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The red shoes: soul stories

According to SAMHSA, in 2022, 48.7 million people aged 12 or older had some form of substance use disorder. THE RED SHOES: SOUL STORIES is an original devised theatre piece exploring the complex world of compulsion and addiction through a reimagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.  The piece will include first-person stories, clinical and biological analysis, found text, movement, and music.

Do you have a story you would like our production to give voice to?

Do you or a loved one have any experience with poverty and addiction? This might include: Unhousing, Theft, General inability to access resources

Might you or a loved one have experience with body image and addiction? Themes might include self-esteem and/or self-worth?

Has social media influenced you or a loved one in terms of addiction?

How have lies and deceit factored into the addiction of you or a loved one?

How does paranoia factor into the addiction of you or a loved one?

Might you be able to discuss the relationship between you or a loved one and a drug dealer?

How has family factored into the addiction of you or a loved one?

What consequences have resulted in you or a loved one’s relationship with drugs and alcohol?

Have you had any experience with medications to treat substance abuse? These might include, Buprenorphine, Methadone, Naltrexone, Naloxone, and/or Nalmefene.

Might you be able to share you or a loved one’s rock-bottom moment?

Might you be able to share you or a loved one’s road to healing and recovery?

If you have a story you would like to share, please contact us at for further information. Stories will be crafted into the script and presented anonymously. The deadline for stories is July 1, 2024. Comp tickets will be provided to individuals whose stories are featured in the show. 


Conceived and Directed by Ryan Clark

Music Composed by Patrick Alexander

Dramaturgy by Laura Holland

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our ensemble

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Aiden Abraham

Aiden Abraham is currently a senior in college at Stevenson University majoring in Theatre and Media Performance with a minor in Management and Organizational Leadership. Acting credits from Stevenson include The Laramie Project, By the Way Meet Vera Stark, and most recently, The Seagull. Aiden has also worked behind the curtain as he was an assistant stage manager for Little Shop of Horrors. This is his first production with Quarry Theatre, and he is both excited and honored to be a part of it.


Laura Holland

Laura Holland is an actor, dramaturg, and arts administrator. Her focus is on new and original works grounded in true events. Theatre credits include Witness Statements (Cockpit in Court); Yours Forever, Lincoln; The Discourse Project, The Way Out, Meditations on Nationalism (Quarry Theatre); Finding Florence and The Amish Project (Stevenson University). In December 2023, Laura graduated with a Master of Arts: Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her thesis A Case for the Ephemeral: Temporary Public Art and Its Place In Our Communities won the 2023 Jean Wilhelm Award for Best Major Paper. Laura is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stevenson University in Interdisciplinary Studies with focused backgrounds in literature, performance, and the social sciences.


Reneé Young

Reneé Young is a Junior Theatre and Media Performance major and Communication minor attending Stevenson University. She has been in four of Stevenson's productions, including their most recent production as Nina in The Seagull, conceived and directed by Ryan Clark. She is very excited to be a part of Quarry Theatre's adaptation of The Red Shoes: Soul Stories and is eager to learn and contribute to the team!

our Musician

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Johanna McGuire

Johanna McGuire is a Baltimore based saxophonist. Her love for music started at an early age, when her parents would take her to group music classes, as well as various concerts. However, her love for Jazz started when she would visit her grandparents’ house where there would always be jazz playing in the house, thanks to her grandfather’s love of the music. Johanna holds a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at Towson University, where she studied under the esteemed Jason Rigby. Johanna’s focus is on saxophone; however her array of expertise encompasses doubling on all woodwind instruments, primarily flute and clarinet.

Her performance experience continues to grow, performing in various groups as well as composing original music for her quartet. During her undergraduate career, Johanna was a member of the Towson University Jazz Orchestra, under the instruction of Jim McFalls and Dave Ballou, and has also performed in various groups and ensembles, including the Towson University Marching Band, Towson University Latin Ensemble, DCI, and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra Jazz Band, under the instruction of percussionist Steve Fidyk. Johanna has also performed at Towson University with artists Kris Davis, Ellery Eskelin, and William Parker.

She recently was a member of the SOL collective, taking place in Boston, MA. Here, she was commissioned to compose original music to perform at Harvard University and work alongside other dedicated musicians.

As well as being an active performer in the Baltimore area, Johanna also teaches at various music camps, such as the Hilton Head Jazz Camp in Hilton Head Island, SC. Johanna continues to work on her projects, her latest being the jam session series at Red Emma’s entitled “Spread the Jam”. You can also find her playing bass with the band “Indie Division”, where she plays shows throughout the DMV area.

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