Photographing the artists of West of Lenin Theatre


Photographing “Demon Dreams” by Tommy Smith for West of Lenin brought photographing artists in the Seattle theatre scene full circle for me.  It was here at this theatre (almost nine months ago) that I photographed my first collection of artists: the men of “WHITE HOT” – playwright Tommy Smith himself (the first artist shot for, along with director Braden Abraham, producer Mark Siano and actor Ray Tagavilla.

This time, I was thrilled to photograph a fabulous cast of 6 that were are the perfect ensemble to embody the 54 different characters in “Demon Dreams”:

Carter Rodriguez – Kubon (who was recently in Cafe Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities), Chris Macdonald – Hibon (you might also remember Chris from another one of Tommy’s plays, Sextet, that was performed at Washington Ensemble Theatre), Matt Aguayo – Yobon, Heather Persinger – Sanpon (also played in Sextet), Susanna Burney – Nippon, and Sara Peterson – Chipon.


The Immortals:


The Demons:

Sara Peterson – Chipon


Heather Persinger – Sanpon (also played in Sextet)


Susanna Burney – Nippon


Matt Aguayo – Yobon


Chris Macdonald – Hibon


Carter Rodriguez – Kubon



Go see Carter Rodriguez, Chris Macdonald, Matt Aguayo, Heather Persinger, Susanna Burney, and Sara Peterson in “Demon Dreams” at West of Lenin

Catch “Demon Dreams” at West of Lenin in Seattle, October 18 – November 10, 2012.


Photography details

Nikon D700

Lens groups: Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 – Aperture: f/4.0 – Shutter: 1/100 – ISO: 400
Lens portraits: Nikon 50mm 1.4 – Aperture: f/3.2 – Shutter: 1/100 – ISO: 800

Lighting Groups:
Westcott 43″ Octtagonal Aplollo Orb
Nikon SB-800 flash with the Westcott Micro Apollo behind the group facing lens
Two theatre lights, one on each side illuminating the background

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