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September 23 - October 9, 2016


Written by Tom Stoppard

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. Photos by Michael Brunk |



Jalyn Green (Rosencrantz) is thrilled beyond belief to be doing this show, one of his all time favorites. Previously at SecondStory he has been in Christmas Carol (3x), Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Born Yesterday, Much Ado About Nothing and The Pillowman. You've also seen him around working for Book It Rep, Theatre Schmeater, Greenstage, Shakespeare Northwest, and is a company member with Ghost Light Theatricals. Love to his friends and family, and a big thanks to Alicia for the opportunity, Abby for keeping me on track and The Cheat for her love and support.

Abby Nathan (Guildenstern) is beyond thrilled to be returning to SSR with this amazing cast! Abby graduated from Central Washington with her BFA in performance. Past performances include: Nym in Merry Wives (Greenstage); Nurse in Creature (Theater Schmeater); Delio in The Duchess of Malfi (Hard Bard); Conrade/Messenger in Much Ado About Nothing (Greenstage); Dr. Wink/Alison in Pinkalicious (SSR); Caliban in The Tempest (Central). All of her love goes to Skye, Dustyn, and Chauncey. Anthony for all of his support, and of course my mother, father, and many parents! Heads or tails for a great show!

Seth Stewart (Hamlet) is pleased to be making his Seattle debut on the SecondStory stage. His previous credits include Hamlet in Hamlet and Himself in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre in Austin, TX. He would like to thank the director for this wonderful opportunity, all involved in production, and his friends and family.

Janette Oswald (Gertrude) is a recent transplant to the PNW from Dallas, TX, and is excited to be a part of this show at SSR. Favorite roles include: Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest); Princess Puffer (Drood); Mrs. Webb (Our Town). Olive juice, SB & love to The Harem.

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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