Richard II

Richard II LogoRichard II – staged reading

Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
Premieres April 24, 2021 at 2pm
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Richard II Production Team

Cast of Characters 
Richard II – Brendan Kane
Bagot/Salisbury – Christopher Matias Aguila
Mowbray/Percy – Cylan Brown
Aumerle – Jonathan Cates
Ross/Exton/Fitzwater/Messenger – Rogelio Douglas, III
Bolingbroke – Jonathan Fisher
Duke of York – Jesimiel Jenkins
Northumberland – G. Anthony Joseph
Duchess of Gloucester/Duchess of York – Jane Hink
Surrey/Bushy/Scroop – Timothy Oakes
Green/Abbott/1st and 2nd Herald/Lord/Servant – Allie Pratt
Isabella/Willoughby – Olivia Schlueter-Corey
John of Gaunt/Berkeley/Bishop of Carlisle – Patrick Vest

Meet the Cast Members

Cylan Brown  (Mowbray/Percy)
Cy Brown

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 ever popular Pick of the Vine short plays series for the Little Fish Theatre. When not directing for the stage, Cy can be found acting and SBTS regulars may recognize him from his portrayals of Hamlet, Romeo, 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 from (Civic Light Opera of the 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 Cates  (Aumerle)
Jon Cates

Jon was born in Modesto CA, where he has spent the last year weathering the pandemic back home with his mother and his cat, Breakfast. In the words of King Lear: “The wheel has come full circle. I am here.” (Cast List)

Rogelio Douglas, III  (Ross/Exton/Fitzwater/Messenger)
Rogelio Douglas III

Rogelio is an actor and spoken-word poet from Brooklyn, NY. He has a BA in Theater from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Acting from UCLA Theater, Film & Television — Class of 2020! The Black & Afro-Latino storyteller now resides in LA where he most recently performed with the Company of Angels for the Together LA Festival in a play called Class of 2020 by Lisa Loomer, and also in an international production called The Art of Facing Fear directed by Rodolfo García Vázquez. RD3 can also be seen in numerous films and co-starring spots on HBO, NBC, and CBS. This is his debut performance with Shakespeare by the Sea, and he’s grateful for this opportunity to share his love, light, and passion. www.RogelioDouglasiii.com | @RogelioDouglas3  (Cast List)

Jonathan Fisher (Bolingbroke)
Jonathan Fisher
Jonathan is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare by the Sea after appearing the past three seasons in 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). 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)

Jane Hink (Duchess of Gloucester/Duchess of York)
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Jane is excited to work with SBTS. She has performed in and directed over 20 Shakespeare plays from the East Coast to the West, and has loved it since she snuck her grandmother’s car out without a license to see Romeo and Juliet as a teenager. Among the roles she’s played are Hamlet in Hamlet, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Dionyza in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia in Hamlet, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Viola in Twelfth Night. On TV she’s been seen as Doris the cleaning lady in many Mindy Project Episodes, also recurred on Nickelodeon’s School of Rock and guested on Veep, House of Lies, Getting On, Profiler, Frasier, and many more. She would like to dedicate her performances to her uncle, Bob Hink, a Shakespearean Scholar. (Cast List)

Jesimiel Jenkins (Duke of York)
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Jesimiel is grateful to be working with Shakespeare by the Sea on this virtual production of Richard II, one of his favorite Shakespeare plays. He has completed acting apprenticeships at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. He has played leading roles in Big River, Ragtime, Topdog/Underdog, A Christmas Carol, and Rent. He has been featured in national commercials for Old Navy, Mitsubishi, and Pedego and has appeared in indie feature films, web series, and episodic television. He holds a BA in Sociology with a Drama minor from the University of Virginia, and this fall he moves to Seattle to begin the MFA program in Acting at the University of Washington. “If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.”  @jesimielross (Cast List)

G. Anthony Joseph (Northumberland)
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G Anthony is a working actor/producer in television, feature films, and stage in Hollywood CA. His guest-starring credits include the TV series American Family for Fox/Greenbalt/PBS Network with Esai Morales (NYPD Blue), Edward J. Olmos, and director Gregory Nava (Selena and Killing Pablo). He guest-starred with Craig T. Nelson on the season premiere of The District for CBS, and with David James Elliott and Catherine Bell on the Paramount CBS hit show JAG, directed by Rod Hardy. G Anthony then went on to rave reviews in 2009 in the action thriller Contract KillersCurrently, he is co-starring with Malcolm McDowell and Ellia English in the feature film Wizardream, helmed by famed director John Carl Buechler.  During his time off, G. Anthony is on stage performing Shakespeare’s plays with the prestigious Shakespeare by the Sea. His three-month performance tour in 2014 saw him portray the famous Puck in Midsummer’s Night Dream. In September 2015, G completed another summer tour in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, portraying Duke Senior and Duke. In May 2016, G was on stage again playing Horatio in Shakespeare’s Hamlet for The Actors Forum. G is happy and elated to be back with Shakespeare by the Sea.  (Cast List)

Brendan Kane (Richard II)
Brendan KaneBrendan is elated to continue with Shakespeare by the Sea’s season after last being seen in Measure for Measure and Titus Andronicus. 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 The Lonesome West (Little Fish Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (SBTS); 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. www.brendanrkane.com  (Cast List)

Christopher Matias Aguila (Bagot Salisbury)
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Christopher is honored to be working with Shakespeare by the Sea. He is an award-winning Filipino-American actor, writer, producer, and director from Long Beach, CA. He studied theatre at the University of Southern California and is a current member of The Sunday Company at The Groundlings, where he writes and performs new sketches and improv weekly. He belongs to two Los Angeles-based theatre ensembles, Coeurage and The Echo, both focusing on new works. He studied Meisner at the Esper Studio in New York City.  He loves you. @christophermatiasaguila  (Cast List)

/Timothy Oakes (Surrey/Bushy/Scroop)
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Timothy is thrilled to be making his debut on the Shakespeare by the Sea’s prestigious stage! Some previous classical work Timothy has been involved with includes Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth (The Shakespeare Center of LA), Arcite in Two Noble Kinsmen (Porters of Hellsgate), and Demetrius in ‘ Midsummer Night’s Dream (Langworthy Productions, CO). He’d like to dedicate this read to ‘Sir Patrick Healey’ … “once you’ve done your very best, to hell with it”.  (Cast List)

/Allie Pratt (Green/Abbott/1st & 2nd Herald/Lord/Servant)
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Allie is an actor and educator based in Sonoma County. She led Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s most recent season as Lizzie in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice. During the pandemic, she has been training to become a registered drama therapist. Other regional credits include The Winter’s Tale (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Seattle Shakespeare Company); The Tempest (Thin Air Shakespeare); The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare by the Sea) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, She’s Come Undone (Book-It Repertory); Mr. Pim Passes By (Taproot Theatre); Betty’s Summer Vacation (Defunkt Theatre). She has trained at PCPA Theaterfest, holds a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts, and an M.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz. www.alliepratt.com (Cast List)

Olivia Schleuter-Corey (Isabella/Willoughby)
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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 (as well as playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Olivia in Twelfth Night). During COVID-19 she has joined with Zounds! Online Productions (check us out on YouTube!) to do streamed zoom readings of the Star Wars Shakespeare plays by Ian Doescher, playing Princess/General Leia, and many others. For more please visit www.OliviaSchlueterCorey.com  (Cast List)

Patrick Vest (John of Gaunt/Berkeley/Bishop of Carlisle)
Patrick Vest

Patrick has been performing with Shakespeare by the Sea since 2002.  He’s played such roles as 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)

Richard II Production Team

Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Associate Festival Producer/Director/Co-Sound Designer
Jessie Vacchiano – (OBS Editor/Designer)

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 (Associate Festival Producer/Director/Sound Designer)
Stephanie ColtrinThis is Stephanie’s thirteenth season having directed Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest, King John, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Julius Caesar in summers past. She also directed Looking, Panache, The Weir, Bach at Leipzig, and The Love List at Little Fish Theatre (where she is also an Artistic Associate). Other favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias, Taking Sides, Miss Saigon (Ovation Award Best Musical)  Jesus Christ Superstar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blithe Spirit, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quilters and Godspell. She has also received the Stage Scene LA award for Director of the Year, the Broadway World award for Best Director, and a nomination for a Garland Award. She looks forward to SBTS every year and is delighted to be back. (Production Team List)

Jessie Vacchiano (OBS Editor/Designer)
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Jessie has previously worked as Production Manager for Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, CA and was interim Production Manager at University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Additional production management credits include Concert in Your Cars with Rubicon Theatre Company, Spring Awakening with KYD Dalton Production and Grateful Concert with Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. Jessie is also an Equity Stage Manager working for multiple theaters throughout the country. She has stage managed over 20 productions at Rubicon Theater Company including Never Not Once, Plaid Tidings, Return to the Forbidden PlanetThe Baby Dance, Moonlight and MagnoliasGulf View Drive, See Rock City A Christmas CarolThe Last Five Years, and Noises Off. Other stage management credits include I am my Own Wife and Heisenberg at Laguna Playhouse, Les Girls for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Measure for Measure at Ensemble Theatre Company, Conviction at Bay Street Theater, Pal Joey at Arkansas Reparatory Theater, Three Pianos at New York Theatre Workshop and A.R.T., Sweet Charity at Reprise!, Body Awareness at Gulfshore Playhouse,  The Breakup Notebook and Little Shop of Horrors at Revision Theatre, Rachel and Julio and From My Hometown for Madison Theatre Company, My Life with Men and Other Animals for Peter Schneider Productions, Himself and Nora at Hamilton Stage,  and Mata Hari in 8 Bullets for N.Y. Musical Theatre Festival.  Jessie has also jumped into the virtual theater world during the 2020 pandemic with credits including A Song with Rubicon Theatre Company, Twelfth Night with Shakespeare by the Sea, A Christmas Carol with Ensemble Theater Company, and The Gin Game with Laguna Playhouse. She is currently a lecturer at UCLA School of Theater where she teaches a Technical Theater Overview class as well as a Stage Management and Technology class.