What You Will collaboration
Wendy Hammond and Steve Umberger have worked together on many projects, starting with Hammond's first play, The Ghostman. The play first appeared in the new play festival at Charlotte Repertory Theatre, where Umberger was Founder and Artistic Director. After being selected for workshops at The Sundance Institute Playwrights Lab and Long Wharf Theatre, the play returned to Charlotte Rep for its world premiere, directed by Umberger. Hammond returned to the Rep's new play festival three more times, once to appear in her one-woman play Wendy in the Wacko Ward, and twice with new plays, Road Rage: A Love Story and Julie Johnson. Road Rage went on to workshop production at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Julie Johnson was subsequently produced in Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays, directed by Jon Jory. It was then made into a Shooting Gallery feature film starring Courtney Love, Lili Taylor and Spalding Gray (for which Hammond co-wrote the screenplay). Also at Charlotte Rep, Hammond appeared under Umberger's direction in the world premiere of Beth Henley's Signature. At Charlotte's Children's Theatre, Hammond and Umberger collaborated on an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel A Wrinkle in Time, and on Like Ashes, a commissioned work about substance abuse which toured area high schools and was the prototype for future commissions in conjunction with the public school system.
|Callan Gies, Matt Hunter, Riley Sloan, Bridget Lavender, Steve Umberger, Wendy Hammond, Chance Ruder, Colin Bye (also Deyanira Bowers)|