THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES (2011)

A dark reimagining of Santa and his reindeer, set in family therapy

Written by Jeff Goode

 

WHEN & WHERE:

 

January 14 & 15, 2011

The Glen Loch - Syracuse, NY

 

Presented by Encore Presentations 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

 

Director – Jordan Westfall

 

Exec. Producer  – Marguerite Beebe

 

Technical Director – Stephen Beebe

 

CAST: 

Dasher – Navzad Dabu

 

Cupid – Roy George

 

Prancer aka Hollywood – Samantha Rey

 

Blitzen – Lauren Sageer

 

Comet – Joseph Manganiello

 

Dancer – Heather Grzasko

 

Donner – Gerritt Vander Werff Jr. 

 

Vixen – Jesse Pardee

 

 

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OVERVIEW:

I first encountered this daring piece of theatre during my sophomore year at Marymount. Two seniors – Zach Harrell and Michael Kinnan – directed a one-night only performance in December of '09, that to this day I vividly remember. Its advocacy for women and victims of sexual assault truly and utterly moved me – I might even go so far as to say that The Eight is one of, if not, the first MeToo play. Moreover, it offers a set of characters that actors only dream of; each of them speaking for at least seven minutes, nuanced and complex – entirely anthropomorphic. 

 

I had to bring it to Syracuse. After pitching a proposal in the summer of 2010 and receiving the greenlight from Marguerite Beebe, I held my auditions in August. Once I found my cast (half of which were BIPOC), I began rehearsing one-on-one, online via Skype. As seven out of nine of us were far away in college, it was the only way to learn the show – and I’m thankful for it still.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE