What happens when an F5 tornado roars through Dupont? As any good Southerner knows when a "cloud blows up", you seek refuge and safety in the family designated Tornado Closet. Prodvided, of course, you can sqeeze past the Christmas ornaments.
When a dangerous storm approaches this backwater burg, LaDonna and Pearl race to the home of Cletus and Estelle Lock for shelter. With these four strong personalities trapped in the "tornady" closet, the storm raging inside is more fierce than the one raging out.
This 14 minute short was featured at the New York Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Written by Mark Landon Smith and co-directed by Julie Gable and Smith, "Dupont, Mississippi: F5" stars Dianna Blaylock, Vickie Hilliard, Patricia Kulish Long, Valarie Andrews, Warren Rosenaur and Mike Thomas.
JULIE GABEL, Co-Founder, Co-Producer and Co-Artistic Director. A Northwest Arkansas native, Julie holds an MA in Drama Arts, and a BSE in Education from the University of Arkansas, where she studied voice, dance, acting and stage lighting. While living in Los Angeles, Julie performed with the Newby Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, En Scene Theatre, Dynarski Theatre and the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre of San Diego. She has studied with Frank Doubleday and toured the U.S. in ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE. She is a former board member of Ozarks StageWorks, currently serves on the Fayetteville Arts Council and is a Co-Founder of Ceramic Cow Productions. Directing credits include CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, DUPONT, MISSISSIPPI, A DUPONT CHRISTMAS, A DUPONT CHRISTMAS...AGAIN, PEARL'S SIXTH WHITE TRASH WEDDING, A DUPONT CHRISTMAS CAROL, LAUNDRY AND BOURBON, THE TITANIC TRIALS, PEARL'S OF WISDOM- LIVE!, PEARL'S OF WISDOM CABARET, THE HARRY AND SAM MONOLOGUES, CURTAINS, HAIKU, the film "Dupont, Mississippi: F5", the Ceramic Cow Productions premiere of BIGFOOT LOVE and FIRST BAPTIST OF IVY GAP at ACO. Julie also directed the award winning Ceramic Cow productions of BILLIE JEAN IS NOT MY LOVER and ASSISTANCE NEEDED, boith winners of the 24 Hour Play Festival. She was also one of the Co-Producers of the 2008 Arts Festival Performing Arts Weekend and directed the "Pearl's of Wisdom" television special. Regionaly she has appeared with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Theatre Squared.
MARK LANDON SMITH, Co-Founder, Co-Producer and Co-Artistic Director. His directorial credits include Into the Woods, LI'LL ABNER, THE SECRET GARDEN, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, HOW TO SUCCEED.., LITTLE SHOP OF HORROS, ANYTHING GOES, DAMN YANKEES!, HOLES, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, LES MISERABLES, WONDERFUL TOWN, CRIMES OF THE HEART, FRANKENSTEIN, ALL MY SONS and others. As actor he has appeared with Gaslight Dinner Theatre, The Forum, The Playroom, Circuit Playhouse, Centerstage, The Loft, The McCoy Repertory Theatre, Theatre Memphis, The Met, Tidal Theatre Company, Tsunami Radio Theatre, Front Street Theatre, Kernoodle Theatre, Not-A-Penny Productions, Boar's Head Theatre, Studio 404, Peacock Productions & Starlight Productions. Film/Television credits include "For Kid's Sake", "A Separate Peace", "Frog Hair", "A Passing Glance" , "Experiment 519", "Crippled", and the short live television series, "Simple Pleasures." Commercials include Northwest Airlines, Subaru, Inc., and Sam's Club. Mark is also a multi-published and heavily produced playwright with ten scripts published. Nine by Baker's Plays/Samuel French, Inc. which are produced throughout the world, including three foreign translations. His script RADIO TBS was produced Off-Broadway in 2005, his most recent script, BIGFOOT LOVE, premiered to standing ovations, and his scripts of BILLIE JEANS IS NOT MY LOVER and ASSISTANCE NEEDED have received top honors at the 2005 and 2007 24 Hour Play Festival. His new script, TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, was published in 2012 by Meriwether/Contemporary Drama Service. He is also the Executive Director of Arts Live Theatre and former adjunct faculty member of Tulsa University and Mid-South College. He serves on the board for Artamiss, a fomer member of the Fayetteville Arts Council and serves on the advisory board for Fayetteville Undergound. His latest script, an adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND was produced by Arts Live Theatre in May, 2010. He most recently appeared in the TheatreSquared production of DISFARMER and will be featured in the independent film "Project 541." He also directs, emcess and is an actor with Phunbags Comedy Improv. And he leads the Arkansas Playwrights Workshop with Theatre Squared.