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					What’s Coming Next?
Lounges:         Every month on Tuesday nights we do a series of salons...well, let’s call them lounges because we don’t
want to be stuffy about it. All the Lounges are $5 at the door and start at 8pm. Sign ups start one hour before the show.
First Tuesday of every month: The Poetry Lounge : A place to share poetry in a non-competitive atmosphere
Second Tuesday of every month: The Comedy Lounge: Stand-up and Improv in 5 minute drive-by bursts of hilarity
Third Tuesday of every month: The Acoustic Lounge: A family friendly, all ages venue for local singers and songwriters to
share their talents.


                         No Shame Theatre:                Roanoke’s favorite place for anything goes performances of
                         nearly anything you can imagine has found a new home at Studio Roanoke. There are only
                         three rules: Be original. Be Short. Don’t break anything (including the law). Keep it under 5
                         minutes, and you can do just about anything you want in front of a live audience. Sign up is at
                         10PM, the show starts at 11PM, and everybody pays $5 to get in. The shows are every Friday
                         night, almost without exception.


Lunchbox Readings: On the second Wednesday of every month we
present to the public a free 25-35 minute reading of a new play, followed by a
moderated discussion with the director, the actors, and sometimes even the
playwright! Coming up on may 13th at 12:15PM, we will be showcasing Gavrilo by
17-year-old playwright Jonathan Van Gils. The play deals with the assassination of
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of WWI. The play was the 2009 winner of
SETC’s High School Playwriting Competition.


                                                     May Production:
                                                     ANT FARM
                                                     Written by Ben R. Williams
                                                     Directed by Todd Ristau
                                                     May 26-31, 2009


                                                     Ant Farm is a darkly comic play about a handful of small town
                                                     survivors of a mysterious cataclysm who are holed up in a bomb
                                                     shelter under a gun store. The quirky cast includes the gun store
                                                     owner, his mute 15 year old granddaughter, the elderly waitress
                                                     from the diner next door, the guy who runs the bookstore on the
                                                     other side of the gun shop, and one of the bookstore's customers.
                                                     Together this small group wrestles with what, if anything, it might
                                                     mean to be the last people left on Earth.
                                     Studio Roanoke is dedicated to new, exciting, and innovative
                                     theatrical works of the highest quality, we provide a space where
                                     writers, performers, and an audience can come together in a spirit
                                     of community and collaboration to expand our understanding of
                                     what is possible in the theatre. We also offer educational
                                     programs and support for artist development in Southwestern
                                     Virginia. By working in concert with other arts organizations, we
                                     will strive to make Roanoke a nationally recognized ignition point
                                     for new play development.

                          Studio Roanoke Board of Directors
Kenley S. Smith, Founding Patron and President
Catherine Leonard, Secretary/Treasurer
Keith Martin
Martha Bensinger
William Penn


                                          Advisory Board
John Forsman
Morgan Jenness
William Krause
Paul Meshejian
Bonnie Metzgar
Randy Rollison
Lucy Thurber


                                              Staff
Todd Ristau, Artistic Director/Producer
Steven Rice, General Manager/Development Director/Public Relations/House Management
Jess Hilden, Technical Director/Resident Designer
Sunny daSilva, Literary Associate/Resident Dramaturg
Audience Survey:
We want Studio Roanoke to be a theatre that is constantly engaged in an ongoing dialogue with our
                                                                                                                 The Biology Lesson and Other Experiments
community In order to do that, we need to get to know you a little better. Please fill out this little survey        Written by Sandy Dietrick and Directed by Todd Wm. Ristau
and give it to an usher on the way out, return it to our box office, or email it to us at your convenience
(info@studioroanoke.org).                                                                                              The play is performed without intermission. Cigarettes are smoked during the performance.

                                                                                                                                      The Biology Lesson: Elizabeth Jones
Name:
                                                                                                                                Dead Men Don’t Wear Mouths: Susanna Young
Address:
                                                                                                                                            Alien, Baby: Natalie Trolier
                                                                                                                                   The Search for Buck Boy: Martha Boswell
Phone Number: (        _)
                                                                                                                                           The Moth: La’Fawn Johnson
Email Address:
                                                                                                                                          Keeping Track: Heidi Hostetler
                                                                                                                                         Tunnel Vision: Nancy Lawrence
Add me to your mailing list: ______Yes         ______No
                                                                                                                                        The Right Picture: Aimee Perkins
How did you hear about this play? (poster, ad, radio, website, post card, other?)
                                                                                                                                 Lt. Col. Martha McSally, USAF: Megan White
                                                                                                                                          Road Trip: Shannon Ariessohn
What did you like best about it?
                                                                                                                                              Sufiya: Aimee Perkins
                                                                                                                                 All Good Boys Deserve Navels: Trina Yancey
                                                                                                                                     Another Prom Night: Lianne Jackson
What did you like least about it?
                                                                                                                                                  Production Dramaturg: Sunny daSilva
                                                                                                                                                       Technical Director: Jess Hilden
                                                                                                                                            Costumes: Shannon Ariessohn and Sunny daSilva
Would you encourage a friend or family member to come see it? (___Yes ___No ____Maybe)
                                                                                                                                             Lights: Jess Hilden and the Hollins Light Trinity
Why or why not?
                                                                                                                      Set: Todd Ristau and Jess Hilden with assistance from The No Shame Volunteer Army
                                                                                                                                                        Sound: Jax and Jess Hilden
                                                                                                                                                              Props: Kat Osborn
On a scale of 1-5, how likely are you to come see another play at Studio Roanoke?
                                                                                                                                                      Stage Manager: Meredith Levy
      ( Very Likely)        1          2          3          4          5           (Not On Your Life!)
                                                                                                                (Full Cast and Crew bios as well as dramaturgical notes can be found at http://www.studioroanoke.org/biology.html)
About the Play:                                                                                                  Show your support:
Most of these monologues were originally conceived and performed by the author as part of the Midnight           Studio Roanoke is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions made to us are tax
Madness late-night performance series at the University of Iowa while she was a member of the                    deductible within the charitable giving regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. A copy of the IRS approval letter
internationally respected Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Madness, a forerunner of No Shame Theatre, was a            is available upon request.
weekly venue where MFA playwrights created innovative short pieces each week surrounding a common                In order to keep our ticket prices at $10 or less, we need to rely entirely on charitable contributions,
theme assigned by the head of the playwriting program. After she graduated, Dietrick began performing            grants, and corporate sponsorships to meet our operating expenses. We keep production costs very low,
some of her Madness monologues as a one-woman show which saw several productions under different                 but we still need to raise nearly $15,000 a month just to keep operating. You can help keep the lights on
titles and containing different pieces. This collection represents the play as first produced under this title   and the doors open by making a contribution today for as much as you can afford. If you can afford a
with these specific pieces in this particular order. It premiered at Mary Baldwin College Theatre on May         lot, give a lot. If you can’t afford much, don’t worry—it all adds up. If you can’t afford anything, ask us
8th, 2002 under the direction of Todd Ristau and with an all student cast. This production is the first fully    about how you can contribute your time as a volunteer. We need volunteer actors, carpenters, painters,
produced play on the Studio Roanoke stage.                                                                       ushers...there’s always something that needs doing and we’d really appreciate your help getting it done.


About the Author:
                                                                                                                 THE FIRST 100 (donations to the Capital Fund of $1000 or more)
Sandy Dietrick is a graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, whose work has been
produced in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. She has taught playwriting and other theatre classes at           These contributions are restricted to capital assets that are turning a clothing store into a theatre. They
universities in Nebraska, Iowa, and New York—as well as correctional institutions in the Mid-West. Sandy         include the lighting system, chairs, sound system, and all the other nuts and bolts permanent features of
currently lives and works in New York City, where for fifteen years she has created original on-line             the space. To date, the following individuals and corporations have invested in our future:
content for HBO.                                                                                                 Anonymous, Catherine Leonard, Martin’s German Service, Sean Nitchmann, Todd Ristau and Joan Ruelle, Sam’s
                                                                                                                 Leasing, Mary Scripps, Kenley Smith, and Cheryl Snodgrass

About the Director:
Todd Ristau is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. He serves as Artistic Director        Annual Fund (gifts and corporate underwriting of our operating budget)
of Studio Roanoke and also Program Director for the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, a unique
graduate program in playwriting. Todd’s work has been performed in theatres across the US and England,           These contributions are used to offset the day-to-day operations of the theatre. They include staff
including London’s West End. He founded No Shame Theatre in 1986 and oversaw its evolution into a                salaries, utilities, insurance, supplies, honorariums to guest artists, royalties to playwrights, production
national network of venues for new works in dozens of cities. He worked for four years with Mill Mountain        budgets and all the other monthly bills. Ticket sales only cover a very small fraction of these expenses,
Theatre as Literary Associate and oversaw its Underground Roanoke alternative programming and the                your support is absolutely necessary to keep the doors open and the theatre running. To date, the
CenterPieces Reading series. In addition to his expertise in playwriting, Ristau is an accomplished director,    following individuals and corporations have contributed to this fund:
designer, and an actor who has performed over 400 roles in academic, professional, and amateur                   Theresa Augsburger, Jason Burton, Inger Hatlen, William Krause, Tira Palmquist and Philip Thompson, Playwright’s
theatres. He is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild as well as a member of Literary Managers and            Lab at Hollins University, Poet’s Fire Slam, Todd Ristau and Joan Ruelle, and Kenley Smith
Dramaturgs of America.
                                                                                                                 Please consider a sponsorship or financial contribution of any size. Your fully tax-
                                                                                                                 deductible contribution can be sent by check to:
Special Thanks:
We’d like to give Special Thanks to the individuals, organizations, and corporations who contributed to this     Studio Roanoke
production: Billy Atkins, Steven Breeding, Commando Supply, John Forsman, Steven Glassbrenner,                   PO Box 1749
Hollins University Theatre, Cate Leonard, Mary Baldwin Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Lee Moyer, The
Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Joan Ruelle, Chad Snyder, Stritesky’s        Roanoke, VA 24008
Florists, Hannah Urrey, Elliot Wheeler, and Pat Wilhelms

				
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