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
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  • Roderigo
    Ben Diskant

    STC: Othello. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Barrow Street Theatre: Hit the Wall; Classic Stage Company: The Cherry Orchard. REGIONAL: The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Two River Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, TheaterWorks Hartford, Studio Theatre. TELEVISION: Blue Bloods, One Life to Live, Guiding Light. TRAINING: Northwestern University; The Old Globe/USD: MFA in Acting. WEB:; @bendiskant.

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

  • Senator
    Gregory Wooddell

    STC: Affiliated Artist, The School for Lies, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, The Merchant of Venice, CyranoA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Othello (2015), 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 Theater: 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:

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

  • Senator
    Robbie Gay

    STC: Othello. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater with Psittacus Productions: A Tale Told by an Idiot. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: Antony and Cleopatra (upcoming), Julius Caesar, The Gaming Table; Rep Stage: H2O; Round House Theatre: Double Indemnity, Pride and Prejudice; Adventure Theatre MTC: A Little House Christmas, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Theatre Raleigh: The 39 StepsBarefoot in the ParkSylvia; Farmers Alley Theatre: The 39 Steps; Cape Fear Regional Theatre: RumorsA View from the BridgeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeePeter Pan; Jailbreak Theatre Company: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Palace Theatre: Greater Tuna; Temple Theatre: Hamlet; Old Creamery Theatre: The Nerd; Schoolhouse Theater: Funny Money; California Theatre Center: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare AbridgedMost Valuable Player; The Lost Colony: Lost Colony. AWARDS: Two Helen Hayes nominations for Best TYA Show; Wilde Award nominations for Best Comedy and Best Ensemble. TRAINING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University: MFA. WEB:

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

  • Emilia
    Pilar Witherspoon

    STC: Henry V (Translator/Chorus), Macbeth (Witch). NEW YORK: Broadway: The Father (with Frank Langella). Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre; Playwrights Horizons; Page73; Dixon Place; Second Stage; Clubbed Thumb; Mint Theatre; Drama League; Cherry Lane Theatre; New Dramatists; Lark Play Development. NATIONAL TOURS: Rezo Gabriadze’s The Doctor and The Patient (with Mikhail Barishnykov). REGIONAL: Kennedy Center; Guthrie Theatre; Sundance Theatre Lab; Baltimore Center Stage; Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Playmakers Repertory Theatre; Barrington Stage; Indiana Repertory Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Theatre Lluire (Barcelona); State Theatre of The Republic of Georgia (with Rezo Gabriadze). FILM:  Lust Life (upcoming with Bill Irwin), James Lapine’s Custody, The Taking of Beslan (Showtime), Ten Stories Tall (with Tovah Feldshuh), Warlord (Winner of Best Short South by Southwest Film Festival). TELEVISION: The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Big C, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch. AWARDS: Fox Fellowship Recipient, AUDIE Award Finalist–Best Performance. OTHER: Narrator of over 100 audiobooks. TRAINING: The Juilliard School; University of Utah: BFA in Theatre and English. WEB:

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

  • Brabantio
    David Bishins

    STC: Othello (2017 Free For All), Macbeth, 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; TACT: 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

    REGIONAL: Constellation Theatre: Arabian Nights; GALA Theatre: El Paso Blue, Ana en el Tropico; Everyman Theatre: August: Osage County; Kennedy Center TYA: Adventures of Homer; Borderlands Theatre: Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert; MetroStage: Savage in Limbo; Theatre J: Andy and the Shadows, The Seagull on 16th; Studio Theatre: My Children! My Africa!, Rock ‘n’ Roll; Forum Theatre: Marisol, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Roundhouse Theatre: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. INTERNATIONAL: Eye Music (U.K.): Colourscape; Proyecto Bicefalo, ENAT (Mexico City): El Luto Nos Viene Bien; Knaive Theatre (U.K./Denmark): Dead Tree Gives No Shelter. TRAINING: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: MA; Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory; Virginia Tech.

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

  • Desdemona
    Madeleine Rogers

    REGIONAL:Two River Theater: The Lion In Winter; Northwest Classical Theatre Company: My Name Is Rachel Corrie; Coho Theater: Little Women; Oregon Children’s Theater: K Of D, A Wrinkle In Time; The Juilliard School: Arcadia (Thomasina), Everything Is Wonderful (Ruth), Still (Dolores), Uncle Vanya (Sonya), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (Chickie). TELEVISION: Madam Secretary, A Walk In My Shoes, Leverage.  AWARDS:  Elizabeth Smith Award (Juilliard), Mary Brand Scholarship (The Portland Civic Theater Guild), National Youth Theater Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Boxcar Children, Drammy Award for Best Young Performer (Portland Drammy Awards). TRAINING: The Juilliard School.

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

  • Ensemble
    Brian Reisman

    STC: Othello, The Taming of the Shrew. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: As You Like It (Silvius); Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s TaleThe TempestThe Arabian NightsA Midsummer Night’s Dream; Delaware Shakes: The Comedy of Errors; Upcoming: Round House Theatre: I’ll Get You Back Again (dir. Rachel Chavkin). WEB:

  • Ensemble
    Jackson Knight Pierce

    STC: The Taming of the Shrew, Othello. REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: The Diary of Anne Frank, Titus Andronicus (Apprentice Program). OTHER: The Heights Players: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. TRAINING: The University of Michigan: BFA in Acting.

  • Ensemble
    Brendan Kennedy

    REGIONAL: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: The Tempest, The Three Musketeers; Brave Spirits Theatre: ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, A King & No King; WSC Avant Bard: TAME (Helen Hayes nominated). TRAINING: University of Maryland, College Park: BM in Vocal Performance; BA in English. WEB:

  • Ensemble
    Kevin Woods

    STC: The Winter's Tale (u/s Florizel), All’s Well That Ends Well (u/s Dumaine the Younger/Ensemble). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Irish Repertory Theatre: At the Hawks Well, The Green Helmet. Other: Cyrano de Bergerac (Le Bret); Secret Theatre. TRAINING: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY.

  • Duke of Venice
    Ted van Griethuysen

    STC: Affiliated Artist; productions since 1987 include: Henry IV, Part 1 (Owen Glendower); Henry IV, Part 2 (Justice Shallow); The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus/Old Shepherd, mainstage, 2014 Free For All); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Quince, mainstage, 2015 Free For All); All’s Well That Ends Well (King of France); Strange Interlude (Henry Leeds); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mr. Praed); Twelfth Night (Malvolio); Major Barbara (Andrew Undershaft); Love’s Labor’s Lost (Holofernes, mainstage and RSC); Don Carlos (Philip II); King Lear (Lear); The Tempest (Prospero). NEW YORK: Broadway: Romulus, Inadmissible Evidence. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: The Clandestine Marriage; Studio Theatre: The Steward of Christendom, Life of Galileo, Rock ‘n’ Roll, A Number, The Habit of Art, The Apple Family Plays, The Father. INTERNATIONAL: Battersea Arts Centre (London): Life of Galileo; Arcola Theatre (London): Broadway from the Shadows; Trafalgar Studios: Lovely and Misfit (Mr. Paradise). AWARDS: Helen Hayes Tribute Award for lifetime achievement; Seven Helen Hayes Awards; The Will Award; Drama Critics Award (NYC); Richard Bauer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Washington Theatre. TEACHING: Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel; Columbia University; University of South Carolina; Manchester Municipal University (U.K.).

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

  • Montano
    Gregory Linington


  • Othello
    Faran Tahir

    STC: Othello. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club: Arabian Nights. REGIONAL: Goodman Theatre: Mirror of the Invisible World; American Repertory Theater: Macbeth, The LA Plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Actors Theatre of Louisville: Beast on the Moon, Perfect Ganesh; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Phaedo; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. FILM: Mad Genius Project (upcoming), Space Command (upcoming), Elysium (2013, with Matt Damon and Jodi Foster), Escape Plan (2013, starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone), Star Trek (2009), Iron Man (2008, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow). TELEVISION: 12 Monkeys, Once Upon a Time, Shameless, The Magicians, Scandal, American Crime (ABC), Satisfaction, Dallas, Warehouse 13, Supergirl, Blacklist, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Supernatural, Lost, NYPD Blue, Grey’s Anatomy. OTHER: Credits include 20 films, over 75 television roles, and 50 theatre productions. AWARDS: Robert Prosky Award nomination for Best Actor for portrayal of Nirad Das in Studio Theatre’s east coast premiere of Indian Ink, Anokhi 2010 Male Actor of the Year, Canada’s 2010 Elite Asian Award, Voices of Courage and Conscience Award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. TRAINING: Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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

  • Cassio
    Patrick Vaill

    STC: Othello; Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Henry V; Richard II; As You Like It; Mrs. Warren’s Profession. NEW YORK: Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater: Macbeth; Off-Broadway: Edward The Second;Red Bull Theater: Don’t Fuck With Love; Examined Man: When In Disgrace; York Theater Company; Theater For the New City; NY Fringe; Fringe Encores; The Brick. NATIONAL TOURS: Roundabout Theatre Company: Cabaret. REGIONAL: Bard SummerScape: Oklahoma! (dir. Daniel Fish); Studio Tisch: Dexter and Lewellyn; Capitol Rep: Hamlet. FILM: Xmas In July. TRAINING: Bard College: BA; NYU-Graduate Acting Program: MFA; Recipient of the Laura Pels Award for acting. WEB: My Life In Sourdough; @patrickvaill.

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

  • Iago
    Jay Whittaker

    STC: Edward II (Kent), Tamburlaine (Calapine). NEW YORK: Playwrights Horizons: Frank’s Home; The Duke on 42nd Street: Rose Rage. REGIONAL: Old Globe: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Richard III, Amadeus (Mozart), King Lear (Edgar), The Madness Of King George III (William Pitt); Huntington Theatre Company: Shining City; Steppenwolf Theatre Company: Old Masters, Mother Courage and Her Children, David Copperfield; Northlight Theatre: Sense and Sensibility, Awake And Sing!; Court Theatre: The Wild Duck, The Glass Menagerie, Travesties, Cymbeline, Pericles, Cyrano; Next Theatre: A Number; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Merchant Of Venice, Rose Rage, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest, All’s Well That Ends Well; Goodman Theatre: Measure for Measure, Shining City, Frank’s Home. FILM: Dustclouds, Let’s Go To Prison, Death of a President. TELEVISION: Scream Queens, Chicago PD, Prison Break, Early Edition.

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

The Artistic Team
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  • Director
    Ron Daniels

    INTERNATIONAL: São Paulo, Brazil (co-translated into Portuguese by Ron Daniels): MacbethMeasure for Measure, Hamlet, King Lear; Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary. OPERA: Opera Philadelphia: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (also in New York at the Apollo Theatre, Madison, Chicago and London at the English National Opera, Hackney Empire); Cincinnati Opera: Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star; Opera Theatre of St. Louis: La Bohème; Santa Fe Opera: Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor; Michigan Opera Theatre: Carmen; L.A. Opera: Carmen (upcoming);Opera Theatre of St. Louis Orpheus and Eurydice (upcoming). OTHER: Honorary Associate Director of Royal Shakespeare Company, former Artistic Director of Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place, former Associate Artistic Director of American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

  • Set Designer
    Riccardo Hernandez


    STC: Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Henry VI (dir. Michael Kahn), Much Ado About Nothing. NEW YORK: Broadway: Select credits: The Gin Game (sets and costumes); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award Best Musical Revival); Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (2007 Olivier Award for Best Musical); Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch At Liberty; The Tempest (dir. George C. Wolfe); Parade (dir. Hal Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Grounded (dir. Julie Taymor), The Library (dir. Steven Soderbergh), Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep), Stuff Happens (dir. Dan Sullivan), One Flea Spare (dir. Ron Daniels), Radiant Baby (Drama Desk nomination); Brooklyn Academy of Music; Lincoln Center; Second Stage Theatre; New York Theatre Workshop; Manhattan Theatre Club, among others. REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater; Guthrie Theater; Goodman Theatre; Mark Taper Forum; Center Stage; Arena Stage; La Jolla Playhouse; McCarter Theatre; Yale Repertory Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Cour D’Honneur du Palais des Papes (Avignon Festival): La Mouette; Abbey Theatre (Dublin): The Dead; Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), English National Opera at the Young Vic (London): The Lost Highway (dir. Diane Paulus); additional work in Austria, France, Norway, Russia, Singapore and Spain. OPERA: L.A. Opera: Il Postino (sets and costumes); San Francisco Opera: Appomattox; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Santa Fe Opera; Houston Grand Opera; New York City Opera; Opera Theatre St. Louis, among others. TEACHING: SUNY Purchase, Princeton University. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama.

  • Costume Designer
    Emily Rebholz

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Indecent; Dear Evan Hansen; Oh, HelloIf/Then; Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; Roundabout Theatre Company: The Robber Bridegroom; Lincoln Center Theater: The Who and the What; Stop Hitting Yourself; Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike; Brokeology; Off-Broadway: Public Theater (Shakespeare in the Park): The Tempest, Into the Woods; Signature Theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho; Second Stage: The Way We Get By, The Substance of Fire, The Last Five Years, The Bachelorette; Playwrights Horizons: Mr. Burns, The Call, The Shaggs, Philosophy of The World. NATIONAL TOURS: If/Then. REGIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse / Yale Repertory Theatre: Freaky FridayIndecent; Arena Stage: Dear Evan Hansen; Goodman Theatre: Another Word for Beauty. OPERA: Santa Fe Opera: Lucia Di LammermoorDon Giovanni; Opera Theatre of St. Louis: La Bohème, Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, Sweeney Todd; Opera Philadelphia: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird; Cincinnati Opera: Morning Star. TRAINING: Yale Drama School: MFA in Design; Northwestern University: BA in English.

  • Lighting Designer
    Chris Akerlind

    STC: Othello, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All, mainstage), Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Silent Woman. NEW YORK: Broadway: Indecent (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Waitress, The Last Ship, Rocky (Tony nomination), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination), Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110° in the Shade (Tony nomination), Talk Radio, Shining City, Awake and Sing (Tony nomination), Well, Rabbit Hole, In My Life, The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Reckless, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars (Tony nomination), among others. INTERNATIONAL: Hamburg, Germany: Rocky the Musical; Athens and Epidaurus Festival: Kafeneion. OPERA: Washington National Opera: Norma (dir. Anne Bogart), Champion, Deadman Walking; San Francisco Opera: Dolores Claiborne. AWARDS: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration.

  • Sound Designer
    Fitz Patton

    NEW YORK: Broadway: The Humans, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Father, Blackbird, Act of God, It’s Only a Play, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I’ll Eat You Last, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound; Off-Broadway: Prodigal Son. AWARDS: Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards for his design in When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (2010), Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for his work on The Other Place (2011). OTHER: Founding editor of Chance Magazine, a serialized art book on performance and design.

  • Sound Engineer
    Joel Abbott

    NEW YORK: Broadway Associate: Present Laughter; Off-Broadway Associate: Roundabout: Napoli, Brooklyn; Manhattan Theatre Club: Prodigal Son; Ars Nova: I Heard Sex Noises. REGIONAL: Bay St. Theatre: My Fair Lady (dir. Michael Arden); Yale Repertory: Owners, In a Year with 13 Moons (dir. Robert Woodruff); Actor’s Express: Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet; Serial Blackface; St. Michael’s Playhouse: Baskerville, You Can’t Take It with You, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spelling Bee, Boeing-Boeing, Blithe Spirit, Dames at Sea; Playhouse on Park: Proof, Passing Strange, Wit, Little Shop of Horrors, [Title of Show], I Hate Hamlet, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Importance of Being Earnest; Connecticut College: Carousel, Detroit; Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Spamalot; Yale Dramat: A Chorus Line, Spelling Bee; Allentown Shakespeare: Othello, The Comedy of Errors;Yale School of Drama: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus; Dad’s Garage Theatre: Theatresports, Carrie White the Musical, Lawrenceburg, Invasion: Our Town. SOUND INSTALLATIONS: Artspace New Haven: I Like the Sound of That; International Festival ofArts and Ideas: On Another Note. TELEVISION: Southern Charm, The Vampire Diaries. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama. WEB:

  • Original Fight Choreography
    Robb Hunter

    STC: Othello, Salomé, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, The Alchemist, The Winter’s Tale, Man of La Mancha (Asst. FD), Hamlet (Asst. FD). NEW YORK: Theatre Harlem: Love Child (world premiere); Black Spectrum Theatre: A Soldier’s Play; Chekhov Theatre Ensemble: Cyrano. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: King Hedley II, Ruined, Stick Fly, Noises Off, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Heidi Chronicles, et al.; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: An Octoroon, HIR, Zombie the American; Studio Theatre: Between Riverside and Crazy, Bad Jews, Belleville, Red Speedo, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Invisible Man, The Walworth Farce, Superior Donuts, American Buffalo, et al.; Olney Theatre: The Piano Lesson, Bus Stop, Oliver, et al.; Rep Stage; Washington Shakespeare; Baltimore Shakespeare; et al. OPERA: Washington National Opera: Carmen, Moby Dick, Hamlet, Don Giovanni; Regina Opera: Otello, Carmen, I Pagliacci. TELEVISION: Spin City (stunt double, Michael J. Fox). AWARDS: Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Choreography: An Octoroon, Red Speedo, The Walworth Farce; ACTF award, Fight Direction for Ubu Roi (American), Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowship to Russia. OTHER: Founder/CEO of Preferred Arms, Inc., Theatrical Weapons. TEACHING: American University: Artist in Residence. TRAINING: Virginia Commonwealth University: MFA Theatre Pedagogy; Certified Fight Director and Teacher for the Society of American Fight Directors.

  • Fights Redstaged
    Cliff Williams

    REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Disgraced, Gem of the Ocean, The Shoplifters, A Long Day’s Journey into Night and You Nero; Center Stage: As You Like It; Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Scene, Act A Lady, Six Years, Gem of the Ocean, Dracula; Washington National Opera: Porgy and Bess, Ballo in Maschera, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Anne Bolena, Tosca.  AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography of a Play (The Welders: Girl in the Red Corner). OTHER: Acting, directing and choreographing in the D.C. area for the past ten years. TRAINING: University of Alabama. WEB:

  • Resident Casting Director
    Carter C. Wooddell

    STC: Othello (FFA); The School for Lies; 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 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, Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford. RADIO: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson. TELEVISION: Sesame Workshop: The Electric Company, Pilot: 27 East. FILM: Premium Rush (Columbia Pictures), Junction (Choice Films). TEACHING: Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University, BFA and MFA acting students.

  • Literary Manager/Dramaturg
    Drew Lichtenberg

    STC: The School for Lies; Macbeth; 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: Salomé, 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

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Passing Strange; Lincoln Center Theatre: JUNK. Off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre; Public Theater; Atlantic Theater Company; Vineyard Theatre; Playwrights Horizons; Theatre for a New Audience. NATIONAL TOUR: Globe Theatre (London): King Lear; Kneehigh Theatre Company: Tristan & Yseult. REGIONAL: Berkeley Repertory Theatre (over 18 seasons): Notes From the Field Doing Time in Education and Let Me Down Easy, new works from Anna Deavere Smith, Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth, The Wild Bride (dir. Emma Rice), Tristan & Yesult (dir. Emma Rice), Arabian NightsThe Glass Menagerie, among many others; Arena Stage; Yale Repertory Theatre; Guthrie Theater; McCarter Theatre; Hartford Stage; Folger Theatre; American Conservatory Theater; The Broad Stage; Lookingglass Theatre Company. INTERNATIONAL: Kneehigh Theatre Company: Tristan & Yesult (stage manager replacement), Hello Hi There (production manager). OTHER (directing): If You Could See: The Alice Austen StoryMe and Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie, FêteBrides of the Moon, among others.

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

  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Rebecca Shipman

    STC: Othello (2017 Free For All); Production Assistant: Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; Romeo & Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free For All);Stage Management Fellow: The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All), As You Like It, The Metromaniacs, Man of La Mancha. REGIONAL: Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Henry V, Honk!, It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors;Jewel Theatre Company: One for the Road & The Lover. TRAINING: University of California Santa Cruz: BA in Theater Arts.

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

  • Casting Director
    Laura Stanczyk

    STC: The School for Lies; 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 School for Lies, 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: Producer, Red Bull Theater, Short New Play Festival; Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab (Member). TRAINING: The Julliard School. WEB:

  • Voice and Text Coach
    Lisa Beley

    STC: Othello (2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth, King Charles III ; ACA: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Coriolanus. 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 voice-overs; 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.

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Aug 15 - Aug 27

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

This performance contains gunfire.



The Free For All Community Partners

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The Phillip L. Graham Fund



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The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

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