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JULY 4-20, 2024

ERA

ROMANOV
FAMILY
YARD
SALE

by

COURTNEY BAILEY

for

EQUALLY REPRESENTED ARTS 

This is a PURGATION PLAY told in three demonstrations:

'Capeetalism'

'The Church of the Great Babooshka'

'Independence Day'

and a culminating Moviefilm:

'The Last of the Romanovs'

It is a real yard sale, in which the people making the play purge their stuff.

PRODUCED BY

WILL BONFIGLIO 

LUCY CASHION for ERA

WRITTEN BY

COURTNEY BAILEY

WITH

ASHWINI ARORA

MAGGIE CONROY

MIRANDA JAGELS FELIX

ADAM FLORES

CASSIDY FLYNN

WITH

CELESTE GARDNER

ANTHONY KRAMER

ALICEN MOSER

ELLIE SCHWETYE

KRISTEN STROM

WITH

JOE TAYLOR

RACHEL TIBBETTS

CHRISSIE WATKINS

and

JOHN WOLBERS

SCENIC DESIGNER

LUCY CASHION

COSTUME DESIGNER

MARCY WIEGERT

COMPOSER
&

MUSIC DIRECTOR

JOE TAYLOR

LIGHTING DESIGNER

DENISSE CHAVEZ

SOUND DESIGNERS

LUCY CASHION & JOE TAYLOR

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO EDITOR

JOE TAYLOR

Accent & Dialect
Coach

KEATING

Production
Stage Manager

SPENCER LAWTON

Technical
Director

EMMA GLOSE

Assistant
Director

JACK RIMAR

Production
Manager

EMMA GLOSE

Assistant
Stage Manager

JACK RIMAR

Associate
Producers

SPENCER LAWTON

MIRANDA JAGELS FELIX

House
Manager

MORGAN SCHINDLER

Scenic
Construction

JACK RIMAR

JAKE SANTHUFF

Technical &
Run Crew

JACK RIMAR

JAKE SANTHUFF

Management &
Production
Intern

MORGAN SCHINDLER

Baby
Raccoons

JACK RIMAR

JAKE SANTHUFF

Production
Assistants

JACK RIMAR

JAKE SANTHUFF

MORGAN SCHINDLER

Additional
Performance
Credits:

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE

Cousin Katrina
in Moviefilm

COURTNEY BAILEY

Rehearsal &
Production Intern

JACK RIMAR

Swing
Actor

 

JAKE SANTHUFF

DIRECTED BY

LUCY CASHION

It is July 1919, one year after the Romanov Tsar, Tsarina, and their children were executed.

Their (distant, surviving) Romanov cousins have set up a yard sale in a formerly Tsar-sponsered Russian theatre that the Bolsheviks have since wrecked.

These Romanovs here are the Romanovs no one cares about, but they are Romanovs nonetheless.

They are:

MASHA, MASHA, and MASHA: three sisters.

AUNT BABOOSHKA: The only word she can say is 'babooshka.'

UNCLE BORIS, BABOOSHKA's brother is a philosopher of eggs.

COUSIN ALEXI drags a rolling skeleton in a dress behind him (this is his deceased wife, COUSIN KATRINA). He cannot speak.

ANASTASIA, a rat-child-sewer-princess, might be dead.

There is also a RACCOON CHOIR, and, LITTLE YELENA, BIG YELENA, RASPUTIN, PIGBAT (RASPUTIN's friend, a little bat that looks like a pig), and KIRK and DODY (filmmakers). 

Inspired by Southern yard sales
Also inspired by the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens
Also inspired by the 1997 Dreamworks animated feature Anastasia
Also inspired by Kate Bush's hit song 'Babooshka'
Also inspired by the 1996 feature Independence Day
Also inspired by episode #822 of This American Life
Also inspired by the Beanie Baby Bubble Burst of 1999

Cast

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is thrilled to be working with ERA again for the second time! When Ash isn't at the YARD SALE, she can be found social workin' it and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. Ash thanks her family, Lucy Cashion, and Courtney Bailey for believing in her ability to be absolutely bonkers.

ANASTASIA

Ashwini Arora

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is thrilled to be working with her friends at ERA again. She is the co-producing director and co-founder of YoungLiars and has worked locally with SATE, Upstream Theatre, Metro Theater Company, New Jewish Theatre, WEPG, Hotcity Theatre, OnSite Theater, and St. Louis Shakespeare.

MASHA #3

Maggie Conroy

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is a St. Louis based theatre artist originally from Madrid, Spain. She holds an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Washington University, and a B.A. from Saint Louis University. Miranda recently played the character of Donna Adams in Spirits To Enforce. She frequently collaborates with Prison Performing Arts, where she was last seen in their original production of Hag-Seed. Miranda is thrilled to be back on the ERA stage! She loves it here.

AUNT BABOOSHKA

Miranda Jagels Félix

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is happy to be in his second ERA show and to be working with this group of theatre friends.

COUSIN ALEXI

Adam Flores

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is thrilled to return to ERA, where he previously played Sigmund Freud in Oedipus Apparatus. Other recent credits include Spirits to Enforce (The Tune/Randell James/Ferdinand) with The Midnight Company, Twelfth Night (Aguecheek) with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, and Grand Horizons (Brian) with Moonstone Theatre Company. Cassidy’s regional credits include The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, SATE, New Jewish Theatre, Metro Theater Company, YoungLiars, Mustard Seed Theatre, SIUE Summer Theatre, Theatre Nuevo, Max & Louie Productions, West End Players Guild, and more. michaelcassidyflynn.com

RASPUTIN

Cassidy Flynn

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is thrilled to be appearing on the ERA stage for the first time. She has previously appeared in Midnight Company’s Spirits to Enforce as “Fragrance Fellow,” Critique Theatre Company’s Elektra as Orestes, and Saint Louis University’s The Wolves. They are a current student at SLU pursuing a BA in Theatre and History.

MASHA #1

Celeste Gardner

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is a lawyer by day, and an actor by night. He is thrilled to be part of another  ERA production helmed by Lucy Cashion, and could not be more excited to help bring this outstanding script by Courtney Bailey to the stage. He'd like to thank his family, his wife (and co-star) Alicen Moser, and the entire cast and crew behind ROMANOV for being constant sources of support and inspiration during this process.

UNCLE BORIS

Anthony Kramer

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was raised by wolves and we let her be in our plays.

PIGBAT

Alicen Moser

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is a producer, director, performer, sound designer, and adapter. As a performer with ERA, Ellie has appeared in The Residents of Craigslist, Trash Macbeth, MOSCOW!, Oedipus Apparatus, and Antigone, a co-production with SATE, with whom Ellie is the co-producer. She has also worked with Prison Performing Arts, The Black Rep, The Midnight Company, West End Players Guild, New Jewish Theatre, YoungLiars, Tennessee Williams Festival, and SIUE Summer Theatre Festival. Ellie serves on ERA’s Board of Directors and is the Assistant Theatre Program Director at Clayton High School.

LITTLE YELENA

Ellie Schwetye

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is happy to be in another ERA extravaganza.

MASHA #2

Kristen Strom

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of Kid Scientist fame is back at ERA performing his original score as A CHOIR of RACCOONS.

A Choir of Raccoons

Joe Taylor

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(she/her) is Artistic Director for Prison Performing Arts and co-producer of the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE). She received her B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University, and is a graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Rachel works in the community as an actor, director, intimacy director, and teaching artist. For ERA, she recently performed in NEVER LET GO and THE BRECHTFAST CLUB. Rachel received the 2023 Saint Louis Visionary Award for Community Impact Artist. Rachel’s greatest achievement is her daughter, Rose. Boorp boorp.

BIG YELENA

RACHEL TIBBETTS

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is a blooming actress in the Midwest. She is always striving to expand her horizon within the theatre and film industry. Her work in Sylvia as the title role was recognized with a Theatre Mask Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy. She also received a nomination nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy as well as a win for her ensemble work in It Is Magic. Chrissie has also starred in several short films and commercial projects while also writing and producing a few projects of her own. You can catch her in the film The Company You Keep on Amazon Prime and Tubi. You can also see her next on stage with SATE in TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT. Follow @rissierice on Instagram for more info.

DODY

Chrissie Watkins

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is so grateful making his ERA debut with these staunch characters. The Executive Director of Prison Performing Arts; Wolbers is also a professional actor, playwright, and producer whose work has been seen on stages and in classrooms across the St. Louis region. Recent credits include The Goonies (Cherokee Street Theater Company), The Lion in Winter and Rodney's Wife (The Midnight Company), and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (New Jewish Theatre). Spasibo to this amazing ensemble onstage and off, and love to his queens: Liza and Bea!

KIRK

John Wolbers

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With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

At the Kranzberg Arts Center, Black Box Theatre:

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

July 4-20, 2024, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Tickets at MetroTix.com.

$26: General Admission.

$16: patrons 26 & under with discount code Under26.

PRICES INCLUDE FEES.

Production Photos by JASON HACKETT

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