Shakespeare Inspired Shorts

50 Meters by Natalie Sacks

Directed by Emily Richman

  • Rosa – Cassandra Lopez
  • Julie – Phinney Brown
  • Eli – Meme García

CheerSpeare! by Mandy Canales

Directed by Phinney Brown

  • Miss Jackson – Raleigh Hawthorne

In Fair Corona by Harrison Bryan

Directed by Meme Garcia

  • Chorus – Cynthia Vaughn
  • Friar Laurence – Robert (Doc) Chisholm
  • Friar John – Jake Smith

Of Kind and Kindness by Jerome Joseph Gentes

Directed by Alli H. Talmage

  • Roderigo (Sebastian) – Bryan Grossman
  • Antonio – Robert John Hanson III

Prop Talk by Seanan Palmero Waugh

Directed by Emily Richman

  • Phil – Anthony Ochoa
  • Ed – Ted Miller
  • Jan – Samantha Weakley
  • Sue – Blythe Clarke

Unsex: A Short Play Concerning John Rice by Michael Raver

Directed by Ellicia Elliott

  • John Rice – William DeMeritt
  • William Shakespeare – Robert (Doc) Chisholm
  • Robert Patton – Christopher Salazar

Cast and Crew

Phinney Brown (she/her, Schitsu’umsh) appeared onstage most recently as Logan in The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse last fall (The Rude Mechanicals, November 2019). She currently serves as Executive Director for The Rude Mechanicals, and Art in the Park Director for Richland Allied Arts.

Robert (Doc) Chisholm is a college professor and occasional actor.  Most recently he appeared as Friar Peter Thomas in Measure for Measure for The Show Must Go Online ( 

Blythe Clarke (they/them) has been involved with The Rude Mechanicals for four years and is excited to share work that highlights their community.

William DeMeritt (he/him) is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama who has performed in theaters throughout the country as well as film, television, video games, and audiobooks.  Later this year you can see William in HBOMax’s The Flight Attendant as well as in Lauren Gunderson’s new one-person show, The Catastrophist – presented virtually by Marin Theatre Company & Round House Theatre. @demeritt,

Ellicia Elliott (she/her) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho, and her most recent directing work includes The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (The Rude Mechanicals), Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson (Walla Walla University), and Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (Woodward Shakespeare Festival, Fresno).

Meme García (they/them) is an actor and writer currently based out of Ashland, OR. They have worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, upstart crow collective, and A Contemporary Theatre (ACT). 

Bryan Grossman (he/him) is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama, and is excited to return for his third season with The Rude Mechanicals. His most recent roles include Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, and Horatio in Hamlet.

Robert John Hanson III (he/him)  is a musical and theatrical performer and educator in the Tri-Cites area, having worked with The Rude Mechanicals, CBC Summer Showcase, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, Richland Players, Mid-Columbia Master Singers, and the Mid-Columbia Symphony.

Raleigh Hawthorne (she/her) has directed and acted in several plays with The Rude Mechanicals and throughout the Tri-Cities theatre scene. Her favorite role was as Lysandra in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and her day job is being a radio DJ on Mix 105.3 FM

Cassandra Lopez (she/her) is a native of New York City and grew up in San Diego, California. After two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she was most recently the Associate Choreographer on the regional tour of Destiny of Desire, and is a founding member of the theatre education social justice & advocacy group Circle of Inequity. @clsparrow, @circleofinequity  

Ted Miller (he/him) has been active in local theatre for more than twenty years, onstage, backstage, and as a producer and director. He has been with The Rude Mechanicals since its inception and is thankful the company is able to continue producing shows virtually.

Anthony Ochoa (he/him) is an actor from Walla Walla, Washington. Previous roles include Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie (Gesa Powerhouse Theatre), Rosencrantz & Gravedigger in Hamlet, Sebastian in The Tempest, and Macduff in Macbeth (The Rude Mechanicals).

Emily Richman (she/her) is an actor and director from Washington State.  She currently presides as the Board President of The Rude Mechanicals in Tri-Cities, Washington.

Christopher Salazar (he/him) has his MFA from the Old Globe/USD. He works as a regional theatre actor, voice over artist and educator. @Whoischristophersalazar

Jake Smith is a wandering adventurer with a lust for art and a taste for sweets. He loves himself and everyone he meets.

Alli H. Talmage (she/her) is a veteran of The Rude Mechanicals who has acted in and worked with many productions in the Tri-Cities. She is proud to present Of Kind and Kindness as an expression of love, much needed in today’s climate.

Cynthia Vaughn (she/her) is a nationally respected voice teacher and author who has performed classical music and theatre across the U.S. Roles with The Rude Mechanicals include Lady Abbess (The Comedy of Errors) and Queen Alonsa (The Tempest).

Samantha Weakley (she/her) is an actor and software engineer in Richland, Washington. She has enjoyed over 10 years of volunteering with local theatre companies such as The Rude Mechanicals and The Richland Players.