Something Wicked This Way Comes
October 31 – November 11, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ
Two boys are lured to a mysterious carnival that passes through their town. Soon they discover the diabolical truths behind the funhouse mirror maze and its eerie cast of characters. The boys fight to save their town from this sinister carnival that threatens to destroy it.
What lures us, seduces us, haunts us in the night? How heavy are the secret longings of day dreams and a lust for something more? Thoughts are things that can become a collective consciousness of grace and good or fierce battles within our own free will. What will we do if we get what we want? Do we, like our characters, unwittingly risk conjuring the dark side to open the door of super natural phenomena?
A few Classic treasures of unimaginable events, unfold as a door is opened to let the visitor(s) in–
And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
“Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door- This it is and nothing more”. THE RAVEN – Edgar Allan.Poe
2nd Witch: “By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.” [Knocking]
Whoever knocks! [Enter Macbeth]
“How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
What is’t you do?” -MACBETH Act 4, scene 1
One of my favorite quotes for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: “Shades of Mark Twain, but also a touch of Stephen King. It is as if Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer had found themselves lost in a fairground full of sinister supernatural characters.” – Daily Telegraph
Bradbury’s writing style and dialogue is brilliant, crisp and eloquent, always creating vivid worlds of action, driven by the artful imagery of language that sparks the canvas of our imagination. Once every generation Halloween rolls into our idyllic lives with the whisper of a circus calliope. A call for a circus of spirits, storms coming, harvests done and the foreboding darkness of winter. It’s fall. Nature is as restless as the hearts of boys and adults longing to retrieve another years passing. Lightning quickens the deepest of souls enter Cooger & Mr.Dark’s Shadow Show Pandemonium Theatre Co Circus pricking at our secrets, fears and night terrors.
By Danielle Lopez
Ray Douglas Bradbury is best known for being an American author, poet, playwright and screenwriter focusing on worlds endowed in fantasy and horror. Bradbury often denied the title of a science fiction author, claiming “science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal…” When Bradbury was twelve years old, he met a carnival magician named Mr. Electrico. Bradbury stood beneath a platform, witnessing the act of Mr. Electrico being electrocuted in an electric chair. With an electrically charged sword the magician commanded Bradbury: “Live Forever!” The next day, Bradbury was attending the funeral of his uncle. He left the graveyard and looked down at the sea front where he saw the banners of the carnival. Bradbury ran toward the carnival tents, where he questioned Mr. Electrico about a magic trick. Mr. Electrico showed Bradbury a trick and asked him if he wanted to meet some strange people in the tent. “The first person I met was the Illustrated Man, the next day I started to write, and I’ve been writing for 70 years because of that encounter with Mr. Electrico which said live forever! Now I’ve got a chance to do it with my books…” (Bradbury 2012). Living forever in literature was the greatest idea he ever had.
Ice Woman & Movement Collaborator
Alison Marshall choreographed her parents entire collection of world music, jazz, and Broadway musicals before the age of five and well before she understood what any of the shows were really about. She has performed with several national dance companies and her pieces have been included in the New Works Series San Francisco (CA), Colorado Dance Festival (CO), Boston Dance Umbrella (MA) ,and Jacob’s Pillow (MA) where she was awarded a choreographer’s fellowship. She has studied and performed with Schreiber Theater, NY and Megaw Studio AZ. She is on national dance faculty at Lesley University, College of Creative Arts, and has served on dance and education faculty at Harvard University, Arizona State University, and the University of Washington. In association with the Mark Morris Dance Group, NY, she teaches Parkinson’s Dance classes locally and is a teaching artist with Throughlines Dance and Theatre.
The Gypsy Woman
Alicia Torres is an Arizona native who started her training in acting at Phoenix Little Theatre. At nineteen she moved to Chicago. While there, she studied at the Chicago Latino Theatre. She also studied at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Ms. Torres has an Associate Degree in fine arts from Phoenix College. She is currently at ASU as a theatre major due to graduate in 2019. Ms. Torres got her acting influence from her father, Clemente Torres a former stuntman at Apache Land.
Carter Palumbo (Tetley): 18, is ecstatic to be apart of his first production with BLK BOX PHX. You could’ve caught him most recently in: The Addams Family as Uncle Fester (NYA) at Greasepaint or as Narrator 2 in The Rocky Horror Show at Scottsdale Community Players. He would like to thank Daniel , Tatiana, E.E., and the whole production team for all that they do for the show. As well as, the whole cast for making this the show of his nightmares!
Charlie is excited to be in his first production with Blk Box Phx! Some recent credits include: Bobby Strong (Urinetown), Leaf Coneybear (Spelling Bee), and Bobby Mills (Chorus Line). This is his first straight play outside of high school and is thrilled to be getting back in the game! He would like to thank the production team and all his family and friends!
Mr. Dark & Live Violinist
David Dickinson returns to Davisson Entertainment after Halloween appearances in Shakespeare After Dark in 2015 as the Ghost of King Hamlet and as the Actor in The Woman in Black last year. A programmer turned actor and director, David has been privileged to be a part of the Arizona theatre community for the past twelve years. He is an Associate Artist at the Megaw Actors Studio where he continues to train and coach. Film and commercial representation: Ford Robert Black Agency. Recent credits: Gunmetal Blues (A/C Theatre Co.), Bullets Over Broadway (Phoenix Theatre), Wittenberg (Southwest Shakespeare). www.davidjdickinson.com
The Dust Witch
Debra is ecstatic to be in Something Wicked with this fantastic cast, production and design team, crew, and director E.E. Moe. Debra’s previous favorites include Medea (Now and Then); Whisper Sweetly (Brelby); John (Stray Cat) ariZoni recipient; Death Trap (MET); Julius Caesar (Class 6). Debra is a paralegal at Udall Shumway and continues her theatre education at Megaw Studio. Thank you E.E., Daniel Davisson, and all the rest of the kids and creatures in this wonderful production of Something really Wicked! Thank You! for coming to the show!
Young Miss Foley, Townsperson & Pandemonium Circus Member
This is the first time this seventh grader has performed at Phoenix Theatre. She was recently seen on the Herberger and Arizona Broadway Theater stages in the role of Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. Other memorable roles include Vivian Mooster (Revenge of the Space Pandas) for which she received an NYAA Award, Peter Pan (Peter Pan Jr), Bagheera (The Jungle Book Kids), and Lucy (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). She Is very happy to be performing alongside such a talented cast in this production and hopes you enjoy the show! Follow her progress at www.graciepalmer.com
Greg Lutz (Holloway) – Greg Lutz is honored and excited to be back on the Davisson Entertainment Stage. Greg’s last appearance on the Davisson Entertainment stage was as Kipps in “Woman in Black”. He has recently appeared on other valley stages in roles such as Erie in iTheatre Collaborative’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” for which he received best actor by Phoenix New Times. Some of his favorite roles over the years: Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sir Laurence Olivier in Orson’s Shadow, Leroy in Bad Seed, Peter in Bug, Sir Lionel in Camelot, and Stolkes in Coming of the Hurricane. Greg has appeared in a myriad of movies and television programs including, the Boss on TBS’ new series Wrecked, Tom in Car Dogs with George Lopez, and Pat Robertson in Come Sunday with Martin Sheen and Danny Glover. Greg is the Artistic Director for Arizona based Murder Ink Productions providing corporate and private entertainment and team building. Greg also tours the globe with singer/comedian Jackie Fontaine. He studied with Charles Nel- son Reilly in Los Angeles and E.E. Moe at The Megaw Studios in Phoenix. Greg is represented by FORD/Robert Black.
Jamie is thrilled to join BLK BOX PHX in their inaugural season. This native Phoenix actor received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from ASU in 2013. You may have seen her in Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival’s The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Southwest Shakespeare Company’s The Three Musketeers (Ensemble) or in Mesa Encore Theatre’s Doubt: A Parable (Sister James). She co-founded Howl Theatre Project, an underground, experimental theatre company committed to producing new, innovative plays in 2014. Past Howl credits include romeo&juliet/VOID(Rosaline), endofplay/7 (She3PO), and r u mad, Ophelia? (Hamlet).
Lightning Rod Salesman & Voice of Bradbury
Joe-recently moved back from San Francisco where he played principal roles in several plays including Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Boss Finley in “Sweet Bird of Youth” to reunite with his favorite director EE Moe who guided his performance of Dodge in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winner of “Buried Child”. He is a Voice-over and On-Camera actor and has narrated over 40 audio books.
This is Josh Chang’s first theatre production. He began his acting journey earlier summer at Arizona Actors Academy. Josh is currently enrolled in acting technique with Rachel Grimes, improv with Jacques Arend, and Shakespeare with Brandy Hotchner. In his free time, he enjoys going to see shows at ASU Gammage, spending time with his two dogs, and riding his motorcycle. Josh studied computer engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In high school, he won three wrestling state championship titles and placed third in the 100yd breaststroke. Josh, was born November 9, 1990, in Phoenix, Arizona and has 6 brothers and sisters.
Noah is a stage, commercial and voice over actor, youth model and competitive dancer. His career began at the ripe old age of 5, in Marine City, Mi, when he was cast in his first musical, Beauty and the Beast Jr. Noah played in many theatre roles while growing up in Michigan and was also athletic, playing basketball and football. At the age of 9, Noah and his family moved to Arizona. Shortly after settling in Glendale, Noah was signed with talent agent, Ruth Leighton and he knew he wanted to grow within the entertainment industry. At thirteen years old, Noah is now acting in the Arizona, Nevada and California markets. You may recognize him locally from Peter Piper, Desert Ford and Arizona Milk Producers commercials. Noah is also an honor roll student and loved the novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. He is honored to be playing the role of Jim Nightshade alongside such a talented staff and so grateful to be under the direction of EE Moe.
Mr. Electrico & Movement Collaborator
Norjir Tullao Nishida, was born in Manilla, Phillipines. He was 6 when he came to the U.S and without knowing a word of english ,spent his first year in the states staying inside learning from movies such as, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, and Hercules. After serving in the United States Air Force he moved to Phoenix and attended Scottsdale Film School and pursued his passion for story telling. He fell into acting by accident then he realized he loved it and started expanding his knowledge of acting for theatre and film at SCC. He made his theatre debut in EE Moe’s 2016 Writer’s Box. From there he starred in various short films and plays such as, Phone Bill, 100 grand, Reeling, and Annie Baker’s, The Flick.
Policeman, Townsperson, Pandemonium Circus Member & Associate Movement Collaborator
Shapahn David Seiders (Policeman, Dog, Carousel, Mirror) is well pleased to be in a Davisson Entertainment production, being comfortable in a black box theatre. It’s thrilling to be directed by EE Moe, a former professor of his, and feels privileged to continue learning from her in a professional setting. Shaphan has studied at Houde School of Acting in Cleveland Ohio, and at Chandler Gilbert and Scottsdale Community Colleges. He now looks forward to ASU. Enjoy the show and what it teaches.
Young Cooger, Townsperson & Pandemonium Circus Member
Shayla Forero is 9 years old and she attends ASU Prep. She has previously performed in youth theatre shows with Limelight and Studio 3. Besides acting, singing and dancing she enjoys English horseback riding. She is excited about her debut with Blk Box Phx, she would like to thank EE for this amazing opportunity. Shayla would like to thank her teachers, Jamie, Emma and Carol. She is also thankful to her friends and family for supporting her passion of performing.
Tess is thrilled to be her first production with BLK BOX PHX! Tess’ selected theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland (AriZoni nomination), Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Crucible, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and South Pacific, along with playing the character “Speed” in the feature film Two Gents. Tess is so excited to once again work with the fabulous E.E. Moe. She wishes to thank her family and friends for their ongoing love and support.
Tyneckia Lewis enjoys both film and stage, hard work, long hours and travel between LA and Phoenix included. She takes pleasure in telling a story and sharing the human experience. You will also find Tyneckia contributing her time and energy to charity events. Sending much love and gratitude to the SWTWC creative team, family and friends.
Elaine “E.E.” Moe
Resident Director/*SDC Member
EE is especially delighted to collaborate with Davisson Entertainment and BLKBOXPHX (Board of Directors) in their continuing inclusion and engagement of all our diverse Arizona artists. “E.E.” is a recipient of the 2018 Bridge Initiative Women in Theatre’s Leader of the Year Award and University of Arizona Pi Beta Phi Distinguished Service acknowledge for Women in Arts & Education. Her career spans 55+years in the arts, education, corporate and entertainment industry. A distinction that reflects her lifelong dedication to developing artists in all mediums. “It is essential that we recognize the dynamic energy that embraces all our communities. Through visual and performance arts, we celebrate literature, music and the sciences that have dared to explore and engendered new mediums of expression. Make a difference – support Arizona artists.” 2017-18 held many rewarding and diverse experiences that included directing THE WOMAN IN BLACK; Bridge Initiative- EXILES and WORK OF ART by Elaine Romero (and appearing as Antonia in Julius Caesar- PhxTh Festival of New Works & Ms. Conceived Shakespeare collaborative); book signing host for award winning writer Cameron MacElvee’s BY THE DARK OF HER EYES; sponsor & panel host for the premiere of WORLD WIDE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL; SCC, mentoring Artistic Director, for student directed WELLESLEY GIRL, WRITERZBOX, VORTEX, MCLI & KCACTF award winning scholars. One of my great honors is introducing Tatiana, Danielle, Sabrina and Norjir to our production team, and, a first collaboration with longtime friend and artist Alison Marshall. Thank you Judith Hardes for the creative space you have provided for us. Windsong you are in our hearts-Wagem!
Elaine “E.E.” Moe Director is a member of SDC Society Directors and Choreographers.
ChEErs to Davisson Entertainment & BLKBOXPHX for your continuing support of Arizona artists. www.MegawTheatreInc.com – Celebrating 45yrs of Continuing Excellence
Assistant to the Director, Dramaturge & Deck Manager
Hair & Makeup Designer
Christy is thrilled to be part of this spectacular show. While she has studied with the greatest makeup artists and is a graduate of Cinema Makeup School, no opinion mattered more than her musically gifted Father, who left this Earth in July. Her work in this production is dedicated to his memory as he was her biggest supporter and inspiration. Thank you to Daniel Davisson, EE, cast, and crew for bringing her back to the art.
Brian Lindsay 1958-2018
“Drive fast. Take a lot of chances.”
Douglas Clarke (Scenic Designer) Works with local theatres including Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Arizona Broadway Theatre, ASU & MCC. Regionally works with Adventure Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Town Hall Arts Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, as well as designed for Fallen Swallow/Laughing Pigeon & Project: Theater. Upcoming designs include Casa Valentina (Town Hall Arts Center), Judy Moody and Stink… (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), Mama Mia (Arizona Broadway Theatre) & Cooking’s a Drag (Phoenix Theatre). MFA – UMD. douglasclarkedesign.com
Sabrina Reed is a Phoenix based visual artist who has won numerous KCACTF awards for her properties and scenic design work during her theatre education at SCC. She was the first Fellowship Designer for the Seven Devils Playwright Conference in 2017, a member of the USITT 2018 Gateway Cohort and recently attended Summer Scene Painting at Cobalt Studios. She is honored to be part of the SWTWC company.
Sound Designer & Technical Director
Kristen Peterson has been doing Theatre professionally in the Phoenix Area for over 10 years Kristen designs lighting, media, sound, props, scenery, and is a technical director. Kristen is currently the Technical Director for Southwest Shakespeare Company and is a resident Designer for Davisson Entertainment. Some of her recent shows include: Lighting Design for “Kiss me Kate” at Lyric Opera Theatre, Scenic Design for “Frankenstein” and “Pericles” at Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Sound Design for “The Antipodes” at Stray Cat Theatre.
April is excited to be part of this production. She has worked in the Valley’s theatre industry for several years now, with a variety of companies doing various jobs from follow spot operator to stage manager. She would like to thank her family and friends for their patience and understanding while supporting her through this wild industry she loves. I hope this show is a momentous occasion for all.
Tatiana is incredibly excited to be working of this show. This is her first production through BLX BOX PHX and Davisson Entertainment. She began her stage management under the talented E.E. Moe and is honored to be working with her again. She recently worked as the stage manager of Scottsdale Community College’s Avenue Q, The Good Person of Szechwan, and The Trestle of Pope Lick Creek. She thanks her family and her friends for their never ending support through all that she does.
Producing Artistic Director & Lighting Designer
Kevin Collino, Blue Martin, Ryan Severt, Andy Cahoon, Steve Perrault, Caelam Kennedy, and Dakota Fontes
Daniel Davisson, April Curtiss, Robert Andrews, Douglas Clarke, Sabrina Reed, Jeff Blake
Board of Directors
President: Daniel Davisson
Vice President: Jen Barraza
Secretary: Sarah Brymer
Treasurer: Kristen Peterson
Members At Large: Stacey Walston, April Curtiss, Elaine “E.E.” Moe
Rebecca Hollingsworth & Eric Thurnbeck
Special Thank You’s
Southwest Shakespeare Company
Arizona State University
Scottsdale Community College
The BLK BOX PHX board of Directors
Davisson Entertainment Staff