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Iron Shoes


March 15–April 15

Opening Night: Thursday, March 22

Presented by Shotgun Players & Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Created by Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, & Erika Chong Shuch


A contemporary folk opera that reimagines Eastern European fairy tales as radical stories for our time, Iron Shoes brings together a rambunctious, world-class ensemble of vocalists, dancers, and actors to evoke what it really means to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.

The Cast

Angel Adedokun
Kelly Atkins
Caitlin Tabancay Austin
Kristine Barrett
Briget Boyle
Shira Cion
Melanie Elms*
Juliana Graffagna
Erolina Kamburova
Rowena Richie
Travis Santell Rowland*
Sharon Shao
Michele Simon
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart*
Beth Wilmurt*

The Crew

Katie Basu, Stage Manager*
Kieran Beccia, Assistant Stage Manager*
Alina Bokovikova, Costume Designer
Michelle Carter, Playwright
Shira Cion, Kitka Executive Director / Performer
Ai Ebashi, Assistant Director
Bayla Jaffe, SM Student Assistant
Brooke Jennings, Costume Design Assistant
Gregory Kuhn, Sound Designer/Engineer†
Janet Kutulas, Composer/Lyricist/Music Director
Devon Labelle, Props Designer
Sarah Leonard, Dramaturg
Aurelia Moulin, Assistant Stage Manager*
Sean Riley, Set Designer
Erika Chong Shuch, Director/Choreographer‡
Caitlin Steinmann, Master Electrician
Allen Willner, Lighting Designer

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. This Theatre operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
†Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829
‡Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a national labor union representing stage directors and choreographers

The Sponsors

Production Sponsors

Anne Germanacos
Carolyn Jones
Kurz Family Foundation
Lynn MacDonald
The Lois E. and R. Duke Miller Family Foundation
Michael & Gretchen Schnitzer
Ragesh Tangri & Daralyn Durie
Tamara White

2018 Season Sponsors

Peet's Coffee & Tea
Carol Amyx & Donald Kaufman
Kitty Bosher
DeYoe Wealth Management
Craig & Kathy Moody
Guy Tiphane

Iron Shoes is generously supported by grants from the following funders.

East Bay Fund for Artists
Creative Work Fund
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
New Music USA
The Tournesol Project


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