The Doll Pit

May 21 – June 13, 2021

Created by Jody Kuehner, Maggie L. Rogers, and Washington Ensemble Theatre

 

A feature film presentation

Stranger Genius Award winner Cherdonna Shinatra rejoins forces with WET and this time she’s creating a solo piece featuring herself and…herself. For the first time EVER, you’ll see Cherdonna alongside her creator, Jody Kuehner, in this hour-long feature film presentation. Inspired by Joni Mitchell, The Kardashians, and featuring an actual ball pit, their symbiotic relationship will be tested as they discover they are perhaps one in the same, lost in a parallel universe of their making.

 

 

MEET THE CAST

Jody Kuehner

Jody Kuehner is the Seattle-based dance artist, choreographer and director also known as Cherdonna Shinatra. Over the last 15 years, Kuehner has created and performed over a dozen evening-length works and performance installations described as “uncategorizable spectacles” (The Stranger) for institutions such as On the Boards (WA), Velocity Dance Center (WA), Seattle Theater Group (WA), The Momentary (AR), Henry Art Museum (WA); and for countless clubs and cabarets. In 2015-2016, Kuehner toured her solo dance work with support from NEFA’s National Dance Project to venues such as The American Dance Festival (NC), FringeArts Philadelphia, and The Yard (MA), Most recently, Kuehner premiered “DITCH” at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum, a three-month exhibition that included eighty daily performances drawing over 3500 people. Kuehner’s many honors include a 2017 Artist Trust Fellowship, 2017 CityArts Artist of the Year, and a 2015 Seattle Stranger Genius Award for Dance Performance.

Sophie Franco

Narrator

Sophie Franco (they/them) is a Peruvian-American storyteller & interrupter of the status quo working in the Seattle area. They are Sunshine Chairman and a Resident Actor at WET. Their foremost professional goal is to create theatrical spaces that reflect the diversity and complexity of our communities, and that value the individual and the artist as a whole. Franco believes that art doesn’t always need to reflect the world as it is, but should explore what it could be. They have worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, dancer, bilingual text coach and teaching artist. Companies Franco has worked with include: The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Upstart Crow Collective, Burien Actor’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, On the Boards, Horse in Motion, Umbrella Project, and Annex Theater.

CREATIVE TEAM

Maggie L. Rogers*
Director

Stephen Anunson
Director of Photography/Editor

Ryan Dunn*
Scenic Design

Tristan Roberson*
Lighting Design

Ricky German
Costume Design

Mr. Gorgeous
Costume Designer, “Jody” Character

Sien Mendez*
Sound Design

Erin Bednarz*
Associate Sound Design

ilvs strauss
Composer

Robin Macartney
Properties Design

Rosemary Jones
Stage Manager

Quinn Chase
Production Assistant

*member of Washington Ensemble Theatre