Running Time: One hour and 35 minutes

In Dove Creek, Colorado, Phyllis manages the local bank branch, Earl butchers meat at the grocery, and Meaghan is partying her senior year of high school away. Then the mysteries begin. Impossible pregnancies, angelic visitations, internal organs taking on lives of their own. Where does faith end and madness begin? And what happens when you discover you are no longer alone in your body?

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

In Vivo 
By Eric Coble
Directed by Richard E.T. White
Dramaturgy by Chris Sumption

Meaghan.............................................................................................Pilar O’Connell
Claire.....................................................................................................Morgan Rowe
Earl...........................................................................................Todd Jefferson Moore
Narrator...............................................................................................Patrick Murphy

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

Eric Coble’s (Playwright) plays include The Velocity of Autumn (Broadway), My Barking Dog, Southern Rapture, Fairfield, A Girl’s Guide to Coffee, and The Giver and have been produced Off-Broadway, in all 50 states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.  

Todd Jefferson Moore (Earl) is a Seattle-based actor and writer. He has written and acted for ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theater, among others. He recently completed a run in Slaughterhouse Five (at Book-It Repertory Theatre) and will soon appear in The Comedy of Errors (for the Seattle Shakespeare Company). Todd is an ACT Affiliated Artist, and a winner of the Greg Falls Award for Sustained Achievement in Theater. 

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

Richard E.T. White (Director) has served as Chair of the Theater Department at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts since 1995. He has directed at regional theaters throughout the U.S. including ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, and Empty Space (in Seattle); American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Court, Wisdom Bridge, and Northlight Theatres. His recent work includes Red at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company, The Lion in Winter at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. For Vanya, he was honored with the 2014 Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Directing. In collaboration with librettist/performer Rinde Eckert and composer Paul Dresher, he developed and directed the electronic opera Slow Fire. Richard also taught and directed for three years as Resident Director at Tokyo’s Theatre Company Subaru while serving as visiting professor of English at Toin University in Yokohama. 

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 .