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In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.

Production Manager, Nikki Hyde. Music Supervisor, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Julian Nicholson. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Includes a conversation with Jim Morris, Managing Editor for the Environment and Worker Safety for the Center for Public Integrity.

Recorded live in performance at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in May 2018.


Spill is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

Directed by Martin Jarvis
Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas
Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant
Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O'Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler
Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Steve Bertone, Jonathan Henderson
Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller
James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser
Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine
Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos
Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams
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