The Bus Stop at Sycamore and Vine

The Bus Stop at Sycamore and Vine

Playwright: Tyler Curth and Eli Keel

Director:  Joe Hatfield

Stage Manager:  Janelle Rae

FIght Choreographer:  Sarah Flanagan

 

Cast:

Trent: Connor Breen

Taylor: Alex Haydon

Doug: Patrick Taft

Amanda: Zoe Peterson

Alyssa: Alexis Seay

 

Everyone goes to the bus stop at Sycamore and Vine. They go to hang out, but most kids would never dream of actually catching that bus downtown.  But Taylor is different. He’s a dreamer, uninterested in sports, or girls; a fact that his older brother Trent has tried to change for years, defending Taylor from rumors and bullies.  When Taylor can no longer ignore his own feelings he has to decide if he can pretend to be the brother that Trent wants, and Trent has to decide if he can love the brother he has, or become one of the bullies. 

Connor Breen (Trent)

Connor Breen is ecstatic to help showcase this hard-hitting collaboration. A rising sophomore at the University of Louisville, his major is Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting, and his minor is in Sociology. One day he hopes to merge the two together in order to bring more to the world of theatre, as well as the world of art in general. Credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), The Addams Family (Lurch), and Green Day's American Idiot (Tunny). He also attended the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts for Drama in 2014. This is his debut show with The Derby City Playwrights, and he hopes it won't be his last with the group. He is filled with gratitude for his family and friends who never fail as a source of support and unconditional love. He thanks his mentors for what they have taught him, and his new theatre family within DCP. Finally, he would like to extend a thank you to Eli Keel and Tyler Curth for reaching out and including him in this original work. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Good vibes, much love, and break a leg, y'all.

Alex Haydon (Taylor)

Alex is a student at UofL. This is his first production at The Bard's Town and is very excited to be working with Derby City Playwrights. His past credits at UofL include Betrayal, Freedom Days, and Polaroid Stories. TV/Film credits includes ID Network's Swamp Murders and short film From Here to There.

Patrick Taft (Doug)

Patrick Taft is a rising senior at the University of Louisville. Past credits include Andrew in the feature film Under the Surface, Lodovico in Othello, and William Shay in the short film Shenandoah. He is an avid golfer, adores ping-pong, and is a dedicated yet mediocre Heine Brothers barista. He is thrilled to be a part of The Bus Stop at Sycamore and Vine!

Zoë Peterson (Amanda)

Zoë is thrilled to be performing with Derby City Playwrights for the first time. She loves the written word and has been writing and acting most of her life. Her short play The Devil in Little Debbie debuted in Walden Conservatory's Young Playwrights Festival  (where she also co-directed) in March and was produced by Actors Theatre as part of the 2016 New Voices Festival. Zoë is very involved with Walden where her most recent credits include Henry VI part II, Young Playwrights Festival 2016, Acts of God, The Snow Queen and Connecting Cultures. She has also performed with Kentucky Shakespeare where her most recent production was last summer's The Comedy of Errors. She has also appeared in several independent films including the short film Don't Hold Your Breath which won a Best Acting Ensemble award in the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival. Zoë will be a sophomore at Atherton High School in the fall.

Alexis Seay (Alyssa)

Alexis Seay is in her first play at The Bardstown. She recently graduated from the Youth Performing Arts School and is preparing to leave in the fall to attend the University of Evansville as a Theatre Performance major. Alexis has been acting for about eight years and knows it is her passion. Beside theatre, Alexis has a passion for puppies and fosters them through the Humane Society. Alexis has taken a break from dogs however to focus on theatre. She is so excited to be in this show and to embark on her next journey.  

Sarah Flanagan (Fight Choreographer)

Janellle Rae (Stage Manager)

Janelle Rae has stage managed with Pandora Productions, Iroquois Amphitheater, and Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre.  Favorite productions include I Am My Own Wife, Bent, Rocky Horror, and Zanna Don't!.  She is excited to help share the creations of the Derby City Playwrights' New Play Festival and has enjoyed learning from the artists occupying The Bus Stop at Sycamore and Vine.   

Joe Hatfield (Director)

A long time participant in the Louisville theatre community, the Fiinnigan and DCP stables, and the Transit Authority of the River City; Joe is honored to get the opportunity to help bring Eli and Tyler's The Bus Stop at Sycamore and Vine to life.  As a director he has helmed shorts for the Finnigan Festival of Funky Fresh Fun in years 5,6,and 7 as well as directing his own script, Trying Not to Have Sex at the University of Louisville.  Most often he is seen on the stage.  Notable past roles include Merrick in The Elephant Man with Wayward Actors, Will Blunt in Measure for Pleasure with Pandora Productions, Coach in Red Speedo with theatre [502], and too many characters to name in too many awesome plays by local playwrights over the course of 7 new play festivals with Finnigan Productions and now an 8th and 9th with DCP!  All thanks go to Eli and Tyler for their script, Janelle for her hours and ears, Brian, Shaun, David and all the DCPers for making this happen, and of course to a wonderful cast whom make us all look more competent than we really are.  Enjoy the show.

Tyler Curth (Playwright)

Tyler Curth, 26, grew up in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Spalding University with a BFA in creative writing in 2015. As a poet, he was an ESU Scholar to study at Oxford University's Creative Writing Summer School in 2013. When he isn't writing, he's usually driving around aimlessly or staring at the sky (but never both at the same time) trying to think of something to write about. His work has appeared in Word Hotel and 94 Creations. This is his first play.

Eli Keel (Playwright)

Eli Keel is a Louisville based playwright, actor, story teller, and freelance journalist. His poetry and short fiction has been published in Word Hotel, his plays have been produced by Theatre [502], Finnegan Productions, and The Bard's Town Theatre. His art and cultural criticism can be found at salon.com, wfpl.org, LEO Weekly, and howlround.com, and insiderlouisville.com. 

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