These Terrible Things

Written by David Jacobi with the Ensemble | Directed by Jack Tamburri | Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival (

Caplan Studio Theater in Terra Hall

211 South Broad Street

Performances: September 14-23 | Sept 14 7:30pm, Sept 15 7:30pm, Sept 16 2pm & 7:30pm, Sept 21 7:30pm, Sept 22 7:30pm, Sept 23 2pm & 7:30pm




Stage Manager: Cass Meehan

Assistant Stage Managers: Jonnel Outen & Sarah “Scout” Cox Nakano

Assistant Director: Zach Heckler

Set Design: Lindsey Mayer

Costume Design: Corrie Meehan

Lighting Design: Ryan J Stofa

Sound Design: Edward Smith

Props Design: Kat Wheary

Projection Design: Sara Marinich



Annika Cowles | Tess FitzPatrick | Christian Flynn

Justin Jain | Dave Johnson | Rudy Schreiber

Julya van der Sloot | Bradley K. Wrenn

Bradley Wrenn – Berserker

Bradley Wrenn is an actor, producer and writer based in Philadelphia. He is co-artistic director of The Berserker Residents a company dedicated to alternative. His work has been hailed as “daft, ephemeral and joyous” by the Scotsman and he has been praised for his “refusal to relinquish that unrefined creative spirit” by the New York Times. His work has been presented at the Abraham’s Art Center, The San Francisco Mime Troupe and The Annenberg Center. As an actor in Philadelphia he has performed with: Mum PuppetTheatre, Enchantment Theater Company, Theater Horizon, Shakespeare in Clark Park and Lantern Theater Co.

Dave Johnson – Berserker

Dave Johnson is the Co- Creator, Founding Member, High Priest, and Weapons Expert of The Berserker Residents. More often then not, he can be found going on expensive, undercover, fantasy missions that leave him stranded in life or death situations. The rest of the time Dave is a Philadelphia performer, writer, stand-up comedian and theatre creator. His work focuses on clown, movement, puppetry, improvisation, and facial hair. If you are still reading this, please redeem this bio for ONE FREE DRINK at any bar in Philadelphia. Some results may vary. Other Philadelphia Theatre credits: Arden Theatre Co, Theatre The Lantern, Theatre Exile, Peoples Light, Interact, Theater Horizon and Shakespeare in Clark Park.

Jack Tamburri – Director

Jack Tamburri is a theatre director based in New York and Philadelphia. Recent work includes Julius Ferraro’s experimental play Parrot Talk at DaVinci Art Alliance, Doug Greene’s installation and performance piece Memento Mori at the Painted Bride Art Center (both in Philadelphia), the rock music adaptation PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band for Ma-Yi Theater Co in NYC, and Ravel and Colette’s L’enfant et les Sortileges for Opera at Rutgers. Jack co-created and produced the fringe comedies Not For Profit and GAYZE with writer MJ Kaufman, and is the co-creator with performer Terry Brennan of School Play, a physical theatre piece about ADHD which has toured nationally to theaters, schools, and educator professional-development settings, produced by Philadelphia’s Tribe of Fools. He teaches workshops in devising, adaptation, and self-producing, and is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama.

David Jacobi – Playwright

David’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, and Penghao Theatre. His work has been developed at Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, RISK IS THIS, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, SLC Playwrights Lab and PlayPenn. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, a Relentless Award semifinalist, and has been nominated for the Weissburger. David was the 2015 Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company, and is currently under commission from the Denver Center. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego.

Tess Fitzpatrick – Cast

Tess FitzPatrick is a senior acting major. Past UArts credits include Equinox Festival- Cheesy Puffs (Mary Anne), and Domestic Rubatosis. Tess has also worked closely with the theatre collective Speakeasy932. Thanks to the cast, crew, cats and chums.

Rudy Schreiber – Cast

Rudy Schreiber is a Sophomore Directing, Playwriting, and Production Major. UArts credits: Equinox: Cheesy Puffs (Assistant Director), Polyphone: Red 40 (Assistant Stage Manager) and Prequinox (Stand-Up) Regional Credits: A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre), Four Little Girls (The Kennedy Center), Salat (Signature Theatre), A Winter’s Tale (Folger Theatre), The Story, 16 voices (Duke Ellington School of the Arts). Rudy will be spending this Semester abroad sailing in New Zealand. Rudy would like to thank AΣΣ for letting me crash there, his friends for being his friends, his family for being his family and his teachers at the Hillerson Acting Institute.

Julya van der Sloot – Cast

Julya van der Sloot is a Sophomore Acting major. She is thrilled to be a part of These Terrible Things. This is her first show at UArts. She would like to thank this cast and production team for a phenomenal experience, as well as her family and friends for their support. She would also like to thank Lord Ham Hillerson and his manual for inspiring her to leave behind her pro wake-surfing dreams in order to become an actor.

Christian Flynn – Cast

Christian Flynn is an excited sophomore who is supremely excited to be making his Philly fringe debut AND his UArts debut in the same show! Talk to him! He would like to thank The Berserker Residents, his family, his friends (particularly the ones who made it this show), Marlee Waleik, David Jacobi, Jack Tamburri, and the SM team. He wishes you all much love and lightening. Enjoy the show!

Annika Cowles – Cast

Annika Cowles ’19 Junior Acting major. Past Uarts credits include: The Real Whisper (Bernadette Chester) Elementary Spacetime Show (Caller/Ensemble), Equinox Festival- Quietus (Paul), Domestic Rubatosis. Over the summer, Annika joined the cast of Edison in the Prague Fringe Festival. Last summer, Annika was the casting intern at Arena Stage in Washington DC. Thanks to cast, crew, friends, and family.

Cass Meehan – Stage Manager

Cass Meehan is a junior DPP with a passion for binding books, embroidery, costuming, and general crafting in addition to stage managing the odd or otherwise devised. Previous credits include: Subcircle Incubator (SM), Continua (SM), God’s Ear (ASM), Sometimes in Prague (ASM), and various student films. Upcoming: After Last Call…or how to make a play in 24 hours (PA)Zachary Heckler – Assistant Director/Projections Designer

Zach Heckler – Assistant Director

Zach Heckler (Assistant Director) is Sophomore DPP currently focusing on Directing. UArts credits include: Retrograde (Stage Manager), and Edison (Stage Manager). Over the summer Zach was a part of the Prague Fringe Festival and taught children’s theater at the Center for Theater Arts. Thank you to everyone that was involved in this production, it was a good time not a long time.

Sarah “Scout” Cox Nakano – Assistant Stage Manager

Scout is delighted to make her UArts debut as ASM for These Terrible Things. A transfer DPP student from Tennessee, she began her journey as a director directing scenes from Waiting for Godot and Talley’s Folly, after stage managing various youth productions at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. She has trained with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Point Park University, and is a former member of Slow Clap Improv Squad. Favorite performance credits: Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew and Hephaestus/Hermes in Prometheus Bound: A Puppet Tragedy. You can catch her delivering your 1 a.m. Postmates order.

Jonnel Outen – Assistant Stage Manager

Jonnel Outen is a sophomore Directing and Playwriting major at UArts. Other credits include Quartet member in The Music Man and the job of script supervisor in the UArts polyphone festival show Folk Wandering.

Kat Wheary – Props Designer

Kat is a Sophomore Design and Theater Tech Major with a focus in props and electrics. This is her second time as a designer at UArts and first time working on a piece of devised theater. Previously, Kat was the props designer for A Little More Spring and a light board programmer for The Stone Groove Shagadelic Disco.

Corrie Meehan – Costume Designer

Corrie is a sophomore Design/Tech major with a focus in costumes. UArts: The Equinox Festival 2017 (Costume Designer), Now We Are Six (Costume Designer) Other: La Traviata (Opera Maine, Asst. Costume Designer).

Edward Smith – Sound Designer

Edward Smith is a Senior Theater Design student with a concentration in Sound Design. Some of his design credits include Rocky Horror Picture Show (UArts 2015), Beautiful Stupidity (UArts 2016), God’s Ear (Uarts 2016), and Polyphone (UArts 2017), This summer he also oversaw the sound design and engineering of nearly 20 shows at Long Lake Camp for the Arts.

Lindsey Mayer – Set Designer

A graduate of Point Park University, Lindsey’s designs have been featured in Pittsburgh as well as all around Philadelphia area. Notable works include Nick Nutrition (The Walnut Street Theater), Failure; A Love Story (Azuka Theater), and The Lonesome West (The Pittsburgh Playhouse). She has also has have the privilege of working a long side designers such as Donyale Werle and Robert Schmidt when working as an assistant scenic designer at the Tony Award Winning Denver Center Theater Company in Colorado.

Ryan Stofa – Lighting Design

Ryan Stofa ’18 is a fourth year Theatre Design Technology major. Past UArts credits include Stone Groove Shagadelic Disco, Polyphone ’17/‘16, Pocatello, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Endless thanks to JJ, OG, HB, Heather, Mom and Dad.


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