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* Show has been extended to January 28, 2007 *

A world premiere!

High theatrical tragedy, with original music, lovers torn apart, nasty villains, political intrigue, and a sense of melodramatic fun keeping pace with the drama.

…It's an ancient play for modern times.

Runs: Thursday - Sunday through January 28, 2007
5PM matinee shows January 21st & 28th
All other performances at 8PM


Local phenomenon Mark Jackson, creator of the critically acclaimed The Death of Meyerhold returns to Shotgun Players with a new work that is finely tuned and stunningly staged. The Forest War is high theatrical tragedy, with lovers torn apart, cruel villains, political intrigue, and a sense of melodramatic fun keeping pace with the drama. Though it takes an ancient form, the debate over violence, politics, and personal opinion is one that we’re all facing daily in the newspaper headlines, television broadcasts and around our dinner tables.

The Forest War is the tale of an ancient Asiatic society's tireless, economy-driven war machine, and how it is fueled by personal desire and ambition as well as the public's own susceptibility to rumor and propaganda. As a ten-year war over a great expanse of forestland ends, an aging king passes on his sword not to his son but rather to a peace-loving wealthy landowner who is well liked by the people. Feeling betrayed, and still eager to finish off what he views as the unfinished Forest War, the king’s son proceeds to twist a thick and bloody plot designed to turn the people against their new king and get soldiers back on the battlefield.

Shotgun Players cast of The Forest War includes Shotgun Core Company members Cassidy Brown, Fontana Butterfield and Reid Davis. The production also features performances by Drew Anderson (King Lear), Kevin Clarke (The Death of Meyerhold), Anna Ishida (Bright Ideas), Richard Reinholdt (Man and Superman), Carla Pantoja (Arabian Night), and newcomers to the Shotgun Stage Caroline Hewitt, Tonya Glanz, Ryan Tasker, Erin Stuart, Thu Tran, and Lukas Ferreria. The set will be designed by Mellie Katakolos with props by Ambra Sultzbaugh, costumes by Valera Coble and light design by Heather Basarab. Shotgun Company Member Daniel Bruno will perform live percussion onstage along side multi-instrumentalist Christopher Broderick.


Drew Anderson
Christopher Broderick
Cassidy Brown
Daniel Bruno
Fontana Butterfield
Kevin Clarke
Reid Davis
Lukas Ferreira
Tonya Glanz
Caroline Hewitt
Anna Ishida
Carla Pantoja
Richard Reinholdt
Erin Stuart
Ryan Tasker
Thu Tran

Production Team:

Heather Basarab
Valera Coble
Sarah Deutsch
Patrick Dooley
Chris Hammer
Mellie Katakolos
Liz Lisle
Adam Puglielli
Ambra Sultzbaugh
Maggie Yates
Rhonda Kerr


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Photo By: Jessica Palopoli
Featured: (L-R) Caroline Hewitt, Ryan Tasker, Erin Stuart

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Photo Credit: Jessica Palopoli
Featured: (L-R) Thu Tran, Drew Anderson, Kevin Clarke, Erin Stuart, Reid Davis

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