Free For All

Ron Daniels’ “enrichingly nuanced” (The Washington Post) production of Othello returns for the 27th annual Free For All, a beloved Washington tradition. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and his loyal lieutenant Cassio, and rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies.


Performances run August 15 through August 27.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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All artists and dates subject to change.



The Performers (Tap for bio)
  • Roderigo
    Ben Diskant

     

  • Senator
    Gregory Wooddell

    STC: Affiliated Artist, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife, Don Carlos, Richard II, The Comedy of Errors. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Lyons, Cymbeline; Off-Broadway: Vineyard Theatre: Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (World Premiere); Encores! at City Center: Girl Crazy; Red Bull Theater: Volpone; Clurman Theatre: Splitting Infinity. REGIONAL: Arena Stage / McCarter Theatre Center: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock Holmes; World Premiere); Philadelphia Theatre Company: Terrence McNally’s Some Men (World Premiere); Huntington Theatre Company: David Grimm’s Miracle at Naples (World Premiere); Signature Theatre: Cabaret ; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Henry VIII (Henry VIII); Mark Taper Forum: School of Night; Round House Theatre: Stage Kiss, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bay Street Theatre: Dissonance; Alley Theatre: Gross Indecency; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III; Shakespeare on the Sound: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. TELEVISION: Person of Interest, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Third Watch, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives. TRAINING: The Juilliard School. WEB: GregoryWooddell.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Senator
    Robbie Gay

     

  • Emilia
    Pilar Witherspoon

     

  • Brabantio
    David Bishins

    STC: The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale (Free For All). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Clurman Theatre: The Glass House; SPF at The Public: We Declare You a Terrorist; The Actors Company Theatre: Incident at Vichy; Lortel Theatre: Catch-22, Boys in the Band; Second Stage: Sympathetic Magic; Tectonic Theater Project: The Nest; WPA: Boys in the Band; CSC: Tower of Evil. REGIONAL: Mark Taper Forum/Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Appropriate; Barrington Stage: Much Ado About Nothing; Old Globe: Brighton Beach Memoirs/Broadway Bound, Life of Riley; Intiman Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird; Long Wharf Theatre: A Month in the Country, Rag and Bone; Vermont Stage: True West; Wilma Theater: Arcadia; Pittsburgh Public: The Dybbuk; Hartford Stage: Reckless. FILM: A Cure for Wellness, SALT, The Adjustment Bureau, Henry’s Crime, Sorry, Haters!, The War Within, The Magic Helmet. TELEVISION: House of Cards, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Babylon Fields (pilot), the Law & Order canon. TRAINING: The Juilliard School.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Bianca
    Veronica Del Cerro

     

  • Desdemona
    Madeleine Rogers

     

  • Ensemble
    Brian Reisman

     

  • Ensemble
    Jackson Knight Pierce

     

  • Ensemble
    Brendan Kennedy

     

  • Ensemble
    Kevin Woods

     

  • Duke of Venice
    Ted van Griethuysen

     

  • Montano
    Gregory Linington

     

  • Othello
    Faran Tahir

     

  • Cassio
    Patrick Vaill

     

  • Iago
    Jay Whittaker

     

The Artistic Team (Tap for bio)
  • Director
    Mr. Ron Daniels

     

  • Set Designer
    Mr. Riccardo Hernandez

     

  • Costume Designer
    Emily Rebholz

     

  • Lighting Designer
    Chris Akerlind

     

  • Sound Designer
    Fitz Patton

     

  • Sound Engineer
    Joel Abbott

     

  • Original Fight Choreography
    Mr. Robb Hunter

     

  • Fights Redstaged
    Cliff Williams

     

  • Resident Casting Director
    Carter C. Wooddell

    STC: Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Tempest (FFA); The Taming of the Shrew; 1984 (children); Othello; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (FFA); Tartuffe; Dunsinane (supernumerary); Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs (STC and The Old Globe); The Tempest; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale (FFA); The Merry Wives of Windsor; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice; ReDiscovery Reading Series. Other Casting Experience (McCorkle Casting, Ltd.): NEW YORK: Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High; Off-Broadway (partial): Tribes, Our Town, The Acting Company, Freud’s Last Session, A Perfect Future, The Irish Curse, An Error of the Moon; NYC Other: Lincoln Center Institute: Hamlet, Fly, Sheila’s Day. NATIONAL TOURS: The Acting Company, Riverdance. REGIONAL: Alley Theatre; Center Stage; Barrington Stage Company; The Broad Stage; Contemporary American Theater Festival; Crossroads Theatre Company; George Street Playhouse; The Guthrie Theater; Pittsburgh Public Theater; TheaterWorks Hartford. RADIO: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson. TELEVISION: Sesame Workshop: The Electric Company, Pilot: 27 East. FILM: Columbia Pictures: Premium Rush, Choice Films: Junction. TEACHING: Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University, BFA and MFA acting students.

  • Literary Manager/Dramaturg
    Drew Lichtenberg

    STC: King Charles III; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; Tartuffe; Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs; The Tempest; As You Like It; Private Lives; Henry IV, Part 1 and 2; The Importance of Being Earnest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Measure for Measure; Coriolanus; Wallenstein; Hughie; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Government Inspector; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Servant of Two Masters; Strange Interlude; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Heir Apparent. REGIONAL: STC/McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter’s Tale; Center Stage: Caroline or Change, Cyrano, Around the World in 80 Days; Yale Repertory Theatre: Lulu (dir. Mark Lamos); Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Front Page, The Physicists, The Corn Is Green; New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman). INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Les Blancs (dir. Yaël Farber). OTHER: Yale School of Drama: Tarell McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water (U.S. premiere); TEACHING: Catholic University of America; Eugene Lang College at the New School. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: MFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism.

  • Production Stage Manager
    Cynthia Cahill

     

  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Rebecca Shipman

     

  • Casting Director
    Laura Stanczyk

    STC: Macbeth; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; The Metromaniacs; The Tempest; Man of La Mancha; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale; Strange Interlude; Old Times. NEW YORK: Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night with Janis Joplin, Follies, Cotton Club Parade, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, The Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, The Glorious Ones, Flight, Translations, Tryst, Dirty Dancing; Atlantic Theater Company: The Cripple of Inishmaan (also national tour); Encores! Summer Stars: Damn Yankees, Urinetown (also national tour); Lincoln Center Festival: Gate/Beckett. REGIONAL: Alliance Theatre: Bull Durham; Center Theatre Group: Harps and Angels; Alley Theatre: Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door; Kennedy Center: Side Show, The Guardsman, Follies, Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Ragtime, Broadway: Three Generations; Philadelphia Theatre Company: Golden Age; Royal George Theatre: Don’t Dress for Dinner; seven seasons of casting for McCarter Theatre Center. INTERNATIONAL: Druid Theatre Company: My Brilliant Divorce; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin/West End: The Shawshank Redemption; Druid Theatre Company/Dublin Theatre Festival: Long Day’s Journey into Night; Has consulted for the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin, the Gate Theatre in Dublin, the Druid Theatre in Galway.

  • Assistant Director
    Craig Baldwin

    STC: The Tempest (2016 Free For All), The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, Tartuffe, The Metromaniacs, The Tempest. NEW YORK: 59E59: C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar); New York International Fringe Festival: Magic Kingdom, The More Loving One (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award: Best Overall Production/Play); Marymount Manhattan College: Columbinus; August Strindberg Rep Theatre: Mr. Bengt’s Wife; Atlantic Acting School: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; HERE Arts Center: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona; Classic Stage Company: MacB**h (workshop); Outhouse Theatre Co: Mercy Thieves (U.S. Premiere), The Boys (U.S. Premiere); Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab: MacB**h (workshop). REGIONAL: 5th Avenue Theatre: The Secret Garden; Opera House Arts: Antony and Cleopatra; SUNY Purchase College: The Miser. INTERNATIONAL: The Aliens by Annie Baker (Sydney Premiere); 4 Minutes, 12 Seconds (Australian Premiere). OTHER: Red Bull Theater (Associate Artistic Producer), Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab (Member). TRAINING: The Julliard School. WEB: CraigBaldwin.net.

  • Voice and Text Coach
    Lisa Beley

    STC: Macbeth, King Charles III. INTERNATIONAL: Vancouver, Canada: Rumble Theatre: Indian Arm; Vancouver Playhouse: The Music Man; Dorothy Somerset Studio: The Glass Menagerie, The Cherry Orchard; SFU Theatre: Laurier; Tooba Theatre: Twelfth Night; UBC Theatre: The House of Atreus, Arcadia; York University: Our Country’s Good. FILM: Dialect, voice or text: Warcraft, Horns, Firewall, Monster Trucks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Suckerpunch, The Watchman, Hidden, Apollo 18, The Uninvited, Hot Rod, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Elektra. TELEVISION: Dialect: Tin Star, Bates Motel, The Wilding, The 100, Alcatraz, Rogue, Red Widow, The Secret Circle, Heavenly, The River, Human Target, The Good Wife, Inseparable, Cooking Lessons, Just Cause. OTHER: Acting: theatre, film and voiceovers; Directing: The Bay at Nice, Agamemnon. TEACHING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor; Canada’s National Voice Intensive: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor. TRAINING: York University: MFA in Acting, Voice Teacher’s Diploma; University of British Columbia: BFA in Acting.

Othello

Aug 15 - Aug 27

Sidney Harman HallBy William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Daniels
Runtime: 2hr 45min with one intermission

This performance contains gunfire.

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LEADERSHIP SUPPORT:

The Free For All Community Partners

Friends of Free For All

The Phillip L. Graham Fund

Ameriprise

Erkiletian

ICF International

Westfield



EXCLUSIVE MEDIA SPONSOR

Washington Post



ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

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