By Noah Haidle

Lucy is a four-year-old girl with a very active imagination. Unfortunately, her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade doesn’t have much time for her. Not to mention he beats up his personal assistant, has a cocaine addiction, and a penchant for pornography.

With Karen Estrada, Zach Thomas Woods, Nate Press, Bryce Lord, Brenna Kempf, Alejandra Gonzales, Laura Monagle, Liz Faraglia & Jake Lesh
Directed by Jim Farrell

“A savage black comedy about what it takes to grow up in these difficult times!”


Karen Estrada – Lucy

Karen Estrada is so pleased to be part of the inaugural season of Splinter Group.  Karen recently returned from a four month long tour of Japan with DISNEY ON CLASSIC.  Karen has had the privilege of having worked with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in CRIMES OF THE HEART and JEEVES IN BLOOM, In Tandem Theater in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN and STUCK, Renaissance Theaterworks in THE SMELL OF THE KILL, HONOUR, and ENFRASCADA, Skylight Music Theatre in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and KIDSWRITES, First Stage Milwaukee in ANATOLE, PINKALICIOUS, RUDOLPH, SEUSSICAL, AESOP’S FABLES and GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK, numerous shows with Sunset Playhouse’s Bug in a Rug children’s theater, with Bunny Gumbo’s Combat Theater, the Women Who Can’t Sing and, a collaboration with her sketch comedy troupe The Show and Danceworks performance company and Backroom Shakespeare’s TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.  She has taught Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program for five summers.



Zach Thomas Woods – Mr. Marmalade

Zach Thomas Woods is from Oconomowoc, WI and graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2012 with a BFA in acting. He recently returned from Honolulu, HI where he acted in and wrote several living history pieces at the Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and appeared as a submariner on ABC’s Last Resort. On the mainland, he appeared in The Normal Heart as Ned Weeks, Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus, Sunday in the Park with George as George, and most recently in the Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Les Miserables. In June, Woods also directed the world premiere of his original play, Depth of Field, at Oconomowoc’s Theatre on Main.





Nate Press – Larry

Nate was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee and is a proud graduate of the public schooling system (don’t laugh). After that, he studied at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where he earned his BFA in Theatre Studies. Upon completeing University, Nate returned to Milwaukee and has performed with numerous companies in and around the area including Alchemist Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Broadway Baby, Carte Blanche, Dramatists Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Off The Wall, Phantom Cicada, Pink Banana, Smithereen Productions, Spiral Theatre, Sunset Playhouse and Theatrical Tendencies (to name a few). He is very happy to be making his Splinter Group debut as Larry in Mr. Marmalade and has also been cast as CB in their upcoming production of Dog Sees God. Nate also directs the long running, sketch comedy show, Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play. This show is 2 parts sketch comedy, 1 part interactive drinking games and all parts fun (until you black out), and it is performed every Saturday night at 930 at Comedy Sportz Milwaukee.  Thank you and enjoy the show.



Emily Vitrano – Sookie, Baby Sitter

Emily is so excited to be back at Splinter Group after playing Chelsea Cisco in TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES. Emily holds a BFA in Acting Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Regional Theatre: NY Fringe Festival, Allentown Shakespeare in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre.  Commercial: Mills Fleet Farm, Sanford Brown University, Walgreens. Television:  WTMJ-4 News. Print: Bruno Independent Aids, Master Lock, Nabco Enterprises.  Industrial: Kohl’s, MillerCoors, Master Lock, Culver’s, Speedway. Voice Over: Baby Ecos, UPAF, Kohl’s, Master Lock. See you in May for DOG SEES GOD!





Brenna Kempf – A Sunflower

Brenna is delighted to be performing with Splinter Group. She is a recent graduate from University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where favorite roles include Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Tilly U/S in Melancholy Play. Regional roles include Elma in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Bus Stop, Molly/Rachel in Pink Banana’s Dark Play, and Ophelia U/S in Hamlet at Riverside Theatre in the Park (Iowa City, IA). Brenna is a lead teaching artist with First Stage Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Education Department. Special thanks to Jim, Niffer, and the rest of the creative think tank behind Splinter Group!





Jake Lesh – George

Jake Lesh is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Arts Management. Professional credits include working with the Door Shakespeare Theatre Company on such productions as MacBeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As you Like It, and the role of Hamlet in Matt Foss’ a Hamlet. He has also worked in the Milwaukee circuit with such companies as The Pabst and Milwaukee Entertainment Group. In January of 2013, Jake made his New York debut as the title character in Angela Iannone’s The Edwin Booth Company Presents at Titan Theatre.





Bryce Lord – Bradley

Bryce Lord rejoins the Splinter Group after appearing earlier this season in TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES.  He has also been seen onstage around town with the Skylight Music Theater (SUNDAY IN THE PARK…, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, WHITE CHRISTMAS, ROMEO AND JULIET, FLOYD COLLINS, ANYTHING GOES, LADY, BE GOOD), First Stage Children’s Theater (THE HAPPY ELF, WITNESS and HONK!), on numerous occasions with Milwaukee Shakespeare (MACBETH, CYMBELINE, 1 HENRY IV, TAMING OF THE SHREW, MERCHANT OF VENICE), Bialystock and Bloom (BATBOY: the musical, THE JAMMER), Windfall Theatre (SUNDAY IN THE PARK…) and others.  Bryce has also directed and choreographed productions in the Milwaukee area for Sunset Playhouse, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Boulevard Ensemble and others.




Alejandra Gonzales – A Cactus

Alejandra is beyond excited to work with Splinter Group! She’s been seen on stage around Milwaukee for the past 2 years, most recently in Spamalot (Theatre Unchained) and The Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa’s One Act Festival ( where she won Favorite Actress for her role in Maps). When she’s not onstage basking in the spotlight she is the (super) nanny for the three most adorable boys in South Eastern Wisconsin.






Jake Brockmann – Assistant Director/Sound Design

Jake Brockmann is more than excited to be a part of his third production with Splinter Group.  He is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre.  At Eau Claire, Jake’s credits include stage managing DIE FLEDERMAUS, assistant directing HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, assistant stage managing THE MAGIC FLUTE, and directing THE EDUCATION OF MACOLOCO.  While in Milwaukee, Jake has spent his past two summers as a Teaching Apprentice at First Stage for both Musical Theatre and Improv.  Most recently, Jake was the Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Sound Designer for KIMBERLY AKIMBO and TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES.  Jake will be directing DOG SEES GOD this summer.





Jim Farrell – Director

Jim is happy to be directing MR. MARMALADE at Splinter Group.  He recently directed TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES here at Splinter Group, as well as the season opener of KIMBERLY AKIMBO.  Previously, Jim has directed and produced throughout the country, including in his home state of New York, where he was founder of NYC’s Zemmel Ensemble and in southern Illinois, where he co-founded Main Street Players.  Favorite plays include: LOBBY HERO, AGNES OF GOD, and Sam Shepard’s RED CROSS.  As an actor, Jim appeared in over thirty productions in NYC, including three years as Inspector James Asher in the Off-Broadway production of PERFECT CRIME.  He is also an award-winning playwright.  Among his works are: MONSTER LAND (winner of the Siena International Playwrights Competition), the autobiographical SUMMER GAMES (winner of the Festival of Emerging American Theatre), the one-acts SID VICIOUS DOES THE DISHES and STAR EYES AND LIFE GUARD (produced in New York and Chicago) and TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES.  Jim has served as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Development Director at Skylight Music Theatre, and in New York City as the Development Director at the Pearl Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  He holds an MFA in Performing Arts Management from the North Carolina School of the Arts.


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  • Mike Worman April 14, 2014

    I want to tell you how much I enjoyed last night’s performance of “Mr. Marmalade”. I lived overseas 46 years and I forgot that I really do like Theatre of the Absurd or Avant Garde or whatever one calls it today.
    Thanks for a great evening. I loved the performance.

  • Jim Farrell April 16, 2014

    Thanks Mike! Glad you could make it, and really happy you had a positive experience. We just think it’s a kickass play!


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