MORLEY by Irmgard Lake
Thank you to everyone who made this show a success and who supported a new work.
If you would like to make a donation specifically to support that production we will gratefully acknowledge your sponsorship throughout 2018. It is not too late!
The November 2017 production was the first ever public performances of a new full-length play by local playwright Irmgard Lake.
‘Morley’ went through a 5 month workshop period, with 3 readings of the play in development at different stages since April, then scene by scene work with the playwright and actors.
The cast included Dylan Reece Marshall as Morley; Cathy Ransom as Melanie; Ashlee Threlkeld as Mimi and Kevin MacDormott as Pierce. The director was Kate Hawkes with set design by Taylor Hellman, props Connie Patrick, lighting Murray Natkie, sound Paul Amato.
The cast with Playwright Irmgard Lake
Set in the late ‘70s, and drawing on actual events, 'Morley' is the story of a charismatic, visionary college professor who is also a sexual predator and megalomaniac. When a young woman with whom he had a relationship goes missing, freelance detective Pierce (Kevin MacDormott) is sure Morley (Dylan Marshall) had something to do with it.
Melanie (Cathy Ransom) Morley’s longtime partner/friend who has been with him in the streets from the early sit-ins for sexual and political freedom, stands by him regardless of his behavior even as she is a vociferous womens’ right advocate who embraces the advent of the Pill.
Mimi (Ashlee Threlkeld) is a student whose internship with a local paper brings her into Morley’s plans for Sunweek (Earth Day) where she soon finds herself deep into Morley’s seductive world of paranoid brilliance.
As Morley appears to grow more out of control, Mimi must face the truth of this world she has embraced, and with Pierce’s persistent presence, find her personal strength. Interwoven in this relationship, the mystery of what happened to Heather and where is she continues to unfold.
SUPPORT THIS NEW WORK!
We have a history of bringing new works to the stage and this play by Irmgard Lake is both new and profoundly relevant event though it draws on events in the '70s.
Storytelling and live theatre brings us face to face with ourselves and gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. History has a way of repeating itself if we do not listen to it. 'Morley' is a play with startling resonance - we are proud to open it in Sedona.
However, we cannot do it justice without your support.
This is a play by a local playwright, cast from our community of actors, nurtured and produced by your local theatre company - and it is for our times.
PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A SPONSOR - MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO RED EARTH THEATRE TO COVER THE EXPENSES OF DEVELOPING AND PRODUCING 'MORLEY'. Help us meet our goal of $4,000.
Contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or send a check to:
Red Earth Theatre, 205 Sunset Dr/135 ,Sedona, AZ 86336.
THANK YOU - Kate Hawkes