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Fallout: a new play by Mary Gage

Fallout: a new play by Mary Gage This new play tells the real-life story of Major Claude Eatherly, a pilot driven mad by the horror of Hiroshima and his role in the bombing.

This production moves through time and place with abstract sets, staging, and live musical score. https://thestatetheatre.org/events/fallout/

Carrie Marcinkevage rekindled her love of theater in The Next Stage’s An Ideal Husband and with Tempest Productions in t...
03/21/2022

Carrie Marcinkevage rekindled her love of theater in The Next Stage’s An Ideal Husband and with Tempest Productions in the Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest with performances in Under Milkwood, Dear Friend: The Letters of John and Abagail Adams, and Poe: Deep Into That Darkness. Her all-time favorite role was playing Beatrice to her real-life husband’s Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Mike Waldhier is a local State College actor originally from Chicago, and has performed in nearly 100 plays, musicals, a...
03/18/2022

Mike Waldhier is a local State College actor originally from Chicago, and has performed in nearly 100 plays, musicals, and films over the course of his acting career. Favorites include Fun Home, Les Misérables, Guys & Dolls, Betrayal, Copenhagen, and Under Milkwood, among many others. Off stage, Mike is the Director of the Penn State Smeal MBA and Professional Doctorate programs and lives in State College with his wife, Laura.

03/16/2022
Rick Gilmore is an actor, musician, and poet. He has performed locally with The Next Stage ("Harper Regan", "The Memory ...
03/16/2022

Rick Gilmore is an actor, musician, and poet. He has performed locally with The Next Stage ("Harper Regan", "The Memory of Water"), Stage College Community Theatre ("Dracula", "The Survivor", "Gypsy"), and Singing Onstage ("Oliver", "Sound of Music"). He is an award-winning teacher and Professor of Psychology at Penn State.

Roxy Arrojo is an actress & singer based in NYC who is grateful to be performing live theater again. In her spare time, ...
03/14/2022

Roxy Arrojo is an actress & singer based in NYC who is grateful to be performing live theater again. In her spare time, she enjoys composing and arranging music.
She is currently the program director for the Educational Arts Team bringing theater techniques into the classroom and integrating it into the curriculum to engage students and improve literacy skills. She was last seen in Collected Stories, produced locally by Tempest Productions in March 2020.

A graduate of PSU, School of Theatre, MFA Acting ('99), Doug Cockle is an American actor, director and acting teacher li...
03/10/2022

A graduate of PSU, School of Theatre, MFA Acting ('99), Doug Cockle is an American actor, director and acting teacher living in the United Kingdom. For over 20 years he has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, video games and corporate video. Doug was also the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Acting degree at the Arts University Bournemouth from 2005 to 2017.

Doug has worked extensively in the video games industry and is primarily known for his work as Geralt of Rivia in the Witcher video game series. Doug has been the voice of Geralt since the series began in 2007 and has been nominated for several awards for his work with this character.

Mark A. Keeton (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) received his BAS in Theatre at the University of North Texas. Based in New York, he has w...
03/09/2022

Mark A. Keeton (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) received his BAS in Theatre at the University of North Texas. Based in New York, he has worked off and off-off-Broadway in over 20 productions including, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Lion in Winter," and "Alligator Summer." In film/TV he's had roles in "Wonderstruck" directed by Todd Haynes, "Law and Order: SVU," "The Enemy Within," and many independent films.

At one time, Major "Buck" Eatherly was world famous, inspiring poetry, books, letters, and songs like this one a librari...
02/28/2022

At one time, Major "Buck" Eatherly was world famous, inspiring poetry, books, letters, and songs like this one a librarian friend found for us.

The first discussion about issues raised in Fallout will focus on mental illness. It's a subject that fascinates me. In ...
02/18/2022

The first discussion about issues raised in Fallout will focus on mental illness. It's a subject that fascinates me. In Shakespeare’s plays, Lady Macbeth was driven crazy by guilt, Othello went mad from jealousy, and Ophelia from unrequited love. Somehow this seems more plausible to me than our present-day explanation that mental illness is a chemical imbalance that we can treat with drugs. After all, I read that the pandemic is causing mental illness… Is it stress that produces this chemical imbalance? And do drugs merely suppress mental illness without getting at the root cause? Is that why psychiatrists can treat their patients for years without curing them? And how does Claude Eatherly fit into all this? Was his reaction to Hiroshima madness? Or was his the only sane reaction? Were all the other pilots mad?
Maybe the truth is that we don’t understand our own complicated minds. Maybe these two ways of looking at madness are both equally true? Are they different perspectives of the same problem, one the artist’s and one the scientist’s? I look forward to hearing what Greg Eghigian thinks when he talks to Sajay Samuel. I will post the link to their discussion on this page and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Crossing my fingers that we can announce the final cast by Monday. It's a long process to work out travel, schedule, con...
02/10/2022

Crossing my fingers that we can announce the final cast by Monday. It's a long process to work out travel, schedule, contracts and such, but in the end, we're going to have one fine ensemble cast.

Bringing in some heavy hitters for this fantastic play!

Finalizing the information for ticket sales to begin within a week. THIS page will give you the details for purchasing a...
02/08/2022
Home - The State Theatre, State College, PA

Finalizing the information for ticket sales to begin within a week. THIS page will give you the details for purchasing as well as the website of The State Theatre, so if you know folks that would like to see FALLOUT at the end of March in State College, kindly share this page with them!

There are so many moving parts to creating a show and we are grateful to have a wonderful community of designers, supporters, and our local gem of a theater involved in this production.

FALLOUT, March 30-31, 4 performances at The State Theatre, 2:30 and 7:30 each day. Tickets on sale SOON

https://thestatetheatre.org/

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Playwriting is a community art. You create a scaffold of words for other people to use. After you write your play - if y...
02/07/2022

Playwriting is a community art. You create a scaffold of words for other people to use. After you write your play - if you're lucky - a director picks it up and brings it to life with sets and music and - hopefully - wonderful actors. These are the ones the audience remembers, because they speak ,your words. You're very far away by now since your play takes place in the audience's heads!
That is why every different production seems almost a different play. I always like to watch if I can, although it's a terrible risk because a chain is as strong as its weakest link, and one wrong link can break the illusion You can't kid yourself that your play's a success when people start checking their phones! It's by far the most dramatic medium, but then, it should be - it's theater!

I dug out this photo of a production meeting for Everyone's a General to show it's a community art

The last scheduled auditions are wrapping up this weekend, so look for the cast announcement here on this page next week...
02/05/2022

The last scheduled auditions are wrapping up this weekend, so look for the cast announcement here on this page next week! I'm so excited by the talent that has come forward to tell this important story.

We'll have the link for ticket sales up soon, too. Share along in the creation of this original work by following this page.

I'm Elaine, the director of FALLOUT. It has been my pleasure to work with Mary Gage on several of her productions here i...
02/03/2022

I'm Elaine, the director of FALLOUT. It has been my pleasure to work with Mary Gage on several of her productions here in State College.

FALLOUT promises to be a show that lives on beyond our production here in State College. I do hope that you can count yourselves among the lucky ones who get to see it's first full production. It was produced originally as a staged reading in 2019 by Richard Biever and I still have people tell me how powerful that reading was! In fact, some audience members from that reading reached out to Mary and became part of a grassroots funding source to bring a full production to the stage.

If you saw the original reading, we'd love to hear what struck you about it! Share your comments!

"Whilst in no sense, I hope, either a religious or a political fanatic, I have for some time felt convinced that the cri...
02/02/2022

"Whilst in no sense, I hope, either a religious or a political fanatic, I have for some time felt convinced that the crisis in which we are all involved is one calling for a thorough re-examination of our whole scheme of values and of loyalties. In the past it has sometimes been possible for men to "coast along" without posing to themselves too many searching questions about the way they are accustomed to think and to act — but it is reasonably clear now that our age is not one of these." Claude R. Eatherly, Waco, TX, June 12th 1959 to Gunther Anders, German philosopher and activist

While institutionalized, Eatherly and Anders shared over 70 letters, extolling the untold moral story in the aftermath of World War II and issues that remain as important today as they were during the lives of these two men, both characters in FALLOUT.

02/01/2022

Mary Gage has been busy rewriting the script for FALLOUT. Based on the life of Claude Eatherly, Mary's newest work brings together divergent characters to delve into madness, nuclear proliferation, and guilt. Shining a light on Eatherly's life, FALLOUT, like all great art, will leave you with more questions than answers.

Slated to run downstairs at The State Theatre March 30-31, you will have 4 chances to see this new production! Follow th...
02/01/2022
The Hiroshima Pilot Who Became a Symbol of Antinuclear Protest (Published 2020)

Slated to run downstairs at The State Theatre March 30-31, you will have 4 chances to see this new production! Follow this page for updates, including interviews with the playwright, director, and cast.

Claude Eatherly is the main character of the play, FALLOUT, but other characters demonstrate the players at work during this time.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/magazine/hiroshima-claude-eatherly-antinuclear.html

Claude Eatherly spent years punishing himself for his role in the first atomic bombing. His remorse made him an international celebrity.

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Two more chances to see Fallout: a new play by Mary Gage! Don't miss it today at 2:30 PM or 7:30 PM. Tickets --> https://bit.ly/3L95CmB
Join Sajay Samuel and Carl Mitcham as they discuss technology and the nuclear age. This is the second in a series of interviews Samuel has conducted about topics raised in Fallout: a new play by Mary Gage. This original play will be performed on the main stage of The State Theatre in downtown State College, PA, March 30-31 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm each day. Tickets available at thestatetheatre.org/events/fallout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT3dt7zBHvc
Fallout is finally about to go on. Twice, we scheduled it. Twice, the pandemic defeated us - but we are definitely third time lucky. We have a wonderful cast and it is now amazingly topical, set against the war in Ukraine. Get your tickets for Elaine Wilgus's powerful production, opening on Wednesday for four performances at The State Theatre
Check out this interview about Fallout: a new play by Mary Gage! Tickets are still available here: https://bit.ly/3L95CmB
Almost 40 years ago, my classmates at Brown voted to ask Student Health Services to stockpile cyanide pills in the event of a nuclear attack. The symbolic vote, intended as a protest against nuclear weapons, was widely criticized as pessimistic and attention-grabbing. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1984/10/11/suicide-and-the-bomb-rouse-debate-at-brown/870a8f33-5ed1-446c-8258-6275bbb2f6d2/ Few critics considered seriously the genuine madness of a nuclear arms build-up or the doctrine of Mutally Assured Destruction (MAD). Come see "Fallout", Mary Gage's timely and timeless new play about Hiroshima pilot Claude Eatherly and his reckoning with the morality and madness of nuclear weapons. We perform next Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 at the State Theatre. https://thestatetheatre.org/events/fallout/?occurrence=2022-03-30&time=1648650600
I am a child of the Cold War. I remember duck and cover drills. And I remember when the threat of nuclear war was real and close, not some distant memory. Come see "Fallout", a new play, that tells the forgotten story of Major Claude Eatherly, captain of one of the Hiroshima planes, who later came to express deep remorse for his actions. I'm supremely honored to be a part of the cast that has the privilege of telling this profound and timely story. Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 at the State Theatre:
Hi everyone, I can hardly believe that Fallout will finally be performed! It has been such a long and eventful journey since the day I heard @Carl Mitcham tell Major Eatherly’s story, and knew I had to It write it. I am almost sure that Fallout chose me instead of the other way round, because so many strange and unexpected things have happened to keep it alive. First, @Rich Biever kindly offered to do a reading, where one of the audience liked it so much that he gave half the money for a full production. Others followed his generous lead. We were thrilled. We set a date. Found a venue. Were setting off for auditions in NYC... And then the pandemic struck! Two years went by, Fallout could have died, Instead, more amazing happenings... A Hiroshima survivor came to campus and - thanks to her vivid memories - I added a Japanese child. And I read so much about the bomb and its effect on us, that I sent Major Eatherly through time to witness our current nuclear defenses. Now Fallout is back with a wonderful director, @Elaine Meder Wilgus, who has taught me (I hope!) how to post on this page. So I'm sharing Fallout's extraordinary journey, to tell you how grateful I am for all the help the play has received from so many generous people. I'm looking forward to seeing it finally come to life, and it would be great if you decided to be there to see it as well. xx Here is Shigeko Sasamori with me during her visit to Penn State.