(Three performers for each character)
Rachel Black, a patient
Yesenia Iglesias (Rachel’s actor) is a native of Puerto Rico and an MFA alumna of the UW Professional Actor Training Program. Recent productions include Is She Dead Yet? and Bunnies at Annex Theatre, and Mwindo at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Corrie Befort (Rachel’s dancer) is an internationally commissioned choreographer, theatrical designer, and creator of award-winning dance films and collaborative performance works. Companies she co-directs include Salt Horse, LIMITS and Color Field, and she teaches dance filmmaking at Cornish College.
Madeleine Bersamina (Rachel’s singer) is a soprano soloist who has worked with Early Music Undgerground, Tuscon Chamber Artists, Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble and the Oregon Bach Festival. An avid recitalist, she has been a featured singer in recital series in California, Washington and Germany.
Lisa Webster, MD, a palliative care physician
Sunam Ellis (Lisa’s actor) has appeared in Twelfth Night (Malvolia), Pentecost (Yasmin) and 5th of July (Gwen Landis) at UW where she earned her MFA. Most recently she was seen in Sound Theatre Company’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi.
Beth Graczyk (Lisa’s dancer). Also Choreographer; see creative team biography on The Company page.
Hope Wechkin (Lisa’s singer). Also Script, Score, Lyrics and Violin; see creative team biography on The Company page.
Greg Yarman, PhD, a neuroscientist
Jonathan Shue (Greg’s actor) is an actor and musician originally from Palo Alto, California, who has performed in award-winning regional and children’s theatre nationally and internationally. He recently earned his MFA from the UW Professional Actor Training Program.
Coleman Pester (Greg’s dancer) has built a diverse body of work over the past five years. He founded the multi-disciplinary, collaborative project Tectonic Marrow Society (www.tectonicmarrowsociety.com), and has premiered dance works in Seattle, Australia, Israel, New York and San Francisco.
PhilipTschopp (Greg’s singer). Also Musical Director and Conductor; see creative team biography on The Company page.
Piano: Hyun-Ja Choi Saxophone: Dillyn Kost
Cello: Richard Eckert Violin: Hope Wechkin
The Choir (20 voices – SATB)
Back Row: (left to right)
Anthony James, Jessica French, Adam Burdick, Jordan Corbin Wentworth, Martin Rothwell, Kathleen Payne, Nina Alden and Tyler Morse.
Rebecca Cantrell, Nichols Varela, Melinda Schlimmer, Christopher Roberts, Julia Israel, Nathan Shiu, Erin Calata, Tym Mackey and Jennifer Brandon.
Director: Cathy Madden
Writer/Composer: Hope Wechkin
Choreographer: Beth Graczyk
Musical Direction: Philip Tschopp
Lighting Designer: Andrew D. Smith
Costume & Graphic Designer: Corrie Befort
Stage Manager: Kaeline Kine
Research Consultant: Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc
Solomon Weisbard, Jennifer Shainin, Steven Miller, Tim Summers, Betty Udesen, David Reuter,
Jennifer Shainin, David Hogan, Anita Nowacka
Brain scan video images:
Clark Johnson, PhD and Todd Richards, PhD
Website & rehearsal video production:
Gregg Loughridge, Small Epics
David Hogan, Mighty Tripod Productions
HatchFund campaign video:
Jenny Shainin, Randy Walker
Publicity, media & public relations:
Teri Thomas, TT Communications