Crowded Fire Theater to Stage SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE, 3/20-4/12
M. Graham Smith (Director) is the producer of Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project. He has directed at HERE in New York City and many venues in SF including A.C.T.'s Masters program, Aurora Theatre, The EXIT Theatre, Asian American Theatre Company, PlayGround, Playwright's Foundation, BRAVA, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, SF Opera, Bay Area Children's Theatre and New Conservatory. He directed the West Coast Premiere of Jerry Springer: THE OPERA in San Francisco as well as TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO at Shotgun Players for which he won a Best Director award from BATCC. He teaches acting in Barcelona, Spain, and at A.C.T. and Waterfront Studio in San Francisco. This season he direct the world premieres of SHAKESPEARE BUG for Killing My Lobster, and SIDEWINDERS at Cutting Ball. He's overjoyed to be making his Crowded Fire debut with Amelia Roper's outstanding play.
Kevin Clarke (Max) Kevin thanks Crowded Fire and Graham Smith for the chance to work on this piece. Recent productions include Salomania (Aurora), Woyzeck, God's Plot and BEARDO (Shotgun Players) as well as the feature film TEST, which received the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. He co-directed Mark Jackson's adaptation of Faust Part 1 (Shotgun). Kevin is a company member of Shotgun Players, a frequent collaborator with choreographer Chris Black and a co-founder of the performance duo Hagen & Simone with Monique Jenkinson.
Zehra Berkman (Amy) This is Zehra's first time working with Crowded Fire, and she's delighted as all get out to be working with Graham and Amelia, and the rest of the fold, though she was indeed directed by C.F's artistic director Marissa Wolf in Precious Little with the Shotgun Players. Other shows with the Shotgun Players include Voyage from the trilogy Coast of Utopia; Norman Conquests; God's Ear; Faust; Macbeth; Owners; King Lear, and
Cryptogram - in the Bay Area, Master Builder; Killer Joe; Old Times; Ice Glen; Theophilus North; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Frankie and Johnny in Clair de Lune, and Same Time, Next Year. Other theatre credits include Aurora Theatre Company, Center Rep, Marin Theatre Co., TheatreFirst, TheatreWorks, and San Francisco Playhouse where she was in Bell, Book, and Candle; Bug, First Day of School; Smell of the Kill, and Monster. Zehra is a company member of the Shotgun Players; a Script Supervisor for feature films; and a student of college, and of life.
George B. Sellner (Henry) George is excited to make his Crowded Fire debut with the Horses team! He toured northern and southern California for 15 years doing shows for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, and presently spends a lot of time directing/acting with Grand Performing Arts in Dublin. He is also the founder of One Heart Music, an early childhood music program, and will be releasing a children's music album this May. He would like to thank his wife, Jadah, and daughter Zoe for their constant love and support.
Marilee Talkington (Sara) Marilee Talkington is an actor, writer, director, designer and all around experimenter. She is a proud resident artist of Crowded Fire, and has appeared in their productions of The Taming, Secretaries, Gone, as well as written and directed Sticky Time, Wormhole, and video designed Forever Never Comes. Locally, she has also performed at A.C.T., Aurora Theatre, Center REP, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Theatreworks, and Vanguardian Productions. Her New York Off-Broadway credits include A Nervous Smile (TBTB), The Middle Ages (TBTB), TRUCE (also ran on BBC), and Sugarville: a little death. Marilee is also one of the country's only legally blind actors to receive an M.F.A. in Acting (A.C.T.).