Gruesome Playground Injuries Playbill

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Written by: Rajiv Joseph

Directed by: Joel Ferrell

Without the generosity of the following organizations and individuals this production would not have been possible.

  • STT’s Board of Directors
  • Dallas Theater Center
  • Uptown Players
  • Baylor University Theater
  • Shakespeare Dallas
  • Aaron Johansen
  • Joey Folsom
  • Drew Maggs
  • TACA
  • The Sapphire Foundation
  • The Embrey Family Foundation
  • David Guedry

Thank you to our generous donors!

  • TACA
  • The Embrey Family Foundation
  • The Sapphire Foundation
  • Hal and Diane Brierley
  • Lance Currie
  • Janet Davies
  • John S. Davies
  • Dorothy A. Davis
  • Madeline T Freberg
  • David Guedry
  • Ben and Emily Guthrie
  • Judith L. Mathis
  • Rachel Mazzanti
  • Barbara and Sam McKenney
  • Kathleen Messina
  • Greg Odegaard
  • Karol Omlor
  • Elizabeth Johnson Pense
  • Deedie Rose
  • Bridget Russell
  • Bonnie Jean Stoner

Artistic and Production Team:

Scenic Design: Bob Lavallee
Costume Design: Jennifer Ables
Sound Design: John M. Flores
Lighting Design: Alyssa Humphries & Travis Watson
Props Design: Drew Wall
Producer: Steven Walters
Production Manager: Drew Wall
Stage Manager: Christopher Eastland
Assistant Director: Miranda Parham



Jessica Renee Russell as Kayleen
New York Theatre: Your Colonel (Metropolitan Playhouse), The Girl from Nashville (NY Premiere, playwright Steven Michael Walters), My Past Girlfriends (Variations Theatre Group, Best Supporting Actress Award), Romeo and Juliet (The Secret Theatre). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (WingSpan Theatre, Best Supporting Actress Nominee), The Diary of Anne Frank (WaterTower Theatre), Wild Oats and Language of Angels (Theatre Three), The Night of the Iguana (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas) Much Ado about Nothing (Houston Shakespeare Festival). Film/Television: Die with Me (Williamstown Film Festival), Groomed, Hole in the Wall, The Leap List, Stale Ramen, Hardbat, Evil, I (Discovery ID). Proud graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC.

Montgomery Sutton as Doug NYC: King Lear (American Bard); Othello, Candide (Gallery Players); In the Ebb (FringeNYC 2012); The Girl from Nashville, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar (EBE Ensemble); Henry IV, Henry V (Rebellious Subjects); Russian Tea (Metropolitan Playhouse); Clothes for a Summer Hotel (White Horse Theater Company). DFW: The Ugly One (Watertower Theatre); A Bright New Boise, The Whipping Man(Circle Theatre); The Temperamentals (Uptown Players); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (Shakespeare Dallas); Language of Angels(Theatre Three). Film: Office Rehab; Net Worth; Brute; March. Up next: The Nightmare ‘Dream’ (Bloody Shakespeare for FringeNYC 2013). BFA: NYU (Atlantic Theater Company).

Joel Ferrell (Director)
is the Associate Artistic Director of Dallas Theater Center where his duties include directing and producing. Credits for DTC include: Reasons To Be Pretty, Dividing the Estate, Cabaret, God Of Carnage, Red, and seven seasons of Richard Helleson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Ferrell is the former Artistic Director of Casa Mañana Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas where he directed over 30 productions including: Sleuth, Big River, The King and I, Once On This Island, Deathtrap, Carousel, and Rocky Horror. Mr. Ferrell left in 2001 after helping that organization grow from an annual operating budget of six million to eleven million, having launched new programming, moved to a new venue and directed new works as well as re-envisioned classics. Other Directing credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Baltimore Waltz, and Alfred Stieglitz Loves O’Keefe for Stage West; Proof and Camelot for Plano Rep in Dallas, Texas; and a new adaptation of Huck Finn for Classical Acting Company. Mr. Ferrell has worked nationally for Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Ford’s Theater and North Shore Music Theater, among others. Mr. Ferrell is celebrating his 25th year as a member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Lavallee (Scenic Design)
Dallas Theater Center: A Christmas Carol (2005-2012), Joseph and the Amazing… , Cabaret, Second City Does Dallas and Red, Production Designer for fourteen years PBS’ Barney and Friends; Senior Designer, Peter Wolfs, Dallas; Resident Designer five years Casa Mañana Theater, Fort Worth, 65 productions including children’s theater and musicals: Dreamgirls, (Dir. David Thome), Lettuce and Lovage regional premier (Dir. Kent Paul), Chess (Dir. Rob Marshall), My Way, (Dir. Joel Ferrell), Phantom (Westport Playhouse, St. Louis, (Dir. Paul Blake), Chichester Psalms (The Bruce Wood Dance Company), Three Days of Rain (Dir. Adrienne Campbell-Holt), Water Tower Theatre: The Full Monty; Set Design: The Verizon Academic All American Hall of Fame Awards (Waldorf Astoria), he has designed for Fort Worth Opera: Three Decembers UNT Opera: Don Giovanni, Romeo and Juliette, Pirates of Penzance, Werther; Shakespeare Dallas: Macbeth; Dallas Theatre Arlington: Rent, Wit, The Laramie Project

Jennifer Ables (Costume Design)
Second Thought: Thom Pain (based on nothing); Dallas Theater Center: Red, To Kill A Mockingbird, Henry IV Parts 1 &2; Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Charlotte’s Web; Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, Winter’s Tale; University of Texas at Dallas: Dr. Calagari’s Cabinet, Comedy of Errors, Monkey: The Quest to the West, Alpha Male, R.U.R., The Way They Shine; Watertower Theater: As You Like It; Risk Theater Initiative: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Florida Repertory Theater: All My Sons, The Underpants, Absurd Person Singular, Sly Fox, Amy’s View. Jennifer has been the costume shop manager at Dallas Theater Center since December 2008 and holds an MFA in costume design from Florida State University.

John M. Flores (Sound Design)
John’s previous Second Thought credits include: A Behanding in Spokane, Lobster Alice, and A Skull in Connemara. An Artistic Company Member of Kitchen Dog Theater, credits include Se Llama Christina; One-Man Show; The Chairs; Beauty Queen of Leenan, Becky Shaw; Turn of the Screw; Collapse; 26 Miles; Ponzi; MacBeth; Betrayal; Long Way Go Down; and many, many more. He recently designed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo for Theatre Three and worked extensively with Shakespeare Dallas, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Cara Mia Theater, Audacity Theatre Lab, Junior Players, Project X: Theatre & LimeHouse Theater.

Alyssa Humphries (Lighting Design)
is thrilled to make her Second Thought Theatre debut. Previous theatre work includes Miss Julie at The Workshop Theater (NYC); The King and I, Chicago, Ragtime, She Loves Me, and Jekyll & Hyde at Maine State Music Theatre (MA). Alyssa is also an Architectural Lighting Designer with Essential Light Design Studio and is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society. She holds a BFA in Design from Baylor University and a MFA in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design.

Travis Watson (Lighting Design)
is excited to return to Second Thought Theatre after several years hiatus. He is an original company member of Second Thought, designing for the first three seasons. Travis has returned from NYC where he received his MFA in Lighting from Parsons School of Design and has since been involved in the architectural world. Travis holds a BFA from Baylor University in Theatrical Design and is not ashamed of the nepotismal favors received by Artistic Director Steve Walters. He would like to thank his wife Shannon and daughter Keeley for letting him out of the house.

Drew Wall (Production Manager/Props Design)
is a producing partner and resident artist for Second Thought Theatre. Past shows onstage with STT include Red Light Winter, A Behanding in Spokane, The Bomb-itty of Errors , A Skull in Connemara, Lobby Hero, and The Country Wife. Other Dallas credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Long Way Go Down, Macbeth, and Slasher (Kitchen Dog Theater), The Dog Problem (Undermain Theater), This Is Our Youth (Upstart Productions), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Dallas), Defiance (Theatre Three), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Inevitable Theatre Company) and The Secret War (Firebomb Productions). He has also been fortunate enough to work with The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York (Dog Show and The Rotting of Tycho de Brahe) and Queen Mary University in London. When not acting, he is a freelance Welder, Carpenter and Properties Artisan. Drew holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University, and represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Christopher Eastland (Stage Manager)
received his BFA in Theatre Performance at Baylor University. Locally, Christopher has stage managed My Name is Rachel Corrie, Lobster Alice (Second Thought), & Binge (Rite of Passage). Selected acting credits include: The Madness of Lady Bright (One Thirty Productions), WASP (Upstart Productions), Execution of Justice, A Christmas Carol (Civic Theatre of Allentown), Wonder of the World (BUTSS), Talking Pictures, & Courtship (Horton by the Stream). In the fall, Christopher will be attending Bowling Green State University to receive his MA in Theatre.

Miranda Parham (Assistant Director)
Miranda recently received a BFA in Theater Studies from Southern Methodist University. Miranda is happily returning to Second Thought Theater after assisting Lee Trull on The Midwest Trilogies. Miranda has previously assisted Joel Ferrell on A Christmas Carol, and she has directed both at SMU (Boom, And Baby Makes Seven) and Bishop Arts Theater (Amaryllis). Miranda would like to first thank her family for their support, as well as Joel and the Second Thought team for daring to explore this beautifully twisted play.

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