Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

A John Steven Kellett Memorial Series Production

World Premiere

August 1-10, 2024
MATCH Houston – Matchbox 1
Drama  |  2 hours with intermission
Recommended for teens & adults

The Story

Melville & Hawthorne follows the year and a half that authors Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne spent living only a mile away from each other in the Berkshires while Melville wrote and developed the novel Moby Dick (which is dedicated to Hawthorne). It is based entirely on historical fact and the correspondence between the two and it fills in the gaps of their relationship. It chronicles their growing feelings for each other and Melville’s struggle to write about open sexuality and race in the year 1851, as our country struggles with talks of secession and heads into civil war, as well as the influence Melville’s relationship with Hawthorne had on Moby Dick. The play covers modern themes such as race equality, sexual liberation, social justice, freedom and the impact of literature on political events. This production, directed by Andrew Ruthven, is the latest from our award-winning John Steven Kellett Memorial Series.

Performances – August 1-10, 2024



Aug. 1, 2024 @ 7:30PM
Preview Performance*

Aug. 2, 2024 @7:30PM
Aug. 3, 2024 @7:30PM
Aug. 4, 2024 @2:30PM

Aug. 5, 2024 @7:30PM
Industry Night*

Aug. 8, 2024 @7:30PM
Aug. 9, 2024 @7:30PM
Aug. 10, 2024 @2:30PM
Aug. 10, 2024 @7:30PM

MATCH Houston
3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
(Location & Parking)

Matchbox 1

$25 Adults
$15 Students

*Tickets are pay-what-you-can on opening preview (Aug. 1, 2024) and $15 for theatre industry professionals on Industry Night (Aug. 5, 2024)


The Cast

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The Director

Andrew Ruthven (Director)

Credits include Main Street Theater: [Director] Permanent Collection, The Weir, Daddy Long Legs, The Revolutionists, Working, Putting It Together, A Year with Frog and Toad, Into the Woods, Close Up Space, Dog Act, It’s Only Life, A Catered Affair, [Actor] Mr. Pim Passes By (Brian Strange), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf (Antoine), Comic Potential (Adam Trainsmith), Hay Fever (Simon Bliss), The Mask of Moriarty (Bunny St. John Manders), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog); Unity Theatre: [Director] Now and Then, Daddy Long Legs, The Fantasticks, [Actor] Camelot (Sir Dinadan); Texas Repertory Theater: [Actor] Company (Peter); Theater LaB Houston: [Actor] Passion (Sergeant Lombardi), Assassins (John Hinckley); Queensbury Theatre: [Director] Man of La Mancha. Education: M.F.A., University of Houston; B.A., University of Texas at Austin. 

The Writer

Adi Teodoru (Writer)

Adi Teodoru came to the United Stated at 11 years old from Romania as a political refugee and has resided in Houston since then. She started writing in her first year here, to develop her language skills and as a creative outlet for the loneliness that so often plagues new immigrants. This experience fueled her passion for literature and the English language as a medium for enacting change in the world around her. She graduated from University of Houston with a double bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Creative Writing, then spent a year travelling through Europe expanding her historical knowledge and perspective. All of these experiences have culminated in the writing of Melville & Hawthorne.

The Production Team

Zack Varela (Stage Manager)

Zack Varela is thrilled to join Thunderclap Productions for the inception of “Herman & Melville,” a project highlighting vital Queer history. Esteemed for his role as the Production Stage Manager for Opera in the Heights, Zack brings his stage management expertise to this important work. With a rich background in directing, acting, and lighting design, Zack ensures meticulous and vibrant stage orchestration. Notable credits include “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “West Side Story” at Pasadena Little Theatre, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Main Street Theatre Kids on Stage. Zack is excited to contribute to this groundbreaking production.

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