Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: A Gun on the Table

A Gun on the Table by Margy Ragsdale, directed by Zanne Gerard

About the Play:

This short dark comedy explores middle-aged romance as experienced by a couple, and the uses of a gun on stage. James and Millicent are the quintessential proper British couple, until a revolver brings a quiet chaos to their lives. Does the revolver threaten their marriage… or is it a requirement?

A Gun on the Table will also be produced by Tiger Lily Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee in May 2012.

About the Playwright:

Margy Ragsdale is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. As a Board member with Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Margy works as actor, director, designer and janitor; she also facilitates a writers’ group for screenwriters and playwrights for the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Margy is the skip (captain) of her curling team.

About the Director:

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Zanne Gerrard has directed for the Mae West Fest, ILU productions, and Driftwood Players, garnering awards in outstanding production and direction for Minnesota Moon featured in the 2009 AACTFest state, regional, and national competitions.  She received her honors degree in Theatre from Wesleyan University.

Don’t miss A Gun on the Table, opening May 3-6!

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: The Smell of Snow

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The Smell of Snow  by Machelle Allman, directed by Rachel Delmar

About the Play:

10 minute original play about a woman guiding two FBI agents up a mountain in the Appalachians. They want to interview her brother about some “incidents” they are investigating, and they think he is hiding in the woods.  Only seeking the easy money, she herself becomes entangled in the investigation and puts herself at risk.

About the Playwright:

Originally from North Carolina, Machelle moved around with her military family before settling down in Seattle with her husband. She has been acting in the Puget Sound area for over a decade, and recently began playwriting and screenwriting. Part soccer mom, part educator, part artist, Machelle is honored to have a play selected for Double XX Fest.

About the Director:

Rachel is a slasher director/actor with a fancy theatre degree from the University of Southern California. Since her days in the sun she has lived in many places & been a part of making many plays & films. She is a Resident Director at the Bellevue Youth Theatre. New works are her favorite. So are dogs, karaoke & red wine. @racheldelmar

Don’t miss The Smell of Snow, opening May 3-6!

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Residue

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Residue by Susan Sher, directed by Karen Gath-McClain

About the Play:

Residue explores a meaningful interaction between TSA agents and a passenger who is subjected to a pat-down. The passenger, while afraid of missing her flight, feels compelled to engage in a genuine dialogue with the TSA officers. One TSA agent is for the most part, unable to move beyond her role as law enforcement officer while the other, apparently less fearful of losing her job, is willing to engage in a sincere exchange of ideas.

About the Playwright:

Susan Sher writes short plays and fiction as well as essays which often focus on social justice issues.  Whenever possible, she tries to infuse humor into her work.  Susan is an attorney representing low income workers with employment discrimination claims.  She currently lives in Ukiah, California with her 14-year old daughter.

About the Director:

A graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Karen has directed with the Bellevue Youth Theatre as well as  with Playing in Progress, St. Louise, Forest Ridge and International School. Her directing experience includes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Schoolhouse Rock, Taming of the Shrew,  Seussical, Into the Woods, The Crucible and Laramie Project.

Don’t Miss Residue, Opening May 3-6!

 

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: It’s Not Really Suicide, Is It?

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It’s Not Really Suicide, Is It? by Persephone Vandegrift, directed by Julianne Christie

About the Play: 

The casualties of war are not always visible. Brian, a young decorated war veteran suffering from PTSD, has committed suicide, leaving his younger brother, John, and Brian’s on-off again partner, Nicole, to confront their fear, anger, grief, and confusion over Brian’s tragic decision. 

About the Playwright:

When she is not wandering around the Underworld, Persephone Vandegrift can be found above world exploring the forgotten, the bizarre, the troubled, and the uncomfortable stories through stage, screen and literary venues.
To keep tabs on more of her writing adventures, please visit her websites http://www.persephonevandegrift.webs.com or persephonevandegrift.wordpress.com

About the Director:

Julianne has been active in the theater communities of Seattle and Los Angeles most of her life, including a National Tour of ‘Mame’ and a Dramalogue Award for her portrayal of Lorna Moon in Clifford Odets ‘Golden Boy’.  She has starred in numerous television shows including NYPD Blue and Nash Bridges, Guest Star roles on Smallville, Dead Like Me, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Enterprise, and over 40 sitcoms.  Selected film roles include Encino Man, The Nutty Professor, and Bounce to name a few.. Many Independant Films and one of the thrills of her career happened here in Seattle working with Director Sue Corcoran, where she had a delicous part in ‘Ira Finkelstiens Christmas’ along side Elliot Gould and David DeLuise. Due out November 2012. Adding Educator and Director to her resume in the last couple of years, Julianne is very excited to sit in the directors chair on the DoubleXX fest.     

Don’t miss It’s Not Really Suicide, Is It?, Opening May 3-6!

 

 

 

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Black Coffee

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Black Coffee  by Deanna Alisa Ableser, directed by Catherine Smith

About the Play:

Black Coffee plays around with a “chance” encounter in a coffee shop and the often- uncomfortable energy that must be expended to make a connection with another possible kindred soul.

About the Playwright:

Biography: Deanna Ableser is a theatre teacher at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne, California. Deanna was the recipient of the 2006 VSA Playwright Discovery Teacher Award and was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Brooklyn Publishers and youthplays.com currently publish her plays.

About the Director:

Catherine Blake Smith is a budding dramaturg, director, and playwright and recent transplant to the Seattle area. A graduate of the School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University, Catherine has worked with Macha Monkey, Stone Soup, Annex, and more. She currently serves as Literary Manager for Macha Monkey Theatre.

Don’t miss Black Coffee, Opening May 3-6!

 

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Waiting for the Southwest Chief

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Waiting for the Southwest Chief by Nikala Merrigan directed by Tina Polzin

About the Play:

Three strangers await the westbound Southwest Chief in a small western Kansas train depot. Two women and a young man tell each other their stories. And what tales they have to tell!

About the Playwright:

Nikala Merrigan worked in the theater for many years, and won two Drama-Logue Awards in acting and directing. She toured with the Los Angeles Center Theater Group’s Education Program. Her writing includes “Tom Stoppard Tonight” for a U.S. touring production by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from Northwestern University.

About the Director:

Tina Polzin has been a director and teaching artists for almost twenty years,starting her own summer theater workshop for teens when in college. After UC Irvine, she directed and designed lights in Paris at the Divan du Monde and the MC93 International Theater. In New York, she worked with LAByrinth Theater Company and Manhattan Theater Source. She produced Fusion Film Festival at NYU and The Estrogenius Theater Festival at MTS, both of which encourage strong working relationships between men and women in the arts. Recently, she directed the farce Run For Your Wife at the Morgan Wixson and Tip of the Cap, the one man show based on Ted Williams, both of which received outstanding reviews and sold out. She is also a writer working with theaters like Palo Alto Children’s Theater where she led the summer workshop youth in their creation of the full length play World of Two, which dealt with corporate responsibility, love and war. She is a is a member of Moving Arts Theater Company and has done improv with The Upright Citizen’s Brigade and worked with the Ojai Playwright’s Conference. She has performed her sketch comedy in NYC, Colorado and LA.

Don’t Miss Waiting for the Southwest Chief, opening May 3-6!

Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Close Enough

Close Enough by Kellie Powell, directed by Jessica Stepka

About the Play:

Fiona is an aging feline whose beloved owner has moved in with her boyfriend – and uprooted Fiona in the process. To make matters worse, the couple has adopted a new kitten, Prometheus. Fiona is interrupted from plotting her escape when the two  cats witness their humans in the act of “mating”…

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Close Enough was written for, and included in, KNOW Theatre’s 7th Annual Playwrights Festival, which challenges playwrights to write based on one of three selected works of art. Close Enough is inspired by the painting “We Are One” by Minerva Diaz, and was directed by Joe Brofcak. It was also produced by Love Creek Productions’ Brief Acts Company in November 2010, directed by Kate Daly.

About the Playwright:

Kellie Powell’s plays include Dogface, Bargaining, Collaboration, and many more. Her work has been produced by Love Creek Productions, Art International Radio, Hinman Production Company, and numerous festivals nationwide. Powell was born in Central Illinois and studied Theatre at Illinois State University. She currently resides in Greater New York. www.notmyshoes.net

About the Director:

Jessica Stepka is excited to be working the XX Festival again.  Thanks to the playwright for this fun little romp, her cast for playing along, and her little family for their support.

Don’t miss Close Enough, Opening May 3-6