Henry VI Part 1

Henry VI, Part 1 Logo Henry VI, Part 1 – semi-staged reading
Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
December 4 & 5, 2021 at 7pm – LIVE on the outdoor stage at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro
Premieres on YouTube Sunday, December 19 at 2pm
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Henry VI Part 1 Production Team

Cast of Characters 
Bedford/Warwick – Cylan Brown
Gloucester/René – Jane Hink
Exeter/Mortimer/Shepherd – James Rice
Winchester/Burgandy – Mark Rimer
Suffolk/Bastard of Orleans – Roberto Williams
Charles/Vernon – Azim Rizk
Joan La Pucelle – Olivia Schlueter-Corey
Talbot – Patrick Vest
Salisbury/Porter/Lucy/Margaret – Bridget Garwood
Richard Plantagenet – Jonathan Fisher
Somerset/Countess de Auvergne – Pantea Ommi Mohajer
Henry VI/John Talbot – Brendan Kane

Meet the Cast Members

Cylan Brown  (Bedford/Warwick)
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Cy is returning to Shakespeare by the Sea for his eleventh season. Having directed The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew and Cymbeline for SBTS he has also directed Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps and the ever popular Pick of the Vine short plays series for the Little Fish Theatre. When not directing for stage, Cy can be found acting and SBTS regulars may recognize him from his portrayals of Hamlet, Romeo, Autolycus, Touchstone, Falconbridge and Julius Caesar over the years. Other stage roles include Lt. David Wills in Taking Sides (Rubicon Theater), Victor Flemming in Moonlight and Magnolias, and Serge in Art.  (Civic Light Opera of South Bay). He also teaches students and directs young actors with the Much Ado About Shakespeare educational program.   (Cast List)

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Jonathan Fisher (Richard Plantagenet/Co-Director)
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Jonathan is thrilled to be back for a fourth year with Shakespeare by the Sea. Past appearances include Richard III (Buckingham), Measure for Measure (Angelo), Titus Andronicus (Marcus Andronicus),  Henry V (Henry V), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), The Winter’s Tale (Clown) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Sir Hugh Evans), as well as the digital readings of Richard II (Bolingbroke) and Twelfth Night (Orsino). You may also recognize him from his 11-game winning streak on “Jeopardy! earlier this year. Jonathan comes to Southern California by way of South Florida, Chicago, and Rhode Island, and holds a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Northwestern University. Some favorite recent theatre credits include: A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter (Beating of Wings at A Noise Within); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (A Noise Within); Elevada, Tribes and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Chance Theater); Macbeth (Sacramento Theatre Company); Henry IV Part 1 (Shakespeare Orange County); and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Torrance Theatre Co.). Special thanks to my parents and love to Anna, Milly, and Leo. (Cast List)

Bridget Garwood (Salisbury/Porter/Lucy/Margaret)

Bridget is thrilled to be returning to in-person theater with Shakespeare by the Sea, having just wrapped Chills & Thrills at Little Fish Theatre in October. Bridget majored in theater performance at the University of Maryland College Park. On stage, she has had the pleasure of performing Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in 39 Steps, Kate Percy/Hostess—Henry IV, Pt 1, Gretchen-Boeing, Boeing, Helena-A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kelly–Key Change, Lampito–Lysistrata. Her first feature, Haze, opened nationally in theaters around the nation and can be seen on Netflix and iTunes. Other feature films she’s been a part of include supporting roles in Diminuendo and House Hunting. She has worked as a teaching artist with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival and would like to thank Beyonce for all of her love and support. (Cast List)

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Jane Hink (Gloucester/René)
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Jane is happy to return to SBTS, where she has previously been in Richard III, Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Richard II, and Measure for Measure. She has done plays – including a lot of Shakespeare – all around the country, and on TV had recurring roles on The Mindy Project and School of Rock, as well as guest stars on VIP, Getting On, House of Lies, Strong Medicine, Frasier and many others. She is a Yale School of Drama graduate. For my daughter Renata- who is going away to college. (Cast List)

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Brendan Kane (Henry VI/Young John Talbot)
Brendan KaneBrendan is elated to be continuing with the SBTS season after recently playing several roles in Richard III this last summer. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Brendan was raised in an Air Force family and is happy to call Los Angeles his home. Other credits include Measure for Measure and Titus Andronicus (SBTS) The Lonesome West (Little Fish Theatre); Lend Me a Tenor (Long Beach Playhouse); California Suite (Noisy Nest); A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter (Beating of Wings); Macbeth (House of Bards). Thanks as always to his amazing friends and family.For Dad. brendanrkane.com (Cast List)

Pantea Ommi Mohajer (Somerset/Countess de Auvergne)
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Pantea is excited to be returning to Shakespeare by the Sea. She made her SBTS debut as the Duchess of York in Richard III, after a 10-year hiatus from the stage. A graduate from the MFA program at The University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, she’s appeared on stages across the nation, but took a break from theater to return to school for her MBA in 2012. 2020 taught Pantea that life is short, and we should do the things that bring us joy, so she began to plot her return to the place that brings her the most joy – the theater. Her eternal gratitude goes to her mom, who has taught her to have faith that the universe is always conspiring in our favor. (Cast List)

James Rice (Exeter/Mortimer/Shepherd)
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James is a 30-year veteran actor and director who has been involved with over 100 productions throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Jim recently appeared in Taking Sides, The Stones Will Cry Out, and A Very Special Holiday Special at Little Fish Theatre. He also recently directed LFT’s productions of The Clean House, The Good Doctor, and Best of Pick of the Vine. For SBTS, he directed The Comedy of Errors. (Cast List)

Mark Rimer (Winchester/Burgandy)

Mark has performed in L.A., NY, and around the country.  Partial credits include: The Manor (Theatre 40 at Greystone Manor), Peter and the Starcatcher (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), Henry IV pt 1 at (Little Fish), Macbeth (Working Barn Productions at the Edgemar), King John and All’s Well That End’s Well (Shakespeare By The Sea), Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing (The Colonials), Macbeth (A Noise Within), Cyrano De Bergerac and Talhotblond (Ruskin Group Theater), Othello (Arkansas Rep), Revoco and The Winter’s Tale (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Oedipus, Arms and the Man, Merchant of Venice, Marriage of Figaro and Cradle Will Rock (Jean Cocteau Rep).   Mark is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (Cast List)

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Azim Rizk (Charles/Vernon)
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Azim was born in Tucson, Arizona. He got his first taste of theater in middle school when he played the misogynistic tyrant turned romantic ruler in an elementary school production of Scheherezade. Azim has been performing in TV, film, commercials, stunt shows, and theater ever since. He had a supporting role in Ang Lee’s film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; was the Black and Green Power Ranger for two seasons of Power Rangers on Nickelodeon, and was most recently cast as the title character in a production of Pericles at the George Bernard Shaw Theater in London; and according to the most important reviewer in his life, his mom, he’s a really talented actor.  (Cast List)

Olivia Schlueter-Corey (Jan La Purcell)
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Olivia has been working with Shakespeare by the Sea regularly since 2014 and has been a company member at Little Fish Theatre since 2015. Highlights include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Katherine and Boy in Henry V, Cindy in Domestic Tranquility, and the Pub Shakespeare series she co-produced with Suzanne Dean and Greg Prusiewicz (playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Olivia in Twelfth Night). During the pandemic with theatres closed she has joined with Zounds! Online Productions (check us out on YouTube!) to do streamed readings of the Star Wars Shakespeare plays by Ian Doescher, playing Princess/General Leia, and many others. For more please visit OliviaSchlueterCorey.com  (Cast List)

Patrick Vest (Talbot)
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Patrick has been performing with Shakespeare by the Sea since 2002. He’s played such roles as Richard III, Macbeth, Iago, Malvolio, Mercutio, King John, Caliban, Leontes, Mark Antony, Bottom, and many others.  He also directed four productions:  All’s Well that Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and most recently Measure for Measure.  Additionally, Patrick is the resident fight choreographer. He’s excited to take part in this grand adventure but sure does hope that there is an end to this pandemic soon.  Patrick received his MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and he continues to study with Jack Stehlin at New American Theatre.  (Cast List)

Roberto Williams (Suffolk/Bastard of Orleans)

Roberto is thrilled to be making his debut performance with Shakespeare by the Sea. Since graduating from Emerson College in 2018 he’s worked consistently with several Shakespeare companies from Boston to the greater LA area and is proud to return to the Bard properly after a year off the stage. Past Shakespearean credits include Macbeth (The Bard Brigade; 134 West), Hamlet, The Tempest (Theatre for a Small Space), Othello, Romeo and Juliet (Long Beach Shakespeare Co.), Henry VI Part 3 (Phoenix Theatre Co.), and A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter (Beating of Wings). Other credits include 12 Angry Jurors (West Valley Playhouse), The Agreement (Culver City Public Theatre), Nomi (The Charleston Theatre), and The OK Diaries (Blue Spruce Theatre Co.) He’s grateful to his friends, family, and castmates for their support and inspiration. (Cast List)

Henry VI, Part 1 Production Team

Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Festival Producer / Director

Jonathan Fisher– Co-Director/Script Editor
A. Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer
Cinthia Nava – Sound Designer
Kira Sherman – Stage Manager
Sonja Inge – Development Director
Collette Rutherford – Managing Director

Lisa Coffi (Founder & Producing Artistic Director)
Lisa CoffiAs founder of Shakespeare by the Sea, Lisa is delighted to present the 24th season of Shakespeare plays. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker, producing more than 185 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty-four years. Her proudest achievement is Shakespeare by the Sea, which has grown into a mainstay of the Southern California summer experience. In addition to SBTS’s annual festival, she manages and produces at Little Fish Theatre, which delivers critically-acclaimed comedy and drama year-round in an intimate space, currently in its 19th season. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, Curt, two dogs (Sally & Charlie), one cat (Cricket), and two cows (Raisin & Nutmeg). (Production Team List)

Stephanie Coltrin (Festival Producer/Director)
Stephanie ColtrinStephanie is an award-winning Producer and Director with over 200 productions to her credit and has been SBTS’s  Festival Producer for SBTS since 2010. For SBTS, she has directed Julius Caesar, King Lear, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, King John, Othello, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and the online productions of Richard II and Twelfth Night. Other favorite directing credits include the upcoming Almost Maine, Buyer and CellarTaking Sides, Sylvia, Moonlight and Magnolias, and The Last Five Years (Ovation recommended), all at Rubicon;  Miss Saigon (Ovation winner for Best Musical and Ovation nomination for direction), Seussical (Broadway World Award), Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage Scene L.A. Award), Oklahoma, Bark, She Loves Me, The 1940’s Radio Hour, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Barefoot in the Park, Godspell, Private Lives, Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit, Art, Come Back to the Five and Dime…, Quilters, The Lonesome West (Stage Scene L.A. Award), Bloody Poetry, Oswald, Bach at Leipzig, And the Stones Will Cry Out, Manson’s Girls, Wait Until Dark, The Love List, Panache, and Stones in His Pockets. She is an Associate Artistic Director, Producer, and Casting Director for Rubicon Theatre served as the Artistic Director of CLO of South Bay and the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, and is the Artistic Director for Little Fish Theatre. She has created and taught master classes in audition technique, taught graduate seminars at UC Irvine, served as an Ovation voter, and for three years as a judge for L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star. stephaniecoltrin.com  (Production Team List)

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (Costume Designer)
Jeffrey Schoenberg PictureJeffrey has been designing costumes for L. A. area theaters for 40 years, and is a four-time recipient of the L. A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award.   This is his fifth production for Shakespeare By The Sea, having designed last season’s Measure For Measure and Titus Andronicus.  Other past designs include Candide for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB; Resolving Hedda for the Victory Theater; and The History of Comedy (abridged) at the Falcon Theater. He designed Cloud 9 for the Antaeus Company, (for which he received an L. A. Drama Critics Circle Award, A Stage Raw Award, and an Ovation nomination,) and where he has designed more than 15 productions including As You Like It.  The Wedding Band, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Malcontent, King Lear, and Tonight at 8:30. Other recent designs include Kiss Me Kate for Cabrillo Music Theater; Always … Patsy Cline for Sierra Madre Playhouse; Hamlet for L. A. Women’s Shakespeare; Elmina’s Kitchen for Lower Depths Theatre; Bach at Leipzig, for the Odyssey Theater; The Dead, The Time of Your Life, and Threepenny Opera for the Open Fist Theater; and the NoHo Arts Center’s Elizabeth Rex. For the Colony Theater, he designed 40 productions, including Dames at Sea, Side Show, The Ladies of the Camellias, and The Laramie Project. He has been the resident designer for Musical Theatre Guild for the past 9 years. Jeffrey is the owner and designer for AJS Costumes, Renaissance Dancewear, and Mr. Alan Jeffries Fine Gentlemen’s Apparel. (Production Team List)

Kira Sherman (Stage Manager)
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A recent graduate of Cal State University Fullerton, Kira is thrilled to be back at the theater grindstone. Recent past work includes Little Fish Theatre’s virtual production of Pygmalion and CSUF’s Vinegar Tom. Thank you everyone for coming and enjoy the show.  (Production Team List)

Cinthia Nava (Sound Designer)
Cinthia Nava-PalmerCinthia began working with SBTS as a sound designer and audio engineer in the summer of 2018. Past productions include Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, Henry V, Comedy of Errors, A Winter’s Tale, and Merry Wives of Windsor. Cinthia is also an associate artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble, and is currently the assistant sound designer on the immersive Kaidan Project: Alone, an app-guided experience in DTLA’s Little Tokyo coming Fall of 2021. (Production Team List)

Sonja Inge (Development Director)
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Sonja is excited to be the Development Director for SBTS. While Sonja is a member of SAG-AFTRA, prior to acting, she spent a decade in the world of fundraising and outreach for non-profits in Washington, D.C., such as The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and The National Youth Employment Coalition.  She also was the assistant development manager for The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.  She performed with SBTS during the summer of 2019 playing the role of The Abess/Emilia in The Comedy of Errors. Sonja holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.) (Production Team List)

Collette Rutherford (Managing Director)
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Collette has worked professionally in theatre as an award-winning actor, designer, producer, and director. In Los Angeles, she has worked with: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Blank Theatre, Torrance Theater Company, Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Not-Man-Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and more. She is a proud Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Collette founded Infinite Jest Theatre Company in 2012 and currently serves as their Artistic Director. ColletteRutherford.com Social: @LaCollette (Production Team List)