Escanaba in Da Moonlight
By Jeff Daniels. Directed by Argo Thompson
A hunting story to beat all hunting stories.
When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 35 year-old Ruby brings with her the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba In Da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror, and heart as she goes to any and all lengths to remove herself from the wrong end of the record book
Note: Escanaba in da Moonlight is a special event at Left Edge Theatre and is not included in the season subscription package.
Alberta: Sandra Ish
Ruby: Paige Picard
Remy: Chandler Parrott-Thomas
The Jimmers: Kimberly Kalember*
Ranger Tanya: Rosie Frater
Wolf Moon Dance: Anabel Pimentel
Director: Argo Thompson
Set Designer: Argo Thompson
Lighting Designer: April George
Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Stage Manager: Jeff Basham
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Left Edge Theatre is an Equity-approved company.
Actor Sandra Ish is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, she toured Europe with Rootless Productions performing in Jean Genet's The Maids. Sandra has done commercial, film and voice over work. She has performed in numerous stage productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Celimene in Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Mary in The Women, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, various roles in The Good Doctor, Sabrina Daldry in In The Next Room, Mac in Three Viewings, Jean in Left Edge Theatre’s production of Good People as well as various roles in The Big Meal. Sandra currently directs and teaches acting at YAS (Young Actors Studio). Sandra is also an Artistic Associate at Left Edge Theatre.
Paige found a second home at Left Edge Theatre after moving back to Sonoma County from studying history and dramatic literature at NYU. She has been acting in the regional theatre scene since childhood. Currently, Paige is an Artistic Associate at Left Edge where she handles press communication, dabbles in social media, and voraciously reads and helps select the new plays that make this theatre so special. Although Escanaba doesn't fit the new play bill, she is absolutely jazzed to take on this wacky play and give it a little T.L.C. (Total Lady Chaos). Previous Left Edge credits include: You Got Older, The Realistic Joneses, and This Random World. Catch her in the upcoming production, The Flick, this March.
Chandler Parrott-Thomas graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Acting. Credits there include Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Ariel in Caliban’s Dreams, Pimple the Maid in She Stoops to Conquer, and Dockdaisy in The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI . Through a partnership with SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she understudied various roles in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, The Odyssey, and Shakespeare in Love in the 2017 season at OSF. Other theater credits include Jessica in Hand to God (Left Edge Theatre) Jill in Equus, Bitelle in La Cage Aux Folles and Charlotte in The Revolutionists (6th Street Playhouse).
Kimberly has been dancing, singing and acting since age 11. She is a resident actor, artistic associate, and the casting director for Left Edge Theatre at the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Rosa, CA. Favorite roles include Margi in Good People, for which she was nominated in 2016 for best female performance in a principle role, Theatre Bay Area (TBA), Alice/Nicole in The Big Meal (LET), Phyllis/Charlie in the Sonoma County premier of Sideways by Rex Pickett, (LET), Swing for the Broadway Company & 1st National Tour of Me & My Girl w/Tim Curry, Tess in Crazy For You (Peninsula Players, WI.), Martha, Bess & Belle in A Christmas Carol (Fords Theatre, Washington, DC, David Bell Dir.), Grete in Sight Unseen (National Jewish Theatre, Chicago), Rosalia in West Side Story (North Carolina Theatre-Terrance Mann, Dir.), Handler in Talking With (Spreckels Performing Arts Center, RP, CA, Sheri Lee Miller, Dir.), Darcy in One Flea Spare, Jenny in Sondheim’s Company, and Sam+33 in Fully Committed (Actors Theatre, SR, CA), Nicky in Smell of the Kill (6th Street Playhouse, SR, CA, David Lear, Dir, Potboilers - Aaron Sorkin, (West Beth Theatre, NYC), Laurey in Oklahoma -Brian Stokes Mitchell, (San Diego Jr. Theatre), Shy in 3 productions of Best L’il Whorehouse in Texas (CT. & WI), Mona in Dames at Sea (Theatre Barn, NY), Marianne in Tartuffe-Libby Appel (Summer Repertory Theatre, SR, CA), Sarah in The Lover (SFSU), and Ellen in the feature film Donovan Reid directed by Austin Smalgalski (Official Selection for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2019, Port Orchard Film Fest, WA and on Amazon Prime). Kimberly has a BA in Theatre Arts from SFSU, and trained at Circle in the Square in New York. She lives in Sebastopol close to her beautiful human and animal family.
Rosie Frater earned her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Wyoming. Recent roles include Mistress Quickly and Lady Mortimer in Henry IV, Part One (Petaluma Shakespeare Company), Orlando, Corin, and Phebe in As You Like It (Redwood Theatre Company), Constance Bonacieux in The Three Musketeers (Pegasus Theatre Company), and Mom in the Mountain West regional premiere of MoonSong (Relative Theatrics).
From Brazil to America, Anabel Pimentel is a National Honor Thespian, alumni from Maria Carrillo High School and a current SRJC theatre student. Her most recent performances have been in the MCHS productions of Guys & Dolls as General Cartwright and Glory in Almost Maine. Now at the JC, she has studied with both wonderful Reed Martin and Laura Downing-Lee. After coming from Brazil in 2013, Anabel became a language lover. Now she speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and some Italian. Because of her latest trip to Paris, French is next on her list.
The Cast & Crew
Jeff Daniels has been a professional actor for more than twenty-five years. He is the founder of The Purple Rose Theatre Company, as well as co-founder of the Michigan-based Purple Rose Films. Jeff has written nine plays for the PRTC: SHOE MAN, THE TROPICAL PICKLE, THY KINGDOM'S COMING, ACROSS THE WAY (a 2002 finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association National Award for Best New Play), NORMA & WANDA, THE VAST DIFFERENCE, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, APARTMENT 3A, and BOOM TOWN. Jeff wrote, acted, and directed the Purple Rose Films' version of ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT and SUPER SUCKER (awarded Best Comedy at the 2001 U.S. Comedy Film Festival in Aspen, CO).
— Jeff Daniels