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October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30


by. Maxwell Anderson




"...but when she was bad, she was horrid."

Little Rhoda Penmark is able to charm her way into getting just about anything she wants. Anything, except a highly coveted penmanship medal that her teacher has awarded to one of Rhoda's classmates.


Priya Paranthaman - Christine Penmark

Micah Johnson - Rhoda Penmark

Doy Demsick - Leroy Jessup

Collette Riddle - Monica Breedlove

Peter Rasmussen - Emory Wages

David Featherston - Reginald Tasker

Jonathan Price - Richard Bravo

Sandra DeRocha - Miss Fern

Fox Cornnell - Mrs. Daigle

Abdel Hamid Shebate - Mr. Daigle

Tim Leece - Kenneth Penmark

Elle Carr - Messenger/Rhoda US


Director ...... Steven Thompson

Stage Manager ...... Courtney Fox 
Set Design ...... Kylie Clark 

Costume Design ...... Melissa Hennessey

Pre-show Announcements ...... Stephanie Johnson


Special Thanks
City Vino

Adventure Brewing Company




Director's Notes


On December8, 1954 a play opened on Broadway that scared a lot people, especially parents. Public

interest in the show was high, mostly because it was based on a novel by William March. The play and

the novel shared the same title, The Bad Seed.


The play is very much a product of its time, eschewing the depiction of physical violence in favor of

describing it. What terrified people about the work is that the plot and given circumstances are very

plausible and certainly believable. Parents who came of age during the horrors of World War II were

now confronted with the idea that evil isn’t something that springs from foreign shores, but could

instead be a domestic problem bred in one’s own family. The idea that psychopathic killers result from

genetic disposition is frightening to say the least.


The tragedy of this show is not in young Rhoda’s penchant for killing the people she finds inconvenient,

but rather Christine’s not acting quickly enough on her suspicions. Once she confirms her worse fears,

she initially acts to shield Rhoda, but then quickly descends into madness. Anderson made no attempt

to hide Rhoda’s selfish acts, but instead builds suspense using Christine’s reactions and her own fight

with the twin demons of willfully looking past alarming behavior, and fear of and for her daughter.


I chose this play because it is a timeless classic and quite frankly I wanted to push myself past my usual

comfort zone as a director. I was very fortunate to bring together an ensemble of talented performers,

crew, and designers who collectively span a broad spectrum of experience and age. They have worked

very hard to travel down what I call a “dark road.” I suspect I have been a little too intense at time, but

their efforts have realized the play in all its terrifying potential. I know you will enjoy it.

- Steven Thompson (Director)