Tiana Ross – Detective Palverson
Tiana Ross is thrilled to be ON stage at the Annex for the first time. They are a resident stage manager at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre where they annoy the hell out of those poor minors. Thanks to Sam for asking them to play with this merry band of menaces after a long acting hiatus. Chase would like to thank everyone for letting him be the rehearsal dog and giving him scritches. He also wants a pony and stage managers don’t make pony money.
Jordan-Michael Whidbey – Detective Jiggles
Jordan-Michael Whidbey is back at Annex! Remember them from Eat Cake and Terra Incognita right here on this very stage? No? What about from A Very Die Hard Christmas at Seattle Public Theater? It’s possible you saw them on the Langston Hughes Center’s stage or Seattle Public Theater’s stage in Riverwood. If not, you may have heard them on the DiceJailers, Antiheros Anonymous, No Latency, or Save the D8’s TTRPG podcasts or The Ugly Radio podcast. If you haven’t seen or heard them in any of those, you’ve got plenty of things to look up and watch or listen to. Have fun.
E. Pike – Ensemble
E Pike is a Seattle-based theater-maker. They graduated from Cornish College with a BFA in Acting. They have a special passion for the development of new work, and are deeply inspired by ritual and lore. They’ve recently appeared onstage in Europe (Thalia’s Umbrella), and they are a frequent collaborator with local playwright’s group Parley. In the past, they’ve performed in multiple Annex productions (Scary Mary, Silhouette, Sarah Blackwater). Tenderness will mark their debut as a director for the company.
Val Brunetto – Ensemble
Val is an actress, MFA arts leader, and a company member of Annex Theatre. Projects at Annex include Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked) and The Neverborn as well as serving as the vivacious Raffle Queen for Spin the Bottle. Other projects include Saturday Morning Cartoons (The 14/48 Projects), The Skriker and The Last Days on Judas Iscariot (Ghost Light Theatricals), and making sure to get enough servings of ham a day.
Mike Gilson – Ensemble
Mike is glad to be back in another KCB show! He has been a Seattle actor for over 10 years, appearing on various Fringe stages, including Annex Theatre. Mike’s voice is regularly heard as an ensemble member of The Ugly Radio Podcast, which just launched its fourth season. In addition, Mike plays the series regular, beleaguered Comic Book store manager, Manager Mike, in The Panel Jumper, a web series about comic book history and lore.
Chad Ro – The Narrator
Chad is stoked to be back at Annex for the first time since the Before Times. The last time was in The Neverborn way back in -squints- 2019. Anyways, donate to the arts! It’s a rough time for it out there!
Kelleen Conway Blanchard – Playwright
Kelleen Conway Blanchard is a writer with a penchant for the creepy and monstrous side of humanity. Her work has been produced at Annex Theatre, 18th and Union, Macha Monkey, Pony World, Seattle Playwright’s Collective, the 14/48 Festival, Spitn’Vigor, The Strand, FringeACT and many others. Her 2012 femme-sploitation women’s prison takeoff Kittens in a Cage received rave reviews and spawned an acclaimed webseries. Her well-received gothic comedy Blood Countess premiered at Annex as did her surreal horror comedy, The Neverborn. Check out her Radio Plays online at Annex and her work as part of the Ugly Radio on Spotify. She has been nominated for Gregory awards four times. Blanchard is constantly generating new work that prominently features strong women and lurid circumstances.
Sam Ro – Director
Sam Ro (they/them) has been an Annex company member since 2015, taking on the role of Artistic Director in 2021. Their previous directorial credits at Annex include The Devil and Sarah Blackwater and the 2020 edition of Battle Crow Radio. Sam has also acted in Annex productions such as Bunnies (Keiko Green), Silhouette (Scotto Moore, 2018 Outstanding New Play Gregory Award Recipient), and several iterations of Spin the Bottle. Sam is eager for Annex’s new era of bold new work.
Brandon Eller – Stage Manager
Brandon Eller is a Seattle-based stage manager and theatre artist. After relocating to Seattle in 2015, he soon began working with local production companies. Outside the theatre, Brandon can often be found taking literal cat naps with his motley crew– Draco, Kåre, and KC. Select stage management credits include: Murder on the Mistletoe Express (Cafe Nordo), The Neverborn (Annex Theatre), Our Country’s Good (Strawshop), Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas (Shoes & Pants Prod.).
Kilah Williams – Costume Designer
Kilah Williams (she/her) is a costume designer and maker working around the Pacific Northwest. She hails from Louisiana but moved to the great state of Washington after finishing her education. She studied costume design and construction at Baylor University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a training program at the Teatro Piccolo in Milan. She has worked locally with Island Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Academy, IAJ Media, Chrysalis Circus, Taproot Theatre, and others. This is her first show with Annex, and she is thrilled to collaborate with all the talented artists on the team.
Justin Lauer, Lighting Designer
Alison Kozar, Sound Designer
Alison is a multidisciplinary theatre artist facilitating brave storytelling through directing, stage management, and sound design. Recent projects: Copious Love Productions Bethany Sees the Stars, Intiman’s Two Mile Hollow, All New Cells (Shattered Glass Project.) Other selected projects: Intiman’s The Mystery of Irma Vep and The Events, dani tirrell’s Black Bois, WET’s Is God Is, MAP Theatre’s Year of the Rooster. Alison believes in healing the world, feminist science fiction, radical self-worth, and antifa. professionalmomfriend.com