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Colony Collapse
by Stefanie Zadravec
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
February 11 - March 20, 2016

Narrated by the ghost of a missing 15-year-old girl, and woven together by a chorus of parents of lost and missing children, Zadravec’s lyrical, edgy poetry explores the cost one family is willing to pay for a second chance. In an effort to get their lives on track, recovering addicts Mark and Julia have taken over an apple orchard in rural Oregon when their estranged son reappears in their lives. With little experience and a family in crisis, the couple quickly realizes they are in over their heads, yet they believe if they produce a viable crop, a new beginning is possible. Set against the contemporary plagues of meth addiction, missing children, and a failing ecology, Colony Collapse is equal parts Greek tragedy and American drama, illuminating a search for humanity in a world with little shelter from harm. 

Cast: Leandro Cano, Julie Cardia, Paula Christensen, Chris Conner, Adrian Gonzalez, Sally Hughes, Emily James, Jully Lee, Tracey A. Leigh, Riley Neldam.

Production Staff: Kitty McNamee, Choreography; Susan Gratch, Scenic Design; Karyn Lawrence, Lighting Design; Garry Lennon, Costume Design; John Nobori, Sound Design; Jenny Smith Cohn, Properties Design; Michael Donovan, Casting Director; Gabe Figueroa, Assistant Director; Matthew Quinlan, Dramaturg; Julie Ouellette, Stage Manager; Ed Krieger, Production Photography.


Illuminuations on Playwriting: Sunday, February 21 with playwright Stefanie Zadravec.

Illuminations On Direction: Sunday, February 28 with director Jessica Kubzansky.

Illuminations On Performance: Sunday March 6, and Thursday, March 10 with the cast of Colony Collapse.

Illuminations On Theme: Sunday, March 13; a pre-show discussion on themes from Colony Collapse. This discussion begins at 1:15pm.

Illuminations On Design: Thursday, March 17 with designers from Colony Collapse.

LiveWired: Thursday, February 25. A post-show party in the lobby with complimentary beer, pizza, and soft drinks.

Late Night Salon: Fridays, February 26 and March 4, 11, 18. Stay after the performance and enjoy complimentary wine in the lobby.

Five Dollar Night: Wednesday, March 16. All tickets are $5. No presale. Cash only at the door. First come, first served. Limited availability.


Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and recipient of a 2015 Helen Merrill Award.

Her plays have been produced and/or developed at The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Play Penn, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, Theater J, Two River Theater Company, The Working Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Playhouse, The Barrow Group, EpicTheatre Ensemble, Quantum Theater, Theater 167, and among others.

Honors include: Francesca Primus Prize (The Electric Baby), The Helen Hayes Award (Honey Brown Eyes) an Edgerton Foundation grant, NYFA Fellowship, a NYSCA Artists Grant, Lark Playwrights Fellowship, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference Fellowship, A Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, Women in Arts & Media Award, and a Ford Foundation Human Rights Commission. Stefanie is an alumnus of The Women's Project Lab, The Lark Playwright's Workshop, and a current writer-in-residence at The Women's Project. 

Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and featured in Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus). Stefanie teaches playwriting at PlayPenn and Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.

Colony Collapse by Stefanie Zadravec was commissioned by:

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Artistic Director, Bill Rauch

Executive Director, Cynthia Rider

Executive Director Emeritus, Paul Nicholson 

In partnership with Full Stage USA at New Dramatists

A program made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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