APR 10-MAY 4, 2014
in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios
by William Shakespeare
The King is dead—poisoned by his own brother, who has claimed the throne and the widowed Queen. The world goes on… but the Prince cannot. Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy is equal parts ghost story, political intrigue, doomed romance and murder mystery, driven by one of literature’s most intriguing, enigmatic and controversial characters.
Recommended for ages 13+.
Meet the Artists
GRANT GOODMAN (Hamlet) makes his his TheatreSquared debut. Off-Broadway credits include: Antony & Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience), King Lear, The Iliad (Lincoln Center), Richard II (New York City Center/Pearl Theatre Company) and Pericles (Red Bull Theater). Chicago credits include: Arcadia (Court Theatre), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Northlight Theatre), The Philadelphia Story (Remy Bumppo/Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre) among others. National Tours include: The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience) and King Lear (The Aquila Theatre Company of London) among others. Regional credits include extensive work with: Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey among many others. Television credits include: As the World Turns (CBS) and Sex and the City (HBO). Training: Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This summer he will appear as Orsino in Twelfth Night and as Colonel Brandon in Sense & Sensibility at The Utah Shakespeare Festival.
AMY HERZBERG (Gertrude) is associate artistic director and a co-founder of T2, and directs the MFA/BA acting programs at the University of Arkansas. For TheatreSquared, she has directed Good People, Bad Dates, The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias and Next to Normal. She appeared in T2’s world premieres of The Spiritualist and My Father’s War—a play about her father’s experiences in WWII—and in numerous roles for the Arkansas New Play Festival. Acting credits include work at La Jolla Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Valle Christi International Theatre Festival (Italy), and San Diego Repertory Theatre, where she was in the resident company for four years. Recent performances in new plays include the Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), New Harmony Project (Indiana), New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre J (Washington DC), Cambridge University, and English Theatre Berlin (Germany). She has directed over 30 productions for the U of A, including most recently 33 Variations. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Kennedy Center’s ACTF National Acting Teacher Fellowship (2003), U of A’s Charles and Nadine Baum Teaching Award (2005), Fulbright College Master Teacher Award (2013), and, along with her husband, the Governor’s Arts Award (2013). She holds an MFA in Acting from Cal Arts, with additional training from American Conservatory Theatre and the Actors Center in New York.
BRYCE KEMPH (Horatio/Ensemble) returns to T2, where he previously appeared in A Christmas Carol, as George in Period of Adjustment, It’s a Wonderful Life, as David O’Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias, and as Jacob Marley in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. New York credits include: Garage (NYC Fringe Festival); Andromache (Full of Noises); Superhero Celebrity Rehab the Musical (Access Theatre); The Rivals (Ampersand); and New York to New York Actor’s Showcase (Producer’s Club). He appeared regionally in Twelfth Night (The Classical Edge). His film credits include Greater: The Brandon Burlsworth Story, Mayfly, Neapolitan, and Waiting For Godot. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas and a BFA from Emporia State University.
KATHY LOGELIN (Gravedigger/Ensemble) returns to T2, where she appeared in A Christmas Carol, The Spiritualist, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mauritius, and the 2011 and 2012 Arkansas New Play Festivals. A native Chicagoan, she was recently seen in The Electric Baby, Precious Little, These Shining Lives (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble — company member); Betrayal, Arms and the Man (Oak Park Theatre Festival); Widowers’ Houses (TimeLine); and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Victory Gardens/The Gift Theatre). Regional credits include Macbeth (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival) and five seasons with Illinois Shakespeare Festival, where credits include The Three Musketeers, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well. She holds a BS in Acting from Illinois State University.
JAMES TAYLOR ODOM (Rosencrantz/Ensemble/Laertes US) makes his T2 debut. Before moving to Fayetteville, he appeared as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Douglas Panche in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Gainesville Theatre Alliance). He holds a BA in Theatre from Brenau University and is an MFA acting candidate at University of Arkansas, where his credits include Hanschen in Spring Awakening and Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer.
COURTNEAY SANDERS (Ophelia) makes her T2 debut. She is the artistic director and co-founder of The Playhouse Tulsa, where she appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Othello (Emilia), Barefoot in the Park (Corie), William and Judith (Judith), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), House and Garden (Trish Platt), Boy Gets Girl (Theresa), and The Unmentionables (Jane). Playhouse Tulsa directing credits: Shining City (TATE Award), Little Women, Urinetown: The Musical, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (TATE Award), Love Song, and Moonlight and Magnolias. She is director of theatre and an associate professor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2009, she was awarded Theatre Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas.
JASON M. SHIPMAN (Rosencrantz/Ensemble/Hamlet US) makes his T2 debut. Regional credits include: The Warehouse Theatre, Artist Laboratory Theatre, The Distracted Globe, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, The Lost Colony, and Trustus Theatre. Film credits include the upcoming Neopolitan (130K Frames) and Emmeline Muffet (Lune Bateaux Pictures). He holds a BA from the University South Carolina Aiken, and is completing his MFA in acting at the University of Arkansas.
JOHN T. SMITH (Polonius/Ensemble) returns to T2, where he previously appeared in A Christmas Carol, as Beethoven/BBC Host in The Spiritualist, David Poe in The Fall of the House, Bill Cheatham in Sundown Town, Philip in Mauritius and as the Record Keeper in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Chicago credits include Silvius in As You Like It (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Regional credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Victor in Private Lives (St. Croix Festival Theatre); King in Big River, Banquo in Macbeth (Stephen Foster Productions); and Father in a regional tour of a Theatre for Young Audiences production of Beauty and the Beast (American Family Theatre). He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas.
TROY SCHREMMER (Claudius/Ensemble) makes his T2 mainstage debut. He previously appeared in The Ballad of Rusty and Roy, which he co-wrote with his wife, Jonny, for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival. Off-Broadway, he appeared in The Charity That Began at Home (Mint Theatre). He has also acted with HB Playwrights Foundation, New York International Fringe Festival, Theatre for a New Audience and Ensemble Studio Theatre. In Chicago he appeared in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Motley Crew) and Henry VI Parts I, II, and III (Shakespeare’s Herd). Film credits include Chalk, An Ordinary Family, and Neighbors. He studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in NYC.
SEAN PATRICK REILLY (Director) returns to T2, where he previously directed Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment and appeared in Good People, The Spiritualist, and the Arkansas New Play Festival. He recently directed the Off-Broadway hit Cloud 8 by Scott Decker (Theatre 80 St. Marks); PREY (The New York International Fringe Festival); and The Dead Hooker Play (The Lucille Lortel Theatre). Past directing credits include: Tennessee Williams’ Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen (SoHo Rep.); Roger Heddin’s Terry Neal’s Future (HERE Theatre); Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me (Promenade Theatre); In Our Time (Atlantic Theater); Holy Water (Flea); Here We Are Mrs. Parker (La Mama); James McClure’s Pvt. Wars (Harold Clurman Theatre); Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Players Theatre); and Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind (Second Story). As an actor, his Broadway credits include Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts and Martin McDonough’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Other theatre credits include work at the Royal Shakespeare Company; The National Theatre, London; The Royal Court Theatre; The Public/New York Shakespeare Festival; Atlantic Theater Company; Playwrights Horizons; Signature Theatre; Alley Theatre; Naked Angels; The Cherry Lane; NYTW; Second Stage; Circle in the Square; La Mama; Circle Rep.; The Culture Project; Manhattan Repertory Theatre; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Westport Playhouse; Huntington Theatre; Cleveland Play House; Trinity Rep; American Repertory Theatre; Penguin Rep.; Dallas Theatre Center; Kennedy Center; Edinburgh Festival; among many. Film and television: A Wife Alone; Fair Game; Howl; Following Bliss; Something Borrowed; Solitary Man; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Man of the Century; Jerry Maguire; State and Main; Sleepers; “Blue Bloods”(CBS); “Bored to Death (HBO)”;“Mildred Pierce”(HBO); “Damages ” (FX); “Third Watch” (NBC); “The Black Donnellys”(NBC); and “Law and Order” (NBC) He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was educated at Harvard and Oxford.
JOSEPH FLETCHER (Stage Manager) returns to T2, where he previously stage managed Good People, 4,000 Miles and Boeing-Boeing. A stage manager, director, and designer, he currently lives in New York City. National tours: Chicago the Musical and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. NYC credits include An Error of the Moon (Theater Row); Heartless (Signature Theatre Company); Purim-Schmutz, The Tempest (Target Margin Theatre); The Hidden Sky (Prospect Theatre Company); Show Choir! (NYMTF); and China the Whole Enchilada (NYFringe). Regional credits: La Nouba (Cirque Du Soleil); Sunfish (Korea International Theater Festival); A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); Candide (Orlando Opera); The Sunshine Boys (School House Theatre); and HMS Pinafore (Utah Shakes). He is a founding member of the Artists Laboratory Theatre, where he directed Alley 38 and The Crystal Bridges Project. He holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Central Florida.
MICHAEL J. RIHA (Scenic Designer) returns for his eighth production with T2, a tenure which began with the company’s inaugural production, Bad Dates. On Broadway, he served as assistant designer to Tony Award-winning designer Christine Jones on the musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and on the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012 production of Rigoletto. He worked at the Muny in St. Louis, MO as resident assistant set designer and was assistant designer for the 2009 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Topal. He is the chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Arkansas and has designed sets and lighting for over 100 productions. He is also the author of Starting Your Career as a Theatrical Designer: Insights and Advice from Leading Broadway Designers. He holds an MFA from Indiana University and is a member of USA-829.
SHAWN D. IRISH (Lighting Designer) has designed for T2 4,000 Miles, The Spiritualist, The Fall of the House, The 39 Steps, Underneath the Lintel, ‘Twas the Night, The Complete Works (Abridged), Drawer Boy, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Noodle Doodle Box, Moonlight and Magnolias and My Father’s War. Recent credits include a new adaptation of Little Women by Cody Daigle, Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, I Love You Because,Romeo and Juliet (Playhouse Theatre Tulsa); The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Music Man (Arrowrock Lyceum); and Arthur Miller’s The Price (Northern Stage). He was awarded Outstanding Scenic Design by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Rabbit Hole, A Doll’s House and Iphigenia 2.0. His award-winning lighting design for Big Love was featured in Theatre Design and Technology and American Theatre magazines and at the Prague Quadrennial. He is the head of lighting design at the University of Arkansas.
WILL EUBANKS (Sound Designer / Asst. Technical Director) returns to T2, where he served as sound designer for Good People, A Christmas Carol, The Spiritualist, Period of Adjustment, Noises Off, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and as assistant sound designer for Tigers Be Still and The 39 Steps. Regional credits include The Good Person of Szechuan (Hamilton College). He holds a BA in Drama from the University of Arkansas, where select sound design credits include A Streetcar Named Desire and Company.
RUBY BILLIG KEMPH (Costume Designer) returns to T2, where she previously designed costumes for Good People, 4,000 Miles, Next to Normal, Tigers Be Still and My Father’s War. Off-off Broadway design credits include The Rivals (Ampersand Theatre) and Garage (Dive Theatre). She has built costumes for many Broadway productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, and Anything Goes. She holds an MFA in costume design and construction from the University of Arkansas.
ASHLEIGH BURNS (Props Designer) returns to TheatreSquared, where her past credits include Mauritius, Underneath the Lintel, and ‘Twas the Night. She previously served as assistant to the scenic designer for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. She holds a BA in theatre arts from Hendrix College and an MFA in scenic design from the University of Arkansas.
D.C. WRIGHT (Fight Director) makes his T2 debut. Off-Broadway credits include the Blowin of Baile Gall (Irish Arts Center). Regional Credits include Les Miserables, Henry V, Death of a Salesman, Treasure Island: A New Musical, Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Moonlight and Magnolias, Romeo and Juliet (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Complete Wrks of Wlm. Shakespeare Abrgd, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). He is recognized as a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat by the Society of American Fight Directors and as a Master Instructor by Dueling Arts International. He teaches movement and stage combat at Western Illinois University.
EMILY BOHANNAN (Asst. Stage Manager) returns to T2, where she served as stage manager for The Spiritualist and assistant stage manager for Good People, A Christmas Carol, Next to Normal, Sons of the Prophet, Period of Adjustment, Noises Off, The Fall of the House, and Boeing-Boeing. She holds a BA in Drama from the University of Arkansas.