January 19, 2018 - February 3, 2018
Written by Magaret Edson
Directed by Peggy Gannon
In this Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.


Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8pm
- Pay-What-You-Can Preview/Final Dress
Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8pm - Opening night
Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8pm
Thursday, January 25, 2108 @ 8pm
Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 8pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 8pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 8pm
Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 8pm
Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 8pm


Eleanor Moseley (Vivian) is delighted to be back at SecondStory Rep.  Last seen here as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, recent plays include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Alhadeff Studio Theater, Dangerous Liaisons at ACT, Death of a Salesman at ArtsWest (Gypsy Rose Lee award-winner, best actress/small theater),  Slaughterhouse Five and Art of Racing in the Rain at Book-It, The Long Road with Arouet, and LiveGirls! Quickies at Annex.  Film work includes “Regulate,” “The Dark Horse,” “Children of Light,” among other industrial and indie projects.  An aspiring writer, her short plays have been staged at the Seattle Fringe Fest, NW Playwrights’ Alliance, and the Seattle Play Series.  Represented by Actors First Agency.

Eric Hartley (Dr Kelekian) is very pleased to start the new year at SSR. Previous appearances here include Mushnik in Little Shop..., Calahan in Legally Blonde, and Twimble/Womper in How to Succeed... Eric has been seen elsewhere as Page in Merry Wives of Windsor (Greenstage), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (SMT), and Frank in Educating Rita (RCT). Most recently Eric appeared as Mr Justice Wainwright in Witness For the Procescution at Centerstage. In memory of NW.

Janette Oswald (Dr. E. M. Ashford) is excited to return to the SSR stage, having been part of the cast of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead here last year. Some of her favorite roles include: Mattie Fae, August: Osage County (Harlequin Productions); Mistress Quickly, Merry Wives of Windsor (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest (Anderlin Arts); Princess Puffer, Drood (Stolen Shakespeare Guild). “A big thanks to Peggy for this wonderful opportunity, and to the very talented cast and crew. Special thanks to the Harem for the constant support, and to my husband Carl who never seems to get tired of me.”

Amy Mayes (Ensemble) was named after a country song. She has performed in many Seattle theaters including; Book-it Repertory, GreenStage, quiet, Seattle Theater Group, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. She is thrilled to be sharing the SSR stage with this talented cast.

Ryan St. Martin (Ensemble/Vivian’s Father) is very elated and honored to make his SecondStory debut with this intelligent, thought provoking, heartbreaking, and moving play. Recently, Ryan was seen onstage as the constable in CenterStage's production of Agatha Christie's A Witness for the Prosecution, directed by THE Terry Edward Moore. Ryan would like to thank Peggy, Mark, Jen, the cast, crew, and everyone else at SecondStory for this amazing opportunity, he would also like to thank his family especially for their support. Enjoy the show!

Shanna Allman (Susie) A veteran of the Redmond Town Center, Shanna is delighted to be back at SecondStory Repertory where she previously performed in The Turn of the Screw and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. In addition to her stints on the eastside, Shanna has performed with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Strawberry Theater Workshop, Live Girls! Theater, Greenstage, and Stone Soup Theater. When not performing, she works as freelance writer and teaches and directs youth drama.

Cristin Fenzel (Ensemble) just started listening to The Holy Sonnets of John Donne set to music by Benjamin Britten, and she already loves them. She recently appeared as Wolfington in SSR’s TYA production of The Fluffy Tale of Adventure. Buckets of thanks to her family and friends for supporting her creative endeavors.

Garrett Lander (Jason) is excited to be joining SecondStory Rep for the first time! He finds himself drawn to any performing art he encounters, and has performed as actor, singer, dancer, and most recently, as an aerialist in Titania's Bower at Versatile Arts. Other recent credits include Guiderious in Cymbeline with Greenstage, Gregory in The Stream, an original splash cast production with By the Seat of Our Theatre Company, and acting in Cat and Canary's Into the Basement, an immersive, devised horror experience. Garrett also can be found teaching and directing children's theater, training in partner acrobatics, and when time permits, indulging in a game of Dungeons and Dragons with friends.


Peggy Gannon (Director) has been a working actress, director and producer in Seattle since 1994. These days, much of her theater energy is spent willingly on MAP Theatre, where she is ½ of the leadership team, and directs many MAP shows (Belleville; Soft Click of a Switch; and A Behanding in Spokane, in partnership with Theater Schmeater). Other favorite directing experiences include several festivals for 14/48; Third at ArtsWest, Buckshot at Macha Monkey, Adventures in Mating at Theater Schmeater; Autobahn at Re-bar; and Quickies at Live Girls!.

Ana N. Rusness-Petersen (Stage Manager) has worked for two decades as a producer, director, assistant director, stage manager, production assistant, sound designer, dramaturg, box office manager, and all-around artist and production resource for theatres and festivals in Chicago, Fargo, and now Seattle. She is currently the Events & Venue Manager at ACT Theatre, pursuing an MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, and enjoying discovering and immersing herself in the multitude of creative opportunities in Seattle. Rusness-Petersen owns and uses her creative company, Ana Noelle Creative Productions, to administer her creative projects, collaborations, photography, publishing and philanthropic efforts.

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