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Welcome..................................................................................................................... 4 About Great Lakes Theater............................................................................................ 5 News & Notes.............................................................................................................. 6 A Midsummer Night’s Dream........................................................................................ 9 Cast of Characters...................................................................................................... 10 Spotlight on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.................................................................... 11 The Artistic Company................................................................................................. 21 Donors....................................................................................................................... 29 Trustees..................................................................................................................... 34 Staff.......................................................................................................................... 36 Guest Services at Playhouse Square............................................................................ 38 October/November at Playhouse Square....................................................................... 39

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n behalf of our artists, staff and Board of Trustees, welcome to Great Lakes Theater’s 56th season! Our mission, “to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience,” guides our mainstage productions as well as our educational programming, in the belief that theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions and provide our student audiences a glimpse of a broader world and the wellspring of learning made possible through the arts. We open this season with the Midwest premiere of a soaring musical epic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Following in the footsteps of GLT’s recent productions of My Fair Lady and Les Misérables, director Victoria Bussert’s staging highlights the intimacy of the Hanna Theatre, enabling the beauty of the score and the depth of character to take center stage! Playing in rotating repertory with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings a world of fantasy and folly to the stage in Joseph Hanreddy’s wildly inventive staging. I hope that you will enjoy witnessing, as I do, our experienced and talented company of artists move seamlessly from a large scale musical to the elegance of Shakespeare’s poetry. As the curtain rises on our 56th season, we offer special thanks to the Kulas Foundation, which has sponsored our musical productions for the last several years as the “Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.” And when you read through your program, you will see the names of many other friends, partners, corporations and foundations, whose generous support makes all of this possible. I encourage you to join these donors by becoming a member of the Great Lakes Theater family with your gift! We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our sponsors and annual Members, with continued appreciation to our partners of over 35 years at Playhouse Square and the tireless efforts of our Board of Trustees, dedicated administrative staff, gifted artists and the tremendous generosity of this community! I hope to see you in our audience again soon.

Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director

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he mission of Great Lakes Theater (GLT), through its main stage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience. Since the company’s inception in 1962, programming has been rooted in Shakespeare, but GLT’s commitment to great plays spans the breadth of all cultures, forms of theater and time periods –– including the 20th century –– and provides for the occasional mounting of new works that complement the classical repertoire. Classic theater holds the capacity to illuminate truth and enduring values, celebrate and challenge human nature and actions, revel in eloquent language, and preserve the traditions of diverse cultures and generate communal spirit. On its main stage and through its education programs, GLT seeks to create visceral, immediate experiences for participants, asserting theater’s historic role as a vehicle for advancing the common good and helping people make the joyful and meaningful connections between classic plays and their own lives.

The company’s commitment to classic theater is magnified in the educational programs that surround its productions. Since its inception, GLT has had a strong presence in area schools, bringing students to the theater for matinee performances and sending specially trained actor-teachers to the schools for weeklong residencies developed to explore classic drama from a theatrical point of view. GLT is equally dedicated to enhancing the theater experience for adult audiences. To this end, GLT regularly serves as the catalyst for community events and programs in the arts and humanities that illuminate the plays on its stage. Great Lakes Theater is one of only a handful of American theaters that have stayed the course as a classic theater. As GLT moves into a new era with a permanent home in the Hanna Theatre, the company reaffirms its belief in the power of partnership, its determination to make this community a better place in which to live, and its commitment to ensure the legacy of classic theater in Cleveland.

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Great Lakes Theater’s spring 2017 production of Forever Plaid (Photo by Roger Mastroianni) Actors (left to right): Andrew Kotzen, Mickey Patrick Ryan, James Penca and Mack Shirilla


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We are pleased to officially welcome two new team members to our administrative staff. Kacey Shapiro assumed the newly created role of Marketing and Communications Manager earlier this spring. And, Jeff Herrmann will complete our leadership team full-time later this year as Production Manager. Working with Jeff and Kacey, we look forward to creating myriad more memorable classic theater productions of Jeff Herrmann the highest quality and to continuing the Production momentum of our significant audience growth! Manager


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Our Fall Repertory (The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) artists, technicians, sets, costumes and props traveled a 2,000-mile journey from Boise, Idaho, back to Cleveland after a record-breaking run at Idaho Shakespeare Festival — our cross-country producing partner since 2002. Join us in wishing the entire company a warm welcome home with Eastern Time Zone standing ovations as we open Great Lakes Theater’s 56th season!

We’re bringing an American classic to elementary and middle schools in 2018 with Huck Finn, a new touring production designed to impart important social lessons and provide a memorable theatrical experience. In this delightful adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn, two runaways — a boy and a slave — team up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi! On the journey, they learn lessons of acceptance, inclusion and lasting friendship. Visit our website to learn more about how to bring a performance of this production to a school near you!

Cleveland’s Classic Company is in select company! Arts Midwest, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, recently announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through the Shakespeare in American Communities program. Great Lakes Theater is proud to have been selected as one of this season’s grantees for our upcoming production of Macbeth. We are thrilled to be able to introduce future generations to the classics as a result of this prestigious grant award.

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Great Lakes Theater

Hanna Theatre | October 6 – November 5, 2017

Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director


William Shakespeare

Directed by

Joseph Hanreddy Company

Aled Davies* Jodi Dominick* Tom Ford* Keri René Fuller*

Dan Hoy* Jillian Kates* Olivia Kaufmann Andrew Kotzen* Jon Loya*

Corey Mach* Michelle Pauker Mickey Patrick Ryan* Mack Shirilla* David Anthony Smith*

Nick Steen* Alex Syiek* M. A. Taylor* MacKenzie Wright


Choreographer/Associate Director Shanara Gabrielle Scenic Designer Scott Bradley

Costume Designer Rachel Laritz

Lighting Designer Rick Martin

Sound Designers & Original Music Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen

Stage Manager Jessica B. Lucas* *Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Great Lakes Theater student subscriptions are subsidized by a generous gift from Eaton. There will be one fifteen-minute intermission. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


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CAST OF CHARACTERS Theseus, Duke of Athens/Oberon, King of the Fairies ....................................Nick Steen*~ Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons/Titania, Queen of the Fairies......................Jillian Kates* Puck, or Robin Goodfellow/Philostrate, Master of Revels to Theseus................ M.A. Taylor* Egeus, father to Hermia/Snug, a joiner..........................................................Aled Davies* Hermia, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander .....................................Michelle Pauker Lysander, initially in love with Hermia ...........................................................Corey Mach* Helena, in love with Demetrius..............................................................Keri René Fuller* Demetrius, initially in love with Hermia............................................................. Jon Loya* Peter Quince, a carpenter/Moth ....................................................................... Tom Ford* Nick Bottom, a weaver...................................................................David Anthony Smith* Francis Flute, a bellows-mender/Mustardseed............................................. Mack Shirilla* Tom Snout, a tinker/Cobweb...........................................................................Alex Syiek* Robin Starveling, a tailor/Peaseblossom .................................................... Jodi Dominick* Followers of Oberon/ Servants to Theseus .......................... Dan Hoy*, Andrew Kotzen*, Mickey Patrick Ryan* Followers of Titania/ Servants to Hippolyta .......................................... Olivia Kaufmann, Mackenzie Wright Robin Starveling’s Dog .............................................................................Sir Rupert III ~ Fight Captain *Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Runtime Act I: 1 hour | Intermission: 15 minutes | Act II: 1 hour 12 minutes

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From the Director Joseph Hanreddy


Midsummer Night’s Dream has delighted audiences for more than four centuries by virtue of Shakespeare’s comic brilliance, seductively lush language and, above all, because just about anyone, anytime, anywhere can sympathize with the joy and pain of being in love: the mystery of attraction, the intoxication of desire, the vulnerability, volatility and sometimes violence of loving fiercely and not having love returned and how deeply the anguish is felt when “quick bright things come to confusion.” Threatened with being torn from his beloved Hermia, Lysander laments that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” yet it is the rocky romantic journeys of the play’s heroines that tear at the heart. From the opening moments, the male-dominated world of Shakespeare’s Athens is established as a place less than kind to women. Theseus views the four days and nights before he plans to triumphantly wed and bed Hippolyta as an eternity. She foresees the same four days passing all too quickly given that she is Theseus’ captured prisoner with precious little choice in this matter of marriage. Her misgivings are fully justified as an enraged Egeus, his disobedient daughter Hermia in tow, demands that Theseus force Hermia to marry Demetrius, the husband he has chosen for her rather than the man she loves. Should Hermia persist in refusing, Egeus insists that Theseus enact the ancient statute calling for the death of daughters who dare to defy their fathers. However, before turning his affections to Hermia, Demetrius ardently loved her best friend and soul mate, Helena. When Egeus offers Demetrius a more advantageous marriage prospect in the person of Hermia, he unceremoniously drops Helena, leaving her heartbroken and demoralized. Meanwhile, in the wilderness outside of Athens an epic custody battle rages in the world of the supernatural. Consumed with jealousy, Oberon, the King of Fairies, demands that his Fairy Queen, Titania, hand over to him the orphan child of her recently deceased dear friend, for no other reason than to parade the child as the head of his entourage. That a play with such dark underpinnings is a comedy — and one of Shakespeare’s most joyous comedies — is one of the most amazing artistic accomplishments of the theater. Ultimately, an evolving Theseus opens the door to setting the Athenian world on a more enlightened track when he overrules the patriarchal dinosaur Egeus, allowing Hermia her choice of a husband. But that all comes to a good end turns on the strength and perseverance of the women. Hippolyta, Hermia, Helena and Titania fight through threat of death, subjugation, rejection, exhaustion and humiliation to get the men they desire long before the men show signs that they are capable of learning to deserve them. But as the midnight chimes sound and the couples wander off to consummate their vows, there is every reason to envision the marriages will blossom into unions based on mutual love and respect. The world is now a better place than it was — not perfect, mind you, but better.


n A Midsummer Night’s Dream, residents of Athens mix with fairies from a local forest with comic results. In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens, is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. Bottom the weaver and his friends rehearse in the woods a play they hope to stage for the wedding celebrations. Four young Athenians are in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia; she loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia’s father, Egeus, commands Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Theseus supports the father’s right. All four young Athenians end up in the woods, where Robin Goodfellow (Puck), who serves the

fairy king Oberon, puts flower juice on the eyes of Lysander, and then Demetrius, unintentionally causing both to love Helena. Oberon, who is quarreling with his wife, Titania, uses the flower juice on her eyes. She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to Robin Goodfellow, wears an ass’s head. As the lovers sleep, Robin Goodfellow restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each young woman is matched with the man she loves. Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head. The two young couples join the royal couple in getting married, and Bottom rejoins his friends to perform the play. – Folger Shakespeare Library


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hakespeare may have been 31 years old when he composed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in about 1595. It’s not known when he arrived in London from his native Stratford. But current scholarship suggests that he had become a professional player and playwright by the late 1580s. He made his mark quickly: a jealous rival was already calling him an “upstart crow” in 1592. Appetite for Shakespeare’s early plays — his histories, such comedies as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet — brought financial success. By 1597, Shakespeare could already afford to buy one of the largest houses in Stratford. But critical acclaim was also building. In 1598, Francis Meres, a provincial schoolmaster, singled out Shakespeare for his excellence in comedy and tragedy, naming 12 of his plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream. No record survives of performances at the time of composition. Since the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream culminates in marriages, scholars have often suggested it was written for an aristocratic wedding. But it can’t

be linked to a particular wedding. When the play was first published in 1600, the title page emphasized public performances, boasting presentation of the play “as it hath beene sundry times publickely acted, by the Right honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his servants.” A few years later, a courtier named Dudley Carleton mentioned in a letter that a performance took place at the court of King James on New Year’s Day in 1604. These scant contemporary references to A Midsummer Night’s Dream associate it with the two revenue streams that were vital to Shakespeare’s theater company — royal patronage and public box office. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written shortly after The Lord Chamberlain’s Men formed in 1594, under the patronage of Henry Carey, who organized entertainment at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Court patronage became a larger part of the company’s income when King James I assumed their sponsorship in 1603. The company performed for the public as well, in a series of rented spaces — the Theatre in Shoreditch, the Curtain and the Blackfriars — until they were

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Title page image of Robin Goodfellow: His Mad Pranks and Merry Jests, 1629.

Title page of the First Quarto edition, 1600.

able to custom-build their own venue, the Globe Theatre, in 1599. In Shakespeare’s competitive theater environment, there was a constant need for new content, and writers often met it by repurposing earlier plays or pillaging history chronicles, French and Italian romances, or Greek and Roman plays. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the few Shakespeare plays that can’t be traced to a particular source. With deft confidence, Shakespeare instead drew on a wide range of reading to weave together four story strands. The play’s framing story is set in classical Greece, where Theseus, King of Athens, is about to wed Hippolyta, the captive Amazon Queen. The royal couple would have been known to Shakespeare from Plutarch’s Lives, and they also figure prominently in the first of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, “The Knight’s Tale.” But the two are barely introduced before a second story strand emerges: a father wants Theseus to force his daughter to accept an unwelcome husband. When Theseus unexpectedly buys time, four initially mismatched lovers flee to the woods

outside Athens to sort themselves out. The third story line is governed by a Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, and their retainers, especially the mischievous Puck. Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck was a familiar character from English folklore who had also figured in the widely read 1584 treatise, The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Shakespeare’s Puck made a strong impression of his own: the courtier who mentioned A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1604 called it “a play about Robin Goodfellow.” A fourth group of characters, tradesmen or “rude mechanicals,” are rehearsing a play to be performed at Theseus’ wedding. Those who believe that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written to be performed at an aristocratic wedding also note that Shakespeare’s play exhibits the dancelike structure, fantastical characters and spectacle of a popular court entertainment – the masque. Masques were often presented in counterpoint with satirical antimasques, and the play’s tradesmen subplot could be seen as an anti-masque. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play-within-aplay of Pyramus and Thisbe satirizes the kind of love tragedy that Shakespeare had written a year or two earlier in Romeo and Juliet. In its contrast between the elevated language of love poetry and the prose of the common man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream closely resembles Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s

Excerpt from Palladis Tamia, the commonplace book of Francis Meres, listing 12 of Shakespeare’s plays, 1598.

Lost, which was probably written a year or two earlier. In both plays, aristocratic lovers are juxtaposed with middle- or working-class men rehearsing a play that will be performed at aristocratic weddings. While not sharing the overt focus on governance that energizes Shakespeare’s history plays, both comedies

touch on a socio-political dynamic of the day. They reflect the attempts of a rising and prosperous middle class to find a place in a hierarchical social structure. Shakespeare was an educated member of that rising middle class but when bringing theater to the court, like the play’s craftsmen, he was still a subordinate servant. The characters, events and concerns of A Midsummer Night’s Dream overlapped with the stuff of Shakespeare’s histories, tragedies and even — in the complexities of a king marrying a captive slave — the later so-called “problem” plays. But Shakespeare approached all of these topics with a light touch in this exuberant comedy. The play takes place at midsummer, the shortest night of the year — a night of bonfires, revelry, and visitations from the spirit world. The play wields midsummer imagery — the dark forest, the feverish night — to explore the intermingling of dream and reality. Shakespeare encapsulates all of these themes in Theseus’ speech about the lunatic, the lover and the poet, describing his own project in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.”

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An illustration from the early 15th century Ellesmere Manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, which is regarded as one of Shakespeare’s sources for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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Through the Ages Even the Puritan suppression of theater could not quash this effervescent play. In 1631, an actor was forced to sit in the stocks wearing an ass’s head, presumably as punishment for performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The 1661 publication of an adaptation, titled The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom, the Weaver, indicated that it had been performed as a “droll,” possibly by jugglers and acrobats at fairs. The 1661 adaptation already employed the longstanding practice of having the same actors play both Theseus and Hippolyta and Oberon and Titania, and also doubled the “mechanicals” and the fairies.

Thomas Betterton produced one of the earliest post-Restoration revivals of the play in 1692. He commissioned composer Henry Purcell to rework it as an opera, focusing entirely on the lovers, under the title, Title page of The Merry Conceited The Fairy Queen. David Garrick’s 1755 production, Humours of Bottom the Weaver, 1661. featuring 27 songs and, eliminating the “rude mechanicals,” exemplified the persistence of Betterton’s approach. Lucia Elizabeth Vestris was the first English actor-manager to produce something approaching the full text of the play in 1840. Hers was also the first English production to use Madame Vestris as incidental music Oberon, 1840. by Felix Mendelssohn, which had been composed for a German production in 1827. Madame Vestris attracted attention by playing King Oberon herself. The 19th century witnessed ever-more elaborate physical productions, culminating in Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s 1900 staging, which featured live rabbits and birds on stage. Harley Granville Barker was one of the first to simplify the staging in 1914, using drapery to indicate the forest setting in a more abstract way. A page from the promptbook for David Garrick’s 1763 production for Drury Lane Theatre suggests the extent of the cuts to the script.

The play’s multi-sensory imagery has appealed to artists in a variety of media, including music, dance, and the visual arts. Film directors have attracted all-star casts to make several notable screen versions. Particularly memorable were Max Reinhardt’s 1935 Hollywood extravaganza starring Jimmy Cagney as Bottom, Mickey Rooney as Puck, Dick Powell as Lysander and Olivia de Havilland as Hermia. !n 1968, Peter Hall harnessed the energy of a similarly high-wattage British cast, including Diana Rigg as Helena, Helen Mirren as Hermia and Judi Dench as Titania.

The 1984 Great Lakes Theater production, directed by Vincent Dowling.

The 1994 Great Lakes Theater production, directed by Gerald Freedman with scenic design by John Ezell.

This is Great Lakes Theater’s seventh production of the The “rude mechanicals” from Great Lakes Theater’s 2003 production, play. Under the helm of directed by Charles Fee. Vincent Dowling, a 1984 production set the action in outer space and featured David Bowie-esque fairies. In Gerald Freedman’s 1994 production, scenic designer John Ezell conjured the fairy magic of the forest from plastic household utensils such as cups and spatulas. In 1984, as was true in 2003 and 2010, Great Lakes Theater fielded a resident acting company. “Experiencing the joyful ease with which familiar collaborators played off of each other as “the rude mechanicals” in those productions has been one of the pleasures of being a long-time Great Lakes Theater supporter.” – Margaret Lynch

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The publication in English in 1965 of Jan Kott’s landmark book, Shakespeare Our Contemporary, launched explorations of the play’s psycho-sexual undercurrents and most famously influenced Peter Brook’s groundbreaking 1970 production, featuring a white box space, circus elements, a vision of unbridled sexuality, a young Ben Kingsley as Demetrius and for the 1971 London run, Patrick Stewart as Snout the Tinker.


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From inspiration to production


Lori Nix’s photograph of her diorama, “The Library,” from The City series, 2005-2013.


hen Joe Hanreddy accepted the responsibility of directing a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Great Lakes Theater, one of his first tasks was to work with a design team — that included scenic designer Bradley Scott and costume designer Rachel Laritz — to define the world of the production. Any director of the play must reckon with its two contrasting settings: the court of Athens and the woods outside Athens. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the literal representation of these divergent settings involved moving lots of scenery between acts, and producers used incidental music to mask the lengthy scenery changes. But Hanreddy began thinking about one of the play’s major motifs — the interpenetration of dream and reality — and wondered whether both settings could be encompassed in one central image.

Hanreddy recalled seeing such an image — a photograph of an artist’s installation entitled “The Library” — in which a forest has begun to overtake an abandoned library. For Hanreddy, the photograph didn’t convey a sense of desolation and ruin. Rather, he found optimism in the vision of a tree growing toward a light- and skyfilled opening in the library’s former roof. A line from poet Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” also sprang in to his head: “There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.” Together, the image and the refrain evoked the world that he wanted to convey. Among other things, he saw the play revolving around a group of “spunky women claiming the men they wanted and deserved.” The characters of the play were taking advantage of the cracks in an existing social system to let in the light. Shakespeare had anchored the action of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the court of

Theseus in classical Greece. In Hanreddy’s thinking, the library setting would call to mind the classical learning and political wisdom that fostered the origins of democracy. The visual image would connect subliminally with the play’s subtle exploration of the inter-relationship of a governing aristocracy with the striving of the common man. The interpenetration of forest and library would underscore the play’s intermixing of dream and reality, which Hanreddy intended to reinforce further by double-casting the same actors as tradesmen and fairies. The clothing that the characters wear would hearken back to the classical setting but in what Hanreddy, with a laugh, referred to as “a fashion forward” way. The costume designer would also be charged with updating the trades represented among the “rude mechanicals” through visual cues; the carpenter, tinker, weaver of Shakespeare’s original text would appear in the guise of a contractor, a sheet metal worker or a carpet layer of today. The practical circumstances of Great Lakes Theater’s production schedule also opened up another opportunity. Great Lakes Theater’s 2017 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be performed in rotating repertory with the musical theater production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The same cast members would be performing in both shows. The availability of a multi-talented cast, welltrained in song and movement, would locate this staging within the play’s long production history of integrating music and dance and would enable Hanreddy to realize the play’s lyrical musicality.

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Renderings for Hermia and Hippolyta by costume designer Rachel Laritz suggest her “fashion forward” interpretation of a classical style.


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THE ARTISTIC COMPANY Jodi Dominick* Robin Starveling/ Peaseblossom Nine seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Aled Davies* Egeus/Snug Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Some previous roles include Susy in Wait Until Dark, Fantine in Les Misérables, Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Molly Ralston in The Mousetrap, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Louison in The Imaginary Invalid, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady and Prince Edward in Richard III. Eight seasons at The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, our sister company. Other credits include I Love You Because at the 14th Street Theater in Playhouse Square; Carrie The Musical, Passion and The Break Up Notebook at Beck Center. Other theaters: New World Stages, Hudson Backstage Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hayworth Theatre, Dobama Theatre and The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Jodi is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Tom Ford* Peter Quince/Moth Twelve seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Previously for GLT: Marcellus/ The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, General Mackenzie in And Then There Were None, Scrooge/Samuels in A Christmas Carol, King Lear in King Lear, Gonzalo in The Tempest, Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial “M” for Murder, John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Arvide Abernathy in Guys and Dolls, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Brabantio in Othello, The Earl of Caversham in An Ideal Husband, Sheriff Reynolds in Bat Boy: The Musical, Oberon/ Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Your Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dorn in The Seagull, Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible, King of France in All’s Well That Ends Well, Prospero in The Tempest, David Bliss in Hay Fever, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar, Claudius in Hamlet, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Buckingham in Richard III, Topper in A Christmas Carol and others. Aled has been a proud and appreciative member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1984. Go Browns!

Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, Wargrave in And Then There Were None, Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Dr.

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Craven in The Secret Garden, Fool in King Lear, Stephano in The Tempest, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap, Thénardier in Les Misérables, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Argan in The Imaginary Invalid, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Baker in Into the Woods, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Casca in Julius Caesar. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Fair Lady, Twelfth Night, And Then There Were None, The Tempest, The Secret Garden, King Lear, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Richard III, The Imaginary Invalid, The Winter’s Tale, The Mousetrap, Into the Woods, Macbeth, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Julius Caesar and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Other theaters include Boise Contemporary Theater, Portland Stage Company and New London Barn Playhouse. Broadway: Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves at the Helen Hayes Theater. Keri René Fuller* Helena Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater


Keri René is over the moon to be returning for her second season with GLT! Keri is a proud MT grad of Baldwin Wallace 2015 and currently spends her days and nights in Brooklyn, New York. She was last seen as Eponine in Les Misérables and behind the scenes as an understudy in A Christmas Carol, both on the magical GLT stage in 2014. Other favorites include Lizzie in Lizzie Borden, Sara in Murder Ballad, Rose in Dogfight and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus. Keri is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and counts herself beyond blessed to join old friends and new back in her collegiate hometown. Keri sends all the gratitude to Charlie, Vicky and the entire cast and crew that make this magic possible. All the love and light to her Oklahoma family, Michael for supporting a girl more than she thought possible from several states away, her NYC loves, BWMT’15 and

the best team a girl could ask for at CGF Talent. For Tiff and KJB. Moon and back. Dan Hoy* Follower of Oberon/Servant to Theseus Great Lakes Theater debut Dan is ecstatic to be making his Great Lakes Theater debut with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Select regional/educational credits include West Side Story (Riff), All Shook Up (Chad), Saturday Night Fever (Double J) and A Chorus Line (Mike) with Baldwin Wallace University; Pippin (Pippin) at Thin Air Theater Co.; Next to Normal (Gabe) at Brecksville Theater on the Square; The Last Five Years (Jamie) with Revolution Theatrics; My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Young David) at Actor’s Summit; Bare: A Pop Opera (Jason) at Stagedoor Manor; and Cabaret (Emcee) at the Academy for the Performing Arts. TV: Featured dancer in the 85th and 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC). Dan is currently working toward his Bachelor of Music in music theater at Baldwin Wallace University. Special thank you to Zane, his family and friends for their love and support! Jillian Kates* Hippolyta/Titania Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater Jillian is just so giddy to be back with this beautiful company. Past GLT credits include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Olivia u/s in Twelfth Night, Lily in The Secret Garden and Texas/Sally u/s in Cabaret. She also appeared in the national tour of Wicked as Glinda/Nessarose u/s. She’d like to thank the entire cast, crew and creative teams at GLT and ISF that make such wonderful theater happen year after year. Special thanks to Vicky, Charlie, Tom, Eileen, my parents, siblings and squeebacious friends. Proud alumnus of the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Department. Merde!

Olivia Kaufmann Follower of Titania/Servant to Hippolyta Great Lakes Theater debut This is Olivia’s first season with GLT. Past credits include Lizzie in Lizzie (Baldwin Wallace University), Louise in Gypsy (Timber Lake Playhouse), Nancy in Gaslight (Timber Lake Playhouse) and Whatsername in American Idiot (Beck Center for the Arts). She is a rising senior at Baldwin Wallace University and will be receiving a Bachelor of Music in music theater in 2018. Olivia would like to thank the cast and crew of GLT.

Andrew is thrilled to return to GLT for his second season! He was most recently seen as Sparky in Forever Plaid. Other credits include Greg in A Chorus Line, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Fleet in Titanic and Melchior in Spring Awakening. Proud Baldwin Wallace music theater graduate. Thanks to Vicky, Jackie, Charlie, the entire cast, crew and staff at GLT for this incredible opportunity. Endless love to Mom and Dad. Jon Loya* Demetrius Great Lakes Theater debut Jon is thrilled to be in his first season here at GLT. He is excited to be playing Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Norte Dame and to be in his very first professional Shakespeare production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where he will be playing Demetrius. Jon is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University where he played Chad in All Shook Up and Don Jose in Carmen. There, Jon is majoring in a Bachelor of Music in music theater. He would like to thank his teachers and family for their constant support and love.

Originally from Strongsville, Corey is thrilled to return to Great Lakes Theater, after appearing in a Cleveland-inspired Peter Pan way back in 2001. Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody, Godspell (Jesus/Judas standby). OffBroadway: Invisible Thread at Second Stage Theatre (directed by Diane Paulus), Chix 6 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. National tours: Wicked (first national), Flashdance the Musical (first national), Rent. TV: Codes of Conduct (HBO, directed by Steve McQueen). Regional theater: Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (directed by James Lapine, starring Debra Monk and Boyd Gaines at Signature Theatre), Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), Sara Bareilles’ Waitress (American Repertory Theater), Violet (Capital City Theatre). Cleveland theater: I Love You Because (Austin) at Playhouse Square; Pippin (Pippin) and Harold and Maude (Harold) at Cain Park; and Lippa’s Wild Party (Burrs) at Baldwin Wallace, where he graduated in 2010. Yale Repertory Theatre acting company. Thanks to V for the opportunity.

Andrew Kotzen* Follower of Oberon/Servant to Theseus Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Corey Mach* Lysander Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater

Michelle Pauker Hermia Great Lakes Theater debut Michelle is delighted to be making her Great Lakes Theater debut this season! She most recently appeared as Maria in West Side Story at Baldwin Wallace University and Cinderella in Into the Woods at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Michelle studies music theater at Baldwin Wallace University, where she will graduate in May 2018. She is also a proud participant of the Midsummer in Oxford program at the British American Drama Academy. Thanks to the GLT production team, cast and crew for this amazing opportunity! Endless love to the fam in CT.


Mickey Patrick Ryan* Follower of Oberon/Servant to Theseus Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater

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Mickey is beyond excited to be back in the Hanna Theatre. Mickey was most recently seen at GLT last spring as Jinx in Forever Plaid. He has also appeared as Joly in Les Misérables and Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other credits include The Comedy of Errors, Carousel, Dogfight and Carrie. Mickey is a proud graduate of BWU. Endless gratitude to the entire GLT cast and crew, BWMT’15, and Mom. Mack Shirilla* Francis Flute/Mustardseed Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Mack is thrilled to be back home in Cleveland for his second season with Great Lakes Theater! Previous credits include Francis (Forever Plaid), Huck Finn (Big River), Mike (Theory of Relativity), Cain/Japeth (Children of Eden), Chad (All Shook Up), Bobby C (Saturday Night Fever), Lockwood (History Boys) and George (Spring Awakening). While off stage, he puts his eye for design to work building web sites and editing video for local businesses through his creative studio, Big Stache Design ltd ( He sends his love to Mom, Dad, Kristin, his friends and everyone at Abrams Artists Agency for their never-ending love and support. @mackshirillla David Anthony Smith* Nick Bottom ✶ Fifteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater


GLT audiences have seen him as Prospero in The Tempest, Iago in Othello, Jaques in As You Like It, Duke of Buckingham in Richard III, Muggeridge/The Ghost of Christmas Present/ Debtor/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Viscount Goring in An Ideal Husband, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Macduff in Macbeth, Benedick

in Much Ado About Nothing, Sergius in Arms and the Man, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has performed at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theater in San Diego, South Coast Repertory, for 17 seasons with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (title role in Henry V), Laguna Playhouse, Sierra Rep, Madison Rep and the Shakespeare festivals of Utah, Colorado, Garden Grove, Rhode Island, Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Forever and a day — Natalia. ✶ Tim & Lynn Pistell Nick Steen* Theseus/Oberon Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater Nick is honored to be returning to the beautiful Hanna Theatre for his fourth season with Great Lakes Theater. His previous roles with the company include Laertes in Hamlet, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, Lombard in And Then There Were None, Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Max Halliday in Dial “M” for Murder, Sebastian in The Tempest and Clifford in Deathtrap. Other regional theater credits: Orestes in Elektra, Topper in A Christmas Carol at A.C.T., Antonio in Twelfth Night at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Other roles include Torvald in A Doll’s House, Harry Bagely and Martin in Cloud 9, Lord Byron in Block Eight on the Camino Real, Beau in The Traveling Companion, Moe in The American Clock, Cassio in Othello and Horace in Courtship. Nick received his BFA from the University of Evansville and his MFA from American Conservatory Theater. He’s also co-creator and host of the automotive web-series called Gearhead Garage where he and his crew search for beautiful builds and passionate people. Nick is on a journey together with the greatest fish a guy could ask for - <4 you Nicki. Take a look at what he’s up to at!

✶ Thank you to our Character Sponsors for their generous support of the Great Lakes Theater acting company.

Alex Syiek* Tom Snout/Cobweb Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater

M. A. Taylor* Puck/Philostrate ✶ Fifteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Mark Anthony (aka M.A.) happily returns to the CLE and the magnificent Hanna Theatre. Previous credits include Reynaldo, Hamlet; Charity Man/Old Joe, A Christmas Carol; Feste, Twelfth Night; Doolittle, My Fair Lady; Rogers, And Then There Were None; Nathaniel, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Hugh Evans, Merry Wives of Windsor; Legles/Babet, Les Misérables; Le Beau/Oliver Martext, As You Like It; Beadle, Sweeney Todd; Lord Rivers, Richard III; Verges, Much Ado About Nothing; Guy, The Imaginary Invalid; Peter, Romeo and Juliet; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Adam, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); and Flute/Fairy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also among his credits: Candy in Of Mice and Men (directed by Adrian Hall) for PTTP/Rep, Dracula for Boise Contemporary Theater in the title role; Launce, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Gravedigger/Player King and Hamlet at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). He wishes to thank his families (both

MacKenzie Wright Follower of Titania/Servant to Hippolyta Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater MacKenzie is very excited to be bringing The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Boise to Cleveland! She understudied and performed in A Christmas Carol at Great Lakes Theater last December. Favorite credits include Diana Morales, A Chorus Line (Baldwin Wallace University); Carla, In The Heights; Kylar in Bring It On (Beck Center for the Arts); Caroline, The Theory of Relativity; Linda/Connie, Saturday Night Fever (Playhouse Square); Little Red Riding Hood, Into The Woods; Granny, The Addams Family (The Forestburgh Playhouse); Celisse/ Dance Captain, Godspell (Cain Park). MacKenzie is a rising senior at Baldwin Wallace University, majoring in music theater. Recipient of the Cliff Bemis Music Theatre Scholarship for outstanding achievement in music studies at Baldwin Wallace. Proud member of EMC. For Mom, Dad and Max. I am forever grateful for you three.

Previous GLT credits: Pistol, Merry Wives of Windsor; Factory Foreman/Claquesous/Grantaire, Les Misérables; Richmond, Richard III; Policeman, Sweeney Todd. Some of his other favorite credits include Andrew Jackson, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Color and Light Theatre Ensemble); Bob White, White Christmas (Northern Stage); Mr. Franklin, Passing Strange (14th Street Theatre); Hanged Writer, A Scythe of Time (June Havoc Theatre). BM in music theater performance from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in musical theater writing from NYU. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. He would love to thank his mother, father and sister for their constant support.

genetic & professional) for all their support and patience. Lastly, he is looking forward to some extended season baseball… Go Tribe! ✶ Paul & Heather Blonsky

Sir Rupert III Robin Starveling’s Dog Great Lakes Theater debut Sir Rupert III is a classically trained Maltese-Yorkie mix hailing from the U.K. Descending from a long line of knighted, canine artists, SR3 was discovered at the boutique agency, Citipups, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Since emBARKing on his artistic journey, he has traveled the globe being adorable and taking random naps all over the map with his mother darling, Jillian Kates. He is pawsitively thrilled to be making his GLT debut with this distinguished company of Shakespearean souls. @sirrupert_iii


Understudies Tyler Collins, Delaney Hagy, Dan Hoy*, Olivia Kaufmann, Andrew Kotzen*, Peter Ribar, Mickey Patrick Ryan*, Brooke Turner, Mackenzie Wright


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Charles Fee Producing Artistic Director Sixteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater


Directing credits at GLT: Hamlet (2017 and 2003), And Then There Were None, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arms and the Man and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002); Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which more than 60 plays have been shared since 2002. In 2009, Charles was honored to receive recognition for his leadership by the Cleveland Arts Prize as a recipient of the Martha Joseph Award. Other awards include The Mayor’s and Governor’s awards for Excellence in the Arts, Idaho. From 1988 to 1992, he held the position of artistic director at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. He has also worked with The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri repertory theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work with the companies in Ohio, Idaho and Nevada, Charles is active within the community. He has served as a member of the strategic planning committee for the Morrison Center, as producer of the FUNDSY Award Gala (’96, ’98 and 2000), and as producer of the 1996 Idaho Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Charles has served on the board of the

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He received his BA from the University of the Pacific and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Along with his wife, Lidia and daughter, Alexa, Charles resides in Boise, Cleveland and Lake Tahoe –– a feat that is only possible because of the incredible love and support of his family, and the generous communities he serves! Joseph Hanreddy Director Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater Joe is delighted to return to Great Lakes Theater and the magnificent company that Charlie Fee has enlisted for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Previous productions with GLT include Richard III, King Lear and Wait Until Dark. Since leaving a long tenure as the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in 2010, Joe’s directing projects have included The Misanthrope, for the Pearl Theater in NYC (nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for Best Off-Broadway revival); and several plays for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, as well as People’s and Light Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Writer’s Theater in Chicago, the REP at University of Delaware, Connecticut Repertory Theater and Door Shakespeare Festival. Joe’s adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility with co-author J.R. Sullivan have received well over 100 productions. When not on the road directing, he resides in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin, with his loves – his wife, Jami, and super dogs Fred and Odin. Shanara Gabrielle Choreographer/Associate Director Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater Shanara is happy to be returning to GLT for her second season after last appearing onstage as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She most recently directed The Heart of Robin Hood at Door Shakespeare, and has also directed for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Coterie Theatre, Metro Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lovewell Institute Sweden, OnSite Theater and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Every 28 Hours play

festival. As an actor, she has worked at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Stages St. Louis and many others. She is a BFA graduate of Webster Conservatory, a Princess Grace Award winner and a proud union member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Designers Scott Bradley Set Designer Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater


Rachel is happy to be returning to GLT after designing Wait Until Dark last season. Her designs have previously been seen off-Broadway at Pearl Theatre and regionally at Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf First Look, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Florentine Opera, Drury Lane, Resident Ensemble Players, Northlight, Kansas City Rep, Writers, Utah Shakespeare, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Illinois Shakespeare, Court, Next Act, Peninsula Players, Remy Bumppo, Timeline, Milwaukee Chamber, Renaissance Theaterworks, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Children’s Theatre Madison and University of Michigan. Other professional credits include NBC’s Law & Order, Chicago Opera Theatre and Garsington Opera. Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Voysey Inheritance. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. Rick Martin Lighting Designer Sixteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater Many productions with GLT and ISF including The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Other theater: US premiere of Kurt Weil’s Marie Galante (Opèra Français de NY); Hekabe, The Illiad and The Rage of Achilles with Music-Theatre Group (New York and Santa Fe); and The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant (Henry Miller Theatre, New York). Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroi, La Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting); Castor et Pollux, Pellèas et Mèllisande and To Be Sung (Opéra Français de NY); Dialogues

Stick around after Saturday (non-opening night) evening performances to meet and mingle with the cast and crew of the show in the Hanna Theatre lounge. The Hanna’s bar is open ninety minutes after the show on Nightcap Nights!

This will mark his second show for Great Lakes Theater, having designed the set for Wait Until Dark. On Broadway, premieres of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design). Recent openings: The Eye of the Sparrow, Portland Center Stage; Gloria, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Love’s Labour’s Lost, Boston Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; A View From the Bridge, Seattle Rep; The Crucible, Cleveland Play House; Brownsville Song, Long Wharf Theater; Much Ado About Nothing, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Chapatti, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Notable productions: world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness, Seattle Rep; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman (both Lucille Lortel nominations), Second Stage, NYC. Television: Set Designer for Late Night with David Letterman. Film: Production Designer for Ang Lee’s Pushing Hands. Graduate of The Yale School of Drama, 1986. Member United Scenic Artists local 829 since 1984. Recently appointed Head of Scene Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rachel Laritz Costume Designer Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater


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des Carmèlites, Cenerentola (Opéra de Toulon); and Romèo et Juliette (Spoleto Festival USA). Concerts: Harawi (Opèra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien (Citè de la Musique, Paris and Arsenal, Metz), Orchestre national de Lyon and the Orchestre de Champs Élysées (Lyon, Poitiers, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, São Paulo). Coming up: BUTTERFLY – Itinéraire d’une jeune fille désorientée, d’après Madama Butterfly de Puccini (Opera de Limoges, France – lighting), Xerxes (Staatstheater Nürnberg, Germany – scenery and lighting) Member: United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen Sound Designers Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater They received the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for their sound design of King Lear. Broadway credits include music composition and sound for Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Miracle Worker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Speed of Darkness, music for My Thing of Love and sound for Sweat, The Price, Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Superior Donuts, reasons to be pretty, A Year with Frog and Toad, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hollywood Arms, King Hedley II, Buried Child, The Song of Jacob Zulu and The Grapes of Wrath. OffBroadway credits include music and sound for Sticks and Bones, Checkers, Inked Baby, After Ashley, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Boy Gets Girl, Red, Space, Marvin’s Room, sound for The Spoils, Jitney, Family Week, Juvenilia, Brundibar, The Pain and the Itch; and music direction and sound for Eyes for Consuela and Ruined. They have created music and sound at many of America’s resident theaters (often with

Steppenwolf Theatre) and at several international venues. Please visit Kathleen Pirkl Tague Text/Vocal Coach Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater Kathleen is a member of the acting company of The Resident Ensemble Players (REP) at the University of Delaware, where she also teaches classes in voice, speech and acting. Other coaching experience includes My Fair Lady (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater), The Elephant Man (REP, Delaware) and The Bells (written and directed by Theresa Rebeck). Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts; MFA, University of Delaware.

Stage Management Jessica B. Lucas* Stage Manager Six seasons with Great Lakes Theater Previous stage-management credits include Wait Until Dark with Great Lakes Theater; Wait Until Dark, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Twelfth Night and The Misanthrope with Cleveland Play House/CWRU MFA Program; and Memphis, Rent and Aida with the All-City Musical program. Previous assistant stage-management and production assistant credits include My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, King Lear, Dial “M” for Murder, Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol and Deathtrap with Great Lakes Theater; And Then There Were None, Love’s Labour’s Lost, My Fair Lady, Dial “M” for Murder, Secret Garden and King Lear with Idaho Shakespeare Festival; and Luna Gale with Cleveland Play House. Jessica earned her BA in theater from the University of Scranton and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. GF, you are the best.

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DONORS The trustees, staff and artistic company of Great Lakes Theater express our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of supporters of “Cleveland’s Classic Company.” The donors listed below and on the following pages made generous gifts to the Annual Fund between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. “I can no other answer make but thanks.” Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene iii

Make a Contribution Great Lakes Theater served more than 130,000 students and adults last year through its Hanna and Ohio Theatre mainstage productions and education programs throughout northeast Ohio. This would not have been possible without the annual support of the hundreds of generous donors listed below. Please join the Great Lakes Theater family by making a tax-deductible contribution to support Cleveland’s Classic Company. Visit the “Support Us” section of our website ( or call us at (216) 453-1067 to learn more about our Membership and donation programs.

Sponsors: Company Sponsors $100,000 and above Cuyahoga Arts & Culture*** Lead Sponsors $50,000 to $99,999 The David & Inez Myers Foundation*** Ohio Arts Council*** The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation***

The George Gund Foundation*** The Kulas Foundation*** The John P. Murphy Foundation***

Sponsors $25,000 to $49,999 The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation* The Community Foundation of Lorain County*** The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation*** The Reinberger Foundation***

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Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest John & Barbara Schubert***

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Great Lakes Theater’s Legacy Society honors individuals, families, foundations and other generous donors that make gifts to Great Lakes Theater’s Endowment Fund or have made a provision for Great Lakes Theater through their estate plans. Please consider becoming a member of the growing list of generous Great Lakes Theater Legacy Society supporters and help ensure that classic theater endures for future generations in northeast Ohio by designating Great Lakes Theater a beneficiary in your will, trust or other estate plans.

“Evermore thanks.” Marilyn* & Paul* Brentlinger Willard & Donna Carmel Mary* & Leigh Carter Natalie & Morton* Epstein Edward S. Godleski Mary Jane Davis Hartwell* Samuel S. Hartwell Jack & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer Kate Lunsford Mary Anne* & Jack McGrath Janet & Bob* Neary

Richard II, Act II, Scene ii James A. Nelson* Donald & Anne Palmer Tim & Lynn Pistell Professor Alan Miles Ruben & Judge Betty Willis Ruben The John Sherwin Family George* & Marjorie* Springer Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford Arthur L. Thomas Audrey* & Dick* Watts

*Deceased: The legacy of these generous donors lives on for future generations.


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THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY Annual Fund donors of $1,000 and above are members of Great Lakes Theater’s “Shakespeare Society” and are entitled to certain benefits, including invitations to special Society events and activities. For more information, contact Chris Fornadel at (216) 453-1067.

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The Abington Foundation** Eaton Corporation*** First Energy Foundation The GAR Foundation*** Jack & Mary Ann Katzenmeyer*** Janet E. Neary*** The Lubrizol Foundation*** Nordson Corporation Foundation** Dr. & Mrs. Donald Palmer*** Tim & Lynn Pistell*** PNC Foundation* Mrs. James O. Roberts*** The Shubert Foundation*** Thomas G. & Ruth M. Stafford***

Anonymous (2) Chuck & Bonnie Abbey** Walt & Laura Avdey** Dalia & Robert Baker*** Mitch & Liz Blair*** Glenn & Jenny Brown*** Mr. & Mrs. Homer D. W. Chisholm*** The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation*** Gail Cudak & Thomas Young*** Timothy J. Downing & Ken Press* Charles, Lidia & Alexa Fee** Dianne V. Foley* Steve Gariepy & Nancy Sin*** Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hartwell*** Paul R. & Denise Horstman Keen** Mary Elizabeth Huber William W. Jacobs*** Katie Kennedy & Doug White The Laub Foundation*** Victor C. Laughlin, M.D. Memorial Foundation Trust*** Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Mayer*** Jack McGrath*** Katie McVoy & Justin Cernansky Donald W. Morrison*** Nicholas & Sue Peay*** Dr. Scott & Mrs. Judy Pendergast*** Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Peterman*** Thomas A. Piraino & Barbara C. McWilliams** Prof. Alan Miles Ruben & Judge Betty Willis Ruben* Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Ruhl*** Kim Sherwin** Sally J. Staley*** Arthur L. Thomas John and Lori Wheeler Kevin M. & Anne R. White** Robert & Emily Williams* Ms. Rebecca A. Zuti & Mr. Anthony D. DeCello**

Anonymous (1) Michelle R. Arendt*** Robyn & David Barrie*** John & Laura Bertsch** David & Carolyn Bialosky* Kim & Bart Bixenstine** Jack & Janice Campbell*** Beverly J. Coen** Ms. Leslie C. Dickson* Barry & Suzanne Doggett*** Dr. Howard Epstein The Gries Family Foundation*** Elizabeth Grove & Rich Bedell* Drs. Thomas & Cynthia Gustaferro Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.*** Kenneth Karosy*** Faisal Khan & Angela DiCorleto Donna M. & Alex I. Koler The Milton A. & Charlotte R. Kramer Charitable Foundation* John J. and JoAnn D. Lane* Mr. & Mrs. William E. MacDonald III* Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McGregor Ms. Danielle M. Morris Ms. Karen Nemec** Mr. & Mrs. Patrick W. O’Connor** Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer M. Piper*** John & Norine Prim*** Ms. Ana G. Rodriguez Linda Schlageter*** Brit & Kate Stenson*** Christopher & Gail Steward Helen F. & Louis Stolier Family Foundation The Alvah Stone & Adele Corning Chisholm Memorial Fund Diana & Eugene Stromberg*** Gerald F. Unger*** Mary C. Warren** Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Warren Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Wellener IV*** John & Lori Wheeler Julie Sabroff Willoughby Mr. Lee C. Zeiszler*

Stratford Circle ($5,000 to $9,999) The Eva L. & Joseph M. Bruening Foundation*** Mr. Todd M. Burger & Ms. Kristie Beck* Bill & Judie Caster** Carol Dolan & Greggory Hill** Richard & Evelyn Dolejs** Natalie Epstein*** Ernst & Young, LLP*** The Harry K. & Emma R. Fox Foundation*** The Giant Eagle Foundation** Diane Kathleen Hupp* Susan & John Lebold Mr. & Mrs. Leslie H. Moeller*** David P. Porter & Margaret K. Poutasse*** The Sherwin-Williams Company Laura & Alvin Siegal*** Paul A. and Sonja F. Unger Fund The Thomas H. White Foundation, a KeyBank Trust**

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Sustainers ($500 to $999) Anonymous (1) Jeffrey Boecker & Susan Iler Julia & Ben Brouhard* H.F. & J.C. Burkhardt*** Beverly & Bruce Cameron* Donald & Annamarie Chick*** Eileen Kennedy & Greg Cloyd Bruce & Maryellen Cudney* Carolyn & Charles Dickson*** Mary Dolan & David Haracz James Eschmeyer*** Evans Charitable Foundation Dale Gabor Janet & Patricia Glaeser*** Gary & Joanna Graeff* Virginia Hansen*** Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kimmel** Chris & Laura Larson Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Lesh Eva & Rudolf Linnebach* Ken & Mary Loparo*** Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Lynch*** Mark & Barbara Mazzone* Francis & Viola McDowell** Helen & Harry Mercer** The Music and Drama Club Deborah L. Neale*** Doug Perkowski Mr. John Rampe Thomas & Helen Rathburn** Naomi G. & Edwin Z. Singer Family Fund, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland** Karl & Carol Theil Raymond Voelker* William Wilkinson Margaret & Loyal Wilson* Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee of Great Lakes Theater Festival*** Brian Wynne & Patrick Cozzens** Ms. Margaret E. Zellmer* Patrick M. Zohn*** John & Jane Zuzek***

Patrons ($250 to $499)


The Thomas and Joann Adler Family Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland*** Joel & Teresa Andreani Thomas & Joan Baker* Mr. & Mrs. Benham S. Bates** Fred & Mary Behm*** Kathy Berkshire John & Jeannene Bertosa** Gary & Kay Bluhm** Bernice A. Bolek*** Bette Bonder & Patrick Bray** Richard & Mary Ann Brockett* Mr. & Mrs. Eric J. Carlson Tim & Cindy Carr* Ms. Megan Casserlie* Robert and Susan Conrad Dr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Cooper* Audrey DeClement*** Pete & Margaret Dobbins* Mr. & Mrs. L. William Erb* Jon & Mary Fancher**

Ann & Harry Farmer* Mr. Joseph A. Ferritto Mary Eileen Fogarty*** Mr. & Mrs. Gerald R. Frei** Ted & Nancy Goble Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Gray** John Greene* Robert T. Hexter Rick Hoch Mr. Herbert J. Hoppe, Jr. Robert & Linda Jenkins** Amy & Jeff Johnson* Bernie & Nancy Karr*** Ms. Joylen J. Kent* Charles King & Catherine Keating Bill & Susan Kirchner Bob & Nanci Kirkpatrick*** Ronald G. Kollar*** Stephen & Carolyn Kuerbitz Fred & Joann Lafferty*** Morton & Lola Litt* Anne R. & Kenneth E. Love** Jennifer & Peter Meckes* The Mersol Family*** David & Leslee Miraldi*** Steve Z. & Mary Gibbs Mitchell*** Dale Sr., Dale Jr. & Gayle Montgomery Frank Rausche Dr. Edward J. Rockwood*** Reinhold & Ginny Roedig*** Mrs. Sharon M. Rogers*** Otmar & Rota Sackerlotzky*** Paul Schumacher Dr. Howard Simon* Dr. & Mrs. Lynn A. Smith*** The Edward & Katherine Thomas Family Frank & Vicki Titas** Robert & Marti Vagi** Mr. & Mrs. James D. Vail** Carol Lee Vella*** James L. Wagner** Nancy-Anne Wargo* Dr. & Mrs. Gregory A. Watts** Chris & Mary Weaver Mrs. Betty S. Weiss** Mr. John Wiedemann & Ms. Pamela Schnellinger* David Wildermuth Donald & Dorothy Zito*

Associates ($125 to $249) Anonymous (5) Lori Adler** Ms. Nancy J. Arndt Dolores P. Bastaich Ms. Pamela Benson* Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Berges Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Beyer Roger Bielefeld** Martha & Wayne Bifano Denise Blanda Susan Bobey** John Bolton*** Ms. Dorothy F. Borer* Joanne R. Bratush*** James F. Brown Mike & Carole Brown* V. Elizabeth Brown** Larry & Andi Carlini** Mr. & Mrs. Lucien H. Case

Jean McQuillan & Richard Christ*** John & Donna Clifford*** James Collins Rollin & Anne Conway** Stan & Lisa Corwin David & Gayle Cratty*** Daniel Divis Daniel & Joyce Dyer * Mr. & Mrs. Robert Eikenburg*** Robert Erikson Dr. & Mrs. Robert L. Fairchild David V. Foos*** Charles & Julia Gall** Mrs. Carla Gallagher* Mrs. Barbara J. Garris Deborah A. Geier*** Greg & Gail Gibson*** Virginia T. Goetz* Elaine H. Green Jean E. Gubbins** Tom & Kirsten Hagesfeld** Michael & Suzanne Harris* Curt & Karen Henkle** Robin Herrington-Bowen Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Hicks Kathy & Jamie Hogg*** Clyde A. Horn*** Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Janson* Marilyn & Howard Karfeld*** Lauren Kawentel** William & Marion Kettering* Michael & Lynn Kleinman* Mr. Thomas Knox* Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Kozel*** Jacob Kronenberg & Barbara Belovich*** Eleanor & Stephen Kushnick*** Leslie Lahr* Jennifer & Robert Larson* Mr.& Mrs. Brian Lawler* Gregory Leach* Gregory & Vickie Leyes* Thomas & Sheryl Love Mr. & Mrs. John M. Lovett* Brian & Renee Lowery** Robert & Beth MacMurray* Kimberly A. Mahoney Manubay Joshua K. Mayers Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. McDonald*** Bill & Marilyn Miller Roy & Cindy Moore*** Toni & Linda Moore** Ms. Barbara H. Nahra Tom & Mary Neff** Thomas Neff Robert & Margery Orth Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Patalon* Ms. Diane L. Pauley Brian Perry & Ka Pi Hoh* Ms. Mary L. Pollak* Andrew & Brenda Pongracz* Mr. & Mrs. Louis Pongracz** Ms. Bette M. Prendergast James & Susan Prince* Mr. & Mrs. James A. Saks** Donna Schuerger*** Donna Sheridan*** Richard Shirey* Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Slavin*** Marg Slesnick Anthony Smits Mr. & Mrs. John Southworth* William E. Spatz**

Susan St. John** Kathlyn & Harry Stenzel*** Anita K. Stoll Mr. & Mrs. Timothy L. Sullivan** Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Tatman* Dr. & Mrs. Ken Tomecki*** Dorothy Ann Turick Elizabeth Twohig Anne Unverzagt & Richard Goddard** Christine and Daniel Vento* Mrs. Barbara S. Walker Thomas M. Wladyka* Jeanne Wojciechowicz James & Sandra Wood** John & Dianne Young*

Friends ($75 to $124)

*3 – 5 consecutive years as a donor

The Women’s Committee Formed in 1961, the committee is Great Lakes Theater’s longest standing volunteer support group. Members act as hosts for our actors, provide support in our administrative office and at events, and cheer us on throughout the season. If you would like to become a member, call Joanne Hulec at (216) 252-8717 for more information. Officers

Barbara Cercone, President Janice Campbell, Vice Chair Viola McDowell, Recording Secretary Bernice Bolek, Corresponding Secretary Nanci Kirkpatrick, Treasurer

Matching Gift Corporations ArcelorMittal Eaton Corporation GE Foundation GlaxoSmithKline Foundation IBM Corporation The Lubrizol Foundation Nordson Corporation Foundation PNC Foundation Progressive Insurance Foundation Schneider Electric North America Foundation The Sherwin-Williams Company

Many companies, like the ones listed above, match all or a portion of their employees’ charitable giving. Is your employer a matching gift company? Find out by contacting your employer or the Great Lakes Theater Development Office at (216) 453-1067. Every effort is made to ensure that our donor records are current and correct. Please call the Development Office at (216) 4534442 with questions or to report updates and revisions.

Anonymous (2) Ms. Josephine B. Anderson Kimberley Barton Thomas D. Basco Brian & Teresa Bester Tom & Dorothy Bier Elizabeth A. Billings Dr. & Mrs. Dieter F. Bloser*** Phyliss M. Boggs Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Bolton*** Dr. W. H. Boom & Ms. Anne L. Batzell Mr. Stanley C. Brandt & Ms. Mary K. Whitmer*** Susan Brenneman Barbara J. Burke** Kathy Caldwell Robert S. Carillio Dr. & Mrs. Dale H. Cowan* Samuel Cowling** Dr. Ben S. Curatolo Judith Darus* Lowell & Carole Davis*** Chris & Mary Ann Deibel*** Donna Douglas*** Virginia Dybicz The Eldridge Family Janice Evans** Douglas D. Farling Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Field*** Daniel Fishwick Carmela Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Lou Galizio*** Marian Hancy** Jean Heller* Frank & Gerry Hoffert** Mark & Lynn Hofflund* Ron & Joanne Hulec*** William Ivancic** Marie Ivkanec* Thomas Jecker Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Kelley Dennis Kelly** Mr. Gilbert P. Kenehan* Samuel C. Kennell* Mr. Kenneth R. Kessler Mr. & Mrs. Albert Kirby Mr. & Mrs. Gregory G. Kruszka* Ms. Linda V. Lefkovitz* James M. Lewan James Marino Anne Martin Francis Martin Connie May

James L. Mayer Cathy J. McCall*** Rev. Edward E. Mehok*** Antoinette Miller*** Diane Moffett Mr. John M. Moss & Mrs. Karen J. Moss Kim Whitesel-Nakel Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neides Mark Norris Gerald Norton Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Joan M. Oravec*** Meribeth Pannitto Peggy & Michael Partington*** Mr. Alan A. Pomiecko Larry & Susan Rakow* Judy & Clifford Reeves** The Reinker Family*** Mr. & Mrs. Gerald P. Rencehausen Peter E. Renerts Ms. Jacqueline Y. Rhodes** Robinson Family Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland* Mr. Mark J. Salling & Ms. Cindie Carroll Pankhurst*** Doris A. Schultz** Steve & Kathy Schultz** Linda Sebald* Randall & Sara Shaner Dr. Dave & Faye Sholiton* Ms. Sue N. Siefert Ms. Ellen J. Skinner Mary Slowey Alma L. Smith* Edward W. & Donna Rae Smith James Sonday James Spallino Gail Stroud Laura L. Sutera Ms. Elizabeth Swenson* Linda Taege Carol A. Vidoli*** Michael Wagner Tom Wagner & Malinda Smyth** Rev. & Mrs. David M. Walker*** Sharon & Yoash Wiener*** Todd Wilson Ms. Janet R. Wolf Arthur & Deborah Zinn* **6 – 9 consecutive years as a donor ***10 or more consecutive years as a donor

Gifts were received in honor of: Morton & Natalie Epstein Michael J. Peterman Sally J. Staley Betty S. Weiss

Gifts were received in memory of: Marcia Detwiler Morton G. Epstein Mary Jane Davis Hartwell Robert D. Neary



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Michelle Arendt Jennifer Armstrong Dalia Baker Gary Benz David L. Bialosky

Todd M. Burger * William Caster * Gail L. Cudak Carolyn Dickson † Leslie Dickson William B. Doggett † Carol Dolan * Dr. Howard G. Epstein Natalie Epstein *† Dianne V. Foley * Stephen H. Gariepy Derek Green Elizabeth A. Grove * Arthur C. Hall, III Samuel Hartwell * Mary Elizabeth Huber Diane Hupp William W. Jacobs *†

John E. Katzenmeyer † Denise Horstman Keen Kathleen Kennedy * Faisal Khan * John W. Lebold * William E. MacDonald III † Ellen Stirn Mavec † Mary J. Mayer John E. McGrath † Katie McVoy * Leslie H. Moeller Janet E. Neary † Pamela G. Noble * Michael J. Peterman † Timothy K. Pistell † David P. Porter † Georgianna T. Roberts † Ana Rodriguez

John D. Schubert † Peter Shimrak † Sally J. Staley Diana W. Stromberg Gerald F. Unger Thomas D. Warren Nancy Wellener Kevin M. White Julie Sabroff Willoughby Patrick Zohn Rebecca A. Zuti * Executive Committee † Life Trustee

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE In 2002, Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland, Ohio) and Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, Idaho) conceived a unique, strategic producing alliance designed to maximize return on organizational investments, increase production efficiencies, create long term work opportunities for artists and share best practices. In 2010, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Incline Village, Nevada) joined the collaborative — further contributing to the momentum of the revolutionary producing prototype's success. The long term results have been remarkable. The alliance's three independent, 501c3 regional theaters have shared over 50 jointly-created productions — each featuring long term, multi-city employment opportunities for artistic company members. This revolutionary producing model has realized its vision and exceeded expectations while simultaneously resulting in notable audience growth for each company.


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STAFF Leadership Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director Bob Taylor, Executive Director

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Management Team Co-Production Managers......Christopher D. Flinchum, Jeff Herrmann Director of Educational Services.................Kelly Schaffer Florian Director of Institutional Advancement.................Todd Krispinsky Director of Educational Programming...... Lisa Ortenzi

Artistic Artistic Associate..............................................Tom Ford

Education Education Outreach Associate................David Hansen School Residency Program Actor-Teachers................... Luke Brett, DeLee Cooper, Adam Graber, Tim Keo, Kimberly Martin, Zyrece Montgomery, Will Sanborn, Leah Smith

Finance & Administration Manager of Finance & Administration...................Stephanie Reed

Institutional Advancement Development Manager............................Chris Fornadel Audience Engagement Coordinator........ Jeremy Lewis Marketing & Communications Manager................................................. Kacey Shapiro Donor Relations Associate...............Elizabeth Steward

Assistant Shop Manager/Draper............... Leah Loar Wardrobe Supervisor................. Colleen McLaughlin Wardrobe Crew....................................... Zack Hickle, Mackenzie Malone, Tina Spencer Wig Design.............................................Caitie Martin Master Electrician................................ Tammy Taylor Charge Scenic Artist................................Ruth Lohse Audio Supervisor................................ Brian Chismar Text/Vocal Coach.......................Kathleen Pirkl Tague Stage Manager.............................. Jessica B. Lucas* Production Assistant..............................Nicki Cathro Production Associate...............................Amy Essick Run Crew....................Amy Essick, Richard Haberlen, Gary Zsigrai Hanna Theatre Crew........ Thomas Boddy, Chris Guy, Shaun Milligan, Nathan Tulenson


Company Doctor.....................................Dr. Donald Ford & Cleveland Clinic Trinity High School Intern......................Maxwell Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal Costume Intern.............................................Erica Talion

Special Thanks Arrow Video Great Lakes Theater is a member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and operates under agreements with LORT, Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Equity Association, American Federation of Musicians, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the United Scenic Artists, which are unions representing professional actors, stage managers, musicians, stagehands, directors, choreographers, and designers, respectively, in the United States.

Production Assistant Production Manager...... Corrie E. Purdum Technical Director ................................. Mark Cytron Assistant Technical Director.......William Langenhop Master Carpenter.................................. Lindsay Loar Carpenter/Welder...........................Richard Haberlen Properties Master..........................Jessica Rosenlieb Props Assistant.....................................Greg Falcione Costume Shop Manager.............. Esther M. Haberlen



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Playhouse Square gratefully acknow­ ledges the people of Cuyahoga County for their historical support to theater restoration, upkeep and programming, as well as through their ongoing contributions through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


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Shakespeare in Love

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1964 The Tribute Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X3 GroundWorks DanceTheater

Night’s Dream The Hunchback of Notre Dame Les Sylphides LIFE X 3 GroundWorks DanceTheater


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Cameron Esposito & The Hunchback of Rhea Butcher Notre Dame


Saturday A Midsummer Night’s Dream LADO Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X3


The Hunchback of Notre Dame Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’: The Impact of Oklahoma!


Friday A Midsummer Night’s Dream Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X3


A Midsummer Night’s Dream MercyMe Pod Tours America



The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Waitress Waitress Waitress Waitress Manhattan Transfer A Midsummer Night’s A Midsummer Night’s The Hunchback of and The Hazelnuts Dream Dream Notre Dame Paula Poundstone Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X3


Waitress The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Diary of Anne Frank Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X 3

Waitress The Diary of Anne Frank

Waitress Hunchback Company Hansel & Gretel Tori Amos Anne Frank

Waitress Hansel & Gretel Anne Frank

Waitress A Midsummer Night’s Dream Anne Frank Company

Anne Frank

Waitress The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hansel & Gretel The Diary of Anne Frank

Waitress The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hansel & Gretel Company The Diary of Anne Frank

Waitress Night’s Dream Hansel & Gretel Company David Sedaris Anne Frank LIFE X 3

Waitress Night’s Dream Hunchback Hansel & Gretel Company Anne Frank LIFE X 3

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Anne Frank Wicked






Waitress The Hunchback of Notre Dame Anne Frank Get The Led Out


Anne Frank Simply Three Wicked



Waitress The Hunchback of Waitress Notre Dame Hunchback Anne Frank Anne Frank Company Company The Colored Museum The Colored Museum The Dirty Songbook

Waitress Night’s Dream Hunchback Anne Frank Company The Colored Museum The Dirty Songbook The Legend of Zelda

Anne Frank Wicked Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man

Anne Frank Wicked Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man

Anne Frank Wicked Sex Tips For Straight Women Sebastian Maniscalco Paul Taylor Dance Company

Anne Frank Wicked

Anne Frank Wicked Wardrobes & Rings

Anne Frank Wicked Wardrobes & Rings




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Waitress Hunchback Shining Star Anne Frank Two Can Play That Game

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Anne Frank Wicked Wardrobes & Rings Nick Offerman


Wicked A Christmas Story A Christmas Carol The Cleveland Pops Orchestra



Wicked A Christmas Story

Wicked A Christmas Story A Christmas Carol Joe Bonamassa

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Wicked A Christmas Story

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Playbill - Great Lakes Theater (Fall 2017)  

Great Lakes Theater presents the soaring musical epic, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, October 6 - November 5, 2017 at the Hanna Theatre, Playhou...

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Playbill - Great Lakes Theater (Fall 2017)  

Great Lakes Theater presents the soaring musical epic, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, October 6 - November 5, 2017 at the Hanna Theatre, Playhou...