Sleep Rock Thy Brain

Sleep Rock Thy Brain

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 22 - April 7, 2013

by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, and Anne Washburn
conceived by Amy Attaway and Sarah Lunnie
directed by Amy Attaway
performed by the 2012-2013 Acting Apprentice Company
The mind takes flight at night.

The science of sleep is cutting-edge stuff. Though sleep takes up fully one-third of our lives, its purpose has long been shrouded in mystery. One thing’s for sure: the mind at night is anything but quiet. Join us as three daring playwrights and the Acting Apprentice Company let their imaginations take flight, harnessing science and spectacle to explore the rich complexities of the sleeping brain.

performances will be held at the
Owsley Brown II Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School
930 East Main Street

Comfort Inn by Rinne Groff

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Abramovitch- Kim Fischer
Tommy- Bobby Johnson
Carol- Chalia La Tour
Mark- Joseph Metcalfe
Kenneth- Derek Nelson
Joe White- Andy Reinhardt
Zelda- Angeliea Stark
Isaac Lerner- Ben Vigus
Charlene- Kimberly Weinkle
Faye- Sara Grace Welbourn
Sylvie Myers- Madision Welterlen
Elephant-Head Man- Ian Whitt

Dreamerwake by Anne Washburn

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

Amelia- Noelia Antweiler
Colin- Conor Eifler
Tony- Bobby Johnson
Lou- Joseph Metcalfe
Dani- Liz Ramos
Abby- Angeliea Stark
Jessica- Kimberly Wienkle
Eli- Ian Whitt
Nichole- Christa Wroblewski
Nick- Michael Zuccola
…and the Ensemble

nightnight by Lucas Hnath

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

The Astronauts
Sue- Samantha Beach
Alex- Ethan Dubin
Tom- Jeff White

Mission Control
Control- Laura Engels
Flight Director- Kim Fischer
Flight Surgeon- Chalia La Tour
Retrieval- Liz Ramos
Guidance- Andy Reinhardt
Dick- Ben Vigus
Clock- Christa Wroblewski 


CLICK HERE to visit the official site for Sleep Rock Thy Brain!

CLICK HERE to view the Sleep Rock Thy Brain Symposium, Sleep and Dreaming: From Neuroscience to Psychoanalysis

Rinne Groff At Actors Theatre: The Ruby Sunrise and Orange Lemon Egg Canary. Other plays and musicals include Compulsion, Saved, In the Bubble, What Then, Inky, Jimmy Carter was a Democrat and The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem and have been produced by Yale Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Trinity Repertory, Women’s Project, PS122, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin and Andy’s Summer Playhouse, among others. Groff is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award grant. She is a founding member of Elevator Repair Service Theater Company, a New Dramatists alum and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Lucas Hnath’s plays include Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival), The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre/The Tens), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and Odile’s Ordeal (University of Miami). Hnath has enjoyed residencies with the Royal Court Theatre and 24Seven Lab, and is currently a resident  playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is a two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for screenwriting, a recipient of an EST/ Sloan Project commission and a winner of the Whitfield Cook Prize. He is also working on a new play commission for Actors Theatre. Hnath holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing and is a lecturer in New York University’s Expository Writing Program.

Anne Washburn’s plays include A Devil at Noon (Actors Theatre, 2011 Humana Festival), Mr. Burns (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.), The Communist Dracula Pageant (American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Mass.), a transadaptation of Euripides’ Orestes (Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.), The Internationalist (13P; Vineyard Theatre, New York; Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.), Apparition (Connelly Theater, New York), The Small and I Have Loved Strangers (Clubbed Thumb, New York) and The Ladies (Dixon Place, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Civilians, New York). Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated  artist with The Civilians, New Georges and Machiqq, and an alumna of New Dramatists. Washburn is currently commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Yale Repertory Theatre.


Sleep Rock Thy Brain was commissioned and developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play is being developed in partnership with the University of Louisville with original aerial choreography by ZFX Flying Effects.



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