Every now and then, those productions come along which provide one with the opportunity to both overcome adversities and blaze social trails for the community. This was that production. This small, brave ensemble of (predominantly) women–many of whom had never tackled Shakespeare’s text before–undertook this inverted-gender production of Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy. I am so proud of this production and, more importantly, these incredible women.
Fight Choreography: Karla Kash & Tee Quillin
Stage Management, Scenic Design, and Technical Direction: Holly Breuer
This project proved to be quite a surprise to me. I knew this show, but not to the extent that I knew some others. So, I entered this one with an open mind. The surprise came in how deeply this “little” show touched me and this wonderful cast.
In the first of a series of short stories leading up to Brightside, the protagonist, a teenage Joe Nolan, finds himself in a compromising position. Readers learn that from a young age, people in the telepath’s life often assume they know just what he wants, when all along it’s he who understands their most personal thoughts and desires.
This story is intended for a mature audience.
“Time-honored frights with innovation infused throughout.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Disturbing and weird; unflinchingly grim at every turn, TWISTED REUNION shocks and even charms.” – IndieReader
Plunge deep into darkness with 28 terrifying tales. Explore heartache, happiness, and horror in this collection that is composed of all the stories in Each Dawn I Die, Every One’s Lethal, and Repackaged Presents, plus two bonus stories.
“THEY CALL US THOUGHT THIEVES, BUT IT’S NOT LIKE WE HAVE A CHOICE. ALL THE SICK, TWISTED THINGS ROLLING AROUND IN PEOPLE’S HEADS, WE CAN’T HELP BUT HEAR.”
Across the nation, telepaths are rounded up and sent to the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. They’re told it’s just like everywhere else, probably even nicer. As long as they follow the rules and don’t ever think about leaving.
Joe Nolan is one of the accused, a man who spent his life hearing things people left unsaid. And now he’s paying for it on his hundredth day in Brightside, fighting to keep hold of his secret in a town where no thought is safe.
“[Quillin] has a quite deep and booming voice that is also, strangely, velvety and soothing. ” – Audiobook Reviewer
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2015)
Missouri Western State University Theatre
This project was so much fun to work on. Riley Bayer, Ronald Baker, and Antonio Daniels-Braziel absolutely rocked this show. We were also fortunate to have the help of two members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company come to campus to give us some pointers! A very special shout-out to Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their wealth of knowledge and for inviting us to see their Christmas show just before we opened!
In the summer of 2015, I had the great pleasure of spending several weeks with the good folks at Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs, CA. I directed their summer production of Hot Mikado. I met some truly amazing people and help produce a really clever and hilarious show.
Rounding out the school year, Missouri Western took a trip to Urinetown. This show featured some outstanding performances by our students and, I’m happy to say, a chance to work with one of my favorite set designers all over again!
Musical Direction: Erik Angerhofer
Choreography: Amy Hurrelbrink and Stefanie Stevens