I am so pleased to be a part of The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It, understudying for the parts of Jacques and Audrey. This production will be a musical collaboration with the Kilbanes, and directed by Rebecca J. Ennals. SF Shakes productions are always free, and tour throughout the Bay Area! The Festival is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone, performing in public parks, which is my absolute favorite thing! There was recently an article going around explaining the progressive origins that led to Shakespeare’s prevalence in our parks during the summer months. I am grateful to be a part of this tradition and of this particular production!
I am utterly thrilled to be working as an understudy for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda! It’s been so educational and supremely entertaining to work under Annie Worden, whom I’ve admired from afar on the Cal Shakes stage in the past. I’m studying the roles of Helena and Snug, with a fairy thrown in. It’s magical.
About the Show:
Four lovers escape into the woods and find themselves entangled in a world turned upside-down. When it comes to love, what’s fantasy and what’s reality? Tricks abound and wires cross as we all seek escape from (or surrender to) the clutches of love.
I’m excited to work with Custom Made Theater Co. for the first time, with Brian Katz directing! I’ll be working on the role of Ella. Very curious about her, and her prototype in Uncle Vanya. Time to brush up on Chekhov! Rehearsals begin in a few months, and the show goes up in May.
About the show:
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it? Posner’s follow-up to his Stupid F*cking Bird (seen at SF Playhouse) is Mel Brooks meets Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate, and unexpectedly tender.
Caesar Maximus opened last weekend; audiences are loving it! Our cast and crew are doing amazing work. I received a lovely mention from Lily Janiak in the SF Chronicle:
Those same bursts of ocean air find a welcome echo in Emily Stone’s singing as a soothsayer, whose pure, ethereal vocals seem to seep from her surroundings as naturally as sea salt coasting in on marine squalls.
And thank you, Kathryn Yu, for your review on No Proscenium!
And the Soothsayer impressively fulfills multiple roles here: the seer who foresees Caesar’s murder, a stern timekeeper who manages the audience’s attention, and a singer of ethereal arias.
I never leave the "stage" for two and a half hours because I have many jobs in this piece! It's challenging but so rewarding.
You can hear some of my unheeded warnings and a bit of the "ethereal vocals" in the trailer below!
I'm excited to be playing the Soothsayer (with a twist) in this beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar! Get your tickets to Caesar Maximus with We Players at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park! Previews begin this Thursday, August 16th.
About the show:
San Francisco’s Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park provides the stage for We Players’ brand new adaptation of Julius Caesar, CAESAR MAXIMUS. Influenced by the Gilded Age, we explore a Roman Republic corrupted by machine politics and old money. Incorporating the nineteenth century popular entertainments of Opera and Circus, this multi-disciplinary, site-integrated production explores power, grief, and popular action. Inspired by the bloody history of civil unrest, the piece leans into the blind fury of a righteously angry mob and opens up Shakespeare’s greatest political parable for our own tumultuous time.
Photos by Lauren Matley, Rock Shots Photography