Howards End Play Reading
Join the Howards End team for a special virtual reading in which the startling intimacy of the script is delivered directly to your home. We’ll read various sections of the play, and you’ll also hear from the artists involved and get a peek at the dynamic production designs.
About the Play
When the indomitable, inseparable Schlegel sisters fall out over two very different men, the ghost of an old friend (and her ignored deathbed wish) brings them back to the one place where they can possibly heal. For this new take on Forster's rich and subversive novel, think Fleabag, Little Women, or whatever ambitious, honest, irreverently feminist story you love most.
Caroline Hewitt — Actor One: Margaret Schlegel, Charles Wilcox, Cunningham
Autumn Dornfeld — Actor Two: Helen Schlegel, Mrs. Wilcox, Jacky, Dealtry, Dolly Wilcox, Miss Avery
Anthony Green Caloca — Actor Three: Henry Wilcox, Aunt Juley, Cousin
Vin Shambry — Actor Four: Leonard Bast, Paul Wilcox, Tibby, Butler, Niece, Doctor & Little Boy, Ticket Agent
The Creative Team
Based on the enduringly irresistible novel by E.M. Forster
Adapted by Caroline Hewitt
Created by Autumn Dornfeld & Caroline Hewitt
Directed by Marissa Wolf
Dramaturgy by Benjamin Fainstein
Stage Managed by Janine Vanderhoff
This event is part of the PCS Remix: Play Readings program. To explore other offerings, visit PCS Remix.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the artists to appear in this program.
The Actors and Stage Manager featured in this reading are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Meet the Cast
Caroline is an actress and playwright. Broadway: Junk and The Front Page. Off-Broadway: Lazarus (New York, London, Amsterdam), Tamburlaine (Theater For A New Audience), Against the Hillside, and Good Results ... (Ensemble Studio Theater). Regional: Arena Stage, The Alley Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, ACT, Cincinnati Playhouse, and many others. TV credits include: FBI: Most Wanted, The I-Land, When They See Us, New Amsterdam, and The Blacklist. Productions of Caroline’s adaptation of Howards End are upcoming at Portland Center Stage and Dorset Theater Festival, and her adaptation of The House of Mirth will be appearing at the Dramatists Guild’s Friday Night Footlights. She has an M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater, and a B.A. in French from Vassar College.
The Graduate (Broadway and National Tour), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (37 Arts and New York Theater Workshop), UnCivil Wars with Estelle Parsons (The Kitchen), Prometheus Bound with David Oyelowo (Classic Stage Company), Frankenstein Upstairs and Hail Satan (Gideon Productions), The Taming of the Shrew (Actors Theater of America), Will Eno's Intermission (Ensemble Studio Theater), Perfect Harmony (Co-creator, Fringe Encores), Homebody/Kabul (World Premiere - New York Theater Workshop), Aunt Pieces (Cherry Lane), Old Money (Lincoln Center). Regional: The Grapes of Wrath (Intiman), Under Midwestern Stars (Kansas City Rep), The Tin-Pan-Alley Rag (Maltz-Jupiter), A Little Night Music, The ThreePenny Opera (Playmakers Repertory), Ruby Sunrise, Fabulation?! (Sundance). Film/TV includes: The Undeserved, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Law and Order, All My Children, Trading Women, Sunburn, Fall to Rise, and numerous commercials and industrials. Member: Rising Phoenix Repertory, Upstart Creatures, Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Anthony holds a B.F.A. in acting and a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. Recent credits include playing Antigonus and Old Shepherd in The Winter's Tale at The Old Globe in San Diego. Anthony won the 2018 OTAS Best Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of Bob Ewell in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Other Portland credits include Lydia, Into the Beautiful North, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, ¡O Romeo!, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and Oedipus el Rey (Milagro Theatre); The Island in Winter, or La Isla en Invierno (Bag&Baggage Productions); Blind (Chapel Theatre Collective); The Crackwalker (Sowelu Theatre); Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (Profile Theatre); Hir (Defunkt Theatre); Davita's Harp (Jewish Theatre Collaborative); and King Lear, King John, and Mary Stuart at Northwest Classical Theatre Company.
Vin is a published writer, acclaimed storyteller, international actor, and director. Vin performed on Broadway as Tom Collins in Rent and John in Miss Saigon, and toured nationally with Rent, Miss Saigon, Honk, and Big River. He is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre, where his previous productions include A Civil War Christmas, (I Am Still) the Duchess of Malfi, and Superior Donuts, for which he won a 2011 Portland Drammy Award for Lead Actor. He has performed with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Staged!, Portland Opera, and CoHo Productions. Vin was voted Portland’s Best Actor by Willamette Week’s Reader’s Poll (2016), has won three Portland Drammy Awards (2011), and has an Audelco Award for Best Actor in a Play for Black Man Rising (2006). Vin has a B.F.A. in musical theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City (2005). Vin is an accomplished writer and celebrated live storyteller, whose work can be heard on The Moth podcast and at Back Fence PDX. He is currently working on a collection of short stories about his childhood.
Meet the Creative Team
Marissa is currently in her third season as artistic director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where she recently directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Marissa previously served as associate artistic director/new works director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and artistic director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. Select directing credits include Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff (The Public Theater; world premiere at KCRep); Man in Love by Christina Anderson and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens (KCRep); 77% by Rinne Groff (San Francisco Playhouse); Precious Little by Madeleine George (Shotgun Players); The Lily’s Revenge (Act II) by Taylor Mac (Magic Theatre); and The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen (Crowded Fire). She’s been nominated for Best Director by Broadway World San Francisco and the Bay Area Critics Circle. Marissa held the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and has a degree in drama from Vassar College, with additional training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Benjamin is a writer, theater artist and educator, and creative consultant. As the former literary manager for Portland Center Stage and JAW: A Playwrights Festival, he has developed new works at PCS with playwrights including Lauren Yee, Brittany K. Allen, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Caroline Hewitt, Kevin Artigue, Meghan Brown, and many members of the Portland-based theater community. Out-of-town dramaturgy credits include Sarah Sander’s Golden (MIDD Summer Play Lab); Meg Miroshnik’s The Tall Girls (Carlotta Festival of New Plays); Christopher Bayes & Stephen Epp's version of Moliere’s A Doctor In Spite Of Himself (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep); and Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep). Benjamin received a 2018 Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellowship, and his work has been read and staged in Manhattan, New Haven, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Previous posts include founding artistic director of Whistler in the Dark Theatre and managing editor of Theater magazine. Benjamin is an alumnus of Middlebury College and Yale School of Drama. Instagram: @benjaminfinity
Janine is thrilled to be in her sixth season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include: Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Macbeth, The Breath of Life, Tiny Beautiful Things, Christmas Memory/Winter Song, Wild & Reckless, Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Santaland Diaries, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, JAW, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Our Town. Other Portland credits include Portland Opera’s Sweeney Todd (followspot caller); DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); Portland Playhouse's How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place (stage manager). Touring stage management credits include: The Graduate (starring Morgan Fairchild), Cats, The Vagina Monologues, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. While in New York, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and AEA member.