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Production Information

CORIOLANUS

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort

TEXAS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
KILGORE, TX

Design / Production Team

Set and Properties Design

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Fight Director

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Technical Director

Brian Ruggaber

Joel Ebarb

Anthony Galaska

Jeremy Reynolds

David M. Holmes

Stacey Flores

Tabitha Gutshall

Chad Kolbe

CAST

The Romans

Caius Martius, later Coriolanus

 

Volumnia, his mother

Virgilia, his wife

Young Martius, his son

 

Cominius, a general

Titus Lartius, an officer

Menenius, a patrician

First Senator

 

Valeria, a noblewoman

 

Citizens of Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brutus, a tribune of the people

Sicinius, a tribune of the people

 

Aediles, civilian guards

 

 

Roman Soldiers

 

 

 

1st Messenger

2nd Messenger

 

The Volscians

Aufidius, a general

 

Volscian Senators

 

 

Lieutenant

 

Volscian Soldiers

 

 

Volscian Lords

 

 

A Citizen of Antium

 

Servingmen

 

 

 

Watch

 

Conspirators

 

Mic Matarrese

 

Ellen Karsten

Maggie Kettering

Austin Head

 

Mark D. Hines

Nathan Emmons

Scott Shattuck

John Knauss

 

Julie Ann McMillan

 

David M. Holmes

Kelsey J. Nash

Thomas Meaney

Andre Martin

Nathan Kaufman

Julie Ann McMillan

William Elsman *

 

Eric Shoen

Rhydwyn Davies

 

Andre Martin

Nathan Kaufman

 

David M. Holmes

Thomas Meaney

William Elsman*

 

William Elsman*

Kelsey J. Nash

 

 

Arthur Lazalde

 

Nathan Kaufman

Andre Martin

 

David M. Holmes

 

Andre Martin

Nathan Kaufman

 

William Elsman*

Nathan Emmons

 

John Knauss

 

David M. Holmes

Nathan Kaufman

Thomas Meaney

 

William Elsman*

 

Andre Martin

Thomas Meaney

Kelsey J. Nash

*  members of Actors Equity Association

Reviews

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Two plays in Kilgore fest make it worth the drive

– “Compares favorably to the rendition we caught two weeks ago ... which is saying something, if one considers the larger company enjoys an annual budget 100 times more ($50 million vs. less than $500,000)”

– “Director Gregg W. Brevoort kept the action briskly cogent”

– “Sharp intelligence”

– “A stroke of casual brilliance”

 

PROGRAM NOTES

The production history of Coriolanus, relatively thin in comparison to Shakespeare’s other tragedies, have put the play into two camps:  Coriolanus as a strictly political play – or – Coriolanus as a more human drama, a tragedy of personality and psychology.  Rehearsing the play here in Kilgore we have found it, of course, to be both.

The political context of the play, involving class struggle, warfare and power politics, keeps the momentum of the play energetic and forward-moving.  The tensions of the play are quickly introduced and excitingly developed.  It is Shakespeare at his most gripping, at his dramatic best.

Yet, the characters involved, rich and complex as they are, take us on a deeply personal journey, as well - and soon we see that the political crisis and the personal crisis ingeniously coincide.

Coriolanus’ journey becomes one of transformation and metamorphosis, as he battles his own upbringing and questions his own nature.  The welfare of the state teeters in that questioning.

In Coriolanus, we have some of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters.  Volumnia, the mother, may very well be one of Shakespeare’s great female roles.  She begs comparison with Lady Macbeth, of course, one ambitious for her husband, Volumnia ambitious for her son.  And while Freudians the world over have been looking to Hamlet and his mother, Gertrude - wait until you meet Volumnia!  The mother-son relationship in Coriolanus could fill psychology text-books for generations to come!

So while it may feel like a political play, The Tragedy of Coriolanus is a penetrating work in that it goes much deeper.  Not known for its soaring poetry, it nevertheless soars emotionally, and makes Coriolanus an exhilarating piece of theatre.

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