Written by Brit Christopher
Directed by Samantha Gambaccini
Sean Perry as MICHAEL
Lauren Hall as GWEN
Liza Nagle as TAMARA
Kevin Barry Crowley as ELLIOT
Ashley Levesque as JACQUELYN
Brit Christopher as TILLIE
Brittany Daley as SHEENA
May 18 & 19, 2018 at 7:30PM
The Arts at the Armory Cafe, Somerville, MA
Supporting The Cambridge Women’s Center
Runtime: 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission
A talkback about the play’s themes will follow the show.
Note to the audience: This performance contains adult language and situations, including assault, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. There will be simulated smoking on stage.
Stage Management by Paul St. Cyr
Artwork by Eileen Maginnis
Special Thanks: Gregorian & Lea at The Armory for our space, Lauren Hall for incredible encouragement and generosity, Erik Swanson for all things media and all things wonderful, Eileen Maginnis for beautiful art
Little Dinos Productions was co-founded by Brit Christopher and Samantha Gambaccini during their studies at Emerson College in 2012. Little Dinos Productions is a grassroots, semi-professional theatre company working in the greater Boston area. Their mission is to challenge audiences and begin conversations through the theatrical exploration of contemporary issues and social justice. A philanthropic company, Little Dinos always partners with a relevant non-profit to increase awareness and raise donations.
The Cambridge Women’s Center is dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering women. Through learning opportunities, support groups and programming, The Women’s Center enables women to make positive, sustaining change in their lives and the lives of their children. The Women’s Center is the only organization in Greater Boston that provides such a wide range of services and resources for women, confidentially and free of charge.
KINGS will be remounted in Lynn, MA at Arts After Hours from September 14 through 16, 2018 to support HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) in Salem. Check the website for details as they are released.
CAST & CREW
BRIT CHRISTOPHER (Playwright, Tillie) is a playwright and performer, interested in creating work that is relevant, honest and human. With a BFA in Acting and a MA in Theatre Education, Brit is also a full-time theatre educator and director for children, as well as an occasional actor in the Greater Boston area. Favorite past roles include Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Harper in Angels in America, and Reverend Billy Hightower in Bat Boy: The Musical. Other written theatrical works of note include, Sidewalk Cracks, Interlocked and the recently published The Quest of Queen Thomas.
KEVIN BARRY CROWLEY (Elliot) is very excited for his first performance in his home state in over a decade. He received his MFA in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts and began his acting career in Chicago. Kevin has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The House Theatre of Chicago, Northlight Theatre, and many others in the Chicago area. He is a Stakeholder and founding member of The Back Room Shakespeare Project whose mission to produce Shakespeare’s plays with “serious actors, no director, one rehearsal, at a bar” has sprouted chapters in Chicago, NYC and Los Angeles. He also has spent much of the last decade teaching Theater and Music to children. Currently, he is teaching Theater at The Academy at Penguin Hall, an all-girls high school in Wenham, MA. He would like to thank the cast and Sam for welcoming him into this production. He would also like to thank Leslie, his wife, for everything.
BRITTANY DALEY (Sheena) is a theatre practitioner and educator from the north shore. Previous roles include “Puck,” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Quannapowitt Players and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) with Slightly Off Broadway – a Saugus based theatre company which she is also a founder of. She also dabbles in directing and writing and has had work featured in Quannapowitt Players Suburban Holidays series While she doesn’t always have the time to perform, Brittany is thrilled to be on stage again and working with such a remarkable cast.
SAMANTHA GAMBACCINI (Producer, Director) Alongside her work as Producing Artistic Director with Arts After Hours, Samantha is an actor, director and educator in the greater Boston area, and works as the Early Childhood Manager at the Community Music Center of Boston. Previously as the Youth Theatre Coordinator with North Shore Players in Danvers, Samantha brings years of expertise developing pre-professional programs for youth and teens. In her spare time, Samantha owns and operates her own performing arts school, including Boston Kids Party, a children’s interactive entertainment party business. www.sgperformingarts.com
LAUREN HALL (Gwen) As an actor and choreographer, Lauren has enjoyed working with many Boston-area theatre companies over the past two decades, including Arts After Hours, Longwood Players, Queer Soup Theater, Hovey Players, The Footlight Club, and many others (Turtle Lane, RIP). A play like Kings is a rare gift, and she is grateful to Sam, Brit, and this extraordinary cast for the chance to tell this story—and to you, for being here with us tonight. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion
ASHLEY LEVESQUE (Jacquelyn) received her B.A.in Theater and Vocal Performance from Lawrence University and her M.M. in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory. Other Boston area roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Next Door Theater), Cinderella in Into the Woods (Next Door Theater), Maureen in RENT (Dream Out Loud Productions) and Monica in Rooms: A Rock Romance (Bad Habit Productions). Along with being an actor, Ashley has held various teaching and staff positions in theaters across the Boston area since 2010.
LIZA NAGLE (Tamara) is humbled to be a part of this production of Kings! Liza is a preschool teacher at Bright Horizons and has a strong passion for teaching. She has worked at The Greater Boston Stage Company, formerly known as Stoneham Theatre, since 2007 as a director and choreographer for the young company. Liza has recently performed with South Shore Theater Works in Into the Woods (Witch), Children of Eden (Snake), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present), and Cabaret (Sally Bowles).
SEAN PERRY (Michael) This is Sean’s first production with Little Dinos Productions. He feels very gracious to be apart of such a talented cast and to work on a show with such an important message. He has most recently appeared as Chip in Spelling Bee at Theatre Company of Saugus. Sean works as the drama director at Stoneham High School.
PAUL ST. CYR (Stage Manager) is a freshman in college studying Creative Writing. While Paul has worked both on and off the stage, this is his first time stage managing a show, and feels incredibly lucky to get to work alongside the brilliant company putting on such an important and powerful piece of theater. Favorite previous roles include Middletown (John Dodge), True West (Lee), and Anon(ymous) (Anon). We hope you enjoy KINGS!