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PALIMPSEST
written & direted by Mike Schneider
assistant director: Trey Perkins (ep 5)
directed by Michael Kilpatrick (ep 6)

6 Episodes
Original Run: 4 Episodes - 3/19/11 - 4/9/11
Playoffs: 2 Episodes - 5/21/11 - 5/28/11

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CAST

Megan Alexis Stier

Samantha Delilah Cheeryble (Eps. 1-6)

Michal Kilpatrick

Allessandra Allessandra (Eps. 1-3 & 5-6)
Voice of Child (Ep. 5)

Emily Donn

Nomi (Eps. 1-2 & 5)

Joseph Beck

Adam (Eps. 1-6)

JJ Mayes & Colin Willkie

Adam's True Form (Ep. 1)

Mandi Moss

Agnes Chorm (Eps. 2 & 6)

Adina Valerio

Grelda McNo (Eps. 2 & 6)
Stranger 1 (Ep. 4)
Queen Jezmerelda (Ep. 5)

Alyssa Preston

Dot Cheeryble (Eps. 2 & 6)

Tery Tocantins
Trey Perkins
JJ Mayes

Mourners (Ep. 2)

Jay Bogdanowitsch

Decoy Adam (Ep. 2)

Corey Klemow

Decoy Adam / Officer (Ep. 2)
The Dollmaker (Eps. 5-6)

Monica Greene

Zed (Eps. 3-4 & 6)

Rick Steadman & Michael Holmes

Living Shadows (Ep. 3)
Puppeteers (Ep. 5)

Mike Schneider

Voice of Moon Goddess (Eps. 3-4)

Rick Steadman

Moon Goddess Puppeteer (Eps. 3-4)

Gregory Guy Gorden

Stranger 2 (Ep. 4)

David Haverty

Stranger 3 (Eps. 4 & 6)
Moon Goddess Puppetteer (Ep. 5)

David LM McIntyre

King Eurasmus (Ep. 5)

Chairman Barnes

Leonardo (Ep. 6)

Trey Perkins

Soulhound (Eps. 5-6)

Gregory Guy Gorden

Strapping Young Lad (Eps. 5-6)

puppet construction by Elizabeth Luce
choreography by Marianne Davis
(Ep. 4)
puppet voice sound engineering by Kanon Spackman (Eps. 3-5)

EPISODE ONE (3/19/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Adina Valerio

SUMMARY:  Samantha Cheeryble tells what she says is one of her favorite stories from when she was young. It's the story of how the afterlife is almost filled to capacity... and how she found out. A young Sam, new in New York, tries to get cynical Allessandra Allessandra to give her a job as a graphic designer. Allessandra is only interested in one of her designs... named for her childhood doll, Delilah, which she still carries around with her for comfort. And talks to. On her way home, she meets a seemingly-crazy homeless woman who reads her tarot and gives a cryptic forecast. Enter dapper but creepy Adam... who the homeless woman says is "fear itself." She chases Adam off while Sam goes home. That night, Adam visits her in his "true form" - a gigantic, monstrous insect. However, he's scared off when the doll, Delilah, comes to life... causing Sam to faint. Delilah strokes Sam's hair gently as she sleeps.

Samantha Cheeryble (Megan Alexis Stier) is telling a story.  Her story. It's the story of how the afterlife got filled to near-capacity... ...and how she found out. An awkward job interview with Allessandra Allessandra (Michal Kilpatrick). 'New York is a really tough place to live, little girl.' 'That's not funny.' 'It's not supposed to make you laugh, it's supposed to scare you.' Sam meets a seemingly-crazy homeless woman (Emily Donn). The homeless woman reads Sam's tarot cards, giving a cryptic forecast. Meet sinister Adam (Joseph Beck).  'If the world is a diamond, he is the occlusion in it.' Adam protests that he's the gentlest creature that ever walked this earth. Sam's not buying any of this. That night, after a terrifying meeting with Adam's monstrous true form, Sam faints. Her childhood doll, Delilah (Megan Alexis Stier) has come to life. Delilah gently tends to Sam. Curtain Call


Sam meets a crazy cat lady at the bus stop.


Sam and the homeless woman meet Adam, a self-described "gentle creature."

EPISODE TWO (3/26/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Chairman Barnes

SUMMARY:  A young Samantha is at a funeral, at which her Aunt Dot fails to make her feel better about death's inevitability, and cruel classmates Agnes and Grelda make fun of her, and tell her that everybody dies - "It's not meant to be funny.  It's meant to scare you."  Adam appears, taunting her... and Sam wakes up in bed, terrified.  It's the morning after her encounter with Adam's true form, and a police officer knocks on the door, following up on her phone call.  When he says he didn't mean to scare her, Sam realizes that she's been hearing that phrase a lot lately.  She ushers the policeman out and goes to tell Allessandra her story.  She reluctantly accompanies Sam to go meet the homeless woman, whose name is Nomi.  Sam asks how to find Adam.  Nomi warns her not to try.  Allessandra gives Nomi her card, saying she knows how hard it is on the street and to contact her if she ever needs any help.  After they leave, Adam arrives.  Is Adam going to kill her?  The afterlife is almost full... where's she going to go?  Adam opens a jar, and a swarm of angry firebees rush out, attacking Nomi.  "Delilah will prevail," gasps Nomi, then expires.  Adam, smirking, reaches into Nomi's jacket and takes Allessandra's business card.

Sam's Aunt Dot (Alyssa Preston) fails to provide comfort at a funeral. Mean girls Grelda (Adina Valerio) and Agnes (Mandi Moss) mock Sam. One of the mourners looks familiar. Sam wakes up in terror.  The funeral was a dream. A shaken Sam talks to Delilah. A policeman (Corey Klemow) responds to Sam's call from last night. Nomi and her cats. Adam confronts Nomi. Adam opens a jar full of angry firebees. Adam triumphant - the firebees have killed Nomi. Curtain Call


Samantha dreams of a funeral... perhaps her own.


Adam destroys Nomi with a swarm of firebees.

EPISODE THREE (4/2/11)
Photos by Aaron Francis
Video by Jay Bogdanowitsch

SUMMARY:  Sam goes home with Allessandra and meets her girlfriend, Zed, who plays violin for the Phil.  Zed thinks it's sweet that Samantha still has her childhood doll, and goes off to find her own, Moon Goddess.  Allessandra, worried that Sam's grip on reality is tenuous, tells her that dolls don't love you and don't miss you when you're gone.  Zed, arriving with her doll, is offended, and pointedly throws Moon Goddess in the trash, then storms off.  Sam ultimately decides that Allessandra is right, and she throws Delilah away.  Suddenly, Sam realizes that her painting, "Delilah's Secret," is in Allessandra's home.  How did it get there?  Adam arrives, demanding to be let in and given the doll. When Allessandra refuses, the lights go out... and Adam sends in his Living Shadows to hunt them. However, Delilah comes to life again and scares them off. Allessandra is convinced of Sam's story. Delilah says Samantha is special, and that nobody on this plane is safe - "the souls are taking sides."  As Allessandra goes to find Nomi, Delilah says there's a battle going on - the battle for "empty vessels of cloth and thread." The lights go out again... and when they come back on, Moon Goddess, towering above them all, has come to life. "I HAVE ARRIVED," she pronounces in an unearthly voice, as Delilah bows before her.

Zed (Monica Greene) plays violin for the Phil. 'Don't be that impressed - I'm 11th chair.' Zed thinks it's sweet that Samantha still has her childhood doll. Allessandra is having trouble believing Sam's story. 'You're right - fantasy and reality were never meant to mix. Like when you're a kid and you try to make your dog and cat kiss.' Zed shows Sam her own childhood doll, Moon Goddess. What is Sam's painting, 'Delilah's Secret,' doing in Allesandra's home? Adam sends in his Living Shadows to get Sam's doll. Adam sends in his Living Shadows to get Sam's doll. Light. Delilah tells Sam, 'You are very special.  You are incandescence in a flourescent world.' 'I HAVE ARRIVED.' Moon Goddess has come to life. 'I HAVE ARRIVED.' Moon Goddess has come to life.


Adam follows Samantha and tries a new method of attack.


Samantha and her doll Delilah encounter another supernatural being.

EPISODE FOUR (4/9/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Suze Campagna

SUMMARY:  Delilah explains to Samantha that since the afterlife is full, souls are battling for empty vessels of cloth and thread - dolls - in which to manifest.  Moon Goddess is a powerful but young spirit.  Humans cannot be watching when the dolls come to life or turn back into dolls - it's against the rules.  Sam is told that she must get "the key" from a stranger.  She goes to find Allessandra and Nomi... and runs into three strangers at a bus stop.  They are just ordinary folks... until they are possessed by Adam.  They give Sam the key, but Adam arrives and launches a firebee attack.  Moon Goddess manifests and launches a counterattack of greenbees.  The greenbees kill all but one firebee - and that remaining firebee knocks out Samantha and mortally wounds Zed, who dies in Moon Goddess' arms.  Moon Goddess leaves... and a moment later, Adam arrives and gathers up the lone firebee.

Delilah and Moon Goddess greet one another. Delilah and Moon Goddess greet one another. Delilah introduces Moon Goddess. 'Vessel of blood and bones, greetings!' 'What the fuck!?' 'What the fuck to you as well!' Samantha is the first living person to see the ensouled sacred vessels. Delilah says that Samantha must find the key, and take their doll selves with her. Once a soul chooses a vessel it's bonded to it. Samantha invites Zed along so that Moon Goddess will be with them. Three strangers at a bus stop. (Adina Valerio, Gregory Guy Gorden & David Haverty) Zed wonders where they're going. 'Samantha... it's not wise to play with toys you don't understand.' Adam speaks through the strangers. Adam arrives in person. 'You are dismissed.  GO AWAY!' Moon Goddess arrives to battle Adam's firebees with greenbees. Zed dies in a sorrowful Moon Goddess' arms.


The lone remaining firebee attacks Samantha and Zed, and Adam comes back to collect it.

PLAYOFFS WEEK TWO!
EPISODE FIVE (5/21/11)

Photos by C.M. Gonzalez * Video by Annette Fasone

SUMMARY:  A child's voice narrates the storybook history of the tale of Palimpsest. Good King Eurasmus and Queen Jezmerelda once ruled a land so far away, but the Queen and the Jester, also a Dollmaker, were having an affair. The Dollmaker knew he could never tell the Queen how much he truly loved her. One day, a stranger visited him while making dolls to amuse the Queen. It was Adam... and his feral assistant, the Soulhound. He helped the Dollmaker finish his doll... but enchanted the doll, trapping an unhappy soul inside it. The Queen loved the doll and named it Nomi. That night, the doll sprang to life, and the Queen died of fright. Nomi fled out of guilt. The narrator of this tale is Moon Goddess. Today: Samantha has been in a coma for six months following the firebee attack. Allessandra comes to visit her, still wracked with guilt for not being there when Sam was attacked and Zed was killed. She manages to bring Delilah to life. Adam knocks on the door... and Sam awakens. Allessandra tries to get her to run, but as Adam enters in his true form, Sam says this ends here. It's time to stand up to the bully.

Queen Jezmerelda (Adina Valerio) & King Eurasmus (David LM McIntyre). The Jester (Corey Klemow) and the Queen loved... eating candy together. "Dear, you've got nougat on your face!" Adam and the feral Soulhound (Trey Perkins). Adam enchants the Jester-Dollmaker's doll. Today: Samantha's been in a coma for six months. Allessandra just wants her life back. Delilah comes to life, but is silent. The storybook characters observe from the sidelines. The storybook characters observe from the sidelines. "Sometimes it doesn't get better on its own. Sometimes you can't turn the other cheek. Sometimes you have to kick the bully's ass." Curtain Call


This is the story of Palimpsest as told by the child who
would become the living doll named Moon Goddess.

PLAYOFFS WEEK THREE!
EPISODE SIX (5/28/11)

Photos by C.M. Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Another child fills us in on the backstory of "Palimpsest."  The inventor Leonardo one day invented a transmogrifier.  Adam attempted to purchase it from him.  Leonardo at first agreed, but then thought better of it.  Before Adam returned with payment, Leonardo locked the transmogrifier in a box, threw it into the sea, and then gave away the key to a passing stranger.  Adam, enraged, had his Soulhound kill Leonardo.  Today: Samantha, after attempting to fight Adam, has found herself in the limbo between the living world and the afterlife, where she meets Zed, who says to tell Allessandra she loves her.  She then dreams of her dead relatives again... or is she dreaming?  They tell her she doesn't even remember her real family: "That day in the park... the painting." Adam has taken control of Delilah.  He tells Sam to look closer at her painting.  Sam tears away at her painting to find another painting underneath that she doesn't remember painting - the palimpsest - which pictures two red-headed girls holding hands... herself and Delilah.

The inventor Leonardo (Chairman Barnes). Adam and his Soulhound. The Dollmaker. Adam pays Leonardo with a strapping young lad (Gregory Guy Gorden). Adam menaces Sam in her hospital room. Adam takes control of Delilah. Curtain Call