Amphibian Stage Productions Announce ISAAC'S EYE Cast

By: Dec. 18, 2015
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Amphibian Stage Productions (Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director) has announced the cast and creative team for its first main stage play of the 2016 season, Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath. Featuring actors Michael Linden, Greg Holt, Patrick Bynane, and Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore, the play will run Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, March 6 at the Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre at Amphibian Stage Productions.

Director Mary Catherine Burke leads the production. Ms. Burke's previous directing work for Amphibian includes Time Stands Still, Fiction, and A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney. Additionally, Isaac's Eye will feature set design by Seancolin Hankins, lighting design by Adam Chamberlain, sound design by David Lanza, properties design by Vanessa Rohrer, and costume design by Bree Moore.

About the Play

Is it okay to endorse a lie if the lie tells a better story? For Isaac Newton the line between reality and hypothesis has never been clear. When a rival puts his scientific ideas to the test, Newton's fierce ambition to win an argument may jeopardize his entire life's work. Isaac's Eye is a comedy about the unscrupulous acts we commit to attain fame, success, and love.

?A quirky sendup of fusty historical dramas? funky, stylized, but distinctly contemporary. Isaac?s Eye wins a whole mess of points for originality.?

The New York Times

Ticket Information

Isaac's Eye opens Thursday, February 11 and will play through Sunday, March 6 at Amphibian Stage Productions? Milburn Theatre. Performances Thursday through Saturday will be at 8pm with 2pm Sunday matinees. Thursday, February 11 is a private opening night for Amphibian?s Devonian members and press and is available by invitation only. Limited seating for the final dress rehearsal will be available on Wednesday, February 10. The final dress rehearsal is open to the public and seating will be first come, first served.

Tickets for Isaac's Eye are $33, with additional discounts for seniors, students, members of the theatre industry, and groups of ten or more. For tickets and more information, patrons may call 817-923-3012, email, or visit The theater is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

About the Artists

Lucas Hnath (Playwright)- Plays include: The Christians (Commissioned and Produced by The Humana Festival of New Plays) Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Repertory Theatre), Death Tax (Humana Fest/Steinberg Award and Royal Court), and the short play NightNight (Humana Fest). He has been resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011; he has enjoyed playwriting residencies with The Royal Court Theatre and 24Seven Lab. He is under commission with Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre. Lucas received both his BFA and MFA from NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing and is a lecturer in NYU?s Expository Writing Program.

Mary Catherine Burke (Director)- Mary Catherine Burke returns to Amphibian Stage Productions, where she directed Fiction, Time Stands Still, and A Public Reading Of An Unproduced Screenplay About The Death Of Walt Disney. She has directed shows at 59E59th, The New York Music Theatre Festival, The Flea, HERE, ARS NOVA and EST's Octoberfest. Regionally she has directed at Interlakes Theatre, and ReVision Theatre. She frequently works at NYU with both their MFA and BFA writing students.

Greg Holt (Robert Hooke)- Amphibian audiences may remember Greg from his performances of Richard in Time Stands Still and Walt Disney in A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney. In the D/FW area he has also played Ferris in The Diviners at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas and William Gillette in The Game's Afoot at WaterTower Theatre. Most recently, Greg appeared as George in Austin Shakespeare Festival's production of Sunday in the Park with George. Other Austin credits include the title role in Macbeth and the Duke in Measure for Measure, both at Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and Gus/Anton/Porter/Wheels in Pride's Crossing at Zachary Scott Theatre Center.
Patrick Bynane (Actor/Dying Man Named Sam)- Patrick Bynane is an actor, director and educator who has been working in the DFW area since 2006. Originally from Cleveland, OH, he graduated from LSU with a Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism in 2002. He has been program director for drama at Texas Woman's University in Denton since 2012. His most recent appearance on the Amphibian stage was in the reading of Daedalus by David Davalos this past December. Prior to that he was seen at Amphibian in the readings of Not Medea by Allison Gregory, The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph, On the Ceiling by Nigel Planer and in the regional premier of First Day of School by Billy Aronson. He has also appeared in Stones in His Pockets and What the Butler Saw at Stage West. Beyond Texas he has appeared at The Tent Theatre in Springfield, MO, The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY and Kennedy's at the Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, OH.

Michael Linden (Isaac Newton)- National Tours: Hair, Spring Awakening. Regionally, Michael has performed at North Shore Music Theatre, Barrington Stage, Walnut Street Playhouse, Westchester Broadway, 11th Hour Theater Co, and the Arden among others. Michael has sung in concerts across the United States, and is a member of RANGE A capella in New York City.

Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore (Catherine)- Select credits include: A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Past: Dallas Theater Center), To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout: HSRT), Bedroom Farce (Jan: Stage West), Cabaret (Kost: Prince Music Theater), Major Barbara (Major Barbara), Olivia/Mariah (Twelfth Night), Merriam Aarons (The Women), Nora (A Dolls House). I.R.A.: Nominee for best leading actress in a play (A Dolls House), Featured actress in a Comedy (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress). She is currently teaching acting, voice and dance at Mountain View College, WaterTower Theater and Junior Players. Ms. Bashore earned a B.A. in Theatre/Music/Dance at Temple University and an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University.

About Amphibian Stage Productions
Amphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now in its seventeenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts.

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company?s visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance.

Amphibian is generously funded by the American Theatre Wing, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Ann L. and Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, BBVA Compass Bank, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Pangburn Foundation, Pier 1 imports, Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Schubert Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Bank, William E. Scott Foundation, North Texas Giving Day and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian?s devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.


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