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High Tide

High Tide

Playwright: Brian Walker

Director:  Natalie Fields

Stage Manager:  Maria Allgeier

Running Crew:  Shaun Kenney



Bo: Michael Roberts

Hurley: Kelly Kapp

Triton: Brianna Clemerson

Mom: Wendy Hames


High Tide is a play about sibling rivalry, dead mothers and transporting octopuses.  Bo, Triton and Hurley have never really gotten along that great.  Competitiveness and divisiveness have always gone hand in hand with them being siblings, particularly as they became adults.  When their mother dies, her last request is for them to finish the work she started as a marine-life vigilante and transport an octopus she’s stolen from poor conditions at a Florida aquarium to a friend in Maine who will release it back to the waters from which it came.  Part road trip comedy, part family drama and part mystical pilgrimage; it’s a play that looks at the relationships of brothers and sisters, of man and animal and the benefits of not always being completely sober.

Michael Roberts (Bo)

Michael Roberts has been performing in Brian Walker produced new works festivals for eight years and is so proud to be a part of the newest and most ambitious incarnation. Organizations like DCP and the Bard's Town are a vital part of what makes Louisville weird and fun. Michael works locally with LRC, DCP, Finnigan, Savavage Rose, and The Liminal Playhouse. Michael likes trees, overweight animals, digestive walks, and all things purple. He also firmly believes that the best way to communicate love is by giving people a healthy squeeze.

Kelly Kapp (Hurley)

Kelly loves Derby City Playwrights, and is stoked to be performing in this festival.  She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville. Recent credits include Cookie in Neil Simon's Rumors, Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and multiple roles in last year's Derby City Playwrights' short play festival.  Thanks to Brian and Natalie for this opportunity.  Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!

Briana Clemerson (Triton)

Briana is delighted to be a part of the DCP Festival! When she is not acting as a selfie stick loving stoner you can find her selling air or indulging in marine therapy. "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always our self we find in the sea." -E.E. Cummings

Wendy Hames (Mom)

Wendy Hames last appeared on stage in Taking Over the Asylum (Alley Theatre). Her costume efforts were seen more recently in All My Sons (Clarksville).  She is very happy to working with this group of delightfully talented people.

Maria Allgeier (Stage Manager)

Natalie Fields (Director)

Natalie is thrilled to be directing High Tide. She was last seen directing another brilliant Brian Walker play Gamers4Life. Locally she's also directed Bronte for Finnigan Productions and Dog Sees God for Louisville Repertory Company.  Natalie holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and The Moscow Art Theatre School. Thank you to my most amazing cast and the always fabulous Maria for all the hard work and laughter. Thank you to Brian for entrusting me with your three hearts. And thank you to Ben for being my person. 

Brian Walker (Playwright)

Brian David Walker’s plays include CPR on the Lost ContinentPOST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, The Kings, DOG and The Friend Factory.  Brian's plays have been seen in theatres across America and Australia.  His play POST was a finalist for Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2012 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, his play DOG was the winner of the 2013 award and his play CPR on the Lost Continent was the winner of the 2015 award.  His ten minute play Hero Worship was a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his play Gamers4Life is a finalist for the 2015 prize.  Brian was a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 Ingram New Works Lab residency and his full length play The Friend Factory was part of their New Works Festival in May 2013.  He has also had plays developed at Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company (2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution, Last Frontier Theatre Festival (2012) and Great Plains Playwrights Conference (2009).  He was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights’ Center and is the co-founder and artistic director of Derby City Playwrights, a new play development lab for Louisville playwrights.

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