Seven Ages Of WomanSeven Ages of (Wo)man: A Banquet of Shakespeare’s Women

at the Santa Fe Playhouse, November 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th, 2019 @7:00p.m.

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SANTA FE, NM – For its second offering of the 2019 season (following Romeo and Juliet in the Garden), Santa Fe Classic Theater (SFCT) will prepare a special presentation of scenes and monologues from the great female characters created by Shakespeare. In an age when other playwrights wrote about women with contempt or chauvinist humor, if at all, Shakespeare’s heroines have, even in his own day, been acknowledged as the greatest female acting roles ever written. Why Seven Ages of (Wo)man? In the beloved comedy As You Like It (which SFCT will present at the Garden in 2020), the satirist, Jaques, has one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches, beginning “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” He then goes on to list the seven ages all men live through - from infant to schoolboy, lover to soldier, justice to pantaloon to mere oblivion, ”Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

SFCT would like to take advantage of the abundance of female talent in Santa Fe and will turn the tables and explore the seven ages of Shakespeare’s women, from infant to girl-child to lover, wife, mother, soldier, judge, and crone; from Mistress Quickly the tavern mistress to Queen Cleopatra.

Some of Santa Fe’s best actresses will have the opportunity to share. Opening Sunday, November 17, the short run will continue November 18, 19 and 20 at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Director Jennifer Graves

November 17th will be a benefit Theater Santa Fe in its mission to support theatre in the City Different. November 18th, 19th & 20th, 2019, 7 Ages will jump-start fundraising efforts for Year IV of Shakespeare in the Garden, June, 2020.


As You Like It 2020

  As You Like It - dates - time TBD!  
2020 - May
May 29th
May 30th
May 31st
2020 - June
June 3rd
June 4th
June 5th
June 7th
June 9th
June 10th
June 11th
June 12th
June 13th
June 14th



Queen Mab speech from Romeo & Juliet, featuring Hania Stocker & Noah Segard, performed at Theater Walk Santa Fe 2019


2019 Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare in the Garden at Santa Fe Botanical Garden


Mission Statement: Santa Fe Classic Theater is a non-profit tax-exempt theater company whose purpose is to present and promote the works of classic playwrights, from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Shaw, for multi-cultural audiences in New Mexico. Santa Fe Classic Theater is a professional company committed to the highest standards of excellence in theater.

Santa Fe Classic Theater Board of Directors:

Patrictk BriggsPatrick Briggs has been professionally active in theatre for the past 25 years. As member of the company of players for the American Stratford Festival Theatre, Patrick studied and performed with the best in the business including John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Professor Murray Biggs of Yale University, David Suchet, and, for 6 years, classical acting and Shakespearean studies with Mr. Louis Burke, Broadway producer/director and artistic director of the American Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford Connecticut.

Patrick has been seen in several roles around Santa Fe both on and off the stage as actor, designer, and director. He last directed the Santa Fe Playhouse production of Macbeth in 2014

Suzanne Cross Suzanne Burstall Cross is third-generation community theater and proud of it.  She performed her first on stage role as Meg in A Man for All Seasons in 1974 in Louisiana and her last as Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten North Carolina.  In between she served in every function of staging and fund raising (except lighting design) since 1976.  She served many years as a Board Member for both Lake Charles Little Theater and Asheville Community Theater in the 1970’s through ‘90’s.  Locally, her first Santa Fe production was as ASM for Pat Briggs’ MACBETH at The Santa Fe Playhouse in 2015, and she has since worked backstage with many local productions including those of Robert Benedetti’s New Mexico Actors Lab (2016-18), Shakespeare in the Garden (2017), Teatro Paraguas (2017), The Oasis Theater Company (2018), and, most recently, as Stage Manager of the International Shakespeare Center’s King Lear(2018).

Jennifer GravesJennifer Graves comes to Santa Fe from New York City where she began her theatre career studying with Uta Hagen, Michael Shurtleff and Kathleen Bishop using John Barton’s techniques for Shakespeare. She spent several years on ABC’s All My Children, and opened several plays Off-Broadway such as David Hare’s Slag, with Christine Lahti. She has toured regional theater in such classic parts as Kate in William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Hedda in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.

Jennifer and her husband, Michael Graves, ran an Off-Broadway Company called The Undercroft Players where new plays were developed from authors such as Timothy Mason and John Cooper as well as performing classic theatre from Shaw, Ibsen and Chekov. During this period, Jennifer also worked for the Rothschild Venture Capital firm as assistant to the President and was Finance Chair for Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan.

Jennifer moved from New York City to Santa Fe in 2011 and has performed around town with most of the theatre companies in Santa Fe, from The Santa Fe Playhouse to the Adobe Rose to the Lensic (in Ron Bloomberg’s Queen of Madison Avenue, with Ali McGraw).

Jennifer recently had the good fortune to be cast as the Lady Gonzala in The Tempest in 2017’s Shakespeare in the Garden. Last summer saw her as Mistress Ford in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in The Vortex’s Shakespeare on the Plaza in Albuquerque. She has just finished another role for The Santa Fe Playhouse, Lady Bracknell, in The Importance of Being Earnest. 2018 also saw her begin the Theatre Lovers Club as one of the founding members.

Kelly Briggs Kelly Kiernan holds a BFA in Theatre Arts, is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and has worked in professional regional theatre and film for over twenty-five years. She trained extensively in classical theatre during her tenure as a young company member of the American Stratford Festival Theatre in her home town of Stratford, CT with artistic director and Broadway producer, Louis Burke, performing as a Woman of Canterbury in their inaugural production of T.S. Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. While a company member, she had the privilege to study Shakespeare with John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company as a participant in his Playing Shakespeare USA tour, and Chekhov with Professor Murray Biggs of Yale University. Regional theatre credits include American Stratford Festival Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Free Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Santa Fe.

She has performed locally in productions with Oasis Theatre Company, For Giving Productions, Santa Fe Playhouse, and most recently has joined the company of players with The International Shakespeare Center for their upcoming season in both Measure for Measure and King Henry IV Part I.

Ann RoylanceAnn Roylance a Dramalogue Award winner, Ann has worked in TV, theatre and clubs from DC to New York to Sydney to Los Angeles. She has worked with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Kathy Bates, Eva Marie Saint, among other greats, and has acted locally for New Mexico Actors Lab, Adobe Rose, Santa Fe Playhouse, Santa Fe Shakespeare Society, and Shakespeare in the Garden.


Lynn RoylanceLynn Roylance photographer, holds a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has had shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and galleries in Los Angles, Santa Fe, Texas and New York. His work has been seen in publications such as Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal North, and Inspired Eye. Lynn currently photographs plays for New Mexico Actors Lab, Santa Fe Playhouse, Upstart Crows and other productions in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Hania Stocker

Hania Stocker began his journey in Rockford, IL  surrounded by the theater. Observing his parents in rehearsal, watching countless productions, attending workshops and performing in plays, he developed an undying passion for acting. Playing in the bands in and out of school, he didn't expect that his move to Santa Fe in 2008 would reawaken his love of theater. When He arrived for his undergrad at St. John's College he quickly made friends with the musicians, which soon lead to joining the choir, and in no time he was a singing in the musicals and remembered his roots in the theater. Since then he has appeared in over twenty productions in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You may remember him as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, or Det.Tupolski in The Pillowman, or as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart at the Santa Fe Playhouse. Hania first worked with director Patrick Briggs in the 2015 production of Macbeth at the Santa Fe Playhouse, and most recently as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in Santa Fe Classic Theater's production of Shakespeare in the Garden. Hania is thrilled to be joining the SFCT board and looks forward to working to strengthen the community of theater in Santa Fe. Hania lives in Santa Fe where he is co-owner of Northern New Mexico Gardens.


Founding Members:

Kelly Kiernan, Patrick Briggs, Suzanne Cross, Jennifer Graves, Michael Graves,
Barbara Hatch, John Moeller, Ann Roylance, Lynn Roylance


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