The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story

Directed by Kristin Shoffner
May 8 - 31 | NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden

THE HENCHMAN: A SHAKESPEARE STORY is a wondrous new sequel to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM that reveals the true story of Jacob, the little changeling boy who Oberon and Titania quarreled over many years ago. Unexpectedly learning that he is the long-lost son of the King of India, Jacob discovers he must now flee his fairy-world homestead to escape the pursuit of Esau, Jacob’s warmongering brother, who is hell-bent on dispatching Jacob, and claiming the throne. Oberon and Titania are forced to send Jacob with his faithful friend Puck to Greece to enlist the aid of Theseus and Hippolyta in an adventurous comedic sequel to the Bard’s timeless tale.


This production runs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 7pm from May 8-31. This is an outdoor production and all seating is bring-your-own. Food trucks will be available at all performances as well as a fully stocked bar. Scroll to bottom of the page to see our scheduled food providers! No outside food or drink is allowed inside the garden other than food truck and NOMA bar items. This production will be staged in two locations; Act I will occur in the oak grove in the back of the current garden and Act II will move to the front pine grove during the intermission. 


Rain Plan: For productions canceled due to inclement weather, we will notify all ticketed patrons no later than 4pm. Patrons will then receive instructions via email on how they may reschedule their tickets for another performance or request a refund. All ticket purchases for any production that is rained-out mid performance are final.

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This production is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).




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Jacob: Rohan Padmakumar

Thaddea: Anna Toujas†

Puck: Julie Dietz

Esau: James Bartelle†

Crantzrosen: April Louise

Sternguilden: Khiry Armstead†

Oberon/Thesus: Alex Martinez Wallace†*

Titania/Hippolyta: Wendy Miklovic*

Peaseblossom/Antandre: Meredith Owens

Cobweb/Phoebe: Milli Marie Brown

Mustardseed/Thermadosa: Ashley Santos†

Steward and others: Keith Claverie†


† NOLA Project Company Member

* Member of Actors' Equity Association


Director: Kristin Shoffner

Assistant Director: Leslie Claverie†

Production Manager: Jenny L. Billot†

Stage Manager: Sarah Chatelain†

Stage Manager: Megan Whittle

Stage Manager: Kit Sternberer

Costume Designer: Shauna Leone†

Lighting Designer: Joan Long†

Props Designer: Mad Props, LLC

Fight Choreographer: Alex Martinez Wallace†*


Food Truck Schedule

  • 5/8:  La Cocinita, Ms. Beasleys
  • 5/9: La Cocinita, Bonafried
  • 5/10: La Cocinita, Frencheeze
  • 5/12: La Cocinita, Frencheeze
  • 5/15: La Cocinita, Crepes a la Carte
  • 5/16: Frencheeze, Crepes a la Carte
  • 5/17: Frencheeze, Crepes a la Carte
  • 5/19: La Cocinita, Frencheeze
  • 5/22: La Cocinita, Ms. Beasleys
  • 5/24: La Cocinita, Crepes a la Carte
  • 5/26: La Cocinita, Frencheeze
  • 5/29: La Cocinita, Squeezed
  • 5/30: La Cocinita, Frencheeze
  • 5/31: La Cocinita, Ms. Beasleys