FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!
ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
BY PETER ROTHSTEIN
MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS BY ERICK LICHTE
& TIMOTHY C. TAKACH
DIRECTED BY VIC BROWDER
DECEMBER 16–25, 2016
KESHET PERFORMANCE SPACE ▪ 4121 CUTLER AVE NE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
FROM LAST YEAR'S CAST: BRENNAN FOSTER, KELLY O'KEEFE, G. SCOTT FITZGIBBON,
JONATHAN DUNSKI, JONATHAN GALLEGOS, NEIL FAULCONBRIDGE, PHILIP SHORTELL,
TIMOTHY MACALPINE, WILLIAM R. STAFFORD*
INTRODUCING: KELVIN KRUPIAK, NATE CHAVEZ, DAVE MCDOWELL
ALSO BACK FOR A 2ND YEAR - TRUMPETERS: DON JACKSON & JOHN SCOTT
*Member Actors' Equity Association
INFO FROM LAST YEAR'S 2015 SMASH HIT!
ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by
Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach
Directed by Julia Thudium, Music Direction by Lina Ramos with Cheryl Sharps
BRIAN HANEY, JONATHAN DUNSKI, BRENNAN FOSTER, JONATHAN GALLEGOS, KELLY O'KEEFE, ED CHAVEZ, PHIL SHORTELL,
NEIL FAULCONBRIDGE, KEVIN FANNIN, TIM MACALPINE, LUKE WASHBURN, MARC COMSTOCK, SCOTT FITZGIBBON,
& WILLIAM R. STAFFORD*
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.
*denotes membership in Actors Equity Association
ABOUT our partners - THE VORTEX theatre
The Vortex, Albuquerque's oldest continuously-running Black Box Theatre, has been a pioneering venue for classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge theatre since 1976. The theatre continues to entertain audiences with some of the city's finest stage productions, from local and national premieres to new interpretations of classic works. The VORTEX is a 501(c)3 (non-profit) organization.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Julia Thudium is one of the founders and the Chief Instigator of The Mother Road Theatre Company, producing here in Albuquerque since 2007.
For MRTC, Julia has directed THE ODYSSEY, MOBY DICK, THE PENELOPIAD, THE KILLER ANGELS, THE ILLUSION, and co-directed with Vic Browder THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE AND THE JAMMER. Starting out at The Filling Station, MRTC has been the wandering minstrels of Albuquerque Theatre for a few years. MRTC is now happily producing at The Keshet Center for the Arts when they are not co-producing with other amazing theatres in town. She will be seen at Keshet later this spring in THE QUALITY OF LIFE, onstage for the first time with the other founders.
Ms. Lina Ramos, a native New Mexican, is an arts educator, director, conductor, opera singer, and performer. She has served as an educator for over 30 years, including such remarkable experiences as teaching in inner city schools in Washington, DC, and rural schools in New Mexico.
In service to the community, Ms. Ramos feels fortunate to have conducted and directed over 20 shows in the past 6 years for the musical theatre family, various churches, and private schools. In 2013, Ms. Ramos received the Best Music Director award from Albuquerque Little Theatre for her work on the production of LES MISERABLES.
Ms. Ramos also continues to teach drama, choir, and voice in numerous settings, such as her recent work with the Santa Fe Opera Alto Program.
As an artist and singer Ms. Ramos continues to perform all genres of music, such as her recent appearance as Saraghina in the concert version of the musical NINE, and for such groups as the Bach Society in Santa Fe, NM. She studied voice with Marilyn Tyler, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in Voice. Also, Ms. Ramos studied over 10 years with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Miss Jean Kraft.
Ms. Ramos is of Cuban and Mexican heritage and loves to dance salsa. Her other passions include cooking and songwriting.
Cheryl Sharps (Rehearsal Accompanist) has accompanied for several community theatre shows and music directed a couple shows. She has thoroughly enjoyed working for the first time with Mother Road Theatre's cast and directors of ALL IS CALM!
Amy Bourque (STAGE MANAGER) is a proud Mother Roader in her 4th season working with the company. This is the second time Julia has put her in charge of a cast of a dozen men. She has been seen onstage in UP, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and THE PENELOPIAD, as well as offstage far more times than is interesting to you here. She is also a company aerialist at AirDance NM, represented by Mitchell & Presley Talent Group, and a signed language interpreter. Please enjoy this show as much as she has enjoyed working on it.
Mark Frederick (STAGE MANAGER) is one of two company stage managers with Mother Road Theatre Company. He brings with him over 13 years of experience in theatre and event production. Most recently, he stage managed MRTC’s productions of THE PENELOPIAD and ENCHANTED APRIL. Mark would like to thank Julia Thudium, Amy Bourque and the entire cast for allowing him to be a part of this production, which is a reminder to him of how small acts of kindness and brief moments of peace are sometimes enough to restore faith in humanity.
Carolyn Hoffmann-Schneider (COSTUME DESIGN) holds a MFA in Costume Design from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. Recent designs include: ENCHANTED APRIL (Mother Road), WRITTEN IN THE STARS (Santa Fe Opera Education), TRUE NORTH (Santa Fe Opera Education), THE STORY OF BABAR (Ardea Arts), and THE ILLUSION (Mother Road). She has assisted various costume designers at The Santa Fe Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Off Broadway. In addition to design work, she currently works for the Santa Fe Opera as Assistant to the Costume Director.
Thomas Studer (LIGHTING DESIGN) is honored to work with Mother Road Theatre again, especially in this co-production with the Vortex Theatre. Thomas has provided scenic and/ or lighting for previous productions; LOVE SONG, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, AND THE KILLER ANGELS. Thomas studied theatre and received his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago and has worked on productions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and also worked as the Technical Director for the Smokebrush Theatre in Colorado Springs and the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Steve Corona (DIALECT COACH) appeared in Mother Road Theatre Company's premier show, THE ODYSSEY. Since then, Steve has coached a variety of dialects (Pakistani, Chicagoan, Oklahoman, Georgian, British, German, French, Irish, Scottish, and more!) in many MRTC shows including: HELLCAB, OKLAHOMA!, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, AMERICAN BUFFALO, and ENCHANTED APRIL. Steve has also coached film & TV actors such as Helen Mirren (LOVE RANCH), Gerard Butler (GAMER), Jason Isaacs (DIG), and Joel Smallbone (PRICELESS). Steve loves helping actors bring their roles to life with dialects and he's honored to continue supporting Mother Road Theatre Company as they continue producing excellent theatre.
Brian Haney is the creative director of Theatre-in-the-Making where he teaches acting, playwriting and Shakespeare to adults and children. Brian is a teaching artist with the VSA North 4th Art Center's arts program for adults with developmental disabilities. Brian's numerous acting credits include CYRANO, THE MOUSETRAP, THE KILLER ANGELS, THE WINTER'S TALE and MOBY DICK. Brian dedicates this performance to the memory of his grandfather Ed McCash. Peace on earth to all.
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.
Jonathan Dunski is the founding director of PLAY Conservatory. He has directed altogether more than 80 plays, including: THE MISER, FOOTLOOSE (Rio Rancho High School), SOUTH PACIFIC (MTS), DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS (ALT), OLIVER! (Landmark Musicals), and LORD OF THE FLIES (PLAY Conservatory). Favorite acting roles include Bobby in COMPANY, The Baker in INTO THE WOODS, and Hal in PROOF. He last appeared on the MRTC stage in THE KILLER ANGELS – once again feeling blessed to go to war with Julia and the boys. Jonathan is a proud alumnus of the Penn State Thespians. He makes his living as a technical writer.
William R. Stafford* comes from the long-standing family business, Sadie’s of NM. In addition, William performed in over 60 theatre and film productions combined. Directing credits include; SYLVIA, THE FANTASTICS, CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR, WIZARD OF OZ, SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, WILLY WONKA, INTO THE WOODS, CUCKOO'S NEST, ENCHANTED APRIL and many others. Mother Road acting credits include: VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Eddie Carbone), LAST NIGHT OF BALLHOO (Uncle Adolph). Currently Board President of Mother Road Theatre. William wants to thank Amanda, Theron and Samuel for all their support. William is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Brennan Foster made his Mother Road debut this season with 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!
ACTORS MAKING THEIR DEBUT WITH MRTC
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.
Marc Comstock is thrilled to be working with The Vortex again and for first time with Mother Road. Marc was most recently seen in Stage Kiss here at The Vortex. Previous credits include, SIDE MEN, SAVAGE IN LIMBO, ORPHANS, BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY, SEVEN YEAR ITCH and SPEED THE PLOW. Film and TV credits include MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, as well as recurring roles on THE NIGHT SHIFT and MANHATTAN. This show is dedicated to Mom and Dad who always knew I had a song in me, even if I didn’t.
Scott Fitzgibbon is performing in his first show with both Mother Road, and the Vortex. He is delighted for the opportunity to expand his theatrical horizons. He was recently in CURTAINS at The Adobe Theatre. Scott sang with every chorus he could get into when he was at UNM, and was with the SANTA FE DESERT CHORALE for two seasons. He would like to thank his wonderful wife for her support for shows she could not be in, and the rest of his family for their support through the years.
Tim MacAlpine makes his Mother Road debut in ALL IS CALM. 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.
Luke Washburn is very excited to be appearing in his first stage production with Mother Road. He previously sang in the St. John's College Chamber Choir. He works as a firefighter and ski patroller.
Neil Faulconbridge is happy to be to be making his Mother Road debut in such a prestigious show, on a subject dear to his heart. These events ended monarchies and empires but for Neil they mark the emergence of the voice of the common man in literature, through poetry and autobiography, and political discourse with the emergence of a proud Socialist in government. Vortex regulars may recognize him from any of six previous shows - it all began here seven years ago with the marvelously profane OZZY OSBOURNE.