Written by Edward J. Walsh
Directed & narrated by Tim Tavcar
Featuring Agnes Herrmann
Vickie Schultz, a reporter, is not happy. Let go by her newspaper in Cincinnati, she starts a new job in New Jersey without her family, friends, and cheating fiancé. Vickie expects to cover a breaking story about the Mayor and his female Police Chief. Instead, she’s assigned to the arrival of a whale on the shore — a huge pelagic mammal, not unlike the mythical Moby Dick. The sooner this stranded subject returns to the ocean (or doesn’t), the sooner Vickie gets her career back on track. As with her own struggles, though, the whale’s plight won’t be resolved quickly.
Run Time: 40 minutes.
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Edward J. Walsh: Playwright, editor, and journalist Edward J. Walsh has had a long career as a writer, in a cross-section of media. But these days he is giving full attention to the writing of plays. His works, sometimes written solo and sometimes as co-writer, have been performed at a number of Northeast Ohio venues. These include Dobama Theatre, Cuyahoga Community College, Berea Summer Theatre, John Carroll University, and Kent State University. Two of Walsh’s plays, Road Kill and One-on-One, were produced as part of the Colombi New Plays Festival at Ensemble Theatre. In 2017, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre produced the newest of his full length plays. Beyond Northeast Ohio, several productions were done Off-Off- Broadway. Another collaborative effort was adapted and produced at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, and again in Kansas City, featuring Hayley Mills. Walsh is especially grateful for the recent recording of Stranded by Playwrights Local. It enables him to share a play that he believes says much about how we treat — and mistreat — the planet we share with other living creatures.
Tim Tavcar began his career on the stage of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado. Since then, his work as an actor, director, and lecturer has been seen on or in stages, churches, and concert halls in Cleveland, Akron, Chicago, Washington, DC, and NYC, and, over a fifteen-year residency, in Montpelier, Vergennes, Burlington, and Brattleboro, VT. As an arts administrator, he has served as the Managing/Artistic Director of the Vergennes Opera House, Executive Director of the Monteverdi Music School, Box Office Manager for the Cleveland Playhouse, Audience Services Coordinator for the Houston Performing Arts Consortium, and jack-of-all trades in the early years of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, under the visionaries Ray Shepardson and Joseph J. Garry. Tim is an Artistic Associate for Montpelier VT’s professional theater company, Lost Nation Theater, to which he returns for a few months each year. Before bringing the company to Ohio, Tim founded WordStage in 2007 in Vermont, where he received a Creation Grant from the Vermont State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since returning to his native Cleveland, he has been honored to act and/or direct at the Beck Center, Blank Canvas Theatre, Dobama Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre.
Agnes Herrmann (Vickie Schultz) is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She began her career in dinner theater, appeared in various summer stock and Off-Off Broadway theaters, and worked steadily as a voice actress in New York. Her V.O. credits run the gamut from national commercials (Thompson’s Water Seal) to industrials (Bristol Myers Squibb), broadcast TV (60 Minutes), radio drama (The Ring Lardner Playhouse), cartoons (Yu-Gi-Oh), and many audio books. Since moving to Cleveland, she has performed at Ensemble Theater, Public Theater, and Dobama, and has been active in film (Archer’s woman in The Road, with Viggo Mortensen) and many other films in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her latest film, The Assassin’s Code, is making its premiere at the 2018 Cleveland Film Festival. Agnes is a member of Ensemble Theatre’s Stagewrights Workshop. She’s written many 10-minute plays and a full-length play, Makin’ Sawce, all of which had readings at Ensemble Theater. She is currently working on a full-length musical entitled The Curious Cabinet, intended for both adults and children as well as a new piece entitled Limbo.
Angie Hayes is a freelance audio engineer with a Bachelor Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with an emphasis in Recording Technology and Music Business. Since moving to Cleveland, she has designed sound for Waiting for Godot, Really Really, and Body Awareness, and has mixed sound for numerous productions, at Beck Center. She is also the sound designer and recording engineer for Sidewalk, a podcast through the Saint Luke’s Foundation about Cleveland’s East Side neighborhoods, as well as for the fictional podcast series Munchen, MN.
Recorded at Bad Racket studio in January 2018. Recording © 2018 by Playwrights Local. Stranded © 2017 by Edward J. Walsh.
Produced by David Todd for Playwrights Local.
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