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October 19, 2018 - November 4, 2018


Book by Hunter Bell
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theater festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009. Photos by Michael Brunk |



Barrett Penrod (Hunter) is thrilled to be making his SSR debut! Favorite PNW credits include Hanschen (Spring Awakening), Horton the Elephant (Seussical), The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), and The Production Tenor (Singing in the Rain). Graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.

Tyler Harr (Jeff) is excited to be making his SSR debut in such a fun show. Previous performance credits include Annie with Seattle Musical Theatre in Seattle, and The Pillowman (Katurian), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan), Under Milk Wood, and others in his home state of Illinois. Thank you to the hardworking folks at SecondStory and three wonderful cast mates for a job well done.

Kelly Ufford (Heidi) returns to the SSR stage, ready to have a kick-ass time performing in this dream show of hers! Kelly has had the privilege of working around the country for companies such as the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, RWS Entertainment, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Showtunes Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, and more! Notably, she has performed under the direction of Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and Broadway music director Michael Rafter at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

Rachel Brinn (Susan) is elated to be back at SSR in such a fabulous show with this crazy talented bunch of wackos. Some of her favorite past roles include (but are not limited to) Miss Hannigan in Annie with Seattle Musical Theatre, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid with Bainbridge Performing Arts, Woman 2 in Songs for a New World with SSR, Tessa in The Gondoliers and Iolanthe in Iolanthe with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Marion in The Music Man with the Heavier Than Air Family Theatre. Thank you to my family for always praising my Rice Krispies Treats.


Alicia Mendez (Director) is beyond elated to be directing [title of show]. Alicia fell in love with the show years ago, when she stumbled across the soundtrack. This show has a very special place in her heart. Alicia would like to thank the amazing cast that made her job so enjoyable. Alicia is not a stranger to the SSR stage, this show will be the 12th show she has worked either on stage as a performer or in a production role. Special thanks go to Mark & Jen for giving her this opportunity and making SSR feel like home! Shout out to her favorite dessert, Lemon Loaf!

Kim Douglass (Music Director) Kim is thrilled to be back at SSR after recently music directing The Last Starfighter, Anne of Green Gables, Legally Blonde, Evita, the Snow Queen, and Mack & Mabel. Kim has worked at many companies in the Puget Sound area as a musician, director and composer including The Village Theatre, 5th Ave, A.C.T., Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Musical Theatre to name a few. She enjoys teaching music and drama classes and has worked with many students from kindergarten to college.

Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.

Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!


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