Resident Artist from Oregon Shakespeare Festival to Direct at Town Hall Theatre
Dawn Monique Williams, a native of Oakland, is drawn to heightened language, magic realism, mythology, and poetic diction. She is a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where this year she directed Merry Wives of Windsor. And this holiday season she brings her talents to Town Hall Theatre!
A 2016 Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship recipient and former OSF Killian Directing Fellow, Dawn’s recent directing credits include Romeo and Juliet, August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, and Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. Other plays directed include the English language premiere of Gracia Morales’ NN12, Othello, Twelfth Night, In The Blood, Children Of Eden, Burial At Thebes, Medea, and La Ronde; international directing credits include Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions of Scapin The Cheat, Anna Bella Eema, and The Tempest. She is a proud alum of the Drama League Directors Project and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. You can also read her recent interview with Theatre Bay Area where she is featured as one of "five black, female Bay Area directors to keep on your radar."
A Civil War Christmas, which opens November 30 at Town Hall Theatre, is directed by Williams. The show is a musical that masterfully interweaves stories of lives from both sides of the Civil War, sharing messages of compassion, good will and wishes for peace. A Civil War Christmas features an impressively large and multi-talented ensemble of local performers, who also perform as musicians in the show.
Town Hall Theatre Artistic Director Susan E. Evans asked Williams, "What speaks to you personally about A Civil War Christmas?"
Evans: Do you think the play resonates right now, and why?"