“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | DIRECTED BY KYLER TAUSTIN
The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour, As You Like It. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down. Performed under the stars in idyllic outdoor venues, As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in a can’t-miss multi-state tour.
Margaret is thrilled to return to Brown Box for her fourth production. Previous productions include The Hotel Nepenthe, the gravedigger in Hamlet, and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew. Other favorite credits include Katherine in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hermia in Midsummer with Commonwealth Shakespeare, Elizabeth in How Soft the Lining with Bad Habit, and roles in both Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little with Wheelock Family Theater. A proud graduate of Emerson College, Margaret is also a fight choreographer whose work has been seen on both collegiate and professional stages.
Drew Cleveland (Orlando)
Drew grew up on the scenic coast of Maine and now resides in Cambridge, MA. He graduated from Gordon College in 2017 with a degree in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. Post- graduation, he enrolled in the directing apprenticeship at Gloucester Stage Company. Some of his favorite roles include The Ragpicker in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Owen in Translations, and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. Drew adores writing, good music, film and theatre. He is overjoyed to be performing as Orlando in Brown Box’s production of As You Like It. Thank you to my loving parents and girlfriend for supporting me.
Austyn Davis (Celia)
Austyn is thrilled to be joining Brown Box Theatre Project on their Summer Shakespeare Tour for a third time! She graduated from Emerson College with degree Acting and a minor in Dance. Recent credits include: Enough & Enough Jr. (Paradise Moves), Cymbeline (Brown Box Theatre Project), The Winter’s Tale (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), The Taming of the Shrew (Brown Box Theatre Project), Clubland: The Monster Pop Party (Club Oberon), and Dancing at Lughnasa (Emerson Stage). She is also a member of Paradise Moves, a collective focused on creating discourse through movement -based storytelling.
James Wechsler (Touchstone)
James is a Boston-based actor with a B.F.A. in theatre performance from Salem State University. Recent credits include Cecile in Dangerous Liaisons (The Nora*), Polonius in Hamlet (Brown Box), and D in Peerless (Company One). He is the 2014 recipient of the KCACTF Region 1 Acting Fellowship, and received a national award from the Kennedy Center for his performance in “Kafka in Tel Aviv” that same year. James is excited to be able to bring free Shakespeare to all corners of Boston and Delmarva for a third year and would like to thank Brown Box for their dedication and commitment to that goal.
Jesse Garlick (Jaques)
Jesse is thrilled to be returning to Brown Box after previously appearing in Hamlet. Off-Broadway credits: Good (PTP/NYC). Regional credits: A Christmas Carol, Journey to the West, Arcadia (Central Square Theatre) Good, Assassins (New Repertory Theatre) Salome (Bridge Rep), Beowulf (Poets Theatre), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Classical Repertory Company), Who Would Be King, Yellow Bird Chase, Talk to Strangers, Irresistible (Liars&Believers). Jesse is a faculty member at Boston Ballet’s ECI Department as well as a co-founder of 360 Dance Ensemble. Jesse holds a BFA in acting from Boston University as well as having attended the Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Lizzie Milanovich (Phebe)
Lizzie is delighted to be working with Brown Box again, after previously appearing in The Taming of the Shrew and Boxer Shorts. As an actor, she has worked with Huntington Theatre Company, Central Square Theater, Greater Boston Stage Company, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Bad Habit Productions, Theatre on Fire, Flat Earth Theatre, The 1-Minute-Play-Festival, and the Boston Theatre Marathon. She also works as a teacher and dialect coach. She was named one of Boston’s Top-25-Under-25 by the Improper Bostonian in 2016 and she holds a BA in theatre studies from Emerson College. @lizovich & lizziemilanovich.com
MacMillan Leslie (Silvius)
MacMillan is a Boston based actor, director, and teacher. He received his degree in performance and directing from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Most recent credits include Greece! (The Gold Dust Orphans), Romeo (The Wellesley Repertory Theatre), From The Sea To Somewhere Else,Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare Now), Clown Bar (Theatre on Fire). He is overjoyed to be making his debut with Brown Box Theatre Project! More about Mac at macmillanleslie.com
Ben Heath (Oliver)
Ben is an actor and fight choreographer in the Boston area and is returning for his fourth Brown Box Shakespeare tour! He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Acting. Recent area credits include Rick in Six Degrees of Separation (Bad Habit Productions), Guiderius in Cymbeline (Brown Box Theatre Project), and Horatio in Hamlet (Brown Box Theatre Project).
Spencer Palri Tew (Duke Senior)
Spencer is overjoyed to be working on his third production with Brown Box, having previously played King Hamlet’s Ghost in last year’s production of Hamlet and Henry Harry in their tour of Brilliant Traces. Originally from Indiana, Spencer moved to Boston to obtain his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University which he completed in May of 2015. His favorite credits while attending BU included Shining City (John), Machinal (George H. Jones), and The Castle of Perseverance (Mankind). Some of his favorite post-graduate non-Brown Box credits include Anthem Theatre Company’s productions of The Merry Way (Maelgywn), and Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (Malvolio). As well as one of New Rep’s Classic Repertory Summer tours of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) and Arts After Hours production of The Texas Chainsaw Musical (Eddy Gee) for which he and the cast were chosen to record the official Soundtrack.
Patrick Vincent Curran (Duke Frederick)
Patrick is thrilled to be returning to Brown Box! Previous credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream (Oberon), and Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet). Was seen last as The Poet in An Iliad (Homer in the Wild) as it toured the east coast. Boston credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged (Hub Theatre Company of Boston), A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions), Bouncers (Stickball Productions), The Memorandum (Flat Earth Theatre Company. Film and television include; Louie (FX network), Gotham (Fox), Daddy’s Home 2, I Feel Pretty. Patrick graduated from Emerson College and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Chris Kandra (Corin/Charles)
Chris is thrilled to be involved with Brown Box Theatre Project for the first time. A recent graduate with a BFA from Salem State University, Chris has most recently been on tour with Classic Repertory’s productions of Othello (Cassio) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Atticus Finch). Formerly Chris was on tour with Speak About It; a non profit show aimed at educating against and eliminating sexual assault. Chris is excited to keep up the touring lifestyle, and bring storytelling and theatre to more and more places!
Khyati Sehgal (Amiens/Adam)
This is Khyati’s first show with Brown Box Theatre Project. She is a recent BFA Acting graduate from Emerson College. Previous Emerson credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle and NewFest. She would like to thank her mother and father for their love and support.
Kyler Taustin (Director) is the co-founder of Brown Box Theatre Project and has served as the Executive Artistic Director since its founding. Originally hailing from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kyler has first hand knowledge of challenges faced by those living in areas where cultural opportunities are limited and distance is a barrier to access of the arts. Kyler received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and soon thereafter founded Brown Box Theatre Project to return home to invigorate a culturally vibrant community in his hometown. For Brown Box, Kyler directed all 6 installments of Outdoor Free Shakespeare (Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Romeo and Juliet, and TwelfthNight). Contemporary productions Kyler directed include BrilliantTraces, LabRats, Echoes, TwoWrongs, The Nina Variations, Some Explicit Polaroids, and Two Rooms. As part of the Boxer Shorts series, Kyler directed Capricho, Play, and Talk to Me Like the Rain. Kyler was the co-director for both devised bi-lingual collaborations with Brown Box’s Mexican sister company Ícaro Compañia Teatral (When We Lived Together in the Belly of the Whale; No Soy Lo Que Soy). Kyler is honored to lead Brown Box as it strives to serve communities up and down the east coast as it has his home region.
Ashley Cabral – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Ashley Cabral holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She loves her job working with children on the Autism Spectrum as a Behavioral Therapist. After a long hiatus from the theatre world, Ashley is thrilled to be a part of the Brown Box administrative team.
Alex Lonati – PRODUCER
Alex Lonati (Associate Producer): Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Journalism from Emerson College, where she spent four years hosting Standing Room Only, the Best of Broadway and Beyond, on 88.9 WERS. She is currently on the administrative staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company on the board of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, and in the Arts Administration Masters program at Boston University. Alex was named the Greater Boston Theatre Community Member of the Year by ArtsImpulse in 2016.
Angela Harrington – STAGE MANAGER
Angela is thrilled to be working with Brown Box for the first time! Angela is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University. Her previous Stage Management credits include The Swan (SM), Closet Land (ASM), Alice in Wonderland (SM), Shrek the Musical (SM), Mary Poppins (ASM), Beauty and the Beast (SM), An Awfully Big Adventure (SM), Slasrever Neves (ASM), and Seussical (ASM.) She has been nominated for the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival Region 1 four times as a Stage Manager. In 2017, she presented her work on Immersive theatre at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She would like to thank her family and Will for their love and support.
Ryan Blaney – SOUND DESIGNER
Ryan received his BFA in design from Salem State University. He was the sound designer and composer for Towards Zero and Driving Miss Daisy at the Barnstormers during their 2017 summer season as well as the audio engineer Winthrop Playmakers Reefer Madness. Ryan has also been a part of the USITT sound lab internship program as well as training with Cirque du Soleil and Meyer Sound. He received the Excellence in Sound Design Award from KCACTF from Region 1 and continued on to the National festival in Washington D.C. in April of 2017 and received First Place with the KCACTF National Excellence in Sound Design Award. In addition he also attended Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas and received the audio seal.
Drew O'Connor – MASTER CARPENTER
Drew is excited to be working with Brown Box for the third time, having previously worked on Broadway Jukebox and The Hotel Nepenthe. He teaches Audio Production and Technical Theatre and Franklin High School in Franklin, MA. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BM in Music Education and Music Composition. He completed graduate work at New York University in Music Technology. He is currently enrolled at Boston University’s MM in Music Education Program. He is a lifelong theatre lover and teaching technical theatre is the best part of his day. Thanks to Alex’s Mom for the introduction to Brown Box!
Connor O'Brien – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Connor is thrilled to be working with the Brown Box Theatre Project for the second time, having previously worked on their productions of Broadway Jukebox, The Hotel Nepenthe, and Hamlet. He recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Theatre Studies with a concentration in production. There he got the opportunity to be the Master Electrician for numerous department productions including Middletown, Vinegar Tom, and Mr. Burns: A post electric play, to name a few. He is also an original member of the Northeastern Shakespeare Society. Recently he was also the Assistant Lighting Designer on Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage Co. He can mostly be found working as a freelance technician around town.
Chelsea Kerl – COSTUME DESIGNER
Chelsea is pleased to be back with Brown Box for her eighth show, having previously designed Hamlet, Cymbeline, Brilliant Traces, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Chelsea has been a freelance costume designer in the Boston area since receiving her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University in 2014; she previously attended the University of Maryland, where she received degrees in both Theatre and English. Select recent credits include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Wellesley Repertory Theatre), Warrior Class (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), Big Love (Brandeis University), and Assassins (New Repertory Theatre). Chelsea is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and adjunct costume professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com
Abby Shenker – SCENIC + PROPERTIES DESIGNER
Abby is excited for her second Brown Box production, after designing The Hotel Nepenthe in March. Abby is a freelance scenic designer and props master. She works throughout the greater Boston area for a variety of professional companies, including The Nora Theatre Company (The Revolutionists),Actors’ Shakespeare Project (Exit the King), SpeakEasy Stage (Shakespeare in Love, Men On Boats), and more. She is a graduate of Emerson College.