Running Time: 90 minutes, with no intermission

Sound Theatre Company presents five short plays by Samuel Beckett in 5 by Beckett as part of the Seattle Beckett Festival. 
5 by Beckett is a cycle of plays exploring the theatrical and playful evolution of silence and language. This evening of rarely produced short plays includes Act Without Words I and IIRough for Theatre I and II, and Catastrophe, written for the late Vaclav Havel. 5 by Beckett will feature the work of Sound Theatre Company member and movement and clown performer, Ken Michels.

Support provided by 4Culture

Ensemble Cast
Ken Michels
John Clark
Josè Amador
Robert Bergin
Ashley Banker
 
Production Team 
Directors Teresa Thuman, Andrew McGinn
Lighting Designer  Richard Schaefer 
Set Designers/Construction  Richard Schaefer, Ken Michels 
Costume Designer  Cami Funk 
Sound Designer  Lindsey Morck 
Props Designers/Construction/Special Effects  Ashley Banker and Ken Michels 
Stage Manager  Ariel Bui 
Assistant Stage Manager  Ashley Banker 
Board Operator  Michael Cornforth 
   

JOSE AMADOR (Ensemble) José is a local playwright/director/actor who has been actively involved in the Seattle Theater scene for the last two decades. As a playwright, he has written two solo plays, A Walk in the Dark and El Hijo Prodigo, along with numerous full-length, short plays, and sketches featured at or by 14/48, Disgruntled Bit Players, Death/Sex, Greetings from Styx, among others. As a director, his most recent productions include 14/48, Duels at Northwest New Works, Black Like Us at Annex Theatre, and Katrina: I Too Am Worthy at the Langston Hughes Arts Center. He was most recently seen as Sancho Panza in eSe Teatro's Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle.

ASHLEY BANKER (Ensemble) is a proud Company Member of Sound Theatre Company, and is thrilled to make her Seattle performance debut with 5 By Beckett. Previous Seattle credits include Properties Design: Gidion's Knot (Seattle Public Theatre), The School for Lies, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (Sound Theatre Co.), and 5 X Tenn...Or So (Stone Soup Theatre), and Stage Managing: A Small Fire, Holiday of Errors (Sound Theatre Co.), and The Bacchae (GreenStage). Ashley is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. Many thanks to Teresa and STC for this incredible opportunity, to Trevor, and to her amazing family for their love and support.

ROBERT BERGIN (Ensemble) This is Robert's first production with Sound Theatre Company. Recentish theatre credits include Terre Haute (Bridges Stage Company), The Kentucky Cycle (Bainbridge Performing Arts), and A Christmas Carol (ACT). In the spring, he'll hit the road as part of Seattle Shakespeare's educational tour ensemble. Robert graduated from UW's Professional Actor Training Program in 2012. 

JOHN CLARK (Ensemble) John is quite thrilled to be performing in some more of Beckett's works, having played Clov in Endgame many years ago. He is especially proud to be doing this one with Sound Theatre. John will be playing Ebeneezer Scrooge for the third straight year at SecondStory Rep. where he has also performed, Orgon in Tartuffe, Walter in Keely and Du, and Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing. He has also been seen at The Seattle Rep, Empty Space, Pioneer Sq., STAGE right,  Stone Soup, quiet, and many others. Other favorite roles include Mozart in Amadeus, Ellard in The Foreigner, Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, and The Old Man in Fool For Love. Thanks again Teresa, Andy, Ken, and all the rest for letting me join you in this exciting adventure.

CAMI FUNK (Costume Designer)  Cami is a costume, fashion, and puppet designer. She recently costumed Balconies at Annex Theater, Twelfe Night and Little Shop of Horrors at Bainbridge Performing Arts, and worked with a team to design puppets for Avenue Q at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Cami is also designing for the 5th annual Runway to Freedom Show, a charity fashion/music event held at the Showbox November 14th. To learn more about what she is up to, visit www.camifunk.com. 

ANDREW MCGINN (Director, Rough for Theatre I and II) Andy's directing credits include Knocking Bird by Emily Conbere, Lady of Larkspur Lotion  and Last of My Solid Gold Watches by Tennessee Williams, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, the short film Only Connect, and Fuente Ovejuna at Cornish College of the Arts. He holds and M.F.A. in directing from University of Washington where David Edgar's play Pentecost was his thesis project. He is the Associate Director of Freehold's Ensemble Training Intensive, a 10-month intensive training program for actors. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Cornish College of the Arts. Andrew trained as an actor at Juilliard, he is currently performing in Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre, and recently played Dr. Watson in Seattle Rep's Hound of the Baskervilles, and Falstaff in Henry IV with Freehold's Engaged Theatre Project. 

KEN MICHELS (Ensemble/Special Effects) Ken has studied with and been inspired by some of the great physical actors of our time. While in New York during the 80's he studied with Richard Morse, Philip Burton, and Moni Yakim. Being invited to workshop and play with Mummenschanz, Pilobulos, and Momix were highlights and sent him on an exciting exploration of movement. This led to bringing the Morse Mime Theatre to Broadway and having a successful run at Lincoln Center. As a Seattle based director, movement coach, and physical theatre artist, Ken has collaborated on many projects with Teresa Thuman including The 39 Steps, Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Illusion, The Foreigner, Doggs Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth, and recently they co-directed The School for Lies with Sound Theatre Company. His local directing credits include The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, and Ave Q (Bainbridge Performing Arts), A Midsummer Nights Dream (GreenStage); The Last of the Red Hot Lovers  (Mt. Baker Rep), A Christmas Carol (SecondStory Rep), and coming up next is Spamalot  (BPA). Ken is attending the Professional Actor Training Program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Ken feels privileged to be able to work with Sound Theatre where Teresa has encouraged this continued exploration. Handing down the knowledge he has accumulated lets him discover new ways to tell stories. Life, so interesting. Live in the moment. Enjoy.

LINDSEY MORCK (Sound Designer) Lindsey began her theatre career in Ireland as a co-founder of the Waterdonkey Theatre Group, designing sound for three original productions. She has been working nonstop in Seattle since 2011; highlights include Chess at ArtsWest, Doubt for Stone Soup Theatre, Precious Little for Annex, Milk Like Sugar for Theatre Battery, and a Gregory nomination for Sound Theatre Company's The Foreigner. By day she can be found working for the Seattle Opera's marketing department.

RICHARD SCHAEFER (Lighting Designer) Richard is happy to be designing for Sound Theatre again this season. In addition to this production, he also designed sets and lights for Blood Relations and lights for The School for Lies. As a member of the board, he is a true believer in Sound Theatre's mission and vision. In addition to his work with STC, he works in and around Seattle as a freelance designer and also teaches lighting at Cornish College of the Arts. He has designed lights for more than 40 productions for Seattle Musical Theatre (aka CLO), as well as lights and/or sets for several shows for Seattle Public Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Broadway Bound Children's Theatre, and Village Theatre (Originals and Kidstage).

TERESA THUMAN (Director, Act Without Words I and II, Castastrophe) Teresa founded Sound Theatre Company in 2006, for which she has directed productions of School for Lies, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, The Illusion, The Foreigner, Pygmalion, Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Top Girls, The Last Five Years, The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Mans Land and The Belle of Amherst. Other local directing credits include Othello, Henry VIII, The Bacchae, As You Like It, King John (GreenStage), Sweeney Todd, Dido And Aeneas, Working, She Loves Me, Into the Woods, The Impresario (Shoreline CC), The 39 Steps (Mount Baker Theatre), Pericles (Cornish College of the Arts), Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, High Society, My Way (Seattle Civic Light Opera) The Who's Tommy, Noises Off, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, Secret Garden (Bainbridge Performing Arts), Miracle Worker, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver! (Driftwood Players), The Book of Nathan (Theater Schmeater), and numerous new-work projects and festivals. Teresa directs regularly in California and Oregon and has taught at UW School of Drama PATP, UNC Chapel Hill, Shoreline Community College, Cornish College, George Fox University, Allan Hancock College, Freehold ETI, and served eight years as an Artist-in-Residence at PCPA Theatrefest. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from University of Portland and a B.F.A. in Acting from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

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