Bare Backstage Productions
The Episodic Life
by R.J. Soule
Vincent - lars J loofboro
benjamin/brianna - jordan Everette boley
Verna - Dixie Edwards
pam - Marissa Danielle Harrington
Mitch - Lucas Campbell
direction by sarah e maclean
stage manager - stefani lynn wallace
props/set by penny lorio
producer - laura kay henderson
Sound Tech - Kristine Lynn Baker
Light Tech - Jaycee Curtis Myner
Stage Crew - Torri Jo Mitchell
Front of House - Brian and Martha Bay
music by miranda lee
Dawn & Reed Shilts
Laura Kay Henderson
Sarah E MacLean (Director)
Sarah has been acting and directing in Kalamazoo for over 20 years in film and many
local theaters including Western Michigan University as a 1999 graduate with a Theater
Performance degree. Some of her favorite roles include Georgia O’Keeffe in O’Keeffe, Yvonne
in Indiscretions, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lane in eLLe Kalamazoo. Sarah has most recently directed Swiftcurrent Pass by RJ Soule and the staged reading of The Episodic Life by RJ Soule scheduled to be fully staged this summer. Sarah also directed the stage version Of Masquerade of Rhymes by P.S Lorio which has been adapted to a
short film and the full length feature produced by She Films and Co-Directed by Laura K Henderson and Sarah E MacLean. Sarah has premiered 13 local films with Chuck Bentley Productions and acted in a few other local films as well. One of the stage projects she is most proud to be a part of is the play eLLe Kalamazoo by Shawntai Brown which over 10 years span of time she has acted, directed and served on the writing team for 10 episodes. Sarah values most, participating in new plays and supporting new and local talent. When Sarah is not at the theatre or working on a film set, she is on call as a birth doula with her business Nurturer By Nature or caring for babies and nurturing toddlers through outside education and homesteading. Sarah is grateful for the love and support of her partner Angie Jackson surrounded by there furry and feathered family. Live the life you want to live and save space for all things that make this wild adventure we call life worth living. May we always follow our dreams and surround ourselves with the love and support to do so.
Stefani Lynn Wallace (Stage Manager)
Stefani Lynn Wallace is excited to be the Stage Manager, alongside the wonderfully talented cast & crew of the Bare Backstage Theatre production of The Episodic Life. Stefani has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre: Acting & Directing from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. Working in theatre for around 35 years & around 28 years in film, she has gained a wide range of experience. When not acting on the boards or on film, you might find her backstage or somewhere behind the camera. Some of those productions include: “Rupert’s Birthday” as Director at API Theatre, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” as Assistant Director at What Ado Theatre, “Anne of Green Gables” as Assistant Stage Manager at What Ado Theatre, “A Christmas Carol” and other various shows as Light & Sound Tech at The New Vic Theatre, “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever” as an Office Production Assistant/Runner, “One Tree Hill” as a Production Assistant and “Nights in Rodanthe” as a Production Assistant. Stefani would like to thank her friends & family for your love & support. And a special thank you to Laura Kay Henderson & Sarah MacLean for the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful production.
Jaycee is a mom to six and Mimi to six! In her free time, she loves to paint and spend time with her family. In fact, Jaycee started theater because of her daughter Chloe's involvement. Her two favorite shows she's been apart of are her first show at the Civic, Elf the Musical (2019), as a floor crew member and being on stage for the first time in years as Richard Petty/Grandma/Flossy for Skits and Giggles traveling troupe. Jaycee has done the following shows- Elf the musical(Kalamazoo Civic)-Floor Crew, Born Yesterday (Kalamazoo Civic)-Floor Crew, Race (Kalamazoo Civic)- Light Board, Importance of being Ernest(Kalamazoo Civic)-Lights, 1940’s Radio Hr(Kalamazoo Civic)-Floor Crew, Dames at Sea(Kalamazoo Civic)-Dresser, LifeSpan of a Fact(Farmers Alley) -Floor Crew, Leaving Iowa-Lights & Xanadu-Assistant Stage Manager. --
Torri Jo Mitchell
"Torri Jo Mitchell (she/he/they) has been involved in theater through the Kalamazoo Civic, where she frequently volunteers, since 2017, their most recent productions being Xanadu, Murder on the Orient Express, and Kindleberger Festival's Mamma Mia! Whatever show they are working on is their favorite, and he hopes to work on many more shows and continue branching out in the theater community."
Kristine Lynn Baker
Kristine (she/her/hers) is a long time volunteer in the Kalamazoo theatre community. She has been involved with numerous groups over the last 13 years, and has worked with an ever growing network of actors, tech crew, and stage management across western Michigan. Kristine most recently was the stage manager for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s production of “Xanadu”. While her list of favorite shows is vast, the top of her list includes “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “Elf, The Musical”, “Peter Pan”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Our Town”, and “Lifespan of a Fact”. Kristine also looks for opportunities to play in various ensembles, and has been a clarinetist for 22 years lending her talents to a number of local ensembles. When not at the theatre, Kristine is found either with those she holds close to her, or out in her community serving as a member of JCI Kalamazoo, and has been for just over five years. While her daytime hours take her into the banking world as a Customer Experience Banker, she enjoys being able to still have time to do what she enjoys the most: art.
RJ began as a resident playwright for the API Theater back in the 90s with his first contest winning one act WARMTH OF A RED SNOWDRIFT. Since then he has written numerous one acts. One, HOLY ELMER G, won a place in Theater Kalamazoo's playfest a few years back. He has also written 4 full length plays: QUATREFOIL. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF POE, CIAO EDIE and ALTENATIVE MUSIC. He is also a former recipient of the IRVING S. GILMORE EMERGING ARTIST GRANT for playwrighting.