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Past Production

Anna Bella Eema

By Lisa D'Amour
Directed by Rebecca Novick
Jun 8–Jul 15
West Coast Premiere
Venue: Traveling Jewish Theatre and Ashby Stage

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When a reclusive mother and daughter’s trailer park is doomed to destruction for the sake of a new highway, Anna Bella conjures a friend out of mud, Anna Bella Eema.  A spoken-and-sung three-character ghost story, ANNA BELLA EEMA is a supernatural adventure filled with vampires, police chases and the fierce complexities of the mother/daughter bond.

Featuring: Cassie Beck*+, Danielle Levin, Julie Kurtz

Scenic Design: Melpomene Katakalos+

Costume Design: Wendy Lynn

Light Design: Jarrod Fischer+

Sound Design: Cliff Caruthers+

Stage Manager: Alycia Dymond

Props Design/Assistant Stage Manager: Kathleen Schumacher

Master Carpenter: R. Dean Bunderson

Scenic Intern: Madalyn Rokisky-Ring

Graphic Design: Julie Baum+ and Erin Gilley+



“American gothic meets classic horror story gothic, with more than a little “Call of the Wild” mixed in, as a trailer-park mother-daughter coming-of-age story in “Anna Bella Eema,” the outstanding new production from Crowded Fire Theater Company.

D’Amour’s blithely poetic script transforms its literary and pop-culture gothic elements into unexpectedly moving dramatic gold. In Novick’s sure-handed staging and the mesmerizing performances of Beck, Levin and Kurtz, “Eema” is a stunning act of theatrical alchemy.” Rob Hurwitt, SF Chronicle