Past Productions


Mail Copenhagen

October 17+18, 7:30 pm

Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island
FREE (donations welcome)

Directed by Kate Carruthers
Featuring Tell Schreiber, Ken Enright and Jennifer Jett

Recommended for mature audiences

•  In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish colleague, mentor and friend Niels Bohr. Their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle had revolutionized atomic physics. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have vexed historians ever since. 

•  In Michael Frayn’s ambitious, fiercely intelligent, Tony-winning play Heisenberg and Bohr meet once again to discuss the intricacies of physics and to ponder the metaphysical—the very essence of human motivation—as well as the creation of the most destructive weapon of war known to humanity.

•  This production is a reprise performance celebrating our 20th year of Island Theatre, including the cast and director from our 2003 production. The 20th Anniversary season is sponsored by Althea Paulson and Dan Mallove, with royalty support from Linda Lemon and operational support from One Call for All.  

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What may be Bainbridge Island’s best kept cultural secret is coming into the limelight this year. Island Theatre, also known as “Island what?”, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as TBDTCITW (The Best Damn Theatre Company in the World).

Island Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season will include a retrospective series at the Bainbridge Public Library of some of its favorite staged play readings from past years, plus a fully stagedproduction in April of Humble Boy at Rolling Bay Hall.

Here’s the little-known history of Island Theatre (IT)

In early 1994, Louise Mills, one of the founders of Bainbridge Light Opera (later to become Bainbridge Performing Arts) and proud owner of an impressive collection of rare vintage evening wear, persuaded her friend Michele McCrackin to direct and perform in an independent production of the 1926 Broadway comedy, The Play's the Thing by P.G. Wodehouse (adapted from a play by Ferenc Molnár), a fizzy romantic farce that had all the characters in formal evening dress throughout. Louise raised money to rent the Bainbridge High School auditorium for three weeks in March ’94. The cast included Dave Allen, Steve Buechler, Bob Zinn, Michele McCrackin, Bob McAllister, Steve Stolee, Bob Cederwall, and Miles Yanick, with costumes by Mary Braden and Marilyn Boynton, set design by Will Langemack, assistant direction by Kate Carruthers, stage management by Steve Nicolet, lighting by Jane Jay, and publicity by Cynthia Sears.

At the end of a successful run, producer Louise proudly hosted the cast and crew for dinner at the then new Karsten’s Restaurant in Suquamish. Finishing the meal with toasts, Louise addressed the group, “Well, our show made money [cheer] and I want to ask you all what you think I should do with it: I could give you all a share of it, which would be about $50 apiece; or … [dramatic pause] … we could start a new theatre company!” The decision was unanimous and Island Theatre was born and named at a subsequent meeting in the fall of 1994 at Dave and Julie Allen’s house. The first board members were: Mary Braden, Steve Buechler, Kate Carruthers, Michele McCrackin, Louise Mills, Steve Nicolet; and Cynthia Sears, with Steve Stolee serving as its first president. The new theatre company’s goal was to produce adult-oriented plays rather than musicals or children’s productions, which were well-covered by other local theatres.

Island Theatre became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in spring of 1994 and produced its first play, Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward, directed by Ron Milton, that fall at the BHS Auditorium. Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley followed in March 1995, directed by Michele McCrackin. In July and August of 1995, IT staged two outdoor productions: Love Letters by A.R. Gurney and a musical revue, Love Songs, directed by Ron Milton.

In 1994, 1995 and 1997, IT sponsored the Seattle Symphony Family Concerts on Bainbridge after the former host organization gave up the opportunity.

June 1996 saw the production of The Nerd by Larry Shue, directed by Kate Carruthers and performed at Bainbridge Performing Arts, followed by Love Letters by A.R. Gurney presented on the deck at the Bloedel Reserve in August.

In 1996 and 97, IT produced two live radio shows titled: “On the Air: From the Golden Age of Radio” under the direction of Frank Buxton, from his own collection of authentic radio scripts. They were performed in what was then the Bainbridge Commons. The second radio show also had a performance in Port Townsend.

During those same early years, IT also produced several readings in private homes. IT’s big break, so to speak, came with its collaboration, in 1998, with the Bainbridge Public Library to present a regular season of bi-monthly staged play readings at the library, a project that supported the missions of both organizations. Those productions continue today, along with “potluck” play readings (Island Theatre at Your House, or YoHo) in private homes. IT also participates periodically in the Kitsap Regional Library's One Book, One Community program by performing a staged play reading, tied to that year's book selection, at Kitsap County library branches.

Through it all, IT has operated with an all-volunteer board, a minimal budget, and without its own theater, giving rise to its motto, “Can we rehearse at YOUR house?” 

In 2012, IT launched the Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival, the brainchild of then IT board member Sara Scribner, to showcase plays by established and emerging playwrights from throughout Kitsap County. Now in its fourth year, the TMPF typically draws over 50 entries, with the top plays, as selected by a panel of  theatre professionals, performed over a weekend in August to packed houses at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

With few exceptions, Island Theatre productions are free to the community, with donations gratefully accepted. Since its inception, IT has presented over 100 plays at the Bainbridge Public Library or on another stage.


Dear Editor: Letters to the Bainbridge Review. February 21 & 22 ~ 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library. A staged reading of selected letters to the Bainbridge Review from the 1930’s through the 1970’s to illustrate the role of a local paper in community life. The play includes letters on such vital – and reoccurring – Bainbridge issues as dogs in Winslow, what to do about newcomers, rowdy teenagers, all-island government and, of course, the ferries. Central to the play, however, are letters for and against the exclusion of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese residents during World War II as well as letters for and against their return to the island at the end of the war. First performed by IT in 2004.

Humble Boy, by Charlotte Jones. April 6, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 ~ 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Bay Hall. Borrowing liberally from Hamlet, this nimble and offbeat comedy set in an English garden estate introduces a socially awkward scientist who deftly links the cosmology of bees to black holes, but cannot fathom the mysteries of love and family. First performed by IT in 2006.

Blackbird, by David Harrower. June 20 & 217:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library. Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. Guilt, rage and raw emotions run high as they recollect their relationship when she was twelve and he was forty. Ray, now fifty-six, after years in prison and subsequent hardships, has a new identity and has made a new life for himself. Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else, and on finding a photo of him, sets out to find Ray. Without moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal truth of the abandoned and unconventional love. First performed by IT in 2011.

The Fourth Annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival. August 21 & 22 ~ 7:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Up to ten plays, written by Kitsap County playwrights and selected by a panel of theatre professionals, will be performed both evenings.

Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn. October 17 & 18 ~ 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library. This Tony Award-winning play dramatizes the disastrous 1941 meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his former colleague and friend, Danish physicist Nils Bohr, on the Nazi’s efforts to produce the atomic bomb. Together they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world had changed, and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. First performed by IT in 2003.

Season’s Greetings, by Alan Ayckbourn. December 19 & 20 ~ 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library. An uncompromising portrait of a traditional family Christmas in which culinary disasters, drunkenness, neglected wives, infidelity under the tree and an amorous Santa create a sparking bittersweet comedy and a riotously funny take on the festive season. First performed by IT in 2007.

Island Theatre at Your House (YoHo), a series of gatherings hosted by volunteers in their homes, at which participants are invited to join in a potluck dinner and a play reading, takes place in the intervening months.

Island Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season* is sponsored by Althea Paulson and Dan Mallove. Linda Lemon provided funding for the performance licenses for the 2015 productions. Island Theatre is also supported by the Bainbridge Community Foundation, One Call for All, and at-door donations by theatre-goers like you!

*Yes, the 20th anniversary was actually 2014 – we forgot!


June 21 & 22, 7:30 pm

Island Theatre at the Library presents:

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker

Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger

Bainbridge Public Library FREE (donations welcome)

CAST: Jim Anderson, Victoria Brown, Shannon Dowling, Ted Dowling, Christiana Bannister

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker: In an artsy small town, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty's "Adult Creative Drama" class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. This delightful comedy from new playwright Annie Baker landed on Top Ten lists of The New York Times and The New Yorker for 2010.



Island Theatre at Your House (YoHo) presents:

 45 Seconds-Neil Simon

July 19, 6:00 pm

Island Theatre at Your House presents:

45 Seconds From Broadway by Neil Simon

Host, John Ratterman
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From America's master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. This touching valentine to New York offers great acting roles as Neil Simon continues his exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy.

Island Theatre at Your House features potluck dinner (arranged by host) and an open reading of the play. Any and all may read a part, or simply enjoy the performance of the others. A good chance to try out your acting voice!

Island Theatre at the Library presents:

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Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams

Directed by Steve Stolee

APRIL 26 & 27 - 7:30 PM

Free (donations welcome)  Bainbridge Public Library

Cast:   Karla Cole and Michelle Allen

Can you untangle Gidion’s Knot?
A parent/teacher conference begins as a mystery with a mother seeking answers as to why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class. The teacher is apprehensive until their discussion develops into a dramatically charged collision of convictions about limits of freedom and creativity, bullying and youth sexuality, the legal minefield of public-private relations, and parental and personal responsibility. 
Gidion’s Knot is a heart-wrenching, adult-oriented drama by Princess Grace Award winner, Johnna Adams.

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Picasso  Steve-Martin

MARCH 15, 6:00 PM

Hosts Paula Elliot & Paul Brians

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This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, popular actor and screenwriter Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso's agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso's date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.



Island Theatre at the Library presents


Territorial Voices: A Civil War Readers Theatre

 Island Theatre and Humanities Washington
partner to present historian
Lorraine McConaghy

in a special weekend of Island Theatre at the Library
Saturday and Sunday, February 15 & 16

7:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.

Free! (Donations Appreciated)

Territorial Voices: A Civil War Readers Theatre featuring Lorraine McConaghy an interactive, living theatre piece revealing varied opinions on race and slavery from Washington State’s own Civil War history.

We often forget that the Civil War involved the entire nation – and that Washington territorial residents were deeply involved in its issues. As the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War continues, historian Lorraine McConaghy, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, has developed an interactive, living theater piece in which audience members are invited to read the words of ordinary settlers, territorial military, and administrative leadership. The reading will be preceded by a brief lecture to set context and followed by a conversation about the ideas and themes raised by the communal theatre. Through the presentation, participants will realize the changing significance of words like “Democrat” and “Republican” and learn about various opinions on race and slavery in the territory. It is one thing to hear these startling realities in a lecture; it is more powerful to speak them.


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Balconville — a bilingual comedy by David Fennario


NOVEMBER 16, 6:00 PM

Hosts Peter & Robin Denis

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The QUONTA winning production of Balconville, a hilarious bilingual comedy by David Fennario, presented by Espanola Little Theatre and directed by Walter Maskell, was the 2nd play of the Theatre Ontario Festival. Balconville is an adult comedy by Canadian playwright David Fennario, winner of the Chalmers Award as the Best Canadian Play. This surprisingly simple work revealed conflicts and love shared by a group of French and English speaking characters living in the working class district of Montreal, Pointe St-Charles, during a hot summer when the Expos were winning and the factories were closing down.

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Great Falls by Lee Blessing

October 19 + 20, 7:30

Bainbridge Public Library


Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger
Cast: Christiana Bannister and Ted Dowling

NOTE: Great Falls contains strong language and adult themes.

Prize-winning author, Lee Blessing's Great Falls begins in the uncomfortable confines of a car streaking through the Badlands of South Dakota. The occupants: a disaffected, man-hating teenager one week shy of her 18th birthday and the ex-stepfather she accuses of kidnapping her. Most plays would go one of two directions from here -- toward reconciliation and redemption or toward increasingly disturbing commentary on the degraded American condition. Blessing chooses a tougher middle road instead— letting each character have his say -- and his due -- he shines a harsh but understanding light on contemporary American problems:

– The breakdown of the traditional family and the difficulty of finding anything to replace it.

– The misuse of sex to avoid intimacy or serve a cruel self-love.

– The frightening loneliness of decision-making in a land of individualism and broken communities.

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YoHo (Island Theatre at Your House) is a potluck-playreading evening hosted in a private home—all are welcome!  Bring food or drink to share (ask your host for suggestions). You may like to read a role, or perhaps just listen and enjoy the company with other Island Theatre patrons experiencing an engaging creation from the world of dramatic literature. 

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Synopsis: The time is 1905 in New York City and Esther, a middle-aged, black seamstress, has learned to make ends meet by teaching herself to sew beautiful and delicate lingerie for her uptown and downtown clientele. After nearly two decades of loneliness and watching the younger and prettier girls come and go in the boarding house she rents from, Esther finds solace and possible romance in letters from George, a handsome, young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal. Re-energized by his affectionate words, but hindered by illiteracy, Esther confides in two of her patrons, Mrs. Van Buren, a rich white socialite, and Mayme, a prostitute, to pen her letters back to George. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart also seems to lie with Mr. Marks, the Hasidic shopkeeper who relishes in sharing his exquisite finds of satins and silks and has also grown increasingly fond of Esther. But the impossibility of their match is obvious to them both, so Esther settles for a marriage to George. He subsequently manages to frivolously spend all of her life savings on whores and liquor – dashing all of Esther’s hopes of opening a beauty salon. Once again penniless and alone, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life’s experiences.

Island Theatre 2013
Ten-Minute Play Festival

 Plays and Artists

(Alphabetical by Play Title)


ANASTASIA. A young real estate agent gets more than she bargained for when her first clients prove to have some VERY specific requirements for their dream house.

Playwright: Ned Thorne
Ned grew up on Bainbridge Island. After taking degrees in English and Theatre from Whitman College, he relocated to New York City, where he currently works as a film and television editor while continuing to write plays and screenplays. His first feature film, 419, will be released online this October on iTunes.

Director: Brian Danzig
Cast: Miranda Feldtman, Shannon Dowling, Ted Dowling


ADRASTEIA. What begins with two elderly men ruminating about past events progresses into a drama about retribution.

Playwright: Charlie Hamilton
Charlie has been involved in several plays with Island Theatre and Bainbridge Performing Arts both as an actor and in set construction. Writing seemed to be a natural progression and he is honored to have his play chosen for the festival.

Director: Steve Stolee
Cast: Bob McAllister, Tell Schreiber


ASSIGNED BLESSING. First Place Winner. Two playwriting students become increasingly competitive in their efforts to complete their homework assignment.

Playwright: Connie Bennett
Connie is a Kitsap County native who is often on Bainbridge these days visiting granddaughters Marisa and Olivia. Her short plays have been produced in Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, and Canada. Since 2009, she has co-produced the "Northwest Ten!" ten-minute play festival in Eugene, Oregon.

Director: Fred Saas
Cast: Michelle Allen, Nathan Whitehouse, Sandi Spellman, Nathaniel Beuchler


THE BUTLER. When the craft project at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility is “draw something that brings back a sweet memory,” the results at one table of women are not quite what you’d expect.

Playwright: George Shannon
Six years ago I put on my galvanized boxers and finally made a wish come true—theatre. Since then I've studied with some of the best: Chris Soldevilla, Dinah Manoff, Matt Smith and Marya Sea Kaminski at Freehold Theatre. I am delighted to have my play, The Butler, as part of this festival.

Director: Rozzella Kolbegger
Cast: Diane Walker, Ruth Urbach, Carolyn Goad, Ted Dowling 


THE CONSORTIUM. An all-female group of  "Weather Underground" radicals take on a mission that may save or destroy their friendships.

Playwright: Erik Van Beuzekom
Erik was raised on Bainbridge island and has been a theatre artist for nearly 40 years. He and his wife, Pattie, run The Paradise Theater School in Chimicum. Erik appeared on Bainbridge Island last February in Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Director: Tim Davidson
Cast: Keiko Green, Rilla Hughes, Tracy Dickerson, Meredyth Yund, Nathaniel Buechler


dinner table. The play explores a cathartic, late-life moment when a woman finally says what she never had the courage to say.

Playwright: Rob Dalton
Rob has been a journalist, screenwriter, troubadour, author, and creative director. From Addy-winning websites to short films and poetry, Rob tells stories that matter. He lives on Bainbridge Island in the woods with his wife and two boys.

Director: Rozzella Kolbegger
Cast: George Shannon, Victoria Brown


GINGERBREAD. Simple becomes complicated when two souls meet in a kitchen.

Playwright: Wendy Wallace
Wendy is excited to be participating again in Island Theatre's Play Festival and to experiment with humans as characters rather than talking undergarments. As a freelance writer and blogger, her work appears in Bainbridge Island Magazine and at She's currently working on more ten-minute plays and ten-minute pizzas and ten-minute dog walks.

Director: Diane Bankart
Cast: Marybeth Redmond, Hayden Longmire, Andrejs Zommers, Paula Elliott


HELPING HANDS. A young couple deals with a question: If you could change one thing about your significant other, would you?

Playwright: Keiko Green
Keiko most recently wrote/produced/starred in Life.Cycle. at the Eclectic Theatre in Seattle. Her work is frequently seen at Annex Theatre's monthly showcase Spin the Bottle, and her original play Operation Hibernation will be a part of the Seattle Fringe Festival this September. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama.

Director: Fred Saas
Cast: Tia Bannister, Nathan Whitehouse, Michelle Allen


HOFFMEISTER’S HYPOTHESIS, OR, LUCKY DUCKS. A Depression-era bank robber and his girlfriend, on the run from the law, unwittingly step into a time machine and travel forward in time to 1959.

Playwright: Paul Lewis
Paul’s previous work includes musicals and a children’s opera. His short plays have had a number of productions around the country, and include Oblivion, to be published in "The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014." Paul’s musical The Hours of Life will have its world premiere at Seattle’s Theatre22 in 2014. Member: Dramatists Guild of America.

Director: Bob McAllister
Cast: Joseph Adams, Charlie Hamilton, Kat Zommers, Caleb Adams


iCHAT. An email conversation between two opposing political views becomes an intimate chat. 

Playwright: Judith Glass Collins

Judith’s short play, Of Poisoned Pens and Palates, was a winner of the “Find Your Own Voice” festival this past Spring at Peninsula College. Judith is a four-time winner of the Annual Playwrights’ Festival sponsored by the Arts Commission of Port Townsend and Key City Public Theatre.

Director: Diane Bankart
Cast: Darcy Clements, Marybeth Redmond


LUNATIC. A teenage girl attends a therapy session, only to discover that things are not as they seem.

Playwright: Miller Shor
Lunatic is Miller's first play and was originally produced as a part of the 2013 Bainbridge High School Winter One Acts. Miller is a rising junior at BHS and is so excited to have this opportunity and exposure to the world of theater. A big thanks to everyone involved in bringing Lunatic to the stage!

Director: Bob McAllister
Cast: Kate Beddoes, Kat Zommers, Charlie Hamilton, Jackie O'Brien


THE OPENING. An art gallery owner and artist both want the same thing, but go about getting it in complete different ways.

Playwright: Jeff Fraga
Jeff shared top honors (with Sara Scribner) in the 2005 Fields End/BPA playwriting workshop. He is currently rewriting his holiday musical, The Elf in Charge of the Christmas Coal, which was produced by Bellevue Youth Theatre in 2010. He has appeared onstage at Bainbridge Performing Arts in Crazy for You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Member ASCAP and Dramatists Guild of America.

Director: Steve Stolee
Cast: Robin Denis, Sean Fraga, Todd Erler


SCUZZYBUNNY. Jill, a therapist counseling other women on how to find love, finds herself attracted to Sam, an arrogant egoistic selfish slob.

Playwright: Karen Polinsky
A long-term English teacher at Bainbridge High, Island Theater’s Ten-Minute Play Contest last summer inspired me to write my first play and, after that, to produce a festival of student-authored one-acts in my classroom. Last winter I contributed a 20-minute piece Every Place Is No Place to Freehold Theater’s Incubator Series. I am amazed and grateful for all of the support; too many people to name.  Finally, a nod to Oscar Wilde, who reminds us that “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Director: Tim Davidson
Cast: Keiko Green, Meredyth Yund, Nathaniel Buechler, Justin Lynn


SUPERCITIZEN AND THE PARKING SPACE. Second Place Winner. There's an open parking space in downtown Seattle. Why are you still sitting there?

Playwright: Steve Palay
Steve is also the brains behind Palay's Partial Theory of Everything, which explains the Absolute Value of the Cosmological Constant, the proof of which can be found in the margins of this document.

Director: Brian Danzig
Cast: Shannon Dowling, Bob Tull

Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival

August 24 & 25, 2013
7:30 p.m. both evenings
Bainbridge Performing Arts
200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island
Free! Donations appreciated


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Act I

“Helping Hands” by Keiko Green
Directed by Fred Saas

“iChat” by Judith Glass Collins
Directed by Diane Bankart


“The Consortium” by Eric Van Beuzekom

Directed by Tim Davidson


“Supercitizen and the Parking Space” by Steve Palay
Directed by Brian Danzig

 Act II

“The Opening” by Jeff Fraga
Directed by Steve Stolee

“The Butler” by George Shannon
Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger

Lunatic by Miller Shor
Directed by Bob McAllister

“Assigned Blessing” by Connie Bennett
Directed by Fred Saas



Act I

“Hoffmeister’s Hypothesis, or, Lucky Ducks” by Paul Lewis
Directed by Bob McAllister

“Anastasia” by Ned Thorne
Directed by Brian Danzig

“Gingerbread” by Wendy Wallace
Directed by Diane Bankart

“Supercitizen and the Parking Space” by Steve Palay
Directed by Brian Danzig

Act II

“Scuzzy Bunny” by Karen Polinsky
Directed by Tim Davidson

“dinner table” by Rob Dalton
Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger

“Adrasteia” by Charlie Hamilton
Directed by Steve Stolee

“Assigned Blessing” by Connie Bennett
Directed by Fred Saas



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Island Theatre invites you to join us
for a potluck dinner and an open play reading of 

Other Desert Cities byJon Robin Baitz


March 16

For reservations, contact:    

Robin Simons  (206) 601-7179  or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Island Theatre at Your House (or YoHo) is designed to bring theatre into your home (or your neighbor’s), creating a warm, friendly environment to share a meal and read a play with other Island Theatre fans. Bring your choice of a hot or cold dish, dessert or drinks for the meal (please find out from the host what’s needed) and Island Theatre will supply the play. Take on a character if you like, but there’s no pressure to perform if you prefer to watch and listen while others read as the play comes to life… in the living room.


Other Desert Cities:   A once promising novelist returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner circle, her brother and her aunt. When Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil as the Wyeths struggle to come to terms with their past.

This funny and searing play is filled with clever exchanges among family members who know exactly how to push one another’s buttons.

Ten Minute Play Writing Workshop – February 17 

Island Theatre presents "How to Write a 10-minute Play"

Sunday, February 17

1:00 to 5:00 PM
 Bainbridge Public Library

Tuition is $20, payable at the workshop
Scholarships available. 

 The workshop is conducted by Seattle playwright and theatre teacher John Longenbaugh.
(Read about John Longenbaugh)

Please pre-register
(space is limited) 

Register via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or by phone to 206/276-7732

 For more information, visit or phone: 206/276-7732.

The Americans Across the Street is  “irreverent and funny - the political outrage of a verbal recluse” says playwright Carter Lewis— who, in the opening scene, identifies himself as a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  There are “mushrooms and barbecuing, and a belligerent snappy teen” combined with “heartfelt loss and Chopin” concluding in love and redemption. Truly an enjoyable, enlightening, and verbally very witty play! We will be reading from the latest rewrite, sent directly from the playwright. 

Carter Lewis is currently serving as Playwright-in-Residence at Washington University, St. Louis. Prior to that he was Literary Manager and Playwright-in-Residence for The Geva Theatre Center (NY). Carter was also co-founder and Resident Playwright for Upstart Stage in Berkeley, CA. He is the winner of several national playwriting awards and a two time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award. His plays have been produced around the country from Ohio, Florida, New York, California and London. He has written over 18 plays. He worked with Harlequin Theatre in Olympia for their production this year. He lives in St. Louis with his dog, Bucket. (From Harlequin Theatre's program notes on Carter W. Lewis, Playwright.)






Sharik/Sharikov: FRED SAAS

Professor Preobrezhensky: JONATHAN HIBBS

Zina the Housekeeper: DIANE WALKER

Doctor Bormenthal: DAVID McGEE

Russian citizens, police, the housing committee, doorman, maid, patients played (in rotation) by:



Assitant Director: FRED SAAS





Graphic design: STEVE STOLEE

Special props and costume construction: SUE BIELKE

Hand-painted signs DEBRA STEARNS

Russian history and language consultant: BOB NICHOLS

Share a potluck meal, take part in a play reading!
(you needn't perform if you simply want to share the fun)

September 15, 6:30 pm

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The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh is the poignant and darkly funny story of a physically-challenged young man, the small town target of cruel jokes, who becomes starry-eyed when an American film crew comes to a rural outpost near his community to shoot a major motion picture. “Cripple Billy” leaves the town to find a better life through this golden “movie star” opportunity. Eventually he finds some respect and affection from among those who were the genesis of the ridicule. Lastly, in the hands of master dramatist Martin McDonagh, when Billy finds redemption among the townsfolk, a final twist of fate turns the tables again, in true mythic fashion. Pastoral and lyrical, cruel and savage, hilarious and heartwarming, this is McDonagh at his twisted, compassionate best.

Island Theatre
2012 Library Traveling Show:
HEART OF A DOG by Mikhail Bulgakov
Adapted by Frank Galati 

Directed by Steve Stolee

OPENS OCTOBER 6, playing various venues through the month

HEART OF A DOG, Frank Galati’s modern adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s classic Soviet comedy, will tour libraries and theaters in Kitsap County October 6—27 in connection with the Kitsap Regional Library annual "One Book-One Community." Written as a reaction to the socialist revolution, “Heart of a Dog” is a wonderfully witty 1920s Russian comedy designed and directed by Steve Stolee, featuring a troupe of players led by I.T. veteran actor Fred Saas and performing in a commedia dell'arte-inspired spectacle. Admission is free (donations welcome) at all venues. See a complete Schedule of performances here. Due to the adult concepts and content the play is considered PG-13.

In the story, a Moscow medical rejuvenation specialist has made a successful career of restoring sexual prowess to an aging bourgeoisie. One evening, with aspirations of scientific greatness, the professor lures home a stray dog to be his latest test subject. The dog, like the proletariat, will put up with anything as long as his stomach is full. Then one day, the professor transplants human testes and a pituitary gland into Sharik, the dog, who sheds his hair and tail becoming Sharikov, the human, with a consuming taste for vodka, chasing women and politics.

In the 1920s Soviet Union, Bulgakov, having given up a career in medicine to become a writer, had a good job working alongside the famously revered stage director Constantin Stanislavsky in the Moscow Art Theatre and was well on his way to being a bestselling author and playwright, but his writing critical of the Soviet life led to censorship of his works. His 1925 play “Heart of a Dog,” takes issue with housing reform, government interference and the artificial elevation of the "new Soviet man" at the expense of taste, courtesy and respect, and as a result, was denied publication in Russia for 40 years, and wasn't produced on stage until the late 1980s.

Since 2006 Island Theatre has toured the KRL county library branches with shows that connect with the KRL One Book-One Community events series held in the fall. The 2012 book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about a woman whose remarkable cells, acquired without her consent, became extremely valuable tools in medical research—a story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine. What makes a man: Nature, or Nurture? HEART OF A DOG resonates with these themes and other current debates—philosophical and political—and spins them in a darkly fantastic and comical vein.

The Island Theatre traveling production, sponsored by Kitsap Regional Libraries, is designed and directed by Fred Saas and Steve Stolee, and will feature a company of performers in a commedia delle arte style spectacle. The tour will follow the pattern set in 2006 with the I.T. production of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE and play at many KRL library branches, including Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Bremerton, and Manchester. This year the tour will include KRL sponsored performances at Bremerton Community Theatre, CSTOCK Theatre in Silverdale, and the Dragonfly Theater in Port Orchard.

Funding support for Island Theatre's HEART OF A DOG is provided by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.
Thanks also to Quality Auto Service, Bainbridge Island and Suquamish Auto Service, Suquamish. 

HEART OF A DOG Performance Schedule



by Conor McPherson

Directed by Kate Carruthers

October 27-28, 2012


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