American Bottom

Collectively Conceived by Ensemble Member Brett Neveu, Neil Verma, Matthew Muñiz, Ele Matelan, Rich Sparks & Frankie Pedersen
Directed by Neil Verma
June 2 – 27, 2021

An Experimental Audio Book

This multi-disciplinary art piece inspired by the geographical area of southern Illinois called American Bottom begins life here as an experimental audio fiction, written in verse, performed by a full cast, and featuring original music and illustrations.  Kevin disappeared in rural Illinois near the site of the Cahokia Mounds. American Bottom follows the thoughts of the people who knew him; unearthing the many layers of life and story connected to the place he called home. 

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CAST
The Writer | Echaka Agba
The Passenger | Sherman Edwards
The Pastor | Caleb Fath
First State Trooper | Bernard Gilbert
Narrator | Ensemble Member Lawrence Grimm
Motherload Kevin | Charlie Herman
Vocalist/Songwriter | Amanda Raquel Martinez
Second State Trooper | June Thiele

CREATIVE TEAM
Text | Ensemble Member Brett Neveu
Audio Director & Designer | Neil Verma
Music | Matthew Muñiz
Foley | Ele Matelan
Artwork | Rich Sparks
Video/Indigenous Consultant | Frankie Pedersen
Stage Manager | Kathleen Dickinson
Public Relations |Cathy Taylor PR
Graphic Design | Andrew Madden

COLLECTIVELY CONCEIVED BY
Ensemble Member Brett Neveu, Neil Verma, Matthew Muñiz, Ele Matelan, Rich Sparks, & Frankie Pedersen

DIRECTED BY
Neil Verma

PERFORMANCE RUN
June 2 – 27, 2021

SEASON
Season 28