Meet some more cast members!

Judge John Erlick plays… the Judge!

John Erlick has had sixteen years of experience “acting” as a judge in real life on the King County Superior Court. Prior theatre experience included serving on the Board of Trustees for Intiman Theatre and as “best boy” running the lights at the production of Von Weber’s Der Freischütz at Lowell House at Harvard.

Susan Roe plays Mrs. Brady.
Susan Roe’s acting gigs range from her youthful stint as the Spokane public Library Story Lady to a recent performance as Hillary Clinton in a mock presidential debate.(She won).
If she can’t be a back-up singer in a famous only in Europe band, she’s happy to be on stage in any of Arne’s productions.
More frequently, she practices criminal law at the US Attorney’s Office.inherit-the-wind_flyer


…and Peter Lohnes

Peter is journalist E.K. Hornbeck (patterned after Henry L. Mencken) in Hit and Run’s staged reading of Inherit the Wind at Town Hall, January 21 and 23:

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Mr. Lohnes is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Music and Dramatic Arts. In addition to regular film, television and commercial work, he has appeared in numerous productions at the Seattle Repertory Theater, Intiman Theater, A Contemporary Theatre, The Denver Center Theater, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Getty Center, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, The Portland Center Stage, The 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater and many others.

He took a hiatus from acting and graduated cum laude from Seattle University Law School. He was a law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, an associate at the appellate law firm Talmadge Fitzpatrick, and then served as general counsel for an online securities research firm. He now combines his careers as actor and lawyer by coaching attorneys and other professionals on public speaking and presentation skills.

Meet Mike King…

Mike plays Matthew Harrison Brady (modeled on William Jennings Bryan) in Inherit the Wind at Town Hall on January 21 and 23.

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Mike King has been a courtroom lawyer for over 30 years, primarily appearing in appellate courts both in Washington and around the country. He has no Southern credentials, but then neither did Mathew Harrison Brady (Williams Jennings Bryan), who hailed from Nebraska. Mike was born in a small town (Colville), and raised in a city (Spokane) that felt very much like a small town. He got his A.B. from a school near Boston, and his J.D. from the University of Washington. Mike did not discover the stage until late in life, but has since been making up for lost time, appearing in several Hit & Run productions including “The Realm of Whispering Ghosts: If Truman Met Einstein,” in which he appeared as President Harry Truman—a role he has taken on the road to Rotary Clubs throughout the Puget Sound. Mike has been married for 34 years to Nancy Neraas (also an attorney, but one who keeps her distance from the courtroom). They have three adult sons, Anders, Peter, and Marten.


Meet the Cast of “Inherit the Wind”

Distinguished attorney Jeffrey Tilden plays Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow). profile-11-jeffery-i-tilden-founding-partner-final-IMG_6055.png
Jeff Tilden has been a Seattle trial lawyer for 35 years.
Jeff grew up in North Alabama, about 2 hours away from the Dayton County Courthouse, in which the Scopes trial was held. He has never been to Dayton (to his recall), but the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg is close by and he sold bibles during college in a tiny town in Appalachia a couple of hours north of Dayton. Jeff graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981, further burnishing his Southern credentials. He has been married for 28 years to Robin Silver. They have two adult sons, Saul and Max.

Jeff Tilden

“Inherit the Wind” at Town Hall – January 21 and 23

What are you doing the night after the Inauguration?

imagesJoin us at Town Hall, as members of the law profession (directed by Arne Zaslove) present a staged reading of “Inherit the Wind.”  Some audience participation will be encouraged and, as many Americans fear that our right to think is again under fire, the discussion afterwards is sure to be lively.

Where:            Downstairs at Town Hall  Town Hall events

When:                        Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. (the day after the Presidential Inauguration) and Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:            Brown Paper Tickets, $20 ($10 for seniors/students/TPS)

 Inherit the Wind (by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee) premiered in 1955. It is famous as a fictionalized retelling of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, in which a schoolteacher was prosecuted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in his high school science classroom, contrary to Tennessee state law. The movie of the same name (produced and directed by Stanley Kramer in 1960) featured Fredric March as Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan), and Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) and Gene Kelly as the journalist E.K. Hornbeck (modeled on H.L. Mencken).

But the authors of the play were clear that the real subject they wished to address was the McCarthy hearings, happening in their own time. As Lawrence said about the play, “It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.”

It Can’t Happen Here – can it?

On the eve of this historic election, we cannot help recalling that Hit and Run Theater Company started in October 2011 with a staged reading of Sinclair Lewis’s chilling play, “It Can’t Happen Here.” We were one of 25 theaters across the country to stage readings of the piece, in commemoration of its premiere in 1936, supported by the Federal Theater Project.  Our presentation, at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, drew over 300 audience members and launched our company.


Based on Lewis’s novel of the same name, the play follows the rise of a demagogue who threatens our democracy – and the fall of an idealistic journalist, who simply couldn’t believe it was necessary to take this man seriously.

Berkeley Repertory Theater has recently completed a successful 6-week revival of this prescient piece. Even five years ago, when we presented our staged reading, it was hard to believe that the nation would soon be on tenterhooks, waiting to see whether life would imitate art.

Bathhouse Theatre reunion: The Skin of Our Teeth at UW, January 25, 2016

The reading series Lost and Founded is a tribute by the University of Washington Drama Department to a number of iconic mid-sized theaters in Seattle that have closed.  On Monday, January 25, the Bathhouse Theatre is remembered with a partial reading of Thornton Wilder’s Skin of Our Teeth, featuring five of the original cast members.  “It was hard to choose from the great shows performed at the Bathhouse during the 20 years of our company’s tenure there,” according to former Artistic Director Arne Zaslove.  Wilder’s play, written in 1942, includes climate change, a refugee crisis, and the aftermath of war – all framed in a playful time-traveling piece that often breaks the fourth wall and engages the audience directly.

Returning Bathhouse Theatre alumni include David Frederick White as Mr. Antrobus, Faye B Summers as Mrs. Antrobus, Ellen Boyle as Gladys (the cheeky Jezebel of a daughter), Timothy Hyland as son Henry (whose original name was Cain), and Claire Vardiel as Sabina, the family’s maid through Ice Age, flood and Armageddon.  The reading and reception are at the Meany Studio at University of Washington, 7:30 p.m. on January 25.