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
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).www.jenniferewing.net
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.