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Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production ofEquivocation

NOV 18, 2011 – JAN 1, 2012

By Bill Cain

Directed by Bill Rauch
Illustration by Tim O'Brien

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Who's Who

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Christine AlbrightCHRISTINE ALBRIGHT (Judith). This is Christine’s Arena debut. Her New York credits include Marge in Walking Down Broadway (Mint Theatre); Ros in Arrangements (Cherry Lane Theatre); Celia in As You Like It (New York Classical Theatre). In six seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has performed as Judith in Equivocation (also at Seattle Rep); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Maria in Up; Lady Percy in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her other regional credits include Expectations starring Eartha Kitt (Stamford Center for the Arts); Nina in Seagull at Marin Theatre Company; Hortense in Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse); Eugenie in Vincent inBrixton (Virginia Stage Company). Christine got her M.F.A. from UCSD. Back

Richard ElmoreRICHARD ELMORE (Richard). Arena debut. As a commercial talent, Richard has appeared in more than 100 national, regional and local TV commercials. His film career includes Cloud Dancer, Flying High and A Star Is Born. In 28 seasons at OSF: George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Shylock in The Merchant of Venice; Sandor Turai in Rough Crossing;Joe Keller in All My Sons; Schell in The Visit; Orgon in Tartuffe; and many more. He has appeared in regional theaters across the country, including Seattle Rep; Milwaukee Rep; Denver Center; Alliance; the Alabama, California and Utah Shakespeare festivals; and dozens more. A five-time Drama-Logue winner, Richardresides in Ashland with his children Ethan,Emily and Corin. Back

Jonathan HaugenJONATHAN HAUGEN (Nate) has been at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 13 seasons, playing Brutus in Julius Caesar; Antonio in The Merchant of Venice; Cecil in Equivocation; Steven in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler; Faustus in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus; Oedipus in Oedipus Complex; Lovborg in Hedda Gabler; Geordi in Handler; Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well; among others. Other work includes Equivocation (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Riff-Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Laertes in Hamlet (Rock the Ground Theatre, Mendocino); Antony and Cleopatra, The Oresteia (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Edward II (American Conservatory Theater); Shannon in The Night of the Iguana (Center Repertory Theatre); Gross Indecency (director, Moisés Kaufman); Malvolio, Berowne, Iachimo, Bassanio, Jacques, Puck, among others (California Shakespeare Theater). Back

Anthony HealdANTHONY HEALD (Shag). Arena debut. Broadway: Inherit the Wind; Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nom); A Small Family Business; Anything Goes! (Tony nom); The Marriage of Figaro; The Wake of Jamey Foster. Off-Broadway: Later Life; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Pygmalion; Elliot Loves; The Foreigner (Obie); Quartermaine’s Terms (Obie); Henry V (Obie); Misalliance (Theater World Award). In eight seasons at OSF: The Duke in Measure for Measure;Shylock in The Merchant of Venice; Glendower in Henry IV, Part 1; Shag in Equivocation; Wolsey in Henry VIII; Stage Manager in Our Town; Tartuffe in Tartuffe; Iago in Othello; Rosmer in Rosmersholm; and others. Film/TV: Boston Public, Boston Legal, Cheers, The Practice, X-Files, Frasier, Red Dragon, 8MM, The Silence of the Lambs, A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief. Back

Gregory LiningtonGREGORY LININGTON (Armin). Arena debut. In 12 seasons at OSF: Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost; Cassius in Julius Caesar;Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice; Armin in Equivocation; Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard; Mr. Marks in Intimate Apparel; Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Doricourt in The Belle’s Stratagem; Edgar in King Lear; Jack Rover in Wild Oats; and others. Other theaters: Throne of Blood (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Equivocation (Seattle Rep); Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (Kennedy Center); A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Seagull (Class Ensemble); East of Eden (Western Stage); Cyrano de Bergerac (PCPA Theaterfest). International: As You Like It, Angels in America (Misery Loves Company, Prague). TV/Film: The WestWing, Joan of Arc (CBS), Dune (Sci-Fi), Indigo, Harrison’s Flowers. Back

John TuftsJOHN TUFTS (Sharpe). Arena debut. New York: Virtual Meditation (EST). In eight seasons at OSF: Hal in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2; Henry in Henry V;Sharpe in Equivocation; Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Yasha in The Cherry Orchard; Mikey Griffin in Up; and others. Other theaters: Sharpe in Equivocation (Seattle Rep); Konstantin in Seagull (Marin Theatre Co.); Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep); Tom in The Glass Menagerie (PlayMakers Rep); Malcolm in Macbeth (Old Public Theater); Man in Virtual Meditation (Humana Festival). Education: B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon Univ. Back


BILL CAIN (Playwright). This season Bill’s play How to Write a New Book for the Bible was seen at Berkeley Rep and opens at Seattle Rep in January. His plays Equivocation and 9 Circles both received the ATCA Steinberg Award, the first time an author won in consecutive years. After its OSF debut, Equivocation played at Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Marin Theater, and MTC. 9 Circles debuted at Marin Theater, was seen in Boston, L.A., and San Jose, and is scheduled in Denver and Santa Clara. His play Stand-Up Tragedy won best production in L.A. and D.C. (at Arena Stage) and the Joe A. Callaway Award for its Broadway production. Bill’s work for TV, incl. the ABC series Nothing Sacred, has won Peabody, Humanitas and Writers Guild awards. Back

BILL RAUCH (Director) returns to Arena after directing A Community Carol. In 1991, he won a Helen Hayes Award for The Video Store Owner’s Significant Other. Bill directed the world premiere of The Clean House at Yale Rep, where he’s an associate artist, and its Off-Broadway premiere (Lincoln Center). Other world premieres include Equivocation and By the Waters of Babylon (OSF), Living Out and For Here or to Go? (Mark Taper Forum), and My Wandering Boy and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (South Coast Rep). He became OSF’s artistic director in 2007, having been co-founder and artistic director of Cornerstone Theater (1986-2006). Honors include TCG’s Visionary Leadership Award (2010); Margo Jones Award (2009); L.A. Weekly, Garland, Conn. Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue awards; and Emmy and Ovation noms. Back

CHRISTOPHER ACEBO (Set Designer). World premieres include The Clean House (Yale Rep); Zorro in Hell (Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse); My Wandering Boy, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Beard of Avon, Hold Please (South Coast Rep); Living Out, Chavez Ravine, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Mark Taper Forum); Electricidad (Goodman). In six seasons at OSF: Hamlet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Throne of Blood, Equivocation, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Clay Cart, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other credits: ensemble member, Cornerstone Theater; asst. professor, Cal State L.A. (2002-07). Awards: NEA/TCG Fellow 1999-2001. Education: M.F.A., UC San Diego;B.A., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Back

DEBORAH M. DRYDEN (Costume Designer) returns to Arena Stage after designing costumes for The Misanthrope (2002), for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She is currently resident costume designer for OSF. She has designed for theaters including ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, Denver Center, San Diego Opera, Minnesota Opera, Hong Kong Rep, and others. Deborah is professor emerita at UC San Diego. She received the national Michael Merritt Award for excellence in design and collaboration, as well as the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Costuming. Her design work was included in the 2003 Prague Quadrennial International Design Exhibition. Recently her work appeared in the exhibition Curtain Call: Celebrating aCentury of Women Designing for Live Performance at Lincoln Center. Back

CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND (Lighting Designer) has designed over 600 theater, opera and dance productions worldwide. He returns to Arena, having designed Intimations for Saxophone. Recent work includes the Off-Broadway revival of Garden of Earthly Delights, the Broadway-bound Porgy and Bess at ART, King Lear with Sam Waterston at N.Y.’s Public Theater, Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Nationale de Bordeaux, Franco Dragone’s holiday circus KDO! in Brussels, Orpheus X for Hong Kong and Edinburgh festivals, the world premiere of Phillip Glass’ Appomattox at S.F. Opera, and the Broadway productions of Superior Donuts and Top Girls. Christopher has received an Obie and the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics awards for The Light in the Piazza, as well asnumerous noms for Drama Desk, Lortel, Outer Critics, and Tony awards. Back

ANDRE PLUESS (Composer, Sound Designer). Broadway: 33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife, Metamorphoses. In four seasons at OSF: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Merchant of Venice, Equivocation, The Clay Cart, August: Osage County, Ghost Light. Other regional: Argonautika, Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep, Lookingglass); After the Quake (Steppenwolf, La Jolla); Ghostwritten (Goodman); Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre); Endgame (Steppenwolf); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Williamstown); Legacy of Light, Passion Play (Arena Stage); The Clean House (Yale Rep, Lincoln Center; dir. Bill Rauch); Moon for the Misbegotten (McCarter); Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing (California Shakespeare). Other credits: associate artist with Lookingglass Theatre, About Face Theatre and California Shakespeare; resident designer with Victory Gardens. Awards: multiple Joseph Jefferson awards and citations, Ovation Award, Drama CriticsCircle Award, Barrymore Award, and Lucille Lortel nom. Back

LUE MORGAN DOUTHIT (Dramaturg). In 18 seasons at OSF: production dramaturg for more than 38 productions, including eight world premieres (Throne of Blood; Equivocation; Don Quixote; Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter; Tracy’s Tiger; By the Waters of Babylon; Continental Divide and The Magic Fire); co-adaptor on the six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, both produced at OSF and elsewhere; co-producer, Black Swan Lab (2009). Awards: 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Elliott Hayes Award. Education: Ph.D., Univ. of Washington; M.F.A., TrinityUniv.; M.A., Univ. of Arizona. Back

BARYY KRAFT (Dramaturg). In 25 seasons at OSF: dramaturg for more than 40 Shakespeare productions, as well as Equivocation, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, The Cure at Troy, The School for Scandal, and Arcadia. Barry has acted in all of Shakespeare’s plays more than 100 roles in 85 full productions, including 20 seasons at OSF. He has taught at ACT, Denver National Theater Conservatory, Augusta College, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and Town School in San Francisco. Guest lectureships include Southern Oregon Univ., UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Berkeley Rep, Boise State Univ., Agora Foundation. His publications include After-Dinner Shakespeare, Thy Father Is a Gorbellied Codpiece, and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Recordings: Ovid’s Metamorphoses, BlackstoneAudio. Back

JOHN SIPES (Movement Director). In 13 seasons at OSF: director, Henry VIII, King John; co-director, The Three Musketeers; movement/fight director for more than 100 productions. Other regional: The Hollow, An Ideal Husband (Milwaukee Rep); Love’s Labour’s Lost, All My Sons (Clarence Brown); The Alchemist, Macbeth, Pentecost, Antony and Cleopatra (Berkeley Rep); Coriolanus, Cymbeline, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, As You Like It, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, The Rivals, Henry V, Richard III, All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare). International: mr lear (Usine C, Montreal). Other credits: former artistic director, Illinois Shakespeare; certified Alexander technique teacher; associate professor, Univ. of Tennessee.Education: M.F.A., Indiana Univ.; B.A., Loyola Univ. Back

REBECCA CLARK CAREY (Voice & Text Director). In six seasons at OSF: voice and text director, Measure for Measure, August: Osage County, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The African Company Presents Richard III, The Servant of Two Masters. The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado about Nothing, Hedda Gabler, Wild Oats; voice and text assistant, Romeo and Juliet, Daughters of the Revolution [Continental Divide], Handler, The Winter’s Tale; actor-teacher with School Visit Program. Other theaters: Guerilla Rep, Palomar Theater, Shared Experience. Teaching: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; Central School of Speech and Drama; UC Irvine; Palomar College. Education: M.A., Central School of Speech and Drama, London; M.F.A., UC Irvine; B.A.,Harvard Univ. Back

RANDALL K. LUM (Stage Manager) is pleased to make his Arena Stage debut with Equivocation. Recently, he completed his fourth season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Equivocation, Ruined, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and WillFul). Before joining OSF he was resident stage manager for South Coast Repertory (The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Intimate Apparel, Three Days of Rain, Kimberley Akimbo, Princess Marjorie, My Wandering Boy, Everett Beekin, Hurrah at Last, Brooklyn Boy, Blue Door, Sight Unseen, Wit, and Safe in Hell), where he worked on over 90 productions during his 18-year association. Other regional theaters include: Seattle Repertory Theatre (Equivocation), American Conservatory Theatre (Uncle Vanya), Old Globe Theatre (Scapino!), Berkeley Rep (The Birds), and CaliforniaShakespeare Theatre (Restoration Comedy). Back

MANDY YOUNGER (Asst. Stage Manager). This is Mandy’s first time working at Arena Stage as assistant stage manager. As an assistant stage manager at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has worked on The Language Archive, August: Osage County, Ghost Light, Throne of Blood, Equivocation, All’s Well That Ends Well, Fences, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, The Visit, Henry VI Parts 2 and 3, Oedipus Complex and as production assistant on Mothers Against [Continental Divide], Julius Caesar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor.  As stage manager: Blithe Spirit (Willamette Repertory Theatre). As assistant stage manager: Equivocation (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Back

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Producer), established in 1935, performs 11 plays in rotating repertory each season and stages Shakespeare, classic, contemporary and new work. Located in Ashland, Ore., OSF has a company of 600 (including over 100 actors), a budget of $31 million and attendance of more than 400,000. In addition, OSF provides playgoers with a wide range of activities during their visits to Ashland, including concerts, lectures, pre- and post-show discussions with the actors. OSF also has wide-ranging educational programs, reaching more than 100,000 students each year. The 2012 season will run from February 17 through November 4, with 790 performances of 11 plays in its three theaters – the 1,200-seat outdoor Elizabethan Theatre, the 600-seat Angus Bowmer Theatre, and the flexible 270- to 360-seat New Theatre. Back