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Creative License, a new theatre collective spearheaded by Aaron Holbritter and Casey Polomaine is changing the way the Capital Region experiences live theatre. In an attempt to make the experience more accessible, Creative License has scrapped the stuffy and tossed out the traditional in exchange for thought-provoking material that is simply well-done.
Wanting to push the envelope of the local theatre repertoire, their inaugural show-proudly hosted by Albany Barn- will be A Steady Rain, written by Keith Huff. Its Broadway premier at the Schoenfield Theatre in 2009 starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig as two Chicago police officers who inadvertently put a young boy in the custody of a serial killer who claims to be the child’s uncle. As the story unravels with the boy becoming the killer’s victim, the officers and life-long friends must learn to live with themselves, and each other, in the face of their egregious error.
Directed by Casey Polomaine and starring Aaron Holbritter and Ian LaChance, A Steady Rain opens on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The Barn, 56 Second Street, Albany. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 November 6-8 and 13-15. For more information: 518-892-0300
Who’s Who in the Cast & Crew:
Casey Polomaine, Director Casey has been involved in theater since High School, where she started off volunteering in the props department for the school’s Spring musical. Under the guidance of her friend and mentor Phil Rice, Casey became the Assistant Director, contributing to the school’s productions for several years. After High School, Casey attended Nazareth College of Rochester, where she majored in Theater Arts with a specialization in Stage Management. She moved back to the Capital Region after graduation, and has been heavily involved in the local theater scene ever since, working with such companies as Curtain Call Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater, and Albany Civic Theater. Casey has stage managed and/or produced several critically acclaimed productions over the past several years, including Proof, The Boys Next Door, The Farnsworth Invention, The Shape of Things, and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. While she feels most at home backstage, she has enjoyed several opportunities to appear on stage in the roles of Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men and Ann Deever in All My Sons. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to Creative License and for the opportunity to produce theater as you’ve never seen it before.
Aaron Holbritter, Denny At age six, Aaron had his first gig telling knock-knock jokes at a church social. His grandmother was his manager. His commitment to all things theatrical only grew from there. As an actor, Aaron has worked both locally and regionally, but is always happiest in front of a hometown crowd. He has appeared with Theater Barn, the Lake George Dinner Theater, Curtain Call Theater, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Players, Home Made Theater and the Theater Company at Hubbard Hall. The Albany Times Union has called him a “leading light of the local stage”. As a director, he has been at the helm of productions such as “Lost in Yonkers”, “The Farnsworth Invention”, “The Shape of Things”, “Proof” and the show voted the #2 Best Show of 2013 by Times Union readers, “Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure”. The Daily Gazette called Aaron “One of the most powerful directors in the area.” Aaron is currently the Producer for WRGB’s annual holiday show Melodies of Christmas and serves as production coordinator for the Nacre Dance Co. As a founding producer for Creative License, Aaron is committed to bringing quality, artistically challenging live theater to the Capital Region.
Ian LaChance, Joey Ian has been performing for just about half his life and appearing on local stages for a decade. His attraction to theatre began when a high school friend innocently asked him if he’d like to take an open seat on a bus to NYC to see Rent with Drama Club. He nonchalantly accepted the invitation and hasn’t left the stage since. After his introduction to theatre in high school, he earned a BA in Theatre from Roger Williams University, where he was given the opportunity to study in London. On the local scene, he has performed
at Curtain Call Theatre, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Players, Home Made Theater, Proctors and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Some favorite roles include Proof (Hal), All My Sons (Chris), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Watson), The Shape of Things (Adam), Deathtrap (Clifford), Witness for the Prosecution (Leonard), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Looking for Normal (Wayne), Tom, Dick and Harry (Tom) and Twelfth Night (Malvolio).