Shakespeare in Hollywood
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Doug Brook
Rating: While this play is a charming and funny look into how some of Shakespeare’s fiercest fairies might fair in 1934 Hollywood, there is some sexual innuendo and adult language which some parents may find questionable. There is no online version but you can pick up a copy of the script here.
It’s 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s film A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, the blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant “asses,” our duo are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp. You won’t want to miss this Shakespeare-inspired production that was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“Will charm your socks off” — Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Shawn is excited to return to the Silicon Valley Shakespeare stage. Favorite prior roles with SVS include Grumio in Taming of the Shrew (2006) and Caliban in The Tempest (2007). Past directorial work with SVS includes The Imaginary Invalid, King Lear (assistant director under Angie Higgins), and Much Ado (About Nothing) (assistant director under Larry Barrott).
Courtney is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the SVS stage this summer! Past acting credits with SVS include Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Ensemble in Romeo and Juliet. Other favorite roles include Tragedian in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Broadway West Theatre Company, and Narrator in A Christmas Carol with Northside Theatre Company. She most recently directed Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story at her school.
Doug recently directed SBMT’s Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Finian’s Rainbow, SCP’s Little Women, WCT’s The Sound of Music, and all four offerings at Theatre Chevruta in Los Gatos — where he is Artistic Director. He previously directed Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy For You. A VP of the Association for Jewish Theatre, he has written twenty plays produced nationwide. He studied writing and theatre at Carnegie Mellon University. http://brookwrite.com/. He is also SVS’s new Executive Director.
Erik has performed with SVS in such roles as Roderigo in Othello, Sir William and Mr. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice, Boult in Pericles, Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Other roles he’s enjoyed include Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Ray in Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace. In his day job as a software engineer, he makes smartphones perform tricks.
A lifelong theatre fan, Stephanie has enjoyed ‘stomping the boards’ in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, and California. She has been seen locally with Dragon Productions, Palo Alto Players, Pear Avenue Theatre, Los Altos Stage Company, and Santa Clara Players. Stephanie holds a BA in Theater from Dartmouth College, a course of study which included a semester with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
April is ecstatic to return for her second show with SVS. April holds a BFA in Acting from Drake University. Recent roles include Miranda (The Tempest, SVS), Desdemona (Othello, Iowa Shakespeare Experience), Ophelia (Hamlet, Little Apple Creek Theatre), and Viola (Twelfth Night, Drake University). She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love, humor, and support.
Lisa De Leeuw
Lisa has staged managed around the Bay Area and begins her production management career with Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Other companies she has worked for include Western Ballet, Los Altos Stage Company, Marin Theatre Company, The A.C.T. Conservatory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Opera San José, San Jose Rep on Tour and San Jose Repertory Theatre. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona.
Shannon is thrilled to be working with SVS for the first time. She most recently directed As You Like It for Sobrato High School and Much Ado About Nothing for her company, Savage Wilde Traveling Players. Favorite roles onstage include: Ophelia in Hamlet, the titular role in Pericles, and Helena in Midsummer. She holds an MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College.
Alex is delighted to make a return with SVS. He is an acting student at SJSU and has been acting for about 13 years. He recently played George Shearer in SJSU’s productions of Zoot Suit and Floyd Knowles in The Grapes of Wrath. Other previous roles include Doctor Zubritsky in Neil Simon’s Fools and Guy Montag in Farhenheit 451 through the Las Positas College Theater program. He would like to thank his family and friends for their incredible support.
Tonya is super excited to be working on her first production with Silicon Valley Shakespeare. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Tonya graduated from Randolph Macon College with a BA in Theatre and a love for all things dramatic. After moving to California last year, she now finds herself lucky enough to work with such an amazing and dedicated group of artists and is excited about what the future holds with them.
Keenan is elated to be returning to the Sanborn stage. He is playing Daryl in Shakespeare in Hollywood, and his role as Eros in Antony and Cleopatra marks his first Shakespearean performance with SVS. As well as working on stage, Keenan enjoys set-building and long-distance running. This is his third year working with Silicon Valley Shakespeare.
Currently, Ron is the resident scenic designer at City Lights Theater Company in San José, where he counts the world premiere of Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War and the Bay Area premieres of Build and Spacebar as a few of his favorite creations. Amadeus at CLTC garnered him a nomination for the TBA Award for best scenic design. To see more of Ron’s work, visit his website at www.TheSetGuy.com
Lighting Intern /
Kendall is a sophomore at Leigh High School. In the two years she has been at Leigh, she has been an active member of the drama department where she has mainly worked as the light board operator.
Intern – Scenic Build
Jackson is Junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory, and has worked on the Bellarmine sets of Amadeus, See How They Run, and The Trial, and has worked on the backstage crew for both Hairspray and Spamalot.
This is Roger’s first show with SVS. He is a printed circuit board designer who graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1973 with a BA in Literature and Culture of the Ancient World. He has been involved in theatre for more than fifty years, and does Shakespeare whenever he gets the chance, including roles in Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and Titus Andronicus.
Nick is a lighting and video designer working in the greater San Jose area. He is the resident lighting designer at City Lights Theater Company in downtown San José. A recent graduate of Santa Clara University, he also frequently designs for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose and Palo Alto Players. Recent design credits include lighting design for Chinglish at Palo Alto Players, and Exit, Pursued by a Bear at City Lights.
Lucy is making her SVS debut. Some of her recent credits include; Pearl in House and Garden, Charlotte in The Real Thing (Pear Avenue Theatre), Rita in Educating Rita (Northside Theatre), Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility (TheatreWorks), Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever, Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder (Broadway West). This fall, she will appear in City Lights Theater Company’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory and a proud member of Theatre Bay Area.
James is ecstatic to be returning to his home away from home on SVS’s stage after having to take the last year off. Previous credits include Antonio in SVS’s production of The Merchant of Venice, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet at Broadway West, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at City Lights Theater Company, and Actor/Arthur Kipp In Northside Theatre Company’s The Woman in Black.
Mae has a passion for historical costumes and has been a costume designer in the Bay Area for over 35 years, working at theatres such as Hillbarn, SBMT, Peninsula Center Stage, Los Altos Stage Company, Coastal Repertory, Dragon, Northside, Pear Avenue, Youth Actors Workshop, Cal Shakes, and Broadway by the Bay. Co-producer Will Rogers Follies, Producer Ragtime. Member of the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild and Foster City Rotary Club. Mae lives in Pacifica with her husband Mike.
Walter last appeared on this stage in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Recent appearances include Amadeus at City Lights, The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Sunnyvale Community Players, and as the despicable M. Thénardier in Les Misérables at South Bay Musical Theatre (SBMT). He works frequently as a director, most recently helming Hairspray for SBMT. Walter is the librarian at The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto.
Assistant Stage Manager
Mara is a sophomore at New York University. Some highlights from her work in high school and college theatre include stage managing Fiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening, and assistant directing Macbeth, The Laramie Project, and The Three Musketeers. This is her first production with Silicon Valley Shakespeare.
Doll has been with Silicon Valley Shakespeare since its first production, appearing as Feste in Twelfth Night. Since then you may have seen her as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady M in Macbeth, the Chorus in Henry V, or most recently as Antonia in The Tempest at SJSU. Doll has a BA in English from USCB and a Masters from SJSU where she emphasized Renaissance Drama.
Having worked with SVS actors over the years, Spencer is excited to finally appear in an SVS production. Some of his recent roles include Inspector Thomas in The Unexpected Guest, Claudius/Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Drummond in Inherit the Wind, and Creature in Frankenstein. Spencer received his theatre training at Studio A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Technical Internship Advisor
In his third year with SVS, Louis is supporting the growing internship program and building sets. When not working with his friends at SVS, he runs The Audacity Performing Arts Project (providing performing arts programs/opportunities in the community’s poorest schools) and serves as Tech Director at Notre Dame High School in San José. Louis is an SJSU graduate in Religious Studies and loves Disneyland, lunch, naps, bad jokes, NASCAR, old-school punk rock and, most of all, his family.
Christina is returning for her fourth season with SVS. Recent Bay Area work includes prop designing for City Lights Theater Company’s productions of Build and M. Butterfly, and Renegade Theatre Experiment’s world premiere of Perishable: Keep Refrigerated. She also serves as a resident Stage Manager for Red Barn Productions’ Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Christina earned her BA in Theatre Arts from San José State University.
Ella is thrilled to be a part of Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s Summer Acting Internship Program. Her favorite roles include Alice Miller in My Favorite Year, Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, and Dotty Otley in Noises Off. This past school year, Ella directed a one-act version of Spring Awakening that was chosen to perform at the 2015 California State Thespian Festival.
Returning for his second season with SVS, Jarku is delighted to electrify the parks of San José and Saratoga once again. Jarku is the resident lighting designer of the Cubberley Community Theater in Palo Alto; additionally, he freelances as a lighting designer, most recently with Renegade Theatre Experiment (The North Plan) and Starting Arts (Bring It On).
Adam has worked as a sound designer with SVS since 2008. Some of his favorite work with Silicon Valley Shakespeare includes Pride and Prejudice, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. Other productions he has worked on include Educating Rita at Northside Theatre, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Children’s Hour at Broadway West. He was recently seen onstage at Broadway West in It’s A Wonderful Life.
Hair and Makeup Design
Returning for her ninth season, Melissa’s SVS hats include makeup designer, actor, and Education Program Director. Since receiving her BA in Theatre (SJSU), she’s moonlighted as a makeup designer/artist for SVS, Pixar, Disney Channel UK, West Bay Opera, Opera San José, and more. Favorite SVS acting roles include Dromio of Syracuse (Comedy of Errors, 2015), Emilia (Othello), Oswald (King Lear), Hero (Much Ado), Phoebe (AYLI), and Ariel (Tempest, 2007). In a previous life, she also “daylighted” as a children’s theatre teacher/director.
Danielle is thrilled to take the stage for the first time with SVS this summer! Her favorite past roles include Anne Dindon in La Cage aux Folles at Cabrillo Stage, Female Understudy in A Christmas Carol with San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Jean Louis Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the title role in Emma at San José State University. Danielle thanks her wonderful family and friends for their support! Enjoy the show!
About Shakespeare in Hollywood
How long is the performance?
The show runs… (coming soon)
Shakespeare in Hollywood — Rated PG for Parental Guidance
While this play is a charming and funny look into how some of Shakespeare’s fiercest fairies might fair in 1934 Hollywood, there is some sexual innuendo and adult language which some parents may find questionable. There is no online version but you can pick up a copy of the script here.
About the Family Rating System
Silicon Valley Shakespeare endeavors to make theatrical classics enjoyable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Families love to attend our plays, and we’re proud to have introduced thousands of young people to the Bard. In order to assist parents and guardians in assessing which of our plays may be right for their children, we offer a Parental Advisory that features a general rating followed by a more nuanced recommendation and description of the content. Since our assessment can’t possibly fit every family, we also offer a link to the actual text of our plays whenever possible so that parents can make their own decision. Our ratings are:
E for Everyone — Self-explanatory.
PG for Parental Guidance — This play is appropriate for most audiences under 13, but we recommend that parents inform themselves as to the content of the play and its themes, and exercise their best judgment for their individual child.
T for Teen — This production may be inappropriate for audiences under 13. Parents of younger children are welcome to attend with their children, but we recommend that they prepare for any questions their children may have about some of the more sophisticated and mature content and themes of the play and its particular presentation.
M for Mature — This play is not recommended for audiences under 17.
A note about very young children: Infants and toddlers are always welcome at all outdoor plays, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer newer parents an opportunity to enjoy live theatre. We do ask that at least one parent or guardian of these tiny theatergoers be prepared to take a break with them outside the immediate theatre space if they become upset or very vocal.
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