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Too Many Crucibles

By Matt Lyle
A Zoom Workshop
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A shelter in place Zoom workshop of Matt Lyle's "Too Many Crucibles"; a contemporary parody of Miller's classic, "The Crucible" through the lens of the 2016 election. Admission is free. Suggested donation $5. All proceeds go towards the artists.

Too Many CruciblesSome witch hunts turn up real witches! In 1692, as the Witch Trials rage in nearby Salem, the residents of Peabody, Massachusetts are going through their own crucible; and they are just, like, really sick of crucibles. Against the odds, and good-taste, boorish lout Dunning Kruger has won the election to become the local reverend. His unexpected victory against frontrunner Goody Constant Bending has thrown the town into turmoil and pitted townsfolk against each other like never before in the history of the New World; and that's saying something because the history of the New World is really messed up. Ezekiel Farmer and his wife Verity must reconcile their differences (she voted for Kruger, he for the more experienced Goody Constant Bending) and somehow find a way to resist the ugly tide that threatens them all. TOO MANY CRUCIBLES is an extremely unsanctioned companion piece to Miller's classic THE CRUCIBLE that proves some witch hunts turn up witches.

Featuring:

Liam Callister as EZEKIEL FARMER and DOTTIE
Joanna Kay as VERITY FARMER
Jeff Garrett as REVEREND DUNNING KRUGER
Lindsay John as ZWENA and SANDY
Nick Leonard as DEVIN HARRIS, REVEREND HALE, DIRK, and PURITAN MEN
Gigi A Tasse as GOODY CONSTANT BENDING, MARY, JUDGE STURM, TESSA, and PURITAN WOMAN
David Boyll as THE DENTIST, CHEECH, HORNER, PROSECUTOR, MARVIN, SATAN, and OTHER PURITAN MEN
Isabel Siragusa as TRINA, STANDISH THE GOAT, and OTHER PURITAN WOMEN


Nick Leonard (DEVIN HARRIS, REVEREND HALE, DIRK, and PURITAN MEN )

Nick Leonard (DEVIN HARRIS, REVEREND HALE, DIRK, and PURITAN MEN )

Nick Leonard (DEVIN HARRIS, REVEREND HALE, DIRK, and PURITAN MEN ) is a San Francisco based comic and actor performing all over the place. He co-founded SF's long running Qcomedy showcase and co-produced The Bilicious Show and The Bilarious Show for the National Queer Arts Festival. He occasionally performs in drag as Ginorma Desmond.

Joanna Kay (VERITY FARMER)

Joanna Kay (VERITY FARMER)

Joanna Kay (VERITY FARMER) is a Los Angeles based creator working as an actor, writer, and director in theater, film, commercial, sketch, and VO. She currently has a national commercial running (Wayfair) and several films circulating festivals. Joanna is Screen Magazine's lead interviewer - keep an eye out for her most recent interview with David Cross! Joanna began her professional life as a Crime Scene Investigator until she realized she'd rather play one on TV. She has yet to book a role on CSI... even as background. Joanna wrote this bio in 3rd person. And if you want to hire her or say hi, you can find her and her at www.joannakay.net ... ".com" wasn't available..

Lindsay John (ZWENA and SANDY )

Lindsay John (ZWENA and SANDY )

Lindsay John (ZWENA and SANDY ) is happy to be working on this hilarious satire. With a BA in theatre arts, she's glad to be making strides in the field during these tumultuous times. Please sit back and enjoy!

David Boyll (THE DENTIST, CHEECH, HORNER, PROSECUTOR, MARVIN, SATAN, and OTHER PURITAN MEN )

David Boyll (THE DENTIST, CHEECH, HORNER, PROSECUTOR, MARVIN, SATAN, and OTHER PURITAN MEN )

David Boyll (THE DENTIST, CHEECH, HORNER, PROSECUTOR, MARVIN, SATAN, and OTHER PURITAN MEN ) is a San Francisco-based actor and improvisor. In 2017, following a thirty-year hiatus from the stage, David “delivered a full load of crazy” as Bernard B. O’Hare in the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night by Brian Katz, Custom Made Theatre Company. Recent work: Dr. Irving Baer in Eliza Clark's Quack at Shotgun Players; Ayckbourne's Taking Steps and Coward's Present Laughter at Pear Theatre; American Hero, Custom Made (SFBATCC Award: Featured Actor); Felix in The Odd Couple, Ross Valley Players; Partition, Indra’s Net Theatre. More at www.davidboyll.com.

Liam Callister (EZEKIEL FARMER,  DOTTIE)

Liam Callister (EZEKIEL FARMER, DOTTIE)

Liam Callister (EZEKIEL FARMER, DOTTIE) is an actor based out of San Francisco. He's appeared on stages all across the Bay Area, including Cal Shakes, Shotgun Players, Town Hall Theater, and The Speakeasy. He has a BA in Economics and Theater from Saint Mary's College of California and spent 1 year in the ACT's MFA Acting program. He also had the pleasure of studying at the Moscow Arts Theater in Russia. He's appeared in multiple national commercials and won the Distinguished Achievement in Performance award from the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival for his performance as Joe Pitt in Angels in America. If you squint really hard, you can also see him in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

GiGi A Tasse (GOODY CONSTANT BENDING, MARY, JUDGE STURM, TESSA, and PURITAN WOMAN)

GiGi A Tasse (GOODY CONSTANT BENDING, MARY, JUDGE STURM, TESSA, and PURITAN WOMAN)

After a long hiatus, GiGi A Tasse (GOODY CONSTANT BENDING, MARY, JUDGE STURM, TESSA, and PURITAN WOMAN) returned to acting about 5 years ago. By some fluke she wound up as a vegan psycho killer in a grindhouse film, which led to a commercial and more film and theatre work. She has been featured as an Italian 90 year old ex stripper, alcoholic mom of a tweeker, a slumlord and German Jewish lesbian concentration camp survivor. GiGi wanted to ask her therapist about the significance of these roles but her therapist no longer takes sliding scale.

Isabel Siragusa (TRINA, STANDISH THE GOAT, and OTHER PURITAN WOMEN)

Isabel Siragusa (TRINA, STANDISH THE GOAT, and OTHER PURITAN WOMEN)

Isabel Siragusa (TRINA, STANDISH THE GOAT, and OTHER PURITAN WOMEN) has a degree in Theater Studies from Yale University and has studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia, Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, and A.C.T. Favorite Bay Area credits include Desdemona in Othello (African American Shakespeare Company), Caroline in the World Premiere of Wild Boy (Dragon Productions Theatre Company), and playing God with the sketch comedy troupe Running With Glitter. (she/her)

Jeff Garrett (REVEREND DUNNING KRUGER )

Jeff Garrett (REVEREND DUNNING KRUGER )

Jeff Garrett (REVEREND DUNNING KRUGER ) has been bringing fictitious people to life since 1976, the nation's bicentennial summer. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, can long endure. This project is Jeff's response to COVID and to that war. Listen. Laugh. Vote.


 

 

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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