Richard, Duke of Gloucester…..Steven W Gwilt
Lord Buckingham…..Joshua Winscott
King Edward IV…..Evan Cole
George, Duke of Clarence…..Travis Flatt
Sir Robert Brakenbury…..Eric Moran
Queen Elizabeth…..Eleni Fragopoulos
Marquis of Dorset…..Houston Fehrman
Earl of Rivers…..Teak Matoax
Lord Grey…..Elijah Miller
Lady Anne…..Emily Helton
Prince Edward…..Gus Creter
Duke of York…..Graham Wheeler
Sir Richard Ratcliff…..Brent Fleshman
Sir William Catesby…..Eric Moran
Sir James Tyrell…..Buster Shadwick
Duke of Norfolk…..Joshua Winscott
Henry, Earl of Richmond…..Eleni Fragopoulos
Lord Hastings…..Brent Fleshman
Lord Stanley…..Ethan Copeland
Lord Mayor of London…..Evan Cole
Sir James Blunt…..Emily Helton
Lord Lovel…..Buster Shadwick
Director…..Mark Harry Creter
Assistant Director/Fight Choreographer…..Josh Rapp
Technical Director…..Matthew Wilson
Stage Manager…..Joe Clark
Lighting Design…..Patrick Mannle
Light Board Operator…Kim Frick-Welker
Sound Design…..Mark Harry Creter
Sound Editing…Brent Fleshman, Josh Rapp
Sound Board Operator…..Liv Sinclair
Scenic Design…..Mark Creter, Matthew Wilson
Set Construction…..Matthew Wilson,
Chad McDonald, Roger Long
Scenic Painter…..Kim Frick-Welker
Crown Design…..Amanda Miller
Crown Construction…..Nick Ryan
Assistant Costumers…..Liv Sinclair, Frances Herd, Cindle Herd,
Ashley Yabarra, Buster Shadwick, Jeff Lee, Mary Boring,
Katie Ory, Jennifer Dotson-Creter, Mark Creter,
Beth Wheeler, Emily Amonett
Knits…..RG Cravens, Nancy Brown, Emily Boots
Jewelry…Michele Bigger, Catherine Cella Neapolitan
King Richard’s Costume Design…Vivian Fusillo
Props…..Joe Clark, Kim Frick-Welker, Mark H. Creter
Dogwood Shakespeare Logo Design…..Wayne Hogan
Program Layout …..Steve Gwilt
Script Edits & Adaptations…Mark H. Creter
Dave Johnson, Brent Fleshman
Ty Kernea, Herald-Citizen,
Rob Wheeler, Wesley Arena Theatre
Cookeville Police Department
Steven W Gwilt (Richard, Duke of Gloucester/Sheriff) has been involved with every Dogwood Shakespeare in the Park since the initial eleven years past. Thank you to EVERYONE involved in Shakespeare in the Park, including you the audientia. Heaps of love to Vegas-wife Amy.
Joshua Winscott (Duke of Buckingham/Duke of Norfolk/Ghost) Richard III counts as Josh’s fourth Shakespeare in the Park. Josh also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Oberon, Twelfth Night as Malvolio, and the Scottish Play as MacDuff. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the other stages in Cookeville, having apeard on stage at CPAC, The Wesley, and the Backdoor Playhouse. Favorite roles include MacDuff, Dracula, Jacey Squires from The Music Man, and most of all, Miles Gloriosus from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Oddly enough, Mark Creter drircted or appeared in all of those. “Thanks, Mark, for letting me play.”
Evan Cole (King Edward IV/Ghost/Lord Mayor of London/Priest) loves doing
Shakespeare. This is his seventh show here in Dogwood Park. It’s his twenty-second
Shakespearean production overall starting with As You Like It in 1963.
Travis Flatt (George, Duke of Clarence/Ghost/Archbishop of York) This is Travis’ sixth Shakespeare in the Park. His most recent previous performance was Lester in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel with CPAC’s Backstage, 2014. He thanks Mark, Joe, the talented cast, CPAC, and his friends and family. Special thanks to Marcy.
Eleni Fragopoulos (Queen Elizabeth/Henry, Earl of Richmond) ) is thrilled to be back at Dogwood to help bring life to another one of Shakespeare’s works. She is a lover and veteran of the theatre and loves to act on (and off) the stage. Some of her favorite roles include Blanch in Streetcar Named Desire and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Don’t read that out loud.) Eleni sincerely hopes to continue in theatre because she is passionate about nothing else. She also hopes to inspire her students, old and new, as they always inspire her. Endless, endless love to her children. Special thanks to Mark and Joe. And particular thanks to the cast and crew for being a constant reminder that she and Emily Helton are indeed the only two girls in a large group of angsty men and testosterone. Enjoy the show!
Houston Fehrman (Marquis of Dorset/Guard/Murderer) ) is going to keep this short and sweet…kinda. Houston is currently the President of The Tech Players at The Backdoor Playhouse at TTU. You may have recently seen him there in roles such as Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show, and Orcus in She Kills Monsters. The truth is, in a show of this caliber, there are a multitude of people to thank for their dedication and Houston would like all of the Cast and Crew to know that he considers each and every one of them a part of his loving family. Also, a special shout out to Mark Creter. He gave Houston his first chance and continues to do so. Even when everyone else is ready to cash their chips, Mark keeps betting on him, and for that, Houston is eternally grateful.
Teak Matoax (Earl of Rivers/Ghost/messenger) ) is looking forward to becoming more active in the theatre community in the Cookeville area. He has presented speeches and monologues throughout the southeast, from Louisville, Kentucky, to Tampa, Florida. This is his first play since arriving in Cookeville; and he would like to thank the remarkable cast and crew of Richard III for making this production an amazing first experience.
Elijah Miller (Lord Grey/Ghost) loves to act
Emily Helton (Lady Anne/Ghost/Sir James Blunt) Emily Helton is a seventeen-year-old currently enrolled at Cookeville High School. When she is not juggling rehearsals, attempting to learn choreography, memorizing lines, or building sets, she likes to drown herself in overdue schoolwork and scarf down the dinners her mother so devotedly refrigerates for her every night. Despite her strained schedule, Emily is loving every second she spends at the theatre. She would like to sincerely thank Mark Creter for giving her the opportunity to fall in love with Shakespeare and for always being so encouraging not only to her but to the rest of the cast as well. To Joe, she says thank you for putting up with her shenanigans and for being able to answer a line call in .32 seconds from 4 miles away. To her parents, the deepest thanks for continuing to love and be proud of her even after she told them she wants to major in theatre. To her Mom, Michael Choate, Ms. Kim, Ms. Flatt, Ms. Ford, Eleni and Mary Martin, she sends endless love and respect for being very special adults in her life and for never letting her forget why she loves the theatre. Enjoy the show!
Gus Creter (Young Prince Edward/Ghost) is excited to be returning to the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival to work with his Dad on Richard III. Earlier in the summer he made his first appearance with the Cookeville Children’s Theatre as a suitor in the Tevye cast of A Fiddler on the Roof. He recently performed in the Stage One Dance Studio spring recital and the First Baptist Church production of the Agape League. Past performances include Gregor Macduff in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth for the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival and the Duke’s son with his Dad, Mark Creter as the Duke, in the ballet Giselle (choreographed by his Mom, Jennifer Dotson-Creter). He has also participated in workshops with the Cookeville Children’s Theatre and regularly dances at Stage One Dance Studio. He wants to thank his parents for their awesomeness. He also wants his extended family to know, “I love you”. P.S. “Hey Dad, it would be nice to appear in one of your shows where I don’t end up dead on the stage!”
Graham Wheeler (Young Duke of York/Ghost) Graham Wheeler is very happy to be in his first Shakespeare in the Park production. He has also acted in Humbug at the Wesley, and the King and I at Cookeville High School. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and soccer. He would like to think his family for supporting him.
Brent Fleshman (Lord Hastings/Ghost/Sir Richard Ratcliff/Bishop) What is Shakespeare to me? Victor Hugo said it best. “In Shakespeare the birds sing, the bushes are clothed with green, hearts love, souls suffer, the cloud wanders, it is hot, it is cold, night falls, time passes, forests and multitudes speak, the vast eternal dream hovers over all. Sap and blood, all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas, man and humanity, the living and the life, solitudes, cities, religions, diamonds and pearls, dung-hills and charnel houses, the ebb and flow of beings, the steps of comers and goers, all, all are on Shakespeare and in Shakespeare.”
Thank you Mark, Eleni, Steve, Josh and the entire cast and crew for all the great moments.
Eric Moran (Sir William Catesby/Bishop/Sir Richard Brackenbury; Lieutenant of the Tower) Volunteer Firefighter, First Responder and 911 Dispatcher. I have three years acting experience., including various plays and student films in Boston. I have been married five years, and would like to thank my wife and my parents for their support. Thanks to all emergency service brothers and sisters for their bravery and dedication.
Buster Shadwick (Sir James Tyrell/Corpse and Ghost of Henry VI/Lovel): A few years back, Buster had his acting debut on this very stage in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Since then, he has been in a number of other productions, typically at TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. Buster is excited to be back where it all began, surrounded by a great company. He’d also like to thank all his family and friends in attendance; their continuous support is always encouraging.
Ethan Copeland (Lord Stanley) loves to act
Mark Harry Creter is a Professor of Theatre for the Tennessee Technological University’s Department of English and Communications as well as the artistic director of the campus theatre, the TTU Backdoor Playhouse. Recently he
directed productions of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Favorite performances include Ray in Yankee Tavern, Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Niles in Suicide in B Flat by Sam Shepard. Every summer he attends the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN where he teaches interactive theatre workshops for The Academy at Bonnaroo.
He has lived in Cookeville for over 20 years where he has worked with all the local theatre groups in one capacity or another. He was instrumental in the formation of the Dogwood Shakespeare Festival, which celebrated its 11th season in downtown Cookeville. He directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as successful productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night. In the summer of 2012 he returned to the Festival to direct a very well received production of the tragedy Macbeth in which he forced the actors to abandon the comforts of the performance pavilion and made them run around in the grass. This production of King Richard III, based on a production he originally directed for the Shakespeare on the Square in Knoxville, Tennessee in the summer of 2013 is the first time one of Shakespeare’s histories has been attempted in Dogwood Park.
He has received awards for outstanding directing and acting from the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition. He received the Artist /Patron award from the Cookeville Arts Council and the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for his work directing and producing benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler as well as the QEP Award of Excellence in Innovative Instruction with his colleague Andrew Smith.
He is professionally associated with the Tennessee Theatre Association where he has served in numerous capacities such as President, Vice-President, College and University Division Chair, and Middle Tennessee Representative. He has also been involved with the South Eastern Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the David Mamet Society.
He is married to local dance instructor/choreographer and co-owner of the Stage One Dance Studio, Jennifer Dotson-Creter. When they are not collaborating on various theatre or dance projects they are raising their beautiful blue-eyed son Gus.
A Few Thoughts from the Director…
I love working on Shakespeare. It doesn’t matter which of his plays, although I do have my favorites, but he is a playwright who seems to challenge me to make bold directorial choices. Sometimes those choices can lead me to create a production that is easily recognizable as a “Shakespearean” production with doublets, goblets and such. Other times I decide to take the play grab my actors and jump off a cliff. That is what we have done with this production of Richard III. I have made many deep cuts to the play and hacked away many beloved characters. Some of these cuts began a year ago when I collaborated with Tom Parkhill for our production in Knoxville and the cutting has continued (with a few add-ins) on this production with Steve Gwilt. I want to mention the great Richards I have had the good fortune to direct. This play does not work without a strong Richard to anchor the production and both Tom and Steve are strong Richards. It was been a joy to work with both of these actors in this iconic role. As to cutting Shakespeare, while I am not a playwright, I do have a feel for his dialogue, both when it needs to be left alone and when it needs a trim. The cuts that work in this production I am happy to take credit for and the cuts that annoy you I am willing to take the blame. Spoiler alert: Any audience members who are big fans of Queen Margaret are going to be disappointed. I have enjoyed giving the show a modern look and a modern sound through my music choices. Richard is a political animal that seems very modern to me. He is driven to seek the crown and won’t let anyone stand in his way. Sounds like modern politics to me but it also sounds like any situation in which someone is trying to rise to power. Even in my sheltered world of academia there are those colleagues whose blatant grabs for power are both shameless and Shakespearean. I want to thank Steve and the cast for their tireless work and trust, the CPAC crew for making everything happen in a timely manner and for never saying “no”, and the city of Cookeville for continuing to support Shakespeare in the Park. Not many towns our size have Shakespeare festivals every year and that is something for which we can be proud. Please continue to support the arts!
-Mark Harry Creter