November 8 - 24, 2013

UNFOUND FOSSILS

By Christopher Bailey

October 11th of 2013 marked the 44th anniversary of a still unsolved San Francisco shooting death, which put the exclamation point on the tumultuous summer of 1969. In the span of mere months Americans had witnessed Woodstock, Stonewall, the moon landing, and the Manson murders. On that foggy October night two men lounge in the bedroom of a Presidio Heights mansion, not far from a crime scene – a homicide. As police search the nearby Presidio, one of these men will come to realize the other is a killer.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Gaelen Poage (Lee|Brian) This is Gaelen's first production at SSR and he feels honored to help bring this new work, by a local author, to life. Recent productions include "Dead Man's Cellphone" (Dwight) and "Reasons to be Pretty" (Greg) at the Burien Actors Theater. Always an avid student; Gaelen has trained extensively at Freehold Theatre in Belltown and is currently involved in the genesis of Playhouse West Seattle Acting School. If the show touches you in some way, even for a moment, then we've done our job....(hmm...that could be kind of creepy). :P

Laura Hanson (Dr. Campbell) Laura is very excited to return to the SecondStory stage where she was previously seen in two of her favorite shows: Same Time, Next Year and An O. Henry Holiday. Another favorite role was that of Chloe in My Old Lady, with Harlequin Productions, where she had the opportunity to work with internationally-acclaimed playwright, Israel Horovitz. In addition to theater, she has appeared in numerous indie films, corporate/industrial videos, commercials and voice-overs. Thanks to Dave and everyone at SSR for their commitment and hard work. And as always, much love to Erik.

James Lyle (Colin|Bill) James is delighted to be returning to SecondStory Rep after appearing in The 39 Steps in Season 13. Previous credits include; The Real Inspector Hound and The Boundary at Stone Soup, Noises Off and Not Now, Darling at MSTT, and Taking Steps at Phoenix Theatre. He also keeps busy as a screenwriter and film actor: to hardcore Star Trek fans he is known as Dr. Alden, chief medical officer on the locally-produced web series Star Trek: Phoenix.

MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM

David Alan Morrison (Director) As a playwright, his work has been produced in Louisville, Seattle, Lexington and Houston. As an actor, he’s worked at Red Curtain Foundation, Driftwood Players and Infinity Box. As a director, his work around town has included Harvey, Night Watch, and Murder on the Nile. He is currently an adjunct faculty at Skagit Valley College. He credits his friends for making life interesting, Mom for all her support and Keith for making it all worth it. He thanks everyone involved in this show for their support: Christopher for placing his powerful script before ego, Jen for being at the center of the storm, and Mark for his faith.

Christopher Bailey (Playwright) has written numerous plays, including “Mandrake and the Marsh People” and “Man Defeats Nature,” and recently completed “Magic Bullet,” his multi-chambered epic about the Kennedy assassination and its ongoing impact on America. He would like to thank all the lovely and talented people who made this possible, including Maggie Larrick and the Burien Actors Theatre—where an embryonic version of Fossils was directed by the great Zachariah Robinson, starring Alexandra Novotny, Don Crawley, and Nathaniel Jones; Mavis Lamb and the Seattle Playwrights Studio; Geni Hawkins; Amazing Dave, who took the ball from Geni and broke for daylight, like a stallion on a hot tin roof; the tirelessly devoted dream cast of James, Laura, and Gaelen; and, of course, Mark, Jen, Rick, Kim, Lauren, Phyllis, and everyone else from Second Story. Not only does Chris appreciate their warmth, supportiveness, professionalism and pedal-to-the-metal enthusiasm but also their willingness to give an unfound playwright a chance. He would also like to thank Patricia, who tolerated all his whodunit obsessing, and the best thing in his life, his little-big inspiration, Dawson the Awesome.

Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.


Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!

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