Here and Their is a wild and joyful story about letting go of the world’s expectations and trusting the voice within that cries out who you are.
Sam O’Malley is happily engaged to a loving chef in Butte, Montana. But when Sam uncovers a carefully guarded family secret—a long-lost relative is in fact the lesbian punk rock icon Vikki Vektor—it lights a fire of self-discovery, particularly when they stumble across new concepts like “non-binary,” “trans masculine,” and “gender queer.” As Sam digs deeper into a world that is simultaneously completely unknown and innately familiar, they find themselves on a journey across the country and through the gender spectrum.
Pictured: Stacey Raymond, Desdemona Chiang, Joshua Carter, Mari Nelson, Jerick Hoffer, Julie Briskman, Matt Hinkley, Jasmine Joshua, Alexei Cifrese, Heather Ragusa, Tracy M Hughes, Seranine Elliot, and Pilar O’Connell.
Book, Music & Lyrics
Jasmine Joshua (they/them) is a Seattle writer, producer, actor, and director. They are the Artistic Director of the award-winning Reboot Theatre Company whose mission is to test new interpretations of established works through nontraditional casting and design. Jasmine founded Reboot in 2014 while pregnant with twins and produced the nation's first ever all-female (at the time) production of 1776.
As an actor, Jasmine studied with the Larry Moss Studio and the Groundlings in Los Angeles. They have been seen on the stages of Intiman, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Annex, and Theater Schmeater, among others. Jasmine was the Assistant Director at The 5th Avenue Theatre (dir. Sheryl Kaller), Associate Director at Village Theatre (dir. Hunter Bird), and has directed at Reboot Theatre, Cafe Nordo, Radial Productions, and Twelfth Night Productions. Jasmine has also worked as a gender consultant with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and ArtsWest. Their solo work BREAD CRUMBS, which was workshopped at The Scratch in Seattle, premiered at ACT Theatre's Solo Fest in February 2020.
Jasmine graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Jewish Studies. Before moving to Seattle, Jasmine was a theatrical publicist in the Bay Area, managing clients from LORT theaters and Broadway tours to opera, ballet, and a monster truck rally. They are a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Ring of Keys. www.jasminejoshua.com
Music & Lyrics
Currently grounded in Los Angeles, Heather Ragusa (she/her) has worked as a songwriter and recording artist for over a decade. She has roots in both musical theater and commercial music production, and has collaborated and performed with John Stark Productions, members of Social Distortion, The Abiders, The Pullmen, Lily Water, The Side Show Preachers, The Rug Cutters, Whiskey Chimp, 5th and Birmingham, and more. Heather has performed with groups at Carnegie Hall, venues throughout Southern California, and even placed 2nd at the Cowboy Palace’s Amateur Performer Night behind Wanda the Dairy Cow Yodeler. Inspired by Jasmine Joshua’s story; an idealized future for her children; and the self-actualizing experiences and allegories as they relate to gender identity, Heather feels great pride to be a part of the construction of Here and Their as it moves through its own self-discovery.
Photo by Claudia Craig
Book & Lyrics
Alexei Cifrese (she/her/he/him) is a newcomer to Seattle’s theater and drag/burlesque scene. As a fringe theater actor, s/he has played everything from brooding teenage boys, glitter-bombing space villains, Germans with questionable sexual leanings, wrestlers, fantasy creatures, and inanimate objects. As the drag queen Anya Knees, s/he delights in playing with what is considered sexy, creating zany, tantalizing acts as Alice in Wonderland, Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2, Princess Lolli/Lord Licorice from "Candyland," and even Death herself! As a writer, s/he strives to challenge ageist, biological essentialist, and urban-centric narratives surrounding queer/trans experiences via family dynamics and intergenerational cultural differences in queer/trans communities. Alexei is a University of Washington graduate with a B.A in Anthropology and Linguistics, and a minor in French. S/he lives in Greenwood with hir beloved roommates of seven years and cat, Leo.
Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Rep, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre (Seattle), American Shakespeare Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Heritage Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Seattle Public Theater, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. Awards/Affiliations: Princess Grace Award (Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Honor), Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama. desdemona.org/blog
Photo by Steve Korn.
Matt Hinkley is a multi-instrumentalist, music director, and arranger in the NYC area. Broadway: SpongeBob Squarepants, Bandstand, Finding Neverland, Violet, First Date, Godspell. Other NYC includes: ROOMS, The Burnt Part Boys, 35mm, Assassins, and Joe Iconis's Bloodsong Of Love & Things To Ruin. Regional includes: Clint Black's Looking For Christmas, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Helen Hayes nomination for Music Direction), The Circus In Winter, Chess. Film: The Last Five Years. Matt is a long-time collaborator with Caissie Levy and also makes music with Sutton Foster, Natalie Weiss, Adam Guettel, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Rachel Potter, Jason Robert Brown, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, and others. Upcoming: Music direction for The Outsiders, Goodman Theatre (Chicago).