Willamette Shakespeare, in partnership with Portland Actors Ensemble, presents THE WINTER'S TALE, directed by Kristin Heller, for its 2017 season. The performanceS haved moved to Montinore Estate, 3663 SW Dilley Road, Forest Grove, for tonight (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday). Next weekend the performance will move to Ponzi Vineyards. We hope to see you at one or more of the performances. Bring jackets, blankets or chairs, and a picnic. Olympia Provisions will have excellent food choices for sale at the Montinore event. As always, the event is free and open to the public. No outside alcohol is permitted, but each winery will sell its own wine by the glass or bottle.

About the Play

The first performance of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare was May 11, 1611. The play was originally published in 1623. It was grouped among the comedies, but some modern editors have labelled the play as one of Shakespeare's late romances. Some critics consider it to be one of Shakespeare's "problem plays," because the first part is filled with intense psychological drama, while the last part is comedic and supplies a happy ending.  The play contains one of the most famous Shakespearean stage directions: "Exit, pursued by a bear," presaging the offstage death of Antigonus. It is not known whether Shakespeare used a real bear or an actor in bear costume.

Plot Summary

It's generally useful to know what to expect going in, so here is a brief summary.

King Leontes of Sicilia begs his childhood friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, to extend his visit to Sicilia. Polixenes protests that he has been away from his kingdom for nine months, but after Leontes's pregnant wife, Hermione, pleads with him he relents and agrees to stay a little longer. Leontes, meanwhile, has become possessed with jealousy. Convinced that Polixenes and Hermione are lovers, he orders his loyal retainer, Camillo, to poison the Bohemian king. Instead, Camillo warns Polixenes of what is afoot, and the two men flee Sicilia immediately. 

Furious at their escape, Leontes now publicly accuses his wife of infidelity, and declares that the child she is bearing must be illegitimate. He throws her in prison, over the protests of his nobles, and sends to the Oracle of Delphi for what he is sure will be confirmation of his suspicions. Meanwhile, the queen gives birth to a girl, and her loyal friend Paulina brings the baby to the king, in the hopes that the sight of the child will soften his heart. He only grows angrier, however, and orders Paulina's husband, Lord Antigonus, to take the child and abandon it in some desolate place. While Antigonus is gone, the answer comes from Delphi: Hermione and Polixenes are innocent, and Leontes will have no heir until his lost daughter is found. As this news is revealed, word comes that Leontes's son, Mamillius, has died of a wasting sickness brought on by the accusations against his mother. Hermione, meanwhile, falls in a swoon, and is carried away by Paulina, who subsequently reports the queen's death to her heartbroken and repentant husband. 

Antigonus, meanwhile abandons the baby on the Bohemian coast, reporting that Hermione appeared to him in a dream and bade him to name the girl Perdita and to leave gold and other tokens on her person. Shortly thereafter, Antigonus is killed by a bear, and Perdita is raised by a kindly Shepherd. Sixteen years pass, and the son of Polixenes, Prince Florizel, falls in love with Perdita. His father and Camillo attend a sheepshearing in disguise and watch as Florizel and Perdita are betrothed. Then, tearing off the disguise, Polixenes intervenes and orders his son never to see the Shepherd's daughter again. With the aid of Camillo, however, who longs to see his native land again, Florizel and Perdita take ship for Sicilia, after using the clothes of a local rogue, Autolycus, as a disguise. They are joined in their voyage by the Shepherd and his son, a Clown, who are directed there by Autolycus. 

In Sicilia, Leontes, still in mourning after all this time, greets the son of his old friend effusively. Florizel pretends to be on a diplomatic mission from his father, but his cover is blown when Polixenes and Camillo arrive in Sicilia. What happens next is told to us by gentlemen of the Sicilian court: the Shepherd tells everyone his story of how Perdita was found, and Leontes realizes that she is his daughter, leading to general rejoicing. The entire company then goes to Paulina's house in the country, where a statue of Hermione has been recently finished. The sight of his wife's form makes Leontes distraught, but then, to everyone's amazement, the statue comes to life. It is Hermione, restored to life. As the play ends, Paulina and Camillo are engaged, and the whole company celebrates the miracle.

2017 Performance Schedule

August 4th, 5th, and 6th: Stoller Vineyards

August 11th, 12th, and 13th: Montinore Estates

August 18th, 19th, and 20th: Ponzi Vineyards
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM. Sundays at 6 PM.
Meet the Cast and Crew

 Kristin Heller, Director  Originally from Ohio, Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts and Communications in Theater Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved to Chicago and worked in theaters across the city and was Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company that focused on new play development. In 2009, she moved to Portland and earned her Master in Theatre in 2011. Kristin apprenticed under world renowned directors such as Tito Capobianco, David Edwards, and Elizabeth Bachman. She was on the Acting and Dance faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria and the Napa Music Festival in California. Her most recent work includes: Stage Director and Co-Choreographer for Anything Goes, and Music Director and Choreographer for The Phantom Tollbooth. She will be directing Once Upon a Mattress with Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy this fall, and The Odd Couple with Sherwood Foundation of the Arts this Winter. Currently she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, public speaking, and tap dance, and instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning and Acting.

 Shaun Hennessy  Shaun is delighted to be working with Portland Actors Ensemble again. He was last seen as Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Patrick Walsh. Recently Shaun has worked with Experience Theatre Project, Bag & Baggage Productions, Reader’s Theatre Repertory, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City. Other theaters include ART, Lakewood, triangle productions!, Profile, and Mt. Hood Rep. Shaun teaches Theatre to grades 6-12 at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. He would like to thank his wife, Kim, and daughter, Thea, for their support and understanding.

Ben Roberts is excited to be returning to acting after a six year hiatus. Past roles include Oscar in The Odd Couple, Pitchfork Cavalier in The Pitchfork Disney, and more recently Man at Store, Restaurant Patron #2, and Driver on Morning Commute. Affordable and open access to art is crucial for a healthy society, and Ben is privileged to be a part of Portland Actor Ensemble’s grand tradition of free theatre, besides, after graduating from PSU with a BS in Political Science playing a jealous tyrant seemed like the logical next step.

 Lalanya Gunn  Lalanya is thrilled to join PAE for her first production with the company.  Hailing from Buffalo she has a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University. She worked on stages in Buffalo, Austin and Los Angeles. Portland companies include  Mask & Mirror, Twilight Theatre, Post 5, Broadway Rose, Lakewood Theatre, Bag & Baggage, and Portland Center Stage. As always much love to Greg for his love and support.

 Elizabeth Gibbs  Elizabeth is pleased to be returning to PAE after previously performing in Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.  She has performed locally with Northwest Children’s Theater, Action/Adventure, Social Sciences, Post5, and Reader’s Theater Rep., and when not acting she teaches theater at Catlin Gabel School.

 Carolyn Blount  Carlyn Blount is new to PDX, but was recently on stage as Anne Elliot in New Century Players’ production of Persuasion.  She is one (excessively late) thesis paper away from obtaining her BFA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, OR, where, during one season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she was knifed in the face in Romeo and Juliet.  Other credits include a bunch of sweet roles in various new works at random theatres in LA, a handful of other fun stuff at SOU, and such very serious works as Pinocchio at Enchanted Forest.

 Laine Wagner  Laine Wagner is thrilled to be working with Portland Actors Ensemble as Dorcus/Lady, in The Winter’s Tale! This born and raised Rhode Islander is also excited to be bringing her passion for Shakespeare to Portland, Oregon. Favorite Roles include; Izzy, Seminar; Bianca, The Taming of The Shrew; and Myrrah, Metamorphoses.

 Jaquelle Davis  Jacquelle Davis was born and raised in Portland. She studied Acting at Willamette University. In her free time, Jacquelle loves reading, Karaoke, and dancing. Her favorite roles include Jane Fonda in That Pretty Pretty, or the Rape Play by Sheila Callaghan and Katherine in The Taming of The Shrew. Jacquelle is a proud member of No Filter Improv. Check them out at! Jacquelle dreams of becoming a cast member on SNL. Until then, she is excited to be a part of this talented and hilarious cast. "Enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you."

 Sarah Aldrich  Sarah Aldrich is excited to be performing with Portland Actors Ensemble this summer as Autolycus. Sarah is a senior Theatre student at George Fox University in Newberg and is thankful for the opportunities she’s been given to work with and learn from artists in the Portland area. Most recently she appeared in George Fox’s production of Sunday in the Park with George as Dot/Marie.

 Bryan Smith  Born in Germany, raised in Corvallis; Dallas, TX; and D.C., Bryan now resides in Portland. In Corvallis, he trained in Contemporary and Hip Hop dance. He has acted in many college and community theater productions, including with the Corvallis-based improv comedy troupe The Long Con. Some of his recent performances have been puppeteering roles in Tears of Joy Theatre’s The Jungle Book and an actor in Imago Theatre’s Savage/Love.

 MaryAnne Glazebrook  MaryAnne Glazebrook is happy to return to Portland Actors Ensemble/Willamette Shakespeare’s collaboration of The Winter’s Tale.  MaryAnne previously worked with PAE in the role of Gertrude in Hamlet.  MaryAnne has enjoyed the honor of working at Bag and Baggage, Action Adventure, Lakewood, Vertigo, and Stumptown Stages, to mention some of her favorites, although her favorite is always the show that she is currently working on.

Nicolas Babson. An Oregonian, Nicholas has now studied and performed Shakespeare for half his life, initially through classes at Oregon Children’s Theatre ("thanks, Mom!"). His favorite role so far was as the title character in Ominous Horse’s original adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, for which he also served as translator. He is pleased to work again with Kristin Heller, having played Jonathan in her production of Sight Unseen. Nicholas studied acting at Portland State University, where he earned a BA in German (don’t ask). He is grateful to be performing for PAE, which offers the unfortunately rare gift of free theater.


Abby Filiaggi - Stage Manager
Abby hopes you enjoy this wonderful performance as much as she does! She is currently pursuing her BFA in Stage Management and Production Management at SUNY Purchase College in New York, and loved the fact that she could return home for the summer to work on this show. Abby’s recent Portland credits include SM/writing team for All’s Faire at Action/Adventure Theatre and SM for Jesus Christ Superstar at Post 5 theatre. When not in a theatre she likes to read, hike, and love on her dogs like a typical northwesterner.

Heather Nunn - Costume Designer


Polixenes – Shaun Hennessy
Leontes – Ben Roberts
Hermione – Lalanya Gunn
Mamillius/Perdita – Elizabeth Gibbs
Camillo/Servant – Carlyn Blount
Lady/Dorcas – Laine Wagner
Emilia/Mopsa – Jacquelle Davis
Lord/Autolycus – Sarah Aldrich
Antigonus/Clown – Bryan Smith
Paulina/Shepherdess – MaryAnne Glazebrook
Jailer/Florizel – Nick Babson

Director – Kristin Heller
Stage Manager – Abby Filiaggi

Costume Designer – Heather Nunn

Request For Volunteers

We need volunteers to help direct parking, hand out programs, direct people to their seats, sell raffle tickets, and help anyone who has a question. Erin Padilla and Jessi Rich, our House Managers, are coordinating the volunteers. Volunteers should arrive 90 minutes before show time, and:
  • can dress comfortably and casually.
  • will be assigned a specific area (for example, parking, programs, raffle). Please let Erin Padilla and Jessi Rich know if you have any restrictions or preferences.
  • can, but need not, stay for the show, so bring chairs or a blanket if you plan to stay.
Tickets are free for everyone, and volunteers, who arrive early, can choose a favorite location for seating.

Please let Erin Padilla and Jessi Rich know if you are interested and available to help, and at which performance(s). They can answer any questions you have and will send you an email with more details.
To Volunteer:
Click on one of these links: Erin Padilla or Jessi Rich.
Thanks in advance for making this possible! 



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