Standup Shakespeare (Folger Theatre, 1995)

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Folger Theatre co-produced Standup Shakespeare with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival from November 7 to 19, 1995 in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre. Jeff Hairston, the male vocalist, and Jack Bashkow, the Music Director, were both nominated for Helen Hayes Awards for "Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical" and "Outstanding Musical Director, Resident Musical," respectively.

Jeff Hairston and Alison Fraser (vocalists), Standup Shakespeare, directed by Darwin Knight, Folger Theatre co-produced with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1995. Chris Shreve.

The Production

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**) and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Alison Fraser*: Female Vocals
  • Jeff Hairston*: Male Vocals
  • Baxter Harris: Fool
  • Michael Schwendermann: Heckler


  • Jack Bashkow: Woodwinds
  • Ray Leslee: Piano
  • Ratzo B. Harris: Bass
  • Rob Thomas: Violin

Creative team

  • Darwin Knight**, Director
  • Jack Bashkow, Music Director
  • Charles Caldwell, Scenic Designer
  • Terry Cermak, Lighting Designer
  • Elizabeth Novak, Costume Designer
  • Kristen R. Kuipers, Sound Designer
  • Cameron Jackson*, Stage Manager
  • McCorkle Casting, Ltd., Casting Director

Production team

  • MTS Productions, Inc., Technical Production Management
  • Thomas Young, Additional Vocal Arrangements
  • Susan Willis, Dramaturg
  • Anna Flye, Administrative Coordinator
  • Natalie Holbrook, House Manager

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Director of Museum and Public Programs

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