Meadows Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker April 13-17

Rehearsal photo from 'The Skriker'Meadows’ Division of Theatre returns to the stage April 13-17, 2011, with its newest production – The Skriker by Caryl Churchill.

Written in 1994, The Skriker combines magic and realism in a macabre blend as the horrors of modern-day infanticide are entwined with surrealistic fantasy. Churchill’s play concerns a pair of English housemates: Josie (Rachel Werline, B.F.A. ’11), recently institutionalized for murdering her infant child, and Lily (Gracyn Mix, B.F.A. ’12), who is pregnant with her own. Lily is being pursued by a malevolent fairy, the Skriker (Aleisha Force, B.F.A. ’13), a spirit who continues to haunt the not-fully-sane Josie and her terrified roommate.

Meadows Distinguished Professor of Directing Stan Wojewodski Jr. staged the production, and all technical and acting parts are filled by members of the SMU Division of Theatre. Performances take place at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16. There will be two 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

All performances will be held in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students ($13 for non-SMU adults). For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Weekend traffic is expected to be heavy due to the SMU Founders’ Day Weekend celebrations, but the Meadows Museum lot and Meadows U-lot will be available for theatre parking. Patrons must enter the U-lot from Hillcrest Avenue and not Bishop Boulevard, which will be closed.

This production of The Skriker will be performed without an intermission. A full cast and crew list can be found after the jump.

(Above, The Skriker cast in action during a rehearsal. Photograph by Linda Blase.)

Director: Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
Scenic Designer: Caitlin Rain (M.F.A. ’12)
Costume Designer: Rachel Finn (M.F.A. ’12)
Lighting Designer: Ethan Steimel (M.F.A. ’12)
Sound Designer: Jason Biggs
Stage Manager: Justin Amos (B.F.A. ’13)


Skriker: Aleisha Force (M.F.A. ’13)
Josie: Rachel Werline (B.F.A. ’11)
Lily: Gracyn Mix (B.F.A. ’12)
Yallerybrown, Business Man, Blue Man, Man: Teddy Warren (B.F.A. ’14)
Passerby: Kelsey Smith (B.F.A. ’14)
Girl with Telescope, Lost Girl: Sarah Hamilton (B.F.A. ’14)
Woman with Kelpie, Hag, Blue Man: Kristen Kelso (B.F.A. ’14)
Bogle, Rawheadandbloodybones, Dark Fairy: Andrew Gonzales (B.F.A. ’14)
Brownie, Radiant Boy, Blue Man, Business Man: Steven Smith (B.F.A. ’14)
Man with Cloth and Bucket, Nellie Longarms, Picnic Family: Joshua Kumler (B.F.A. ’14)
Spriggan, Johnny Squarefoot: Stephen Gardner (B.F.A. ’14)
Black Annis, Granddaughter, Thrumpin: Lauren Mishoe (B.F.A. ’14)
Dead Child, Thrumpin, Picnic Family, Great-Great Granddaughter: Claire Carson (B.F.A. ’14)
The Kelpie, Fair Fairy: Tom Gelo (B.F.A. ’14)