ArtsWork receives “Partner Through the Arts” award for second straight year

May 8, 2002

ArtsWork: The Kax Herberger Center for Children & the Arts was named "Partner Through the Arts - 2002" by Free Arts of Arizona. This is the second straight year they have received this honor.

Artswork, created in 1996, unites Arizona State University artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts. The program is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU, and is headed up by Professor Roger Bedard.
Free Arts of Arizona is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the arts to abused, neglected and homeless children in Maricopa County. This award is given to a community organization that has helped Free Arts of Arizona create the most impact in the lives of disadvantaged children in the past year. Download Full Image

ArtsWork received the award for their partnership with Free Arts on a multicultural theatre camp. This June, ArtsWork and Free Arts will continue their collaboration with the Herberger Theatre Center through a multicultural theatre camp for 25 Children.

The culminating theatre project will be presented to the children's peers, families and the public at the Herberger Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. on June 21. The performance will be free to the public and residents of Free Arts partner facilities.

This summer, the project is under the direction of theatre artist Jacqueline Masei of Phoenix's Essential Theatre, master mask artist Zarco Guerrero and recent ASU Masters in Fine Arts/Theatre for Youth graduate Emily Petkewich.

"It is an honor to work in partnership with the dedicated staff and volunteers at Free Arts," says Bedard. "Through this partnership we are able to make a difference in the lives of many often forgotten young people."

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Megan Krause

Student Production presents Renaissance classic, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

April 22, 2002

WHAT: Student Production in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, the classic tale of man and his search for limits of human knowledge. As one of Christopher Marlowe's better-known plays, Doctor Faustus examines the age-old question of man's role in the universe.

Student Production is a student-driven organization within the Department of Theatre that is dedicated to bringing student work to life on stage. 

WHEN: April 28-30, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Student Laboratory Theatre at the Prism, 851 E. Tyler Street in the Ritter Building on the ASU campus (northwest corner of Terrace and Rural, just south of University Drive). Download Full Image

TICKETS:$3 available at the door only.

INFORMATION: 480-727-7877

Christopher Marlowe's classic The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus is the quintessential tale of a man, his soul and the devil. Faustus has had his fill of physics, mathematics, philosophy and divinity, and so quests to find the greater answers to life. Faustus courts the vile Mephistopheles and the Prince of Hell into exchanging his soul for 24 years on earth as the greatest magician in the world, which leads in turn to both comic exploits and solemn dilemmas of faith and morality.

Marlowe puts a twist on the Everyman plays of medieval times casting his hero Doctor John Faustus as a figure that pushes the boundaries too far for human experience and is therefore forced to choose between repentance or eternal damnation.

Director Amanda Kochert has found this tale of Faustus and his struggle between good and evil so compelling and inspiring that she has dedicated seven years of her life to the study of this classic legend as retold by Marlowe. "This is one of this best plays ever written for the stage," she says, "it has motivated me, inspired me and fascinated me from the first time I read it." 

Apart from exploring the complex relationships between man and God, Kochert also hopes to influence audiences to expand their experiences with classical works. On many campuses throughout the nation, Shakespearean plays are performed in festivals, classrooms and on mainstages, while other important classical works are ignored and forgotten. By presenting the play of Faustus, Kochert hopes to open the eyes of audiences and give them a taste of other valuable plays in the Renaissance era that have helped shaped the history of the theatre.

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus closes the Student Production Spring 2002 Season, which has already enjoyed much success with a range of original and published works, including Sam Sheppard's True West, Aaron Sorkin's Hidden in This Picture, and student written Endless Deep and Closer Still by AJ Morales.

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Herberger College Department of Theatre launches Arizona Playwrights Contest 2002

April 18, 2002

The Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre at ASU announces the third biennial Arizona Playwrights Contest 2002, a statewide contest for playwrights to have their original, unpublished and unproduced work recognized. The deadline is Aug. 31, 2002.

Guillermo Reyes, professor of theatre and head of ASU’s playwriting program, began the contest in 1998 as a way of creating a link between Arizona playwrights. The Department of Theatre, now in its 40 season, continues to produce theatre for a growing community in the Valley and promotes the development of new plays in its MFA Playwriting Program. The department features an annual New Plays Marathon. Download Full Image

The winner of this year’s contest will have his/her work featured in the New Plays Marathon 2003 and will also receive a $500 honorarium. (Please note: the prize money is pending state budgetary issues; regardless, the contest will be held with or without it .)

In 2000, Elaine Romero won for her work, Before Death Comes for the Archbishop. In 1998, Toni Press-Coffman won the contest with her play Touch.

Scripts must be full-length (over 60 minutes). Previous staged readings and university workshops are acceptable. Only one script per playwright. Playwrights entering the contest must be current residents of Arizona. They must not be currently enrolled at Arizona State University and must not be current faculty or staff of ASU.

For more information or a full set of the rules, please see page two of this release or call Guillermo Reyes at 480-965-0519. 

Deadline: August 31, 2002


  1. Winner will be included in ASU's annual New Plays Festival as a staged reading.
  2. A $500 honorarum will be awarded to winning playwright. (Prize money is pending on state budgetary issues, nonetheless contest will be held with or without it.)


  1. Finalists and the eventual winner will be selected by a team comprised of the faculty and selected graduate students of the Theatre Department.
  2. The decision of the adjudicators is final. ASU Theatre Department reserves the right to select no winner.


  1. Scripts must be original, unpublished, and unproduced. Previous staged readings and non-Equity productions would be acceptable. 
  2. Scripts must be full-length (over 60 minutes), with minimal set changes. (No musicals accepted.) Any style, genre, or cast number allowed.
  3. Only one script per playwright is allowed.
  4. The previous winner of the contest may not enter this year’s contest, but will be eligible for future contests.
  5. Scripts must be typed and bound. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the script's return (or please state in cover letter that you do not want the script returned.) A stamped, self-addressed postcard may also be included for notification of receipt of submission.
  6. Playwrights entering the contest must be current residents of the state of Arizona. They must not be currently enrolled, full-time or "at large" students at Arizona State University and must not be current staff or faculty of ASU. 
  7. ASU does not assume responsibility for loss, damage or return of the scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.
  8. Deadline for entry is a postmark of August 31, 2002. Earlier submission is encouraged. The winner will be announced in December 2002.
  9. Please mail submissions to:

    Arizona State University
    Attn: Arizona Playwrights Competition
    Department of Theatre
    Box 872002
    Tempe AZ 85287-2002

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    Megan Krause

Last chance! Dance semester wraps up with The Last Concert

April 10, 2002

ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Dance presents The Last Concert, the final performance of this semester. Part of our Scholarship Series, all proceeds from this concert go toward funding and awarding scholarship money to undergraduate and graduate students.

WHAT: The Last Concert, a modern dance concert of seven energetic and engaging pieces choreographed and performed by a mix of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Varieties of style range from traditional Irish step dancing, to a cutting-edge piece that incorporates live streaming video images coming from another building on campus, to a piece that examines the choreographer’s encounter with God.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dance Theatre, PE East 132, 551 E. Orange St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.
COST: $10 general, $5 students.
CALL: 480-965-6447 for tickets or more information.
The Department of Dance is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher Now magazine. Its graduate program is ranked 5th and its undergraduate program is ranked 9th. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the “most highly recommended programs” in the country.

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In an extraordinary collaborative effort, Valley dance community unites for a very special concert

March 27, 2002

On April 7-8, an exceptional dance concert will mark the culmination of a significant and extraordinary community partnership in Arizona.

The partners are building collaborative and creative relationships that bridge and strengthen community ties. How? Download Full Image

They provide Valley youth the opportunity to learn and experience the joy of dance – and learn leadership and problem-solving skills, develop a sense of community and provide a mechanism for self-expression.

Now, they come together to present “Gathering Voices – An Evening of Dance,” a free concert that highlights the hard work of these very special students, dancers and choreographers. They shine in this refreshing display of collaboration.

The partnerships
For six years, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), the student dance company and the community partnership arm of the Department of Dance in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU, has joined forces with the Silvestre Herrera School for the Arts in South Phoenix, bringing dance and movement classes to its 7th- and 8th-graders.

An ASU/Motorola grant awarded $34,000 to DART in 2001, which enabled the ASU student dancers to expand the program to include the Thomas J. Pappas School for the Homeless and the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert.

Claudia Murphey, chair of the Department of Dance, believes the language of movement allows for communication on the most visceral level. “This enables students to acquire the skills of leadership, collaboration and problem-solving, as well as develop respect for each person’s individuality,” she says. “This partnership provides opportunities to engage these teens and their families in realizing their capacity to create a great community.”

Susan Bendix, dance coordinator at the Herrera School, says, “This partnership has given my students an opportunity to experience the powerful communication process inherent in the art form of dance. Dance is a cultural statement. It is a social statement. But, ultimately dance is a human statement. This collaborative experience has provided an opportunity for our children to express and explore themselves through movement.”

Two evenings of great dance
The first concert, on April 7, 2002, will feature choreography set on DART by nationally renowned and local guest artists, including Deborah Hay, Peter Pucci, David Titchnell and Susan Bendix. On this evening, the company also will be joined by two of Arizona’s professional dance companies, Semaphor (Phoenix-based), New Articulations (Tucson-based) and Street Jam.

The April 8 concert will feature collaborative works by DART and its community partners – the Herrera School for the Arts, the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert and the Thomas J. Pappas School for the Homeless. African drummer and dancer, Keith Johnson, will also perform in this program.

About DART
ASU Dance faculty Mary Fitzgerald and Jennifer Tsukayama direct DART, which was founded in 1984. Community interaction has always been an important goal. DART provides training in community dance methodologies for ASU dance students while developing collaborative and creative partnerships with culturally diverse area schools and after-school programs, enriching the cultural life of the campus, community and region. The troupe continues to work with diverse groups in the area, integrating campus 
and community life. This community concert is an exciting high point for all involved.

In a nutshell
WHAT: “Gathering Voices – An Evening of Dance,” the third annual community dance showcase presented by Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), the student dance company and the community partnership arm of the Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Dance at ASU.

The dance concert highlights the choreographic and performance talent of dance and community groups from all over the Valley, including DART, the Thomas J. Pappas School for the Homeless, the Silvestre Herrera School for the Arts, the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert, New Articulations, Sempahor Dance Company, Keith Johnson and Street Jam.

Both concerts will present an interesting range of styles including contemporary dance, body percussion and African, and highlight the talents of a diverse group of professional dancers, musicians and students.

WHEN: April 7-8, 2002, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Third Street Theatre in Phoenix, 1202 N. Third St. in the Phoenix Center for Community Arts Building.
INFORMATION: The public may call 480-965-1891 for more information.

Partial funding is provided by the Department of Dance and through grants from ASU/Motorola Great Communities and the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

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Megan Krause

Student Production stages the original work “Endless Deep and Closer Still”

March 26, 2002

WHAT: Student Production in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents "Endless Deep and Closer Still," an original work by ASU theatre student AJ Morales and directed by ASU graduate Julie Thwaites. "Endless Deep and Closer Still" walks a fine line between reality and fantasy, set against the backdrop of a voyeuristic residential complex. 

Student Production is a student driven organization within the department of theatre that is dedicated to bringing student work to life on stage.

WHEN: April 14-16th, at 7:30 p.m. Download Full Image

WHERE: The Student Laboratory Theatre at the Prism, 851 E. Tyler Street in the Ritter Building on the ASU campus (northwest corner of Terrace and Rural, just south of University Drive).

TICKETS: $3 available at the door only

INFORMATION: 480-727-7877

"Endless Deep and Closer Still" is set in the Brickyard, a trendy new housing complex geared toward the utmost convenience and class. But when the building manager Darren uncovers an eerily high tech computer system in the basement, things take a turn for the surreal. Darren discovers that the system cannot only monitor the building's residents, but even control their behavior - a realization that threatens to unlock the darkness of his own fantasies. He now teeters on the edge of a moral dilemma: control those he cares about or risk being controlled himself.

Endless Deep is playwright AJ Morales' third full-length play, and has already gone through workshops in both last year's Moon Dance Theater Festival and Australia's World Interplay Conference. Having already produced more than 25 original works at ASU, Morales is particularly interested in the human side of this play's subject matter.

"It's easy to say we don't give power to or even harbor a darker side; that is, until an opportunity to explore it genuinely comes along. When that power is actually there it's a lot harder to turn away from," Morales explains.

Director Julie Thwaites, too, finds it hard to turn away from such questions. Her previous work includes productions of Patricia Scanlon's "What Is This Everything?" and Paula Vogel's "And Baby Makes Seven," both plays that pay witness to a compromise of innocence when pressure is brought to bear.

Thwaites was immediately drawn to Morales' play because it boldly examines the loss of control that stems from the decline of privacy in our society. Says Thwaites, "We live in an age where technology makes it possible to find countless amounts of information about individuals and where web cams make it possible to enter the home of any willing subject, viewing even the most intimate details of their lives."

"Endless Deep and Closer Still" is the second to the last entry in the Student Production season, which closes with the classic work, "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus" by Chirstopher Marlowe on April 28-30, 2002.

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“Tomato Plant Girl,” an enchanting tale for all ages, opens in Tempe

March 21, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre at ASU presents “Tomato Plant Girl,” a play for all audiences. Written by Wesley Middleton and directed by Emily Petkewich, this is a wonderful tale of friendship, empowerment and self-confidence that appeals to children and adults alike. “Tomato Plant Girl” tells the touching story of the trials of friendship between young girls.

Little Girl is a newcomer to Heretown, just arrived from Thereville. Little Girl loves books and tomato plants, but her Bossy Best Friend loves Barbies and clothes, and she gets to make the rules when they play together in their tomato garden every day at 5 p.m. SHARP! Little Girl figures it's better to play by her only friend's unfair rules than to play alone. But when Bossy Best Friend goes on vacation, Little Girl meets a new strange girl who appears from the soil of the garden – Tomato Plant Girl! Tomato Plant Girl dresses upside down, eats dirt and plays with sticks instead of Barbies. She befriends Little Girl, teaches her how to play by her own rules, and helps empower Little Girl to tell Bossy Best Friend she would rather play alone than endure her bullying. Download Full Image

WHO: Appropriate for ages 5 to 105!
WHEN: April 16-17, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Rehearsal Hall, Room 133, in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St. on the ASU campus in Tempe. 
CALL: For additional information, the public may call 480-965-9837.

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Celebrated choreography of Tere O’Connor featured in dance concert; Special noon concert added

March 14, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College of Fine Arts Department of Dance at ASU presents “Spring Dance Collection,” a modern dance concert comprising eight pieces. The concert’s showcase piece is the new work “Taciturn Town,” created by distinguished choreographer Tere O’Connor.

O’Connor has been making dances since 1982, and has created more than 30 works for his company, Tere O’Connor Dance. One of the most talented choreographers to emerge in the United States today, Tere O’Connor created this piece specifically for ASU during his guest artist residency in the winter. The piece is set on 20 ASU dancers. Download Full Image

As described by Mikhail Baryshnikov, O’Connor’s works are “deeply personal, quirky, and utterly amusing, but beneath the humor lies tenderness and truth.”

In addition, this remarkable dance concert features works choreographed by some of the Valley’s most notable dance artists, including faculty members Ann Ludwig, Cliff Keuter, Melissa Rolnick and Mila Parrish.

WHEN: April 4-6, 2002, 7:30 p.m.; there is an additional 2 p.m. matinee on April 6.

Special showing: At noon on April 4, 2002, a shortened program of “Spring Dance Collection” will be presented. Tickets are only $5 for everyone.

WHERE: Dance Theatre, PE East 132, 551 E. Orange St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.

TICKETS: $14 adults, $12 seniors, faculty and staff; $5 students.

INFORMATION: 480-965-6447.

Other pieces in “Spring Dance Collection:

  • “Wildflowers,” a duet choreographed by Mila Parrish with videography in collaboration with Patricia Clark. “Wildflowers” is a poignant and touching celebration of sisterhood, with discerning imagery and evocative use of color. The work examines issue of individuality, solidarity, isolation, jealousy and friendship.
  • “Area Suite,” choreographed by Brad Garner and set on six dancers. This work is in three sections, and abstractly describes the surrealism of dawn, the mixture of senseless and scared activities of the day, and the night’s lucid suspension of time.
  • “TWO,” a duet choreographed by Ann Ludwig and performed by Janice and Anthony Roberts. “TWO” is a part of a series of works danced by husbands and wives.
  • “Inside (part 1),” a short solo choreographed and performed by Felecia Hammond.
  • “Scintillating Conversation,” choreographed by Kelly Kemp and set on eight dancers. The piece explores the value of repetition and redundancy through sound and movement.
  • “Blood Runs Deep,” choreographed by Melissa Rolnick and set on five dancers. “Blood Runs Deep” explores the longevity of family and family ties. 
  • A piece choreographed by Cliff Keuter.

The Department of Dance is nationally ranked in the top 10 by Dance Teacher Now magazine. Its graduate program is ranked fifth and its undergraduate program is ranked ninth. The ARCO Performance Arts College Guide calls the department one of the “most highly recommended programs” in the country.

Partial funding of the guest artist residency was provided by the Dance/USA and National Endowment for the Arts National College Choreography Initiative and by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Megan Krause

Herberger College Theatre launches sixth annual New Plays Marathon

February 28, 2002

WHAT: The Herberger College’s Department of Theatre at ASU announces the sixth annual New Plays Marathon, a series of staged readings written by ASU graduate student playwrights and presented free to the public.

The New Plays Marathon is a celebration of the process of developing exciting new works for the theatre. Guillermo Reyes, ASU professor of theatre and head of the playwriting program, heads up this ambitious project in play development. Download Full Image

In addition, the marathon features a guest artist panel on and by Arizona playwrights, including Elaine Romero, Terry Earp, Ben Tyler and Toni Press-Coffman, entitled: “Arizona Playwrights: The Craft, the Profession, and Putting It All Together.”

WHEN: March 28 through April 6, 2002, times vary.

WHERE: Barbara Salisbury Wills Child Drama Studio, Nelson Fine Arts Center 131, 51 E. 10th St. on the ASU campus in Tempe.


CALL: For additional information, the public may call 480-965-5337.


  • March 28, 5:30 p.m. Passion Fruit by Laurelann Porter, directed by Christopher Danowski
    This is a story of passion, loss and a bisexual love triangle. Passion Fruit is a lyrical, poetic solo performance written and performed by Laurelann Porter, with original songs by Porter.
  • March 28, 7:30 p.m. The Final Shot of the Artful Dodge Shakespeare by Christopher Miller, directed by Rob Taylor. 
  • March 29, 2:30 p.m. ©Sullivan by Luke Krueger, directed by Lisa Mitchell
    A dark comedy about war hero Eric Sullivan’s return to his five-year high school reunion where, out of a class of 99 people, no one remembers him. Eric has interesting news: he copyrighted the town’s name, Sullivan. He demands the city rebuild the school library in order to keep the name. The city refuses and decides there’s only one solution to this dilemma: “Kill G.I. Joe.” Not Appropriate for Children.

  • March 29, 5:30 p.m. Guest Artist Panel – “Arizona Playwrights: The Craft, the Profession, and Putting It All Together.” Panelists include Elaine Romero, Terry Earp, Ben Tyler and Toni Press-Coffman. 
  • March 29, 7:30 p.m. Oy! It’s a Boy by Amy Dominy, directed by Janet Arnold. She’s Jewish; he’s not. It didn’t matter – until they find out, it’s a boy! Now Lacey and Wade must decide if they should circumcise their baby and, at the same time, deal with their meddlesome parents.
  • March 30, 3:30 p.m. The College Try by Mark Zeller, directed by Kathy Krzys. Can a college freshman lose his virginity and his manhood in the same night? Well, yes, but Hunter is going to get his manhood back it kills him! Come see this determined young man, locked in a battle of wits with a jealous roommate, try to find redemption! 
  • March 30, 5:30 p.m. Conversations by Cary DeBerry, directed by Jen Kulick. Enter a world where each character is plagued with his or her own set of neuroses, ideals and expectations. Sound like anyone you know? Structurally based upon La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, this play explores the inner recesses of the human condition.

  • April 5, 7:30 p.m. Sullivan by Luke Krueger
  • April 6, 3 p.m. Passion Fruit by Laurelann Porter
  • April 6, 5 p.m. Oy! It’s a Boy by Amy Dominy
  • April 7, 1 p.m. Conversations by Cary DeBerry

  • April 7, 3:30 p.m. The Final Shot of the Artful Dodge Shakespeare by Christopher Miller

  • April 7, 5:30 p.m. The College Try by Mark Zeller

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Shocking! Electrifying! Cutting and clever, “ElectroPuss” opens in Tempe

February 27, 2002

WHAT: The Department of Theatre in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU presents “ElectroPuss,” a darkly comic coming-of-age tale, written by ASU alumnus Trista Baldwin and directed by Ron May. “ElectroPuss” is set against the nightmarish background of the corporate world taken to dangerous extremes, mixing serious social commentary with campy humor.

Welcome to Skyfire, USA, a small town where ElectricLand Electric Company employs 98 percent of the population. Meet Muffy Jonesmith, a Zap High graduate who lands her first job with ElectricLand. When big-hearted Muffy falls for file clerk Travis, sparks fly, with bizarre results: Muffy is electrocuted by a jealous co-worker and left for dead. Surviving the vicious attack, Muffy is now the mutated ElectroPuss! Ron May directs an unforgettable group of characters in their struggle to make their stand against the corporate power that suppresses and consumes them all. Download Full Image

Please note: This play contains adult language.

WHEN: March 22-23, March 27-30, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.; March 24, 2002, 2 p.m.; the March 24 performance will be sign language interpreted. 

WHERE: Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall on the ASU campus in Tempe.

TICKETS: $14 adults, $12 seniors, faculty and staff; $5 students.


About the production

Both playwright Trista Baldwin and director Ron May are graduates of ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. Baldwin graduated in 1999 with a master’s degree in playwriting; May graduated that same year with a bachelor’s degree in theatre with a directing emphasis. This is their sixth collaboration.

“You’re not going to see anything else like this on a Valley stage any time soon,” director Ron May says. “Unless someone else is doing the typical boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl because she’s electrocuted by a co-worker and left for dead, boy-gets-girl-back except now she’s mutated into a huge cat, set smack-dab in an insane corporate freak show…

“I think anyone who is working a 9-to-5-er wishing they were doing something else is going to feel pangs of recognition with the material.”

Los Angeles Times theatre critic Philip Brandes calls the play, “An all-too timely caricature of corporate entities that prey on workers’ misplaced trust in the security of their corporate “family”... there’s no shortage of comic backbone in this quirky, often hilarious gem… Baldwin (has a) mercurial voice, whimsical at times, chilling at others.”

Trista Baldwin lives in New York City, where her new play “Sex and Other Collisions” was produced in June 2002 at the Currican Theatre. “ElectroPuss” received its world premiere in February 2002 from the Circle X Theatre Company at the Hudson Backstage in Los Angeles.

This play contains adult language. 

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Megan Krause