LISTEN! THE RIVER
PHOTOS (photo credit - Roy Googin)
A Note from the Playwright
My sister was sick. She asked me to take care of her beloved cat until she regained her health. He was silent during the ride from Vermont to my apartment in New York. No problem. Easy peasy, I thought.
Except the cat turned out to be unlike any I'd ever had. Say "no" and he wouldn't skitter away like a "normal" cat. He'd attack. Try to get him to move so there was room for me on the bed -- he'd attack. I had to sleep with one eye open or risk permanent injury. He was accustomed to constant pampering. When he didn't get it, he'd yowl. And yowl. And yowl! My life and his didn't fit in the same reality.
We both loved my sister so we persevered.
Years later I needed to write about what happened. I needed to find a way into the story that included my sister's magical nature, love of tricks and jokes, sweetness and sass. I needed to find a way in that wasn't dark. At first the play was a one-actor, one-act which had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The laughs and tears from audiences of strangers there told me that LISTEN! THE RIVER was working. I expanded the play to full-length and put the sister on stage (which I hadn't dared to do before). Everyone in the play is real. Please don't tell my doorman.
-- Robin Rice
"Listen! The River" is a play centers on the special relationship that happens when people rescue cats - and cats rescue people.
So, we teamed up with the
Brooklyn Cat Cafe
- a place designed to foster that very special relationship. At our production, we will be sharing information about the cafe, and accepting donations on their behalf (all proceeds go to them). You can also donate to them directly by CLICKING HERE and following the prompts. During check out, please put "Articulate Theatre" in the additional details box, so they know how you heard about them.
Meet The Cast
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Meet The Team
* - member AEA
Turbo - Sean J. Moran*
A cat. Young. Half Maine Coon, half Vermont Barn Cat. Handsome. Agile. Full of attitude.
Cynthia Dugan - Diane Terrusa*
Turbo's "Dear One." Caucasian. A native Vermonter. Graceful, loving, brave, delicate, playful. An old soul.
Darlene Dugan - Crystal Edn*
Cynthia's sister. From rural Vermont, but a New Yorker for adult life. Guarded. Fearful. Glass half empty.
Angela Martinez - Shetal Shah*
Veterinary assistant. Puerto Rican heritage. Larry's girlfriend. Does for others, putting her dreams on hold. Glass half full.
Larry Lopez - Sergei Burbank*
New York doorman. Hispanic heritage, but born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Emotional. A dreamer. A man in love.
Narrator - Joanne Dorian*
Storyteller extraordinaire, our guide.
Morry Campbell (singer/songwriter/sound designer/music producer).
As resident Sound Designer for the TOSOS Theatre Company, he has designed sound and/or composed original music for Damaged Goods, The Mermaid, Christmas Moon, and Byron Loyd’s Rebel Boy Fireworks, among others. He has also written original music for lyrics found in Tom Eyen’s Sarah B. Divine, and Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. For Articulate, he has designed for Listen! The River and On This Mountain. He also collaborated with Articulate AD Cat Parker on Mr. Toole. https://soundcloud.com/perpetrators-
undisclosed and morrycampbell.com.