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Balm in Gilead

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January 28 - March 4, 2012
Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Meredith Hinckley Schmidt

Set in a cafe in 1960‘s New York, Balm in Gilead tells the story of the “riff raffs, the bums, the petty thieves, the scum, the lost, the desperate, the dispossessed, the cool.” In this volatile world, two people look to escape the cycle of futility that surrounds them.

Cast

  • JESSICA BLAIR, Rust
  • CORINA BOETTGER, Babe
  • JOE CALARCO, Fick
  • VALORIE CURRY, Darlene
  • AMIN EL GAMAL, David
  • WILLIE FORTES, Ernesto
  • JP GIULIOTTI, Frank
  • ZACK KRAUS, Dopey
  • AMIR LEVI, Franny
  • TJ MARCHBANK, Tim
  • DELE OGUNDIRAN, Ann
  • JOSEPH O’MALLEY, Rake
  • MATT O’NEILL, Stranger
  • SARA PERRY, Kay
  • FERNANDO RAMIREZ, Carlo
  • JAMES SHIPPY, Bob
  • DEVEN SIMONSON, Martin
  • JESSE STECCATO, Joe
  • MATT VALLADARES, Xavier
  • KEIKO SUDA, Judy
  • RYAN WAGNER, John
  • CYRUS WILCOX, Tig
  • MALIKA WILLIAMS, Terry

Creative Team

  • REBECCA EISENBERG, Stage Manager
  • MICHELLE STANN, Lighting Design
  • JOE CALARCO, Sound Design
  • KAREN FIX CURRY, Costume Design
  • JENNA PLETCHER, Scenic Design

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Romeo and Juliet

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April 14 - May 20, 2012
Written by WIlliam Shakespeare
Directed by Jeremy Lelliott

A spirited production of Romeo and Juliet that breathes new life into the notion of “traditional” Shakespeare. 18 actors perform the classic tragedy in authentic Italian Renaissance dress. The script they use preserves the most famous lines of the first quarto, but borrows some cuts from the second quarto to honor the suggested “two hours traffic of our stage.”

Cast

  • JONAS BARRANCA, Romeo
  • KRISTOPHER BICKNELL, Gregory
  • JOE DESOTO, Sampson
  • NOAH GILLETT, Friar Laurence
  • GEDALY GUBEREK, Peter
  • AIMEE KARLIN, Lady Montague
  • MARY JO KIRWAN, Lady Capulet
  • GRAHAM KURTZ, Benvolio
  • JOHN KLOPPING, Paris
  • LYNN ANN LEVERIDGE, Nurse
  • TJ MARCHBANK, Tybalt
  • JEFFREY MASTERS, Balthasar
  • RYAN MILLER, Prince Escalus
  • LAWRENCE PETERS, Montague
  • JACQUELYN POPLAR, alternate Lady Montague
  • FRANC ROSS, Capulet
  • DEVEN SIMONSON, Mercutio
  • SAMMI SMITH, Juliet
  • M. JENNINGS TURNER, Abram

Creative Team

  • EMILY PAGE, Stage Manager
  • MICHELLE STANN, Lighting Design
  • RYAN AYERS, Music Director
  • KAREN FIX CURRY, Costume Design
  • TJ MARCHBANK, Fight Choreography
  • LAURA CROW, Assistant Director

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Is He Dead?

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June 8 - July 15, 2012
Written by Mark Twain
Adapted by David Ives
Directed by Ryan Wagner

Composed in 1898 in Vienna by Mark Twain, this sparkling slapstick comedy was left undiscovered and unpublished until 2003. Jean-François Millet, a painter deeply in debt and in love, receives an ultimatum from his creditor: to avoid debtor’s prison, he must surrender either the money he owes or the woman he loves. When Millet friends realize that his paintings would increase in value if he were dead, a wild scheme is hatched to save the day.

Cast

  • GEDALY GUBEREK, M. Andre
  • RUBY HANGER, Cecile
  • COLLIN HURST, Dutchy
  • JEAN KAUFFMAN, Mme. Bathilde
  • GREGORY MARCEL, Basil/Claude/Charlie/The King of France
  • TJ MARCHBANK, O'Shaughnessy
  • KURT QUINN, Chicago
  • SARA PERRY, Marie
  • LAWRENCE PETERS, Papa Leroux
  • DEVEN SIMONSON, Jean-François Millet
  • TINA VAN BERCKELAER, Mme. Caron

Creative Team

  • REBECCA EISENBERG, Stage Manager
  • BRADLEY ALLEN LOCK, Costume Design
  • ERIK McEWEN, Wig Design
  • JOE CALARCO, Sound Design
  • JONATHAN CASTANIEN, Prop Master
  • MICHELLE STANN, Lighting Design
  • M. JENNINGS TURNER, Lighting Design
  • PETER WEIDMAN, Assistant Director
  • RYAN WAGNER, Scenic Design, Dialect Coach

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Assassins

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August 3 - September 9, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Julianne Donelle

A musical tour through history in which we visit a few of the desperate individuals who attempted or succeeded in ending the life of a U.S. President. We begin in a carnival as the would-be assassins are beckoned by the proprietor of a shooting gallery to “Come here and kill a president!” in hopes of winning a prize.

Cast

Creative Team

  • NOAH GILLETT, Stage Manager
  • KARA MCLEOD, Costume Design
  • BRYAN WILLIAMS, Sound Design
  • CHRISTOPHER ROQUE, Prop Master
  • MICHELLE STANN, Lighting Design
  • BROOKE BALDWIN, Scenic Design
  • GREGORY NABOURS, Musical Director

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The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide

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September 28 - October 28, 2012
Written by Sean Graney
Directed by Joe Calarco

Set as a play within a play, a group of children give a presentation to their student body. The show, as it turns out, was the last thing written by a fellow classmate before he shot himself. Funny, unique, and disturbing, The 4th Graders Present... is an existential examination of lost innocence. The New York Times wrote that "this stirringly melodramatic Chicago import will leave you shaken."

Cast

Creative Team

  • RYAN WAGNER, Stage Manager
  • GREGORY NABOURS, Original Music
  • LAURA NICOLE HARRISON, Choreography
  • KAREN FIX CURRY, Costume Design
  • VALORIE CURRY, Scenic Design
  • JOE CALARCO, Sound Design
  • MICHELLE STANN, Lighting Design