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