The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced complete cast and creative teams for its 2022 summer season.
The season will launch with William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Performances will begin July 7, with opening night set for July 15. The cast will include Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads in the title roles, alongside Kimberly Chatterjee, Kayla Coleman, Erin Despanie, Zachary Fine, Zoë Goslin, Merritt Janson, Lauren Karaman, Sean McNall, Emily Ota, Will Ormsby Cary, Luis Quintero, Britney Nicole Simpson, Destini Stewart, and Roman Alec Trevino. Performances continue through September 18.
Romeo and Juliet will feature costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Darron West, and properties by Samantha Shoffner. Kimiye Corwin serves as choreographer/fight choreographer, Heather Christian will be the composer, and Saul Nache will be the music director.
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, written by Anne Washburn, with music by Michael Friedman and direction by Davis McCallum, will follow. Performances will begin July 8, with opening night set for July 17. The cast will include Kimberly Chatterjee, Kayla Coleman, Erin Despanie, Zachary Fine, Zoë Goslin, Merritt Janson, Lauren Karaman, Sean McNall, Emily Ota, Will Ormsby Cary, Luis Quintero, Britney Nicole Simpson, Destini Stewart, and Roman Alec Trevino. Performances continue through September 17.
Mr. Burns will feature scenic design by Peiyi Wong, costume design by Kathleen Doyle, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Darron West, and properties by Samantha Shoffner. Orlando Pabotoy will serve as the choreographer/fight choreographer, and Saul Nache will be the music director.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will also welcome the national tour of Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong August 13–22. The intimate piece follows Sayet’s journey of self-discovery and traces the intertwined relationship between Shakespeare and colonialism, a relationship with deep roots along the banks of the Muhheakantuck, the tidal estuary colonially known as the Hudson River.
Where We Belong is directed by Mei Ann Teo. The tour is produced with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, in association with Folger Shakespeare Library. The tour features production design by Hao Bai, costume design by Asa Benally, original composition and sound design by Erik Schilke, dramaturgy by Vera Starbard, dialect coaching by Liz Hayes, and casting by Judy Bowman. The tour is stage managed by Grace Chariya and has technical direction by Megan J. Coffel, with scenic drawing and rigging support by Miguel Valderrama, lighting consulting by Andrew Cissna, and makeup consulting by Dawn Newsome.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will also present two developmental workshops from Tent Pole Commissions, a new commission program. The workshops include Untitled Agatha Project by Heidi Armbruster, directed by Ryan Quinn; and Memnon by Will Power, directed by Carl Cofield. Casting for these workshops will be announced at a later date.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is currently streaming an on demand 60-minute video production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Matthew Saldivar, which is available free of charge to regional middle and high schools through June. The cast includes Kendall Cafaro, Zoë GoslinCC, Erin Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Timiki Salinas, and India Shea.
The Festival stage manager is Janelle Caso, the stage manager is Julia Bates, and casting is by Calleri, Jensen, Davis.