Running Times: The Change Room (Aug 19) 1 hr (no intermission), Bloomsday (Aug 20) 90 min (including one intermission)

Each August for seven years, the Icicle Creek New Play Festival, formerly known as the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, has brought two brand new plays to ACT. Three of those plays went on to win the Steinberg Award, the top award for plays produced outside of New York. This summer ICNPF presents:

Aug 19: The Change Room by Carly Mensch (writer for TV’s Weeds and Nurse Jackie) and directed by Allison Narver (The Clean House).

Aug 20: Bloomsday written and directed by Steven Dietz. A deeply moving new play inspired by James Joyce.

Age Recommendation for Aug 19, The Change Room: 13+ for nudity.

In The Change Room, by playwright Carly Mensch, an aging professor who cannot seem to find his gym locker is thrown into an existential tailspin, pulling in old foes and new friends. This one-act comic look at minds and bodies (some of them naked) is an experiment for Icicle Creek in which we take a head-on look at men’s attitudes toward their bodies at different phases of their lives, examining our fatalism, our bodily frailty, and the Greek Classics.

In Bloomsday, amid the wit and charm of Dublin — and against the backdrop of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses — an American man returns to find the woman who first captured his heart 30 years earlier. It's impossible to return to another time and meet the person we used to be…but that's exactly what happens, with both humor and ache, in this deeply moving new play by Steven Dietz, commissioned by ACT Theatre.

The Change Room
by Carly Mensch
Directed by Allison Narver

Cast

Gene...................................................................................................Seán G. Griffin*
David......................................................................................................Peter Crook*
Nick.............................................................................................................Matt Reed
Luke................................................................................................Brian David Earp*

Bloomsday
by Steven Dietz
Directed by Steven Dietz

Cast

Caithleen..........................................................................................Sydney Andrews*
Cait....................................................................................................Marianne Owen*
Robbie.............................................................................................Brian David Earp*
Robert.....................................................................................................Peter Crook*

Narrator for both....................................................................................Patrick Murphy

Stage Manager........................................................................Cristine Anne Reynolds*
Dramaturgy..............................................................................................Kurt Beattie*
Assistant Stage Manager.............................................................Caleb Spiegel-Ostrom
Company Manager.................................................................................Karen Skrinde*
CHL Technician..................................................................................Michael Cornforth

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Steven DietzSteven Dietz’s (Playwright and Director of Bloomsday) 30-plus plays have been seen at regional theatres across the country as well as Off-Broadway, and in twenty countries internationally. He is a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award (Fiction, Still Life with Iris), and a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award (Last of the Boys, Becky’s New Car). He received the Edgar® Award for Best Mystery Play for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; and the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet. Other widely-produced plays include Yankee Tavern, Shooting Star, Jackie & Me, Inventing van Gogh, God’s Country, Private Eyes, and The Nina Variations. Mr. Dietz is extraordinarily grateful for his long affiliation with ACT.

Carly MenschCarly Mensch’s (Playwright, The Change Room) plays include Oblivion (Westport, Steppenwolf First Look, Playwrights Horizons commission), Now Circa Then (Ars Nova, TheatreWorks), All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland PlayHouse), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). She has developed work at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Huntington Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre Co., N.Y. Stage & Film, Center Theatre Group, and Ars Nova, where she was the 2008 Playwright-in-Residence as well as a founding member of Play Group. Ms. Mensch wrote for three seasons on the Showtime original series, Weeds. She is currently a producer on Nurse Jackie and writing a play for The Civilians’ R&D Group. MFA-ish: Juilliard.

Allison NarverAllison Narver (Director of The Change Room) is the former Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater, Annex Theater, and the Yale Cabaret. Nationally, Allison’s work has been seen at The Public Theater, The Kirk Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New Victory Theater and The Women’s Project, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Portland Stage Co., Boise Contemporary Theatre, Redcat Theater, Portland Center Stage, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her Seattle work includes the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman, Annex Theater, New Century Theatre Company, and The Empty Space.

Kurt BeattieKurt Beattie (Dramaturgy), Artistic Director of ACT, has been creating theatre for Puget Sound audiences for over 40 years as an actor, playwright, and director. He has directed scores of notable productions for ACT, Seattle Rep, Intiman, The Empty Space, Milwaukee Rep, The Alley Theatre, and San Jose Rep. As an actor he has appeared in numerous leading and major roles in Seattle and around the U.S. since 1972. He is the recipient of the TPS Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, and ArtsFund’s Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award.

Sydney AndrewsSydney Andrews (Caithleen in Bloomsday) is very happy to be a part of ICNPF this year. In Seattle, Sydney has worked with ACT, NCTC, Seattle Shakespeare, Book-It Repertory, and Annex Theatre. Regionally she performed at the NY Fringe Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, ZACH Scott Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Sydney received her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Texas at Austin. In January, she will play Irina in The Seagull Project’s The Three Sisters.


Peter CrookPeter Crook (David in The Change Room; Robert in Bloomsday) most recently performed in The Seagull at Ilkohm Theatre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; earlier, he was in The Normal Heart (Strawshop). Other favorite credits include The Cider House Rules (Book-It); The Walworth Farce (NCTC); A Number (ACT); The Fever (New City Theatre); Frozen (Empty Space); Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare); Angels in America (Intiman); Clybourne Park (Seattle Rep). On Broadway and on tour, he was Mozart in Amadeus. TV/Film credits include Designing Women and Chaplin. He is a graduate of PCPA and The Juilliard School.

Brian David EarpBrian David Earp (Luke in The Change Room; Robbie in Bloomsday) is a two-time recipient of the 5th Avenue Award for “Best Actor” and has performed in leading roles in over 50 plays, musicals and films throughout the U.S. and England. Recent Seattle credits include The Producers (Leo Bloom, Village Theatre), Photograph 51 (Ray Gosling, Seattle Repertory), and Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor, Balagan Theatre). Brian is also a scientist and philosopher with degrees from Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge universities. He is currently working on a book about “love drugs.”

Sean G. GriffinSeán G. Griffin (Gene Holbrook in The Change Room), in a career spanning 50 years and over 150 productions, has appeared at all of Seattle’s professional theaters and with major repertory companies across the U.S. Broadway: Dancing at Lughnasa, Ned and Jack (directed by Colleen Dewhurst), The National Health, Ah! Wilderness, Poor Murderer, The Queen and the Rebels (opposite Colleen Dewhurst). Seán has toured nationally and internationally. He has appeared in several films, TV series, and commercials. Seán resides in Seattle with his wife Bernie, Managing Director of the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Marianne OwenMarianne Owen (Cait in Bloomsday) has worked at ACT, Seattle Rep, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Childrens’ Theatre, Empty Space, Village Theatre, and Intiman Theatre. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre Co., she has also worked at the NY Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co., LaJolla Playhouse, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Playwrights’ Horizons, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, George St. Playhouse, and toured nationally in The Real Thing. She has an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and is co-founder of Seattle Actors Workshop, a theatrical studio for actors and directors.

Matt ReedMatt Reed (Nick in The Change Room) is a Cornish College of the Arts graduate with an emphasis in Original Works, Composition, and Vocal Performance. Recent performances include Archon in the Intiman Theatre’s production of Lysistrata, Adonis in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Nettuno in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero. Matt would like to thank his friends and family for their support and inspiration.


Patrick Murphy (Narration), a resident of Leavenworth with many years of experience in local theater, has been featured in several Icicle Creek New Play Festival seasons. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man and Ben Rumson in Paint Your Wagon. Pat was an actor and writer for the Icicle Times Radio Hour and has worked as an extra in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. His wife Heather Wallis Murphy is a well-known artist and biologist.

Cristine Anne Reynolds (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return for her 5th season at ICNPF. Locally, she has stage-managed at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Rep, among others. Her national credits include South Coast Rep, Barter Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Long Beach Opera. Her international tours include the Edinburgh International Festival, Sadler’s Wells-London, and Singapore–Festival of the Arts.

Allen FitzpatrickAllen Fitzpatrick (Artistic Director) Director, producer, actor, teacher, and writer, Allen founded the Festival in 2007. He has directed extensively in many New York City and Seattle venues. Allen enjoyed 20 years acting on Broadway, working alongside such notables as Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Harold Prince, and Stephen Sondheim. He debuted on Broadway in the original production of Les Miserables. His Seattle stage appearances include 18 shows at the 5th Avenue Theatre.


Karen Skrinde (Company Manager), since the inception of ICNPF, has served as the Festival’s Company Manager. Currently serving on the Board of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Karen has been a professional actress and singer for thirty years. She has appeared at ACT, Village Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild (among others), and is a regular on the 5th Avenue Theatre stage. She was recently featured in Pride & Prejudice for Mainstreet Musicals, and in the 5th Avenue’s production of Oliver!

Caleb Spiegel-Ostrom (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to ICNPF for his 5th season. Caleb enjoys participating in theater, music, and student government. He performed for six seasons with Leavenworth Summer Theater. Caleb heads to Cambridge, MA this week to begin his first year at Harvard University.