Clamour Theatre Company presents OH, TANNENBAUM by Mark Harvey Levine as part of Christmas on Walnut.
When: December 2, 2023 – 4:15 pm Where: The Gazebo, Spring Park, Green Cove Springs, FL (right next to the river) Admission: FREE!!
Suggestion: Bring a folding chair — you’ll be glad to have it if you stay for the parade.
Mark Harvey Levine (playwright) has had over 2000 productions of his short plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Seoul to Sao Paulo. And you’ve still never heard of him. Even though his plays have won over 45 awards, been produced in more than ten languages and have been published in over two dozen anthologies. Do you like bios which are just long lists of facts? Full evenings of his short work, such as DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING, CABFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN, and A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL have been shown around the world, including at the SIFCA Festival in Greece, the Edinburgh Fringe and in a multi-year tour of Brazil. His new full-length, SAVE HAMLET, recently premiered at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. A Spanish-language film of his play THE KISS (EL BESO) premiered at Cannes and aired on HBO. Yes, really! HBO! Go figure.
ELAINE SMITH (director, producing artistic director) has acted on stage and film regionally and in New York City. She has directed for Abingdon Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Lincoln Center Institute, Women’s Projects & Productions, and Immigrants’ Theatre Project, among others. She is an award-winning playwright with productions and readings at several professional theatres. In addition, Elaine has been a script reader for the Princess Grace Awards for emerging playwrights and for Women’s Project & Productions. She has an M.A. in Theatre from the Univ. of Denver and a B.A. in Theatre from the Univ. of Delaware. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, of SAG-AFTRA, and of the Dramatists Guild. Elaine is a past member of Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) and their producing mentorship program as well as of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her roots in Clay County run deep. A granddaughter of Hazel Cartwright, the first employee of the Clay County Library system, and niece of Milford Cartwright, long-time owner of the Brown & Cartwright Ace Hardware in Green Cove Springs, Elaine remembers seeing the county from the passenger seat of the bookmobile, Saturdays spent at the Clay Theatre, and afternoons at Spring Park. After more than 20 years in NYC as a small business owner and theatre professional, she has returned to the area and plans for Clamour Theatre Company to be Clay County’s first professional theatre company.
Kaylee Byers is 18 and from Lafayette Indiana. She has starred as Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN, Cady Heron in MEAN GOR;S, Ariel Moore in FOOTLOOSE, and Pamela in 39 STEPS. She’s very excited to be performing in OH TANNENBAUM and finds the meaning of the show very heartfelt but also very humorous. She hopes she can capture the true meaning of being a Christmas tree that can talk and is excited to have an opportunity like this.
Jack Shaughnessy was born in Fairfax, VA and graduated from Culpeper County High School in Culpeper, VA. He moved to Daytona Beach in 2006 and has been a resident of the First Coast since. He first appeared with Clamour Theatre Company as Trout Shue in ZONA, THE GHOST OF GREENBRIER. Previous roles include Daddy Warbucks (ANNIE) and Puck (MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) as well as various roles in small skits. He is very thankful for the opportunity to return to the stage with Clamour Theatre Company.