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A Lush and Lavish Romantic Feast

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Patrick Mulcahy

JULY 11 - AUGUST 5 | MAIN STAGE

Young Will Shakespeare is stumped by a crippling case of writer’s block as he struggles to finish his new play. Unbeknownst to him, his muse is waiting in the wings - enter Viola De Lesseps, a theatre-loving aristocrat who isn’t about to let her class or sex get in the way of her pursuits. Soon to be married off, and unwilling to accept her fate, she daringly dresses as a boy-player to win the role of Romeo in Will’s new play. As the two fall in love, a romantic comedy of errors and a whirlwind affair unfurls that will ultimately inspire the creation of Shakespeare’s tragic romantic masterpiece. Based on the highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning screenplay, this stage adaptation will be directed by Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy. PG-13

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Extras

  • Opening Night, Friday, July 13: 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.
  • Audio described and open captioned performance: Wednesday, July 25, 8:00pm.
  • Savoring Shakespeare - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Sunday, July 22, 5:00pm (in combination with King Richard II.)
  • Shakespeare In Love and King Richard II will play in repertory with the same cast. Please order early for the best seating options.
  • Contemporary Context: Join us in the theater immediately following the 2:00pm performance on Sunday, July 29 for an engaging roundtable-style discussion on Shakespeare in Love and its journey from the Academy Award-winning film to 2018’s most produced play in America. A panel of guest speakers and PSF artists will examine the evolution and adaptation of the Bard and his work from screen to stage, connecting Shakespeare's time to today. Free to all ticketholders.

Reviews

Philadelphia Magazine

“PSF’s Shakespeare in Love is a Midsummer Night’s Dream”

“Sumptuous, high energy, extravagantly enjoyable.”

“Part romance, part swashbuckling adventure, part bawdy farce, part speculative history…so well-built, it will charm even neophytes.”

“Polished production, beautifully designed.”

“One of the largest—and more impressively, most consistent and cohesive—ensemble casts I’ve seen in a long while…there’s not a weak link.”

“Onstage musicians contribute to the merriment.”

“Mairin Lee (as Viola)…is lovely.”

“Luigi Sottile is a swoon-worthy Shakespeare—passionate, handsome, gloriously at home in both classical verse and broad comedy. Not since the young Kevin Kline have I seen an actor who brought together all these elements in such sublime balance.”

“There’s plenty of magic in the air at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival…wove its own midsummer night’s dream-like spell.”

Broad Street Review

“Lee and Sottile play a Viola and Will who could have leapt from the Bard's own pages.”

“The play gushes with romance.”

“A fine physical production…and even finer acting ensemble.”

“Sottile…speaks the interpolated snatches of Shakespeare’s verse with a ravishing cadence suggesting the kind of natural classical actor rarely seen today.”

“Marvelous costumes.”

“A charming respite from the summer heat.”

The Morning Call

“Shakespeare Fest's 'Shakespeare in Love' charming, funny and poignant”

“A truly charming and warmly satisfying romantic comedy.”

“Smartly staged by director Patrick Mulcahy…outstanding performances all around.”

“Luigi Sottile is endearing and unpretentious.”

“The lovely Viola De Lesseps, played with determination and intelligence by Mairin Lee.”

“Lee’s Viola is warm and enchanting.”

“Sottile’s Will is appealing and romantic.”

“Hilarious.”

“Justin Adams is winning as Will’s friend and rival playwright Marlowe.”

“Exciting and visceral sword fights directed by Mulcahy.”

“Music…is effectively woven into the scenes and provides a connecting aural backdrop.”

“The Elizabethan costumes by Lisa Zinni are excellent and the queen’s amazing gown is in a league of its own.”

Reading Eagle

“Mulcahy's often compelling staging choices and tender direction ultimately transform the piece into an evening's entertainment worthy of its source material.”

“More than a love story between a young William Shakespeare (a dashing and very funny Luigi Sottile) and the wealthy Viola De Lesseps (Mairin Lee, quite wonderful)…the play becomes…a celebration of the artistic process.”

“Unexpectedly moving and lovely…this truly gifted group of players is more than up to the task.”

“Richard B. Watson is hilarious as Henslowe.”

“The set design by Daniel Conway is a gorgeous and efficient evocation of a stage one would have seen in the Elizabethan era. Lisa Zinni's period costumes are utterly dazzling…beautifully done.”

“The superb Justin Adams… discovers something in the character that touches the heart. Marlowe, in turn, honors the legacy of Shakespeare.”

WHYY:

“Delightful… classy Elizabethan fun, and in just the right venue.”

“The play is a delight, especially in the high-spirited production directed by the festival’s leader, Patrick Mulcahy.”

“A super-sized gift.”

“Charming...performed with haunting beauty.”

“Elizabethan-tinged music throughout the production sets perfect moods.”

The Lehigh Valley Press:

“Insightful, joyful and wonderful.”

“PSF Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy hits all the right notes and tropes in what is the best Shakespeare production, albeit a Shakespeare-themed production, in years at PSF. This is a monumental achievement.”

“So many extraordinary and marvelous scenes… boisterous and bountiful fun.”

“A delight from beginning to end.”

“Excellent actors…thrilling sword fights … has all you could ask for.”

“Sottile’s is a scrupulously-nuanced performance.”

“Lee is…a strong, independent woman.”

“The bejeweled sumptuous costumes…are dazzling.”

“Superb on so many levels.”

“Will enhance your appreciation of the Bard.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Electric...”

“Luigi Sottile is a strong-voiced Shakespeare —- frustrated, angry, fearful, brave, amorous, sardonic — and you always believe him.”

“Charming...”

“Clever and fun loving.”

Press

Casting announced for Shakespeare in Love and King Richard II at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announces the principal actors cast in its productions of Shakespeare in Love and King Richard II, which will play in repertory July 11 through August 5 on the Main Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

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Shakespeare in Love, a Lush and Lavish Romantic Feast at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning screenplay Shakespeare in Love.

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WFMZ-TV features Shakespeare in Love’s director, actors, and its canine star, Buddy at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Director of Shakespeare in Love Patrick Mulcahy, talks to WFMZ-TV news alongside actors Luigi Sottile, who plays William Shakespeare, and Dan Tracy who plays the duel role of Valentine and dog handler of it's special canine actor, Buddy.

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Features

The Quest for Inspiration

This play has been described as a love letter to the theatre. It takes us onstage, backstage, and into the hearts, minds, foibles, and fancies of those who aspire to create this rough magic. In a fanciful way, it allows us to move up close to a young Will Shakespeare, gifted but floundering, as well as his other now-famous collaborators, patrons, rivals and players, along with a few imagined characters.

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Artists

Cast

JUSTIN ADAMS

JUSTIN ADAMS*

Kit Marlowe

New York: Don Juan (title role), The Pearl Theatre; The Little Shubert, The Acting Company, Drama League’s DirectorFest, HERE Studios, 13th Street Rep, Storm Theatre. Regional: Nicholas Nickleby, (title role), PlayMakers Rep; Amadeus (title role), Northern Stage; Hamlet (title role), PSF; Westport Country Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Denver Center, Folger Theatre, Portland Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Alabama and Texas Shakespeare Festivals; Film/TV: Elementary, The Affair, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, The Cask, Independence: Beyond What She Expects, Radio Cape Cod. Training: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. www.justincadams.com

STARLA BENFORD

STARLA BENFORD*

Queen Elizabeth

Broadway/Off-Broadway: The Little Foxes (MTC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Studio 54), Macbeth (Music Box), The Vagina Monologues (National Tour/League of Broadway Theatre/Best Actress nomination), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre);  Other: Old Globe, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, ART, Shakespeare & Co., Folger Theatre, Abbey Theatre in Ireland; Film/TV: Half Nelson, Delivery Man, A Perfect Murder, United 93, Law & Order, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie, Madame Secretary, and The Affair. Ms. Benford is thrilled to be making her PSF debut. Love to my family & Bill. @LavaEnt 

CHRISTOPHER COUCILL

CHRISTOPHER COUCILL*

Fennyman, Ensemble

PSF: Man of La Mancha, King Lear, 1776, Hamlet, Sweeney Todd; Broadway: The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun; Philadelphia: Body Awareness (The Wilma), Crazy for You (The Forrest), Annie Get Your Gun (The Prince), Silverhill (InterAct); Regional: McCarter, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare & Company, The Huntington, Boston Shakespeare Company, Dallas Theatre Center, and many others; TV: Deadline, Law & Order, One Life to Live, O Pioneers!, Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed. Thanks to Liz, Patrick and Gina.

CHRISTIAN COULSON

CHRISTIAN COULSON*

Lord Wessex

Theater: Constellations (The Old Globe), The Changeling (Red Bull Theatre), Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Hedda Gabler (Palimpsest, London), A Picture of Autumn (Mint Theater), Travesties (McCarter), Dutch Masters (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Rumble Ghost (PS122), Ghosts (London’s Gate Theatre), Festen (UK national tour), Journey’s End (West End), Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse). Film: Bite Me, Peter & John, Love is Strange, Those Who Wander, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Gayby, Leaving Circadia, I am Nasrine, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, Four Feathers. TV: Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle, Eye Candy, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Miss Marple, Charles II, Little Britain, Hornblower, Forsyte Saga, Love in a Cold Climate.

MAIRIN LEE

MAIRIN LEE*

Viola De Lesseps

has performed at PSF in Troilus and Cressida, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet. Broadway: The Heiress; Off-Broadway: The Actors Company Theatre, Ars Nova, Wheelhouse Theatre, NY Classical; Regional: American Conservatory Theater, McCarter, Two River, Wilma, Premiere Stages, and California Shakespeare Theater, among others; TV: Madam SecretaryThe Good Wife, Elementary; Film: Marcy, Ascension, Zero Issue, and Mortem Di Virgo. MFA from A.C.T. This fall she is co-producing Romeo and Juliet in her hometown of Oakland, CA. rjoakland.com

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*

Richard Burbage, Barman

a DeSales graduate, CPM’s work with PSF since 1992 includes Loves Labours Lost, Julius Caesar, Pericles, Charleys Aunt, Hamlet, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Dracula..., and 20 other productions; Other credits include West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, and Assassins (Arden Theatre). He is a member of Retro Productions (NYC) and a People’s Light veteran of over 30 productions since 1989.TV: Law & Order.

BRANDON J. PIERCE

BRANDON J. PIERCE*

Ned Alleyn

Off-Broadway: Exit Strategy (Primary Stages); Regional: Welcome to Fear City (KC Rep), Troilus and Cressida, The Taming of the Shrew (PSF), A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Metamorphoses,Peter PanCharlotte’s Web (Arden Theatre), The City of Conversation (Delaware Theater), Dutch Masters (Azuka Theatre),Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare LIVE! - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Fair Maid of the West (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective); Education: BFA University of the Arts.

LUIGI SOTTILE*

LUIGI SOTTILE*

William Shakespeare

was last seen at PSF in Troilus And Cressida (Hector) and The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Valentine). A PA native and current Chicago resident, some credits include: The Book of Will (Northlight Theatre); Shakespeare in Love, Othello, The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare); Buena Vista (Steppenwolf); The Cherry Orchard, Nathan The Wise (People’s Light); Three Sisters, Cyrano (Arden); Angels In America Parts I & II, In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play (Wilma); An Ideal Husband (Walnut Street Theatre); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Co.); The Lonesome West, Hothouse (Lantern); and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Act II Playhouse). Other regional: The Way of the World (Folger Theatre); Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth); Sex With Strangers (Signature Theatre, DC); Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Fest.);and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep).

WAYNE S. TURNEY

WAYNE S. TURNEY*

Edmund Tilney, Sir Robert De Lesseps, Boatman

is a Professor with the theatre faculty at DeSales University, where he directed the recent production of his own “transladaptation” of Sophokles’ Elektra. A regular with PSF, Turney came to do Argan in The Imaginary Invalid and stayed on to play myriad old men, most recently Exeter in Henry V. Turney has appeared with the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Actors’ Summit, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville and many others. He won an Emmy for his work on NBC’s Hickory Hideout and piloted EC-135’s in the USAF. His wife is the Rev. Harper Turney; they have three beautiful grandchildren, pictures available.

JO TWISS*

JO TWISS*

Viola’s Nurse

is thrilled to be back for her 4th season at PSF. She has been seen here most notably in Romeo and Juliet, HamletPride and Prejudice,Much Ado About Nothing, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Recent credits include the musicals: The Producers and the world premiere of Lights OutNat King Cole. Jo was on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and can be seen most recently on TV in The Affair, Seven SecondsHouse of Cards and the pigeon lady in The Amazing Kimmy Schmidt.
RICHARD B. WATSON*

RICHARD B. WATSON*

Philip Henslowe

Favorite roles: John Adams, 1776, Dr. Carrasco, Man of La Mancha; Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady; Zach, A Chorus Line. Theaters: Orlando, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies, Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, American Stage, The Muny and Disney World. Shakespeare: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, King John, Hamlet, King Lear, Pericles, Othello, Winter’s Tale, Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Titus Andronicus. Film/TV: PS, I Love You; Law & Order CI; Delocated; Onion Sports Network; Art=(Love)²; and a pilot, Powerless, for FX. MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting. www.richardbwatson.com

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

Peter, Proteus, Ensemble

is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits: Mud (Yale Cabaret), Angel Food Cake (Strange Sun Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gallery Players), and Macbeth (PSF). Brandon’s voice can be heard as part of The Green Book Project and Middle Passage Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Education and Japanese from Coe College.

MATTHEW CAMARDO

MATTHEW CAMARDO

Sam, Ensemble

an upcoming sophomore Musical Theatre Major at DeSales University, is thrilled to be making his PSF debut. Most recent credits include Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Matthew would like to thank Patrickfor this incredible opportunity, and his family for their continued love and support.

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

BUDDY IGOR

Spot

is a 16 month old English Cream Golden Retriever. He was born at Icewind Kennels in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Buddy enjoys playing tug, playing chase tag (really keep away), and learning scent detective skills. His favorite toy is his snuggle pup that he has had since he came home at 8 weeks and he still takes to bed every night. He resides in Schnecksville with his human family.

LARRY LIPKIS

LARRY LIPKIS

Musician/Ensemble

is Professor of Music at Moravian College, where he also directs the early music ensembles. Larry performs and records with the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed ensemble specializing in popular music of the Renaissance. Their program, “Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare,” premiered at PSF in 2014, and has been heard by audiences nationwide. A prolific composer, Larry has written several concertos based on characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, and incidental music to Shakespeare’s plays.

MEGAN LOMAX

MEGAN LOMAX

u/s Queen

is excited to make her debut at PSF. She is extremely thankful for the opportunity and for her family’s loving support.

ELI LYNN

ELI LYNN

Musician/Ensemble

is tickled pink to be making their PSF debut! Regional: The Winter’s Tale (Folger Theatre, DC), Sensitive Guys (InterAct Theatre), Coriolanus (Shakespeare in Clark Park), West Side Story (Media Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (People’s Light), and Romeo & Juliet (Compass Rose Theatre). In addition to playing a plethora of peculiar instruments, they are also an Advanced Actor Combatant with five international organizations. Unending thanks to Liz, and love always to Vanessa. Soli Deo Gloria.

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

Nol, Ensemble, Musician

is elated to return to PSF after 4 seasons in the Young Company. PSF: MacBeth, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Three Musketeers, Les Misérables and West Side Story, and several PSF children’s shows; Other: Over the Tavern at the Montgomery Theater. He thanks his family, both in blood and bond who never cease loving fiercely. DeSales University class of 2017, P.D., J.B., T.Q., W.T., S.H., the Apothecary, YOU and his little brother, Kellan, who he finally gets to share the stage with.

KELLAN MCMICHAEL

KELLAN MCMICHAEL

John Webster, Ensemble, u/s Henslowe

just finished his freshman year at DeSales University, studying acting for the stage and screen. His credits include two u/s roles with DeSales Act 1 productions, Little Red, and Teen Sherlock (Montgomery Theatre). Kellan has been seeing PSF productions for years now, and is tremendously excited to be a part of it. He would like to thank God, his family, Dane, Jess, his supportive DSU family, and everyone involved with putting PSF together.

RACHEL MULCAHY

RACHEL MULCAHY

Molly, Ensemble, Musician

is so excited to be making her PSF debut this summer! Originally from Syracuse, NY, she now calls New York City her home! Recent credits include: Ring of Fire at Timberlake Playhouse, Once at John W. Engeman Theater and the National Tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Many thanks to this incredible creative team and fabulous cast as well as my family, Travis and Across the Board Talent. Enjoy the show! www.rachelmulcahy.com @raymulcay 

LARA NOTARIANNI

LARA NOTARIANNI

Ensemble

Thanks Patrick and Casey for the opportunity to returnfor another season! Last summer she made her PSF stage debut in S4K and this past spring, she served as PSF’s Interim Education Director and Assistant General Manager. She earned a BA in Theatre from DeSales in 2017. Love to Mom and Dad for their endless support. 

BO SAYRE

BO SAYRE

Robin, Lambert, Guard, Ensemble, u/s Burbage

after graduating from DeSales University this year is very grateful to be back at PSF for his 4th summer. He has been a part of PSF’s Troilus and Cressida, Evita, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pericles, and Les Misérables.

DAVE SCHEFFLER

DAVE SCHEFFLER

Wabash

has appeared previously at PSF in: 1776, The Playboy of the Western World, King John, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Macbeth, Henry V, West Side Story, The Taming of the Shrew. He lives on a farm in Northampton County and roams the twilight woods.

ANDREW SCOGGIN

ANDREW SCOGGIN

Ralph, Catling, Ensemble, u/s Marlowe

is a Graduate of the Musical Theater Program at DeSales University. PSF credits include: Evita, The Three Musketeers, and As You Like It; Act 1 credits: Into the Woods, Godspell, Young Frankenstein, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Crucible. Andrew would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

ALEXANDRA SÉMAN

ALEXANDRA SÉMAN

Ensemble, u/s Viola

a recent grad of DeSales University, is excited to be returning to PSF. PSF credits include Les Misérables; while her recent Act 1 productions include Into the Woods as the Baker’s Wife and Murder on the Nile as Jaqueline de Severac. Special thanks to her Labuda family for continuous guidance, support, and love over the years.

WILLIAM THATCHER

WILLIAM THATCHER

Musician

is a Lehigh Valley native, who has been a regular at PSF for over two decades, starting in 1995 with musical roles in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, and more recently as an On the Green lutenist. In 2018, he made his Bethlehem Bach Festival debut, performing his lute in Handel’s “Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day.” Bill has strolled the grounds of Renaissance Faires in three states and for twenty years performed with Cambiata and the Moravian Collegium Musicum.

DANIEL TRACY

DANIEL TRACY

Actor, Valentine, Guard, Ensemble, Musician

2nd summer at PSF! PSF: Troilus & Cressida;National Tour: Once, Ivy + Bean; Off-Broadway: Folk Wandering, Clown Bar (NY Times Critics’ Pick, NYIT Award nominee), Byuioo; Regional: Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and Nebraska Shakespeare; Film: Lifetime’s Little Women. Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member. Creighton University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for everything important. www.dtracy.com

MARK YOWAKIM

MARK YOWAKIM

Abraham, Frees, Ensemble, u/s Ned Alleyn

a musical theater major going into his sophomore year at DeSales University, is excited to make his debut on the PSF stage. Previous ACT 1 roles include the Steward in Murder on the Nile, a townsperson in The Devils Disciple, and a soloist in an ACT 2 production of The Beautiful We.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Director, 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

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.”   

DANIEL CONWAY

DANIEL CONWAY

Scenic Designer

Recent projects include: Penn and Teller on Broadway; Queens for a Year, for Hartford Stage; Jelly’s Last Jam for Signature Theatre; The Tempest for American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, and South Coast Repertory theatres; Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike for Arena Stage; American Song, for Milwaukee Rep; The Games Afoot for the Cleveland Playhouse; Company, Hairspray, Chess, and Sunset Boulevard for The Signature Theatre; Sabrina Fair for Ford’s Theatre and Merry Wives of Windsor for The Shakespeare Theatre. Nominated for Washington, D.C’s Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design thirteen times, he received the award in 2000, 2009, 2015 and most recently in 2017 for Stunning, for Woolly Mammoth Theatre. His design for The Tempest was nominated for the Boston and L.A. Theatre Critics Award. 

LISA ZINNI

LISA ZINNI

Costume Designer

Lisa is happy to be returning to PSF. She designed last season’s Evita and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other PSF favorites include: Les Misérables, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The 39 Steps; Other Design venues include: Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Two River Shakespeare, Riverside Theatre Vero, The Cape Playhouse and 59E59; Broadway Credits include: Associate Costume Designer for School of Rock, Cats, An American In Paris, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Glass Menagerie, Rent, Hair and worked most recently on this seasons SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.  LISAZINNI.com

ERIC T. HAUGEN

ERIC T. HAUGEN

Lighting Designer

in recent seasons, has designed the lighting for some of the more memorable PSF productions such as: Evita, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, King Lear, Amadeus, and My Fair Lady, among others. His theatrical lighting has been seen Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Eric’s Orlando based company, Luminous Design Studios, provides lighting designs for television, themed entertainment, and architectural projects worldwide. Special thanks to Susan, Alexandra, and Connor for your support. www.LD-Studios.com

LIZ FILIOS

LIZ FILIOS

Music Director, Composer and Sound Designer

is a Philadelphia based actor, musician, composer and sound designer. She designed PSF’s WillPower Tour of Hamlet in 2016, and The Ice Princess in 2017. Regional: Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Folger Theatre, Philadelphia Orchestra, Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theatre, Inis Nua, People’s Light, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Applied Mechanics, Theatre Horizon, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, South Coast Rep, Cape Town Opera, and Teatro Avvaloranti. BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. www.lizfilios.com

ERIN SHEFFIELD

ERIN SHEFFIELD

Choreographer

celebrates the 10th Anniversary of S4K and her 19th season with PSF.  Directing at PSF: Pride and Prejudice, Rapunzel, 20 assorted children’s shows, WillPower Tours and Green Shows. Erin was the Education Director at PSF 2006-2011, taught at DeSales and directed for Act 1.  Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Favorite roles: Viola, Twelfth Night at PSF, Anne of Green Gables (Barrymore nomination), People’s Light where she is the Executive Associate; MFA: Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House.  Proud grad of DeSales University.

ALISON HASSMAN

ALISON HASSMAN*

Production Stage Manager

is thrilled to return for her 13th and 14th productions in the Valley. New York: Hamilton, The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, A Gentleman and His Ladies (Roundabout, with Alan Cumming), Cherry Lane, Westside Theatre, 59E59, the York, 24 Hour Play Company. Regional: Resident Stage Manager at Delaware Theatre Company. McCarter, Two River, Theater Horizon, Trinity Rep, Bristol Riverside, Premiere Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company. As always, for CW and AS. This summer is for Rachel Rockwell.

Emily Baver

EMILY J. BAVER*

Assistant Stage Manager

is thrilled to be “home” for her 7th season here. Some favorite PSF credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Little Mermaid, and Troilus and Cressida. NYC: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, Thank You Notes, An Unexpected Thing Happens, and The Bishops; Tour: Hamlet;Regional: White (World Premiere, Theatre Horizon), and multiple works with Delaware Theatre Company including: Something Wicked (Neil Bartram and Brian Hill). Love to God, family, Andrew, Ali, and Maggie!

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LAURA STANCZYK, CSA

New York Casting

Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple of Inishmaan, Tryst, Urinetown. Other theatre includes: the premieres of Cotton Club Parade, Harps and Angels, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Golden Age as well as productions of Master Class, Broadway Three Generations, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, Wilma, Alley, McCarter Theatre Center (Artistic Staff Member), Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Kennedy Center, ACT, and Westport Country Playhouse among others.

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

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