Feathers and Teeth

By Charise Castro Smith
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

March 7, 2017 – April 2, 2017

Morrison Stage

This fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss make for a grisly good time in this crackling new “thrilledy” — a stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage. It’s 1978 and 13-year-old Chris is reeling from her mom’s illness and recent death. Throw in dad’s new girlfriend (mom’s ex-nurse!), a few freaky little creatures and the boy next door, and things really get out of hand. Part monster tale and part revenge tragedy, the highly theatrical FEATHERS AND TEETH delivers a meaty exploration of grief and obsession.

  • Dark Comedy
  • 2015 Kilroy List
  • NW Premiere

RUN TIME: 90 minutes with no intermission

FRESH EYES: Get a new perspective on the making of FEATHERS AND TEETH from two community members, Elizabeth Tavares and Anthony Hudson, with their ongoing observations through the rehearsal process of this play. They will come into the process of creating this production for our stage several times and blog about their experiences. This is a program of Table|Room|Stage.

Cast and Production Team


Sara Hennessy +^


Darius Pierce +


Dámaso J. Rodríguez

Hugo Schmidt



Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Sarah Gahagan ^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Composer/Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Projections Designer: Andrés Alcalá

Props Master: Emily Wilken

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Assistant Director/Voice Artist: Nelda Reyes

Assistant Scenic Designer: Trevor Sargent

Assistant Costume Designer: Alex Pletcher

Production Assistant: Charlie Capps

Production Assistant: Will Bailey

Board Operator: Alan Cline

Sound Engineer: Dave Petersen

Costumer: Clare Hungate Hawk

Costume Designer: Alex Pletcher

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




“…Feathers and Teeth tackles the drama of death and the horror of gore without ever wiping the smile, or the blood, off its face.”
- Nathan Carson, Willamette Week

“…challenging, bloody dramedy…” “…moral ambiguity to chew over later like so much burnt pot roast.”
A.L. Adams, Oregon ArtsWatch

“… a full-blown horror story filled with  melodrama, frightening creatures, black comedy, and a plethora of blood.”
Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews


"An unusual and promising new black comedy by Charise Castro Smith that combines the grief of a bereaved teenager with a flesh-eating, lid-rattling, bone-chewing, monster-in-a-cooking-pot."
Chicago Tribune

"Charise Castro Smith's odd and arresting play...many funny, dark moments that parody the horror genre, with a psychological twist..."
- Nancy Churnin, Dallas News

"FEATHERS AND TEETH already is that rare show in our socially earnest collection of nonprofit theaters that will make high school kids and college students feel like they're on a date rather than still doing their social-studies homework." - Chicago Tribune

"A ghoulish good time." - Daily Herald

"There is genuine sentiment amid the splatter." - Daily Herald


Study guide!  A great resource for all. Click here.

Learn more about the playwright by visiting here.

Find out what the playwright has to say about the initial 2015 Chicago production here.

Unearth how they created the gruesome sounds of the creature in the initial 2015 Chicago production here.