Radio Play: antarctica
By Kimber Lee
Directed by Neel Keller
Matty wants to do the impossible: become the first woman to traverse Antarctica on foot unaided. On her journey she faces ice storms, frigid temperatures, and constant danger. Even the smallest mistake can mean failure or worse. Written by award-winning playwright Kimber Lee, antarctica delves into where the mind goes under the most extreme conditions. Kimber Lee is known for plays such as to the yellow house, tokyo fish story, and brownsville song (b-side for tray) and has won a number of awards including The Bruntwood Prize International Award and Susan Smith Blackburn Special Commendation.
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THE CAST & CREATIVES
SOPHIA SKILES (she/her/hers) (MATTY) is an actor and teacher of theater. She was last seen onstage in Artistic Director Michael Kahn’s final production for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of The Oresteia. Together with the ensemble, she was recognized with a Helen Hayes Award nomination for their collective work as the Chorus. She recently reunited with many of the original cast to share The Oresteia for Theater for a New Audience. She has performed in productions directed by May Adrales, Chay Yew, Ralph Peña, Andrei Serban, Mary Zimmerman, Richard Foreman and David Herskovits, among many others — in venues throughout New York City, in regional theaters across the United States, as well as on tour to Vienna, Austria and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is particularly rooted in her work with The National Asian American Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company. An experienced educator, she joins the faculty of the Brown/Trinity MFA program as Associate Professor of the Practice and Head of Acting this fall. Education: Northwestern University (BS, Performance Studies) and Columbia University (MFA, Acting).
SHANNON TYO (she/her) (DEL) Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady, Kentucky, Bikeman. Select regional: The Good Book at Berkeley Rep, Fun Home at Baltimore Center Stage, Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage, Smart People at Geva Theatre, The White Snake at The Old Globe. Audio plays: Half the Sky at 5th Avenue Theater, The MS Phoenix Rising at Playwrights Horizons. TV: 30 Rock (NBC), Rediscovering Christmas (Lifetime), The Last O.G. (TBS). BFA Syracuse University. shannon-tyo.com.
KIMBER LEE (she/her) (PLAYWRIGHT) Lee’s plays include to the yellow house (upcoming World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse), untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play (2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), tokyo fish story (South Coast Repertory, TheatreWorks/SV, Old Globe), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Humana Festival, LCT3, Long Wharf Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Moxie Theatre, Shotgun Players), and different words for the same thing directed by Neel Keller (Center Theatre Group). She has developed work with The Lark Play Development Center, The Ground Floor/Berkeley Rep, Page 73, O’Neill NPC, Hedgebrook, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, ACT Theatre/Seattle, Premiere Stages, and Magic Theatre. Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage New Voices Fellowship, 2020-2021 Hodder Fellowship, 2020 Helen Merrill Award, 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation and Finalist, inaugural winner of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize International Award, 2021 Edgerton New Play Award and 2021 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. MFA: UT Austin.
NEEL KELLER (he/him/his) (DIRECTOR) is a freelance director and an Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group. His recent productions include world premieres of Julia Cho’s Office Hour, Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood, Eliza Clark’s Quack, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, Kimber Lee’s different words for the same thing, and Lucy Alibar’s Throw Me On The Burnpile and Light Me Up! More distant, but fondly remembered productions include the American premiere of David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union, and, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, staged in a prickly mountain meadow, the thought of which, all these decades later, still makes him smile. His productions have been mounted at theaters across the country including, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theater Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, and various venues in Ireland, Scotland and England. He is currently working with Kimber Lee on her play To The Yellow House, which will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse this fall.
JOSE GONZALES (he/him/his) (SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER) is an actor and jazz pianist who has composed and performed music for several theatrical productions in Seattle, WA. He has been music director for Passing Strange at ACT and SandBox Radio Live at various locations, and band leader for Tommy at the UW. As a professional actor, he has performed at all major Seattle theaters: ACT Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Rep, 5th Avenue, Benaroya Hall, The Village Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Most recently, he was seen in 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha as the Barber. Career highlights include originating the role of Franz Kafka for the premier production of the Phillip Glass opera, In the Penal Colony at ACT Theatre and performing in In The Heights at the Village Theatre.
NICOLE KUKER (she/her/hers) (STAGE MANAGER) previously served as Assistant Stage Manager on Two River Theater’s production of Love in Hate Nation. She’s grateful to have had the opportunity to continue creating art over the past year, including the streamed virtual productions of Beehive at Paper Mill Playhouse and Tiny Beautiful Things at George Street Playhouse. Broadway: Be More Chill. Off-Broadway: Be More Chill at Signature Theatre, The 39 Steps at Union Square Theatre, First Love at Cherry Lane Theatre, School for Scandal at Red Bull Theater, The Anthem, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Dead Dog Park at Bedlam, Drop Dead Perfect at Penguin Rep. Theatre. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Two River Theater, Bucks County Playhouse. Film: Livin’ On A Prairie.
GARRETT SCHULTZ (he/him/his) (SOUND ENGINEER) Garrett works in production audio and post-production sound design/mixing for film, tv, podcasts, radio, and ads. He is a Columbia College Chicago graduate from the Audio Arts and Acoustics department, and has been making sounds and noise for over two decades. He founded Destrier Audio in 2008 which has afforded him to work on some exciting projects. You can see some of his latest works at destrieraudio.com. He likes coffee and beer.