Show: At the Bottom by Christopher Madsen
Directed by: Alexandra Harbold
Dates: February 27 – 29 2020, March 5 – 7 2020 at 7:30PM
Matinee: March 1 2020 and March 8 2020 at 2:00PM
Genra: Drama, Dark Comedy, World Premier
Rating: Not recommended for children under the age of 16, for mature themes and strong language.
Synopsis of At the Bottom
A flop house in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of a large city is home to a rag-tag group of people struggling to survive from one day to the next. When a mysterious stranger comes to live there, he brings hope to the hardscrabble lives of the residents.
Adapted from Russian playwright Maxim Gorky’s classic play The Lower Depths, At The Bottom shines a light on those living at the margins who are, almost literally, invisible to the rest of society. Reimagined for the 21st century, with elements of the fantastic, the play explores the tension between pessimism and hope and asks which is better, the truth, or the comforting lie?
Sydney is glad to be back at Pinnacle Acting Company again where she was last seen as Young Lucius in Titus Andronicus. Her other credits include Wait, Red Bike, and Eleemosynary with Pygmalion Theatre Company, The Rental, and 1222 Randall Ave with the Two-fifteen Project, Ion at The Classical Greek Festival, as well as School for Scandal, Clybourne Park, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Two Gentlemen of Verona at Westminster Theatre. Sydney is a recent graduate from Westminster College where she received her BFA in theatre performance.
Roger is glad to be back at Pinnacle and acting with friends. Past Pinnacle shows: Art, The Comedy of Errors, Boeing Boeing, and Betrayal. Other local stage credits include Pilot Program (Sackerson), Sweetheart Come (Pygmalion), Mopey Wrecks, An Enemy of the People, Poor Bastard (Riot Act), One Big Union (Plan B), Doubt, Amadeus (Utah Repertory), Hedda Gabler, The Winter's Tale, Waiting for Godot (Sting & Honey), King Charles III, and The Philadelphia Story (Pioneer).
Emily is excited to be working with Pinnacle! Recent credits include child/wife in "Brief Waltz" (Sackerson), Mrs. Malaprop in "The Rivals" (U of U), and Lizzy in "Christmas at Pemberley" (PTC). BFA University of Utah.
Holly was most recently seen in Sackerson’s A Brief Waltz which ran for over 4 months. Other credits include Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Comedy of Errors, Proof and Romeo and Juliet with Pinnacle; Boom, Synchronicity and Saturday’s Voyeur with Salt Lake Acting Company; Last Lists of My Mad Mother and In the Next Room with Pygmalion; and One Man, Two Guvnors with Pioneer Theatre Company. Holly is very happy to be working Andra and this great cast and crew.
Erica is pleased to give this timely play legs after participating in a staged reading in 2018. Erica earned a BFA from the University of Utah, Actor Training Program. She is grateful to be performing with PAC once more after playing Miss Julie in Miss Julie. Professional credits include: The Tempest (Miranda, Utah Shakespeare Festival Educational Tour), An Inspector Calls (Enda, Pioneer Theatre Company), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse, The Grand Theatre), Twelfth Night (Olivia, Salt Lake Shakespeare), she has also acted for Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan-B Theatre. Other favorite roles include: Animal Farm (Squealer, UofU), and Hamlet (Hamlet, UofU). She sends a huge thank you to Andra and Melanie for their incredible mentorship and inspiration.
Carlos Nobleza Posas
A New Orleans native, Carlos lives truthfully under imaginary circumstances and (sometimes) real ones. Favorite credits include Macbeth (BANQUO), King Lear (EDMUND) and Hamlet (GHOST / CLAUDIUS). Carlos is thrilled to work with Pinnacle Acting Company for the first time! He owes his life in the Intermountain West to his beautiful and brilliant wife, a Westminster alumna. Carlos is represented by Talent Management Group in Salt Lake City.
Varlo is a slightly rumpled actor/teacher/iconoclast who likes people, draws dogs, enjoys his work, and is always game for a long road trip. He graduated from SUU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre, and from Ohio State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. He has 23 years of experience as a university professor and program administrator teaching and directing a wide range of classes and productions. He also has been active professionally, directing and acting for several regional companies. Varlo currently serves as the Theater Department Chair at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts.
David is back at Pinnacle after last appearing in The Lion in Winter as Richard. Other somewhat recent credits include King Arthur in Spamalot and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at The Grand Theatre, Amphitryon in the Classical Greek Theatre Festival's production of Herakles and various roles in Utah Opera's Candide. A glutton for punishment, he spends most of his off-stage time choosing to hang around theaters, having recently directed such shows as Arsenic and Old Lace, Noises Off, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and The Last 5 Years.
Call Vande Veegaete
Call is a Salt Lake native, and is a recent actor training program graduate at the University of Utah. His most recent credits include, Grease at Pioneer Theatre Company (u.s. Doody/Sonny), and Men on Boats at the University of Utah (movement director). Call would like to extend a deep thanks to Sarah Shippobotham, and Andra Harbold.
Michelle Lynn Thompson
Michelle holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She has been certified by the SAFD in multiple weapons. Recent credits: Niki Harris- Curtains, Power/ Chorus - Prometheus Bound, Elizabeth - The Byron Five, Woman 1 - First Date, Leader - Women of Trachis, Hailee - With You, Minstrel - Spamalot, Nikki - The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Brenda - Hairspray, The Courtesan - The Comedy of Errors, Henry Condell - The Kings Men, Jean - The Tall Girls,Isabella - The Glorious Ones.
Fina is a junior in the Actor Training Program at the U of U. Previous credits include Calypso in The Odyssey at the U, #2 in The Wolves at SLAC, Lorraine in Hindsight with Sackerson, and Rosie in Cabaret at SLCC’s Black Box. Fina is super happy to be making her Pinnacle Acting Company debut and is grateful to everyone who’s part of her support system.
Did you know? While Pinnacle’s At the Bottom is a world premiere, it has a storied history as an adaptation of Russian playwright Maxim Gorky’s classic play The Lower Depths. First presented in 1902 at the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by and starring Konstantin Stanislavski, The Lower Depths has been translated and adapted around the world and has become one of the enduring hallmarks of Russian social realism in the theatre.
Playwright Christopher Madsen has reimagined The Lower Depths for the 21st century, but many of the central themes are just as relevant today as they were over a century ago.
Above: Ivan Moskvin (right) as Luke and Margarita Savitskaya as Anna in a scene from the original Moscow Art Theatre production of The Lower Depths.