October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Playhouse Box Office


September 20 – October 13, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 2pm

by William Shakespeare

Director: Samuel Young

What a fool honesty is…

The Winter’s Tale tells the story of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. Believing that his wife Hermione has betrayed him with King Polixenes, King Leontes orders her to be sent to prison, banishes his child and orders Polixenes to be poisoned. After sixteen years of being consumed by guilt, Leontes pays his debts and is reconciled with Hermione and his daughter in contrasting scenes that are full of laughter and merriment.

This tragicomedy is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful works, blending pastoral humor, bitterness, resentment and the most magical of endings, proving the power of forgiveness and redemption.

A familiar face to Coronado Playhouse audiences, having performed in Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and King Charles III, Samuel Young returns to CPH, this time as the Director. This production markes the first time Coronado Playhouse has ever staged The Winter’s Tale in the 23-year history of Annual Free Classic plays.


Tickets for The Winter’s Tale are FREE thanks to a generous grant from the City of Coronado.
The Winter’s Tale is NOT included in our subscription packages but can be added to a subscription at the time of booking.
Tickets are limited to 5 per patron.
2019 CPH Members and Subscribers receive reserved seating for The Winter’s Tale.

Meet the Cast

  • Justin Allen Slagle – Leontes
  • Julia Giolzetti – Hermione
  • Isaac Brieske – Polixenes
  • Ashley Engelman – Perdita
  • Neil Munz – Florizel/Dion
  • Steven J. Jensen – Camillo
  • Kara Tuckfield – Paulina
  • Russell Clements – Autolycus/Archidamus
  • Raymond Lynch – Shepherd
  • Adam Lightfoot – Clown/Cleomenes
  • Chris Marler – Antigonus
  • Camelia Tzadok – Mamillius
  • Carrie Kirtz – 1st Lord/Ensemble
  • Andrew Shane Walters – 2nd Lord/Ensemble
  • Ruth Russell – 1st Lady/Ensemble
  • Kristen Washington – 2nd Lady/Ensemble

The Playbill

The program is available here.


Press images are not yet available for this production.

Cast Bios

ISAAC BRIESKE (Polixenes) is joyfully participating in their first Coronado Playhouse production. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, previous works include Fish Fry (TAPiT New Works, 2019), Henry IV p. 2 (Madison Shakespeare Co., 2019), The Drawer Boy (Strollers Ltd., 2018) and As You Like It (Madison Shakespeare Co., 2016).

RUSSELL CLEMENTS (Autolycus) is ecstatic to be back at Coronado Playhouse! Past credits include Matheson (The Old Man and the Old Moon), Banquo (Macbeth), Oatcake (Much Ado About Nothing) and Clown (The 39 Steps), all at CPH and Character Actor (Bullshot Crummond/Onstage Playhouse), Actor 1 (Baskerville/Scripps Ranch Theater), Paige/Achmed (Magic in this Soul), Pepper/Robert (Untold/SD Fringe), Derrick (Know More!), John N (Failure: A Love Story), Faustus (Tragical History of Dr. Faustus) and others.  Phil 4:4

ASHLEY ENGELMAN (Perdita) is delighted to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut! She is a graduate of Coronado High School and a recent graduate of the University of San Diego, where she earned a BA in Theatre and English. Currently, she is preparing to apply for law school. Some of her favorite acting credits include Twelfth Night (Viola), Art (Marc), On the Verge (Mary Baltimore), Henry V (Pistol/Dauphin) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth).

JULIA GIOLZETTI (Hermione) is appearing in her third show at Coronado Playhouse following Macbeth (Lady Macduff) and King Charles III (Kate). Off-Broadway: Drunk Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth, New York Times Critic’s Pick). NYC: World Premiere of PINK! (Samantha), Midsummer (Hermia), Othello (Iago), Cymbeline (Pisanio), Comedy of Errors (Adriana). Istanbul: The Tempest, Macbeth. San Diego: …Jimmy Dean (Edna), Plays by Young Writers (Old Globe), The Expanse Experience at Comic-Con. BFA: NYU. Her greatest joy is her two-year-old daughter, Rosalind.

STEVEN JENSEN (Camillo) recently appeared in Man of La Mancha at Oceanside Theatre Co. Nineteen Coronado Playhouse shows include Guys and Dolls, King Charles III, Hamlet, Spamalot, Tartuffe, Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet and The Drowsy Chaperone. Plays elsewhere include Edward II (Diversionary), The Tempest (Poor Players), Macbeth and Who Am I This Time? (Vanguard), She Loves Me (Lamplighters), Julius Caesar (New Village Arts) and eight operettas at Lyric Opera San Diego.

CARRIE KIRTZ (1st Lord/Ensemble) is excited to be in her first production at Coronado Playhouse. She most recently appeared as Agrippa in New Match Collective’s production of Antony and Cleopatra.

ADAM LIGHTFOOT (Clown/Cleomenes) is thrilled to be returning to Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Angus in Macbeth last season. Previous roles include Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank (American History Theater) and Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (413 Project). Adam is from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and received his B.A. in Performance from Northumbria University.

RAYMOND LYNCH (Shepherd) has worked Off Broadway, in Los Angeles at Mark Taper Forum and other theatres and regionally at Shakespeare festivals.  Raymond’s first job was at The Old Globe in a show directed by Craig Noel. Other local work includes Coronado Playhouse, Trinity Theatre, Lamplighters, Vista’s Broadway and as Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony. He was cast by Sir Richard Attenborough in the film Chaplin and has a wide range of television (yes, he was Hotlips’s bridegroom), film and commercial credits. Training: Charles Nelson Reilly, Kate and Ellen Geer and HB Studio (NYC). Ray is a proud veteran.

CHRIS MARLER (Antigonus) is honored to participate in his fourth Shakespeare production at Coronado Playhouse after previously appearing in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing. Chris has performed in at least 50 productions in a variety of genres over more than 35 years as an actor. He is a founding company member of the Redlands Shakespeare Festival and is an alumnus of the University of Southern California School of Drama.

NEIL MUNZ (Florizel/Dion) is happy to be making his return to Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Max in Cabaret earlier this season. His other credits include Urinetown (Mr. Cladwell) and Hair (Berger) while attending San Francisco State University. Neil would like to thank his family and friends for their support, and the Playhouse itself for allowing him to perform with them once again.

RUTH RUSSELL (First Lady/Ensemble) was last seen at CPH in Dracula as his love, Lucy Westenra. Most recently she played Sami Hunt in the “audience favorite” The Hunt(s) at Scripps Ranch Theater and Daisy Lawrence in SRT’s Return Engagements. Favorite credits: Abigail Williams, The Crucible; Mom, None of the Above; Riverbend, Baghdad Burning; Lady-in-Waiting, Richard III; Masha, The Seagull. Ruth is a certified yoga instructor and loves homemaking with her husband and sweet dog.

JUSTIN ALLEN SLAGLE (Leontes) is an award-winning actor and director. He most recently directed and produced the West Coast Premiere of Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic for The Eastern. Select local credits include: Acting: Paul/Carstairs, Ten out of Twelve (Lamplighters), Joel, Beau Jest (SRT), Justin Hicks, The Fox on the Fairway (OnStage Playhouse), Denny, The Violet Hour (OSP) and Paul in the award-winning To Gillian, on her 37th Birthday (OSP). Directing: Guys and Dolls (CPH), God of Carnage (OSP), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (TCCS). Justin is slated to direct Anything Goes next season here at Coronado Playhouse. @iamslagle www.theeasternsd.com


KARA TUCKFIELD (Paulina) is making her debut at Coronado Playhouse. Recent credits: Wizard/ Wizard of Oz (Vanguard), Miss Hannigan/ Annie (Vanguard), Mrs. Boyle/Mousetrap (Lamplighters) and directing Godspell (Vanguard). Other credits include Elizabeth/Richard III (Pardoe Theater), Hippolyta/Titania/Midsummer Night’s Dream (Castle Theater), Sister Roberts/Nunsense (Atascadero Dinner Theater), Muriel/Woman in Mind (Margetts Theater) and Maria/Twelfth Night (Margetts Theater).  Kara is thankful to everyone at CPH for this wonderful experience.

CAMELIA TZADOK (Mamillius) is thrilled to make her debut on the Coronado Playhouse stage. Playing Mamillius in The Winter’s Tale will be her first role in a play by Shakespeare. She’s currently in ninth grade at Coronado High School. Outside of acting she loves horseback riding, dancing, basketball, painting and playing the guitar.

ANDREW SHANE WALTERS (2nd Lord/Ensemble) is so excited to be back for his third production with Coronado Playhouse; King Charles III (2018), Cabaret (2019). Andrew is a local musician and teacher who graduated from UCSD in spring of 2017. Past productions include Safa’s Story, Danny’s Story and The Magic In This Soul (Blindspot Collective), Woyzeck (OnTheLine Collective), Bearspray (GMSR), kNOw More (Point Loma Nazarene University), The Eight Reindeer Monologues (OB Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (UCSD) and Other People (Wagner New Play Festival).  

KRISTEN WASHINGTON (2nd Lady/Ensemble) is so excited to be in her first production at Coronado Playhouse! Her recent productions include playing Heidi in Fuddy Meers (2019) and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (2018) with Trinity Theatre. She has her BFA in Theater Arts Performance from Hofstra University in New York.

Creative Team

SAMUEL YOUNG (Director) is beyond thrilled to be returning to Coronado Playhouse, this time as a director. He was previously seen at CPH as an actor, playing the title role in Macbeth (2018). He was also a part of the cast of King Charles III (2018), Much Ado About Nothing (2017) and Hamlet (2016). He will also be directing next season’s Moon Over Buffalo (2020) here at CPH. He is eternally grateful for this wonderfully talented cast, and extremely dedicated crew and production staff, who are all an integral part to making this show what it is. It takes a village! Much gratitude also to his friends and family for their support.

ANTHONY ZELIG (Resident Producer, Production Manager, Lighting & Sound Designer) is excited to be producing his sixth show this season at Coronado Playhouse. After 24 years in New York, working on and off Broadway, he is very happy to have made his way to San Diego and found a home here at CPH. Previous Playhouse credits include designing lights for last season’s A Man of No Importance (Aubrey nom), Follies: In Concert, Joseph… and this season’s Bare: In Concert as well as producing this season’s productions of Guys and Dolls, Bare: In Concert, Cabaret, The Old Man and The Old Moon and Dogfight.

GIDEON RAPPOPORT (Dramaturg) has taught Shakespeare for forty-five years in high school, college, graduate school, and adult education courses and served as dramaturg for Shakespeare and other productions at North Coast Rep, San Diego Rep, California Shakes, Old Globe, BAYFEST, New Fortune, Intrepid, Coronado, Moonlight, The Bishop’s School and La Jolla Country Day School theaters and for Complete Works on Hulu.com, in which he had his film debut. He has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, has produced an annotated edition of Hamlet and is writing A Shakespeare Companion for Students.

MARCENE DRYSDALE (Costume Designer) has been costuming shows at Coronado Playhouse for three years.  Shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical the Musical, Sugar, The 39 Steps, The Addams Family, A Man of No Importance and Guys and Dolls.  She has also costumed several shows throughout San Diego such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, The Drowsy Chaperone, Aida, and Spring Awakening.

PAM EVERETT (Resident Prop Designer & House Manager) is honored to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. Being able to give back to our community with CPH during the annual classic is special. Thank you to my family for sharing in the fun and to all of our patrons for making the Coronado Playhouse GREAT!

KATHY PARKS (Resident Stage Manager) has worked back stage for many productions with Coronado Playhouse Theatre, and also with Trinity Theatre, OB Playhouse and Pickwick Players.  She is grateful to her sons Sean Paul and Connor Boyd for introducing her to this crazy world of theatre.

KRISTINE DOMINGO (Choreographer) is working with Coronado Playhouse for the first time and second time working with Director, Samuel Young. She has over 20 years of dance, teaching and choreography experience throughout the San Diego area. Kristine is so excited to be working with Samuel again and with this wonderful cast.

ANASTASIA MORGAN (Co-Lighting Designer, Light & Sound Operator) is delighted to be able to work with Coronado Playhouse again. Her previous works include Guys & Dolls at CPH (light board op), Our Town at Patio Playhouse (lighting design), Peter & the Starcatcher at San Diego Mesa College (lighting design). She would like to thank the director, cast, and the production team for the opportunity to work on this production, as well as making this an enjoyable experience.


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