NOMAD AMERICANA

Written by Kira Rockwell

Directed by Damon Krometis

February 2-17, 2018

The Boston Playwrights' Theatre

 

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$25 General Admission
$15 BU Student Rush with ID (walk up only)

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The eccentric Echo family has lived under the roof of one continuously mobile RV for years, but as they prepare for the birth of their newest member, they make temporary roots in a rural Texas town believed to harness great magic. When Bridgette, the oldest daughter, strikes up a romance with a local, motorcycle riding cowboy who shares her affinity for Shakespeare, she awakens a side of herself she never knew and begins to imagine a life outside her family. Nomad Americana is a new coming of age tale about finding your voice, the search for authentic connection, and the genuine love of one blended, American family.

 

Please Note:

This show runs approximately 90min with no intermission.

 

Special Events

  • Post Show Social following the opening performance on Saturday, February 3rd
  • Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, February 7th and 14th — Buy-One-Get-One tickets when purchased in advance, online only
  • Playwright's Night on Thursday, February 8th and 15th - Half-Price tickets when purchased in advance with code FITKIRA7; Conversation with the playwright following the performance
  • Pay-What-You-Want performances on Friday, February 2nd, the 3pm matinee on Saturday, February 17th, and Tuesday, February 6th. (No minimum at the door, $5 min. online)

 

Show Dates and Times

February 2-17, 2018
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Saturday, February 17th at 3pm
Tuesday, February 6th at 7:30pm

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Cast and Production Team

Bridgette Echo - Ivy Ryan
Violet Echo - Janelle Mills
Toby Echo - Jeffrey Song
Stormi Echo - Khloe Alice Lin
Danny Louis - Nick Perron

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Playwright - Kira Rockwell
Director - Damon Krometis
Dramaturg - Sara Brookner
Stage Manager - Ariel Welch
Assistant Director - Sloth Levine
Scenic Design - Baron Pugh
Lighting Design - Jess Krometis
Costume Design - Chelsea Kerl
Prop Design - Julia Fioravanti
Sound Design - Elizabeth Cahill
Dialect Consultant - Elizabeth Milanovich

 
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Ivy Ryan (Bridgette Echo) returns to Fresh Ink after appearing in Sorry Ass Block Party (Mad Dash 2017) and Why We Have Winter (Ink Spot reading, 2016). Recent credits include Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre), Social Glue (Boston Theater Marathon XIX), The Scarlet Letter, Romeo and Juliet (New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company). Additionally, Ivy has done workshops/ stage readings of Dark Room (Bridge Repertory Theater), Move Your Face (Boston Theater Company), Honey Trap (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Jesus Girls (New Repertory Theatre). This year Ivy is working with the Huntington Theatre Company as an Education Apprentice. Ivy earned her BFA in Acting from Boston University, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Love to her mom for her selfless support. ivyryan.com

 
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Janelle Mills (Violet Echo) is delighted to make her Fresh Ink debut. Boston credits include Lettice and Lovage (Gloucester Stage), Six Degrees of Separation, Top Girls (Bad Habit Productions), Polish Joke (Titanic Theatre), From Denmark with Love (Vaquero Playground), It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, How Many Miles to Basra? (Greater Boston Stage Co), Romeo and Juliet, Design for Living (Publick Theatre), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage, IRNE best ensemble), and Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix). Additionally, she’s performed with Zeitgeist Stage, Arts After Hours, Fort Point Theatre, and Theatre on Fire. Gratitude and love to her family.

 
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Jeffrey Song (Toby Echo) is delighted to be making his Fresh Ink debut with Nomad Americana. Jeff recently performed in the Baltimore Center Stage production of Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake (as Music Director, Composer, Musician and Actor). Other acting credits include productions with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Memorial), the American Repertory Theater (Wild Swans), Company One (Astro Boy and the God of Comics), and Wheelock Family Theatre (Pinocchio). A NEFA grant recipient, Jeff is featured on over a dozen recordings, and has performed concerts in the U.S. and abroad (Montreux Jazz Festival, the Vichy Opera House, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Boston’s ICA, the Istanbul Jazz Festival, the Palermo Festival Di Verdura, and the New York Jazz Festival). His original music has been featured on radio, TV, theater, and at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
 

 
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Khloe Alice Lin (Stormi Echo) is delighted to make her Fresh Ink debut in Nomad Americana. Her recent Boston credits include The Weird (Off the Grid), peerless (Company One), and Bear Patrol (Vaquero Playground). She was in the original cast of the Chinese premier of Vagina Monologues, and has performed extensively in China in her native tongue, Mandarin. She is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature and theater.

 
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Nick Perron (Danny Louis) is thrilled to be making his Fresh Ink debut in Nomad Americana. Recent credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare NOW!), A Christmas Carol (The Public Theatre), Seminar (Kick at the Dark Theatre), Women Beware Women (Villains’ Theatre). Before moving to Boston, Nick acted and produced work internationally, primarily in Nova Scotia. He studied acting in the great white north of Canada at Dalhousie University. Nick thanks all the friends and family for their continuous support.

 

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Kira Rockwell (Playwright) is a playwright and teaching artist from Dallas, Texas. Her plays have been produced and or developed with Theatre@First, Goat Song Theatre Collective, Little Black Dress INK, and Southwestern College. Her work has been featured in Fresh Ink's Mad Dash (2017), One Minute Play Festival-Boston (2017,) ONSTAGE FEST (2015, 2016, 2017), Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (2015, 2016), and Alaska's Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2016). Her writing has been published in the Texas Theatre Journal (2018). Kira is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild. She is an alumna of Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Currently, Kira is a MFA Playwriting candidate at Boston University as well as a co-parent of a sweet doggo with her hubby Mark. Check out more at www.kirarockwell.com.

 

Damon Krometis (Director) is excited to be directing his first full-length play for Fresh Ink after being a part of Mad Dash 2016. As a director and some-time writer, Damon explores the intersection of performance and witness theory. He believes in the power of live performance to change people's minds and behavior. Damon has created a number of community oriented theatre pieces in collaboration with local organizations. Most recently he directed Stories of Substance, a short educational drama on opiate addiction that was featured on WBUR. Last year, he published an article examining his adaptation of Henry V created in collaboration with local veterans in the Chicago area. Damon is the former artistic director of Examined Man Theatre, a New York company that dramatized true stories. For Examined Man, he directed Thinking Makes It So (NYIT Award nomination - best solo performance), When In Disgrace and The Light Inside. He has directed new plays and adaptations of classical texts in New York, London, Chicago, Boston and Baltimore. Damon holds a MFA in Directing form Northwestern University, and is currently an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College and Roxbury Community College. Much love to Jess.

Sara Brookner (Dramaturg) previously worked with Fresh Ink on The Housekeeper by Ginger Lazarus. She has previously worked on productions with Boston Public Works, Whistler in the Dark, Cornerstone Theater, and the American Repertory Theater and its Institute. She is currently the Foundation Relations Manager at ArtsEmerson. A proud StageSource board member, she also coordinates their Gender Parity Task Force and serves on MASSCreative’s leadership council. She received her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a certificate in community-based theatre from Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute.

Ariel Welch (Stage Manager) received a BFA from The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago and is excited for the opportunity to work with Fresh Ink for the first time! Ari is a freelance Stage Manager in the greater Boston area, and her recent Boston stage management works include The Convert with Central Square Theatre. Dry Land, Shelter of Last Resort (XXPlaylab), and The Flick with Company One Theatre, A Palpable Hit with Cambridge Historical Tours, and The Little Blue One with Juventas New Music Ensemble.  She is also a staff member at Weston Drama Workshop where she mentors aspiring Stage Managers and has stage managed West Side Story, Evita, The Wizard of Oz and Chicago. Her Chicago credits include Cloud Nine, The Grapes of Wrath, and A Streetcar Named Desire with Roosevelt University; In a Garden with A Red Orchard Theater; Loom with NWaC and The Whole World Is Watching with Dog and Pony Theater Co. Ari would like to thank her family and friends for their support and encouragement.

Sloth Levine (Assistant Director) is excited to be making their Fresh Ink debut. Previous Boston credits include Men On Boats (Asst. Director) at SpeakEasy Stage and Cymbeline (Asst. Stage Manager) at Brown Box Theatre Project. Upcoming projects include Wig Out! (Asst. Director) at Company One Theatre and The Hotel Nepenthe (Props Design) at Brown Box Theatre Project. While earning a BA in Theatre Studies at Emerson College, they directed productions of James and the Giant Peach and The Hobbit at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Thank you to Damon for every opportunity.

Baron Pugh (Scenic Design) received his MFA in scenic design at Boston University this past December. Select credits include: Boston University: La Tragédie de Carmen, The Merchant of Venice, Ghosts, The Hothouse; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey – Next Stage Ensemble: The Triumph of Love, Romeo and Juliet. Upcoming: The Wiz with Lyric Stage of  Boston. BaronPughDesign.com  

Jessica Krometis (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be making her Fresh Ink debut with Nomad Americana. She is a recent Boston resident after getting her MFA in Lighting Design from Northwestern University. Boston credits include Lucky Stiff with Stoneham Theater and High Hamlet with Improv Asylum. Jessica designed several shows in the Chicago area and New York with companies including American Theatre Company, Theatre Wit, Stage Left Theatre, Artistic Home, and Jackalope Theatre.  She was also the assistant designer for exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as well as theatre productions at Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatre. Jessica now works as a designer for Available Light, Inc., a lighting design firm located in Salem, MA. See more of her work at www.jharpenau.com.