Founder and Artistic Director Eric Simonson announced the roster of accomplished actors who will help develop two new plays and read them for Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) audiences at Björklunden June 15-18. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Door County actors will work with playwrights Jeffrey Hatcher (Strongman’s Ghost) and Catherine Trieschmann (One House Over) throughout the week, under the direction of Simonson and Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements, respectively.
Broadway and Chicago actor Steve Pickering plays the central role in Strongman’s Ghost, in which a military dictator under threat of a coup, an invasion and a publishing deadline chooses to kidnap a writer, played by Door County’s Alan Kopischke. The timely look at storytelling under an authoritarian regime also features Broadway and New York actor Chris Henry Coffey returning to DKAF and Door County actor Mark Moede making his DKAF debut. Readings are presented June 16 at 8 pm (preceded by a 6:30 pm red carpet event and a world premiere short film screening) and June 18 at 11:30 am.
Los Angeles film, television and theater actor Sue Cremin is another DKAF veteran. She returns to play a woman struggling to care for her aging father, played by New York actor Mark Jacoby, in the empathetic but searing examination of boundaries, power, privilege, and fear in a single backyard, One House Over. Chicago’s Hollis Resnick and Los Angeles actors Justin Huen and Esperanza America complete the cast. Readings are presented June 17 at 1:30 pm.
The festival also includes short films, dance and kinetic sculpture, as well as daily conversations about the creative process, all open to the public. Other than the free dance master classes, all events are $5 (free for students and artists). All access passes are available at the door for $25. A full schedule of events can be found at doorkinetic.com.