Past Productions

Winter Bird

The World Premiere of Winter Bird took place at Eclectic Theater (www.eclectictheatercompany.org), 1214 10th Avenue, Seattle (Capitol Hill near E. Union Street). The premiere was presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Rehearsal Snapshots…

Cast and Crew

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Steve Treacy* (Playwright/Co-Sponsor)

Rik Deskin* (Co-Sponsor)

Tony Doupe (Director)

Klae Bainter (Assistant Director)

Sandra Bobman (Stage Manager)

Dan Story (Scenic Design)

Holly L. Forbis (Costume Designer)

Bob Blumenthal (Sound Design)

Andrew Guy (Lighting Design)

Michael Oaks (PETER SEACLIFF)

Damien Charboneau (SEAN BOYLE)

Christina Naficy* (THIERA)

Mark Philip Abel* (ALFRED PETTIBONE)

Margaret Bicknell* (EVELYN FINCH)

Consuelo Aduviso* (OFFICER KILLBEAR)

Buddy Todd (BOB/GHOST/AUDUBON HOTLINE VOICE)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors in the United States.

Steve Treacy (playwright)

steve-treacy-authorThe Irish-American playwright, born in West Virginia on Samhain (Irish holiday) 1943, took theatre courses and acted in college productions (1962-65) at Marshall University (BA 1971), with supplemental coursework (including playwriting) at University of Washington (Seattle). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and Irish Heritage Club.

Press Play below to hear a radio interview with Steve discussing the upcoming premiere of Winter Bird (now in October).


Winter Bird (the play)

winter-bird-scriptPeter Seacliff, former physician remorseful over his wife’s assisted suicide, buries himself in work as a Rare Book Room librarian. He crosses paths with Thiera, blond sub-arctic vampire with reason enough to haunt the desolate Alaskan woods these past hundred years. With Sean Boyle, hyper teenager, leading the hunt, Peter and Thiera’s fates irretrievably entwine as we explore perception, transfiguration, and mutual redemption with gothic and humorous twists. The other four roles are Alfred Pettibone (head librarian), Evelyn Finch (ancient birdwatcher), Killbear (Native-American policewoman), and Bob (non-speaking janitor/ghost).

Winter Bird, A Gothic Fantasy in Three Acts received Honorable Mention in Virtual Voice Project’s 2008-2009 “The Pen is a Mighty Sword” international playwriting competition (>1,000 entries). Scenes were originally worked at Edward Albee Theatre Conference (Valdez, AK: 95 & 97). A marvelous staged reading of the full script using Equity actors was performed February 2014 by Eclectic Theater Company (Seattle). Earlier full readings were at: Coffee Cantina (Suquamish, WA: 98), Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (Anchorage, AK: 01), The Paradise Theatre School (Chimacum, WA: 05), and The Changing Scene Theatre (Bremerton, WA: 08).

Of an early draft of Winter Bird, Ms. Susan Watson, stage director, lead actress of Broadway and London theatre, star of the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, wrote: “I really liked…. your way of contrasting the Alaskan natural versus the Anchorage civilization… mystic versus literature and science of the library. Also your characters were colorful and empathetic, such as the relationship between Seacliff and Sean. Your ending surprise had a magical quality…”. Lawrason Driscoll wrote: “It is my opinion as an actor who has performed on and off Broadway and in feature films and television, that Steve Treacy’s Winter Bird should be given a full production. With the commitment of an inventive director and a strong cast this scary, humorous Gothic fantasy would make a surprising and delightful evening of theatre.”


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Michael Oaks (PETER SEACLIFF)

Michael appears annually in Ham for the Holidays with Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt. Local credits include: Father Flynn in Doubt, and Pishchik in The Cherry Orchard at Theatre 9/12; The Twilight Zone Live! at Theater Schmeater; and Edvard in Three Screams at Man Alone Productions.


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Christina Naficy* (THIERA)

Christina is thrilled to be back on stage in Seattle after living in NYC for 13 years. Favorite roles include Anita in WSS, Morales in ACL and performing at various Cabaret venues in NYC. This show is dedicated to the memory of her Brother Nick, the ultimate 12th man. Go Hawks!


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Buddy Todd (BOB/GHOST/AUDUBON HOTLINE VOICE)

Buddy Todd –Buddy has acted, directed, and choreographed all over Washington State, and beyond, including Stone Soup Theatre, Renton Civic Theatre, Bellevue Civic Theatre, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, Black Box Theatre in Edmonds, Kitsap Forest Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, Lake City Playhouse, Spokane Children’s Theatre, and Actors Repertory Theatre.


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Margaret Bicknell* (EVELYN FINCH)

Margaret is excited to make her debut with MPC production of Winter Bird. She was recently seen as Ellen Koenig in Mirror Images with Playwright’s Theatre. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Spencer in Anne of Green Gables, Village Theatre; Mame, in Auntie Mame, Driftwood Players; and M’Lynn, in Steel Magnolias, SecondStoryRep.


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Mark Philip Abel* (ALFRED PETTIBONE)

This is Mark’s 2nd new work in a row. He was last seen as The Stationmaster/Thomas English in Theatre22’s production of “The Hours of Life.” Mark has performed with Village Theatre, Showtunes!, StageRight Theatre, Balagan Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, among many others. Having fun with Electic Theatre now!


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Consuelo Aduviso* (OFFICER KILLBEAR)

Consuelo Aduviso is happy to be involved with the Eclectic and Winter Bird. She has played many parts in Los Angeles theaters including East West Players, A Noise Within, Will & Company, Arroyo Repertory Theatre, and Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. Favorite roles include Emilia in Othello and Callie in Stop Kiss at The Paradise Theatre School, and Tony Stassio in the Art of Dining at KCPT.
*member AEA


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Damien Charboneau (SEAN BOYLE)


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Bob Blumenthal (Sound Design)

Bob Blumenthal has been composing and recording music since the 1970s, including three string quartets and various electronic, folk, world and jazz compositions. Sound design credits include Call Me Crazy, Flame in the Mirror, Clara, CheckOff In The Sun. Fangs, Winter Harvest, Sexual Healing, and Above the Timberline, all at Eclectic Theater. Call Me Crazy, Sexual Healing and Winter Havest included originally composed music.


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Read local review from Drama in the Hood at Dramainthehood.net

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Read New review and listen to interview with the writer at AlgoDulce.net


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Faith Healer

Brian Friel (playwright)

brian-friel-1“I am married, have 5 children, live in the country, smoke too much, fish a little, worry a lot, get involved in sporadic causes and invariably regret the involvement, and hope that between now and my death I will have acquired a religion, a philosophy, a sense of life that will make the end less frightening than it appears to me at this moment.” (Brian Friel, Self Portrait)

David Hillman (director)

Hillman picEach of us is born without our prior consent, into a particular situation. For those of you in the audience, you were probably humans on the planet Earth, for starters. You had parents. Your society was a certain way. There were certain prevailing values and points of view and expectations.

Eventually, if we are to truly live, we need to find out who we really are. This typically requires some degree of rebellion. For we are not our parents, we are not our society, we are not those prevailing values and points of view and expectations. We are ourselves. And if we do not fight, ourselves will surely be lost.
Hence we strike out on our own. In our van. We find our truth, our creative impulse. We create our life. Our life becomes our own work of art.
Yet rebellion, this perpetual running away from home, brings with it its price. The fear of losing self, of being swallowed up, can keep us clinging fiercely to who we are. That very fierceness ironically gets in our way. Fear of failure ties us in knots, causes us to fail. The answer, I feel, is to let go. To fall. To be willing to lose one’s self. To accept one’s mortality. Easier said than done!
These are some of the things that Faith Healer makes me think about. But I am not the cast. They have their own unique ways of resonating with this play. And I am not you. So forget what I just said, and have your own unique experience of Faith Healer. –David Hillman

Full Cast

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Cast & Contributors

contributorsCast & Contributors from left to right: Ann Treacy (Artwork), Steve Treacy (FRANK/Co-producer), Michelle Hensel (GRACE), David Hillman (Director), Doug Taylor (TEDDY), David Draheim (Co-Producer)

Production Extras

  • Steve-faithSteve Treacy (in front of Eclectic Theater’s Odd Duck Studio)
  • directorRik Deskin (producer of Eclectic Theater Company) with David Hillman (director)

Reviews

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Discovery Bay’s leap of faith ‘mesmerizing’ by PT Leader…

To read the full review CLICK HERE.

Bullet review (9 Oct 2010, Seattle-News@Irishclub.Org, Irish Play)

“It is a stunning 3 person rendition of Brian Friel’s amazing play.”

Review excerpts (16 Oct 2010, Michael Moore, Kitsap Sun, ‘Faith Healer’ is as Worthwhile as it is Difficult)

  • “The onus is on the actors, as their respective characters tell their versions of the life they lived as they barnstormed through the United Kingdom, aiding and abetting Frank in his faith-healing ‘performances,’ and relate how the three of them were linked by a symbiosis that kept them together, but couldn’t prevent them — particularly the tortured Frank — from ripping each other to emotional shreds.”
  • “All three are spell-binding. Hensel’s Grace is terminally damaged by her experiences with Frank, who used her for years, and perhaps even loved and needed her, but never could live up to his end of the marital bargain. Her heartbreak, which is conveyed with great skill and subtlety, comes not just from the years of abuse at Frank’s hand, but from the admission that she never could bring herself to leave him.”
  • “(Taylor) — the last of the trio to have his say — and his 50-minute testimony ran the gamut from amiable and comical, to enraged and horrified, chuckling over certain memories, then slipping in a few seconds into palpable, jaw-quivering, blubbering grief.”
  • “Frank, whose dubious talents inspired the faith that kept the other two clinging to him — as well as providing their meager living — gets to have the first and last words, the opening argument and a rebuttal of sorts. Treacy — an Equity actor — plays him with a tempered grace, mixing perfectly Frank’s combination of bemusement, frustration, rage and ultimate resignation.”

“FAITH HEALER” COMES HOME

Rediscover your own inner journey at a performance of “Faith Healer” by Discovery Bay Players. Steer clear of the doldrums by celebrating the spirit of Ireland and reliving its passionate story. Simulate a Dublin night out by taking in Faith Healer, a dark Celtic tale by Ireland’s premiere playwright Brian Friel. Look for the Irish flag out front. Meet the low-rent faith healer Frank Hardy (Steve Treacy, Aea), his wife Grace (Michelle Hensel), and his road manager Teddy (Doug Taylor) as they recount their own peculiar versions of events leading up to an ill-fated homecoming in Ireland. Chat with the actors in the lobby after the show.

Seattle audience member Peter Ong Lim wrote (Facebook): “Emotional raw and powerful stuff. It grabs you by the throat and never lets go. After the play, no one stood to leave for around 5 minutes or so.” Elizabeth Lindell wrote (The Seattle Times webpage): “Loved this play! Totally mysterious and engrossing. I’ve seen this play once before but this version was better, even though it was in a smaller theatre. The guy who played the faith healer was awesome and the other two were also. I was into the story all the way through but then confused at the end – what happened exactly? I’m not sure if he dies or what but it was spooky.”

Shows are 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00pm Sundays, October 15 – 24 at The Chameleon Theatre. Tickets ($18) available now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132485 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Remaining tix at The Food Co-op (414 Kearney Street) or at the door.

Discovery Bay Players (www.discoverybayplayers.com) is a new group producing literate transformative plays, especially by American and Irish playwrights. We use professional-level talent, rehearse shows in Port Townsend, then stage full play productions in Puget Sound area theatres. Discovery Bay Players opened this first show at Odd Duck Studio, Seattle, and now proudly steers “Faith Healer” home to Port Townsend for six pre-Halloween shows at The Chameleon Theatre.

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