where the air meets the water

by Alexander Utz

directed by Bec Willett

April 30 - May 22, 2021

featuring:

Felix Abidor

Gabriela Diaz

Rae Hamilton-Vargo

LaRose Washington

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about

Where The Air Meets the Water by Alexander Utz is a pair of intersecting one-on-one walking plays for one actor and one audience member on the Chicago lakefront.

 

It's the third anniversary of AJ and Cara's friendship, and they've reached a fork in the road. Taking the form of conversational monologues about memories, aspirations, and art, the audience will walk with Cara or AJ through Chicago as they prepare to confront the future, whatever it holds. This intimate, one of a kind theatrical experience, concluding at the shore of Lake Michigan, is live performance reimagined for a post-pandemic world.

cast and creatives

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Felix Abidor

AJ

Felix Abidor is an actor, playwright, clown, and dog-dad living in the Chicago area. Favorite previous credits include Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Please Excuse my Dear Aunt Sally (Bower Theater Company), and Equus (Stanford Repertory Theater). When he is not acting, he likes to talk to his dogs and pretend that they understand what he is saying.

Gabriela Diaz

Cara

Gabriela Diaz is so excited to be working with Avalanche again! Previous credits include: Thin Mints (Greenhouse Theatre Center); Always, Patsy Cline (Firebrand Theatre u/s); Bury Me (Dandelion Theatre); Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Bower Theatre); La Ruta (Steppenwolf u/s); The Escape (Art Institute of Chicago); The Wolf At The End of the Block (16th Street Theatre); 50 Shades of Shakespeare (rediscover theatre); Tony n' Tina's Wedding (Chicago Theatre Works); In The Heights (R-S Theatrics); Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Found At Sea(Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). Gabriela received a BFA in Acting from Webster Conservatory and is represented by Lily's Talent Agency.

Rae Hamilton-Vargo

AJ

Rae Hamilton-Vargo is a nonbinary actor originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They hold a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University, where they also studied French and Japanese, and they're represented by BMG Talent. Some of their favorite most recent in-person Chicago credits include going on as an understudy for Dull Gret/Angie in Remy Bumppo's Top Girls and portraying Drowsy in Chicago Kids Company’s Snow White. You can look for them on-screen in the webseries The Life of Harold and listen for them wherever podcasts are found in the audio drama Monocyte.

LaRose Washington

Cara

LaRose Washington is back at it again with Avalanche Theatre! After portraying Freida in Avalanche's Hark and Multiple Characters in Avalanche's 24 Hour Festival, LaRose was delighted to do a project with Avalanche that will be live. Other recent credits include: Quitter (Broken Nose Theatre), Bunny's Book Club (Lifeline Theatre), Happy Birthday Mars Rover (The Passage Theatre), and Countess Dracula (Otherworld Theatre). LaRose received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern California and is repped by BMG Talent. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support, especially throughout this crazy time. And with being said, she hopes that you enjoy this immersive adventure put on by this wonderful company!

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Bec Willett

Director

Bec Willett is an Australian, Chicago-based director, designer, writer and educator. She has worked on projects with an array of Chicago theatre companies including Avalanche Theatre, Promethean Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Dandelion Theatre, Actors’ Gymnasium, MMPACT Solo Jams, Prologue Theatre, Waltzing Mechanics, Three Cat Productions and Bower Theatre Ensemble, where she was also the Founding Artistic Director. Bec also directs and designs for film, most recently for Garden Unit’s music video ZOMBIE. She has been nominated for Best Director for “Avenge Our Blood” (Broadway in Chicago), is an alumni of Directors Lab West and has served as a critic for Perform.ink. To find out more about her work and upcoming projects, please visit becwillett.com.

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Cayla Jones

Stage Manager

Cayla Jones is excited to be working with Avalanche Theatre for Where The Air Meets The Water. Theater for social change is something that is near to her heart since graduating from Illinois State University in 2019 with a degree in Acting and minor in Women & Gender Studies. Since graduating she has been based in Chicago, working on productions and jobs such as an Actor/Educator at Catharsis Productions to combat sexual assault and upstander intervention, as well as a role in Black Ensemble Theater's Plays with a Purpose series for young audiences. Most recently Cayla played the role of "Grace" In Collaboraction's production of Lift Every Voice which highlighted the conversations of today's racial issues amongst teenagers. She has also been able to work in theatre as a Program Manager for Pegasus Theatre Chicago for their Young Playwrights Festival, as well as a Stage Managed for Possibilities Theatre in Chicago. Through work at Illinois State University, Collaboraction, Black Ensemble Theater and multiple other institutions, she has really shown her love for the acting and the arts as a whole.

Alexander Utz

Playwright

Alexander Utz is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Avalanche Theatre. His plays have received readings, development, and performances with The Plagiarists, Otherworld Theatre, Three Brothers Theatre, Bower Theatre Ensemble, Benchmark Theatre, ReCasting the Movies with The Community Cooperative, Three Cat Productions, and 5th Wall Productions. In addition, his play Sunflowers is now available through Next Stage Press. Most recently, he was a Best Playwright nominee in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2020 and a semifinalist for the Blank Theatre’s 2021 Future of Playwriting Prize. For more, visit alexanderutz.com.