"Wild and Reckless" Cast and Creative Team
Wild and Reckless
Written and Performed by Blitzen Trapper
Co-Directed by Rose Riordan and Liam Kaas-Lentz
|Brian Adrian Koch
|Michael Van Pelt
|THE CREATIVE TEAM
|Rose Riordan, Brandon
and Liam Kaas-Lentz
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Brian Adrian Koch
|Michael Van Pelt
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Blitzen Trapper were formed in Portland, Oregon, in 2003. Their self-released third album, Wild Mountain Nation, catapulted their career. The band signed to Sub Pop Records for their breakthrough fourth album, Furr, in 2008. Furr received universal acclaim. It was named #13 on Rolling Stone’s list of top 50 albums of the year and the band has been touring the world ever since. They most recently released their acclaimed eighth studio album, All Across This Land, with Paste praising the record as a "triumph of Blitzen Trapper's classic rock sensibilities," calling it "an album 15 years in the making, as the musicians are both in command of their talents individually and completely dialed in as a band." Last year, the band released a live album which was recorded direct-to-acetate and released on Jack White's Third Man Records. Blitzen Trapper are Eric Earley, Marty Marquis, Michael Van Pelt, Erik Menteer and Brian Adrian Koch. blitzentrapper.net
Rose is in her 19th season at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, where she serves as associate artistic director and has previously directed The Oregon Trail, Our Town, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013 and 2015), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, A Small Fire, The Mountaintop, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Rose has also recently directed, for various other theaters, Adam Bock’s Phaedra, The Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist. In 1999, she founded the annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the company’s repertory, including Threesome, Bo-Nita, The People’s Republic of Portland, The Body of an American, The North Plan, Anna Karenina, Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals: The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012), The People’s Republic of Portland (2012), Mai Dang Lao (2013) and A Life (2014). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to work.
Liam is a native of Bellingham, WA. He is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, having served as their stage and production manager for the past decade and a half. Recent directing credits include How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes with Sojourn Theatre and Portland Playhouse, and The Hotel Play and Marie and Bruce with The New House Theatre. In any number of theatrical capacities, Liam has worked with Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Oregon Children's Theatre, Pixie Dust Productions, The Kitchen, River to River Festival, Teatro Milagro and many others. He received his B.F.A. in stage management from Southern Oregon University, and his M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. Liam has taught stage and production management with a focus on ensemble, devised and site-specific contexts and methodologies at universities across the country. He would like to dedicate this show to Sy. Beyond Rocketships.
Also in Oregon, Sibyl recently designed Julius Caesar, directed by Shana Cooper, and Richard 2, directed by Bill Rauch, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her regional set design credits include productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and South Coast Repertory. Sibyl resides in Los Angeles where she designs for numerous local companies and teaches at the University of Southern California. Her work includes over 10 productions at The Actors’ Gang, of which two have toured to five continents and across the United States. Outside of traditional theater spaces, she has designed for The Natural History Museum of LA County, Kaiser Educational Theatre, Disney Cruise Line, and her art installations have been exhibited in galleries throughout Southern California.
Alison Heryer is a costume designer for theater, film and print. She is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage at The Armory, after designing costumes for His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Oregon Trail, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Our Town, Three Days of Rain and Threesome. Other design credits include productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 59E59 Theaters, La MaMa, The New Victory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre and The Hypocrites. She has exhibited work at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Austin Museum of Modern Art, and Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space. Recent awards include the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, the Austin Critics Table Award and a 2016 Drammy. Alison is an assistant professor of art practice in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. alisonheryerdesign.com
Previously at The Armory: scenery for The People's Republic of Portland and Red (Drammy Award); lighting for Twist Your Dickens; and set and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE (Drammy Award for Best Lighting), The Last Five Years and The Mountaintop. Current projects: Big Night Out, Così fan tutte, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion for Portland Opera; The Talented Ones at Artists Repertory Theatre; The Language Archive for Portland Playhouse; Pinkalicious for Oregon Children’s Theatre; and 26 Hours for Profile Theatre. Recent credits: scenery for Women in Jeopardy at Pioneer Theatre Company; lighting for How I Learned What I Learned, and set and lighting for Peter and the Starcatcher at Portland Playhouse; set and lighting for The How and The Why for COHO Productions; scenery for Mothers and Sons at Artists Repertory Theatre; scenery for Eugene Onegin and L’Italiana in Algeri for Portland Opera; lighting for James and the Giant Peach for Oregon Children’s Theatre; and lighting director for the Pickathon Festival. Daniel is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Yale School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists.
Casi’s home base is The Armory, where recent credits include His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, A Streetcar Named Desire, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Three Days of Rain, Cyrano; Other Desert Cities, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Small Fire and Chinglish with composer Jana Crenshaw; and ten seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller's Surfacing and Wayfinders; Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award, 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Other credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international tours); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Imagineer/maker of the Eat Me Machine, a dessert vending machine.
Jared Mezzocchi is the recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award. New York City: Manhattan Theater Club (Vietgone), 3-Legged Dog (The Downtown Loop), HERE (You Are Dead. You Are Here.), The Builders Association (Jet Lag), Rob Roth (Screen Test), Big Art Group (SOS, The Sleep). Regional: Arena Stage (Intelligence), Studio Theatre DC and Company One Boston (Astroboy and the God of Comics), Everyman Theatre and Olney Theatre Center (Grounded), Center stage, Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (American Song, History of Invulnerability) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he is a company member (The Nether, Chad Deity). Mezzocchi is the producing artistic director of Andy's Summer Playhouse, an experimental multimedia theater for children in NH. Throughout the year, he is a faculty member for the M.F.A. design program at University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.
Janine is glad to be back for her second season at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include: The Santaland Diaries, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, JAW 2016, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Our Town. Other Portland credits include: Portland Opera’s Sweeney Todd (followspot caller); DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place at Portland Playhouse (stage manager). Touring stage management credits include: The Graduate (starring Morgan Fairchild), Cats, The Vagina Monologues, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. While in New York, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and AEA member.
Kristina Mast is excited to be working at The Armory for the first time. Recent stage management credits include db and The How and The Why (Coho Productions); One Slight Hitch (Clackamas Repertory Theatre); [or, the whale], All Well and Drowned Horse Tavern (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble). Assistant stage management credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Portland Playhouse) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Clackamas Repertory Theatre). She received her training at Goshen College (Goshen, IN), Guthrie Theater’s stage management internship program, and Portland Playhouse’s apprenticeship program. She is a core company member of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.
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