by William Shakespeare
director, Tyler Woods
suitable for all ages
On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
The Tempest Cast
Kevin Cook (Trinculo): Recent credits include Antonio in Twelfth Night and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland with the OU University Theater. He is currently a junior acting major at the University of Oklahoma School of Drama. This is Kevin’s debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Stephen Hilton (Gonzalo/Music Composition/Music Director): Recent credits include TWELFTH NIGHT(OSP), Singing in the Rain (LTOK), TITANIC (LTOK), SANTA (OKC Phil). Former Director of Education, Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy. B. M. Ed, M.M. (Vocal Performance and Composition), West Texas State University.
Nick Hone (Ferdinand): Recent credits include Shakespeare in Love with Shakespeare Dallas, and Twelfth Night with University of Oklahoma’s University Theatre. He is a student in the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama in his third year of training. This is Nick’s debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Robert Shaun Kilburn
Robert Shaun Kilburn (Alonso): Caius Ligarius in Julius Caesar, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, and The Fool in King Lear with Oklahoma Shakespeare, Cleanthes in Lysistrata with Reduxion Theatre, Nick in Over the River and Through the Woods with Poteet Little Theatre, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Carpenter Square Theatre. Some commercial, TV, & film experience. Teacher at Boulevard Academy, Edmond Public Schools.
Kris Kuss (Sebastian): Recent acting credits include Twelfth Night (Sebastian) with Oklahoma Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet (Romeo) with Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Young Frankenstein (Frederick) with Meridian Little Theatre, Hay Fever (Richard Greatham) with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and Spring Awakening (Moritz) as a guest artist at the University of Southern Mississippi. He most recently served as Fight Director for Lyric Theatre’s production of Newsies. He is also excited to make his directorial debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare this fall with their touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has an MFA in Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Recognized Associate Instructor and Certified Advanced Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching acting and dialects at the Oklahoma City University.
Jonathan Lynch (Antonio): Recent credits include Anything Goes with Oklahoma City University, Camelot, and A Grand Night For Singing with Eastern New Mexico University. He has a Master’s in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor’s in Music from Eastern New Mexico University. This is Jonathan’s debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Tom Huston Orr (Caliban)*: Oklahoma audiences have seen Tom as Bob Cratchit in Lyric Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (5 years); Stanley in Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s A Streetcar Named Desire; and Will Rogers in Lyric Theatre’s The Will Rogers Follies. Selected regional performances: Horatio, Mercutio, Prince Hal, Hotspur, Petruchio, Gratiano, Lysander, Hamlet. Selected NYC performances: Petruchio (Shrew); Jonathon Harker (Dracula); Silvio (PVT Wars); Phillip (Lion in Winter).
Recent film: Mr. Cartwright in Wildlife; Wiley Post in Pearl; Mr. Zaring in The Adventures of ARI.
Professor and James Garner Chair, Helmerich School of Drama. BK Talent Agency. Proud AEA member since 1985!
Lia Ryan (Stephano): Is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Tempest for her first production with Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park. Her favorite roles include Katherine, In The Next Room, Reduxion Theatre and Laura, The Glass Menagerie, Cornerstone Performing Arts. Screen work includes Vanessa in Darkness Awakens, a Best Micro Thriller nominee at Austin Revolution Film festival which she also wrote and produced. She has a degree in Speech and Theatre from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently teaches Drama Teacher at Longfellow Middle School. She'd like to thank her husband, Colin, for supporting her and talking her into auditioning and her daughter, Alex, for being a great rehearsal buddy.
W. Jerome Stevenson (Prospero)*: Recent acting credits include Disney’s NEWSIES (Joseph Pulitzer) and DREAMGIRLS (Marty) with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, THE MOUNTAINTOP (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) with Pollard Theatre Company/ Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, and THE PRODUCERS (Max Bialystock) with Pollard Theatre Company. Jerome’s directing credits include AMERICAN IDIOT, IN THE HEIGHTS, and SYLVIA with Pollard Theatre Company, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, and CROWNS with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. His film/screen work includes Making Arrangement and The Grey Man. Jerome has a B.A. from Langston University. Jerome is proud to serve as the Artistic Director for the Pollard Theatre Company and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Miranda Summar (Miranda): Recent credits include a staged reading of Three Sisters with Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company; and Trojan Women and Eurydice with the University of Central Oklahoma. She graduated in May from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. This is Miranda’s debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Mariah Warren (Ariel): Mariah, a Kansas native, has been acting and singing in the OKC metro and surrounding cities for 4 years. You may have recently seen her in Beehive the 60s Musical as Judy Craig, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner at the Pollard Theatre Company. In addition, she has made appearances in Crumbs from the Table of Joy as Lily Ann Green at the Carpenter Square Theatre, in South Pacific as Bloody Mary at the Jewel Box Theatre, and in The Vibrator Play/ In the Next Room as Elizabeth at Reduxion Theatre Company. This is Mariah’s debut with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park!
*member, Actors’ Equity Association