Thoughts from our directors…
The onset of the pandemic changed our lives in an instant. For over a year, the future was uncertain, relationships were left hanging in the balance, and families were strained. Our world changed at such a rapid rate that the word ‘overwhelming’ became a severe understatement. As we witnessed time standing still, we had the ability to turn inwards, to reflect.
Now we have the opportunity to tell stories of this shared experience. Using Alice in Wonderland as a vehicle to tell that story seemed wildly appropriate. Julie Beckman has done a wonderful job adapting this story. The version we present to you highlights Alice’s journey of growth through her ability to conquer the most challenging of situations emotionally, physically, and politically. Alice takes on the unknown and finds out for herself what is important, who is important, how to express that, and what it means for Alice to be an ally and an advocate. As she navigates Wonderland, themes of loss, change, growth, understanding, support, and dismantling of harmful, toxic power structures are all evident. Alice represents our future generations as they are the ones highly affected by the major changes happening all around us. As the story unfolds and as this pandemic comes to a close, it is revealed that they are the ultimate agents for change. When Alice returns to her reality, she immediately starts putting those lessons into action.
As we start to put back the pieces of the theatre community, I hope that this story will bring delight to all and help us start processing the last year so that we can finally start to heal.
After what felt like a never-ending and dizzying “hiatus,” Theatre22 is overjoyed to welcome you (and us) back to live theatre! Stepping into production again has been a deeply satisfying and emotional journey as we returned to creating theatre together: sharing space and ideas and rollicking laughter, brainstorming and discovering and playing together. Our rehearsals and meetings were infused with joy as we were delighted by the creativity and generosity of our cast and team, and ultimately rediscovered the indescribable magic of sharing our vision in real time and space with you, the audience. What a cause for celebration!!
Like Alice, our journey down the rabbit hole has been full of challenges, surprises and delights, and also like Alice, the joys have far outweighed the trials. We have learned and grown, made connections and been re-vitalized. I am extremely grateful to all of the people who helped shepherd this pandemic-informed vision into life and who helped me shape the first clumsy version into something that lives and breathes and embodies both childlike wonder and a mature challenge to learn, grow and change to face our ever-new reality. I am grateful to you as well, for joining us in person, and for sharing in this process of creation. Thank you and enjoy the show!
Alanah Pascual ~ Alice
Antonio Mitchell ~ Duchess / Mouse
Lisa Viertel ~ Queen / Bill the Lizard
Christian Zumbado ~ Catepillar / Mad Hatter / Seven of Spades
Nicole Suyama ~ Elsi / Mock Turtle / Cheshire Cat
Marianna de Fazio ~ Rabbit / Dormouse
Jasmine Lomax ~ Cook / March Hare / Two of Clubs
Adapter ~ Julie Beckman
Directors ~ Julie Beckman and Jasmine Lomax
Producing Artistic Director ~ Corey McDaniel
Production Manager ~ Gavin Yehle
Costume Designer ~ K.D. Schill
Set & Properties Designer ~ Joshua Legate
Sound Designer ~ Rob Whitmer
Puppet Master ~ Stephanie Vrell Sachs
Scenic Painter & Associate Producer ~ Jennifer Ewing
Stage Manger ~ Jessamyn Bateman-Iino
Assistant Stage Manager ~ Emma Hagerman
Technical Director & Builder ~ Adrian Delahunt
Casting Director & House Manager ~ Alber Sucupira
Alanah Pascual – Alice
Alanah is a Filipina/Cuban American from San Diego, CA. She is a performer, writer and director. She has acted with the Pork Filled Productions, REBATEnsemble, and Cornish College of the Arts. Alanah is currently apart of the directing cohort of The Shattered Glass Project’s incubator/mentorship program. She is so grateful to be heading down this rabbit hole tonight.
Jasmine Lomax – Cook / March Hare / Duckling / Two of Clubs
Associate Director and Dramaturg
Jasmine is extremely honored to return to Theatre22 after participating in The Celestial Omnibus and she has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with these talented artists. Some of her most favorite credits include Pass Over (Dramaturg) directed by Tim Bond, Raisins in a Glass of Milk 2019 (Actor) produced by Live Girls!, Femme (Director) produced by Fantastic Z Theater Company, and Vicinity Memoryall (Actor) directed by Meleesa Wyatt.
Antonio Mitchell -Duchess/Mo
Antonio is currently a second year actor in the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at the University of Washington and this is his first production with Theatre22. He is originally from Alabama where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Recent Credits include: Johannes Rosmer in Rosmersholm (UW), Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (Harlequin Productions), Emcee in So Far So Good (UW), Belize in Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (UAB). He wants to say thank you to all his family and friends that have continued to support him on this journey!
Marianna de Fazio – Rabbit / Dormouse
Marianna acts in front of the camera, behind the mic and on stages around Seattle. Before the shut-down, she was playing Julia in Radial Theater Project’s production of 1984 – look for a remount in the spring of 2022! Marianna also coaches dialect for stage and screen, and is the resident coach for Theatre22. Professionally, she coaches individuals in public speaking, voice & speech and accent modification. This fall she will teach Voice for Theater as an adjunct professor at SPU.
Nicole Suyama – Elsie / Mock Turtle / Cheshire Cat / Dodo
Nicole is an accomplished entertainer and teaching artist from the PNW. She is the current Program Manager for Seattle-based Native American youth theater program, Red Eagle Soaring, and serves on the board for Copious Love Productions. As a singer, Nicole is the reigning North American Champion for the World Karaoke Tour since 2019, a back-up singer for local band Eric Blu & The Soul Revue, and karaoke host at multiple venues spanning from Goofy’s in Ballard, to Who’s On First in Snohomish. As an actress, she has played in a wide variety of plays and short films in the Seattle area, including Journey West! The Legend of Lewis & Clark, Raisins In a Glass of Milk, and Master Control, winner of Best Film In City for the 2018 Seattle 48 hour horror film project.
Christian Zumbado – Caterpillar / Mad Hatter / Seven of Spades
Christian is very excited to be a part ofAlice in Wonderland! Mad Hatter has always been a character that Christian hoped to explore. Christian’s recent roles include Fall/Agustin in Mirror Stage’sExpand Upon Series, Tomas in Shoe produced by ACT Theatre, and Adolpho in Drowsy Chaperone with Cornish College of the Arts. Christian is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) and most recently received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Christian is a member of Young Hot Thespian. YHT is the regime, the takeover is now. The fact that we are doing live plays again gives Christian hope for a bright future filled with live performance and art. Christian would like to thank Theatre22 for this amazing opportunity. He would also like to thank his mom and his YHT fam for all the love and support.
Lisa Viertel – Queen of Hearts / Bill the Lizard
Lisa is thrilled to be back with Theatre22 after appearing as Dr. Marvel in Wizzer Pizzer. Recent roles include Dottie in Noises Off and Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike with Harlequin Productions in Olympia, Lily in Jitterbug Perfume with Cafe Nordo, Andrea in Go, Please, Go with Ashland New Plays Festival, Mum in Parliament Square with Pony World Theatre and Ensemble in TEH Internet is Serious Business with Washington Ensemble Theater. She has also worked with Book-It Repertory, Sound Theater Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Annex Theater, Theatre Schmeater, ArtsWest, Balagan Theater, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (Mazen Award Winner) among many others. Next up – What We Were with Pony World Theater, October 2021.
Julie Beckman – Adapter & Director
Julie is overjoyed to be going down the rabbit hole again with Theatre22 in collaboration with this amazingly talented group of actors and artists. Previous directing projects with Theatre22 include The Revolutionists, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Downstairs, Annapurna, Water by the Spoonful, and Fifth of July. Previous adapting and directing projects include The Celestial Omnibus with Theatre22, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Dickens’ Hard Times at Book-It, Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters with Athena Theatre Project, and a handful of short stories in Chicago with Porcupine Productions. She has directed at several dozen theatres in Seattle and around the country including ACT, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Sound Theatre, MAP, eSe Teatro, Island Shakespeare Festival and 14/48, and has an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.
Jasmine Lomax – Director & Dramaturg
SEE Jasmine’s bio listed with the cast
Stephani Vrell Sachs – Puppet Master
Puppets belong everywhere and Stephani is here to do her part for the betterment of the puppet population. Stephani started Half Pint Puppets, LLC, teaches children and adults to build hand and rod (muppet style) puppets, builds puppets large, small, and giant, for theater and film. She is also the voice and character of Sally, the SDOT Spokes-salmon.
K.D. Schill – Costume Designer
K.D. Schill has designed/procured costumes, for some of the most talented directors, playwrights, actors, dancers, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers and artists in the Pacific Northwest. For this she is extremely grateful. She has worked with Intiman Theatre, ACT, Theatre22, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Book it Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Also Pat Graney, Spectrum Dance, Maureen Whiting and 33 Fainting Spells. She is also delighted to have worked with The Starfish Project and many area High Schools on their Theater productions and Musicals. She has been Wardrobe supervisor at Intiman Theatre for the past 8 years.
Rob Witmer – Sound Designer
Rob is a Seattle based sound designer, composer, and musician. Previously, he designed Sings the Hits for Theatre22, directed by Katie McKellar. Other recent shows include: Richard III, Timon of Athens, Bring Down the House (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Dracula, Romeo + Juliet (ACT Theatre); Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard (The Seagull Project); Lyric Suite, Strange Fruit (Spectrum Dance Theater); Don Giovanni, Tosca (Seattle Opera). Rob composed music for Black Beauty, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Seattle Children’s Theatre). His sound designs have also been heard at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre, and Teatro ZinZanni. Rob is a part-time Lecturer at UW School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829.
Joshua Legate – Set & Properties Designer
Joshua is a video artist and designer of projections, lighting, scenery, and sound for theatre, film, and installations. A Montana native, he is a graduate of The University of Montana where he studied primarily as actor and Stage Technician. After graduation he moved to New York, where he earned his Master of Arts Degree with a specialization in lighting design, technical direction, and drama theory and criticism at SUNY Binghamton. Theatre work includes collaborations with numerous institutions including Galumpha Dance Company, Castleton Opera Festival, Valley Musical Theatre, Central Washington Dance Ensemble, Bare Bait Dance Company, The Crystal Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, The Ellensburg Opera, Dorset Theatre Festival, many more. In addition to design for theatre he has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Lighting Design and Technology with Central Washington University. He designed numerous productions for Central Washington University and Yakima Valley Community College, while also mentoring students and overseeing production in the Light Shop. He received his MFA from the University of Washington as a student in the design program, and has lectured at Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Flathead Valley Community College, and The Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Adrian Delahunt – Technical Director & Builder
Adrian is the resident TD at Theatre22. His work has been seen all over Seattle stages as his builds have also been featured at Book-It, Wooden 0, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Seattle Public Theater among others.
Gavin Yehle – Production Manager
Gavin is a graduate from the University of Utah with a BFA in acing and stage management. He is excited to be returning to Theatre22 after stage managing and assistant production managing for The Revolutionists in 2019. Other Seattle management credits include Troilus & Cressida (Seattle Shakes), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Bellevue Youth Theatre), and 14/48 (Flagship Festival at ACT). While at the University of Utah, he appeared in, stage managed or designed various shows including The Rivals, Company, A Christmas Carol, Julius Caesar, Our Country’s Good, You Never Can Tell, and Arcadia. He’s also worked around the Salt Lake Valley at such companies as The University of Utah Youth Theatre (where he got his start in theatre), Salt Lake Acting Company, The Grand Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Utah Opera.
Jessamyn Bateman-Iino- Stage Manager
Jessamyn is a stage manager and prop master from the Seattle area. Their past favorite shows include Live! From the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater, Theatre22), Rovers (Annex Theatre), and 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (14/48 Projects). They also make cute and creepy crafts, which can be found at mutinyhall.com.
Emma Hagerman – Assistant Stage Manager
Emma is a local stage manager and is thrilled to join the ALICE team. This is Emma’s first production with Theatre22.
Alber Sucupira – Casting Director, House Manager, T22 General Manager
Alber began his twenty-five-year love affair with theatre in his native country of Brazil. As an early teen, he would sneak off alone and attend productions of touring Broadway shows, Shakespeare, and local theatre and dance companies. A self-proclaimed “behind the scenes” theatre artist, Alber has also worked in stage management and theatre education. In support of his position as Casting Director for Theatre22, Alber attends over one hundred shows per season and never tires of our region’s talent and creative influence. He is dog owner, an avid animal lover, and also a human rights supporter.
Jennifer Ewing – Scenic Painter & Associate Producer
Jennifer Ewing (Scenic Artist / Assoc. Producer) is an actor, freelance artist, and scenic artist. This season she created the original paintings for the poster art of The Celestial Omnibus and Alice in Wonderland. She first joined the Theatre22 family in the art department in 2014, painting the portraits of Maria Callas for The Lisbon Traviata. She painted the 8‘x32’ mountain landscape mural for Annapurna, and was a painter on The Happiest Song Plays Last. In 2017 she was appointed to the position of Resident Scenic Artist. Jennifer also works regularly with Seattle Public Theatre (Admissions, Christmastown, Indy Jones and the Raiders of the Last Temple of the Doomed Ark, Fire Season) and ArtsWest (Sunset Baby, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, John, M. Butterfly, Jane Eyre: The Musical). Jennifer began working behind the scenes as an associate producer for Theatre22 in the summer of 2016. Her work involves season selections, casting materials, fundraising, show scheduling and coordination, promotional material, script breakdowns, show program content, and various lists, calendars, and other administrative odds and ends. Jennifer has performed with Theatre22 as The Narrator in The Celestial Omnibus, Jane in White, and Anna in The Hours of Life.
Very Special Thanks for their support…
Paul Lippert, Sunam Ellis, Lenore Bensinger, Andrew Coopman, Aviona Rodrigues Brown, Mary Machala, Teri Lazzara, Patrick Swett, Keelan Shirkey, Lisa Branham, Lantz Wagner, Dori and Bob Stankowski, Jan Williams, Curtis Eastwood, Brendan Healey, Melissa Rabelhofer, Teresa Thuman, John Langs, Erin Brindley, Anna Cronin, Jeff Allen Pierce, Ken Holmes, George Mount, Kathy Hsieh, Bret Fetzer, and a very special thanks to Moira, Nolan, and Jacob.
Original Alice in Wonderland artwork provided by Jennifer Ewing. www.jenniferewing.org
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