by Ella Hickson
Directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb

Feb. 6-9, 2020
Feb. 11-16, 2020
Shaver Theatre

Oil is a play about the global implications of our dependency on oil. The play's action spans 150 years, beginning in 1889, and progressing to 2051. The action focuses on a woman called May and her daughter Amy, who age as the play progresses but whose lives seem uncoupled from calendar time. We first see May as a 19th-century Cornish farmer’s wife, three months pregnant. When a mysterious American salesman arrives at her isolated, freezing, candle-lit home, his demonstration of the newly invented kerosene lamp lights something within her, and soon she is off to pursue her destiny, resurfacing at key junctures in the history of the oil industry. We see her again in later years rising in power but, as May rises in the world, difficulties with her daughter Amy intensify and become deeply problematic as they head into a nightmarish future.

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The Crew Includes

Lighting Design by Shawn Irish
Set Design by Shawn Irish
Sound Design by E.J. Cho
Costume Design by Jeremy Bernardoni
Props by John Eddy
Stage Management by Melissa A. Nathan*

The Cast Includes

Kaitlin Kerr
Briley Slaton
Josh Stenvick
Michele Guidry
Aryana Sedarati*
Manny Sandridge*
Joe Reynolds*
Victoria Myssik
Henry Southwick
Paul Barnes
Ege Adanir
Yiqing Zhao

*Members of Actors' Equity Association 

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