The Messy Middle
  • 2014-2015 Sneak Peek
  • MST Autism Education Project


 The Human Terrain written by Jennifer Sue Blackmer and directed by Lori Adams August 29 - September 14th, 2014

This new play chronicles the treasonous friendship between a female American Army consultant and an Iraqi woman, raising questions about loyalty during a time of war.


All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach directed by Deanna Jent
November 14 – December 
14, 2014. 

This a capella musical tells the story of soldiers during the first Christmas of WWI that laid down their arms to sing Christmas carols - creating a night of peace in the midst of war. All is Calm was produced by Mustard Seed Theatre in November of 2013 to sold out houses.


White to Gray by local playwright and actor, Rob Maesaka, directed by Deanna Jent
February 6 - 27, 2015. 

A cruise ship leaves from Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941 carrying a Japanese-American woman and her former lover, a Caucasian man from a Navy family.  The couple reconciles on the journey, but the Japanese-American passengers are put under house arrest after the bombs drop and the man must choose between love and duty.


An Invitation Out by Joshua Cook directed by Deanna Jent
April 9 - 26, 2015. 

Joshua Cook is a local playwright who won the Mustard Seed Theatre Playwriting Competition in 2011 with his play Geography of NowhereAn Invitation Out is a futuristic comedy of manners that takes place in Virtual Reality, where humans “live” in avatars of their own choosing.






The goal of Mustard Seed Theatre’s Autism Education Project is to create a valuable teaching tool for educators in a variety of settings.  The reprised production of Falling at Mustard Seed Theatre will be professionally filmed and edited to create an educational DVD, with curriculum material for classes ranging from education to family counseling to behavioral analysis.


Okay, I know I promised a middle part but being in the show means I haven't had as much time to write about the show.   Anyway, suffice it to say the the middle part is a mixed bag.
The good news is, the cast gets to know each other and we get more comfortable with one another.  This leads to a feeling of security for actors as we try new things for our characters.  Whether it's being able to let go and reveal ourselves in a dramatic emotional scene, or trying a goofy dance or a line change for a laugh - this is where the magic of discovery begins.
The bad news is, this is also where we have to learn our lines.  Just when you think you know what you are doing, you have to start doing it without the book in your hand.  Your comfortable, bedraggled, marked up script that has been your friend and constant companion this couple of weeks is being ripped from your trembling hands as you try to do your part(s) from memory!  It doesn't help that this is an adaptation and Deanna frequently comes in and says, "So I have some script changes tonight!"  But "tech week" starts tomorrow and she can't tweak the play too much more.  Anyway, we all take it with a laugh and just keep going.
Really, if you like black and white, order and structure - theatre isn't for you.  It's a big mess in the middle part but somehow it ALWAYS comes together.  Some plays are better than others, of course, but to a large extent actors just have to trust the Director and the Process.  I think that's the magic of theatre - a bunch of different people taking a leap of faith together - actors, directors, technical crew and the audience.  Tech week starts tomorrow!

Leslie Wobbe


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