2017-2018 Season Opener

Positions by Daniel Ciba
Directed by Autumn Clack and Ruth McCleskey
October 19-28, 2017 at Beacon Theatre

Positions is a fictional imagining of the life of the painter Edgar Degas, told by twelve of the dancers he painted. Their stories echo the history of the theater; each voice desperately struggling to present her position, as one by one they vanish from the stage. Ranging from the beautiful to the violent, these "paintings" construct a fragmented depiction of the power and chaos enacted by artists on their creations.

$20 General
$15 Student/Teacher/Senior (purchase at the door, id required)


Stage Manager Amanda Guerrero

CAST

Blanc – Emily Brown
Chardonnay – Maredith Roberts
Gris – Damonica Renee 
Champagne – Inge Kellermann
Zinfandel – Britnny Bush
Chablis – Mary Andrechik
Rose – Kacie Adams
Cabernet – Bailey Hampton
Chianti – Shanon Adame
Merlot – Katy Burns
Noir – Rachel Dickinson
Rouge – Whitney Zangarine

Playwright, Stage Manager and Directors Bios

Playwright

Daniel Ciba is doctoral candidate at Tufts University, whose research focuses on adapting concepts from memory studies to reconsider the form of production histories of Tennessee Williams's early works. He received his M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University in 2012, where he served as dramaturg for Marina Carr's Woman and Scarecrow. For the past few years he has been a Time Management Consultant with the Academic Resource Center and the Director of Curriculum for the Boston Shakespeare Project. He also has been working as a professional costume designer for the past ten years. Recent designs include Boston Collegiate Charter School's Into the Woods and Tufts University's Clytemnestria, a queer adaptation of The Oresteia. (Dan reflects fondly on Deviations, co-created by Autumn Clack, his (whatever year it was) Houston debut as writer, actor, dancer, and makeup artist.) Positions remains Dan's only full length play ever produced, although he has written adaptations of children's stories for educational theater companies.

Stage Manager

Amanda Guerrero is excited to work on her first production with Boiling Point Players. She is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. Her stage management credits includes In a word (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company), she kills monsters (flexible grey theatre company), the children’s hour (flexible grey theatre company)  and Really Really ( the hour glass theatre company). Her design credits included Marisol (Texas A&M department of performance studies) Amanda would like to thank her mother for always supporting her and her dreams. She would also like to thank Autumn Clack and Ruth McCleskey for the amazing opportunity to work with such a wonderful company. Please enjoy the show.

Co-Directors Autumn Clack and Ruth McCleskey

Autumn Clack majored in Acting at Adelphi University in New York, and coupled it with a minor in Dance, emphasis on ballet and modern styles. After, she attended London Dramatic Academy where she dove deep within the world of Shakespeare. Additionally, Clack has acquired skills in stage combat, pointe dance, aerial, dialect detection, and choreography, making her a multi-threat artist- especially while next to Ruth McCleskey, a very suitable co-director, indeed. Ruth McCleskey graduated magna cum laude at the University of Houston, where she scored her BA in Theatre, emphasis on Acting and Directing. Since, she has continued learning in the fields of acting, improv, stage combat, TV and film production, and dancing in the forms of two-step, swing, tango, waltz, plus several more. These ladies can't get enough of working together. They founded this company together, they do improv together (Ophelia's Rope), and they hang out without having to have a reason (though queso is thrown in there alot).

 

Cast Bios

Blanc – Emily Brown

Emily considers herself a novice to the Houston theater scene. This is her second stage performance in Houston since her days as a thespian in highschool where she played various roles including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Brooke Ashton in Noises Off and Slightly Soiled, the lost boy, in Peter Pan. Her most recent theatrical performance was in 2016 when she played "Ellie" in the Bayou City Theatrics production of The Whale. Emily works as a Marketing Director at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, and is an avid runner, traveller and volunteer. She is excited to make her debut with Boiling Point Players, and extends her thanks to her friends and family for their continuous support in her artistic endeavors. 

Chardonnay – Maredith Roberts

Originally from Baytown, Texas, Maredith now resides in Houston with her 13 year old daughter, Mykel.  She attended the University of Houston and Ashford University where she studied Spanish and Liberal Arts.  Maredith is ecstatic to return to the stage with this incredibly talented group of ladies. Prior roles include the Ballerina and the Nightingale in The Princess and The Pea and Crystal in A New Dawn Cabaret.  Maredith would like to extend a special thanks to Ann McDonald and John Dubose for their unwavering love and support, to Charlie and Raighan for being our partners in crime on this fantastic life journey, and to Ms. Mykel for being the best kiddo any mother could ask for! I am the woman I am today because of each of you.  love you all.

Gris – Damonica Renee 

Damonica is a local Houston actor/singer. She is extremely excited to be in her first production with Boiling Point Players.  Recent works include Kathy in Baby Names (Fade to Black Reading Series), Carmen Aretha in The Cousin Cleotha War (Banks Brothers Productions), and Agnes in The Shadow Box (The Encore Theatre).  University trained, she has played roles from Desdemona in Othello to the Nurse in Antigone, and has worked in technical aspects of the theatre from stage management to sound and lighting tech.

Damonica studied Theatre at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), and received her Bachelor’s in Theatre from Grambling State University, under the direction of Dr. King David Godwin. She has also studied Meisner with Larry Silverberg, and trained with the Ensemble Theatre’s Ron Jones.

When she is not performing on stage, she is singing in her local church choir. She enjoys music, and is an avid reader. She also is a beauty consultant with Mary Kay, and is growing her business so that it pays the bills while she pursues her acting career. Damonica is looking forward to continued work with Boiling Point Players as well as the opportunity to work on a Tennessee Williams production in the near future.


Champagne – Inge Kellermann

Inge Kellermann is very excited to be reunited with the Boiling Point Players! She feels honored to be in a cast with strong, female actors.  After completing her BFA & MA at Emerson College in Boston, she is eagerly emerging into the Houston theater scene.  Houston credits include, '5 lesbians eating Quiche', 'Truestory' & ' A Midsummer Night's Dream'. She wants to give a shout out to her supportive husband, Robert, sister & parents.

Zinfandel – Britnny Bush

Brittny Bush (Zinfandel) has performed with many local theater companies including – Classical Theater Company: Barber of Seville, The Christmas Carol 2014 & 2015; Cone Man Running Productions: Five Minute Mile 2016; Boiling Point Players: Improv Play x 3; Main Street Theater (partial listing): Harriet the Spy, Love and Information, Junie B. Jones The Musical, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Stargirl, Close Up Space, My Wonderful Day; Mildred’s Umbrella: Museum of Dysfunction 2016, Large Animal Games; InterACTive Theater (partial listing): Harriet Tubman, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Brittny has also worked as a theater teacher with Main Street Theater Summer Camp and is currently a teacher with the Hope Stone Project. She is a native Houstonian with a BA in Theater Acting and Directing from the University of Houston.

Chablis – Mary Andrechik  

Mary Zuzik Andrechik (Chablis) -- No stranger to the stage, Mary began performing at age 13 and has been seen all over the United States.  Favorite roles include Mary in It's a Wonderful Life, Sorel in Noel Coward's Hay Fever (Aldea Award nomination), and Jessica in the original work, Flights of Fancy.  Around Houston, she has taken on such iconic roles as Eve Harrington in The Wisdom of Eve (the play that inspired the film, All About Eve) and Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story.  Earlier this year, she played Antipholus of Ephesus in Boiling Point Player's production of Comedy of Errors.  Mary is thrilled to be back with these fun and feisty females!  

Rose – Kacie Adams

Kacie Adams delightedly rejoins Boiling Point Players, after portraying the Second Merchant and Pinch in Comedy of Errors earlier this year and working on Improvised Plays x 3. Other beloved performances include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Playhouse 1960), The Five Minute Mile 2016 (Cone Man Running Productions), and Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens(Obsidian Theater/Standing Room Only Productions). She would like to thank the production team for this opportunity, and her friends and family for continuing to indulge her desire to keep playing. Enjoy the show! 

Cabernet – Bailey Hampton

Bailey is thrilled to be part of yet another unique & creative Boiling Point Players production! Most recently seen on stage in Mildred Umbrella’s Museum of Dysfunction IX, Bailey’s previous acting credits include performances with Theatre Suburbia (Rose & Walsh), Cone Man Running (Where’s Julie?; The Show Might Go On; Smattering 8), Boiling Point Players (A New Day Cabaret; A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Queensbury Theatre (Break of Noon), Theatre Southwest (A Philadelphia Story), Company OnStage (Frost/Nixon), and Upstage Theatre (The Three Musketeers; A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol). She also hides out backstage sometimes, operating tech booths for the occasional Cone Man Running or Boiling Point Players show. You can look for her next when she returns to Company OnStage in November in their production of Write Here, Write Now (a showcase of works by local playwright Bryan Maynard).

Chianti – Shanon Adame

Shanon Adame is a dancer and performance artist. She has worked with a wide variety of artists in many different disciplines, including Jhon Stronks, Leslie Scates, Amy Ell, Daniel Adame, Ashley Horn, Rebekah Chapell, Stephen Koplowitz, Tino Sehgal, Tony Feher, Jim Nolan, Linda Post, and Sarah Draper. She has performed with The Pilot Dance Project, Freneticore Dance Theater, The Catastrophic Theatre, The Ornery Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, Recked Productions, Frame Dance Productions, and Suchu Dance. Shanon has shown her work at the Frenetic Fringe Festival, The Houston Artery, The Foundry, Venturing Out, DiverseWorks, Suchu Dance, Suchu Dance's Comedy Dance Festival, and The Peace Festival. She was named one of the 2013 "100 Creatives" by The Houston Press and also served on the Artist Board at DiverseWorks. 

Merlot – Katy Burns

Katy Burns is humbled to have another opportunity to work with Boiling Point Players in this meaty piece of work by Daniel Ciba! Memorable credits include Boiling Point Players' productions of True Story (The Pilgrim), In Juliet's Garden (Ophelia), multiple performances with Ophelia's Rope, Katy's carbaret installments- A Night on the Edge with Katy Burns (shhh.. don't slip!), A Night in the Mind of Katy Burns - A Tribute to Mike and Janet and Boiling Point's production of A Night in the Shoes of Katy Burns (Yes. I grew up looking like Yoda), Houston Grand Opera's productions of the world re-nowned Wagner Ring Cycle, Chicago (Velma), The Jeweler's Shop (Anna), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), NYC's premier of John Pollono's Lost and Found, CATS North American Tour (Rumpelteazer, u/s Victoria, Sillabub), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Grusha) under the direction of Roxanna Stuart! Thank YOU who come to see the magic unfold, BPP and my many feels... {L.C. III & MJW-C, Ladybug, Babes- K1, K2, The Original Little Bit... A&A, Ruth, Elles, Philly... last but not least... Mike & Janet! Squeeze on Nani & Popi for us - Fair to say Kelly and I have all the ash we can fit on a plane.

Noir – Rachel Dickinson

Rachel is an English actress who studied Media Performance at Salford University, UK

Credits include ‘Murder In The Cathedral’ Moscow Arts Theatre and The Edinburgh International Festival, ‘The Kitchen ’Cambridge Arts Theatre and Buxton Opera House, UK and 'Blood Wedding’ Valencia Arts Theatre, Spain with the National Youth Theater of Great Britain, ‘Frank’ BBC Radio, 'Life On Earth’ London  Palladium and ‘London Rocks’ Adelphi Theatre in London's West End, Roxie ‘Chicago' Jersey Arts Centre, Mrs Barnum  ‘Barnum’, Bloody Mary ‘South Pacific’ Jersey Opera House, UK, Titania ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ Samares  Players  Jersey, UK and Lady Macduff , Witch ‘Macbeth’ Dinard Arts Centre, France.

Rachel performed in an award winning female comedy duo "Borderline Obscene" touring the Manchester comedy circuit.

Houston credits include’ Rosa Parks’ Ensemble Tour Education, Frau Blucher "Young Frankenstein  Upstage Theatre, Miss Glenda ‘The Sons We Were Meant to be’ WTAO productions, Betty Davis ‘Color Blind’ The Fade To Black Festival and Mom ‘Small Jokes About Monsters’ Landing Theatre for which she won outstanding actress in a leading role.

Rachel is represented by Pastorini  Bosby Talent.

Rachel is thrilled and honored to be working with Boiling Point again after playing The Bou Lady in ‘True Story"’


Rouge – Whitney Zangarine

Whitney Zangarine is thrilled to be making her Boiling Point Players premiere alongside some amazingly talented women! She has been living and acting in the Houston area for five years, and previously lived in Austin earning her Bachelor's degree for Theatre from the University of Texas. Previous credits: Antony and Cleopatra (Standing Room Only), Fragments (Cone Man Running Productions), Sunday on the Rocks (Cone Man Running Productions), Detroit 67 (Ensemble Theatre). In addition to acting, she works as a Teaching Artist for the Alley Theatre's Education and Community Engagement Department as a facilitator of the Staging STEM program, which seeks to utilize theatre exercises to teach physical science and math concepts in Houston elementary schools.  Thanks to Boiling Point Players and the incredibly supportive Houston theatre scene, and special thanks to Drew, for all the things. 

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