• Rapture, Blister, Burn

    MAY 18 – JUNE 4, 2017

    By Gina Gionfriddo

    Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) continues its eighth season with Pulitzer Prize nominee Gina Gianfriddo’s Rapture Blister Burn – a sharp-witted exploration of the impact our choices have on our lives.

    Directed by special guest director Joye Cook-Levy – who last directed Enchanted April at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center – Rapture Blister Burn digs heavily into the question: Can you have it all?

    Years ago, Catherine Croll (SET member Holly Haverkorn) accepted a fellowship in London and left her New England home and boyfriend Don Harper (SET member Matt Radcliffe) behind.  Gwen (Kara Carroll) Catherine’s best friend, left her graduate program and married Don. Catherine became a rockstar academic. Gwen had two children with Don. Now Catherine has come home to help her ailing mother (Karen Anderson) and is teaching a summer seminar in women’s studies. Gwen, along with her sons’ babysitter Avery (Hailey King), takes the seminar to continue the education she left behind. As each woman is confronted by what the other one has, they hatch a plan to switch places.    

    Cast and Production Team


    Holly Haverkorn Catherine Croll
    Matt Radcliffe Don Harper
    Kara Carroll Gwen Harper
    Karen Anderson Alice Croll
    Hailey King Avery

    Production Team

    Holly Haverkorn Executive Producer
    Emory John Collinson Co-Producer
    Joye Cook-Levy Director
    Gabriel Espinoza-Lira Stage Manager
    Crystal Carter Dramaturg
    Jack Salesses Tech Director/Set Designer
    Sandy Salesses Set Painting
    Sean Verdu Lights Design
    Sarah S. Shaver Costume Design
    Kitty Robbins Sound Design
    Micah Speirs Props Design