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How long can you stand on the train tracks: a game for two sisters

How long can you stand on the train tracks: a game for two sisters

a play by Morag Shepherd

July 7 – 16, 2017 @ Babcock Theatre, U of U

A game. A train. An echo of death.

A game for two sisters. Two sisters: Charlie and Pepper—both in love with Grayson. Their father is a digger, a stranger. Their mother has kaleidoscopes for eyes.

A train and a question. It’s coming nearer, nearer; it’s almost here, it’s almost here — it was never here. Was it ever here?

An echo of love. Love that tastes like the ocean, and steel, and glass in your eyes.

COLOR PHOTOS available for hi-res download via Google Drive here.

B/W REHEARSAL PHOTOS available here on Facebook.

Photo credit: Alex Ungerman

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Cast Information

Merry Magee (CHARLIE) is a graduate of Westminster College with a BFA in performing arts. Recent credits include Claire in BURN (Sackerson), Bassianus in TITUS ANDRONICUS (Pinnacle Acting Company), Duckling in OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD (Westminster Theatre), Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET(Grassroots Shakespeare Company), Princess in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Grassroots Shakespeare Company), and Constanze in AMADEUS (Utah Rep). Merry is a founding member of Company of Cohorts and performed award-winning show, STRANGERS, LOVERS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, both at the 2015 GSL Fringe Festival and the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Nicki Nixon (PEPPER) is excited to join Sackerson and Flying Bobcat. Recent credits include Antigone in TOO MUCH MEMORY (Salt Lake Acting Company), Annelle in STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Pinnacle Acting Company), Michella in TRANSMORFERS (Off Broadway Theater), and Princess Justine in PUSS’N’BOOTS (Utah Children’s Theatre). She is a proud graduate of Weber State University’s Theatre Arts Program, where some of her favorite roles include Tess in SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Angie/Dull Gret in TOP GIRLS, and Eve in WAITING FOR THE PARADE. She was also give the opportunity to perform as a Weird Woman in MACBETH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Robert Scott Smith* (VAN) is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. Acting: NYC credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL (Workshop); PERICLES (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington’s MORMON BIRD PLAY. SLC credits include THE ICE FRONT, TWO HENRYS, MR. WHEELER’s (Play-By-Play) CRUCIBLE (Pioneer Theatre Company);  SATURDAY’S VOYEUR, RAPTURE BLISTER BURN, GOOD PEOPLE, CHARM (World Premiere), SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, and GROSS INDECENCY (Salt Lake Acting Company); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, OUR TOWN (The Grand Theatre); MOCKINGBIRD (Pygmalion); and KREUTZER SONATA, BASH (Plan-B). Film: WILDLIFE 2015 Festival De Cannes Court Métrage | Winner | American Pavilion Selections. Education: MFA Old Globe Theatre San Diego; BFA Actor Training Program University of Utah. Robert Scott is currently Assistant Professor for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah.

Shawn Francis Saunders (GRAYSON) holds a bachelor of science degree in theatre from Utah Valley University. Shawn’s favorite roles include Doug in GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES (UVU), Mephistopheles in DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Grassroots Shakespeare Company), Hermit in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Sackerson), and THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (Sackerson). Shawn is thrilled to be working with Sackerson again. “Friendship saves the world.”

*Member of Actors Equity Association – The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Special Thanks

University of Utah Department of Theatre, Gage Williams, Amy Ware, Halee Rasmussen, Arika Schockmel, Josiane Dubois.

Additionally, we have had the privilege of working on the set of Two Noble Kinsmen by Set Designer Zoë Cathryn Fetters.

Production team

Alexandra Harbold (Director, Producer)

Alexandra Harbold is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. Recent projects include: directing Self Defense, or death of some salesmen (Studio 115), Climbing with Tigers (Flying Bobcat and Salt Lake Acting Company), Picnic (The Grand Theatre), Tribes (SLAC), and Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Salt Lake Shakespeare); dramaturging The Last Ship, An Inspector Calls and I Hate Hamlet (Pioneer Theatre Company); and acting in: Hand to God (SLAC), the Play-by-Play reading of i (PTC), and Remington & Weasel (Pygmalion Theatre Company). Upcoming projects: directing Ion (Greek Classical Theatre Festival), You Never Can Tell (Babcock Theatre), and co-directing Jump with Flying Bobcat Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director Robert Scott Smith (Plan-B Theatre & Flying Bobcat). Education: Masters, University of London Goldsmiths College; BA, Middlebury College, Vermont; she is an alumna of the SITI Summer Intensive, Skidmore College, New York; BADA Midsummer at Oxford, Balliol College; and the Plan-B Theatre/Meat & Potato Theatre Directors’ Laboratory. Harbold is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.

Morag Shepherd (Playwright)

Morag Shepherd, originally from Scotland, is the resident playwright at Sackerson in Salt Lake City, where her plays BURN, THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (performed in a box by one actor for an audience of one at a time), BEFORE THE BEEP (performed in weekly installments via voicemail) and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter also playing Great Salt Lake Fringe and San Diego International Fringe Festivals. Sackerson will premiere her play BURN in the fall of 2016.

Macarena Subiabre (Stage Manager)
Bianca Morrison Dillard (Dramaturg)
Martin C. Alcocer (Lighting Designer)
Adam Day (Sound Designer)
Robert Scott Smith (Producer)

Robert Scott Smith is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. Acting: NYC credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL (Workshop); PERICLES (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington’s MORMON BIRD PLAY. SLC credits include THE ICE FRONT, TWO HENRYS, MR. WHEELER’s (Play-By-Play) CRUCIBLE (Pioneer Theatre Company);  SATURDAY’S VOYEUR, RAPTURE BLISTER BURN, GOOD PEOPLE, CHARM (World Premiere), SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, and GROSS INDECENCY (Salt Lake Acting Company); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, OUR TOWN (The Grand Theatre); MOCKINGBIRD (Pygmalion); and KREUTZER SONATA, BASH (Plan-B). Film: WILDLIFE 2015 Festival De Cannes Court Métrage | Winner | American Pavilion Selections. Education: MFA Old Globe Theatre San Diego; BFA Actor Training Program University of Utah. Robert Scott is currently Assistant Professor for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah.

Alex Ungerman (Producer)
Dave Mortensen (Producer)