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When It Comes

When It Comes

December 11 – 13, 2015

By Mike Sears
Directed by Lisa Berger
Puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy
Music by Clinton Davis

The Old Globe will present When It Comes with free public workshop presentations, marking the culmination of Mike Sears’s 2015 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grant. Inspired by writer Sears’s real-life experiences, the piece was developed in collaboration with a team of local artists: four San Diego actors, puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy (Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree), music by Clinton Davis, and direction by Sears’s wife, Lisa Berger.

There will be four free workshop performances—open to the public—Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; all at The Studio Theatre at University of San Diego. Seating is by general admission. Admission to When It Comes is free, but reservations are recommended. Reservations available now and can be reserved by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Globe Box Office. Subject to availability, tickets will be available at the door of the Studio Theatre at University of San Diego half hour prior to each performance.

When it Comes is a folktale with music about Buck and Erma, a young, optimistic, blue-collar couple who build a house only to discover they need the moon to make it complete. They begin a journey to retrieve the moon, one that will test the very fabric of their love.

This project was funded by a grant from the Ariel W. Coggeshall Fund of The San Diego Foundation Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.

Publicity Photos

Playwright Mike Sears
Playwright Mike Sears. Sears's When It Comes, directed by Lisa Berger, with puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy and music by Clinton Davis, runs Dec. 11-13, 2015 and is funded by a Creative Catalyst Fellowship from the San Diego Foundation. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn
Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn of Animal Cracker Conspiracy. Mike Sears's When It Comes, directed by Lisa Berger, with puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy and music by Clinton Davis, runs Dec. 11-13, 2015 and is funded by a Creative Catalyst Fellowship from the San Diego Foundation. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Clinton Davis
Composer Clinton Davis. Mike Sears's When It Comes, directed by Lisa Berger, with puppetry by Animal Cracker Conspiracy and music by Davis, runs Dec. 11-13, 2015 and is funded by a Creative Catalyst Fellowship from the San Diego Foundation. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.



Mike Sears (Playwright) is an actor and playwright. Regionally, he has performed at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. As a playwright, Sears has written Felt and The Corpse Bride, both of which received Best of the Fest Awards at the Actors Alliance of San Diego Festival. He has also written The Pied Piper: A Punk Opera, which premiered at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. His most recent play, Cowhead, part of three-play trilogy inspired by his home state of South Dakota, is schedule for a private reading in early 2016. Sears received his B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Montana and completed his training at the William Esper Studio in New York City.

Lisa Berger (Director) is a director and teacher. Her San Diego directing credits include 2014 New Voices Festival reading of Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe), The Car Plays: Incident Row (La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival), The Car Plays: We Wait (La Jolla Playhouse, Moving Arts), the reading of The Whale and Paper Cities (La Jolla Playhouse), Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company), Anatomy of Gray, Eurydice, and A Streetcar Named Desire (University of San Diego), The Collector (Animal Cracker Conspiracy), Righteous Exploits (So Say We All), A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre Company), Buried Child, Simpatico, and Things We Want (New Village Arts), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre, Patté Award), Miss Julie (Stone Soup Theatre Company), Crimes of the Heart and Anonymous (Canyon Crest Academy), Buried Child (UC San Diego), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Patté Award) and Looking for Normal (Diversionary Theatre), Handbag (Actors Alliance of San Diego), and Islands of Repair (New York International Fringe Festival). Her additional directing credits include The House of Blue Leaves, Our Town, The Boys Next Door, Picnic, Laughing Wild, and several children’s musicals for The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Creating Original Opera program. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana and is also a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City She currently teaches at MiraCosta College, San Diego City College, and University of San Diego. She is co-artistic director of Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training Studio.

Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn (Puppetry) are San Diego-based artists who comprise Animal Cracker Conspiracy, a contemporary collaborative hybrid puppet company invested in peering under the surface of things and pushing the boundaries of live kinetic performance. Joining forces in 2004 with a shared desire to pursue puppetry as a radically unfolding art form that decenters expectations, they revel in diversity and artistic inquiry. Their ongoing work is based in fluctuating frameworks for the creation of community, thus facilitating collaboration, investigation, and questioning the status quo. They have explored visual and fine art, video, street performance, circus, and dance for inspiration and to find the best forms for transmitting their ideas. Their hybrid puppet performances are inspired by poetic, personal, and global phenomena, and they respond by creating emergent structures of layered symbols, images, film, sounds, movement, puppets, installations, and objects. They traverse movement-defined abstractions of the material to immaterial, folklore to contemporary, and intellectual to intuitive. They actively cultivate the suspension of disbelief by employing immediate choreography, embracing the unknown, and using the manipulation of puppets in the creation of mystery. They have performed around the U.S., winning awards at several fringe festivals and performing at puppet theatres as well as at HERE Arts Center in New York. They have received continued support from the Jim Henson Foundation, Puppet Slam Network, and La Jolla Playhouse as well as one-time grants from the Puffin Foundation, Sator Arts Foundation, Synergy Art Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, and the Leo S. Guthman Fund.

Clinton Davis (Original Music) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego. He recently served as musician, composer, and music director of the 2015 Globe for All tour of Much Ado About Nothing. He has composed and arranged music for theatrical production on both coasts, including The Old Globe and Brooklyn’s Lone Wolf Tribe. These productions have toured the United States, Europe, and South America. Most of his current projects and pursuits involve sifting through America’s vernacular musical past in some way or another. With the G Burns Jug Band, Davis arranges iconic country, blues, and jazz recordings of the 1920s and ’30s for a five-piece ensemble that tours the West Coast. They have performed with American roots music giants like Jim Kweskin, Del McCoury, and Michael Doucet. In 2015, the G Burns Jug Band released its second album, which iconic roots music publication No Depression called “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” At UC San Diego, Davis serves as an associate instructor and leads a survey course on American roots music. He also works as an audio engineer, producing recordings for students and faculty that have been released on Naxos, Mode, Populist, and pfMENTUM record labels.