Thicket and Thistle
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A Forgotten Cascadian Myth


THE WATERMAN is a musical myth, a dark comedy, like if “Splash” met “Little Shop of Horrors” with a soundtrack by The Decemberists. Fueled by their anger at “The Land Men” slowly poisoning the planet and incensed at being personally poached to make a sushi delicacy, an Aquatic race of humanoids known as Water People are on the edge of world war with mankind. The future hanging in the balance, a half-Water Person half-human secret agent known as The Waterman, is tasked with saving the world.

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Production History

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THE WATERMAN first rose to the surface back in the winter of 2012. Sam De Roest and Kyle Acheson, on a steady diet of improv comedy, Neutral Milk Hotel, and PBR, crafted this show in a matter of weeks to make the cut for Portland's Fertile Ground Festival, a festival for new works...

...where it was well-received as having "sheer wit and nerve" and "beautiful balladeering" (you can check out the press!) 

The Waterman then premiered on television! There was a full staged reading and an interview for the Part-Time Playhouse on May 5th, which aired for a few weeks on Portland’s public access cable channel.  In Autumn 2013, the first fully produced run of The Waterman debuted to sold-out, standing-room-only crowds at Action/Adventure Theatre! 

The Waterman then made its way to NYC and found a new home with Thicket & Thistle's collaborative family. There it was produced as a part of Ars Nova's All New Talent Festival (ANT FEST) in June 2016 to a sold-out-house.

 

 

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Recent Cast

The team that brought you the most recent production at Ars Nova's ANT FEST:


 

Creator/Actor 
KYLE ACHESON
SAM DE ROEST

Director
JOSHUA STENSETH
Producer / Props Designer
SARAH GEORGE
Lighting Designer
ERIN GIBLIN
Stage Manager
MOLLY MCCARTHY

 

The Waterman KYLE ACHESON
James MEGAN CARVER
The Captain SAM DE ROEST
Urusla CORLEY PILLSBURY
The Narrator MAX SCHLONER
The Doctor FOREST VANDYKE*

Ensemble/Bass PAUL LIEBER
Ensemble/Guitar BEN QUINN* 
Ensemble REBECCA TERAN
Ensemble/Drums TITUS TOMPKINS*
Ensemble/Piano LINDSAY ZOORGIAN*
Ensemble JONATHAN ERIC FOSTER

 

*Appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association


 

 
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"sheer wit and nerve, and ... beautiful balladeering"


-A.L Adams, Oregon Art's Watch