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January 19, 2018 - February 3, 2018


Written by Magaret Edson

In this Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience. Photos by Michael Brunk |



Eleanor Moseley (Vivian) is delighted to be back at SecondStory Rep. Last seen here as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, recent plays include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Alhadeff Studio Theater, Dangerous Liaisons at ACT, Death of a Salesman at ArtsWest (Gypsy Rose Lee award-winner, best actress/small theater), Slaughterhouse Five and Art of Racing in the Rain at Book-It, The Long Road with Arouet, and LiveGirls! Quickies at Annex. Film work includes “Regulate,” “The Dark Horse,” “Children of Light,” among other industrial and indie projects. An aspiring writer, her short plays have been staged at the Seattle Fringe Fest, NW Playwrights’ Alliance, and the Seattle Play Series. Represented by Actors First Agency.

Eric Hartley (Dr Kelekian) is very pleased to start the new year at SSR. Previous appearances here include Mushnik in Little Shop..., Calahan in Legally Blonde, and Twimble/Womper in How to Succeed... Eric has been seen elsewhere as Page in Merry Wives of Windsor (Greenstage), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (SMT), and Frank in Educating Rita (RCT). Most recently Eric appeared as Mr Justice Wainwright in Witness For the Procescution at Centerstage. In memory of NW.

Janette Oswald (Dr. E. M. Ashford) is excited to return to the SSR stage, having been part of the cast of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead here last year. Some of her favorite roles include: Mattie Fae, August: Osage County (Harlequin Productions); Mistress Quickly, Merry Wives of Windsor (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest (Anderlin Arts); Princess Puffer, Drood (Stolen Shakespeare Guild). “A big thanks to Peggy for this wonderful opportunity, and to the very talented cast and crew. Special thanks to the Harem for the constant support, and to my husband Carl who never seems to get tired of me.”

Amy Mayes (Ensemble) was named after a country song. She has performed in many Seattle theaters including; Book-it Repertory, GreenStage, quiet, Seattle Theater Group, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. She is thrilled to be sharing the SSR stage with this talented cast.

Ryan St. Martin (Ensemble/Vivian’s Father) is very elated and honored to make his SecondStory debut with this intelligent, thought provoking, heartbreaking, and moving play. Recently, Ryan was seen onstage as the constable in CenterStage's production of Agatha Christie's A Witness for the Prosecution, directed by THE Terry Edward Moore. Ryan would like to thank Peggy, Mark, Jen, the cast, crew, and everyone else at SecondStory for this amazing opportunity, he would also like to thank his family especially for their support. Enjoy the show!

Shanna Allman (Susie) A veteran of the Redmond Town Center, Shanna is delighted to be back at SecondStory Repertory where she previously performed in The Turn of the Screw and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. In addition to her stints on the eastside, Shanna has performed with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Strawberry Theater Workshop, Live Girls! Theater, Greenstage, and Stone Soup Theater. When not performing, she works as freelance writer and teaches and directs youth drama.

Cristin Fenzel (Ensemble) just started listening to The Holy Sonnets of John Donne set to music by Benjamin Britten, and she already loves them. She recently appeared as Wolfington in SSR’s TYA production of The Fluffy Tale of Adventure. Buckets of thanks to her family and friends for supporting her creative endeavors.

Garrett Lander (Jason) is excited to be joining SecondStory Rep for the first time! He finds himself drawn to any performing art he encounters, and has performed as actor, singer, dancer, and most recently, as an aerialist in Titania's Bower at Versatile Arts. Other recent credits include Guiderious in Cymbeline with Greenstage, Gregory in The Stream, an original splash cast production with By the Seat of Our Theatre Company, and acting in Cat and Canary's Into the Basement, an immersive, devised horror experience. Garrett also can be found teaching and directing children's theater, training in partner acrobatics, and when time permits, indulging in a game of Dungeons and Dragons with friends.


Peggy Gannon (Director) has been a working actress, director and producer in Seattle since 1994. These days, much of her theater energy is spent willingly on MAP Theatre, where she is ½ of the leadership team, and directs many MAP shows (Belleville; Soft Click of a Switch; and A Behanding in Spokane, in partnership with Theater Schmeater). Other favorite directing experiences include several festivals for 14/48; Third at ArtsWest, Buckshot at Macha Monkey, Adventures in Mating at Theater Schmeater; Autobahn at Re-bar; and Quickies at Live Girls!.

Ana N. Rusness-Petersen (Stage Manager) has worked for two decades as a producer, director, assistant director, stage manager, production assistant, sound designer, dramaturg, box office manager, and all-around artist and production resource for theatres and festivals in Chicago, Fargo, and now Seattle. She is currently the Events & Venue Manager at ACT Theatre, pursuing an MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, and enjoying discovering and immersing herself in the multitude of creative opportunities in Seattle. Rusness-Petersen owns and uses her creative company, Ana Noelle Creative Productions, to administer her creative projects, collaborations, photography, publishing and philanthropic efforts.

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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