A world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Laurence Klavan
July 15-24, 2022
MATCH Houston – Matchbox 1
Drama | 2 hrs. 15 min. with intermission
Recommended for teens & adults
SIMPROV is a serious and surreal comedy about technology, entertainment, and identity. Two couples are on contrasting journeys: Barbara and Alan, in middle age, are being pulled apart by her ever-increasing involvement in video and internet experiences; Actor and Actress, early twenties, are suddenly fired from their TV series and thrown into a world of new technologies and plastic surgery. Their paths will cross in “Simprov,” a new live version of such video games as “The Sims,” using real and discardable people. They will meet again when they are unrecognizable even to themselves, before returning to completely altered lives. —Laurence Klavan
Performances – July 15-24, 2022
Location & Ticket Costs
Friday, July 15, 7:30PM – Opening*
*Tickets are pay-what-you-can on opening night and $15 for theatre industry professionals on Industry Night (July 18th)
Noah Alderfer (ACTOR)
Noah is thrilled to be back with Thunderclap after performing in their production of From White Plains in 2020. Regional credits include – Alley Theatre: Survivors (Crickett), A Christmas Carol (Swing); 4th Wall Theatre Company: The Glass Menagerie (Jim); A.D. Players: Godspell (Self), John: His Story (Ensemble). Noah also performs improv and sketch comedy throughout Texas with his comedy team Egg Party.
Shane Warren Jones (ALAN)
Chess MacElvaine (ACTRESS)
Chess MacElvaine is a Houston-based artist, performer, and professional people person. A passionate interdisciplinary artist, Chess received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University and has appeared in productions such as Panto: Cinderella (Stages Theatre), Count Yourself Among the Lucky (Stages Theatre), The Cake (Grackle & Grackle), and more. Chess is also on cast with Adventure Games Houston and the Houston chapter of American Immersion Theatre. For their unyielding support and love, Chess would like to thank Jackie, Cody, and Bobbye. They would also like to thank CJ for being a soft place to land at the end of each and every day. Queer, Booked, Blessed.
Amanda Martinez (BARBARA)
Amanda is thrilled to be making her Thunderclap debut in the world premiere of Simprov! She was most recently seen playing Julia and Main Street Theater’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Prior to that she was seen Off-Broadway playing Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play at The Chain Theatre where she originated the role of Bernadette Perez in Keith Huff’s (House of Cards, Mad Men) Six Corners. Some of her favorite credits include Camelot, SMILE! and Jesus Christ Superstar. A big thank you to Thunderclap and to my family, friends, and especially Chris for all of your support and love! AmandaMartinezActor.com | IG: @mandimartinez
William Grayson (Director)
William is an actor, writer, director, and educator originally from Dallas, TX. He holds a BA in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas. William has directed such plays as Urinetown The Musical, Machinal, Sylvia, Miss Julie, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, and Stop Kiss. His original play The Chamber was a part of the 2011 International Fringe Festival in New York City. He was also an invited artist to the United Solo Artists One Person Show Festival in New York City with his One-Person Show Odessa. As an actor he has most recently been seen in Cone Man Running’s production of God of Carnage. Other acting credits include Nolan in The Man Without a Country, Ben in The Dumb Waiter, Ron in The Wager, Stuart Little in Stuart Little, Chris in All My Sons, among many others. William has presented workshops at the Texas Thespian Festival and currently serves as the Director of Theatre and Professor of Drama at Lone Star College-University Park here in Houston.
The Production Team
Brooke Arnold (Run Crew)
Brooke Arnold is a Cypress, Texas based theatre technician. Credits include: Lone Star College-University Park: [Working Title], Almost Maine; Tomball Memorial High School: A Christmas Carol, Greater Tuna, and the 2018 and 2021 Night of Scenes. She wishes to thank her friends, family, teachers, and professors for all their support, and her dog for cheering her up when she gets home.
Justin B. Ashley (Lighting Designer)
Justin B. Ashley is delighted to be working with Thunderclap Productions. He currently serves as the Technical Director at Texas Woman’s University. Some of his favorite lighting design credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dallas College, She Stoops to Conquer with the University of Arkansas and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) with TheatreSquared. He carries an MFA in lighting design from the University of Arkansas. More at jbashleydesign.com.
Skye Bronfenbrenner (Intimacy Consultant)
Skye Bronfenbrenner is thrilled to be returning to Thunderclap Productions after fight and intimacy directing Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. She has an MFA in Acting from the University of Houston and currently teaches Movement and Combat for the Stage at Rice University. Recent Houston credits include: The Book of Grace (Fight/Intimacy Director, Catastrophic Theatre), Hurricane Diane (Intimacy/movement director, Rec Room Arts), Dance Nation (intimacy director/choreographer, Rec Room Arts), Don Giovanni (fight/intimacy director and choreographer, Rice University), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (choreographer, Rice University), and Picnic (
Brooklyn Bystander (Incidental Music)
The Brooklyn Bystander is a New York City based music project founded by multi-instrumentalist Orlando Segarra. They have written music for a wide variety of genres and mediums, including film, stage, audio, and game productions. Recent credits include: (Stage) Open, Henry V, A Christmas Carol; (Audio Drama) Time Trip!, The Overnight Express, Last Call, All of Us Demons, Night Fishin’, Kid Pros, Fools Gold, Flushed With Love; (Film) I Am Who I Am, Free or Not; (Game) Aokigahara.
Sarah Forsythe (Stage Manager)
Sarah Forsythe is a Houston native and recent West Texas A&M graduate. She has worked as a Stage Manager for various other productions including The SpongeBob Musical, You On The Moors Now, and Machinal. She would like to thank her family, friends and fiancé, Steele, for their love and support for her passion and work in theatre.
Kristopher Guzman (Board Operator)
Kristopher Guzman is excited to work for Thunderclap Productions. This is his second time working as a board operator, but he has gone to school for theater and graduated with an associate of arts. Ever since the COVID pandemic, Kris took a hiatus from performing arts but is thrilled to be back seeing a brand new production be brought to life. He wishes everyone a great show.
Tanvi Khanduri (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Tanvi Khanduri is from Flower Mound, TX, where she discovered her passion for technical theatre through volunteering as a technician for her school’s musical productions. She continues to pursue her passion a Texas Woman’s University as a sophomore in the theatre program. Tanvi is delighted and grateful to be working with Thunderclap Productions on her first professional opportunity.
Tatyanna Rodriguez (Set & Prop designer, ASM)
Tatyanna Rodriguez is from Magnolia, Texas, where she began studying technical theatre. She has appeared in four productions and worked technically on numerous others. Tatyanna has received her AA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in technical theatre and is pursuing her BFA in Theatre Production with a minor in mathematics at the University of Houston. Tatyanna would like to thank her family, friends, and William Grayson for everything he continues to teach her.
Laurence Klavan received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to ‘Bed and Sofa,’ the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theatre in London. It also received two Obie Awards, five other Drama Desk nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical. He co-wrote the musical, ‘Embarrassments,’ produced by the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. His one-act, ‘The Summer Sublet,’ produced in the Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon in New York, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, and his one-act, ‘The Show Must Go On,’ was the most produced one-act in American high schools in 2015-2016. His novels, ‘The Cutting Room’ and ‘The Shooting Script,’ were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His graphic novels, ‘City of Spies’ and ‘Brain Camp,’ co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan, and their YA fiction series, ‘Wasteland,’ was published by Harper Collins. His short story collection, ”’The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies,’ was published by Chizine. Check out his Web site: www.laurenceklavan.com.