Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004)

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Folger Theatre produced Craig Wright's Melissa Arctic, originally commissioned by The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, MN, directed by Aaron Posner, from January 23 to February 29, 2004.

Kiah Victoria (Time), Holly Twyford (Mina), the world premiere of Craig Wright's Melissa Arctic--based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Folger Theatre, 2003. Directed by Aaron Posner. Photo by Carol Pratt.

The Production

The production won one Helen Hayes Award, the "Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play".

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists (**), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


in order of appearance

  • Kiah Victoria*: Time, Fisherman Three
  • Kelly AuCoin*: Paul Anderson
  • Ian Merrill Peakes*: Leonard Mattson
  • Holly Twyford*: Mina Mattson
  • Kyle Thomas: Carl Kuchenmeister
  • Dori Legg*: Cindy Linda
  • Michael Willis*: Alan 'Lindy' Linda, Fisherman One
  • James Sugg*: Mike Goebel, Street Singer, Fisherman Two
  • David Marks*: Alec Willoughby
  • Miriam Liora Ganz*: Melissa Willoughby
  • Mark Sullivan*: Ferris Anderson

Creative team

  • Craig Wright, Playwright
  • Aaron Posner, Director
  • Tony Cisek**, Scenic Designer
  • Kate Turner-Walker, Costume Designer
  • Dan Covey**, Lighting Designer
  • James Sugg, Musical Director/Sound Design
  • Annica Grahamm*, Stage Manager
  • Shannon Thomas Kennedy, Properties Designer
  • Brette Goldstein, Casting Director

Production team

  • Laura Ridgeway, Assistant Director
  • Jose C. Simbulan, Assistant Musical Director
  • Tara Brady, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Mike Daniels, Master Electrician
  • Laura Witkowski, Light Board Operator
  • Robert Jabardan, Sound Board Oeprator
  • Jessica Aliff, Wardrobe
  • Ann Walker, Assistant Costumer
  • David Paige & Kate Robinson, Production Assistants
  • Bella Faccia, Inc., Set Construction
  • Jenn Carlson & David Lockhart, House Management

special thanks to Liz Groth

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Janet M. Clark, Theatre Operations Manager


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