Earthquake '64 - by UAA Department of Theatre & Dance
Showdates: February 9 - 18, 2018
Earthquake ’64 is a multidisciplinary performance that carefully weaves together the personal stories, local experiences and science behind the 1964 earthquake. Using spoken dialogue, movement and original songs, this production examines the ripple effect this event had on Alaska and the world – changes to people, communities, cultures and scientific understanding. Join us for this uniquely personal look into the earthquake that shaped the great state we live in.
Performance run time: 2 hours with a 10-minute intermission
Performances held at the UAA Mainstage Theatre, 3700 Alumni Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508
Jake Beauvais as Greg
Angela Colavecchio as Eileen
Devan Hawkins as Genie Chance and Joan
Taran Haynes as Russ and Joe Pyne
Bao Her as Sue and Pam
Alexandra McCall as Carin and Tracy
Kaeli Meno as Anna and Blanche Clarke
Andrew Miller as Jack Hoff
Petra Murray as Diane
Becca Padrick as Benny and Coattails
Paitton Reid as June
Joshuah Rutten as Michael and George
Jake Beauvais (Greg and others) is a theatre major with a performance emphasis here at UAA. He has been in department productions such as Eurydice as Orpheus, Stalking the Bogeyman as the swing for both David and The Bogeyman, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile as The Visitor. He has also appeared in Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Bus Stop as Bo Decker. He was last seen in UAA’s production of Radium Girls as United States Radium Corporation president, Arthur Roeder. Jake is also a founding member of UAA’s resident improv troupe, The Ad-lib Alchemists.
Angela Colavecchio (Eileen) is a third-year theatre major at UAA. When Angela isn’t performing she is working as a nanny and a secretary. She has done six shows at UAA, including Radium Girls (Irene Rudolph), Working (Terry Mason), And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Germaine) and Eurydice (Loud Stone). Angela’s claim to fame is that she has eaten an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting without actually being sad. When Angela grows up, she wants to open a children’s theatre or be a princess, either one would be fine.
Devan Hawkins (Genie Chance, Joan, and others) is a UAA student seeking her bachelor’s degree in social work. She has been seen at UAA as Countess in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and as Mrs. Rogers in And Then There Were None and elsewhere as Beline in The Imaginary Invalid. Originally from Nebraska, Devan has an extensive background from her high school days as a state champion in dramatic interpretation. She is an avid musical buff and loves to sing and dance (despite lacking the ability to do either). Devan wishes to thank her mom, Katie, for loving and supporting her and allowing her to chase her dream.
Taran Haynes (Russ, Joe Pyne, and others) is a theatre major at UAA and an aspiring performer, director, and playwright. He has been on the UAA stage in Radium Girls (Tom Kreider, Reporter), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Albert Einstein), Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Phillip Lombard), Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer) and Spam-a-lot (Not-Dead-Fred). He also served as production dramaturg for Stalking the Bogeyman and assistant director in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Writing a Play, Taran’s first one-act, was accepted to the Play Lab of the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, and his 10-minute play, The Hardest Thing, was accepted to the Playwriting Symposium of the 2017 Mid America Theatre Conference in Houston, TX, which subsequently earned him a UAA Discovery Grant.
Bao Her (Sue, Pam, and others) is a second-year theatre major at UAA. She was previously seen in UAA Dance in Performance 2017. She’s a mentor for freshman students in Student Support Services, and in her spare time she likes to choreograph dances, write plays, and film short videos. Her career aspirations are to be a well-known Asian-American actor.
Alexandra McCall (Carin, Tracy, and others) is a theatre student at UAA. She has recently appeared on the UAA stage in such productions as Radium Girls (Grace Fryer), Twelfth Night (Viola), 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Presidents Taft and Eisenhower), Marie Antoinette (Lamballe), Working (Sharon Atkins, ensemble), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne). Alexandra toured with UAA’s Theatre for Young Audiences with the production of A Bully There Be (Wench) and has also appeared in the student-directed scene Let the Right One In (Eli).
Kaeli Meno (Anna, Blanche Clarke, and others) is in her third year at UAA as a history and theater dual major. Although her emphasis is in technical theater she has performed in Radium Girls (Mrs. Anna Fryer), The Flick (Rose) and in the UAA original The Confession (Amelia). Kaeli is also involved on campus as the president of Wolfpack Theater Club, a member of the debate team and employed as a resident advisor. She is excited about this opportunity and the upcoming season!
Andrew Miller (Jack Hoff) is a junior theatre major with a performance emphasis here at UAA. Earthquake ‘64 is his first time on stage in a full production, and he is very excited to make his debut.
Petra Murray (Diane and others) is a senior theatre major at UAA. Although this is her first time in a theatre production, it isn’t her first time on stage. Her most recent stage venture was UAA’s Dance in Performance 2017. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing, and watching movies with her favorite people.
Becca Padrick (Benny, Composer) is a third-year theatre performance major at UAA, and she has had the opportunity to work on many productions, both backstage and onstage. She’s also intent on learning more about makeup design, as it combines her passion for art and theatre. Some of her favorite plays she has been in include Working, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). If you ask her to tell a joke, she will always come up with one for you on the spot. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
Paitton Reid (June and others) is in her second year at UAA. When she is not acting, she is either working on a show or trying to fit in sleep. She has been a crew member in various UAA productions including And Then There Were None (wardrobe) and Picasso in the Lapin Agile (Assistant Stage Manager). Her first role with the theatre department was Sob Sister in Radium Girls. She is happy to be on the stage and a part of this devising process.
Joshuah Rutten (Michael, George, and others) is a senior theatre student at UAA. He previously appeared in Picasso at the Lapin Agile as Schmendiman. Joshuah always loved game shows as a child and has always wanted to host The Price Is Right. Outside of the department Joshuah dedicates his time to his job in the UAA Housing department and in the community as a Pokémon Professor/Judge. After college Joshuah plans to move back to his birth city of San Antonio, Texas, where he will continue working in theatre and work towards his acting goals.
Director, Dr. Brian Cook
Assistant Director and Movement Director, Shelley Virginia
Scenic Designer & Technical Director, Daniel Glen Carlgren
Costume Designer, Colleen Alexis Metzger
Lighting Designer, Daniel J. Anteau
Stage Manager, Addoris Davis
Dr. Brian Cook (director) is assistant professor of theatre at UAA. He received his PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon, and his MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College, London. At UAA, he’s directed several shows, including And Then There Were None and Stalking the Bogeyman, and he appeared on stage in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His research focuses on contemporary British theatre, particularly on the work of the Cherub Company in the United Kingdom and abroad. Brian has presented at various conferences and has published in Theatre History Studies, Theatre Survey, Performing Arts Resources and the LMDA Sourcebook. He previously ran the untitled Theatre Company which toured a short play dealing with interpersonal violence to schools and volunteer organizations, and he has worked at professional theatres in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, and the U.K..
Daniel J. Anteau received a B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In his academic career he has taught for the University of Alaska Anchorage as term technical director/lighting designer and The University of Hawaii as Assistant professor in Lighting Design and Technical Director. After returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage He now serves as Professor in design and Production Manager. Daniel is also the academic advisor for the design and technical students, manages the light shop as well as sound, projections, and special effects. Professionally, Daniel’s Lighting Designs have been seen across Alaska & Hawaii, to New York City, and internationally to Africa. In Hawaii, Daniel continues to stay active as Lighting Designer working with Manoa Valley Theatre on their summer production.
Daniel Glen Carlgren is currently the faculty scenic designer, projection designer, and technical director at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He received his BFA from Southern Oregon University in 2001 and his MFA from University of Oregon in 2012. Daniel’s recent credits include scenic and projection design, and technical direction for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Night of the Iguana, SPAMalot, Twelfth Night, and many others. Daniel has also worked on the automation for Julie Taymor’s Grendal and Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Los Angeles Opera and Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Daniel has worked as a scenery, staging and rigging specialist in the entertainment industry for many years.
Colleen Alexis Metzger is a costume designer and technician whose work has taken her across the country. She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, The Barter Theatre in Virginia, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Chautauqua Opera in New York, Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Portland Stage Company in Maine, and most recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Shelley Virginia (Assistant Director and Movement Director) is an Anchorage-based actor, teacher, and movement director. She is thrilled to have
Addoris Davis (Stage Manager) is currently a senior technical theatre major, focusing on stage management and design at UAA. Addoris’s recent credits include stage management for UAA’s production of Working: The Musical, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents; and Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s Rapture, Blister, Burn. She enjoys being on stage as well. Her UAA performances include Marie Antoinette (Sheep), Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Maria), and Radium Girls (Dr. Marie Curie/Mrs. Roeder). She is also a part of UAA’s improv troupe, the Ad-Lib Alchemists.
Assistant Scenic Designer: Meghan Stanford
Scenic Artist: Daniel Glen Carlgren
Scenic Painter: Myranda Bailey, Meghan Stanford
Scene Shop Supervisor: Henry Coleman
Master Carpenter: Myranda Bailey
Scene Shop Assistant: Meghan Stanford
Scenic Construction Crew: Meghan Stanford, Steven Chapman, Addoris Davis, Kaeli Meno, students enrolled in
Props Master: Daniel Glen Carlgren
Prop Crew: Myranda Bailey, Addoris Davis, Kaeli Meno, Meghan Stanford, Mike Vanni
Costume Shop Supervisor: Kaie Promish
Costume Shop Assistants: Jane Lee, Stephanie Lahn
Costume Construction: Crew Kayla Gonzalez, Karoline Gregory, Krisha Manuel, Isaac Mendel, Katie Radford, Chardonnay Stone
Lighting & Sound:
Assistant Lighting Designer: James Branstetter, Krisha Manuel
Light Shop Assistant: James Branstetter
Lighting and Sound Crew: James Branstetter, Kody Eckberg, Aurora Hoefferle, Krisha Manuel, Katie O’Laughlin
Sound Editor Krisha Manuel
Assistant Stage Manager: Quentin Schenk
Light Board Operator: Isaac McElwee
Sound Board Operator: Krisha Manuel
Dressers/Wardrobe: Kayla Gonzalez, Sophie Jones, Isaac Mendel, Katie Radford
Communications & Graphic Design: Asia Bauzon
House Manager: Mike Vanni
Box Office: Hope Hughes, Lawrence Wynn
- Production Photos
- News, Reviews, and Buzz
- Stage Talk: Earthquake '64 at UAA, by Steve Hunt, Alaska Public Media
- AK: UAA’s Earthquake ’64 brings historic disaster to the stage, by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media
- In Performance: Earthquake '64, KTVA Daybreak
Created by Mary Alley, Jake Beauvais, Angela Colavecchio, Brian Cook, Addoris Davis,
Kayla Gonzalez, Devan Hawkins, Taran Haynes, Bao Her, Alexandra McCall, Kaeli Meno,
Andrew Miller, Petra Murray, Becca Padrick, Paitton Reid, Joshuah Rutten, and Shelley
Music and Lyrics by Becca Padrick; musical contributions by Anna Padrick
Special thanks to Jeanne Brenner, Dan Kendall, and Erling Young for telling us their stories; Janelle Sikorski for helping us understand the science; Ryan Anderson and Alaska Experience Theatre; and UAA Archives and Special Collections.