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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Assembles All-Star Cast for Online Reading of Suzanne Bradbeer's "Shakespeare in Vegas"

Jul 10, 2020
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Broadway’s Contact, Curtains, Prince of Broadway and many more) and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hades in Broadway’s Hadestown) will head up a dynamic cast when TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a benefit online reading of "Shakespeare in Vegas," a rollicking comedy by Suzanne Bradbeer.

Presented by TheatreWorks’s New Works from Home program in partnership with Vegas Theatre Company, this sparkling comedy shines a spotlight on an unlikely pairing, as a wise guy producer with a dream and a despondent New York actor join forces in their attempt to bring the Bard of Avon to Sin City. Helmed by Las Vegas native and TheatreWorks’s Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli, Shakespeare in Vegas will be offered via video streaming from 6pm (PT), Thursday, July 23, 2020 until 6pm (PT), Monday, July 27, 2020.  A link to stream the show will be available at TheatreWorks.org for no charge, although donations are encouraged to support the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, which like theatres across America has been forced to cancel in-theatre performances to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.


"Shakespeare in Vegas" will be the first show streamed for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s New Works from Home program, part of its recently launched TheatreWorks from Home initiative. A virtual stage for the Silicon Valley-based company while its physical theatres remain dark, TheatreWorks from Home provides audiences access to a variety of new exclusive content including: Featured Works, streaming videos of new material and delightful throwbacks; We Are TheatreWorks, spotlighting artists and behind-the-scenes staff members and supporters; TheatreWorks Unforgettables, featuring highlights of previous shows and interviews with the company’s “unforgettable” artists; Leaning from Home, an educational outlet providing digital access to the company’s works for youth; Invest in Our Works, in which special events and other content are offered to supporters;  Conversations on Craft, spotlighting designers, painters, craftspeople (props and costumes), directors, music directors, choreographers, dressers and more; and Fun from Home, with interactive games and challenges. New Works from Home will continue presenting online workshop readings of new works throughout the summer, including the streamed production of Laurel Ollstein’s "Pandora."


Director Sardelli has assembled a stellar cast of Broadway and Bay Area actors including Karen Ziemba, Patrick Page, Melissa WolfKlain, Adrienne Kaori Walters, and Nican Robinson. Karen Ziemba stars as Margot, an underappreciated New York actor. Ziemba has appeared in eleven Broadway shows, including Contact, Curtains, The Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway The Musical, Chicago, Crazy for You, and A Chorus Line. She received the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award for her performance in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre, and she’s garnered three Tony nominations, The Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Bay Area Theatre Critics, and Joseph Jefferson Award for her performances on Broadway and beyond.


Starring as Vegas impresario Tony in "Shakespeare in Vegas," Patrick Page played Hades in Broadway’s 2019 Tony and Grammy Award-winning "Hadestown," a performance for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

Melissa WolfKlain plays Colette, a Vegas actor and exotic dancer. Recently seen as Mary in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s World Premiere of "Pride and Prejudice," WolfKlain’s other performances with the company include the World Premiere of "Tinyard Hil"l and TheatreWorks New Works Festival workshops of "Pride and Prejudice," "Caraboo," and "Asphalt Beach." Receiving a 2019 TBA Award nomination for Dames at Sea at 42nd Street Moon, she also won SFBATCC Awards for her performances in Broadway by the Bay’s Singin’ in the Rain and Crazy for You.


Adrienne Kaori Walters plays eager newcomer Merrie Jo. Walters also was seen as Wendy in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s "Peter and the Starcatcher" and in its New Works Festival productions of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Norman Rockwell’s America," Walters has also performed in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Ground Floor and at San Francisco Playhouse, Aurora Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, City Lights Theatre Company, Los Altos Stage Company, Hillbarn Theatre, Shotgun Players, and Foothill Music Theatre.


Nican Robinson plays Mike, a loveable newcomer, and Buck, a man with a vendetta against Tony. Robinson has appeared at regional theatres across the country including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Artist Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, Crowded Fire Theater, and PlayGround.


Suzanne Bradbeer (Playwright) is a playwright, librettist, and children’s story writer. Her plays include Confederates (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley) Shakespeare in Vegas (Playwrights Theater of New Jersey/Dreamcatcher Rep, Spring Street Studios, 4th Wall Theatre Company), The House That Jack Built (finalist for the Stanley Drama Award), The Sleeping Girl, Naked Influence (winner of Capital Rep’s NEXT ACT! New Play Festival), Full Bloom (published by Smith & Kraus), and The God Game (winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival.

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Photo caption: Katherine Hamilton performs in an online reading of Suzanne Bradbeer's "Shakespeare in Vegas," streamed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley July 23 -27, 2020. (Photo courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley)


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