by Strange Attractor and Lightning Rod Special
Directed and Created by Rebecca Noon
Assistant Direction by Tenara Calem
With Performer/Creators Aram Aghazarian, Roblin Gray Davis, Jed Hancock-Brainerd, Katie Gould, Jennifer Kidwell, Mason Rosenthal, Scott Sheppard, Clara Weishahn, and Alice Yorke
Costume Design by Rebecca Kanach
Set and Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring
Asst. Set and Lighting Design by Michael Lambui
Sound Design by Brad Pouliot
Prop Design by Alicia Crosby
Production Management by Kelly Orenshaw
Stage Management by Eleanor Safer
Technical Direction by Derek C. Hachkowski
For information and photos from the 2015 and 2016 runs, please check out the show page.
STRANGE ATTRACTOR THEATRE CO. is Aram Aghazarian, Jed Hancock-Brainerd, Rebecca Noon and Roblin Gray Davis. We create inviting and unexpected performances that challenge the popular conception of live theatre while engaging new audiences with original, high-caliber, physically devised work. Living in three distinct communities, we seek to build theatre equally with, for, and in those three communities rather than belonging to only one: Providence, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Juneau, Alaska. Our geographic differences strengthen the innovation of the work we make, our ties to the places in which we live and work, and the reach of devised theatre.
LIGHTNING ROD SPECIAL is a raucous and contemplative physical theatre company based in Philadelphia. Our work engages a highly collaborative, actor-driven approach. Like scientists, we begin each project with a hypothesis. Following artistic investigations, we find our way to completed works of theatre that are varied in their form, style, and content. In this way, creating original work is a process we utilize to ask questions of ourselves, our audience, and the world at large. Exploding complex questions with precision and play, Lightning Rod Special makes live performance from the ground up.
SANS EVERYTHING TEAM BIOS
Aram Aghazarian (creator, performer) is a Philadelphia-based performer, theater creator, and teacher. He is a founding member of Strange Attractor Theatre Company: Sans Everything, Enlightenment On E Floor North, A Terrific Fire, Forward Operating Base. Theater work includes Pig Iron Theater Company (Swamp Is On, 99 Breakups, Pay Up), Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (The Sincerity Project, The Sincerity Project (2016), Punchkapow), Lightning Rod Special (Let the Dog See the Rabbit), Animal Engine Theater Company, NYC (Age of the Android), Perseverance Theatre, AK (Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Eurydice). He is faculty at Community College of Philadelphia and the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. He holds a BA from Temple University and is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts.
Jed Hancock-Brainerd (creator, performer) is a Newport-anchored Providence based performance maker and one-fourth of the tri-coastal devising company, Strange Attractor, creating original theatre in Providence, Philadelphia, and Juneau, AK. Since forming in 2010 he has co-created 8 new works with Strange Attractor, and also served with company member Rebecca Noon and frequent collaborator Jeremy Radtke as the design team behind the School House Long House at the RISD Museum’s 2013 show, Locally Made. Jed holds an MFA from the London International School of Performing Arts in Lecoq Based Actor Created Physical Theatre, a BFA in Theatre Arts from University of RI and has shared his training through classes and workshops at Brown University, RIC, URI, Roger Williams University and in Alaska at Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Perseverance Theatre. Thanks to Reebs for making our life possible!
Tenara Calem (assistant director) is a playwright/performer/creator living in Philadelphia, PA. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of theaters across the country in several different capacities, including Columbus Civic Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Target Margin Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Horizon Theatre Company, Theater Junge Generation in Dresden, Germany, Painted Bride Art Center, and Pig Iron Theatre Company. Tenara is a 2015 grad from Bennington College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in drama/politics. Thanks to Rebecca and all of the LRS/Strange Attractor crew for letting her tag along!
Alicia Crosby (prop designer) is a Philadelphia based artist, designer, maker, mover and shaker. As a graduate of the Pig Iron School and Tyler School of Art, Alicia blends seductive visuals and theatrical movements. Recent projects include Pandæmonium with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and O Monsters with New Paradise Laboratories. Alicia would like to thank Lightning Rod Special for this opportunity. #propsdontstop
Roblin Gray Davis (creator, performer) is an innovational performer, director, drama specialist, teaching artist and lifelong Alaskan theatre maker. He is co-director of Strange Attractor Theatre Company and is part of Perseverance Theatre’s community of artists in Juneau, AK. Credits include collaboratively devised shows Enlightenment on E Floor North, A Terrific Fire, In Cahoots, Mumble in Numbskull, and acting in Of Mice and Men, The 39 Steps, Battles of Fire and Water, and Wittenberg at Perseverance Theatre.
Roblin holds an M.F.A. in Actor Created Theatre from Naropa University/London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), a Certificate from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and a B.A. from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. Other studies include professional development with Giovanni Fusetti, Aitor Basauri, Thomas Prattki, Phillipe Gaulier, Ronlin Foreman, Sue Morrison, Kevin Kulkhe, Daniel Stein, Corrine Soum and Steven Wasson. He has been honored for performance by awards from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and was one of the first Alaska State Council on the Arts Connie Boochever Artist Fellows.
Katie Gould (creator, performer) is a Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special and 2013 APT graduate. She is a theater deviser, musician, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and very recently a fiancé, dog mom and business owner. Philly credits include Let the Dog See the Rabbit with LRS, 99 Breakups with Pig Iron Theater Company, Dark Play with Theater Exile, Bluebird with EgoPo and Alex Bechtel’s The West. Love to J.
Derek C. Hachkowski (technical director) is excited to be working with Strange Attractor and Lightning Rod Special on Sans Everything. From 2013 until recently he was FringeArts full time Director of Production where he met this great group of creators. Previous he has worked for the Prince Music Theater as their Technical Director/Master Electrician until 2009, after that at Drexel as the theater production manager and adjunct faculty member and freelanced in the community as the Master Electrician for 1812 Productions and was a Production Coordinator/Technical Director for Curtis Institute of Music Operas. Currently he is back in the freelance world of being a theater technician and production management. Designing occasionally his work includes lighting Mask & Wig Club’s: No Place Like Rome, Flight Club, Beautopia: A Face Odyssey, Wishful Sinking, & Comedy of Terrors, scenery for Drexel for Reefer Madness, Our Town, and Grapes of Wrath.
Rebecca Kanach (costume designer) is resident designer and company member of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia. Previous work includes: Andy: A Popera (Beards/Opera Phildalphia), The Jungle Book (Pa Ballet/Curtis). Open Now: John (Arden Theatre), Color Me Bearded (Beards/Phila Art Museum). Upcoming: Leper + Chip (Inis Nua). Many thanks to LRS for this adventure!
Jennifer Kidwell (creator, performer) is a performing artist. Recent projects – Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, FringeArts), Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Dan Hurlin), I Understand Everything Better (David Neumann/advanced beginner group), Antigone (The Wilma Theater), I Promised Myself to Live Faster (PITC). She’s a 2016 Pew Fellow.
Michael Lambui (assistant set/lighting designer) is a freelance lighting and set designer in Philadelphia. He is thrilled to be working on his first show with Lightning Rod Special. Recent works in Philadelphia include: How We Got On (LD) at Azuka Theatre; In the Clearing (LD) with Birds On A Wire; The Long Tides (LD) with Nicole Quenelle; The Invisible Hand (ASD) at Theatre Exile; I Am Not My Motherland (ASD/ALD) at Orbiter 3; The Pirates of Penzance (SD) with the Savoy Company. Michael holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of the Arts. To see more of his work visit michaellambui.com
Rebecca Noon (creator, director) is a Rhode Island-based actor-creator and community arts organizer. She runs Strange Attractor with cohorts from Philadelphia, and Juneau, AK. Since 2010, they have created several original shows and experiences, including 2013’s Enlightenment on E Floor North (a play about museum security guards) for the Philly Fringe Festival. Rebecca is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company where she fosters partnerships resulting in large-scale events, evolutions in season planning, and more. Rebecca has been supported by the RI State Council on the Arts for numerous Strange Attractor projects, and is the 2017 RISCA Playwriting Fellow. Rebecca holds a BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts. On August 21 Strange Attractor will perform a 100-person Sea Pageant on First Beach in Newport, RI for the ocean in conjunction with a solar eclipse.
Thanks to LRS for agreeing to work on Sans Everything four years ago and continuing to say yes to it, my fellow Strange Attractors for making my creative life possible, my colleagues at Trinity Rep for their support, Jed’s parents Maryellen & George, and the most forever thanks to my mom Robyn Einhorn.
Kelly Orenshaw (production manager) is the Technical Supervisor at Venice Island Performing Arts Center. Favorite productions include 1776, King Lear, Pippin, and Spring Awakening. She’s excited to be working on this production after the Underground Railroad Game with the 2015 Fringe Festival. Proud graduate of DeSales University.
Bradley Pouliot (sound designer) is thrilled to be a part of this production! Past sound designs include Theater Exile: Guards at the Taj. Revolution Shakespeare: King John. UArts: Marie Christine, The 39 Steps, Godspell. 11th Hour: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Big Fish, Factory Girls, Big Red Sun. Assistant Sound Design; Wilma: An Octoroon. Be sure to see his upcoming work as Associate Designer at the 2017 Polyphone Festival and Assistant Designer on The Light Princess at The Arden Theatre Co. As always, thanks to friends and family for their continued support. http://www.bpsounddesign.com
Eleanor Safer (stage manager) is a Philly based stage manager. Eleanor previously worked with Lightning Rod Special on Let The Dog See The Rabbit and is super excited to work with them again! Credits include: Animal Farm to Table [Renegade], The Comedy of Errors [REV Theatre Co], Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Foreigner, Shooting Star [Bristol Valley Theatre], A Knee That Can Bend [Orbiter 3]. Upcoming: Ironbound and HIR [Simpatico Theatre]. Love to my Philly family. http://www.eleanorsafer.com
Scott Sheppard (creator, performer) is a performer, creator, director, and teacher living in Philadelphia. As Co-Director of the Philadelphia-based theater company Lightning Rod Special, he has been a creator/performer for all of their productions. Scott is a member of the inaugural class at Pig Iron’s School for Advanced Performance Training (2011-2013) and was a creator/performer for Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups and a performer in PITC’s Gentlemen Volunteers (2015-17 remount). In 2014 he was a guest faculty member at Colgate University where he directed and co-created the student production, Seeing the Beast. Recent credits: co-creator/performer in Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYC and FringeArts, PHL), co-creator/performer in Holden (New Ohio Theater, NYC and FringeArts, PHL) and performer in The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Arden Theatre Co., PHL). Scott is also a 2016 recipient of the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Performing Arts.
Mason Rosenthal (creator, performer) is an original performance maker, actor, director, dancer, and teacher from Skokie, Illinois. He is a Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special and a member of The Medium Theatre Company both based out of Philadelphia. Mason holds a BFA in Drama from New York University where he studied with The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. He has studied improvisational dance and pedagogical techniques with his mentor George Russell since 2006. Mason was on faculty at The Atlantic from 2007 to 2011. In 2011 he moved from NYC to Philadelphia to be the Headlong Performance Institute’s first teaching fellow.
Recent credits: Kreon in Antigonick (Dan Rogers and Erik Ruin), creator/director for Living Retablos: St. Rita (The Barnes Foundation), creator/director for ONE WAY RED (2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival), dancer in En-Trance (Group Motion), creator/director for Cones (Medium Theatre Company), creator/performer in 99 Breakups (Pig Iron Theatre Company). Mason teaches performance creation techniques as a guest artist with the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and The Philadelphia School. Next: creating/directing a new evening length work for Commonspace, a collaboration between First Person Arts and WHYY. http://www.masonrosenthal.weebly.com
Masha Tsimring (set/lightning designer) is a Philly & NYC based lighting designer for performance. Recently: Constellations (Wilma); Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page73); Grounded (Interact); The Elementary Spacetime Show (UArts/Fringe); In the Next Room (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); Minor Character (New Saloon/Invisible Dog); Heart of Darkness (BAC); The Place We Built, Wolf in the River (The Flea); The Bachelors, Wyoming (Lesser America); Hand, Foot, Fizzle, Face (Piehole); So Long Willy, Let’s Go Home (I AM A BOYS CHOIR); Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile); The Price, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Member of the Wedding (Triad Stage); American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre); Masha is the Head of the Design Program at the University of the Arts. MFA – Yale School of Drama. http://www.mashald.com
Clara Weishahn (creator, performer) is a theatre artist who performs, directs, and creates scripted, scored, and devised works with East Coast and Pacific Northwest collaborators. Favorite projects include developing Sans Everything with Strange Attractor Theater Company and Lightning Rod Special, directing a site-specific production of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen on a farm near Portland, OR for Opera Theater Oregon, creating Idle in Newport, RI with Strange Attractor, and performing in Morality Play at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Clara teaches all-abilities theatre classes for adults through Trinity Repertory Company and directs opera students at Providence College. Next, Clara will perform in a new play in her hometown of Haines, Alaska, and will appear in King Elizabeth at the Gamm. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from Portland State University and studied at the London International School of Performing Arts and the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.
Alice Yorke (creator, performer) is a Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special, with whom she created and performed in Hackles, Let the Dog See the Rabbit, and Sans Everything. Other performance credits include Alex Bechtel’s The West, Pig Iron’s 99 Breakups and Pay Up, Interact Theatre’s Down Past Passyunk, and dancing with clown-funk band, Red 40 and the Last Groovement. She has worked as a props designer for Theatre Exile (True West, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Flashpoint (Miz Martha, Herringbone), Pig Iron (Pay Up, 99 Breakups), The Bearded Ladies Cabaret (Bitter Homes and Gardens, Andy: a Popera) and the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. Proud graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.
SUPPORT (GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES)
AS220, Charlestown Working Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Roger Williams University, The Network of Ensemble Theaters, NEFA, RISCA, Wyncote Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, FringeArts, Haverford College and the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities, the Nelson Talbott Foundation.
Roblin Gray Davis is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Aram Aghazarian, Katie Gould, Lillian Ransijn, and Eleanor Safer for housing.
Performers, volunteers, and attendees of our “Everything Spectacular.”
Mel Leeds, Hallie Martenson, Meg Morris, and everyone at FringeArts.
Caitlin Antram, Devon Allen, Alex Bechtel, Tenara Calem, Alex Cohen and the Cohen Family, Chris Davis, Elizabeth, Forrest and Arlo of the Pisel-Davis Clan, Kamili Feelings, Marcia Ferguson, Jillian Jetton, Page Talbott & Jim Gould, John Muse, Jaclyn Pryor, Gina Renzi and the Rotunda, Susan Rethorst, Benjamin Rosenthal, Alex Torra, the Weishahn Family.