Meet the cast of Matawan, a new play by Dan Caffrey that tells the story of the summer of 1916 when a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the Nation. As the forces of nature, disease and war close in, characters who struggle to change must face a creature whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival. Spanning several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, Matawan examines how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes.
Matawan features an all-star cast of University of Texas at Austin students, including Emily Garcia (Old Blue), Christian Scheller (Dr. Eugene Vansant), Juleeane Villareal (Louisa Vansant), Devin Ramirez (Charles Vansant), Sahil Bhutani (Robert Engle), Jayla Ball (Charles Bruder), Brooks Laney (Watson Stanley Fisher), Grace Bohn (Luella Stillwell), Cat Palacious (Lester Stillwell), Shane Colwell (Captain Cottrell), Kyle Cordova (George Burlew), Khali Sykes (Mary Anderson) and Guinevere Govea, as well as an acting ensemble, including Rebecca East, Anapaula Guajardo, Shannon Homan and Morgan Riddle, and a movement ensemble featuring Alexadra Armbruster, Kialond Bronson-Smith, Kathleen Marie Guerrero, Nick Saldivar, Paola Montserrat Santibanez, Carlie Schoultz, Tori Schulze and Azari Sumbler.
The production’s creative team includes Dan Caffrey (Playwright), Alice Stanley (Director), Zoe Anderson (Scenic Designer), Scott Bussey (Technical Director), Laura Epperson (Community Engagement Lead), Stephanie Fisher (Costume Designer), Helen Hetrick (Stage Manager), Isaac Iskra (Choregrapher), Qi Jiajing (Lighting Designer), Sam Lipman (Sound Designer and Composer), Adam Miller-Batteau (Fight and Intimacy Director), Kirstin Perkins (Dramaturg), Alice Stanley (Director) and Mingxiang Ya (Projection Designer).
Matawan will be on stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre October 10-21, 2018. Details about the performance and ticket information can be found here.