Enterprises, Inc. is a full service mentoring program for young under-privileged males from across all areas of Metropolitan St. Louis. The program focuses on counseling, academics, mentoring, and other programs such as community service. The two major programs within the organization are the Gentlemen of Vision Step Team (G.O.V.) and Young Men of Vision Step Team (Y.M.O.V.) which collectively holds over 12 National championships in the art of step dance. But more importantly the program boasts a 100% graduation rate and…

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Original 2017 Cast:

KING LOUIS Joneal Joplin
GONERIL Wendy Greenwood
REGAN Katy Keating
CORDELIA Erin Renée Roberts
EDMUND Reginald Pierre
ILLINOIS Maalik Shakoor
KANSAS Elvedin Arnautovic
THE FOOL Adam Flores
KENT Michelle Hand
COMMUNITY CHORUS Isaiah Di Lorenzo, Minerva Lopez, Stephanie Voteau, Emily Korte,
Karla Ogrodnik Boresi, Elias Dernlan, Kevin Williams, Erika Flowers

Creative Team (2018)

SITS-Richard-Agnew-webRichard B. Agnew* (Stage Manager) Richard worked with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as stage manager for Shakespeare in the Streets in 2013 and 2015, as well as the production of Love’s Labor at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. He has worked with numerous local companies, including Max & Louie Productions, The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, HotCity Theatre, Avalon, and Upstream Theatre. Richard teaches stage management at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Toby Beck (Master Electrician & Technical Director), a seventeen-year member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), joined the Shakespeare Festival in 2003 as a Carpenter.  In 2015 he became the festival’s Master Electrician.  Also has been a part of Shakespeare in the Streets since its inception in 2012.  He is humbled to be bringing his ideas and guidance to the design team.

Nancy Bell

Nancy Bell (Playwright) Bell’s plays for Shakespeare in the Streets, Remember
Me, The World Begun, Good in Everything, Old Hearts Fresh, and The New World were produced at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, where she serves as Playwright- In-Residence. Her play for children Found at Sea was performed with the Saint Louis Symphony in 2016, and then toured St. Louis and rural Missouri schools with the Festival’s 2017 Education Tour. She is also the author of Venus, finalist for the…

Harris, Lamar -- PhotoLamar Harris (Music Director/Composer) A respected trombonist, arranger, and producer, Harris has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business such as New Edition, Babyface, Doug E. Fresh, Huey Lewis and The News, Rich Medina, and many others. He was recognized this year by the Riverfront Times as one of St. Louis’ Best of 77 top artists. In 2014, he played several characters in the musical Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story at the Muny. He has been…

Charlie Johnson (Choreographer) Johnson is ecstatic to be working with the Shakespeare Festival again. As a director, dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer some of her recent works include The Wiz, Every 28 Hours, 9 Parts of Desire, Good People, and Theatre of the Oppressed. In addition she currently teaches dance full time to over 150 young girls throughout the Saint Louis city area.

Krajicek, JCJennifer ‘JC’ Krajicek (Costume Designer) JC is an Alum of Webster University’s Theatre Conservatory. This is JC’s 2nd SITS and 4th design role with Shakespeare Festival. Over the last decade she has designed, coordinated and constructed costumes for many companies including St. Louis Black Rep, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Muny, Mustard Seed Theater, Metro Theatre Co, St. Louis Actor’s Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare Co, Washington University, Talent Plus,…

Martin, Tom -- PhotoTom Martin (Director) Martin has directed at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Insight Theatre, Onsite Theatre, Orange Girls Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, Actors’ Studio, Shakespeare Festival St Louis, Blue Rose Stage Collective, and the late great Theatre Project Company. He received a Critics Circle Award for his production of Our Town at Insight Theatre Company. He is also the production manager of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Martin has also worked at the…

Richardson, Mariah L. -- PhotoMariah L. Richardson (Playwriting Fellow) Mariah L Richardson is a St. Louis native and received her BA in Communications from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Smith College in Playwriting. Mariah began her acting career while in New Mexico. Afterwards, she returned to St. Louis and did two seasons with the St. Louis Black Repertory and three seasons with Metro Theater Company. Her HBO/New Writers Project solo performance show, “all that…” …

Rion, Kristin -- PhotoKristin Rion (Associate Producer) Kristin is a local producer, director, and teaching artist committed to serving and collaborating with women and underrepresented communities. Her recent credits include Romeo & Juliet (assistant director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis) 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…

Margery & Peter Spack (Scenic and Projection Designers) Margery & Peter Spack made their Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut with 2016’s Tales of Shakespeare at Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony and designed the current Festival mainstage production of Romeo & Juliet in Forest Park. Recently they have designed scenery for Heisenberg and Safe Houseat 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…

Jacqueline Thompson (Associate Director) is excited to be on the creative team for Blow, Winds! As
a director, selected projects include The World Begun (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis) The Telling Project-St. Louis, Games Dad Didn’t Play (Metro Theater) Of Mice and Men (SATE) How We Got On, Nine Parts of Desire, Good People, The Laramie Project, In The Red and Brown Water, In The Blood, For Colored Girls…(University of Missouri-St. Louis). Selecting acting credits include Insidious and Dot (The Black Rep) Old Hearts Fresh, A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), A Kid Like Jake…

Minister Christopher J. Watkins (Choir Director) Watkins is a noted director, composer and musician. He received his formal education through the University City School District and later on at Webster University. Watkins is also a licensed and ordained minister. Some of his selections such as “Because of the Blood,” and “No One Like You” are just a few of his most noted compositions that are being ministered in churches across the country. Watkins currently serves as Minister of Music of the Central Baptist Church.

Marlon Wharton (CEO/Founder, Gentlemen of Vision Rites of Passage Inc.) Marlon Wharton founded the Gentlemen of Vision Rites of Passage, Inc., to curtail the dropout rate among “proven-risk” high school males. GOV is a total service male mentoring program that has changed the lives of over 400 young men through an innovative model that uses step and intensive mentoring to shape and mold young men into positive, productive professionals. Marlon’s motto for GOV is apt, “Changing the lives of young men, one statistic at a time.” Since the organization’s inception in 2009…

Wintzer, Jennifer -- PhotoJennifer Wintzer (Lead Producer) Wintzer’s career in the arts spans the duties of producer, educator, and director. She joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in 2014 from Lincoln Center Theater in New York, NY. Under her leadership as Director of Community Engagement and Education, the Festival’s schools and streets programs have received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council. Since joining the Festival, she has established…

Wylie, John -- PhotoJohn Wylie (Lighting Designer) 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. He has designed for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Missouri Rep, the St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theater Company, Variety Children’s Theatre and Geva Theatre in New York, among others. This is his first shot at Shakespeare in the Streets…

Production Team

Many thanks to the SITS 2018 Production Team for their hard work in remounting Blow, Winds:

Tina Beck, Master Electrician**
Erin Riley, Assistant Lighting Design
Jerran Kowalski, Assistant Lighting Design
Connor Meers, Assistant Lighting Design
Ann Slayton, Sound System Designer**
Sara Duff, Sound Board operator**
Jake Tucker, Sound Board Operator
Beth Augustin, Sound Engineer
Rodney Washington, Projectionist**
Tyrone Washington, Projectionist**
Richard Speed, Projectionist
Aaron Orion Baker, Spotlight Operator
Cecilia Deerausquin, Spotlight Operator

*denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

*denotes member, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)

Shakespeare in the Streets 2017-2018 is presented in partnership with the St. Louis Public Library and is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive.

SITS is possible with additional support from Switch, Kiku Obata and Company, The Whitaker Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, The Strive Fund, Crystal and John Beuerlein, Missouri Humanities Council, Spire, and Spencer Fane