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2013-2014 Season

Romeo and Juliet

Jan 17th - Feb 9th, 2014

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Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Rosen

Romeo and Juliet is a co-production with UMKC Theatre, with generous support from the Hall Family Foundation
Passion. Vengeance. Despair. Love. Romeo and Juliet transcends all centuries. A tale of dangerous rivalries and star-crossed lovers, Shakespeare’s most thrilling and romantic play is a masterpiece of poetry and emotion. In the midst of a bloody feud, fragile love unfolds. Defying their warring families and their closest friends, two young lovers risk everything to be together. With stunning visuals and daring swordplay, this production will inspire and enthuse audiences of all ages.
Appropriate for ages 9 & up.

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
- The Examiner

"Magnificent" "Masterfully done"
- Broadway World

"So relevant… I highly recommend it"
- Moleskin Blog

- KC Star




Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation
a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Zachary Andrews Mercutio, Gregory
David Castellani Lord Capulet
David Fritts Lord Montague, Friar John
Shanna Jones Ensemble, Balthazar, Chorus 2, u/s Nurse
Merle Moores* Nurse
Rusty Sneary* Benvolio
Ted Swetz Friar, Chorus
Cheryl Weaver* Lady Capulet


Edwin Brown III+ Servantman, Sampson, Petrucio, Apothecary, Chorus I, Ensemble
Jamie Dufault+ Romeo
Antonio Glass+ Prince, Ensemble
Laura Jacobs+ Lady Montague, Chorus III, Ensemble, u/s Lady Capulet
Michael Pauley+ Tybalt
Courtney Salvage+   Juliet
Vincent Wagner+ Paris, Abraham, Ensemble


Katie Hall Supernumerary
Frank Oakley III Supernumerary

*Denotes Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
+Denotes students in the UMKC Theatre Programic 

Artistic Staff

Eric Rosen Director
Kyle Hatley Associate Director
Chip Miller Associate Director
Chase Brock Choreographer
Jack Magaw Scenic Designer
Victor En Yu Tan Lighting Designer
Shara Abvabi Asst. Lighting Designer
Lindsay W. Davis   Costume Designer
Lauren Gaston Costume Designer
Tom Mardikes Sound Designer
Andre Pluess Composer
John Wilson Fight Director
Ryan McIntire Asst. Fight Director





KC Rep: A Christmas Carol. Local: Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker (Coterie), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan, UMKC Theatre Guest Artist); Arcadia, The Master and Margarita, Great Expectations (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Actor’s Nightmare, More Stately Mansions, Candida (Germinal Stage Denver); Hamlet (Stranded Lot Theatre Company, a Kyle Hatley Production); Leading Ladies (Backstage Theatre); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Ah! Wilderness, Loves’ Labors Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Theatre Shakespeare); Three Musketeers, A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Foreigner (Western Washington Summer Stock Theatre). Education: BFA, University of Colorado; Second City Conservatory Program; MFA, UMKC. AEA member.


EDWIN BROWN III (Servant/Apothecary)

KC Rep: debut. Local: Troilus and Cressida (UMKC Theatre). Regional: A Soldier’s Play, Venus, The Blacks, Miss Evers’ Boys, Our Lady of 121st Street (Ira Aldridge Theatre, Washington DC). Film: War in Washington (Smithsonian Channel). Education: BFA in Acting, Howard University (Magna Cum Laude); British American Drama Academy Midsummer in Oxford; first year MFA candidate, UMKC.



KC Rep: debut. Regional: Joe’s Garage, The Idiot Box, Travesties, Autobahn, The Threepenny Opera, Henry IV Part 2, Measure for Measure (Open Fist Theatre Company); Search and Destroy (Gangbusters Theatre); The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre ); Lepers (Strawdog Theatre); Speed the Plow (Northern Illinois University); Little Shop of Horrors, True West, Macbeth, Cabaret (University of Kansas); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss Me Kate (Northern Lights Playhouse). Film & TV:  “The West Wing”, “House M.D.”, “Just Shoot Me”, “Monk”, “Las Vegas”, “Leverage”. Training: The Groundlings School, University of Kansas, Northern Illinois University. AEA member.



KC Rep: debut.Local: Almost, Maine, Big LoveKing Lear (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Twelfth Night, Henry V (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice (The Colonial Theatre); The Graduate, The Comedy of Errors (Courthouse Center for the Arts); Butterflies are Free (Newport Playhouse); The Belle’s Strategem (2nd Story Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (Rumble Productions); Buster Keaton: Fade to Black (Daydream Theatre Company). Film:  Murder University, A Date With Your Family, Unchained, Hands Off!, Winner. Awards: Best Male Lead 2011 (Buster Keaton: Fade to Black, Motif Magazine); Best Actor, Shudder Fest 2012 (Murder University). Education:  BA in Journalism and Film Media Studies, Minor in Theatre (Magna Cum Laude); MFA second year candidate, UMKC. Upcoming: Love’s Labour’s Lost (UMKC Theatre)


DAVID FRITTS (Lord Montague/Friar John)

KC Rep: August: Osage County, Bus Stop, The Foreigner, The Deputy, Death of a Salesman, Comedy of Errors, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Christmas Carol, The Boys Next Door, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar. Local: Boeing Boeing, Leading Ladies, Rumors, Driving Miss Daisy, Funny Money (New Theatre); Clybourne Park, Time Stands Still, Angels in America Parts I and II, The Exonerated, Art, Sideman, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Unicorn Theatre); Picnic, Three ViewingsGlengarry Glen Ross, Talley’s Folly, Talley and Son, Dinner With Friends, The Seafarer (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). AEA Member.

ANTONIO GLASS (Prince Escalus)

KC Rep: debut. Local: Cymbeline, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Winter’s Tale, The Lady from the Sea, A Devil Inside, KC Swing, Seven Guitars (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Don’t Get God Started (musical), The Taking of Miss Janie, Venus, Foreign Bodies, Killa Dilla, Random With a Purpose, Mixed Nutz, These People Can Fly (UCSC Theatre). Dance:  Queer Fashion Show (Choreographer/Performer), West African Dance Show Case (UCSC Theatre); Afro Brazilian Dance (Dandha da Hora Dance Workshop, Santa Cruz). Education:  BA in Theatre Arts, minor in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz; MFA third year candidate, UMKC. Upcoming: Love’s Labours Lost (UMKC Theatre).

KATIE HALL (Ensemble)

KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (5 seasons), August: Osage County (Jean), The Living Room’s production of Carousel. Local: The Giver, Night of the Living Dead, Little House on the Prairie (Coterie Theatre). Katie is in the Coterie Master Acting class and is a junior at The Pembroke Hill School.

LAURA JACOBS (Lady Montague)

KC Rep: debut. Local:Generation Why (Journeyman Theatre Company); Almost, Maine, Big Love, Burnt by the Sun, Eat This!, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Farnsworth Invention (UMKC Theatre); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Carousel (The Living Room, directed by Kyle Hatley); The Dead Guy, Dark Play…or Stories for Boys (Relevance Productions); Skillet Tag (KC Fringe Festival). Regional: Twelfth Night, Henry V (Great River Shakespeare Festival); The Musical Importance of Being Earnest (College of Santa Fe). Education:  BA in Theatre (UMKC), MFA second year candidate, UMKC. Upcoming: Love’s Labours Lost (UMKC Theatre).

SHANNA JONES (Balthazar)

KC Rep: The Santaland Diaries. New York: Undone and The Fall. Regional: Les Miserables (Pioneer Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Cabaret (Wasatch Theater Company); Saturday’s Voyeur (Salt Lake Acting Company). Ms. Jones also performs with her band, The Shenanigans, in venues throughout New York City and across the United States. Education: 2008 graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah.


KC Rep: Death of a Salesman, August: Osage County, Machinal, A Christmas Carol, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, The Seagull, Later Life, Liliom, The Philadelphia Story, Little Women, Oedipus the King, Shadow Box, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, Light Up the Sky, Equus. Local: Faith Healer, Memory of Water, Retreat from Moscow, An American Daughter, Angels in America Parts I and II, The Clean House, The Sisters Rosensweig, A Perfect Ganesh (Unicorn Theatre); Long Day’s Journey into Night, Absurd Person Singular (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Steel Magnolias, Father of the Bride, My Three Angels (New Theatre). Regional: Luv, Private Lives (Firehouse Dinner Theatre, Omaha); Playboy of the Western World (Omaha Repertory Theatre). Film:  Ride With the Devil, I Love You to Death: The Laura Black Story. AEA Member.


KC Rep: debut. Local: BlackTop Sky (Unicorn Theatre); The Three Sisters, Kansas City Swing and The Comedy of Asses (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Just So Stories, Extremities and Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Group); The Moon and The Music Man (Perry-Mansfield). Education:  Undergraduate senior majoring in theatre performance at UMKC. Upcoming: Behind the Veil, Next to the Water Cooler (Journeyman Theatre Company/Just Off Broadway Theatre).



KC Rep: Death of a Salesman. Local: Clybourne Park (Unicorn Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (UMKC Theatre). Regional: The Comedy of Errors, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (Gotham Comedy Club); The Dining Room (Hyperion Theatre Company); 1776, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Texas Shakespeare Festival); Charlotte’s Web,  Measure for Measure (Theatre at Monmouth); Hamlet, Metamorphoses (Arizona Repertory Theatre). International: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan, Italy); A Life in the Theatre (Teatro Canovas, Spain). Film & TV:  “Saturday Night Live”, “The Good Wife”, “Rescue Me”, “One Life to Live”, “All My Children”, “Guiding Light”, “As the World Turns”. Education:  BFA in Acting and Directing, University of Arizona, Tucson; MFA third year candidate, UMKC. AEA member.


KC Rep: Death of a Salesman. Local: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Winter’s Tale, The Lady from the Sea, A Devil Inside, Cymbeline , Seminar (Unicorn/UMKC Theatre). Regional: Biederman’s Match, Hamlet, Twelfth Night,The Trojan Women, Rebel Moon, McBETH: A Shakespeare Commedia, Almost, Main, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Hul Gil: Flower of July (University of California, Santa Barbara). Film: Love Monster, Silent Mercy, Shoulder, Identity. Education:  BFA in Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA third year candidate, UMKC. Upcoming: Love’s Labour’s Lost (UMKC Theatre).


KC Rep: The Foreigner, Carousel, Death of a Salesman, August: Osage County, A Christmas Carol, Liliom. Local: Burn This, Hurlyburly, Carousel, Love Song, This Is How It Goes, On an Average Day (The Living Room); Sci-Fi Triple Feature-Flowers for Algernon (Coterie Theatre); Venus in Fur, The Pillowman, Frozen, Take Me Out, The Exonerated, Omnium Gatherum, Distracted, Next Fall (Unicorn Theatre); Out of Order (New Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); The Importance of Being Earnest (American Heartland Theatre). Film & TV:  Canterbury’s Law, Raising Jeffrey Dahmer, Suspension, Psychic Detectives, Charlie 13. Education: BFA in Theatre Performance, Missouri State University. Mr. Sneary is co-owner and serves as Artistic Director of The Living Room. AEA member.

THEODORE SWETZ (Friar Lawrence)

The Patricia McIlrath Endowed Professor of Theatre UMKC Professional Actor Training Program. KC Rep: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Max Prince), King Lear (Gloucester), The Imaginary Invalid (Argan), Whisper in the Mind (Ben Franklin), Rough Crossing (Devornichek), Richard III (Hastings), The Fantastiks (Bellomy), Machinal (George Jones) Tartuffe (Orgon) Local: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Donny, Unicorn Theatre); Ben Franklin’s Apprentice, (Ben, Coterie Theatre). Regional: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff), Midsummer (Bottom), The Tempest (Prospero), Twelfth Night (Feste), Julius Caesar (Casca), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio), Titus Andronicus (Saturninus), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Speed) (American Players Theatre); Hamlet (Polonius), The Boyfriend (Percy) (Utah Shakespeare). As You Like It (Touchstone, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis). The Merchant of Venice (Shylock, The Riverside Theatre in the Park).  Hamlet (Claudius), The Seagull (Sorin) (Shakespeare Santa Cruz).  New York Shakespeare Festival: Pericles, Hamlet (Central Park), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Center). Directing Credits include: The Comedy of Errors, The Shorts Fest (KC Rep); All in the Timing , Sideman, Rabbit Hole, Inspecting Carol, Seminar (Unicorn Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Ah Wilderness!, As You Like It, The School for Scandal (Riverside Theatre in the Park); The Cripple of Inishmore (The Nebraska Repertory Theatre); Ferdinand the Bull (Coterie Theatre); Tally’s Folly (Kansas City Actors Theatre).  A Queen’s-Style Hobo Story (The Bowery Poetry Center ); Killer Joe, The Lady From the Sea, An Enemy of the People, An Absolute Turkey, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UMKC Theatre ). Training:  BA Speech & Theatre (Lehman College); Stella Adler, Morris Carnovsky, Phoebe Brand. Awards: The Dean Goodman Award for Outstanding Principal Performer - Sir John Falstaff. AEA Member.


KC Rep: Inherit the Wind, Oedipus Rex, A Christmas Carol. Local: Inspecting Carol (Unicorn Theatre/Kansas City Actors Theatre/UMKC); Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Dada is Dead! Long Live Dada (KC Fringe Festival); Big Love!, Burnt By the Sun, Eat This!, Lady From the Sea, A Winter’s Tale, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Cymbeline (UMKC Theatre). New York City: The Martian Chronicles (Fordham Alumni Theatre Company); Elephant in the Room (NY Fringe Festival); Dr. Chekhov, Gunshot Expert (Brooklyn Playwrights Collective). Education: BA in Theatre, Fordham College at Lincoln Center; MFA third year candidate, UMKC.

CHERYL WEAVER (Lady Capulet)

KC Rep: Death of a Salesman, August: Osage County, Bus Stop, A Christmas Carol (3 seasons), The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Living Out. Local: My First Time, 9 Parts of Desire, Nickel and Dimed, Frozen, The Mineola Twins, Memory of Water, Spinning into Butter, Closer, Sideman, As Bees in Honey Drown, Jack and Jill (Unicorn Theatre); Love’s Labuor’s Lost, Measure for Measure (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Boston Marriage (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Rumors, Moon Over Buffalo, Social Security, Father of the Bride (New Theatre); Dixie Swim Club, Murder by the Book, The Dinner Party, The Mousetrap, Play It Again, Sam (American Heartland Theatre); Little House on the Prairie (Coterie Theatre); The Seagull (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre). Regional: The Voysey Inheritance (KC Rep co-production with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco); More Fun than Bowling (Purple Rose Theatre Company); Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV (Shakespeare in the Park, Fort Worth, Texas); Macbeth (Dallas Shakespeare Festival); King Lear (Stage West). Upcoming: Miracle on South Division Street (New Theatre). AEA member.


MARY R. HONOUR (Production Stage Manager) Kansas City Rep stage management: The Santaland Diaries, The Foreigner, American Buffalo, Death of a Salesman, Little Shop of Horrors, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (including the New York production at New Victory Theatre), The History of Kisses, Peer Gynt (including the co-production at La Jolla Playhouse), Circle Mirror Transformation, Harriet Jacobs, Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, Winesburg, Ohio, The Glass Menagerie, Radio Golf, The Drawer Boy, A Marvelous Party!, A Christmas Carol, Doubt, Two Pianos, Four Hands, The Syringa Tree, Love, Janis, Jitney, The Trip to Bountiful, Man and Superman, The Voysey Inheritance, Little Women, The Front Page, Incognito. Ms. Honour is also stage manager for the Rep’s annual fundraising event A Fearless Fête. AEA Member.

ERIC ROSEN (Director), Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, was the founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre (AFT) from 1995 to 2008, and is a writer, director and producer. Original projects include Venice (KC Rep, Center Theatre Group-LA, Public Theater-NYC, “Best Musical of 2010”–TIME Magazine); Wedding Play (Steppenwolf/AFT, Jefferson nomination); Winesburg, Ohio (Steppenwolf/AFT-Jeff Award, Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company-Barrymore Award, KC Rep); Clay (AFT, Lookingglass Theatre-Chicago, Center Theatre Group, KC Rep, Lincoln Center, LCT3-Drama Desk Nomination-Jeff Award); and Undone, Whitman and Dream Boy (Jeff Award, several productions across the country). In addition to Venice, other Rep directing credits include: Clay; Winesburg, Ohio; world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! (a hit musical on Broadway—three Tony nominations, including Best Musical); Cabaret; August: Osage County; The Whipping Man; Pippin; Death of a Salesman and Romeo and Juliet (January 2014). Additional directing credits include productions at Lincoln Center, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Alliance, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, 5th Avenue, Prince, Cincinnati, Melbourne (Australia) and workshops at Sundance, O’Neill, Playwrights Horizons, and the Public Theater. He has developed and produced over 40 world premieres, including Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award- winner I am My Own Wife and work by Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty, Moisés Kaufman, David Cale and The Civilians, among others. He holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University, and has twice served as an NEA panelist, and serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of non-profit theatres.

KYLE HATLEY (Associate Director) KC Rep: Associate Artistic Director; Rep directing credits: Upcoming: When I Come To Die, Romeo and Juliet (Associate Director), Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors, Broke-ology, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Borderland and A Christmas Carol (2010 to Present). Also at the Rep, he was the Associate Director on August: Osage County (Eric Rosen, Director). Acting at the Rep, he has been seen in The Foreigner (Ellard Simms), Death of a Salesman (Happy), The Glass Menagerie (The Gentleman Caller), The Whipping Man (Caleb). Local directing: a musical remount of The Death of Cupid, Titus Andronicus, Carousel (The Living Room); The Darwin Project (Friends of Chamber Music at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center); Red Badge Variations, Ben Franklin’s Apprentice (Coterie Theatre); Hamlet (Two Third’s Theatre). Local writing/directing/acting: Master of the Universe (The Living Room Theatre, June 2014), Head, The Death of Cupid and Watering the Grave (Kansas City Fringe Festival); Eddie in Hurlyburly (The Living Room Theatre), Jerry Genochio’s Tack Driver (Kansas City Fringe Festival). TV & Film: “Prison Break” and “As the World Turns”. Awards: Best Director (2009, The Pitch); a 2011 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Artist Fellow. Hatley is a Rhodes College graduate and the artistic director of Chatterbox Audio Theater, a non-profit, web-based theatre that produces fully sound-scaped audio plays for free streaming and download at

JACK MAGAW (Scenic Design) returns to Kansas City Rep after designing The Foreigner, Pippin and The Whipping Man, among others. Other Chicago area and regional theatre design credits include Hedda Gabler and The Letters (Writers’ Theatre), Giovanna d’Arco (Chicago Opera Theatre), Clybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place (Centerstage), A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), I just stopped by to See the Man (Alliance Theatre), Disgraced (American Theatre Company), Superior Donuts (Geva Theatre), Gee’s Bend (Cincinnati Playhouse), 4,000 Miles and Detroit ‘67 (Northlight Theatre). His eight Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include his designs for The Caretaker and Bus Stop (Writers’ Theatre) and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre). Upcoming projects: The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse and Lincoln Center Theatre-LCT3). Mr. Magaw lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, director Kimberly Senior, and teaches design at The Theatre School, DePaul University.

LINDSAY W. DAVIS (Costume Co-Design) KC Rep: Death of a Salesman, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Bad Dates, The Syringa Tree, The Pirates of Penzance, The Front Page, Major Barbara, Guys and Dolls, The Philadelphia Story. Mr. Davis is on the faculty at UMKC, where he teaches costume design/costume technology, after a successful 30-year career in New York. He designed for thirteen Academy Award-winners, and designed the Tony Award winning Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. For many years he owned and operated a highly successful commercial costume shop. Professor Davis has won design awards in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and South Florida. He has designed opera in Europe, musicals in Japan and Korea, and multiple shows in London’s West End. The Cleveland Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Goodman, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera have all been graced with his work. Mr. Davis has worked professionally in 37 of our 50 states..

LAUREN GASTON (Costume Co-Design) KC Rep Co-Design: Death of a Salesman. Design Credits: Big Love (UMKC Theatre); Inspecting Carol (Unicorn Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand (workshop, New York Stage and Film); Le Nozze di Figaro (UMKC Conservatory). International Design: The Merry Widow (Festival of International Opera of the Americas, Brazil). International Assistant Design: The Monkey King and the Skeleton Demons (The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts); La Traviata (La Musica Lirica, Italy). Additional credits: Don Carlo and Nixon in China (Production Assistant, Metropolitan Opera, New York City).Education: BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University; Third year MFA candidate in Costume Design and Technology at UMKC.

VICTOR EN YU TAN (Lighting Design) KC Rep: Carousel, Death of a Salesman, The Whipping Man, Broke-ology, The Borderland, Bad Dates, Under Midwestern Stars, A Young Lady from Rwanda, Liliom, Machinal (selected to represent American designers at the Scenography Exposition at the Prague Quadrennial in 2003), The Sea Gull, Gross Indecency and many others. Broadway and Off-Broadway: As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet (New York Shakespeare Festival at the Belasco Theater); Imelda, Shogun, Macbeth, Tea, Rashomon (Julia Miles Theatre); Joy Luck Club (Theater¬four); Sheila’s Day (New Victory Theater); Yiddish musicalsThe Golden Land and On Second Avenue, and Noa Ain’s opera Trio (Carnegie Hall). Additional New York: Over 25 plays for New York Shakespeare Festival and over 40 plays for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. Recent: KC Swing! (Crossroads Theatre); The Odd Couple (Virginia Stage); Black Pearl Sings! (Virginia Stage/Capital Rep/Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre co-production); The Pinter Project (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Fishy Waters and Train to 2010 (Crossroads Theatre); Sheila’s Day (Hartford Stage); Anything Goes (Starlight Theatre); King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Our Town, To Kill A Mockingbird, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Christmas Rapping (Theatre at Judson Church). Regional: The Ballad of Emmitt Till—world premiere (Goodman Theatre), Resurrection—world premiere (Arena Stage); On Naked Soil—world premiere (Theater for the New City); Cinderella and Topdog/Underdog (Sacramento Theatre Company); Gee’s Bend (Cleveland Playhouse) and productions at Sacramento Opera, Florida State Opera, Crossroads Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Asolo Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and many others. Awards: OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design; NYC Villager Award for outstanding lighting design; the Dramalogue for outstanding achievement in Theatre; Kansas City Drama Desk Award for best lighting design; the Sarasota and Manatee Critics’ SAMMY Award for best lighting design; Maharam Citation for lighting design from the American Theatre Wing. Mr. Tan is Professor of Lighting Design at UMKC.

TOM MARDIKES (Sound Design) KC Rep: now 30 years and over 100 productions beginning with Crown of Thorns in 1982. Highlights include Nicholas Nickleby, Master Harold and the Boys, Emperor Jones, The Tempest, The Deputy, Indian Ink, Saint Joan, King Lear, Death of a Salesman. Kansas City Actors Theatre: Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July, Talley and Son, Cripple of Inishmaan. Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis: A View from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman, The Miracle Worker, Wit. Great Lakes Theatre Festival: A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, The Dybbuk, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear. Dallas Theatre Center: The Cherry Orchard, A Christmas Carol. Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Merry Wives of Windsor, The Seagull, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors. Roundabout Theatre: King Lear. Buffalo Studio Arena: City of Light. Coconut Grove Theatre and National Tour: Death of a Salesman with Hal Holbrook. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar. Unicorn Theatre: Wit, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Talk Radio.

ANDRE PLUESS (Composer) KC Rep: The Whipping Man, History of Kisses, August: Osage County, Winesburg Ohio. Regional: Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.); Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre); Sex with Strangers (Steppenwolf Theatre); Palomino (Center Theatre Group); Equivocation (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Merchant of Venice (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Ghost Light (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Marcus (American Conservatory Theatre); Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse/Playwrights Horizons); Macbeth and Titus (California Shakespeare Festival). Court Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre (Artistic Associate), Victory Gardens Theater (Resident Designer), About Face Theatre (Artistic Associate), Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre. Broadway: Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations, and The Clean House (Lincoln Center). Awards: multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards/Citations, a Los Angeles Ovation Award, Barrymore Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk/Lortel nominations for composition and sound design. Film:  The Business of Being Born (music score). Mr. Pluess is a new artistic associate at California Shakespeare Festival.

CHASE BROCK (Choreographer) KC Rep: Pippin. Broadway: Picnic (Roundabout Theatre Company, director Sam Gold), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: Venice (Public LAB, director Eric Rosen), The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center, director Sam Gold), The Tempest (Public Works, director Lear deBessonet), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Company, director Daniel Goldstein), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, director Kwame Kwei-Armah), The Blue Flower (Second Stage Theatre, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography) and Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!, director Gary Griffin). Film & TV: “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Broadway Under the Stars.” Video gaming: Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move. Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festspiele, director Bartlett Sher). Modern dance & ballet: 25 original dances including American Sadness, The Four Seasons, Junk and Lies, Mirror Mirror, Mission: Implausible, Slow Float and Whoa, Nellie! for the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company The Chase Brock Experience; The Nutcracker (Flat Rock Playhouse); Double Solo, Summer Study, and Tube (Dancers Responding to AIDS), Boy Girl Story (Marymount Manhattan College); Going Going Gone (NW Fusion Dance); To think how much pleasure there is! (Ballet Spartanburg); we love you get up (Montclair State University); The wind has spoken (Vineyard Arts Project Musical Theatre Lab). Mr. Brock has also lectured, taught or choreographed at The Juilliard School, University of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, Pace University and University of North Carolina Wilmington. Upcoming: Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!, director John Doyle); The Mysteries (The Flea Theater, director Ed Sylvanus-Iskandar); London Rocks (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, director Sam Buntrock).

JOHN WILSON (Fight Director) KC Rep: fight director for Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, Cabaret, August: Osage County, Death of A Salesman and American Buffalo. Additional fight director credits: productions at American Heartland Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and The Living Room. Acting Credits: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Unicorn Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and American Heartland Theatre. Mr. Wilson is also a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri. AEA and SAG member.

ANGELA LEE GIERAS (Executive Director) As Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s chief administrative and operating officer, Gieras partners with artistic director Eric Rosen to fulfill the Rep’s artistic vision and mission; is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, operational, and human resources functions of the theatre and serves as the primary staff representative to the Rep’s board of directors and UMKC. Gieras began her career in arts administration at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, and went on to serve as the associate managing director of the Dallas Theater Center, where she oversaw marketing and public relations, human resources, financial management, artist contracting, and facilities management. Just prior to joining the Rep, she served as director of development at Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, where she represented the organization in the community and led Florida Theatre’s fundraising strategy. Gieras earned an M.B.A. and M.A. in arts administration from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, the highest national recognition a student in business can achieve. She currently serves on the Alumni Board for SMU’s Cox School of Business.

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An Inside Look at the Costumes of Romeo and Juliet

A conversation with Lindsay Davis and Lauren Gaston, co-costume designers for Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Romeo and Juliet. The show runs Jan. 17-Feb. 9. Sign up for our e-news for a chance to win two tickets, above.

Behind The Scenes: The Fights of "Romeo and Juliet"

Take a look into the rehearsal hall for a sneak peek of the fight scenes in Romeo and Juliet. Fight Director John Wilson talks about the gritty authenticity of the violence in the show, and some of his thoughts on what that means for the characters.

Romeo and Juliet: The Actors' Perspective

The actors of KC Rep's Romeo and Juliet share their thoughts on the themes of love and hate in the play.

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