OTHELLO

05.25.12 – 06.17.12


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OTHELLO – 2012

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Synopsis

Venice is on the brink of war with Turkey over control of the island of Cyprus. Othello, an African Moor, is employed as a general in the Venetian army. He has secretly eloped with Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio,…


Cast of Characters

OTHELLO Billy Eugene Jones*
BRABANTIO Whit Reichert*
MICHAEL CASSIO Joshua Thomas
IAGO Justin Blanchard*
RODERIGO Rudi Utter*
DUKE OF VENICE Joneal Joplin*
MONTANO Christopher Hickey*
LODOVICO Jerry Vogel*
DESDEMONA Heather Wood*
EMILIA Kim Stauffer*
BIANCA Cherie Corinne Rice*
ENSEMBLE Michael Fariss
Jared Lotz
Kevin Mimms
Chauncy Thomas*
Eric Dean White
Pete Winfrey

SCENE: Venice and Cyprus


CAST

Justin Blanchard* (Iago) is honored to be returning to the park after making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut in Hamlet directed by Bruce Longworth. Broadway: Journey’s End. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Henry V (title roles, NY Classical), Macbeth, The Broken Heart (Theatre for a New Audience), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), KIDSTUFF (Partial Comfort). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.,…

Michael Fariss (Ensemble) could not be more excited to work with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for the first time, especially with this amazing cast and crew! Michael is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theater Arts. He would like to thank Bruce for this amazing opportunity and each and every audience member for continuing to support the arts.

Christopher Hickey* (Montano) is delighted to make his debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, having just completed a successful run of The Comedy of Errors at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Carter Lewis’ Kevin-Kline-nominated play Hit-Story (OnSite Theatre), Rabbit Hole (Insight), Just Desserts: Neil LaBute (St. Louis Actors’ Studio) and Macbeth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association,…

Billy Eugene Jones* (Othello) Broadway: The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun. Off-Broadway: In the Footprint/The Battle Over Atlantic Yards (The Civilians), Three Sisters, Waiting for Godot (Classical Theatre of Harlem) Regional: The Good Negro (The Goodman Theatre), Stickfly (Arena Stage/Huntington Theatre), Death of a Salesman, Richard II, Breath, Boom! (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Wild Duck (Great Lakes Theatre Festival),…

Joneal Joplin* (Duke of Venice) This is Joneal’s fifth production with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, having previously appeared in Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Most recent appearances in St. Louis include Louis de Rougement in Shipwrecked for Insight Theatre, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks at the Rep, Captain Smith in Titanic at The Muny, and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at Insight Theatre.
 

Jared Lotz (Ensemble) is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University holding a BFA in Musical Theatre. He is thrilled to be making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut in Othello. Past production credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, and The Wedding Singer.
 

Kevin Mimms (Ensemble) will be receiving his BFA from Webster Conservatory this May and has taken a strong interest in the complete works of Shakespeare. His passion comes from playing strong roles such as Camillion in The Winters Tale for Webster Conservatory, and Malcolm in Macbeth for The Belmont Theatre, Chicago. Othello is by far Kevin’s favorite Shakespeare’s play, so this being his first production after receiving a B.F.A. is such a blessing.
 

Whit Reichart* (Brabantio) is very proud and excited to be back at the festival for his fifth show, and second show, here, with director Bruce Longworth. He was last seen in the park as Marcellus/ Gravedigger #1 in Hamlet. His other shows were Richard III, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Whit was very busy last year, appearing in eight shows and starting rehearsals on a ninth; The Real McCoy and The Montford Pointe Marine at The Black Rep, The Sound of Music and The Fantasticks

Cherie Corinne Rice* (Bianca) originally hails from the SF Bay Area in California and is truly honored to be performing at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis this spring. Cherie is a recent graduate of Brown /Trinity Rep in Providence, now currently residing in New York City. Her favorite Shakespearean roles of the past include twins, Viola and Sebastian, at Trinity Rep in Providence; Ophelia in Hamlet and the sprite Ariel in The Tempest, both at Brown/Trinity. Cherie is a founding member of 12th House,…

Kim Stauffer* (Emilia) is thrilled to be appearing at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for the first time. NEW YORK: Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre). REGIONAL: Circle Mirror Transformation (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible (Barrington Stage Company); Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Tempest, Macbeth, Pericles, Lorenzaccio (The Shakespeare Theatre Company);…

Chauncy Thomas* (Ensemble; Understudy: Othello) is thrilled to make his debut with Shakespeare Festival. He most recently performed the role of Leontes in The Winter’s Tale at Mustard Seed Theatre. He has been fortunate to perform at The Black Rep in eight shows in their last three seasons, which included Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fortune in Ruined, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He is a 2012 Kevin Kline Award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor…

Joshua Thomas (Cassio) Since arriving in St. Louis after working in the Australian theatre industry, Joshua has worked with St. Louis Shakespeare, Stray Dog, Orange Girls, Act Inc., (Insert Name Here), and Muddy Waters as well as writing and directing the successful show Let There Be Thistles. He currently serves on the board of Muddy Waters Theatre and continues his next full length play: Angels and Whiskey.

Rudi Utter* (Roderigo) Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, Rudi Utter is currently based in New York and has appeared in numerous productions, most of them written by Shakespeare, in such venues as the Guthrie Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, and the recently formed Fault Line Theatre. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Brutus, Malvolio, and Nick Bottom. In New York he splits his time among acting, directing, teaching workshops in…

Jerry Vogel* (Lodovico) is a St. Louis-based professional actor/director/teacher who has appeared in seven Shakespeare Festival St.Louis productions; favorite past roles include The Dukes in As You Like It, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, and Antonio in The Tempest. Recent acting credits include: Macbeth and Comedy of Errors (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Awake and Sing and Way to Heaven (New Jewish Theatre), Rock ‘n’ Roll (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), and Outlying Island (Upstream…

Eric Dean White (Ensemble) has worked with a variety of theatre companies in St. Louis, including St. Louis Shakespeare, Stray Dog Theatre, West End Players Guild, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, HotCity Theatre, and OnSite Theatre Co. Favorite roles include The Duke of Exeter in Henry V, Tony Aronica in Savage in Limbo, Antonio in The Tempest and most recently Owen Dobbs in the world premiere of Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs by Stephen Peirick. Originally from Dexter, Missouri, Eric attended…

Pete Winfrey (Ensemble) is a native St. Louisan and a student at Washington University who is ecstatic to be returning to the Shakespeare Festival for a second consecutive summer. Other professional experience includes: assistant directing Oleanna with HotCity Theatre and performing in The Me Nobody Knows (Donald) with the Black Rep. In his college career, he has acted in productions of Hairspray (Link Larkin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Curse of the Starving Class (Wesley), among others.

Heather Wood* (Desdemona) New York and Regional credits include Three Sisters at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Seagull and A True History of the Johnstown Flood (World Premiere) at The Goodman Theatre, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Old Globe Theatre, Travels of Angelica at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (World Premiere, Acclaim Award Best Supporting Performance), King Lear with New York Classical Theatre, Our Town


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…

Bruce Longworth (Director) directed Hamlet in 2010 and is delighted to return to the Festival. He has been a faculty member in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University since 1985, and is currently the Head of the Performance programs. Local and regional directing credits include The Gamester, The Taming of the Shrew, Bah Humbug!, The Nutcracker, and The Elves and the Shoemaker for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Arsenic and Old Lace, The Importance of Being Earnest,

Robbie Jones (Set Designer) is an Associate Professor at University of Nebraska at Omaha where he is a set, lighting, and costume designer. Credits include Theatre Artist Guild winner for set design of Eurydice; five-time Omaha Entertainments Award nominee for set and costume design; Kennedy Center-ACTF Region 5 National Teaching Artist Grant Award Nominee; assistant scene designer and fellowship winner for the Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center;…

Blank-SquareLou Bird (Costume Designer) is returning to Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis where his last design was the 2007 production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Jane Page. Other recent design credits include: The Invisible Hand and Next Fall for The Repertory Theatre Saint Louis, Victor/Victoria for STAGES Saint Louis, Battle Drum for Metro Theater Company, and Hello! Dolly! for Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island. Lou is an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University and Program Director for the SLU Theatre Department.

John 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’s wife Kim is a writer. Their children Nicholas, are…well…different. Locally, John has designed for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, the Missouri Rep, the St. Louis Black Rep, Metro Theatre Company, Variety Children’s Theatre…

Greg Mackender (Composer) is pleased and honored to be asked to provide the music for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ production of Othello. Mackender has been the resident composer of Kansas City’s Shakespeare Festival in its past 2 decades and is currently writing music for their productions of Antony & Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing in repertory. He is a founding member of the Kansas City Actors Theatre, and most recently composed for the Companyʼs 2011-12…


Rusty Wandall (Sound Designer) is excited to be making his debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. 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, and the world premiere…

Paul Dennhardt (Fight Choreographer) is delighted to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his fifth season as fight director. Paul is a professor of theatre at Illinois State University where he heads the movement training 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 with Dueling Arts International. Paul’s fight direction…

Blank-SquareSuzanne Mills (Voice and Text Coach) had the privilege of working as the voice and text coach for the Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew. She has taught both voice and acting for Lindenwood University, Saint Louis University and Fontbonne University. She has had the pleasure of working for Mustard Seed Theatre, coaching their productions of An Almost Holy Picture, Tartuffe, and The Winter’s Tale. Suzanne is a member of Actors’ Equity…

Champe Leary* (Stage Manager) is delighted to re-join the great team at the Festival for its 12th season! Her last outing was 2010’s massively successful Hamlet. In the past year, she has stage managed multiple Kline-nominated productions: Awake and Sing and The Immigrant for The New Jewish Theatre, and In the Next Room or the vibrator play and Circle, Mirror, Transformation for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She has just completed her 25th season at the Rep…

Blank-SquareDanny Maly* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be returning for a fourth season, having had the pleasure of working on The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing. A graduate of Saint Louis University and a member of Actors’ Equity Association, he has stage managed for several theatre companies around town, including New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre, and Echo Theatre. Currently, Danny is the resident Stage Manager for The Repertory Theatre…

Blank-SquareAndria Mantle (Props Designer) This is Andria’s first mainstage show with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, but has been working with the Education department since early 2011. She has designed the props for Festival’s past two Education Tours. She has also worked with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare, Barter Theatre in Virginia, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Tent Theatre. Andria is a proud graduate of Missouri State University where she…

Blank-SquareStuart Howard  & Paul Hardt (Casting) have been the casting directors for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since its first season. They are also the casting directors for The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, and have cast hundreds of shows over the past 25 years in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Among their favorites are the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County, the original production of La Cage aux Folles and Gypsy starring Tyne Daly.


*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association