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 Members’ Project Code.
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.
The 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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
His interests in acting have presented many great opportunities including his excellent performance in Winter Bird.
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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Peter 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.”