SPOOKY!
An Evening of
Halloween Plays

October 13, 2017

Join us Friday the 13th for an evening of Halloween fun!  A plethora of playwrights gather together to present an evening of monsters, mayhem, and murder!

Bryan Harnetiaux:  Antipasto
Dan Green:  Vandercloot
James Eychaner:  One Fine All Hallow's Eve
John Allman:  House of Usher
Kat Blucker:  Lock the Door
Kate Danley:  Meet the Family
Kristina Sutherland:  Rift


Antipasto:

By:  Bryan Harnetiaux
Directed by Susan Hardie

Brett and Carol Lee at an elegant restaurant for a birthday dinner that goes all wrong.ANTIPASTO examines Americans inordinate sense of entitlement.  Bryan recalls writing this play to rid himself of the anger involved in George W Bush's reelection.

Cast:

Thomas....Kevin Finney
Brett.........Peter Hardie
Carolee....Jean Hardie

Bryan Harnetiaux has been a Playwright-in-Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, Washington, since 1982.  Bryan’s work has been performed throughout the United States. His play National Pastime, about the breaking of the color line in major league baseball in 1947, has received many productions, including an Equity waiver production at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California and an Equity production at (former) Stamford Theatre Works in Stamford, Connecticut, and is published by Playscripts, Inc. of NYC.  The one-man play York, done in collaboration with David Casteal, which tells the story of the only Black man on the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803-06), has been performed throughout the country and is being revived for a limited tour in 2018.  Bryan has a cycle of plays on end-of-life, Vesta, Dusk, and Holding On ~ Letting Go. Vesta was workshopped at Lark Theatre Company in NYC, and has been performed throughout the United States. Vesta received an equity-waiver professional production at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC) in February, 2008, with Megan Cole in the title role. Dusk premiered at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spring 2007, and Holding On ~ Letting Go premiered at Fremont Centre Theatre (FCT) in 2012. The FCT production was featured as a main stage production at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina in Summer 2013. It was produced by Spokane Civic Theatre Studio Centre in Spring, 2017. All of these end-of-life plays (Holding On ~ Letting Go in abridged form) are licensed in clinical settings addressing end-of-life issues (medical and professional conferences, etc.) through Hospice Foundation of America (www.hospicefoundation.org).  In 1999, Bryan was a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Lasswade, Scotland. He has also been a guest writer for a number of theatre programs, including a guest at the Lark Theatre in NYC in 1999.  A number of Bryan's short plays have been featured in festivals throughout the country. In July 2010, his short play Antipasto was selected for the 35th Annual Samuel French Off- Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

Kevin Finney - Kevin majored in theater at the University of Notre Dame, and came to Seattle to attend the UW Professional Actor Training Program. His professional career includes the roles of Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls,” Sefton in “Stalag 17,” and Harbison in South Pacific. In Los Angeles he was stand-in for the late John Ritter on the feature film “Real Men.”  He’s worked locally at ArtsWest, as Sir Studley in “Once Upon a Mattress,” Karl in “Raisin in the Sun,” and Father Donnelly / Doctor in “The Marriage of Bette and Boo.” He helped reincarnate the Fauntleroy Players as producer and director, and as Brian in “Age Only Matters if You’re Cheese,” Charlie in “The Foreigner,” and Andrew in “Love Letters.” At Burien Actors Theater, he’s played Chuck in “Super Tuesday,” Gordon in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Selsdon in “Noise Off,” Dan in “Undiscovered Places,” and Zeus in “They walk among us. He teaches art and theater at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle.

SUSAN HARDIE (Director/Narrator) has directed or appeared in scores of productions throughout Spokane and the region.  Directing projects include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fiction, Bryan Harnetiaux’s York and 2013 AACT State Festival winner The Turn of the Screw. Susan hails from New York, where she received her B.A. in Theatre/English.

PETER HARDIE (Brett) is pleased to be making his SPS debut and working with this talented group.  He is recently retired after 31 years as technical and lighting designer for Spokane Civic Theatre, and now spends his time volunteering, traveling and occasionally freelancing. He lives in Spokane with his wife Susan.


The House of Usher:
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher"

Adaptation, Music and Lyrics by John Allman, also Music Director and keyboardist
Lyrics also from Edgar Allan Poe, featuring excerpts from his poems "Annabel Lee", "The Haunted Palace" and more

Roderick Usher desperately summons his old friend Frederick to witness the strange demise of his sister Madeline Usher amid the ruin of their crumbling, decrepit mansion.

Stage Director, Frederick:  Andrew Coopman

Roderick Usher:  Matt Lang

Madeline Usher:  Zandi Carlson 


Lock the Door

by Kat Blucker

Two estranged friends attempt to reconnect at an isolated cabin only to realize that their desire to repair their friendship may not be mutual.

  • Tara: Kelly Ufford
  • Ann: Abby Burlingame
  • Stage Directions: Kate Danley