Michael Pettey, Willi Goehring, Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Erika Wilhite, Mason Azbill, Laura Shatkus. Photo by Nick Brothers (Free Weekly)

“Ctrl+Alt+Del” is an original play created from our  current performance series called “The New Now.” The premise of the project is that a team of customer service workers who work for an organization called “The New Now” invite the public to their headquarters for product testing and other service related experiments. In “Ctrl+Alt+Del,” the stakes are raised when suddenly in the middle of a standard procedure, something dear is taken from “New Now,” and the audience must join the gang on the quest to return it.  “Ctrl+Alt+Del”  is an original script devised and written by the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre ensemble.

Directed by: Joseph Fletcher
Devised and written by: Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Joseph Fletcher, Willi Goehring, Michael Pettey, and Erika Wilhite
Performances by: Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Willi Goehring, Michael Pettey, Erika Wilhite, Laura Shatkus, Mason Azbill, and Arianne Ellison.
Design by: Jacquelyn R. Cox and Ashleigh Burns.


Lindsey Hope Pearlman is a Brooklyn- based director, writer, actor and puppeteer.  Original works include LUCY (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), The Geographical History of America (Critic’s Pick, Backstage Magazine), Winning the Future and Ships of Sand (Edinburgh Fringe).  She is the Co-Artistic Director of Up & Down Theatre Company (, and a member of the 2015 Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGroup.  Favorite performing credits include Drunk Shakespeare and Purim Schmutz! (Target Margin, dir. Joseph Fletcher). She’s a graduate of the London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA) and received her B.A with honors from Hamilton College. Next up: Slaughterhouse Five at The O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT.
Erika Wilhite is an actor, director, writer, and producer. She is a founding company member , and Artistic Director of  the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre. She received her MFA from University of Florida and received additional training from Anne Bogart and SITI Company (Skidmore Summer Intensive,)  and Double Edge Theatre (Winter Intensive.) Her Artist’s Laboratory Theatre performance credits include Bombs, Babes and Bingo, Show and Tell (Sheet Fort Experience,) New Now, and Ctrl+Alt+Del. Her devising, writing, and directing credits include Ctrl+Alt+Del, New Now, I Can Haz Sheet Fort, See the Light, Alley 38, and Found Fayetteville. She is also producer of Sunday Night Service, a weekly radio radio produced at Maxine’s Taproom and aired on KUAF 91.3 Public Radio.
Willi Goehring is a poet, folklorist, and company member of the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre. He received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arkansas. His work has recently appeared in places like The Midwest Quarterly,  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Michael Pettey is excited to join Artist’s Laboratory Theater.  Michael recently played Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Malvolio in Twefth Night with Barefoot Shakespeare co.  Favorite roles include Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and Dogberry in Much ado About Nothing with the Olney Theatre Center.  Michael has a BFA in acting from the University of Central Florida.
Laura Shatkus is an improviser, actor, writer, director and deviser and spent 10 years as an artist in Chicago before moving to Arkansas to pursue her MFA in Theatre, which she received this May. Laura co-founded 5 Months Pregnant Long-Form Improvin the Spring of 2014 and produces a monthly improv show at Common Grounds.
Arianne Ellison  is very happy to join the talented ensemble of Ctrl+Alt+Del.  Some of her past credits include: Noises Off at TheatreSquared, Prison Stories, The New Now at TriCycle Farms with Artist’s Laboratory Theatre; Bus Stop at the Den Theatre in Chicago; Days of Late with Sinnerman Ensemble in Chicago; The Sunken Living Room at the New Theatre in Miami and Southern Repertory Theater in New Orleans; Jewtopia at the Stage Door Theater in Coral Springs, FL; and A Christmas Carol at the MacCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ.  Arianne studied acting under the tutelage of Ron Stetson of The Neighborhood Playhouse
Joseph Fletcher is a director, stage manager, designer, and company member of Artist’s Laboratory Theatre. Past directing credits include Purim-Schmutz, China the Whole Enchilada, UCF Alumni Showcase (NYC), The New Now, See the Light, Alley 38, Bombs Babes and Bingo (Artist’s Laboratory Theatre),War of the WorldsThe PillowmanCandide, and The Sunshine Boys (Regional). He is a founding company member of the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre.  He has a BFA in Theatre from University of Central Florida
Jacquelyn R. Cox, Lighting Designer— Originally from Chattanooga TN, she moved to Birmingham, AL and received a degree in both Political Violence and Peace Studies & Theatre from Birmingham Southern College. Currently she is working on her Masters in Lighting Design and Technology at the University of Arkansas. Credits include West Chicago Ballet Co., Rent, Carrie the Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Tribes.
Ashleigh Burns, Scenic Designer—  Ashley is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting theatrical adventure! Ashleigh received an MFA in scenic design from the UofA in 2013. Some of her favorite past productions are A Streetcar Named Desire, Adjoining Trances, and assisting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She currently lives in Fayetteville and hopes to do more with Artist’s Lab in the future.


This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

This production was also made possible by The Walmart Foundation, Maxine’s Taproom, Ozark Natural Foods.

Additional support comes from Little Bread Company, B-Unlimited, Clubhaus Fitness, Good Will Massage, and the Handlebar.