OR,is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. www.dramatists.com
Thoughts from the Producing Artistic Director
Theatre22 in 2022.
Theatre provides the opportunity to connect, and after a time of extended isolation, this is particularly important. Coming together as community is an essential part of our humanity. And what is more ingrained in us than the essential experience of gathering together to share stories? In addition, we long for a map to show us how to move forward, something to remind us that we can get through this – that we can survive – that we can THRIVE.
In Theatre22’s 8th season, we have found two beautiful examples of resilient artists who overcame the obstacles of their moment. In OR, we follow the story of spy, poetess and playwright Aphra Behn, and in our fall production of Nonsense and Beauty, we learn about the intriguing person life of the brilliant novelist E.M. Forster. Both stories build on the historical reality of these characters, and the real challenges that they experienced, in beautifully told stories that embrace the union of artistry and humanity.
Thanks so much to our donors, patrons, artists and team members, for bringing Theatre22 back to the stage in 2022. We are so grateful to our community for walking this path together, and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!
With so many of us still reeling from the challenges of this moment, it is a wonderful opportunity to turn to the arts to provide some insight and hope, and ideally to have some fun along the way. For the cast and crew of OR, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of exploration as we jumped back into live, indoor theatre – remembering the joy of being together. The process, starting with hundreds of pages of research, moved into a wild ride of risk and discovery, movement and song, door slamming and rollicking laughter. It has been a truly healing process to be creating again, together — doing the thing that makes us feel most alive!
Along with Aphra Behn, OR, brings to life the characters of Nelle Gwynn and Charles II – both of whom helped shape the age, in some ways through their famous relationship with each other. The restrictions of the Puritans had created a stranglehold on the people of Britain until the restoration of King Charles II, who embraced the arts, and a life full of pleasure. Charles opened the theatres, and brought women onto the stage. Nelle Gwynn, an “orange girl turned good,” found great success as an actress, and also great success as Charles’ favorite mistress — a Cinderella story that enchanted the people of the era.
Within the historical fiction of our play, we can find inspiration in a handful of people who made a difference in the world of 17th century London. And some of the messages that they brought at that time are particularly inspiring to this moment in time. As Aphra says in our play, “After the madness and turmoil and loss … After the broken words and broken hearts, do we dare hope?” Here at Theatre22, we hope that coming together to experience a rollicking journey into the past will provide an opportunity for laughter, and fun, and ultimately, for healing.
Time and Place:
Aphra Behn…Hazel Rose Gibson
Nell Gwynne, Maria, Jailer…Alanah Pascual
King Charles II, William, Lady Davenant…Corey McDaniel
THE PRODUCTION & DESIGN TEAM
Stage Manager…K.B. De Vita
Asst. Stage Manager…Anahita Sepehri
Production Managers…Gavin Yehle & Katie McKellar
Costume Designer…Jocelyne Fowler
Dialect Coach…Jennifer Ewing
Graphic Designer…Jane Higgins
Intimacy Director & Dramaturg…Jasmine Lomax
Lighting Designer…Ahren Buhmann
Properties Designer…Benji Strohmayer
Set Designer…Parmida Ziaei
Sound Designer…Kyle Thompson
Scenic Painter…Rhys Strohmayer
Technical Director & Builder…Adrian Delahunt
Producing Artistic Director…Corey McDaniel
General Manager & Box Office…Alber Sucupira
Hazel Rose Gibson
Hazel Rose Gibson is thrilled to be making her debut with Theatre22! Her previous credits include Pipeline (SPT), Faeriestruk (Annex Theatre), American Junkie (Book-It Rep), The Good Woman of Setzuan (ACTLab), A New Hope in the Park (Hello Earth Productions), and A Civil War Christmas (Taproot Theatre). She sends love to her family and thanks her parents for their unwavering support.
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Nell Gwynne & others
Alanah Pascual is a Filipina/Cuban American actor, director, and playwright. She has performed with ACT Theatre in their production of A Christmas Carol, Theatre22 in Alice in Wonderland, multiple readings with Pork Filled Productions, including most recently Maggie Lee’s Rainshadow Dispatch. Alanah made her directorial debut with the new work, Machismo by Spencer J Vigil. Instagram: @alanah_del_rey
King Charles II & others
Corey McDaniel is the founder (along with his husband Alber Sucupira) of Theatre22 and serves as the producing artistic director. He spends most of his time directing in the region and producing for T22 so he is extremely excited to be sharing the stage with these remarkable talents. His most recent actor credits include Oliver in As You Like I (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in the one man show I Am My Own Wife (Harlequin), Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing (Wooden O), and Live! From the Last Night of My Life (Theatre22 and Theater Schmeater). IG: @thecoreymcdaniel
The Production and Design Team
Julie is deeply grateful to be directing again with Theatre22. Her previous productions with Theatre22 include adapting and co-directing last summer’s park version of Alice in Wonderland at Volunteer Park, adapting and directing the pandemic radio version of The Celestial Omnibus, as well as directing the Seattle premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last, Sharr White’s Annapurna and Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July. Most recently, she had a fantastic experience directing the 2021 version of A Christmas Carol at ACT Seattle. Her adaptation of Jane Eyre played at Book-It, across the country, and at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company in Canada. Other adapting and directing projects include Dickens’ Hard Times and Raban’s Waxwings at Book-It, and Edith Wharton’s The Bunner Sisters with Athena Theatre Project. Other favorite directing projects include The Elephant Man, The Bells, and Fellow Passengers with Strawberry Theatre Workshop, A Small Fire with Sound Theatre Company, Bernie’s Apartment with eSe Teatro, 26 Miles with Latino Theatre Projects, Angel’s Fall with Our American Theatre Co, and Trevor with MAP Theatre. Julie has taught and directed in a dozen different schools and universities, and has an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.
K.B. De Vita
K.B has been a stage manager in the fringe and cabaret community for over nine years. She has been privileged to work within several local and historical theaters including ACT Theater, The Triple Door, Theater Schmeater, Annex Theater, and The Can Can. Bianca aspires to create more inclusive and equitable spaces for performance artists. She is thrilled to work with Theater22 who shares in her passion for anti-racism and social justice within the arts. Bianca would like to thank her partner Dr. Beth Donahue for her love and support.
Assistant Stage Manager
Anahita Sepehri is experienced in dubbing, voice-over acting, radio drama, reporting, and marketing (assistant apprentice) at Macha Theatre Works, and is a Patron Services Representative at Seattle Children Theatre. She also worked with Seda Iranian Ensemble Theatre as a camera operator. In 2014, Ana and her husband decided to move to the United States from Iran. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Production and Journalism. Anahita enjoys a good happy hour with friends, the sounds of a great music playlist, spending time with her Persian cat, playing piano, and seeking adventure in the outdoors.
Gavin Yehle is a graduate from the University of Utah with a BFA in acting and stage management. He is excited to be returning to Theatre22 after working on Alice in Wonderland and The Revolutionists. Other Seattle management credits include Red Riding Hood (Seattle Children’s Theatre), 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 has 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. www.gavinyehle.com
Katie McKellar has been with Theatre22 since their second production. She has functioned as production director for many years but has also been seen on the T22 stages in The Hours of Life. She directed two new work pieces for the T22 Second Stage Series: Can’t Talk Right Now and the sequel Sings the Hits by Scotto Moore. Katie’s newest adventure in life is the role of mom to Alletta Lilith Sherry-McKellar born December 25, 2021.
Jocelyne Fowler has designed for Theatre22 (The Revolutionists), Taproot Theatre (The Spitfire Grill, Babette’s Feast, Steel Magnolias, Arsenic and Old Lace, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Civil War Christmas), Shakespeare Company (Arms and the Man, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Titus Andronicus, Richard II), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Howl’s Moving Castle, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Anna Karenina), ArtsWest (Head Over Heels, The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, Office Hour), Harlequin Productions, Vashon Opera, Youth Theatre Northwest, SecondStory Repertory, Bellevue College, Overlake School and others. She is the recipient for the 2016 Gregory Award in Outstanding Costume Design.
Jennifer is a wearer of many theatrical hats: actress, producer, scenic artist, dramaturg, director, and dialect coach. She is classically trained in theatre (American Academy of Dramatic Arts – NYC) specializing in dialects and classical and period works. Jennifer’s work with Theatre22 has been seen onstage (The Celestial Omnibus, White, The Hours of Life) and behind the scenes as Associate Producer and Resident Scenic Artist. She has also worked with Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, ArtsWest, Island Shakespeare Festival, Tacoma Opera, Key City Public Theatre, The Secret Theatre and New York Fringe Festival, and as a youth at the MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland and the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Intimacy Coach and Dramaturg
Jasmine Lomax is extremely pleased to work with Theatre22 again in the epic debut back to theater post-pandemic. They are currently serving this fantastic production of Or, as the Intimacy Director and Dramaturg. Jasmine has had the pleasure to work with Theatre22 in a previous production of Alice in Wonderland performed over the summer in Volunteer Park as an Associate Director and Dramaturg. In addition to that, they were casted in the dreamy audio play Celestial Omnibus adapted by Julie Beckman released in 2021. Jasmine has been blessed to find a home with Theatre22 and a family that allows them to stand in their truth as an artist. They are forever grateful to be a part of this community.
Ahren Buhmann is a Lighting and Video designer based out of Seattle. His previous shows include White, The Revolutionists, Happiest Song Plays Last, Burn This, The Pride, and Annapurna with Theatre22, The Angel In The House with Café Nordo, Pipeline, Mala, Dry Land, Fade, Grounded, Vanishing Point, and 2017’s X-Mas shows with Seattle Public Theater, Dear San Francisco with 7 Fingers, My Antonia with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Parliament Square with Pony World, Cyla’s Gift with Samara Lerman, Angels in America, White Noise, and The Good Book with Berkeley Rep, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree with Chicago Opera and Opera Philadelphia, Earnest Shackleton Loves Me at the Tony Kiser, Every Five Minutes with WET, The Who’s TOMMY, Princess Ida and H.M.S. Pinafore with Seattle G&S Society, and Carefree with NJPAC. Ribbet.
Benji Strohmayer is excited to be involved on this production of Or, and to be back at it after a two year hiatus. This is Benji’s first production with Theatre22.
Parmida Ziaei is an Iranian designer, performer and choreographer based in Seattle. She has been designing various interior, architectural, immersive and entertainment spaces and she has also been a scenic and production designer with many local Seattle theaters including Seattle Shakespeare Theatre, Sound Theatre, Seattle Public Theater and Washington Ensemble Theatre. She is delighted to return to Theatre22. Parmida is the co-founder and Producing Managing Director of Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble and is the resident set designer with Macha Theatre Works. When not designing, Parmida performs, teaches, and choreographs contemporary and Persian dances. www.parmidaziaei.com
Kyle is very excited to be back designing for live theater, and especially to do it with Theatre22 where he has designed for multiple productions (The Happiest Song Plays Last, Annapurna, and Water By The Spoonful). While this is his first live show since January 2020, he was fortunate to be able to design and edit multiple audio dramas and radio plays with both Book-It Repertory Theatre and Harlequin Productions throughout that time while theaters were dark. Prior to that, he had designed for over 50 productions in the Seattle area, including: Returning the Bones (Gregory Award Nominated for Sound Design), American Junkie, Jane Eyre, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and Treasure Island (Book-It); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Wooden O/Seattle Shakespeare Company); Our Country’s Good, The Pavilion, Take Me Out (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Mothers and Sons, 4,000 Miles (ArtsWest). Kyle is extremely thankful for his family and all of their support.
Rhys Strohmayer is excited to be involved with this production of Or, and to be back at it after a two year hiatus. This is Rhys’s first production with Theatre22.
Technical Director & Builder
Adrian is stoked to be back working indoors with T22! As a freelance TD and carpenter Adrian’s work has been found on stages across town, including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Theatre, and Seattle Public Theater. Recent shows include Mala and Pipeline at SPT and Alice in Wonderland with T22.
General Manager & Box Office
Alber Sucupira serves Theatre22 in many ways. He is honored to be the general manager of T22 and often wears the hat of casting director, fundraiser, box office and house manager. Alber began his love affair with theatre in his native country of Brazil. A self-proclaimed “behind the scenes” theatre artist, Alber has worked in stage management and theatre education. Locally, he has worked with Sound Theatre Company (Top Girls) , 14/48 Projects TWQTF, Theatre22 (all productions since inception) and guest starred at Theater Schmeater (Four Dogs and a Bone) . Enjoy the show.
Very Special Thanks for their support…
Seattle Public Theater, Paul Lippert, Teri Lazzara, Patrick Swett, Keelan Shirkey, Dave Hastings, Kathleen Huston, Brendan Healey, Steven Stern, Rachel Delmar, Lisa Choi, Roy Hamrick, Robin Macartney, Taproot Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre
Theatre22 Board of Directors
Corey McDaniel ~ President
Julie Beckman ~ Vice President/Secretary
Keelan Shirkey ~ Treasurer
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