Honoring Special Guest HOLLY HUGHES with a post-show reception on July 15.
“Return to Sender” Developed and performed by Shannon McPhee
Rejection letters, postcards, love letters and fan mail. Our lives are defined by letter we both send and receive. Through movement, monologues, music, origami and a whole lot of envelope licking one woman explores the letters that shape our personal history.
“The Title Sounded Better in French” by Lola Pierson and Anna Fitzgerald
Set not quite in reality, but the next town over. Written and developed by the Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company, the piece follows two women struggling to interact with and relate to their audience without the use of a story. The task proves problematic not only because of its abstract nature, but also due to a lack of focus, glass shards, and a drink peddling ex-boyfriend.
“GIRLS F/M” by Julia M. Smith
Inspired by Pina Bausch’s work and personality, Julia M. Smith’s GIRLS F/M is a fluid yet incoherent dreamscape peppered with evocative games and picnics all designed to drive a man insane with his need to please and his desire to just dance, Dance, DANCE! With Emily Hall, Sarah Lloyd, Lola Pierson, Joseph Ritsch and Susan Stroupe and Shannon McPhee.
Meet the Artists!
Cricket Arrison is a member of the Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company, and a founding member of the Bell Foundry Arts Collective. She has lived and performed in Baltimore since 2008. She has a BA in History and German from Smith College, and currently works as a producer for the Marc Steiner Show, a public affairs news program on the NPR affiliate in Baltimore. She once spent a day being payed by an international weapons company to chop up frozen urine in Antarctica.
Anna Fitzgerald is a clown, puppeteer and actress currently living in Baltimore. She studied theater at the Baltimore School For the Arts, clowning at the Clown Conservatory of San Francisco and started learning puppetry as a member of the found object puppetry company Lunatique Fantastique. In the fall she will begin graduate studies at the University of Connecticut Puppetry Arts program. She is a founding member of The Un Saddest Factory theater company, and she has finally put up her website AnnaFitz.com with the help of her very talented husband.
Emily Hall is a director/solo performer mainly interested in autobiographical work. Her background is in acting and physical
theatre; but, she is starting to realize that writing is not so scary after all! She received her degree in French/Theatre from Goucher
College and is currently a first-year MFA candidate at Towson University.
Sarah Lloyd is an interdisciplinary theatre artist with a current focus in performance art, physical theatre and installation art. Before entering the MFA program at Towson University, Sarah explored the use of theatre as a tool for social change, teaching theatre classes to youth in Los Angeles, Tacoma, WA and Gainesville, FL. The foundation of Sarah’s theatre training was established through a chance summer intensive with Double Edge Theatre in 2006, since then Sarah has returned to the farm in Ashfield, MA, completing a four month internship in 2009. Sarah has her BA in History from The College of Wooster. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah feels a strong connection to her homeland, which is often reflected in her artistic work.
Shannon McPhee is an MFA in theatre candidate at Towson University. She is an actor, dancer, visual artist and she does pretty well on her NASCAR fantasy racing league. Shannon hails from Michigan and holds her B.A in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University where she pioneered the use of Motion Capture technology in live theatrical performance with guest artists from SITI Company. Her performance work has been seen at Theatre Kalamazoo in MI, Heritage Theater in MI, The Wilson Center in D.C., The Charlestown Working Theater in M.A, The Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC and her paintings have been shown and sold in galleries across Western Michigan. Since moving to the East Coast, Shannon has become a member of Kibism Dance Company and has performed at a variety of venues including DancePlace in D.C., The Theatre Project in Baltimore and QuestFest in D.C.
Lola Pierson is an MFA theatre candidate at Towson University. She is a founding member of the Un Saddest Factory, a Baltimore based DIY theatre company. She is also a founding and curating member of the Bell Foundry Arts Collective, a performance space that specializes in live literary, theatrical and video performance. Her work has been performed in a number of nontraditional theatre venues along the East Coast. She holds a BA in Human Rights and Playwriting from Bard College and enjoys performing in pieces based on and starring her various ex-boyfriends.
Joshua R. Pyne holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. He is an actor, musician, musical arranger/composer, an ardent student of language acquisition (German, Yiddish, Spanish, and Mandarin), and has recently taken up amateur pugilism. Prior to his relocation to Brooklyn, Josh has acted in films produced by Michigan filmmakers – Collective Development, Inc., Cameo Multimedia Productions, and Equinox Productions – in addition to working with numerous theatres in Michigan. He recently played the lead in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s fall play festival production of The Hunting of the Snark. Josh is very excited at the opportunity to collaborate with Towson University’s extremely talented MFA Department.
Joseph W. Ritsch is the Associate Director and co-founder of Iron Crow Theatre Company. He is a native NYer who moved to Baltimore in September of 2008 to pursue his MFA in Theatre at Towson University. He holds a BA in Theater & Dance from The School of Performing Arts at The University of Maine, and completed his initial graduate studies in acting at the Professional Program at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC. In 1994, Joseph became a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, one of the industry’s premiere movement theatre ensembles. With Jane and the company he has toured the US on two national tours as well as a tour to Paris, France. Joseph is also an artistic associate of Gas & Electric Arts, Philadelphia’s cutting edge physical theater company. In the Baltimore area his work as an actor/director/designer has been seen at Baltimore Theatre Project, The Loft, and Theatro 101, Towson University and Center Stage. The premier of Apartment 213 was co-produced by Iron Crow after receiving a fellowship to the prestigious WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab in June of 2010. Apartment 213 was voted on of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of the 2010 Baltimore Professional Theatre season by Baltimore City Paper.
Julia M. Smith is a collaborative theater artist and educator recently graduated from Towson University’s MFA Theatre program. Julia holds a BFA from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing and from 2005-2008 she was a Senior Artistic Associate for Theatre Action Project and she remains a company member of The Austin Project and Refraction Arts Project based in Austin, TX. Julia has worked in various theater mediums including a recent foray into the world of stop-motion animation which can be seen on her blog: juliamsmith.wordpress.com. Her work throughout Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Austin and Eastern Europe has been recognized by the Austin Critic Table Awards, B. Iden Payne Committee, The Austin Chronicle, The New York Times and Eastern Europe and Slavic Performance Journal.
Susan Stroupe is an actor, writer, dramaturg, producer, teacher, etc, and an MFA Candidate at Towson University. She has run the gamut of theatrical experience, from adapting classical text into radio comedy, to touring the country as a puppeteer, to planning a Russian Theatre Conference with the Center for International Theatre Development. For several delightful years she taught theater and writing to adults with developmental disabilities at the North Fourth Theater in Albuquerque, NM, and made stupendous original works with the multi-ability ensemble there, Equilibrium Theater Company, and helped found a multi-discipline performance ensemble called In Strange Company. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Theater from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.