BY PATRICIA LOUGHREY
MUSIC BY THOMAS HODGES
Welcome to Acme's summer of Zoomin' good times!
Every week, we will present a new play - the product of a week's worth of creative energy and theatre love streamed live to you in the comfort of your home.
This coming week, young thespians ages 7-13 are invited to check out our upcoming workshops.
Mark you calendar now for next Saturday, July 18 and join us for these family-friendly adventures...
2:00pm The Boy Who Cried Dragon by Inda Craig-Galvan
7:00pm This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing by Finegan Kruckmeyer
This past week, I have had the privilege of working with our actors and tech team, exploring the life and activism of Harvey Milk.
This script has provided us with so many great questions to explore - How does Harvey's experience in the Castro in the 1970's resonate (or not) with what is unfolding in our lives right now? What power and privilege did Harvey have as a cis, white man? How were his politics intersectional? How has the landscape of LGBT politics evolved since 1978, or from 2009 when this play was written? How are Harvey's words and ideas in conversation with the current uprising to defend Black lives?
And, perhaps most importantly, what gives us hope?
As we listen to these reflections from Harvey's community, let's ponder what is the next concrete step each of us might take to give each other hope and further our current shared struggles for justice.
Acme Theatre Company
Maya Rogalski (she/her) is a Senior at Davis Senior High School. She is super excited to play piano for her first ever Acme show! Outside of Acme, she has played for various local theater companies including DMTC and Harper Drama. Some of her favorite shows to Music Direct have been The Drowsy Chaperone and High School Musical, Jr. Outside of theater, she loves to dote on her elderly cat's every whim. She'd like to thank the cast and crew for this amazing opportunity, and hopes you enjoy the show!
Juna Brothers (she/her) is a ninth grader at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School. She is very excited to be in her first Acme show as Anne Kronenberg. She has also acted in her school’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Connie Conrade). Besides acting, she plays the cello, watches Grey’s Anatomy, and obsesses over anything and everything related to dogs and Cristina Yang. She would like to thank everyone at Acme for being so kind and welcoming, especially Mattias RowenBale for introducing her to the company and also sending her cute pictures of his dog Buttercup.
John Laird, Thomas Hodges
Sawyer (he/him) is an incoming sophomore at Davis Senior High. He joined ACME in the summer of 2019 and has been helping out around the company ever since. This past February, he was elected to ACE as ACME’s Front of House apprentice and is super eager to succeed his amazing mentor, Gray Blair. Some past production’s that he’s been in consists of High School Musical (Stagemanagement), The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell), The Tavern Under Anfeliadd (Classified), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Captain Scott). Since being in quarantine, he’s picked up some new skills and have found some fun new things to do. Some of which consist of skateboarding, digital painting, and building stuff (including a desk, wow!!). He’s super excited to be in this week's show, Dear Harvey. Appearing as various ensemble members, John Laird, one of the first two openly gay men to serve for state legislature, and Thomas Hodges, an accomplished composer and educator for queer rights. He hopes you enjoy today's performance of Dear Harvey.
Grey Turner just graduated from Da Vinci High School. This fall he will be attending Southern Oregon University where he will further his pursuit of theatre knowledge. Grey’s love of theatre was sparked right here with Acme Theatre Company. He has played many roles in his 4 years with Acme, his favorites being James Dean (Pronoun), Ryan Martin (The Burials) and Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher). Grey has had the time of his life in Acme and wants to express his deepest gratitude for all of the wonderful patrons of our art. Enjoy the show!
Sophia Ginosar (she/her) is a senior at East High School in Denver, Colorado. Despite the unusual locale, she has some connection to ACME, as her mother was the costume maker for the company in the early 1980s. Although her role as Alan Pettit will be her first at ACME, she has participated in many shows, such as Sister Act, The Diary of Anne Frank, and West Side Story. When not working on a production, Sophia spends her time playing video games, drawing, and working on 3D animation. She would like to thank everyone at ACME for being incredibly welcoming.
Mattias RowenBale (he/him) will be going into 10th grade at DHS (hopefully-maybe it'll just be in his room?) at the end of this summer. This is his third Acme show as an actor and also his third Acme show with stage management. Tonight he will be playing Stuart Milk, as well as ensemble parts. Despite the lack of a physical stage, he is also stage managing this show! He is Acme’s Stage Manager apprentice, and has most recently played Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing and various characters in The Importance Of Being Ernest. When he is not acting or reading copious amounts of potential scripts, Mattias can be found juggling or performing on aerial silks (and contemplating a life in the circus, obviously). He'd like to say he's taken up a new hobby during quarantine, but alas he has only deep cleaned his room, made protest signs, and watched too much TV. He is so happy that the show goes on despite it all, and hopes you enjoy tonight's performance!
Olivia Sagayaradj is a sophomore at Davis Senior High School who is very excited to be participating in her first Acme show! This is Olivia’s first acting experience but has been onstage several times before. Olivia has been playing piano for almost ten years and had performed at various piano competitions and recitals. Olivia is also a part of the speech and debate team as well as the robotics team at her school. Olivia would like to thanks the entire Acme cast and crew for making her first time at Acme theatre company a very fun and memorable experience!
Morgan Hendrix-Chupa (she/her) is a rising junior at Davis High School and is glad to be joining Acme again for her eighth show with the company! Morgan started acting in the summer of 2017, and so far has been in multiple plays. Her favorite roles she has played are Jules and Mother Baker (Twelve Huntsmen), Mr. Gloss (Beaux Stratagem), Mortimer Mortimer (Failure: A Love Story), Sophie Martin (The Burials), and Miss Scarlet (Clue: On Stage). In this show, she will be playing the radical old lesbian Jacki Grover, as well as some ensemble parts. While she is in quarantine, Morgan likes to knit, go on hikes and collect shiny things, make and eat delicious food, and appreciate the color pink to its fullest extent. She would like to thank the cast and crew of Dear Harvey for telling an important story with her. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Ian Bourne (he/him) is a rising sophomore at Davis Senior HS. This is his first ACME show, but he has always loved performing arts like music and comedy. He is thrilled (and a little shocked) to be a part of the DHS Jazz Choir this fall, as well as all the other nerdy classes he’s enrolled in. When he isn’t working with all the wonderful people he’s met in ACME, he can be found wandering around Davis with his school friends. In this show, he will be playing some narration parts and the role of Tom Ammiano, an LGBT rights activist. He would like to thank the cast and crew for being so welcoming, and he hopes you learn as much from the show as he did!
Kira Cubbage (she/her) is a homeschooler about to graduate 12th grade, and is excited to be performing in her 7th (and final :() Acme show. She is excited to be appearing as Robin Tyler, and is excited to discover the interesting (and sometimes irritating) challenges and opportunities that Zoom offers to theater. Her previous roles have included: Willi Graf in Acme’s white rose, Various ensemble roles in Acme’s Twelfth Night, The Beaux Stratagem, and The Triangle Factory Fire Project, and the lion in Acmes Twelve Huntsmen. Outside of acting Kira enjoys roleplaying games (and particularly D&D), anime, and various nerdy/geek activities.
Christine Kehoe, Mary Stockton
Sophia Nachmanoff (she/her) just graduated from DaVinci Charter Academy, and is very happy/sad to be in her final Acme summer. Ironically, though she has been involved in the company since her freshman year, this is actually her first time acting in the summer show. However, some of her favorite past other shows were Beaux Strategem (Dorinda), The White Rose (Christoph Probst), and Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). When she's not acting, you might see her onstage with the DHS Jazz Choir, or off the stage in her work as Acme's Master Costumer. So basically, she never leaves the theatre. She also likes to play a wide variety of instruments (from the ukulele to the mandolin), work with kids, read her favorite genre (archival historical mysteries), sporadically embark on ambitious cooking projects, and spend way too much money on boba. She is very excited to move to Portland in the fall, where she will be doing community service and furthering her Jewish education in the Tivnu: Building Justice Gap Year Program before heading off to Wellesley college where apparently she will cut her hair short and carry a sword? Anyways, she would like to thank her family, Emily, and Harvey Milk and the many other queer activists who have had such profound impacts on her life! Enjoy the show!
Sam Cubbage (They/Them) is a recently graduated senior who was homeschooled by their amazing mother. You may recently have seen them in The Importance Of Being Earnest as Algernon, playing Ben in The Burials, or the wonderful Cherry in Beaux Stratagem. Sam started their theater journey at the age of 9 performing in musicals. Three years ago this summer, Sam joined acme as their master stage manager and has loved every moment since! They would like to thank Emily for this amazing experience to perform and learn about LGBTQ history. They invite you to pull up a chair, grab your favorite snacks, and enjoy this wonderful zoom theater experience. Enjoy the show!
Daniel Nicoletta, Study Friend
Juliet Dragheim (she, her) is going into eighth grade at Davis Waldorf School (DWS). Dear Harvey is the first play that she has done with the ACME theater company, but she has been doing plays since five years old. In Dear Harvey she plays an ensemble Part, Daniel Nicoletta, and a study buddy. She’s participated in Davis Shakespeare’s abridged As You Like It (Rosalind), and she played in their abridged Twelfth Night (Duke Orsino). Her most demanding role was in Themistocles and the Persian Wars (Themistocles), and she also played in The Heart of Robin Hood (Marian). In addition to drama and theater, Juliet also enjoys sports like volleyball and basketball, Juliet also enjoys drawing and recently has been interested in drawing the human face. She also enjoys chilling with her friends and classmates, and dancing to whatever music is on her playlist at the time. Juliet would like to thank the cast and crew of this show for making this production possible, and she would also like to thank all of you for coming tonight, and hope’s that you enjoy the show as much as she has.
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Mary Lou Linvill
Jesus de Loera
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Renay H. Marquez
Richard & Anya McCann
Lesli & Andrew McCutcheon
Shelley & Jim McFarland
C Jane McKendry
The Miller Family
Harvey Yan & Tanya Moda
Karl & Brenda Mohr
Isabelle Williams and Elisabeth Morray
Clinton & Eleanor Neagley
Pierre Neu & Marcia Gibbs
Joanne & Dave Pelz
Jeff & Karin Pelz
Marie Jaisenuk & Frank Roe
Bill & Nancy Roe
Helen Roland & Jim Cramer
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Shani and Mark Simon
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