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A Beguiling Tale of Lost Love Found

By William Shakespeare

JULY 25 - AUGUST 5 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

Having restored the King’s health with a family potion, lovely Helena asks for nothing in return but to wed her heart’s love, Count Bertram. The Count arrogantly refuses to marry beneath his class and flees from both king and bride to the nearest war. Among the palaces of France and Florence, Shakespeare’s charming heroine must use her courage and wits to win Bertram’s admiration and love in this spirited and bittersweet comedy.

"Extreme Shakespeare." This production will be rehearsed the way Shakespeare’s company would have: actors arrive with their lines learned, rehearse on their own, wear what they can find, and open in a matter of days. No director, no designers. Just great actors, a compelling play, pure adrenaline, spontaneity, and creativity. Ages 10+

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Extras

  • Prologues: Join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
  • Opening Night, Friday, July 27: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, August 2.
  • Savoring Shakespeare - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Saturday, July 28, 5:00pm.

Reviews

WHYY

“Playful, zippy….”

“These actors are consummate professionals.”

“Comes off as a production neither over-thought nor under-focused – if you didn’t know how it was produced you’d probably not be able to guess. That’s the highest compliment for an original-practice production.”

“Anyone who seriously questions the credulity of the plot fails to appreciate the spirit of the play. That spirit’s palpable here – fully alive.”

The Morning Call

“Roundly satisfying….”

“Enjoyably giddy….”

“Susan Riley Stevens is endearing as the wise and compassionate Countess of Rossillion.”

“Jim Helsinger as Bertram’s friend Parolles is hilariously buffoonish.”

“Eric Hissom makes the clown Lavatch humorous and satisfying.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Greg Wood turns in a sterling performance as the dying King of France.”

“Anthony Lawton is a stalwart Lafew.”

“You cannot take your eyes off Susan Riley Stevens as the countess/mother.”

Broad Street Review

“Consistently well-acted, dynamically staged, and satisfying for audiences.”

“Jim Helsinger's Parolles brings the show broad comic relief. ”

“Generates many laughs”

"These actors are tasked with presenting the text, which they do with clarity and insight..."

"See All's Well that Ends Well and prepare for a lively debate. "

"Expect nothing less from a company of fine actors from Philadelphia and beyond."

"Eric Hissom...rollicking, ukulele-strumming turn as Lavatch, the court clown. Whenever he takes the stage, levity follows. "

Features

LOVE ALL. TRUST A FEW. DO WRONG TO NONE.

With the death of Queen Elizabeth I in the middle of his career, William Shakespeare may have feared his world would soon be turned upside down. A successful poet and playwright under his patron and beloved “Virgin Queen,” his future was somewhat unknown as he watched James I’s accession to the throne. Would his company of players still find their home in London under the reign of a new king?

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Veteran Actors Go to the “Extreme” in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s All’s Well That Ends Well

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy All’s Well That Ends Well, with previews on July 25 and 26, and opening on Friday, July 27 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

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Cast

STEVEN DENNIS

STEVEN DENNIS*

Rynaldo, Duke of Florence, Gentleman

New York: The Girl of The Golden West (Soho Rep) and A Most Secret War (Harold Clurman Theatre); Regional: Hartford Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. He was named Best Dramatic Actor by The NJ Daily Record for Underneath The Lintel at Centenary Stage Company. He’s performed with PSF in Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and As You Like It. An LA Weekly Award winner, his television and film work includes guest-star roles on Star Trek: Enterprise, The Young & the Restless, Profiler, Miracles, and a recurring role on Star Trek: Voyager; he also appears in the Blu-ray edition of Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 film. Steven holds an MFA in Theater from Rutgers University, and currently serves as associate professor at DeSales University and artistic associate with PSF.

JIM HELSINGER*

JIM HELSINGER*

Parolles

PSF Acting: Lady Bracknell, Master Ford, Don Armado, Bassanio, Malvolio, Arnolphe, Dogberry, Bottom. Other regional: title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Dracula, and Henry V.TV/Film: From the Earth to the Moon, Mortal Kombat, Noah Knows Best, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. Directing at PSF: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Foreigner, Lend Me a Tenor, The Tempest, Sleuth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more.Playwright at PSF: Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker. Artistic Director at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF. www.orlandoshakes.org

Samuel Druhora

ERIC HISSOM*

Lavatch, a clown in the household of the Countess

has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World in Eighty Days, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, and Troilus and Cressida. Recent regional credits: The Winter’s Tale at the Folger, Born Yesterday and The Great Society at Asolo Rep, Equivocation at the Arden, Everything is Illuminated at Theater J and The Effect at Studio Theater both in Washington D.C., and the National Tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory.

Emily Kiser

EMILEY KISER*

Helena

Emiley Kiser is thrilled to be back for her sixth season at the festival. PSF: Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VIIIPride and Prejudice. Recent Credits: The Winter's Tale (New York Classical Theatre), Our Town (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Romeo and Juliet(Quintessence Theatre Group), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Quintessence Theatre Group). She graduated from The People’s Improv Theater training program this year and has her B.A. from DeSales University. For my husband!

FREDDIE KIMMEL

ANTHONY LAWTON*

Lafew

has acted in Philadelphia for twenty-six years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut), Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden), and Feste in Twelfth Night (PSF). In 2005, Lawton wrote The Foocy, which garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play). Film: Silver Linings Playbook, Unbreakable, Invincible; TV: Hack, Cold Case. He performs solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. For more information visit: www.anthonylawtonactor.com

Spencer Plachy

SPENCER PLACHY*

Bertram, Count of Rossillion

PSF: Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, Jefferson in 1776, Christian in CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY… LOVES LABOURS LOSTPERICLESAMADEUSANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, TWO NOBLE KINSMEN…. (I think that’s it). Broadway: ROMEO & JULIETTHE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Off-Broadway: THE COMMON PURSUIT. Tours: OKLAHOMA!(Curly), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Regional: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (Alley Theatre), PRIVATE LIVES(Riverside Theatre), NATIONAL PASTIME (Bucks County Playhouse), and THE 39 STEPS(Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Florida Rep). TV: Shades of Blue (NBC).

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SUSAN RILEY STEVENS*

Countess of Rossillion, Widow

Happy to be back at PSF! Past seasons have included: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Lend Me A Tenor; Recent credits: Noises Off (Walnut Street Theatre), This Is The Week That Is (1812 Productions), Marcus/Emma (InterAct), A New Brain (Theatre Horizon); Regional: People’s Light, Bristol Riverside, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Company, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.

GREG WOOD

GREG WOOD*

King of France

It’s good to be back!  This past Fall, he was at Actors Theatre Louisville to play Van Helsing in their production of Dracula. In December he was at McCarter Theatre in Princeton for his second season as Scrooge in  A Christmas Carol. He just finished back to back productions at the Walnut St. Theatre in Philly:  Eric in The Humans, followed by Lloyd in Noises Off. It really is wonderful to be back in Center Valley. I hope you enjoy all the shows this season. Thank you for coming!

ANELISE DIAZ

ANELISE DIAZ

Mariana, Ensemble, u/s Countess

is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer! Her previous credits at the festival include: The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. She will be finishing her degree here at DeSales University this fall and is excited to pursue a career in acting/ teaching. Anelise would like to thank her family and Hector for their love and support and God for His endless blessings.

Andrew Goebel

ANDREW GOEBEL

2nd Lord Dumaine

Andrew Goebel (2nd Lord): is excited to be returning to PSF for another summer! Last summer, he played Ajax in Troilus and Cressida. Selected Roles: Father (Ragtime); Gunter (Summertime); Conrade (Much Ado About Nothing); El Gallo (The Fantasticks). He would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him.

STEPHANIE HODGE

STEPHANIE HODGE

Diana, Ensemble, u/s Helena

joins PSF for her 4th season, fresh from earning her theatre and philosophy degrees from DeSales University. PSF: The Three Musketeers, The Ice Princess, Rapunzel. Her directorial debut Beauty and the Beast ran this past spring in the Schubert Theatre. Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks to PSF for teaching her what it means to be an artist. www.stephanie-hodge.com

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AMY ROSE JOHNSON

Violenta, Ensemble, u/s Diana

is a recent graduate of Desales University, and is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer. Some of her favorite credits include Into the Woods (The Witch), Godspell (“Bless the Lord”), and Heathers (Veronica). Amy would like to thank her family for their unfailing love, and Yukon for supporting her dreams.

ETHAN LARSEN

ETHAN LARSEN

1st Soldier, Ensemble, u/s Bertram

is a recent grad of DeSales University whose previous Act 1 credits include the Steward (Into the Woods), William Smith (Murder on the Nile), and Judge Hathorne (The Crucible). He would like to thank his friends and family for the constant support.

JAHZEER TERRELL

JAHZEER TERRELL

1st Lord Dumaine

is a Philadelphia based actor, teaching artist, voiceover artist, and musician. He has been a part of numerous productions in and around the Philadelphia area, and is thrilled to be back with PSF for one more!

JHALIL YOUNGER

JHALIL YOUNGER

2nd Soldier, Ensemble, u/s Lord Dumaine 2

is a junior acting and directing major staring down a summer of firsts. He couldn’t be more excited to work with PSF for the first time, taking on his first Shakespeare show while making his professional theatre debut.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s surge in artistic excellence, financial stability, and national recognition. Accomplishments include first-ever grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, attracting a multitude of award-winning artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Emmy awards, a 75% increase in annual attendance, a successful campaign to double the Festival’s endowment, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. He led the strategic planning process that led to PSF’s Vision 2030, a commitment to world-class professional theatre, and coverage in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. As a professional director, actor, and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television and radio. Mr. Mulcahy has acted with many industry luminaries including Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Shaloub at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre.  He served as fight director for A Few Good Men on Broadway, and multiple Off-Broadway productions starring Marcia Gay Harden, John Mahoney, Patrick Dempsey, and John Savage.  He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Part 1, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds degrees in acting and directing from Syracuse University.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

Last summer Mr. Razze directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli, Paulo Szot, and Dan Domenech, along with West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. In 2017 he received the prestigious Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. Mr. Razze would like to thank Patrick Mulcahy for his support and allowing him to direct this amazing musical, Ragtime!

CASEY GALLAGHER

CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 20 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to over 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People’s Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre. Casey is a member of the PSF Board of Directors and also serves on the board of Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  Casey dedicates this season to Mark LaMura (1948-2017) who played multiple lead roles at PSF in its earlier seasons. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.” Mark was a great actor and a loyal friend to both the Festival and all the people he worked with. “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”   

MAGGIE DAVIS

MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

is happy to return to PSF for her 3rd season! Her stage and production management credits include Julius Caesar; The Wild Duck (Quintessence Theatre Group); Yours, Anne, among many others (Half Moon Theatre); seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

ESTI BERNSTEIN

ESTI BERNSTEIN*

Assistant Stage Manager

is a NYC-based Stage Manager and Production Manager. Recent Off-Broadway credits: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre), Party Face (MTC Stage II), The Stone Witch (Westside Theater), and Later Life (Keen Company). She is also Resident Stage Manager for Broken Box Mime Theater and was on staff at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival summers 2011—2015. Love and thanks to her family, friends, ACL, GVB, and BBB.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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