History of "SIX WOMEN" at CST
Since 1989, there have been
productions of SIX WOMEN WITH BRAIN
DEATH at Carpenter
Square Theatre. It has proven to be an audience favorite in each of its
- 1990 - 1994
- 1996 - 2000 -
The first production of SIX WOMEN took place shortly
after CST moved into the refurbished space at Main and Hudson. The show
proved to be very popular with audiences and the original run was extended by
Clockwise from top: Shawn,
Mary, Stephanie, Michelle, Amber, and Melanie.
1989 cast: Shawn Carey, Michelle
DeLong, Mary Freeh, Stephanie Johnson, Melanie
Levy, and Amber Miller. Directed by Roberta Sloan.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the
first production, a new (and significantly different) production of the show was
mounted the following season. Michelle DeLong, a member of the 1989 cast
directed this version.
1990 cast: Kathleen Hope, Anne Lower, Kelly Morris, Renee Preftakes, Melanie
Levy, and Sheryl Waters. Directed by Michelle DeLong.
Playwright Mark Houston (who
wrote the music and lyrics) directed the 1994
production of the show. Because so many actresses auditioned, he expanded
the show to include 10 women. After illness and mishaps caused a couple of drop-outs, the show opened as "Eight Women With Brain Death".
- The original and
modified show logos -
production marked the origin of the "Swim Team" vignettes and the
"Recycling" monologue as Houston tweaked and
updated the material.
As with the first production, the popularity of the show led to an extension of the run.
"Woman Goes Berserk on
Freeway...Four Truck Drivers Wasted!"
From left: Jane, Billie, Ellen, Fawnda, Mary, Lana, Renee, and Lisa.
1994 cast: Mary Freeh, Jane Hall, Lana Henson, Fawnda McMahon, Renee Preftakes,
Lisa Shenk, Billie Thrash, and Ellen Webster. Directed by Mark Houston.
In the season following Mark Houston's
death, the show was revived with three members of the 1994 cast.
Angie, Lisa, Renee, Laura, Anne, and
1996 cast: Anne Behrens, Mary Freeh, Laura
Hartpence, Renee Preftakes, Angie
Reese, and Lisa Shenk. Directed by Rhonda Clark and Ron Martin.
As a fitting end to
millennium-madness, CST launched a new production of the show. Four of the women
are veterans returning from previous productions.
Clockwise from bottom left: Renee, Rhonda
Emily, Mary, Ellen, Lysandra, Shawn, and Louise Goldberg (Music Director).
2000 cast: Mary Freeh, Renee Preftakes, Shawn Carey, Ellen Webster, Lysandra
Dial-Meek, and Emily Etherton. Directed by Rhonda Clark.
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This latest production features three women
returning from previous productions.
Abby, Renee, Mary, Emily, and Amy.
2005 cast: Mary Freeh, Renee Preftakes, Emily Etherton,
Abby Tresner, Jodi Nestander, and Amy Northcutt.
Directed by Rhonda Clark.
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