A farcical, savage comedy about a group of East Village poseurs who ostensibly care about the poor, the disenfranchised, the cheated, the abused, etc., etc. Most of them live for protest rallies - if they can keep straight which one they’re headed to today.
All moves along smoothly until there's a murder in their midst, and they’ve got to ensure their financial lifeline is kept out of prison...but how?
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Chad Ramsey has never performed with Spirit Gum Theatre before- and he won’t ever again…unless he is fortunate enough to have them suspend the restraining order. Having accrued considerable regional credits in Tucson, Chicago, and Austin, Rev. Ramsey deemed his acting career nauseatingly incomplete without a credit or two in Winston-Salem. Now that he is here and has found himself to be “marginally tolerated”, Spirit Gum audiences can only mirthfully pine for a release from his presence on stage. Chad hopes that his mother is proud of his achievements, but accepts that woeful embarrassment is far more likely.
Emma Szuba is so excited to be performing with Spirit Gum. Recently she has appeared as Viola in Shakespeare in Love at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem and the Soccer Mom in The Wolves at Wake Forest University, where she is a rising junior. She would like to thank the cast and crew for welcoming her in, and her friends and family for their support (especially Ian).
Jon Furr couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a fun show with this stellar cast and crew. Jon lives in Winston-Salem and works for the Davidson County Public Library. He has performed with the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, the Piedmont Players, Spirit Gum Theatre Co, and Wake Forest University among others. He was most recently in Shakespeare in Love at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. Favorite past credits include roles in Noises Off, Leading Ladies, Hay Fever, Pride & Prejudice, and Proof.
Michael is one of the founding members of Spirit Gum. He was recently seen onstage with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem as William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and with Spirit Gum Theatre Co. as Katurian in The Pillowman. Join him for his quickly growing Cookbook Club at the Southside Branch Library!
Sara Butner appeared in Spirit Gum Theatre productions of Church & State and The Drowning Girls, as well as being Stage Manager for Seminar. Favorite roles include Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (Stained Glass Playhouse), Catherine in Silence! The Musical (WS Theatre Alliance), and Eileen in Moon Over Buffalo (Spring Theatre). She just finished her first year in the Master of Public Affairs program at UNC Greensboro.
Trey Kalny is making his directorial debut- though not his Spirit Gum debut, having played Roland in Constellations. He recently received his MFA in Documentary Storytelling from Wake Forest University. He is a graduate of the Second City Training Center Conservatory and still occasionally improvises. Thank you to the cast for their positive energy and to Karen for keeping us all on task.
Karen Robertson has seen every Spirit Gum play, usually from the audience. At every rehearsal of The Altruists she marveled at the cast's talent and creativity, so she is particularly pleased that she gets to see every performance of this one.