SPF 14: Sax Appeal

Sunday, July 16th @ 8:00 PM PST
Written By Elizabeth Barnard Sampson
Directed By Nancy Fassett

When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. Roxy is a fading saxophone talent, Lenny is an upcoming player with a terrible flaw. This passing of the baton leads to redemption and a new vista for both musicians.

Elizabeth Sampson is an actor, spoken word artist, and playwright. She is a Professor of Performing Arts at The Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing credits include: Beginnings – A Barbary Coast Play commissioned by The American Conservatory Theater in 2018. The Skeleton Flower with The Road Theatre Under Construction Playwriting Group 2019. The Lighthouse –Road Theatre Pathways series 2018. Bringin’ Home the Girl at the HERE Space NYC Living Room Series, and at STAGES Los Angeles. The Petoskey Stones The Road Theatre Kitchen Series and at The Bay Theatre in Annapolis, MD. The Petoskey Stones – New Women’s Voices in Theatre Festival Washington DC 2015. Plays with The Road Theatre’s SPF include: Irish Coffee, It Was the Lark, Rocky Shoals and Hell Is Empty. Elizabeth has performed for over nineteen years in Los Angeles at the spoken-word events COMMON GROUND, SPARK-OFF-ROSE, MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, TELL IT! And Stories@ThePlayhouse.

Nancy Fassett recently directed A True Tragedie for The Road Theatre’s SlamFest Under Construction series. She also directed Date, Catching Up, and Figueroa in The Road’s Summer Playwrights Festival. She is currently directing and co-producing a documentary feature, Voice Behind The Mask, about the work of Alfred Wolfsohn and The Roy Hart Theatre in Southern France. She directed Absentee (LA Festival Fringe), Silent Courage (Flanagan Studio Theatre), and she choreographed Tibetan Inroads (Burbage Theatre) and Lysistrata (Rooke Lab Theatre). Nancy was an assistant director for Oskar Eustis, Deborah Levine and Barbara Damashek, and assisted in the Broadway production of Noises Off (directed by Michael Blakemore). She was an associate director for the Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Opera Company, helping newly immigrated refugees stage their work for American audiences, and an assistant director for the PBS documentary series, Craft in America. Nancy is a classically trained actress with credits that span both coasts and include theatre (Shakespeare and Company, Trinity Rep), film (The Settlement, The Small), television (Boston Public, Center of the Universe), commercials (Lexus, Apple) and voiceover (PBS, Smallville). She has created solo performance pieces for venues throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as performed in many storytelling series as a spoken word artist. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, a member of The Road Theatre Company and she is also performing in The Road’s SPF this year in Reckonings. www.nancyfassett.com


“Sax Appeal”

Roxy Remington – Elizabeth Sampson*
Lenny – Christian Prentice*
Stage Directions – Karrie King*

Original music by John Ewing
Sax played by Charlie Carignan.

*Road Company Member