Program: Emme and the Taking of the Woods, New Works Reading Series

Emme and the Taking of the Woods

a sapling growing through barbwire, and the title "New Works"

Content Warning

Depictions of Death and Violence

Playwright's Note

It is a great honor to have my new play, Emme and the Taking of the Woods, produced as a reading by the theatre department at Western Washington University. The reading will be instrumental in making edits to the play as I prepare for a tentatively scheduled full production at Columbia Basin College in the Fall of 2021. Thanks to the Alexa Rose Foundation, and the Department of Humanities at LCSC, and Alicia, Mette, and Sam for their support in the writing of this play. Thank you to Jay, Kamarie, Jim, Clara, Melanie, Jack, and all of the amazing actors who made this reading happen.

Director's Note

“‘Sometimes people leave you halfway through the wood....”
- S. Sondheim

I am a good mix of both my father and my mother. I have my dad’s sense of humor - My mother’s compassion.

At nine I wasn’t ready to say goodbye -at sixty-five I have questions -a myriad of hellos. In this time of uncertainty love still conquers all.

The quest and journey goes on and on and on...

...and on.



Sophie Burns

Mother/Captain L.I.S.A

Marina Clever

Dusky Dazzle

Joe Moore


David Bolden

Queen Solaria

Shona Carter

Pom Chavel/Dali

Ian Frank


Erin Smith


Jennie LeVeque


Fox Cunningham


Levi Collins

Captain Bartolomeu P. Feignwell

Mitch Stevens


  • Layton Gaskins
  • Evan Schwaab
  • Austin Denton
  • Bianca! Custer

Production Team


Jef Petersen


Jim Lortz

Assistant Director

Sarah McBride


Kevin Harris

Stage Manager

Melanie Ashby

Production Stage Manager and Virtual Technical Director

Clara King

Production Manager

Savannah LeCornu

Company Managers

Mark Kuntz, Kamarie Chapman

Sound and Props Design

Jack Harbick


Chauncey Drummond

Special Thanks

to the disAbility Access Center for live closed captioning!

A person wearing a backpack sits on a log over a lushly forested river, looking up the river

I want to acknowledge that this virtual gathering and celebration is being produced by this Western Washington University on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls me to commit to continuing to learn how to be a better steward of the land I inhabit as well.

It is important to acknowledge the long-standing history that has brought us all to reside on the land, and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.

I would also like to recognize all the people who have built, created, and died in the process of this society being what it is today. The diasporic actions of the Euro colonizers have created damaging ripples in those communities that still require action to be taken.

Here in Bellingham Washington we recognize the Lummi, Semiahmoo and Nooksack tribes and their neighboring stewards the Samish, Stilliguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Swinomish tribes.