Cleo, Theo & Wu

By Kirsten Vangsness
Directed by Lisa Sanaye Dring

Lucy (Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds) is just trying to work out how to be the best cool girl, lady boss, and all around woman she can be when suddenly, the fate of universe is in her hands. Never fear! Space creatures and the forgotten women of history are teaming up to get Lucy on track. Careening through time and place on a heroine’s journey with the women who are more than what the HIStorians have you believe.

August 1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 22-23


By Kirsten Vangsness
Directed by Lisa Sanaye Dring

We all are a mess, I guess. In Mess, Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds explores the non-linearity of time, visible quantum objects, monsters, kittens and Christian rock.

August 2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24

Creative Team

Writer: Kirsten Vangsness

KIRSTEN VANGSNESS (Playwright) started writing in 5th grade because she read Harriet the Spy, developed a huge crush on Harriet, and thought the only way to win her heart would be by learning to write.

After college, she began writing her own monologues for casting director workshops which then bloomed into writing plays. The 2012 production of Vangsness’ Potential Space earned her a nomination for the LA Weekly Award Best Playwright of the Year. Author Neil Gaiman decreed her solo play Mess, which she developed at NOTE, as his “favorite one-person show.”

She has co-written four episodes of the CBS drama Criminal Minds and is currently finishing her third pilot for ABC with her writing partner, Phinny Kiyomura.

She has been awarded the Open Fist Excellence in the Arts Award and the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Vangsness has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and in the book AIRMAIL: Taking Women of Letters To The World.

Director: Lisa Sanaye Dring

LISA SANAYE DRING (Director) has worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humana Festival, One Year Lease, Bread and Puppet Theater, East West Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playpenn, Bootleg Theater, The Blank, Sacred Fools, SCF at Son of Semele and Circle X Theatre Co.

Last fall she co-wrote Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, produced by Rogue Artists and East West Players. This summer she directed Ray Yamanouchi’s Tha Chink-Mart at Playpenn and co-founded Rogue Artists Ensemble’s Rogue Lab, a nine-month writers’ residency culminating in a festival of new hyper-theatrical plays.

Lisa earned a BA from USC, apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville and sprinkled in some learning in CalArts’ Critical Studies MFA program.


Production Team for Cleo, Theo & Wu

Scenic Design: Amanda Knehans

Lighting Designer: Julien V. Elstob 

Sound Designer: Cricket S. Myers

Costume Designer: Beryl Brachman 

Properties Designer: Jennifer Flack

Graphic Designer: Caitlin Craggs

LA Stage Manager: Stacy Benjamin

Assistant Director: Alysha Brady

Vocal Coaching by Madeleine Heil & Sean Petersen  

Produced for NOTE


Kirsten Vangsness, Kendra Chell, Eric Emery, Jarrod Fergeson,

Jessica Hanna, John Money


Production Team for MESS

Scenic Design: Amanda Knehans

Sound Designer: Cricket S. Myers

Costume Designer:  James Fritas

Graphic Designer: Caitlin Craggs

LA Stage Manager: Stacy Benjamin

Assistant Director: Alysha Brady 

Produced for NOTE


Kirsten Vangsness, Kendra Chell, Eric Emery, Jarrod Fergeson, Jessica Hanna, John Money


Kirsten Vangsness

Jennifer Flack
“Cleo 17”

Joel Scher

Tamara Perry
“Cleo 1”

Hiwa Chow Elms

Gene Michael Barrera
“Caesar, Zhao”

Justin Okin
“Ivan, Mark Antony”

Cat Chengery



Thank you to all our  FEMPIRE supporters!

And a personal shout out those who let us name them by name:

Su Abbott, Aylin Acar,Jo Adams, Shayna Adele, Jody Aldridge, Deanna Aliano, Amy Anderson, Charles Anderson, Jr, Christopher Ankeny,Jillian Armenante,Tom Arnott, Emily Asbury,Su Abbott, Aylin Acar,Jo Adams, Shayna Adele, Jody Aldridge, Deanna Aliano, Amy Anderson, Charles Anderson, Jr, Christopher Ankeny, Jillian Armenante,Tom Arnott, Emily Asbury,Deb Ashley, Heather Askew,Hannah Augenstine, Alexis Baker, Donna J. Baker, Mirthe Bakker, Tisha Terrasini Banker,  Catherine Bates, Heidi Bauman, Melissa Beck, Kelsey Belanger,Stacy Benjamin, Edward & Barbara Bernero, Stefanie Beyer, Patrick Birtles, Madi Bluhm, Rebecca Boyce, Brendan Bradley, Alysha Brady, Kyra Bransom, Randie Britt, Peter L Brown, Steven Brown, Ava Browne, Gabrielle Bruno, Rebecca Bryson, Brook Buckelew, Jude Bumby, Jae Burke, Cheryl Caissie, Miranda Calhoon, Malique Carr, Christian Carter, Catherine Chengery, Karen Chiella, Candace Clayton, Ashley Clements, Marie Clifford-McBrinn, Jennie Close, Brooke Coletti, Emily Collins, Amy Cooper,Tierra Copley,John Coyne,Colleen Olson Criswell, Zanielle de Winnaar,Lynne Deitch,Darlene Diaz, Joanna DeGeneres, Edwin Docherty, Dalia Dokter, Megan Drews,Jade Driscoll, Brittany Duckworth, Randi Duhigg, Amber Dulz, Nicole Duncan, Joe Dunn,Riley Durand, Brittny Eckert, Deborah S Ellis, Emma Esberger, Kristin Evenson Hirst, Cheri Kibbe Faeth, Olivia Fairchild, Tara Falb, Lauren Farmer, Amber Favre, Rachel Fishman, John Flack, Kimberly Freed, Katie Gallagher, Kathleen Gamboa, Janea Garner, Matthew Gravelyn, Mascha Geerts, Eden Gemette, Emily Goebel, Hauk Graham, Elizabeth Grant, Jessica Greene, Kate Hampton, Caroline H Hanna, Courtney Hansen, Emma Harper, Bonni Haslem, Matthew Hernandez, David M Himmelreich, Brenn Holcombe, Steven Hopkinson, Stevie Jackson, David A Jones, Victoria Kapfer, Jordan Katz, Sara Kheel, Sue Knox, Kati Kolar, Fiona Lakeland, Laura Lane, Carol Larson, Natasha Leach, Judy Levitt, Kat Linton, Marianne Lubianetzky, Mireya Lucio, Jocelyn Mackenzie, Shelby Magee, Kristen Mahoney, Lauren Mainard, Ronald Marconi, Antonio Francis Marquez, Cynthia Martens, Kierstin Maxon, Jane McCabe, Kyrie McClure, Megan McGowan, Kerri McEwan, Dawn McLaughlan, Sarah Meacham, Tony Melchiore, Amy Melsoner, Holly Merkur-Dance, Rachel Miller, Everett Mills, Katherine Mills, Julie Milne, Mckenzie Mitchell, Louise Muir, Katrina Neumann, Alexandra Nieves, Kurumi Okamoto,  Justin Okin, Robert Olen, Chris O’Prey, Jennifer Orrison, Susan Parmley, Kelsey Parris, Pinkgodzilla, Ianina Quaglia, Caspian Ray, Wendy Ramirez,   Portia Reddy, Victoria Reeder, Lydian Reeves, Kari Ring, Ashley Rivas,Bill Robens, Amy Robertson, Claudia Rollins, Abby Rosales, Carolyn Royer, Hayley Savage, Richard Schenkman, Beth Senturia, Dana Sloane, Jennifer Soo, Serena Stampfer, Tom Steiger, Abby Stein, Terri Sweitzer, Alan Swithenbank, Jennifer Taylor, Paige Tedesco, Lois Tedrow, Jenny Tipton, Brittany Trevor, Jasmin Valkama, Harald van Dijk, Airiana Vandiver, Rachel Vlach, Katherine Von Till, Laura W, Michael Walsh, Katie Wanta, Chris Ward, Lucy Ware, Amanda Weier, Wendi West, Marissa White, Hannah Williams, Nicole Williams, Zuri Williams, Johanna Wilson, Lisa Windon, Dan Wingard, Karla Winkler, Jeff Witzke, Angela Woerner, Christy Wooten, Samuel Wright, Tim Wright, Jonathan Wysocki, Carrie Yandle, Christopher Yates, Chastity Yawn, America Young, Frank Zambrelli


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Show Info

Mess: Aug  2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24

Cleo, Theo & Wu
Aug  1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 22-23

Curtain: 20:15

2018 Season

Year of the Rooster

February 16–March 24

For The Love Of
or the Roller Derby Play

April 20–May 26

Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood

August 17–September 22

Cleo, Theo & Wu

November 1-December 8