by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Julie Beckman
June 16th ~ July 9th
Presented In The Bullitt Cabaret at ACT
700 Union Street TICKETS HERE
Downstairs by prolific author Theresa Rebeck is a world premier, thought-provoking family drama presented by Theater 22 in conjunction with ACT’s new play festival Construction Zone.
Downstairs follows the relationship of estranged siblings Irene and Teddy. Teddy has recently taken up temporary lodging in Irene’s basement and is unwelcome by her oppressive husband Gerry.
Attempting to patch over the open wounds of Irene’s marriage, the siblings search for common experiences in their pasts- memories of their mother, favorite foods and the love they shared as children. These attempts to connect produce some of the most endearing moments in the show.
Brandon Ryan is unerringly genuine and heart-stoppingly engaging as Teddy, the wayward younger sibling living in his sister’s basement. He seems to be constantly ready to bolt and the amount of energy he exudes on stage is electric in the audience. We didn’t know whether to be afraid, sympathetic or to egg him on. He effectively held us emotionally hostage throughout the entire show and never once did he falter.
Christine Marie Brown portrays abused wife Irene with a quiet dignity at times and at others, she wheedles, goes above and beyond, mollycoddles and leans in just to hear one positive affirmation from her brother. She has long since learned that it will not come from her marriage. Brown is earnest and honest and her presence on stage was both reassuring and heartbreaking.
John Q. Smith is brutal in his attack on this role. Gerry’s first moment on stage is quiet and dangerous. I felt my panic rise as he stood on the stairs, simply watching and waiting for Teddy to notice him. It was like watching a predator stalk his prey. Simply by standing there, on the stairs, overlooking his domain, I was filled with terror. It is rare for an actor to enthrall and terrorize just by quietly standing, and he clasps this precious position of power steadily throughout the show. Gerry is an overbearing, abusive control freak intent on keeping the status quo- where he is the only one making any decisions – ie withholding job opportunities from Irene under the guise of being “traditional.” Teddy’s presence in Gerry’s house (which actually belongs to Irene) upsets the power balance and that is simply unacceptable.
Director Julie Beckman brilliantly culls together terror and humor and makes the best of a script that can be dark and overwhelming. She relies heavily on Rebeck’s excellent script and the integrity of her actors to keep the dark emotional show watchable and engaging. Her interpretation of the arcs and beats streamed smoothly together.
And shout out to stage designer Robin Macartney for one of the most excellent sets I have seen in a while. The half unfinished basement full of old odds and ends, blankets, a forgotten floral couch, shop sink, electrical conduits and a shop bathroom squeezed gingerly into such a small space is the perfect blend of realistic utilitarian and metaphorical oppression. Lacy and I had to see it up close after the show and took our time pointing out the details like total fan girls.
In a world that can rely heavily on flash and sparkle, T22 is unafraid of tackling complex material and presenting humanizing stories. We are truly lucky to have them amongst our artistic community.
*Be advised that some material in Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs can be triggering and may potentially distress audience members.
DangerSwitch gives clownfish a whole new meaning in their newest production “Into the Deeps”.
This production has it all; comedy, heart, beauty, and bravery. It leads with some stunning imagery which makes you excited for what’s in store and the remaining 90 minutes do not disappoint. “Into the Deeps” is gracefully directed by Alyza DelPan-Monley an Eddie DeHais. The ensemble play amazingly off of each other and portray such awesome emotion with only sound and movement. The Sound Design by D.R Amromin is incredible, it is a much part of the story as the performers onstage. Every piece of this show came together to make a thing of beauty.
“Into the Deeps” has a short run so buy your tickets now!! Please support DangerSwitch so they can continue making their art which is so integral to the Seattle artistic community. I love them so much.
Show Description – What even is theater, and how does it work? How do shows in Seattle get written and produced? How can technology amplify the theater experience? Can you get involved even if you didn’t go to art school? (Spoiler alert: The answer is YES!)
Have you ever wanted to act, write a play, or be involved in technical production for theater? Copious Love is CALLING ALL THE CURIOUS to an open theater event on June 20th at 7:00 pm at the Pocket Theater in Greenwood. We’ll share all about fringe theater and how we work in it, answer your questions, and show how anyone with a heart for theater can get involved in the Seattle scene. This event is pay-what-you-can and there’s a bar for merriment!
This event will feature many of the people who make our shows possible, clips from past productions, and opportunities for attendees to ask questions. We’ll also share some easy ways that newcomers can get involved in the local theater scene through acting, writing, or technical production.
Featuring – Copious Love staff, board members, and members of our community: Tony Gavilanes, Maddy Noonan, Chelsea Madsen, Rachel Tyrrel, Andrew Lee Creech, Lacy Gavilanes, Olivia Lee, Shermona Mitchell, Vic Bonilla and Chris Leher!
Producer Bio – Copious Love is a start-up production company composing and cultivating entirely original artistic productions in our hometown of Seattle. We are concentrated on producing, writing, and directing original works, and amplifying the creativity of our membership and community at large!
— Official Show Guide To — THE FOG MACHINE PLAY
Written and Directed by Brendan Mack (and Chelsea Madsen and Rachel Tyrrel too…) March 31st through April 22nd The Slate Theatre, 815 Seattle Blvd S #140, Seattle, WA 98134 #fogmachineplay #fogkids #devisedtheatre
OPENING FRIDAY MARCH 31ST!!
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE! PRE-SALE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
BUY NOW FOR DISCOUNTED PRE-SALE TICKETS:
Pre-sale tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets for $12 or $15
Tickets bought at the door are available for $15 or $18
A quick note from our beloved Playwright and Director, Brendan Mack: “It is important to note that in the ever changing world we live in, the one unchanging constant is that people love theatrical fog. No matter how bad your day is, or what life events may be pushing you around and making you feel trapped – oh so trapped, so unbearably trapped – you know that would all change if you were given the opportunity to run through a room full of theatrical fog. We are changing people’s lives. And by people we mean you. And by lives, we mean fog. And by you, we mean machine.” While this show may not give you that exact opportunity, it will be close!
On the surface, The Fog Machine Play is a series of short plays, each strung together by the use of a fog machine that was purchased for a production in 2013 but was never actually used. Never given the chance to live up to it’s full potential. We had to give it it’s time in the spotlight. While The Fog Machine Play explores the various uses of theatrical fog, it also explores what it is like to produce fringe theatre in this day and age. It toys with what can (or cannot) happen during a live show and how an ensemble rises to the occasion when faced with the challenges of live theatre. Part sincere and part absurd, this show will truly be an “unfogettable” once in a lifetime experience.
Join Copious Love Productions for our twelfth full-length production. The Fog Machine Play was created by Seattle Drag Artist and STAGEright Artistic Director Brendan Mack and developed into reality with the help of Copious Love’s monthly Writing Group, Artistic Director Chelsea Madsen and Associate Artistic Director Rachel Tyrrel.
Lisa Clarke as SANDRA, ALLY SHEEDY
Will Lippman as DANNY, JUDD NELSON
Joshua Moore as DAVID, ETHANIEL
Justin Johns as MIKE, DETECTIVE, ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL
Olivia Lee as ENSEMBLE 1, WAITRESS, GWENDOLYN
Katie Kuntz as ENSEMBLE 2, SHRUMP, NOELLE, CONSTABLE, EMILIO ESTEVEZ
Marie Bolla, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Shermona Mitchell, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Sujay Chattopadhyay, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Arson Nicki as NAMELESS
Kaysy Ostrom as UNDERSTUDY- ENSEMBLE 3, MISSY, KERRY, MOLLY RINGWALD
Producer: Copious Love Productions
Writer/Director: Brendan Mack
Co-Director: Chelsea Madsen
Co-Director: Rachel Tyrrel
Stage Manager: Emily Cioc
Technical and Sound Design: Chris Leher
Lighting Design: Gwyn Skone
Scenic Design: Reiko Huffman
Hair & Make-up Design: Saya Jean Burchfield
Hair & Make-up: Samantha Koenig
Costume Design: Abbey Roads
Choreographer: Stephanie Graham
Prop Master: Shaun Shaffer
Projection Designer / Video Editor: Jared Norman
Filming Coordinator: Erik Warren
Spaceship Designer: Sparkle Leigh
VENUE: The Slate Theatre, 815 Seattle Blvd S #140, Seattle, WA 98134map
ACCESSIBILITY The Slate at Inscape Arts is fully accessible for wheelchairs and walkers.
PARKING Let’s face it, we’re in the International District and parking can suck. Be sure to allow extra time to find a spot! We highly recommend carpooling, busing or taking the LIGHT RAIL! REMINDER! Street parking is monitored until 6pm. However, there are several lots to choose from if you can’t find something for free! Make sure not to leave any valuables in your car and also consider an alternative form of travel since game days can be tricky.
AGAIN, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE LIGHT RAIL! It drops you off right by our venue! OR download The Parkopedia app for your smartphone.
SODO/INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT is one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods. This community hosts some of the best restaurants, bars, and spots. Vibrant and continuously bustling, this is a great spot to make your theatre date complete!
COPIOUS LOVE RECOMMENDS:
The Food Court at Uwajimaya– there is nowhere better! So many choices! SO MUCH VARIETY! Plus, its right across the street from the venue!
Samurai Noodle– Incredible Ramen that will keep you full for the whole show! Quick and scrumptious!
Boiling Point– If you can look at the menu and not drool, I don’t know what to say. Delicious options and great service.
*****READ BELOW TO GET MORE FOGGY DETAILS & MORE!*****
SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!!!
(just in case, here’s the ticket link again…)
ABOUT COPIOUS LOVE PRODUCTIONS:
Copious Love Productions is a Seattle theatre company focused on cultivating original works. We strive to develop fun interactive experiences for a more vibrant community of art, artists and audiences. The company began in 2010 and soon blossomed into an artistic respite for many. Currently in our fourth season, we have created ten all-original productions, achieved 501(c)3 nonprofit status, sustained a Partner Artist relationship with Shunpike and membership with Theatre Puget Sound. Copious Love believes that we can cultivate incredible art by amplifying the creativity of our community at large. Please visit CopiousLove.org for complete information.
A quick note from our beloved Playwright and Director, Brendan Mack:
“It is important to note that in the ever changing world we live in, the one unchanging constant is that people love theatrical fog. No matter how bad your day is, or what life events may be pushing you around and making you feel trapped- oh so trapped, so unbearably trapped- you know that would all change if you were given the opportunity to run through a room full of theatrical fog. We are changing people’s lives. And by people we mean you. And by Lives, we mean fog. And by you, we mean Machine.” While this show may not give you that exact opportunity, it will be close!
On the surface, The Fog Machine Play is a series of short plays, each strung together by the use of a fog machine that was purchased for a production in 2013 but was never actually used. Never given the chance to live up to it’s full potential. We had to give it it’s time in the spotlight. The Fog Machine Play explores the various uses of theatrical fog, it also explores what it is like to produce fringe theatre in this day and age. It toys with what can (or cannot) happen during a live show and how an ensemble rises to the occasion when faced with challenges of live theatre. Part sincere and part absurd, this show will truly be an “unfogettable”, once in a lifetime experience.
You can get your tickets here and you should hurry because seats are currently being snatched as we speak.
HERE’S A HANDY LINK!
In the meantime, click below on these videos and get a sneak peek into our rehearsal process, see a brief teaser and watch a chat with one of our esteemed designers. You might end up a bit more confused than you were originally but don’t worry, we’ve got everything under control!
DEVISED THEATRE: HOW TO:
More videos to come! Stay tuned! #fogmachineplay #fogkids
Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine
Presented by Annex Theatre
Written by Amy Escobar
Directed by Eddie DeHais
February 10th-March 4th TICKETS HERE
One night, Mary (Corinne Magin), vouches out of a jazz aerobics class, accidentally drops a needle through cracks in the floor and awakens The Slither. She has two choices, be devoured by the Slither to terminate its hunger or complete 9 nightmarish tasks to silence the beast.
Through dangers untold meeting creatures akin to that of your creepiest dreams, Mary journeys through nightmare after nightmare. With the help of her best friend Nell, (Kiki Abba), her cat Alabaster (Carter Rodriquez), and Simper (Kai Curtis) the cutest demon you will ever meet, Mary trudges onward to conquer her own darkness and defeat The Slither.
Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine is written by the phenomenal Amy Escobar, and put to
life by the incredible Eddie DeHais. DeHais also designed a set that you will want to live in, provided you have an admiration toward the strange and unusual, or libraries.
Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine is one of those rare instances in theatre where a stellar cast coupled with a wonderful design team brings Mary’s nightmare world not only to life but also into reality.
Scary Mary runs February 10th through March 4th, 7:30 p.m. at Annex Theater.
Have you been following our search for a new musical?!
If so, you know that we have been searching for a new musical to produce for quite a while! We put out a call for new musicals awhile back and we were inundated with quite a few choices. We read through them, weighed every choice and came to a decision as a team. Our vision was clear. We have our script, we are working with our playwright and assembling a team as we speak! Fast forward to last night at our annual fundraiser…
We finally announced our choice! Now you can revel in our decision and get excited for our developments in the new year!
In the spring of 2018 we will produce Journey West: The Legend of Lewis & Clark, Based on Mostly “True” Events by Andrew Lee Creech!
Here is a bit about the show from the playwright himself; Journey West: The Legend of Lewis & Clark, Based on Mostly “True” Events
“In the times in which we are living–proposed walls, alternative facts, xenophobia, congressional shenanigans and a country divided, it seems more and more like we are living in a farcical cartoon as many of us find ourselves asking: Is this even real? Questions like this led even further down the research rabbit hole, and it became clear that this American origin story needed to be retold to help unpack our current political and social state and to create inclusive art for all.
This story asks us to wrestle with two hard truths. One, the history of white imperialism dates back to even our country’s most prideful moments. And many our “success” stories come at the expense of others. And two, the success of this mission relied on not just the headliners, but many other supporting players as well. These are our Hidden Figures. This then begs the question: What does history look like when it is written by the disenfranchised and the forgotten? This is where things get very exciting. Much like the headlines we are seeing every day, the Corps of Discovery’s story is absurd, wacky, heartbreaking at times, amazing, and unbelievable. But no matter how far the hijinks go, every character’s humanity is always rooted in their pursuit of acceptance, respect, a sense of self-worth, and wanderlust. This is an American story. This is a Human story.
Let the adventure begin!” -Andrew Lee Creech
We are beyond thrilled to develop and produce this epic musical next Spring in 2018! Between now and then we will be staging readings of the script and music, sharing our journey with you, our audience, so you can see this show unfold right along with us! Keep a close eye on our social media and blog for more announcements and details to come!
For now, please enjoy a sneak peek video clip of ‘Plucky Adventure Song’ from the show! Filmed at our fundraiser, courtesy of Fantasia Oslund (thank you for being our awesome back up camera person!) and performed by John Coons, Maya Burton, Jordan Iosua Taylor, and Leah Russell! You all sounded phenomenal, thank you so much!
HELLO LOVERS! Our Annual Fundraiser is almost here!
This year our goal is $7500 by Saturday February 11th!
CAN YOU HELP US GET THERE?!
In case you need some inspiration, here are THREE WAYS you could help support us! #threewaystolovecopiously:
1. COME TO THE FUNDRAISER- BE OUR DATE! Copious Love invites you to join us in a theatre centered, fun filled community gathering benefiting local arts. Complete with entertainment, silent auction items, prizes, exclusive company announcements, and a sneak peek of our upcoming productions. There will also be a full service bar and food available!
Please join us February 11th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm in The Grotto at the Rendezvous, doors at 6:30pm.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR ONLY $20! All supporters and lovers of art are welcome ❤ http://copiousfundraiser.bpt.me/
2. BECOME A MEMBER OF COPIOUS LOVE ❤
It’s a $5 minimum per month program, or you can give each month at any level! This is, in fact, the very best way to support us. Plus you get 20% off almost everything! http://wp.me/P1WGH1-Hq
3. MAKE A SINGLE DONATION ONLINE & HELP US FILL OUR HEART!
We’re running this like a Kickstarter and asking for your small or large donation from now until the 11th. Even if you can’t make it to the Fundraiser… Even if you aren’t comfortable with Membership… Please support this community arts 501(c)(3) with your donation now! It will enable our love to be TRULY Copious! http://wp.me/P1WGH1-53
Copious Love has embarked on many journeys, but the best part of those journeys have been YOU. All of you, our members, past collaborators, those who are just discovering the interactive theater experience Copious Love strives for in their productions, and those who have been with us from the beginning. WE LOVE YOU ALL. We could not do this without you!
Read on below for more details about our fundraiser and tips on how to get there easily! ❤
PROGRAM, ENTERTAINMENT AND AUCTION
The Way I See It, you’ve traveled with us to Oz, down the rabbit hole, joined us in a nightmare, imbibed in our Taphouse, beheld ghostly visions, wandered through the woods, indulged in seven deadly delights, all either sweet and decent, or dark and twisty. In this same spirit, Copious Love Productions is thrilled to host our annual Fundraiser on February 11th!
Hosted by comedian Tambre Massman, Copious Love staff, and alumni, we have an excellent night of performances and LOVE planned! We promise thrilling entertainment, silent auction items (see below!), prizes, exclusive company announcements, and a sneak peek of our upcoming productions! There will also be food and drinks available. Theatre, friendship, and love…what a great date night!
Here are some of the coveted Silent Auction Items to get you excited! *Two Theatre and Drink Tickets From the Pocket Theatre!
*A “TEP Movie Night Package” complete with HD projector, screen and audio for a movie night party from TEP!
*One 28″ Signature Pizza from The Ballroom!
*An after-hours party for up to 15 guests at Bellefleur Lingerie!
*Two tickets for Into the Deeps from DangerSwitch!
*One custom personal or family portrait from Vic Bonilla!
LOCATION AND PARKING
Arrive on time to the Rendezvous (2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121) so you can peruse our silent auction, engage with some of our favorite people on planet earth and grab some food and drinks before we kick things off! Our event will be held in the Grotto Room which is below the JewelBox theatre, inside the Rendezvous. It’s a sleek, intimate environment, perfect for a night with our nearest and dearest.
Plenty of street parking is available all around Belltown, but be sure to keep in mind that paid parking is enforced until 8pm. Also there are paid lots on almost every block for more secure parking.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
Secure your tickets now HERE and go to copiouslove.org for more information and/or to volunteer, donate or be a part of this evening celebrating and supporting local arts!
March 31 – April 22, 2017
at The Slate, inside Inscape Arts
It is important to note that in the ever changing world we live in, the one unchanging constant is that people love theatrical fog. No matter how bad your day is, or what life events may be pushing you around and making you feel trapped, oh so trapped, so unbearably trapped- you know that would all change if you were given the opportunity to run through a room full of theatrical fog. We are changing people’s lives. And by people we mean you. And by Lives, we mean Fog. And by you, we mean Machine. The Fog Machine Play or “experientia de Apparatus Producens Nebula.”A series of short plays written to justify the use of a fog machine that was bought in 2013.
Lisa Clarke as SANDRA, ALLY SHEEDY
Joining Copious Love Productions for the first time, Lisa Marie Clarke (Lisa) is excited to share in the realization of Brendan Mack’s The Fog Machine Play. Lisa was recently seen onstage during Fringe Month at The Pocket Theater, as multiple characters from Twelfth Night Productions’ Love, Loss and What I Wore, and Reboot Theatre Company’s all-female cast of the musical 1776 where she played Martha Jefferson. Lisa is so grateful to Copious Love for continuing to make her feel so welcome in the Seattle Theatre Community. Lisa is deeply thankful for the opportunity to participate in a show with humor and heart.
Will Lippman as DANNY, JUDD NELSON
Will Lippman is an actor in the Seattle area. He holds a BFA in Performance from Central Washington University, and was recently a part of Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artists Program as an actor. He has performed in several productions with companies around the Seattle area, including Psycho Beach Party with Fantastic Z and Wait Until Dark with Driftwood Players. This is Will’s first production with Copious Love, and he is absolutely thrilled to join this cast.
Joshua Moore as DAVID, ETHANIEL
Josh is horrifyingly excited to be a part of another Copious Love show. Thank you to Brendan for yet another opportunity to play, and, let’s be honest, get a little crazy. Also big thanks to Zach for keeping me grounded, who knows what kind of rap sheet I’d have without you. Enjoy the show!
Justin Johns as MIKE, DETECTIVE, ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL
Justin Johns is a performer of varying styles from Seattle, WA. He’s been a proud member and supporter of Copious Love Productions since his move to Seattle. His other theatrical roles have included Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility, 2012 Jane Austen festival in Bath, UK), Tobias (Sweeney Todd), and Lloyd (Noises Off), but audiences may be more used to him portraying various fuzzy creatures on stage, from cats (Total Family Massage, CLP) to squirrels (Some Kind of Space Opera) to white rabbits (Alice’s Anthem, CLP). Justin is also heavily involved in creating and performing new dramatic and artistic works spanning classical music, theatre, drag, burlesque, and performance art. He is a voracious Glitterbeast ready to devour his truth whole and create his best reality possible. Bring it.
Olivia Lee as ENSEMBLE 1, WAITRESS, GWENDOLYN
This is Olivia’s second show with Copious Love and her 47,325th with Brendan Mack. Her first Seattle role was the best of both worlds: Charlotte inCopious Love’s Alice’s Anthem, directed by Brendan! She was also Nancy in Are You There, God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, and Shannara/Rebecca in Weird Romance. Other Seattle roles include Magithor in Centerstage’s Little Red Riding Hood, Ronny in Hair, Riggins in The Crossing at Theater Schmeater, and the witch in Into the Woods (which could also be included in the Brendan Mack category.) She enjoys cheese, beer, and being naked. Thank Oprah for these wonderful weird theatre people she gets to share the stage with! But mostly, thank Cher.
Katie Kuntz as ENSEMBLE 2, SHRUMP, NOELLE, CONSTABLE, EMILIO ESTEVEZ
Katie has worked with Copious Love and Brendan Mack on a few other occasions. You may remember her from her roles as a rapping crackhead, a wise talking flower, a monkey in a prison, the Sergeant from The Pirates of Penzance (only suuuuper creepy), and lastly: her surprising yet emotionally riveting role of the Hunchback in High Heels. Katie did this play because she thought it was really whimsical and weird and that’s pretty much every thing she values in life, so yeah.
Jasmine Joshua as ENSEMBLE 3, MISSY, KERRY, MOLLY RINGWALD
Jasmine Joshua is thrilled to make her Copious Love debut! She has had the honor of working with the good people of Annex, BPA, Book-It, Intiman, Twelfth Night Productions, the Schmee, and Seattle Musical Theatre, among others. She studied with the Groundlings and the Larry Moss Studio. She is the Artistic Director of Reboot Theatre Company and will direct Private Lives in May. www.reboottheatre.org
Marie Bolla, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Marie Bolla is thrilled to be making her Copius Love debut with The Fog Machine Play! Marie graduated from Freehold Studio’s Ensemble Training Intensive (ETI) in June 2015, where she was a recipient of the Diversity Scholarship and previously completed the one-year Meisner intensive. While in ETI she created and performed in her solo show, A Mythology. She also performed in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well with ETI and Freehold’s Engaged Theater Tour. Marie most recently performed in SPT’s final BXPE and as the titular role in Alcestis with the Irrational Robot Bureau Co. She has been seen in several roles in both 14/48’s Catharsis and the Pocket Theater’s Fringe Month. She was able to combine her love of science and theater in The Galileo Dialogues, Centerfuge 14/48 and Thought Experiments with Infinity Box Theater. Marie has also been seen with Playlist Seattle, Parley, Annex Theatre and Sound Theatre. Thank you to Brendan, Lacy and Chelsea for this wonderful opportunity to play.
Shermona Mitchell, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Shermona is a local actor, director and teaching artist. Originally from Kentucky, Shermona moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Theater. She has been seen locally working with Sound Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Anything Is Possible Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Theater Schmeater, The Collision Project, Copious Love, Seattle Public Theatre, ANNEX Theatre, STAGEright and most recently in Intiman’s Emerging Artists Program! She is a staff member for both Copious Love and Sound Theatre company and a haus member of The Haus of Glitterbeast.
Sujay Chattopadhyay, SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Sujay is excited to be making his Copious Love Productions debut, and is honored to have the opportunity to work with such an amazingly talented ensemble. He was previously seen in Sound Theatre Company’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Seattle Public Theater’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and in several Bengali plays over the past decade. He is a proud founder member of Seattle Theaterwala, a South Asian theater organization. Thanks to family and friends for their love and support.
Arson Nicki as NAMELESS
Arson Nicki is an aggressively transgressive drag artist based in Seattle, WA. They currently host and perform at two monthly events: Mobius Sisters at the Seattle Eagle on first Fridays, and Rapture at the Timbre Room on second Saturdays. Arson has also been seen onstage in Seattle at Neumos, Annex Theatre, Kremwerk, Pony, and the Seattle Eagle, as well as at venues in Portland, Los Angeles, and Vancouver BC. Arson is the curator and promoter of “Galleria,” an evening of drag performance art, as well as the creator and performer of “Slow Burn (a durational drag performance),” which recently made its debut at The Factory in Seattle, WA. Arson’s next major upcoming projects is curating and producing an entry in the 2017 Seattle Fringe Festival.
Kaysy Ostrom, “UNDERSTUDY”
Kaysy is excited to make her Copious Love Debut! She’s fresh off of working on Complete Works Abridged with SecondStory Rep and Boy Who Cried Wolf (Wolf) with Storybook Theatre. Kaysy has her BFA in Theatre Studies from SMU. Besides dabbling in acting, Kaysy pens plays, songs, and teaches theatre classes at Youth Theatre Northwest and Studio East. Big thanks to the cast, artistic team, Mom, Dad, and Devin: “For where thou art, there is the world itself!”
Brendan Mack, WRITER/DIRECTOR
Brendan Mack wrote this play. He has written other plays. These are the names of the plays. WEB, HaUNTED, WEIGHT THE WEEK, BE ME, THE FEDORA, ALWAYS A MERMAID, NEVER A MERM, UP PAST BEDTIME-TIME, Season 2, 3 and 4 of Sister Leigh Love, YOUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE – a Super Mario parody, The Xmas Carol Xperiment. Brendan Mack is here, queer, and ready for some fog machine realness.
Chelsea Madsen, CO-DIRECTOR
FACT: Chelsea Madsen is the Artistic Director of Copious Love as well as one of its founding members. FACT: She does career type things during the day but by night she makes theatre and writes jokes with her friends. FACT: She wrote some of the jokes in this show, conveniently with her friends Brendan and Rachel. They are really funny people. Like, hold onto your butts because this show will prove that fact. FACT: Chelsea has a history with fog machines and didn’t know anyone could have as much of an opinion on them being used theatrically, until she met Brendan Mack. That might have been the conception of their friendship actually. This show is all about that. Friendship, theatre and failing so hard you win because sometimes neat art is born from highly organized chaos. FACT: Chelsea loves her husband Bradley (I LOVE YOU) and promises she will be home ASAP to eat tacos and watch The Mighty Boosh as per usual. Viva Fog Machine. Viva Copious Love.
Rachel Tyrrel, CO-DIRECTOR
Rachel Tyrrel is eternally grateful Brendan Mack trusted her to help cultivate and edit the sensational Fog Machine Play. It is the best thing she has ever worked on. While not working with Copious Love Productions, Rachel can be found searching for literary agents, reading in parks, and finding new ways to add more fog into Fog Machine. She fears nothing, which is quite sad.
Emily Cioc, STAGE MANAGER
Emily Rose Cioc is a spring 2016 graduate from Cornish College of the Arts where she studied Performance Production and concentrated in Stage Management. She has been stage managing since late 2008 and is overjoyed to be a part of the team at Copious Love for another production. Recent stage management credits include – The Untitled Play About Art School (Copious Love), Raisins in a Glass of Milk (Cornish Presents), Quixote: Book One (Cornish College of the Arts), Babes in Hollywood (The Shawnee Playhouse), She Kills Monsters (Cornish College of the Arts), and Forever Plaid (The Shawnee Playhouse). Upcoming productions include Stay With Me (Operating Theatre) in February.
Chris Leher, TECHNICAL & SOUND DESIGNER
Chris is a sound designer and technical artist living and breathing in Seattle. He is also a freelancer in the fields of Technology, Video Production and Photography. His sound design work for Terra Incognita at Annex was recently nominated for a Broadway World Sound Design award. He also designed for Mad Scientist Cabaret, and Unexpected Wilderness at Annex where he is also the Technical Director, as well as Can’t Talk Right Now for Theatre22. Chris is thrilled to be working on The Fog Machine Play as both Technical Director and Sound Designer. This is his second production with Copious Love after doing the same roles on The Untitled Play About Art School. http://www.reallychris.com
Gwyn Skone, LIGHTING DESIGNER
Gwyn would like to dedicate his design for The Fog Machine Play to the memory of Kermit, a rare and aged fogger that he rescued from languishing in a friend’s garden shed when he was 15. Kermit required much nursing back to health, but became a minor celebrity both at Gwyn’s high school and university, where it eventually died. While irreplaceable, Kermit was followed by Robin, who fogged shows with Gwyn for a few years (including a musical at the Edinburgh Fringe where a reviewer noted that the stage being entirely obscured by fog was no detriment). In 2009, Gwyn left the UK to move to Seattle, and sadly Robin was unable to work here. It stayed behind in a new home, and Gwyn lived without fog for a few years, but always felt something was profoundly wrong. He lit shows without a regular vaporous sidekick, including the Gypsy Rose Lee award nominated Blood Countess and The Lost Girls at Annex Theatre, Live! From the Last Night of My Life with Theatre22, and The 39 Steps with Lamplight Productions. Happily, though, Sweetums joined his home last year to debut in Bunnies at Annex, and after an organ transplant to recover from chronic illness will be making its triumphant return to the stage in this production.
Reiko Huffman, SCENIC DESIGNER
Reiko Huffman is a local scenic designer in Seattle and is very happy to be working with Copious Love Productions again for The Fog Machine Play. This upcoming year Reiko is also designing The Big Ambition at Seattle University as well as assisting Re-Entry at Seattle University, the scenic charge artist for Every Five Minutes for Washington Ensemble Theatre, and, assisting for Cheradonna’s Doll House for Washington Ensemble Theatre.
Max Holley, COSTUME DESIGNER
Max is thrilled to be working on this amazing production, marking their first collab with Copious Love Productions! Max has taken a break from their first love of costuming to play onstage as Abbey Roads, alongside their favorite collaborator, Butch Alice i.e. Brendan Mack in productions like Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter, and the fun and zany Haus of Glitterbeast events. But they are SO excited to work on this very specific, raw, important material. Max would like to thank Brendan, Lacy, Tony, Chelsea, and all CLP team members for welcoming them into the fam! #allyouneedislove
Saya Jean, HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER
Saya Jean has been the Hair & Makeup Manager for every show Copious Love has ever done. She has been keeping the actors gorgeous and well coiffed from the beginning of Copious Love. But rest assured she will rock your world on and off the stage as the baddest bitch in the CLP family. This lovable and fouled-mouthed badass is often referred to as “Mama Saya.”
Samantha Koenig, HAIR & MAKEUP
Sam is a self taught special effects artist. She’s new to stage play but rocks it with ease. She plans to learn as much as she can and hopefully have enough experience and knowledge to go to the big time movie screen. She’s a hard worker and very passionate about the work she does. She gets her creativity and inspiration from being a huge fan of sci-fi movies and shows.
Stephanie Graham, CHOREOGRAPHER
OMG I’M SO EXCITED TO BE CHOREOGRAPHING FOG MACHINE PLAY – GIVING YOU ALL THE FOSSE YOU CAN HANDLE! Steph’s recent choreography credits include: Annie (Issaquah High School), Seussical, Addams Family (Renton Civic Theater), and The Rocky Horror Show (Secondstory Repertory). As a performer, a few favorite roles include: “Becky Two-Shoes” Urinetown, “Euterpe” Xanadu, and OF COURSE “Laura Danker/Barb Stutts/Karen Carpenter” Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter. She is also a teaching artist at Studio East in Kirkland, where she spent the holidays choreographing and performing in ‘Twas the Night. When she’s not onstage or teaching, she is also a licensed real estate broker with Sterling, Johnston & Associates. All my thanks and undying gratitude to the entire cast & crew, her boyfriend Noel, papa Brad, mom & sister.
Shaun Shaffer, PROP MASTER
Shaun Shaffer has worked in a number of creative outlets and venues. While Shaun Shaffer has yet to work as a prop master, he is looking forward to the challenge. Shaun Shaffer believes that hard work is its own reward. Shaun Shaffer prefers to refer to himself in the third person. Shaun Shaffer.
Jared Norman, PROJECTION DESIGNER / VIDEO EDITOR
Jared is a visual and performance artist with a passion for film, theater, and the dark arts of drag. She currently contours magic as a lighting designer, video specialist, and cast member as Ruby Bouché at Mimosas Cabaret – a drag musical theater experience at the Unicorn every weekend. Come brunch with us! Jared is thrilled to be working with Copious Love and hopes you enjoy this very important and precious piece of theatre.
Erik Warren, FILMING COORDINATOR
Erik Warren has worked in Special Effects for Stage and Film, along with Fashion and Runway Makeup for the past two decades. Working with numerous cult icons, designers and celebrities such as the one and only ‘Elvira’ ~ Working in stage and set design for ‘The Mistress Of The Dark herself.’ He’s also worked on numerous projects with local Seattle designer Mark Mitchell, the talented Seattle Director Wes Hurley, the Cult Drag Superstar Peaches Christ and Rupaul’s Drag Race Icons ~ such as Ben DeLaCreme, Sharon Needles, Bianca Del Rio, Jinkx Monsoon, and Robbie Turner in The Capitol Hill Web-Series. Erik also runs his own Productions Business ~ ‘Limelight Event Productions,’ where he specializes not only in Special Effects and Makeup, but also Set Design, Lighting Design, Costuming, Hair & Wig Styling, Decorating, Catering and also Bartending Services for all types of events. Check out Erik on his Facebook page ~ ‘Limelight Event Productions’ where you can view his latest events and upcoming productions and other new projects yet to come!
Chris Cook, BOARD OPERATOR
Chris Cook is excited to be working on another Copious Love production. He is a full-time student and part-time staff member at the Art Institute of Seattle, where he studies Game Programming and works in the Registrar Department. He is grateful to Copious Love for welcoming him with open arms back in to the theatre community after not having been involved with it since high school.
Sparkle Leigh, SPACESHIP DESIGNER
Sparkle Leigh is a giant wizardess of performance/art/drag and MORE, existing among us mere mortals in this fair city of Emerald. Sparkle does many things involving glitter, hot glue and cardboard around the world. Currently she has graced us with her talent on this insane play and is designing a SPACESHIP for us… It will all make sense soon. I promise. Contact, follow, and HIRE HER at @thesparkleleigh on all social platforms! Also, she’s REAL gay. Glitter Kisses in copious amounts.
Here at Copious Love, we follow many fandoms. We are largely made up of enthusiastic fan girls and boys and we proudly follow the PotterVerse with feverish enthusiasm. It just so happens that there is quite a bit of Hogwarts talk in our new show, “The Untitled Play About Art School” by Nelle Tankus (tickets available NOW!) and like the books, our show takes place largely at a school. Our Directing team decided it would be appropriate to sort and house our entire cast to help with a bit of character development. It actually became a very meaningful discussion that has carried on throughout the rehearsal process and I thought our audience would enjoy what we learned. We hope this is enjoyable for both Muggles as well as our fellow Wizards and Witches.
Just so you know, Wizarding School and Art School are actually quite similar (fact!) Both require immense dedication, passion and pride in the process. Both at Whetmore’s College of Performing Arts and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we have a group of students that end up facing the worst monster that any of us could possibly imagine while simultaneously trying to graduate on time.
In Nelle’s play, Jade plays Amy Antonia, one of the heros of the tale! Amy attends Whetmore’s College of Performing Arts and is getting ready to graduate when she misses her final performance due to a panic attack. Immediately following this incident she is given an ultimatum, perform her final in two days time and see the school counselor or risk getting expelled right before graduation. In the meantime, a monster stalks the school and the students wind up in mortal danger…you know…typical art school shenanigans.
Read on to see where Amy was sorted and how Jade feels her house speaks to Amy’s character!
Amy: Slytherin / Jade: Slytherin
“Amy was sorted in Slytherin! At first I was skeptical, but the more I think about it, it does make sense. We had a bit of a back and forth with the rest of the cast as to whether or not I should take the quiz again because it also made sense to us for Amy to be sorted into Ravenclaw….so there was a bit of a civil war! But as Jade, I based more of my choices around Amy’s Slytherin characteristics because they made sense to me. She has that desire to go forward and that desire to WIN. If you could “win” at art school, she would be winning! To her, she is the hardest working, she is the one who bleeds on her pages, she is the one who stays up at night and cries over her words, she “kills her babies”, and she moves on but she keeps those scars! She is very much THAT artist. Its all or nothing for her, but not in a glorified way. I think that is ultimately what I really want to put into creating Amy and what I want to bring across on stage, that intensity of her absolute devotion to the spirituality of her art….and I think that might have been the smartest thing I’ve ever said.” Spoiler alert, she absolutely does bring that intensity to this role and you can feel it all the way into the lobby. Get your tickets. I’m serious.
As far as personally being sorted, we have a match! Jade was also sorted into Slytherin! “For different reasons than why Amy was sorted into Slytherin! Jade is a selfish person, she gets really blindsided and zoned into things that she wants and she may or may not walk through or very aggressively shoulder bump anything or anyone in her way. Without meaning to! I always come back and apologize but I get so zeroed in on things and then accidentally it can come off as being a bitch! I think Slytherins, in that way, are wonderfully complex and playing with that on stage and having that insight in helping to develop Amy’s character has been very, very fun.”
Now is your chance to see this wonderful performer and this incredible cast on stage! Click HERE for tickets and join Copious Love Productions for our first full-length production of Season 4, “The Untitled Play About Art School” by Nelle Tankus. Nelle Tankus is a trans woman playwright and performer born and raised in Seattle, and is an alumni of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers’ Retreat.
Get your tickets for the show now (prices go up at the door!) so you don’t miss out on flesh-eating monsters, anarchy and revenge!! For tickets CLICK HERE!
Opening December 1st through the 21st at the 12th Ave Arts Center on Capitol Hill.