Photo by Larry Cobra

Photo by Larry Cobra

Feels like a mashup of Sam Shepard, Tracy Letts, and Harold Pinter. ...remarkable naturalistic dialogue and plotting... raw, visceral theatre that engages the gut and the brain. Derek Ahonen’s talent as a playwright is very impressive.
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What a pleasure it is again to witness a group of artists working their stuff with such vigor and intelligence.
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Pokin' the
Bears in a Zoo

April 25th - June 8th, 2008
The Gene Frankel Theatre

Written and Directed by Derek Ahonen

Mabel Sternos has been murdered and her husband, Sheep-Suit is out for revenge. Can her sons sober up in time to thwart the old man’s plot? Will her poor daughter-in-law Jo Jo have the strength to hold them together? And who is the man they call Forrest? The Sternos family struggles for salvation from themselves in this darkly humorous exploration of familial dysfunction.


James Kautz | Rochelle Mikulich | Craig Peugh | Matthew Pilieci and George Walsh


Writer and Director: Derek Ahonen | Stage Manager: Meredith Cody | Assistant Director: Selene Beretta | Set Design: Alfred Schatz & Matthew Pilieci | Lighting Designer: Keecia Buster | Sound Design: Bart Lucas | Costumes: Ricky Lang | Spiritual Adviser: Larry Cobra

Photos by Larry Cobra