Live! From the Last Night of My Life


Directed by Wayne Rawley
March 27 – April 18, 2015
At 12th Ave Arts

Doug Sample is a man who has decided his experiment with life has, for all intents and purposes, failed. He has achieved nothing, accomplished nothing, and has nothing except his graveyard shift at a local gas station and Mini-Mart. He has decided that the best thing for everyone would be if he shot himself in the head, and he is planning to do it right in front of the Mini-Mart’s security cameras at the end of this, his last shift. But before the night is over, Doug will be visited by his past, his present, his possible futures and some particularly annoying customers as he struggles with some of life’s most challenging questions like, “Why should I go on?”, “What does it all mean?”, and perhaps most importantly, “Did I remember to change the cherry syrup in the Slushie Machine?”

Originally staged by Theater Schmeater during its West Coast premiere in 2011, the original cast and crew come together again to bring this award-winning production back to the Seattle stage.

The cast:



Ashley Bagwell – Ensemble

Ashley was last seen as Ed in Fangs at Eclectic Theater and as Detective Benjamin Booke in Wayne Rawley’s Attack of the Killer Murder of Death! at Theater Schmeater. Other favorites have been Elephant’s Graveyard and August: Osage County with Balagan Theatre. He is also a voice over artist and can be seen in the upcoming web-series Manic Pixie Dream Wife releasing later this spring. Welcome back to the Super Suck. Enjoy!


Alyson Bedford – Ensemble

Alyson is beyond excited to be with this thrilling and talented cast and crew again. Past shows include, a couple of runs of 14/48, The Winter’s Tale (Hermione) with Wooden O, Cradle and All with Theater Schmeater, Hamlet as (Player Queen), and Richard III as (Lady Anne), both with Seattle Shakespeare Company. She’s worked with AHA! Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman Theater, A.C.T. , and also had a couple of commercials, industrials and movies. She just wrapped a feature film entitled Monsters, hopefully due out to national film festivals in late summer or early fall. She’s a graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts’ theater program. Love to her ‘little’ 16 year old mouse who is the reason for being.


Samie Spring Detzer – Ensemble

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and a Co-Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre, Samie was most recently seen in WET’s Sprawl, The Edge of Our Bodies, and The Hunchback of Seville (Footlight Award Winner), in These Streets at A Contemporary Theater and in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi at Seattle Children’s Theater. She has worked at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Rep, Taproot, The Solo Performance Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival, and 14/48 Theater Festival. Samie created and continues to curate Six Pack Series, a stupid smart literary event here in Seattle. What a dream to come back and work with these fine artists, thank you Theater22!



Katie Driscoll – Ensemble

Katie was last seen in Macha Monkey’s Buckshot (2013). She’s worked extensively with Annex Theater, Theater Schmeater, and 14/48 Projects. She is ecstatic to be back with this incredible cast and Wayne. Heather Gautschi (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with the Live family. Heather has appeared on many Seattle stages, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, ArtsWest and Balagan. You can also catch her performing improv at Unexpected Productions in the Market Theatre or hear her voice on numerous commercials and video games. Heather earned her B.A. in Theatre from Oberlin College. She is married to the dashing actor Patrick Allcorn. They are parents to the recently named World’s Most Adorable 2-Year-Old, Harper Jean.


Heather Gautschi – Ensemble

Heather is thrilled to be back with the Live family. Heather has appeared on many Seattle stages, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, ArtsWest and Balagan. You can also catch her performing improv at Unexpected Productions in the Market Theatre or hear her voice on numerous commercials and video games. Heather earned her B.A. in Theatre from Oberlin College. She is married to the dashing actor Patrick Allcorn. They are parents to the recently named World’s Most Adorable 2-Year-Old, Harper Jean.


Ryan Higgens – Doug Sample

Ryan is tremendously humbled to revisit this incredible show and beautiful character. This marks his first show with Theater22. Most recently, he’s been seen in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with WET, Smoked! with Cafe Nordo, Maldoror with UMO Ensemble, Accidental Death of an Anarchist with Strawberry Theater Workshop, and on the SyFy network in Z Nation. Mr. Higgins received the 2012 Gregory Award for Outstanding Actor for this role. After Live!, Mr. Higgins will be acting in Cafe Nordo’s Don Nordo del Midwest and directing Two Noble Kinsmen for GreenStage. This one is for Jamie.



Corey McDaniel – Ensemble

Corey is the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre22 and wears many hats this incredibly diverse cultural community including those of director, actor, teacher, administrator and consultant. He is beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with this very special group of people again led by one of our regions most valued playwright / directors. Thank you for supporting live theatre!


Jason Sharp – Ensemble

Jason is grateful to be making his T22 debut and reprising his ensemble roles from the play’s original Northwest premiere at Theater Schmeater. Additionally, his work has been seen at Annex theatre (Balconies, Team of Heroes: Alecto Issue #1, Behind Closed Doors and No More Heroes, Women In Peril) Matcha Monkey (Sweet Nothing), Our American Theater Co. (Angels Fall), Live Girls! (Quickies, Fever, Whirligig, Patty Red Pants), Bad Actor Productions (Capitol Hill High, Exorcist: The Musical) and he’s a veteran actor of Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series and 14/48.


James Weidman – Ensemble

The last three years (AKA his forties) have been a veritable roller-coaster for James Weidman. He’ll spare you the lows and briefly list the highs: Plays- The Twilight Zone and Fallen Angels (Theater Schmeater), The Government Inspector (Theatre Anonymous), Or, (Harlequin Productions), The Phantom Tollbooth (BIAO) Duel of The Linguist Mages, The Underneath, Blood Countess and Zapoi (Annex), Event- whale watching, Nephew- Charlie, Love Pamela, Kitten- Hugo. Vivre Live!

Wizzer Pizzer


Directed by Corey D. McDaniel

July 10 – August 1, 2015
Summer Pride Series
At 12th Ave Arts

Somewhere over the rainbow, gays are checking themselves into Dr. Marvel’s Reparative Therapy Clinic, where an ex-gay, ex-lesbian couple teach them to be born again straight. Adrian, a drag queen (best known for his Judy Garland impersonation), checks himself in after losing the amateur drag contest. So does Frank (a rugged, straight guy who bears a striking resemblance to Adrian’s best girlfriend Frankie). When Frank finds love at the clinic with the poster girl for cured lesbians, all Oz breaks loose. Wizzer Pizzer is a wild, outrageous, modern ride back out the Yellow Brick Road.

“In its world-premiere production at 7 Stages, Wizzer Pizzer revels in the comic possibilities of its timely subject, turns gender politics topsy-turvy and offers something sexy for every orientation.”
— Atlanta’s Creative Loafing

The Cast


Eric Mulholland – Adrian

Eric is a southern California native. He studied theatre at the University of LaVerne where he received academic awards in theatre and a scholarship for acting. He has appeared in numerous plays such as Amadeus, Richard III, Cloud Nine, The Misanthrope, Sylvia, and The Baltimore Waltz. Previously with Theatre22, Eric was seen as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata for which he received a nomination from the Seattle Theater Writers, Gypsy Rose Lee award for Best Supporting Actor. Eric is thrilled to appear in the west coast premiere of Wizzer Pizzer, Getting Over the Rainbow. Eric’s international work includes Anton Chekhov’s, The Lady With The Pet Dog in Split, Croatia and 1001 Arabian Knights in London with London Bubble Theatre.


Rhonda J. Soikowski – Frankie

Rhonda has been acting, directing, and generating new work in collaborative process for more than 20 years. She holds an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting: Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts where she is currently on Faculty in the Theater Department. Local acting credits include work with Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Book-It Repertory Theater (Pride & Prejudice, Little Women, Peter Pan), Cherry Manhattan Presents (The Beebo Brinker Chronicles), laCoeur (A Vintage Spectacular Series), upstart crow (Titus Andronicus), and many others. Rhonda is currently involved in research and development for performance pedagogy with her organization, soikowski research | performance.



Chip Wood – Steve Eden

A native Texan, Chip moved to Seattle just last year, and his first local role was in The Nerd at CenterStage, followed by A Little Night Music at SSR and The Gate at Eclectic Theater. Favorite roles in North Texas regional theater include Spamalot (King Arthur), The Civil War (Sam Taylor),Titanic (Wm. Murdoch), 1776 (Roger Sherman), Rent (Gordon), Oklahoma (Curly), The Crucible (Samuel Parris), and Forever Plaid (Smudge). In September, you’ll find him as Caiaphas in SMT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.


Alyssa Keene – Helen Eden

Helen is absolutely aflutter to be working on this project with Theatre22. Recent acting credits include: Rosie in Humble Boy, Pam in American Wee-Pie (Seattle Public Theater), Emma in Blood Relations and Dolores in the Gregory Award-winning production of The Wild Party (Sound Theatre), Kitty Curvey in Attack of the Killer Murder…. of Death! (Theater Schmeater), Dr. Wyatt in Witness for the Prosecution (Theater Anonymous), Mrs. Settergreen in Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical (Seattle Children’s Theatre). She is a Mazen award-winning participant in 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival and over the last 13 years has participated as both an actor and band member. Alyssa is also a voice and dialect coach, working regularly with Audie-winning audiobook narrators, student and adult authors at Jack Straw Cultural Center, and theaters throughout the Northwest.



Matthew Sherrill – Gable Eden

Matthew is delighted to make his Theatre22 debut and be accepted into the fantastic Wizzer Pizzer family. As a recent Seattle transplant, his previous Seattle credits are few, including Tiny Tim is Dead with Playwrights’ Theatre and Picasso at the Lapin Agile with Twelfth Night Productions. He has graduated with a BFA in Acting from Chicago’s DePaul University and will continue his training this summer as a participant of the Intiman Emerging Artist Program.


Pilar O’Connell – Blaine Eden

Pilar is thrilled to be making her Theatre22 debut in Wizzer Pizzer. She is a performer originally from Santa Fe, NM. She moved to Seattle in 2009 to attend Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her BFA. You may have seen her working around town with Forward Flux, Live Girls!, Theater Schmeater, Annex Theatre, The 14/48 Projects, Playing In Progress, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Parley, and Soikowski research performance. See her next in Goddess of Mercy and In Vivo with the Icicle Creek New Play Festival and in Still Life with Forward Flux in the Fall.



Lisa Viertel – Dr. Marvel

Lisa is thrilled to be making her debut with Theatre22. Favorite roles in town include Susan in The Secretaries, Samantha in Attack of the Killer Murder of Death, Blonde in Reservoir Dolls and Kath in Entertaining Mr. Sloane (all at Theater Schmeater), The Matron in Kittens in a Cage and Sister Bernadette in Penguins at Annex Theater, Susan in Broken for You at Book-It, Sally in The Bells at Strawberry Theater Workshop and Mattie Fae in August:Osage County at Balagan. She has also performed with 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (Mazen Award Winner), Theater Anonymous, Sound Theater Co, Arouet, ArtsWest and many others. Thanks to Corey, Alber and all the wonderful Theatre22 folk for welcoming me to this fantastic project!

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.