PERFORMING UNCOMMON ACTS OF THEATRE IN ORANGE COUNTY, LA, AND BEYOND SINCE 2013
Alchemy Theatre Co.
Hello, and welcome, to Alchemy Theatre Company's production of TROJAN WOMEN, A LOVE STORY
Back in college, my directing teacher, Jim Taulli, had an idea to use Charles Mee’s Trojan Women 2.0 as an artistic piece where each directing student would direct about ten pages, so that the show would transition through styles throughout the show. Unfortunately, we never got to attempt this mighty endeavor, but the voice of the show had called to me ever since. Back then, there was no Act 2 or “The Play” with Dido and Aeneas, there was only Act 1 or “The Prologue”, and now that there is an Act 2, it is Trojan Women, a love story.
Act 1 is powerful, aggressive, painful, and beautiful. Rarely do actors get the opportunity to spill their guts on stage, to speak to the masses about their hurt and have it mean something bigger than themselves. I wanted to do this play because I believe we have a wealth of powerful women in our theatre community and I want to showcase them more. I want to put women in the spotlight, in roles written for them, and give them the microphone to say what is important to them. My hope, is that the theatre community supports these women and this show so that all theatre companies, especially Alchemy, can continue creating opportunities to let them shine. Make no mistake, Act 1 is ugly and covered in blood and dirt, but these women are the radiant lights under it, shining through, giving us hope.
This is a timely play, sadly. If Act One shows the world that we live in today, a world of violence, hatred and war, I hope that Act Two shows a world that we could work toward. Charles Mee describes Act Two as taking place in “Carthage where the dramaturlogical rules have shifted, this is a dreamland, a world of drift, heaven.” It is a world that I’d like to live in, where women and men are fully actualized and complete, there is no rape, violence, and war, and love is the way of life.
- Rose London
Thank you for choosing to spend some time with us. We hope you enjoy the show!
Jess Kunhs as CHEA & ANDREA & COSTUME COORDINATOR
Jess Kuhns loves you for being here and reading this right now. Thank you! This is their first show with both Alchemy and Long Beach Playhouse and they couldn’t be more delighted it’s this show. Some of their favorite credits include: Olive Allison in The Women of Lockerbie, Polina in The Seagull, and Rose in Gypsy (MACY Award Winner). All love and gratitude to my chosen family, my cat Persephone, and the beautiful humans in this company.
Patrick Peterson as BILL & EDDIE
This is Patrick's first project with the Alchemy Theater Company. Past projects at the LBP include Much Ado About Nothing and Agatha Christie's Black Coffee. He's thrilled to be joining such a talented cast of strong, stunning women! (along with a few other pretty cool dudes too!)
Gabby Jackson as DIDO
Gabby Jackson is making her debut with Alchemy theater as well as at Long Beach playhouse. She has been truly changed by the work of this piece and hopes you leave changed too. Past roles include Estelle in The Full Monty, TiMoune U/s in Once on this Island and Nehebka in Aida. Thank you to the cast, our fearless leader Rose and the wonderful Jeff for the collaborative nature of this beautiful piece of art. I am forever grateful! www.gabbyjackson.com
Brooke Lewis as EISA
Brooke Lewis is ecstatic to be in her second production with Alchemy Theatre Company. ecstatic to be a part of her first show with Alchemy Theatre Company. Last spring, she graduated from USC's School of Dramatic Arts with a B.A. in Theatre. 'Fight on!' Some past roles include: Maria/Bart Simpson in Mr. Burns (Alchemy), Susan Blackwell in [title of show] the musical, Marta in Company, Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee, Louisa in Six Degrees of Separation, and Daisy Hilton in Side Show. She would like to thank her parents for being her number one fans, and also thank Jeff, Rose, Sharon, and the cast and crew for their dedication to making this complex piece come to life. She would like to dedicate this performance to her friend Kathryn for her inspiration as a resilient, strong feminist woman.
DIRECTOR & AUDIO DESIGN Jeff Lowe
Jeff is one of the Founding Ensemble Members of Alchemy Theatre Company and welcomes you all to this wonderful and fun show. If you feel like you’ve seen Jeff in a prior production that you loved, just ask him after the show. If you feel like you’ve seen Jeff in a prior production you hated, you are mistaken; that was someone else. Jeff would like to thank OneOC and Costa Mesa Playhouse for this amazing opportunity and a big thanks to all the new Alchemy Company Members, his friends, and family, without whom, none of this would be possible. Jeff feels like he has been talking in the third person…
Sawyer Von Dolson as AENEAS
Sawyer Von Dolson is proud to be a part of this amazing production, with an incomparable cast. This is his 2nd show with Alchemy and truly one of the most inspirational journeys in his young career. Other major credits include: Jerry (Zoo Story, Lloyd Dallas (Noises Off), and Nick Bottom (Midsummer Nights Dream). He is so incredibly honored by your attendance and support, enjoy the show!
SET CONSTRUCTION Jim Lowe
As one of the newest members to the Alchemy Theater Company, Jim Lowe brings prop and set construction abilities to the group. Over the past several years, Jim has been involved is various projects that help make productions come to life. With a long career in designing and manufacturing control panels for the HVAC industry, Jim offers other technical talents that have proved valuable in many aspects behind the scenes.
STAGE MANAGER Sharon Rae Massey
Sharon Rae Massey is excited to work with Alchemy for the first time! You may recognize her face from such productions as Les Miserables, Extremities (Stage Door Rep), and Into the Woods (Mysterium Theatre). Sharon is thrilled and beyond proud to have worked with this entire cast, Jeff and Rose, and her partner in crime lighting designer Matthew Wicks! In her spare time, Sharon is a Film and Media Studies Major at Arizona State University and she loves to spend time with her three dogs (Arya, Clara, and Han). She dedicates these shows to all the powerful, inspiring, and resilient women that have walked into her life. Our Time Is Now.
Trent C. Brown as JIM
Trent Brown is excited to be part of Trojan Women: A Love Story! He has been seen in many productions throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. Past Productions include Kevin in WTC View, Sodapop in The Outsiders, and Cody in Penetration. Trent would like to dedicate this show to his friends and family for their love and support.
DIRECTOR & HECUBA Rose London
Rose is delighted and grateful to be making her debut here the The Long Beach Playhouse with Alchemy Theatre! She was most recently seen on stage at the The Attic Theater as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Some of her favorite roles include: M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Ethyl Thayer in On Golden Pond, Liliane La Fleur in Nine, Mrs. Crummles in Nicholas Nickleby, Big Momma in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Othello in Othello, Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins, Mame in Auntie Mame and Joanne in Company. She thanks her son Wes and his wife Carly, and her incredible sister, Bess, for their loving support. Also, many thanks to Jeff Lowe and The Alchemy Theatre for this incredible opportunity!
Madeleine Claire Colburn as ANDROMACHE & CAROL
Madeleine Claire Colburn is making her debut at the Long Beach Playhouse and with Alchemy Theatre. She will be performing in Courtyard Shakespeare's The Tempest as Miranda later this summer. Other credits include: Margaret (Much Ado About Nothing), Player Queen (Hamlet), Chrysothemis (Elektra/Electra), Desdemona (Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief), and Rachel (Rachel Getting Married, A Stage Adaptation). She is a proud graduate of Emerson College's BA Acting program.
Act 1 Troy
Act 2 Carthage
Alexis Slear as POLYXENA
Alexis Slear is delighted to be appearing in her third production with Alchemy! She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting this special adventure! She would also like to applaud the cast and crew who have put amazing effort into this show and encourage her along the way. Past credits include: Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Serena Katz (Fame), Girl in the Box (Thistle & Weeds), Bonnie (Everything Goes) and Adelaide (Guys & Dolls). She hopes you all enjoy the journey with the cast and dive right into their reality!
SCENIC PAINTER Tucker Boyes
Tucker Boyes is an Alchemy Theatre Company Member, actor, and artist local to Fullerton, California. No stranger to the stage, he’s more acclimated to performing on sets than designing them, having worked as an actor in various spaces around Southern California. He recently assisted in the set design for the play “Tribes” at the Chance Theater in Anaheim under the direction of Bradley Kaye, and is hoping to learn and design more projects in the future. He would like to thank Jeff and Alchemy for their faith in his abilities, as well as his loving wife, Loralee.
PRODUCER Gerard Forster
Gerard is helping produce his first play. He is a big fan of Alchemy Theatre Company and their company mission, so he decided to get involved. He is proud to have played a small part in bringing this powerful play to the stage and is very proud to be associated with this inspiring cast and crew.
Craig A. Jackman as MENELAUS
Craig A. Jackman is happy to be once again working with Alchemy Theatre and thanks the cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. His recent credits include Sam/Scratchy in Mr. Burns - A Post-Electric Play; as well as Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard in Wizard of Oz; Mr Pinky/Harriman Spritzer/the Principal in Hairspray; Flotsam in Little Mermaid, and Baron Van Swieten in Amadeus. Previous projects include Miracle on 34th Street, Fiddler on the Roof, The Odd Couple, A Christmas Carol, and Dracula. In addition to his work on the stage, he is a voiceover artist, host, MC and writer/producer/director of videos. And he was also honored to play the roles of Bill on the web series Cletus & Roscoe, and Richard in the upcoming short film The Greatest Thing. This show is dedicated to Craig's family and friends for their continuous support. Thank you and enjoy our show!
Kelsey Somerville as SEI
Kelsey Somerville is thrilled to be joining Alchemy for another amazing production. Though she has stage managed many a show, this will only be her second time performing for the company. This is how Kelseys are. She has been professionally stage managing musicals, straight plays and live concerts for the past 5 years and is the production stage manager for a nationally touring Beatles tribute band. This is how Kelseys are. Some favorite acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing, High Fidelity, Bonnie & Clyde and Next to Normal . She hopes that the strong themes in Trojan Women stick with the audience and move us all toward a more feminist utopia. This is how Kelseys are.
Veronique Merrill Warner as HELEN
Veronique is excited to join Alchemy for the first time, especially in such an important show. She is thrilled to be working once again with directors Jeff Lowe and Rose London, two of her favorite people in the world. Veronique has been performing for many years throughout SoCal in every genre of theatre. Favorite roles include the Witch in Into the Woods at Mysterium, Truvy in Streel Magnolias and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at Whittier Community Theatre, Mother in A Christmas Story the Musical at Covina Center for the Performing Arts, and Cassius in Julius Caesar at Hunger Artists. She is blessed to have a supportive family that lets her out once in a while to play.
Nick Fawwaz as RAY BOB & JOE
Nick Fawwaz is honored to be part of such an inspiring ensemble. Past credits include: Krapp (Krapp’s Last Tape), Man in Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone), Laertes (Hamlet), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Peter (The Zoo Story). He’s grateful to you all for making this alchemy possible.
LIGHTING DESIGNER Matthew Wicks
Matt is thrilled to be lending his years of lighting expertise to this very important project and happier still to be working on it with his partner in crime, Stage Manager Sharon Rae Massey.
Doreen Jones as CASSANDRA & ALICE
This is Doreen Jones’s first show with Alchemy Theatre. She is overjoyed to be jumping back into theatre full-force with these women and men after a three-year hiatus. Her most recent credit is Edie Sedgwick/Beauty #2 in Andy, the Red-Nosed Warhola, a Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore winner. She feels fortunate to be a part of such a powerful cast and honest story! She welcomes you here to listen, learn, and grow with these people on stage, and hopes you find yourself leaving the auditorium as she had upon reading this work: pumped to create change!
Mark M. Rosier as TALTHYBIUS
Mark is thrilled to be making his debut with Alchemy. Mark has been appearing on stage since 1991 and among his favorite productions are The Elephant Man, Nicholas Nichelby, Frankenstein In Love Or The Life Of Death and Disney's Beauty And The Beast.
Platinum Level Contributors
Gerry & Gail Forster
James & Lisa Lowe
Sorpotimist International of Fullerton
Gold Level Contributors
Debbie & Lee Roberts
Silver Level Contributors
An Anonymous Playwright
Gary & Beth Sanchez
Jill Cary Martin
Kathy & Paul Pensa
Stephen & Cory John
Bronze Level Contributors
Chuck & Jane Runde
Deva & Terran Gregory
Jay & Ian Williamson
Loralee Barlow Boyes
Special Thanks To:
Long Beach Playhouse, Larry Mura, Sean Gray, Buell Brown, OneOC, Valerie Fryer, Randa Wren, Linda Moore, Leslie McCarthy, LoraleeBarlow Boyes, Fullerton Insurance Services, RSD Total Control, David and Nancy Somerville, Lisa Lowe, Gail Forster, CA Recycler, Smart Levels Media, Jesse Runde, Dan Malarky