Dolley was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He loves Coney
Dogs. His plays Linear A and
Apple, Frog, Baseball were
directed by Allison Shoemaker in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he learned
what it was like to collaborate with good people and earned a degree in
the process. His play Joshua's Play
won Best Undergraduate Play in the 2006 Western Michigan University
Creative Writing Awards. He was the assistant literary manager for
the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2007 season.
Allison Shoemaker is a writer and theater director. Her work
has appeared in The Pedestal, Dark
Sky Magazine , The Common-Line
Project, Barnwood and Contrary.
She is a graduate of Western Michigan University's theater
department. She now lives, works, and writes in Chicago. The Excerpts
are for the dhoustnes-- they know who they are.
Mitch Vermeersch is a creative writing student at Western Michigan
University. His plays have been produced at WMU, Kalamazoo College, and
the Black Hills Theater Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2007 he was
a member of the Theatermakers Summer Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater
Center in Waterford, Connecticut. His play RADIO
GAGA won Best Overall Play in the 2007 WMU Creative Writing Awards.
A note on the creation of the piece: Ryan and Mitch decided to
write a play for Allison to direct. The piece that resulted, Apple
Frog Baseball, was developed by the playwrights and director in
conjunction with actors Seth Miller (I) and Ghafir Akbar. Some of
the fat that was trimmed in that play grew into another. It latched
on to another, which then morphed into another. Allison thought it
might be fun to make an encyclopedia for the world Ryan and Mitch created.
It was. The Excerpts are the