Tigers Be Still

Digital Program

The world premiere of TIGERS BE STILL was produced in New York City by Roundabout Theatre Company

as part of Roundabout Underground at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on October 6, 2010 (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director).

TIGERS BE STILL was developed in a professional workshop production at Portland Stage Company, Portland, ME.

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The Keepers

 

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Callie Baack | SHERRY

Callie Baack is a Twin Cities based actor who holds a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She was drawn to the sincerity and sweetness of this story. She is excited to be a part of bringing it to life

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Sam Sweere | ZACK

When told that Tigers Be Still was a comedy about depression, Sam wittingly replied: “Just like my Junior Year of Highschool!” Everyone laughed and he was offered the job on the spot.

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Lucy Lawton | GRACE

After recently completing 12 years of primary, and 4 years of secondary education, Lucy was nervous to step into an unknown future. She felt the urge to curl in bed, or nap by the pool all day. Instead, she auditioned for a play. This play illuminates for her the power of visualization when it comes to the paralyzing fear of change. She thanks Wildwood for its platform of support and resources in approaching and working through this material.

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Mike Novak| JOSEPH

Mike would like to thank everyone involved in making this production of 'Tigers Be Still' happen. He appreciates being a part of this show and the work being done by Wildwood Theatre. THIS IS MIKE’S SECOND PRODUCTION WITH THE wILDWOOD tHEATRE.

The Guardians

Sarah Catcher | Director

Elizabeth Larson | Stage Manager

Emmet Kowler | Lighting Design

Dan | Light & Sound Board Operator

David Albino | Production Manager

 Reflections from the Guardians


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  - a million different people on the internet…

When I think of quotes that were on everyone’s Facebook status in about 2009, this one was definitely up there. On one hand, the quote is overused and idealistic. On the other hand, it is one hundred percent accurate- and a pretty good summary of this play.

This play is about having the courage to find joy during the darkest and most difficult times in life. If Tigers Be Still has one message about depression, grief and loss, it is that healing begins with finding one small piece of joy. Maybe it is a Popsicle stick house or a shoe. Each character is faced with the monstrous task of facing their demons, their inner struggles, or their tigers. Until the moment of confrontation arrives, darkness looms. After the first step is taken, darkness is not dispelled completely. However, putting your feet on the ground suddenly seems less terrifying. 

I love this story for so many reasons. First of all, we see in the very first moments of the play, Sherry gathers the strength to tell her story. She lights up soon after she starts. Sometimes a weight is lifted from sharing, and sometimes the weight is lifted from knowing we are not alone. Second, everyone is at a different place on their journey. We see everyone struggle. The ending isn’t tied up perfectly, because that isn’t how real life works. But we do see everyone take a step towards hope and that, my friends, is a great thing to witness. 

Here is your assignment: make a list of reasons to get out of bed. Reference it whenever your tiger feels too fast, too big, too mean, and too full of stripes. 

If this task feels impossible right now: that is okay. Sometimes you just need someone to walk up the stairs and find you. You can fight your tigers together. 

Depression is infectious, but so is joy.

Sarah Catcher | Guardian of  ’Tigers Be Still’

The Advisor


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Hailey Schaefer | MENTAL HEALTH ADVISOR

hAILEY IS EXCITED TO BE PART OF THE MISSION OF THE wILDWOOD TO EXTINGUISH THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH BY CREATING SPACES FOR CONVERSATION AND EDUCATION. sHE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY, FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE AND PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS, AND IS CURRENTLY PURSUING A MASTERS DEGREE IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES.


The Scribe

Kim Rosenstock has written several plays including Tigers Be Still which played a sold-out run in its premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. She is currently working on commissions for Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ars Nova, where she was the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence.

Special Thanks

A loving thank you to those who have the courage to share their dark, painful or traumatic stories. We learn better how to empathize because of you. A special thanks to the wonderful cast and crew for their time and energy towards the design, direction and artistry of this production.

Thanks to those who have supported us financially and emotionally. This path is challenging, exciting and we’re grateful to have you alongside.


Patronage & Sponsorship

The Wildwood Theatre receives major funding from Sponsorships, Individual Donations, and Patronage.

Patrons contribute anywhere from $1 to $10 on a monthly basis through our membership platform PATREON. These members enjoy perks, including free attendance to our shows and FREE FINERY.

These are our most valued contributors as they ensure the sustainability of the Wildwood and its mission. Without them, this years season would not be possible.

Sponsorships are another option for those who would like to contribute a larger lump sum to help with upfront production costs.