STALKING THE BOGEYMAN
by David Holthouse and Markus Potter (additional writing by Shane Ziegler, Shane Stokes, and Santino Fontana)
University of Alaska Anchorage
Directed by Brian Cook
Scenic Design and Technical Direction by Daniel Glen Carlgren
Costume Design by Colleen Alexis Metzger
Lighting Design by Daniel Anteau
Sound Design by Devin Frey and Lily Werts
Stage Management by Alicia Brown
Devin Frey as David
Chris Evans as Bogeyman
Emily Pratt as David's Mom
Kevin Lee as David's Dad
Jasmine Saxby as Bogeyman's Mom/Molly
Justin Stewart as Bogeyman's Dad/Payaso/Coach Billy
Swings: Jake Beauvais (David/Bogeyman), Mario Castillo (David's Dad/Bogeyman's Dad), Megan McIlmail (David's Mom, Bogeyman's Mom)
ABOUT THE SHOW
When he was just 7 years old, David Holthouse was raped by a 17-year-old family friend. Twenty-five years later, David learns that this man has moved into his new neighborhood, and he meticulously begins planning to murder his childhood Bogeyman.
The UAA production of Stalking the Bogeyman, based on Holthouse’s true account, was a partnership between the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Psychology, and Art, along with several community organizations. Performances of the play were accompanied by talkbacks featuring a joint panel of artists and mental-health professionals, alongside multiple arts-based response projects for audience members to engage with. Throughout rehearsals and performances, psychology faculty and graduate students provided on-site mental health support for actors, crew, and audience members, and both the production and the audience response to it were studied by faculty and graduate students in the UAF/UAA Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. program.
After its Anchorage run, the play toured to several Alaska communities, including Palmer, Homer, Seward, Valdez, and Fairbanks.