Casting announced for

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s

2019 Summer Season

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) announced its complete cast for the 2019 season: a diverse ensemble made up of local Colorado artists, new faces from across the country and several acclaimed musicians.

In the outdoor cast, Gareth Saxe returns to CSF for the first time since 1998 as Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” and Friar Laurence in “Romeo and Juliet.” Saxe is a veteran of New York theatre. His Broadway credits include the Drama Desk-winning revival of “The Homecoming,” Scar in “The Lion King” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.”

Many of last summer’s festival favorites—including Rodney Lizcano, Anne Penner, Marco Robinson andAmber Scales—will return for major roles on the Mary Rippon stage, notably Scales as Viola in “Twelfth Night” and Penner in the role of Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet.” Both Romeo and Juliet will be performed by actors making their CSF debut: Dante Rossi will play Romeo and Madison Hart will play Juliet.

Indoors, Emily Van Fleet, a familiar face to both Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Arvada Center audiences, returns for her third CSF season as two female leads: Rosalind in “As You Like It” and Kate Middleton in Mike Bartlett’s “King Charles III: A Future History Play.” Josh Innerst and Shunté Lofton, two actors coming to CSF from the acting company at the American Shakespeare Center, will both hold major roles in the indoor season. John Hutton, last seen at CSF in “Equivocation” and “Cymbeline” in 2016, also returns for his third season as the Prince of Wales in “King Charles III.”

The 2019 season will feature original live music in two of its productions. Rinde Eckert, composer of the original music for “Twelfth Night,” can be seen onstage as Feste. Sam Misner—of Misner & Smith—will compose an Americana score to be performed by the ensemble cast of “As You Like It.”

Leslie O’Carroll, Seth Dhonau, siblings Sam and Anne Sandoe, and others will also return to the festival stage in June. For a complete cast list, please email Becca Vaclavik at or visit

The casting announcement is part of Producing Artistic Director Timothy Orr’s continued mission to diversify the CSF artistic company at every level.

“I believe our stages should represent our community and country. They should reflect us,” said Orr. “It’s something we continually strive for at CSF.”

The 2019 season begins Friday, June 7, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 11. Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 303-492-8008 and weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CU Presents Box Office.


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