2023: Year In Review

Asolo Rep, a West Coast Premiere, and more! 2023 has been a thrilling year of creative adventures: I spent a season as part of the repertory company of Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida, performing in “The Three Musketeers” and “Chicken & Biscuits”. I played the title role in a staged reading of Euripides’ ancient Greek play “Ion” at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, directed by Carey Perloff. And I played Kit Marlowe in Aurora Theatre Company‘s West Coast Premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ play “Born With Teeth”, which was recently named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2023. Here’s what San Fransisco Chronicle Theatre critic Lily Janiak had to say about my performance in her best theater of the year article:

“We Bay Area theater mavens have long noted the exceptional promise shown by actor and Berkeley native Dean Linnard — in “Groundhog Day” at San Francisco Playhouse, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at California Shakespeare Theater. But Aurora Theatre Company’s West Coast premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ two-hander, imagining the collaboration by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe on the “Henry VI” trilogy, established him as a star. He sharpened every line of already taut dialogue, showing how each beat was an attack, a faux retreat, a come-on, a baring, a garrisoning. A play became a dance.” Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

I have deep appreciation for the above companies for being my artistic homes over this past year. As for 2024? Oooo mama, there are some exciting things in store. Watch this space …

Shrug. Me as Kit Marlowe in “Born With Teeth” at Aurora Theatre Company.
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