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POLLYWOG
by Keian McKee
Directed by Matt Huff
July 31 - August 16, 2014 at 8:00pm (Thursday - Saturday and Mondays)
$20 general admission/$12 students and seniors, all Mondays pay-what-you-can
Studio 101, 1824 Spring St., Houston, TX, 77007

Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of POLLYWOG by Keian McKee, July 31 - August 16, 2014 at Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007.  Directed by Atlanta-based Matt Huff, the play will feature several favorites of Houston theatre, including James Belcher, Celeste Roberts, Courtney Lomelo, Jason Duga and Autumn Clack.

This project is made possible in part by the Dolores I. Males Angel Fund.

Synopsis:
At sunrise, Polly wades alone into the spring waters of the Atlantic to begin her first ocean swim. In a small container secured to her body are her mother Jule’s ashes. This is no contest for fame or glory. Rather, Polly is seeking a genuine conclusion to swimming lessons prematurely halted at age nine when Jule suffered a stroke and Polly’s childhood effectively ended. Although physically alone on her journey, she carries within herself, and ultimately confronts, the main characters of her life: Jule, before and after her stroke; Esther and Johnny, Hollywood swim idols and Polly’s imaginary helpmates in Jule’s care; and her father Mort, a former sailor turned cemetery salesman.

REVIEWS & PRESS:

"Pollywog swims into Houston waters" - Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, July 27, 2014

"BWW Interviews: Pollywog Playwright Keian McKee Talks Esther Williams, Neuroscience, and Swimming" - Katricia Lang, BroadwayWorld, July 29, 2014

"Mildred's Umbrella Has Its 16th World Premiere With Keian McKee's Comedy Pollywog" - Olivia Flores Alvarez, Houston Press, July 30, 2014

CAST AND CREW
Polly
Courtney Lomelo
Mort
James Belcher
Jule
Celeste Roberts
Esther
Autumn Clack
Johnny
Jason Duga
Director
Matt Huff
Production Manager
Jennifer Decker
Stage Manager
Rod Todd
Lighting Designer
Greg Starbird
Sound Designer
Andy McWilliams
Sound Tech Consultant
Jon Harvey
Costume Designer
L.A. Clevenson
Set Designer
Jodi Bobrovski
Set Construction
Josh Morrison & Mike Bowman
Tech Crew
Larin Pascal & Jessica Stevens

 

 

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