The K of D, an urban legend

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  • by Laura Schellhardt
  • directed by Matthew Earnest
  • starring Lesley Gurule
  • production Sponsor: Lake George RV Park

Preview June 22
Opening Night June 23
Runs through July 2
Wednesday Matinee at 2pm June 29

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They’re called “urban legends,” but why do most of them take place somewhere rural? So it is with this remarkable one-woman show, featuring more than a dozen characters who try to make sense of the eerie events unfolding around their lakeside town during a lazy summer.

A tragic accident changes the world of skinny Charlotte McGraw, her family and their community, forever. But it’s Charlotte’s strange behavior that has the neighborhood guessing – and gossiping. Did something happen when her twin brother gave her that strange, gentle goodbye?  Why did she stop talking? And why does that mysterious blue heron keep appearing in the sky?

The K of D is sure to have audiences talking—and wondering—long after the curtain comes down.

Running time: 90 minutes
Recommended for ages 14 and above for  profanity and mild sexual threat



Go into the rehearsal hall with The K of D:

Learn more about The K of D and its writer in these pieces written for the Seattle Repertory Theatre production.


Laura Schellhardt (playwright) Laura’s plays have been produced in New York, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Providence, Minneapolis, Orlando, Sarasota, San Francisco, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Pasadena, Palo Alto, and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Original works include Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys (Jeff Award Nominee), The Apothecary’s Daughter, How to Remove Blood From a Carpet, The K of D (Jeff Award Nominee), Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Laura is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep. Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, and the O’Neill National Playwright’s Festival. In 2009, her play Shapeshifter premiered at Trinity Repertory Company, and Courting Vampires opened at Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena. Auctioning the Ainsleys received its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto after workshops at Northlight Theatre and Steppenwolf. The K of D premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre after workshops at Trinity Rep, ACT in Seattle, and The Kennedy Center. Air Guitar High premiered at Northwestern University after workshops at Pasadena Playhouse, The Bonderman Symposium in Indianapolis, and as part of the National High School Institute mainstage season. Her current project, Upright Grand, will launch this spring in Chicago, as part of Northlight Theatre’s Interplay series. Laura holds degrees in Theatre and English from Northwestern and an MFA in playwriting from Brown University where she studied under Paula Vogel. She currently teaches playwriting at Northwestern University.

Matthew Earnest (director) Matthew grew up in Texas and began his career under Richard Hamburger at Dallas Theater Center. Relocating to New York City, Matthew spent a season as assistant director to Lee Breuer at Mabou Mines, and a Drama League fellowship made him assistant director to Adrian Hall, a position he would hold for many years. As Founding Artistic Director of NYC’s deep ellum ensemble Matthew created works that garnered international acclaim from 1995 until the company disbanded in 2007. He has been an associate artist at Germany’s English Theatre Berlin  since 1999, and at the University of Delaware’s PTTP since 2001. Matthew works around the country creating new works and directing plays and his own literary adaptations and translations. His productions have been seen across the U.S., Europe and in Africa.

Lesley Gurule (actor) Lesley is a recent graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of Texas at Austin.  Roles at UT included Patty Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Andromache in a world-premiere adaptation of Trojan Woman, Lydia in Big Love, and Lizaveta Yepanchin, in a world-premiere adaptation of The Idiot.  Prior to her graduate studies, Lesley worked as an actor and as a theater educator with theaters in California and Massachusetts, including the Huntington Theatre Company and CityStage Co.  Favorite roles include Reggie Fluty (The Laramie Project), Sue Stevens (Down South) and Amy (Tape).  Lesley graduated with a double major in Psychology and Theatre from the University of California at San Diego.   She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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