Trojan Women

Performance dates 3/9/2017 – 3/12/2016

This is a Fontbonne University Theatre Department Student Production

 

Set in a modern-day refugee camp, this adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy will explore patterns of human behavior that seem to inevitably lead to betrayal, murder, chaos and grief.

 

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Cast and Crew

 

 

Director: Deanna Jent

Asst. Director:

 

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Assistant Stage Manager:  

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Playwright’s Note

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Articles & Reviews

Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)
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ADULT LANGUAGE AND THEMES

NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN

Performance dates 9/28/2016 – 10/2/2016

This is a Fontbonne University Theatre Department Student Production

Adult language and themes – not appropriate for children

 

It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes — Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own…

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Cast and Crew

The Apartment:  Brian Rolf

Father/Justin Timberlake/Harrison Ford:  Justin Chaipet

Janice:  Frances Garren

Mother:  Marki Miller

Barbara:  Isabelle Muich

 

Director: Adam Flores

Asst. Director: Kevin McKernan

Stage Manager: Allison Summers

Assistant Stage Manager:  

Lighting Design: Bess Moynihan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Scenic Painter:  Cameron Tesson

Set Construction:  Jon Hisaw, Tom Stevenson

Sound Board Operator:  Christopher Graham

Light Board Operator:  Allison Summers

Stagehand:  Emily Klein

Production Manager:  Meg Brinkley

Assistant Production Manager:  Traci Clapper

House Manager/Box Office:  Carly Uding

Playwright’s Note

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Articles & Reviews

Dancing at Lughnasa

Performance dates April 13 – 30, 2017

no show on Easter Sunday, April 16th

 

Set in 1936 Ireland, the play explores the potential for romance and the lure of pagan rituals in a family’s day-to-day life. Jim Butz will play the narrator, Michael, remembering a harvest time with his mother and her five siblings (played by Gary Glasgow, Michelle Hand, Amy Loui, Taylor Stewart, Kelley Weber and Leslie Wobbe) and a visit from his father, played by Richard Strelinger.

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Cast and Crew

Kate:      Amy Loui

Maggie: Kelley Weber

Agnes:   Leslie Wobbe

Rose:     Michelle Hand

Chris:    Jen Theby Quinn

Michael:  Jim Butz

Father Jack: Gary Glasgow

Gerry:  Richard Strelinger

 

Director: Gary Wayne Barker

Vocal Coach: Nancy Bell

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Mike Dowdy

Director’s Note

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Yasmina’s Necklace
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January 27-February 12, 2017

Fresh from its sold-out world premiere in Chicago, Yasmina’s Necklace is an unlikely romance between Yasmina, a recent immigrant from Iraq and Abdul Samee, who wants to change his name to Sam and turn his back on his Iraqi and Puerto Rican heritage. St. Louis audiences may remember Rohina Malik from her one-woman show Unveiled which was performed at the Edison Theatre in 2015.

 

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Cast and Crew

 

Yasmina:  Parvuna Sulaiman

Musa:  Amro Salama

Sam:  Adam Flores

Sara:  Maritza Motta Gonzalez

Ali:  Charles Winning

Imam Rafi:  Jaime Zayas

Amir:  Ethan Joel Isaac


Director:  Deanna Jent

Assistant Director:  Elisabeth Wurm

Stage Manager:  Traci Clapper

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Scenic Painting:  Emily Kay Rice

Prop Construction:  Jim Mozley

Sound Operator:  Frances Garren

Light Board Operator:  Christ Jent

Box Office Manager:  Tanya Tweedy

House Manager:  Morgan Fisher

 

Playwright’s Note

There are almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people, who were forced to leave their homes because of violence. That’s one in every 122 people worldwide. The number of refugees and internally displaced people has reached its highest point since World War II.

I write plays because I’m deeply concerned about the world we live in. With all our technological advances, we still live in a world where there is too much violence and dehumanization.  I spent some time talking to Chicago based Iraqi refugees. It was during those conversations that I felt a strong need to write a play that examines the human cost of war.

My friend saw a woman in a grocery store, a cashier, wearing a necklace, the pendent was in the shape of Iraq, and inscribed on the pendent was “IRAQ.” This was at a time when our country was deep into the war with Iraq, and when I would ask refugees where they are from, if we were outside, they would whisper “Iraq.” And yet, here was this woman, with her necklace, and that’s how Yasmina was born.

Around this time I was thinking of writing about my best friend, she’s a Latina Muslim, wears the veil and is married to an Arab. My friend and her husband are a very funny couple, they don’t have kids, and I began to wonder who, if they had a son in this post 9/11 world, would he be? I asked this question at a time when many Muslim men, due to anti-Muslim bias, were changing their names, and that’s how Sam was born.

Then I wondered, what if Sam meets Yasmina…

Welcome to Yasmina’s Necklace.

Production Photos

 

Photo Credit:  John Lamb

 

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All is Calm
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Performance dates 11/11/2016 – 12/4/2016

 

Back for a 4th (and final) year, this a capella musical ponders a moment of peace in the middle of war, featuring excerpts from soldiers’ letters and diaries. Opening on Veterans Day, November 11, the production will feature:

Paul Cereghino, Kent Coffel, *Steve Isom, Steve Jent, Greg Lhamon, Gerry Love, *Antonio Rodriguez, Luke Steingruby, Kelvin Urday, Jeff Wright

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Cast and Crew

Paul Cereghino

Kent Coffel

*Steve Isom

Steve Jent

Greg Lhamon

Gerry Love

*Antonio Rodriguez

Luke Steingruby

Kelvin Urday

Jeff Wright

 

Director: Deanna Jent

Music Director Joe Schoen

Vocal Coach: Richard Lewis

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Assistant Stage Manager:  Morgan Fisher

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Box Office Manager:  Tanya Tweedy

Poster Design:  Zoe Sullivan

Director’s Note

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 was originally produced by Cantus and Theatre Latte Da. The world premiere was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The spoken text is taken from letters and documents describing the events of the play. The music ranges from Celtic ballads to World War I songs to Christmas Carols from participating countries. When I first read about this play and heard the music, I knew it would be a great show for Mustard Seed Theatre. While not shying away from the horrors of war, it presents a moment of hope that seems to have been transformative for the men involved in the event. I hope that spark of peace finds a place in your heart.

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Kindertransport
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Performance dates 8/19/2016 – 9/4/2016

 

During 1938-39, almost ten thousand children, mostly Jewish, were sent from families at risk in Nazi occupied German to safety in Britain. Samuel’s play explores the lives of mothers and daughters torn apart and brought together by this “Kindertransport.”

 

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Cast and Crew

 

Eva: Hannah Ryan

Helga: Kelley Weber

Evelyn: Michelle Hand

Faith: Katy Keating

Lil: Kirsten De Broux

Ensemble: Brian J. Rolf

Director: Deanna Jent

Asst. Director – Ariella Rovinsky

Vocal Coach: Nancy Bell :

German language coach Marlene Rene Coveyou:

Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Assistant Stage Manager:  Maram Samaha

Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan

Set Design: Kyra Bishop

Costume Design: Jane Sullivan

Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan

Props: Meg Brinkley

Playwright’s Note

by Diane Samuels

Three incidents led me to write Kindertransport. The first was a discussion with a close friend, in her late twenties and born into a comfortable, secure home, who described her struggle to deal with the guilt of survival. Her father had been on the Kindertransport and I was struck by how her parent’s feelings had been passed down to her. The second was the experience of another friend who, at his father’s funeral, overheard his mother recalling her time at Auschwitz. Until that moment he had no idea that his mother had been in a concentration camp. The third was the ashamed admission by a fifty-five year old woman on a television documentary about the Kindertransport, that the feeling she felt most strongly towards her dead parents was rage at their abandonment of her, even though that abandonment had saved her life.

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