Squall, written by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, is a psychological thriller full of abundant wit. The story focuses on Diana, a celebrated TV journalist, who is a fierce guardian of her privacy. While she is packing her childhood summer home, a young woman arrives on the doorstep with memories of Dianaâ€™s recently deceased mother. What follows is a compelling and often humorous game of cat and mouse in which the audience is not always clear just who is the mouse.Squall first premiered in New York City in 1996 and ran at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles a year later. Hailed as, â€œAn intricate puzzle the offers moments of fascination and bitingly funny humor [with] clever twists,â€ by Back Stage West, the play won the First Choice Award at the U.S. West Theatre Festival, held at the Denver Center in 1998.
Modern Muse Theatre Company is a new professional theater troupe with a passion for the best of both old and new theater traditions. The company is made up of a diverse group of artists committed to presenting powerful, passionate and pertinent work. Productions are presented in association with Global Arts Ltd, a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for positive change by illuminating ideas, provoking thought and stimulating discussion. To accomplish this goal, they support projects developed by educators, artists and writers.
Squall is directed by Billie McBride, who was last seen at the Arvada Center directing this seasonâ€™s The Subject Was Roses, and playing the ruler-wielding Sister in Over the Tavern. Other directoral credits include Stolen Lives at NYCâ€™s Acorn Theatre, As Bees in Honey Drown at the Arvada Center, Phantom at Littleton Town Hall and the Mizel Centerâ€™s production of Romeo and Juliet. As an actress, Broadway credits include Torch Song Trilogy, Safe Sex and A Kurt Weill Cabaret. TV appearances include Itâ€™s a Miracle, Perry Mason Mysteries and The Shining. McBride won a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Actress for her performance in WIT and was nominated for Theater Person of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
Martha Harmon Pardee returns to the Arvada Center after 15 years, when last appeared inTerry Doddâ€™s Amateur Night at the Big Heart. Most recently, she played Linda in Fiction at Curious Theater, Abby in Paragon Theatreâ€™s production of The Mercy Seat and Alice in Retreat from Moscow at the Aurora Fox Theatre. Squall marks Marthaâ€™s second Modern Muse production, following her role as Elan in the 2006 production of The Raft.
Karen LaMoureaux makes her Modern Muse debut, and comes back to the Arvada Center after appearing in The Crimson Thread and The Women. Karen has appeared off Broadway in Whirligig, The Comedy of Errors, A Piece of My Heart, and Box and Cox, and toured with the bilingual play Der Talisman. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center and a leading role in Nine, which garnered her Westwordâ€™s Best Actress in a Musical.
PERFORMANCE & TICKET INFORMATION:
April 26 â€“ May 27, 2007
Thursday â€“ Saturday events at 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m.
All performances are $20 each. Tickets for seniors over 60 are $18, and for students with a valid are $15.