by Don Nigro
Directed by Rob Kimbro
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company proudly presented Ravenscroft, by Don Nigro, May 3-18, 2013 with a preview on Thursday, May 2.
Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and produced in part with a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.
This psychological drama is a thinking person’s Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the death of Patrick Roarke. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women, all of whom are suspects in the murder. There are ghosts on the staircase, skeletons in the closet, and much more than the Inspector bargained for. His investigation leads into his own tortured soul and the nature of truth itself. You will not guess the ending, but you will be teased, seduced, bewildered, amused, frightened and led to a dark encounter with truth or something even stranger.
About the playwright:
Don Nigro is an American playwright; his plays Anima Mundi and The Dark Sonnets of the Lady have both been nominated for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation’s National Play Award. He has won a Playwright’s Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment For The Arts, grants from the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, and twice been James Thurber Writer In Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.
REVIEWS & PRESS:
“Ravenscroft” – Catherine Lu, The Front Row, KUHF, May 7, 2013
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater’s RAVENSCROFT is A Genre-Bending, Gothic Mystery – David Clarke, Broadway World, May 4, 2013
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre to Present RAVENSCROFT – Broadway World, February 24, 2013
Photos by Lynn Lane
Cast and Crew
Ruffing, an Inspector: Seán Patrick Judge
Marcy, a governess: Claire Anderson
Mrs. Ravenscroft: Michelle Edwards
Dolly, the maid: Kara Ray
Mrs. French, the housekeeper: Karen Schlag
Gillian Ravenscroft: Zoquera Millburn
Director: Rob Kimbro
Stage Manager: Rebecca Ayres
Production Manager: Rod Todd, Jennifer Decker
Set Design: Jodi Bobrovsky
Costume Design: Claremarie Verheyen
Light Design: Chelsea Touchet
Asst. Light Design: Brian Wallace
Sound Design: Tim Thompson
Shop Foreman: Drew Hoovler
Shop Foreman’s Asst.: Nick Hoovler
Combat Consultants: Miranda Herbert, Leraldo Anzaldua
Dialect Coach: Jim Johnson
Dramaturg: Nicholas Hansen
Tech: Dani Luers