Second Thought Theater Opens 9th Season with A Behanding in Spokane By Martin McDonagh

DALLAS (Dec. 5, 2012) – Second Thought Theatre kicks off its 2013 season with the gritty black comedy A Behanding in Spokane, the first play by Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh set in the United States. Alex Organ makes his directorial debut with this action-packed, bloody and wickedly funny play that runs at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus from Friday, January 4 – Saturday, January 26. Tickets to A Behanding in Spokane are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by phone at (866) 811-4111.

“Martin McDonagh captures something very human and raw in his plays that gets to people at their core,” says Behanding director Alex Organ. “A Behanding in Spokane creates a foul, crazy, occasionally absurd world – it’s edgy and in-your-face – but ultimately the human experiences in this play are real and recognizable.”

Fort Worth’s Van Quattro makes his STT debut as Carmichael, a man who has been searching for his missing left hand for almost three decades. David Jeremiah and Barrett Nash play small-town con artists Toby and Marilyn, a young couple with a hand to sell who find themselves in over their heads. Rounding out the cast is STT regular Drew Wall as Mervyn, a peculiar and nosey hotel clerk.

“This cast is really remarkable,” says STT Co-Artistic Director Steven Walters. “From Van and Barrett who are making their Second Thought debuts to David Jeremiah who is back for the first time in several years and Drew Wall who is an integral part of the company – this is the perfect group of people to bring McDonagh’s characters to life.”

Leading the cast into this twisted story is Alex Organ, who audiences will remember from STT’s 2011 production of Red Light Winter. In addition to his role in the play, Drew Wall will design the set for A Behanding in Spokane. John Flores, Korey Kent and Kenneth Farnsworth will design sound, costumes and lighting, respectively.

Previews for A Behanding in Spokane begin Friday, January 4 and run through Sunday, January 6, 2013. All preview performances are Pay-What-You-Can. PWYC tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance only and are subject to availability. Tickets to preview performances can be reserved at the regular ticket price online at Opening night is Monday, January 7 at 7:30p.m. A Behanding in Spokane runs through January 26. Tickets for A Behanding in Spokane are on sale now and are available online at or by phone at (866) 811-4111.

David Jeremiah (Toby)

Barrett Nash (Marylin) is excited make her STT debut with Behanding. Ms. Nash recently won a DFW Critics Forum Award for her performance in My Name is Rachel Corrie (Rite of Passage Theatre Company), which played at the 2012 Festival of Independent Theatres. She and her father, Barry (who performed with Second Thought last season), were named “Best Acting Family” in the Dallas Observer’s 2012 “Best of Dallas” issue. Other DFW credits include: New Jerusalem (Stage West); Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); The Violet HourThis is Our Youth (Upstart Productions); GINT (Broken Gears Project Theatre); Feeding the Moonfish (WingSpan Theatre Company) and The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (SATER). Barrett made the Dallas Observer’s “Best of 2011″ theatre list for her “Breakout Comedy Turn” in Five Women. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.

Van Quattro (Carmichael)was born and raised in Los Angeles. During his time in L.A. he appeared in over twenty stage productions, some of which were award-winning. Van Studied with the esteemed Roy London for years and has appeared in many television shows including: Millennium; Chicago Hope; Pickett Fences; L.A. Doctors and General Hospital. He has been in films such as Fight Club and End of Days. Stage work includes Casa Mañana and Dallas Theater Center as Boo in To Kill a Mockingbird; Theatre Three as Arthur in Superior Donuts, a role that won him best actor by the DFW theater critics.

Drew Wall (Mervyn) is glad to return to Second Thought Theatre, where previous shows include: The Bomb-itty of Errors, Red Light Winter, 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 worked with The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York (Dog Show and The Rotting of Tycho de Brahe) and Queen Mary University in London. Drew holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University and represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Alex Organ (Director) makes his directing debut with A Behanding in Spokane. Previously for Second Thought Alex appeared in Red Light Winter. Locally he’s been seen at Lyric Stage (The Most Happy Fella), Theater Three (The Farnsworth Invention), Shakespeare Dallas (Coriolanus, Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona), WaterTower Theater (Little Shop of Horrors), Trinity Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, As You Like It) and Dallas Theater Center (A Christmas Carol). Regionally he’s appeared with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Epic Theater Ensemble and Elm Shakespeare Festival. Alex holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

John M. Flores (Sound Design) John’s previous credits with Second Thought Theater include A Skull in Connemara and Lobster Alice. An artistic Company Member of Kitchen Dog Theater, credits include Beauty Queen of Leenan; Becky Shaw; Turn of the Screw; Collapse; 26 Miles; Ponzi; MacBeth; Betrayal; Long Way Go Down; The Seagull; Vigils; The Goat or Who is Sylvia?; Richard III; Our Lady of 121st St.; Cloud Tectonics (2006 Leon Rabin Award & DFW Critics Award). He also worked extensively with Shakespeare Dallas, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Cara Mia Theater, Junior Players, Project X: Theatre and LimeHouse Theater.

Ken Farnsworth (Lighting Design) has designed for Second Thought Theatre (Thom Pain (about nothing)), Junior Players (The Taming of the Shrew) and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas (Crimes of the Heart). He has also worked as Assistant Lighting Designer at Dallas Theater Center (Cabaret and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityNext Fall and God of Carnage). Ken currently works as a Technical Coordinator for the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where he is privileged to design for many types of events ranging from private parties to concerts like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Korey Kent (Costume Design) has worked with Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater and Dallas Theater Center, serving in a variety of roles ranging from House Manager to Assistant Director to Costume Designer to Assistant Stage Manager. Korey served as the Production Stage Manager for Southern Methodist University from 2003-2005, and as a Coordinator/Assistant at Miramax Films in New York. He holds a BFA in Theater Studies from SMU.

Drew Wall (Scenic Design) When not acting, Drew is a freelance welder, carpenter and properties artisan. Previous design and build credits including Shakespeare Dallas, The Dallas Children’s Theatre, GPO Theatrical, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Theater Center, Theatre Three, Contemporary Theatre Dallas, Richardson Community Theatre, Wingspan Theatre Company, Junior Players and The Ochre House. A Behanding in Spokane is his first set design in Dallas. Favorite sets to build in the past include Bob Birdnow, Pluck the Day, Dying City, Some Girls (Second Thought Theatre) and Boom (Kitchen Dog Theater).


Second Thought Theatre seeks to capture the moment of creation between artist and audience. Dedicated to ensemble productions that explore challenging and dramatic works from the canon of theatrical literature, STT strives to enlighten and entertain its audience by pushing the boundaries of human thought and emotion. Old works done in new ways, new works done in old ways. Everything is possible when you take a second thought.


A Behanding in Spokane

By Martin McDonagh

January 4 – 26, 2013 at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219


Director Alex Organ

Scenic Design Drew Wall

Costume Design Corey Kent

Lighting Design Kenneth Farnsworth

Sound Design John Flores

Cast David Jeremiah, Barret Nash, Van Quattro and Drew Wall

Press Night Monday, January 6 at 7:30pm


Previews Friday, January 4 at 8:00pm; Saturday, January 5 at 8:00pm and Sunday, January 6 at 7:30pm.

Pay-What-You-Can All preview performances are Pay-What-You-Can. PWYC tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance only and are subject to availability. Tickets to preview performances can be reserved at the regular ticket price online at

Monday, January 14, 2013 is an additional PWYC night. PWYC tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance only and are subject to availability. Tickets to this performance can be reserved at the regular ticket price online at


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A Behanding in Spokane Performance Calendar

Friday 1/4/2013 8:00pm Preview (PWYC)

Saturday 1/5/2013 8:00pm Preview (PWYC)
Sunday 1/6/2013 7:30pm Preview (PWYC)
Monday 1/7/2013 7:30pm Opening Night
Thursday 1/10/2013 7:30pm
Friday 1/11/2013 8:00pm
Saturday 1/12/2013 8:00pm
Sunday 1/13/2012 7:30pm
Monday 1/14/2013 7:30pm PWYC
Thursday 1/17/2013 7:30pm
Friday 1/18/2013 8:00pm
Saturday 1/19/2013 8:00pm
Sunday 1/20/2013 7:30pm
Wednesday 1/23/2013 7:30pm

Thursday 1/24/2013 7:30pm
Friday 1/25/2013 8:00pm
Saturday 1/26/2013 8:00pm Closing Night


Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Previews: January 4 – 6, 2013 • Opening Night: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:30p.m.

Full Run: January 4 – 26, 2013