Know Theatre has announced Collapse by Allison Moore which as our next production of the 2011-2012 Season. The production will be directed by former Artistic Director of Know Theatre
Jason Bruffy, with scenic and lighting design by Andrew Hungerford, costume design by Noelle Wedig, and sound design by Doug Borntrager. The production will show February 4 – March 3, 2012.
About the show: In 2007, the Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring another 145. Hannah’s husband David was driving one of the cars that went off the bridge. He’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but refuses to attend a support group. Hannah’s life is falling apart. She can’t get pregnant, she’s one step away from losing her job, and she thinks her husband, who hasn’t been to work for months, may be an alcoholic. All he does is sit around the house, watering the plants with beer. When her flaky sister, Susan arrives from California for an openended stay Hannah seems ready to unravel for good. Collapse is an uncomfortably funny exploration of the crumbling structures that undergird our bridges, our economy, and our most intimate relationships.
Hannah - Annie Fitzpatrick*
David – Brian Isaac Phillips*
Susan - Torie Wiggins
Ted – Brian Griffin
David Understudy – Randy Lee Bailey
*Member of Actors Equity Association
Director – Jason Bruffy
Scenic & Lighting Design – Andrew Hungerford
Costume Design – Noelle Wedig
Sound Design – Doug Borntrager
8pm: February 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 1, 2, 3
3pm: February 25
"I'm excited to be able to produce this brand new show right at the tail end of its rolling world
premiere through the National New Play Network. Ms. Moore has created a script that is both
humorous and tragic. It shines a light on people dealing with a unique tragedy, but shines a light on how all of us deal with adversity and fear we all face in daily life,” says Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director. “I'm delighted to have Jason Bruffy back in town to direct and I look forward to having Torie on stage again following her Know debut during Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party."
Collapse premiered at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, CA and was developed as part of
Aurora’s Global Age project in February 2011. Collapse is currently a part of the National New Play
Network rolling world premiere collaboration with Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, Curious
Theatre in Denver, and Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas.
“Most of my work plays with tone in some kind of way,” says Allison Moore. “This particular one is a comedy of anxiety. That seems to me to be an honest way to deal with very difficult topics, in a
hopefully engaging way. There’s a whole lot of denial, which is funny, because there’s a lot of humor in watching people vehemently deny anything is wrong,” Moore said. This season, tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the week of the performance (beginning Mondays at noon). Season subscription five-show flexible passes are available for $75 and guarantees the advance ticket price all season long. Tickets can be purchased by visiting knowtheatre.com or by calling the box office at 513.300.KNOW (5669)
Randy Lee Bailey (Understudy, David) Randy Lee Bailey is an actor, carpenter, writer, singer, husband, uncle, living in northern Kentucky. He has been seen onstage at New Stage Collective, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and the Carnegie Theater, among others.
Jason Bruffy (Director) is a Director and Producer who has worked all over the country both regionally and in New York City. He has directed and produced over 50 productions to date. Off-Broadway companies include: Soho Repertory Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional companies include: Interact Theatre (PA), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (FL), Florida Studio Theatre (FL), Salt Lake Acting Company (UT), Know Theatre of Cincinnati (OH), Cincinnati Opera (OH), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (OH), and Wayside Theatre (VA). Jason has served as Resident Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Associate Producer of Soho Rep (Obie Award winning Born Bad), Associate Artist of Florida Studio Theatre and Artistic Director of Salt Lake Acting Company and Know Theatre of Cincinnati. He is also the founding producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. As an actor Jason has been featured in national commercials for Visa, Gillette, as well as numerous stage productions. Jason Bruffy has been recognized as Person of the Year in 2009 by Cincinnati CityBeat, as well as a Cincinnati’s Theatre Entrepreneur and Arts Risk Taker (Cincinnati Enquirer), Arts Innovator (Cincinnati CityBeat), Forty under 40 Business Leaders (Cincinnati Business Courier), and one of 40 people who shaped Cincinnati in 40 years by Cincinnati Magazine. Jason Bruffy is a proud Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SSDC). www.jasonbruffy.com