2017 Creede Repertory Theatre Program

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CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE 2017 / our 52nd season

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table of contents

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Pants on Fire . . . . . . . . . . . 25

The Syringa Tree . . . . . . . . 12 Arsenic and Old Lace . . . . . 14 Talley’s Folly . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 General Store . . . . . . . . . . . 18


7 9


11 12 13






20 23










Supporting CRT . . . . . . . . 33 Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . 39 The Company . . . . . . . . . . 48 CRT Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70



25 27

Educational Programs . . . . 27

17. You better bring these to The Syringa Tree. 18. _____ Club is back by popular demand: great music and cocktails. 20. The foundation of improvisation is saying, “____ and!” 24. Kate _____ is the Costume Designer for a deadly fun show. 26. One of the nephews in Arsenic. “Bully!” 28. CRT has a lot of ______. 29. “It’s fun to stay at the _____.” 30. CRT motto: Never quit until you’ve accomplished your _____.




Boomtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Show your completed crossword puzzle to Box Office and save $2 off your next CRT ticket! See answer clues on pg. 35.



Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . 9 She Loves Me . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Production photos by John Gary Brown. Program design by RoShamBo: Marketing + Creative.


Headwaters . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

2017 Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible.

CRT Crossword

Show Schedule . . . . . . . . . . 4




1. This education program visits more than 24,000 underserved kids each year. 2. The black bile in General Store will make you ______. 4. We are located at the ________of the Rio Grande, also the name of CRT’s New Play Festival. 5. He played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and is returning as a director. 7. New Dramatist Resident Playwright and author of General Store. 9. Cat Augur is our fearless _______. 10. Introducing _______ Woods, starring in Arsenic and Old Lace and She Loves Me. 13. The symbol of Pants on Fire is a ______. 15. The only grandfather on the CRT staff. 16. ____ ____ Show nurtures young artists and celebrates its 15th year.

3. CRT Fundraiser starring Rhonda Brown. 6. When the mountain is too steep to hike, you ______. 8. The ____ ____ Olympics take place on July 24th. 11. She Loves Me is sure to be a box office _____. 12. “_______ Lola wants, Lola gets.” 14. A new Audience Enrichment activity combining theatre and geology. 18. Nickname of our Artistic Director. 19. _____ Sculley is President of CRT’s board. 21. Where are you right now? 22. The form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound. 23. The Stitcher will take care of you if you rip a ____. 25. “_____, phone home.” 27. This play is set in South Africa during apartheid. 31. Mike in General Store uses one of these to get below his store. 32. Michael ________, Director of Annie Get Your Gun, is back for She Loves Me. 33. Your Theatre. _______. 34. We have seven of these in rep at CRT.




tuesday 14











Pants opens*

action story time







6:30pm Poster Unveiling* 11am 7:30pm BIG RIVER BAND* 4pm



nat’l small print show

taste of creede






creede schools graduation*

5:30pm opening night


celebration 7:30pm She Loves Me OPENS


11am Pants* 7:30pm She Loves Me

taste of creede




1:30pm She Loves Me Local Discount 6pm lake city friends party


mondays are dark



7:30pm all over the map

the world is mime! Day camp


7:30pm She Loves Me

move! A theatre experience! & Act It Up! Day camps

7:30pm mining through

7:30pm Syringa*

poetry, stories and song*


1:30pm She Loves Me

11am Pants* 7:30pm She Loves Me



1:30pm She Loves Me company block 4pm party


7:30pm Syringa opens*


1:30pm She Loves Me 7PM Syringa talk* 7:30pm Syringa*

the world is mime! Day camp




1:30pm Arsenic 7:30pm She Loves Me



7:30pm She Loves Me


1pm Syringa talk* 1:30pm Syringa* Local Discount




11am Pants* 7:30pm She Loves Me


11am mainstage tour 7:30pm Syringa* 10:30pm Boomtown opens*

move! A theatre experience! & Act It Up! Day camps




1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Arsenic


6 7:30pm Arsenic


7:30pm Arsenic opens


11am Pants* 7PM Syringa talk* 7:30pm Syringa*

chat back after


11am Pants* 1:30pm Arsenic 7PM Syringa talk* 7:30pm Syringa* 10:30pm Boomtown*


11am mainstage tour 1:30pm Arsenic 7:30pm She Loves Me 10:30pm Boomtown*

action story time



1:30pm She Loves Me


stay tuned . . .



Arsenic Folly talk* Folly*

11am mainstage tour 7:30pm She Loves Me



local discount

1:30pm Folly* 7:30pm She Loves Me

7:30pm Folly opens*

7:30pm She Loves Me

the paul stone olympics


11am mainstage tour 7:30pm She Loves Me

jazz club after

1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Arsenic



11am KID show Opens* 7:30pm Arsenic

jazz club after


1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Folly* chat back after

* Denotes all shows and events at the Ruth. “DARK” is theatre speak for closed.

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11am kid show* 2pm kid show* 7:30pm She Loves Me

7:30pm Arsenic


jazz club after


11am mainstage tour 11am Pants* 1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Folly* 10:30pm Boomtown*

jazz club after


11am Pants* 12pm Pants on Fire works!* 7:30pm She Loves Me


11am mainstage tour 11am kid show closes* 1:30pm She Loves Me 7PM Syringa talk* 7:30pm Syringa* 10:30pm Boomtown*


11am mainstage tour 1PM Syringa talk* 1:30pm Syringa* 7:30pm Arsenic 10:30pm Boomtown*

she loves me

Talley’s Folly


arsenic and old lace

general store

pants on fire

the syringa tree



. . . for special events

1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Arsenic Local Discount

1:30pm 7PM 7:30pm



11am mainstage tour 7:30pm Arsenic

2017 schedule / our 52nd season tuesday

wednesday 1

sunday 6

1:30pm She Loves Me 7:30pm Arsenic

1pm 1:30pm 7:30pm

Folly talk* Folly* Gen Store




11am mainstage tour 7:30pm She Loves Me


Gen Store





Folly talk* Folly* She Loves Me

1:30pm Arsenic 7:30pm Arsenic closes

friday 3

7:30pm She Loves Me

7:30pm She Loves Me closes



29 Ordinary Light night of poetry




1:30pm Folly* 7pm Gen Store talk 7:30pm Gen Store

6:30pm Folly TALK* 7pm Folly*

saturday 4

11am Pants* 1:30pm Arsenic 7:30pm Syringa*

11am Pants closes* 7:30pm Folly*



11am mainstage tour 1:30pm Arsenic 7:30pm She Loves Me 10:30pm Boomtown*

1pm Folly talk* 1:30pm Folly* 7:30pm Boomtown*

7:30pm red hot patriot



7:30pm Syringa* chat back after


6:30pm Gen Store talk 7pm Gen Store


7:30pm Gen Store opens


25 headwaters new play festival*

7:30pm Gen Store


6:30pm Folly talk* 7pm Folly*


early bird


Syringa talk* 1PM 1:30pm Syringa* Gen Store talk 7pm 7:30pm Gen Store 10:30pm Boomtown*


26 headwaters new play festival*

1:30pm Gen Store 4pm arts Panel 7:30pm Syringa closes* 10:30pm Boomtown*

12:30pm Gen Store talk 1pm Gen Store 3:30pm Business Panel 7pm Folly* 10pm Boomtown*


fall curtain times begin



10-Minute New Play Festival / 24-Hour Play Challenge*


6 12:30pm Folly talk* 1pm Folly* Gen Store 7pm 9:30pm restaurant Panel

6:30pm Folly talk* 7pm Folly*

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Reg. Performances Pants on Fire Boomtown The KID Show


jazz club after



jazz club after

15 7:30pm red hot patriot

7:30pm Folly*


1pm 1:30pm 7:30pm

chat back after

1pm Folly talk* 1:30pm Folly*



mondays are dark


1pm Syringa TALK* 1:30pm Syringa*

mondays are dark

7:30pm Arsenic



(11-22) (4-10)

$35-40 $33-38 $20 $11 $16 - $16 $8 $10 - $10 $10 FREE - FREE FREE

As a Blue Star Theatre, CRT offers discounts to active military, their immediate family, and veterans!





chat back after



Gen Store

chat back after

1pm Folly* 6:30pm Gen Store talk 7pm Gen Store 10pm Boomtown*




6:30pm Gen Store talk 7pm Gen Store local discount


Plan Your Rep Weekend!

Folly closes*




Gen Store closes

Throughout July and August, there are weekends when you can see 5 or more shows in a three-day span!

On the Mainstage She Loves Me Arsenic and Old Lace General Store

In the Ruth*

The Syringa Tree Talley’s Folly Boomtown Pants on Fire

Bringing the Whole Family?

All ages are welcome at Pants on Fire and The KID Show. Children four and over are welcome to all our season shows, though some are intended for adult audiences. See our Box Office staff for recommendations.




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2017 lineup See schedule for dates and times romantic american masterpiece

directed by Jessica Jackson / Rated PG-13 / Page 18 “Talley’s Folly is a play to savor and to cheer,” writes The New York Times. Two lovably tragic outcasts reunite on a July evening in 1944. As Matt Friedman woos Sally Talley, pieces of the past come to the surface. Packed with tenderness and humor, this Pulitzer Prize winning romantic comedy will enrapture your heart and waltz through your mind for days.

SHE LOVES ME Book by Joe Masteroff Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo

world premiere

fall in love all over again

directed by Michael Perlman / Rated PG / Page 12 From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, comes this classic romantic comedy about Georg and Amalia, feuding co-workers in a 1930’s perfume shop. They find solace in writing their anonymous romantic pen pals, who just happen to be each other. Will their love continue to blossom once they learn the truth?

GENERAL STORE by Brian Watkins

edgy new work

directed by Christy Montour-Larson / Rated R / Page 20 Mike’s determined to keep his faltering general store up and running. But something mysterious is under the floorboards. And it’s getting louder and hungrier. Can Mike save his American Dream from the ravenous creature? Or should he save himself instead? Set on the desolate plains of Colorado, General Store will grip you until the final blackout.


2 actors playing 22 roles

directed by Tosin Morohunfola / Rated PG-13 / Page 14 This moving and powerful story of an enduring love between two families— one black, one white—is told through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. Two versatile actresses bring twenty-four characters to life, and transport us to South Africa from 1963 to present.

PANTS ON FIRE A Totally Made Up Musical for Kids!

choose your own adventure

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring

they don’t make ’em like they used to

directed by Justin Lucero / Rated PG / Page 16 Spinster sisters Abby and Martha are dedicated to charity, family, and poisoning lonely old men with their homemade arsenic-laced elderberry wine. Their nephew Mortimer must navigate his homicidal family, a fiancée, and the Brooklyn PD in this famous, smash hit dark comedy.

Rated G / Page 25 Pants on Fire is the story of Ellie, a baby elephant who wants to be a firefighter. No, wait; it’s the story of Sarah, who wants to drive race cars on Mars. Sorry, earthworm pasta is taking over the school cafeteria. Oh, now I’ve got it! Pants on Fire is the story of whatever you want it to be! Every show is an entirely brand new musical. Bring the whole family to the most creative hour of the summer.

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Behind the Curtain

Deepen your connection to the plays, company members, and everything else CRT has to offer. Jazz Club / Mainstage Lobby / $15

Feeling energized after the show? Jazz Club is back by popular demand! Watch our lobby transform into Birdland at 9,000 feet. Mingle with the cast while sipping specialty cocktails as the CRT Band plays your favorite jazz standards. • Arsenic and Old Lace / July 19 & 27, August 9 • She Loves Me / July 21 & 25, August 2

Backstage Tour / Mainstage Lobby / $6

It’s a whole other world back there! CRT company members reveal the tricks of the trade and the colorful history of the Mainstage. It’s also a great way for donors to understand the needs of CRT. Check our season calendar for dates and times.

Special Events

Pre-show Talks / FREE!

Pre-show talks offer a comprehensive dramaturgical experience. In turn, you’ll appreciate and connect even more with our diverse repertory season. Arrive 35 minutes before show time. Check our season calendar for dates and times.

Chat Backs / FREE!

Stick around after select performances as the actors and technicians answer your burning questions and share fascinating stories.

Rock Walk Theatre Talk / FREE!

New this summer: go behind the scenes and get outside at the same time! Enjoy the beauty of Creede through guided walks and conversation with CRT artists and local geologists. Check the website for dates and times.

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Season Art Poster Unveiling and The Big River Band

May 26 / Unveiling 6:30 pm / Concert 7:30 pm / $25 Be there for the reveal of CRT’s 2017 Season Art Poster by Aaron Morgan Brown. Buy one, then rock the evening away with The Big River Band.

17th Annual National Small Print Show

May 27 / 4 pm / Mainstage Lobby / Free This juried exhibition contains over 100 small prints from fine artists across the country. Whether you collect or just appreciate, come celebrate this miniature medium.

Opening Night Celebration and She Loves Me

June 2 / 5:30 pm / Mainstage Lobby / $75 It’s date night at CRT’s season opening. Embark on an elaborate treasure hunt around Creede, following clues left by your anonymous pen pal. Once you’ve gotten your booty, meet up for appetizers, drinks, and the opening performance of She Loves Me.

Bill Bowers: All Over the Map

June 14 / 7:30pm / Mainstage / $35 Fifty states, thirty years on the road, twenty-five countries, one bunny, and a mime. Legendary actor and solo performer Bill Bowers has performed on Broadway, at The Kennedy Center, the White House, and in some of the finest grade school cafetoriums across the country. In All Over the Map, he shares indelible memories and characters who will stay with you long after lights up.

Creede Small Business Panel Series FREE!

Jumping off the themes of General Store, CRT will hold three local business panels after select performances. We’ll discuss what resonated from the show, the realities of running a small business, celebrate the courage of entrepreneurs, and shine a light on new ways to support each other. All are welcome to attend! • Arts Organizations Panel / Mainstage August 26 / 4 pm • Mercantile Panel / Big River Music September 2 / 3:30 pm • Restaurant Panel / Arp’s Restaurant September 6 / 9:30 pm


Contact Associate Artistic Director, John DiAntonio, at 719-658-2540 x229 or john@creederep.com

The Paul Stone Olympics

July 24 / 2 pm / Free (ask us how you can participate!) Ever wanted to race a belt sander? Got a hankering to bowl with fire? Unleash your inner pyrotechnic as we honor the life and legacy of the inimitable Paul Stone with a series of competitive events designed in his image.

Pants on Fire WORKS!

July 28 / 12 pm / The Ruth / Free (with a ticket to Pants on Fire) There’s nothing more exciting than watching our Pants on Fire actors make up an entire musical right on the spot. Now it’s your chance to tag along on the journey, but this time...you’re the star! Learn some awesome improv skills and then put them to use alongside the cast!

Red Hot Patriot

August 15 & 16 / 7:30 pm / The Ruth / $50 Award-winning actress Rhonda Brown returns for another sizzling turn as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose sharp-tongued humor and unabashed liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage.

Ordinary Light: Fireside Readings with John Green & Friends

August 29 / 7 pm / Sunnyside Chapel / Pay what you can Step into an evening of poetry and song courtesy of local storyteller John Green and a few of his friends. Poignant and heartwarming, John’s new book of poems will stir you with gratitude for the small miracles that surround us all.



SHE LOVES ME Book by Joe Masteroff Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo

director’s note Well. Well well well well well well well well well. What makes a “perfect” musical? So many musicals are written and yet so few are able to attain that type of perfection where the audience and actors ride a ride that can only be found in the delight of musical theater. There is a special kind of alchemy that occurs when three-dimensional, full blooded characters meet a timeless relatable story meets music that is a perfect expression of the lyrics which are simultaneously witty and heartfelt and meet an audience ready to be swept up in the journey that the writers have so meticulously crafted. How lucky are we that She Loves Me achieves this alchemic perfection and that we get to share it together? For a perfect musical to mean anything, though, it must withstand the test of time. Not only has the story of She Loves Me withstood the test of time from its first iteration in Miklós László’s play Parfumerie to The Shop Around the Corner and In the Good Old Summertime and most recently in You’ve Got Mail, but in many ways it is exactly the story we need in our current climate of upheaval and tension. These characters, after all, are living in Budapest in the 1930s. They are landlocked in an increasingly fraught Europe that has fallen far past the brink of war, and are finding themselves in the middle of a changing economy in which they might be left behind. They are looking for hope of a better future and they look where so many of us have looked before and will keep looking—to love. In order to find that love, however, sometimes we have to look where we least suspect. Sometimes, as these characters find, we have to be willing to sit across from someone we think we hate—with whom we think we share nothing in common, with whom we think there could not possibly be anything on which we agree or even ways in which we see the same world—and discover that there may be plenty to love after all. Will wonders never cease?

Michael Perlman

Costume sketches by Asa Benally

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she loves me, the remix If you love The Lion King, you are really loving Hamlet. If you love West Side Story, you are really loving Romeo and Juliet. When you find a story that strikes a chord, you’ve found gold. She Loves Me has a great ancestry and progeny. The story is timeless. Parfumerie (1937) The first seed of She Loves Me was a play called the Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo written in 1937. The play coupled the funny young romantic leads with the older shop owner’s dissolving marriage. The play wasn’t performed in the United States until 2009. A scene from Parfumerie.

James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan.

Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) From the seed of Parfumerie grew the delightful film, The Shop Around the Corner directed by Ernst Lubitsch and adapted by Samson Raphaelson starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. The film retains the Budapest setting, but now the perfume shop is a leather shop. This low budget, modest film was ranked #28 by the American Film Institute on its list of “100 Years…100 Passions,” right behind The Sound of Music. In the Good Old Summertime (1949) The Shop Around the Corner bloomed into the popular musical, In the Good Old Summertime, starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. Chicago became the new setting for the musical and the leather shop was transformed into a music store. Buster Keaton, a long time silent film movie star, makes a comedic cameo as the nephew of the music storeowner.

One 15-min. Intermission Rated PG


Director Michael Perlman+ Music Director Ian LeRoy Choreographer Maddy Apple Scenic Designer Rick Reeves Costume Designer Asa Benally Lighting Designer Jacob Welch Sound Engineer Eaton Sayler Stage Manager Devon Muko* Asst. Stage Manager Nia Sciarretta* Asst. Stage Manager Aaron McEachran Asst. Stage Manager Alexandria Skaar Dance Captain Emily Van Fleet*


Amalia Balash Emily Van Fleet* Georg Nowack Donovan Woods* Ilona Ritter Kate Berry* Steven Kodaly Pat Moran Zoltan Maraczek Logan Ernstthal* Ladislav Sipos Spencer D. Christensen Arpad Laszlo CJ Salvani Headwaiter & U/S Georg Josh Zwick Butterfingers Brian Kusic Pianists Ian LeRoy Allan Stuart Ensemble Christy Brandt* Annie F. Butler Claudio Venancio U/S Ilona Bettina Lobo U/S Amalia Gina Velez She Loves Me is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

You’ve Got Mail (1998) The charming and witty movie, You’ve Got Mail, written by Nora Ephron, brought the “star-crossed” pen pals into the cyber age. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play the lovers, the setting has jumped to New York City, and the shop is a local children’s bookstore. This film makes the timeless story exceedingly relevant in our age of internet dating and social media anonymity.




director’s note Think back to January 27th, 2017. Newly elected President Donald Trump has just signed an executive order that “indefinitely suspends the admissions for Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States.” In the fight against “radical Islamic terrorism,” this executive order became known as a “muslim ban,” disallowing immigrants and “questionable Americans” from entering the United States. It was a blanket ban against refugees and any national from seven muslim-majority countries. And as you probably recall, it was met with very mixed reactions. To some, it proved a necessary precaution in assuring the safety of American citizens. To others, it was an unsettling realization of one’s insecurity within this nation. What once felt safe, ceased to. After all, it tore some families apart, an ocean’sworth of distance between them. And it sparked mass protests across the nation. Offhandedly, President Trump himself commented, “We don’t want them here” as he signed the bills, which is not a new thing to hear for some of us. It makes me think of this admonishment from South African President P.W. Botha in 1964, “If the principle of permanent residence for the Black man in the area of the White is accepted, then it is the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it in this country.” Whoa. The freedom to exist—to live, to love and to be—in America is what is being dishonored with Trump’s words.

One of the most crucial societal liberties is the freedom to choose where you want to live; an ability to migrate and habitate and call your country home. To weave your thread of experience into the tapestry of American life. And in an age where that freedom to exist is being threatened more and more—and by countries we once thought of as sanctuaries—it has become of utmost importance to preach the message of inclusion through stories that shed light on our mistakes. There are many ways in which The Syringa Tree mirrors our nation, but the most pressing way, to me, has been in the reflection of our cultural landscapes; the lurking undercurrent of exclusion and white superiority in America; the examination of what type of person gets to exist in public spaces; and the battle over where one is allowed to live. It’s an honor to get to bring such a diverse show to Creede Rep. A story set in South Africa during Apartheid that discusses race, distance, colorism, boundaries, access and migration is a unique opportunity for Creede audiences. But this play is more than an immersion experience about how privilege and trauma affect our young. It’s about how two young women bond and survive through that gauntlet of obstacles. Seeing these resilient women age over decades and maintain their deep connection, even across seas, to me, that sounded like a powerful human story. Their everlasting love that goes deeper than blood. That miraculous love that crosses seas and reunites families.

Tosin Morohunfola

Apartheid, which means “Separateness” in the Afrikaans language, was a system of institutionalized racial

segregation and discrimination in South Africa between 1948 and 1991. The roots of apartheid in South Africa stretch back almost as far as the beginning of European colonization.



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A Timeline of Apartheid in South Africa

shows No Intermission Rated PG-13

1949 - The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act and the Immorality Act prohibit interracial marriage and sexual relations.

1950 - Population Registration Act classifies all South Africans into one

of four racial groups based on appearance, ancestry, socioeconomic status, and cultural lifestyle: “black,” “white,” “coloured” (mixed descent), and “Indian.”

1951 - Bantu Authorities Act assigns each African to an independent

state based on the person’s record of origin called a homeland. They are no longer able to vote and lose their citizenship in South Africa.

1951 - Non-whites are required to carry identity papers with them at all

times. Those employed in “white areas” have to register and carry a pass giving them permission to remain in those areas overnight.

1952 - The African National Congress joins other anti-apartheid

organizations in a Defiance Campaign, wherein participants use passive resistance to violate oppressive laws.

1952 - Nelson Mandela opens South Africa’s first black law firm, which offers free or low-cost legal counsel to those affected by apartheid legislation.


Director Tosin Morohunfola Scenic/Lighting Design Matthew Schlief Costume Design Asa Benally Sound Design Becca Pearce Dialect Coach Rebecca Bossen Trapeze Choreographer John DiAntonio Dance Choreographer Bethany Eilean Talley Stage Manager Nia Sciarretta* Asst. Stage Manager Lucas Bareis-Golumb


Elizabeth and others Salamina and others

Caitlin Wise* Portland Thomas*

The Syringa Tree is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

1953 - The Public Safety Act allows the government to inflict severe

First produced at A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director. Original New York stage production presented by Matt Salinger. Use of the music and lyrics of “Ballad of the Southern Suburbs” a.k.a. “Ag Pleez Deddy” (Copyright © 1962, Jeremy Taylor) courtesy of Jeremy Taylor and Gallo (Africa) Ltd.

1956 - Mandela and 155 other members of the multi-racial Congress

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

1953 - The Reservation of Separate Amenities Act prohibits people of

different races from using the same drinking fountains, restrooms, buses, schools, hospitals, and beaches.

1953 - The Bantu Education Act segregates the races in all levels of education, makes it illegal for black workers to strike.

penalties, imprisonment, and beatings to those who protest against the law.

Alliance are arrested and charged with treason. All are acquitted after a lengthy trial. The prolonged periods in detention strengthen and solidify their relationship.

1960 - The Sharpeville Massacre. A large group of black protestors refuse to carry their mandatory passes. The government declares a state of emergency lasting for 156 days. In the end 69 people die and 187 are wounded. 1963 - Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisilu, and seven other leaders of

the African National Congress are tried for acts of sabotage. Eight are convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at Robben Island.

1976 - The government decrees that all schools must teach in the white

language, Afrikaans. Police fire at unarmed black protesters in the city of Soweto, which leads to riots and more fatalities.

1983 - The United Democratic Front is formed to fight against apartheid. 1990 - Nelson Mandela is finally released after 27 years in prison. 1992 - After months of negotiating and violence, a draft constitution is published, guaranteeing freedom of speech and religion, access to adequate housing and social benefits and outlawing all discrimination.

1994 - The first truly democratic election is held. The ANC wins 62.7% of the popular vote and Nelson Mandela becomes the first non-white leader of South Africa.



ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring

director’s note For a play that has so much to admire and treasure, it is truly saying something that the greatest legacy of Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 Arsenic and Old Lace is its staying power. In fact, this marks the third production of Arsenic in CRT’s history! As a director, the “stalwart” status of this cherished chestnut of the American theater elicits multiple strong feelings simultaneously: I remember reading the script and finding it equal parts intimidating, exciting, and… stale. And that’s when it dawned on me­—mounting the third version of this play at CRT is an invitation, nay, a mandate to look at it anew. My collaborators were across-the-board as invigorated as I to really analyze what the play has been, is, and can be. Kesselring created a Brewster clan of two merry murdering matrons, a Theodore Roosevelt-impersonator, a Boris Karloff look-alike, and a theatre reviewer... a motley crew that can’t get any wackier! These monster personalities indicate quite clearly that Kesselring intended for performers and directors to explore where farcical comedy and period horror overlap. When I really dug deep (pun intended!), it became more and more evident that the tactics used in creating suspense are often the same for making people laugh. This is the lens through which we approached every aspect of our set, costumes, lighting and performances. After plowing through every page and every word, I realized one needn’t look any further than the title. There should be plenty of “arsenic” and plenty of “lace.” In what is seen and heard, we wanted the dark and the fluffy to collide. Thematically, too, wrapped within a farcical romp is comment after comment, jab after jab of social and cultural issues that still ring true over 75 years later. Early in the play when one Brewster sister explains how she approaches her famous quince jam recipe, we find the best explanation of just what kind of balance Kesselring endeavored to find in his play: “We always put a little apple in with it to take the tartness out.” I hope our recipe is just as appetizing and… well, killer!

Justin Lucero



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Some things you may not know about this American classic: Many 1.

critics believe that Joseph Kesselring intended the Brewster house as a metaphor for the dark side of American history. Mortimer’s attempts to balance his love for his Aunts with his family’s murderous history is a metaphor for every American’s struggle with the contradictions of American myth and our often violent history.

2. Although Boris Karloff, an icon of horror films, originated the

role of Jonathan on Broadway, he did not appear in Frank Capra’s movie version. His cast mates Josephine Hull and Jean Adair (the Aunts), along with John Alexander (Teddy) did. The producers insisted that Karloff remain with the show on Broadway because his star power was a box office draw. Karloff was replaced with Raymond Massey, most famous for playing Abraham Lincoln, in an inspired bit of casting.

3. The first version of this play was called Bodies in Our Cellar

and was a melodrama/horror play. Kesselring mailed it to actor Dorothy Lindsay, thinking she might be good for one of the two murderous aunts. Her husband, playwright and Broadway producer Howard Lindsay heard her laughing riotously while reading the script. He read it and concurred: it would make a fabulous farce if they pushed it farther in that direction. Howard Lindsay and producing partner Russel Crouse (best known as the team behind The Sound of Music) can take a lot of credit for turning the play into the hit comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.

4. The “murderous old lady” plot line may have been inspired by

actual murders that occurred in Windsor, Connecticut in the early 20th century. Amy Archer-Gilligan, ran a home for the elderly, promising her boarders full care until they died. After paying their $1,000 fee for lifetime care, their lives proved remarkably short. She is estimated to have killed over 40 people with Arsenic and other poisons.

5. The play ends a bit differently from Capra’s popular 1944 film,

shows One 15-min. Intermission Rated PG


Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Asst. Director Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Karloff Make-up Design

Justin Lucero Heidi Hoffer Kate Mott Jacob Welch Jake K. Harbour Zoe Ruth Devon Muko* Lucas Bareis-Golumb Rick D. Wasserman

Abby Brewster Martha Brewster The Rev. Dr. Harper & Witherspoon Teddy Brewster Officer Brophy Officer Klein & U/S Mortimer Elaine Harper Mortimer Brewster Mr. Gibbs & Lieutenant Rooney Jonathan Brewster Dr. Einstein Officer O’Hara U/S Elaine U/S Cops U/S Jonathan/Teddy

Christy Brandt* Anne F. Butler


Stuart Rider* Logan Ernstthal* Claudio Venancio Josh Zwick Emily Van Fleet* Donovan Woods* Brian Kusic John DiAntonio* Rick D. Wasserman* Spencer D. Christensen Bettina Lobo CJ Salvani Pat Moran

Arsenic and Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Original Broadway production by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

though it was originally intended to be the same. According to Turner Classic Movies’ notes on the film, “a scene at the end of the story, in which Mr. Witherspoon, played by Edward Everett Horton, becomes the aunts’ last victim, was shot and included in preview prints of the film. Because of poor audience reaction to the screen demise of the popular character actor, however, the scene was removed from release prints.”

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director’s note Let me tell you about Phoebe Wray. When I met her, she was 70-something years old, impish and tough-as-nails, teaching theatre history at The Boston Conservatory. She took simultaneously a personal and expansive approach to theatre history, alternating between first-person accounts of her gritty career and major movements in world history. On any given day, her lectures might include: her adventures as a young actor/ director in 1960s Greenwich Village, how prostitutes invented Kabuki in 17th century Japan, her experience in the founding years of the off-off-Broadway movement and the first “gay” theatre, classical Sanskrit drama, what it was like to direct at La Mama, Indonesian shadow-puppet theatre, her unrequited love for her friend Lanford Wilson. I don’t think she ever stopped loving him. She directed me in The Rimers of Eldritch, a Lanford Wilson play about a small community undone by gossip and prejudice. We seized any opportunity to talk to Phoebe about Lanford and what it was like in the early days, when they were all just a group of forwardthinking kids, writing plays and producing them at the legendary Caffe Cino. In this dark, magical hole-in-the-wall in Greenwich Village, playwriting was an expression of creativity free from commercial influences. Phoebe painted Caffe Cino as theatre at its purist: part hang-out, part underground coffee house illegally patched into the city’s electric grid, and entirely groundbreaking. For a play that at its heart is about love, acceptance, and feeling like a fish out of water, it seems fitting to dedicate Talley’s Folly to Phoebe and all her Caffe Cino compatriots. Like Sally Talley and Matt Friedman, they were glorious outcasts who found a home in each other.

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose.

Jessica Jackson



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Lanford Wilson’s Talley Trilogy Talley’s Folly is one of a three plays known as The Talley Trilogy. All revolve around the wealthy Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Each of the three plays stands beautifully on its own, while also weaving the threads of the Talley family history into an intricate tapestry. For instance, while the play you are about to see, Talley’s Folly, is unfolding in the old boathouse, just up the hill in the house, the rest of the Talleys are grappling with their future in the play Talley & Son. In each play, we hear suggestions of the related story unfolding just yards away. Talley & Son starts off with Sally learning that Matt Friedman has arrived. She rushes angrily out of her house, slamming the door on that play, and makes her way to the boathouse of Talley’s Folly. Here’s what happens in Talley & Son right before you see her at today’s performance. As for Sally’s delightfully unconventional Aunt Lottie, you’ll learn about her later… (Sally runs down the stairs followed by Lottie.) LOTTIE: Sally. Sally. I thought you locked yourself in your room. SALLY: Oh, I am so mad, I really am. LOTTIE: Sally, Buddy and Olive don’t have the sense… SALLY: Oh, I am very angry with both of them, and Mother, too. LOTTIE: Mr. Friedman was as polite and gentlemanly as anyone could ask. SALLY: Most of all I am angry with Matt Friedman. LOTTIE: It wasn’t Matt— SALLY: How dare he get himself into a fight with my brother. LOTTIE: Matt wasn’t fighting; he was going to sit on the porch and wait for you. Buddy chased him off with a shotgun. SALLY: Oh, Lord. LOTTIE: I hit Buddy with a broom, and I’m glad. SALLY: Why did Matt come down here in the first place? He knows how we feel about him. Oh! LOTTIE: He said he wanted to talk to your father. SALLY: Aunt Lottie, I wish you would get all that romantic twaddle out of your mind. LOTTIE: Well— SALLY: If there was a place to move to, I’d move there tonight. LOTTIE: I know, darling. OLIVE: (Coming down the stairs.) Sally, I just got June to sleep. You’re going to wake her right up. SALLY: Well, I wouldn’t want to do that. LOTTIE: Where are you going, Sally? SALLY: Out. Out. I’m going out. LOTTIE: Sally, stay here and talk to me. SALLY: I am very angry with this entire household. (She slams the door.)

shows No Intermission Rated PG-13


Director Scenic/Lighting Design Costume Design Sound Design Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager

Jessica Jackson Matthew Schlief Tatyana de Pavloff Becca Pearce Nia Sciarretta* Alexandria Skaar

Matt Friedman Sally Talley

Rick D. Wasserman* Kate Berry*


Talley’s Folly is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Talley Family Tree

Everett Talley aka Uncle Whistler

Calvin Stuart Talley aka Old Man Talley m. Marguierite (dec. 1924)

Stuart Talley (dec. 1917)

Eldon Talley m. Netta

Sally Talley m. Matt Friedman?

Kenneth (Buddy) (the fate of these two will Talley be known at the end of this m. Olive

Charlotte Talley

Timothy Talley (dec. 1944)

97 minute play)

June Talley Shirley Talley

Kenneth Talley, Jr. m. Jed

And indeed, she has reason to be. What about the third play in the trilogy? It’s called Fifth of July and takes place 30 years later. It was a question asked by the actor playing the 64-year-old Sally Talley in Fifth of July that inspired Wilson to write the other Talley plays. Lanford Wilson recalls, “[she] came to me during the rehearsals of Fifth of July and asked what Matt had been like; what he looked like and sounded like. Sally spends so much of the play reminiscing about him, she wanted a specific image to call up as she talks about their life together….That was the genesis of Talley’s Folly. Imagining Matt and Sally on a date – this big, sexy, clumsy Jew coming from St. Louis down to Lebanon, Missouri, where nobody had ever seen a Jew before – was very exciting. I knew immediately that I wanted this to be unlike anything I had written. It would be much lighter, with a gloriously happy ending. But I also knew that nobody would trust me. I had written so many bloodbaths, that the audience would be sitting there saying, ‘He’s gonna kill her. He’s gonna finally get mad and strangle her.’ So at the opening of the play I had to reassure the audience that this really was going to end up a valentine.”



world premiere

GENERAL STORE by Brian Watkins

director’s note “All money is a matter of belief ” - Adam Smith “Power over a man’s salary is power over his will.” - Alexander Hamilton One day Brian Watkins watched friends try in vain to capture a mouse from beneath the floorboards. Hilarity ensued and an idea for a play was born. I first met Brian in 2005, when he was on stage at Curious Theatre Company in Denver. Shortly thereafter, Brian turned from actor to playwright and our paths aligned again in 2012, when I was fortunate enough to direct a stage reading of his play General Store at Seven Devils Playwright Conference in McCall, Idaho. I was quickly seduced by the play’s humor and humanity and then lured into its dark and mysterious underbelly with questions that rattled my view on the world. And I marveled at how thrilling it would be to put this play on stage. General Store is a beast of a play and requires a great deal of exertion. As the play becomes more parabolic each minute it goes on, so do the technical and acting challenges. As a result, every theatre company I shared the play with scratched their heads and said, “Not sure how we can do this play…” But not Creede Repertory Theatre. CRT looks at the play’s challenges with bravery and gusto and says, “We have to do this play!”



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General Store is not about one thing, but many. “Belief. Trust. Imagination. Hope. Truth. These are the vital organs of humanity,” says Brian. “If they atrophy, our worlds collapse. If we exploit them, we’ll sooner or later be swallowed whole.” The play doesn’t do the logical work of resolving questions, but rather asks one question only to find itself soon plumbing another, deeper. It is a play that is meant to be more felt than understood. To me, General Store is a very personal play about the crisis facing our nation. I feel uncertain and I don’t like this feeling. I expect life to be a certain, reliable, and principled existence. Yet, I see many Americans giving it their all only to receive little in return. I see our nation divided, wanting to strangle each other in lieu of shaking a stranger’s hand. I don’t know what is under the floorboards, but it frightens me. I think it is right that this scrappy, hard working theatre company in the heart of the American West presents the world premiere of General Store by Brian Watkins. It is an honor to give this play to you.

Christy Montour-Larson


playwright’s perspective by Brian Watkins Thank you for coming to this play about crisis, a subject perhaps best known by its unknowability. In crisis, we find ourselves lacking more than having, directionless more than rightly-coursed, ever-humbled by our own lack of sovereignty. In my own experience, crisis has felt like a hurricane of Truth without Understanding. Or put another way by Flannery O’Connor: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” At some point, amidst my uncertainty, crisis asks me to receive Truth with faith. Yet in our worst hours, faith is the very tool that crisis strips us of. How to respond? Are we guided by hope in a principle, a person, a pursuit? Our current philosophical blend of logical positivism mixed with capitalism has ushered in a particular romance with measurability; an obsession with data and the bottom line, a sort of gauche instrumentalism that reduces humans to tools and ideas to utilities, valuing victory and power over principles, and finally robbing beauty from what is intrinsically good. It seems this unhealthy habit has plagued our civic minds with a sort of paralysis-by-analysis. We’re so naively certain that the most important things in existence are quantifiable and knowable (and therefore profitable), that when the unknowable eludes our grasp or inhabits our given office, we see it as a terrifying threat to our individual identity. As our divided national moment would show us, this philosophical hubris eventually ensnares us in anguish and fear. Trust. Faith. Imagination. Hope. Truth. These are the vital organs of humanity. If they atrophy, our worlds collapse. If we exploit them, we’ll sooner or later be swallowed whole. Soon, the calamity trickles out, infecting the most vulnerable places first. Many Americans — particularly the poor and marginalized — are fending off that crisis every day, exhausted, losing faith, giving it their all only to receive little in return, driven to a survivalism that makes it harder and harder to shake a stranger’s hand. I hope this wild play can serve as a cathartic release valve for some of that angst. Empathy is a great antidote to the unknowability of crisis. So I thank you for being here, in the theatre — that great empathy factory — where we can wear another person’s soul for a few hours and soak in the mystery of existence together.

One 15-min. Intermission Rated R

CREATIVE TEAM Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Production Stage Manager Rehearsal Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager

CAST Mike Jim Rick Nikki Greta

Christy Montour-Larson+ Robert Mark Morgan++ Clare Henkel++ Jacob Welch Jason Ducat Devon Muko* Nia Sciarretta* Lucas Bareis-Golumb Alexandria Skaar Aaron McEachran Logan Ernstthal* John DiAntonio* Stuart Rider* Caitlin Wise* Bethany Eilean Talley

General Store is a World Premiere production of CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program. General Store was first developed at—and owes a special thanks to—Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a project of id Theatre at the Alpine Playhouse—McCall, Idaho. The play was also developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Labyrinth Theatre Company in New York City.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

General Store reading at the 2016 Headwaters New Play Festival

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Mehry Eslaminia, Brian Kusic, Bethany Eilean Talley

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The Metaphor Behind the Monster by Graham Ward

What makes a good ghost story? Is it the punch line, a final revelation that releases the tension and elicits gasps of delight from the audience? Or is it the ability for the horror to reach inward, resembling something we’ve felt or experienced? Often powerful stories stick with us because they encapsulate something familiar—a thought or truth that’s difficult to express, but simple when embodied within the action of a narrative. Our deepest fears are often hidden by mundanity, and it’s not until those worries are presented to us in a heightened fashion that we’re able to confront them. Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining, for example, takes a familiar concern—that we cause our loved ones pain—and dials it up to eleven. Rather than tell the story of a man slowly distancing himself from his wife and child because of career failures, the film depicts his attempt to literally dismember them while under a sinister force. In watching The Shining, we may come to terms with our potential to do unimaginable damage within the walls of our own home. You can thread this line of thinking across all the best horror stories. What Dracula, Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, The Call of Cthulhu, The Exorcist, American Psycho, and The Witch all share is a metaphor around which their “monsters” coil. When the monster embodies the familiar fears of daily life, they haunt your imagination even more. By examining the personification of these fears over the history of horror, you can easily guess what most disturbed the storytellers and their audience.


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Despite its abundant humor, General Store rises to the level of these unnerving classics. The haunting presence beneath Mike’s floor could be many things, but it certainly isn’t friendly. As the play ramps up to its riveting conclusion, Mike desperately tries to keep his legacy from slipping between his fingers. The final images of the play are sure to remain with you as you reflect on your own legacy, and what might lurk under the floorboards, waiting to take it from you.



New Plays of the West


A third of the shows CRT has produced over the last fifteen years have been World Premieres! Why are new plays so important to CRT? Because new plays are the lifeblood of theater. They are the future, tomorrow’s classics.

s r e t a w head new play festival

Now in its 6th season, the Headwaters New Play Festival is a weeklong workshop where two selected plays are developed with a team of professional theatre artists and receive public readings. Headwaters is the source of new plays of the West. We look for plays set in the current, historic, or mystic western United States; plays that deal with themes connected to the West; and plays that re-imagine what “West” means. Festival audiences get a front row seat into the adventurous process of bringing a play to life: untested material, instant feedback, engaging talk-backs, and the opening performance of CRT’s bilingual Young Audience Outreach Tour that will travel around the southwest serving over 24,000 students! CRT’s 52nd season features the Headwaters World Premiere General Store by Brian Watkins, a New Dramatist Resident Playwright.

6th Annual Headwaters New Play Festival

August 25, 10 am-4 pm & August 26, 10 am-12:30 pm The Ruth / $35 This year’s festival selections: • Visible from Four States by Barbara Hammond • The Mess of Us by Moss Kaplan and Greg Ungar • Caliban’s Island by Diana Burbano

10-Minute Play Festival & 24-Hour Play Challenge

September 5 / 7 pm / The Ruth Pay What You Can The company-generated 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Five original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company like you’ve never seen them before. The second act will feature two short plays created in 24 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. Teams are assigned a random play title and are given 24 hours to write, stage, rehearse, memorize, and design their magnum opus. Our prayers are with them.

e h t n Joi tement! exci • Catch General Store • Support Headwaters • Attend the Festival!

Headwaters programming is made possible through generous donations by Jim and Irene Brown, and Pete and Lindsey Leavell, and The RLC Foundation. For more information, visit creederep.org.




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shows One 5-min. Intermission Rated PG-13


Explosive Improv Comedy

In the eleven-year history of Boomtown no two shows have ever been the same. Everyone always asks us, “How do you make up all that stuff on the spot?” The truth: It’s easy when you’ve been improvising together since you were in diapers…

ShowDates Saturdays@10:30 PM 6/24 • 7/1 • 7/8 • 7/15 7/22 • 7/29 • 8/5 8/12 (Early Bird Show @ 7:30 pm) 8/19 • 8/26

Saturdays@10:00 PM


9/2 • 9/9

the awkward phase

1987 best scene EVER!!

production crew Tech Improvisers Jean Egdorf & Lucas Bareis-Golumb Musical Improvisers Ian LeRoy & Courtney La Zier Scenic Design Elizabeth “Biz” Grim Lighting Design Mandi Wood

summer sponsors

CAST Kate Berry John DiAntonio Jessica Jackson Nathan Jones Brian Kusic Bethany Eilean Talley Emily Van Fleet Graham Ward Caitlin Wise and more…

winter sponsors Creede Community Foundation




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shows No Intermission Rated G

PANTS ON FIRE A Totally Made Up Musical for Kids!

Test Out Your Improv Brain!


Fill in the blanks with a friend, and read aloud.

This is the story of

salty) dream. Ever since they were to be a


, a kid with a sweet (and



days old, our hero wanted

chef. Anyone can make pasta or chocolate chip

cookies, but only this kid could make chocolate chip pasta, or fried


, or pickled


, or even braised



This passion had earned them the nickname: Super Chef. Now for a kid who loved to

food, lunchtime was actually the worst


time. Standing in the cafeteria line, Super Chef begged, “If I could just add some


peanut butter and toasted

this pasta, it would be delicious!” The said, “Sit your

body part



lunch lady


down and eat!” Super Chef marched

into the school science lab in search of spices, but found some liquid beakers instead. “Time to make this pasta



. A hint

of Plutonium, a dash of Zirconium, and top it all off with a splash of !” Just as Super Chef was about to take a bite, they


noticed the pasta start to squiggle, expand, and even overflowing onto the table and floor. Principal


last name


ran over to

yell at Super Chef, but was quickly engulfed in pasta. The situation was getting


. All the kids literally had to


in a

sea of pasta. Super Chef had an idea, and yelled, “Bon Appetit!” The classmates just stared. “That means eat!” And eat they did, until they’d finished that last bite. Everyone rolled on the floor, weighing number verb

Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Stage Manager

Chris Winnemann Tamara Carruthers Mandi Wood Aaron McEachran


John DiAntonio Jessica Jackson Brian Kusic Graham Ward Caitlin Wise Kate Berry (swing) Developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program. Created by John DiAntonio, Jessica Jackson, Brian Kusic, Graham Ward, Caitlin Wise, Renee Prince, and Joe Montelione.

y b k c a B demand! r a l u p o p An hour-long improvised musical created from the ideas of kids in the audience. Choose your own adventure!


pounds heavier, desperately needing to burp and , but smiling from ear to ear, cause that was the best pasta

dish they’d ever eaten. The End.



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learhn ! s u t wi Join us for a few hours, a day, or a week, where you will discover a playful creative self through these exciting drama classes! Learning through theatre teaches students how to work together, problem-solve, and use their imagination.

Action Story Time

This fun, interactive theatre class explores problem-solving by using the imagination, movement, and literacy! (Different curriculum in sessions 1 & 2).

Session 1

Ages 3.5-5 / May 20 / 1pm-3pm Class Tuition: $45

Session 2

Ages 3.5-5 / July 7 / 1pm-3pm Class Tuition: $45

The World is Mime!

Ages 8-12 / June 13-16 / 10am-3pm Class Tuition: $225 This fun, silent, and imaginative class introduces students to the art of mime. Through disciplined techniques and performance, students explore new levels of physical awareness using the language of mime. Come and tell us a story with your body!

Act it Up!

Ages 13+ / June 20-23 / 10am-3pm Class Tuition: $225 This high-energy theatre class explores the power of using your body, voice, and imagination. Learn about character development through monologues and scene work, while taking command of the stage!

Move! A Theatre Experience

Ages 5-7 / June 20-23 / 10am-3pm Class Tuition: $205 Join us for this fun and energetic theatre class! Students will learn the fundamentals of movement, shape and expression. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to move!

Camps fill up quickly, register today to reserve your spot!

1. Visit creederep.org/drama-day-camp, fill out a registration form, and return to Johamy Morales, Education Director at johamy@creederep.com. 2. Pay thru PayPal via the above page or send a check.

Community Outreach

Creede Rep provides hands-on educational theatre workshops, master classes, and/or residencies to a variety of schools and nonprofit organizations. The goal of this program is to positively reach and empower our youth in surrounding communities and beyond using the performing arts. CRT works side by side with you and your community to bring a tailored experience and/or develop curriculum geared for your students needs. For more information or to bring a program to your community contact Johamy Morales at johamy@creederep.com or 719-658-2540 x227.




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boy explorer • niño explorador Play and Lyrics by Lojo Simon • Music by Ian LeRoy Book Illustrations by Mallory Logan

Touring August 28 – November 17, 2017

Boy Explorer/ Niño Explorador

Book and Lyrics by Lojo Simon • Music by Richard Rischar Book Illustrations by Mallory Logan Albert Porter is an ordinary kid in every sort of way. At least that’s what he thinks—until he discovers the people and stories from the past that make him exceptional. Throughout his journey he learns about the many cultures that make up Colorado’s diverse landscape: including Pueblo and Ute ancestors, Hispano explorers, and more. Travel with Albert as he adventures through time, discovering the rich cultures that weave together the contemporary landscape of the Southwest!

Albert Porter: Boy Explorer! is magical because it’s…

• • • • •

Geared for students grades K-6 Bilingual (Spanish/English) Live musical theatre Emphasizes social studies, history, and culture Magically timeless and filled with audience participation


learhn ! s u t wi 2017 Artistic Team Director & Choreographer Stage/Tour Manager Scenic Designers Costume Designer Music Director Sound Designer Spanish Translators Actors

Melissa Firlit Natalie Mayo Johamy Morales & Mark Exline Claudia Boddy Ian LeRoy Natalie Mayo Johamy Morales Claudio Venancio & Gina Velez

Developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program.

supported by:

Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation The Krueger Foundation The National Endowment for the Arts RLC Foundation

Creede Repertory Theatre is delighted to celebrate its 34th year presenting the Young Audience Outreach Tour. YAOT successfully produces an original bilingual musical every year. Two actors and one stage manager take the show on the road across 6 states in the desert Southwest, performing in front of more than 24,000 students a year. Every student receives an original book that reinforces the play’s themes, literacy, and supplements school curriculum. Creede Rep’s YAOT tour successfully brings inspiring musical theatre to underserved rural schools who would otherwise not have the opportunity to share live theatre with their students. Literacy Matters to Us! To support your community’s literacy endeavors, each student receives a free children’s book after our shows. The book reinforces the themes of the play while making reading fun! In addition, teachers receive a study guide used before and/or after the performance. For more information visit creederep.org/yaot or contact Education Director Johamy Morales at 719-658-2540 x227 / johamy@creederep.com




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learhn ! s u t wi Now in its 15th season, the KID Show program will debut an original piece based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Adapted by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones, I, Mac(kers) uses spoken word to tell the story of aspiring thespian, Martyn, who lets social media and technology fuel his ambition. Will he resist the temptation of cyberbullying or will he compromise his morals by allowing technology to spread rumors and manipulate others? Join us for three weeks of compelling, explosive, and colorful storytelling!

I, Mac(kers)

by Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones Directed by Emily Van Fleet

Emily Van Fleet & Nathan Jones Emily Van Fleet Aaron McEachran Lucas Bareis-Golumb Mark Exline Nicole Watts Mandi Wood Natalie Mayo

Developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program.

Ages 10+ / Free to all participants! Rehearsals: July 5 - 19 / 10am-4pm Performances: July 20 - 22 / 11am & July 21 / 2pm / The Ruth To register visit creederep.org/kid-show or contact Education Director, Johamy Morales at johamy@creederep.com or 719-658-2540 x227.

the history

Artistic Team

Co-Playwrights Director Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Scenic Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer

supported by:

The Hitchcock Foundation Sheila Fortune Foundation

In 2003, Renee Prince and Ryan Prince founded The Creede Initiative, geared to provoke the creative minds of local youth by placing them in a professional environment and encouraging them to play. For fifteen summers, a professional team of collaborators mentor kids (ages 10–17) through the process of creating a fully produced, original show. 2003 The KID Show Premiere! An Afternoon of Mime, by the Ensemble. 2004 The Minpins: A Roald Dahl Puppet Show, by the Ensemble. 2005 The Rainbow Goblins, by the Ensemble. 2006 Emilia’s Tree, by Jeff Carey. 2007 CRT’s current Artistic Director, Jessica Jackson, joins the team as composer for Lullaby Bay, written by Jeff Carey. 2008 Scruff Turbo and the Children of the Future, composed by Jessica Jackson and written by Jeff Carey. 2009 L’histoire de Babar le Petit Elephant, composed and narrated by Francis Poulenc, based on the story by Jean De Brunhoff. 2010 The Dragon on the Roof, by the Ensemble and adapted from the short story by Terre Jones, who is currently a CRT Board Member. 2011 The KID Show finds a new home at the recently opened Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre with the production of The

Gentleman Bug, adapted from the picture book by Julian Hector. 2012 Actor and writer John DiAntonio writes Saving Red, the first of his three The KID Show scripts. 2013 Participants prove bravery by rehearsing and performing Alice and the Bookstore Palace, by John DiAntonio, during a wildfire that burned over 100,000 acres. 2014 In Suspended, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by John DiAntonio and Caitlin Wise DiAntonio, the ensemble takes risk-taking to new heights (literally). Not only do the kids tell an engaging story through rhyming couplets, they do so while elevated on trapeze. 2015 Bones! is the first ensemble devised piece created only in three weeks! All participants write, direct and perform the piece. 2016 Rodeo & Juliet provides another opportunity for the kids to explore Shakespeare. Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones adapt the script from Romeo & Juliet.




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Creede Repertory Theatre’s 52nd season is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

2017 CRT Board of Trustees

The 2017 CRT Board of Trustees are proud to co-sponsor Talley’s Folly. CRT’s Trustees encourage all theatre-lovers to support Creede Repertory Theatre so that we may ensure this special organization thrives well into the future.

Anschutz Family Foundation

The Anschutz Family Foundation supports Colorado nonprofit organizations that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self-respect. There is a special interest in self-sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled. The Foundation is also dedicated to funding efforts in rural Colorado.

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and Restaurant

Bordering national forest on a secluded bend of the Rio Grande, Antlers is known for its premier trout fishing waters and offers cabins, rooms, and RV spaces to the public. At day’s end, come enjoy fine dining in a leisurely atmosphere at the Riverside Restaurant.

Big River Music

Michele and Courtney at Big River Music are thrilled to sponsor Boomtown! Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by not only the quality of their productions, but also the wonderful company members that have become life-long friends. Break legs this season everyone!

The Blue Yak Salon

Susan Madrid brings her expertise and fun, individual style to Main Street in downtown Creede. Check it out and gosh darn it, just have a good time! Join her for a full service salon, spa and shop experience, or massage and body work courtesy of Laura A Neill, RMT. We’ll see you soon!

Broken Arrow Ranch and Land Company

Anne and Dale Pizel, owners of Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Co, LLC are proud be a sponsor for CRT’s 2017 production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Anne and Dale have owned and operated their real estate company in Creede for nearly three decades. During the ups and downs of being self-employed, they continue to support CRT as they value the light it brings to our community. Keep up the good work!

Jim and Irene Brown Bob & Kay Carrel

Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation Colorado Creative Industries

CRT is supported by a grant from the Colorado Creative Industries, which was made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Creede America Group

Creede America is a unique neighborhood that sits up on the mesa on the west side of the city of Creede. Great architecture, cuttingedge green technologies, and stunning views make Creede America the place to be in Creede.

Del Norte Bank

As a mutual bank, Del Norte Bank’s philosophy is to be TRUE to the community with an honest approach as a LOCAL financial institution providing necessary BANK products to individuals and businesses to facilitate community success. True, Local, Bank.

Desert Sun Toyota & Bob and Tina Martinez

Downstream Gas & Mercantile

Downstream Gas & Mercantile is proud to be of service this summer, and to sponsor General Store. We work hard to keep our customers happy in everything we do. Stop in and check us out.

El Pomar Foundation

First Southwest Bank

First Southwest Bank serves southwest Colorado in the San Luis Valley, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez. We’re the bank with “capital ideas” to get you where you want to be. We can help you get there.™ CMYK: C-100 M-30 Y-66 K-17 RGB: R-0 G-112 B-101 Web: 007065

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Chuck & Kay Harbert

Chuck and Kay have actively supported the theatre through the years, with Kay serving as a Board member from 2002-2008. Long-time play sponsors and fundraisers, they believe that CRT is an integral part of the Creede experience.

Hecla Charitable Foundation

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The Hitchcock Foundation

Font: Lato Family The Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Charitable Foundation is proud to support The KID Show for the 2017 season. Now in its 15th year, The KID Show is created and performed by local youth in collaboration with CRT professionals.

The Hoglund Foundation

The Hoglund Foundation has been a significant partner to CRT for well over twenty years. Personally and through the Foundation, the Hoglunds recognize the value of art in their community and are pleased to sponsor CRT’s 2017 production of Arsenic and Old Lace.

John David Lentz Memorial Fund

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Krueger Charitable Foundation

The Krueger Charitable Foundation’s commitment has been instrumental in supporting the literacy component of CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour. Their gift makes it possible for CRT to give a children’s book to each of our young audience members after every tour performance. We hand out close to 25,000 books each year because of the Krueger Foundation’s generous support.

Peggy Longwood Lamb

Peggy Longwood Lamb has been a part of the Creede community since 1939 when her parents bought their cabin at Spar City. She has witnessed this historic venue’s transformation from a movie house to its present use as the home of the Creede Repertory Theatre. Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph & Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1994, paving the way for the creation of the CRT endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors.

Pete and Lindsey Leavell

Mineral County Lodging Tax Tourism Fund Panel National Endowment for the Arts

The 2017 Young Audience Outreach Tour is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Rare Things Gallery of Treasures

An eclectic gallery with a museum atmosphere, offering designer jewelry, antiques, fine art, woodwork, pottery, decorative arts, and wonderments of nature such as rocks, minerals, and fossils. Established in 1974, the gallery showcases one of a kind gemstone designs and horsehair work of the Inge Jewelry Collection.

RLC Foundation

San Juan Sports

Open since 1974, San Juan Sports provides for all your outdoor sporting needs. As proud distributors of the finest outdoor products, San Juan Sports offers outdoor sporting equipment, clothing and shoes. Owners Michael and Amy McNeil, along with San Juan Sports staff, are proud to sponsor General Store. Please check out our new website and join our mailing list at www.sanjuansports.com.

San Luis Valley Federal Bank

San Luis Valley Since 1899 we’ve been serving the banking needs of our members. We’re happy to share Federal Bank some of our success with our community, and proud to support the amazing work of CRT.

San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative

San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, serving you since 1937, has been an ardent supporter of CRT for dozens of years. SLVREC applauds the Theatre’s commitment to the arts and its patrons and is proud to sponsor Pants on Fire.

Schramm Foundation

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Shubert Foundation

The Shubert Foundation is a national foundation based in New York City, dedicated to supporting the performing arts in the United States, primarily theatre companies and secondarily, dance companies.

Bob and Dixie Slater

Dixie and Bob have enjoyed many years of seeing and supporting CRT. Their involvement has included serving on the Board, the Ruth Capital Campaign and, sponsoring interns. They are cosponsors of General Store this season.

Texas Friends of CRT

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Since its creation in 2004, the Texas Friends have generously sponsored twelve plays at CRT and have remained significant supporters of the vital work produced on stage at the Creede Creede, Repertory CO Theatre.


Tomkins Hardware and Lumber

Tomkins Hardware and Lumber has been located on Main Street since 1892. Under new ownership since 2011, Tomkins has increased offerings in both the hardware store and the newly built lumberyard. We carry everything that contractors and homeowners need for projects large and small and our professional staff is always ready to advise and help you tackle any project.

Virginia Christensen Trust & the City of Creede

As a means of celebrating the good times her husband Emil spent in and around Creede, Virginia Christensen bequeathed $3 million dollars to the City of Creede. As beneficiaries of the charitable trust, the City helps support recreational activities in the town through annual grants.

Wall, Smith, Bateman Inc.

Serving Colorado since 1974, this preeminent public accounting firm is guided by our mission to help our clients achieve financial success. We offer a full range of accounting services for individuals and businesses.

Windsock Acres

Windsock Acres is proud to be a sponsor for The Syringa Tree. Although our family-run business was only officially founded in 2015, the cabins at Windsock Acres have provided many CRT company members a cozy place to stay over the years. We look forward to continuing to host family, patrons and members of CRT this season!

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Our 2017 Board of Trustees Mary Sculley

President Dallas, TX and South Fork, CO

Terre Jones

Senior Vice President Santa Fe, NM


Jane MacPherson Creede, CO

Larry Morgan

Danbury, CT and Creede, CO

Dick Powell

Vice President Board Development Tucson, AZ and Lake City, CO

Michael Quint

Vice President - Facilities Iowa City, IA and Creede, CO

Jerry DeVault

Vice President - Finance St. Charles, IL and Creede, CO

Diane Knutzon

Secretary & Vice President Fund Development South Fork, CO and Denver, CO

Mary Lee Pinkerton Vice President Investment Montrose, CO and Creede, CO

David Cohen

South Padre Island, TX and Del Norte, CO

Gary Kring

Littleton, CO

Lindsey Leavell Creede, CO and Denver, CO

Steve Reed

Santa Fe, NM and Creede, CO

Sally Smith Berkely, CA

Barbara Taylor

g n o l a comweith us! As the Board of Trustees, it is our mission to gain even more support for the outstanding work of CRT. This support comes through many different channels: volunteering, in-kind gifts, play sponsorship, advertising, cash donations, and more. We ask each of you to “come along with us,” as we work together in our community to further the work of CRT. YOU choose the way! Sincerely, Mary Sculley CRT Board of Trustees, President

Silver City, NM and Creede, CO

in memory Christina Egolf 1949-2016

One of my mother’s true loves was a summer night spent watching a play at the CRT: the magic, the people, the thrill, and the shared joy of a live performance. It gave her such joy, especially when one of her children was in the show. She loved watching us thrive, and some of our greatest successes happened on the Creede stage. For over 40 years, my mother never missed a CRT show and was the number one ticket buyer season after season. Each year, the staff would look forward to the day in early May when she came into the box office to purchase her tickets for every show that season! But her love went beyond that: The acting company relished home-cooked meals in her kitchen at the Doll House, fresh baked ginger cookies on opening nights, and her graceful smile at tech dinners. She loved everything and everyone at CRT. Her spirit was alive in the theater, and still is to this very day. If you are sitting in E11, she is probably right there with you, laughing and crying and mesmerized by the story unfolding on her favorite stage in the world, her smiling face aglow in the lights.

— Adrian Egolf

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the christina award

In honor of the Christina Egolf, CRT would like to recognize and celebrate our most ardent, loyal patrons with the Christina Award, given to the patron who attended the most shows that summer.

Our 2016 Recipient will be announced on June 23rd before She Loves Me!




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CRT’s generous donors season sponsor $50,000 +



$25,000 - $49,999

Jerry and Karyn DeVault The Hoglund Foundation Krueger Charitable Foundation Shubert Foundation Paul E. Stone


$10,000 - $24,999

Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation El Pomar Foundation Pete and Lindsey Leavell National Endowment for the Arts Mary Lee Pinkerton RLC Foundation Ruth H. Brown Foundation Schramm Foundation Bob and Dixie Slater Bill and Teri Smith


$5,000 - $9,999

Bieber Family Foundation Bob and Robin Brobst Jim and Irene Brown Bob and Kay Carrel City of Creede Virginia Christensen Trust Del Norte Bank Chuck and Kay Harbert Terrence and Polly Jones Jim and Diane Knutzon Peggy Longwood Lamb Van and Anne Oliver San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Rick and Diane Sloan Barbara Kline Taylor Mort and Cecelia Weir Edith Wilson


Gifts to Creede Repertory Theatre from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

choreographers $2,500 - $4,999

Antlers Guest Ranch Avery and Cat Augur Broken Arrow Ranch and Land Company Creede America Group LLC Ann and Tim Cranor Desert Sun Motors Jenna Ford Frank and Kathy Ikard Marti & Steve Kiely Gary and Jolinda Kring Mineral County Lodging Tax Tourism Fund Panel Richard and Gwen Powell Quiller Gallery Michael and Lanette Quint Tom and Michele Schrandt Sheila Fortune Foundation Tomkins Hardware Toyota Dealer Match Program

stage managers $1,000 - $2,499

Charlene and George Ameel Tim and Diana Anderson Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland Judith Blanch Todd and Frances Bratton Rhonda Brown David Buffington James and Jean Carson David Cohen Community Banks of Colorado Chris and Marjorie Corcoran Susie Davis Thomas and Shirley Day Paul Day-Lucore Tom and Linda DuBose Barbara Elliott ExxonMobil Foundation Farm Fresh Direct of America Hecla Charitable Foundation Joan Green Jeffrey Lonnie and Jill Grissom Steve Hall and Bev Chapman Dr. James Harding Dale and Beverly Hettinger Holy Moses Gift Shop Inge Foundation Ed and Paige Innerarity, Jr. Amy Jackson Ron and Mary Sue Johnson Robert and Cynthia Koets Carol Krueger Carolyn Lamb and Steve Reed Charles and Kay Lancaster Stan and Julie Lentz Jim Loud and Jan Crawford Jim and Dorothy Lynch Jane MacPherson Lynn and Shirley McCullough Gary Mitchell Gary and Beverly Moore Larry Morgan and Julie Kushner Anonymous Jake and Aubrey Pargin

Don and Janie, Ben, and Anne Quint David Risser Joseph and Cynthia Rodriguez Lynn Russell Sally Smith and Donald Burns Linda and Gary Sandstrom Bob and Sharon Seago Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Rita and Roger Shenkel Monica Shilling Susanne C. Shutz Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Sarah Lentz Spellman Dyan Sublett and Alan Echeverria Tom and Jane Swanson Rare Things Gallery of Treasures Tim and Jerrye Van Leer Wilson Rio Grande Ranch Pesha Rudnick Wright Ron V. and Sandra Yates Gary Yawn

Richard and Jean Ramstetter Lori and Shawn Reed Pam and Mike Reese Harold and Margaret Rominger Jack and Theresa Rudder San Luis Valley Health Tom and Karyl Scarlett Richard and Norma Small Scott and Donna Souther Robert and Marta Thiele Robert Ulrich Steven and Karla Van Treese Wall, Smith, Bateman & Associates Brien and Julianne Ward Wild West Wine & Spirits, Inc. Mary Henderson Williams Windsor Hotel & Restaurant Frederick H. and Michele May Winston Rod and Sandy Wisley Aurilla Woodburn Dean Yannias

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David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Tom and Genny Basler Robert Berger Jean Bethke Tom Bodnar and Paul DiAntonio Cascada Bar & Grill Keith R. Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Frank Cohen Creede Arts Council Rudy and Andie Davison Doug and Ginni Davlin Ray and Ellen Deaver Del Norte Auto Supply Downstream Gas & Mercantile Larry and Roz Gibel Ernest and Debra Gomez Fred and Carol Grover Ed Hargraves Paul and Jennifer Harrison Hathorn Construction Chris and Lindsey Hervey George Hoffman and Lonnie Sweet Alan Busche and Jenifer Houston Nagle and Sandy Jackson Cathy Judson Harold and Kay Kelloff Kentucky Belle Market Phil and Teresa Lack Laura Love Loverings Gallery John and Barbara McClure Jerry McKee MDS Waste and Recycle Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Monte Vista Cooperative B.J. Myers and Bill Kuhlke Richard and Jane Nearing Ooh La Spa, LLC Rich and Cathy Ormsby William Pasma Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody

Margaret Acton Shari Addington Gary and Kit Aguren Benjamin and Elizabeth Albritton Sara R. Alt Jim and Jane Anthony Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River Harry and Julie Augur Rebecca Balding Joel and Pat Barker Roger and Linda Barker David Barlow and Stephen M. Donovan Paul Barnes Steve Beckham Wayne and Gayle Bedor Howard and Peggy Berg William Carden and Pamela Berlin Kate Berry and RJ Mann Brett Blagowsky The Blue Yak Salon Elaine Blumenhein Ron and Marta Boettcher Bill and Ann Boies Peter Bond Bob and Marilyn Box Sandy and Jim Brady Branda Family Broken Arrow Property Management Celia Brown John E. and Leslie S. Brown Guston Browning Richard and Vicki Brownrigg Tom and Pat Brummett David and Glenda Buhrmann John and Boone Bullington Glen Bunch Glenn Burnham Lauren Bussey Harlan and Robin Butt Ed & Vickie Cannon Derrell Capes Sarah Chandler

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Kay and David Cherry Chevron Matching Employee Funds Tom and Dorothy Childers George and Kathy Chisholm Carl and Marge Clark Ray Coffey Frederica J. Conroy Rob Cooney Linda Cordova Ann Corrigan Glyndal and Kathy Cowan Creede ATV Creede Community Church Creede School Imprest Fund Carrol and Susan Cross Mark and Lorane Cupples Becky Daggett Bill and Cecilia Dail Marty and Darlene Danko Jennifer Darling Zora Dash Kenny David Agnes Davis Adelaide and James Davis Scott and Gretchen Davis Kathy and Jim Dawson William and Linda DeBoer Shelly Dee Charlie and Rebecca Dees Mary Jo DePriest Lucretia A. Flammang and Scott P. Deshong Judy and Gerald Dettloff Warner and Helen Dewey Paula and Steve DiAntonio Patrick and Beverly Dooley Rita Odom and Clyde Dooley Harvey and Kathy DuChene Dale Dunn Janell Dunsworth Jack Dysart Wayne Edelman Edward Merewether and Debra I. Bergerson Sue Ehrgood Nan Eklund Mary Susan Eldredge Kathy and Ken Ellison Rick & Kathy Ellithorpe Di and Jim Erickson Henry and Mary Ernstthal Carol and Jim Erwin Joyce and Tom Faris Don and Dorothy Farmer Jill Farschman Bill and Tami Fassett Cheryll Faust Leland and Brenda Fillenwarth Stan and Debbie Fimple Marlene and Mike Fishman David Fleming Jock and Ann-Marie Fleming Betsy and Bob Flynn Rhonda and Mike Foale Vickie Ford Town of South Fork Robert Foster Susie and Paul Franke Charles and Joyce Freuden Peggy Friesen David and Lael Fruen Donald and Diane Fullrich Jo Etta Galbraith Jessica Gallegos Bruce and Linda Gardiner Dennis and Carey Gardner Julia and Michael Garratt David and Susan Geiger

K.R. and Sherri George Dan and Peggy Gerlach Diane Giauque Bob and Pam Gjellum Jeni and Greg Goodwin Tom Gottlob Bill and Sally Grammer Heather Greenwolf Steffanie Grogan Habitat for Humanity Ruthanna Hall Peter and Mary Hallman Lynn and Judy Hancock Henry and Roberta Hanna Joe and Debbie Hannigan Tom and Viola Harrison Joel Hart Richard L. Hay Gary Hayes Steve and Cynthia Haynes Bruce and Parry Heath Timothy and Elizabeth Hepp John and Rebecca Hervey Michael and Melissa Herzmark Tom and May Claire Hetzel Jerry and Leona Hillestad Susan and Peter Hoffman Don and Rosemary Hollenshead Mimi Holmes Bob and Marguerite Holt John and Gloria Hood Misti and Eric Hopper Suzanne Houske Andersson Ron Clark and Jody Hovland Michael and Crystal Hudson Steve, Heather, and Birdie Hughes Jim Hunt David and Lynn Hurst David and Lisa Hutson Jennifer Inge Mason Ingram Rick and Teri Inman Jobie Irvine Barbara and Carl Ivey Jan Jacobs James H. Everest Family Trust Brigit and Jorg Jansen Charles and Carol Jones Grattan Edward Judkins, Jr. Gregg and Kristine Kampf Carolyn M. Kawanabe Jim and Cindy Keen Sam and Wanda Keith Dr. Joe and Rosemary Kiehn Ellis and Marcy Kirks Courtney Klager Douglas and Judy Knudson Arnold and Michelle Korenek Sandra L. Kroll Amy Krueger Dave Krueger John and Ann Kusic Ken and Hazel Kutac Maurice, Trary, Genevieve and Kieran LaMee Janet Eileen Lancon Libbie Landreth Katherine & Dan Larkin Carol F Lea Sam Leake Barbara Leichty St. John Duane and Christine Lietzke Candice and Justin Lindh Liquid Ambitions Liquor Creede Snowshoe Lodge Gail & Bill Longfellow Lynne Love Carlos and Dorothy Lucero

Raven Maez Bobby Manning Renee Marshall Tita Louise Martinez Randall and Lyn Mason Kent Maughan Sam McAlees and Mary Hudson Susan McCrea Richard and Marilyn McCullough Wayne and Barbara McEndree Frank Fransioli and Eileen McGinnity Amy McLarty Natalie McLeod Jamie and Fred McLeroy Ted and Judy McNeilsmith Heather and Paul Medure Clifton Meyer John and Cheryl Milan Carolee Miller Mineral County Dental Clinic James Mobberley and Laura Moore Monte Vista Rotary Sheila D. Moore David and Patti Morris Kirsten S Moy Lee Crone Moyer John and Janet Mulay Dot and Barney Mulligan Dave and Zoe Myers Laura Neill Jack and Mary-lu Nelson David and Molly Niven K. Nixon Kathy and Jim Nolan Kelli and Albert O’Leary Hal and Dot Olson Norman Onnen John and Ann Parker Wes and Gwen Payne Greg and Starr Pearson Butch and Merlaine Peede Glenn and Betsy Pense John Peterson Ann and Skip Phebus Jim and Margaret Phillips Frank and Arlene Pietranton Manuel Zarate and Ann Pittman Alton and Jane Pope Diane and Wally Post Fran and John Powers Renee Prince Dr. and Mrs. John C Quicker Marta and Steve Quiller Sylvia Quint Alan and Debbie Rae Jan and John Ramsay Doug and Nancy Reese Allen and Erica Reichenbach Bill and Mary Reinhardt Alice Renouf Rheuben Johnson and Evelyn Gant Damian and Michelle Richardson Stuart Rider Rio Grande Vacation Rentals Chris Roach Stephen A. and Connie Robertson Joyce Robinson Malcolm R. and Joan Rodger John and Valerie Roper Susan H. Rose Dan Rosenblatt Max and Alice Royalty Neil and Elise Rudolph Mark S. Rye Bill and Shirley Sage Anne Sandoe Erik and Beverly Sandvik Helen Scott Santilli

donors Susan Sasser John Savage Marjorie and Robert Schaffner Mike and Pat Schiff Jeff and Mary Lou Schleher Kent Schlundt Karen and Jeffrey Schluter Stephen B Scott Mel and Virginia Semrad Gretchen and D. Dale Shaffer Paul Kevin Shulte Bob and Bonnie Siddons Silver Threads Quilt Guild Slumgullion Gift Gallery John and Martha Smith William C. and Kathy Smith South Fork Chamber of Commerce Edward and Donna Spray Bob and Arlene Stein Gene and Nita Stevens Jim and Connie Stiegler Mike and Lynn Surovik Doug and April Talley Sandy Taylor Sean Thompson Tommy and Kathy Thompson Rebecca Gibel and Charles Thurston Gretchen Tinkle Katy Touysinhthiphonexay Kim and Yen Touysinhthiphonexay Pamela & John Tumler Olin and Jessica Tunnell Kim Hargraves Tyrrell and Todd Tyrrell Jim and Jenny Van Ry Phyllis Vandehaar Frank Vela Dr. Tom and Polly Venard David and Jane Waldie Bettye Wallace David and Suzanne Wallace Steve and Jane Wardlaw Kay O. and Janice R. Watkins Rebecca and Stephen Weitz Rena Wells Glen Wilson Virginia and Roland Wilson Windsock Acres Kent and Laura Winkler Christy Lentz and Paul Winterhoff Jane Wise Kathryn and Larry Wolfe Steve Wood Patrick and Andrea Woods Richard Worm Ronnie and Anita Wright R. Deane and Esther Wymer Steve and Valinda Yarberry Nancy Zeller Mark and Sheila Zips

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creede repertory theatre endowment We can enhance our quality and expand our programs by building and maintaining an endowment that provides funding in perpetuity for CRT. These forward-thinking friends have given to CRT’s endowment, supporting all fundamental aspects of the CRT experience. Anonymous Katherine Brennand and Chris Cummings Jim and Irene Brown Ken and Martha Bruner Foundation Bob and Kay Carrel Jerry and Karyn DeVault and Family Lin Driscoll and Associates Melvin and Camille Getz Patricia L Harmon The Hoglund Foundation

Terrence and Polly Jones Gary and Jolinda Kring Carolyn Lamb and Steve Reed Pete and Lindsey Leavell The John David Lentz Memorial Fund Jane MacPherson Natalie McLeod Jayson Nichols Richard and Gwen Powell Pat and Mary Sculley

Jay Silberblatt Rick and Diane Sloan Bill and Teri Smith Jay Smith and Jenny Leavell and Family Dianne M. Sposito Barbara Kline Taylor Mort and Cecelia Weir Michael and Roni Wisdom Ron and Sandra Yates

ralph and peggy lamb endowment fund Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph and Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1993, paving the way for the creation of CRT’s endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors. Peggy Longwood Lamb contributes to the Endowment Fund annually and also generously supports CRT through a play sponsorship.

John David Lentz was a much-beloved company member at Creede Repertory Theatre in 1992. After the conclusion of the season, he traveled to San Diego where he was enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of San Diego. John completed his MFA requirements on April 29, 1994, but was killed in a random shooting in Balboa Park on May 1, 1994. In 2015, a five-year campaign was launched to permanently endow the John David Lentz Memorial Fund at CRT. Over the next five years, we will raise $100,000 and ensure that the Fund continues to honor John’s life long into the future. This summer the John David Lentz Memorial Fund co-sponsors Arsenic and Old Lace. Milt and Rene Benham Robert Berger Judith Blanch Tom and Pat Brummett Barbara Elliott Ron and Mary Sue Johnson Dane M. Smith and Norma McClure Greg and Starr Pearson Charlene and George Ameel

David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Tom and Genny Basler Bill and Nancy Blackford Judith Blanch Branda Family Kathalee Cottingham Kathy and Ken Ellison Henry and Roberta Hanna Don and Rosemary Hollenshead

Ron and Mary Sue Johnson Charles and Carol Jones Jim and Cindy Keen Dr. Joe and Rosemary Kiehn Stan and Julie Lentz Lynne Love Frederick and Nancy Lowe Dane M. Smith and Norma McClure Jeremy and Emily Lentz McComas Family

Heather and Paul Medure Stephanie Moffett Hynds and Stan Hynds Richard and Catherine Ormsby Alton and Jane Pope Erik and Beverly Sandvik Bob and Sharon Seago Monica Shilling Sarah Lentz Spellman Christy Lentz and Paul Winterhoff




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Cat Augur Jennifer Darling Richard Baxter Bill and Tami Fassett Kate Berry Bob and Marguerite Holt Jessica Salsbury Christy Brandt and John Gary Brown Natalie McLeod Tom and May Claire Hetzel Mimi Holmes Barbara & Ken Carpenter‚ Del Norte Claire Sears-Barker and Smoky Barker Erin Coffey Ray Coffey Russell Cowman Guston Browning

John and Caitlin DiAntonio Paula and Steve DiAntonio Gary and Beverly Moore Sonia and Eben Dobson Stuart Rider Adrian Egolf Frederica J. Conroy The Freedle Family Shari Addington Becky Gibel Larry and Roz Gibel Halle, Paislee, Sydnee, Dean, Ben Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Porter W. Henderson and Don R. Williams, Sr. Mary Henderson Williams Bill Hopper Mistiper Hopper Jean and Erik Zora Dash

Nathan Jones and Emily Van Fleet Merritt and Kevin McShane Margaret and David Knowlton Nan Eklund Mary Lee Beauregard Gretchen and D. Dale Shaffer Marta Knudson Doug and Judy Knudson Theresa & Phil Lack Stephen A. and Connie Robertson Cathy Ledeker David and Jane Waldie Laura Neill David and Cheryl Neill BJ Myers Charles and Diane Rose

Nanci and Kyle’s Wedding Linda and Gary Sandstrom Zach and Kianna Neal Ellis and Marcy Kirks The O’Grady family Shannon Baumgardner Hal and Dot Olson Jeff and Mary Lou Schleher Our grandchildren Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Mary Salopek Stout Hardwood Floor Co., Inc. Gary and Linda Sandstrom Grattan Edward Judkins Jeff & Mary Lou Schleher Hal and Dot Olson Ollie Pearl Simmons Wayne Edelman

Rick and Diane Sloan Kathy and Jim Dawson Lynn and Ginny McCanse David and Molly Niven Dean and LeeAnn Snyder Paislee Francis Tom & Jane Swanson and Kon & Brenda Rock Ron V. and Sandra Yates Emily Van Fleet Daniel Kushmaul Sarah Wallace David and Suzanne Wallace Mary Henderson Williams Whip and Laura Wisdom Sandy Wisley Arden and Lonelle Kenady Angie and Ron Hague Frank and Arlene Pietranton

Ben and Gerry Alexander Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Mary Beckham Steve Beckham Donald and Diane Fullrich Shelia D Moore James Beil Laura Neill Mary Lou Berry Kate Berry and RJ Mann Betty Brandt John Gary Brown and Christy Brandt Littleton J. Bunch Glen Bunch Jean Casey John and Rebecca Hervey Fran Cleary Stout Hardwood Floor Co., Inc. Hugh Copeland Steve and Valinda Yarberry

Ron Davis Susie Davis Christina Egolf Frederica J. Conroy Jim & Christy Everest Susan and Peter Hoffman My father William Fleming David Fleming Bill and Lenore Ford Jenna Ford Ed Hargraves Jean Bethke Judith Jones Charles and Kay Lancaster Beverly Larson Kim Hargraves Tyrrell and Todd Tyrrell Porter W. Henderson and Don R. Williams, Sr. Mary Henderson Williams Lance Hewett (CRT 66-67) Charles and Kay Lancaster Harry Hosselkus Malinna and Jack Winters

Robert Paul Hosselkus, Sr. Sandra L Kroll Mark Houston Alan Busche and Jenifer Houston Derrell Capes John and Gloria Hood Hillard Howard, a true patron of the arts. Mary Ann Davidson Cheryll Faust Clifton Meyer David Klager Courtney Klager Bill Krueger Carol Krueger Sheldon Kushner Larry and Julie Kushner Morgan Margaret Lamb Charles Buckley Wilma Ledeker David and Jane Waldie

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Kate Berry*


Assistant Director - General Store Illona - She Loves Me Sally Talley - Talley’s Folly Performer - Boomtown Swing - Pants on Fire Colorado Credits: The Arvada Center (Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (The Seagull, Psycho Beach Party), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Theatre (Other Desert Cites), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Dancing Lessons), and Curious Theatre Company (Charles Ives Take Me Home). Originally from Chicago, this is Kate’s 7th season in the CRT company. She is inspired by new play development and has appeared in several new play festivals around the country including CRT’s Headwaters Festival, Local Lab in Boulder, and the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Additionally, she is a founding actor with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat now in its 3rd season. Kate also works as a master teaching artist with both children and adults in Creede and the surrounding areas. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Christy Brandt*

Ensemble - She Loves Me Abby - Arsenic and Old Lace Christy is delighted to be back at CRT for her 43rd season! She has appeared in 135 different productions at CRT. Favorite roles include Helen in The History Room, and Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo. In 2011 she received an award as “best actress in a drama” from The Denver Post for her role as Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca. Christy co-authored and performed in Six Women with Brain Death. She appeared in Ang Lee’s film Ride with the Devil and a recent release called The Sublime and Beautiful. She has worked at the Maples Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theater and The Unicorn Theater in Kansas City, and The South Carolina Repertory Theater, but CRT has been her professional home since 1973. She was married to photographer and painter John Gary Brown on the Creede Rep stage in 1981.

Anne F. Butler

Ensemble - She Loves Me Martha - Arsenic and Old Lace 2017 will be Annie’s 15th season with CRT! She is a full-time resident since laying her eyes and heart on Creede in 2001. Favorite roles include Helen in Mrs Mannerly, Dottie in Noises Off, Clella in The Nerd, Costanza in Enchanted April, Rose in The Last Romance (in which her pup Hercules made an appearance), and Vi in August Osage County. She lived for 5 years in Lanesboro, Minnesota working with the Commonweal Theatre, and had 5 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare festival, as well as performing in various Denver and Boulder area venues such as the Arvada Center, Aurora Fox, Germinal Stage, DU, Upstart Crow, Changing scene and Denver Center as a graduate student at the National Theatre Conservatory. She dedicates this season to the people of Creede, and wishes the town a very happy 125th Birthday!

Spencer D. Christensen


Sipos - She Loves Me O’Hara - Arsenic and Old Lace Spencer D. Christensen thanks you for supporting the arts! He spent his high school and undergraduate years performing in a wide range of roles, including Snoopy in You’re a Good Man

Charlie Brown, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Cousin Kevin in the Who’s Tommy and Tartuffe in Tartuffe. Spencer has helped create a summer Shakespeare intensive for high school students, run a theatre program for at risk youth, and now teaches acting as an Assistant Professor at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Spencer has studied and worked with a variety of talented, theatre professionals in the last 15 years and is thrilled to return to Creede Rep after his original stint with the wonderful company for the amazing 50th season, where he appeared in Ghost Light, Guys and Dolls, and Our Town.

John DiAntonio*

Jonathan - Arsenic and Old Lace Jim - General Store Performer - Boomtown Performer - Pants on Fire Associate Artistic Director See bio on page 70.

Logan Ernstthal*

Marachek - She Loves Me Teddy - Arsenic and Old Lace Mike - General Store Logan is happy to be back at CRT for his tenth season. Some of his favorite roles here include Sheriff Gilbeau in August Osage County, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Jamie Tyrone in A Moon for the Misbegotten, El Gallo in The Fantastics, Ivan in A Beautiful Country, Mitch in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Merle in The Joy Of Going Somewhere Definite. Other favorite roles include; Polonious (Hamlet) and Toby Belch (Twelfth Night) with the National Shakespeare Company, Doalty (Translations) with Actors Theatre Kansas City, Frederick (Noises Off), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), and Vershinin (Three Sisters) with UMKC (where he received an MFA in ’08), Tito (Lend Me a Tenor), and Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof) with Theatre on the Hill. He has worked at Shakespeare Festivals all over the country including Colorado, Heart of America, Riverside and Utah. In 2001, he started the Alaskan Shakespeare Festival at Denali Park.

Brian Kusic

Butterfingers - She Loves Me Gibbs/Captain - Arsenic and Old Lace Performer - Pants on Fire Performer - Boomtown Brian is happy to be returning to CRT for his 6th season. Brian was born, raised, and lives in Denver, where he just finished the Arvada Center’s first repertory season. He has been in 18 productions at CRT, including The Language of Trees, August Osage County, and Pants on Fire (if you get a chance come see PANTS ON FIRE it is Brian’s favorite show of all time!). Brian has had some of the greatest times of his life here in Creede and found a group of friends that are the best in the world. He hopes that you enjoy your time in this mountain town; he sure will!

Bettina Lobo

Ensemble - She Loves Me Bettina Lobo is a Venezuelan actress and singer. Her theatre credits include Pepper in Annie at the renowed Teresa Carreño Theatre of Venezuela, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose, Fame, The Sound of Music, Pie Pequeño, Huella Grande and others. Attended summer programs such as Exploration at Yale University and French Woods Festival of the



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Pat Moran

Kodaly - She Loves Me Pat was raised in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City. He recently performed in a concert celebrating the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with a company Inside Broadway. Last summer he was a company member at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in upstate New York where he performed in over seven productions. New York: Carrie: The Musical (Tommy Ross) Regional: Damn Yankees ( Joe Hardy), One Man, Two Guvnors (Alan), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince). Love to his family, friends, and teachers for their endless support! www.pat-moran.net

Stuart Rider*

Harper/Witherspoon - Arsenic and Old Lace Rick - General Store Last summer, the role of a lifetime fell from the heavenly heights of Creede, Colorado into my lucky lap. Playing Steve in Charlie Thurston’s The History Room (so beautifully directed by Pesha Rudnick) reminded me why I’ve stuck with this job as long as I have. The opportunity to tell human stories that let people laugh and cry and hopefully leave the theater feeling better for their time spent. To be stopped in the street by strangers to hear about their grandmother or uncle was a reward beyond pay or applause. A tribute to Charlie’s loving but honest look at Alzheimer’s. I could not be happier to have been asked back to Creede Rep to spend another season in this amazing community. And for making all of the great work the Rep, with its many artists, possible I thank you the patrons! The fact that this place continues to thrive after so many years is a tribute to you.

CJ Salvani

Arpad - She Loves Me Assistant Teaching Artist Born and raised in the Philippines, CJ and his family moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. Lived in Hawaii for a year, moved to Las Vegas, then packed his bags for Los Angeles to train at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy. For the past two years, his current home has been New York City. Theatre: Hairspray (Ensemble). West Side Story (Pepe). CATS (Ghengis). The Sound Of Music (Rolf ). Pillow Talk (Roger) cjsalvani.com—From a chocolate enthusiast to one of the biggest

Harry Potter Fans you’ll ever meet, I’m excited to make my debut at the Creede Repertory Theatre!! Matt, this is for you.

Bethany Eilean Talley

Performer - Boomtown Greta - General Store Master Teaching Artist Education Assistant This is Bethany’s sixth season with the Creede Repertory Theatre. Last year she was seen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Boomtown. Previous CRT credits include: Cookie in Ghostlight, Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, and a Hot Box Dancer in Guys & Dolls. She has also performed as Viola in Twelfth Night (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Berdine in Psycho Beach Party (Theatreworks), Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor (Vintage Theatre), Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George (Playhouse 22), Jordan (u/s) in The Great Gatsby, Aouda (u/s) in Around the World in 80 Days, and Marie (u/s) in Is He Dead? (Arvada Center for the Arts). BFA Acting, Brigham Young University.

Portland Thomas*

Actor - The Syringa Treed Master teaching Artist Portland is a recent graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. OffBroadway: Fit for a Queen, Classical Theater of Harlem Regional: Bedlam’s Hamlet/Saint Joan (McCarter Theater Center). Big thanks to her family for all their love and support! website:portlandthomas.com

Gina Velez Ensemble - She Loves Me Actor - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Marketing Intern Master Teaching Artist Gina Velez is a New York City resident, but California girl at heart, and overjoyed to be in her first show with Creede Rep. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s Musical Theatre BFA program and has spent the last four years working as a bi-coastal actress. Recent roles include: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie in Carousel and Maria in West Side Story. When she’s not onstage, you can find her on her yoga mat, drinking coffee, or taking pictures of her cat. She sends all of her love and gratitude to her incredible parents Mario and Carla and wonderful boyfriend Keaton.

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company Emily Van Fleet*

Amalia - She Loves Me Elaine - Arsenic and Old Lace Performer - Boomtown Director - I, Mac(kers) Author - I, Mac(kers)

Emily returns to CRT this year for her 5th season! CRT credits include Private Lives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, August

Osage County, Guys & Dolls, Our Town, Annie Get Your Gun, The Liar, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Harry the Great. She recently appeared at the Arvada Center in Tartuffe, Bus Stop and The Drowning Girls. Other regional favorites: The Servant of Two Masters (CO Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Lake Tahoe & Sierra Shakespeare Festivals); Death Takes A Holiday, A Man of No Importance, Big River (Arvada Center); The Wizard of Oz (BDT Stage, Colorado Backstage Spotlight Award);

and 6 seasons as a featured vocalist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration (with Maestro Jack Everly). Film/TV: Clear Blue Tuesday (Elizabeth Lucas), Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV/Reveilles Productions). BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.

Claudio Venancio

Ensemble - She Loves Me Brophy - Arsenic and Old Lace Albert Potter - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Kean University in New Jersey. Upon graduating he created the Incendiary Theatre Company. It’s mission statement: “To reach, teach and spark the mind that will change the world”. Regional: A Few Good Men (PFC Santiago), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Benjamin). New York Credits: The Waiting Room (Daredevil); No Thanks (Worthy); Can I Borrow your Time Machine (Dave). Other credits: The Lover (Richard); Dreamgirls (Dave); In The Heights (Piragua Guy; Usnavi u/s); RENT (Benny); Dogfight (Fector); Macbeth (Macduff ); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); PVT Wars (Woodruff Gately); Hairspray (Kenny). www.claudiovenancio.com

Rick Wasserman*

Einstein - Arsenic and Old Lace Matt Friedman - Talley’s Folly Rick is grateful and excited to be back at CRT. Last season, he played in the hysterical and challenging “rep within rep” production of Private Lives. More than 20 years ago, Rick spent an unforgettable summer in Creede, playing lead roles in Little Shop of Horrors and Wait Until Dark among others. Rick made his Broadway debut in Disney’s The Lion King. In LA, he played the titular character in the world-premiere play Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter.

Favorite television performances include roles on 24, The District, House MD, Law & Order and Without A Trace. Rick is perhaps best known as the 12-year signature voice of AMC Network and for voicing Thor and Hulk for Marvel animation. He can also be heard on popular video game series such as Call of Duty, Diablo, Starcraft and Batman Arkham. Rick gives thanks to his family for their unwavering support.

Caitlin Wise*

Nikki - General Store Actor - Syringa Tree Performer - Pants on Fire Performer - Boomtown Assistant Teaching Artist Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her eighth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Kind of Red, Private Lives, Our Town, August Osage County, Good on Paper, Hope and Gravity, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce, and Boomtown at Creede Repertory Theatre. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the Denver Center Theatre Company: The Christians, Tom Sawyer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, and Othello. At the Arvada Center The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days, and Is He Dead. At Theatreworks, The Game of Love and Change, Girl of the Golden West and The Liar. At CSF: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received her MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory. Follow her at unprocessyourfood on Instagram.

Donovan Woods*

Georg - She Loves Me Mortimer - Arsenic and Old Lace Donovan Woods is a Kansas City actor originally from Texas. Donovan was previously seen as George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun at Kansas Repertory Theatre. His past shows include A Christmas Carol (KC Rep), Marty the Zebra in Madagascar The Musical, Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Boy in The Cat in the Hat (Coterie Theatre). The Brothers Size (Unicorn Theatre); West Side Story (Spinning Tree Theatre); Hairspray and Leap of Faith (Tent Theatre); Footloose, Shrek the Musical, and Almost, Maine (Crane River Theatre). Donovan is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Josh Zwick

Waiter - She Loves Me Klein - Arsenic and Old Lace Josh is delighted to be making his debut with Creede Rep. He most recently appeared at The Guthrie Theater as Lee Baum in The American Clock. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program in



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company Minneapolis, Josh has had the pleasure of working with esteemed artists such as Barbara Houseman, Ken Washington, and Marcela Lorca. Some of Josh’s favorite roles include Moritz in Spring Awakening, Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Lebedev in Ivanov. Other regional credits include: Costard in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Clown in The Winter’s Tale at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lucius in Julius Caesar at Marin Shakespeare Company, and various roles in Under the Gaslight on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. When not onstage, Josh dabbles in TV and commercial work, including a guest appearance on the popular Japanese TV show, “The World’s Astonishing News”. Follow him on Instagram at zwick.josh!

authors & composers Jerry Bock

Music - She Loves Me Jerry Bock was born in New Haven; attended the Univ. of Wisconsin LHD (Hon.). He wrote the score for the college musical Big as Life; Songs for the TV show “Admiral Broadway Revue” and “Your Show of Shows”: wrote songs for Wonders of Manhattan (honorable mention, Cannes Film Festival) As a composer: Catch a Star, Mr. Wonderful (Collaborated with Sheldon Harnick), The Body Beautiful, Fiorello!(Pulitzer Prize, Drama Critics Award, Antoinette Perry Award), Tenderloin, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof (1964 nine Tony’s and Best Musical of the Year), The Apple Tree, The Rothschilds. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame 1990; named to the Theatre Hall of Fame, 1990. He composed the score for the film A Stranger Among Us and received a 2010 Emmy award for Best Original Song.

Pamela Gien

Author - The Syringa Tree As both writer and performer of The Syringa Tree, Pamela won the Obie for Best Play in 2001 and also the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Drama League Honor, and received a nomination for the John Gassner Playwriting Award. She is deeply grateful to Matt Salinger, her producer, and Larry Moss, her director. Pamela performed The Syringa Tree in New York at Playhouse 91 for a year, and then at The National Theatre in London, and the World’s Festival in Toronto. Pamela was a principal member of The American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, for four seasons. She has performed in the New Works Festival at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles opposite J.T. Walsh, The Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and at South Coast Repertory. Random House commissioned Pamela to write The

Actors’ Equity Association* Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

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backgrounds, he is excited to help share that passion with his Creede family.

Sheldon Harnick

Joseph Kesselring

Lyrics - She Loves Me Roundabout: She Loves Me and The Apple Tree. Sheldon Harnik’s career began in the 1950’s with songs in revues (e.g., “The Boston Beguine.” “The Merry Little Minuet”). With Jerry Bock, he created a number of memorable musicals, including Fiorello! (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award) Tenderloin, She Loves Me (Grammy), Fiddler on the Roof (Tony), The Apple Tree and The Rothschilds. Other collaborations: Rex (Richard Rodgers), A Wonderful Life ( Joe Raposo), A Christmas Carol (Michel Legrand), The Phantom Tollboth (Arnold Black, Norton Juster) and The Audition (Melvin Hamlisch). He has also written three musicals himself: Dragons, A Doctor in Spite of Himself and Malpractice Makes Perfect.

Nathan Jones

Author - I, Mac(kers) Nathan is thrilled to co-direct The KID Show, iMac(kers) following the success of last year’s Rodeo & Juliet. The opportunity to combine his passion for education and performance with his co-writer (and wife) Emily Van Fleet is very exciting. With a degree in Musical Theatre from Northern Colorado, Nathan stepped in as interim theatre instructor with his high school alma mater. He directed, cast, and choreographed the school’s production of Seussical: the Musical, introduced college level directing curriculum, and created the school’s first student directed one-act festival. After moving to New York, he performed with the 12 Irish Tenors in Branson. Joining Teach for America in 2011 he was off to Las Vegas to teach 4th and 5th grade to underserved students. While there, he founded a Drama Club, focusing on performing Shakespeare, showing that struggling readers can access and succeed in performing classic literature. Operating on the belief that theatre education is one of the most valuable experiences for students from all

Author - Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Otto Kesselring was born in New York City on June 21, 1902. His career was always linked in some way to the theatre. His early years were spent as a singer, and at the age of twenty, he began teaching music and directing amateur theatre productions at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. At twenty-three, he left academia to pursue acting, writing short stories, and producing vaudeville plays. He acted professionally in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at twentyfour and, at thirty-one, after his marriage to Charlotte Elsheimer, continuing to pen short stories and initiating his career as a playwright. Between 1933 and his death in 1967, he authored twelve plays— mostly light comedies. His first play to be produced, Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men, premiered in 1933, and four later plays were produced on Broadway: There’s Wisdom in Women (1935), Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), Four Twelves are 48 (1951), and Mother of that Wisdom (1963). Mr. Kesselring died at the age of sixty-five.

Joe Masteroff

Book - She Loves Me Joe Masteroff is best known as the book writer for the Tony Award-winning Cabaret. Coming to New York from Philadelphia after attending Temple University and serving in the U.S. Air Force, he has been represented in New York City by the play The Warm Peninsula, the libretto for an operatic version of Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms and the book and lyrics for a recent production of Six Wives at the York Theatre Company.

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Lojo Simon

Author - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Lojo Simon is extraordinarily excited to bring Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Niño Explorador) to children and families in Creede and the Four Corners area! Lojo’s other plays for young audiences include Nice & Slow, which won the Old Miner Playwriting Award and toured Utah schools earlier this year; Mi Corazón; and a commissioned middle-school play for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. She also writes grown-up plays, which have won awards and been produced nationwide, making audiences laugh, cry, and hopefully spend more time thinking about their humanity and connection to the people and world around them. You can learn more about Lojo at www. lojosimon.com and read her plays on the New Play Exchange.

Brian Watkins

Author - General Store Brian Watkins is a New Dramatists resident playwright. His plays include Wyoming (Lesser America), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (NY Times & Time Out NY Critics’ Pick; The Flea Theater), Into The Earth With You, Juke, and High Plains (UK premiere Underbelly, Edinburgh; Coho Theatre, Portland). His work has been seen and developed at New York Theatre Workshop, Labyrinth Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lesser America, Edinburgh Fringe, Intar, Brave New World Rep, Horse Trade Theater, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The Drama League, Creede Repertory Theatre, Local Theatre Co., Wild Claw, Route 66, and Coho Theatre, among others. He is currently nominated for the Stavis Playwriting Award, is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, a Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist, a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts, and a Heideman Award finalist. His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing. Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Lanford Wilson

Author - Talley’s Folly Lanford Wilson received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle

Award for Talley’s Folly. He was a founding member of Circle Repertory Company and one of twenty-one resident playwrights for the company. Other awards include the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and an Obie for The Hot L Baltimore, an Obie for The Mound Builders, a Drama-Logue Award for The Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly, the Vernon Rice Award for The Rimers of Eldritch, and Tony Award nominations for The Fifth of July, Talley’s Folly, and Angels Fall. He was the recipient of the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Theatre Arts and the Institute of Arts and Letter Award. Mr. Wilson completed an entirely new translation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, which was commissioned and produced by the Hartford Stage Company. His play Burn This opened at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen and opened on Broadway in October 1987 with the same cast. Burn This was also done in London in 1990, again starring Mr. Malkovich.

Musical Theatre International

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle schoolaged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students. MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).

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Michael Perlman+ Director - She Loves Me Michael is thrilled to return to CRT after directing Is He Dead, Language of Trees, Annie Get Your Gun and Our Town. Other directing credits include

Goodspeed Opera House, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, Arvada Theater Center, Boise Contemporary Theater, CRT, Maples Rep and Juilliard Drama Program as well as workshops with The Playwrights’ Center, and Young Playwrights, Inc. He is the Associate Director on Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods at the McCarter, Old Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory and Roundabout. Associate directing credits include the Public Theater and Roundabout Theater Company. As a writer, his work includes At The Table and From White Plains, which was the recipient of a 2013 GLAAD Media Award. Michael’s one-person show Flying on the Wing was presented at the New York Fringe Festival, where it was the winner of Outstanding Solo Show. Michael is an Artistic Associate with Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre.

Tosin Morohunfola

Director - The Syringa Tree Tosin is founder of the Multicultural Theatre Initiative, where he served as Artistic Director for two years before graduating from the University of Kansas. For CRT, he’s previously directed Reading! And Other Superpowers. Tosin’s other Creede credits include Guys & Dolls, Our Town, The Drowsy Chaperone, Harry the Great, Is He Dead?, The Presidents!, Pants on Fire and of course, Boomtown. Regional appearances include the Goodman, Northlight, New Victory, Court, Unicorn, Victory Gardens, New Theatre Restaurant and the Coterie, where he often directs CRT YAOT originals. In 2014, Tosin was honored with the “Best Supporting Actor” award from the Black Theatre Alliance. And in 2015, he wrote and directed his own film, On Sight. Other films include, Destination Planet Negro, If Night Comes and his original short Endowed. On television, he’s appeared on Empire (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), APB (FOX) and is a recurring doctor on Chicago Med (NBC). www.tosinmorohunfola.com

Justin Lucero

Director - Arsenic and Old Lace Justin Lucero is the co-founding Artistic Director of New Mexico-based Scaffolding Theatre Company for which he has directed/co-directed radical reimaginings of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Passion, and Nine, and whose “daring” Chicago “impressed the national theater community,” according to Playbill magazine, who later named Scaffolding among Harvard, Yale, Pace and Stanford as one of five “innovative” companies that think “outside the theatrical box.” Recent directing credits include Anything Goes for the UTEP Dinner Theatre, Hamlet for Asolo Repertory Theatre, and The Liar for the



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company FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He has extensive experience as an Assistant Director locally, regionally and on London’s West End. He is the recipient of a Directing Fellowship with Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, an SDCF Observership with L.A.’s South Coast Repertory, and a FAIR Assistantship with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Training: MFA in Theatre Directing from London’s East 15 Acting School. Associate member, SDC. “As always, for my family.”

Jessica Jackson

Director - Talley’s Folly See bio on page 70.

Christy Montour-Larson+

Director - General Store Christy Montour-Larson has directed over 75 productions from Shakespeare to Pinter to musicals to the newest works in America. She is a multiple Denver Post Ovation and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry award-winning director, recently named top director by Westword, 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver. She is honored to be returning to Creede Rep, having previously directed The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, August: Osage County, The Last Romance and A Funny Thing Happened... A member of the Artistic Company at Curious Theatre, her credits include Charles Ives Take Me Home, Good People, Times Stands Still and Red. Christy’s work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center, the Arvada Center, Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, Boulder Ensemble and Theatreworks. Nationally, Christy has directed at New American, Rochester Civic, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse and for Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is a Faculty Member at MSU Denver and earned her MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.

Melissa Firlit

Director - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer Choreographer - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Melissa Firlit is a New York City based director and teaching artist. Recent credits include: Aida, Buyer & Cellar, A Few Good Men, Red, A Picasso, The Pillowman (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Princeton Festival), Misterman (The Dairy Center & PSCA), Bubba (FringeNYC, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD (Chicago Fringe), Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), Stop Kiss (Wagner College) and Under Construction, Fabulation, Machinal, Solitary, boom, Any Place But Here, Lone Star

and Lost Persons (Rutgers University). She teaches at various institutions nationwide. Her passion lies in the collaborative development of new work with playwrights. Training includes: MFA in Directing: Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, BA in theater and a minor in music: The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. Associate Member SDC. www.melissafirlit.com

Tokeya Waci U (Comes Dancing First)

Assistant Director - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Tokeya is a Native American actor who started performing in the Thunder Bird Theatre at Haskell Indian Nations University in 2012. From there, he started playing roles within museum education movies and also short film festivals. After helping his mother in a two year fight against breast cancer, he stepped back on stage at Fort Lewis College in 2016 and played the role of the Commanding Officer in Trojan Women: A Love Story, written by Charles Mee and Directed by Melissa Firlit. Tokeya is now interested in directing plays and has chosen you, the audience, to see his helping hand as Assistant Director in this project. “Representing the Indigenous people of the East Coast and the Northern Plains, I give my voice and a piece of my vision!” Aho, wopila tanka! (Thank you very much!)”

Ian LeRoy

Music Director Ian is so excited to be working with CRT this summer! He is currently a graduate student at the Dana School of Music, where he is studying conducting with a focus on musical theatre and opera. He is a proud alum of the University of Mount Union, having worked with both the music and theatre departments during his time there. Some favorite music direction credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar at Near West Theatre, Avenue Q: School Edition at the Beck Center for the Arts, and West Side Story at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.

Maddy Apple Choreographer - She Loves Me Maddy Apple is an NYC-based director, choreographer, actor, teaching artist, and all-around nasty woman. Choreography Credits: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Director/Choreographer), Sister Act (2016 Berkshire Theater Award Nomination Outstanding Choreography), Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Kiss Me Kate (Mac-Haydn); Bernarda Alba (LIU); School of Rock (Northern Stage); Legally Blonde (SUNY Dutchess); Swing! The Musical

(OCTC). BFA Drama - NYU TISCH. Love and thanks to Jess, Mikey, CRT, and the entire Apple clan! www.maddyapple.com Insta: @mappleogaphy

Rosemary Vigil

Cornell College Fellow Rosemary Vigil is a sophomore from Los Alamos, New Mexico. Double majoring in Theatre and Personnel Management at Cornell College, Rosemary was last seen in Tick, Tick...BOOM! and served as Stage Manager for Hurts So Good: the FeelGood Cabaret of Pain and Torture. She is currently Productions Manager of STC and a member of The Freelance Cosmonauts improv comedy group. Other performance credits include: Lily in Those That Fall a devised piece, Jay ( Jason) in Rabbit Hole Directed by Sarah Cooper, and herself in Hear Me Roar a feminist devised piece directed by Jay Epps. Rosemary is very excited to be spending her summer with CRT as a Cornell College Fellow.

John Gary Brown Company Photographer Brownie has been CRT’s company photographer since 1974 and is proud to have created a photographic arcane of shows and events- he wishes he started in 1966! Brown received an MFA from The University of Washington and has sold over 500 oil paintings to museums, galleries, corporations and private collectors since 1970. The University of Kansas Press published his photographic history of cemetery art, titled Soul in the Stone in 1993, and it was their bestselling book two years in a row. Brown’s artwork has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions, including “First Prize, regardless of Medium” at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum during their Mid America show, which had three thousand entries. One of his paintings was purchased by the Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He provided photo illustrations for Smithsonian, Fine Woodworking, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health and Santa Fean. He was recently featured in American Theatre. Brown has shown across the country at thirty different art galleries during his career. He is happily married to CRT actress Christy Brandt. Renee Prince Master Teaching Artist Renee is the Executive/Artistic Director of the arts education organization VOICES in Carbondale, CO, working to amplify voices through the arts. CRT was Renee’s creative home for over a decade, and she is ecstatic to be playing with these vibrant artists and young people this summer. Renee served




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company as CRT’s Education Director from 2007 - 2014, she co-founded The KID Show program with her brother Ryan Prince. She has appeared on the CRT stage in various capacities since 2002, most recently as Myra in Ghost-Writer. Renee’s most recent adventures include working as Education Associate with Aspen Words (the literary program of The Aspen Institute), facilitating empathy-building Story Swaps throughout CO and in D.C., studying with the German mask theatre company Familie Floez in Italy, and launching VOICES (amplifyingvoices.org). Many thanks to the extraordinary Johamy Morales for the opportunity to teach mime this summer!

Nicole Watts Assistant Costume Designer Wardrobe Supervisor Costume Designer - I, Mac(kers) Ms. Watts is originally from Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Dance Design and Production focusing on Costume Design from the University of Wyoming. Her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production is from Tulane University, where she concentrated in Costume and Scenic Design. This past year, she freelanced in New Orleans and was the Instructor of Costume Design and Makeup Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University. This is her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre. Other companies she has worked for include The Black Hills Playhouse, Southern Rep Theatre, Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, and NETworks Touring. Asa Benally Costume Designer - She Loves Me, The Syringa Tree Asa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where his credits included Coriolanus, The Seagull and Cymbeline at the Yale Repertory Theater. Other design credits include Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); Big Love (Amherst College); Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew (Frog and Peach Theater Company); Far Away, Platonov (Columbia University); The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Secretaries, Roberto Zucco, Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret);The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda/ HERE Arts Center); And Then They Fell (NYFA). Musical theatre credits include Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls, and Zapata! The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is originally from Big Mt. on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. asabenally.com

Kate Mott

Costume Designer - Arsenic and Old Lace Kate Mott earned her BA in Costume Design from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Her designs include Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Edward Stern, Fiddler on the Roof with Spinning Tree Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along and Boeing, Boeing at the Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, La Traviata at Finger Lakes Opera, and Bodyguard: Protector of the Anatomy at Creede Repertory Theatre. This is Kate’s fourth season with CRT and she is very excited to be joining this talented group of artists once again.

Tamara M. Carruthers

Costume Designer - Pants on Fire Tamara M. Carruthers received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University. After managing NMSU’s Costume Shop for three semesters, she joined Wayside Theatre (Middletown, VA) and spent ten years as their Resident Costume Designer and Shop Manager. After leaving Wayside Theatre, she moved back west and spent the last five summers in the Costume Shop at CRT designing and serving as their Draper, Draper/First Hand, Assistant Costume Shop Manager and Costume Shop Manager. Currently she is back at New Mexico State University as their Costume Shop Manager. During her career, she has had the opportunity to design over 100 shows including five world premieres and one regional premiere.

Tatyana de Pavloff

Costume Designer - Talley’s Folly Tatyana is a freelance costume designer and makeup/ body artist, as well as a member of a design group Taos Runway Vigilantes. She studied theater and costume design in Theater Art College in Moscow, Russia where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States in the late 90s to the San Francisco Bay Area where she was creating costumes and make up for the fabulous performers of Skyana Entertainment. In California and New Mexico, Tatyana worked in film and theater, doing both, costume and production design. Tatyana is delighted to join a creative team of CRT and, once again, spend a part of her summer in beautiful Creede, CO! In the past six seasons she designed costumes for CRT’s I Capture The Castle, The Road To Mecca, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ghost Writer, The Language of Trees, Around the World in 80 Days and The Liar, Ghost Light, and Private Lives. Presently, Tatyana de Pavloff lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Claudia Boddy

Costume Designer - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour) Claudia Boddy is delighted to be designing the Young Audience Outreach Tour at Creede Repertory Theater. She is based in Bozeman, Montana, where her work has been seen for many Montana Shakespeare in the Parks tours and a number of productions at The Ellen Theater. Before working for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Claudia was a long-time member of the United Scenic Artists Local #829, working primarily in the Chicago area. Claudia was the resident designer at Victory Gardens Theater, taught at Roosevelt University and designed costumes for the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, and many others in the Chicago theatre community. During this period, she had the privilege to design costumes for the original production of Marvin’s Room which went to many prestigious theaters around the world including in London and New York. Claudia has an MFA from the University of Utah and a BA in French from Montana State University. Clare Henkel Costume Designer - General Store Clare designs regularly at the Arvada Center (15 shows) and Colorado Shakespeare Festival (10 seasons). She has also designed for The Denver Center, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego and San Jose Repertory Theatres, the Aurora Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Perseverance Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Theatreworks, and the Idaho, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals. Designs for dance include 3rd Law Dance Theatre and Frequent Flyers Productions. Clare’s costumes have been on stage at Carnegie Hall and other symphony halls around the country. She has designed A Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony for the past 13 years. She is part of an ongoing Cultural Exchange with the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia. Clare has taught at CU Boulder, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. She has won numerous awards for her work, including a True West, Denver Post Ovation and Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award. She lives in Boulder, Colorado

Rebecca Bossen

Dialect Coach - The Syringa Tree Rebecca Bossen is a North Carolina-based voice coach, playwright, and performer. Dialect coaching credits include: I Capture the Castle, Drood, Pygmalion, Sweeney Todd (CRT); Heisenberg, Skylight, Blue Sky,



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company The Heretic, Ruined, Good (Burning Coal Theatre); Parade, Titanic (Elon University); One Man Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theater); Skin in Flames (Stage Left Theatre); Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre); Blue/Orange (Actors Revolution Theatre); and the film The Game of Their Lives. She has taught voice classes at Northwestern University and at Act One Studios in Chicago. She holds theatre degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Voice Studies from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. She is delighted to return to her home-away-fromhome in the magical mountains of Colorado!

Mallory Logan

Illustrator Mallory is the owner and creative director of RoShamBo Marketing + Creative in sunny Gunnison, Colorado. RoShamBo has essentially served as CRT’s in-house design team from afar since 2012. Mallory is excited to expand RoShamBo’s reach through Creede Rep by serving up vibrant illustrations for the Young Audience Outreach Tour’s traveling tour book!

Jacob M. Welch

Lighting Designer - She Loves Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, General Store Jacob is thrilled to be back in Creede for his fifth season. Jacob is a Full Professor of Theatre with Metropolitan State University of Denver and an award winning lighting designer working throughout North America. Jacob received the 2013 Henry Award for Best Lighting Design for Kiss of the Spider Woman at Lake Dillon. Favorite designs include Angels in America I & II with Bas Bleu, 9 Parts of Desire with Curious Theatre, Family Stories: Belgrade with LIDA Project, Chess with Arvada Center and The Night Heron with Paragon. Natalie Mayo Sound Designer - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour), I, Mac(kers) Tour Manager - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer LX/Sound Swing Natalie Mayo was born and raised in Brownwood, TX, where she graduated from Brownwood High School in 2013. She has recently received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Texas Tech University, where she was President of the student chapter of USITT. Her two main focuses are sound design and stage management for theatre. Along with theatre, Natalie is also interested in music. She has a musical background as an instructor for high school percussion classes, private percussion lessons for kids under the age of 12, and a musician in several different musical ensembles.

Natalie has experience in composition for theatrical productions and musical improvisation for modern dance.

Matthew Schlief

Indiana Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena, Cleveland Play House, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. Mr. Morgan is a proud member of USA-829 and is a faculty member in the area of stage design at Washington University in St. Louis.www.morgansetdesign.com

Scenic and Lighting Designer - The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly Matthew Schlief is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design and Production Coordinator at Texas Tech University, and is also a Resident Designer for Outpost Theatre Company in Lubbock, TX, Classical Theatre Co. in Houston TX. This is Matt’s second season at Creede Repertory Theatre, designing the scenery and lighting for The Syringa Tree and Talley’s Folly; last year he designed the scenery and lighting for Private Lives. He has designed scenery, lighting, and/ or projections for TUTS Underground, Horsehead Theatre Co., Creede Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Flatlands Dance Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, as well as the COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad. In 2012 Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and in 2013 received the Broadway World Best of Houston Award for his Lighting Design of Sweeney Todd. He has also received five KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.”

Scenic Designer - Arsenic and Old Lace Heidi Hoffer is a professional scene and lighting designer, and a union (USAA) scenic artist for the theatre. She received a Fulbright Scholar award to work in the theatre industry in South Africa and has worked in China, Taiwan, Italy, and Egypt. Notable designs include The Imaginary Invalid, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Urinetown for PCPA Theaterfest; several feature films as Scenic Artist and PA; and she has designed for Little Theatre of the Rockies, the University of Colorado, the American Theatre Company, Illinois Stage Company, Tulsa Youth Opera, Creede Repertory Theatre and The Pollard Theatre. Ms. Hoffer’s international work includes Moliere in Cairo, Egypt and Saturday Night at the Palace in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Becca Pearce

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Mark Exline Scenic Designer - Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour), I, Mac(kers) This is Mark’s second year in Creede, and he’s so excited to be back! Originally from Florida, he’s worked as a scenic designer all over the country. He is currently working on his MFA in scenic design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His previous design credits include The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Footloose, and Hana’s Suitcase. Robert Mark Morgan Scenic Designer - General Store Robert is thrilled to be designing for Creede Rep again this season. His previous designs are The Foreigner, Hay Fever, Ladies Man, and August: Osage County. Rob has designed professionally in the areas of theatre, museum, and theme park venues including SeaWorld of San Diego and Avatar the Exhibition which debuted at Experience Music Project in Seattle in 2011. His stage designs have been seen onstage nationally at Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL),

Heidi Hoffer

Sound Designer - The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly Becca is a Denver-based sound designer who has worked at Creede for the past two seasons as a sound engineer. Her Creede sound design credits include Kind of Red, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Private Lives, Rodeo and Juliet, Bodyguard! Protector of Anatomy, Reading and Other Superpowers and August: Osage County. In addition, she works as a touring stage manager with StarQuest International. Jason Ducat Sound Designer - General Store This is Jason’s debut at Creede Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Bus Stop, The Drowning Girls, and Waiting for Godot (The Arvada Center). Hand to God, The Flick, Venus in Fur, Good People, The Brothers Size, 9 Circles, and Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company). Two Degrees, When Tang Met Laika, The House of the Spirits, Lord of the Flies, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, and Othello (DCPA Theatre Company). Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Henry IV, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). Constellations, Antony and Cleopatra, and Born Yesterday (Theatreworks). Marat/

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Sade, The Winter’s Tale (Purdue University), Lab Coats on Clouds (Prague Quadrennial), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Elemental Theatre Company), Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).

Jake K. Harbour

Sound Designer - Arsenic and Old Lace Jake is thrilled to be back for his 8th season at CRT. He is a freelance sound designer currently working in Atlanta. He is also the Technical Director at the University of West Georgia where he oversees a team of Stage Managers, Sound Designers, and Technicians. Previously he worked as the Technical Director at Lipscomb University (08-12). He received his Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He would like to thank Jenni M. for all of her support throughout the years.

Allison Quiller Videographer Allison Quiller is a Creede native who is thrilled to be back working in the town she loves. She spent her years away attending the Vancouver Film School in Canada and working on various film productions in Los Angeles, including several seasons as Art Department Coordinator for ABC Family’s show Pretty Little Liars. She has produced several instructional videos with her father, water media artist Stephen Quiller, and in 2015 she produced the award-winning documentary Paul Freakin’ Stone, That’s Who, which features the life story of a beloved Creede eccentric. She is happy to be working with the CRT again, and cannot wait to be a part of documenting the amazing process of the Young Audience Outreach Tour this 2017 season. Mandi Wood Lighting Designer - Pants on Fire, I, Mac(kers) Asst. Lighting Designer/Programmer Mandi Wood is a Lighting Designer currently working out of New Orleans, LA. Mandi received her MFA in Production and Design from Tulane University, and is the resident Assistant Lighting Designer for the New Orleans Opera Association. Her most recent design work has been featured with New Orleans companies including Southern Rep Theatre, Newcomb Dance Company, The Contemporary Arts Center, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The New Orleans Opera Association, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and The New Orleans Fringe Festival. Mandi is thrilled to be working her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre, and hopes you enjoy the shows!


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Zoe Ruth Sisson-Silberblatt

Assistant Director - Arsenic and Old Lace House Manager/Patron Services Audience Enrichment Associate This season is Zoe’s second with CRT. She is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre and holds a BFA in Theatre Arts. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Zoe is currently a yearround resident of Creede, but before she discovered the West, Pittsburgh, PA was her home.

Jenna Jernigan

Patron Services Manager Jenna Jernigan was born and raised in Monahans, Texas. After graduating high school as the valedictorian of her 2012 class, she moved to study business at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Jenna graduated from Texas Tech in December of 2016 summa cum laude with a degree in Business Marketing as well as Business Management with a minor in Theatre Arts. She is also a proud alum of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Her interests in theatre are stage management, marketing, and house management. Her hobbies include playing with her two dogs, Banzai and Naga, spending time exploring the outdoors, and playing golf. She also spends time listening to and playing music.

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Julia Whalen

Parton Services Julia is excited to spend her first summer at CRT. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of WisconsinLa Crosse, and received her degree in Theatre Performance and Arts Administration. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of the Midwest, she is grateful for this new opportunity. Julia would like to thank Creede Rep for providing her with a new chapter in her life.

Britney Sinclair

Parton Services Britney Jade Sinclair is elated to join Creede Rep for its 52nd season and become a part of the family! Growing up in an Army household, Britney lived all over the U.S., but she calls Tennessee home. She has worked both on and off stage before, with the majority of her experience being in Stage Management. She is currently living in Lubbock, Texas with her husband William where she has been working in Elementary Special Education for the last 3 years. She very much looks forward to meeting you all!

musicians Allan Stuart

Pianist Allan has been a pianist and singer for decades, performing in resorts and stages in Vail, Aspen, and Summit County in Colorado, as well as Northern Europe and the Caribbean. A native of Boulder, his family consisted of circus performers and professional musicians. He studied at three universities with majors in trumpet performance, ancient history, and composition. Currently Allan performs 3-4 nights a week at regional venues, plays with the SLV Big Band, travels to London to give concerts, and leads jazz combos. His other job is as a recording composer for the film and TV industries. He has placed over 250 tracks in shows and other media from Australia and Dubai to London. He maintains a working studio at his home near the continental divide in Colorado’s southern Rockies. He is also an original recording artist, having released 16 albums since 1998. He currently records for Phonik Records of London and his own Denver based Ash Records. Learn more at www.allanstuart.com.

Matthew Rossmann

Trumpet Matthew Rossmann is a freelance trumpet player and a student of jazz studies, entering his senior year at the University of North Florida. Throughout his high school career, he performed with top-level all-county and all-state wind ensembles, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra and in several jazz ensembles participating in events throughout the state, such as the 38th Annual Festival of Winds hosted at the University of South Florida. Since his graduation from Santa Fe High School, he studied under Brian Osbourne and Julian Kaplan of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Randal Tinnin, Chair of the Music Flagship Program at the University of North Florida; and Professor J.B. Scott, director of the top jazz ensemble “JE1” at UNF. Matthew proved his horn versatility by both doubling and recording trombone for the album “Darkness” with the Savants of Soul, a band based out of Gainesville, FL.

Jim Turnbull

Drummer Jim was born and raised in San Diego, California and had the pleasure to experience the tumultuous 50’s, 60’s and 70’s wearing paisley shirts and nehrus! Of course, surfing was a hobby, but drums became a passion. Following stints in various rock and fusion bands, he found an extended (30 year) drumming hiatus was in order. Stones weren’t calling anytime soon to tour! He moved to Creede in 2000, and rediscovered drumming and had the pleasure to play various and new to me, genres of music with a fantastic gathering of very talented local musicians.



It is certainly an honor to join CRT and have the opportunity to interact and play with the fine musicians that CRT assembles every season! Puts a smile on an old Rock and Blues drummers face!

production team stage management

Devon Muko* Production Stage Manager, Stage Manager - She Loves Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, General Store This is Devon’s second season as Production Stage Manager and fifth season with Creede Rep! Devon has spent the past few winters in Saraosta, FL working as the Production Stage Manager at the FSU/Asolo Conservatroy for Actor Training. She has previously worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, Gulfshore Playhouse and Saint Michael’s Playhouse. Some of her favorite past productions include: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Our Town (CRT), Macbeth, The Liar (FSU/Asolo), Both Your Houses (Asolo Rep), and Avenue Q (USD). Originally from Rapid City, SD, Devon received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of South Dakota. Shout out to my family and friends for all of their support in my career. Proud member of Actors Equity. Thank you for your support of live theatre! Nia Sciarretta*

Stage Manager - The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly Assistant Stage Manager- She Loves Me Nia is excited for her first season with Creede Rep! Off-Broadway credits include The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Regional credits include 5 seasons with Asolo Repertory Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Born Yesterday, All the Way, South Pacific, Hero: The Musical, and others), 8 seasons with the Hangar Theatre (Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps, and others), and shows with Penguin Rep (The Fabulous Lipitones) and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth). Ithaca College graduate.

Lucas Bareis-Golumb Assistant Stage Manager - The Syringa Tree, Arsenic and Old Lace, I, Mac(kers), General Store Stage Manager - Boomtown, Headwaters New Play Festival Lucas is a graduate of the Metropolitan State University of Denver, with a BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design. He is looking forward to spending his second summer at CRT. Previous shows with Creede Rep include Good on Paper, Kind of Red, The History Room and Private Lives. In between summers he worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on such shows as A Christmas Carol, Two Degrees and The Secret Garden. He would like to


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thank his ever-supportive sister, his family and friends who trek to 8,800 feet to see his work, and, as always, Mel Duggan for threatening to break his knees.

Aaron McEachran

Assistant Stage Manager - She Loves Me, General Store Stage Manager - Pants on Fire, I, Mac(kers) Aaron is a recent graduate of Hope College, a small liberal arts school in Holland Michigan. Originally from Golden Colorado he loves to be outdoors and is very excited to be back in the mountains after four years away. Before coming to Creede, Aaron spent two summers with Hope Summer Reparatory Theatre in Michigan. He loved the experience of working with a rep. theatre company and is excited to be joining Creede for their summer season. Most recently Aaron stage managed a devised piece created with two alumni of Hope College, and loves the unique challenge that accompanies creating new work. In his free time, he enjoys landscape photography, party games, and socializing with friends.

Alexandria Skaar Assistant Stage Manager - She Loves Me, Talley’s Folly, General Store Stage Manager - Headwaters New Play Festival Alexandria Skaar is from Dallas, TX. She just graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Drama, emphasizing in Stage Management. She has spent the past two summers with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and is thrilled to be joining the Creede Rep. team this summer. Some favorite shows she has worked on are La Cage aux Folles (SM, OU), Twelfth Night (ASM, AST), and Let the Right One In (SM, OU). She’d like to thank her family and Mak for all of their support!

scene shop Colin Shay

Technical Director Colin comes to Creede from Tallahassee Florida where he is a Technical Production MFA at Florida State University. Originally from Indianapolis, Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Prior to working at Florida State, Colin spent five years as the Assistant Production Manager at Butler University. In addition, he has been a designer, engineer, or technician in lights, sound, projections, or scenery for over ten years and has worked for companies such as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Repertory Theatre, Indiana Festival Theatre, Markey’s Audio/ Visual, IATSE local 618, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage Company, and many more. When he is not in a theater, you can find Colin hiking, biking, playing guitar, or walking his dog!”

Duncan Becker

Stage Supervisor Duncan Becker is a lighting designer from Jackson, MS, and now calls New Orleans home. He has recently worked with New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Southern Rep, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, The NOLA Project, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Summer Lyric, New Orleans Ballet Association, and Rivertown Theater. He holds a degree from Tulane University, and is currently the Lighting Director at the Orpheum Theater. This is his first time working for Creede Rep.

Melissa Brereton

Master Carpenter Melissa is originally from Centennial CO, but has spent the last several years going to school in Missouri. She has an AFA in Technical Theatre from Cottey College (Nevada MO), and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in Columbia MO. During school, she focused mostly on scenic design and carpentry, but also has experience with scenic painting, props, lights, costume design and construction. Her last two summers have been spent at Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST) in Okoboji Iowa and this past summer she was the Master Carpenter for the 9 mainstage shows there, as well as the Scenic Designer for Fancy Nancy the Musical in OST’s children’s theatre, the Boji Bantam. Other scenic design credits include Hearts like Fists, and Horse Girls in the Warehouse Theatre at Stephens College. Outside theatre, Melissa also enjoys running, biking and making wheel thrown pottery.

Matthew Mosher

Properties Master Matthew is a student at Texas Tech currently working to get his Bachelor’s in Theatric Design and Technology. He has had the opportunity to work in many different disciplines of Theatric Design but most recently worked on a dance show, Click by Ballet Lubbock, as a media designer. He has experience designing lighting, sound, and projections, as well as has technical experience as a carpenter, props artisan, props master, and electrician.

Mattie Roquel Rydalch

Properties Artisan Mattie is elated to spend his first summer with Creede Rep. Growing up in southeast Idaho with a view of the Teton Range, he learned to value our planet and all the people who live on it. He earned his MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho, where he built props, sets and was a teaching assistant in the scene shop. He is also an alumna of New York Theatre Intensives. Recently, he worked in southeast Idaho, where he built and moved scenery, painted backdrops, and participated in the restoration of the historic Romance Theater. He is also a playwright



and a composer, and he plays an array of musical instruments.

Lisa Allen

Scenic Paint Charge Lisa cannot believe that 2017 will mark her 5th summer of artistic collaboration and rampant tomfoolery with Creede Rep. When forced to depart for the rest of the year, she designs and paints scenery for the PACE Center in Parker, CO. Lisa will eagerly discuss geeky beer stuff with anyone at any time.

Jacob Slade Charlebois

Run Crew Jacob Slade Charlebois is a BFA Candidate in Design and Technology with emphasis in Stage Management at Texas Tech University. His past work include stage managing the 2nd premiere of Tennessee William’s Kirche, Kuche, Kinder directed by David Kaplan and Robertson Dean, Rathbone by Erin Grogan, and a medley of other Dance shows and Musicals. He is also the lighting Designer for Flatlands Dance Theatre, and enjoys doing Sound Design.

Sky Bradley

Run Crew They/Them/Theirs Student at the University of Northern Iowa. Plans to graduate in 2019 with a emphasis in Sound Design.

Jake Dutton

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Alex Polzin

Scene Shop Swing This is Alex’s third season at CRT and he is thrilled to be working with his favorite company again. Alex (also known as Polzy) primarily works in the Denver area as a scenic artist and designer. Recent shows include: Phamaly Theatre Company’s Annie and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol, 5th Wall Productions’ Life Lessons, and B Street Theatre’s Becoming Doctor Ruth. Alex wishes many thanks to his friends and family for their continued love and support, as well as a special thank you to all of the patrons who make this place possible

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Leigh Anne Crandall

Costume Shop Foreman Leigh Anne Crandall is a graduate of Texas Tech University with an MFA in Design (Costume Design emphasis). She is the owner/operator of LAC Costume Design and Rental. Recent costume design credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Last Five Years, The Addams Family, The Full Monty and Young Frankenstein at


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Amarillo Little Theatre; Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin Jr at the ALT Academy; Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare in the Canyon; Mother Courage and Her Children, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Twelfth Night, RENT and The Seagull at Texas Tech University; and The Great Rat Race at Lubbock Community Theatre. Leigh Anne has also had the privilege of working with several prestigious companies including Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas, Forbidden Broadway Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.

Julia Eckelkamp

Wardrobe/ Stitcher Julia Eckelkamp is a Senior at Centenary College of Louisiana where she is currently studying Costume Design and Construction. She is so excited to be spending the summer working in the Costume Shop at Creede Repertory Theatre!

Maria Albutra

First Hand / Draper Graduated in 2015 from Texas Tech University with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with a focus on Costumes. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.

electrics and sound Eaton Saylor

Sound Supervisor Eaton is excited to be coming back to Creede for my 4th season here! He has been busy working through the year and am excited to get the opportunity to enjoy Creede again.

Logan R. Foy Master Electrician Logan is ecstatic to be at CRT for a 3rd season. He hails from Memphis and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, Logan was the lighting designer for Rodeo & Juliet, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Boomtown. Let’s have yet another great summer! Harrison Foster Electrician and Light Board Operator A current student at Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA, studying theatre production, Harry is overjoyed to be joining the Creede Rep LX team for his second season. He hopes to enter into the professional world of lighting and sound design upon graduation. Special thanks to friends, family, and everyone at Creede for being such great and welcoming people. Monique Cuyler

Electric and Sound Swing Monique Cuyler is from Colorado Springs, and she recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors of Arts in Technical Theatre. Monique is excited to be back in Creede and ready to start her career.

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1 Catherine Augur Executive Director

2 Jessica Jackson Artistic Director

Jess has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she’s directed Private Lives, The Secret Lives of Mildred Wilde, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and most of the original theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.A. (Government) from Harvard University. She is on the boards of the Creede Community Foundation, ROCK Coalition, and has the greatest muse, her 5-year-old daughter Penelope.

3 John DiAntonio

Associate Artistic Director

John’s been with the company since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright, fight director, and videographer. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, Harry the Great, Math-stronaut, and Suspended. John’s favorite CRT acting credits include: Kind of Red, Private Lives, August: Osage County, Hope & Gravity, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees, and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other recent acting credits include: The Game of Love and Chance and The Liar (Theatreworks), Cyrano (BETC), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), Is He Dead? and Good on Paper (Arvada Center), Othello and A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill in 2014, and are now elated to make this magical place their new home.

4 Jessica Kahkoska


Consulting Director of Marketing & Communications

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This will be Cat’s tenth season with CRT, and her fifth as Executive Director. Cat holds a masters degree from University of Denver and a fine arts degree from University of Illinois. She and her family of boys live in Creede, and they can often be found in the mountains: fishing streams, hiking overgrown trails, and splashing in mud puddles.



Jessica Kahkoska is a native of Colorado, and couldn’t be more delighted to join Creede Rep’s team this year. She has worked in Marketing and Communications for The Worldwide Tribe, World Pulse, Nurture Project International, Detroit Public Theatre, Women in the Arts and Media Coalition, and Chautauqua Theatre Company. Graduate of Northwestern University. In New York, she has performed at The New York Theatre Barn, ART/NY, The Musical Theatre Factory, and New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and others. Regional credits include Theatre Aspen, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare, American Stage Theatre Company, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Jessica is co-writer of rock theatre-band Discount Ghost Stories with composer Alexander Sage Oyen. Graduate of Northwestern University.

5 Johamy Morales

Education Director

Johamy holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work. Prior to working with CRT, Johamy directed the Comparative Arts Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In February 2017, Johamy collaborated with the US State Department, the US Embassy & Consulate and several NGO’s to promote awareness on gender-based violence in Kolkata and Ranchi, India. As an educator, artist, and director Johamy has worked with Arena Stage in Washington D.C., Seattle Children’s Theatre Company, and La Jolla Playhouse as a teaching artist. Johamy is an alumni of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Johamy toured with the New World Jukebox cast and performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa in 2006, and in 2004 toured with Carnaval de Calaveras, to Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F.

and Production from Texas Tech University and A BA in Theatre Arts from Abilene Christian University. Along side production management, Rick designs scenery, lighting, and projections. He has designed numerous plays, operas, and musicals. His wife, Michelle, will move to Creede mid-season this year and they hope to carve out a place in the Creede community and make this their home.

8 Graham Ward

Development & Fundraising Associate

After five seasons as an actor at CRT, Graham couldn’t be happier to widen his reach beyond acting into development and fundraising. He’s an avid connoisseur of film, TV, and nerd culture–particularly comics and tabletop games–-and has an inner mountain man who’s perfectly at home in Creede. Favorite roles at CRT include Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, George in Our Town, Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls, and Jeffrey and company in Mrs. Mannerly. Graham has a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University, and spends most of his free time as a small-press game designer.

Cassie Rhafir (not pictured) Spring Company Manager

Originally from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Cassie is delighted to return as the Company Manager. In her off season, she spent most of her days at Arps Restaurant waiting tables and having an amazing summer of fun. Cassie gradated with a BA in general theatre studies and business from Fort Lewis College in Durango. When she is not working hard at CRT, Cassie can often be found on her family’s farm playing with baby pigs, bottle feeding calves or playing ball with her 3 dogs Toby, Penny and Tig.

6 Heather Greenwolf

Jean Egdorf (not pictured) Company Manager

Heather joined CRT as Business Manager in 2014 after witnessing the powerful impact theatre can have with children, education and communities. In addition to working with CRT, Heather continues to work as a Certified Professional Midwife attending women and families throughout the San Luis Valley since 2009. When not working, Heather can be found biking, hiking or skiing with her big dog in the glorious surrounding mountains.

9 Kate Berry Administrative Assistant

Business Manager

7 Rick Reeves

Production Manager

2017 marks Rick’s first season as a full time company member! Rick holds an MFA in Theatrical Design

This is Jean’s sixth season working with CRT, and her fifth as the technical mastermind behind the disco dance parties and set-ending blackouts in Boomtown’s Summer and Winter Seasons. She is also the co-developer of CRT’s Company Generated 10-Minute Play Festival, celebrating its fourth birthday this September.

See bio on page 49.

10 Bethany Eilean Talley

Education Assistant

See bio on page 51.