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OFFICE HOUR

May 02 – May 26 2019

By Julia Cho

Directed by Mathew Wright

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright

Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on – and build a bridge across – the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of “good” and “bad” are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration, and “the other” to reveal our essential, human need for connection.

Content note: Office Hour features realistic, non-firing prop guns, loud recorded gun shots, strobe effects, and depictions of violence.


…vital, honest, and valuable. …Office Hour is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country.” —NY Magazine

“…[an] urgent and sensitive drama… tense and extremely well thought out… What is so gripping about the play…is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis. …Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children.” —Broadway World


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OFFICE HOUR

May 2 – May 26, 2019

By Julia Cho

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright

Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on – and build a bridge across – the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of “good” and “bad” are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration, and “the other” to reveal our essential, human need for connection.


…vital, honest, and valuable. …Office Hour is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country.” —NY Magazine

“…[an] urgent and sensitive drama… tense and extremely well thought out… What is so gripping about the play…is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis. …Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children.” —Broadway World


 

 

Cast

 

Varinique Davis

Genevieve

Varinique Davis is a singer and writer. She’s recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with BA in Communication Studies and Public Relations. She studied at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and is a recipient of the Miranda Family Scholarship. She was a Semi-finalist and twice nominated for the Irene Ryan Award (KCACTF Region 7). This is her first show at ArtsWest and she is incredibly thrilled to help tell such a strong, important story. Varinique thanks her mom, grandmother and brother for their love and support. She also thanks her collaborators and you. Instagram: @515davis

 

Nik Doner

David

Nik Doner is a Seattle native producer, actor, and voiceover artist with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is thrilled to be making his ArtsWest debut. In addition to lending his voice to many video games (Halo Wars 2, ReCore, 1-2-Switch) and commercials, Nik produces, directs, and edits high school and middle school educational videos. Recent theatrical appearances include My Ántonia (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Hostages (Radial Theatre), Greensward (MAP Theatre), In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Theater Schmeater), Dirty (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and We Are Proud to Present… (Pony World Theatre). 2017 saw the world premiere of two separate runs of his highly praised autobiographical solo show Cuddling with Strippers and at the end of May his production house White Rabbits Inc and Libby Barnard will present the Seattle premiere of David Harrower’s Blackbird, directed by Paul Budraitis at 18th&Union. 

www.whiterabbitsinc.com

 

Christian Quinto

Dennis

Christian Quintois thrilled and honored to be a part of this important and timely production alongside some of Seattle’s finest artists. Quinto was born and raised in the Philippines, then moved to Hawai’i when he was 14 years old, but now calls Seattle home. He made his Seattle theatre debut in Seattle Repertory Theatre + Public Works Seattle’s production of The Odyssey, directed by Marya Sea Kaminski. He’s a big fan of orange chicken, boba tea, and Filipino representation and visibility on stage and screen. Select credits: Gabe in Next To Normal, Sky in Mamma Mia!, Jane Eyre: The Musical (ArtsWest), Filipino Folktales and Fables (Honolulu Theatre for Youth), and Pageant (A Sensible Theatre Co.) “Huge mahalo to my family, friends, and mentors for their endless love and support!” www.christianquinto.com(Instagram: @cjquinto)

 

Naho Shioya

Gina

Naho Shioya is an actor/performance artist who has worked internationally in Asia, Canada, Europe and the U.S. Locally she has appeared at Seattle Children’s Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, and On the Boards, among others. As a director and teaching artist, she has worked with various organizations and schools in the greater Puget Sound area including Seattle Repertory Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Studio East, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle Public Schools, and City of Seattle. She is a member of the experimental, multi-disciplinary arts group Aono Jikken Ensemble (AJE) for which she is a performer, vocalist and benshi (silent film narrator). Ms. Shioya is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Drama, Professional Actor Training Program. Much love to Kaito and Bill for their support.

 

Creative Team

 

D.R. Amromin

Sound Design

D.R.’s designs have been featured in theaters across Seattle, in productions by Dangerswitch! (BIG BAD, Into the Deeps), Theater Schmeater (The Secretaries, She Kills Monsters, The Twilight Zone LIVE!, Swallow), Blood Ensemble (Barn Show), Pony World (Language Rooms), MAP Theatre (Greensward), Annex Theater (Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine, Silhouette), On the Boards (Black Bois), Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Everybody), and Sound Theatre Company (…and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Nadieshko) among others. This is her first time designing at ArtsWest. Upcoming projects include The Call at Seattle Public Theater, and she will be directing the children’s play The Fabulous Fable Factory as part of the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival this summer. She is a member of the TSDCA. Learn more at www.danarobyn.com

 

Jenny Burkley 

Properties Master

Jenny Burkley is recent graduate of Seattle University currently serving as the props intern for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2018-19 season. This is her second show with ArtsWest, the first being John (2019). Since graduating in 2018 she has had the good fortune of working on some great shows including: Boy (Fantastic Z, 2019), The Salem Witch Orgasms (Ghost Light Theatricals, 2019), Yes Anderson ( JetCity Improv, 2019), 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Fantastic Z, 2018), Brainpeople (Latin Theatre Company, 2018) and Monster Hunters (JetCity Improv, 2018). She would like to thank her parents for supporting her choice to become a theatre artist.

 

Alyza DelPan-Monley

Associate Director / Physicality Consultant

Alyza DelPan-Monley is a Seattle-based dancer and choreographer, seeking to brighten her surroundings with splashes of whimsy, human connection and goofy possibilities. Her work has been performed Seattle International Dance Festival, Cafe Nordo, Annex Theater, Book-it Repertory, Washington Ensemble Theater, Evoke Productions and Strawberry Theater Workshop. She performs regularly with Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffrey Azevedo, Alice Gosti and DONNA.

 

Jocelyne Fowler

Costume Designer

Jocelyne Fowler has designed for Seattle Shakespeare Company (Arms and the Man, Timon of Athens, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Titus Andronicus and Richard II), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Jane Eyre, Treasure IslandEmma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Anna Karenina, etc), Taproot Theatre (Arsenic and Old Lace, Lady Windermere’s FanA Civil War Christmas), Youth Theatre Northwest, Harlequin Productions, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Seattle Musical Theatre, Vashon Opera, and others. She is the recipient for the 2016 Gregory Award in Outstanding Costume Design.  

 

Mig Mrizek

Lighting Designer

Michael “Mig” Mrizek is a Lighting Designer based in Seattle, WA. Originally from San Jose, California, he came to Seattle to attend Seattle University where he earned a BA in Theatre. His most recent design credits include Bridge Project(Velocity Dance Centre), Brainpeople (Latino Theatre Projects), and This is What They Tell Me (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE). He has also worked as an assistant lighting designer, electrician, and light board operator for companies like Whim W’Him, Pony World Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Alice Gosti, and KT Niehoff. Outside of his design work, he is the Technical Director and Associate Venue Manager at West of Lenin in Fremont.

 

Christopher Mumaw

Scenic Designer

Christopher is a freelance Theater Artist based in Seattle, Washington. This production marks his 10th with ArtsWest. Previous ArtsWest credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill, Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, FrozenMothers and Sons, Death of a Salesman, VioletJudy’s Scary Little Christmas, and Little Women. Christopher has also designed numerous shows with the following companies; 5th Avenue Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Opera, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, ArtsWest and Vespertine Opera Theater. He also worked as a Set Designer for the Amazon Studios, Emmy Award nominated television show The Man in the High Castle. Christopher holds his MFA from University of Washington and his BFA from Wright State University. 

 

Liza Vaughn

Stage Manager

Liza Vaughn is a local stage manager and resident stage manager at the Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts. Past Stage Management credits: Visiting Cezanne with Red Rover Theatre Company, No Strings Attached with Parley Productions, Heathers the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at ArtsWest, Macbett at Ghost Light Theatricals, The Lost Girls at Annex Theatre, Anything Goes Jr, Annie Jr, Shrek Jr, and Mary Poppins Jr with Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts. Assistant Stage Management credits: Peerless at ArtsWest, The Who and the What at ArtsWest, Stick Fly at Intiman Theatre. Many thanks to the cast and crew for all of their hard work on this production.