Significant Other – UCO Department of Theatre Arts
7:30PM Nov. 10–12, 2022
2PM Nov. 13, 2022
MEC Theatre Studio Blackbox
The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO Department of Theatre Arts
by Josh Harmon
SIGNIFICANT OTHER was developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2013. Preston Whiteway, Executive Director; Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director. World Premiere Produced in New York City by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director; Sydney Beers, General Manager) at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre / Laura Pels Theatre on June 18, 2015.
This production contains instances of profanity and discussions of sex.
Love is one of the most pertinent desires of human existence, and yet the journey to find it is amongst the most desolate and difficult. When I first read Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, I was struck by its ability to balance humor and heart with the through-line that is the loneliness in which the play encapsulates. The feeling of “walking around and knowing what the point [of life] is, but not being able to live it…”
As an openly gay man myself, this feeling of solitude is something that pierces deeply within the core of what myself and so many others in the queer community face, something that the Huffington Post calls an “epidemic of gay lonliness”, and yet in the midst of all of that Joshua Harmon’s words on the page forge a story that is centric on the intricacies of a queer experience that does not focus on queer trauma, something that is uniquely funny, heartfelt and emotionally stirring.
While my personal relationship to the source material guided me to it, it was the inspiration and guidance of artists and human beings whom I love and adore dearly that gave me the strength and the courage to pursue something that I had never done before, and push myself to expand creatively. Meeting the people in your life whom you cannot live without– the Laura to your Jordan, is one of the most life-affirming things one can do; and I am so fortunate to have not one, but two of these such people in my life. Tyler Abbott and Bellah Crawford not only provided me the love and support I needed to go on this journey, but made it clear, as Joshua Harmon’s play suggests that there are people you’ve known your whole life, and there are people you cannot imagine living a life without knowing, and it’s those people that change you the most and make you who you are.
We are living in a time where the core need for connection amongst human beings is more necessary than ever, and my hope is that this story of love, community, loneliness, friendship and joy reminds us that even when we feel most alone there are people who in loving us, make us who we are.
Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy the show,
Jordan Berman: Tyler Abbott
Laura: Bellah Crawford
Kiki: Alejandra Carnero
Vanessa: Felicity Branson
Helene: Renda Schroeder
Will/Conrad/Tony: Riley Samuel
Evan/Zach/Roger: Nom Martinez
Director: Ian Wehrenberg
Stage Manager: Courtney Woodhams
Assistant Stage Manager: Lexi Howse
Intimacy Designer: Dr. Kate Busselle
Scenic Designer: Tabitha Maben
Lighting Designer: Isabella Hales
Sound Designer: Brayden Pogson
Properties Master: Madison Kelly
Tyler Abbott (he/him/his, Jordan Berman) is a senior science education major with a theater minor. His previous performance credits at UCO include Oliver in “Puffs” and Male Swing in “Radium Girls” both on the Mitchell Hall mainstage. In addition to performing, Tyler also also directed the APO spring 2022 production of “The Mad Ones” in the Radke Theatre. He thanks his family, friends and Bellah Crawford , Ian Wehrenberg and Renda Schroeder for never giving up on him and their endless support.
Bellah Crawford (she/her/hers, Laura) is thrilled to be a part of APO’s production of, “Significant Other”! She is a senior theatre performance major with a double minor in creative writing and english. Her most recent acting credits include Ursula in “Much Ado About Nothing” (Norman Family Theatre), Miss. Scarlett in “Clue: On Stage” (UCO), and Daisy in “Rhinoceros” (UCO). She would like to thank Ian Wehrenberg for fostering a beautiful nature of authenticity and love within this rehearsal process along with the rest of the cast and crew who have cultivated a wonderful environment to create, make discoveries, and have fun.
Alejandra Carnero (she/her/hers, Kiki) is a senior theatre performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Alejandra’s credits at UCO on the Mitchell Hall mainstage include “Puffs” (Hannah and others). Alejandra most recently appeared as an actor in UCO musical theatre’s production of “Sister Act” (Sister Mary Irene) last spring. She would like to thank her family who always supports her, and the wonderful cast of “Significant Other”
Felicity Branson (she/her/hers, Vanessa) is a senior theatre performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned an associate’s degree in theatre at Rose State College and this is her first UCO production. She is so excited to share Vanessa with everyone and hopes you walk away loving her as much as she does. She would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work. She would also like to thank her best friends Carter, Taylor, and Katelyn for being her greatest support system in all areas of life.
Renda Schroeder (she/her/hers, Helene) is a senior theatre performance major, graduating in the spring of 2023. She is elated and honored to showcase her work in “Significant Other”, which will conclude her University of Central Oklahoma career. Renda has previously been seen on Mitchell Hall’s main stage in productions of “Clue,” “Puffs,” and “Rhinoceros,” and most recently performed in UCO’s black box in the production of “Corpus Christi.” Over the summer she has made an appearance in the independent short film “Night Tales,” and is making her directing debut in the University’s short play festival this semester. Renda is so grateful for her time at UCO and thankful for finishing her college acting career with an incredible cast and production team.
Riley Samuel (he/him/his, Will / Conrad / Tony) is a freshman theatre performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma and is incredibly excited for his first UCO show! Other credits include “Jekyll and Hyde” (Jekyll), “Big Fish” (Edward Bloom), and “Legally Blonde” (Emmett Forrest). He would like to thank his parents for constantly supporting him and being the best ever. He would also like to thank his friends and cast mates for helping him throughout the process and making him the best he can be. He also thanks Ian for being an amazing director, friend, and a joy to be around.
Nom Martinez (they/them/theirs, Evan / Roger / Zach) is a sophomore theatre performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma having appeared in UCO’s productions of “Puffs” (Ernie Mac and others) and “Corpus Christi” (Bartholomew and others) last school year. They would like to note that they couldn’t have done any of this without the friends and life saving medicine made along the way!
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Ian Wehrenberg (he/him/his, Director) is a junior theatre performance major at the University of Central Oklahoma, making his directorial debut with “Significant Other”. Ian’s credits at UCO on the Mitchell Hall mainstage include “Radium Girls” (Swing), “Rhinoceros” (Grocer) and “Puffs” (J. Finch and others). Ian most recently appeared as an actor in the blackbox production of “Corpus Christi” (James and others) last spring. He would like to thank the amazing friends he has made throughout his time at UCO for helping him on this journey, his stage management and design teams for their assistance and contributions during this creative process, the cast of “Significant Other” who provided much joy and life during the process, and lastly his family whom he loves dearly and is grateful for every single day.
Courtney Woodmans (she/her/hers, Production Stage Manager) is a 2013 alumni of the University of Central Oklahoma reigniting her passion for technical theater with “Significant Other”. After over 8 years working in the corporate world, she is back at UCO to pursue a more creative career in stage management. Courtney contributed to several past Mitchell Hall mainstage productions including “Pippin” and “Little Women” as a costume stitcher and crew member. With an emphasis in costume design, Courtney spent several years assisting in the costume shop to construct some of the iconic costumes still used in UCO productions today.
Lexi Howse (she/her/hers, Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman theatre design and technology major here at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is excited for her UCO stage management debut. Lexi has previously stage managed “Sister Act” and “The 39 Steps” at Edmond Santa Fe high school. She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her as she continues to pursue her dreams.
Dr. Kate Busselle (she/her/hers, Intimacy Design) is an Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma. She is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training, an intimacy training company which offers academic, accessible, and affordable intimacy training entirely online. Kate completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri and is an actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME) and Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
Tabitha Maben (she/her/hers, Scenic Design) is a senior theatre design and technology major with an emphasis in set design. She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa Community College with an Associates degree in Theatre. She has been working in theatre since seventh grade and some of her favorite productions she has worked on are “Mary Poppins”, “Newsies”, “Fun Home”, and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. Tabitha is excited for everyone to see “Significant Other”, and would also like to say that it has been an amazing experience to work with this production team, cast, and crew.
Isabella Hales (she/her/hers, Lighting Design) is a junior theatre design and technology major here at UCO. She is super excited to be working on “Significant Others”, she has really enjoyed working with UCO on their previous productions including “Everybody”, and UCO APO’s “The Shadow Box” and “The Mad Ones”; APO is a great organization and Isabella is delighted to be a part of it. Lastly, she would like to thank everyone who had a hand in bringing this production to life as well as the theatre faculty and staff at UCO for their help and support. Please enjoy the show!
Brayden Pogson (him/him/his, Sound Design) is a sophomore theatre performance and theatre design and technology double major at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has performed in UCO’s productions of Clue (Colonel Mustard) and Rooster (Milton Cartwright) on the Mitchell Hall mainstage. His credits in design and technology include working on APO’s The Shadow Box and The Mad Ones, as well as serving as the master electrician for the faculty-directed Corpus Christi in the MEC Blackbox last spring.
Madison Kelly (she/her/hers, Properties Master) Is a transfer theatre design and technology major with a focus on Props. She is grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to work on an APO production once again, having previously worked on APO’s “The Mad Ones”, UCO’s “Puffs” and “Rent”, and Rose State College’s “King Lear” and “The Addams Family”. She would like to thank everyone involved with “Significant Other” for their contributions during this process, as well as her friends and family for the love and support they have given her. She would like to thank you for coming to see this production and hopes you enjoy the show!
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