• ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
2016-2017 | SEASON 25

4000 MILES marquee

4000 MILES

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TICKETS 

by AMY HERZOG

directed by RHODIE JACKSON

DRAMA | After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his spirited 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. A look at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

REVIEWS .
ABET’s production is thoughtfully directed by Rhodie Jackson. The play is filled with both poignant and humorous moments, and the cast presents believable performances.. Meganne McCawley Johnson perfectly captures Vera, a warm, outspoken grandmother who has outlived three husbands and many friends, and is struggling with hearing loss and finding her words.. Michael Wills reveals great vulnerability in his portrayal of Leo.. | READ FULL ARTICLE
− Tamara McClaran, BUZZ
Meganne McCawley Johnson gives an extraordinary portrayal of this nonagenarian woman.. the dialogue is compelling and holds the audience’s interest with poignant disclosures.. ABET is an intimate theatre with less than 100 seats, and is an ideal setting for this intimate drama.. | READ FULL ARTICLE
− Dick Kerekes and Leisla Sansom, EU Jacksonville
photography by SUSAN ROCHE
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THE CAST .
mike
MICHAEL WILLS
as Leo Joseph-Connell
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meganne
MEGANNE McCAWLEY JOHNSON
as Vera Joseph
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alexis
ALEXIS BOUCUGNANI
as Bec
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kayla
KAYLA LE
as Amanda
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PRODUCTION TEAM .

director: RHODIE JACKSON
stage manager: ELIZABETH ROHMAN
light and sound tech: MARIANA BELL
set design and decoration: ALLEN MORTON
light and sound design: BRYAN FRANK
costume design: AMY TILLOTSON
set construction: BRIAN JOHNSON, MEGANNE MCCAWLEY JOHNSON, ALLEN MORTON, DAVID FLYNN, BRYAN FRANK, GORDON FRANK
poster design: SHEPHERD
web design and social media marketing: CARYL BUTTERLEY
publicity photography: CARYL BUTTERLEY
production photography: SUSAN ROCHE
program: CELIA FRANK, DAGHER PRINTING
opening night reception: AUDREY DEARBORN, THERESA ROOKEY, KEN ROOKEY, WALTER KRUPINSKI, BEV DENEEN, CAROL KALATA, SUSAN CATHCART, KAREN LAHEY

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KAYLA LE (Amanda). Recent credits include Parade and Becoming Memories. This is Kayla’s debut with ABET.

ALEXIS BOUCUGNANI (Bec) is receiving her AA in Theater at FSCJ this semester. Recent appearances include Oklahoma! with Limelight Theatre, Neofuturists with the Red Titan Playhouse, and Peter Pan and Wendy with Athens Little Playhouse. This is Alexis’ debut with ABET.

MEGANNE McCAWLEY JOHNSON (Vera Joseph) has appeared locally at Christ Episcopal Church in two of Jason Woods’ original productions, Peter Pan (Noodler) and St George and the Dragon (Villager #2). Favorite past roles include Fiddler on the Roof (Yenta), Camelot (Morgan Le Fey), The American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), and Godspell (Gilmer). Meganne was last seen at ABET as the “lovable” Mrs. Kornblum in Coney Island Christmas.

RHODIE JACKSON (director) most recently directed Three Murders and It’s Only Monday at OPCT and she assistant directed Merrily We Roll Along and The Savannah Disputation at ABET. Previous acting roles include Coretta Scott King and Fannie Lou Hamer in All the Way, Zora Neale Hurston in A Tea With Zora and Marjorie, Cookbook in St George and the Dragon, Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, and The Tribe in HAIR – The American Tribal Rock Love Musical. This is Rhodie’s first time as a director with ABET.

MICHAEL WILLS (Leo Joseph-Connell). Credits include Sir Lucas in Theatre Jacksonville’s production of Pride and Prejudice, Vinnie in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, and Henry-Harcourt Reily in The Cocktail Party. Most recently Michael was seen in a number of roles, including Malcolm, in ABET’s production of Macbeth.