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May 9 – 25, 2014


By Jane Martin

Keely, a pregnant rape victim planning an abortion, awakes in a locked room with no memory of how she got there. She learns from her elderly companion, Du, that she has been kidnapped by a pro-life group intent on forcing Keely to have her baby. What unveils is a beautiful character piece about the ongoing abortion dispute in America. Photos by Michael Brunk |



Alicia Mendez (Keely) is thrilled to be back on the SSR stage in one of her dream roles. Most recently Alicia has taken a break from performing to direct. On stage she was most recently seen as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein at BAT, her favorite roles include Evita in Evita, Timoune in Once on the Island and Little Sally in Urinetown. Alicia would like to thank Rick, Mark and Jen for this amazing opportunity. Lobster.

Ruth McRee (Du) is delighted to make her debut at SSR as Du in this provocative play. She has worked in Seattle theaters since the 1980’s and believes, now more than ever, in theater’s role to move hearts and stir minds. Recent favorite roles were in Seattle productions of Anna Karenina, Frozen, Gaudy Night, Tartuffe, I Can’t Remember Anything, The House of Bernarda Alba and 33 Variations.

John Clark (Walter) is again delighted to be back at SecondStory Rep. He was seen here the last two Christmases as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He has also been seen at SSR as Orgon in Tartuffe, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Orsini Rosenberg in Amadeus. He has also performed at The Seattle Rep, Empty Space, Pioneer Sq., quiet, Stone Soup, The Virginia City Players, Driftwood and many others around the Seattle area and beyond. Other favorite roles include: Ellard in The Foreigner, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mozart in Amadeus, The Old Man in Fool for Love, Clov in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, and as Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off. Thanks to Rick for trusting in me to do this role and I certainly hope everyone will buckle up and enjoy this memorable ride.

Christopher C. Cariker (Cole) is an Actor, a Poet, and a Filmmaker living in Bellingham. For a list of credits you can go to On twitter for #haiku @hanginghammer. HUGE THANKS to the cast, crew, and production staff of SSR as well as all the Hammers and Swingers: AW-C, LC, CWC, EWIII, CW, KD, ABH, LK, TM, DP, BH, AM & Hooker the Cat!


Rick Wright (Director) has been involved with theater in the Puget Sound area for over thirty five years. He has directed shows for several theaters in the Seattle area including Seattle Musical Theatre, Historic Everett, and the Phoenix Theatre. Past shows at SecondStory Rep include Moon Over Buffalo and Jungle Book: KIDS.

Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Designer) has designed for Book-It Repertory Theatre (Frankenstein, Anna Karenina, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Richard II), Wooden O (Henry V and The Tempest), Seattle Musical Theatre (Young Frankenstein and Legally Blonde), Youth Theatre Northwest (Spring Awakening, Shrek: The Musical, Little Women, and The Sound of Music), Harlequin Productions (Jesus Christ Superstar), and other local theatres. Upcoming work can be seen in Werther at Vashon Opera, Little Shop of Horrors at Youth Theatre Northwest, Two Gentleman of Verona with SSC’s Wooden O, Middletown and Clybourne Park at Harlequin Productions.

Christina Masson (Stage Manager) is proud to be hiding backstage on her 9th show at SSR. When not wearing all black and telling people what to do, she also enjoys performing in the Seattle area (most recently in Young Frankenstein at SMT); you may have seen her onstage here at SSR in Joseph... (Ensemble), Zombie Prom (Ginger), or How To Succeed (Ensemble). Love and thanks to mom, dad, and her loving fiancé, Dan, for their constant support!

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


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