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By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Max McCreary
Produced by Jen Otterman & Thom Johnson
The video and/or audio recording of this performance by
any means whatsoever are strictly prohibited.
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Silent Sky is produced by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
220 North Union Street, Westfield, IN - (317) 402-3341
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Board of Directors
Brandi Davis - President
Bill Miller - Vice President of Business
Jen Otterman - Vice President of Arts
Thom Johnson - VP Community of Engagement
Steven Marsh - Secretary
Kevin Shadle - Treasurer
Rayford Crenshaw II, Ka’Lena Cuevas, Doug Davis
Kate Hinman, Carolyn Montgomery, John Sampson
Teresa Otis-Skelton, Tom Smith, Rich Steinberg
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Helen Louise Boling
Col. Joseph E. Boling (Ret)
Rayford Crenshaw II
Lisa M. Warner
Jo Ann Weiker
The Cast of Silent Sky
Margaret - Hannah Elizabeth Boswell
Henreitta - Dani Gibbs
Peter - Nicholas Gibbs
Annie - Susan Hill
Willamina - Barb Weaver
The Crew of Silent Sky
Producer - Jen Otterman & Thom Johnson
Director - Max McCreary
Assistant Director & Stage Manager - Rosie Allenson
Assistant Stage Manager - Alison Quigley
Technical Director - Bruce Edelson
Assistant Technical Director - Isaac Edelson
Set Design - Stephen Matters
Costumes - Cathy Cutshall
Properties Design - Max McCreary, Rosie Allenson, & Cast
Lighting Design - Isaac Andrade
Light Board Operator - Kelly Keller
Hair and Makeup Designer - Hannah Illuzzi
Set Construction - Bruce Edelman
Posters/Graphics - Bill Miller
Webmaster/Online Program - Brandi Davis
Social Media - Ka'Lena Cuevas
The Setting of Silent Sky
1900 - 1920
The Harvard Observatory 2nd-floor offices
Leavitt home, Wisconsin
Ocean liner on the Atlantic
Henrietta's home, Cambridge, MA
There will be one 15 minute intermission between Acts 1 & 2.
Hannah Elizabeth Boswell (Margaret)
Hannah could not be more thrilled to return to the stage for her Westfield Playhouse and MSP debut! An active member of the theatre community since the age of three, Hannah can be found on stage, off stage, and teaching theatre with Indianapolis Classical Schools. Some past favorite roles include: Catherine (Pippin), Lucy (Jeykll & Hyde,) Katherina (Taming of the Shrew), Tracy (Hairspray), and Fantine (Les Miserables).
Dani Gibbs (Henrietta)
Dani is delighted to be safely back onstage! Most recently she was seen as Lula in The Dutchman at Monument Theatre Company and in the ensembles of ELF and Mamma Mia! at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. She thanks Max for this marvelous opportunity, the cast and crew for being so welcoming and hardworking, and her husband for being the best lifelong scene partner she could ask for.
Nicholas Gibbs (Peter)
Nicholas is delighted to be making his Westfield debut under Max McCreary’s direction. He studied theatre at Hillsdale College with a focus on set design and construction, but as of late has found himself onstage more often than backstage. His recent credits include Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing, Civic Theater) and PFC Louden Downey (A Few Good Men, Civic Theater).
Susan Hill (Annie)
Susan is excited to be on the stage again at the new Westfield Playhouse. Her most recent role was as Mildred Sloan in Squabbles in March of this year. She’s worked at several local community theatres as an actor, set designer and decorator, stage crew, costumer, and assistant director. She appeared last fall as Madeline Livingston in an outdoor production of The Women of Lockerbie. Some of her favorite roles include The Stage Manager in Our Town, Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond, and Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias. She’d like to thank director Max McCreary and assistant director Rosie Allenson for giving her the chance to appear in this amazing play. And she’d especially like to thank her talented husband Mike Mellott for his unwavering support.
Barb Weaver (Williamina)
Barb is thrilled to be involved in this beautiful play and excited to use a Scottish accent again after working on it for last summer’s production of The Women of Lockerbie (Vagabond Players @ Mud Creek Theater). This is Barb’s first time performing at the new Westfield Playhouse. Her last production with MSP was playing the role of Mrs. Shandig in The Runner Stumbles. Other favorite roles include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Mud Creek Players), a variety of roles in Red, White and Tuna (The Belfry), Jinx in Savannah Sipping Society (The Belfry), Karen in August: Osage County (Carmel Community Players), Myra in Deathtrap (Westfield Playhouse), Gaynelle in Red Velvet Cake Wars (The Belfry), Actress #2 in The Dining Room (Carmel Theatre Company) and Mary Matthews in State of the Union (The Belfry). By day, Barb works in IT at Anthem. She would like to thank Max and Rosie for giving her this opportunity and her husband for his continued support of her theatrical pursuits.
Max McCreary (Director and Sound Designer)
Max McCreary is ecstatic to be back in a theatre and incredibly grateful to MSP and the Westfield Playhouse for allowing him to bring this gorgeous play to their stage. Max is a theatre artist and educator interested in creating work that is both highly theatrical and deeply intimate. Favorite directing credits include Iphigenia and Other Daughters with Dooley’s Players in Atlanta, GA, and assisting Laura Kepley on Sweat at Cleveland Play House. In Indiana, Max was most recently seen on stage as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. During the day, Max is the Special Projects Manager for IndyFringe and teaches acting, improv, and sketch comedy at Roots’ School of Theatre in Fishers. He would like to thank Jen Otterman and Thom Johnson for their constant support and guidance, Rosie Allenson for being an absolute gift to this production, the entire cast and crew for their unwavering belief in the power of this play and what they can do to elevate it, and his chosen family for just about everything else.
Rosie Allenson (Stage Manager & Assistant Director)
Rosie is delighted to be working on yet another show at the beautiful Westfield Playhouse, where she serves as the theatre's Intern and Co-Chairman of the first Youth Advisory Council. Rosie has been blessed to have been a part of many productions around the community, but some of her favorites include Sr. Mary Leo in Nunsense II: The Second Coming, Millie in Picnic, Mary Warren in The Crucible and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Next up for Rosie is moving to the Big Apple, where she will be studying acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She would like to thank director Max McCreary for the opportunity to work alongside this team and her wonderful cast for bringing these intelligent women and the sky they studied to life once again. Love to Mom, Dad, and the BAA family. Romans 15:7.
Bruce & Isaac Edelson (Technical Director & Assistant Technical Director)
Bruce and Isaac are excited to be building sets at Westfield! Bruce built the set for Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect at the Westfield Playhouse. He also has built sets for many shows at Footlite Musicals. This show is especially exciting because Isaac (Bruce’s grandson) is starting his set building experience.
Stephen Matters (Set Designer)
Stephen is excited and grateful to have been given another opportunity to work with the Westfield Playhouse and Main Street Productions, Inc. He has designed and built many community theatre productions in the Indianapolis area. Most recently, he built the set of Lie, Cheat & Genuflect in January of 2020. Stephen has a passion for community theatre and is happy to be involved again with the wonderful production of Silent Sky. Stephen would like to thank Max and the cast and staff for including him in this witty and enchanting play.
Cathy Cutshall (Costume Designer)
Cathy Cutshall (Costumer) is excited to be a part of Westfield’s spring production! Cathy has won an Encore award for best costumes for Dirty Blonde, Bonnie & Clyde the Musical, and Four Old Broads. When not designing costumes, Cathy has had the pleasure of directing Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play, Trap!, Making God Laugh, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, and Bananas at Buck Creek Players, as well as One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Shelby County Players. Whether working as a director or costumer, on stage or behind-the-scenes, she has had the pleasure of working in theaters throughout Indiana and New Mexico at Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association, and Albuquerque Little Theater. Favorite productions include Sweeney Todd, Parade, Honk!, Chicago, City of Angels, On the Town, Hello Dolly, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, Shenandoah, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, and Gypsy. In her free time, Cathy enjoys reading, sewing, antique shopping, and spending time with family. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support, and for letting her have time to play.
Isaac Andrade (Lighting/Projections Designer)
Isaac is thrilled to be making his Main Street Productions and Westfield Playhouse debut as the lighting designer of Silent Sky. Although this is his first production since returning to Indiana last year, Isaac is no stranger to a lightboard. In Atlanta, GA, Isaac distinguished himself with stunning designs for many shows including Iphigenia and Other Daughters for Dooley’s Players and the musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever for Ad Hoc Productions. Outside of theatre, Isaac uses his MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology to support Liberty, Briljent, and The State Department of Corrections. He would like to thank Bill Miller, Thom Johnson, Jen Otterman, and his family (both biological and chosen) for providing such excellent support throughout this process.
Hannah Illuzzi (Hair and Makeup Designer)
Hannah is delighted to be returning to the world of theatre as the hair and makeup designer for Silent Sky. Exploring the world of Edwardian fashion has been an exciting challenge and she can’t wait to show the world these glamorous and brilliant women. Outside of theatre, Hannah is a full-time student at IUPUI as well as a makeup artist and photographer. She would like to thank the cast for trusting her with their hair and her family for being the best practice models she could ask for.
Thom Johnson (Producer)
Although you usually see him on stage here or at other area theatres, Thom is thrilled to produce Silent Sky. He has been an actor, producer or director at the Playhouse, and this is his 22nd production. Thom is honored to be co-producing along with his friend, Jen Otterman, who last directed him in Lie, Cheat and Genuflect. Other recent on-stage performances include Social Security, Perfect Crime and A Little Christmas Spirit all here at the Playhouse. Among other roles, past favorites include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (directed by Jen), Suite Surrender and The Drowsy Chaperone. As Producer and a Westfield Playhouse Vice-President, Thom sincerely thanks you for seeing Silent Sky, and hopes you thoroughly enjoy the performance and will visit us again soon.
Jen Otterman (Producer)
Jennie Otterman has over 53 years of theatrical experience, acting in a multitude of productions and directing over 50 plays at Hamilton Southeastern High School including Crimes of the Heart, The Boys Next Door, All My Sons, Godspell and The Glass Menagerie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Speech/Theatre and Psychology from Indiana University and a masters in Theatre Performance from Northwestern University. For twenty-nine years she wrote the curriculum for and taught Public Speaking, Advanced Placement Composition, Creative Writing and Acting I, II, III and IV. She was a long-standing member of the I.R.T. Education Advisory Board and one of the authors for the Department of Education’s state standards for theatre. Since retirement in 2015, Jen has directed A Christmas at Home, Picnic (7 Encore nominations), Social Security (2 Encore Awards), and Lie, Cheat and Genuflect (multiple Encore Awards, including Best Director of a Comedy) for Westfield Playhouse and she acted at Mud Creek as Nat in Rabbit Hole and Grandma in Lost in Yonkers at The Red Barn Theatre in Frankfort. Other directorships include Dinner With Friends at The Red Barn, Hide and Seek at Carmel Community Players, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (9 Encore Awards, including Best Director of a Drama) and Wait Until Dark at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville. She also directs Noblesville’s Shakespeare in the Park at Federal Hill Commons. In addition, she is a judge for musicals with The Indianapolis Encore Association. Her past credits as an actress include work with Ball State Theatre, Clarksville Little Theatre, New Albany Players, The Apple Core, Mud Creek and the Red Barn Summer Theatre. Her television credits include a Crest Toothpaste commercial and a feature for local cable, in addition to voice over work for The Indiana Historical Society. Some of her favorite acting roles include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Gypsy in Gypsy, Sally Truman in Lips Together Teeth Apart, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Chris Gorman in Rumors, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nat in Rabbit Hole, Jill in Butterflies Are Free and Roxie Hart in Chicago.
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Polo at Sunset
Join us for the Westfield Playhouse-Children’s TherAplay Polo at Sunset charity event on Friday June 25th, 2021. Proceeds benefit Westfield Playhouse and Children’s TherAplay.
Gates open at 5:00pm and pregame festivities begin at 5:30pm with the polo match starting at 6:00pm.
Invite your friends and family to Hickory Hall Polo Club located at 7551 E 100 N, Whitestown, Indiana – Just north of Zionsville and not too far from the old playhouse. Bring your picnic dinner, refreshments and beverages and prepared to have a fun filled evening in this beautiful setting.
General Admission is $40 per carload, with all proceeds going to Westfield Playhouse and Children’s TherAplay. Admission can be paid at the gate and we will accept cash, credit cards, Paypal, and Venmo. You are welcome to bring your own pop up tents, chairs, picnics, and refreshments. Grills are however not allowed. Leashed pets are allowed, as long as you clean up after them.
There will be a silent auction, wine pull, 50-50 raffle, Stick Horse Race, a Kids Zone, and Airplane Candy Drop, and an exciting night of Polo.
See you there!