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By the Bog of Cats is a riveting play, given a riveting production by The Rogue.

—Arizona Daily Star

Marissa Garcia’s performance as the doomed and yet determined Hester Swane
sets a new standard in local theater for pouring out all of one’s talent to the audience.

—Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

I saw the performance on Thursday and it was incredible!

—Ramjeet Kaur

A 15+ on a scale of 1 to 10... Powerful play and performances by the whole ensemble. Once again, The Rogue Theatre has given Tucson a gift. This is a play you should not miss.

—TripAdvisor.com

'By the Bog of Cats' by Marina Carr

By the Bog of Cats

by Marina Carr

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
LARRY BOUTIS & BARBARA MARTINSONS

Directed by Joseph McGrath
Music Direction by Jake Sorgen

January 7–24, 2016

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.matinees January 16 & 23

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Set on the bleak, ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats
and loosely based on Euripides’ tragedy Medea,
this is the prophetic tale of Hester Swane, an Irish Traveller,
who attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment.

 

Connor Foster as the Ghost of Joseph Swane and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Connor Foster as the Ghost of Joseph Swane and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

 

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

 

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Carthage Kilbride and Patty Gallagher as Mrs. Kilbride

Ryan Parker Knox as Carthage Kilbride and Patty Gallagher as Mrs. Kilbride

 

Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

 

Podcast

Listen to our free open talk on
Unearthing Ireland
that was presented by
Holly Griffith on Saturday, January 2nd.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

This open talk was supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

Poster

View the full-sized poster for the play

 

 


 

Press

By the Bog of Cats both chilling and wrenching

Review of By the Bog of Cats by Chuck Graham on January 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue’s By the Bog of Cats a dark stunner

Review of By the Bog of Cats by Kathleen Allen in the January 14 Arizona Daily Star

Rogue Theatre play mixes tragedy and humor in By the Bog of Cats

Preview of By the Bog of Cats by Kathleen Allen in the January 7 Arizona Daily Star

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Direction

Joseph McGrath, Director

Joseph McGrath (Director) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre.  For The Rogue Theatre, Joe authored and directed Immortal Longings, and directed The Lady in the Looking Glass, Dante’s Purgatorio, Mistake of the Goddess, Mother Courage and Her Children, As I Lay Dying, The Real Inspector Hound (2010 Mac Award for Best Director), The Decameron, Our Town, Red Noses, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play), and The Balcony. Joe was most recently seen as Claudius in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Johnnie ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem, Myron Berger in Awake and Sing, Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Richard III. In 2009 Joe won the Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Tobias in A Delicate Balance. He has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company, performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, and Arizona OnStage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s direction of By the Bog of Cats is supported in part by a generous gift from Andy & Cammie Watson.

Notes from the Director

There’s been a nagging question on our minds as we’ve been putting together By the Bog of Cats: Why do we do this—this shocking and traumatic exercise? Why do we reflect on the story of Medea? What cautions or profound emotional experiences make these two and a half hours of our lives a worthy expense of our time?

It is a pressing and disturbing question. Medea, as an archetype, a representative of a part of our human experience, has been with us for millennia, and we have been drawn back to her from time to time. Other cultures have their own parallel images: the Hindu goddess Kali, creator and destroyer, and La Llorona, the weeping woman legend of Hispanic America are just two. Those of us who have watched rehearsals and the heart-breaking ending of the play can attest to the deep emotional effect of the consequences enacted on a broken community with ancient sins. There is, perhaps, satisfaction in witnessing the universe return itself to balance, despite the horrible price—an event not dissimilar to that of Hamlet.

I am thrilled to bring you this work of Marina Carr. She has put together, I think, a more thorough rendering of Medea than Euripides himself. We can see the world through Hester’s eyes, and understand her plight, and at the same time, we cannot endorse her response. In addition, Carr has succeeded in bringing us a world that is very funny along with its pathos.

The greatest directing challenge Carr’s play presents is its style—the essential theatrical nature of the world of the Bog. As contemporary Western theatre-goers we anticipate and are accustomed to the conventions of realism. Classical conceits are understandable but more challenging. Carr splits those worlds in this play. Though the play is set on the Bog, the ground is constantly shifting to the house, the caravan, and even the interior of the Cassidy house in the second act. Yet the specifics of the settings are irrelevant to the unfolding scenes—much like classical Greek theatre. This will occasionally leave us a bit confused about the locale of scenes, though the action will make that setting largely unimportant. I cannot help but feel that this is intentional on Marina Carr’s part. It gives the action a dreamlike, legendary feel that frees us from the pedestrian questions of moment-to-moment living.

Perhaps the greatest gift to me in putting this play together is the presence of Larisa Cota as the young Josie Swane. Marina Carr has written a very challenging part in Josie—wise and clever beyond her years—and Larisa has risen to the occasion beautifully with the devoted support of her mother Renee, and the critical participation of our Hester, Marissa Garcia, Larisa’s godmother. It takes the hard work of many people to bring this role of Josie Swane to life. We have been blessed with their participation.

—Joseph McGrath, Director
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

 

 

About the Playwright

Marina Carr was born on November 17, 1964, in Tullamore, County Offaly, a midlands Irish town located near two bog preserves. Her mother died when she was 17 years old. Carr graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 with a degree in English and Philosophy, and she was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin City University, and University College Dublin. Many of Carr's works are influenced by classical and Celtic mythology, as well as contemporary Irish culture and politics. Her latest play Hecuba premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in September 2015. Her plays By the Bog of Cats and Woman and Scarecrow have been anthologized frequently, and The Abbey Theatre has recognized Marina Carr as a leading playwright of Ireland. She currently lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.

Marina Carr (Playwright)

 

David Greenwood as Xavier Cassidy and Holly Griffith as Caroline Cassidy

David Greenwood as Xavier Cassidy and Holly Griffith as Caroline Cassidy

 

Roger Owen as Father Willow and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

Roger Owen as Father Willow and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

 

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Esther Almazan as Monica Murray

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Esther Almazan as Monica Murray

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

Monica Murray Esther Almazan
Ghost Fancier Matt Bowdren*
Josie Kilbride Larisa Cota
Ghost of Joseph Swane Connor Foster
Mrs. Kilbride Patty Gallagher*
Hester Swane Marissa Garcia
Xavier Cassidy David Greenwood*
Caroline Cassidy Holly Griffith
Young Dunne Griffin Johnston
Carthage Kilbride Ryan Parker Knox*
Catwoman Cynthia Meier
Father Willow Roger Owen

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Esther Almazán (Monica Murray)

Esther Almazán (Monica Murray) appeared in The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Balcony and The Dead in its first season. She has her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts and her Master’s in scriptwriting. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of theatres including, Borderlands Theater, British American Theatre Institute, Something Something Theatre, Discovery Children’s Theatre, a.k.a. Theatre, TADA, Old Pueblo Playwrights, Homoneurotic Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre, Greer Garson Theatre, and The Tucson Fringe Festival. Her original plays have been performed at the Pandora Festival, WriteNow! and The Apron Strings Project. Her most recent work included directing Gnawing the Bone, sheworXX Theatre’s production of seven original scripts. Esther is beyond thrilled to be back on The Rogue Theatre stage and working with this magnificent group of people.
Esther Almazán’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Joyce Ambruster.

Matt Bowdren (Ghost Fancier) is an Artistic Associate and Education Director for The Rogue Theatre. At the Rogue he has appeared in Hamlet (2015 Mac Award for Best Actor), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Awake and Sing, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, New-Found-Land, The Four of Us, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Goat. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman with the Now Theatre and Romeo and Juliet with Southwest Shakespeare. Recently Matt was seen as a Faculty Fellow and teaching artist with The Arizona Repertory Theatre in Frankenstein and Othello. Regionally Matt has performed in Georgia and New York City with The Rose of Athens, Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Collaborative Stages. Matt holds an M.F.A in Performance from the University of Georgia.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Karen DeLay & Bill Sandel.

Matt Bowdren (Ghost Fancier)
Larisa Cota (Josie Kilbride)

Larisa Cota (Josie Kilbride) Larisa is excited to return to The Rogue after her acting debut in 2013 in after the quake. Larisa is 8 years old and is in the 3rd grade at Davis Bilingual Magnet School. Larisa enjoys dancing, drawing, painting and playing Mariachi music on the violin. Larisa has a natural talent for performing and is excited to continue her acting career.
Larisa Cota’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

Connor Foster (Ghost of Joseph Swane) is performing in his ninth show with The Rogue Theatre. Connor first worked with The Rogue in 2008 when he appeared as The Boy in Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012 he worked as an ensemble character in Mother Courage, then in 2013 he played Claudio in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Last season he played Davey in Jerusalem, a member of the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass and Salanio in The Merchant of Venice. This season he appeared as Horatio in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He is currently attending the University of Arizona as a B.A. Theater major. Connor would like to thank his family and friends for the love and support they've shown him in pursuing his passion.
Connor Foster’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Sally Gershon in memory of Bob Gershon.

Connor Foster (Ghost of Joseph Swane)
Patty Gallagher (Mrs. Kilbride)

Patty Gallagher (Mrs. Kilbride) is an Artistic Associate of The Rogue Theatre and Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown traditions. With The Rogue, she was last seen as Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and has performed the roles of Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Mabel in The Lady in the Looking Glass, Madame Moiselle in Dante’s Purgatorio, Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Kali in Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Red Peter in Kafka’s Monkey, Mrs. Samsa in Metamorphosis, Monkey King in Journey to the West, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Player 1 in Shipwrecked!, Alibech in The Decameron, Ariel in The Tempest, Rani in Naga Mandala, Emilia in Othello, the Player in Act Without Words, Orlando in Orlando, Sonnerie and Scarron in Red Noses, Winnie in Happy Days, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard and Shen Te in The Good Woman of Setzuan. She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba. She has performed, choreographed and directed workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and the U.S. In 2006 she was Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. In 2014 she was awarded the Pavel Machotka Chair in Creative Studies at UCSC’s Porter College. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from University of Wisconsin–Madison. From 2002 to 2010, she was Director in Residence at the Clown Conservatory, San Francisco Circus Center.
Patty Gallagher’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Anne & Edmund Griffith.

Marissa Garcia (Hester Swane) has appeared at The Rogue in The Merchant of Venice, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Betrayal, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, and Major Barbara. Marissa has been honored to work for troupes in Colorado and California and graced with the talents of band mates throughout the country. A homegrown export, Marissa is a native Tucsonan and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona. Other local roles include: Ann Deever in All My Sons (Live Theatre Workshop), Thomasina Coverly in Arcadia (Arizona Repertory Theatre) and Ana Hernandez in Living Out (Borderlands Theater—Mac Award Nominee, Best Actress).
Marissa Garcia’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

Marissa Garcia (Hester Swane)
David Greenwood (Xavier Cassidy)

David Greenwood (Xavier Cassidy) has appeared at The Rogue in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron and The Rogue’s first production, The Balcony. David has appeared locally in Shining City and The Birthday Party at Beowulf Alley Theatre and The One-Armed Man, The Disposal and The Glass Menagerie at Tucson Art Theatre.
David Greenwood’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Meg & Peter Hovell.

Holly Griffith (Caroline Cassidy) has performed at The Rogue Theatre as Ophelia in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, in the ensemble of The Lady in the Looking Glass, as Pea in Jerusalem, in the ensemble of Purgatorio and as Chloë Coverly in Arcadia. Holly has also served at The Rogue as a box office assistant, Stage Manager for Waiting for Godot and as dramaturg for Awake and Sing, Measure for Measure and Mistake of the Goddess. Holly received her Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Arizona in 2015. Holly has also served as the President of Emerson Dance Company in Boston, MA, and choreographed a Student Dance Showcase at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. Holly also directed Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, and co-directed Brian Friel’s Lovers for Rareworks Theatre Company in Boston, MA.
Holly Griffith’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Susan Collinet.

Holly Griffith (Caroline Cassidy)
Griffin Johnston (Young Dunne)

Griffin Johnston (Young Dunne) appeared earlier this season at The Rogue Theatre as a member of the ensemble in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Griffin recently returned from Northwestern University’s Cherubs program where he was in The Secret in the Wings. He is a senior at Catalina Foothills High School where he has been studying theater for the last three years and has worked on multiple productions including Noises Off, One Man Two Guvnors, The Crucible, and The Boys Next Door. Griffin would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Stefanie and Terry Erbe along with all his friends who have supported him.
Griffin Johnston’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

Ryan Parker Knox (Carthage Kilbride)   The Rogue’s 11th Anniversary Season marks Ryan’s fourth as a member of the Resident Acting Company. He has previously appeared in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Dante’s Purgatorio, Betrayal, Arcadia (2014 Mac Award for Best Actor), Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Richard III, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, and Journey to the West."RPK" is a native South Dakotan, but spent nearly eleven years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area working for various theatres, including Gremlin Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and Paul Bunyan Playhouse to name a few. But Ryan is pleased to now call Tucson home thanks to the fiercely intelligent Rogue audiences and his superb fellow ensemble members, a loyal day job that works with his Rogue schedule, and his lovely lady Shayna. Finally, Ryan would like to dedicate this and every performance in the 2015–16 season to the memory of Lillian Fisher.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Kristi Lewis.

Ryan Parker Knox (Carthage Kilbride)
Cynthia Meier (Catwoman)

Cynthia Meier (Catwoman) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue, and has appeared in The Lady in the Looking Glass, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, The New Electric Ballroom, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron, Ghosts, Not I, Our Town, A Delicate Balance, Immortal Longings, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat (2008 Mac Award for Best Actress), The Maids, Endymion, and The Balcony. Cynthia has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star. She has also performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arizona Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre) and A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner). Cynthia co-founded Bloodhut Productions, which toured throughout the western United States. Cynthia holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.
Cynthia Meier’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Katherine Smith.

Roger Owen (Father Willow) has been acting off and on since 1965. This is his sixth appearance at The Rogue, having played Gaev in The Cherry Orchard and King Edward IV in Richard III and performed roles in The Real Inspector Hound, Red Noses and The Good Woman of Setzuan. Other favorite roles include Macbeth, Oberon, and Toby Belch (in Invisible Theatre’s Shakespeare Under the Stars summer series in the mid-1970s), Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire at Greene Street Theatre in Key West (with Tennessee Williams collaborating) and Jerry in Albee’s Zoo Story. Recent roles include Doug in Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky at Live Theatre Workshop, Charlie in Albee’s Seascape and George Pye in Humble Boy at Beowulf Alley Theatre, President Warren G. Harding in Camping With Henry & Tom at Invisible Theatre, Beverly Weston in August Osage County, Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman, and three characters in United with Winding Road Theatre.
Roger Owen’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Roger Owen (Father Willow)

 

 

Jake Sorgen and Samantha Bounkeua

Jake Sorgen and Samantha Bounkeua

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Music

Guitar, Mandolin     Jake Sorgen      
Violin     Samantha Bounkeua      

Music Director’s Notes

I first encountered this play when I composed a score for Holly Griffith’s production of By the Bog of Cats in Boston in 2012. The opportunity to revisit it years later is one I could not pass up. Marina Carr offers up an incredible palette to work with for a theatre musician, tapping into the deep history of song and story’s interconnectedness in Irish culture. Celtic music is known both for its hard hitting jigs and reels and its penetrating ballads, and Carr has written a piece that allows for both in full force. The appearance of the violin, played with skill and sensitivity by Samantha Bounkeua, elevates dialogue and story to that quintessentially Celtic space where the line between poetry and song is hard to locate.

Throughout the play you’ll hear Irish jigs such as “Gravel Walk,” “Road to Lisdoonvarna,” and “Musical Priest,” alongside original music. You’ll also hear the song “By the Bog of Cats,” with lyrics written by Carr and a melody loosely based on Dick Gaughan’s rendition of “Craigie Hill.” One of the final musical passages is an original composition based on one of the greatest of all Irish ballads, “O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music.”

—Jake Sorgen, Music Director and Composer

 

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition) was music director for Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem and Awake and Sing at The Rogue Theatre, and has performed as a musician at The Rogue in Purgatorio and Betrayal. Jake is a musician/composer originally from Woodstock, New York. Trained as both a guitarist and saxophonist, Jake has performed on numerous plucked string and wind instruments in styles including Medieval, Baroque, Classical, American and European folk, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. As a solo artist Jake has released two albums, Sudden Myth in 2012 and In Transit in 2013, and in 2012 Jake composed the score for Rareworks Theatre’s productions of Lovers and By the Bog of Cats. A forthcoming album of lyrical songs and a new instrumental work are both due out in 2016.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Pam Shack.

Samantha Bounkeua (Violin) graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. She loves exploring cross-genre collaborations and is currently an active member in many local music groups including Tucson ChamberLab, Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments, and Two-Door Hatchback. For more information go to www.SamanthaBounkeua.com.

Samantha Bounkeua (Violinist)

 

Griffin Johnston as Young Dunne and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

Griffin Johnston as Young Dunne and Cynthia Meier as Catwoman

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Carthage Kilbride and Patty Gallagher as Mrs. Kilbride

Ryan Parker Knox as Carthage Kilbride and Patty Gallagher as Mrs. Kilbride

 

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Bev & Bob Bechtel.

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Don Fox
 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Christopher Johnson*
Assistant Director Matt Bowdren*
Special Directing Assistant for Ms. Cota Marissa Garcia
Dialect Coach David Morden*
Dramaturg Holly Griffith
Fight Choreography Brent Gibbs*
Death Dance Choreography Daniel Precup
Scenic Artists Amy Novelli & Joseph McGrath*
Set Construction Christopher Johnson & Joseph McGrath
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier
Properties Master Christopher Johnson
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
Lighting Crew Domino Mannheim
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager Leigh Moyer & Elizabeth Schloss
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Don Fox (Lighting Design)

Don Fox (Lighting Design) has designed lights for The Rogue Theatre for Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Lady in the Looking Glass, The Merchant of Venice, Awake and Sing, Dante’s Purgatorio, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, and Mistake of the Goddess. Don is currently engaged as Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. He earned his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in Theatre Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Don is the Lighting and Projections Designer and Production Manager for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker and also toured nationally with Circus Electronica and internationally to China with Tucson’s Artifact Dance Project, for whom he is also a resident designer. Don serves as lighting and scenic designer for the Post Playhouse at Ft. Robinson State Park in northwest Nebraska where five full-length musicals run in rotation seasonally. Prior to returning to grad school, Don was the Technical Director and Facilities manager for the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, in Washington’s Cascade Mountains where more recently he has produced The Rocky Horror Show, Bat Boy the Musical, and Cabaret. He has served as lighting and sound consultant for Silversea Cruises and twice designed Shakespeare in the Park for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Favorite Tucson designs include Arizona Onstage’s production of Les Miserables and SAAF’s Moda Provacateur fashion show/fundraiser. His complete portfolio is at www.DonFoxDesigns.com.

Christopher Johnson (Stage Manager) has previously appeared at The Rogue in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Jerusalem, Purgatorio, Richard III, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, and As I Lay Dying. Stage managing credits include productions of Oleanna, Steel Magnolias, Angel Street, The Importance of Being Earnest, Moon Over Buffalo, Cowboy Mouth, two seasons of The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Winter Festival, and The Rogue’s own The Lady in the Looking Glass.

Christopher Johnson (Stage Manager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13, using near-lethal home-made equipment.  Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and then was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, including the inaugural production at the National Theatre in London (Hamlet, directed by Olivier). He later transferred to the general lighting industry, handling projects ranging from major sports stadia to cathedrals, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting innumerable shows on both sides of the Atlantic.  When the Rogue established itself at The Historic Y in 2009, he volunteered for the initial lighting “hang,” returning in 2013 to work with lighting designer Don Fox and later with Deanna Fitzgerald.  For the 2014-15 season, he planned and supervised the installation of an extensive permanent wiring system that enables the lighting crews to devote more time to the creative process.  In Tucson, he also directs the technical and logistical aspects of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraisers, including the fashion show Moda Provocateur.

Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing. In addition to being House Manager, Susan serves on the Board of Directors and acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.

Susan Collinet, House Manager

 

 

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

 

Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride

Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

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Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

 

Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for By the Bog of Cats

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Click here for information on free off-street parking

Performance run time of By the Bog of Cats is two hours and forty minutes, including one ten-minute intermission, and not including music preshow or post-show discussion.

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, January 8, 2016, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 15, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

 

Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

Larisa Cota as Josie Kilbride and Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane

 

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier

Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane and Matt Bowdren as the Ghost Fancier

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

 

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