Running Time: Two hours

In a fast-gentrifying corner of New York City, Kate, Claire, and Mike are locked in a battle over sex and real estate. When Mike's hippie sister flies in from half a world away, and discovers Mike's ties to a global oil scandal, they soon realize a leaky penthouse is the least of their problems. A (very) dark comedy about personal, corporate, and social responsibility.

This reading is followed by a post-play discussion. This year's ICNPF playwrights are co-sponsored by Cliff and Karen Webster of Seattle, and Jan and Duane Swinton of Spokane.

Part of the 2015 Icicle Creek New Play Festival

Goddess of Mercy 
By Jenny Connell Davis
Directed by Anita Montgomery
Dramaturgy by Chris Sumption

  Kate...................................................................................................Sydney Andrews
Claire.......................................................................................................Keiko Green
Brianna................................................................................................Pilar O’Connell
Mike................................................................................................Cobey Mandarino
Jason......................................................................................................Connor Toms

Production Stage Manager........................................................Caleb Spiegel Ostrom
Company Manager................................................................................Karen Skrinde
Artistic Director.....................................................................................Allen Fitzpatrick

Jenny Connell Davis’ (Playwright) work includes Goddess of Mercy (O'Neill Finalist, 2014), Dragon Play, and The Scientific Method. Her projects have been produced and/or developed with The Playwrights' Center, Impact Theatre, Shrewd Productions, Script Works, Articulate Theatre, NAATCO, Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep, Stage Left, The Gift Theatre, Chance Theater and The Road Theater, among others. She is a proud Core Member of The Playwrights' Center, an ensemble member with Chicago's Gift Theatre, and an alum of Ars Nova, UT Austin's M.F.A. program, and the University of Chicago. Jenny lives in Baltimore with her husband and son. 

Sydney Andrews (Kate) is very happy to again be part of ICNPF. She created “Caithleen” in Steven Dietz' Bloomsday at Icicle Creek last summer and will play the role in ACT's world premiere production in September. In Seattle, Sydney has worked with ACT, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and the Annex Theatre. She is also a company member of The Seagull Project. Regionally, Sydney has performed at the NY Fringe Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, ZACH Scott Theatre, Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. She received her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Keiko Green (Claire) is a Seattle-based actress and playwright, most recently seen in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s The Comparables (as “Iris”), and in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Othello (as “Bianca”). Her other roles include Frannie in Chaos Theory (Annex Theatre) and Viola in Twelfth Night (Island Stage Left). Her original musical, Bunnies, was produced by Annex Theatre earlier this year. Keiko’s TV and film credits include Grimm and C.O.G. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Cobey Mandarino (Mike): Seattle theatre credits: Slaughterhouse Five, She’s Come Undone, The Financial Lives of the Poets (Book-It Repertory Theatre); Dick Whittington and His Cat (Seattle Children’s Theatre). His NY theatre credits include productions at Roundabout Theatre, The Public Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors. On television, he has been seen on Grimm, Law & Order, and Six Degrees. Cobey stars in the film Refraction, which premiered at this year’s SIFF. He is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Pilar O’Connell (Brianna), originally from Santa Fe, NM, moved to Seattle in 2009 to attend Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her B.F.A. In Seattle, Pilar has worked with Forward Flux, Live Girls! Theater, Theater Schmeater, Annex Theatre, The 14/48 Projects, Playing In Progress, the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Parley, and Soikowski research/performance. This fall, Pilar will be featured in Still Life with Forward Flux. 

Morgan Rowe (Phyllis) is a graduate of The Theatre School in Chicago. She has acted around the country but has called Seattle home for eighteen years. Morgan appeared at ACT in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Pitman Painters, Female of the Species, and in nine productions of A Christmas Carol. She has also worked with Live Girls! Theater, 14/48 Theatre Festival, and Seattle Children's Theatre (where her favorite role was Queen Elizabeth in The BFG). Morgan is developing, with ACT’s incoming artistic director John Langs, a new solo show entitled Part of the Fiasco

Connor Toms (Jason) returns for his second time to play in the woods with the Icicle Creek New Play Festival. He is thrilled to be back, making art among the trees with wonderful friends. Connor’s numerous credits include The Invisible Hand and In The Next Room at ACT, plus many productions at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Wooden O, and Intiman Theatre. Connor has also been seen in various theaters around the country—but mostly in Seattle, where he lives with his awesomely-talented and attractive wife, acclaimed actress Hana Lass. 

Anita Montgomery (Director), director, dramaturg, theatre worker is happy to return to Icicle Creek a third time. Currently serving as Literary Manager and Director of Education at ACT, she created ACT’s seminal education offering, the Young Playwrights Program. As Literary Manager she oversees ACT’s New Play Development programming and partnerships. Anita teaches the course Dramaturgy for Directors at the Unniversity of Washington and has had the pleasure of serving as dramaturg and/or director on new plays by Yussef El Guindi, Laura Schellhardt, Lisa Dillman, Emily Schwend, Julie Marie Myatt, Frances Cowhig, and Elizabeth Heffron, among others. In Seattle she has directed for ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, Theater Schmeater, and Seattle Public Theater. Favorite directing credits include the world premiere of Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Mr. El Guindi, and Rapture Blister Burn by Gina Gionfriddo (for which she received a Gregory Award nomination), both at ACT, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf at the Pendragon Theatre Co. 

Chris Sumption (Dramaturg) is a Seattle-based dramaturg/director who has served as a dramaturg for the Icicle Creek New Play Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, New Harmony Project, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She has worked with playwrights Tanya Barfield (Blue Door), Kathleen Tolan (Memory House), and Cheryl L. West (Pullman Porter Blues) and many others. Chris’ directing credits include productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and DARTS/Co. Subaru in Tokyo, where she served as Resident Director for three years. She was on the artistic staff of Seattle Repertory Theatre for nine seasons, serving as dramaturg/literary manager, editing publications and producing the annual Women Playwrights Festival in partnership with Hedgebrook, a Whidbey Island writers retreat. She is now a Festival Dramaturg at Hedgebrook and teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. Chris is co-editor (with Liz Engelman) of Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1 published by Whit Press. 

Caleb Spiegel Ostrom (Production Stage Manager), a Leavenworth native, is honored to be returning for his sixth season at ICNPF. Caleb is a rising sophomore at Harvard University, where he will likely major in Theatre, Dance, and Media. He has appeared in multiple productions there, including Assassins as The Proprietor. Other acting credits include three seasons with Leavenworth Summer Theater. Caleb also performs with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, a mixed-voice choir. 

Allen Fitzpatrick (Artistic Director) is a director, actor, producer, and teacher. Allen founded the Icicle Creek New Play Festival and the Summer Theater Camps at Icicle Creek in 2007. He oversaw the Festival’s transition from an independent non-profit organization to a flagship program of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Allen has directed acclaimed productions at several NYC and Seattle theaters. His career encompasses twenty years of performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in National Tours, working alongside such notables as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and Harold Prince. Living in Seattle since 2006, his stage appearances there include more than twenty productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre, and featured roles at every other major area theatre. 

Karen Skrinde (Company Manager) since the inception of ICNPF, has served as the Festival’s Company Manager and was for several years a member of the Board at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Also a glass artist, Karen has worked as a professional actress and singer for the past thirty years; she has been featured in shows at ACT, Village Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild, among many others. Karen appears regularly on The 5th Avenue Theatre stage. She was recently featured in Damn Yankees at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, and she will be seen in The Sound of Music at The 5th Avenue Theatre in December. 

The Icicle Creek New Play Festival offers playwrights the space, time and support they need to develop their new plays as they work alongside professional actors and directors, and then present their work to live audiences. After a week of rewrites and improvements to the plays, the Leavenworth community and theatre industry from around the country are invited to give feedback, and become part of the birth of new plays during presentations at the Snowy Owl Theater. Each August for eight years, the Icicle Creek New Play Festival has brought two brand new plays to ACT as part of ACTLab (formerly known as the Central Heating Lab). Three of those plays went on to win the Steinberg Award—the top award for plays produced outside of New York City. This year, the festival invites you to be the first in the world to hear two new plays by Jenny McConnell Davis and Eric Coble.

Find out more about Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on their website.