Booking and details
Dates January 19, 20 and 21, 2023
Tickets $25 for all 4 readings for $25, $50 All access pass for all 4 readings and all pre-performance talks, Morning coffee, and more!
Celebrating New Theater in the New Year
Featuring works inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare
The Reading Room 2023 plays include:
A Room in the Castle by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Eddie DeHais, Michele Osherow, dramaturg
How does a woman survive the court of Denmark? A Room in the Castle re the stories of the women of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Julius X by Al Letson, directed by Nicole Brewer, John Proctor III, dramaturg
Set in 1965, Julius X intermixes the lives of Julius Caesar and slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, re-envisioning Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar with a new perspective.
Our Verse in Time to Come by Malik Work and Karen Ann Daniels, in collaboration with and directed by Devin E. Haqq, John Proctor III, dramaturg
Inspired by the works and words of Shakespeare, Our Verse in Time to Come bridges the past with the present and asks whose stories should remain and who’s responsible for their survival?
World premiere Folger Theatre commission
Hamlet bilingual adaption by Reynaldo Piniella and Emily Lyon, translation by Christin Eve Cato, directed by Tatiana Pandiani
Hamlet is a Black, Latinx prince in this radical bilingual reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, with text infused by the Spanish spoken in present-day New York City.
Each reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwrights, directors, members of the press and scholars.
Karen Ann Daniels
Karen Ann Daniels
Director Of Programming and Artistic Director, Folger Theatre
Before joining the Folger as the Director of Programming/Artistic Director of Folger Theatre in 2021, Karen Ann Daniels was director of the Mobile Unit at The Public Theater in NYC, touring Mobile Unit productions across all five boroughs of NY and launching new programs such as Mobile Unit In Corrections which brings the tools of theater into the lives of incarcerated communities.
Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list thrice including 2022/23. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a playwright, screenwriter, musical book writer and children’s author who lives in San Francisco. She graduated from NYU Tisch as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. LaurenGunderson.com
Al Letson is a playwright, screenwriter, actor and journalist. Letson hosts Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, an award winning news program heard on over 500 NPR stations and over 1 million podcast downloads a month. As a journalist he’s been awarded three Peabodys and an Emmy. His theater work has appeared Off Broadway and on stages across the country. Letson has written for several television shows with various networks including AMC, APPLE TV, and HULU. He continues to write, develop and tell new stories, for both broadcast and live audiences. Alletson.com
Emily Lyon is an award-winning Brooklyn-based director and story editor. Her work shapes stories to have the most impact, particularly focusing on the importance of language and communication. Feminism, climate change, media ecology, and digital privacy are amongst her key issues. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Hedgepig Ensemble, where she is curating the Expand the Canon project – a call to action for classical theaters to include women’s work and right the narrative of history. In March 2020, Emily was part of the first U.S. cohort of the Creative Climate Leadership, created by Julie’s Bicycle and hosted at Biosphere 2, which engaged a wide range of artists in how to tell powerful climate change stories. Previous projects include: co-creating the Social Impact Writers Lab, gamifying environmental justice as part of the Civilians R&D Group, and creating comedic shorts around the perils of facial recognition. In response to the 2016 election, she created and produced How We Hear, a theatrical piece looking at political debates through US history in search of returning nuance to our divisive conversations. Inspired by Neil Postman and media ecology, she tells stories that interrogate our media systems and cultural narratives/assumptions.
In 2015, Emily was a recipient of the Drama League Directing Fellowship and a Geva Theatre Directing Fellow. She has joined the Drama League as a Media Associate, helping to shape their voice and image, and serves as their Captain for the Broadway Green Alliance. https://www.emilyalyon.com/
Reynaldo Piniella is an actor, writer and director from East New York, Brooklyn. He was seen on Broadway in Trouble in Mind (Roundabout) and Thoughts of a Colored Man (Golden Theatre). He received the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship from Theatre Communications Group, the Thomas Barbour award for Playwriting, the All Stars Project Fellowship for Young Artists of Color and a Broadway World award for Best Actor for his performance in Thoughts of A Colored Man at Baltimore Center Stage. American Theatre magazine called him “a Theatre Worker You Should Know” and he is an alumni of the Civilians R&D Group and a current member of the AFO Solo Collective and New Victory Theater’s LabWorks. TV credits include Reservation Dogs, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, The Carrie Diaries, Louie, Us & Them, Greenleaf, Sneaky Pete, NYC 22 and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Film credits include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.), Broken City (20th Century FOX), One Percent More Humid (Tribeca Film Festival) and Madeline’s Madeline (Sundance Film Festival). His theater work includes The Death of the Last Black Man, Venus (Signature Theatre Company), The Skin Of Our Teeth (Theatre for A New Audience) and Lockdown (Rattlestick). https://www.reynaldopiniella.com/
Actor-writer-musician Malik Work is a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking music conglomerate known for bringing the NYC jazz and hip hop communities together for albums, events, and projects that transformed the culture of both.
Nicole Brewer is a proud member of SDC. She is critically aware of the impact of racism in the industry and centers her directing practice in anti-racism. Directing credits: The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy of Classical Acting, Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror at Baltimore Center Stage and The Long Wharf as well as numerous projects as a guest director at colleges and universities across North America. Ms. Brewer is on faculty in the acting department at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. She earned her M.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University and her B.F.A. from Howard University. Nicole shares her anti-racist theatre approach to theaters and institutions all over the country, Canada and the UK. Nicole is a proud mother of three. She is grateful for her community whose support allows her to continue to pursue her artistic bliss.
Eddie DeHais is a Franco-American transgender director, choreographer, writer, and visual artist. Raised bi-culturally between New York and France, Eddie works internationally in theater and opera, reimagining classics and developing new plays, musicals, and operas. They create epic, transformational, visceral experiences that catalyze fierce compassion and vulnerable curiosity across all boundaries. Recent work includes working as the Choreographic and Intimacy Consultant at the Paris Opera Bastille on their new production of Salome, a workshop at the Seattle Rep of the musical Here & Their, and a workshop centered on disability and blindness of Charlie German’s Happy Birthday Jay, You C*nt at the 14st Y. Upcoming work includes their own original translation and adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Book-It Repertory Theater, Hedwig at ArtsWest, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Seattle Shakespeare, and directing for the web-series Dirty Jew, filming in NYC. They also were recently awarded a grant from the San Diego Opera to develop an original adaptation of Metropolis. Eddie has their MFA in Directing from Brown University.
Devin E. Haqq
Devin E. Haqq
Devin E. Haqq is an Emmy nominated producer, a member of the Fiasco Theater Acting Company, an IFP alumni, and a Finalist for the HBOAccess 2020 Directing Fellowship. His feature film, Ambition’s Debt, won the 2017 Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and the 2018 Paul Robeson Award Honorable Mention at the Newark Black Film Festival. Recently, Devin produced the short film Cupids, directed by Zoey Martinson, which had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the 8:46 Films Initiative sponsored by Procter & Gamble (2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee). Cupids has since gone on to play at some of the top film festivals around the world, including Woodstock, Cambridge, Chicago International Film Festival (Gold Hugo Award Nominee), Riverrun, The American Pavilion at Cannes, and recently aired on CBS & BET networks. His latest short film project, The Mark, was nominated for Best Horror at the Academy qualifying 2020 LA Shorts International Film Festival and won Best Narrative Short at the 2021 Atlanta Shortsfest. Devin made his stage directorial debut in 2020 with a much-celebrated production of the critically acclaimed Pass Over by Antionette Nwandu at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. He has since gone on to direct workshops and staff as an associate director on productions for such organizations as The Public Theatre, Folger Theatre, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Fiasco, and the National Black Theatre.
Tatiana Pandiani is director-choreographer who works in English and Spanish. Originally from Buenos Aires, she grew up around milongas, antique stores and dance studios. She studied Performance and Philosophy at Florida International University and Directing at Columbia University. Her work combines live performance, dance, and music to challenge and entertain; it is inspired Maria Irene Fornes, Frida Kahlo, Pina Bausch, Bob Fosse, Bertol Brecht, and Astor Piazzola. She serves as the Associate Director for the First National Broadway tour of What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck which recently closed on Broadway. Tatiana directed the international tour of La Negrophilie by Zakiya Markland at the Frank Collymore Hall in Barbados, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda and the Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda. Tatiana has served at director-choreographer and co-book writer for the ongoing development on the bilingual musical AZUL at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT), the National Music Theatre Conference at the O’Neill, Tofte Lake Center, New York Theatre Workshop, BRIC, The Drama League and many others. www.tatianapandiani.com
We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: All attendees are required to wear a mask, and proof of vaccination is not required for audiences. Fully vaccinated artists will not be wearing masks while speaking. Folger staff will remain masked at all times. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19.
Folger Theatre Sponsors
With special thanks to
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The late Neal T. Turtell
Nancy and Steve Howard
Robin and Roger Millay
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
Margaret and David Gardner
Timothy J. Carlton
Dr. David E. Johnson and Ms. Wendy Frieman
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Gail Kern Paster