Brelby's WHERE OUR STUFF GOES is Theatre for Young Audiences

Brelby's WHERE OUR STUFF GOES is Theatre for Young Audiences

9-year old Alexander would rather play in his basement with his goldfish, Bubbles, than be anywhere near his neighbor Sheila Stone. All Sheila Stone likes to do is play on her iPad and remind him that his father is never coming back. When Alexander discovers that his beloved father's sneakers are missing, he is sure Sheila is the thief. Then he meets Hoardace, a creature made of clothing and other basement belongings with an affinity for hoarding, who promises Alexander he can help find the missing sneakers. Eager for a friend, Alexander excitedly follows Hoardace to his underground hoarding world, where he quickly realizes Hoardace isn't exactly who he said he was.

Where Our Stuff Goes is a play by Ashley Laverty, a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts and recently moved to Omaha for a full time position at The Rose Theater as a Teaching Artist, Actor, Director and Playwright. She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Ashley is the founding Artistic Director of Kerfuffle, a theatre company devoted to creating performances with and for 2-5 year olds, and she directed and wrote the premiere production, The Caterpillar's Footprintin March 2016. Ashley's plays for young audiences include Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage, Nadine's Coloring Book, and Where Our Stuff Goes. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. For more information: www.ashleylaverty.com.

"Where Our Stuff Goes is a play about a boy who misses his dad," Laverty explained. "It's also about a pile of things that comes to life to steal the boy's dad's shoes, and a girl who can't communicate that she needs a friend. It is a play about memories, and how to keep memories alive when your loved ones are no longer in your life."

"I was inspired to write the play," she said, "when I thought my beta fish was sick. I realized I probably couldn't take him to the vet, and began brainstorming about a child whose only friend was his pet fish. I was also inspired by some of my more cluttered family members: people who hang on to mementos, objects, even clothing, that reminds them of past loved ones. I certainly do the same, to an extent, but I've always been fascinated with hoarding. I think it's a lot easier to do than one might think."

Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts and recently moved to Omaha for a full time position at The Rose Theater as a Teaching Artist, Actor, Director and Playwright. She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Ashley is the founding Artistic Director of Kerfuffle, a theatre company devoted to creating performances with and for 2-5 year olds, and she directed and wrote the premiere production, The Caterpillar's Footprintin March 2016. Ashley's plays for young audiences include Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage, Nadine's Coloring Book, and Where Our Stuff Goes. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. More about Laverty can be found at her website, ashleylaverty.com.

This production is funded by the City of Glendale through its annual Performing Arts Partnership Program.

Where Our Stuff Goes plays March 25, 26 April 1, 2, 8, 9, 21 & 22 at 5pm.

Where Our Stuff Goes is FREE! Tickets may reserved at brelby.com/tickets. The Brelby Playhouse is located at 7154 N 58th Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301.

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