Romeo & Juliet in Lone Fir Cemetery14th Annual Twilight Tragedie - Thursday-Sunday, July 6th through the 29th
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Romeo and Juliet. In July 2018, see it as never before, among the tombstones at twilight in Lone Fir Cemetery. All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 6th-29th, Thursday-Sunday evenings at 7 PM in the heart of Lone Fir Cemetery.
Cast and Crew:
Juliet – Sami Yacob-Andrus
Romeo – Sean Bullock
Mercutio – Isabella Buckner
Benvolio – Kayla Kelly
Samson – Martin Hernandez
Balthasar – Danielle Asbury
Peter – Kieran Andrews
Tybalt – Tyler Jessey
Nurse – Sarah Aldrich
Lord Capulet – Tom Mounsey
Lady Capulet – Shani Harris-Bagwell:
Lady Montague/ Apothecary – Kathleen Morrow:
Prince : Wolfie Beacham
Paris – Jacob Camp
Friar Laurence – Paul Susi
Paris Understudy – Robert Wyllie:
Director – Erica Terpening-Romeo
Stage Manager – Jenn Lindell
Producer – Paul Susi
Scenic & Props – Emily Wilken
Costumes – Carrie Anne Huneycutt
Fight Choreographer – Kristen Mun
Assistant Fight Choreographer – Jacob Camp
Assistant Stage Manager – HannahJordan
Photographer – Gary Norman
Sami Yacob-Andrus (Juliet)
Sami Yacob-Andrus is excited to be in her first Portland Actors Ensemble production. She is a 2017 graduate of the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton and is currently finishing her gap year prior to starting college. Sami has been acting and singing since an early age as well as volunteering regularly at CAT Adoption Team where she adopted her beloved Kitty named Becky. Her favorite roles have been Courtney in Homeless, the Musical at Fertile Ground 2017, Maggie Winslow in A Chorus Line at NW Children’s Theater, and she most recently portrayed Alice Wendlekin in Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Lakewood Theater Company. Sami also participates in staged readings for Triangle Productions’ The Brown Paper Bag Series, a group of anti-lynching plays by early 20th century female, mostly African-American playwrights. In addition to theater, Sami has also been in several independent films as well as commercials and episodes of the television shows Grimm on NBC and American Vandal on Netflix. She is looking forward to starting her freshman year at Portland State University in the fall to study arts and humanities and hopes to continue both acting and singing long into the future.
Sean Bullock (Romeo)
Sean Bullock comes from Albany to be involved in his first professional production as the title role. Former high school basketball player turned actor, Sean has been seen in community theatre and high school productions in his hometown. He briefly attended Southern Oregon University, but has since transferred to Western Oregon University and was accepted into their BFA in Acting program on a partial scholarship. Sean feels honored to be portraying Romeo, and would like to thank his parents for their endless sacrifice, and his high school theatre teacher Mrs. Caffarella for her support on his journey.
Isabella Buckner (Mercutio)
Isabella Buckner hails from sunny Santa Fe, N.M. and has been living and working in theatre in Portland for the past 10 years. A proud graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory class of 2013 and PAE’s newest board member, Isabella has vastly dedicated her career thus far to outdoor free Shakespeare but has been seen most recently as Natasha in North West Classical’s Three Sisters and Sylvia in the cult hit Nesting by Joel Patrick Durham and Natalie Heikkinen. This show, cast and crew have been a blessing to work with. Enjoy the show!
Kayla Kelly (Benvolio)
Kayla Kelly is from Houston,Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor in Arts. After graduation she joined Portland Playhouse Season 10 Apprenticeship. Fairly new to the Portland, she’s been a part of A Christmas Carol and Scarlet with Portland Playhouse. She enjoys improv, playwright and sketch comedy. This is her first Shakespeare play, and she’s thankful to be apart of PAE for the summer.
Martin Hernandez (Samson)
Martin Hernandez is thrilled to be making his Shakespeare debut with Portland Actors Ensemble. He was most recently seen in the Drammy-nominated role of Seth in John Hughes High with Staged!, where he is a member of S! Conservatory. He is also part of the Interns NW program at Northwest Children’s Theater, where he has appeared in shows including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Shrek the Musical.
Danielle Asbury (Balthasar)
Danielle Asbury has been in theatre since she was 13. Previous roles include Ms. Andrew in Mary Poppins and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at Evergreen High School. Danielle likes theatre because it challenges her to look outside of her normal life, and to explore the perspectives of characters who see the world differently than she does. This fall, Danielle will be attending Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.
Kieran Andrews (Peter)
Kieran Andrews is overjoyed to be a part of his first production with Portland Actors Ensemble. He is currently an undergraduate student at Reed College where he will be returning in the fall to study theatre and literature. His previous roles include Demetrius in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Daddy Warbucks in Thomas Meehan’s Annie, Billy Flynn in Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb’s Chicago, and a role in Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information.
Tyler Jessey (Tybault)
This is Tyler Jessey’s first show with Portland Actors Ensemble and his first show out of high school. He loves being able to take this opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people to create Romeo and Juliet.
Sarah Aldrich (Nurse)
Sarah Aldrich (Nurse) is thrilled to be joining Portland Actors Ensemble for a second season of Shakespeare in the Park. Last summer she was witnessed in multiple vineyards stealing shoes, wine, and other assorted items as the “rogue” Autolycus in The Winters Tale and she is very pleased that her actions didn’t stop PAE from asking her back. If any of your items were stolen last season, she firmly denies the allegations and blames Paul. Sarah is a recent graduate of George Fox University and the William Penn Honors program and plans to use her theater degree to continue creating community by telling stories. A huge shout-out to the PAE family, her George Fox family, her fabulous, actual family, and her “committee” (you know who you are). Soli Deo Gloria!
Tom Mounsey (Lord Capulet)
Tom Mounsey graduated from the Portland Actors Conservatory in 2008, and has been acting all over the Portland area ever since. Romeo and Juliet is Tom’s third production with Portland Actors Ensemble, and he could not be happier to be back. Big thanks to Erica, Jenn, Hannah, and the whole cast and design team for making this a wonderful experience!
Shani Marie Harris-Bagwell (Lady Capulet)
Shani Marie Harris-Bagwell (Lady Capulet) is loving Portland. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Contemporary Commercial Music from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has performed throughout the United States, internationally and, most recently, sang Alto with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Locally she has worked with PassinArt Theater, Fuse Theater Ensemble, and Original Practice Shakespeare. This is her first performance with Portland Actors Ensemble and she is thrilled to be a part of this fun and welcoming cast.
Kathleen Morrow (Lady Montague, Apothocary)
Kathleen Morrow is excited to be part of PAE’s 49th season! She came to acting later in life & wonders what she ever did before theater. Her favorite shows include The Foreigner, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Twelfth Night, Good People, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Driving Miss Daisy. She dabbles in directing, most recently Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant. In her other life, she is a middle school teacher, and appreciates the relative lack of drama that theater provides. She also plays percussion in Whiskey Flats Brass Band, with her talented & supportive husband, Mark McCormick
Xzavier "Wolfie" Beacham (The Prince)
Xzavier “Wolfie” Beacham is humbled to be a part of his first Shakespeare production. Previously, Beacham was a part of two staged readings at The Cascade African Film Festival and Fertile Ground. Beacham has also done voice over work for local podcasts here in the Portland Area. Graduating in 2015 from Concordia University in Austin, Texas with a degree in Communication and Public Relations and Minor in Theater. Wolfie is currently training at Portland Actors Conservatory, studying under instructors Beth Harper, Chris Harder, and Michael Mendelson. Wolfie, who considers himself a storyteller, enjoys writing, dancing, and reading. As an avid student of film, Wolfie finds joy in exploring truths. A Texas Native from Arlington, Wolfie wants to give praise and honor to his family, his closet friends and God. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar
Jacob Camp (Paris)
Jacob is thrilled to be returning to PEA, after having the honor of playing Troilus in last years production of Troilus and Cressida.He is also very proud to be apart of this production of Romeo and Juliet, getting to work with this young and talented cast and creative team has been an invaluable experience. Jacob has called Portland his home for four years now, but originally hails from White Salmon WA, and found his love and passion for theatre in Hood River OR, where he played with a lovely group of theatre artists who helped inspire and cultivate his love of of the arts. Jacob comes from a very large, loving and supportive family, without whom he would not be here today. He his incredibly grateful for them and all they do to support him.His past credits include: Luna Gale (CoHo), Nesting: Vacancy (Created by Joel Patrick Durham), Troilus and Cressida (PAE), That Pretty Pretty (Defunkt Theatre), Coyote on a Fence (Post5 Theatre), The Amish Project, Sense and Sensibility, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Portland Actors Conservatory), Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project) Macbeth (C.A.S.T)
Paul Susi (Friar Laurence)
Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator and a performing artist based in Portland, OR. He has appeared onstage with Boom Arts, Profile Theater, Shaking the Tree, Push Leg, Anon It Moves, String House Productions, Los Portenos, and Portland Actors Ensemble/Shakespeare in the Parks. Favorite roles include: Solynony in Three Sisters, Achilles in Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet’s Ghost/Gravedigger/Player King/Leading Player in Hamlet/Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Friar/Visiting Englishman/VA Psychiatrist in Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play Parts 1, 2, and 3, El Berserker in the musical El Zorrito: The Legend of the Boy Zorro, Chaser in Sam Shepard’s rock opera The Tooth of Crime, and Mr. Badger in Wind in the Willows. Paul has appeared regionally and internationally with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vermont Stage Company, Island Stage Left (San Juan Islands, WA), Boom Arts/Teatro SOLO (Argentina), and Stacja Szamocin (Poland).
In 2012, Paul created, produced and performed (On Holding On), a solo work about the Iliad, sex crimes, ritual sacrifices, and incident reports. In 2013, Paul was honored with a RACC grant to devise and produce All At Sea, an ensemble theatre piece about falling in love, conquistadors, and buying a house. In March of 2018, Paul was recognized by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) as a Juice Award honoree for outstanding contributions to the performing arts community in Portland.
Paul serves as a Manager for Transition Projects’ emergency homeless shelters in downtown Portland, as a Conversation Project Facilitator for Oregon Humanities, and as the Co-Chair of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition. Paul is especially proud to serve as the Artistic and Executive Director of Portland Actors Ensemble/Shakespeare in the Parks, Portland’s oldest continuously performing professional theater company, founded in 1970.