Island Shakespeare Festival presented Teacakes and Tarot with Will Wilhelm and and Joshua Castille livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 6:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 8:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).
Teacakes & Tarot with Will Wilhelm is one part cocktail party and one part slumber party! In each episode, TGNC actor and host Will Wilhelm interviews a queer theatre maker for a chat about art, life in the industry, and their connections with Shakespeare. Together, Will and their artistic crush conjure pathways to creating more inclusive and queer-friendly new work and approaches to the classics. After a lovely interview, Will offers each guest a tarot and sonnet reading creating a sensationally live yet intimate conclusion to their shared time. Teacakes & Tarot with Will Wilhelm offers insight, inspiration, and a little incidental education in all things queer, classic, and cosmic.
Since its first episodes in September 2020, audiences have called Teacakes & Tarot with Will Wilhelm “a much needed TRANSfusion [in American Theatre]” and “the BEST part of my 2020.” Guests can watch the livestream or register at the link below to participate in the action via Zoom.
Teacakes & Tarot with Will Wilhelm was co-created by Erin Murray and is presented by the Island Shakespeare Festival as a part of the Shakespeare Playground Series, which presents digital programming that incorporates creative intersections with Shakespeare.
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Joshua Castille (he/him) Joshua Castille is a Deaf performance artist based out of Los Angeles, California. Josh strives to form meaningful collaborations that explore the boundaries of art. He has worked on various projects in different roles including ASL master, director, actor, set designer, and more. His charming ability to communicate and deliver performance art to both hearing and Deaf audiences allows him to connect to people in a way that is unique and entertaining. Josh has worked in spaces from small community theatres, to Broadway, to the Tony Awards stage. He has starred in commercials, short films, music videos, and cameo appearances on TV shows and network programming. He has worked alongside artists such as BD Wong, Marlee Matlin, Camryn Manheim, Jules Dameron, Russell Harvard, Michael Arden, American Authors, Ingrid Michaelson, and Andrew Keegan-Bolger. Amidst the adrenaline rushes, Josh has been able to channel his inner Cajun spirit. He makes friends with everyone he meets, remembering the influence others have on him. He harbors the humility of knowing that no matter how you communicate, you have a voice to be heard.
Will Wilhelm (they/them) is host of Teacakes & Tarot and co-creator and performer of Gender Play. A Michigan native, Will is based in Chicago, IL, where they earned their BA in Theatre from Northwestern University before becoming the first non-binary company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. There, they reimaged genderqueer characters in As You Like It, MacBeth, and Bill Rauch's Oklahoma! Other notable projects include creating the role of Person in Charge in the Midwest Premiere of Straight White Men, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; playing Angel in Metropolis Performing Arts Center's production of Rent, for which they received the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actor in a Musical; and performing full texts bilingually in Spanish and English. Additional theatre affiliations include Victory Gardens Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and About Face Theatre Company. In 2020, Will wrote “Gender is Performance” for Howlround and was featured in the Chicago Tribune. Will is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Erin Murray (she/her) is the director of Teacakes & Tarot and co-creator of Gender Play whose 15 year career has spanned much of the Northern Hemisphere. Erin directed the Irish Premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2005 which won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Speigeltent and was later remounted at Project Arts Centre. From 2005 - 2008, Erin was the staff director for Opera Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland, where she toured five fully staged operas on European tours. In 2012, she was the executive producer on the world premiere of Ariel Zetina's Pink Milk: A Magical Tragedy Loosely Based on the Life of Alan Turing at New York International Fringe Festival and Chicago Fringe. Additional directing credits include Anne Washburn's The Internationalist (Steppenwolf Garage), the world premiere of Scott Kaiser's Shakespeare’s Other Women (Island Shakespeare Festival), the Chicago premiere of Suzanne Heathcote's I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (Redtwist), and the Seattle premiere of Annie Baker's John (ArtsWest); Erin assisted Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro on the world premiere productions of Tracy Letts' Three Sisters and Mary Page Marlowe for Steppenwolf Theatre. Erin will direct her Kilroy’s List Awarded adaptation of Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac featuring a trans/non-binary actor in the titular role for the 2021 Island Shakespeare Festival. Erin earned her MFA in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University, and BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
Island Shakespeare Festival is an annual outdoor theatre festival started in 2010 and based on Whidbey Island, WA. Notable productions include the world premiere of Scott Kaiser’s Shakespeare’s Other Women, A Winter’s Tale directed by the former Artistic Director of the Ashland New Play Festival, Kyle Haden, Othello directed by Terri McMahon, and commissioning the Kilroys List Awarded adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac featuring a trans/gender non-conforming actor in the titular role which will premiere in 2021. Teacakes & Tarot is part of their “Shakespeare’s Playground” digital festival including a podcast series based on Scott Kaiser’s newest book, Tales from the Vomitorium, a ten-episode vlog series titled This of Juliet by Abbey Rhyne and Morgan Davis, and a devised play on Shakespeare, race, and intergenerational relationships, Musings of Fire by Santiago Sosa.