2016-2017 Season

“Permanent Collection”

By Thomas Gibbons

Premiered February/March 2017


Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

Feb 9 - March 4, 2017

At the West Campus of A.S.U., Second Stage West
9, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm
Feb. 12 at 3 pm
At Herberger, Kax Stage
Feb. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4 at 8 pm
Feb. 19, 26 at 2 pm

Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation's long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. “Permanent Collection” is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space -- literally and figuratively -- the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another's eyes?




Cast

T.A. Burrows

T.A. Burrows (Sterling North) is making his third appearance at iTheater, having previously been in Love Disorder and The Exonerated. He’s been active in valley theater for 15 years and is a four-time AriZoni award winner. He’s appeared in such shows as A Few Good Men, Driving Miss Daisy,Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Annie Get Your Gun, and Purlie. In addition to being an actor, he’s a professional vocalist and the owner/executive producer of Act Two Productions. T.A. thanks Charles and Chris for the opportunity to be part of this timely play, and he thanks God for his talents and the opportunities he’s had to share them.

Bill Chameides

Bill Chameides (Paul Barrow) a newly minted resident of the Grand Canyon State, is thrilled to be walking the boards at iTC for the first time. New York theater credits include the Off-Off-Broadway productions of As You Like It (Dukes Frederick and Senior), Rough Draft (Author) and Twelve Angry Jurors (Juror #4). Regional theater credits include: Copenhagen (Niels Bohr), The Skin of Our Teeth (Antrobus), Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar), An Inspector Calls (Birling), Love Letters (Alan M. Ladd III), and Peachtree Battle (Sherwood), the longest running show in Atlanta's theatrical history. Movie credits include: Trois: The Escort and The Sugar Creek Gang. You can view his videos on sustainability and the environment at TheGreenGrok.com. Bill holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.

Mitch Etter

Mitch Etter (Alfred Morris) is pleased to be a part of this production. He is an experienced film and commercial actor with an extensive stage history including Vinnie in The Odd Couple, Charlie in Death of A Salesman, Justice Wargrave in And Then There Were None (DST), Howard in Picnic (DFT) and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (The Story Is Theatre). He won an ariZoni Award as Robert in Proof for Stagedoor Players. Thanks to the cast, crew and iTheatre staff for this great experience.

De Angelus Grisby

De Angelus Grisby (Ella Franklin) is happy to return to the iTheatre Collaborative stage for the third time with this production. She was in Passing Strange and The Colored Museum . Ms Grisby is currently working on a one woman show and several screenplays. De Angelus is looking forward to greater opportunities in theatre and film. She always wants to thank God for the gift, her sons Roman and Elijah for allowing their mother to grow. A very special thank you for Charles St. Clair for this chance. #actsingdanceoutloud 

Ryan L.  Jenkins

Ryan L. Jenkins (Kanika) is excited to be working with iTheatre Collaborative and making her ASU/Herberger debut! Her Arizona credits include Stray Cat Theatre’s world premiere of Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See (Jackie), C*CK (W) with Nearly Naked Theatre, and Bloom/Views (Ensemble) with Last Line Theatre. She is also a member of The Murder Mystery Company. Before she moved to Arizona, she received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Previous credits include Around the World in 80 Days (Aouda), O Beautiful (Sondra), The Tempest (Ariel), Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play (Koken), and Dracula (Nurse Grice). When she’s not surprising people who don’t know Ryan is a unisex name, she enjoys studying Japanese and Mandarin Chinese and exploring the city of Phoenix in her (ever decreasing) spare time.

Carrie Ellen Jones

Carrie Ellen Jones (Gillian Crane) is delighted to be experiencing her first iTC project with such an important script and amazing cast. While it is her first time on the ASU West stage she is enjoying a return to the Kax theatre where she was part of Class 6's inaugural season in 2010 (Sure Thing). A few of Carrie's favorite credits include Sister Rita (Runner Stumbles), Ann (All My Sons), Mollie (Mousetrap), Kat (Mom's Gift) and Sally (Talley's Folly). While her work on stage has garnished Carrie multiple ariZoni nominations and provided wonderful opportunities to grow in the art of theatre, it is her real-life roles that keep her busiest and most proud – wife of Shawn, mom to four, kindergarten teacher, auntie, daughter, sister and friend. She thanks Charles and Chris for this great opportunity and dedicates these performances to her favorite artist, daughter – Makya. 

Playwright

Thomas Gibbons is playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, which has premiered nine of his plays: Pretending to America, 6221, Axis Sally, Black Russian, Bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection, A House With No Walls, and Silverhill. His most recent play, Uncanny Valley, was a Continued Life of New Plays Fund selection; it premiered at Contemporary American Theater Festival in 2014 and in 2015 at InterAct, San Diego Rep, and Capital Stage (Sacramento) and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Other plays include The Exhibition and Homer. His plays have also been seen at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, off-off-Broadway at Blue Heron Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Florida Stage, Unicorn Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Kirk Douglas Theatre/Center Theater Group, Aurora Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, and many others. He is the recipient of seven playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Roger L. Stevens Award from The Fund for New American Plays, the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Permanent Collection was the pilot selection of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life of New Plays Fund, and A House With No Walls was a subsequent selection. Both plays, along with Bee-luther-hatchee, are published by Playscripts.

Creative Team

Elizabeth Broeder

Elizabeth Broeder (Sound and Media Design, Dramaturg) is so honored to be making her iTheatre Collaborative acting debut. Recent productions include Inherit the Wind (Rachel), The Great Gatsby (Jordan), My Beloved World (Selena), Taming of the Shrew (Curtis/Haberdasher) and Spin (Gwen). She is in the middle of her second season as an actor for Southwest Shakespeare Company’s educational tour; last season in Twelfth Night (Feste), and this season in Swift (Elle). She sends all of her love and gratitude to dad, mom, John, Charles, Sarah, Chris, Rosie, Jake, Kailey and you for coming out to see this play!

Rosemary  Close

Rosemary Close (Costume Design, Producer) has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include: Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.

Christopher Haines

Christopher Haines (Scenic Design, Producer) is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University and in 2016 from Arizona State. Directing credits include: (for iTheatre) White Guy on the Bus, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, A Bad Friend, The Fish Must Die, Molly Sweeney, and Cat’s Paw. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes; the Daniel Lentz Group's “A Crack in the Bell,” such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent film Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over sixty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

Kalley Mattheisen (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be experiencing her first iTC project with such an important script and amazing cast. While it is her first time on the ASU West stage she is enjoying a return to the Kax theatre where she was part of Class 6's inaugural season in 2010 (Sure Thing). A few of Carrie's favorite credits include Sister Rita (Runner Stumbles), Ann (All My Sons), Mollie (Mousetrap), Kat (Mom's Gift) and Sally (Talley's Folly). While her work on stage has garnished Carrie multiple ariZoni nominations and provided wonderful opportunities to grow in the art of theatre, it is her real-life roles that keep her busiest and most proud – wife of Shawn, mom to four, kindergarten teacher, auntie, daughter, sister and friend. She thanks Charles and Chris for this great opportunity and dedicates these performances to her favorite artist, daughter – Makya. 

Hussein Mohamed (Lighting Design) is delighted to be experiencing her first iTC project with such an important script and amazing cast. While it is her first time on the ASU West stage she is enjoying a return to the Kax theatre where she was part of Class 6's inaugural season in 2010 (Sure Thing). A few of Carrie's favorite credits include Sister Rita (Runner Stumbles), Ann (All My Sons), Mollie (Mousetrap), Kat (Mom's Gift) and Sally (Talley's Folly). While her work on stage has garnished Carrie multiple ariZoni nominations and provided wonderful opportunities to grow in the art of theatre, it is her real-life roles that keep her busiest and most proud – wife of Shawn, mom to four, kindergarten teacher, auntie, daughter, sister and friend. She thanks Charles and Chris for this great opportunity and dedicates these performances to her favorite artist, daughter – Makya. 

Charles St. Clair (DIrector) is delighted to be experiencing her first iTC project with such an important script and amazing cast. While it is her first time on the ASU West stage she is enjoying a return to the Kax theatre where she was part of Class 6's inaugural season in 2010 (Sure Thing). A few of Carrie's favorite credits include Sister Rita (Runner Stumbles), Ann (All My Sons), Mollie (Mousetrap), Kat (Mom's Gift) and Sally (Talley's Folly). While her work on stage has garnished Carrie multiple ariZoni nominations and provided wonderful opportunities to grow in the art of theatre, it is her real-life roles that keep her busiest and most proud – wife of Shawn, mom to four, kindergarten teacher, auntie, daughter, sister and friend. She thanks Charles and Chris for this great opportunity and dedicates these performances to her favorite artist, daughter – Makya.