THE Cast


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AeJay Mitchell (Benvolio/Paris) is an actor, director, singer, dancer, and choreographer based in Oakland. Originally from Louisiana, they have taught and performed professionally across the United States for the past decade. Their recent acting credits include Sutter in Booty Candy (Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience), Actor 4/Another Black Man in We Are Proud to Present... (San Jose Stage), Kemi in Rose in America (Alter Theatre), and Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing and Son/Kid/Miss Roj in The Colored Museum, both with the African-American Shakespeare Company. After working for a few years in contemporary political/queer theatre, they are excited to find new meaning and nuance in Shakespeare's work. As a non-binary black actor, they love busting the myth that we can't exist in classics because of "historical accuracy". We have always existed, and AeJay is honored to be a part of a community that embraces this truth. 


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Cathleen Riddley (Mercutio/Lady Capulet) is an award-winning actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a 2017 Theatre Bay Area Award for her portrayal of Lena in Brownsville Song: b side for tray at Shotgun Players. In 2015, she won TBA Awards for both Performance in a Principal Role in a Play, as well as Direction of a Play Score, for The Amen Corner at AlterTheater. Cathleen also received critical acclaim for her performance as Azucar in Star Finch’s play Bondage at AlterTheater. She was seen most recently as Dionyza, Queen Simonedes, and the Goddess Diana in Pericles at Marin Shakespeare Company. She has worked at SF Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, ACT, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, African-American Shakespeare Company, Magic Theatre, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, among others. Cathleen is a company member with the PlayGround Festival in San Francisco, as well as Shotgun Players in Berkeley. She performed in two shows for Shotgun's 2016 season, including Hamlet, in which each actor's role was chosen from Yorick's skull every night, five minutes before the show began! Cathleen is a proud member of AEA and TBA, an alumna of The Juilliard School Drama Division, and a certified ASL Interpreter. She holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. A project close to her heart is No More Tears/Healing Circle, a violence prevention program for incarcerated men in San Quentin State Prison.


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David Everett Moore (Friar/Lord Capulet) is a Bay Area actor whose credits include the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theater, Aurora Theater, Marin Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Company, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Word For Word, and Livermore Shakespeare Festival. He has worked regionally with Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His favorite roles include Addison in Safe House for Aurora Theatre, BJJ in An Octoroon for Capital Stage, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet for SF Shakes, and Black Man in We Are Proud To Present for Just Theater. David is a Resident Artist of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and a proud graduate of UC Berkeley's Theater and Performance Studies program.


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Drew Reginald Watkins (Romeo) was most recently seen in the PlayGround Festival's production of Scapegoat. He trained at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, and has performed with CalShakes, the African-American Shakespeare Company, and Brava Theater, among others. He has also worked on films and commercials around the Bay Area. Drew is an Oakland native, and would like to thank his family and friends for their support.


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Erin-Kate Whitcomb (Nurse/Lady Montague)  is enjoying working with this group immensely, supporting the development of Bay Area theatres, creative work and new performance spaces.  Erin-Kate has been acting professionally for 30 years and has won Bay Area Critics awards for acting and playwriting and also works regularly in voice-over, film, on stage and as a stage director.  She has performed with 42ndStreet Moon, Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, Theatre Rhinoceros, Victoria Theatre and other Bay Area theatres as an actress and singer and as a person who has been known to cause choreographers aneurisms. Her sweet spot is cabaret, enjoying the intimate audience experience and improvisational nature of direct audience interaction, so she can occasionally be found on cabaret stages around San Francisco as well.  She performed in the US/Canadian tour with Dame Edna in “Dame Edna: My First, Last Tour” as Dame Edna’s disappointing daughter Valmai, and in the star-studded San Francisco revival of “Ruthless: The Musical” as Miss Thorne.  She has directed in many different venues in comic, dramatic and musical theatre genres all over the Bay Area.  She thanks her wife Michele and two sons for letting her live the dream across the bay this time, right here in Oakland.


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Mairin Lee (Juliet/Tybalt) is an Oakland native. She received a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Boston College and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, she has performed in Phèdre and A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.), Pericles (CalShakes), The Farm (Shotgun Players), Othello (Marin Theatre Company), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Marin Shakespeare Company). She made her Broadway debut in The Heiress, directed by Moisés Kaufman, and has appeared Off Broadway in She Stoops to Conquer (The Actors Company Theater), Romance Language (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet (Wheelhouse Theatre), The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure (NY Classical). Her regional work includes Antony and Cleopatra (McCarter Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibratory play (Wilma Theater), Troilus and Cressida, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Lives of Reason (Two River Theater), Soldier’s Heart (Premiere Stages), All My Sons (St. Louis Rep), The Lion in Winter (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), The Album (Tectonic Theatre Project and Miami New Drama), and Dracula (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). She has appeared on TV in Madam SecretaryThe Good Wife, and Elementary and in the films Marcy, Ascension, Zero Issue, and Mortem Di Virgo. This is her first time producing.