Week #1: OMENA
Written by Jeffrey Pence.
Directed by Dale Heinen.
Old friends, a writer’s colony and a marriage on the edge. A recipe for art? Or the owner’s manual for disaster? What if we are the stories we are told about each other? This project is being produced by Jeffrey Pence and Dale Heinen.
Featuring John Busser, TJ Gainley*, Natalie Green* and Rachel Lee Kolis
Scenic Design: Colin Anderson
Jeffrey Pence (Writer and Producer) teaches Cinema Studies and English at Oberlin College. He produced the award-winning feature film Kitchen Hamlet. He co-founded the production company Art+Practice, whose web-based series of documentary shorts about ordinary, yet extraordinary, individuals in Northeast Ohio, The Amerikans, has been viewed by millions worldwide. His writings on narrative and culture have appeared in journals and collections internationally. Along with Dale Heinen, he is a co-founder of BorderLight: International Festival of Theatre Cleveland.
Dale Heinen (Director and Producer) is a director/dramaturge focused on new work. Her work has been recognized by the Jeff Committee and After Dark Awards in Chicago, and she was the recipient of the Arches Award for Directors in Glasgow. She has directed 30 professional productions and for the last 12 years served as a dramaturge for playwrights and producers. Her previous experience includes long stints as a dramaturge at Soho Theatre in London’s West End and as co-Artistic Director of an equity off-Loop theatre in Chicago. She has also worked in New York, Dublin, Tokyo and Brazil. Since returning to her hometown of Cleveland, she has directed at Cleveland Public Theatre, Lake Erie College and Playwrights’ Local. Dale also teaches at John Carroll and is director-in-residence at Playwrights’ Local. She has a BA from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and an MFA in theatre directing from Middlesex University (London). She is a co-founder of BorderLight: International Festival of Theatre Cleveland.
*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The goal of Test Flight is to support new work and local/national/international artists.
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
– Marketing and advertising support
The artists provide the rest!
The writers, directors, actors and designers selected for Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.