WELCOME!

“Myths are the earliest forms of science.” Though different lines from Zimmerman’s adaptation of Ovid stand out to me each time I revisit this script, this line sounds particularly pertinent and familiar today. Throughout these myths, we see characters grapple with questions and reach new understandings. Some tales serve as explanations for mystifying phenomena while others explore morality through surprisingly relatable characters. Like science, these stories change and take on new meaning as we learn more about the world around us and ourselves. Looking back at different iterations of these stories – from Ovid to Rilke to Zimmerman – illuminates what their storytellers were seeing and asking.

We’ve all been seeing and asking a billion things over the past few years, and maybe we’ve felt alone with our thoughts. I’m thrilled to be back in a space of community where these questions and insights get to feel important and heard. Handing this particular piece about metamorphosis — “to change into a different physical form” — to a group of teenagers with a lot to say about our rapidly changing world feels cathartic and fitting. Watching these stories and words transform through this group of young artists has been exciting and constantly surprising. 

We invite you to bring yourself — who you are today — into this space, to be part of the evolution of these stories. To welcome yourself into this long tradition of transformational storytelling.

– Annika Prichard, Director

CAST

ADRIAN MARTIN

Orpheus & others

JAIME LAMBEY

Zeus & others

JACKSON BOOTH

Ceyx & others

EILA CROOK

Eurydice & others

ELLA MEULEN

Erysichthon & others

SUMNER SWANSON SHANER

Phaeton & others

MIRANDA GILBERT

Alcyone & others

MOLLY COLBURN

Midas & others

MIRIAM TOOLEY

Philemon & others

JOSH SILVERSTEIN

Hermes & others

STELLAN RUDE

Sleep & others

CREW

DIRECTOR

Annika Prichard is a theatre and teaching artist born and raised in Seattle! She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater from Temple University and wears many hats both on stage and off, from director to stage manager to performer to playwright. Annika is passionate about new works development and educational theater, having originating roles in multiple new shows through the George and Joy Abbott Center, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Temple Theaters, and more. She is excited to be back in Seattle and thinks these young artists at Penguin are extremely cool.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Kyle Gerstel

STAGE MANAGER

Gabriel Klein

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Michelle Wu

MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN

Jackson Booth

PROJECTION DESIGN

Ivy Gilliam

COSTUME DESIGN

Ella Meulen

PROP DESIGN

Josh Silverstein

PHOTOGRAPHY & PROMOTION

Katrina Filer

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Shana (she/her) is a writer, educator, theater artist, and non-profit leader based in Seattle, WA. Shana facilitates creative adventures in community arts to fuel the future with a focus on youth development and leadership, gender equity, and environmental justice. She is also a Fulbright Specialist, working internationally at the intersections of theater, social justice, and community building.She was a member of the ArtEquity cohort of 2016-17 and of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of ’21, engaging with cross-sector leaders around regional issues through an equity lens. From 2001-2016 Shana served as Seattle Public Theater’s Artistic and Education Director.  She has directed over 200 productions with youth ensembles and overseen over 120 professional productions – several of which Annika and Anna were involved in as youth themselves! Gratitude for all who engage in and support the work, who strive together to increase our capacity to connect, reflect, and create in order to make a more curious and compassionate world. 

SPECIAL THANKS

University Congregational United Church of Christ

Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Roosevelt High School Theatre Department

Jaime Shure

Kyna Shilling

The Clearwater School

Pearl Klein

Mara Campbell-Klein

Maxwell Packer

Tarka Nicol McGee

UPCOMING EVENTS

BONFIRE NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Seattle Rep and Penguin Productions join forces for an exciting showcase of new work by young artists. Join us for an hour of passionate storytelling and engaging discussion with the next generation of creatives. 

When: Sunday December 12 at 4 PM

Where: Seattle Rep’s Poncho Forum (155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109)

Capacity is extremely limited, so make sure to register! Young actors, directors, and designers ages 14-19 also needed to bring these plays to life, so contact us if you are interested!

UNLOCK THE FUTURE

We’re a quarter of the way towards our $5,000 goal for the end of 2021! There are many ways to support us right now—including your presence in the room today—but what we especially need is financial support to get us through the next door. 

If you’re excited about the creative work that Penguin is doing, consider donating to our Unlock the Future campaign. Together we can continue making a huge impact in the lives of youth and families! 

Your tax-deductible contributions allow for all-access classes, workshops, and productions. Be sure and check to see if your employer will match your charitable contribution.