MANSON | family valUes

MANSON | family valUeS. Photo: Eric Weber (2003)

MANSON | family valUeS (2003). Photo: Eric Weber.

MANSON | family valUes
by Robin Davies & Brian Freeland as devised with The LIDA Project*

MANSON | family valUeS is based on the lives of Charles Manson and his followers during the events leading up to and following the ritual murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others during the summer of 1969. Created in the unique style of The LIDA Project, MANSON | family valUeS offers a bizarre and wickedly eerie look into ‘the Family’ that changed our definition of evil forever and spawned America’s first pop-culture media villain. Built from actual events and transcripts.

“MANSON | family valUeS” embodies the spirit of all that live theater should. It is bold, difficult and occasionally jaw-dropping.”
– John Moore,
The Denver Post

Production History
February 14 – March 22, 2003: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO
April 18 – May 8, 2006: Camden People’s Theatre :: London, UK
May 30 – 31, 2006: The Bug Theatre:: Denver, CO
June 2,3, 9, & 10, 2006: The Vortex:: Austin, TX
June 7 – 8, 2006: Seven Stages:: Atlanta. GA

Best Theater Ensemble Work – Best of Westword, 2003

The Company
Direction: Robin Davies / Brian Freeland
Technical Director: James McElwee
Scenic Design: Jason Humphrey
Lighting Design: Anna R. Kaltenbach
Sound Design: Tyler Potts
Costume Design: Gina Penka
Video Design: Scott Kinnamon

Ensemble (2003)
Tamara Bradley, Jeannene Bragg, Jon Brown, Lindsay Gegenberg, Sarah Gibson, Jennifer Harris, Josh Hartwell, Elgin Kelley, Bartlett Meeks, Joseph A. Norton, Brandy Qualls, Jadelynn Stahl, Camilla Susser, & Guy Williams

Ensemble (2006)
Stacey Rae Allen, Nissa Almquist,Renee Morrison, Sophie Nimmannit, Julie Rada, Jadelynn Stahl, & Guy Williams


* Development collaborators: Tamara Bradley, Jeannene Bragg, Jon Brown, Sarah Gibson,‎ Anita Harkess, Jennifer Harris, Josh Hartwell, Anna R. Kaltenbach, Elgin Kelley, Joseph A. Norton, Brandy Qualls, Jadelynn Stahl, & Guy Williams


Eighty-Four (1997).

Eighty-Four (1997).


This tale of the ultimate “Negative Utopia” paints a grim future filled with Double-speak, Telescreens, Thought Police, and the ever watchful eyes of Big Brother. Written in 1948 this adaptation connects Orwell’s warning of the future to the ever changing face of modern technology and current society.

Production History
October 24 – November 29, 1997 : The LIDA Project Theatre :: Denver, CO
January 9 – 31, 1998 : Studio 44 :: Denver, CO

Best Experimental Theatre Production (1997) – Westword
Top 10 productions of 1997 – The Rocky Mountain News
Best New Play (Brian Freeland) – Denver Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination
Best Direction of a Play (Brian Freeland) – Denver Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Direction: Nils Ivan Swanson
Stage Management: Tara M.E. Thompson
Lighting / Projection Design: Brian Freeland
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Sound Design / Original Music: Jeremiah Lyman Moore
Properties: Brian Houtz

Winston: Guy Williams
Mother / Prostitute: Debra Shirley
Young Winston: Colin Smith
O’Brien: Gregory Ward
Julia: Catherine E. Worster
Syme: Brian E. Lewis
Charrington: John Shupp
Thought Police / Party Worker: Sean C. Vernon
Thought Police / Bartender: Nils Ivan Swanson
Telescreen Voice: Tara M.E. Thompson
Big Brother: Dan Hiester
Activities Director: Kathryn Gray
Emanuel Goldstein: Terry Burnsed