Who is Jim Holt?
the latest musical play by Rhys Southan & j. Nathan Weisenthal


Billy Thogersen
Sony (Student for the Constitution), Sude

(bio to come)


Bob Libal
Alcatrez

(bio to come)


Brazos Price
The Priest

Brazos is named after a river. His parents were hippies once. This is his last play. A curtain call. Brazos is not religious. He was called to do this play. But not by G-D -- by j.Nathan and Rhys Southan. Brazos discovered himself for this role when Rhys and Joe discovered Brazos. Brazos likes trees. He likes Blue Skies. He likes the summer wind at night. He likes the stars. He likes tasty vegan treats. Most of all Brazos likes MonkeyWrench Books. 407-MWBK.

Brooke Moreland
Lesbian Separatist, Melissa

(bio to come)


Callison Alcott
Dock

Callison Alcott has spent every second of his entire waking life acting.


Carrie Anne Murphy
Chocolodovny (Student for the Constitution), Mina Loy, Rupert W. Pennypacker

Carrie Anne Murphy was born in a very small city in the middle of a very large city. Later she moved to a town and then here. WIJH? is her second play, the first being her ninth grade English class production of Our Town, in which she was cast as the narrator in a misguided didactical attempt to save her from her attention deficit "issues". When she grows up next year, Carrie Anne would like to be a nice person, a prophet, and a consummate entertainer.

Carrie Anne would like to thank Alla Nazimova, George Ohsawa, Liza Minnelli, and Jezebel (Ahab's wife). She would not like to thank her parents, who had no direct influence whatsoever on this outlandish display of her askew political views and her disrespect for the audience. Even if the audience is a bunch of wankers.


Chadwick Wood
Lazarus

(bio to come)

Corinne Carson
Lesbian Separatist, Leftwich (Student Against Gun Violence)


Erich Ragsdale
Barclay, Various Passersby

Erich Ragsdale, aka "2*Bz0k" ( tubesock ), is an interdimensional traveler of unknown origin currently residing in Texas. He is sure that according to the Eternal prophecies of I-Oneman Who is Jim Holt? will cause a serious surge in the wellsprings of reality , and thus he has voyaged across the threads of the invisible tapestry of the universe to aid in its imminent success.


Forrest Wilder
Spoonsey, Andrew

Forrest Wilder was born in Dystopia -- Yorktown, Texas -- a one-horse town with two stoplights. Sign visible upon entering town: "Heart of Future State Prison Expansion". Forrest spent his formative years whittling on sticks, fishing for gar, and burning brush. He joined his parents in their travels around Texas, bringing fine porcelain stoneware to Texans from Canton to Kerrville, Midland to Beaumont. Forrest's father bought him his first gun he was twelve. Forrest shot his first mockingbird when he was twelve. His other crimes include picking bluebonnets, poisoning pecan trees, talking back to authority, and speaking polemically. (more...)


Gillian Holmes
Cruxena Holt



j. Nathan Weisenthal
Co-writer, Co-director, Caprillian Bolf

The erstwhile Joseph Weisenthal has been writing music since he was very young. At the age of six he wrote a song, to the tune of a Kit-Kat commercial jingle, about shoes, which included the lyric "I've got new shoes. They are lace. They keep me in stride with the human race". Clearly he was already honing his now legendary ironic-hipster-pop sensibility. j. Nathan's first big hit was with his high-school rockabilly band The Force Kings, entitled "Pride & Liberty"-- a right-wing anthem if ever there ever was one. Today he stands by every intolerant word in that lamentable song, whereas at the time he meant it to be a satire. Since the disolution of The Force Kings (college!), j. Nathan has continued to write many unmemorable songs about such topics as Sanskrit Girls, Mad Cow Disease, The Moon, and The Free-Market in Healthcare. While j. Nathan enjoyed writing these innocent ditties, the events of September 11th, and the ensuing star-studded tribute concerts, inspired and demanded his creativity. The songs in Who is Jim Holt? are the musical manifestation of the human condition in modern America. (more)


Jordan Buckely
Creftlogo, Lionel

(bio pending)


Josh Elliott
The President

(bio pending)


Kacey Samiee
Mandrake (Student Against Gun Violence), Emma

Kacey, not unlike lettuce, is primarily made of water.


Michael Bluejay
Jim Holt, keyboardist, co-author of Jim Holt's song to the jury

Michael Bluejay, 29, who does not have a driver's license and who has been vegan since the 80's ("long before it was fashionable"), is the President & CEO of michaelbluejay.com, BicycleSafe.com, WebsiteHelpers.com, and BicycleAustin.info (winner of the Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin" award). Previous projects and achievements include serving on the board of directors of the Inter-Cooperative Council, hosting "The Bicycle Lane" on KO.OP Radio, performing in King Cheese (one of the top three bands in an Austin Chronicle's reader poll), playing a song with Ben Folds Five, bicycling from Austin to Baton Rouge, and bicycling from El Paso to Austin. His contributions to this musical (besides playing the enigmatic title character) include creating the online ticket ordering system for the original production, co-writing Jim Holt's song to the jury, playing bass/piano on the songs when he's not onstage, singing the falsetto harmony from offstage that Rhys lip-synchs onstage, contributing various props, and writing the most crucial chord in "Hunger Strike" (C-minor) as well as the line, "Well, pardon me for defending freedom." This is his first stage performance since One Act Play from high school, where he received an All-Star Cast award and a package of gum.


Rhys Southan
Co-Writer, Co-Director, Hutchins Hopgood, Charles Carrol of Carrolton, Step Hopkins, Monsieur Bleach, The Judge

Rhys Southan was born on April 23, 1979 at 5:46 p.m. in Dallas, Texas. For most of his teenage years, Rhys had at least one debilitating headache every week. A social failure, he sublimated his frustrated energies into more "productive" activities: incessantly jotting down ideas in tiny handwriting, reading books at dance parties, listening to nothing but classical music, attending screenwriter meetings every Friday night with people three times his age, and decrying compulsory school attendance while wondering how life would be if he'd been born in France.

For a while, Rhys believed that life was a movie, and he was the main character. This empowered him, but alienated his friends who didn't like hanging around someone who thought they weren't real. Rhys became obsessed with tape-recording his life; carrying that micro-cassette recorder everywhere finally paid off when he captured an unprovoked screaming fit from one of his nicer high school teachers: "You all have sassed me long enough! You all can just rot! I have tried harder than some of you ever dreamed of! And I have a degree. I'm not a whiner. I'm not a quitter. I can't take this anymore! Am I understood?!" (more)

Crew & Other Supporters


Chris Rogers
(Musician)

(bio pending)


David Warren Penn
scribe of the last line of the play

David Warren Penn is a lifelong native of Austin and is the quintessential embodiment of the spirit of that much overused label 'slacker.' During the 1970s he was rigorously devoted to setting up his own comic book company, Penn Comics Group, which came to an untimely demise. Not, however, before reaping succulent fruit in the guise of those time-honored titles such as Super Hippie and Alien Disco, the greatest comics of his terse career as both co-writer and artist. In the 1980s, he formed the doomed anarcho-punk band Political Pollution, playing to no more than a crowd of rats in the garage of a broken down house in East Austin. This endeavor was followed up by another abysmal failure: an unpublished comic entitled Alternate Waves. Years of bitter disappointment engendered within this once-sensitive young lad an incredible sense of misery, isolation and cynicism. Leading a lifestyle based on nothing more than stark realism and self-sabotage has inadvertently placed him in several film roles produced by the famed Snake Woman Productions. (See the trailer for SWP's latest triumph Enclosure.) When Mr Penn is not avoiding life's many pleasures, he can be found at your neighborhood record store shovelling out hundreds of dollars on used 78 RPM records.

Erica Nix
designer of the CD insert

(bio pending)

Smarty Pants
Costume Consultant

Smarty Pants owes his name to his penchant for wearing colorful plaid trousers at every occasion. Please don't stare too closely, as he wears nothing underneath them. He also enjoys petting his pet trouser snake, Riddles.

Original Cast Members not returning
for Frontera Fest 2002-03


Alex Myers
Mabel Dodge, Leftwich (Student Against Gun Violence)

Alex Myers is delighted to perform in her first English-speaking role. Her previous work as a French porn star allowed her little more creativity than high pitched vocalizations of ecstasy. After an Old 97's concert in Paris, Alex drunkenly wandered onto the band tourbus. It was only after the band flew back to Austin that they realized that she wasn't part of the opening act. With no money to her name, Alex decided to stay in Texas. Rhys discovered Alex at a recent visit to Pleasureland and has changed her life forever. She is now attending ACC and plans to major in Heating, Air Conditioning, And Refrigeration Technology.


Alvin Richardson
Button Gwinnet

Alvin is a computer scientist who has often been accused of being a performance artist. He is afflicted by the Velveteen Rabbit Complex, meaning that he strives to become a real, live bunny and avoid the vortex that would suck him into the television completely. Alvin needs more love.

 

Brent Perdue
Creftlogo, Lionel

Brent started his young acting career traveling with his father and "uncle" Gip as street performers, part-time carnies, and all-around bamboozlers. Brent developed quickly into a versatile actor by flim-flamming numerous audiences with such performances as "Blind boy with a broken leg holding a leash and asking 'Has anyone seen my ferret?'"and "Lost lad looking for ride back across the border." Now, as a much wiser man and an anarchist, Brent no longer believes in ferrets on leashes or borders, yet he still retains his tendency to flimflam. Brent's new claim to fame is now brazen liberations of products from HEB and even REI on occasion. Brent even once said,"It's only uphill from here -- next stop, a bank," and then under his breath stated, " 'cause that's where the money is." Brent's hobbies include the piccolo, break dancing, making random references to drug usage in public places and of course theorizing about aspects of "mashism". His favorite story is of a man who assassinated the king of Spain and remarked to the king's wife, "I did not mean to kill your husband," Angiolillo apologized to her, "I aimed only at the official responsible for the Montjuich tortures."


Colby Adams
Lazarus

Colby Adams, after many semesters of detours and wrong way road signs, will finally graduate in December of 2002. Many people have made this possible, but he would like to extend his utmost gratitude to his parents for having sex the night he was conceived, which must have been either late May or early June of '76 because he was born on February 14, 1977 in Dallas, TX. He was then raised in the cookie cutter suburb of Garland, TX, where he had many bikes and skateboards stolen from him from childhood through his troubled adolescence. As a young child, he was encouraged by his elders to cry when the Dallas Cowboys lost. He was also frequently beaten up for being smarter than every one else in his neighborhood. Mowing lawns and ringing up and bagging groceries were his primary sources of income. He won recognition from Tom Thumb (DFW's version of Randall's) for having the fastest product scan time of '94. His talent did not go unrewarded -- he received a $0.25/hour pay raise for his achievements. Colby fancied himself an athlete, and played basketball from kindergarten through varsity. He rarely had to shower after a game.

After becoming a two packs a day smoker, Colby recently quit smoking (April 23, 6:03 P.M., right before the Simpsons) to free up time to pursue other vices. As enjoyable a habit as smoking for the last seven years has been, he really doesnít miss it all that much. Send questions, comments, and cartons of cigarettes to 4611 Depew, Austin TX, 78751.

Smarty Pants
Costume Consultant

Smarty Pants owes his name to his penchant for wearing colorful plaid trousers at every occasion. Please don't stare too closely, as he wears nothing underneath them. He also enjoys petting his pet trouser snake, Riddles.

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