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Girl in the Machine
Written by: Stef Smith
Directed by: Karen McDowell

Please note that the play contains themes and topics including suicide/self-harm, intimacy, violence, and death. The play also includes flashes of bright light
(note: not strobing or repetitive flashes,  but may be triggering for folks with photo sensitivity)

Polly – Britnee Chapa
Owen – Nolan Chapa
The Voice – Brandy Townsend

~*~Cast bios:

Brandy Townsend (The Voice, Assistant Director) is the secretary for Sundown Collaborative Theatre and has performed with them in Love Stories, She Kills Monsters, Murder at Action Lanes, and two short works festivals. She is very excited to be getting back to live theatre with Sundown and hopes you all enjoy the show!

Britnee Chapa
(Polly) is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a BA in Acting & Directing. Her credits include Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade (LIP Service), Robin in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Dallas), and Irina in The Three Sisters (Stolen Shakespeare Guild). Britnee is excited to be performing with Sundown after a 4 year acting hiatus! This one’s for Bean. 

Nolan P. Chapa (Owen) is also a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a BA in Acting & Directing. His favorite roles include Fire Chief in The Bald Soprano (Michael Muller Productions), Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Drag Strip Courage), and Tragedian in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  (inD Theatre). Nolan is currently on the advisory board for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. He feels lucky to share the stage with his favorite showmance, now wife.

~*~Crew Bios:

Chloe McDowell (Props Designer) is delighted to be doing a show in person again! She wants to thank all the incredibly hardworking, talented people that made this wild show possible. Chloe also wants to thank her badass wife for, well, everything. 

Derek Dizon (Set Designer) is a registered architect, musician, and graphic artist. Girl in the Machine (2022) is his first project as a set designer. He relies on his wife, a stage manager, to explain stage left and right. In his free time Derek extolls cardinal directions to the indifferent.

Emily Chambers (Stage Manager) has worked with Sundown Collaborative Theatre in the past on projects such as the 2019 Short Works Festival where she ran the lights and Woman in Black where she assistant stage managed and ran lights. She is very excited to work on another project with Sundown and is looking forward to working with the team again in the future.

Julia Bodiford
(Covid Safety Officer) is so excited to be helping to keep folks safe as Sundown opens their first live post pandemic production. Julia graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BA in Drama. She currently serves as the Co-Artistic Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre where she has directed a number of plays including The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh and The Woman in Black adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. She recently served as Assistant Director, Head Editor, and Producer for Sundown’s production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms and as Assistant Director for Elf the Musical at Theatre Denton. She is currently acting as Assistant Director and Understudy for Circle Theatre’s production of An Empty Plate at the Cafe Du Grand Boeuf. Her most recent acting project has been voicing the character of Janet in Sundown’s original radio drama, Murder at Action Lanes and has also been seen in other Sundown productions and around the metroplex in Guinea Pig V and Three Seconds (a staged reading) at Theatre Three. She has also completed voice-over work for various audio book promotions and podcasts.

Karen McDowell (Director) has been part of the world of show biz her whole life, both onstage and behind the scenes. She has directed for Sundown’s Short Works Festival for several years, as well as Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons in 2019. Her recent work includes co-writing and directing the award-winning productions The Best Little Shop of Whorrors in Texas: A Burlesque Musical and Chicatgo and writing and directing the performance art show Siren Song, as well as producing and directing a variety of shows in North Texas. In addition to her work as Creative Director for The Gracious Mind, she is the producer of Salty Lady Burlesque, Glitterbomb Denton, and is a professional emcee, entertainer, and musician.

Lindsey Hall (Producing Member) serves as co-Artistic Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She has performed in several productions with the company (Cafe Des Artistes (2011), Paperbacks (2014), Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns (2016), and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (2019)), as well as Love Stories (a working title)(2020), a devised piece that she conceived and guided collaboratively.  Her most recent role was Agnes in Sundown’s production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms. She also serves as standby makeup designer for any shows involving blood/gore and can occasionally be found standing over a bubbling pot of delicious, edible blood.

~*~Special thanks to:

  • Our patrons: Tyler Lucas, Bryan Hall, Pedro Escalante, and Melanie Barth
  • Aura Coffee
  • The Gracious Mind
  • Stoke Coworking
  • Michael Tucker
  • Joshua Dobelbower
  • Jordan LaGrenade
  • Jeremy Batterson

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