Talking With Creative

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Heath A. Diehl
Talking With is the third Black Swamp Players production for which Heath has served as Director. Previous directorial credits include The Odd Couple (Female Version) (BSP), The Drowsy Chaperone (BSP), A Mouth to Feed (Toledo Rep), and Gidion's Knot (TBD Productions). Heath is slated to direct August: Osage County for BSP's 2021-2022 season. Heath has appeared on the BSP stage as Mr. Boddy in Clue: The Musical and as Edward Baxter in Psych, and he recently was a member of the ensemble cast for Owens Community College's production of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. When Heath is not treading the boards, he serves as Board President for both Black Swamp Players and Wood County Humane Society. He also is Teaching Professor in the Honors College and the Department of English at BGSU. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his husband Gary and their four rescue kitties, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching international crime dramas.
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Stage Manager
Stephanie Truman
Stephanie Truman (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to live theatre, and being part of the production team for Talking With…Stephanie has been involved in several BSP productions; on stage in roles with On Golden Pond (Chelsea), Sylvia (Kate) and Dearly Departed (Veda/Juanita). Stephanie has more recently delved into film acting, and participated in various film projects with WBGU and BGSU. Stephanie has discovered she loves learning and growing behind the scenes just as much as on stage, and thoroughly enjoys supportive positions such as scene construction/painting, costuming and co-producing; both with The Black Swamp Players and Horizon Youth Theatre.
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Lighting Designer
Bob Walters
Bob Walters is a graduate of BGHS and will be attending Ohio University this fall studying Technical Theater in the Honors Tutorial College. Bob has worked with Black Swamp Players many times over the years both on stage and as a member of the crew. He performed with CTW as Johan in The Bluebird of Happiness back in 2011 before working on the crew for The Yellow Boat and programming lights for Honk Jr. He has also been an active member of Horizon Youth Theater for many years as an actor, crew member, board member, and Technical Director.

Director's Note

At one point late in the monologue titled “Dragons,” the character of Marti pleads to the heavens, “I pray that my life, my one life, will not be normal.” The characters that you will meet in Talking With... defy our shared expectations for what constitutes normality in myriad ways—from the jobs that they choose to their conceptions of the Divine to their attitudes toward marriage/family and the social identities and self- concepts that they present to the world. Yet unapologetically these eleven characters (and the eleven brilliant, talented women who portray them) stand before us, vulnerable and sometimes quite raw in their emotions, and they ask very simply to be seen without reference to any preconceived ideas of what is (or, should be) “normal.” It is the most basic of requests and it is sometimes the most difficult to honor for others and within ourselves. To our audiences, I ask that you meet these women who are “not unmarked by life” where they live and respect their collective request that their lives—their singular, extraordinary lives—not be entombed within a rigidly-defined conception of the norm. I further challenge you to resist the often compelling pull of the ordinary, and, like these eleven women, to live your life, your one life, with joy, with curiosity, and, most importantly, without regret or apology.