Tropical Depression

Tropical DepressionJenny DeJarnette is depressed. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend, is panicked about money, and is still struggling with the recent death of her father. She figures that spending the summer in Florida, house-sitting for her grandparents, will be a tranquil vacation — an opportunity for her to regroup and take control of her life again. But the universe has other plans. It’s tropical storm season, and a hurricane is heading her way. Is Jenny prepared for yet another disaster?

Cast & Crew

Here you’ll find more information about the [human] star of our show, and the rest of our creative team.

Alyson Innes (Jenny)
Alyson, born in Hollywood, Florida, is a true Florida native. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree With Distinction in 2000. She has experience both onstage (in Macbeth and Barefoot in the Park) and backstage, and perfected her comic timing (and balloon animal creation) by working as a clown. Currently, she can be seen performing almost daily in Orlando courtrooms: she graduated cum laude from the University of Miami, School of Law with her Juris Doctor in 2003. When not playing a lawyer at her firm, Innes and Meehle, Alyson loves spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling and photography.

Kimberly Patterson (writer/co-director)
Kimberly Patterson is a playwright and occasional director, producer, and stagehand. She began her theatrical career in high school by writing for her fellow students. Her drama class produced her plays at the Bucks County Playhouse Secondary School Drama Festival, and, in 1993, she won an award for “Best Original Script” (which she framed). She then headed to NYU, majored in Dramatic Literature, and began working in Off-Broadway theaters. Memorable experiences include delivering a package to Wendy Wasserstein, making coffee for Wallace Shawn, and running sound for the Verizon “Can you hear me now?” guy. When not performing odd jobs for theater luminaries, she was finishing her Masters degree at NYU’s Gallatin School. Her plays have been produced at the Midtown International Theater Festival and the New York Musical Theater Festival (Oedipus for Kids! in 2006). In 2008, Fluency appeared at both the Orlando Fringe Festival and FringeNYC. In addition to writing plays, Kimberly writes theater reviews, the occasional blog post, and website content for her day job at an education non-profit. She now lives in South Florida (after surviving a winter in Chicago), where she enjoys bike riding, kayaking, and playing Taiko drums.

Rob Yoho (co-director)
Rob is a proud soon to be graduate of the Rollins College Department of Theatre Arts (Performance and Directing Emphases) and he couldn’t be more pleased to be working on Tropical Depression. Prior directing credits include Mr. Marmalade (Rollins College), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Co-Directed with Aléa Figueroa-Yoho, Eyes Pry’d Open Theatre Co.), Proof, and Dinner with Friends(Emma’s Attic at the Titusville Playhouse). In June of this year, Rob will be working as a Touring Actor/Director for Missoula Children’s Theatre, partnered with his wonderful wife, Aléa Figueroa-Yoho. Rob is a proud member of Orlando’s Empty Spaces Theatre Company, where he is currently working on the directing staff of Nine Parts of Desire and performing in Peg O’Keef Fixes the World, also premiering at the 2010 Orlando Fringe Festival. His sincerest thanks go out to Kim and Alyson.

Kitty McCrory (Fat Tom)
No, the cat doesn’t appear on stage. But he’s definitely an important cast member! You know… like Godot.

Sound Design by Christopher Hudspeth