Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Antony and Cleopatra
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Antony and Cleopatra

05.22.15 – 06.14.15





Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his defeat of Brutus and Cassius, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. In the course of overseeing the eastern half of the empire, he falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and settles in Alexandria.


CLEOPATRA Shirine Babb*
OCTAVIA / IRAS Raina Karianne Houston
PHILO / SOLDIER / GUARD Ryan Alexander Jacobs
MARDIAN Alan Knoll*
ENOBARBUS Conan McCarty*
MENAS / SCARUS Jesse Emanuel Muñoz
OCTAVIUS CAESAR Charles Pasternak*
MAECENAS Reginald Pierre
AGRIPPA Michael James Reed*
MARK ANTONY Jay Stratton*
EROS Moses Villarama*


Shirene BabbShirine Babb* (Cleopatra) Broadway credit: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke (Lincoln Center Theatre). Select Off-Broadway credits include: Around the World in 80 Days (New Theater at 45th Street), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project); A Role Once Played (29th Street Repertory Theater), AUDELCO nom.; Single Black Female (Duke on 42nd Street). Other credits include Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre); Widows (Arcola Theatre, London); The Tempest (Hartford Stage)…

Kari ElyKari Ely* (Charmian) most recently portrayed Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for the St. Louis Actor’s Studio. Favorites include: Hostess Quickly in Henry IV & Henry V (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Desiree in A Little Night Music (Stages St. Louis); Mrs. John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Nurse/Harriet in Sunday in the Park with George (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Mary Tyrone…

Gary GlasgowGary Glasgow* (Lepidus, Soothsayer, Clown) is returning for his twelfth season with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Favorite productions include Henry IV (Lord Chamberlain)/Henry V (Archbishop), Twelfth Night (Fabian), Richard III (Hastings), and The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio). Recently, he appeared in the critically acclaimed production of All Is Calm at Mustard Seed Theatre. Other local appearances include The MUNY (19 seasons),…

Raina Karianne HoustonRaina Karianne Houston (Octavia, Iras) is overjoyed to make her debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Safe House (Clarissa). She’s an acting major at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she’s played Martha in Spring Awakening, Transito in The House of the Spirits, and Domouse in Alice in Wonderland. Her favorite credits…

Ryan Alexander JacobsRyan Alexander Jacobs (Philo, Soldier, Guard) is thrilled to be a part of Antony and Cleopatra. Professional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Mary Poppins (Grandstreet Theatre), Me, Myself and I (Edge Theatre), Kissless (The New York Musical Theatre Festival/NYMF), and The Shoemaker and His Christmas Elves (Theatre Under the Stars). Other credits include The House of the Spirits

Alan KnollAlan Knoll* (Mardian) is an actor and director for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Imaginary Theatre Company and was recently seen as the psychotic doctor in the indie film Contact. Favorite stage credits include Falstaff in Henry IV Part 2 (St. Louis Shakespeare Company), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Muddy Waters Theatre), Max in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (New Jewish Theatre), President Smith in November (St. Louis Actors’ Studio),…

Bernell Lassai IIIBernell Lassai III’s (Demetruis, Soldier, Guard) professional credits include Sampson in Romeo & Juliet, The Light In The Piazza, Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, All Shook Up (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland Michigan), Terk in Tarzan, Pepe in West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Horse in The Full Monty (Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, Montana). Bernell is currently a Junior Musical Theatre major at Webster Conservatory.

Matt LytleMatt Lytle* (Pompey, Proculeius, Canidius) is thrilled to be making his debut at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Some regional credits include: Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Oliver Twist, Hamlet, Henry IV and Palamon in The Two Noble Kinsmen (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Henry V (Title Character), Midsummer and Twelfth Night (Kentucky Shakespeare). Matt toured nationally as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

Conan McCartyConan McCarty’s* (Enobarbus) Shakespeare roles include Verges (Much Ado About Nothing), Caliban (The Tempest), Worcester (Henry IV, pt. 1), and Fluellen (Henry V) at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Pistol (Henry IV, pt. 2), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), and Fluellen again at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. At Baltimore’s Center Stage, he portrayed Roderigo in Othello, Oswald in King Lear, and Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew,…

Jesse Emanuel MuñozJesse Emanuel Muñoz (Menas, Scarus) is excited to be making his professional debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Previous credits include Stop Kiss (George), The Crucible (Putnam), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom). A native of Las Vegas, Jesse is excited to be entering his senior year at Webster Conservatory where he is currently pursuing his BFA in Acting.

Charles PasternakCharles Pasternak* (Octavius Caesar) Previously with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Hotspur in Henry IV and the Dauphin in Henry V. Roles in his four seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz included Romeo, Prince Hal and Henry V. He was also seen in Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) at the Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine) at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), and The Three Musketeers

Reginald PierreReginald Pierre (Maecenas) was recently seen in The Black Rep’s production of Stick Fly (Flip). Other credits include Stairs to the Roof (Mr. E) at Sudden View Productions, The Normal Heart (Bruce) at HotCity Theatre, Henry IV and Henry V (Westmoreland) at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Topdog/Underdog (Lincoln) at St. Louis Actors Studio, and Jackie and Me (Jackie Robinson) at Metro Theater Company. Reginald is an ardent Cardinals fan and an Academy Awards buff.

Michael James ReedMichael James Reed* (Agrippa) This will be Michael’s fifth appearance with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since moving to St. Louis five years ago, having been seen in Good in Everything, Henry IV and Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. He has appeared numerous times at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, including recently in The Winslow Boy and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as The Mousetrap, Clybourne Park,…

Robert RiordanRobert Riordan (Varrius, Gallus, Soldier) is incredibly excited to be a part of the first Shakespeare production of his professional acting career. He is a rising senior at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Recently, he was blessed to be a part of Variety Children’s Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid (Flotsam). Other favorite credits include Marisol (Lenny), Spelling Bee (Barfee), and Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor).

Jay StrattonJay Stratton* (Mark Antony) is delighted to be making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut in such a beautiful play! Locally, Jay has worked at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in Bug, Venus in Fur, and most recently The Winslow Boy directed by Steve Woolf. Jay’s New York credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Peccadillo Theatre; The Dishwashers at 59E59; She Stoops to Conquer, Twelfth Night, and The Oedipus Cycle at The Pearl Theatre; and Duchess of Malfi

Moses VillaramaMoses Villarama* (Eros) is making his Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis debut. His New York credits include Fast Company (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise (The Play Company), Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Prison Dancer (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Regional credits include Warrior Class (Alliance Theatre); King Lear, Amadeus, A Christmas Carol and 1001 (Denver Center Theatre Company)…

*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.

Mike DonahueMike Donahue (Director) is a NYC-based freelance director of new plays, classics, musicals and opera. Recent productions: world premieres of Rachel Bonds’ The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre D.C.), Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center), Jen Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane), and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter

Scott C. NealeScott C. Neale (Scenic Designer) is excited to return to Shakespeare Glen after designing the set for Henry IV & Henry V, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew. Recent design credits: One Man Two Guvnors (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and The Very Last Green Thing (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Scott is Resident Set Designer for Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago. Recent APTP projects include God’s Work (Goodman Theatre).

Dottie EnglisDorothy Marshall Englis (Costume Designer) designed costumes for previous Festival productions of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and The Henry Project. Other designs include Macbeth, Amadeus, Kiss Me, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, and Saint Joan (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and Titus Andronicus (Illinois Shakespeare Festival);…

John WylieJohn Wylie (Lighting Designer) 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 ninth season with…

Rusty WandallRusty Wandall (Sound Designer) is excited to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his fourth 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

Greg MackenderGreg Mackender (Composer) This past summer Greg composed his 22nd season for Kansas City’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, performing his compositions live for The Winter’s Tale. He is a founding member of the Kansas City Actors Theatre, and composed for their 10th season repertory productions of Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. He is very excited to be composing for this season’s production…

Blank-SquareSuzanne Mills (Voice and Text Coach) is delighted to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for her sixth season as the Voice and Text Coach. In past seasons she has coached Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Twelfth Night, Henry IV and Henry V. She has also coached Winter’s Tale for Mustard Seed Theatre. Locally, she has taught acting and voice at Fontbonne University, Lindenwood University and St. Louis University. She is a member of Actors’ Equity.

Paul DennhardtPaul Dennhardt (Fight Choreographer) is delighted to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his eighth season as Fight Director. Paul is a professor of theatre at Illinois State University, where he heads the movement training program 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…