Featuring an original immersive Pre-show experience
Directed by Jacey Little
August 4 - 20, 2017
1891 St. John Church, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
CRIS SKELTON BRITTNY BUSH MARGARET LEWIS ALLI VILLINES
HORSE HEAD IMMERSIVE PRE-SHOW CAST
DANTÉ ANDERSON DANO COLÓN JAYDEN KEY MAI LE BRITNEY WALKER-MERRITTE CONNOR WOODS
DIRECTOR … JACEY LITTLE
CO-PRODUCTION MANAGERS … JULIA CLAIR WALLACE & JANA WHATLEY
STAGE MANAGER … SYDNEE DAVIS
DRAMATURG … CONNOR WOODS
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & COMPOSER … GREG COTE
CHOREOGRAPHER … LYDIA HANCE
LIGHTING DESIGN … J.MITCHELL CRONIN
COSTUME DESIGN … LAURA MORENO
PROPERTIES DESIGN … JUSTIN DUNFORD
about the playwright
Young Jean Lee (Playwright) has been called “hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. Lee is a writer, director, filmmaker, and experimental playwright. She has written and directed many shows in New York as the artistic director of her nonprofit Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and toured her work to over 30 cities globally. Lee's credits as writer and director include Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (2003), The Appeal (2004), and Pullman, WA (2005). Her 2006 FCA grant supported Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (2006). Her works subsequent to her 2006 Grants to Artists award include Church (2007), The Shipment (2008), Lear (2009), Untitled Feminist Show (2010), and Straight White Men (2013). Lee's first short film, Here Come the Girls (2013), was presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Her work has also been presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Joe's Pub, Soho Repertory Theater, The Kitchen, The Public Theater, Performance Space 122, and HERE Arts Center. Her work has toured throughout the United States and internationally at venues in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Zurich, Budapest, Seoul, Sydney, and elsewhere. Subsequent to her 2006 Grants to Artists award, Lee received a Brooklyn College Young Alumni Award (2009), two OBIE Awards (2007, 2011), a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2010), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2011), a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012), and a Doris Duke Artist Residency (2013). Lee has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Hedgebrook, the Park Avenue Armory, Orchard Project, HERE Arts Center, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Creative Capital, the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Presenters/Ford Foundation Creative Capacity Grant, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts: National Theater Project Award. Lee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. She holds an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, where she studied playwriting with Mac Wellman. She is on the board of Yaddo.
CHURCH BY YOUNG JEAN LEE - CAST
Also, featuring Danté Anderson as "Soloist" (see bio below).
HORSE HEAD IMMERSIVE PRE-SHOW CAST
Jayden Key (REVEREND JAYDEN) is thrilled to be in his first production with Horse Head Theatre Co. Just graduating out of high school a year ago, Jayden wants to thank his family for being there and always supporting him.
Mai Le (REVEREND MAI) Previous local roles include: Rhiannon/Evelyn/Dre/Gloria/The Zoogoers in Precious Little, by Madeleine George (Next Iteration Theatre Company, or NITC); Fiona in in a word, by Lauren Yee (NITC); Working Lunch, by B. N. Reichenberger (Boiling Point Players); Christie in CREEP, by MT Cozzola (Wordsmyth Theatre Company); Kate as Stage Directions in 10 Ways on a Gun, by Dylan Lamb (Landing Theatre Company); Penny Stripling in The Baby, by Lisa Omlie (NITC); Ly in Time is the Mercy of Eternity: A meditation in four acts, by Deb Margolin (NITC); Amber/Bethany/Ginny in As Bees in Honey Drown, by Douglas Carter Beane (Queensbury Theatre); Peggy Norris in The Me Generation, by Catherine Rush (Landing Theatre Company); Estelle in No Exit, byJean-Paul Sartre (Firecracker Productions); Ariel in The Tempest (Company Onstage); and Betty/Kafka in All in the Timing, by David Ives (Landing Theatre).
ARTISTIC & PRODUCTION TEAM
Greg Cote (Musical Director & Composer) is a proud graduate of the University of Houston SOTD where he received his BFA. Favorite past roles include: Paul in Snow White and Ensemble in Tamarie's Merry Evening of Mistakes & Regrets (Catastrophic Theatre); Kugle in 10 Ways on a Gun (Landing Theatre Company); Noah in Cherry Muffins: A Demon Play (Cone Man Running); Ensemble in Love & Information (MST); Matt/Homer in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Cape Rep); Bird/Others in The Birds, Fred/Past/others in A Christmas Carol (CTC); Robert in Boeing Boeing (Unity Theatre); Mickey in Greetings! (Texas Rep); Herman Mann/Paul Revere/Others in Deborah (Unashamed Heat!); Horatio in Hamlet, Le Beau in As You Like It, and Porter in MacBeth (Houston Shakespeare Festival); Kelso in Robert Whul’s Hit-Lit (Queens Theatre); Daddy in The Dinner Table (Theatre for the 99%); Edwin in Our Lady Of 121st St.,Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, Paroles in Alls Well That Ends Well, Ezra Chater in Arcadia, and Bob, The Pizza Boy in bobrauschenbergamerica (UHSOTD); and other various readings, workshops and collaborations around Houston. Mr. Cote is a theatre teacher at Duchesne Academy and can also be seen most Saturday mornings performing as Garbage Man Joe, the host of Rec Room's recurring children's sketch comedy show, Garbage Island, written by Abby Koenig. Greg is also a local musician and his band Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends will be releasing new music this year and can be found at gregcoteandthereallifefriends.bandcamp.com. Thank you for supporting Houston's artists.
J. Mitchell Cronin (Lighting Design) Horse Head Theatre Co.: The Judgement of Fools; Main Street Theater: The Last Wife, Native Gardens, How I Became a Pirate (MATCH and Hobby Center),The Revolutionists, Duck for President, RFK, Red Hot Patriot, Harriet the Spy, Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans, Goodnight Moon, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Prague Shakespeare Company MST: Much Ado About Nothing, Venus in Fur, Twelfth Night; Stages Repertory Theatre: Honky Tonk Angels at Miller Outdoor Theatre (Assoc. Design), Panto Wonderful Wizard, Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen; The Ensemble Theatre: Simply Simone, The First Noel, A Soulful Christmas; Catastrophic Theatre Company- Tamarie's Merry Evening of Mistakes and Regrets; Classical Theatre Company- The Bear/Proposal, The Ghost Sonata; A.D.Players: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web; Prohibition Theatre: Eat Me, The Jazz Age; Opera in the Heights: The Telephone and the Medium; DiverseWorks: What Shall We Do Next; Urban Souls Dance Company: Between Two Worlds, Three City Blocks; Sam Houston State University: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Much Ado About Nothing, Trojan Women, Waiting for Godot, Enron; (Dance Lighting Design) Spectrum: Drift; It’s Good to See You Again; Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Education: B.F.A., Sam Houston State University, Theatre Design and Technology; Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. www.JMCdesigns.info
Laura Moreno (Costume Design) is a recent graduate of the University of Houston BFA Acting Program. Previous credits include: Leading Ladies, The Judgement of Fools, Oklahoma!, The Grapes of Wrath, The History of Tom Jones, Antigone, A Chorus Line, You Can’t Take It With You, Agamemnon, Holy Rollers, The Snow Queen, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, End of Side A, Romeo & Juliet and ¡Bocón!. She was most recently seen as Vera in She Kills Monsters and Kitty in world premiere of Cherry Muffins. Prior to UH, Ms. Moreno spent several years working in the cosmetics and fashion industry in New York City, and is a professional makeup artist.
Jana Whatley (Co-Production Manager) A Houston based sculpture, installation, and performance artist who graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2014, Jana has done work for Lone Star Explosion, Performance Art Houston, Experimental Action, and is a former member of Houston performance art collective Continuum. Her varied professional and creative experiences in painting, carpentry, ceramics, arts leadership, performance, sculpture, installation, and theatre have encouraged the growth of her dynamic practice. She is a Jack of all trades with an aptitude for ways and means.
Julia Claire Wallace (Co-Production Manager) is a Houston based performance artist and organizer. She has performed with and without permission in a variety of contexts, from art galleries to bars to grocery stores. She grew up in Houston, Texas and received her BFA in painting from the University of Houston in 2009 and is currently working towards her MA in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. She served as a facilitator to Performance Art Lab, one of Houston’s most mischievous art collectives, and was one of the founding members of their guerilla flash dance project sexyATTACK. She is also a founder and former facilitator of Continuum, a social sculpture consisting of a group of performance artists joined in the aspiration to create a safe and encouraging space to grow through performance art. She was a co-director and co-curator of Lone Star Explosion 2014 and is currently co-directing Experimental Action, a new international Houston performance art festival. She is the creator of Performance Art Houston, an entity created to nurture the performance art community through events, resources and innovation. Her personal art is often a cathartic exploration of desire, the body, and personal experience. She happily lives in an old house filled with history, peeling paint and the laughter of her daughter Lily. www.juliaclairewallace.com.
Connor Ahngus Woods (Dramaturg & Pre-show Cast) Connor is a graduate of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance’s Playwriting and Dramaturgy program. He currently works as an improviser at CSz Houston and can be seen in ComedySportz, the longest running improv show in Houston, and with his long form troupe, Better Linda. This summer he will also be a member of the Houston Shakespeare Festival’s dramaturgy team.
This project is generously sponsored and hosted by The Heritage Society.
The Heritage Society (THS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to tell the stories of the diverse history of Houston and Texas through collections, exhibits, educational programs, film, video, and other content. Founded in 1954 by a number of public-spirited Houstonians to rescue the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition, The Heritage Society has since saved an additional nine historic buildings, moved them from various locations to join the Kellum-Noble House in Sam Houston Park, and restored them to reflect their respective eras. These ten buildings, along with the Museum Gallery, serve as historic reference points and exhibition spaces for more than 23,000 artifacts that document life in Houston from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s.