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Coming May 2019…

“Dig This: Close up on Pookie. She Is 14. She Is Awesome.”

In May 2019, Wolf’s Head will bring to the Ore Dock Brewing Company Pookie Goes Grenading by J.C Lee. Our story follows 14-year-old comic book hero/revolutionary/bad ass mofo Pookie as she stops at nothing (and we do mean nothing) to put on her play- proving great art doesn’t come at a finite price. She gathers a rag-tag group of losers, including her high school counselor, to assist her. They laugh, they cry, they throw grenades. They learn to love. Cuz you can’t make art without he(art).  Or fire.

“Are you ready to get sticky, New Jersey(Marquette)? Cause whether you like it or not, there’s a big fat load heading your way. See you onstage.”

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JC Lee (Playwright)
JC writes for theater, film and television. Recent plays include Relevance (MCC, NYC), warplay (New Conservatory Theatre Center, SF) and Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre, NYC) for which he co-wrote the film adaptation starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer. He's received commissions from the Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Playwright's Realm and New Conservatory Theatre Center.

His television credits include ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," and both "Looking" and "Girls" on HBO, where he's developing a pilot based on "The Song Machine" by John Seabrook. He's currently working on the film adaptation of "The Nutcracker" for Warner Brothers with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and a pilot based on the life of Mistress Trinity, a professional dominatrix, for FX. His play What You Are will premiere in the Spring of 2019 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

JC is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and The Juilliard School. He can be found online @jclee1230.

MEET THE CAST

Pookie/Hanna Doublet/Numinen. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Smoldering Silence

Pookie/Hanna Doublet/Numinen. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Smoldering Silence

Meet the cast of Pookie in Poughkeepsie by Pookie Doublet!

Pookie Doublet is the most kick-ass 14 year old, (by standards of societal time keeping, she’s actually approximately 72.5 years old in her mind’s eye) you’ll ever get the chance of fixin’ your nasty, nasty eyes on. She’s here. To make it clear. She’s here, hoping you’ll HEAR. That you’ll become a little more woke. A little more self-aware. She hopes you feel feelings you’d never feel in front of people because you’re embarrassed by the thought of vulnerability. She’s here to kick your heart straight in the ass, and rock your motherfuckin’ world, yo. Her most recent accolades include: Her duo performance of Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third (feat. BFF Dynamo Delgado) with J. Edgar Hoover’s Middle School Forensics Team in which she played nearly all the characters. Pookie also has a vast experience and knowledge of the art of choreopoem, chant writing, and a unique gift for creating angry mobs.

Meet the cast of Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee!

Hanna Numinen is currently a junior at Northern Michigan University, pursuing a degree in her major, Theatre and Entertainment Arts with a focus in Performance and minor in Dance. Some of her favorite roles she has played in past productions are; Terk in Disney’s Tarzan (Forest Roberts Theatre, 2018) Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical (Forest Roberts Theatre, 2017), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Masonic Arts, 2017), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival, 2017) and Jill Tanner in Butterflies Are Free (Lake Superior Boathouse, 2016). She’s very excited to get back into theatre after a brief hiatus, especially since this is the first time her and her father have worked with each other on stage! She hopes you enjoy the show, and leave feeling a little more whole and little less like a donut.

Benny/Nathan Petricelli/Morgan. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Complacent-Chuckle

Benny/Nathan Petricelli/Morgan. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Complacent-Chuckle

Meet the cast of Pookie in Poughkeepsie by Pookie Doublet!

Benny Petricelli is the star player on the football team and is thrilled to stand onstage once again. Ever since putting on that oompa Loompa costume all those years ago Benny knew that something inside of him had stirred. Seeing Pookie stand in the glow of the auditorium sparked that something once again. Benny is thrilled to portray this role for you and hopes that you don’t swoon TOO hard.

Meet the cast of Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee!

Nathan Morgan holds a BA in biology and is currently a graduate student at NMU studying education. He is an adjunct instructor for the dept. of chemistry and hopes to one day teach high school biology and chemistry. Theatre has long been in a passion of Nathan’s. Some of his favorite performance credits from the past few years include: Gorilla Ensemble in Disney’s Tarzan (Forest Roberts Theatre, 2018), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Masonic Arts, 2017, 2018), Himself in The Complete Works of Shakespeare abridged (Forest Roberts Theatre, 2017). Nathan is excited to perform with this company for the first time and hopes that you enjoy the show.

Dynamo/Tanner Delgado/Parish. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Stunned Stare-Down

Dynamo/Tanner Delgado/Parish. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Stunned Stare-Down

Meet the cast of Pookie in Poughkeepsie by Pookie Doublet!

Dynamo Delgado is a young boy living in New Jersey. He attended J. Edgar Hoover Middle School, where he and his best friend Pookie Doublet joined the forensics squad. Critics raved about them, saying, “Without a doubt, one of the performances I’ve seen this year.” Dynamo is all around a pretty cool dude. Probably.

Meet the cast of Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee!

He’s been called the Citizen Kane of people. Tanner Parish is currently a student at Northern Michigan University, majoring in theatre. People seem to like him because he is polite and rarely late. He likes to eat ice cream, and he really enjoys a nice pair of slacks. Some previous shows he’s been in include, The Aristocrats, NMU’s 2018 Fringe Festival, and Scrooge. He also has dank memes.

Greta/Taylor Van Susteren/Kulju. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Agitated Wiggle

Greta/Taylor Van Susteren/Kulju. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Agitated Wiggle

Meet the cast of Pookie in Poughkeepsie by Pookie Doublet!

Greta Van Susteren is the best techie in the tri-state area and that’s being modest. She’s got a headset full of knowledge(& secrets), a wardrobe full of black, a pocket full of gaft tape, and a mouth full of metal….braces. Greta’s honored to make her debut as the delightfully dangerous tasty treat and wishes to remind the audience that although she will blow you away with her performance she is first and foremost a techie AND IF YOU DISRESPECT THE SIGHT LINES SHE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH. If you like what you see you can catch Greta at the local Karaoke Bar every Sunday and Tuesday at 3pm(when school gets out) singing her trademark anthems… I Will Always Love You and Baby Got Back.

Meet the cast of Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee!

Taylor Kulju is a Northern Michigan University Graduate with a Major in Theatre and Entertainment Arts.  Her memorable role’s on the Forest Roberts Theatre Stage include, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Addams Family, & Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde.  She has also participated in numerous productions with community theatres such as the Lake Superior Theatre and the Vista Theatre.  Taylor currently works for the City of Marquette in the Arts and Culture Department as their Marketing & Promotions Assistant as well as being involved in the Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance as their Communications Specialist. Taylor is eager to make her debut with this new company and beyond thrilled to be working with such a talented, cast, crew, & director!

Larry/Karl Ragonesse/Numinen. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Innocent Smirk

Larry/Karl Ragonesse/Numinen. Photo by Anthony/Cobra Reynolds/Innocent Smirk

Meet the cast of Pookie in Poughkeepsie by Pookie Doublet!

Larry Ragonesse is a 55-year-old high school guidance counselor who has only a feeble memory of the passions that once inspired his life. He long ago gave up his dreams of a Broadway career and awoke to the realities of a troubled marriage and mediocre job giving advice to misguided high school students who often have a better grasp of their existential angst than he ever did. Larry drinks heavily and finds solace in knowing that most of the kids he counsels don’t follow his advice anyway.

Meet the cast of Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee!

Though this will be Karl Numinen’s first time on the theatre stage, in a way he’s been preparing for this most of his adult life. For the past 26 years, Karl has been a trial attorney dealing with real life drama in courtrooms across Michigan. In high school, Karl played trumpet in the pit orchestra for many musicals and he’s continued his passion for music performance having played in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and other local groups. In his spare time Karl is writing a mystery novel about murder, magic, and the meaning of doodles.

 

Coming July 2019…

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In July of 2019, Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival returns with Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, performed in a yet undisclosed location. Chekhov’s beloved and classic “slice of life” play proves the long-standing formula of comedy equaling tragedy plus time. Chalk full of sumptuous characters portrayed by local favorites, our story studies the frustrating facets of bitter dissatisfaction, the ridiculousness of the human spirit and ultimately the inevitable and ironic satire of it all. That’s The Seagull- that’s life!

 

Coming October 2019…

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In October 2019, Wolf’s Head howls back to the Ore Dock Brewing Company to take a bite out of the delectable, seductive horror cartoon of Quills by Doug Wright.  Sinfully sensational and eccentrically perverse, our tale immerses you into the middle of Charenton Insane Asylum circa 18th Century France- your bunk-mate? The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned for the rest of his life for “unmentionable activities”. The triangular battle of wills between the Marquis and two physicians of differing treatment plans/opinions will leave you disturbed, sidesplitted, exhilarated and questioning.