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gods Play Cast and Crew

gods Play

Playwright: David Clark

Director:  Sabrina Spalding

Stage Manager:  Rachel Allen



Chorus - Eric Steven Sharp and Helen Magnolia Hensley

Christopher Pentheus - Robert Thompson

Jerry - Teri Carlson

In a world where the blockbuster film is considered mere popular entertainment for the masses and live theatre is intellectual fodder for the elite, one boastful playwright is about to anger an action-loving deity.   With tragic backstory in tow and expendable friends to help him on his journey, Christopher Pentheus must endure an epic road trip to save the script that was stolen from him.  Told on an empty stage, with just an overworked 2 person chorus, and very little Tech, the Almighty plans to prove his storytelling methods are supreme!

Robert Thompson (Christopher Pentheus)

Louis Robert Thompson is excited for his first ever performances with the DCP Festival. "It's been encouraging to see a local cohort of peers sharpening each others skills in this way!" Theater: Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Twelfth Night, Othello, American Tales, How I Became a Pirate, Esther The Musical, Julius Caesar, River City. Television: Chicago P.D., J.L. Ranch, The Ultimate Legacy. Film: Family Blood, And Then I Go, Manic, Orphan Horse, United We Fall, and the soon to premiere The Art of Self Defense. 

Eric Steven Sharp (Chorus)

Eric Sharp is a 2017 graduate of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with his Master of Arts of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a 2011 graduate of Hanover College. Eric was last seen on stage as Judy in “Mr. Universe” (The Liminal Playhouse.) Eric has acted in several shows in Louisville with Pandora Productions, including Abe in “Abraham Lincoln Was a Faggot”, Donald in “The Boys in the Band”, and Larry Fanazzi in “My Big Gay Italian Mid-Life Crisis.” When not on stage, Eric provides therapy through Best Life LLC.

Helen Magnolia Hensley (Chorus)

Magnolia is so excited to be a part of her first Derby City Playwright Festival. She is so thankful for the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of people, and also for the chance to premiere such a funny and well written script! You may have spotted her in a few productions during the final seasons at The Alley Theatre (Reefer Madness, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, All New People) or in Mind’s Eye Theatre Company’s rendition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support. Enjoy the festival!

Teri Carlson (Jerry)

Teri has been doing theater for most of her life and got involved in Louisville theatre about 1.5 years ago with two productions at The Alley Theatre ("80s Prom" and "Saucy Jack"). Locally she has also been seen in productions with Company Outcast and also participates in local improv performances and troupes. Teri's favorite stage role was Don Jon in "Much Ado  About Nothing" with Sweet Tea Shakespeare in Fayetteville, NC and loves being a swarthy villain.  She recently decided to pursue the side gig of Wedding Officiant to also tap into her desire to be the center of attention.  She is the mother of 2 and has had the opportunity to perform with one daughter (who has her own theater dreams) and even with one in utero. Helena and Dorothy- I love you!

Rachel Allen (Stage Manager)

Rachel is happy to be stage managing for the first time with such a fantastic director. She would like to thank Sabrina for the opportunity, and her partner Kris for dealing with her crazy schedule. When Rachel is not working with scripted pieces, you can find her performing improv with The Hystericals.

Sabrina Spalding (Director)

Sabrina is so excited to be working with DCP again, this time as a director! She has acted and directed with numerous companies around town. A few of those being Kentucky Shakespeare, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, Pandora Productions, Marrow Street Theatre, and The Bard’s Town Theatre. A special thanks goes out to her boyfriend, Lee, and to her incredibly loving family--especially her sister, Stephanie, whom she blames for her wild love affair with theatre.

David Clark (Playwright)

David Clark (Playwright) co-founded Derby City Playwrights with playwright Brian Walker. His play Shrodinger’s Girl was part of the first Derby City Playwights New Play Festval in 2016. Work includes: Edgar at 2014 Ten-Tucky Festival in Louisville; And in the Silence Penguins Come (2015),The Hippopotamus in the Room (2014) and Chocolate Girl (2012) at the Finnigan Festival, Louisville; In Retrospect as part of “The Seven” at Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque (2007); gods Play, Laundry and Chocolate Girl were showcased at the Good Acting Studio, Atlanta (2014), and he produced (with Callie Meiners) Everything and Nothing for the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. His work has been published in two volumes of collected monologues, presented at the Last Frontier Conference Play Lab, and been selected as a semi-finalist for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award, the Source Theatre Festival and as a finalist for the Heidemann Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He attributes all of his success to his long time collaborator, editor and wife, Beth Clark, with whom he is currently attempting to script the life of three adorable children (including two 2-year old twins)

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