A Murder of Courage
By Jacquelyn Loy of Burlington, NC
Performed by Barbara Cliffe-Miller
Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Aaron Nichols (Playwright - Planting Redwoods) - Aaron is Executive Director of the South Bend Civic Theatre. He is an award-winning actor, director, and designer. He would like to thank Trinity Bird for giving him the opportunity to explore writing for the virtual stage. After completing the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania, Aaron has focused on putting those lessons to work in South Bend. Before taking this role at the Civic in 2017, Aaron had been an active volunteer at Civic and theatres around the region (including the Sauk) for over 15 years. He believes that a CIVIC arts organization has a responsibility to reflect its unique and vibrant community. Through curiosity and engagement, a community-based theatre must work to share everyone’s story thus creating understanding and empathy. We do this in order to fulfill theatre’s highest goal: to be, as Oskar Eustis says, “the essential art form of democracy.”
By Matthew Weaver of Spokane, WA
Performed by Trevor Wagler
Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.
By Mark Cornell of Chapel Hill, NC
Performed by Simoné Searcy
Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
Week #3 - Theme: TBA
Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. – Lindsay McNair Patton (Fletcher, NC)
Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. – Tiffany Thatcher (Homer, MI)
Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. – Ruben Carbajal (Racine, WI)
Week #4 - Theme: TBA
Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. – Jen Letherer (Hudson, MI)
Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. – Penny Neer (Hillsdale, MI)
Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. – G.M. (Bud) Thompson (Grand Rapids, MI)
Week #5 - Theme: TBA
Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. – Sarah Gray (Jonesville, MI)
Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. – Bud Vear (Hillsdale, MI)
Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. – Matthew Weaver (Spokane, WA)
MJ Dulmage (Playwright - The Thing With Feathers) - MJ wandered through the doors of The Sauk in 1994 and pretty much never left. She has worked on sets, served on the board of directors, designed sound and makeup, directed more than a dozen productions, and written several short plays. MJ's play, Ephemera, was chosen to be part of the very first Plays in Development program, an honor that she still can't quite believe. Her previous acting roles include Ms. Tenney in High School Musical, Sandra in A Thousand Clowns, and having twice played Aunt Gert in Lost in Yonkers. Her most recent role was Marilyn in the world premiere of On Pine Knoll Street by Mark Cornell. MJ would like to thank The Sauk and Trinity for the opportunity, her friend Walt (who inspired the monologue), Matthew Weaver for his daily writing inspiration, and the audience for staying home to watch these Living Room Monologues and washing their hands.
Scott Mullen (Playwright - Distance) - Scott is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios' screenwriting contest, whose thrillers THE SUMMONING and IN BROAD DAYLIGHT aired on TV One. His short plays have been produced over three hundred times around the world, including at The Sauk, which performed STUCK last year and is scheduled to do COASTER this year. An evening of his comic plays, A NIGHT OF S.M., had a two-week run in Hollywood.
By Scott Mullen of Los Angeles, CA
Performed by Tracy McCullough
Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m.
Tracy McCullough (Performer - Distance) - Tracy has been part of The Sauk family since 2015. She started on stage in M*A*S*H, Tarzan, and Escanaba in the Moonlight. She has since transferred her skills to light design. Tracy now serves on the Sauk Board of Directors. She would like to thank the Sauk family and Community for continuing to support the arts.
Trevor Wagler (Performer - Godspeed) - Trevor is 15 years of age and is currently progressing freshman year at Hillsdale High School. Trevor is not new to the stage. His first production at The Sauk was Scrooge in 2010. Since then, Trevor has grown a love for The Sauk, the community, and the family of the theater. He is very humbled by this opportunity and thanks playwright Matthew Weaver, and his friend, director and mentor Trinity Bird.
Barbara Cliffe-Miller (Performer - A Murder of Courage) - Barb first joined the Sauk Theatre family in 2009 and has been a cast member in seven Sauk productions. She truly enjoys the the variety of theatrical challenges that she experiences as a cast or an audience member. The Sauk is her favorite home away from home!
Jacquelyn Loy (Playwright - A Murder of Courage) - Jacquelyn is a Costume Designer and Playwright whose work has been seen on stages throughout the US. Her plays were featured on stages in Michigan (The Sauk- The Pattern of All Patience), Mississippi (University of Southern Mississippi- Needle and Thread, The Mystery Box, The Leader of the Pack, Missed), Georgia (Kennedy Center- American College Theatre Festival Region IV- Missed), and North Carolina (Catawba College- A Mad Tea-Party; North Carolina School of the Arts- I’m Happy- co-wrote). Her costumes have premiered on stages in Florida (Florida Repertory Theatre), Tennessee (Cumberland County Playhouse), Georgia (Georgia State University Players), North Carolina (Lee Street Theatre, Catawba College, St. Thomas Players, and Alamance Children’s Theatre), Montana (Bigfork Summer Playhouse), Mississippi (University of Southern Mississippi), Utah (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre- assistant design), and Michigan (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). In her “free time,” Jacquelyn enjoys playing board games, crafting, reading, painting, and playing with her parakeet, Pepper.
Ray Pratt (Performer - The Thing With Feathers) - Ray lives in Jackson and is a math teacher. He is grateful for the heroes of the day: medical professionals, garbage men, custodians, farmers, truck drivers, and the workers in grocery stores, utilities, and the food industry. You all truly make the country run. He is humbled for being able to perform for you, and possibly bringing a little levity to these extraordinary times.
Matthew Weaver (Playwright - Godspeed) - Matthew is a Spokane, WA playwright. His YA full-length play TIMMY'S BIG KISS was included in The Sauk's Plays-in-Development program in June 2018 and his short play WRITE YOUR NAME UPON MY HEART has been selected for the Sauk Shorts later this year. Full-length plays also include BED RIDE, GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS, ACES ARE FEVERISH, JESUS AT 10 and AWKWARD ROBOT'S INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR DATING OTHER AWKWARD ROBOTS. Shorter plays include A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER, ANOTHER PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER, 19 EXCELLENT REASONS TO DATE MATTHEW WEAVER and HELP! I'M TRAPPED IN A MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY MATTHEW WEAVER!
Week #2 - Theme: Courage
Week #1 - Theme: Hope
Mark Cornell (Playwright - The A67) - Mark has had more than 85 of his plays produced in theatres around the world. Most recently, his AACT NewPlayFest award-winning play On Pine Knoll Street premiered at The Sauk. He is currently shooting the feature film The Invite, which he wrote and directs. He is an ensemble member with Moonlight Stage Company in Raleigh, partner with Paul Newell with Full Nelson Theater, and co-creator of Marked Men Films with Mark Jantzen. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC. He has an MFA in playwriting from UCLA.
The Thing With Feathers
By MJ Dulmage of Hillsdale, MI
Performed by Ray Pratt
Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
Summer Housler (Performer - Planting Redwoods) - Summer is 40-years-old and works as a child care assistant. She loves performing at The Sauk and finds this Living Room Monologues project such a unique way to still get to do theater. This is her first time recording a video to share with the Netizen population and she HOPEs you are entertained and thought-provoked. She is grateful to her family and friends for their love and would like to thank Trinity Bird and Aaron Nichols for their support and guidance. She would like to welcome you all to her living room and enjoy the show.
Simoné Searcy (Performer - The A67) - Simoné is an actor, poet, writer, host and all around entertainer that is passionate about using storytelling to create more empathy for the human condition. She has found a home in The Sauk, and loves that it has been a place to build her craft. Simoné was part of the cast of Lindsay McNair Patton's The Flower Girls playing the role of Lily in the "Plays-in-Development" process, the fully staged production and at AACTFest. She was also part of the "Plays-in-Development" casts of Tipping Point in 2018 and Trees in 2017.
By Aaron Nichols of South Bend, IN
Performed by Summer Housler
Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m.