Pericles - cast members

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Alan Coyne Fisherfolk/Bolt

Alan (he/him) has been a part of three San Francisco Shakespeare Festival school tours: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, and Macbeth. He has also worked with We Players (Caesar Maximus, Psychopomp), Livermore Shakespeare Festival (The Winter's Tale), Custom Made Theatre (The Braggart Soldier, Chess, Cloud 9), and Central Works (The Victorian Ladies' Detective Collective). In 2019, he brought his two-person clown adaptation, 2ELFth Night, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This November, his short play Kraken, or Keane & Doyle Are Dead (the 8th in the Keane & Doyle series) will appear at the San Francisco Olympians Festival XI.

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Amy Lizardo*+ Gower/Fisherfolk

Amy (she/her) is an actor, singer and teaching artist formerly based in the Bay Area. Amy is currently an acting company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her time in the bay, Amy appeared in A Christmas Carol, Men on Boats and The Unfortunates at American Conservatory Theatre, Party People and Moby Dick the Musical (workshop) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Once Upon A Rhyme (workshop) with Theatreworks Silicon Valley, The Tempest and Quixote Nuevo with California Shakespeare Theatre, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and many more. Amy has worked regionally with Arena Stage and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received her Masters degree in Theatre from San Jose State University.

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Anjali Pajjuri Fisherfolk/Lord/Ensemble

Anjali (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the wonderful cast of Pericles. As a rising senior attending Dublin High School, she is most often found performing with the Dublin High School Drama Department, where her recent ventures include participating in productions like Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. She also adores books and is a budding poet.

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Brock Looser Lord/Attendant/Ensemble

Brock (she/her) is honored to make her SF Shakes debut! She just graduated from NYU Tisch with her BFA in Drama with Honors, training at NSB and Stonestreet. Regional Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), The Secret Garden (Nurse / Mrs. Sowerby). Film: Even the Earth Is Dizzy (pre-prod), Don’t Say Vagina! (TIWFF), Sincerely, the Victims (NFFTY). NYU: The Wolves (#13), Hamlet (Claudius), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy). Additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: King Lear (Cordelia), Twelfth Night (Olivia). Apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Love to my fam! Gratitude for this incredible team! brocklooser.com

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Carolina Morones Marina

Carolina (she/her) is an Actor, Bilingual Teaching Artist and Producer focused on telling stories that empower through poetry and movement. Returning to Free Shakes in the Park as the Pre-Show, Audience Engagement Director and to play the role of Marina. In 2020 she was honored to be the Choreographer and Cultural Consultant for Octavio Solis’ Retablos: Life on the Border with Word For Word at ZSpace. Recently she played the roles of: Lucia in FADE, Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) InterPlay 2021; SF Shakes Takes On Shakes Program - Juliet, Takes on Romeo & Juliet; Titania, Takes on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ginny in Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, The Pear Theatre. Other credits include: She Persisted, the Musical and El Gato Ensombrerado at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at Townhall Theatre, Much Ado Para Nada at Shakespeare in Detroit.

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David Everett Moore*+ Helicanus/Pander

David (he/him) is excited and proud to return to the Free Shakes stage for the fifth time! David has worked with many Bay Area theaters, including Crowded Fire, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, African-American Shakespeare Company, Perspective Theater Company, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and Word for Word. Regional credits include work with Capital Stage (Sacramento), Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Some his previous favorite roles are Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet for SF Shakes, Addison in Safe House for Aurora Theatre Company, BJJ in An Octoroon for Capital Stage, and Black Man in We Are Proud To Present for Just Theater. David is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley, where he earned his BA in Theater and Performance Studies.

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Ezra Reaves Lysimachus

Ezra (they/them) is a non-binary actor, performer, comedian, singer and experimental theater artist. They've toured nationally and internationally with The Neo-Futurists, performed over 150 shows as the lead character in the immersive show The Speakeasy and have performed locally at Magic, Shotgun, NCTC, ACT, and SF Playhouse. As a comedian, Ezra has opened for Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins and even shared the stage with Michael Ian Black at SF Sketchfest. Ezra recently wrote, directed, and performed The Program with the SF Neo-Futurists, which had a sold out extended run! ezrareaves.com

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Gabriella Goldstein Thaliard/Lychordia

Gabriella (she/her) is thrilled to return to San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for this hybrid production of Pericles. She was seen as the Duke of Cornwall in the Festival's streaming production of King Lear last summer and has been blown away by this community's commitment to live storytelling. Some other Bay Area credits include, Nora in A Doll's House, Part 2 and Pat Nixon in Tea for Three at Palo Alto Players, Sarah Weddington in Roe at Foothill Theatre Arts, and Natalya in A Month in the Country, Ensemble in Democratically Speaking and Voices of the Earth at Stanford Repertory Theater. She has appeared in several TV/internet commercials and narrated romance novels for Audible.com. She received her training at The Juilliard School.

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Leontyne Mbele-Mbong* Thaisa

Leontyne (she/her) is delighted to return to SF Shakes where she was seen last season as Goneril in King Lear and previously as Gertrude in Hamlet. Additional credits include: Bull in a China Shop with the Aurora, Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Word for Word, and Macbeth with African-American Shakespeare Company. Other AASC favorites include the title role in Medea (TBA Award), and Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (TBA Award Finalist). Other favorites: Temple, Breakfast with Mugabe, Watch on the Rhine, Top Girls, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Fences, Andromache, Candide, Richard III (3 times), Twelfth Night, and Intimate Apparel (Mayme; ARTY Award, best supporting actress). leontynembele-mbong.com

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Malcolm Rodgers Antiochus/Leonine

Malcolm (he/his) is a Bay Area based actor and scenic designer. He was most recently seen as Michael in How to Transcend a Happy Marriage at Custom Made, and Iago in Livermore Shakespeare’s Othello. Recent roles elsewhere include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Grossman in These Shining Lives at RVP; Polixines in The Winter’s Tale, Sir Walter in Persuasion at Livermore Shakespeare; and George in The Speakeasy at Box Car Theater. Malcolm has acted/designed for CCCT, Arabian Shakespeare, Napa Valley Shakespeare, The Curtain Theatre, and the SF Shakespeare Festival. He studied performance and design at SFSU, and received his acting conservatory training at PCPA.

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Mary Ann Rodgers Daughter/Cerimon/Bawd

Mary Ann (she/her)last worked with SF Shakes on Hamlet in 2017 and is delighted to return! She has also worked with Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Napa Valley Shakespeare Festivals and theatres without Shakespeare in their names. Acting highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest, with Livermore Shakespeare Festival and a bilingual production of Much Ado About Nothing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with Symmetry Theatre. Mary Ann has received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for acting in Pack of Lies and directing The Cocktail Hour. She is grateful to share the Pericles journey with her husband, Malcolm Rodgers.

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Dionyza

Maryssa (they/she) is thrilled to virtually join the cast of Pericles. They have previously been seen on the SF Shakes stage in Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, and As You Like It. Other acting credits include As You Like It (California Shakespeare Theatre); Book Club Play, Breaking the Code (Jewel Theatre); Betrayal (Pear Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Good Person of Szechuan (Woman's Will). Wanlass is also passionate about social justice theatre and has directed at-risk young adults in Shakespeare plays and taught improv to California's maximum-security inmates. She is currently the Engagement Director for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

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Michael J. Asberry* Cleon

Michael (he/him) is excited to return to The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival where he previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Other theatre credits include A.C.T.; Aurora Theatre; Profile Theater; Best of Playground Festival; Center REPertory Company; Sacramento Theatre Company; Shotgun Players; Z Space; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; Alter Theater; Artists Repertory Theatre; Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; TheatreWorks; African-American Shakespeare Co. and the 6th Street Playhouse; Asberry also has Film (Free Byrd, San Andreas), Television (Chance, Trauma, Nash Bridges) and Voiceover experience (Pixar Animation, Clorox, Electronic Arts).

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Ron Chapman* Pericles

Ron (he/him) is a writer and actor who believes in the power and necessity of storytelling. He last appeared as Edmund in SF Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 production of King Lear.

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Tyrone Kenneth Wilson* Simonides

Tyrone (he/him) is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where he received his MFA in Acting and Middlebury College earning BA Honor Degrees in Theatre and Psychology. He has appeared in several films including Privilege; Directed by Yvonne Rainer, The Super with Joe Pesci and Stone Soup with Grace Zabriskie. Theatre audiences have seen Tyrone in the European Tour of Ajax directed by Peter Sellars, on Broadway in Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith and the US Tour with Julie Harris. Tyrone has performed in numerous Regional Theatres and spent the last 26 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.