Stephen F. Murray
Directing Portfolio

Nesting Dolls

by Stephen F. Murray

Herper Juhnke

Cooperative Performance Network

at The Underground Collaborative, Milwaukee, WI

June 1-17, 2017

Directed by JJ Gatesman

Composed as a clown piece, Nesting Dolls is the story of Billie an illiterate and mute homeless woman. As she goes through her normal routine of sorting through the trash to find her meal, she finds a Russian nesting doll that has a message hidden inside the smallest doll. The message unlocks the door to another world where she meets a puckish figure, Jack, who gives her the validation and empathy she longs for. Armed with this new self-worth and a magical gift, Billie returns to her world to pass on her new found hope to other who society has marginalized.


Hesper Juhnke and Kira Renkas