Play On! Shakespeare Festival

Jeff was a member of the acting company that performed in the 39 readings of all Shakespeare’s works from the Play on! Shakespeare translation project over the course of one month at Classic Stage Company in NYC. May 29th 2019 to June 30th, 2019.

Each company member rehearsed and performed in one reading each week. Here are the five that Jeff took part in:

Titus Andronicus

Playwright – Amy Freed
Director – John Doyle
Cast – Raffi Barsoumian, Tina Benko, Jeff Biehl, Danaya Esperanza, Tasso Feldman, Jerome Preston Bates, Julian Remulla, Allison Strickland, Marie Thomas, Tramell Tillman

Edward III

Playwright – Octavio Solis
Director – Lillian Groag –
Cast – Cynthia Bastidas, Tina Benko, Jeff Biehl, Anthony Cochrane, Francesca Faridany, Paul Kite, Jeremy Lawrence, Brooke Parks, Miguel Perez, David Ryan Smith

Cast and Creatives of Henry V

Henry V

Playwright – Lloyd Suh
Director – Ralph Pena
Cast – Jordan Barbour, Jeff Biehl, Nat Cassidy, Flor de Liz Perez, Vivia Font, Mia Katigbak, Kimber Lee, Andy Lucien, Bobby Moreno, Paco Tolson, Chinaza Uche

Timon of Athens

Playwright – Kenneth Cavander
Director – Andy Wolk
Cast – Jerome Preston Bates, Cynthia Bastidas, Jeff Biehl, Yvette Monique Clark, Anthony Cochrane, Dillon Heape, David Huynh, Kevin Kilner, Abraham Makany, Zo Sakamoto, Amanda Sykes

Pericles

Playwright – Ellen McLaughlin
Director – Lisa Rothe
Cast – Jeff Biehl, Benjamin Bonenfant, Nat Cassidy, Nemuna Ceesay, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Michael Gabriel Goodfriend, Bianca Leigh, Genesis Oliver, Brooke Parks, Blake Russell, David Ryan Smith, Allison Strickland

“Play On Shakespeare in partnership with Classic Stage Company and Oregon Shakespeare Festival presented 39 readings from the Play on! Shakespeare translation project. OSF commissioned 36 playwrights—more than half are women and more than half are playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg—to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary modern English to celebrate the enduring impact of the Bard’s plays. These commissions challenge the playwrights to bring the same level of dramatic pressure and rigor of language to their work as is present in the originals, deepening our understanding and engagement with Shakespeare.