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FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!
Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German Soldier stepped in No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) This show is about an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. It’s a true story told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
BY PETER ROTHSTEIN
MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS BY ERICK LICHTE
& TIMOTHY C. TAKACH
DIRECTED BY PETER SHEA KIERST
MUSIC DIRECTION BY AARON HOWE
DECEMBER 20–25, 2017
KESHET PERFORMANCE SPACE ▪ 4121 CUTLER AVE NE
FROM LAST YEAR'S CAST: BRENNAN FOSTER, KELLY O'KEEFE,
JONATHAN GALLEGOS, PHILIP SHORTELL,
TIMOTHY MACALPINE, DAVE MCDOWELL
DANNY MCBRIDE, JONAH RESCH, NANDO ZAMORA & NICHOLAS HARLAN
ALSO BACK FOR A 3RD YEAR - TRUMPETERS: DON JACKSON & JOHN SCOTT
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
DIRECTOR - PETER SHEA KIERST
Peter Shea Kierst is honored to be directing for Mother Road, a company he admires and has worked with many times. He played Dan in Chapatti last year, as well as Richard in The Seafarer (2012), Robert E. Lee (and others) in The Killer Angels (2012), and Pridament in The Illusion (2013). Peter has a BA in Theatre from UNM where he studied with the department’s founder, Eddie Snapp, and his successor as Chair, Bob Hartung. Peter has played Romeo, Hamlet, Richard III, Iago, Shylock among many other Shakespearen roles. He is determined to play both Macbeth and Lear before he shuffles off this mortal coil. Other favorite roles include Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Salieri in Amadeus, Pozzo and (later) Didi in Waiting for Godot, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons and two one man shows: Oscar Wilde in Diversions and Delights and Clarence Darrow in the show of that name.
In the last year Peter directed Henry IV and Henry V and The Importance of Being Earnest at The Vortex. He has also directed his own adaptation of Antigone (2009), as well as Hamlet (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2011), Richard III (2012) and Julius Caesar (2015), all for The Vortex.
Peter was Artistic Director of The Vortex from 1981-83, and is again a member of its Board of Directors, having served there for about 10 years in the 80s and 90s. He was a member of the Board of Albuquerque Little Theatre, and served as that theatre’s Interim Artistic Director from 2006-07, when ALT produced its first money making season in many years.
Peter is a professor of Constitutional Law at UNM’s Political Science department, having spent 30 years as a litigator. His last case was Griego v. Oliver, in which the New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed the right of same sex couples to marry. For this work he was awarded the ACLU’s Guardian of Liberty Award (2013).
MUSIC DIRECTOR - AARON HOWE
Aaron Howe has been making music with people in New Mexico for the last 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University and his Master of Music from the University of New Mexico. He has served as Music Director for Heights First Church of The Nazarene, Community of Joy Lutheran Church, and the Metropolitan Community Church in Albuquerque. He also directed the choral program at St. Pius X High School, and has worked as music director for many community theaters in Albuquerque, including Musical Theater Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theater, and Play Conservatory. Since 2010, Aaron has served as the Artistic Director of The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, programming and conducting their concert season, along with many additional community performances. In 2013, Aaron co-founded The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus and has served as its Artistic Director since that time. In 2016 Aaron became the Artistic Director of the Zia Singers, an all-female community chorus that has been singing in Santa Fe for over 20 years. He is proud and honored to be an active participant in the wonderful arts community here in New Mexico.
Kelly O'Keefe is honored to be one of the newest Muthas, and to be starting out as a company member with such an incredible show. He's been seen with Mother Road as "Call Me" Ishmael in MOBY DICK, and as Jim in PIRATES!. Other favorite roles include Bilbo Baggins in THE HOBBIT, both Dromios in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS and William Barfée in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, in which he met his wonderful wife Kelsey Ann (also a Mother Roader). Hope this season brings you the peace it brought the soldiers on that special night in 1914.
Brennan Foster is a Mutha and made his Mother Road debut in ENCHANTED APRIL and is grateful to be part of this co-production. He grew up performing with boys' and school choirs and last sang onstage as the ghastly Mr. Sowerberry in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's production of OLIVER! -- and as Hamlet in JAMES CADY'S HAMLET(!) He next returns to the Vortex stage in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. Happy holidays!
Phil Shortell's prior Albuquerque roles include: Al Lewis THE SUNSHINE BOYS, Cosme McMoon SOUVENIR, Andrew Makepeace III LOVE LETTERS, Joe Keller ALL MY SONS, Harry Himmelfarb MEN OF MAH JONGH, John Twohig IS LIFE WORTH LIVING, at The Adobe; Mushnik LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The Aux Dog; King Claudius JIM CADY’S HAMLET; Marley/Christmas Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Captain JACK JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, Priest GOOD PEOPLE, Sherriff Hartman THE FRONT PAGE Willy Loman DEATH OF A SALESMAN at The Vortex.
Phil is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared on ABC’s Killer Women, AMC’s Better Call Saul and in locally shot films.
Jonathan Gallegos is thrilled to aid in the telling of this meaningful story. Jon is a graduate of Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University, and is currently at UNM pursuing a Bachelors of Nursing. Some favorite performances include: ROCKY HORROR LIVE (Frankfurter), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Bob Wallace), and LES MISERABLES (Marius). In his free time you will find him teaching voice lessons and instructing group fitness. As always, thank you to family and friends for your constant support.
Tim MacAlpine made his Mother Road debut in ALL IS CALM 2 years ago. He has been dancing, singing and acting in Albuquerque since 1997. His love of vocal music began in elementary school but really blossomed with the discovery of barbershop harmony in 1998. Tim has enjoyed singing close harmony ever since including eight wonderful years singing with the local barbershop quartet The Summit. Not surprisingly his theatre career has consisted mostly of musical productions. Most recently he has performed in CURTAINS at the Adobe Theater, ALICE IN WONDERLAND with Enchanted Rose Theater and JAME’S CADY’S HAMLET at the MST Black Box. Thanks to Diane for all her loving support.