Readings: Hudes Trilogy


Exploring the trilogy of plays by Quiara Alegria Hudes

Saturday, October 3 @ 7:30pm
Agua Por Cucharadas, a reading in Spanish
At ACT Theatre

Monday, November 2 @ 7:30pm
Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a reading in English
At West of Lenin

Wednesday, November 11 @ 7:30pm
Elliot, Fuga de un Soldado, a reading in Spanish
At ACT Theatre

In conjunction with the fall production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Water by the Spoonful, eSe Teatro, Theatre22 and ACT Theatre will collaborate to explore the trilogy of plays written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and to bring this material to audiences in both English and Spanish language as readings.

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is the first play in Hudes’ beautifully textured trilogy. Tracing the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family living in Philadelphia, the play explores the stories of nineteen-year-old Elliot, returning from Iraq with a leg injury and some difficult questions about his life, his father who served in Vietnam before him, and his grandfather who served in Korea. The English language reading of this play will take place on Nov 2 and will include a special DAY OF THE DEAD remembrance.

The Spanish language reading of this play: Elliot, Fuga de Un Solado(translated by Rose Cano) will take place on VETERAN’S DAY, Nov. 11, and will honor those who have served our country, especially people of color. There will be post-play discussions after both of these performances focusing on minority experiences in the American military led by Iraqi war veteran Carol Lynn Castillo.

Water by the Spoonful is the second play in the trilogy. To reach an even greater audience with this material, eSe and T22 present a Spanish language reading of the script, Agua Por Cucharado, at ACT Theatre on Oct. 3.

The cast for the readings includes Rose Cano, founder and artistic director of eSe Teatro. Also featured are Jany Bacallao, Yesenia Iglesias, Fernando Cavallo, Michael Blum, Carole Lynn Castillo, Kerry Skalsky, and Gregory Award winner and 12-year OSF performer, G. Valmont Thomas. The director for all three readings is Julie Beckman, who will also direct the production of Water by the Spoonful fully produced by Theatre22.


Water By The Spoonful


Directed by Julie Beckman

October 23 – November 14, 2015
At West of Lenin
203 N 36th St

This Pulitzer Prize winning play weaves together the stories of Iraq war veteran Elliot desperately trying to move forward with his life at home, his cousin Yaz whose love for music has led her from poverty into the faculty of a prestigious university but questions the cost of this, Odessa, the motherly moderator of an online support group for recovering addicts struggling to stay sober, and three other lost souls who make up a fascinating community whose lives intersect in surprising and deeply moving ways. A heartfelt meditation on lives in crisis — and on the brink of redemption — Water by the Spoonful was written by Tony nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) and receives its much-anticipated Seattle debut from Theatre22.

Theatre22’s production of Water by the Spoonful has been generously sponsored in part by The Seattle Foundation.


The cast:



Rose Cano – Odessa Ortiz-Haikumom

Rose is a graduate of Cornish, and has been Artistic Director of eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage since 2010. She is a bilingual actor, playwright, director and lyricist. Her latest play Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle was recently produced by eSe Teatro in partnership with ACT Theatre. Her adaptation of the children’s book La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez was commissioned and produced by Book–It Repertory Theatre in 2008 and 2014. In 2011 she made the list for Outstanding Acting (Modern Play) in the Seattle Times Footlight Awards for her role as Jocasta in eSe Teatro’s production of Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro. She is honored to have been granted permission to do the first-ever translation into Spanish of Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, the first play in this trilogy. Thank you Quiara! Rose is on the Steering Committee for the Latino Theatre Commons, a national alliance of Latina/o theatre makers.


Jake Ynzunza – Professor Aman/Ghost/Officer

Jake is pleased to be working on this production with Theatre22 and Ms. Beckman. Most recent productions include Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Measure for Measure and Bridges Stage Company’s Terre Haute with the ACT Central Heating Lab. In Seattle, Jake has also been seen at 14/48, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, Seattle Solo Performance Festival, Pacific Play Company, and Boom! Theatre Company. Jake holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornish College of the Arts and is a Certified Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Look for his solo show I am Jake Arsenicbased on his life as a professional wrestler, in 2016.


Jany Bacallao – Elliot Ortiz

Jany is thrilled to be making his Theatre22 debut! Some favorite regional and touring credits include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (White Rabbit/Mad Hatter), La Mariposa (Fernando), Tarzan: The Stage Musical (Father/Ape), Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (Crayfish/Grandmere), Unto These Hills (George/Kanati U/S), Chief Little Will (Raven Feather), Time of War (Male Combat Swing). Proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, B.F.A. Acting. All my love and thanks to my beautiful family and friends. Yuslandy, this one is for you. @JanyBacallao


Jeff Allen Pierce – Fountainhead

Jeff has been living in Seattle for several years, but only recently found his way to the Seattle stage. Audiences may have seen him this past summer performing the role of Benedick with Greenstage. Jeff has performed with such companies as Mill Mountain Theatre, Fusion Theatre Company, Key City Public Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles include Sam in Fully Committed, Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Boyd in The Big Bang, and Frank Butler inAnnie Get Your Gun. In his copious free time, Jeff works as a loan processor and IRA specialist for a local credit union and tries to keep up with his amazing teenage son, Dylan. And yes: he is 49er faithful! BFA Theatre Performance, University of Idaho.



Yesenia Iglesias – Yazmin Ortiz

Yesenia, pronounced with a ‘j’, is a native of Puerto Rico, and an alumna of the University of Washington’s graduate acting program. Her most recent credits include Is She Dead Yet?, and Bunnies at Annex Theatre, and Mwindo at Seattle Children’s Theatre. When not performing, she assists in teaching Stage Combat at the University of Washington. However, she mostly enjoys eating, struggling through Insanity workouts, and daydreaming about her future puppies, Batman and Dr. Mango. Yesenia is honored to be working with Theatre22, and such a talented ensemble of artists, and is excited to finally be able to speak in her third most proficient language, Spanglish. ¡Wepa!



G. Valmont Thomas – Chutes and Ladders

Making his Theatre22 debut with Water By The Spoonful, G. Val has appeared at West Of Lenin in Master Harold… and the boys (Sam) for which he received the 2013 Gregory Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor from Theatre Puget Sound as well as in Yussef El Guindi’s The Tyrant in 2014’s SOAPfest. Other theatres: Huntington Theatre’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Cutler), Syracuse Stage’s Radio Golf (Roosevelt) and Two Trains Running(Memphis), and The Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Party People (Blue). In Company of OSF for 13 seasons, credits include Macbeth inMacbeth, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Feste in Twelfth Night. Involved in Seattle Theatre since 1983, he has performed with The Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, The Bathhouse Theatre, The Seattle Group Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre and Pioneer Square Theatre. Mr. Thomas enjoys playing Backgammon.



Keiko Green – Orangutan

Keiko is a Seattle-based actor, playwright, and illustrator most recently seen in Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s The Memorandum (Helena). Other roles include Seattle Repertory Theatre’sThe Comparables (Iris), Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Othello (Bianca), Island Stage Left’sTwelfth Night (Viola), Annex Theatre’s Chaos Theory (Frannie), and Washington Ensemble Theatre’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Iraqi Woman). Next up: Costanze in Amadeus at Seattle Public Theatre. She is a new, proud member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writer’s Group. Her original musical Bunnies was produced by Annex Theatre earlier this year. She is currently co-writing the full-length play Puny Humanswith Bret Fetzer for Annex Theatre’s next season. TV/Film Credits: Grimm, C.O.G. Keiko received her BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School.

Can’t Talk Right Now


Directed by Katie McKellar

February 23 – March 9, 2016
At 12th Ave Arts

Amanda is the host of a late night radio show, Signal Loss – a love letter to the analog era. In her search for a new story, Amanda finds a twenty-year-old answering machine in a thrift shop, and is captivated by the cryptic and anxious messages on the device. She sets out to unravel the mystery of the voicemails, searching for the woman who left them and the woman who never heard them – and discovering the unlikely impact they had on each other’s lives. Can’t Talk Right Now is a new play from Scotto Moore (A Mouse Who Knows Me, Balconies, H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-up Comedian!) about empowerment, connection, and the nature of support.

Produced by Theatre22 and featuring Anastasia Higham, Amy Escobar, Jordi Montes, and Jen Moon. This one-act will run as an off-night companion to the spring mainstage production, Annapurna, at 12th Ave Arts.

The cast:



Amy Escobar – Beth/Eve

Amy is stoked to play these characters and share this story. Her other endeavors include working as a Thistle Theatre puppeteer, where she is currently rehearsing/developing a brand new show, The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling (playing the titular Funny Woman). Other Thistle productions include: Merry Chris Mouse and Little Red Riding Hood in which she played the title characters (and other adorable woodland critters). She also participated as a playwright/director for the Zig Zag Festival (Annex Theatre) where her play, Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine, was presented. Recent stage appearances include Theater Anonymous: It’s a Wonderful Life (14/48 Projects), BrechtFest: The Horse in Motion, Quickies Vol. 16 (Live Girls! Theater), Journey of the Bell (14/48 Projects) and Bunnies (Annex Theatre).


Jordi Montes – Natalie

Jordi is thrilled to be working on this beautiful show with Theatre22! Recent stage credits include:The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulyssesand The Secret Garden with Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Arts and Education program, andZapoi and the Zig Zag Festival with Annex Theatre. Thanks to KM, AB, CM, and AS for this opportunity and love to my rock TT.



Anastasia Highman – Amanda

Anastasia is so excited about this script and about making her Theatre22 debut. Previous work includes: Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s Our Town, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Circle Mirror Transformation, Wooden O’s The Tempest, Annex Theatre’s Horse Girls, Taproot Theatre’s Dracula, ACT Lab’s As You Like It, Island Stage Left’sCymbeline, and Romeo and Juliet, Othello,Macbeth, and Julius Caesar with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s educational tour. Look for her this spring on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s main stage in Romeo and Juliet.


Jen Moon – Jean

Jen is delighted to be working with Theatre22 for the first time. Jen has acted and directed with several theatre troupes in the Seattle area and has long been associated with Annex Theatre. She directed the critically acclaimed Natural, The Luxuria Cycle, and will be directing the world premiere of Unexpected Wilderness in the fall. She has directed several one-acts in productions with 14/48, Seattle Theatre Works, Seattle Playwrights Collective and most recently, Tall Tales of the Unnatural Frontier with Pacific Play Company. Jen Moon holds a B.S. in Public Health and Theatre. As always, she sends much love to Scotto.



Directed by Julie Beckman

February 19 – March 12, 2016
At 12th Ave Arts

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Tuesday March 8 at 8pm
Matinees on Sunday February 28 and Sunday March 6 at 2pm

Off the grid and barely hanging on, Ulysses unexpectantly finds his wife, Emma, at his trailer door. It’s been twenty years since their marriage was torn apart by an event that Ulysses can’t remember and Emma can’t forget. In the spirit of some of the greatest American dramas, Annapurna is built upon the hopefulness of reconciliation. Passionate, funny, fierce—it is the impossibility of scaling a mountain of strife that makes the climb so seductive.

Described as a “visceral, profound, and sometimes funny meditation on love and loss”,Annapurna is a moving and emotional play created using the most refined form of theatre: two people in a room.

The cast



Teri Lazzara – Emma

Teri is a big fan of Theatre22 and is pleased to be working with them for the first time. She has acted with many local companies including Annex Theatre, Book-it Repertory Theater, Theatre Babylon—and in two plays directed by Julie Beckman: Our American Theater Co.’sAngel’s Fall and Sound Theatre Company’s A Small Fire. Teri has participated in many festivals of 14/48: the world’s quickest theater festival, serves on their board, and is the proud recipient of their Mazen Award. Teri proudly served as Managing Director of Theater Schmeater from November 2006 through November 2012. She types fast and lives happily with a hot boyfriend named Alexander and an evil kitty named Stewie. Big love and thanks to Alber. This one’s for Dad.


John Q. Smith – Ulysses

Making his Theatre22 debut, John is honored to be working with such an amazing team onAnnapurna. John is a Northwest native and received his BFA in Acting from Cornish college of the Arts. From running his own theater company to performing on stages all over the Northwest, John has been active in the Seattle Theater scene for over twenty years. Recent favorite roles include: Charlie in The Bells at Strawshop; Eddie in Torsoat Printers Devil Theatre; Brian in These Streets at ACT/Central Heating Lab; and Uncle Charlie in August: Osage County at Balagan—for which he was awarded The Gregory Award and The Gypsy Rose Lee Award. John would like to give special thanks to his fiance, Kate, for letting him go crazy during this process and letting him dodge some wedding planning bullets! You’re the best!

The Construction Zone


Produced by Corey McDaniel
Directed by Julie Beckman

September 14 – October 5, 2016
At ACT Theatre, Bullitt Cabaret

A series of new plays presented as a Festival (one reading per week for one month), The Construction Zone provides playwrights with opportunities to develop and share new work, while providing audiences with an intimate and meaningful exposure to the process.

Curated by Theatre22 and Artistic Associate Julie Beckman with support from ACT’s Artistic Director John Langs, four plays will be chosen for the series and each will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country.

Performed by local professional artists, each reading will be followed by post-show discussions. Of the four staged readings, one of these new and exciting scripts from 2016 will come to life on the stage in ACTLab and Theatre22’s 2017 seasons.

All events will take place at 7:00pm in ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret.

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The plays:



September 14, 7:00pm
A New York comedy of middle-aged romance and marriage and crime.

Melissa is reckless because she’s going to die anyway. Flo is worried that husband Tim is going to find out about her numerous transgressions, but Tim just wants to lose ten pounds and get a good night’s sleep. Harvey thinks that all women are interchangeable until he meets the one who isn’t. Dying is no excuse for not living in this New York comedy of middle-aged romance and marriage and crime.


September 21, 7:00pm
How far will we go to stay human?

On his 16th birthday, Tate receives a gift he never asked for: Ansel, who was grown to provide him with replacement parts. But as they grow up together, Tate discovers that some gifts aren’t so easy to accept. Set in a dystopia only a heartbeat from today, The Ansel Intimacy asks how far we’ll go to stay human.



September 28, 7:00pm
A stirring tale of survival, redemption, and the deep human desire to share our stories.

Two lives unexpectedly collide when Amy, a transgender teenage girl shows up unannounced in a Florida motel room to visit Nell, a dying woman who’s lived much of her life on the streets of Detroit and wishes to self-publish her childhood memoir. Over the next 24 hours Amy and Nell are forced to confront the difficult truths that have brought them together while Amy races to upload Nell’s manuscript before time runs out. Naming True explores questions of faith, identity, and how we attempt to reconcile guilt and loss. This tragicomedy, involving a stolen laptop, an old manuscript and a peculiar cat, asks what significance hope plays in our spiritual lives. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Naming True is A stirring, often heartbreaking tale of survival, redemption, and the deep human desire to share our stories.


October 5, 7:00pm
Two quirky siblings explore the nature of family, of memory, and of sanity.

What happens when a brilliant, quirky, lost soul comes to stay in his sister’s basement and refuses to leave? And if the menacing brother-in-law doesn’t approve?  In a dog-eat-dog world, these eccentric siblings find a haven of sorts in an unfinished basement as they attempt to make sense of the past and negotiate how to move forward into the future.  Unusual relationships, power plays, and surprising humor abound in Theresa Rebeck’s compelling new play which explores the nature of family, of memory, and of sanity.


Vincent Delaney – THE ANSEL INTIMACY

Vincent Delaney’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed at the Guthrie, Humana Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, InterAct, the Magic, New Century, Woolly Mammoth, Source Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, New Harmony, PlayLabs, the Lark, and LAByrinth, among others.  Awards include McKnight and Bush fellowships, a Jerome Commission, the Heideman, and Core Membership at the Playwrights Center.  He’s a proud alum of the Seattle Rep Writers Group.

Ampersand won the Reva Shiner Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project.  The Sequence, commissioned by the Guthrie, has been produced around the country and in the UK, Canada and Japan.  99 Layoffs premiered at Radial Theatre Project and ACT Theatre, and was produced at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam.  The script was a nominee for the Steinberg Award.  Foreclosure was developed at Seattle Rep, Shakespeare and Company, and Florida Studio Theatre.  Vincent is published by Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and

Upcoming:  Las Cruces opens this fall at Premiere Stages, and  Fire Station 7 will have its world premiere at Seattle Children’s Theatre next spring.


Natalie Symons – NAMING TRUE

Natalie Symons’ plays include Lark Eden (Aurora Theatre, FreeFall Theatre, American Stage, New American Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Florida Studio Theatre, Bridge Street Theatre) and The Buffalo Kings (freeFall Theatre, world premiere). Her plays have been developed at Amas Musical Theatre, New Century Theatre’s Pipeline Series, Theater Schmeater and freeFall Theatre. Awards/recognitions: Lark Eden: Suzi Bass nomination, Creative Loafing Readers’ Choice ‘Best Playwright.’ The Buffalo Kings: Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant, Best of the Bay Critics’ Choice Award ‘Best Playwright,’ 8 Theatre Tampa Bay Award nominations including ‘Outstanding Play,’ 2 TTB Awards including ‘Outstanding Ensemble’, 3 BroadwayWorld Awards including ‘Best Play’. Naming True: ACTLab and Theatre22 2016 The Construction Zone New Works Festival, 2016 Ashland New Play Festival finalist, Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Dramaworkshop Prize, Hope and Optimism (University of Notre Dame and Cornell University) finalist. Natalie is the author of the upcoming novel, Call Her Frank, a literary mystery set in a forgotten steel town in Pennsylvania. She studied acting at Boston University and has a BS in human services and drama therapy from State University of New York, Empire State College. Recent regional acting credits include: Reborning (Urbanite Theatre), Last Of The Red Hot Lovers (Stageworks), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, An Empty Plate In The Café De Grande Boeuf, Becky Shaw, The Comedy of Errors, (freeFall Theatre), The Foreigner (American Stage).


Theresa Rebeck – DOWNSTAIRS

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at the Laura Pels Theater in a Roundabout Theatre Company production; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Her newest work, Poor Behavior premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2011. Dead Accounts, commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse, premiered January 2012. Seminar continues to run on Broadway.

All of Ms. Rebeck’s past produced plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes I, II III, and IVand in acting editions available from Samuel French or Playscripts. Ms. Rebeck’s other publications are Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business. She has written for American Theatre Magazine and has had excerpts of her plays published in the Harvard Review. Ms. Rebeck’s first novel, Three Girls and Their Brother, was published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books in April 2008. Her second novel, Twelve Rooms With A View, was published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books in May of 2010. Both novels are available online and at booksellers everywhere.

In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash.  She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells. Mauritius was originally produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Eliot Norton Award.  Other awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek.

Ms. Rebeck is originally from Cincinnati and holds an MFA in Playwriting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild, a Contributing Editor to the Harvard Review, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company, a Playwright Adviser and Board Member of the LARK and and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.



Y is the recipient of the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for …and LA is Burning; Houston’s Buzzy Award Best New Play for Woof; the Berrilla Kerr Award for the Secret wife; the Hawai`i Award for Literature for Nothing is the Same; five separate  AATE Distinguished Play Awards; and the Charlotte Chorpenning Award for her body of work for children and their families. Y is currently at work on two new musicals with northwest composer Amanda Jacobs. Plays have been supported by the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, ATT OnStage, USA Artists, and many local arts organizations; productions in Seattle at Annex, SCT and the Seattle Group Theatre, readings almost everywhere else.  Y is an alumna of New Dramatists and a member of The Dramatists’ Guild.  She still lives with Mark Lutwak to whom many things are still dedicated. Mark and Y recently returned home after some global wanderings.  They are grateful for the swell welcome and don’t intend to leave again.

The Pride

Directed by Corey McDaniel

October 28 – November 19, 2016

Performed at 12th Ave Arts
1620 12th Avenue, Seattle 98122

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Tuesday November 15 at 8pm
Matinees on Sunday November 6 and Sunday November 13 at 2pm

Run Time:

Act 1 ~ 1hr 15mins  Act 2 ~ 40 mins

This production contains adult content.

Shatteringly good…” Seattle Gay News


Recipient of the 2016 Seattle Times Footlight Awards for “Best in Show” and “Standout Lead.”

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2016 Seattle Times Footlight Awards

The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.

Two explosive love stories in alternating eras explore betrayal, forgiveness, and fate. The Pride examines changing attitudes to sexuality over a period of fifty years, looking at intimacy, identity, and the courage it takes to be who you really are. Some things may change, but the complexities of the human heart remain eternal.

Contains scenes with strong sexual content. Age guidance: 16+

“This is a searching, moving, thoroughly grown-up play, and a remarkable debut from a writer from whom I am impatient to hear more.”
—Daily Telegraph (UK)

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The cast and crew

 Photo Credit:  MR Toomey Photography


The Cast


Andre Nelson – Philip

Andre Nelson is ecstatic to work on this gritty, meaningful play with such a fantastic group of artists! Recent acting credits include: Cafe Nordo, Mount Baker Rep, Annex Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Engaged Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Andre is also a local puppeteer, sound designer and teaches acting at Freehold Theatre.

Angela DiMarco – Sylvia

Angela DiMarco has been performing on stage and screen for over 20 years. She is thrilled to have The Pride as her Theatre22 debut. Angela is a three-time Gregory Award nominee. Angela was Isa in the haunting world premiere of Knocking Bird, made possible by The Umbrella Project. Some of her favorite shows: Boeing Boeing at Seattle Repertory, The Foreigner at Village Theatre, andAngels in America at ReAct Theatre. Angela has appeared on NBC’s GRIMM and SyFy’s Znation. Her company, Mighty Tripod Productions, just had their feature film, Paralytic, in SIFF 2016. When not performing, Angela loves teaching with her husband at their studio, giving northwest artists a place to BE MIGHTY.


Trevor Young Marston – Oliver

Trevor Marston is blessed to be working on such a powerful and intimate play with such wonderful people and friends. A Seattle-based actor and producer, he most recently appeared in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Titus Andronicus for Seattle Shakespeare Company and performed two years with the company’s statewide touring productions. He has performed locally with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, Playing in Progress, Island Stage Left, SOAPfest, ReAct Theatre, and the 14/48 Projects. As a producer, Trevor has helped bring to the stage the world premieres of For Christmas by Nick Edwards, A Cure for Pain by Stephanie Timm, Boots by Libby Matthews, and Barbarians, a devised piece with SITI Company associate Jeffrey Fracé. He earned his MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.



Doug Fahl – The Doctor, The Man, Peter

Doug Fahl makes his Theatre22 debut with this show. Doug has performed with several Seattle-area theaters over the past twenty-five years, including: Village Theatre (Billy Elliot, Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, South Pacific); Seattle Musical Theatre (Sweet Charity, 9 to 5,Cabaret); SecondStory Rep (Little Shop, Chess,Little Night Music); Seattle Rep (Great Gatsby); ArtsWest (Shipwrecked); Stage Right (Boys Next Door and the Gregory Award Winning production of Into the Woods); and Annex (Yellow Kid,For Lorne, Cat Like Tread). Doug also stars in the 2009 comedy-horror film Zombies of Mass Destruction, released as part of Lionsgate’s After Dark series. He has featured roles in several other independent films including PUNCH, Dead Men, and Junk!. He’s also leant his voice to various film and commercial projects. Doug continues to divide his performance time between stage and film, but has also started focusing on the emerging medium of virtual reality gaming and experiences. Doug would like to thank Corey for the opportunity to dig into some exciting character roles amongst a brilliant cast of actors.


Margaret Toomey

(Scenic Designer)

Originally from Seattle, Margaret Toomey has trained and worked nationally as a scenic and costume designer. Her most recent Seattle-area design will be costumes for Sound Theatre’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other Seattle credits include South Pacific at Seattle Musical Theatre and Hair at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Prior to returning to Seattle, Margaret was honored with three (of five) nominations for excellence in costume design at the inaugural Theatre Bay Area Awards in 2014 for her designs of The Color Purple at Hillbarn Theatre, and Dreamgirls and In the Heights at Broadway by the Bay. Margaret’s work has also been seen at Triad Stage (North Carolina), WaterTower Theatre (Texas), and Portland Stage (Maine). Margaret received her MFA in Scenography from UNC Greensboro and her BA in Theatre from Grinnell College in Iowa.


Ahren Buhmann (Lighting Designer)

An alum of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, Ahren hails from the wide state of Wyoming. He has been designing sets, lights, and projections for various companies around Seattle for the last eight years. Previous shows include Bernie’s Apartment, The Other PlaceAnnapurnaErnest Shackleton Love Me, Wizzer Pizzer, Dogfight,Urinetown, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Les Miserables, and August: Osage County. He also dips his toes into the local film scene—both behind and in front of the camera—appearing in ZOE’s, JourneyQuest 2, The Gamers: Hands of Fate, Scotto Moore’s The Coffee Table, and co-creating the web-series &@. Ribbet.

Robin Macartney (Props Designer)

Robin is a freelance set and props designer who has been working in the Puget Sound region for over ten years. The Pride will mark her fourth show with Theatre22. Professional credits include: technical work with Seattle Shakespeare Co, Cafe Nordo, Youth Theatre NW, The Satori Group, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, Freehold Theatre, and Ese Teatro. She is the Scene Shop Supervisor at the University of Puget Sound, as well as FOH manager/Resident Set Designer at the Theatre Off Jackson.

Stephen Kelsey (Set Builder)

Stephen is new to Seattle. He has made sets for: The American Stage Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, M.I.T., University of South Carolina, and his own small theater companies: Vest Pocket Traveling Theater, Imperfect Theater Company, and 73 Seat Theater. To see a sample of his work visit:

Paul Lewis (Composer)

Paul is a Seattle-based playwright and composer whose recent projects include The Crossing, A Musical (Theater Schmeater); a musical adaptation of the children’s literature classic Caps for Sale (Boston Children’s Theatre); Oblivion (Driftwood Players, following staged readings at Atlantic Stage, Raven Players, and HRC Showcase Theatre); and The Hours of Life, A Musical (Theatre22). His drama The Names was recently chosen for a staged reading by Equity Library Theatre Chicago. Paul’s one-act pieces have been staged at play festivals across the country, winning Best of Festival awards at a number of these. He is a member of BMI and The Dramatists Guild of America. Website:


Marianna de Fazio (Dialect Coach)

Marianna works locally as an actor across all media as well as a coach for dialect, presentations and accent modification. Recent coaching credits include Joyful Noise at Taproot, and The Brothers K at Book-it Rep. MFA: UW. Love to AK.

Phil Lacey (Assistant Director)

Phil is thrilled to be telling this story with Theatre22. Selected previous production credits include Camelot (Drury Lane Oakbrook), South Pacific (SMT), ecstasy (Florida State University), and Into the Woods and Godspell [2012] (Leavenworth Summer Theater). Many thanks to Corey for inviting me into the family!

Erick Johnson (Sound Designer)

Erick was born and raised in Ashland, OR where he developed his love of theatre and sound. He has worked as an audio engineer for Blackstone Audiobooks based in Ashland, and the audio production crew at the Britt Fest in neighboring Jacksonville. He holds a Bachelor’s in Sound Arts from Ex’pression College of Emeryville, CA. Most recently he was the sound designer for Island Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Julius Caesar, As You Like It and Jane Eyre. He is super excited to be working with the wonderful people of Theatre22.

The 5th of July

Directed by Julie Beckman

October 4 – 26, 2013
At West of Lenin Theater

At a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, welcome a disparate group of colorful old friends and family who came of age in the sixties and separated as the decade drew to a close. As they reminisce, revealing lost dreams and buried resentments, they expose the shattered hopes of their college days at Berkeley and the unhealed trauma of the Vietnam War. At once poignant and marvellously funny, 5th of July is a compassionate portrait of a generation trying to transcend the disillusionment of the seventies, learn what can be salvaged from the past, and find the courage to begin anew. Sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.

Photos by: Robert Falk

The cast

Chris Shea – Kenneth Talley, Jr.

Chris is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and this production marks his return to the Seattle theatre community after a four-year hiatus. He has worked with companies across the nation, on both sides of the table, and is the founding Artistic Director of Free Shakespeare!, an organization devoted to liberating the Bard from the tyranny of uninspired English teachers and professors everywhere. Chris is very excited and honored to be a part of Theatre22’s inaugural show and to have such insightful collaborators for the journey. In his civilian life, Chris freelances as a teaching artist conducting classroom residencies, workshops, and professional development sessions. He is an ordained minister and independent Reiki and sound healing practitioner. Chris would like to dedicate this performance to his late father, Richard, whose birthday was July 5.


Alex Garnett – Jed Jenkins

Alex is thrilled to take part in Theatre 22’s inaugural production. Seattle credits include Mary Stuart (ACT Theatre), Breaking the Code (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), and The History Boys (ArtsWest). Recently, Alex appeared in The Twilight Zone: Live at Theater Schmeater, Odin’s Horse at Mirror Stage, and The Illusion with Sound Theatre Company. Alex has also worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Annex Theater, LiveGirls!, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and many others. In his spare time, Alex manages a recreational softball team that recently qualified for the Gay Softball World Series, finishing 13th. Go Badgers!


Meg McLynn – Gwen Landis

Meg McLynn is an actor, singer and teaching artist who has traveled to all 50 states and performed in many of them (including Missouri, but not Lebanon). New York and regional credits include Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio, The Mint, Theatre for a New City, The Complex LA, Huntington Theatre Company, and Idaho Shakespeare Company. Locally, Meg has performed with Wooden O, Book-It Repertory Theatre, ArtsWest, Seattle Opera, On the Boards, Centerstage!, New City Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, Living Voices, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, EXITheatre, Consolidated Works, Theater Schmeater, Theatre Off Jackson and The Bathhouse. Her tribute concert, Purple Phoenix Production’s Foolin’ Around with Patsy Cline, performs in venues throughout the Northwest. Meg is a core faculty member with Freehold Theatre Lab and a vocal coach with Jack Straw Studios. BFA: Emerson College. MFA: Columbia University. Big thanks to cast and crew, big love to Bunny!


Tom Stewart – John Landis

Tom is an actor, writer and playwright who is very excited to be a part of Lanford Wilson’s 5th of July with Theate22. Recent roles include Jack Mann in the Beebo Brinker Chronicles and Clive/Kathy in Cloud Nine. His latest play, The Hero Business, recently had its first public reading. Tom is proud to have two books coming out next year, “Robert E. Howard and the Battle for Conan” and “Fabulous Fictioneers: A History of the Incredible”. His current project is a show about the final campaign of Bobby Kennedy. Tom is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.


Megan Ahiers – June Talley

Megan is delighted to be a part of Theatre22’s inaugural production. Around Seattle, she has acted in productions at LiveGirls! Theater, Balagan Theatre, the Paradise Theatre School, Annex Theatre, Theater Schmeater, and Pony World Theatre. Megan is a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective and is the Operations Director for The 14/48 Projects (which produces 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival) and Theater Anonymous. You can see her next in Buckshot with Macha Monkey Productions, opening November 8th. Megan would like to thank Corey, Alber, and Julie for this opportunity and YOU for coming to support art and theatre. Finally, thanks to Shawn for jumping with me every time.


Mary Machala – Sally Friedman

Mary Machala is one of the founding members of Book-It Repertory Theatre, where she acted and directed for many years and is best known for her adaptations and direction of Lady Chatterly’s Lover and A Confederacy of Dunces. A former AEA/AFTRA member, she has acted at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Group Theatre, New City Theater, ArtsWest and Seattle Shakespeare Company. She toured with Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, MN, and was the Artistic Director of the socio/political improv group Off the Wall Players. She has also worked at regional theatres in Idaho, Utah and Oregon, taught improvisation and theatre arts and toured as Elizabeth I. Favorite roles include Fauna Flood inSweet Thursday, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Eugenia in Breaking the Silence. She lives in Seattle with her son, Forest, and is a Master Gardener. Congrats to Corey, Alber et al for realizing their dream!


Zach Sanders – Weston Hurley

Zach is honored and elated to be part of this inaugural production for Theatre22! Having spent most of his acting career performing Shakespeare, he is excited to be dipping his toes into something more contemporary. Recent roles include Tubal/Servant in Merchant of Venice (quiet Productions), Renfield in Dracula (Bathhouse Ensemble), and Kevin inSuperior Donuts (Seattle Public Theatre). Zach is also a playwright, with his first play, Going Dark, having premiered in June with the Bathhouse Ensemble. Much thanks to all his friends and family for their unending love and support.


Rachel Sedwick – Shirley Talley

Rachel is thrilled to be part of Theatre22’s Inaugural season in 5th of July! Her latest projects include a web series with Hostile Work Environment, and a short film in the 100 Hour Film Festival and Competition and Esther’s Follies, a satirical comedy theatre in Austin, TX. Rachel also teaches fitness classes locally and is studying to be a personal trainer.



The Lisbon Traviata

Directed by Gerald Browning

June 6 – 26, 2014
At the Richard Hugo House

Theatre22’s first annual PRIDE SERIES presents The Lisbon Traviata. Catty comedy meets operatic tragedy. Stephen adores Maria Callas and shares this obsession with his best friend, the wildly flamboyant opera queen, Mendy. They dish the latest gossip late into the night to distract Steven from a crumbling relationship with his long-time boyfriend. When Steven attempts to confront personal demons, his own life takes on the scale of grand opera.

Photos by Robert Falk

The cast


Daniel Christensen – Steven

Daniel is supremely thrilled to be in his first T22 production. You may have seen him in the Stay Up Late Show’s production of Girl You Know It’s True, or in January’s 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival. Daniel has also been spotted working with Annex ( The Underneath, Star Crossed), Theater Anonymous (It’s a Wonderful Life), Theater Schmeater (The Gingerbread House), and Live Girls! (Quickies, Mud Angel), among others, and loving every minute of it. An electrician by trade, Daniel spends his off hours floating through the void in The Coffee Table by Scott Moore, viewable at on fine laptops everywhere. Kisses to Alison. Thanks Mom and Dad.


Eric Mulholland – Mendy

Eric is an actor, teacher, and writer. He studied theatre at the University of LaVerne, where he recieved a scholarship for acting. Eric has appeared in numerous plays such as Amadeus, Cloud Nine, The Understudy, The Misanthrope, Sylvia, and The Baltimore Waltz. This summer, he can be seen in The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III with Island Shakespeare Festival. International work includes Anton Chekov’s The Lady with the Pet Dog in Split, Croatia and 1001 Arabian Knights in London. Eric enjoys writing and is part of an origional works group called FourPlay. He has taught theatre internationally to people of all ages with Partners for Youth Empowerment. For many years, Eric was a company member with the regional touring children’s theatre company, The Imagination Machine. Eric is represented by TCM Models and Talent in Seattle, and is THRILLED to be working with Theatre 22 and this amazing artistic team!


Sean P. O’Bannon – Mike

Sean is twitterpated to work with Theatre 22. He has performed at several other theatres around town, including ReAct, ArtsWest, SIS Productions, Seattle Musical Theatre, Second Story Rep, Redwood Theatre, Centerstage, and Village Theatre. Some favorite shows include Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Normal Heart, Into the Woods, School House Rock, The Seven Year Itch, and Mame with Tori Tennille.


Kyle James Traver – Paul

Kyle has been in the Seattle theatre scene as an actor and director for the past seven years, and is currently serving as the Artistic Director for LungFish Productions, a local fringe-theatre company he founded last year. He has directed four of the five productions in their inaugural season, and is now developing new works for local artists, actors, directors, and playwrights to showcase their crafts. He also devotes time to his second career as a Hair Designer of Hello Hair Studio in the Fremont neighborhood. Kyle is thrilled to be making his debut with Theatre 22 in their inaugural season! Many thanks to Corey M., Corey B., Alber, Jerry, and the rest of the Theatre 22 family, and cast and crew for a fantastic experience, to the family for their undying nlove and support, and to JRH for his unyielding love, patience, and understanding. I love you! &

The Hours of Life

Directed by Corey McDaniel

December 5-14, 2014
At The Cornish Studio Theatre

Against the dawning of the Machine Age, the original ‘goth father,’ Edgar Allan Poe embarks on an obsessive, erotically charged love affair with poet Sarah Helen Whitman. But a fateful past encounter casts its shadow forward in time as inexorably as the hands of a clock, threatening to destroy their bridge to a new life with each other.

The initial staged reading of this musical, held in June of 2011 at the Bainbridge Museum of Art, received an extraordinarily positive response from an over-capacity audience and informed subsequent revisions of the script. Our second workshop reading took place on February 11, 2013 at the Center Theatre and featured 11 local actors, an orchestra of 3 and was attended by industry peers in an effort to flush out more of the script. The Hours of Life is currently in rewrites.

The Hours of Life was one of three finalists for the 2012 Fulton Theatre New Play Discovery Project competition.

Paul Lewis is a Seattle-based playwright and composer whose previous staged work includes musicals (Alley Dog, The Crossing, The Recollection of Flight, and a recent adaptation of the children’s literature classic Caps for Sale); The World Below, an opera for young people; Last Poem on Earth, a choral and orchestral requiem; and both one-act and full-length plays. His one-acts have been staged across the country, and include A Place that Looks Like Davenport, winner of both the Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award at the 2014 Driftwood Players Festival of Shorts; Timmy Perlmutter Goes Flying (seven productions in 2014); Oblivion, winner of the Audience Favorite Award at Driftwood in 2013, and published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014; and Guess What?, which won the 2012 Audience Choice Award at FUSION Theatre’s short works festival. His full-length adaptation of Oblivion will be produced in 2015, both at Driftwood and at HRC Showcase Theatre in Hudson, NY. Paul is a member of BMI and The Dramatists Guild of America.

Photos by: Robert Falk

The cast


Mark Abel – Station Master/Thomas English

This is Mark’s first show with Theatre22 and he is happy to work again with Corey McDaniel! Mark has performed in the Seattle area for over 24 years. He has appeared with Village Theatre, Showtunes!, Balagan, STAGEright Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre and Driftwood Players, among others. Favorite roles have included: Pseudolus in Forum, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Captain Keller in Miracle Worker, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Herbie in Gypsy, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. He is excited in being part of all the creativity that comes with exploring a new work!


Jennifer Ewing – Anna Power

Pacific Northwest native, Jennifer is an actress and artist recently returned from New York City. A ‘tri-coastal’ performer, she has worked and studied in NYC, LA, and the United Kingdom. She is thrilled to be back home and making her début with Theatre22. Recent credits include The 39 Steps(Annabella/Pamela/Margaret) at Mount Baker Theatre, Turn Another Page(Mildred) with Seattle/Mainstreet Festival of New Musicals, and A Chorus Line (Valerie) at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Other theatre credits includeMuch Ado About Nothing (Beatrice/Don John/Leonato), Woyzeck(Doctor/Katie), Twelfth Night (Viola), and Othello (Desdemona)


Macall Gordon – Mrs. Power

Macall was seen last summer in the all-female production of Julius Caesar(Wooden O). Other roles include Miss Pringle in Diana of Dobson’s (Taproot), Alice in Henry V (Wooden O), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Shoreline Theatre); Baba Yaga in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Washington Ensemble Theatre); Lorraine in A Lie of the Mind (Collektor/Central Heating Lab); Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Seattle Shakespeare Company, Walla Walla extension), Mary Ellen in The Happy Ones (Seattle Public Theater), Sylvia in Maria/Stuart (Theater Schmeater), and Gertrude inHamlet (GreenStage). Next January, she can be seen as Flora Humble inHumble Boy (Seattle Public Theatre). She lives in Woodinville with her dramatic family and comedic dogs.



Patricia Haines-Ainsworth – Maria Clemm “Aunt Muddy”

Patricia is originally from PA, where she worked both onstage and backstage. She just completed a run as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly at SPA. Last year she portrayed Aunt March in Little Women at ArtsWest, where she also performed in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Next Fall. In February, Pat will direct her adaptation of Treasure Island for SecondStory Repertory with composer Terence Levitt. This season, several of their new musicals for young audiences will be performed in theaters across the country. Thanks to Theatre22 for the opportunity to be a part of this new work.


Doug Knoop – Mr. Swain/Constable/Dr. Moran/Ensemble

Doug is delighted to be a part of The Hours of Life. He was recently seen as Tevye in Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof. Last year, he played multiple roles in Seattle Musical Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, produced Sea Marks for his production company (KTO Productions), and was featured inMoon Over Buffalo for SecondStory Repertory. Other area credits include: directing ‘night mother, playing Finbar in The Weir (KTO Productions), The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, and The Producers (Seattle Musical Theatre). Many thanks to Corey, Paul, Julia, Alber, and this great cast.


Victor Matlock – Schlumberger / Fight Captain

Victor is ecstatic to be making his first appearance at Theatre22! Victor is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre, with an emphasis in Directing and Playwriting. Since graduating in May, Victor has directed works at Intiman Theatre Festival (Flip, Flop, Fly!, Tiny Kushner) and assisted in Cornish College of the Arts’ fall production of Bonnie and Clyde. Victor would like to thank his family and friends for all their support, and for this amazing opportunity. Cheers!



Amelia Meckler – Barkeep/Ensemble

Amelia is so thankful that Corey and T22 asked her to be a part of this fully realized production of Hours after participating in the February 2013 staged reading. In the time since, she directed Love in the Time of Zombies for Vagabond Alley Productions, played Agave in GreenStage’s HARD BARD musical production of Bacchae, and Porky in Theater Schmeater’s Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? This performance is her first after marrying the amazing Devin Bowers this past September and she is very thankful for his support and love through the process. This one is for you, my love.


Meg McLynn – Sarah ‘Helen’ Whitman

Meg is happy to return to Theatre22, after playing Gwen in Fifth of July. Locally, she has performed with Wooden O, Book-It Rep, ArtsWest, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, New City Theatre, STAGEright, Centerstage, On The Boards, Theater Schmeater, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, and she has been a company member of Living Voices, EXITheatre and Seattle Women in Blues. She also sings the songbooks of Patsy Cline, Judy Garland and The McGuire Sisters with Purple Phoenix Productions, and can be seen in the feature films Different Drummers and 7 Minutes. Meg teaches the Core Curriculum at Freehold Theatre Lab and is a vocal coach with Jack Straw Productions. BFA: Emerson College. MFA: Columbia University.


Katherine Poor – Librarian/Ensemble

Katherine is thrilled to be a part of The Hours of Life with Theatre22! Born in Seattle and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Katherine returned to her PNW roots in 2010 to pursue college studies and performance opportunities within the Emerald City. Recent credits include the Witch in Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Into the Woods and Velma in Hairspray with Shoreline Community College Theatre. Katie thanks her family for love and support throughout all her creative endeavors.



Brian Pucheu – Edgar Allan Poe

Brian is originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California. He moved to Seattle to start a career in theater and he couldn’t be happier. He is beside himself to be given the chance to play one of his favorite authors in this production. His past credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Calamity Jane (Wild Bill Hickok), and Rocky Horror Live (Riff Raff) to name a few. His local credits include Fiddler On The Roof (Perchik), Man of La Mancha (Duke/Dr. Carrasco), The Grimaldis (Jack Grimaldi), and Dr. Thadeus Q. Ballard’s Follies (Andrew T. Carnegie). He would thank all those who have worked so incredibly hard to make this show a success and his family for their ever-present support. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” E. A. Poe.


Sara Trowbridge – Virginia Poe “Sissy”

Sara is a Pacific Northwest theatre veteran, and is thrilled to be working with Theatre22 on this production. Recent roles include: God in Wild Party (Sound Theater Company), Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo (SecondStory Repertory), and Jane Banbury in Fallen Angels (Theater Schmeater). Much love to the Millers for their unflagging support.


Katie McKellar – Nurse/Ensemble

Katie is beyond thrilled to mark the beginning of her acting journey in Seattle with Theatre22 on this production. Katie has been seen around town as a production manager, stage manager, and sometimes designer. This will be her first stage performance since arriving in Seattle, but some of her previous roles include Tillie from The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and Lydia Lubey from All My Sons. Katie is on staff at Annex Theatre, Theatre22, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. Thank you to all of my wonderful friends and family for supporting me on this amazing ride. Special thank you to Jordan and Sascha for putting up with my crazy.


Michael Ramquist – Maezel

This production of The Hours Of Life marks Michael’s first time working with Theater22 and director Corey McDaniel, and he simply could not be more delighted! Michael has kept fairly busy over the past year, appearing as Cadmus in The GreenStage production of The Bacchae, Jacob Marley/Ghost of Christmas Present in SecondStory Rep’s A Christmas Carol, Carr Gomm in STAGEright’s The Elephant Man and Brabantio in GreenStage’s summertime parks production of Othello. When not acting, Michael works restoring/repairing vintage cars. Much love to his family and especially to April DeNonno.


Joshua Valencia – First Doctor/Man Playing Chess/Ensemble

Joshua is very excited to be in The Hours of Life at Theatre22! Originally from Santa Fe, NM, Josh recently graduated from Cornish this past may with a BFA in Theatre. You can follow him on twitter @jvalencia151.


Riley Donahue – Pabodie

Riley’s passion for acting began at a young age, and he has been involved in theater and film ever since. Four years ago, he moved to Seattle from North Carolina and has been fortunate to find roles in film, television, and theatre. His repertoire includes local independent films, such as All My Presidentsand The Dinner Table; the lead in Ghost Light Productions’ Paper Bullets; and a guest star appearance in the TNT television show Leverage. The Hours of Life is Riley’s first show with Theatre22, and he is thrilled for the opportunity to perform alongside a new community of actors as they pursue the art they love.

Questions of the Heart

Directed by Mark Kamie

August 18-19, 2014
At Tyee Yacht Club

Questions of the Heart explores the rocky intersection of sexual orientation and religious faith. When Ben—a straight, faithful Mormon—finds himself caught in the middle of the rancorous California Proposition 8 campaign, he is unwilling to distance himself from either his religious community or his many close gay friends. Near desperation, he hopes to find some guidance by interviewing a wide range of fellow Mormons who also happen to be gay.

Based on actual interviews conducted by the playwright, Questions of the Heart follows Ben (who plays both interviewer and subjects) as he struggles to make sense of their surprising and conflicting experiences while also trying to reconcile them with his own faith.