THE PACT

By Max Langert
 

Presented by Jarrott Productions

at The VORTEX 

 

 
 
 
 
STARRING
Natalie D. Garcia
David R. Jarrott
Jennifer Jennings
Lisa Scheps
Hannah Schochler
 
 
 
 
DIRECTED BY
 
Will Gibson Douglas
 
 
 
Use of The VORTEX is made possible trough the support of VORTEX Repertory Company.

The Pact is played without an intermission. Please silence your cellphone and any other electronic devices. For your safety and that of the actors, please remain seated as audience exits are also used as actor entrances. Face masks must be worn covering both mouth and nose, unless actively eating or drinking.

 

SETTING

Right about now, right around here.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Richard Craig, Ground Floor Theatre, Janet Gurley, Karen Jambon, Juleeanne Villarreal, Melissa Vogt, Violet Crown City Church

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Denise Hodgson, David R. Jarrott, Mark Kiester, Stephanie Todd

A Note from the Playwright

I can’t seem to stop writing comedies. At the same time, I have lots of serious thoughts about the planet and about human nature and about hypocrisy. One of my goals the past couple of years has been to blend my natural affinity for comedy in writing with meaningful and complex subject matter. The Pact is a result of that concoction.


I saw the play Lungs (by Duncan Macmillan) a few years ago when it was produced at Hyde Park Theatre. I thought that play was exceptional in both its ease of fluidity from scene to scene, and in the way it addressed serious topics in often light-hearted ways. I wanted to try to achieve something similar in my own voice.


I guess I find people pretty funny in general. Even when they’re being serious. Maybe especially when they’re being serious. And yet, there are undeniably many serious, unfunny things happening in the universe these days. What a conundrum.


Max Langert
August 2022

Cast (In Order of Appearance)

Lisa Scheps
Carol
David R. Jarrott
Glenn
Jennifer Jennings
Susan
Natalie D. Garcia
Nancy
Hannah Schochler
Keira

Creative Team

Will Gibson Douglas

Director & Associate Producer

David R. Jarrott

Artistic Director & Producer

Max Langert

Playwright

Isabella Leigh

Production Manager & Production Stage Manager

Alison Lewis

Scenic & Lighting Designer

Aaron Flynn

Costume Designer

Craig Brock

Sound Designer

Frederick Demps

Technical Director

Rodd Simonsen

Audio Engineering Designer

Jason Graf

Graphic Designer

Natalie D. Garcia

Marketing Director

Meet the Company

Lisa Scheps

Carol
Lisa is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Ground Floor Theatre. She is also the host of the radio show and podcast, Off Stage and On The Air. Lisa has directed numerous productions at GFT and has been named Austin Chronicle Best Director for 4 years running. As a performer in Austin, she was in The Play About The Baby, House of Yes, and TRANsom. AND…she played the Camel’s rear end in Oh Brother! on Broadway.Lisa is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Ground Floor Theatre. She is also the host of the radio show and podcast, Off Stage and On The Air. Lisa has directed numerous productions at GFT and has been named Austin Chronicle Best Director for 4 years running. As a performer in Austin, she was in THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, HOUSE OF YES, and TRANsom. AND…she played the Camel’s rear end in OH BROTHER! on Broadway.

David R. Jarrott

Glenn
David’s theatre credits span well over 60 years as an actor, director, playwright and producer. He began Jarrott Productions in 2015, and this is its 13th Mainstage production, along with another 4 Digital Stage productions. In addition, David is an award-winning advertising and video writer/producer/director and fiction writer. In a previous lifetime he was a television news anchor, as well as a fairly popular morning radio personality and is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Jennifer Jennings

Susan
Jen is so grateful to be working with Jarrott Productions for the first time! Favorite shows include ALABASTER (Shrewd Productions), WILD HORSES (Vortex Rep; 2018 B. Iden Payne Outstanding Actress in a Drama; Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2017; 2018 Austin Critics Table Performance by an Individual), STORM STILL (Vortex Rep), TERMINUS (Vortex Rep), SING MUSE (Vortex Rep), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Penfold Theatre and Present Company), AGENT ANDROMEDA (Sky Candy), THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR (The Hidden Room), and STILL NOW (Shrewd Productions).

Natalie D. Garcia

Nancy
Natalie returns to the JP stage after a few years and is super jazzed to be working with Will again! Their previous JP collab was SIGNIFICANT OTHER in 2018. Natalie has had the pleasure of working with Bottle Alley, Different Stages, Street Corner Arts, Filigree Theater and is a ColdTowne regular with her improv duo Mike & Ike as well as her group Pylon. When she’s not onstage Natalie enjoys spending time with her lovely, supportive family.

Hannah Schochler

Keira
Hannah is a recent graduate from St. Edward’s University. Her most recent production was A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Mary Moody Northern Theatre) and she can currently be found teaching acting and creative writing classes with ZACH Theatre and The Paramount. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous support.

Will Gibson Douglas

Director & Associate Producer
Will is an Austin-based actor and director. His directing credits include Different Stages' HEARTBREAK HOUSE (2022 B. Iden Payne nominee) and the "Cyclops" portion of The VORTEX Odyssey. Acting credits include THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT and SIGNIFICANT OTHER for Jarrott Productions, both of which garnered him B. Iden Payne nominations. He has worked with numerous other local companies including Different Stages, The VORTEX, Ground Floor Theatre, & Heartland Theatre Collective. He is the Associate Artistic Director at Jarrott Productions and is a company member at The VORTEX.

David R. Jarrott

Artistic Director & Producer
See above.

Max Langert

Playwright
Max is a playwright, producer and storyteller living in Austin. His plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and elsewhere. He’s told stories for Listen to Your Mother, The Moth, Testify and Austin Bat Cave, and is a regular performer at FronteraFest. He’s produced benefit shows for The Autism Society of Central Texas, The SAFE Alliance, and VELA Families. In his spare time he’s raising two teenagers and wondering what to do with an old drum set in his closet.

Isabella Leigh

Production Manager & Production Stage Manager
Isa is a director, stage manager, and wardrobe artist from Madison, Wisconsin. In Austin, she has worked with ScriptWorks, Austin Shakespeare, and was the Stage Manager for THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT with Jarrott Productions. You can see more of her work at isaleighdirector.com. Much love to her kitties, Rosalind and Beatrice.

Alison Lewis

Scenic & Lighting Designer
Alison is a freelance lighting designer based in Austin. She graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. Previous work includes THE CHILDREN, for which she received a B. Iden Payne nomination, ADMISSIONS, and THE NICETIES with Jarrott Productions; THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO with Street Corner Arts; and a production of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL with Past is Prologue, a new company. Upcoming is FIRE IN DREAMLAND with Filigree Theatre.

Aaron Flynn

Costume Designer
Aaron has been designing for the Austin theater community since 2015, including ADMISSIONS and THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT for Jarrott Productions. A graduate of RISD, his original focus on illustration has expanded into costume, props, and installation. His costumes for The Hidden Room’s THE ROVER won a 2019 Critic’s Table Award.

Craig Brock

Sound Designer
Craig has been involved in professional audio since 1989; he is currently based in Lawrence, Kansas. With Jarrott Productions: PET DICK; THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT; THE FROG PRINCE; THE SPEAKER SPEAKS; THE NICETIES; ADMISSIONS; THE CHILDREN; FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY; SIGNIFICANT OTHER; SEMINAR; THE FATHER; PRODIGAL SON; THE HERD; THE PRICE; FREUD'S LAST SESSION. With ZACH Theatre: THE SOUND OF MUSIC; A CHRISTMAS CAROL; INTO THE WOODS; MATILDA; HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH; SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, and many more over 18 seasons.

Frederick Demps

Technical Director
Freddie is 19 years old and is from Austin. He is a recent high school grad and now goes to Austin Community College majoring in technical theatre. He has been working in theatre for about five years, and has been doing photography for about three years now, as well.

Rodd Simonsen

Audio Engineering Designer
Rodd works full-time as a Audio Visual Design Consultant. His experience includes sound consulting and design for film and theatre, video design for theater, and live streaming video production. Simonsen enjoys working with educational programs, including many area programs ranging from middle schools to university. In addition to Jarrott Productions, he has worked with ZACH Theatre, Zilker Theater Productions, and Summer Stock Austin. Off the stage and screen, he enjoys music, cooking, cycling and keeping up with the latest technology.

Jason Graf

Graphic Designer
Jason is an Austin-based theatre artist, and our newest JP company member. He was most recently seen as Macbeth for the Archive Theatre, and is currently streaming as Detective Jerry Labinowicz in Jarrott Productions Digital Stage production of PET DICK. Jason would like to thank Abbey and Charles for their never-ending love and support.

Natalie D. Garcia

Marketing Director
See above.

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