Stage Talk Preview: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Threshold Repertory Theatre’s summer Shakespeare workshop is kicking off its 5th year and bringing the laughs with it. The Bard’s Love’s Labor’s Lost is being brought to the stage with a modern, Charleston flair. With word play and physical humor in abundance, this is a very approachable show and a great way to introduce newcomers to Shakespeare to all that makes him a classic. Give a listen as I get to chat with the cast and director of this special production.

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CAST

Cameron A. Tubbs (King) – Cameron is a theatre graduate from the College of Charleston. He has previously appeared in Folly Beach at PURE Theatre, Macbeth at the Woolfe St. Playhouse, A Streetcar Named Desire at Footlight Players, Cabaret at What If! Productions, and The Taming of the Shrew at Threshold Repertory. He recently produced and directed his own work in I Killed Batman and RING.

Maggie Borden (Princess of France) – Maggie is extremely excited to be back at Threshold for the Summer Shakespeare Workshop. She was last seen in Threshold’s production of Romeo and Juliet. She would like to that Danielle for this wonderful opportunity, as well as, the cast and crew for all of their hard work.

David Soyka (Berowne) – David Soyka is a graduate Theatre major of the College of Charleston. This is his first community theatre show in Charleston, and he hopes to get in to grad school next year.

Chip Miller (Longaville) – Chip is a senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre. His previous performance credits include the College’s productions of Lovers and Players and The Secret Garden. He is thrilled to be performing in his first production with Threshold Rep.

Jessica Edwards (Maria) – Jessica moved to Charleston last year after graduating from Converse College with a degree in Theatre and English. In her twelve years of theatre making, she has worked both onstage and behind the scenes. Her recent credits include The Tempest, Antigone, and A Wrinkle In Time (at Threshold). She intends to pursue graduate school in the next two years for teaching theatre at the college level.

Miriam Kirshtein (Dumaine) – Miriam is a rising senior at Charleston Collegiate School, and has done many school plays, including; The Rainmaker, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and The Monkey’s Paw. Love’s Labour’s Lost is her first play with Threshold Rep, as well as, her first Shakespeare play.

Katte Noel (Katherine) – Katte Noel is a sophomore Theatre major at College of Charleston. She last appeared in Ring here at Threshold. At CofC, she appeared in Ajax in Iraq and The Secret Garden. Other credits include The Crucible, Auntie Mame, and Nunsense.

McKenzie Quinn-Barnett (Boyet/Jaquenetta) – McKenzie is now a sophomore studying theatre performance and arts management at the College of Charleston. She was last seen in Under the Lights for Piccolo Spoleto. Last year she performed in Ensemble with Centerstage and Ajax in Iraq on the college Mainstage.

Vincent Cellini (Armado) – Vince Cellini is a man who lives on the east side of downtown Charleston. He was last seen in Nick’s Bar-B-Q behind the bar. He is extremely thankful to the universe and the outstanding director for the opportunity to be involved with this production.

Charlotte Leinbach (Moth) – Charlotte Leinbach is a junior theatre performance major at the College of Charleston. She was last seen in Lovers and Players at the College. She would like to thank her parents for their support, Courtney, Mike, and everyone at Threshold, and would especially like to Danielle for giving her this wonderful opportunity.

John Bryan (Costard) – John was born many many years ago under mysterious circumstances. He studied Advance Shark Whispering at University and is planning on completing his Masters. He is typically nocturnal and can often be found hunting small prey such as mice and other small rodents from the tree tops. He has been involved in the Threshold Shakespeare productions for three consecutive shows and has thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew for Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Fred Hutter (Holofernes) – Fred has appeared previously at Threshold in The Crucible, The Mousetrap, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also been a dialect coach for numerous Threshold shows. Fred has also worked with several other theater companies in the low country. Most recently, he was see at Midtown Productions in The End of the Rainbow.

Mike Kordek (Technical Director/Lighting Designer/Sound Designer/Set Designer/Nathaniel) – Mike started in the theatre at the ripe old age of 5 in a production of The Hobbit and has been involved in theatre ever since. Over the years he has been involved in all aspects of theatre; directing, acting, stage managing, and everything in between. Some of his more favorite roles on stage include Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Santa in Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, and hanging upside down by his feet as James in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Most recent acting credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Mike is proud to be involved with Threshold and is thankful to Pam Galle for giving him the opportunity to showcase his talents. Mike has been recently described by other artist as technical guru extraordinaire and the engineering whisper.

Allison Arvay (Dull/Forester/Marcade/Ad)- Allison, a 2010 Theater graduate from CofC and resident actor, has previously been seen on the Threshold stage as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap. Most recently she was seen last year as Julia in A Delicate Balance at South of Broadway Theater and as Gretchen in Trust, directed by Michael Smallwood at Crabpot Theater. This will be her last performance in Charleston before she moves to Virginia with her future wife Danielle A. Festa, of whom she is VERY proud.

DIRECTOR

Daniela A. Festa (Director) Danielle graduated with a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, during which time she also studied at the Theatre Academy London. Since moving to Charleston Danielle has been a contributing artist for Threshold’s Summer Shakespeare since its inception in 2012. After appearing as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Viola in Twelfth Night, she moved to Language and Diction for Threshold’s Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. This is Danielle’s directorial debut in Charleston. She is very honored and privileged for the opportunity to grow as an artist with Threshold Rep. Danielle will be moving to Virginia this fall to begin her graduate work in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College.

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.

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