Shakespeare Festival St Louis - The Winter's Tale

The Winter’s Tale

06.02.17 – 06.25.17


Written in approximately 1610, The Winter’s Tale is considered to be one of a group of Shakespeare’s plays defined by their tragic undertones and simultaneous use of straightforward comic situations. Other plays that are grouped in this category include Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Troilus & Cressida, All’s Well that Ends Well, and Timon of Athens. While this is the first time the Festival will be featuring this play as its mainstage show in Forest Park, The Winter’s Tale was adapted for the 2013 Shakespeare in the Streets production Old Hearts Fresh written by Festival playwright-in-residence Nancy Bell and performed in The Grove.


Leontes, King of Sicilia, is groundlessly convinced his pregnant wife Hermione has been having an affair with his childhood friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia, who has been visiting Leontes and his wife for the past nine months.

Photos from 2017 Production:

Cast of Characters

PAULINA Rachel Christopher*
MAMILLIUS Carter Eiseman
CAMILLO Andy Matthews*
DION/LORD Andrew Oppmann
LEONTES Charles Pasternak*
LADY 2/MOPSA Delaney Piggins
ANTIGONUS Michael James Reed*
HERMIONE Cherie Corinne Rice*
SHEPHERD’S SONS Antonio L. Rodriguez*
POLIXENES Chauncy Thomas*
PERDITA Cassia Thompson
CLEOMENES Jerry Vogel*

*denotes member, Actors’ Equity Assocation


Myke Andrews (Country Servant/Gentleman/Lord) is returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and is elated to be working on this production. He recently played the role of Macbeth in Webster Conservatory’s production of Macbeth. Andrews is a recent graduate of Webster Conservatory.


Rachel Christopher* (Paulina) Rachel Christopher’s professional credits include New York: Yelena (Minor Character) with Under the Radar Festival-Public Theater; Life of a Giant Tortoise (Sonic), with The Play Company; At the Table (Lauren) with Fault Line Theatre. Regional: Detroit ’67 (Chelle) with PlayMakers Repertory Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis; Disgraced (Jory) with Repertory Theatre St. Louis; The Heidi Chronicles (Susan

Carter Eiseman (Mamillius) Carter Eiseman’s professional credit includes Grey Gardens at Max and Louis Productions. Her theatrical credits include Annie (Kate), Beauty and the Beast (ensemble,) Mary Poppins (ensemble), Little Mermaid (ensemble), Oliver (orphan). Other favorite credits include film, “Morrie” (Morrie). Carter is entering fifth grade in the fall.

Gary Glasgow* (Autolycus/Mariner/Lord) is returning for his 13th season at Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. Favorite productions include Henry IV (Lord Chamberlain)/Henry V (Archbishop), Twelfth Night (Fabian), Richard III (Hastings), Antony and Cleopatra (Lepidus/Soothsayer) and The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio). Recently, he appeared in Mustard Seed Theatre’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, where he is on the Advisory Board. Other local venues

Anderson Matthews* (Camillo) has appeared at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in Henry IV (Worcester), Henry V (Chorus), Twelfth Night (Malvolio) and Hamlet (Polonius). He has appeared in 30 productions at Repertory Theatre of St Louis, most recently All the Way. Other regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, Arena Stage and Lincoln Center in Arcadia. Off Broadway credits include Driving Miss Daisy and Ten by Tennessee. Television credits include “Law and

Andrew Oppmann (Dion/Lord) is thrilled to be making his Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut. First Stage Children’s Theater: Gathering Blue, Big: The Musical, Peter and the Wolf, How I Became a Pirate. Other credits: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), An Enemy of the People (Hovstad). He will be a senior at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where he has been seen in Macbeth (Banquo) and The Pajama Game.

Charles Pasternak* (Leontes) previously appeared with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as Hotspur in Henry IV, the Dauphin in Henry V, and Octavius in Antony and Cleopatra. Regional: Christmas Carol, Three Musketeers, Mousetrap, and Two Gentlemen of Verona with Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Busy Body and Titus with Clarence Brown Theatre; title role in Macbeth at Sierra Repertory Theatre; Much Ado at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; four seasons with Shakespeare

Delaney Marie Piggins (Lady2/Mopsa) is a rising senior at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Her previous credits include Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Jenny), The Verge (Adelaide), Macbeth, The Philadelphia Story and Trojan Women at the Webster Conservatory. She is thrilled to be making her debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Michael James Reed* (Antigonus) is a Shakespeare Festival St. Louis veteran, having appeared in Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV & Henry V, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew (in the Park), Good in Everything (Shakespeare in the Streets), Loves Labor (at the Pulitzer) as well as Tales of Shakespeare and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour). He’s performed locally at the MUNY, New Jewish Theatre, Hot City, Upstream, St. Louis Actors Studio, and numerous

Cherie Corinne Rice* (Hermione) is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but works as an actress in New York City. Cherie’s most recent work can be seen on Pop’s new comedy series “Nightcap.” Other favorite roles include The Glass Menagerie (Light Fantastic Theater), Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Twelfth Night (Trinity Rep Theater) and Sacred Water (Rag & Bone Theater). Cherie fell in love with Forest Park and St. Louis during 2012’s Othello. She is thrilled

Antonio L. Rodriguez* (Shepherd’s Sons) is happy to be back at the Festival, having previously appeared in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour, Shakespeare in the Streets and on the main stage at Shakespeare Glen. His favorite St. Louis credits include The Violet Hour (Max & Louie Productions), Cafe Chanson (Upstream Theatre), All is Calm (Mustard Seed Theatre), Henry IV and Henry V (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), The Who’s Tommy (Stray Dog Theatre), Bad Jews

Chauncy Thomas* (Polixenes), a former St. Louisan currently residing in New York City, is honored to return to Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. Favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center Education), To Kill a Mockingbird (Bay Street Theater), Alabama Story (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), Clybourne Park (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Othello (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), The Real McCoy (The Black Rep, Kevin Kline Award Nomination), and…

Cassia Thompson (Perdita)‘s professional credits include The Tempest remount (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Safe House (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Other favorite credits include Shotgun (Mattie Godchaux), Stop Kiss (Sara), and The Tempest (Ariel) at Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Whit Reichert* (Shepherd/Jailer) will be making his seventh mainstage production at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Whit was most recently seen in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird (Judge Taylor). Favorite credits include 1776 (Ben Franklin), Sugar (Osgood Fielding), Sunshine Boys (Al Lewis) at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie), Ten Little Indians (General Mackenzie), Terra Nova (Oates), The Gamester (Dorante)

Jerry Vogel* (Cleomenes) is a St. Louis-based professional actor/director/teacher. Jerry has appeared in many Shakespeare Festival St. Louis productions, some favorites include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (twice), As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV and Henry V and The Tempest. Recent acting credits include: All the Way and A Christmas Carol (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Old Wicked Songs (New Jewish Theatre), Shining City (Upstream Theatre) and

Peter Winfrey (Florizel/Court Officer) is beyond excited to be back with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for his fifth show in the park. Previously, he performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the 2015 Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour, Twelfth Night, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. Favorite credits include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Metro Theater Company), Bad Jews (New Jewish Theatre, St. Louis Theater Circle Award Nomination),

Sigrid Wise (Lady 1/Emilia/Dorcus) is a recent graduate of Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy. She performed in St. Louis Symphony’s opening of the 2016 Shakespeare Festival in The Tempest as Miranda. Favorite shows at Webster include Big Love (Olympia), The Cockfight Play (W), and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth). A college career highlight was performing at the International Havana Theatre Festival in Cuba with Webster’s cast of Big Love.

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.

Bruce Longworth (Director), who directed Henry V (2014), Othello (2012), and Hamlet (2010) for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, is the Associate Artistic Director of the Festival. He has been a faculty member in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University since 1985, and is the Head of the Performance programs. Local and regional directing credits include The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arrowrock Lyceum Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre, New Jewish Theatre,

Scott Neale (Scenic Designer) is excited to return to Shakespeare Glen after designing the set for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry IV & Henry V, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew. Recent design credits: La Didone (Yale Baroque Opera), Georama and One Man Two Guvnors (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Scott has been Resident Set Designer for Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago since 2006. Recent APTP projects include the

Dorothy Marshall Englis (Costume Designer) designed costumes for previous Festival productions of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Henry Project, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent designs include: A Christmas Carol, The Winslow Boy, and All the Way, (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and Titus Andronicus (Illinois

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 11th season with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Rusty WandallRusty Wandall (Sound Design) is excited to be returning to the festival for his sixth year. Rusty was honored with the 2016 St. Louis Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on the Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. He is currently the head of sound design at Webster University and the resident sound designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. He has also worked with Variety Children’s Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Opera Theatre St. Louis,

Blank-SquareSuzanne Mills* (Voice and Text Coach) is happy to be working on her ninth production for the Festival. Since 2010 she has coached Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is delighted to be celebrating her 30th collaboration with director, Bruce Longworth. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Brien Seyle
Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (Brien Seyle, Original Score; Matt Pace, Original Score/Music Director)
composes and performs original soundtrack music for silent films and other collaborative art projects.

Co-founders Brien Seyle and Matt Pace have written and performed scores for more than a dozen silent films, and continue to provide music for museum exhibits, performance art pieces, and theater. As a composing team, Pace and Seyle wrote music for the Festival’s 2013 production of  Twelfth Night and 2016’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Seyle appeared as an extra in Twelfth Night, playing violin as part of the incidental music ensemble, while Pace served as Music Director for both productions. Seyle studied music at St. Louis Community