Reading "The Michigan Assassin"

    Stanley Ketchel, right, boxing with opponent Billy Papke (1908) 

  Stanley Ketchel, right, boxing with opponent Billy Papke (1908) 

Just before the holiday season kicked off, I was a part of Ridley Creek Productions' equity reading of the new play The Michigan Assassin! The new play, written by Matt McKenna, was directed by Ed Renninger. Our SM was Craig Rosenthal, and we were up on the 18th, 19th and 20th of December.

The cast included the very awesome Austin Archer*, Mike Backes*, Amanda Bailey*, Greg Bell, Alexander D Carney*, Carl Clemons-Hopkins*, Mark A. Keeton*, Caitlin McColl*, Michael Brian Ogden*, Jon L Peacock, Tom Paolino, Alana Rader*, Brandon Alan Smith, Edward Tolve*, Matthew Tyler, Michelle Vezlij*, and myself! The play is an epic about the life and times of turn-of-the-century boxer Stanley Ketchel, so nicknamed "The Michigan Assassin" over the course of his fighting career. Most all of us played multiple characters, including myself - though my biggest hand in Ketchel's story was as Goldie Hurtz, one half of a proto-Bonnie and Clyde team looking to fleece the famous boxer of his winnings. 

(* denotes a member of Actor's Equity Association)