Preview: How to Field Dress an Android at What If? Productions

Set in an indeterminate future, How to Field Dress an Android, which won What If? Production‘s 2014 Playwright’s Festival, brings a rarity to the stage – science fiction. We’re not talking phasers, death stars, or giant sand worms, we’re talking people. And androids. And people killing androids. For sport. This isn’t a play about technology, it’s a bit more complex than that.
Listen in as Steve talks to the cast and director of Irene Pynn’s play How to Field Dress an Android.

How to Field Dress an Android is playing now until July 18th. Visit whatifproductions.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Also be sure to check out What Ifs Play Fest 2015 on July 11th

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Director

Darryl LaPlante (Associate Director)

A What If? company member, Darryl first appeared in What If?’s First Annual Playwrights Festival reading the role of Adam in play finalists’ After.Life. Canadian born, Darryl is a nearly life long resident of Charleston who graduated from Winthrop University. Darryl spent a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia studying improv and theatre. He was last seen in What If?’s Piccolo Spoleto production of Hearts Full of Blood and Footlight’s spring 2012 production of The Bible: Abridged. Other regional acting credits include Mere Mortals, To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antigone and Dog Sees God. He has also assistant directed many productions including Doubt: A Parable, Back to Eden and What If?’s Little Shop of Horrors. Darryl most recently directed the world premiere of 2012 Playwrights Festival winner The Practice Child and starred in the world premiere of Accepting Applications for a Muse.

Cast

 

John Black (Alan)

John has been acting in the low country for almost 15 years. This is John’s first show with What If? Productions. He was last seen in Seminar with the Village Repertory Company, prior to that he was also seen at Village in Blood and Gifts as Saeed, a favorite of his roles. Other recent roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Threshold Repertory, the ensembles of Young Frankenstein with Charleston Stage and Monty Python’s Spamalot, with Village, Ron in Breaking The Code with the Footlight Players and Jinx in Forever Plaid.

Joanna Cretella (Eliza)

Originally from New Hope, PA, Joanna relocated to Charleston in 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and French from Ursinus College. This is Joanna’s first time performing with What If? Productions, and she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of premiering this phenomenal play. Local credits include: Catherine in The Foreigner (Charleston Stage), Alison in Brooklyn Boy (Midtown Productions), Clara in 33 Variations (Threshold Repertory Theatre), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Midtown Productions), and Annabella/Pamela in The 39 Steps (Flowertown Players).

Brian Turner (Parry)

Brian has performed in Boston, Atlanta, Seattle and San Francisco. He is grateful to What If? productions for shepherding new works onto the stage and allowing him a role in this terrific show. As a writer by trade, Brian harbors a neon green envy of Irene Pynn’s gift for compelling, provocative storytelling.

Emily Kautzer (Alice)

Emily Kautzer is a junior at the College of Charleston. She was most recently seen in the colleges production of Home on the Morning Train, and can be next seen at the college in Lovers and Players, and at the Black Fedora Mystery Theatre as Chrissie Love in Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston Mystery.

Luke Shaw (Boy)

Luke is thrilled to perform in his first production with What If? Productions. He is an 8th grade theatre major at Charleston County School of the Arts. When he’s not acting, Luke enjoys playing his mandolin, riding his bike, reading comic books, Harry Potter novels and watching Harry Potter movies. Luke has previously performed with Charleston Stage as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Michael Darling in Peter Pan, Gander in Charlotte’s Web and over the years as Ignorance, Tiny Tim and Boy Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.

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