NOT AROUND GORDIE
by Jorj Savage
February 10, 2017
It’s 1961 in Santa Monica, California. The influx of residents and vacationers, enticed by new attractions and abetted by cutting-edge freeways, threatens to change everything that California natives hold dear: unspoiled beaches, the slow pace of life, small town neighborliness, crystalline air, and unclogged roads. Hummer’s Gas and Service Station, a small family business, is positioned to grow, serving drivers thronging to the exciting new Palisades Amusement Park. Mr. Hummer wants to turn over his beloved service station to his sons, Floyd and Gordie. But Floyd and Gordie have other ideas, and what they want puts them on a collision course with some new southern California realities. Written in 1962, Not Around Gordie explores the forces that came together to create today’s southern California, with humor, eroticism, and history as fresh as tomorrow.
George Savage Jr. (Jorj) - Playwright
Jorj is the son f a playwright, his father, with whom he collaborated on the script of NOT ABOUND GORDIE 50 years ago. The play is set and was written while John Kennedy was still alive. Jorj now has 26 full length plays that have all had some kind of production. His Play WOMAN WITHOUT HER COAT will be in the Seattle Fringe Festival in March.
Jorj is delighted again be working with Bruce McLean who directed Jorj's first play in Seattle in the early eighties. It was about a woman who jumps off the Aurora Bridge. He considers this awesome cast which have stayed with the play since last July to be a theater troupe.
Bruce McLean - Director and Hummer
Bruce was a member of the first Seattle Repertory acting troupe. He is a "fine artist" and recently had a showing of is works at Studio 1315 in White Center.
Bruce's first dramatic role was at the University of Washington in the musical Most Happy Fella, working continuously for the next 20 years in most major Seattle theaters. In the last 30 years Bruce acted in and staged many of Jorj's plays. Bruce marvels at Jorj's simple direct approach to playwriting and to life. He's enjoying working with this cast. This will be their 4th performance and third venue starting with last August at Burien Actors Theatre then Driftwood after Dark in November.
Michael Cossette - Gordie
Michael was raised along the central coast of California and studied theater at Sacramento State University. He moved to Seattle in 2009 and has been involved with recreational theater. He works at the Elliott Bay Brewing Company. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and snowboarding. He lives in West Seattle with his beautiful wife Missy and their pet dog and tortoise and a new family member is due in April.
Alisa Murray - Marily
Alisa did a bit of acting at Seattle University back in he late 90's and early 2000's. Then she got busy being married, raising three kids, and working as a hospice nurse. She is so happy to return to acting by playing Marily in this sweet play. She was last seen in WARP Theater's NOW IS THE TIME in October 2016.
Laurel Clark - Pandora
Laurel has trained at The Second City, Jet City, Unexpected Productions and holds her bachelor's in theatre arts from Gonzaga University She has acted, directed and stage managed at WARP. One of her most recent roles--—Flicka, a horse in WORLD WAR BEE —has been praised by some (mostly family) as her finest minutes on stage. When she is no on stage , she spends her days wrangling and singings to pre-school children, baking and running long distances. She is happy to be working with Jorj and will be starring in his play WOMAN WITHOUT HER COAT at the Seattle Fringe Festival in March.
Dan Niven - Ed
Dan is delighted to return to Seattle Playwrights Salon, having appeared in Margaret O’Donnell’s Undocumented in October 2016. He adapts and performs nonfiction work by M. Barrett Miller, presenting first-hand accounts of citizens marginalized by homelessness or HIV/AIDS. Dan sings in the Holy Rosary, Edmonds Traditional Choir, Total Experience Gospel Choir, Silverbells Carolers, and plays trombone in the UW Husky Alumni Band. He hangs out his visual artist shingle at moderndaedalus.com and recently collaborated with fellow Seattle Playwrights Salon alum Campbell Thibo at the Georgetown Steam Plant, creating a meander labyrinth in electric candles for Corridor: A Festival of Light, Sound, & Movement.
William M. Phillips - Big Floyd
Will is a graduate of the National Shakespeare of New York...unfortunately now defunct. He has done many shows with Jorj playing a cowboy in one and a man who kayaked and bicycled across America in another. Although 52 years old, Will is only too happy to play a 24 year old again. A playwright himself, Will is a veteran of numerous stage plays and readings. His latest performances were in Len Goodisman's CHECK OFF IN THE SUN at Eclectic and as the Admiral in SPARE THE RODENBERRY for WARP. Will lives with his wife, Martha, and their two cats: Red and Samantha, in Lake City.
Angelina Riley - Lois Rydell
Angelina is a actress, singer, poet and stage manager. Recent theatrical roles include PETER PAN, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN: ONE TEACHES ONE. She has also been a piano and vocal soloist in non theater performances.
James Riley - Tom Sanchez
James loves performing whether he is acting, singing, dancing or beatboxing. Recent theatrical roles include parts in PETER PAN, MY BROHER'S KEEPER and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN: ONE TEACHES ONE . He was Mowgli in the musical THE JUNGLE BOOK and a raccoon in a Scot Bastian one act.
James has also performed in commercial videos and variety shows. He is an electronic music composer for Sound Station Studio, and has composed music for video In James spare time, he creates comic stories.