Artist Bios


BLACKBIRD

by David Harrower  

  CAST


Luverne Seifert (Ray). Photo: Megan Engeseth.
Luverne Seifert* (Ray): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians. Representative Theater: New Victory (Off Broadway); Berkeley Rep; South Coast Rep; La Jolla Playhouse; Arizona Rep; Guthrie Theater: Servant of Two Masters, The 39 Steps, The Government Inspector, The Ugly One; Ten Thousand Things: Park and Lake, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Othello, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Little Shop of Horrors, Changelings, King Lear, others; Children's Theatre Company: The Last Firefly, Marsupial Girl, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, others; Sod House Theater (co-founder): An Enemy of the People, The Cherry Orchard, The Visit, Hoopla Train, others; Theatre de la Jeune Lune: artistic associate 1994-99, Hamlet, The Golem, Twelfth Night, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Yang Zen Froggs, Don Juan Giovanni, many others; Frank Theatre: The Pillowman, Machinal, Sincerity Forever, Macbeth; Open Eye Figure Theatre; Gremlin Theatre; others. Teaching: University of Minnesota Department of Theater Arts and Dance (over 15 years teaching; former head of the BA Theater Program). Accolades: Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement (Fox Foundation & Theatre Communications Group) 2017; McKnight Fellowship 2003; City Pages Artist of the Year 2008; Ivey Award 2009.


Sara Marsh (Una). MUA: Crist Ballas. Photo: Megan Engeseth.

Sara Marsh* (Una): Dark & Stormy Productions: 'Night, Mother, The Maids, Fool For Love, And So It Goes, The Norwegians, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, Speed-the-Plow, others. Representative Theater: The Playwrights' Center; Artistry Theater (the one-woman show Bad Dates); Park Square Theater; History Theatre; Pillsbury House Theater; Old Log Theater; Gremlin Theater; Theatre L’Homme Dieu; S.O.S. Theater; many others. Film/TV: Love Always, Santa (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries); Sugar & Spice (New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.); The Public Domain; Best Man Down (Magnolia Pictures); How to Kill a Mockingbird; Stuck in Mute; Theater People (Web Series; Seeka TV); many others. Voiceover: A nationally represented voiceover talent, Marsh has lent her voice to hundreds of radio, television, & internet spots. Accolades: Nominee: Best Supporting Actress, Theater People (Season 4), NYC Web Fest 2017; Winner: Best Comedy Ensemble, Theater People (Season 4), New Jersey Web Fest 2018, , Minnesota Web Fest 2018, Seoul Web Fest 2018, Baltimore Web Fest 2018. Visit her at www.saramarsh.net.





CREATIVE TEAM


David Harrower (Playwright) is perhaps best known for his 2006 Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird, which was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005 and transferred to London's West End in 2006 before debuting in the US in a 2007 Off-Broadway production featuring Jeff Daniels and Allison Pill (Daniels reprised his role in the 2016 Tony Award-nominated Broadway production, opposite Michelle Williams; both actors were also nominated for Tony Awards). In addition, Harrower's many adaptations of classic texts are widely produced in his native United Kingdom, including: Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Government Inspector, Mary Stuart, and Ivanov, among others. 


Michaela Johnson (Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: (as Assistant Director) 'Night, Mother; The Maids. Representative Theater: (as Assistant Director) Ten Thousand Things Theater: Electra; Park Square Theatre: Of Mice and Men; Yale Institute of Music Theater: Gumbo; Jungle Theater: (as Dramaturg) The Wolves. Education: Yale; National Theater Institute.


Annie Enneking (Resident Violence & Intimacy Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Maids, Fool For Love, ExtremitiesRepresentative Theater: Guthrie Theater: To Kill a Mockingbird, Disgraced, Stage Kiss; Frank Theater: Eclipsed, By the Bog of Cats; Children's Theater Company: Peter Pan, Jackie and Me, Christmas Story, The Buccaneers; Theatre Latté Da: Peter and the Star Catcher, Ragtime, Aida, Cabaret; Park Square Theatre: Of Mice and Men, Cyrano; Ten Thousand Things: Henry IV, Forget Me Not, Romeo and Juliet. Directing: Park Square Theatre: Of Mice and Men; Open Eye Figure Theatre: Constance and the Darkness. Other: Front woman and founder of the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang. Accolades: McKnight Fellowship; Jerome Foundation Fellowship; Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grants recipient.


Lizzie Streif* (Stage Manager): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Representative Theater: Old Log Theater: Beehive, Guys and Dolls, Life Could Be A Dream, Jack and the Beanstalk, Charlotte's Web, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Penninsula Players Theatre: Alabama Story; Lyric Opera of the North: Barber of Seville. Education: BFA, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Magna Cum Laude.


Mary Shabatura (Resident Lighting Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: 'Night, Mother, The Maids, Fool For Love, The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City, The Receptionist, Speed-the-Plow, Outside Providence. Representative Theater: Mixed Blood Theater: Is God IsTheatre Latté Da: Five Points, Ragtime, Gypsy, A Christmas Carole Peterson; Artistry Theater: Wit, Bad Dates, Secret Garden, Talley's Folly; Guthrie Theater (Assistant Lighting Designer): Cocoanuts; The Moving Company; The Guthrie/BFA Program at the Dowling Studio; Trademark Theater; Shapeshift Dance: XI:XI; many others; she has also worked with The Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many more. Accolades: Best Lighting Design of 2016, Ragtime, Lavender Magazine. Visit her at mshabsdesign.cargocollective.com.


Lisa Jones (Resident Costume Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: 'Night, Mother, The Maids, Fool For Love, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City. Representative Theater: Jones is the Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater: Frankenstein - Playing with Fire, Indecent, Sunday in the Park with George, The Bluest Eye, King Lear, West Side Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night's Dream, End of the Rainbow, Time Stands Still, A Christmas Carol, and many others; Stages Theatre Company; Great River Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Titus Andronicus (in the apprentice program), A Comedy of Errors, Henry IV Part I (as design assistant); others.


C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Maids, The Hothouse. Representative Theater: Pillsbury House Theatre, Theatre Latté Da, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights' Center; many others. Other: Producing Director, Acadia Repertory Theatre (Mount Desert Island, Maine). Accolades: McKnight Fellowship; Audelco Award recipient for his design for Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City.


Emily England (Assistant Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: Fool For Love. Representative Theater: Children's Theater Company: Jungle Book; Frank Theatre: The Good Person of Setzuan; Lyric Arts of Anoka: Anything Goes; Berkshire Theatre Group: Fiorello!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Constellations; Paper Mill Playhouse: Pump Boys and Dinettes. Education: Otterbein University. 


Reba Landers (Directing Observer): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Representative Theater: University of Minnesota (Assistant Director): DENIM. Directing: Rochester Repertory Theater: Gidion's Knot. Acting: Minnesota Fringe Festival: Sober Housemate Wanted; Open Stage: Dry Land; University of Minnesota: Machinal; Rochester Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Other: Animal Engine (Production Assistant): Forever FlightEducation: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.











*Member, Actors' Equity Association


BLACKBIRD  is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

BLACKBIRD was first commissioned and presented by the Edinburgh International Festival at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2005 and was subsequently presented at the Albery Theatre in the West End by Michael Edwards and Carole Winter for MJE Productions, opening on February 13, 2006.

BLACKBIRD was originally produced in the United States by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer, on March 15, 2007.