Epsilon Productions presents

Crystal Springs

by Kathy Rucker

Director
Jemma Gross 

Designer
Mike Lees

Lighting Designer
Sherry Coenen 

Sound Designer
Emily Appleton Holley

Assistant Director
Charlotte Marigot

Associate Director
Marnie Nash

Producer
Epsilon Productions

 

Kathy Rucker is a past member of the San Francisco Bay Area theatre company, Playground.  Her first play, Beautiful Scar, was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival Ten-Minute Play Contest.  Her next play, Chop Shop, earned her an invitation to the Sewanee Writers Conference where she developed the work with playwrights Romulus Linney and Dan O’Brien.  Ms. Rucker’s play, Turing Tested, was selected for participation in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, as was Sultan’s Battery, which was also selected for the Great Plains Theatre Conference and was a finalist in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest.  The play was also nominated for the London Fringe Festival Theatre Writing Award and had its world premier in 2010 in Los Angeles, produced by the Fresh Baked Theatre Company.  In 2013 her play, Done There, Been That, was produced at the Bierkeller Theatre in Bristol, England, directed by Natasha Harper-Smith.  Crystal Springs was produced this spring at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, directed by 2013 Bruntwood Prize Winner, Anna Jordan. Ms. Rucker is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Director Jemma Gross, newly appointed Artistic Director of Epsilon Productions.

Along with directing Crystal Springs, Jemma is will also be directing the second show in Epsilons Summer Season at Park Theatre, Chicken Shop by Bruntwood Playwriting Prize Winner 2013 Anna Jordan.  This will show in P90 from 2nd to 28th September.

Jemma also works as a freelance theatre director and producer in both the UK and abroad.   

Theatre as a director includes Skin Tight (Park Theatre), Gypsy (Bucks University), To Freedom’s Cause (UK Tour), Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall), The Mayor of Zalamea (Drama Centre), Shakespeare for Breafast (C Venues, Edinburgh), The Shoemakers Holiday (Dell Festival, RSC), The Duchess of Malfi (The White Bear Theatre). 

As Associate Director: Relatively Speaking (Maxim Teartern, Stockholm) The Belles Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse), King John (Union Theatre).  Jemma is an invited member of the Young Vic Theatre’s Genesis Directors Network as well as a member of the Directors Lab, Lincoln Centre Theatre, New York. Jemma regularly works with student and professional actors for institutions such as Arts Ed, Goldsmiths, Bucks University, Drama Centre, Cygnet New Theatre, Ripley Grier Studios and Lincoln Centre Theatre, New York. 

www.jemmagross.com

 

Designer Mike Lees holder of seven Fringe First Awards and a Mercury Award for Design.

Mike worked at Park Theatre with Epsilon Productions on The Visitor and will be designing our 2014 Summer Season here at Park Theatre.

Previous collaborations with Jemma Gross include Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall); The Peacock & The Nightingale (Tristan Bates); Gypsy (Theatre on the Hill) and To Freedoms Cause (UK Tour).

Mike has designed set and costumes for more then two hundred productions throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and America.  Recent designs include GONE (New Ambassadors); Mathilde (Vauldeville Theatre); Fred Astiare: His Daughter's Tribute (London Palladium); What I Heard About Iraq (Arts Theatre); Sommer:14; The Hard Man, Quality Street, Myths and Hymns (Finborough); Olga's Room (Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg); The Little Mermaid (National Theatre of Dubai and UAE Tour); Calendar Girls (Leicester and Tour)  Count Oederland (Arcola Theatre); Kissing Sid James (Jermyn Street); 1000 Miles of History (Bussey Building) Holding Hands At Pascendale (Lyric Theatre Belfast, White Bear London and Tour); The Stanhope Sisters (Theatre Royal Bath)  Pete & Dud: Come Again (Leicester Square Theatre); Miss Julie (Wolsey Theatre Ipswich); The Drowsy Chaperone (The American Theatre); Whistle Down The Wind (Churchill Bromley.

As a Costume Designer, Mike has created costumes and outfits for the National Theatre; the BBC, V&A, The Theatre Museum, the World Trade Fair, numerous recording artists including Lady Gaga's Art Pop and most recently for the XFactor.

www.mikeleesdesigns.com

 

Lighting Designer Sherry Coenen joins the Epsilon team again after working with us on Skin Tight in Park Theatre inaugural season and will be designing our 2014 Summer Season here at Park Theatre.

Sherry has been lighting shows in the US and UK since graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami in 2003.

Shows include: Skin Tight (Park90), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), Moby-Dick (Arcola), ENTER (Embassy Theatre), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Arcola), After the Rainfall (UK Tour), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre), Home Sweet Home (UK Tour), CELL (UK Tour), Much Ado about Nothing (Park90), Bernarda Alba (Union), Snow Spider (UK Tour).

 

Sound Designer Emily Appleton Holly a London based British composer joining Epsilon for the first time.

Recent projects include scores for the BBC Natural World series 2012/13.  

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music with a Masters degree in Composition for Screen, Emily has written for a number of companies, including EMI, Delicious Digital, James Grant Music, Warner, Altitude Music and Menlo Park Music.  She also regularly assists British Film, TV and video games composer Stephen Baysted (Credits inc. EA Games Shift: Need for Speed, Shift 2: Unleashed, GTR 1 & 2) with whom she has recently worked with on a number of projects, including feature film Strange Factories and video games including The Walking Dead:Assault.

 

Epsilon Productions, Multi award nominated Production Company was founded by Angela Bull in 2006 and joined by Jemma Gross as Artistic Director in 2013. 

Crystal Springs will be our third production at Park Theatre following on from the 5 star production of Skin Tight by Gary Henderson in the inaugural season and the staged reading of The Visitor by Peter Lantos.

Epsilon’s CV spans from Shakespeare to new writing featuring, Time Out Critics Choice Extremities by William Mastrosime, Fun Like Stalingrad by Len Pentin & a sell out production of Othello .

We strive to produce theatre of the highest caliber. We aim to tell good stories simply and well, making points to which each member of the audience can relate. One of the driving forces behind Epsilon is to be able to give unknown talent, on both sides of the footlights a platform to hone their skills and excel. We are passionate to find pieces of theatre that stand out from the crowd that hits the solar plexus of the audience and takes them on a roller coaster journey of emotion. We look to fire debate in the bar during the interval and to stand as a talking point amongst friends.