Carrie Ellen Jones
Carrie Ellen is thrilled to be back at the Kax, where she has previously been seen as Gillian in Permanent Collection at iTheatre and a lunchtime theatre production with Class 6 Theatre (Always Sunny in Phoenix.) She is returning to the stage after a three-year pandemic and injury hiatus, and especially is grateful that this return is alongside such talented castmates and with a unique, thought-provoking script. Other Valley credits include Livingstone in Agnes of God at FHT, Ann in All My Sons at Theater Works, Friederkee in All Through the Night at Theater Works, Lisa in Verdict at Desert Stages, Veronica in God of Carnage at Ghostlight), Sister Rita in Runner Stumbles at FHT, and Sally in Tally's Folly at FHT. Her real-life roles of wife, mom and educator keep her plenty busy when off-stage! Carrie dedicates this show to her Fearsome Foursome pal, B.J. and his mom, Frances.
Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation's long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. “Permanent Collection” is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space -- literally and figuratively -- the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another's eyes?View Production of Permanent Collection
A group of corporate consultants are called back to the home office and tasked to ideate this scenario: A global pandemic will soon kill more than a million people, so how do we dispose of the bodies without causing mass panic? And go! Written in 2013, Andrew Loeb's darkly comic thriller presciently peers into the corporate-speak world as the lines between right and wrong are blurred. The question of what the team isn't being told looms ever larger, becoming harder to ignore and threatening to tear them apart.View Production of Ideation