Crave Theatre Company

Season 2/
Crossing by Reza De Wet

Playwright:

Reza De WetReza de Wet​ was a South African playwright who wrote primarily in Afrikaans. A prolific writer who wrote eleven plays in fourteen years, she won more theatre and literary awards than any other South African playwright, including the prestigious Herzog Prize (1994), the highest honour in Afrikaans literature.In the 1999 annual South Africa Theatre Awards, ​Three Sisters Two (1997, written originally in Afrikaan as ​Drie Susters Twee​) was named Best Production of the Year and Yelena (1998), Best Play. ​On the Lake opened at the Rhoddes Theatre as part of the official programme of the Grahamstown South Africa National Arts Festival in 2001. Reza de Wet also worked extensively as an actress and taught in the Drama department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She passed away in January 2012. She is survived by her husband Lindsay Reardon, her daughter Nina Van Schoor, and her grandchildren Max and Mairi.

Co-Founders/ Directors

Sarah Marie Andrews, Co-Founder of Crave Theatre Company
Co-Founder

Sarah Marie Andrews

Crave Theatre Company Sarah Marie Andrews Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director Sarah Andrews is a Portland-based director who holds a BFA in Acting from Central Washington University. Some of Sarah’s notable directing credits include Heart …

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Kylie Jenifer Rose, Crave Theatre Company Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Founder

Kylie Jenifer Rose

Crave Theatre Company Kylie Jenifer Rose Co-Founder & Executive Director Kylie Jenifer Rose is an actor, singer/songwriter, and dialect coach whose soul is drawn to the creation and development of new works. You may recognize …

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Actors:

Sarah McGregor Sarah McGregor is honored to be making her first appearance with Crave. Recent appearances in the Portland metro area include Sally in ​Tommy J & Sally (PassinART), Yelena in ​Uncle Vanya​ (Valley Rep), Linda Lou in ​The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas​ (Broadway Rose), and Jane in ​The Good Father​ with Ground Up & Rising in Miami, FL. Sarah has also spent many years working in theatre education, and has been a guest director at Fort Vancouver High School as part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Portland Playhouse) for five years. She would like to thank Reza De Wet for writing this remarkable play, Sarah Andrews for giving her the opportunity to take a stab at it, the cast/crew/designers for creating the world (and for being brilliant), and YOU, for giving it LIFE. Extra special thanks to Bear, for being “more than the world.”
Jessica Tidd Jessica Tidd After seeing their production of ​Thom Pain​ last season, Jessica was thrilled when Sarah approached her with this fascinating play. You may have seen Jessica onstage recently at Imago in ​The Rape of Lucrece​, as the colonel (among others) in ​Caucasian Chalk Circle​ (Shaking the Tree), or at Funhouse Lounge in ​Under the Influence​ (Fuse Theatre). Other favorite roles include Agnes in That Pretty Pretty or: The Rape Play​ (defunkt theatre, Drammy finalist Best Supporting Actress 2017); Officer Barrel in ​Urinetown​ (Anonymous Theatre); Tess​ (Staged!). You may look for her next in ​World Builders​ (Badass Theatre) this summer and as Leading Player in ​Pippin​ (Lakewood) this fall. She is also a proud coven member of Spectravagasm. Look out for our upcoming spooky show in October!

David Mitchum BrownDavid Mitchum Brown has been acting and dancing since he was eleven and enjoyed a career in production shows before taking an extended hiatus for college and parenthood. Since returning to acting a few years ago, he’s appeared in dozens of stage and screen productions, including as Joe Keller in ​All My Sons​, in the title role for ​Uncle Vanya,​ as Gov. Jack Slaton in ​Parade​, as program host Clifton Feddington in ​The 1940s Radio Hour​, as Clarence Day in ​Life With Father,​ and as Pres. Franklin Roosevelt in the Italian feature film ​In Guerra per Amore​ (At War for Love).​ ​David is honored to work with Sarah Andrews again and grateful for the opportunity to tell this fascinating story with these wonderful actors.

Director’s Notes:

How do you want to be remembered?
Could tradition become slavery?
How well do you know the people you love?
Is your protection hurting or saving your loved ones?
Are you truly happy?
Could you live another life?
What happens if you tired?
What would you risk to achieve your dreams?
What makes a life complete?
Is a thick slice of bread and a warm bed truly enough?
How are you going to spend the limited amount of time that you have?
How will you contribute to the world?
What do you need right now and what will you do to get it?

All these questions are asked in ​Crossing​ along with the lingering reminder that at the end of the day, we are just names waiting to be put on crosses.

Reza de Wet has written a powerful play. As the director, I ask that everyone watching take a moment to ask themselves at the end, if I was faced with the same issue would I make the same choice and why.

–Warmly, Sarah Andrews

To all the people who donated to our project: We would not be here without you.

Matt Gochenour, Count Constantin Parvulescu, Seth Yohnka, Ara Roselani, March Brooker, Gwendolyn Duffy, Jennifer Mcintyre, Bob Conklin, Ronni Lacroute, Ellyn Bye, Robert Lowe, Charlie and Karen Irish Borrego, Robert Comandich, Michael Quisling, William Berk, James Howe, Juliana Hansen, Judith Low, David Wiles, Jonathan Deitz, Ellen Margolis, Laura Potter, Pauline Andrews, Rad Probst, Bryn Butler, Dana Winter, Nancy Matthews, Scott Stephens, Leonard & Susan Magazine, Carl Wilson, Bernard Wilkes, Steven Cantor

And to all of those who wish to remain anonymous, THANK YOU!

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