PF14 Family Fringe! Artist Snapshot: Allison McCall & Brittany Cook present “The Abandoned Doll”

NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of Allison McCall and Brittany Cook, Portland area theater artists who passionate about working with young people. They are returning Fringe artists, but presenting for FAMILY FRINGE for the first time.

Artist: Allison McCall & Brittany Cook
Show: The Abandoned Doll
Description: A group of modern kids come together on their playground to re-tell Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle while learning a parallel story of a little girl finding and loving an abandoned doll.

Tell us something we don’t know about you/your company or your PortFringe Show.

The Abandoned Doll is an ensemble of 13 veteran Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine actors ranging from ages 8 to 20: Michela Micalizio, Erica Glidden, Darby DeFilippis, Mackenzie Jones, Jane Rooks, Oona Mackinnon-Hoban, Rosalie Bryson, Charlie Rooks, Ayden Grimm, Maddie Micalizio, Sarah Glidden, Brooks Ewald, Bridget Fehrs.

This show is about the ensemble, asking each actor to move between three different worlds and keeping these stories connected and relevant. Each actor brings an individual voice while each character has a unique perspective, yet they all weave together to support each other as a group.

“What makes our show interesting is the parallel universes, making the show an exciting journey through three stages of a woman’s life.” – Erica & Sarah

“Everyone knows everyone else, so we can work better together and that will make it much more fun.” – Ayden

“I think we work well together as a cast, we have a lot of trust in each other.” – Jane

What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?

As directors, we’re pumped at the opportunity PortFringe presents to this cast and for Portland to see the quality work young actors bring forward. We challenged our actors with the demands of this script, and worked collaboratively on the details of bringing these stories to life. Our cast will have the chances to both perform for broader audiences and be exposed to new artists.

“I’m super excited to work with new people, perform in new venues, and get to show all of our hard work to Portland! PortFringe is gonna be awesome.” – Oona

“This will be my first experience with PortFringe as an actor so I’m super and excited and don’t really know what to expect, but I’m very excited to display our show for the community.” – Mackenzie

Lobster or Steak? Discuss.

This debate nearly caused another revolution within the cast – and that was just because there was no option for the veggies among us.


Saturday, June 28 at 4:30pm – Mayo Street Arts (all ages appropriate)
Sunday, June 29 at 10:30am – Mayo Street Arts (all ages appropriate)

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