The Oregon Trail

Bekah Brunstetter, playwright

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wvtf_logoWritten by Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Amber Jackson

A part of the DC Women’s Voices Festival



WORLD PREMIERE – A tale of two young women, both named Jane. One is an awkward middle schooler with burgeoning body odor, a crush on a jerk who likes her sister, and an epic aptitude at The Oregon Trail. The other is actually in the game, living through the hardships of trail life with her family, totally unaware of her capricious fate as a character in a classic video game. But this game has an agenda of its own, maneuvering both Janes on a painful path towards self recognition. Looking at the impact of memory and the legacy of sadness across generations, THE OREGON TRAIL asks the age old question – do you want to ford the river?


The Writer’s Center – 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815


September 3 – September 20


Now Jane – Madeline Key
Then Jane – Kelsey Meiklejohn
Mary Anne – Julia Klavans
Clancy – Ryan Tumulty*
Billy – William Hayes
and Zachary Fernebok* as The Voice of The Oregon Trail
*denotes company member

Creative Team

Stage Manager – Corie Bruins
Assistant Stage Manager – Derek David
Lighting Designer – Kristin A. Thompson*
Audience Designer – Tia Shearer Bassett*
Sound Designer – Neil McFadden*
TD/Master Carp –  Andrew Berry* & Julie Roedersheimer*
Scenic Designer – Katheryn Kawecki
Scenic Charge – Britney Mongold

*denotes company member