Hole in the Sky

(The Cherry Orchard Project)

By Octavio Solis

Directed by Kate Jopson

Produced by Camille Schenkkan

With support from the California Arts Council, Circle X Theatre Co. is engaging in The Cherry Orchard Project, an initiative to engage residents of rural Siskiyou County in Northern California in the development and world premiere production of a play inspired by Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” Circle X commissioned playwright Octavio Solis to write the play, influenced by recorded interviews with Siskiyou County residents.

The piece, currently titled “Hole in the Sky,” will be workshopped in Siskiyou County in September 2017.


RSVP for the Siskiyou County Reading:
Friday, September 1

When: Friday, September 1, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Siskiyou Performing Arts Center, 311 Yreka Street, Yreka CA 96097

How to RSVP: Tickets are FREE but RSVPs are required. Please email Camille at camille@circlextheatre.org with your name and the number of seats you would like.

About the Play: Disillusioned with her life in San Francisco, Connor returns  to her rural hometown. She finds her father desperately trying to keep  their ranch afloat during a 10-year drought.  In order to save her home, she must get help from her community and  face a tragedy that has haunted her for 20 years. Set in a fictional town in the near future, Octavio Solis’ Hole in the Sky is based on interviews with community members of Siskiyou County and Anton Chekhov’s classic play The Cherry Orchard.

Featuring: Sara Bruner, Rod Gnapp, Annie Paul, Leon Russom, Christopher Salazar, William Salyers, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, and VIVIS



RSVP for Siskiyou County Acting Master Classes:
Saturday, September 2

Both classes are free and will be offered at Siskiyou Performing Arts Center.


10am-11:30am: Teen Acting Master Class, ages 12-17
This class will focus on teaching contemporary acting styles for teens. We will explore elements of ensemble-building, voice work, and scene study. No experience is required. Class is capped at 20. Click here to RSVP.


1pm-3pm: Adult Acting Master Class: Speaking New Work, ages 18+
This class will focus on how to approach new plays, especially work that is avant-garde or lyrical. No experience is required. Class is capped at 25. Click here to RSVP.



Master Class Teachers

Leon Russom (via Wikipedia): Russom has appeared in numerous television shows, particularly soap operas. He portrayed Admiral Toddman (in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Die is Cast“) and the Starfleet Commander-in-Chief in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.[2] More recently, he has appeared in shows such as Bones, Jericho, Prison Break, and Cold Case. Russom has also worked with the Coen brothers twice, playing bit parts in The Big Lebowski (1998) and True Grit (2010).

William Salyers (via Wikipedia) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for providing voice over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He is known as the voice of Rigby on Regular Show and the voice of Reverend Putty and Mr. Littler on Moral Orel. He has also had roles in the film Bedazzled and the television series Judging Amy.

VIVIS: Tita in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Getty Villa); Francesca in Gibraltar (Thick Description); 7 Leading Ladies in !CANTINFLAS! (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, John Anson Ford Theater, The Alley, NY National Arts Festival); Connie Villa in I Don’t Have . . . Stinking Badges, San Miguel in La Pastorela (Teatro Campesino); The Mother in Blood Wedding (Teatro Visión); Agustina in Mummified Deer (world premiere, San Diego Repertory Theatre); Rosa Gonzales in Burning Patience (Alliance Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company); Medea in Medea, the Hungry Woman (The Pigott Theatre); Sonora in Watsonville . . . (The York); Marita/Gloria in The Lady from Havana (Theatreworks); Señora Espejo in Emiliano (KiMo Theatre); Citlamina in La Virgen del Tepeyac (Cowell Theater); A Streetcar Named Desire (American Conservatory Theatre); Pachuca Trio in Zoot Suit (tour).

Camille Schenkkan is a Siskiyou County native who is now the Managing Director of the small, Los Angeles-based theatre company, Circle X Theatre Co. She is also the Director of Next Generation Initiatives at Center Theatre Group, working in the Education & Community Partnerships department. She specializes in career development for actors and other theatre artists.



Photo by Matts Jopson