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HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES
adapted by Stephanie Shine from Shakespeare

directed by Amy Attaway

Lighting Design by Jesse AlFord and Lindsay Krupski
Scenic Design by Eric Allgeier
Sound Design by Laura Ellis
Costume Design by Donna Lawrence-Downs
Fight Choreography: Eric Frantz
Dramaturg: Gregory Maupin
Light Board Operator: Lindsay Krupski
Sound Engineer: Victoria Campbell
Stage Manager: Clare Hagan


CAST
Exeter/Edward of York (King Edward IV)/ensemble: Jon Huffman
Duke of York/Prince Edward/ensemble: David Hussey
Queen Margaret/Sir Lucy/ensemble: Abigail Bailey Maupin
Suffolk/King of France/Buckingham/ensemble: Gregory Maupin
Joan of Arc/Warwick/Rutland/ensemble: Mollie Murk
Duke of Somerset/Young Clifford/ensemble: BeeBee Patillo
Richard of York/Reignier/Jack Cade/ensemble: Neill Robertson
King Henry VI/Alanson/ensemble: Shaquille Towns

Cast Bios

Jon Huffman

Jon Huffman

Jon Huffman (Exeter/Edward of York – King Edward IV/ensemble) as always, is excited to be back on Kentucky Shakespeare’s stage. A veteran of film (Shawshank Redemption, Lolita, Fled, and more), TV (Days Of Our Lives, Designing Women, In The Heat Of The Night, and more), and hundreds of plays and musicals across the country, he considers Kentucky Shakespeare his home, where he has played King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Iago in Othello, Claudius in Hamlet, and many more wonderful roles. Forever, he dedicates his work here to the memory of his TinyDancer, Barbara Cullen.

David Hussey

David Hussey

David Hussey (Duke of York/Prince Edward/ensemble) is overjoyed to be part of this exceptional group! He was recently seen as Sherlock Holmes in Valley of Fear at The PAC before which he was Oscar in The Odd Couple at Derby Dinner Playhouse, where he also played Buddy in Elf: The Musical. His career started at 11 alongside Howard Keel in Camelot and some of his favorite roles include Hamlet, The Scarecrow, Pseudolus, and Algernon. David has a BFA from SMU in theatre, and while living in L.A., he did many commercials, movies, and shows including BeckerMadTVBlue Chips, and hosting VH-1’s Reality Wrap-Up. He performed with George C. Scott, is a 2-time world champion joggler, and not stopping there, he fronts the bands XNA, Curtainwall, and Gabble Ratchet, L.A.’s Genesis Tribute Band. Love and thanks to his parents, beautiful bride and amazing son.

Abigail Bailey Maupin

Abigail Bailey Maupin

Abigail Bailey Maupin (Queen Margaret/Sir Lucy/ensemble) is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare, where she’s been overjoyed (and terrified) to tackle some of the Bard’s more challenging roles, including Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Jaques, and recently, Mercutio. She and her husband Greg co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, with whom she created/performed in over twenty plays, including the title role in Molière’s Don Juan; they also perform as Prohibition-era musical duo Rannygazoo. She has appeared locally with Actors Theatre, Theatre [502], Derby Dinner Playhouse, StageOne Family Theater, Music Theatre Louisville, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed Opera House); Babes & Dudes, Die Like a Lady (NY International Fringe Festival); Iolanthe (Village Light Opera Group, NYC); Gift of the Magi (Vermont Stage Company), Hansel and Gretel (Theatreworks/USA).

Gregory Maupin

Gregory Maupin

Gregory Maupin (Suffolk/King of France/Buckingham/ensemble) most recently seen as the whole cast of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s solo A Christmas Carol, is thrilled to return as actor and text coach/dramaturg with Kentucky Shakespeare. He and his wife Abigail are Prohibition ukulele duo Rannygazoo, co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, and in 2004 co-founded Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. He is a charter member of Brooklyn’s Under the Table Ensemble and co-founder of the Church of Grover’s Corners. Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Much Ado (Benedick), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), As You Like It (Touchstone), Romeo & Juliet (Capulet, Friar) Midsummer (Bottom). With Actors Theatre: Luna Gale (Cliff), At the Vanishing Point (Martin), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Midsummer (Flute), Macbeth, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Mollie Murk

Mollie Murk

Mollie Murk (Joan of Arc/Warwick/Rutland/ensemble) is proud to have worked with Kentucky Shakespeare for the past several years as an actor and teaching artist, most recently playing the Woman in Turn of the Screw and Juliet in KSF’s 2021 touring production of Romeo and Juliet. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, they acted in The Wolves (#8), Dracula (Mina, u/s Lucy), Dracula: The Radio Play (Mina Harker), and Are You There? in the 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays. They also have performed at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and Suspend Aerial Arts. Mollie is an alum of Hope College and Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training, and is a proud member of the Ring of Keys Network www.RingofKeys.org/keys/Mollie-Murk.

BeeBee Patillo

BeeBee Patillo

BeeBee Patillo (Duke of Somerset/Young Clifford/ensemble) is a Louisville native, graduate of the University of Louisville, and was a 2020-2021 acting apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. With Kentucky Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Love (Viola DeLesseps), Henry V (Montjoy), and the spring tours of Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet/Tybalt/Peter/Friar John) and Hamlet (Horatio/Rosencrantz/Player Queen). Other credits include: The Green Book (Neena) and When Fishies Rain Down From the Sky (Maya) at Bunbury Theatre; Baltimore (Alyssa) and Eurydice (Loud Stone) at the University of Louisville, The Reviews (Imani) with Ain’t I a Woman Playfest and Baltimore (Alyssa) with the National Black Theatre Festival. She is an active volunteer in her community, a local choreographer, and was the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen.

 

 

Neill Robertson

Neill Robertson

Neill Robertson (Richard of York/Reignier/Jack Cade/ensemble) is overjoyed to take on the role of a lifetime with Kentucky Shakespeare! Previous shows with the company include King Lear (Edgar), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Richard II (King Richard), Titus Andronicus in Butchertown (Saturninus), The Winters Tale (Autolycus), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), and Macbeth (Witch/Young Siward), as well as the spring tours of HamletA Midsummer Nights Dream, and Julius Caesar. Neill also played Horatio/Player Queen in Kentucky Shakespeare’s collaboration with StageOne Family Theatre in Hamlet. Other credits include three seasons of Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Renfield), The Language Archive with Theatre [502] (Resten), Cabaret with the Professional Company at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Emcee), and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Pandora Productions. Neill owes everything he has to his loving friends and family, but especially his husband Alfie.

Shaquille Towns

Shaquille Towns

Shaquille Towns (King Henry VI/Alanson/ensemble) is so excited to be returning to the Kentucky Shakespeare stage! Shaq is a local actor and graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where he studied acting and musical theater. After graduating and really diving into the theater scene in his hometown he has performed in many productions around his city from musicals and children shows to dramatic plays. Recent teaching includes teaching artist work at the Commonwealth Theatre Center, traveling to different schools in the city teaching youth about the local black history and other projects that mean a lot to him such as the stage reading Sweet Evening Breeze, benefiting the Sweet and Evening Breeze shelter for LGBTQ+ youth. Other credits include Seaweed (Hairspray) Cory Maxson (Fences), C.C. White (Dreamgirls), and Asagai (A Raisin in the Sun), and Pharus Young (Choirboy). 

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

Amy Attaway, Director/Associate Artistic Director

Amy proudly serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare. She’s directed The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II, Henry IV Part I and II, and Henry V in the park, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Bomhard Theater, The War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead at Louisville Public Media, and the spring tours of Julius Caesar, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. Amy is also co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Theatre [502], where she directed the regional premieres of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, River City, Red Speedo, Auctioning the Ainsleys, Broadsword: a heavy metal play and Futura, as well as the world premieres commissions The Two Lobbyists of Verona and The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn. She spent five seasons as Associate Director of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where directed several commissioned works in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, including Sleep Rock Thy BrainOh, Gastronomy! and The End. Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville.

Jesse AlFord, Co-Lighting Designer

Jesse is a Freelance Lighting Designer based here in Louisville, and is always excited to collaborate with Kentucky Shakespeare, recently having designed the drive-in production of Macbeth, and co-designed Turn of the Screw with Lindsay Krupski. He also regularly designs with the Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Orchestra, The Va Va Vixens, Circus Flora, Pandora Productions, and more. Working primarily in dance, circus, and theatre, Jesse specializes in the moments and productions that happen in between those disciplines.

Eric Allgeier, Set Designer

Eric is a Louisville native and has been a freelance Scenic Designer for over 25 years.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Western Kentucky University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Spalding University.  Eric was the Scenic Design faculty member at The Youth Performing Arts School for 13 years.  Some theatres Eric has worked for include:  San Francisco Opera, Opera East Texas, Phoenix Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival in NYC, Kentucky Opera, Wolftrap Opera, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Music Theatre of Louisville, Pandora Productions, and The Liminal Playhouse.  Eric is very excited to be working with Kentucky Shakespeare for the first time.

Laura Ellis, Sound Designer

Laura is a performer and sound designer who regularly works with Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. She designed the past five summers for Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, as well as colder-weather productions of Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The War of the Worlds, and Night of the Living Dead. When she’s not in a theater (or a park), she’s often singing 30s & 40s bourbon jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue. These and other pursuits are underwritten by her day job as Senior Producer at 89.3 WFPL. Laura’s been a fan of Kentucky Shakespeare in Central Park since childhood, when her mom used to walk her and her brother down from Germantown to watch a show under the stars.

Lindsay Krupski, Co-Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator

Lindsay Krupski is a freelance lighting designer/electrician, and she is so excited for another show with Kentucky Shakespeare! With KY Shakes, she previously worked as Master Electrician for the 2021 summer season (and is returning for 2022!) and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Macbeth in fall 2020, and spent summer 2019 working as the Assistant Master Electrician in the park. Since moving to Louisville 3 years ago, she has designed with The Liminal Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, Pandora Productions, Theatre [502], and more. Lindsay grew up in Wisconsin and holds a B.F.A. from UW-Milwaukee. She is so thankful for all the opportunities to do what she loves.

Donna Lawrence-Downs, Costume Designer

Donna has designed the costumes for Kentucky Shakespeare for the last eight seasons, including the summer festival productions and spring tours, and the indoor Titus Andronicus, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Twelfth Night, The War of the Worlds, and Night of the Living Dead. Donna has designed over 385 shows for more than 30 different theatres in her 30-year career, including a stint at KSF in the 1990’s, and StageOne Family Theatre, Music Theatre Louisville, CenterStage, Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, and Pandora Productions. Donna also taught Costume Design at Bellarmine University in the spring of 2020. One of Donna’s favorite projects is designing costumes for Shakespeare Behind Bars, which she has done for the last 12 years. Donna and her husband also own Life is Sweet Small Batch Treats Bakery.

Eric Frantz, Fight Choreographer

Eric has worked in stage combat as a choreographer and combatant for 17 years.  He is currently the Guest & Education Programs Manager at the Belle of Louisville, where choreographer the Belle’s first sword fight for her pirate cruise. Eric is delighted to be working with Kentucky Shakespeare for the seventh consecutive year. Of all the confrontations written by Shakespeare the fight between Macbeth and Macduff remains one of his favorites.

Victoria Campbell, Sound Engineer

Victoria Campbell is excited for her third official season with Kentucky Shakespeare. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in theater technology. She has worked as a sound technician for Actors Theater of Louisville and many other great local companies. She has also worked in the past with Utah Shakespeare Festival, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Cumberland County Playhouse.

Clare Hagan, Stage Manager

Clare Hagan is excited to be returning for a third spring production with Kentucky Shakespeare. Clare has stage managed and worked in creative capacities for projects such as Wendy’s Neverland and Looking for Lillith’s Kentucky Suffrage Project. Clarity is also a playwright with the Derby City Playwrights, a company member with Looking for Lilith, and a teaching artist with Drama by George and Actors Theatre of Louisville.