April 25th, 2019
At Palace Theatre & Art Bar, Seattle
Florence Fane in San Francisco
by Brianna Barrett
A Civil War Era romantic comedy about the San Francisco publishing industry starring a cast of literary titans including Frances Fuller Victor, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and all their pals. The history of the west is forever changed when a peculiar young woman enters the Lick House Hotel Saloon, headquarters of the city's most popular weekly newspaper: The Golden Era...
Director - Kate Danley
BRET - Randy Decker
FITZ - Gabriel Diehl
FLORENCE FANE / PRINCESS - Rebecca Erickson
FRANCES - Jessica Stepka
HENRY VICTOR/ CINCINNATUS - Atticus Koontz
LAWRENCE - Jimmi Cook
MINNIE - Stephanie Sola
WEBB - Danny Willis
INIGO/ MARK TWAIN - Mark Fox
PIP - Barry O’Neil
Join us on Thursday April 25th, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Palace Theatre & Art Bar, located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood at 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108. Beer, wine, and cider will be available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.
Suggested donation of $10.
Brianna Barrett is an award-winning storyteller and proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, a company in residence at Artists' Repertory Theatre. She serves on the board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Her theatrical work has been seen at Artists' Rep, the Fertile Ground Festival, HART Theatre, SOLOFEST, Theatre33, Lewis and Clark College, the Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference, and in graduate nursing classrooms at Oregon Health & Science University, where she also facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors. Her newest full-length work, After This Episode, will debut at Camas High School on May 3rd.
Florence Fane marks Kate Danley's Seattle directorial debut. Kate is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in theatre. She directed and produced a comedy troupe in Los Angeles called Hair of the Mangy Dog, which appeared in the LA Comedy Walk, the LA Comedy Festival, and local clubs. www.katedanley.com
Randy Lee Decker, originally a Chicago actor, moved to the PNW in 2014 after 15 years of entertaining crowds on live theater stages and the casino circuit, where he signed with the Bigfish NW talent agency. When not performing, he enjoys karaoke and good stout with friends. Currently writing his first stage play, he loves all things related to entertaining people.
Barry O’Neil has been acting in the Seattle area for seven years, having moved back home after nearly a decade in Los Angeles, CA. In Seattle, he’s worked in radio, corporate videos, commercials, theater, and film. This is the second play he’s appeared in with the Seattle Playwrights Salon, having twice read in Kate Danley’s real-estate farce, “Building Madness.” Barry currently lives on the Eastside in Sammamish with his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters.
Rebecca Erickson is delighted to join the cast of Florence Fane in San Francisco in her Seattle Playwrights Salon debut. She was most recently seen as Sunny Day in Ghostlight Theatricals and 14/48's co-production of The Liberation (originally part of Seattle Playwrights Salon's 2018 series!) and at Edmonds Driftwood Players as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina Fair. When she can find the time, Rebecca also performs with several Seattle area bands on bass guitar and percussion.
Jessica Stepka is a Seattle based actor, director, and clown. This is her first reading at the salon and she is pleased to help people hear new work. Some of her favorite projects include Noises Off (BAT), Big Bad (GLT), Comedy of Errors (GreenStage), The Misanthrope (GLT), and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Fantastic Z). Jessica is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in acting and clown. She would like to invite you to find you inner clown and set them free. Much love to M, J, and D.
Atticus Koontz is a local actor and fight choreographer. He is thrilled to be working again with Kate Danley taking on the roles of Henry Victor and Cincinnatus. He would like to thank his family, friends, and cat Lilly for their love and support. Enjoy the show!
Daniel Willis is pleased to be returning with the Seattle Playwrights Salon for the second time, previously working on Traffic by Spencer Funk. Seattle credits include Ghostlight with Rainey Day Music and Theater, The Coaster Show with The Core Ensemble, and Tulips of Fury with Simon Astor. Recently, he graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Original Works. Daniel expresses his gratitude for the support the PNW shows for new works.
Steph Sola's most recent credits include Over & Under (Annex) and Perfect Arrangement (ReAct). She is also the founder/director/producer of Let’s All Drink and Do Broadway and is the assistant director of The Seattle Ladies Choir. Steph would like to thank her wonderful family for their love and support and saving her leftovers after all of her late night rehearsals.
Mark Fox (Inigo/Mark Twain) is pleased to join the Seattle Playwright's Salon to help explore another new play. He firmly believes in the power of theatre to inspire and heal, and he strives to find new ways to put this art to work in connecting communities. He is also currently performing with Book-It Repertory Theatre's Arts & Education production of The Odyssey: an exploration of Myth, Magic and Monsters; which brings live theatre into schools around the region. He would like to extend his heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supports the crucial; enriching work of the arts.
New to Seattle from Austin, Gabriel Diehl is happy to be making his Pacific Northwest stage debut with this reading. He holds a BA in Theatre from Texas State University and past credits in Austin include Lil Charles in City Theatre's production of August: Osage County, Lorenzo in The Spanish Tragedy from the Baron's Men, and Strong Man in Little Mother from Twin Alchemy Collective.
Selected credits include Luke in Next Fall at Fantastic Z, Tarzan in Tarzan at Kitsap Forest Theatre Born, and Fred Graham/Petruchio in Seattle Musical Theatre's Kiss Me Kate! Raised in the rainy fields of Washington state, Jimmi grew up on a horse ranch. If he wasn’t singing songs while cleaning stalls, he was surely making a play with all his animals he called friends. From his humble start as a bumble bee to his big debut as a Boy Named Sue, he found his passion for the arts. An avid I Love Lucy rewatcher, steak eater, Disneyland tour guide, and self proclaimed interior designer, but still his heart draws him towards the theatre.
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