Spark

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A play about 3 sisters caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It’s about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family.  A contemporary story of faith, love, war, trauma, and healing. 

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Spark_DSC0007baStephanie Howell*- Evelyn Glimord
Stephanie is pleased to return to Pygmalion, and to be working with old and new friends! Last season, she appeared as Jean in Salt Lake Acting Company’s GOOD PEOPLE and played Brandie/Janeal/Sherilynn in Plan-B Theatre Company’s ‘3.’ Previously at Plan-B, she was seen in BORDERLANDS, THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and BASH, as well as all 10 slam’s (Plan-B’s annual 24-hour theatre festival.) Other local credits include ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, BIG RIVER, FORUM and SOUTH PACIFIC at Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as productions at The Grand Theatre, The Emily Company, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre and Aerial Arts of Utah. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre Arts.

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Anne Louise Brings – Ali Glimord
Anne Louise Brings has recently been seen in AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY as Jean with Silver Summit Theatre Co. and Utah Repertory  Theater Co., BEOWULF as Wiglaf with Meat & Potato, BOEING BOEING as Gloria with Pinnacle Acting Company, a staged reading of MAD GRAVITY as Dakota with Salt Lake Acting Company, AS YOU LIKE IT as Rosalind with the Davis Arts Council, and, THE  RIGHTEOUS AND VERY REAL HOUSEWIVES OF UTAH COUNTY as Lupita with AP Productions. Past favorites include CURTAINS as Georgia and ANTIGONE as Antigone. Anne graduated from Westminster College with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.

 

Spark_DSC0107baJayC Stoddard - Hector Johnson
JayC Stoddard has the unique privilege of playing Hector Johnson twice. The first time was two years ago when Pygmalion produced the staged reading, and now he finally gets to see the character come to life in full production. JayC studied theatre arts at USU. He has been intimately involved in all things theatre for over thirty five years, the last six of which have been with various companies and productions here in SLC.

 

 

Spark_DSC0113baAriana Farber - Lexie Glimord
Ariana Farber graduated from the Actor Training Program (Magna cum Laude) at the University of Utah. Regional credits: HONK!, LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE MAGIC MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE and SNAPSHOT SILHOUETTE with the Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company; THE WOOLGATHERER and THE FISHER PRICE with 3 a.m. Productions, and PROM with Philadelphia’s New Paradise laboratories. Local credits: THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD with Pioneer Theater Company, SLAM 2005 and 2007 and COLD with Plan-B Theater Company, and THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN with Pygmalion Productions. Most recently she was honored to work with David Fetzer in his company, the New Work’s Theater Machine, originating the role of Buffy in RIDE ME. Ariana is also proud to have served on Active Duty for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and is a Captain in the USMC(R). She would like to dedicate this performance to veterans the world over- Semper Fi!

Spark_DSC0147baAndrew Maizner - Vaughn
Andrew Maizner fell in love with acting when Mrs. Hinckle made him choose either detention or Drama Club back in the 8th grade. Returning to the stage here in Utah, Andy has recently appeared as Richard Aldritch in the Utah premiere of Beth Bruner’s GEE, for Holladay Arts; as Nat, in Herb Gardener’s I’M NOT RAPAPPORT, also for Holladay Arts; Gonzalo, in THE TEMPEST, with Around The Globe Theater Company; as Al Lewis, in Neil Simon’s THE SUNSHINE BOYS, with Pinnacle Acting Company; as Baptista in UNIPAC’s production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; as Screwtape in James Forsyth’s SCREWTAPE for Silver Summit Theater; as Donald in Pygmalion’s A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY at the Rose Wagner and as Arthur in a staged reading of Tracy Lett’s SUPERIOR DONUTS at Sam Weller’s.

*Appearing through the courtesy of Actors” Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Caridad Svich – Playwright
Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Repertorio Espanol, Salvage Vanguard, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. Among her key works are 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the Julia Alvarez novel) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty). Seven of her plays are published in Instructions for Breathing and Other Plays (Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press, 2014). Five of her plays radically re-imagining ancient Greek tragedies are published in Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, University of Denmark, 2012).

Fran Pruyn - Director
Fran has been in active in the Salt Lake Theatre Community for 30+ years. As such, she has done projects here and there and everywhere. Most recently, she directed CHEAT, IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play), and THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE for Pygmalion. Fran Pruyn is the Artistic Director of Pygmalion Theatre. In her three decades in Salt Lake theatre, she has directed many plays and produced many more. She is immensely proud of all of them. Fran is also the Senior Principal of Marketing and Business Development for CRS Architects, and rides on the Aces Wild Mustang Drill Team. Both activities are enormously challenging and deeply rewarding and contribute to her understanding of the inherent theatricality of all aspects of American life.

Ashley Weller - Stage Manager
This is Ashley’s first production with Pygmalion and she couldn’t be more thrilled to work with this talented group of actors, and the production team.She received her Associates of Fine Art in Technical Theater and Stage Management in 2010 from Western Wyoming College and has been working for various theaters over the last few years. Her most recent production was Children of Eden at Centerpoint Theater. Thank you to her husband Ian for his unwavering support.

Thomas George - Scenic Design
Thomas is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at the University of Utah. He holds an MFA from U.C. San Diego, and a BFA from the University of Utah. His previous designs for Pygmaillion Productions include MOTHERHOOD. OUTLOUD! Other guest designs for the U of U include A FLEA IN HER EAR, THE ADDING MACHINE, and REASONS TO BE PRETTY. Other notable productions include HAMLET for the Brooklyn Gallery Players, YOU ARE HERE at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York, THE MISANTHROPE at the Mandel Weiss Forum Theatre, and AS YOU LIKE IT for the Potiker Theatre at UC San Diego.

Jesse Portillo - Lighting Designer
Jesse Portillo is always happy to work with Pygmalion Theatre, where previous credits include IN THE NEXT ROOM, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, and WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER. Recent credits include THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED at Millikin University, TURANDOT for Mobile Opera, DIDO AND AENEAS for Baylor University Opera, and GYPSY and AVENUE Q for LOOK Musical Theater. Local credits include productions with Plan-B Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Egyptian Theatre, and the Grand Theatre. Jesse received an MFA in Lighting Design from Indiana University, and is on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Theatre where he teaches courses in Lighting Design.

Mikal Troy Klee - SoundScape Design
Since 1998 Troy has created SoundScapes for PygmalionTheatre Company as resident sound designer. Troy is on the Board of Directors for Silver Summit Theatre Company and is designing the set, sound and projections for their production of COMPANY as well as the logos for their productions. He has also worked with The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Hive Theatre Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, Dark Horse Company Theatre and Pinnacle Acting Company. Production designs include, ANTIGONE, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, THE PASSION OF SISTER DOTTIE S. DIXON, IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, THE COMING ICE AGE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, THE LION IN WINTER. While Troy has been doing theatre since he was nine years old, he is most proud to have been involved as a lighting and sound technician for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Teresa Sanderson - Costume Design

Dee-Dee Lynch - Sound Operator

Michael Horejsi - Master Carpenter

Bronwyn Beacher – Music Settings