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Livermore Shakespeare Festival a Success

Sep 7, 2010

Theatre Arts professors Lisa Tromovitch and Gary Armagnac collaborated this summer at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, with Ms. Tromovitch directing Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and Mr. Armagnac directing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

The festival, which takes place on the lovely grounds of Concannon Vineyards in Livermore, CA, grew in attendance despite a down economy. Patrons and reviewers noted the exciting quality of the work onstage.

In a review of Romeo and Juliet, Bay Area theatre critic Pat Craig stated, "Director Gary Armagnac and his actors took a new look at the classic romantic tragedy and brought a remarkable interpretation of the tale to the stage." He noted that actors Joseph Salazar (Romeo) and Ashley Wickett (Juliet) "channeled whatever it is that makes kids kids—and created theatrical magic...."

Romeo and Juliet featured Theatre Arts professor emeritus William J. Wolak as the Friar and current Theatre Arts student Alison Koch as the Nurse. Alison, who had been the understudy, shone in her role after taking over for cast member Tiffany Hoover who was in a car accident.

Professor Randall Enlow and Pacific graduate Ryan Shull designed lights for the productions, and Jonathan Singer designed the costumes.

Lisa Tromovitch is the founder and artistic director of Shakespeare's Associates, producers of the award-winning Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Gary Armagnac, who is head of acting in the Theatre Arts department, has extensive stage and screen experience, including a role in the acclaimed "The Big Goodbye" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (View the press release.)

Theatre Arts student Alison Koch (Nurse) on left with Ashley Wickett (Juliet)
Theatre Arts student Alison Koch (Nurse) on left with Ashley Wickett (Juliet).

Professor emeritus William Wolak (Friar) with fellow cast members
Professor emeritus William Wolak (Friar) with fellow cast members.