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Gentlemen OF Verona By William Shakespeare Directed By Charles Fee
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A note from Charles Fee, producing artistic director, and Bob Taylor, executive director
“. . . then there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”
ear Friends, Welcome to the 40th anniversary season of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the region’s premiere professional theater company and provider of educational outreach programming! Forty years of Shakespeare at Lake Tahoe is a remarkable achievement made possible by the visionary founders and leaders of this company, upon whose shoulders we all stand, and supported by the extraordinary generosity of this community, our board of directors, staff, volunteers and the many, many artists who have created hundreds of evenings of magic under the stars. Over the years, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has faced many challenges and achieved many successes, and our deep roots in the community have sustained us throughout. As with any story, the drama is told through a thousand small events and a few monumental turning points along the way. A few of those pivotal moments must be recalled in this anniversary season. Special recognition must be given to our partners at the Nevada State Parks who brought the company to Sand Harbor in 1976 and have worked with us ever since to develop one of the most beautiful settings for theater in the world! In 1992, the Incline Village Crystal LAKETAHOESHAKESPEARE.COM
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Bay Visitors Bureau saved the Festival by assuming management of the company. Several leaders from that group have continued to shepherd the company as board members ever since, including Michael Chamberlain, Vicki McGowen and Geno Menchetti, chairman emeritus of the Festival and founder, in 2002, of the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, which has served more than 50,000 students in the subsequent years. The Festival achieved a benchmark in 2000 with the construction of the Warren Edward Trepp stage, funded entirely through private donations following a lead gift from Honorary Founder Warren Trepp. In 2002, the company was invited by the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation to join several organizations as tenants of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, which remains our administrative home to this day. In 2010, we joined forces with Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, Idaho) and Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland, Ohio), becoming part of a dynamic, groundbreaking consortium, nationally recognized as an innovative new model for producing theater. We are proud to announce this unique partnership has been a success, and we enter our third season as a producing organization in a strong position both financially and artistically! The structure of our consortium is
simple and the goals are clear: to realize savings by sharing the total cost of production (sets, costumes, props) among the three theaters; to increase employment for our artists and production teams; and to continue serving the audiences of Lake Tahoe through our season at Sand Harbor as well as the students of Northern Nevada through our long-standing, year-round educational outreach initiatives — including InterACT, our in-school residency program, and the wildly successful D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. There simply is not the time or space in this note to thank the thousands of people who have made this 40th anniversary season a reality. As you look through our program and walk through the theater, you will see the names of many who have kept the lights on over the years; imagine that each name represents hundreds of others who also have given their time and passion to this company — to all, our deepest thanks and gratitude for this 40th anniversary! Above all, thank you for joining us this evening. We are delighted to share our work with you in what is surely one of the most beautiful settings in the world! A star certainly danced when the Festival was born, and good fortune has shined on us ever since. — Charlie and Bob 1
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he Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is grateful for the tireless efforts of its 175-plus volunteers who make the Festival possible each season. The Festival applauds the following list of volunteers from its 2011 season and extends an advance thank you to the 2012 volunteers hard at work this season.
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Donor Spotlight Annual Giving
Gifts from individual, corporate and foundation donors help Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival bring great plays to Lake Tahoe and support our educational outreach programs for the region’s students. The donors listed below made gifts to our Annual Donor Member Campaign between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012. Shakespeare Society $1,200 and above Ron Antinori Patricia Engels John & Debra Iannucci Terry Jones D.G. Menchetti Andrea Wagner O’Riordan Jack & Marianne Schroeder Rod & Evelyn Smallwood Harvey & Leslie Wagner Sustainer $600 to $1,199 Charles Baumer Linda Boonshoft Dave & Judy Collins Joel & Ann Horowitz Richard & Linda Offerdahl John Sells Joe & Polly Wolfe Patron $300 to $599 Kirby Adams & John Healy Roy & Leslie Adams David Anderson & Nancy Kaible William & Elizabeth Blahd Jim & Patti Clark Steve & Lillian Frank Doug Graham
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Gentlemen OFVerona By William Shakespeare Directed By Charles Fee
Valentine............. Neil Brookshire* Proteus ..........Jeffrey C. Hawkins* Speed ..............Laura Welsh Berg* Julia ...............................Lee Stark* Lucetta ....................... Erin Childs* Antonio.............. Dougfred Miller* Panthino ........................ Joe Atack Silvia ........................ Nika Ericson* Launce .................... Kevin Crouch* Thurio ..................Eduardo Placer* Duke .................. Dougfred Miller* Outlaws ..................... Erin Childs*, Stella Heath*, Joe Atack Host ..........................Stella Heath* Eglamour ................ Drew Ernhout Ensemble.................... Kate Atack, Lucas Peterson Musician ........... Andrew Pongracz Crab the Dog .... Lark and Michael Understudy: Outlaws, Speed ......... Casey Canino Director ...................... Charles Fee Musical Director ...... Ryan Fielding Garrett Scenic Designer.. Russell Metheny Costume Designer .....Star Moxley Lighting Designer.............. Michael Chybowski Sound Designer.... Peter John Still Stage Manager............ Tim Kinzel* Production Assistant ......Katharine M. Hayes *Member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
alentine sets off from Verona for Milan to see the world. Valentine’s best friend, Proteus, stays at home because he loves Julia. She is in love with Proteus, but neither knows of the other’s love until Lucetta shows Julia a love letter from Proteus. Proteus is reading her reply when his father, Antonio, sends word to Proteus of his decision to send him to the Duke’s court in Milan to join Valentine. Julia and Proteus take their leave and swear eternal constancy. In Milan, Proteus finds Valentine has fallen in love with Silvia, the Duke’s daughter, and plans to elope with her to foil her father’s plan to marry her to Thurio. Valentine confides his plan to his friend, but Proteus, infatuated with Silvia at first sight, betrays the plan to the Duke and Valentine is banished from Milan. In the wilderness, he encounters a band of outlaws and is elected their leader. Meanwhile, Julia, disguised as a boy, has come to Milan in search of Proteus. Overhearing Proteus declare his passion for Silvia she is devastated but under cover disguises herself, and enters his service as a page. When Proteus sends her with a message to Silvia, Julia is encouraged to find his advances are again rejected and that Silvia remains faithful to Valentine. Silvia escapes into the forest to join Valentine. The Duke and Thurio set out in pursuit, followed by Proteus and Julia. Silvia is captured by outlaws but then rescued by Proteus, who despite seeing she still spurns him, continues to make advances on her. Valentine intervenes and Proteus is forced to confront his act of betrayal. Julia reveals her identity and a reconciliation begins. — Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
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Laura Welsh Berg*
Erin Childs *
Joe is excited to be returning to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Mainstage this season, having previously appeared as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tyrell in Richard III and the Sea Captain/Priest in Twelfth Night. His other roles include the title role in Macbeth, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Ken in Romeo & Juliet(ish) and Ray in Lone Star for the Nevada Shakespeare Company; Johnny “the Priest” in Anna Christie at the Metropolitan Playhouse; Terrance in Ravioli at the Royal Exchange Theatre and Dr. Spinoza in Cabbages at Contact Theatre. Joe also is the director of education for LTSF, and he has worked on the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program for six seasons.
Kate Atack Ensemble Kate is delighted to return for another summer with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She made her LTSF debut last season as an ensemble member in Twelfth Night. She also has acted with the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, where credits include Viola in Twelfth Night, Ariel in The Tempest and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Other theater credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Heads in Ubu the King, Greta in The Charm of Preparedness, Molly in Love Song, Marks in Talking With…, Jan in Cahoots and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Laura is thrilled to be returning to Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, where she was last seen as Viola in Twelfth Night. She is a former company member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater, where favorite roles include Miranda in The Tempest, Jackie in Hay Fever, Jenny in Major Barbara, Diana in All’s Well that Ends Well, Katherine in Love’s Labor’s Lost and Belle in A Christmas Carol. She resides in Chicago, where credits include Mill Fire, The Farnsworth Invention (Joseph Jefferson Award Best Play), and Arms and the Man. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, and she is earning her MFA at DePaul University.
Neil Brookshire* Valentine Originally from Wyoming, Neil worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for eight seasons: Stephen in Major Barbara, Edgar in King Lear, Orlando in As You Like It and others. With Great Lakes Theater, he portrayed Cliff in Cabaret, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has worked with Boise Contemporary Theater, Company of Fools (Idaho), Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho and Seattle Novyi Theatre. Film credits include The Pact, now screening in festivals around the country. He has a MFA in acting from Northern Illinois University, and he is founder of Dirt Hills Productions, featuring original audio theater and other creative works.
Her credits include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, Shelley Parker in Bat Boy: The Musical and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Other favorite productions include Hurricane (NYMF), The Who’s Tommy (European Tour) and Carlotta in the non-union premiere of The Phantom of the Opera (Baldwin Wallace University). She has a BA in music from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and she’s a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thanks to Charlie and everyone at LTSF/ISF. She’s thrilled to share the stage with her fiancé, Kevin!
Kevin Crouch* Launce His credits include Treplev in The Seagull; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cassio in Othello and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol, James Throttle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Mr. Montfred in An Ideal Husband (Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Jester in Jester’s Dead/The Outfit, Howie in Rabbit Hole; Peter Flynn in The Plough and the Stars; Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale, Dr. Rank in A Doll House; Lumpkin in Smash; Lun Lun in Moonchild, Clive in I Am A Camera; and Duke of York in Richard II (NYU). He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Sam Houston State University and a MFA from NYU Graduate Acting. He is thrilled to perform with his fiancée, Erin. ILYAWBITW!
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*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and it is affliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org.
Nika Ericson* silvia Nika is thrilled to be appearing in her first production with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Her most recent productions include The Two Gentleman of Verona (Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival), where she played the role of Sylvia. She also played Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew and Cabaret (Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival). Before that, she appeared as Marie in Cntrl+Alt+Delete (Pennsylvania Centre Stage). Nika received her MFA from Penn State University, where she was granted the Manuel Duque award for excellence in acting. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.
Drew Ernhout eglamour Drew’s Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival credits include Sailor/Thug/Other in Twelfth Night and Feste in the Young Shakespeare version of Twelfth Night. He also has appeared in the Nevada Repertory Company’s recent world premiere of Hamlet In the Original Pronunciation as Guildenstern and the Gravedigger. Drew is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, and he will graduate in the fall with a BFA in theater performance. He would like to thank his family for their love and support, and he is excited to be working for the Festival.
Jeffrey C. Hawkins* Proteus Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival credits are Feste in
Twelfth Night and Jeffrey in CompWrks WmShkspr.Off-Broadway: Three Men on a Horse, Memorandum and Incident at Vichy. New York City: Semi Monde, Sacred Flame (TACT), Open Heart Meditation (ARS NOVA), The Lover (DramaLeague) and Dance/Speak (NY TheatreBallet). Regional: Flynn in Doubt (FlatrockPlayhouse), Bob in Fall of Heaven (Rep Theatre STL), Hysterium A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Great Lakes Theater), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), New New, Roads that Lead Here (Guthrie), CompWrks WmShkspr (Delaware Theatre) and Comedy of Errors (PCPATheaterfest). Camera: Masters of Sex, Smash, Gifted Man, Big C, Glass House, Across the Universe, MaxPayne3, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Warriors and GTA Series. Training: PCPA, MFA from the University Delaware. Company: TACT, NYC. SAG/AEA/AFTRA.
host/Outlaw Stella Heath is so happy to be joining Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival this summer. She most recently played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in repertory with Cymbeline at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. New York Theater: Mouth in Not I, Bertha in The Father, Mrs. Millimant in The Way of the World, Perdita in The Winter’s Tale and Hester in a developing new work called The Lords of Wye about the early life of Fredrick Douglass. Regional/ International: Luisa in The Fantasticks (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), Cordelia in King Lear (Beijing Shakespeare Festival) and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She received her BFA in acting at Syracuse University, and she graduated high school at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Lark crab the dog I am excited to be expanding my repertoire of professional modeling into theater! When not hiking, snowshoeing or kayaking Tahoe, I enjoy swimming and tennis balls. My genetic code probably spells Wilson or Penn. I missed my calling as an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence; I am a social butterfly. My sweet temperament, good looks and exceptionally soft coat are the perfect recipe for imparting affection. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and I will leave you with your very own personal souvenir to wear home as I shed 24/7, 365 days a year.
Michael crab the dog Michael is a graduate of the Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club of Reno. He has been a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs Inc. and a Paws 4 Love member since 2008. His philanthropic endeavors include visiting local hospitals and extended care facilities, and working with underprivileged youth programs. He is an ambassador for his breed and gives back by raising money for wayward bully breeds. His greatest passion is spending his time with children and entertaining veterans. Michael first caught the acting bug when he co-starred in a local commercial for Scraps Dog Bakery. He now aspires to the stage and screen.
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antonio His credits with Great Lakes Theater include Macbeth in Macbeth, Antonio in The Tempest, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Jaques in As You Like It and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Cusins in Major Barbara, Holofernes in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Horatio in Hamlet, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Joseph II in Amadeus and Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. Other: Versati in The Underpants (Milwaukee Rep), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Central Dramatic Theatre Company, Vietnam), Richard in Richard III, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company), Prospero in The Tempest, the Duke in Measure for Measure (Texas Shakespeare Festival) and Jim Tyrone in A Moon for the Misbegotten (Coach House Theatre). Doug is a proud graduate of the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.
Lucas Peterson Ensemble Lucas Peterson is proud to return for another season with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival after being featured in the ensemble during the 2011 run of Twelfth Night. Most recently, Lucas performed in Nevada Repertory Company’s production of Anything Goes as well as its production of Hamlet, performed in original pronunciation, playing the role of Horatio. He is in the process of receiving a BFA in theater, with an emphasis in acting, from the University of Nevada, Reno.
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Andrew Pongracz Percussion Andrew Pongracz is the principal percussionist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and timpanist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. With Great Lakes Theater he has played for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bat Boy: The Musical, Cabaret and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Andrew has a BA from Hiram College and a master of music degree from Cleveland State University. He teaches on the music faculty at Hiram. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with his wife, Brenda, and their sons, Alexander and Christopher.
Lee Stark* Julia Lee is thrilled to reprise the role she played last summer at Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. A resident of Chicago, she has appeared there at Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, Chicago Shakespeare and the Goodman, most recently in The Iceman Cometh (Goodman) with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. Lee is a company member at the Pearl Theatre in New York, where past work includes Misalliance and The Playboy of the Western World. Regional credits include work at Indiana Repertory, Geva Theatre Center and Milwaukee Repertory. Lee holds a BA in theater from Northwestern University.
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Critics throughout history have, predictably, disagreed about the merits of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, dating its composition — according to their taste for the play — as either Shakespeare’s first (those who prosecute the play as a young writer’s sketch), or as a full-blown masterpiece written just after Love’s Labor’s Lost. Isaac Asimov dismisses the play in an off-hand way as “perhaps the most forgettable” of the early comedies. Harold Bloom cautions us “never to under-estimate Shakespeare,” and goes on to assert “we have yet to understand, a very experimental play.” “Two Gents” points toward the greatness that will come from this “journeyman” writer. The double plot (experimental in itself?) weaves together two popular Renaissance stories: the faithless friend (Proteus, Valentine, Silvia) and the faithless lover (Proteus, Julia, Silvia). In the hands of a lesser artist, this material would hold little more than historical interest for us now. But Shakespeare’s genius is to take on familiar forms and reinvent them, sounding great depth even in the shallowest of ponds. Whether viewed as a masterpiece or as journeyman’s work, “Two Gents” commands attention and remains a staple of the Shakespearean repertory, produced regularly throughout the world. — Charles Fee, Director LAKETAHOESHAKESPEARE.COM
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Designers and musical director
Michael Chybowski: Lighting Designer Michael Chybowski has designed The Two Gentlemen of Verona at both Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Recent work in theater includes The Crucible and The Tempest, both at Hartford Stage, and in dance includes Beaux for San Francisco Ballet and the premiere of A Choral Fantasy for the Mark Morris Dance Group. Other new work includes the restoration of The Angels of Swedenborg for Ping Chong and Company and Glengarry Glen Ross at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Michael was the head of lighting at the Brandeis University professional theatre training program until its demise this spring. He has received the American Theatre Wing design award, two Lucille Lortel awards and an Obie award for Sustained Excellence.
Ryan Fielding Garrett: Musical Director Ryan is delighted to make his Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival debut! Credits include Passing Strange, [title of show] and Chess (Playhouse Square); Spring Awakening and Grey Gardens (Beck Center); Titanic, Ordinary Days and Rent (Baldwin Wallace University); Pippin (Cain Park); The Cradle Will Rock, Children of Eden and Songs for a New World. He worked with composers Adam Guettel and Joe Iconis on original evenings of their music at the Weston Playhouse. He was selected as the recipient of the Young Composer of the Year Award and his piece Return to the City Overture was premiered by the San Antonio Symphony. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. Thank you to Charlie, Bob and his incredible family. ryanfieldinggarrett.com
Russell Metheny: Scenic Designer This is Russell’s first season with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. For Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Mousetrap, The 39 Steps, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Woman in Black, Othello, A Tuna Christmas, The Seagull, The Comedy of Errors, Greater Tuna, Measure for Measure, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Tempest, Love’s Labor’s Lost, King Lear and Julius Caesar. Russell also has designed for Great Lakes Theater for several seasons. Regionally, Russell has designed for Indiana Rep, Asolo Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Studio Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, D.C., Goodspeed Musicals and Weston Playhouse. Recent productions: God of Carnage, My Fair Lady and Betrayal. Upcoming: Jekyll and Hyde, The House That Jack Built and A Little Night Music for Indiana Rep, 1776 for Asolo Rep and Doubt for Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Star Moxley: Costume Designer Star has worked the past 30 years designing many memorable productions as a resident costume designer for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, as well as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Theater for Youth and Boise Contemporary Theater. Star’s costume designs for Hamlet and Macbeth have been awarded and exhibited internationally. She is a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She recently has re-emerged in the visual art scene, and she is an Artist in Residence with the Boise City Arts program creating multimedia installations. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
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OUR PRODUCTION TEAM CONTINUED Peter John Still: Sound Designer Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival credits: Twelfth Night and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Broadway: Awake and Sing. Off-Broadway: Blood and Gifts, Don Juan, Cymbeline, Pericles and Twelfth Night. London West End: The Best of Friends, Breaking the Code and It’s Ralph. Lincoln Center Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Intiman Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater. Oxford University, Drama Desk nomination 2002, Komyozan Dojo, IATSE.
Production Team Donald R. “Chris” Christensen : Technical Director
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Chris is pleased to return to Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for his 12th season. Chris worked with a previous production company for six years as a designer and then returned to LTSF as technical director. When not in Lake Tahoe, Chris resides in Grass Valley, Calif., and works as the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s theater manager, running the district’s two theaters and teaching students how to operate the theater for a wide variety of productions.
Mark Cytron: Technical Director Mark is returning for his third season at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Mark also holds the position of technical director at Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the opportunity to work here at Sand Harbor, in one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. He earned his BA in Theater from Beloit College.
Christopher D. Flinchum: Production Manager Chris joined Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in 2010 and celebrates his third season with the company. Chris also is the production manager of LTSF’s partner companies, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater. He has a long history with GLT, serving as production stage manager on more than 20 productions over seven seasons. Chris also served as director of production for Cleveland Opera for two seasons. He has toured nationally with The Acting Company’s musical productions of The Comedy of Errors and O, Pioneers, concluding with an Off-Broadway run. Other New York credits include productions for Lincoln Center Institute, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Women’s Project and Mannes Opera. Chris holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Alisha Glasser: Company Manager Alisha is excited to be back in beautiful Lake Tahoe for her second season with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival! Last summer, she worked as the production assistant on Twelfth Night. She has worked with Great Lakes Theater since 2007 as the production associate. Alisha earned her BA in theater from Baldwin Wallace University and resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Andrew.
Tim Kinzel*: Stage Manager Tim is grateful to return to a second season at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Previous credits with LTSF include Twelfth Night. Tim has multiple stage management credits from the following companies: Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizon, Cherry Lane Theater NYC and Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre. He also holds multiple production assistant and intern credits with Alley Theater, Houston Grand Opera and Stages Repertory Theater. Much love to his friends and family who rock! Go Tribe! * Member Actors’ Equity Association.
Terry Martin: Properties Master Terry is a graduate of Wittenberg University. Regional credits include scenic design, scenic artist and props artist for such companies as Circle Repertory Theater (NYC), SOHO Repertory Theater (NYC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC) (Associate Artistic Director), Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Institute of Music, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Ensemble Theater, Dobama Theater, Porthouse Theater, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Tri-C West and Berea Summer Theater. Terry also holds the position of properties master for Great Lakes Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Paul Miller: Lighting Supervisor Paul Miller is happy to be here at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for his first year as lighting supervisor. In addition to working for LTSF, Paul has been the master electrician at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for six years, and he spent two years working for Great Lakes Theater. Work with other companies includes the Spoleto Festival, TTS and Boise Contemporary Theater. Paul has a BFA in design/technology from West Virginia University.
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Charles Fee: Director/ Producing Artistic Director 2012 marks Charlie’s third season as producing artistic director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This season, he directs The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare. Charlie holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three, independently operated, professional theater companies, including Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991), and Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002). His leadership has created a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the American theater in which plays are shared between the three companies, extending the artistic lives of productions, increasing opportunities for artists to work in multiple venues over longer periods of employment and resulting in lower production costs for each of the companies. Prior to his work in Nevada, Idaho and Ohio, he served as artistic director of Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Calif. He has worked with such companies as the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Under Charlie’s tenure, the Festival’s in Boise and Cleveland have completed capital campaigns in excess of $30 million dollars. He has garnered significant awards for artistic leadership: in Boise these include the 1995 and 2001 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 1996 and 2006 FUNDSY awards; and the 2000 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Cleveland awards include the Northern Ohio Live Award and, in 2009, he was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize’s Martha Joseph Award. In addition to his work with the festivals in Nevada, Idaho and Ohio, Charlie is active within the community, having served on the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Boise Downtown Rotary Club and as a special lecturer at Boise State University. He received his BA from the University of the Pacific and a MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Charlie shares his peripatetic life with an incredibly supportive family, his wife, Lidia, and 17-year-old daughter, Alexa.
Bob Taylor: Executive Director
Bob Taylor joined Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as executive director in June 2010. In addition to his duties in Lake Tahoe, he remains the executive director of Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, a position he has held since July 2003. In his role for both theaters, he manages a number of areas, including finance, development, human resources, planning, and general administration. Before coming to GLT, he worked as business manager for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Cleveland’s historic Karamu House. Bob has an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and an undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bob is a Fellow of the 2004 Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a program co-sponsored by National Arts Strategies and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bob is a member of the 2011-2013 Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies, a three-year program of 100 arts leaders from across the country who have been invited to work together and develop creative solutions to the problems facing arts organizations that will reverberate throughout the cultural sector. Bob has served as mentor to graduate students from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Nonprofit Management, and he regularly is asked to speak on career opportunities in theater management. Bob has sung with the North Coast Men’s Chorus since 1990, and he is a past board president and business manager of that organization.
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A Summer Theater Camp Series for Students Ages 4-18 Our Midsummer Camp immerses students in fun, interactive and educational theaterbased activities. The series of weeklong summer theater camps affords students a unique opportunity to work with and learn from the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s professional actors/teaching artists in a safe and supportive environment. Featuring exciting activities for the young actor in your family, our Midsummer Camp introduces students to the extraordinary works of William Shakespeare, provides a place for participants to sing and dance their hearts out and enables each attendee to develop their talents. Camps begin July 30 and run weekly though Aug. 24. Each week-long camp culminates with a recital performance. Five offerings: Select multiple camps and save! Please visit LakeTahoeShakespeare. com/education for more information and to sign up!
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A FREE Interactive One-Hour Performance Adapation for Families Since 2002, the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program has entertained children and their families around the region. Join us this summer as we present an hour-long adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, specifically designed for children and adults alike! From July 30 to August 9, this program presents an interactive, exciting interpretation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, created with the young audience member in mind. This production, set in the 1920s, is a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and reconciliation. With great costumes, music, audience interaction and, of course, some of Shakespeare’s most hilarious characters, it promises to be fun for the whole family! This production is directed by Festival Director of Education Joe Atack, and it features a fabulous cast of professional actors and young aspiring actors training and learning from their cast mates. All performances are free, but reservations are required due to capacity limits at each venue. Visit LakeTahoeShakespeare.com to reserve your tickets.
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The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra Broadway on the Beach Monday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets: $30 to $85) Enjoy an extraordinary concert with The Phil, conducted by Laura Jackson, that brims with Broadway’s best music performed by two of Broadway’s brightest stars, Rob Evan and Lakisha Jones.
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Sierra Nevada Ballet Giselle Monday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets: $22 to $70) The Sierra Nevada Ballet takes center stage and presents the soaring folktale ballet, Giselle — a transcendent story of romance and renewal — brought to life by a talented company of more than 30 professional dancers.
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Published on Jun 19, 2012
Published on Jun 19, 2012
Play information, actor and designer biographies and synopsis for the 2012 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Season, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Performed...