"HEY. Did you know we're doing a show?? Did you know it's an adpatation of Emma?? OMG we're on Art Hounds TODAY!! OMG I'm too tired to do the laundry. OMG please make me dinner at 11pm when I get home from rehearsal. OMG was I so good? Did you love it? Are you coming again? " OMG TELL ME YOU LOVE ME." If takes a village to make a Savage Umbrella show; it takes an even more impressive collection of folks standing behind us pushing, helping us, and loving us in order to make it all happen. Today we dedicate this space to some of those very special people. - Heidi
Meet Danny, husband of Amber Davis
How did you cuties meet? Well, we actually met through Savage Umbrella, during The Awakening. Technically, it was the second time we met each other through Savage Umbrella, as Amber attended a performance of A Christmas Carol: Finale years before, and we were introduced there. The Awakening was in 2010, almost three years ago. We've been married for 5 months now.
Favorite SU Show? I really enjoyed Ex-Gays, although I had no part in it. I think I saw it presented four times in various stages of its life as a work of art, so I really felt like I was part of the journey, even though I didn't do any work. More recently, I was really surprised and inspired by the staged reading of Rapture that I attended, and am disappointed that I probably won't see the final product. Basically, Savage Umbrella just keeps on getting better.
How do you feel when we snatch your sweetie for rehearsal/meeting? I'm busy as well, so it isn't terribly shocking or disruptive when Amber is working on a project. The biggest downside for me is that we don't sit down to dinner together as often.
Meet Mike Leffler-McCabe, spouse of Laura Leffler-McCabe (and Dad to baby Izzy, we love her)
Have you guys been together since the dawn of time? Together for 16 years, 10 years married.
Favorite SU project? The Ravagers was my favorite.
Have you ever gotten roped into helping SU? OMG tell us the story. I have often gotten roped into small things -reading scripts, running lines, finding varous props. The biggest project was cleaning up the Hollywood theater for Ravagers. I was at one point assigned to clean the water fountains and told to be OCD about it. It involved a trip home and a trip to the hardware store for my Dremel tool and polishing attatchments. In the end, the fountains were sparkling (and still nonfunctional). It was nice to see the end result.
How do you feel about us needing Captain Laura SO MUCH? I hate having her be away so much, but SU really is a driving force for her. She gains so much from it that it is worth the time away. Plus its nice to have something so far removed from what I do for us to talk about.
Meet Russell Forga, fiance of Christina Lein (and SU's newest Board Member!)
When, where, what how? We met through a mutual friend, and we've been together for a couple of years.
SU fave? My favorite show was Night of New Works and STOP!
Have you ever gotten roped into helping SU? Did you love or hate it we totally wont judge you (out loud). Ha Ha! I just joined SU's board of advisors! And I've volunteered for the fundraiser. And I love it!
How do you feel about Christina being with us instead of being with you, sometimes? Well, I'm always having to wait for my "sugar"... cause she's away doing her art... ;) (obligatory ed. note: ewwww Russell, this is a public blog...Heidi's actual feelings; OMG ADORB.)
Meet Stacy Schwartz, fiancee of Carl Atiya Swanson
How did you meet and how long have you been together? At "HowWasTheShow Has the Spins" at the Nomad - 5ish years
Do you have a favorite SU project? Ravagers (ed. note: Is that because Carl was shirtless in the production photos?)
Do you ever have to help us with all of the things? Don't I always?! ;) UGH. *love you guys*
Good and bad parts of Carl being under the umbrella...mostly all of the time? Good = More time to eat raw cookie dough before he comes home. Bad = Sometimes I fall asleep before he gets home, and that sort of stinks.
Meet Amber, wife of Russ Dugger
How did you meet/how long have you been together? It's a funny and endearing story, but it's also long. I'll try to summarize: Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. Boy punches girl in the face. Girl bakes him cupcakes.That summary isn't nearly as endearing. Just know that five years later, we're enjoying wedded bliss. (ed. note: I married these people and I've never heard this story so...get talking you two!)
Favorite SU project? The collaborative writing workshop for Rapture. I'm looking forward to seeing a full production of the finished piece one day!
Russ works with us a lot, what can we do to make it easier? It gets cold, lonely, and boring when Russ is with SU, which is why all of you should help me convince him to get us a cat (or two) to keep me company.
Meet Emily Dussault, wife of Tanner J Curl, esq. (That's how he signed his emails in college! For reals.) (ed note: that's not suprising)
Relationship deets? We met at Coe College in 2003. We both worked at the Writing Center and were involved with the Theatre Dept. We became actual friends in 2004 when he played my father in a musical (what? ew!). We started dating after a long and arduous email courtship whilst he was studying abroad in 2005. Then we got hitched in October, 2010!
Do you have a favorite SU project? I would probably have to say Ravagers. It was intense and exciting and beautiful, and involved some of my favorite people. And myself.
Do we ever make you do annoying things? I'm pretty sure I've only ever been expected to act in their shows. Which is awesome and I love. I think one time I tried to help clean up after a fundraiser, but ended up just walking around carrying a half-eaten bowl of chips for a half hour.
For realz. How do you feel about SU being Tanner's "other woman"? Oh I almost always love it. Because I know that SU gives him a great creative outlet, a safe space to take risks with a crew of amazing artists, and some wonderful friends who love him almost as much as I do. Very occasionally, he will be at a meeting or something, and there will be a spider, or I will really want cheese but not want to leave the house, or the cat will puke, and I will wish he was not at that meeting. But then I will remember that I should just grow up, and that I am glad my husband is doing awesome things with awesome people.
Meet Joe Halvarson, betrothed to Heidi Jedlicka
Tell the masses, how'd ya meet? We met almost five years ago when Heidi moved into a place my friends were renting. I was supposed to move in, but she took my spot because I couldn't move in until September 1 and she was able to move in August 1. There is still a lot of tension and animosity between us because of "The Stolen Move".
SU shows, Go! My favorite project was The Ravagers. It was an outstanding unification of sound, stage, script, and acting. The whole shebang.
How often does SU make you werk? I have been roped in more times than I can count. I had to wear a cummerbund and serve people food and drink at opening night of Emma, even though I was supposed to see the show. I suppose it was love because I have always wanted to be a server; a snooty, uptight server. Dream fulfilled. Thanks SU!
Do you miss Heidi when she's out and about with SU? I love that I have a lot of time to write, procrastinate, improv, and play games while Heidi is at shenanigans (Rehearsals? Meetings? Hah! It's all shenanigans). I hate it sometimes because sometimes I don't want to write and just want Heidi around to admire me and say nice things to me as I procrastinate.