"Mary's Little Monster"

What to do when you are confined to your house with friends...

In 1816, the year without a summer, the poet Lord Byron is joined by a circle of intimates including the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, his future wife Mary Godwin, her half-sister Claire Clairmont, and Byron's personal doctor John Polidori. During their confinement with Byron in his Swiss mansion, the their massive emotions, drug habits, and intellects collide to produce poetry, conflict, catharsis, and legendary literature.

Umbrella Theater pleased to be the second theater company performing a new play by Thomas Kee, Mary's Little Monster, as the first production under Umbrella's mentorship program to encourage new theater directors and designers. Previously it was performed by the Spit & Vigor theater company in New York City and New Orleans, and was scheduled to open Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre on May 7th. Originally scheduled as a fully-staged production in early April, we hope to present it when possible as a free reading.

Umbrella's mentorship program

Mary's Little Monster is the first production under Umbrella's mentorship program, which provides an aspiring director  the opportunity to create a production with the help of our Artistic and Technical Directors.

Haley McCormick Jenkins will be directing. Utah acting credits include: Two Headed, Mockingbird, and Remington and Weasel at  Pygmalion Productions, Constellations at Good Company Theatre, You Got Older, Bright New Boise, and Wit at Wasatch Theatre Company, and Noises Off at The Grand. She made her directing debut with WTC’s production of Ideation and followed it up with Cold Storage at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. She has her BFA in acting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has been a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild for 21 years.

About the playwright

Thomas Kee is a playwright/actor who plays Declan Crawley in "Blow The Man Down"; (winner Best Sceenplay TriBeca 2019), premiering on Amazon Prime (April). He can also be seen on "City on the Hill" (Showtime), "Chappaquiddick" (Netflix), "Castle Rock" (Hulu).

Tom's play "Mary's Little Monster"  opens at The Players Theatre in NYC on May 7th 2020.He wrote and devised the immersive production entitled "The Summer I Disappeared" based on events in the lives of the Freedom Riders which opened in NYC in September 2016.Tom's play "Treed" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the Bridgewater Review. His short play (Richard Harvey Square) premiered  in NYC in early 2015. In 2012 his play "Nothing Personal" was presented at the The American Globe Theatre's "15 Minute Play Festival" and was published in Contemporary Playwright in 2013.  Tom holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandies University.

Umbrella Theater's production of Mary's Little Monster is supported in part by a grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.


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