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The Kingfisher Theater presents: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Translated by Ian Johnston Directed by: Kevin Dedes OCTOBER 23 RD -31 ST GALLERY 74 215 Tremont Street Building 3, 3 rd Floor Corn Hill (Free parking available)

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  • The Kingfisher Theater presents:

    Oedipus Rexby SophoclesTranslated by Ian JohnstonDirected by: Kevin Dedes

    OCTOBER 23RD -31ST

    GALLERY 74

    215 Tremont Street

    Building 3, 3rd Floor

    Corn Hill

    (Free parking available)



    Welcome and thank you for being in your chair, right now, holding this piece of paper.

    You are one of the first ever people to participate in our new artistic community. A community of theater artists whose intent is to create thrilling theater. A community that aims to expand the scope and abilities of local artists. A community that aims to provide a fertile space for artists of many disciplines to flourish. A theater that aims to entertain Rochester.

    Our motto is Classic Plays in New Ways because we aim to forge into the future while respecting the great works of the past.

    Our name, The Kingfisher Theater, is inspired by the myth of the Kingfisher birds, who, according to legend, nest peacefully in stormy seas.

    Of course, none of this would be worth a damn if it werent for you: our audience. So again, thank you. Thank you and welcome.

    Welcome to The Kingfisher Theater.


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    Adriana Riano - SHEP, A LOCAL SHEPHERD

    Lighting and Sound Design - BEN MEYERCostume Design - ADRIANA RIANO

    Program and Graphic Design - AMBER GARTUNG

    The Kingfisher Theater presents




    The truth shall set you free, as the saying goes.

    And so, humankind has been searching for the Truth since before the first of us peered into the dark sky above and wondered about those twinkling stars.

    Our need for clarity continues today, and even as we begin our playThe much-loved leader of Thebes, King Oedipus, addresses his people and assures them that he will stop at nothing to find the truth and save them from their pain.

    There is, of course, another saying: Curiosity killed the cat.

    Thats the tricky thing about truth. Its not really so concerned with our feelings, or even our well-being. We may not always want to look at our bank accounts, medical reports, or the news from abroad, but in the end, if fate decrees we must move forward, we must see the truth.

    These days it seems its more difficult than ever to know where the truth really lies. Modern life is bombarded with a cacophony of opinions, thoughts, reports, and noise noise noise. Any individual seeking Truth with a capital T is likely to find along with it, confusion, contradiction, even despair.

    Perhaps youll find some comfort in the notion that this has been a human problem since Sophocles first put ink on papyrus over 2,400 years ago to write his masterpiece, Oedipus Rex.

    Humanity is pretty good at figuring things out. Most of us agree that weve gotten to the moon. Weve constructed grand shining cities. Weve even found ways to peer into the depths of our own solar system and genetic code.

    But in the end, Fate, the godswhatever you want to call itwill reveal the ultimate Truth about our place in the universe.

    And while discovering the Truth may not always be a pleasant experience, it is what it must be, and in the end, well all be the better for it.

    Thank you for taking this journey of discovery with us, and as another saying goes:

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

    - Kevin


    KRISTY BARR (Oedipus) is proud to be a part of The Kingfisher Theaters inaugural production alongside such an inspiring group of people. Favorite theatrical credits include Clytemnestra (The Libation Bearers), Fiona (Shrek: The Musical), and Rona (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). She works as Payroll Manager at Lake Beverage Corp. and sings with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra when not studying to obtain her Master's in Liberal Studies from SUNY

    Empire State. Many thanks to her family, friends, and husband for their undying love and support.

    AMY CANFIELD ( Jocasta) is happy to be a company member of The Kingfisher Theater. Most recently she has appeared as Lancaster in Henry IV, parts I and II and as Cilisa in The Libation Bearers. She has also performed in Rochester in King Lear, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Prior to moving to Rochester, she acted, stage managed, and directed at a number of venues in Chicago and the other places she has lived. She thanks her husband and children for their support.

    XAVIER HUCKS (Creon) is a recent graduate of Monroe Community College with an Associates Degree in Cinema and Screen Studies. He continuously floats into various art and entertainment-based environments such as music, helping as a stagehand, and sound crew. This is his first time truly acting on stage as a primary character, but he has done a few small roles on stage and film. He was an extra in Cherry Crush, a short film shot at The School of The Arts. Xavier is excited to be

    taking part in this performance and looks forward to expanding his talents by taking part in more performances in the future.

    KATHARINE SANFORD (Teiresias) has appeared in various productions in the Rochester area including roles in Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and King Lear with the Rochester Community Players; several melodramas with the Penfield Players; and Lysistrata, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Widowers Houses at Black Sheep Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre from William Smith College. She recently applied

    for a Fulbright to study in Merry Ol England. Wish her luck!

  • JESSICA THURSTON (Sophia) Jessica's first stage credit was at age 8 as the mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz. Since then she has relished writing, directing, and performing in amateur theatre of all genres. Notable roles have included Mrs. Martin (The Bald Soprano) and Marian (Pizzazz), both produced by Messiah College Theatre. At Messiah, she was also an ensemble cast member in the experimental new play Fertile Ground. In 2011, she worked as the supervisor of background

    talent on the set of the motion picture King's Faith where she also appeared on screen as a nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Arts from Roberts Wesleyan College, and also founded Muse Creative Arts Ministry where she directed the student-written play, The Chains. She's thrilled to be a part of The Kingfisher Theater's inaugural production of Oedipus Rex.

    ADRIANA RIANO (Shep) is very excited to premier in her first acting role with The Kingfisher Theater. Ever since childhood she always had an interest in the performing arts, but has now finally mustered up the courage to pursue her dreams of being an artist. While new to the theatre community, she has artistic skills that have enabled her to help the production in other ways. She looks forward to be in more theater productions, and will continue to pursue her creative endeavors in acting, singing, and art. Adriana

    graduated from Keuka College with B.A in psychology and minor in Philosophy. She also received her M.A in Psychology from SUNY Brockport, and is currently a crisis counselor for a local hotline.

    BEN MEYER (Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound Designer) is originally from Portland, Oregon, where he began stage managing for his middle school production of Annie. Since then he has SM'd Grease and Oklahoma. In high school, he was the stage manager and technical director for Twelve Angry Men, Comedy of Errors, and Much Ado About Nothing. Blue Monkey Theatre Company of Portland, OR hired him as the Technical Director and Stage Manager for their show of Speech and Debate. The last show he worked on before

    coming to Rochester was Dying City for The Portland Playhouse where he was the Assistant Stage Manager. Most recently, he exhibited his lighting, sound design, and stage managing skills on Bread and Water Theatres production of The Libation Bearers. If he is not working on theatre he can be found at the Rochester Institute of Technology studying Computer Security.

    KEVIN DEDES (Director and Board President) began his career in theater as an actor here in Rochester, his hometown, and has acted on local stages such as The Shipping Dock Theater, JCC Centerstage, RCPs Irish Players, and Gevas Fielding Nextage. He moved to New York in 2003, where he played at New

  • Yorks UCB Theatre, The Flea and Gallery Players, and later at regional theaters such as San Jose Rep, ACT, and CalShakes. Other work includes stand-up comedy, music, and writing. His most recent new play, The Kookaburra, was performed at the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. Hes extremely proud to work with such a talented group of people as they work together to create Rochesters newest professional theater, beginning with this inaugural production of Sophocles masterpiece.

    KATIE FITTIPALDI (Movement Coach, Alexander Technique) In 2004, Katie graduated from the Alexander Alliance School in Philadelphia (now the Philadelphia School), and in November 2013 completed the training requirements to become a member of AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique). Katie has taught Alexander workshops at Eastman School of Music, University of Buffalo, Nazareth College, RIT, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and the Kanack School of Music. Katie has had a delightful time working with the cast in preparation for the performance and sends her very best wishes to everyone! www.alexandertechniquerochester.com

    IAN JOHNSTON (Translator) is a retired instructor (Now a Research Associate) at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. He has translated countless plays and written scholarly papers and reviews on a variety of subjects. See more at: http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/. We thank him for providing this translation, for without him, this show would not have been possible.

    SOPHOCLES (Playwright) was born around 497 BC, probably in Attica, Greece. He is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived to modernity. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than, or contemporaneously with those of Euripides. It is estimated that Sophocles wrote over 120 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in Athens. He competed in approximately 30 competitions, won perhaps 24, and was never judged lower than second place. Many scholars consider Oedipus to be his masterpiece.


    PATTIE KATCHMAR (Board Secretary) grew up in Rochester, New York. She has always loved the arts, demonstrated by acting in her high school senior play Lil Abner, being a current member and past president of the Penfield Art Association and member of the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. Pattie is a graduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BS Degree in Education. She also has a Masters in Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked at Eastman Kodak for thirty two years and is now working at Rotork Controls, Inc. Pattie is very excited to be not only Board Secretary, but an active member of The Kingfisher Theater.

    JOHN J. ZIMMER (Board Treasurer) is a certified public accountant and senior vice president of finance and Chief Financial Officer at Transcat, Inc. John has been a finance and accounting professional in the Rochester area for 30 years. He also serves on the Board of the Rochester Society for the Protection and Care of Children.

    LINDA J. KENNEDY (Tax and Financial Consultant) is a licensed NYS CPA with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with a variety of organizations in and around the Rochester area in both the public and private sectors. Linda graduated with a B.S. Degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and began her career in public accounting in the tax department of KPMG Peat Marwick where she was regularly engaged to work with many Rochester Charitable Organizations. In her spare time, she and her domestic partner, Jay, enjoy golfing and camping. She also has a love of fine arts, music and the theatre. She has two children, Alicia and Tanner and two beautiful grandchildren, Lily and Hudson.

    MATTHEW KNAPP (Development Consultant) has grown up in Rochester and fervently believes in the importance of art in a strong community. He graduated from the College at Brockport in 2010 with a degree in Education and English Literature. After graduation, he worked with children with special needs in one-on-one settings as well as in traditional schools and has taught in several school districts around Monroe county, building up his education repertoire. After stepping out of the classroom, Matt has repurposed his skills towards development, specifically with the Monroe County Democratic Committee and the Load Zero Foundation, and now The Kingfisher Theater.

    MARC SIRKIN (Marketing Consultant) has spent the past two decades focused on driving change by helping businesses and nonprofits use technology to drive revenue, build awareness and customer success. After receiving a degree in Advertising from Florida State University, he pursued his dream of becoming a Creative Director. After receiving a design diploma from The Art Institute of Atlanta, he worked for several years as a graphics and web designer. Marc has

  • spent time with organizations such as The Atlanta Braves, UPS, Microsoft, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes and Autism Speaks. As a child, his parents took him to see many shows on Broadway and despite crying through his first on-stage performance in kindergarten, he sometimes dreams of being on stage once again. Today, he has a wife and 2 teenage children who obsess over all things Broadway and theater. As a lifelong supporter of the arts, he is thrilled to provide support to The Kingfisher Theater.

    DAVID JACOBS (Associate Artist, Production Liaison to New York City) has been performing since he was 9 years old, beginning at the Young Conservatory Theater where he acted in numerous plays and world premieres. He holds a B.A. in Theater from Macalester College as well as an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.





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