Her Mother Was Imagination

July 30-August 28, 2010 | Fri-Sat at 8 pm
$15 gen

Her Mother Was Imagination is a bold new culture-bending play about a future ‘right-thinking’ America written by local playwright Elizabeth Heffron, directed by Ellie McKay. This edgy satire dares to envision a post-constitutional society who have embraced Glenn Beck as their leader and submit their lives to the will of the Elders yet find themselves confined to a massive sky-scraping tower, stratified by floor levels, living safely above a treacherous earth terrain below, where only the basest of creatures survive. This almost Orwellian life in the tower is both savage and decadent and at times an opulent spectacle in this fantastical new world order.

Featuring David Gassner, Sann Hall, Jesse Keeter, Conner Marx, Carrie McIntyre, Beth Peterson, Erin Pike, Peter Richards, Michael Stock and Sarah Warren.

Her Mother Was Imagination is the culmination of a generative multi-disciplinary arts project exploring our future as individuals and as a culture, created by Elizabeth Heffron, Ellie McKay, Max Reichlin and Daniel Worthington. This new play is entirely lit by human-charged batteries in effort to minimize its own environmental footprint as well as champion the practical applications of alternative renewable energy.

For more information and links to related galleries please visit www.hermotherwasimagination.com

When I Come to My Senses, I’m Alive!

written by Scotto Moore | directed by Kristina Sutherland
Apr 23 – May 22, 2010 | Fri-Sat at 8 pm
Industry Night: May 10 at 8pm
$15 gen | $5 stu

“When I Come To My Senses, I’m Alive!” is a near-future sci-fi story about a technological provocateur who invents a method for capturing emotions as digital information, as part of a project to “chart the emotional genome.” She develops a cult following of fans who download her very addictive “emoticlips” – each delivered with cryptic, poetic file names like “the surprise of an unfamiliar memory” – and play them back in hobby-built receiver helmets. The experience is not full blown virtual reality; instead, emotional responses & sensations are triggered, and each fan experiences something unique. A seedy television executive tries to coopt her technology to syndicate the emotions of TV stars, hiring an elite P.I. to figure out what her weaknesses are when she refuses to sell out… but in the meantime, publishing digital versions of her emotions to the internet has unexpected consequences amongst the botnets of the world.

SeattleActor.com review:

Scotto Moore‘s new play, “When I Come to My Senses, I’m Alive!” is the best kind of science fiction, the kind where speculation about the future feels like something you could wake up to tomorrow morning. In this World Premiere production, director Kristina Sutherland has kept the ideas fresh and intriguing and the performances finely finished and compelling. The acting is brisk and, at least for the enthusiastic opening night audience, it’s premise and articulation is easily embraced by a generation for whom the globalization of information, media and personal experience meld into our shared online identities…. [The play] is a lot of fun, at least in part because it is so confident and thoroughly considered in its ideas and equally finished in its theatrical savvy for putting them on stage.

Seattle Times review:

It’s not hard to be captivated by Moore’s provocative premise about a leap in information technology that makes human emotions a downloadable, vicarious experience. The story’s late turn toward suspense — with the spectral rise of freethinking, artificial intelligence on the Internet — certainly ups the ante in unexpected, spooky ways…. Director Kristina Sutherland keeps the action brisk and crisp, and knows how to nudge the audience’s imagination.

The Stranger review:

One wants to see more plays like this in Seattle—smart science fiction about the amazing world we have found ourselves heading toward.

Seattle Gay News review:

Fun, fascinating, thoughtful and delightful.

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Jade Justad in When I Come to My Senses, I'm Alive!

Annique Farrar Jennifer Pratt
Micky Carter Daniel Christensen
Veronica Bilious Jade Justad
Aleister Rowland Curtis Eastwood
Cicely Bryce Katie Beudert
Monica/Emily March LaChrista Borgers
Whisper/Cody Charles Jesse Keeter
Stage Manager Rob Bergquist
Set Design David Gignac
Light Design Dani Prados
Costume Design
Headgear Design
Rebecca Grabman
Props Design J H Welch
Sound Design Scotto Moore
Technical Consultant Brett Wagner
Technical Director Max Reichlin
Production Manager Ellie McKay
Build Team Jillian Vashro
Ian Johnston
Poster Design Miquela Suazo
Trailer: Director of
Ben Laurance
Trailer: Gaffer Michael Hayes
Trailer: Sound Ian Johnston
Press Release Senses_Press_Release.pdf
Press Photos Senses_Press_Photo_1.jpg

Penguins 2: Roll Away the Rock

written by Scot Augustson, directed by Bret Fetzer
LATE NIGHT: Jan 29 – Feb 12, 2010, Fri-Sat at 11 pm
(no show Friday, Feb 6)
$10 gen / $5 stu

A gang war twixt nuns and priests!

Episode 2 of Annex’s smash-hit Penguins, about a gang war between nuns and priests in the Catholic church that rocks the dioceses!

Father Luke/The Organist/Snake Eyes Daniel Christensen
Father Jones Chris Dietz
Sister Daphne George/Mother Gershwin/Connie Sullivan Teri Lazzara
Sister Jenny Memphis/June/Sister Peaches Sophie Lowenstein
Adam, the Organist’s son David Roby
Sister Mimi Coco/Marilyn/Sister Iddy Biddy Jenny Schmidt
Sister Candy/Young Susan/Widow Kilorin Jillian Vashro
Sister Bernadette/Gertrungkt Lisa Viertel
Brother Placido/Spencer/Monsignor Kittan Clayton Weller
Stage Manager Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe
Technical Director & Photographer Ian Johnston
Production Manager Ellie McKay
Postcard Design Emily Harvey
Design Team Susannah Anderson
Meaghan Darling
John DeShazo
Julia Evanovich
Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe
Ed Hawkins
Ian Johnston

Lynn Jepson, Jen Moon, Deb Skorstad and the UW Costume Shop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Theater Schmeater.

The Believers

written & directed by Jim Bovino
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21, 2009 | Fri-Sat 8pm

The Believers is set in an unidentified city where life has become transformed into a series of fragmented and privatized events where the cameras are always rolling, the lights are always on, and the hero could be you.

The play examines the manufacturing of reality and questions the ability of individuals to distinguish between autonomous and enforced behavior and the possibility for original thought in a mediated world.

The play does not have a traditional plot or narrative, but is structured as a series of vignettes loosely connected by theme.

Sarah E Budge
Joe Feeney
Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe
Caleb Joslin
Erin Pike
Nick Poling
Jennifer Pratt

Stage Manager Meaghan Darling
Set Design Zack Bent
Light Design Melinda Short
Costume Design Julia Evanovich
Props Design Julia Welch
Sound Engineering Kevin Heard
Original Music Take Acre
Technical Director Max Reichlin
Production Manager Ellie McKay
Build Team Jillian Vashro
David Roby
Ron Darling

Seattle Children’s Theatre, John Deshazo, Michael Hayes, Jillia Pessenda, Theatre Schmeater, Clint Fisher, Gala

Love’s Tangled Web

written by Charles Ludlam | directed by Ed Hawkins
April 17 – May 16, 2009 | Fri-Sat, 8pm

Raeanne Avery Adria LaMorticella
Bram Taylor Daniel Wood
Eve Woodville Laurie Utterback
Bertie Woodville Patrick Walrath
Sylvia Woodville Kate Parker
Pastor Fenwick Bates Gerald B. Browning
Stage Manager Angel Welter
Set Design/Master Carpenter Kit Newman
Light Design/Photographer Ian Johnston
Costume Design Erik Andor
Costume Design Brian Norton
Props Mistress/Set Dresser Fiori Cippoletti
Sound Design Kevin Heard
Sound Design Ed Hawkins
Technical Director Max Reichlin
Production Manager Ellie McKay
Assistant Technical Director David Roby
Hair Consultant Sibyl Darling
Wardrobe Assistant Jen Moon
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Chris Zappala

Robert Aguilar, Susannah Anderson, Jillian Armenante, Sibyl Darling, Darren Davis, Josie Gardner & Deborah Skorstadt at Washington School of Drama, Chris Jeffries, Jen Moon, Brian Norton, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Laurie Utterback, West Seattle Senior Center/Stop ‘n Shop Thrift, Christopher Zinovitch at ArtsWest