2017 Summer Company is Announced!
OSP Announces Cast for 2017 Season
It’s no doubt that Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s 2017 line up is hot. “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Hamlet” are two big titles audiences can choose from this summer. Rounding out the season are two outstanding comedies, “Private Lives” by Noel Coward and “Or,” by up and coming playwright, Liz Duffy Adams.
If you’ve been wondering how the cast list might measure up to these big titles, wonder no more: The 33rd season boasts a cast of returning favorites, Oklahoma stage mainstays and white-hot up-and-comers.
Among the highlights, says Executive/Artistic Director Kathryn McGill are leading performances from Shakespeare heavyweight Luke Eddy taking on the title role in Hamlet and OSP favorite Wil Rogers playing all the male characters in “Or,”.
"I’m super excited about the cast we’ve put together this summer,” McGill says. “We worked really hard to assemble a terrific group of talented performers, those familiar to OSP audiences as well as new soon to be favorites.
One of those new favorites is Greg White, who is known primarily for his work at Lyric Theatre and as chair of the musical theatre department at the University of Central Oklahoma. “We have wanted to work with Greg for many years and were delighted when he was available this summer”, said McGill. Greg will be playing Elyot Chase in “Private Lives”.
This summer’s productions are packed to the gills with beloved Oklahoma actors
including OSP company members Jodi Nestander as Kate in “The Taming of the Shrew”, Michael Gibbons (who also serves as Managing Director) as Baptista in “The Taming of the Shrew” and David Fletcher-Hall taking on the role of Victor in “Private Lives”.
This summer’s standouts aren’t just in front of the audience—they’re also backstage. OSP Costume Designer Robert Pittenridge returns this summer to design “Or,” and co-design “Hamlet” and Costume designer Andy Wallach steps in to design “The Taming of the Shrew” “Private Lives” and co-designs “Hamlet”. Company member and production manager, Ben Hall will lend his set designing talents to both the indoor and outdoor stages this summer.
And in its traditional nod to Oklahoma’s rich well of student talent, OSP has tapped some budding actors from all three major universities. BFA candidates Weston Vrooman (Taming of the Shrew- Tranio) and Suzy Weller (Taming of the Shrew- Bianca) both from the University of Oklahoma, Julia Waits (Hamlet-Ophelia) from Oklahoma City University and Miguel Dooley (Taming of the Shrew- Phillip) from the University of Central Oklahoma.