Ballad Hunter

Written By Jenny Laird
Directed By Marci Hill

The story takes place in an isolated Appalachian mountain community at the height of the Great Depression in 1937. There is a household of three women struggling to survive in a threadbare rural wooden cabin replete with a stone fireplace and little else. It is a dreary desolate world without men – in what was once a vibrant coal mining town that literally burned up when there was a fire in the mine and all of the men died. In this all-female milieu, Hetty, the eldest, mother to Gussie, and grandmother to Lotta, is convinced they are cursed as everything around them is inexplicably dying.

Gussie – Liz Herron
Lotta – Jennifer Bowman & Eleanor Zeddies
Cecil – Rick Fitzgerald
Hetty – Gwen Van Dam
Buzzy – Carl J. Johnson

Understudies – Sylvia Little, Shaun O’Hagan, Tripp Pickell & Kelly Warren.

Director – Marci Hill
Set Design – Desma Hill
Lighting Design – David Flad
Sound Design – Wav Magic
Costume Design – Curtis C
Prop Design – Joe Hart
Dialect Coach – Linda de Vries
Hair & Make-Up Design – Nancee Waterhouse
Lead Set Construction – Shaun O’Hagan & Tripp Pickell
Supervising Producers – Anna Carli & Kelly Godfrey
Assistant Director – Matt Kirkwood
Production Stage Managers – Cynthia Ava, Steve Reisberg & Bettina Zacar

“The play’s beauty lies in its atmospheric portrait of a place on the brink of something… vividly cinematic staging… the sensitive, nuanced performances are the largest part of his production’s appeal.” – LA Weekly

“The Road Theatre Company is on a roll with their new production… a show that resonates with penetrating insight… an interesting commentary on human nature – it is definitely our critic’s pick this week…” – Kaleidoscope Radio Magazine

“… a rich theatrical experience… by the end of the evening we have an understanding of the unique power of the feminine and the amazing strength of the human spirit…” – Nitelife Magazine

“… Ballad Hunter gets a bang-up production at NoHo’s Road Theatre…” – Daily News

“The Road Theatre Company has done it again! This beautiful theatre in the NoHo Arts District has consistently brought us the best in entertainment making it a joy to attend their productions.” – NoHo News