The Caitlin County Hemp Wars


Workshop

Workshop Production at Zero Arrow Theatre – 
May 5th, 2009

The Women of Caitlin County

Rebecca Booth-Fox (music director), Jennifer Vento (director), and Terry Crystal (composer, lyricist, and producer) meet at the Diesel Cafe to plan production.

 Caitlin County… makes the leap to a big stage!
Following up on our successful fall reading at the Boston Playwrites Theatre, the ‘workshop production’ at the Zero Arrow Theatre in Harvard Square  was an amazing artistic success. Honestly could not have been better, and was a total surprise to me, since the rehearsal the night before was less than great. For the evening of the performance, the cast rose to the occasion, delivering flawless performances with the acting and tunes.

For this first open-to-the-public performance, ‘Caitlin County…’ made the leap to a large stage, with glorious staging and the incredible talents of our cast (new and old). The second act works with the addition of a new song and dialog, Michael Wonson’s lighting design continued to provide its magic, the transitions were seemless (aided by our fabulous musicians), and the addition of fiddle improvisation took some of the songs to a higher level. We even got to see a few minutes of ‘Hemp for Victory’ which blended seemlessly into the ‘Hempfest’ scene.

All in all a great evening and audience, made even more special with the addition of  the Hemp Industry display table and multi-colored hemp silk wall hanging in the lobby (thank you John Dvorak – hempology.org).

– T.C.

An opportunity to hear new song and dialog –
‘On the Block’   (video)
 
 
Workshop Production at Zero Arrow Theatre – 
May 5th, 2009
 
               Creative Team:
Terry Crystal…..producer, music and lyrics
Don DiVecchio…..book and original story
Jenn Vento……………………………..director
Rebecca Booth-Fox…………music director
Michael Clark Wonson…….lighting design
 
                  Musicians:
Steve Sadler…………………………….Guitar
Rob Rudin………………………………….Percussion
Joe Kessler……………………………….Fiddle
 
                      Cast:
Allen Phelps …………………..Bill Hendricks
Chelsea Lembo……………Shelly Hendricks
Christie Gibson……………Helen Hendricks, Farmer’s wife
Dean Bruno…………………….Ray Hendricks
Geralyn Horton………………Cora Hendricks
Henry Olds…………………..Henry Hendricks
Jenny Moussa Spring……………Executive, Farmer’s Wife
Judith Kalaora……….Auctioneer, Reporter
Julien Touafek……………Toby Hendricks, Executive, Farmer
Katherine Brack……………….Evy Hendricks
Meghan Dalton…………..Dianne, Farmer’s  Wife, Lawyer
Michael Letch………………………….Michael
Richard Rosowski………….Frank Hendricks, Farmer, Lawyer
Ricky Denning……………….Chris Hendricks
Wayne Miller……………………………..Farmer
William Hartwell……..Emcee, Executive, Farmer, Judge
William Neely…………………Tom Hendricks
 
More great staging from Jenn (video)
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