Growing up. Aging. Maturing.

Those are the themes that our Tenth Season productions are exploring. We’ve decided to explore them in another way, as well. We’ve gotten twelve wonderful writers to explore those themes by writing monologues that revolve around them.

“But”, we wondered, “Why keep all the fun stuff inside the theatre?”

Twelve actors will perform them, and we will post those short films on our website, one per month. Visit our Monologue Project page, see some brand-new monologues, created for you by some of the most wonderful writers from across the country, and some of the finest actors in Michigan.

Williamston Theatre is immensely grateful to the writers and actors for their contributions, and to Mark Colson and the MSU Department of Theatre and Department of Film for their assistance. Scroll to the bottom of this page for full bios on all playwrights and actors.

August
Will by Joseph Zettelmaier
Performed by Mark Colson

July
Mother of Beauty by David Blixt
Performed by Kennikki Jones

June
Grow Up by Rob Roznowski
Performed by Ruth Crawford

May
Sasha by Annie Martin
Performed by Tiffany Mitchenor

April
Martin by Carey Crim
Performed by Aaron T. Moore

** Please note, this monologue contains adult content.

March
A Beautiful Trip by Chuck O’Connor
Performed by Brenda Lane

February
Mandy by Annie Martin
Performed by Rosie Sullivan

** Please note, this monologue contains adult content.

January
Peg by Cary Crim
Performed by Dominique Lowell

December
Guessing Low by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Performed by Sarab Kamoo

November
Saturday Morning by Joseph Zettelmaier
Performed by John Lepard

October
Resusi-Annie by Anne-Marie Oomen
Performed by Emily Sutton-Smith

September
Murtaugh and Me by Ian Page
Performed by Eric Eilersen

THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Carey Crim is an award-winning playwright. Her latest play, Conviction premiered to critical acclaim at Bay Street Theatre starring Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt and Elizabeth Reaser, directed by Scott Schwartz. It then opened at The Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California where it was nominated for this year’s Ovation awards for best new play. It will open at The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Canada next season. The producers have plans for Broadway and London productions as well. Her earlier works, Growing Pretty, Wake and Some Couples May… all received world premieres at The Purple Rose Theatre Company. Wake received a West Coast Premiere at the SeaGlass Theatre in Los Angeles where it was a critic’s pick. Carey has recently adapted it for the screen and it will begin filming in 2016. Her short play, Green Dot Day was named as a finalist for the 2011 Heideman Award and was produced by and won Miami City Theatre’s inaugural national short play competition. Glamping was a finalist for the same award, was produced last August in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as this summer as part of the Samuel French OOB short play festival. Smith and Kraus will publish it in December. A new play, The Morning After Grace, will premiere at The Purple Rose next season. Her work has received productions and/or workshops at Pasadena Playhouse, Primary Stages, Luna Stage, Asolo Rep Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Miami City Theatre, Rubicon Theatre and The Purple Rose Theatre Company. Carey is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, Informed Consent, opened at the Duke on 42nd Street, a co-production of Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre, in August, 2015. An Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission through EST, it first received productions at Cleveland Playhouse and Geva Theatre Center.  Her works have also been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation and appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre through a Sloan Grant. It received a rolling work premiere through the National New Play Network, and went on to receive over 50 productions after that. Other plays include Leveling Up, Sirens, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Meta, The Three Sisters of Weehawken, Fortune, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, and Random Acts. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award and grants and commissions from The Edgerton Foundation, the NEA and NNPN. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, The Eugene O’Neill NPC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ojai, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild, New Georges, The Lark, Asolo Rep. and the Baltic Playwrights Conference. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Annie Martin is an award-winning, Michigan-based playwright.  She has had numerous plays professionally produced and read across the state, including 10:53, Home: Voices From Families Of The Midwest, Maidens, Mothers, And Crones: Voices From Women Of The Midwest, Flap and a co-adaptation of Oedipus at Williamston Theatre; Gift Of The Magi at the Performance Network; and Completing Dahlia at the Purple Rose Theatre. Awards include a Lansing State Journal Thespie Award and Lansing City Pulse Pulsar Award for best original script (Maidens, Mothers, And Crones) and a Wilde Award for the adaptation of Oedipus. In Spring/Summer 2016 her newest work, Summer Retreat, will be co-produced at the Williamston Theatre and Performance Network. Ms. Martin is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she studied English. When not writing plays, she works full time as the senior acquisitions editor at Wayne State University Press in Detroit, where she specializes in publishing scholarly books in film and media, fairy-tale studies, and African American studies. She considers this work an extension of her playwriting and work in Michigan’s artistic community; by helping other writers and authors get their work published.

Chuck O’Connor is a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists. His work  has been selected as a Heideman Award Finalist with Actor’s Theater of  Louisville and as winner of the 2013 Dionysos Cup at Polarity Ensemble Theatre.  His play Miracles in the Fall was produced by Polarity Ensemble Theatre in  their 2014/15 season, under the direction of Jeff-award-winning director, Richard  Shavzin. Chuck has also worked with the United Nations “Stop Rape Now” program, developing pieces that empower woman in Ukraine and Turkey. Cheryl Coons, Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and board member at  Porchlight Theater, described Chuck’s writing as, “. . . sophisticated, dramatic,  thoughtful, and heartfelt. He writes about big ideas, and yet his stories are firmly grounded in his authentic and dimensional characters.” Chuck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree from Loyola University-Chicago. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and children.

Anne-Marie Oomen is author of the new memoir Love, Sex and 4-H, and also Pulling Down the Barn, House of Fields, (both Michigan Notable Books), and An American Map: Essays  (Wayne State University Press); and a full-length collection of poetry, Uncoded Woman (Milkweed Editions).  She is also represented in New Poems of the Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry, and edited Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Twentieth Century, an anthology of seniors’ essays funded by the Michigan Humanities Council. She has written seven plays, including the award-winning Northern Belles (inspired by oral histories of women farmers), and most recently, Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern, 2012 winner of the CTAM contest.  She adapted the meditations of Gwen Frostic for Chaotic Harmony, a choreopoem.  She is founding editor of Dunes Review, former president of Michigan Writers, Inc., serves as instructor at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College, MA; Interlochen College of Creative Arts; and appears at conferences throughout the country. She and her husband, David Early, built their home near Empire, Michigan. www.anne-marieoomen.com

Ian Page is a graduate of Michigan State University’s BFA Theatre program. A number of his pieces have seen the stage and/or screen, including his plays Weather Talk, And Now For My Final Trick, Giggles Stops Giggling, Oeuvre, Holiday Home, and more. He also has a rather large section of his hard drive devoted to all of his unproduced pieces, all awaiting their turn in the spotlight. Earlier this year he wrote a lengthy auto-biographical piece, New Game +, which has been shared and read by people in over 20 countries. He’s also served as assistant playwright and script supervisor on a number of world premieres, including Happy Holy Days by Rob Roznowski and The Outstanding 8 by Gabriel Cooper, as well as contributing to former’s acting textbook, Inner Monologue In Acting. He has worked in many productions over the years, both on stage and off, including co-founding and producing the Student Playwriting Series, a yearly showcase of new plays by burgeoning MSU writers. Ian hopes to one day open a theatre of his own that specializes in outreach and theatre therapy. He would like to thank Williamston Theatre for this opportunity!

Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play: All Childish Things (2006), Language Lessons (2007), It Came From Mars (2010) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2012). His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. His play Dead Man’s Shoes won the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2011. He is a two-time winner of the Wilde Award for Best New Script: Dead Man’s Shoes (2012) and The Scullery Maid (2014). He is an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre, an Artistic Ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Theatre Production.

THE ACTORS

Ruth Crawford has appeared at Williamston as Scrooge in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Clara in Miracle on South Division Street and as Molly in Old Love. She was Dottie in Good People at The Performance Network and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Tipping Point Theatre, where she also had roles in Southern Comforts and Rabbit Hole. At Meadow Brook she was in 70, Girls, 70, The Haunting of Hill House, Mary Stuart and Enchanted April. As a member of The Colony Theatre in LA her work included roles in The Cocktail Hour, Ring Round the Moon and Morning’s at Seven. Ruth also been featured in a number of movies and TV shows filmed in the Detroit area including: Low Winter Sun, Flipped, Trust and Batman vs. Superman:DOJ.

Mark Colson has appeard on the Williamston Theatre stage in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol and The Gravedigger, and is honored to work with such a talented team of artists. Mark can be seen on TV in January in recurring roles on Banshee and in the new series Outsiders. He played the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac during the 2013 -2014 season at MSU.   He played Iago in Othello with The American Shakespeare Collective.   Before he left Los Angeles he was seen on Bones, Parks and Recreation and recurring role on Justified. Complete list on IMDB. Other theatre credits include Theatre Banshee in Los Angeles, where he played Putnam in The Crucible, Mick in The Field and Slim in Of Mice and Men, for which he received an Ovation nomination. Mark has performed at The Denver Center Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Odyssey, The Hudson Theatre, The Sierra Repertory Theatre and The Boarshead Theatre.

Eric Eilersen graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 and has been acting and teaching around the Midwest ever since. He has been seen onstage at the Williamston Theatre, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the City Theatre, and more. Favorite roles include Nelson in End Days at Williamston and Flute in MSF’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Much thanks to the entire Williamston team for not only starting my professional career, but for continually putting out some of the best theatre in the region!

Kennikki Jones is the Artistic Director of Dramatically Richer Productions.  She is an alum of Wayne State University with a BFA in Theatre.  She has been active as an actor, writer, producer and director. As an actor she last appeared on stage as Reagan in SID’s King Lear. She recently co-produced The Devil’s Confession off Broadway at St. Luke’s theatre in New York City and is preparing to direct Spin at Theatre Nova this summer. Currently  Dramatically Richer is expanding its media outreach with its first publication titled The Nerdy Homecoming King

Sarab Kamoo has been a professional, working actress for the past 18 years.  She has been fortunate enough to have worked in most of the professional theaters in southeastern Michigan.  She was last seen at Williamston Theatre in Boom (Best Comedy- Between the Lines 2013) and Panache (Best Comedy- Between the Lines 2009).  Other recent stage credits include:  Becky Shaw, God of Carnage and Sonia Flew at the Performance Network; Luce, Falling, and Rabbit Hole at Meadow Brook Theater; 9 Parts of Desire (Critic’s Choice Award- Between the Lines) with Waterworks; Consider the Oyster and And the Winner Is at the Purple Rose Theatre; Don’t Dress for Dinner and Sleeping Country at Tipping Point Theater; and Blank Page at the Jewish Ensemble Theater.  Film credits include the feature films Stone, Conviction, Trust, This Must be the Place, The Giant Mechanical Man, and Won’t Back Down. Television credits include the Lifetime movie Secrets in the Walls, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, the ABC Family movie Lovestruck the Musical, Low Winter Sun, and Chicago Fire.  In addition to her acting, Sarab is also a part-time school social worker in the Rochester School District.

Brenda Lane made her Williamston Theatre debut in this season’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many. Brenda has worked at many local theatres including the Purple Rose Theatre (Wake and Boeing-Boeing), the Tipping Point Theatre (The Cemetery Club, I Hate Hamlet and Leaving Iowa), Two Muses Theatre (Steel Magnolias and Clybourne Park), The Blackbird Theatre (Equus) and Threefold Productions (A Body of Water). Brenda lives in Northville with her husband of 32 years, Jeff.

John Lepard is the Executive Director and one of the co-founders of the Williamston Theatre. His full bio can be found here.

Dominique Lowell appeared on the Williamston Theatre stage in last season’s Outside Mullingar. She was seen in the JET’s world premiere of Sugarhill and as Dr. Ruth in the JET production of Becoming Dr. Ruth. She also appeared as Prospera in Shakespeare in Detroit’s production of The Tempest and works as a facilitator with the Shakespeare in Prison project at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. Other venues include Meadowbrook, Planet Ant, 1515 Broadway, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and various places both hither and yon.

Tiffany Mitchenor was last seen on the Williamston Theatre stage in this season’s World Premiere of The Decade Dance, and eight years ago in Maidens, Mothers and Crones. She has since relocated to Atlanta, GA where she works regularly as an actor and a teaching artist. Her recent credits include WIT (Aurora Theater), Marcus or the Secret of Sweet, Les Liaisons  Dangereuses (Actors Express), Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Tavern), Macbeth (Theater Emory), Hamlet (Georgia Shakespeare) and Midsummer Nights Dream (Theater Argo). Tiffany has an MFA in acting from UCLA.

Aaron T. Moore is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska and has enjoyed an 18 year career working as an actor, director, designer and instructor for theatre and film companies in Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington. He appeared in Williamston Theatre’s first production Additional Particulars and was also in Williamston’s production of Five Course Love. Most recently Aaron joined 21 actors from around the world as part of the Shakespeare’s Globe International Actor’s Fellowship in London, UK. Thank you, Tony, for this opportunity to work again with Williamston Theatre.

Rosie Sullivan is a senior MSU student receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting this May. She was most recently seen in her first professional show, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula, at Williamston Theatre. She is incredibly excited to be a part of this project and would like to thank everyone at Williamston Theatre for creating this opportunity for actors and playwrights alike. Credits also include MSU Department of Theaters’ productions of Hair, Carrie the Musical and Peter Pan.

Emily Sutton-Smith is the Development Director and one of the co-Founders of the Williamston Theatre. Her last appearance on the Williamston Theatre stage was in the 2014-2015 Season in Miracle on South Division Street, for which she won a Wilde Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. This season she will appear in Too Much, Too Much, Too Many and Summer Retreat.