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Krisha is -really trying to be in the moment and appreciate what an extraordinary opportunity this is.-
Thank you to our community and friends who continue to support live theatre in any means possible.
In my true form I am an actor, stage combat choreographer and occasional stunt coordinator. By day I must disguise myself as mild-mannered engineer, and my hapless co-workers suspect nothing. My favorite roles include Vanda in VENUS IN FUR, as noted, Spike in the World Premiere of HOUSE RULES by Staci Swedeen, and Lady Macbeth in MACBETH. I also co-founded a pop-up theatre/gallery called The Moving Theatre. My hobbies include fake fighting with shiny swords, running around the trails at Ijams, and eating.
This marks Mitch’s second production with Flying Anvil Theatre, the first being 2018’s Sylvia, in which he played Greg. Other previous stage roles include Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, Ken Gorman in Rumors, the Stage Manager (narrator) in Our Town and multiple roles in both The Dining Room and The Laramie Project. Mitch’s on-camera work includes feature and short films as well as television and commercial projects. He is also a writer and filmmaker.
Davion T. Brown is a current UTK grad student working toward his MFA in Acting. Before joining the UTK roster, Davion spent the prior three years traveling around the country as a freelance Actor. Davion has been cast in a cornucopia of productions, with some of his most noteworthy roles being; Hamlet (Hamlet), Joseph Garcin (No Exit), and Macbeth (Macbeth), to name a few. This is Davion's first official production with Flying Anvil Theatre, and he is very excited to be a part of this highly experimental production! Davion hopes that he and his fellow artists can help bring you some joy in this rather confusing time. Most importantly, Davion would like to thank You for supporting the Arts and her Artists.
David Dwyer has been an active Screen Actors Guild member for 33 years and has appeared in nearly 100 films and TV series. He was recently seen as Sheriff Smoot Schmidt in Netflix's The Highwaymen, with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, and has finished work on Netflix's Hillbilly Elegy, helmed by Ron Howard and starring a ferocious Glen Close, the fantastic Amy Adams and the indelible Bo Hopkins.
Several years ago David was brought back to the theatre, after an absence of more than 30 years, for a UT Clarence Brown production of Amadeus. That proved fortuitous as it reignited his love and passion for extraordinary theatre. David has always loved a good story, well told, so he is proud and excited to be on the board of Flying Anvil Theatre as we all navigate our paths through these most interesting and challenging times.
Raine Palmer is a local East Tennessee actress. Some of her most recent acting credits include Gretchen in Flying Anvil Theatre’s Boeing Boeing, Romeo in 70/30 Creative's Romeo and Juliet, Susan Hendrix in Theatre Knoxville’s Wait Until Dark, Peter Quince in Tennessee Stage Company's Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Elizabeth Proctor in Foothill Community Players’ The Crucible. She would like to thank her infinitely wonderful family and friends for their love and support.
Joe is making his second voyage with Flying Anvil. We will all get through this and once again grace the great stages of our World. The play is the thing!
McKinley, a UT theatre alumni and a native of Nashville, is excited to be a part of “Do You Read Me?”! While this is her first show with Flying Anvil, she has been on the Clarence Brown stage many times. Her favorite roles include: the ensembles of The Threepenny Opera, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Kiss Me, Kate and Sweeney Todd, as well as Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a member of the Shakespeare medley, Will Power!, and Bec in 4000 Miles all at the Clarence Brown Theatre. When not social distancing, you can often find McKinley interning at a cappella conventions, performing in local theatre, and singing with her 90s cover band, Teen Spirit. Stay healthy, wear masks, be patient to the folks you’re stuck inside with, and enjoy the show!
Keegan is thrilled to be a part of Flying Anvil’s first online production! Previous acting credits include Hand to God (FAT), Clybourne Park, Leading Ladies (TKD), The Idiot Box (LAB), Peter and the Starcatcher, and South Pacific (CBT). Keegan directed The Lacy Project, Disassembly (LAB), and Horse Girls (UT), and assisted directors on The Madwoman of Chaillot, Dream of the Burning Boy (CBT), and HIR (FAT). He graduated from UT in 2019, where he taught improv workshops and was a member of the university’s first improv/sketch troupe, Involuntary Sports Party. Thanks to Jayne and David for making theatre happen, especially when it’s hard.
The Production Team
David Ratliff is "over the moon" to finally be working with the fine folks at Flying Anvil Theatre. David has proudly served as the Lead House Manager at the Clarence Brown Theatre since 2012. Favorite past directing projects include: Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar, and Becky Shaw (Lovers & Madmen), Fat Pig and Extremities (CBT LAB Projects), Barefoot in the Park (Square Room), Rumors, The Dining Room, and A Few Good Men (FCP), and WALLS: A Play for Palestine (New York International Fringe Festival). Much thanks to Jayne and Chris for the opportunity and to Randy and Jordan for making everything better.
Randy is happy to be stage managing for F.A.T. once again, even if it is only from his chair at home! He is grateful to the cast and crew of this show, and hopes you laugh out loud (make sure your mic is off! LOL!). He also wishes to thank the theatre-attending audience here in Knoxville (and, since it is online, all over the WORLD) for supporting local arts. Enjoy!
Jordan Vera is a Freelance Lighting Designer who currently resides in Knoxville, TN. Originally from Miami, FL he received his MFA in lighting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and BFA from Florida International University. He has had the opportunity to design for The Clarence brown theatre, Oak Ridge Playhouse, North Carolina stage company. Miami Summer Music Festival , and Miami alternative Theatre . Some of his design work includes: Detroit 67 (Clarence brown theatre) Marvelous Wonderettes (Oakridge playhouse) Stones In His Pockets (North Carolina Stage Co.) Urine Town (Clarence brown theatre) and The Marriage of Figaro (Miami Music Festival). More of his work can be seen on his online portfolio . He is honored to work alongside a great group of artistic collaborators at Flying Anvil Theatre, and is excited to present this web play to the community.