The Tribe to Present World Premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATER

The Tribe to Present World Premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATER

The Tribe invites audiences to the world premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATER by Janielle Kastner.

Ophelia had everything: the boyfriend, the future, the dress. Her life was a comedy. Until it really, really wasn't. Set underwater in the mind of Hamlet's forgotten, drowned heroine, Ophelia cross-examines her story, her existence, and most importantly - her ending. Janielle Kastner's aggressively contemporary play explores the good news, the bad news, and the ultimate cost of being a very good girl.

Local playwright Janielle Kastner makes her professional playwrighting debut with this world premiere. A one-woman show, OPHELIA UNDERWATER stars Zoë Kerr as Ophelia, with sound, video, and lighting design by Preston Gray. Carson McCain directs The Tribe's first ever full production.


The Tribe presents

OPHELIA UNDERWATER, written by Janielle Kastner

At The Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75210

Opening Night: Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm

Regular Performances:

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 15 at 8:00pm

Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm

Saturday, May 21 at 2:00pm

? Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm

Monday, May 23 at 8:00pm

Tickets: Available online at

General Admission: $10; VIP: $25 (includes reserved seating)


Janielle Kastner (Playwright)

Janielle Kastner is an actress and playwright based in Dallas, TX. Believing art-making to be an efficient means of changing the world, she considers herself an artist + activist, or "artivist" with particular interest in gauging the success of a community by the stories and experiences of its young women. Recent projects include OPHELIA UNDERWATER, Project: Girl, and the one-woman show GIRL: andotherbeautifulworksoffiction. You may have seen her appear locally in Decline of Ballooning with The-In Laws, The Firestorm at Kitchen Dog Theatre, A Midsummer Nights' Dream with Shakespeare in the Bar, Uncle Vanya with Dallas Actors' Lab, Seminar at Theatre Three, Romeo and Julieta at Cara Mia Theatre, and Pericles at Shakespeare Dallas. Janielle was also an inaugural member of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop at Dallas Theatre Center. Janielle received her BFA from SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Carson McCain (Director)

Carson McCain is so very honored to be working on OPHELIA UNDERWATER with the Tribe. She received her degree from Southern Methodist University, where she studied acting, directing and playwriting. She has previously worked with Second Thought Theatre on Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, Belleville by Amy Herzog, and Booth by Steven Michael Walters. She has also served as assistant to the director on Dallas Theater Center's production of Fly. Directing credits include Middletown by Will Eno (Hardin Simmons University), Delirium by Enda Walsh and Theatre O, and the world premiere of Michelle with Wet Eyeballs by Claire Carson (SMU Student Theatre).

Zoë Kerr (Ophelia)

Zoë Kerr began acting professionally in 2011 when she originated the role of Floy Kate Landers in Ronnie Claire Edwards' The Mystery of Miz Arnette, produced by 1:30 Productions. In 2013, Zoë played Grace Westmoreland in the regional premiere of Del Shores' Yellow. Yellow was directed by Shores and produced by Uptown Players. Her performance in Yellow earned Zoë a Column Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2014, The Contemporary Theatre of Dallas cast Zoë in the role of Jennie Mae in their production of John Leonard Jr.'s The Diviners. Shortly after, Zoë was invited to perform as part of the first annual One Minute Play Festival, produced by Kitchen Dog Theater. Zoë finished off 2015 by starring in Upstart Productions' Dry Land and House Party Theatre's Desire Caught By The Tail. She most recently performed in two shows produced as part of the Out Of The Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre.

Preston Gray (Designer)

Preston Gray is a new Dallas resident, after working for 6 years in the audio industry in Nashville. His prior work experience includes Audio-Visual equipment sales, managing audio rentals, and freelance mixing for local artists. He has system tech'd for numerous events and tours including Kenny Chesney's Brothers of the Sun & No Shoes Nation. Though most of his experience is with live events, he also has a passion for supporting his artist wife. He has designed several of her shows in the past, including Delirium by Enda Walsh and Theatre O through SMU Student Theatre.

The Tribe is a theatre collective serving one artist at a time to cultivate new work in Dallas, providing collective support in individualized ways. The Tribe throws its heart, mind, and labor to one question, "What does this artist need?", and then provides resources and support to fulfill that need. Whether it is an incubation, a workshop, a reading, or a creative brainstorm in a living room, The Tribe exists to provide individualized support one artist at a time. The Tribe's goal is to support local artists, challenge their doubts, and to help make them more them -- because we know their work will enrich the Dallas cultural landscape.

Winners of a 2016 Dallas Observer Mastermind Award, past projects by The Tribe include a staged reading of Widows by Brigham Mosley, a staged reading of OPHELIA UNDERWATER by Janielle Kastner, a workshop of Lil' by Brigham Mosley and performed by Katherine Bourne, a devised theater piece in Deep Ellum featuring an ensemble of local performers, two cabarets featuring performances by over twenty local artists, and a solo salon of short solo performances by six different artists.

The Tribe's Producing Members: Katherine Bourne, Ruben Carrazana, Janielle Kastner, Dylan Key, Brigham Mosley, and David Price.

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