The Ass of Privilege
At the Conservatory, Seattle
The Ass of Privilege
by Lauren Fulton
A coming of age story…at age thirty-two.
A brand consultant struggles with his own identity when he is forced to move from New York City back to his Iowa hometown. His soul-searching strains his marriage and worries his small-town mother, helped along by a family mystery discovered in a stack of wartime letters. Through it all, a colleague remains his long-distance confidant, but this person might be the most threatening influence of all.
Comical but brooding, The Ass of Privilege explores the relationship between privilege, choice, and identity.
Rachel Rene - Director
Becca Pauza - Stage Manager
Andy Gantner - Tommy
Lisa Clarke - Greta
Ben Cournoyer - Thomas
Kiana De Leon-Estes - Whitney
Patricia Haines-Ainsworth- Mother
Atticus Koontz - Roger
Kelly Mak - Sandy
Mark Waldstein - Boss
Join us Friday October 12th, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory, 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108. The Conservatory is a Seattle art space and coffeehouse, community meeting place, and artists’ workshop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a growing and glowing arts haven in Seattle near I-5, just north of Boeing Field. Beer, wine, cider, and food will be available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.
Suggested donation of $10.
Andy is 11 years old. He has worked at a number of theaters in town including Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, The Seattle Opera and The Hi-Liners Musical Theater. He would like to thank Rachel and Lauren for including him on this project.
Kiana Estes, 14 years is elated to be cast in the reading of a novel written by a very inspiring professional playwright, Lauren Fulton. Kiana developed her passion for theatre at age 9 along with her best friend/sister Kalia and baby brother, Keagan. A few of her favorite parts she played were “Annie”(Annie Jr./EDGE), “Flounder” (Little Mermaid Jr./NCA) “Ngana” (South Pacific/SMT), and “Zaneeta” (Music Man Jr./NCA). Kiana has been in TV commercials, film and print ads. The training that she gets from her directors has definitely been helping to hone her skills. She is forever grateful to her parents who have been so supportive and have shown them what love truly means. She thanks God for the blessing of family and friends.
Benjamin is thrilled to be in his first staged reading with this awesome cast and crew! He has performed in theatre's all over Western Washington from Everett to Olympia and everywhere in between. Favorite roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at Tacoma Little Theatre, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher at Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Ralph in Reefer Madness at Seattle Musical Theatre. Thanks to Dad and Mom for always supporting me!
Mark Waldstein has performed with Sound Theatre Company, Annex, Book-It, Theater Schmeater, ReAct Theatre, Centerstage, Parley, Seattle Musical Theatre, and the 14/48 Festival. He was also a founding member of Redmond’s SecondStory Repertory. On film, he can be seen as the host of The Nightmare Emporium at Central Cinema this Halloween!
Participating in the Seattle Playwrights Salon for the first time, Lisa M. Clarke (Lisa) is excited to share in the development of Lauren Fulton’s The Ass of Privilege.
Lisa was recently seen performing in The Sending Stone and To Burn, written and directed by Kendall Uyeji, with By the Seat of Our Theatre Company; with the cast of The Fog Machine Play, written and directed by Brendan Mack, with Copious Love Productions; during Fringe Month at The Pocket Theater; as multiple characters from Twelfth Night Productions’ Love, Loss and What I Wore; and as Martha Jefferson with Reboot Theatre Company’s all-female cast of 1776.
Lisa is deeply grateful to all, for continuing to make her feel welcome in the Seattle Theatre & Film Community.
PATRICIA HAINES-AINSWORTH is a visual artist, actor, and playwright. She most recently appeared as Granny in ‘The Last Starfighter’ at Second Story Repertory. Her original musical for young audiences, ‘Sparkle Fairy’s School For Formerly Vile Villains’, will open at Second Story in February. Pat is currently producing an audio book version of her original musical, ‘Balfour and the Magic Hat’, which will be available in December. She will be performing later this October for Twelfth Night Productions’ Cabaret and will be doing a reading and book signing of her novel, “Jeff Walker and Mr. B” at Village Books in Fairhaven near Bellingham on October 25.
Atticus Koontz is a local actor, voice actor, and fight choreographer. Some notable work includes playing the role of Harry in Twelfth Night Production’s Company, voicing the demo narrator for Microsoft Office 365 Business, as well as motion caption work for Sucker Punch Productions. He would like to thank his family, friends, and cat Lilly for their everlasting support.
Kelly is a Seattle-based professional actor, playwright, singer and violinist. She was last seen at UW School of Music's production of Harry Partch's opera Oedipus, and Sound Theatre Company's Goblin Market. Kelly had a reading of her own play at ACT where she was both actor and playwright in REPRESENT! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival where her play Creatures of a Day was a winning selection. Other theatre credits include The King Stag, Ghostwritten, Inspecting Carol, On Your Way Here (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Our Town (Intiman Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Seattle Shakespeare Company); The King and I (Village Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Contemporary Classics); Edmond (Balagan Theatre); The Realm of Whispering Ghosts, Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Seattle Public Theater).
TV/film credits include ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, Amazon's Man In The High Castle, The Scottish Play, The Unspeakable Art of Seduction; commercial spots for Seattle Sounders, Delta Airlines; industrials for Boeing, Starbucks, Apple, and Microsoft.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Suzuki movement training from the University of Washington School of Drama studying with Robyn Hunt, Steve Pearson, Shanga Parker, and Mark Jenkins.
Kelly also holds a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. Her collaboration with Infinity Box Theatre's 'Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: Genetics & Synthetic Biology' and UW's Genetic Engineering research department resulted in her first published work Nature's Frivolity -- a one-act play loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream -- about Genetics, Nature, Love, and music by Ed Sheeran.
Slated for release in March 2019: Featured extra, Where'd You Go Bernadette starring Cate Blanchette & Billy Crudup.