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The Art of Raising Anything
February 2-18, 2024
By John Dayton Cerna,  Directed by Pete Parkin

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Vortex presents the World Premiere of a new play, The Art of Raising Anything, written by GLAAD Media Award-nominated John Dayton Cerna and directed by Pete Parkin.

Director Parkin says "This play has important things to say and says them in a fresh, new way. I love supporting new works and their authors." The play is set in the fictional town of "Dismuke," an American town besieged by economic despair and unemployment. A soda company has targeted Dismuke with a promotional contest which goes terribly awry. There are way too many winning bottlecaps and the contest is voided. The creator of the soda contest, Cathy Bloomfeld (played by Lorri Oliver), impetuously drives four hours to Dismuke to apologize to the enraged people who live there. However, she is unprepared for the tempestuous rage that has fomented in Dismuke, just as she is unprepared for the love she will feel for one particular family that she visits.

 THE ARTISTS:                                                                                     THE CAST

  Director: Pete Parkin                                                                Walter Short -  Zane Barker: 

  Stage Manager: Ricky Fox                                                   Cathy Bloomfeld - Lorri Layle Oliver                                                          

  Set Design: Petifogger                                                        Charlie Short - Nicholas Barker

  Light Design: Shannon Flynn                                           Darlene Short - Molly Barker

  Costume Design: Louisa O'Neill                                      Toady - Michael Weppler 

                                                            

          Gala Opening Night Reception : Friday, February 2, 2024

                                               Pay-What-You-Will: Sunday, February 4, 2024

Talkback: Sunday, February 4, 2024

There will be an Opening Night Gala with play reception where playwright Cerna making a short informational presentation about the play. On Saturday February 3, there will be a playwrights’ circle, for local playwrights to discuss their in-progress works with Mr. Cerna.

 

About the Playwright

John Dayton Cerna is no stranger to adversity and tragedy. His only beloved sister was brutally murdered in 2010. His heart was broken in "a hundred places", and it is his writing that has helped to heal him and keep him sane. He explores the nature of broken hearts in The Art of Raising Anything and what it means to give and receive love, even in the face of massive disappointment and tragedy.

THE ARTISTS:

Director: Pete Parkin                                                               

Stage Manager: Ricky Fox 

Set Design: Petifogger                                                        Charlie Short - Nicholas Barker

Light Design: Shannon Flynn                                          Darlene Short - Molly Barker

Costume Design: Louisa O'Neill   

THE CAST

Walter Short -  Zane Barker: 

Cathy Bloomfeld - Lorri Layle Oliver   

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