THE SKRIKER: A Senior Project

My name is Olivia Grady and I am currently a Senior, majoring in Theatre and Performance with a focus in Acting at SUNY Purchase.  I will be playing THE SKRIKER and co-producing this show, alongside Melina Finck and Kelsi Ford and I am ecstatic to be telling this story with this wonderful team.

My name is Kelsi Ford and I am currently a Senior, and a Theatre and Performance major, concentration in directing as well as co-producing alongside Melina  Finck and Olivia Grady. I particularly love collaborative and physical theatre. THE SKRIKER is the first full-length production I'll be directing and producing I can not wait to share it. 

My name is Liam Connors and I am a Theatre and Performance major with a minor in Studio Composition. I will be composing an original sound design for THE SKRIKER and am really excited to work collaboratively with a team on a full-length production.

My name is Melina Finck and I’m currently a senior double majoring in Theatre and Performance & Arts Management. I will be playing Josie in The Skriker as well as co-producing with Oliva Grady and Kelsi Ford. I am thrilled to be part of such a collaborative and creative team, and I can’t wait to share this experience with you all.

Our Creative Team:
Assistant Director - Megan Stacey
Stage Manager - Kat Taylor
Sound Designer - Liam Connors
Lighting Designer - Caroline Jannace
Projection Designer - Andrew Wehnke
Dramaturg - Kiyou Kamisawa
Costume Designer - Vicky Butler
Assistant Costume Designer/Makeup Designer - Hannah Weiss
Dialect Coach - Syd Brandt

We have decided to collaborate on a senior project, which is an amazing opportunity for us to put together a 60-90 minute stand-alone production or 20-30 minute festival choice of our choosing.  A few months ago, we proposed our stand-alone of THE SKRIKER to the THP Board and received approval for a three night run of this beautiful show.  

THE SKRIKER is a play written by Caryl Churchill which is a blend of English folktales with modern urban life elements and tells the story of an ancient fairy in pursuit of two young mothers, Lily and Josie. 
Set in London, England, the play follows THE SKRIKER, a shape-shifting fairy from the underworld, in its search for love and revenge, changing its shape at every new encounter. Along with THE SKRIKER, Lily, and Josie comes Rawheadandbloodybones, the Kelpie, the Green Lady, Black Dog and many other immensely intriguing characters, until the whole country is swarming with enticing and angry creatures that have burst from the underworld.

Our production will be going up the weekend of April 12th-14th at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, Underground Theater.

What will you be helping?
This production is 100% self-funded so all of the money donated to this campaign will be used directly for rights for the script, costume and set pieces, marketing materials and more! 

THE SKRIKER showcases human nature, in all forms.  It's a commentary on how we as people treat each other and what we let get done to us. This script truly explores humanity in its rawest form of how we interact with others, the world, our environment around us and how incredibly important and beautiful treating all of those things with care is. This piece is so incredibly human and we are so beyond honored to bring it to life. 

Thank you!
Absolutely any donation counts and nothing is too small. Any and every amount counts as well as every share of this link, so please spread the word. 
Thank you so incredibly for taking the time to read, it means the absolute world to us. It is so greatly appreciated and thank you for helping us make this production as truthful and authentic as possible.

As our thank you to YOU we have some exciting rewards! 

$10 -  Your name in the program, thanking you for your contribution!

$25-  A program signed by the entire cast along with your name in the program!

$50- Priority seating at a performance, a cast-signed program, and your name in the program!

*VIP* $100- A signed poster, priority seating at a performance, a cast-signed program, and your name in the program!

$250+  - A filmed copy of the show, a custom-made mask piece used as a costume piece in our production, a signed poster, priority seating at a performance, a cast-signed program, and your name in the program!
  • Amy Connors  
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Cheryl Scibelli 
    • $25 
    • 50 mos
  • Brigid Sawyer 
    • $35 
    • 50 mos
  • The Grady Family 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Kathleen Stacey 
    • $25 
    • 51 mos
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Olivia Grady 
Oyster Bay, NY