Department of Theatre

Summer 1999

 

Durango Shakespeare Festival Summer 1999
 
Man of La Mancha
 
Directed by Mona Wood-Patterson.
 
Man of La Mancha is the story of Miguel de Cervantes, a failed playwright who is imprisoned in Seville due to crimes against the church. The Inquisition puts him on a kangaroo trial of fellow prisoners who are going to take all of his possessions including an unfinished manuscript. In an attempt to save the manuscript he performs a play as his defense. The play is the story of Don Quixote, an old man who has lost his mind except for his golden ideals. By the end of the performance, his fellow prisoners are so moved they sing him on his way with "The Impossible Dream" as he is led off to his real trial by the Inquisition.
 
Info from www.bard.org 
 
Cast
 
 
 
Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote-Anthony Walker
 
Aldonza-Jenny Fitts Reynolds
 
Sancho Panza-Brian Fitts
 
Prisoner/Padre-Aaron Welch
 
Prisoner/Antonia-Kerri Langoni
 
Prisoner/Housekeeper-Amy Monn
 
Prisoner/Horse-Beth Snyder*
 
Prisoner/Mule-Jaime Larson
 
Prisoner/Maria-Jennifer Shupe
 
Prisoner/Fermina-Melissa Hemme
 
Prisoner/Moorish Dancer-Jennie Pearson
 
Prisoner/Moorish Dancer-Kristi Langoni
 
The Governor/Innkeeper-J. Michael Graham
 
The Duke/Doctor Carrasco/Juan-Daniel Barbey
 
The Barber/Moor/Jose-Gabriel Tate
 
Cantor/Knight of Mirrors/Inquisitor/Anselmo-Aaron Bell
 
Guard/Knight of Mirrors/Moor/Pedro-Davitt Armstrong
 
Captain of Inquisitors/Moor/Paco-Jake Iberg
 
Knight of Mirrors-Cody Burke
 
 
 
Production Staff & Crew
 
 
 
Director-Mona Wood-Patterson
 
Musical Director, Pianist-Jill Langoni
 
Technical Director-Chuck Ford
 
Stage Manager-Shereen AbuSaeedi
 
Choreographer-Luci Wolfe
 
Lighting Designer-Cody Burke
 
Lights-Seth Bridges, Laurie Sibley
 
Costume Designer-Dottie Agnello, JoAnn Nevils
 
Costumes-Brie Hawkins, Sherry Marie Tidwell
 
Shop Assistant-Selena Trujillo
 
Properties-Meghan Ralph*, Tara Ivy Sheehan, Laurie Sibley
 
Master Electrician- Brys Fleming-Henning
 
Hair & Makeup-Katy Baum, Emily Fisher
 
 
 
* Denotes an intern from Durango High School
 
 
 
 
 
Much Ado About Nothing
 
Directed by Mandy Smith.
 
In Elizabethan England, the word "nothing" was pronounced "noting," and it meant overhearing or eavesdropping. Claudio, returned from the wars, is deeply in love with Hero but steps aside when he believes Don Pedro is wooing her, because he has a prior allegiance to Don Pedro as both friend and subject. Benedick laughs mercilessly at the changes love has wrought in his friend Claudio, transforming him from a plain soldier into a fashion-concious wooer. Beatrice, Hero's cousin, heaps mockery upon Benedick but demonstrates deepest feeling when Hero is slandered by the malicious intrigue of Don John, Don Pedro's base-born brother. The Plot is also concerned with the high comedy of tricking the witty Beatrice and Benedick into each other's arms and the bumbling of Dogberry and his Watch who, with agonizing deliberateness, brings villainy to light before tragedy has destroyed the courtship of Hero and Claudio.
 
From Shank, Theodore J., A Digest of 500 Plays
 
Cast
 
 
 
Hero/Butterfly-Talia Bamerick
 
Benedick/Hornet-Matthew Bianchi
 
Borachio/Roach-Rob Bland
 
Antonia/Lady Bug-Alysson Brooks
 
Beatrice/Queen Bee-Jennifer Carnes
 
Messenger & Sexton/Cricket-Darlene Clayton
 
Verges/Ant-Amy Iwasaki
 
Frair/Praying Mantis-Dawn Owens
 
Conrad/Roach-Johanna Rader
 
Don John/Roach-Kolya Schweppe
 
Don Pedro/Beetle-Darrin Stevens
 
Margaret/Caterpillars-Sonja Sweeney
 
Leonata/Ladybug-Audrey Tebrich
 
Claudio/Dragonfly-Stephen Tramontana
 
Dogberry/Ant-Kelly McMenimen
 
 
 
Production Staff & Crew
 
 
 
Director-Mandy Smith
 
Stage Manager-Adrienne Harper
 
Set Designer-Cathy Campion
 
Properties/Set-Ben Martinez
 
Technical Director-Justin McIntyre
 
Shop Assistant-Selena Trujillo
 
Lighting-Leann Brubaker
 
Sound Design-Stephen Tramontana
 
Costumes-Dawn Owens, Daia Stager Adams, Jan Taylor Kennedy
 
 
 
 
 
Twelfth Night
 
Directed by Ginny Davis.
 
Orsino, Duke of Illyria, is blindly in love with his neighbor the Countess Olivio, who will not hear his suit. Orsino sends his page Cesario (the disguised Viola, who has fallen in love with him) to plead his cause; Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Olivia's household includes her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a sponger and a tippler; his friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a wealthy but preposterous knight who ludicrously hopes to gain Olivia's hand; and Malvolio her steward, whose ambition causes his downfall. Scenes of intrigue and merriment alternate and interact with the mantic affairs of the aristocrats. Sir Andrew is persuaded to his terror, to challenge Cesario-Viola to a duel. Viola unwillingly accepts. Meanwhile, her twin brother Sebastian (whom she believes drowned in a shipwreck) arrives in Illyria with Antonio, a sea captain. Antonia comes upon Viola dueling and, mistaking her for Sebastian, comes to her rescue; Viola cannot render him similar assistance when her is arrested. Olivia now mistakes Sebastian for his disguised sister, and Sebastian falls in love with Olivia. Further complications ensue before identities are unraveled and the play is brought to a happy conclusion.
 
From Shank, Theodore J., A Digest of 500 Plays
 
Cast
 
 
 
Andrew Aguecheek-Davitt Armstrong
 
Antonio-Aaron Bell
 
Sebastian-Cody Burke
 
Malvolio-William Burke
 
Officer/Curio/Valentine-Whit Cantatsey
 
Sir Toby Belch-Jim Decker
 
Maria-Jenny Fitts Reynolds
 
Orsino-Jake Iberg
 
Olivia-Erica Lange
 
Viola-Meredith Mapel
 
Feste-Freddy McDaniel
 
Sea Captain & Priest-Meg Ralph
 
Musician-Daia Stager Adams
 
 
 
Production Staff & Crew
 
 
 
Director/Designer-Ginny Davis
 
Stage Manager Shereen AbuSaeedi
 
Assistant Stage Manager-Laurie Sibley
 
Properties-Laurie Sibley
 
Technical Director-Justin McIntyre
 
Shop Assistant-Selena Trujillo
 
Costumes-Daia Stager Adams, Ginny Davis, Jan Taylor Kennedy