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by Benjie Aerenson directed by Katie Bales

Opened: Friday, March 19, 1999
Performed: Thursday & Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm & Sunday at 7:00 pm
Performed At: South Berkeley Community Congregational Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
Closed: Sunday, April 18, 1999

The journey to get the rights for this premiere was a play itself. Director Katie Bales gets kudos for her impassioned royalty request and creative staging. Twenty-something scenes, nearly as many different locations, a car, and only two black-outs. The Possum Play was also where we experimented with the notion of having company members coming to final rehearsals to give notes and offer constructive criticism. This practice is largely responsible, I believe, for our success this year.

Beth Donohue as Evelyn
Carolyn Doyle as Adele
Allan Droyan as Mike
Mary Eaton Fairfield as Sally
Ryan Gowland as Jordan
Gendell Hernandez as Olson
Paul Lancour as Cop, Mechanic & Lawyer
Judy Phillips as Irma
Brent Rosenbaum as Stevens
Ariel Shafir* as Turner
Dan Wolf as Clark
Pamela Wylie as Sylvia
*appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Katie Bales, director
Jon Axtell & Alex Koberle, original musical composition
Gina Padilla & Chelsea Wogsland, stage managers
Carrie Marill, costume design
Michael Frassinelli, set design
Alex Lopez, lighting design
Alex Koberle & Jon Axtell, sound design
Benjamin Lovejoy, graphic design
Claire Mosher, managing director
Patrick Dooley, artistic director

Brad Rosenstein for SF Bay Guardian
Chad Jones for The Oakland Tribune
Kerry Reid for Backstage West
Michael Scott Moore for SF Weekly

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