The Amendments by Jeff Donnelly
The Cardboard Sea Theatre Company of Asheville, NC, brings its original new play The Amendments to Northampton, MA. The Amendments premiered at the Magnetic Theatre of Asheville, NC in August of 2016. Following a two-week residency in Western Massachusetts, the Company will present 3 performances of their play specifically adapted for the small experimental performance space at the Anchor House of Artists.
The Amendments begins as with a conventional story that quickly flies off into a surreal world. The night before her fathers funeral, Judith returns home to collect one minor item from his estate, but her estranged brother Gabe has already laid claim to her treasure, and he has an amended will to back him up. As the night stretches on, Judith is forced to deal with the fact that the past is never past. We can bury it, but it always comes back to haunt us. The play is a theatrical shotgun blast taking aim at the uncomfortable truths that pierce the hearts of embattled family members.
Adult content: not recommended for children
The Cardboard Sea is now in its fourth year, but the founding members have collaborated since 1994. Influenced by theatrical pioneers like Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams, with a healthy dose of the cinematic Quentin Tarantino, Jeff Donnelly has crafted a body of work that invites audiences into the intimate and volatile experience of live performance. As for director Todd Weakley, Bertolt Brecht, Joint Stock Company, and modern ensembles like Pig Iron Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, and Missoula Oblongata have led the way.
With a commitment to the transformative nature of live performance, a belief in the collaborative process, and a magnetic obsession for storytelling, The Cardboard Sea seeks to activate, engage, surprise, and provoke audiences into new and challenging territory. We aim to: produce works of social significance, highlight the constructed nature of the theatrical event, and provoke self reflection and critical perspectives.Todd Weakley is a theatre maker. He is a founding member of The Cardboard Sea, which is a dedicated collaboration between three lifelong friends. Upon graduation from Emerson College, Todd started working as an actor and teacher. He co-founded The Redundant Theatre Company Theatre which devised ten original productions. Directorial credits for The Cardboard Sea include: Has Anyone Seen Ms. Ray?, If You Must, and Old Tricks. As an actor, Todd has worked with North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville Artist Resource Center, and Highland Repertory Theatre.
Lauren Williams is a founding member of The Cardboard Sea. She attended Columbia College in Chicago. She lives in NYC. She works at the Metrograph, an arthouse movie theatre. Credits include: If You Must and This Is Now This Is How.
Kirstin Leigh Daniel is an Adjunct Theatre Instructor at Young Harris College and is the founding artistic director of Venture Shakespeare in Asheville NC. She earned a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Eight years as Theatre Arts Teacher at AC Reynolds HS in Asheville, NC. Masters in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University in 2015 and she recently earned her MA at The Shakespeare Institute where she created and performed new work at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her local NC credits include: Kitty in Its a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play for ITPs 2016 National Tour, She is a company member of The Cardboard Sea and has played, Lori in Old Tricks, Gail Colby in Has Anyone Scene Ms. Ray? Judith in The Amendments, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth for HART.
Jeff Donnelly is a writer, educator, and co-founder of The Cardboard Sea. His plays have been produced throughout the southeast. His original script State Vs. Meda was honored with the Award for Excellence in the Playwriting at the North Carolina Theatre Conference and has been included as a text for the course Whats Old Becomes New: Threading Theatrical Themes into Societal Truths at University of New Hampshire. Other works include Still Into You, Magik with a K, Has Anyone Seen Ms. Ray?, This is the Third Floor, as well as the musical adaptations of Snow White and the Seven Buskers and The Wizard of Oz. When he isnt writing, jeff is the Director of Character Education at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL.
Charles Holt has a BA in Theatre from Flagler College. Former AEA Member, Charles is a company member of The Cardboard Sea. Credits include; The Other End, The Amendments, Old Tricks and The One With Lance (The Cardboard Sea) Local credits include; Scratch, Chuck and Google Gogol (No Theater). Charles is a Northampton native. He regularly travels to Asheville, NC to make theatre with The Cardboard Sea.
Reserve tickets: TBA
Adult content; not recommended for children.
Anchor House of Artists Experimental Performance Arena (View)
518 Pleasant Street
Northampton , MA 01060
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