Produced by: Amanda Shaffern
Directed by: Peter Loikits
Written and Devised by: Amanda Shaffern, Peter Loikits, Topher Layton, Jessica Delio, and the Theater Oblivion ensemble
AD: Jilly Schwab
SM: Jessica DeLio
Lighting Design: Liz Contessa
Set Design: Ada Cheung
Running September 5th-15th at the Warehouse on Watts, as part of the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Amanda Shaffern partnering with Theater Oblivion on our new project, SIREN SONGS! This documentary/ verbatim theater piece focuses around the topic of opiate addiction and substance use disorder. In the piece, we follow the tumultuous journey of 6 individuals as they fight their way through to recovery. The goal of SIREN SONGS is to educate and reduce stigma in the midst of the current Opioid Epidemic
Case Study #14
Monah Yancy is an actress and writer originally from NJ. She studied and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas Woman's University. Her theatre credits include the role of (Vivian) in Forever Hold Your Peace at Primary Stages/E.S.P.A. in New York; (Sarah Siddons) in The Actor’s Nightmare at interACT Theatre in South Orange, NJ; (Adventure Guide) in Bluelaces Theatre production of Suds at the Mark O'Donnell Theatre at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY; and (Chimene) in CAGED at The Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ. She would like to express much gratitude and thank you to Peter and Amanda for the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Theatre Oblivion family. Congratulations to the cast and crew for the hard work and dedication of this story. Addiction is something people often don’t want to deal with or talk about due to the affects and stigma of the disease. Whether you know someone personally or not, be open to understand their struggle and let’s stand together to rid our family, friends and communities of the drug/opioid crisis. Monah would also like to thank family and friends for their continued support. Thank you to those for sharing their truths and experiences
Caitlin Bridget Wisneskie
Case Study #6
Caitlin Bridget Wisneskie is an actor and theatre artist located in Philadelphia. They are extremely honored to be involved in Siren Songs and have the opportunity to tell such meaningful stories. They are a recent graduate from Temple University’s acting concentration, and is thrilled to be able to tell such thought-provoking stories with Theater Oblivion in Fringe this year.
Some of their past works include Ellie in Cam Girl (Theater Oblivion), Martha in A Piece of My Heart (Temple University Side Stage), Love and Information (Temple University), and more. Thank you to everyone who has made Siren Songs possible and to those who shared their powerful stories.
Case Study #12
Eyakeno EKpo was born and raised in Nigeria. he studied and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. A few of his theatre credits include Don Price in Big Fish, Seaweed in Hairspray and he has performed the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines. Now, he is on land and elated to join Theatre Oblivion in putting up this beautiful play, Siren Songs.
Case Study #10
Blake Lowry is brand new to the Philly Theatre scene, having moved to the city in August from his hometown of Columbus, GA. This is his first time performing in the Philly Fringe and he is so thankful to Theatre Oblivion and all of the artists that have welcomed him into this city. Previous Philadelphia credits include Fly Guy the Musical, Pinkalicious!, and A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theatre. All my love to Alex. ¡No Pasarán
Case Study #5
Jeremy Adam is a singer-songwriter frequently found in the Philadelphia music scene, but he is excited to get back to his theatrical roots. Since graduating from Temple University’s theatre program, Jeremy spends his days as a music instructor and his nights on the stage. You can see him performing solo in various shows around Philly or with his bands Ophelia and Adam + Parke.
You can also listen to his original music and find out where to see him live at www.jeremyadammusic.com
Case Study #11
Lexi Schreiber is a musical theatre music director and voice teacher in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. Some of her past performance credits include Mama Morton in Chicago (Mainstage Arts), Marmee in Little Women (Villanova Theatre), and a chorus member in Electra (Villanova Theatre). Lexi has a Master of Art in Theatre from Villanova and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from University of the Arts.
I feel honored to be apart of Siren Songs because of this production team, and this ensemble, the work has been extremely thoughtful. We are trying to tell these true stories of addiction without judgement, stigma or any preconceived notions of who are addicts are. They are human. I believe it is important in this opioid crisis time to remember that. I live in Port Richmond and see the effects of the crisis everyday. This show is teaching me to lead with a deeper knowledge of addiction, and an open heart to someone I see on my street who may need help.
Case Study #1
Hillary grew up in Lake George, NY in the Adirondacks Mountains. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and a MFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. Hillary has lived and traveled all over the country including NYC and Chicago but finally found her home in Philly and has been proud to be a part of the Philadelphia theatre community for the past 5 years. She has collaborated in productions, readings and concerts with InterAct Theatre Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Quintessence Theatre Group, Resident Theatre Company, The Media Theatre and The Asian Arts Initiative. She is the 2017 Barrymore winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for You For Me For You.