Northwest Playwrights Alliance presents:
North Wind Blowin’
A Play with Music
David Tucker II
Songs by David Tucker II, Scott Warrender
and Don Latarski
Directed by Kelly Kitchens
January 1930: an era of steam-engine locomotives, displaced families and a country at the leading edge of the American Depression. Not far from a train yard exists a small camp of hoboes. Traveling from one town to the next, seeking work, wages, a way to survive, these vagabonds of the rails exist in a world beyond the view of most Americans.
A young man, bruised and bleeding, wanders into this itinerant world. Given a new name and way of life, he discovers a family of sorts, but eventually must confront the past he left behind.
With original songs that echo the era, North Wind Blowin’ explores a little-seen world through the eyes of a young man trying to find his way back home.
Preacher: Treavor Boykin
Idaho: Brian David Simmons
Quickcut Katie: Kisha Xiomara Palmer
Chi-Town: David Hsieh
Blue: Auston James
Tallahassee: Hannah Mootz
Father/Scar: Michael Patten
Deputy/Jake: Mark Fullerton
Anne Marie: Lara Fox
David A. Tucker II has had several of his plays and musicals produced and/or developed at theaters across the nation, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theater Co., Chicago Dramatists, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Foothill Theater Co., among others. His most recent works include North Wind Blowin’, a play with music. Under the Skin, Persistence of Vision, Lubyanka, and Another Day in Baghdad (about his experiences commanding a military unit in Iraq). He is currently writing a new novel, Slipstream.
Kelly Kitchens is a professional director, actor, adaptor, and teaching artist; she is the Artistic Associate at Seattle Public Theater, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Kelly earned her B.A. in Theater and English from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent projects include: adapting and directing She’s Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre; Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Direction); directing Black Comedy (Strawberry Theater Workshop); stage directing Our Earth opera cycle (Seattle Opera Touring); playing Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and directing The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company); directing Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Othello (Seattle Shakespeare Touring); and directing Arcadia, The Understudy, Back Back Back (Seattle Public Theatre). Upcoming directing projects include: The Art of Bad Men by Vincent Delaney (MAP Theater); Slip/Shot, Christmastown ,and Slowgirl (Seattle Public Theater); and Tall Girls (Washington Ensemble Theater).
His shows include The Texas Chainsaw Manicurist, Das Barbecu, Book of James, The Plexiglass Slipper, Busload of Blonds, Lights, World’s Fair Cruise, The January Book, and Blankity-Blank. The song he co-wrote with Joss Whedon, My Lullaby, was featured in Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. His most recent short fiction has been published by Foundling Review, Stanley the Whale, Lark’s Fiction Magazine, Spark: A creative anthology, A Cappella Zoo, and Devilfish Review.