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Shakespeare in the Streets: OLD HEARTS FRESH

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

September 19 – 21, 2013

The Grove/Forest Park Southeast

4226 Manchester Ave, The Grove Neighborhood




Cast of Characters

ARCHADAMUS Kevin Williams
CAMILLO Nathan Bush
DORCAS LaQuilah Sharp
HERMIONE Jacqueline Thompson
LEONTES Drew Battles*
MAMILLIUS William Miskel-Barker
MOPSA De’Airra Pelt
PAULINA Marty Casey*
PERDITA Wendy Greenwood
POLIXENES Antonio Rodriguez
TIME Michael Shreves
ENSEMBLE Karla Boresi
Sara Figueroa
Xenia Lopez
Ivy Bell Reed


SITS-Drew-Battles-webDrew Battles* (Leontes) is pleased to be making his St. Louis stage (street) debut with Shakespeare in the Streets, having newly arrived to this great city with his wife, Joanna, and son, Quincy.  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),…

SITS-Karla-Boresi-webKarla Boresi (Ensemble / Waitress) is a huge fan of St. Louis theater in general, and the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in particular – every SFSL production poster hangs in her courtroom.  She is an Administrative Law Judge by profession and a Zumba teacher for fun. Boresi currently resides in the Grove.


SITS-Nathan-Bush-webNathan Bush (Camillo) recently moved to the St. Louis area after completing a Masters of Fine Arts from Western Illinois University.  He debuted in St. Louis this summer during the annual Neil LaBute Festival with the St. Louis Actors’ Studio at the Gaslight Theatre in Two Irishmen Digging a Ditch and Kink.  He is excited and immensely grateful for the experience to work with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis…

SITS-Marty-Casey-webMarty Casey* (Paulina) Playwright and Director Marty Casey began her career over 15 years ago as a National Touring Actress. Marty has been a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, since 2006. She has toured with many productions nationwide. Casey has also toured Germany and France singing with the popular Gospel group, The Golden Gospel Singers. She has been awarded and recognized…

SITS-Sara-Figueroa-webSara Figueroa (Ensemble / Oracle) has been a resident of Forest Park Southeast since October 2012.  She currently works for the City of St. Louis as the Disaster Response Coordinator for the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging.  Sara and her husband Jesse have one daughter, Selah.


SITS-Wendy-Greenwood-webWendy Greenwood (Perdita) marks her first role with Shakespeare in the Streets. Greenwood holds a B.A. in Theater Performance, is dually certified in Secondary Theater Education, teaches Theatre for Parkway, serves as the Artistic Director for SIUE’s Cougar Theater Company, has worked locally with St. Louis Actors’ Studio (Season’s Greetings & LaBute Festival ’13), Mustard Seed Theatre (The Winter’s Tale),…

SITS-Xenia-Lopez-webXenia Lopez (Ensemble) is 9 years old and in the fourth grade at Citygarden Montessori. She had her first theatrical experience in spring 2013, playing Prospero in her school’s production of The Tempest. Xenia enjoys playing soccer, reading and acting. She also loves to write stories and coming up with mischievous plans that usually involve getting her little brother into trouble.

Jaz HumphriesJaz Humphries (Young Paulina) is a fifth grader and attends City Garden Montessori School. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Jaz is a neophyte to the stage with this being her second theatrical performance. She previously performed in The Tempest as Stephano, at City Garden Montessori School. Jaz is a wonderful talent with a passion to share her gifts. Jaz enjoys athletics, dancing, drawing, singing, acting, being a big sister to her brother Roger III, “Tre.”

Tre HumphriesTre Humphries (Younger/Little Shepherd) Roger III “Tre’” is a third grader and is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He attends City Garden Montessori School. Tre’ is a neophyte to the stage with this being his third time in front a formal audience as a performer. He was the character Trinculo in The Tempest and recently filled the role of the great orator, Martin Luther King Jr., in the fifty year anniversary observation of the March on Washington at City Garden Montessori School. Tre’ is gifted in his ability to convey…

SITS-Don-McClendon-webDon McClendon (Old Shepherd) A versatile veteran St. Louis actor, Don McClendon has worked in several areas of theater, film, television and radio, all in the St. Louis area. Just this past year, McClendon was cast in several area shows including playing the role of “Larry” in Chrys Yvette’s Production of The Dating Game at the Regional Arts Commission performance space, A Senator in St. Louis Shakespeare Company’s production of Coriolanus, Reverend Sykes in InSight Theater’s production…

SITS-William-Miskel-Barker-webWilliam Miskel-Barker (Mamillius) is extremely proud to be working with the cast of Old Hearts Fresh. He is a freshman at Grand Center Arts Academy, with a concentration in theater. William’s first stage appearance was with the Gateway Men’s Chorus as a guest soloist. He performed Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer at their December 2011 holiday concert. He also appeared in the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) summer performance of the musical, Alice in Wonderland Jr….

SITS-De'Airra-Pelt-webDe’Airra Pelt (Mopsa) Grove resident De’Airra Pelt, 14, is a graduate of Confluence Academy Old North and is currently attending Central Visual and Performing Arts High School.  She is a member of Adams Park Boys & Girls Club.  Upon graduation from high school, Pelt plans to pursue a career in vocal music.

Ivy BellIvy Bell Reed (Ensemble) appeared as a fairy in last years Shakespeare in the Streets production, The New World. She is a proud third grader at City Garden Montessori Charter School, where she appeared as Ferdinand in the City Garden Drama Club’s production of the The Tempest. She can usually be found either climbing trees or reading books, often at the same time!

SITS-Antonio-Rodriguez-webAntonio Rodriguez (Polixenes) is ecstatic to be performing with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis again, last appearing in their educational tour in 2011.  Since his graduation from Washington University in 2009 with a degree in music, he has been performing on St. Louis stages as an actor and singer.  St. Louis credits include work with OnSite Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, Max and Louie Productions,…

SITS-LaMont-Rogers-webLamont Rogers (Young Shepherd) Fourteen-year-old Lamont Rogers currently attends Compton-Drew ILC and is a member of the Adams Park Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club.


SITS-LaQuilah-Sharp-webLaQuilah Sharp (Dorcas), 16, is a junior at Kirkwood High School.  She has been a member of the Adams Park Boys & Girls Club for the past seven years and is currently employed there as a junior staff member.  After graduation, Sharp plans to study physical therapy at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

SITS-Michael-Shreves-webMichael Shreves (Time) This is the first time Michael Shreves/ Michelle McCausland will be performing with Shakespeare in the Streets.  Shreves’ most recent performance was the role of Peanut in Southern Baptists Sissies. He has had numerous musical roles in the theater such as King Herod, (Jesus Christ Superstar), Pseudolus, (A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum), Pharaoh and Potifar  (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat),…

SITS-Jacqueline-Thompson-webJacqueline Thompson (Hermione) is a theatre artist passionate about providing students opportunities to explore their creativity and embrace their individuality. She received her B.A. in Speech Communications from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Thompson holds a Master in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Louisville as well as a graduate certificate in African American Theatre….

SITS-Kevin-Williams-webKevin Williams (Archadamus) has worked in the Grove for the past two years at the Adams Park Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club.  He is a graduate of CBC High School and Southern University of Illinois.  Williams is a native St. Louisan.


*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Wild,-Alec-WEBAlec Wild (Director) was Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Folio Theater in Chicago, where he directed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, and Henry IV: Part 1, Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, George F. Walker’s Zastrozzi, and the Midwest premiere of Frontiers. As the recipient of a 1997 Fox Fellowship, Mr. Wild traveled to Saint Petersburg, Russia, to work as the Assistant Director of The Revizor Project, an international, cross-cultural…

Barisonek,-Justin-WEBJustin Barisonek (Designer) is a freelance Theatrical Designer based in St. Louis. His designs include musical theatre, drama, and opera productions. A graduate from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002, Justin quickly became an in-demand artist designing with several professional theaters. Local credits include The New Jewish Theatre, Max & Louie Productions, (Mostly) Harmless Theatre, New Line Theatre, HotCity Theatre, and Union Avenue Opera. He proudly served as…

Nancy Bell (Playwright) is a recent transplant to St. Louis from Los Angeles, where she had been living and working as an actress for 13 years. New York theatre credits include work onstage at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tribeca Lab and elsewhere. She has worked in regional theaters all over the country, including Berkeley Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Hartford Stage Company, The Old Globe, Dallas Theatre Center, McCarter Theatre,…

SITS-Ryan-Moore-webRyan Moore (Costumes Designer) is an accomplished Costume Designer, based in St Louis. He is currently enrolled at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University studying Costume Design with a second emphasis in Wig & Make-up Design; he expects to earn his BFA in Costume Design in May 2014.

SITS-Richard-Agnew-webRichard Agnew (Stage Manager) has worked with numerous companies including The Black Rep, HotCity Theatre, Avalon and Upstream Theatre. He is also teaching a Stage Management course at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

SITS-Grace-McCammond-webGrace McCammond (Muralist) has created all types of artwork since childhood. In the mid 80’s, while working full-time as a photo retoucher and black and white print lab technician, she attended school part-time, completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in 1993. In 1997, hoping to pursue art full-time McCammond moved to St. Louis, purchased and rehabbed a building with friends and opened Signature Arts (murals, portraits, photo retouching, graphic design and custom framing)…

Nathan HersheyNathan Hershey (Music Director) is a St. Louis native who spent his youth immersed in local music. St. Louis Childrens Choir, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, CASA and the Repertory Theatre all provided Nathan with a rich musical upbringing filled with singing, acting and playing the piano. 1996 through 2000, he spent on Boston studying jazz piano and music production & engineering at Berklee College of Music. Berklee is where Nathan’s passion for collaboration in the recording studio began….

Tom MartinTom Martin (Production Manager) was with the Shakespeare Festival for the first eight seasons and is pleased to return this year. He just directed Our Town at Insight Theatre where he directed To Kill a Mockingbird last year. He was a Stage Manager at the Repertory Theatre of St Louis for over 30 years. Other directing credits include Hit Story at OnSite; The Guys and My Name is Rachel Corrie for Blue Rose; Scorched at the Orange Girls; Lobby Hero, Scotland Road, Irma Vep, Daytrips, and The Last Good Moment of Lilly Baker


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