Shakespeare Festival St Louis - The World Begun
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Shakespeare in the Streets: Old North St. Louis

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

September 17 – 19, 2015

Old North St. Louis

At the intersection of N. 14th and Montgomery streets

One block south of Crown Candy Kitchen




Cast of Characters

MIKE Patrick Blindauer
MALVOLIO John Bratkowski*
VIOLA Marlene René Coveyou
SEBASIAN Michael Cassidy Flynn
DUKE ORSINO Lawd Gabriel
ROBERT Robert Green
ANTONIA Aniyah Wilson
OLIVIA Erin Renée Roberts
SIR TOBY BELCH Richard Schicker
MARIA Lisa Tejero*
FESTE Christoffer Ware


Patrick BlindauerPatrick Blindauer (Mike) is making his Shakespeare in the Streets debut. Recent projects include The Runaway Cupcake, The Boy Who Loved Monsters…The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and The Little Prince. Patrick grew up in North Dakota, studied at Webster University, and lived in NYC for over a decade before returning to St. Louis. On screen, he was featured on Strangers with Candy and had a line in A Beautiful Mind. Patrick also…

John BratkowskiJohn Bratkowski* (Malvolio) is delighted to be performing in Shakespeare in the Streets – in his own neighborhood! John was born, raised, and lives in Old North, in the fourth generation of his family to do so. He received a degree in Dramatic Art from the University of Missouri and went on to become a professional actor in Chicago for several years before returning to Old North. John is familiar to local theater-goers for his many roles in Upstream Theater…

Marlene CoveyouMarlene René Coveyou (Viola) currently teaches drama at Providence Classical Christian Academy, where she carries out the delightful task of introducing the upper school students to Shakespearean performance. Marlene studied Philosophy and Literature at Biola University in Los Angeles, and Theater at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Local credits include Henry V (Alice) with St. Louis Shakespeare, and Black Coffee (Barbara Armory)…

Cassidy FlynnMichael Cassidy Flynn (Sebastian) is a recent graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program at Missouri State University and a current resident of St. Louis. The World Begun is his debut production with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and he is ecstatic to have this opportunity. He has recently been seen in The Tempest (Ferdinand), The Arkansaw Bear (The World’s Greatest Dancing Bear), columbinus (Prep), and a scene from Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug)…

Lawd GabrielLawd Gabriel (Duke Orsino) is thrilled to be making his debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. His acting credits include: Purlie, The Trials of Brother Jero, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crossin’ Over, Dream Girls, Pericles, Ruined, The Taming of The Shrew, The Meeting, Piano Lesson, Til Karma Do Us Part, and numerous other productions. Lawd Gabriel is a writer, photographer, music video director and filmmaker by profession who loves…

Lawd GabrielRobert Green (Robert) is excited to perform in his first Shakespeare in the Streets production. Robert is a practicing painter, sculptor, and poet, and a member of the Zuka Arts Guild in Old North St. Louis. He produced the 2nd annual St. Louis African American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar in Old North in August. He is also a historian of African American history, and an avid collector of vernacular photography. He founded and built the Frederick Douglass Museum…

Carl OverlyCarl Overly, Jr. (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) is thrilled to return to Shakespeare in the Streets after appearing as Caliban in its inaugural production of The New World in 2012. Carl was most recently seen in the St. Louis Shakespeare production of The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. Favorite credits include Bachelorette (Slightly Askew Theater Ensemble), Boom Town (West End Players), The Telephone Play (Equally Represented Artists), New Kid (Metro Theatre Co.)…

Erin RobertsErin Renée Roberts (Olivia) is a multi-faceted performance artist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Roberts trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance and expanded from dance training into physical theater styles of Lecoq, Biomechanics, and stage combat. She obtained her BFA in Theater-Acting from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts (CCA) in May 2013 and premiered her one-woman thesis show, Love Lessons Learned. The show has toured…

Richard SchickerRichard Schicker (Sir Toby Belch) lives and works in the city of St. Louis. He has been involved with the Old North neighborhood as a police officer for over a year. This is his first performance with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Tarecka Tarecka “Queenie” Smith (Antonia) is a fifth grade student at Clay Elementary School. She enjoys drawing, coloring and painting. This is her first performance with Shakespeare in the Streets. Special thanks to Ms. Veronica for her support!

Lisa TejeroLisa Tejero* (Maria) originally hails from St. Charles. She has primarily been a Chicago actor, where she is also an artistic associate with Lookingglass Theatre. She was most recently seen in Regina Taylor’s Stop/Reset at the Goodman Theatre, which closed in June. Before that, she toured with Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake. Her last St. Louis show…

Chris WareChristoffer Ware (Feste) is a St. Louis native, a poet, musician and vocalist. The 2014 UrbSlam Poetry St. Louis grand champion and 2015 Raven House Pretty Poetry (Lexington, KY) champion, he seeks to show the world through his eyes and his words. “Be honest with yourself first.”

Aniyah WilsonAniyah Wilson (Antonia) is fourteen years old, currently attends St. Louis College Prep High School, and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #1410.

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team

Nancy BellNancy Bell (Playwright in Residence) is the author of the past three Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations: Good in EverythingThe New World, and Old Hearts Fresh, which received a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, 2013. She is also the author of Venus, finalist for the Next Generation New Play Prize, 2012, and co-author of Present Tense, winner of the LaBute Playwriting Festival, 2013. Her new play for youth, The Runaway Cupcake, was…

Jacqueline ThompsonJacqueline Thompson (Director) is delighted to work with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis again after performing in Old Hearts Fresh as Hermione in 2013. Ms. Thompson is a St. Louis native, and holds a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Louisville, as well as a graduate certificate in African American Theatre. Local performance credits include roles at The Black Rep, Mustard Seed, OnSite , The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Metro Theater Company.

Mark WilsonMark Wilson (Production Designer) recently designed the scenery for An Invitation Out by Shualee Cook (Mustard Seed Theatre) and the lighting design for Safe House by Keith Josef Adkins (The Repertory Theatre of St Louis). He also serves as the properties carpenter and special effects designer for the mainstage productions at the park and devised the water cannon effect for Antony and Cleopatra. In the summer of 2014, he designed…

Jennifer MedinaJennifer Medina (Choreographer) is the Artistic Director of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. She began her studies in St. Louis, MO under the tutelage of Barbara Craig. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Jennifer has performed with Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company of Kansas City, Duarte Danceworks, aTrek dance collective, Webster Dance Theatre…

Lamar HarrisDJ Nune (DJ) is Lamar Harris. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, including Eric Roberson, Huey Lewis and The News, Vintage Trouble, Marc de Clive Low, and many others. His creative range from music to fashion has earned him a featured spot in Alive Magazine as a “2013 Men of Style” winner, the titles of “Best Jazz Artist” and “Best Funk/R&B/Soul Artist” in the Riverfront Times, and award for “Best Multi-talented DJ” in…

Richard B. Agnew (Stage Manager) last worked with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis on the 2013 Shakespeare in the Streets production, Old Hearts Fresh in the Grove. He has also worked with numerous local companies, including Max & Louie Productions, The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, HotCity Theatre, Avalon, and Upstream Theatre. Richard currently teaches a stage management course at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.