Lark Eden by Natalie Symons

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“This is a sensitive and witty trip through life, all our lives, brilliantly written by Natalie Symons…It’s the play that really shines. It sneaks up on you. What begins as a pleasant romp gradually activates more and more emotions.” The Seattle Times

Lark Eden is an epistolary play which traces the lives and life-long friendships of three southern women beginning in the Depression era and continuing through the early years of the new century, offering a lyrical exploration of the ties that bind us together as tightly as family, and as surely as love. From frog-catching girls with skinned knees to world-wizened grandmothers, Lark Eden follows these three women through personal trials and victories no less daunting than the historical tribulations which provide the backdrop to these everyday American lives.

May 26th & 27th

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Roxanne Fay (Mary) is an actor, a writer, and Producing Artistic Director for Circle In The Water, LLC. ​Roxanne was recently awarded the 2017 Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Fellowship. As an actor, Roxanne was named Best Actress/Best Of The Bay in 2013 and 2014, Best Supporting Actress for Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart (Broadway World, Theatre Tampa Bay), Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Theatre Tampa Bay), Best Actress in Side Man and The Year Of Magical Thinking by CL press and was acclaimed for her work in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Roxanne has enjoyed eight years portraying LaBefana in Disney World’s EPCOT Center’s Holidays Around The World.

Katherine Michelle Tanner (Thelma) is originally from Hastings, Minnesota and lives in Sarasota, Florida as an actor, playwright, singer, composer, choreographer and director. She received her B.A. triple major in Theatre, Dance and Education from St. Olaf College and her M.F.A. in Acting from Florida State University’s Asolo Theatre Conservatory. She is best known for her award winning role in the one woman play The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey. Katherine’s acclaimed performance started at American Stage Theatre Company. Soon after she was asked to be the guest performance of Oklahoma City Rep’s 20th Anniversary of Healing from the Murrah Federal Building Bombing. Katherine went on to be the opening performance of the new Columbia Festival of the Arts, then to The Banyan Theatre and in the fall of 2015, Katherine was asked to bring her tour-de-force performance to Off Broadway at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. She enjoys creating original work with her plays Shakespeare’s Lovers and Brainstorm, her new musicals Pippi Longstocking and The Little Match Girl, and her albums Dreaming of a White Christmas and The Mississippi.

Natalie Symons (Emily) is a playwright, actress and novelist based in St Petersburg, FL. Her plays have been developed and produced at freeFall Theatre, ACT, Aurora Theatre, American Stage, New American Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Florida Studio Theatre, Bridge Street Theatre, Theatre22, Amas Musical Theatre, New Century Theatre, Theater Schmeater, and Urbanite Theatre. She’s currently taking a stab at her second book. She studied acting at Boston University and has a BS in human services and drama therapy from State University of New York, Empire State College. Recent regional acting credits include: Reborning (Urbanite Theatre), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Stageworks), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grande Boeuf, Becky Shaw, The Comedy of Errors (freeFall Theatre), The Foreigner (American Stage). Natalie’s latest work, Naming True, will receive its world premiere production at Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, June 2 – July 2, 2017.

Jenny Aldrich (Mary) is an actress, director, producer, teacher and playwright with theatre credits spanning over 60 years, nine states and five countries. A native of Ohio, she first appeared as the actress in The Man Who Came to Dinner in high school and has been addicted to theatre ever since. She is a current resident of Sarasota, Florida. She was Associate Artistic Director of the Entirely Theatre Company in Pennsylvania, and the Director of a Children’s Theatre in Florida and New Jersey. She has appeared at Florida Studio Theatre, Banyan Theatre and freeFall Theatre and was most recently seen at the new Tampa Bay Fringe Festival. Jenny performs her original solo shows about Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Anne LIndbergh and Lillian Hellman for museums, schools, and social organizations. They are her celebration of women, art and life!

Mimi Rice (Thelma) currently calls Radio Theatre Project at Studio @620 her theatrical home, an ensemble she co founded and has performed with since 2009. In her most recent stage performance at freeFall Theatre in the premier of Natalie Symons’ The Buffalo Kings, Mimi shared the role of Estelle with Jenny Aldrich. Tonight Mimi is pleased to share the stage with Jenny in Lark Eden. St. Pete audiences have seen Mimi in previous American Stage venues – on Central Avenue in The Glass Menagerie and later she played Amanda for AS at TPAC, and on 3rd St S she appeared in award winning performances of Death of a Salesman, Steel Magnolias and Over the River and Through the Woods. Mimi has appeared on stage in MA, NY, NH, TN and WV and can be seen on screen and in Misconceptions and Turtle Tale (to be released on Lions gate films In 2018), both filmed in Saint Pete.

Kate Young (Emily) in her first appearance at American Stage performs frequently in Florida including recent productions of
Florida Repertory Theatre’s The Mousetrap, Unexpected Guest and Lend Me a Tenor, Miami Theater Center’s Hedda Gabler, Gulfshore Playhouse’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Naples Daily News award), and freeFall Theatre’s Bernarda Alba (Theatre Tampa Bay award.) .Other regional credits include ShawChicago, Human Race, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Royal George Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Light Opera Works, Northlight Theatre, and Pittsburgh Public Theater. A career highlight was the Irish tour of Major Barbara as Lady Britomart with PICT Classic Theatre. A native San Franciscan now living in Chicago, Kate trained in London at LAMDA and at Brown University, the University of Pittsburgh, and New England Conservatory.