October 1 @ 7:30pm
The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen
Connection in the Age of Misinformation
by Penelope Skinner
After the international success of Angry Alan (AFF 2019), AFF presents the world premiere work-in-progress of Penelope Skinner’s darkly funny follow-up play, Patty Furnace, developed with AFF Co-Artistic Director Donald Sage Mackay. With irony and humor, Patty Furnace explores the dangerous proliferation of misinformation. Matt and Jim are brothers who just don’t see their country in the same way. Who is telling the truth? What IS Truth? A story of a family divided by the total and utter conviction that one side is right and the other is wrong. Or that one side is wrong and the other is right, depending whose side you’re on … Featuring Mike Monroney and David Ledingham
A Dance Film About Reunion After Isolation
Following Soulskin Dance’s legendary production of Phoenix Rising at JuneFest 2021, AFF presents the dance film CLOSER. Filmed in Spring of 2021 at various outdoor locations and on stage after emerging from isolation, this dance film celebrates the indomitable spirit to face adversity, share our stories and find common ground through empathy, compassion, and human connection. Featuring SOULSKIN Dance Performers, choreography by Adrianna Thompson, and film production by Jaco Strydom.
Alphabetical by Surname
AFF Artistic Director and Founder
David co-wrote and directed the play The Song that killed the Snake, with a 16 piece chamber orchestra at the LA Philharmonic, directed the film Hitler Stalin & Walter O’Malley and has directed theatre nationally. Acting credits include starring as Signor Nacarelli in the Broadway National Tour of Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza Directed by Bart Sher and in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath at the National Theatre, London and the La Jolla Playhouse. Recent credits include 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre directed by Tony award winner Frank Galati, the lead role in Chinglish at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and as Oscar in The Odd Couple, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and the Guardsman in Enter the Guardsman, and many more. He starred in the film Final Judgement, and on TV in Law & Order, and was a series regular on ABC’s One Life to Live.
Donald Sage Mackay
AFF Co-Artistic Director
Co-creator of Patty Furnace & Angry Alan
Don is an American actor now living in London, having spent his entire career working in Theatre, TV and Film in the United States. Just prior to the pandemic he performed in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre and Toronto in the lead role of “Nick Laine” in the play, Girl From The North Country, written and directed by the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson with songs by Bob Dylan. In October 2018 through February 2019 Don made his London West End theatrical debut playing “Saul” in Sam Shepard’s True West, opposite Kit Harington. Just prior Don took Angry Alan from Aspen to India to a sold out month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where the production won the Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and finished up with a London run at the Soho Theatre before returning to Aspen and the Wheeler Opera House. He played in the European premiere of an American play, White Guy on the Bus, at the Finborough Theatre and was nominated for an Off-West End award for Lead Performance. Don appeared in the U.S. premiere of Penelope Skinner’s Linda at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. He also rehearsed and toured in Ireland, including at The Lyric Theatre in Belfast, in the iconic role of “James Tyrone, Jr.” in Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten before returning to the U.S. with the Irish cast. Other theatres throughout the U.S. include the Signature Theatre (off-Broadway), the Magic Theatre (San Francisco), La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson, and multiple seasons in leading roles at various Shakespeare Festivals. Don has most recently been busy with various television projects including recurring roles on the new Mike Myers Netflix comedy series, The Pentaverate, Season 3 of Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Fear Index for Sky TV and Alex Rider for Amazon/Sony. Don made his UK television premiere in a major recurring role in Deep State opposite Mark Strong in Season 1 for Fox and returned for Season 2 filming in Cape Town, South Africa. His extensive guest star resume on American television includes The Looming Tower, Modern Family, Masters of Sex, Elementary and Blue Bloods, as well as previous iconic shows such as Mad Men, The Good Wife, House, The West Wing, NCIS, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, The Shield, Frasier, Star Trek Enterprise, According to Jim, ER, The Amazing Mrs. Novak pilot for Warner Bros., and past recurring roles on Scrubs, The Practice and Providence. Film credits include Transformers 2 directed by Michael Bay and many independent features. He received his MFA in Acting from UC San Diego/La Jolla in the same class of ten with his best friend and co-Artistic Director, David Ledingham, and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre.
Mike Monroney is a Colorado native and long-time veteran of the fabled Crystal Palace. He is the “History Coach” for the Aspen Historical Society, and his play A Briefly Complete History of Aspen has been extensively performed in Colorado as well as in Los Angeles and Lincoln. He has acted and/or directed for Theatre Aspen, Thunder River Theatre Co., the Hudson Reed Ensemble, Aspen Fringe, Sopris Theatre Co., Snowmass Chapel, The Broadway Players, and Aspen Community Theatre. His 2017 production of Constellations at TRTC (featuring Nikki Boxer) was nominated for three Henry Awards including Best Production of a Play and Best Director. Mike is one of the original members of TRTC’s resident comedy troupe, “Consensual Improv,” and performs regularly with that group up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. His last appearance for the Aspen Fringe Festival was as Torvald in A Doll’s House, Part 2.
Playwright of Patty Furnace & Angry Alan
Penelope had Angry Alan produced at the Soho Theatre in London, after having won the Edinburgh Fringe First Award in August 2018 and was lauded as “Best Theatre 2018” by the New York Times. Her U.S. premiere of Linda was produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NY (2016 Berwin Lee Award winner; 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist; 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award nominee). In the previous season, her play The Ruins of Civilization had its world premiere also at MTC where it was a NY Times Critics Pick. London productions of her plays have been produced at theaters including: The National Theatre; The Royal Court Theatre; The Bush Theatre, and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ms. Skinner’s play The Village Bike was her first play to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre where it had a sell out, twice-extended run starring Romola Garai. It later transferred to MCC in NY where it was directed by Sam Gold and starred Greta Gerwig. Her play Fred’s Diner was staged at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, having originated at Chichester Festival Theatre, following which The Independent newspaper described Skinner as “our leading young feminist writer.” As well as theatre work, she is currently executive producing a six part, one-hour primetime BBC1 drama which will begin filming in March 2022. Angry Alan was commissioned as a TV pilot by NBC Universal.
Founder/Artistic Director SOULSKIN Dance
AFF Director of Dance
Adrianna is the Founder/Artistic Director of San Francisco-based dance company SOULSKIN Dance and director of dance programming for the Aspen Fringe Festival. SOULSKIN has premiered works at Dance Mission, PUSHFest, SjDANCEco, Mark Foehringer Dance Project(Dancing in the Park SF), Santa Barbara HH11 Dance Festival, and was presented twice at the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Fringe Festival. She received a BFA in Dance from Cal State Long Beach and danced professionally in New York City for over 15 years with Battery Dance Co, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Co, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, and worked with Bella Lewitzky, Milton Myers, Jonathan Wolken, Brenda Daniels, Risa Steinberg, and Mary Jane Eisenberg. As Artistic Director of MEFTAS Dance Theatre in New York City for 10 years, Adrianna’s choreography was presented at Joyce SoHo, the Cunningham Studio, The Riverside Theatre, Mulberry Street Theater, the Downtown Arts Festival, Trisha Brown Studios, Movement Research, Theater for the New City, Dance Space, and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. Thompson was awarded Performance of the Year by the Boston Globe and was on faculty for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for ten years, and guest faculty for Alonzo King LINES Ballet. A Specialized Master Teacher in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, she has been practicing the method for over 28 years. Adrianna was commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum in 2016 to create a site-specific work for SOULSKIN as part of the museum’s Alan Shields exhibit, as well as a residency as a part of an outreach program for children in 2017. In April 2019 SOULSKIN Dance premiered Parallel Dialogues at the Boulder Dairy Arts Center and has partnered with Glide Memorial Church to provide dance classes to underprivileged youth in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. In Sept, 2019 SOULSKIN premiered a new ballet entitled Golden Mean to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Art Movement at Dance Mission. For more info visit SoulskinDance.org
AFF and The Wheeler Opera House continue to monitor public health conditions and will operate following all state and county health orders to safeguard its artists, patrons, staff, and community. Guidelines may change at any time.