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The Pitchfork Disney

by Philip Ridley
produced by arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd.

The Pitchfork Disney was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London on 2 January 1991.

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The Pitchfork Disney contains mature themes. For a detailed list of Content & Themes, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Meet the Company

Jack Rento

Jack Rento - Jack Rento is a director/actor currently based in NYC, and the founding Artistic Director of Red Rat. Acting credits include the world premiere of Rude Mechanics (Bridge Street Theater), Kafka’s Metamorphosis: the Musical (Capital Fringe, NYMF), and ABCDepression (New York Theater Festival), Directing: This Is Our Youth (Quarry Theater, Chicago), The Way of All Fish and Feeding the Moonfish (Syracuse Department of Drama). Training: BFA Syracuse University; Shakespeare’s Globe, London; The New York Tepper Semester.

Em Whitworth

Em Whitworth - Em Whitworth is an NYC/DC-based theatermaker and founding Managing Director of Red Rat. Recent stage acting credits include Rude Mechanics (Bridge Street Theater); The Minotaur (American Theater of Actors); Maple & Vine (Spooky Action Theater); Nathan The Wise (Theater J/Folger Theatre). Adaptations include The Snow Queen and Titus Andronicus (Synetic Theater); producing credits include Initiative (Flying V – staged reading). Training: Stella Adler, Synetic Theater.

Stephen Kime

Stephen Kime - Stephen Kime is a DC-based actor whose work can be seen in theaters across the DMV area. CREDITS: NextStop Theatre: Frankenstein, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Keegan Theatre: Shakespeare in Love, Mosaic Theater Company: Inherit the Windbag; Capital Fringe Festival: Only Love, Endangered Species Project: The Awakening, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors; Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, The Secret Garden, Studio Theatre: White Noise (understudy). Training: BFA, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

James Finley

James Finley - James Finley is an actor and fight choreographer who has been working in the DC area for over 15 years. He and his work have been seen on numerous area stages, including with NextStop, Keegan, Rorschach, Flying V, AvantBard, and Constellation Theatre. He is a company member at Flying V Theatre, an Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of the International Order of the Sword and the Pen.

Alexis Sheeks

Alexis Sheeks - Alexis Sheeks is a Baltimore native with a distinct passion for lighting design. She is very excited to make her DC design debut with this wonderful company. Alexis thrives on the magic of theatre, and is constantly exploring ways to create immersive experiences that transport audiences to extraordinary worlds. She looks forward to being able to take you in to the world of Pitchfork Disney. Drawing from a deep well of expertise, Alexis skillfully wields light and shadow, crafting atmospheres that resonate with the essence of each story. With Alexis at the helm, expect theatrical moments that leave a lasting impact.

Andrew Goehring

Andrew Goehring - Andrew Goehring is a composer and collaborative storyteller based in New York. He earned his master's degree in music composition from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, with a focus in scoring for film and television. Previous scores for short films include: "Echo" (dir. Matthew Brennan); "High Fantasy" (dir. Ben Taylor); "Camping With Rex" (dir. Matthew Brennan). Incidental music for plays: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Kraine Theater); Of the Sea (Access Theater); The Brides of Atreus (Gallatin Arts Festival).

Sierra Young

Sierra Young - Sierra Young is a multi-hyphenate artist in the DC/Baltimore area and is the Resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Mosaic Theater Company. She is an active member of the SAFD, IDC, and SDC. Recent DC credits: One in Two, Unseen, Bars and Measures, and The Till Trilogy at Mosaic Theater Company; Shout Sister Shout! at Ford’s Theatre; King Lear and Red Velvet at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Monsters of The American Cinema, The Cake, and World Builders at Prologue Theatre; Ain’t No Mo’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Recent Regional credits: Ain’t No Mo’ at Baltimore Center Stage; Spring Awakening at Monumental Theater Co; and The Joy That Carries You and A.D. 16 at Olney Theatre Center. Upcoming: Sweat at Keegan and Monumental Travesties at Mosaic. Website:

Caroline Johnson

Caroline Johnson - ​​Caroline Johnson is an actress, director, model and writer. She is new to the DC area, after many years in London. She is a co-founding artistic director of digital theatre company Pomegranate Room. RECENT: Bell Wringer (Pinky Swear Productions), En Las Sombras (Keegan Theatre, Boiler Room Series), The Histories Project, Brave Spirits Theatre, Motherhood and Other Fractured Fairy Tales and Abortion Road Trip (Theatre Prometheus), The Cake, NextStop Theatre/Prologue Theatre, Our Black Death (Taffety Punk), and Mojada (1st Stage). She is delighted to be working on her first production with Red Rat Theater.



Producing Sponsors


Pete Miller & Sara Cormeny

Terry Quist

Tara Smith Whitworth

Wish Granters

Alison Drucker & Tom Holzman
Debbie Jones
Bonny Gensicki
Lori & James Marcus
Parker Pestana


Ann Rento
Danny Gavigan
Donna Reinhold
Hamby Kaydin
Jackson Poulin
Joshua Christian Wyatt
Karina Gershowitz

Katrina Leung
Laura Marshall
Lauren K
Maddy Peterson
Mallory Shear
Olivia T. Marcus
Shannon Bills
Thais Menendez
Tom Rento



Special Thanks

The following list of people contributed time, space, energy and wisdom to this production.

In no particular order, our team is grateful to: 

Kathleen Akerley
Danny Cackley
Marcus Kyd
Meg Rento
Mark Walpole
Nick Gay
Daniel & Katy Cartkuff-Corey 
Jeff Darling
Kathryn Zoerb
Bri Castellini
Navi Azeez
Robin Whitworth



Content & Themes

The Pitchfork Disney contains mature content and themes, including: discussions of homophobia, physical and emotional abuse, murder, drug use, and a simulated sexual assault.

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