All’s Well
Ends Well

April 22

May 29, 2022

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Shana Cooper

An elegant affair... richly designed. Alejandra Escalante’s performance is utterly delightful.


★★★★ High-energy... Shakespeare with sharp twists


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"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together." Shakespeare’s rarely seen dark comedy is brought to new life in the uniquely intimate setting of the Courtyard Theater. No challenge can match the power of a determined woman. In love with a young man who does not return her affection, the resourceful Helen will go to any length to turn her visions of romance into reality—only to discover that happy endings are never as simple as they seem in fairy tales. Director Shana Cooper’s striking productions have been celebrated on stages across the country, from off Broadway to Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her visceral approach to storytelling infuses movement and music, providing a perfect complement to Shakespeare’s poetic language.

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Video: "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none"

Gallery: All’s Well That Ends Well

Stream: Pre•Amble with Sara B.T. Thiel, PhD


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Critical Acclaim

"A lively and energetic staging," declares Third Coast Review.
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A Conversation with the Director

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A brief introduction to the story of All’s Well That Ends Well.
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The Players

Creative Team

Shana Cooper Director

Andrew Boyce Scenic Designer

Raquel Barreto Costume Designer

Adam Honoré Lighting Designer

Paul James Prendergast Sound/Composition

Richard Jarvie Hair & Make Up Designer

Stephanie Martinez Movement Designer

DENDY Magic Designer

Gregory Linington Verse Coach

Mallory Metoxen Assistant Director

Noelle Kayser Assistant to the Movement Designer

Sarah Scanlon Intimacy Director

Bob Mason Casting

Katrina Herrmann Stage Manager

Kate Ocker Assistant Stage Manager

Katie Lupica, Manna-Symone Middlebrooks Assistants to the Director


Patrick Agada Second Lord

Mark Bedard Parolles

Christiana Clark Widow Capilet / Duchess of Florence

William Dick Lafeu

Alejandra Escalante Helen

Francis Guinan King of France

Casey Hoekstra First Lord

Dante Jemmott Bertram

Joseph Aaron Johnson Rinaldo / Soldier Lord

Ora Jones Countess of Rossillion

Jeff Kurysz First Soldier / Soldier Lord

Emma Ladji Diana

Pablo David Laucerica King’s Attendant / Soldier Lord

Elizabeth Ledo Lavatch

Tanya Thai McBride Mariana

Jeannie Affelder Understudy

Caron Buinis Understudy

Kevin Gudahl Understudy

Christopher Hainsworth Understudy

Tae-nyun Kim Understudy

Gavin Mueller Understudy

Jacob Mundell Understudy

Hilary Schwartz Understudy

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