by Davey Anderson
About the Show
Welcome to the subconscious fantasy realm of oppressed white American men!
Davey Anderson’s new play follows young Samuel into the Alt-Right. Samuel feels like an outsider, unvalued in his own country. That is until the Trolls invite him into their vibrant secret community where everyone looks like him and his heritage is celebrated. Now his sister Wendy faces a choice – join the Troll Hunters or court the Troll King, infiltrating his retro-futurist underworld in a bid to rescue her brother.
An 80s-style Adventure story exploring the depths of contemporary extremism. World premiere from 2012/2016 Fringe First Award winners.
VANESSA COFFEY was the Artistic Director of physical theatre company Down the Rabbit Hole, based in Glasgow. That company’s work focused on creating dynamic pieces of theatre tackling stigma surrounding mental ill-health. Work with that company included Piece of Mind (CCA), Of Two Minds (CCA) and Mirror Mirror (Tramway). Vanessa won two Creative Futures awards for her work on Embodied Theatre and with Stellar Quines’ Untaught to Shine. As well as performing, she also works independently as a dancer, choreographer and dramaturg and lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
JOEL RIEKE is an LA-based composer/creative. He has orchestrated major live-to-picture film concerts in addition to composing original scores for theater, film and dance. He has worked as assistant music coordinator for several Broadway shows and tours and has curated popup music & arts festivals with the company Bangon! NYC. He most recently orchestrated a popup concert featuring American Youth Symphony and the artist BØRNS in DTLA. Joel serves as creative director for Non de Gen, a production studio focused on multidisciplinary experiences. His operatic short film The Chromachasm will be released in 2019.
DAVEY ANDERSON is a writer, director and musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. His plays include: Snuff (The Arches), Wired (Oran Mor), Rup
CATHY THOMAS-GRANT (Director) trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She has served as the Pepperdine University Edinburgh Program Director since 2000 and is currently a Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University. Productions for the Fringe include: Mr. Happiness/The Water Engine, Necessary Targets, The Kentucky Cycle, The Fastest Woman Alive, Language of Angels, musical direction for The Grapes of Wrath, Forget Fire in collaboration with J C Marshall and the Fringe First Award winning productions of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? by Peter Arnott and The Interference by Lynda Radley. Selected Pepperdine directing Credits include: Heritage, by Nicola McCartney, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull (translation by Martin Crimp), Michael Redhill’s Goodness, The Rivals, Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear, Man of La Mancha, Much Ado About Nothing, and Death of a Salesman. Selected professional acting credits include: The Imaginary Invalid, Judevine, 1918, the premier of Jane Anderson’s Food and Shelter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Nagel Jackson’s adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, (American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco), The Comedy of Errors, A Winter’s Tale, MacBeth, andTartuffe, (American Players Theatre of Wisconsin) Steel Magnolias and The Octette Bridgeclub (Actors Co-op of Hollywood). Professor Thomas-Grant is a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.
ALEX FTHENAKIS (Producer) is a Glasgow based producer and performer whose work focuses on international co-production in new writing and classics. Together Alex and Cathy have run the Pepperdine Scotland exchange since creating it in 2012. Over the last few years Alex has worked in relevant capacities across his fields of expertise with The National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens’ Theatre, Tron Theatre, The Arches, The Traverse, A Play, A Pie, and a Pint, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bard In The Botanics, Muse of Fire Theatre Company (Chicago), Washington and Lee University (Virginia), Lewis and Clark College (Oregon), and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among many others. In March 2016, Alex founded a company, Rootstock Arts, to build on his work facilitating international exchange between theatre artists. www.alexfthenakis.com – www.rootstockarts.org
MELANIE WATNICK (Costume Designer) has been working as a professional costume designer for theatre and dance for over 16 years. Prior to her arrival at Pepperdine, Ms. Watnick has designed and lectured at The University of California Irvine, University of California San Diego and Hartnell College. Melanie Watnick’s costume designs for dance have been seen in both national and international tours with such companies as; ABTII, Ballet X, Corbin Dance, Company C, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Malashock Dance, Backhaus Dance Ballet West and Norwegian Cruise-line . Theatre deigns have included work with companies as; Julliard, Seattle Repertory, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Barter, Great Lakes Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Open Fist, Boston Court, The Flea and Rouge Machine. Ms. Melanie Watnick received her MFA from University of California San Diego and a BA with a distinction in her major from the University of California Santa Barbara.