Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers

Everyone Deserves One Song.

Location: Aftershock Theatre. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Producer: Real/Time Interventions

Bringing Light
To The Cold

What started out as an idea based on a book by Peter Vronsky, Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters, has come full circle.

Featuring powerhouse vocalist Milia Ayache, AngelmakersSongs for Female Serial Killers examines these women as human beings – while many of them have committed terrible acts, it is not focused on sensationalizing the gory details. Instead, the show asks why these women did what they did and how their motives were different from male serial killers.

The show premiered at Aftershock Theatre in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh in Fall 2017.



It’s an interesting approach, and with less talent at hand, it might not work. Fortunately, there’s talent to spare in this production, starting with Ayache. The Lebanon-based performer is captivating for every moment of “Angelmakers,” singing with dynamic aplomb and embodying the murderers at hand — when appropriate — with sympathy, abandon and even humor. There could be no more ideal lead for this show (and the rest of the small cast, musicians Zorahna and Michele Dunlap, provide perfect accompaniment).

Pittsburgh Magazine

If it’s provocative to have empathy for killers, the troupe pulls it off, thanks largely to Rice’s lyrical gifts (familiar to audiences of The Saints Tour — Braddock, Real/Time’s immersive 2015 collaboration with Bricolage Production Co.). “There is a poison made of only our breath,” sing Gwen Graham and Cathy Wood, nurses’ aides who killed five elderly patients. “You think he’s gonna sing low, the devil, but he’s gonna sing high, way way high, like me,” preaches Velma Barfield, a devout Pentecostal who poisoned six, in another standout number.

Pittsburgh City Paper

The property is undergoing major renovation, and it is a good match for this concert play by Real/Time Interventions. Director Rusty Thelin uses the raw space on the main floor as his performance space. Walls are draped in plastic, chairs with white slipcovers and the band in white nurses’ dresses. It’s an appropriate gritty space that is enhanced by the fresh smell of old plaster dust and the hum of a portable propane heater. There is the feeling of a being in a haunted house as you enter the performance space, perhaps the ghosts of the killer’s victims are in the audience as well seeking the explanation for their fate?

PGH in the Round


Co-Artistic Directors

Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin

Music and Lyrics

Molly Rice


Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin


Rusty Thelin

Scenic Design

Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin

Costume Design

Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin

Lighting Design

Joe Spinogatti for Joe Spinogatti Designs

Sound Design

Casey Dalsass


Lighting Design

Joe Spinogatti

Master Electrician

Steven Yates


Sarah Sokolowski