Past Productions

Circle Mirror Transformation


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.

The New York Times reviewer called the play "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" and wrote: "The artificiality of the acting games just emphasizes the naturalness of the characters’ real lives and feelings. Group members pose as trees, beds and baseball gloves. They perform emotional scenes using only the words goulash and ak-mak. They pretend to be one another, telling their life stories. They write deep, dark secrets (anonymously) on scraps of paper and listen, sitting in a circle on the floor, as the confessions are read aloud.

Baker grew up in AmherstMassachusetts, and graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She earned her MFA from Brooklyn College.

Her play Body Awareness was staged Off-Broadway by the Atlantic Theater Company in May and June 2008. The play featured JoBeth Williams and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle AwardCircle Mirror Transformation premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in October 2009. and received Obie Awards for Best New American Play and Performance, Ensemble. Her play, The Aliens, which premiered Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in April 2010, was a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shared the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play with Circle Mirror Transformation.

Her adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya premiered at the Soho Repertory Theatre in June 2012 and was called a "funky, fresh new production" by The New York Times reviewer.

Her play The Flick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in March 2013. The New York Times reviewer wrote: "Ms. Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight..." The play received the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2013. The Flick won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

She teaches playwriting at New York University, Barnard College, and in the MFA program SUNY Stony Brook Southampton.

Baker was one of seven playwrights selected to participate in the 2008 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists. In 2013, she received The Steinberg Playwright Award. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Creative Arts Drama & Performance Art. A new play by Baker has been chosen for development at the Sundance Institute's 2014 Theatre Lab in Utah, to be presented in July. The title of the play is The Last of the Little Hours and will be directed by Baker.

45 Seconds From Broadway

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!

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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

Featuring 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. Selected by American Theatre magazine for full script inclusion in their December 2012 issue, and a finalist for the 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, Gidion’s Knot is a visceral and provocative theatre experience unlike any other and sure to promote heated debate.

  No matter how many parent-teacher conferences you've participated in, it's doubtful that you've ever attended one as gripping, edgily funny and fraught with hot-button issues as Johnna Adams' Gidion's Knot.” 

San Francisco Chronicle

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GIDION'S KNOT. Article by: ROHAN PRESTON for The Minneapolis Star Tribune: February 24, 2014  

Playwright Johnna Adams examines the aftermath of a school tragedy in her Minnesota debut. It has taken her two decades and a similar number of plays to achieve a taste of the commercial success of which most American playwrights dream. And she is one of the lucky ones. The play that has the press lighting up her cellphone is “Gidion’s Knot,” a tense 75-minute one-act about a parent-teacher conference in the wake of a school tragedy.


The suspenseful drama, which premiered in 2012 at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., will have 14 productions this season, including one that opens Friday at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. It is one of the most produced plays of the year. By contrast, the most productions any one of her previous 19 works got was three — over several years.

“I’ve written 20 plays and am still considered an emerging writer,” said the Midland, Texas-bred playwright, who now lives in New York. “Maybe this means that I’ve emerged?”

“Knot” was inspired by the Columbine high school shooting. Adams wrote it in graduate school under the tutelage of playwright Tina Howe. She considers the play a “valentine” to her professor, even if it’s a rather unusual one.

The themes in “Knot” include bullying, freedom of speech, and the negotiation of responsibility and blame as the two characters wrestle with each other.

The Pillsbury House production is directed by Noel Raymond and stars Aditi Brennan Kapil as Corryn, the single mother of 11-year-old Gidion, and Laura Esping as his teacher, Heather.

“It really is a knotty, gnarly play,” said Kapil, alluding to the mythic reference to the Gordian knot that is central to Adams’ drama. The playwright “chose not to cut the cord but to untangle it.”

“You don’t have a sense of resolution or easyicon1.png answers,” said Esping. “At one moment you can side with Heather; at another, Corryn makes total sense.”

That seesawing is very much by design. Adams dislikes what she calls “pre-masticated plays” where all you’re left with is “how to feel.”

Active silences

“Knot” is unusual in that it is has ellipses throughout. But they are not passive pauses. “They have specific meaning and we play them in active ways,” said Kapil. “The silence is like a third character,” said Esping, a veteran performer who has trotted the boards at most of the major theaters in the Twin Cities. “It’s great to have this kind of dark, funny, complex female characters.”

In some ways, that is Adams’ mission with this work. She wants to writeicon1.png great roles for women to fill in the gaps between ingénues and coquettes on the one hand and witches, spinsters and hags on the other.

She knows it from her friends, and from her own experience.

An only child, she left Texas for college at DePaul University in Chicago where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting. That was her initial love. But she realized that being a character actor was limiting. She also realized that even though female character actors have a longer staying power in theater, the opportunities were not as broad as those for men.

So she started writing plays as a way to increase roles for women and to satisfy her desire to “play more roles, at least in my head,” she said.

“In theater, the playwright is the raft that everyone else’s dreams float on,” she said.

Adams writes many different types of plays about subjects that she finds interesting but may not be as topical as “Knot.” Her “Angel Eaters” trilogy includes a drama about an Oklahoma preacher who is kidnapped by a snake wrangler. Her “Cockfighters” trilogy is set in the West Texas milieu of her youth.

“I enjoy exploring completely different genres — horror movie, murder mystery, comedy, everything,” she said. “I’ve always thought that voice isn’t married to a genre.”

She is fine with not being easily pigeonholed, even if that means that “Knot” may be her odd success.

“The plays I’m writing now are not as topical” as “Gidion,” she said. “They’re gonna be the ugly stepsisters that watch their sister go to the ball repeatedly but don’t get the same attention. Maybe one of them will surprise. We’ll see.”


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Island Theatre at Your House (YoHo) presents


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.

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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.

About Lorraine McConaghy

Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian who has devoted her professional life to researching and teaching Pacific Northwest history. At Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry, she has curated a series of successful projects, including the museum’s core exhibits Metropolis 150 and Essential Seattle, as well as Blue vs. Gray: Civil War in the Pacific Northwest. McConaghy teaches in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington, and her work has been honored by the Washington Museum Association, the Oral History Association, the National Council on Public History and the American Association for State and Local History. In 2010, she received the Robert Gray Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Washington State Historical Society. 

McConaghy has authored several books on Washington State, including New Land North of the Columbia: Historic Documents that Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today (2011) and Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (co-authored by Judith Bentley, 2013). She is presently curating the exhibit “Civil War Pathways in the Pacific Northwest,” opening February 17 at the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma. 

About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

About the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau
Speakers Bureau is one Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 28 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film and history. Best of all – these presentations are free and open to the public. For more about Speakers Bureau, visit

About Island Theatre

Founded on Bainbridge Island in 1995, Island Theatre's mission is to provide quality theatre, geared toward mature audiences, onstage and in less conventional venues - through plays that challenge the performers artistically while both entertaining and intellectually engaging audiences. Its regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck dinners in privately hosted homes at which guests are welcome to join in a selected play reading; and the annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival. Island Theatre is a nonprofit IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization.


(Center) Washington’s Territory’s first governor, Isaac Stevens, seated in this photo taken in South Carolina in 1862, served as a Union general. He was killed in the Battle of Chantilly that same year. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

(Right) Lorraine McConaghy. Courtesy of Humanities Washington

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NW Actors Lab- Short Play Wrokshop

Northwest Actors Lab 

is hosting a


November 9 & 10, 2013

10 to 4 each day at Bainbridge Island Commons


Northwest Actors Lab is excited to offer you an opportunity
to study with one of the country's most successful writers of short plays! 

Award winning playwright, 

Mark Harvey Levine, 

whose works have been produced worldwide (as well as at BPA) will be teaching 

a two-day workshop

 on Bainbridge for established and aspiring writers. I have already signed myself up and I am hoping that you will too!

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 deposit needs to be sent to reserve space as there are only 4 spots left.  

Deposit is $125.00 

(checks made out to Mark Harvey Levine). 

sent to: 

Northwest Actors Lab 

7222 NE Abies Dr. Bainbridge Island WA 98110.


 "In this workshop, students will learn how to write a good, tight ten minute play that theaters will want to produce. Everything from format to characters to genre will be covered. They’ll learn what to do, and what not to do, in their script. They’ll have a chance to work on and complete a ten-minute play of their own. They’ll learn several different techniques for writing their first drafts and how to approach the rewrites.And then, just as importantly, they'll find out how to get that play produced! How to get it into the hands of theaters all over the world, and how to get into festivals and contests. How to market your play so it doesn’t just sit in your desk drawer."

 Space is limited to only 15 students

  Workshop fee is 250.00


Full class description: 

 Ten minute plays are a great way to get started as a Playwright. Besides that, it's a great way to experiment, create and discover your dramatic voice. More and more theatres have festivals and contests specifically for the genre.

 It is far easier to get a ten minute play produced than a full-length one. And most theaters want plays that haven't been produced -- which means the new writer has the advantage.

 In this workshop, students will learn how to write a good, tight ten minute play that theaters will want to produce. Everything from format to characters to genre will be covered. They’ll learn what to do, and what not to do, in their script. They’ll have a chance to work on and complete a ten-minute play of their own. They’ll learn several different techniques for writing their first drafts and how to approach the rewrites.

 And then, just as importantly, they'll find out how to get that play produced! How to get it into the hands of theaters all over the world, and how to get into festivals and contests. How to market your play so it doesn’t just sit in your desk drawer.

Mark Harvey Levines Bio:

Mark Harvey Levine has had over 900 productions of his plays around the world, from New York to Sao Paulo to Seoul to Sydney. His plays have been produced in Australia, Brazil, Canada, The Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Morocco, The Netherlands, The Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland.

Evening of his short plays, such as "Cab Fare For The Common Man", have been produced in Amsterdam, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Indianapolis, Columbus, OH and other cities.

 "Shades" swept the Annual Fifteen Minute Play Festival in New York, winning both the "Best Play" (Judge's Award) and "Audience Favorite" Award. "Scripted" won the Alan Minieri Award at the same festival a few years earlier. "The Rental" won the Boston PlaySlam Best Play Award from the Boston SuperSlam (the Best of a year's worth of PlaySlams). He has also won the Y.E.S. Festival three times, Chester Horn New Play Festival two times, Chameleon Theatre Circle's Annual New Play Contest two times, and the Lakeshore Play Festival two times.

 Mark was born in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University's School of Drama. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Sara, and their young son.  

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Island Theatre at Your House (YoHo) presents

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.

Great Falls, Oct.2013

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Great Falls by Lee Blessing

October 19 + 20, 7:30

Bainbridge Public Library


Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger
Featuring 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.


Our one hope, he seems to be saying, is finding some way to connect with each other one-on-one, face-to-face. But oh, how unequipped we seem to be for that! Divorced, middle-aged and overweight, the step-father, a prize-winning author known only as Monkey Man, is a stand-in for so many American men -- from Vietnam vets to the current jobless -- who, through a mix of their own mistakes and factors beyond their control, have lost their equilibrium.  The angry teenager, traumatized by men throughout her young life, is a survivor of mental breakdown and family breakup. She uses defiance to protect the fragile life barely flickering inside. The disconnect between them is clear, but out of these postures and attitudes -- these defensive positions -- they find ways, occasionally, to meet. They joke, they listen, they help in the small ways they can. The girl is a writer too, a talented one, and writing (that most solitary of activities) makes the strongest connection between them.


As they race west on a trip Monkey Man says is just a chance "to talk" -- through Wyoming and into Montana -- they drop their guard at times, revealing their vulnerabilities to each other and forming temporary alliances. As so often in life, however, the alliances don't last. The failures that litter their pasts prevent them from trusting each other enough to ever completely break through.


With its cheap motel rooms, commercialized tourist sights, and constant movement through empty Western spaces, the play raises secondary questions about the lack of lasting value and connection in the country we've created. The yearning at its heart, though -- for contact, for comfort, for understanding -- is universal. As is the incompleteness it shows of what we can offer each other.
-- Michael McGregor, The Oregonian

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SATURDAY, September 21, 6:30 PM


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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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INTIMATE APPAREL: Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. "…a deeply moving portrait of Esther, a middle-aged African-American woman…Nottage's play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…New York has no richer play…" —NY Daily News. "…thoughtful, affecting…The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public." —Variety. "Ms. Nottage has done so much good historical research…I want Ms. Nottage to keep working with this form; we see it so little, and we need it so much." —NY Times. "…a near-perfect balance between content and execution…" —Associated Press.

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.

TMPF 2013 Plays and artists

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

TMPF 2013 Play Schedule

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


•  P E R F O R M A N C E   S C H E D U L E  • 


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



Other Desert Cities

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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.

2013 Play writing Workshop

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.

Americans Across the Street

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.)




Heart of a Dog-CAST & CREW



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

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh

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.

HEART OF A DOG by Mikhail Bulgakov Opens October 6

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



The Weir

by Conor McPherson

Directed by Kate Carruthers

October 27-28, 2012

TMPF 2012 Play Summaries

August 18-19, 2012 -  7:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N.
Free – Donations appreciated

Play order subject to change

Saturday, August 18
7:00 - wine & snacks
7:30 - curtain 

I See France by Wendy Wallace. Directed by Brian Danzig. A comedic exploration of beauty, aging and female friendships set is the ladies lingerie department. Cast: D'Arcy Clements, Ruth Urbach, Bronsyn Foster, Don Peterson.

Hidden Lives by George Shannon. Directed by Pat Scott. An elderly woman confronts her brother, who now has Alzheimer’s, about an incident from their childhood. Cast: Larry Blain, Diane Walker, Tia Bannister.

Guess What? by Paul Lewis. Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger. While waiting for an airport shuttle bus, two couples, one young and one elderly, talk about taking a chance on the unknown. Cast: Bronsyn Foster, Gabe Carbajal, Bob Tull, Barbara Deering.


Country Song by Karen Polinsky. Directed by Steve Stolee. A graduate school dropout discourses on the true meaning of country music while hitching a ride with three band members. Cast: Carter Kight, Keiko Green, Charlie Hamilton, Emily Kight.

Waiting by Jeff Fraga. Directed by Rozzella Kolbegger. In the waiting room of a colon specialist, a young man and an elderly man share their worries. Cast: George Shannon, Gabe Carbajal, Bronsyn Foster.

Free Refills by Jim Anderson.  Directed by Brian Danzig. Two guys in their early sixties, longtime friends, talk in a coffee shop about life and love. Cast: Brian Danzig, Bob Tull, D'Arcy Clements, Bronsyn Foster.

Spark Story by Christine Castigliano. Directed by Kate Carruthers. A middle-aged singer tells her life story, with help from two unusual sources. Cast: Barbara Deering, Guy Sidora.


Sunday, August 19
7:00 - wine & snacks
7:30 - curtain 

There's a Goblin in My Kitchen by Megan Gleason. Directed by Sara Anne Scribner. Two teenagers take the first steps towards friendship, thanks to a goblin who lives under the sink. Silas Gibbins, Sophia Parkhurst, George Shannon.

After the Summer Solstice by Ulla Solberg. Directed by Pat Scott. A revealing conversation between an aged grandfather and his granddaughter. Cast: Larry Blain, Tia Bannister.

In My Girlish Days by Sara Anne Scribner. Directed by Steve Stolee. A comedy set in a girls’ prep-school dormitory room. Cast: Emily Kight, Maddy Figueroa, Charlie Hamilton.


The Party Planner by Caroline Smith. Directed by Steve Stolee. A wacky young party planner meets her match in a middle-aged woman throwing a most unusual party for her husband. Cast: Tracy Dickerson, Maddy Figueroa.

Carry On by Steven Fogell. Directed by Brian Danzig. A young man and a young woman, both with secrets, end up next to each other on an airplane. Cast: Diane Peterson, Don Peterson, D'Arcy Clements.

Granville Market, Vancouver BC by Steve Palay. Directed by Sara Anne Scribner. Spousal communication as observed by a stranger. Cast: Fred Nicholson, George Shannon, Tracy Dickerson.

That Undiscover'd Country byConnie Bennett. Directed by Kate Carruthers. In Hades, Persephone asks the newly arrived Icarus to help her escape back to earth. Cast: Hayden Longmire, Guy Sidora.

Ten Minute Playwright Biographies

Island Theatre 2012

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Authors of the selected plays for the Island Theatre Ten Minute Play Festival: (front L-R) Megan Gleeson, Karen Polinsky, Connie Bennett, Wendy Wallace, Ulla Solberg, (back L-R) Steve Palay, Jeff Fraga, Paul Lewis, Sara Anne Scribner, Caroline Smith, Jim Anderson, George Shannon (not pictured: Steven Fogell, Christine Castigliano).

Playwright Biographies

Jim Anderson. Better known for performances in Twelve Angry Men, Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and One Act Play Festivals, Jim is honored that his freshman writing effort, Free Refills, appears with work by talented and seasoned writers. He thanks Island Theatre and special thanks to Lori, Evan and Kate for love and support.

Connie Bennett. Connie, the author of That Undiscover’d Country, is a Kitsap County native. Her short plays have been produced in Oregon, California, Michigan and Canada. Since 2009, she has co-produced Eugene’s Northwest Ten! festival. She’s excited to visit Bainbridge, both for Island Theatre’s Festival and to see granddaughters Marisa and Olivia!

Christine Castigliano. Christine loves stories, singing, and the illusive alchemy of truth. She teaches kids, teens and adults to uncover and express their Spark. As a designer/writer, she magnifies the Spark of organizations. Find her blog and fantasy novel, The Twins of Tessar, at Spark Story is her first play. 

Steven Fogell. Steven was the Artist Director for Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), where he directed dozens of shows with both adults and children. Currently he is directing for Seattle Musical Theatre and working with local designers creating custom art pieces. He is looking forward to seeing his play, Carry On, at BPA, and sends out love to Gregg, Kim, Molly, and Marie!

Jeff Fraga. Jeff, the author of Waiting, shared top honors (with Sara Anne Scribner) in the 2005 Fields End/BPA playwriting workshop. He is currently rewriting his holiday musical, The Magical Mrs. Claus, produced by Bellevue Youth Theatre in 2010. He has appeared onstage at BPA in Crazy for You and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Megan Gleason. Megan Gleason is very excited to have her play, There's a Goblin in My Kitchen, produced by Island Theatre. This is the second play she's written; the first (The Dance) was produced as a part of Bainbridge High School's Winter One-Acts. She enjoys writing, theatre, her chickens, 4-H, and her family. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Paul Lewis. Paul is the author of Guess What? Previously staged work: The Hours of Life, Alley Dog, Hail and Reign, The World Below, Last Poem on Earth, The Recollection of Flight and April on the Bed in Summer. Next up: the musical One Starry Night, and Short Vincent, a comedy. Member BMI, Artist Trust, Dramatists Guild of America. 

Steve Palay. Steve once shook hands with Bob Hope, who shook hands with John D. Rockefeller, who shook hands with John Hay, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary. Oprah sat behind him in Study Hall. His family lived in Alexandria 2000 years ago, which is the basis of his current work, When Jesus Came to Dinner. Steve is the author of Granville Market, Vancouver BC.

Karen Polinsky. Country Song is my first play, though I’ve dabbled in theater before: as a freelance critic, the assistant-producer for a radio arts feature, and the artistic director of the 2011 BHS Winter One Acts. As an English teacher, my goal is to connect Bainbridge High students with the local theatre scene.

Sara Anne Scribner. Every time someone actually produces one of my plays, such as In My Girlish Days, my dear departed father breathes a huge, sepulchral sigh of relief. I remember the raised eyebrows when I announced changing my major to Drama. Eyebrows and then that first sigh, not relief, but fear. Here’s to the ones who believe in us!

George Shannon. Five 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, Hidden Lives, be a part of this festival.

Ulla Solberg. Ulla is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Cornell University. She is a life coach and lives with her family on Bainbridge Island. After the Summer Solstice is her first attempt at writing a play in English.

Caroline Smith. Caroline has been writing plays since 1996. The Party Planner was born in a class taught by the wonderful Elizabeth Heffron, and every effort was made to allow the characters to be as absurd as possible. Caroline is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Wendy Wallace. Wendy is a freelance writer and playwright published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, and Her one-act play, Meat, was produced in Dinah Manoff’s “An Evening of New Works” in 2011. Wendy is excited and honored to have her play, I See France, included in Island Theatre’s Ten Minute Play Festival.


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