Theatre Alum Stars in New York Production

After graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Memphis, Cassie Beck left to begin her stage career with big dreams of working on the big stage. She steadily has been making a name for herself. Her recent production, "The Insurgents," is just the latest on her resume.

"Fifteen years after earning my BFA from the UofM, I have experienced so much, been a part of some amazing theatre and endured even more rejection," she said in a note to the Theatre department. "But the moment has come to celebrate achieving this Broadway goal! Thank you all for your guidance, belief and time over the years. You really are making careers possible!"

A Labyrinth Theatre Company production, "The Insurgents" was a new play written by Lucy Thurber and directed by Jackson Gay. It was performed Feb. 5 through March 13 of this year at the Bank Street Theatre. 

Beck's character is Sally Wright, an American wanderer, who travels the county searching for something in which to believe. The play is inspired by the lives of some of the most controversial figures in American history and examines the lies and injustice handed down to Americans and what people do when they have had enough of it. 

During the play, Sally sees revolutionary historical figures, telling the story of American inhumanity to other Americans. These figures include Dan Butler (John Brown), Nat Turner (Craig "muMs" Grant, best known for his role in HBO's "OZ"), Harriet Tubman (April Matthis) and Timothy McVeigh (Aaron Roman Weiner).

According to the New York Times, "The Insurgents'" persuasively brings to life the turbulent, disenchanted mind of Sally. An avid and anxious reader, she has been combing historical biographies for clues as to what has gone wrong with her and with her country."

In addition to this production, Beck was recently seen in "By the Water" at Manhattan Theatre Club and Ars Mova. She's also performed in "The Whale," "The Drunken City" (Theatre World Award 2008) and "A Prayer For My Enemy" at Playwrights Horizons, "Happy Hour" and "Oohrah!" at the Atlantic Theatre, as well as "Smudge" produced by The Women's Project and the Roundabout's recent revival of "Picnic" on Broadway.

Beck is the former artistic director of Crowded Fire Theatre Company in San Francisco where she appeared in several productions including "Trojan Woman," "Top Girls," "A-A-America," "One Big Lie," "Slow Falling Bird," "We Are Not These Hands" and "Anna Bella Eema."