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Season 13: 2016-2017

Reprise

Reprise

Sept 16 & 17, 2016
November 4 & 5, 2016
Directed by Sarah Rose Graber
An old man returns a violin to Northwestern Settlement. Ms. Harriet Vittum lent it to him 80 years earlier, with the promise that he bring it back when he was done. With original music and lyrics inspired by Chicago’s cultural traditions, Reprise follows an immigrant story as we discover what he did with the instrument all those years, how he knew he was finished, and what it meant to keep his promise. The only U.S. company commissioned to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home Away Festival, ASC will tell the story of this decades-long community connection during a limited 2-day engagement.

Featuring: Felipe Carrasco, Sindy I. Castro, Mara Dale, Jacob E. Kelly, La Shone Kelly, Jose Nateras, Kalman Strauss, Justine C. Turner

Composer/Music Director: John Szymanski
Costume and Co-Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Lighting & Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell
Props Design: Dan Granata
Producer: Casey Pilkenton
Stage Manager: Jen Poulin

Plastique

Plastique

January 21 – 23, 2017
What's more surprising than a plastic-bag-world, where funny and colorful creatures appear and transform? They meet, fill up, empty out. They fly, they fight, they eat each other. And they even resemble us a little bit... maybe? With Plastique, Théâtre Puzzle brings to ASC a multicolored performance with unusual puppets, humor, and unexpected situations.

Part of the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

January 27 & 28, 2017
Dive into a world of wonder with The Sorcerer's Apprentice! Left by his master to complete a list of chores, the apprentice calls on spirits to help. Using magic he can't control, the young hero unleashes a flurry of whimsy and mystery!  With masterful marionette puppetry and an original score, Minneapolis-based Open Eye Figure Theatre explores youth and aging, the allure of power, and the beauty of a life well-lived.

A co-presentation with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Six Stories Tall (2017)

March 24 – April 29, 2013
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Tom Arvetis
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour.  Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.

Featuring: Christopher Acevedo, Danielle Davis, DJ LMS, Mikhail Fiksel, Jeffery Freelon, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Nelson Rodriguez

Original Music & Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Choreography: Stephanie Paul
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Scenic, Lighting, and Properties Design: Brandon Wardell
Projection Design: Liviu Pasare
Production Stage Manager: Brandon Campbell
Stage Management Intern: Merle Palmer

Season 12: 2015-2016

New Kid

October 27 – November 19, 2015
By Dennis Foon
Directed by Julie Ritchey
Being the New Kid can be tough. Nick and his family they depart Homeland for America and discover whether or not friendship speaks every language. Presented in partnership with North Park University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

Featuring: Chris Acevedo, Annamarie Giordano, Raymond Hutchinson, Andréa Morales, Christiane Schaldemose, Carri Stevens, Seanna Wong

Production Management and Lighting Design: Maggie Fullilove-Nugent
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell
Stage Manager: Emily Hitmar

Made in Puerto Rico: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spanglish

February 2 – 7, 2016
Written, Directed, and Performed by Elizardi Castro
Combining his Puerto Rican heritage with American culture to create a Spanglish riot, Made in Puerto Rico draws inspiration from Eli’s childhood, his family, and his time as an attorney. This incredible performance will make you laugh out loud no matter where you were “made.”

Sight Unseen

March 26 – April 16, 2016
By Tom Arvetis
Directed by Rives Collins
A young family fights to stay together in the Shambles, a lawless land that lies outside of the privileged, fortressed Towers. Here, they navigate a set of ever-changing rules and determine who is friend or foe on their heroic journey to Sanctuary. This highly-anticipated prequel reunites the playwright and director from 2014’s Spark.

Featuring: Sarah Cartwright, Matt Daniels, Al Evangelista, Michael Anthony Rawlins, Allison Latta, Michael Steele, Terry Bell, Christine Williams

Music Direction and Sound Design: Michael Huey
Costume Design: Rachel Sypniewski
Lighting Design: Rebecca Barrett
Scenic Design: Simon Lashford
Props Design: Josie Wilson
Stage Manager: Phillip Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Lucy Ahlborn

Season 11: 2014-2015

The American Revolution

November 8 – 29, 2014
Devised by Theater Unspeakable
Directed by Marc Frost
Seven actors—suspended on a platform two feet off the ground—share 21 quare feet of space to recreate the entire heroic American fight for independence, from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays Theater Unspeakable’s brand of bare-bones and imaginative physical theater.

Featuring: Brittany Anderson, Jeffery Freelon, Trey Hobbs, Kathleen Hoil, Quenna Lene, Aaron Rustebakke, Vanessa Valliere

Costume Design: Alice Tavener
Lighting Design: Rachel K. Levy
Stage Manager: Sara Beaman

Le Petit Cirque

January 17 & 18, 2015
Devised and performed by Laurent Bigot
A co-presentation with the Chicago Humanities Festival as part of the 2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

This "little circus" of wind-up toys, salvaged material, and cheap gadgets explores how sound influences and challenges our perspectives.

Worthy

April 17 – May 16, 2015
By Dani Bryant
Directed by Sarah Rose Graber
Balancing of-the-moment references and resonant themes found in classic fairy tale literature, Worthy whisks four young heroes on an adventurous and humorous quest, fighting dragons, breaking curses, and choosing for themselves which paths to follow.

Featuring: Juanita Andersen, Kamille Dawkins, Brittany Ellis, Michael Allen Harris, Jessica London Shields

Original Music and Sound Design: Michael Huey
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Simon Lashford
Projections Design: Liviu Pasare
Props Design: Kitty Campbell
Puppet Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Stage Manager: Phillip Claudnic

Season 10: 2013-2014

Six Stories Tall (2013)

November 8 – 21, 2013
Special Engagement
Performed at the Auditorium Theatre for student matinees

Spark

April 5 – May 3, 2014
By Tom Arvetis
Directed by Rives Collins
Pandora lives a regimented life within the underground tunnels of Sanctuary, a secluded community designed to outlast the violence raging outside its walls. Each inhabitant has a common enemy – the mysterious Outliers who live in the world above. After Pandora encounters two young Outliers, she starts to question all she knows. Is Sanctuary the safe haven she has always believed it to be, or a prison built on fear?

Featuring: Mykele Callicut, Danielle Davis, Charlotte Mae Ellison, Drew Johnson,Ebony Joy, Allison Latta Lashford, Michael Mercier, Mike Ooi, Blake Russell, Kalen Strouse

Original Music and Sound Design: Michael Huey
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Simon Lashford
Projection Design: Liviu Pasare
Props Design: Kitty Campbell
Stage Manager: Phillip Claudnic
Assistant Stage Manager: Bailey Heinz

Season 9: 2012-2013

Six Stories Tall (2012)

November 10 – December 13, 2012
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Tom Arvetis
A play about mermaids, monsters, and spray paint! Featuring a live DJ and incorporating a unique mix of narrative influences such as hip hop, comic books, video games, and Hispanic folklore, the six fantastical tales that comprise this remarkable play create a thrilling, heartfelt journey.

Featuring: Danielle Davis, Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Sarah Rose Graber, Kevin Brown, Alexander Knapp, Lance Newton, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Mikhail Fiksel, Jose Garcia, Sara Sawicki

Music Direction and Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell
Props Design: Kitty Campbell
Stage Manager: Phillip Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire

Augusta and Noble

April 13 – May 16, 2013
By Carlos Murillo
Directed by Tom Arvetis
Gabi has lived her whole life in West Town, but she is starting high school across the city, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. As Gabi begins exploring her heritage, including the truth about her parents’ journey to America, she struggles to understand where she belongs. Told in English and peppered with Spanish, this world premiere celebrates the rich history and beautiful resilience of the many immigrants who call Chicago home.

Featuring: Kieran Kredell, Gabi Mayorga, Miguel Nunez, Isabel Quintero, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Lisandra Tena, Ivan Vega, Kathryn Acosta

Music Direction and Sound Design: Rob Steel
Costume Design: Laura Kollar
Lighting Design: Becca Jeffords
Scenic Design: Simon Lashford
Props Design: Kitty Campbell
Stage Manager: Morgan Gire
Asst. Stage Manager: Nathaniel Nesheim-Case

Season 8: 2011-2012

Walk Two Moons

November 5 – December 3, 2011
Adapted by Tom Arvetis from the novel by Sharon Creech
Directed by Matthew Reeder
Thirteen-year-old Sal embarks on a cross-country trip to confront the mother who abandoned her over a year ago. Throughout her eventful journey, Sal begins to realize that things—and people—are not always what they seem. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel.

Featuring: Dani Bryant, Baize Buzan, Casey Cunningham, Sandy Elias, Millicent Hurley, Kyle Johnson, Tanya McBride, Michael Peters, Joe Zarrow, Skyler Schrempp

Music Direction and Sound Design: Andrew Wheatley
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: Mike Durst
Scenic Design: Simon Lashford
Props Design: Lacy Campbell
Stage Manager: Ellen Willett
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire

The Giver

March 24 – April 26, 2012
Adapted by Eric Coble from the novel by Lois Lowry
Directed by Brian Bell
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a carefully-constructed community of “sameness,” where feelings like pain and fear do not exist. When Jonas begins training with The Giver, he discovers the contradictions of his supposedly perfect world and grows determined to regain power over his own destiny.

Featuring: Sindy Castro, Carlos Regelio Diaz, Landree Fleming, Kroydell Galima, John Ruhaak, Sarah Rose Graber, Aaron Lawson

Music Direction: Michael Huey
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Sound Design: Michael Huey and Andrew Wheatley
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Props Design: Amy C. Gilman
Stage Manager: Clare Roche
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire

Season 7: 2010-2011

And a Child Shall Lead

Oct 28 – Dec 9, 2010
By Michael Slade
Directed by Tom Arvetis
In the Czech town of Terezin during World War II, a group of courageous children use stories, music, poetry, art, and even an underground newspaper to create hope and beauty in a place where neither exist.

Featuring: Stephanie Chavara, Margaret Grace, Kieran Kredell, Conor McCahill, Cara Rifkin, Alex Ring, Matthew Scott, Cassidy Shea Stirtz

Music Direction: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Laura Kollar
Asst. Costume Design: Emily Beaudin
Sound Design: Miles Polaski
Lighting Design Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Phillip Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire

Sinbad: The Untold Tale

March 17 – April 15, 2011
By Charles Way
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
Ittifaq, the pampered daughter of the famed sailor Sinbad of the Seven Seas, bristles under her father’s overprotective care. Young Sinbad, an orphaned porter, uses his clever wit to survive. The two meet by chance just before an evil sorceress casts a poison cloud over the city of Baghdad. The unlikely duo soon find themselves facing good and evil genies, daring swordfights, magic boars, and flying carpets in their race to find the poison’s antidote. Can they defeat the sorceress in time, or will their beloved city be destroyed forever?

Featuring: Esteban Andres Cruz, Dana Dajani, Adam El-Sharkawi, Mildred Marie Langford, Mike Ooi, Edgar Miguel Sanchez

Music Direction: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Marianna Csaszar
Sound Designer: Miles Polaski
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Chelsea Warren
Props Design: Deb Lindell
Stage Manager: Clare Roche
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire

500 Clown Trapped

May 11 – 21, 2011
Conceived by Adrian Danzig
Directed by Paola Coletto
Experience 500 Clown’s signature mix of daring physicality, raw emotion, and powerful storytelling! Three clowns explore what it truly means to be trapped… and to be set free. Using slapstick mishaps, vaudevillian turns, and untiring resilience, the clowns struggle to move beyond their own limitations as they search for the answers they need.

Featuring: Adrian Danzig, Tim Heck, Leah Urzendowski

Music Consultant: Mark Mesing and Billy Jonas
Costume Design: Erin Cook
Lighting Deisng; Lee Keenan
Scenic Design: Adrian Danzig
Stage Manager: Clare Roche

Season 6: 2009-2010

Gossamer

November 7 – December 17, 2009
Adapted by Lois Lowry from her novel
Directed by Brian Bell
With colorful projections and enchanting puppetry, this fanciful adaptation explores the power of dreams and the magical creatures that create them. An eager new Dream-Giver known only as Littlest One struggles to heal the hearts of an abused young boy, his grieving caregiver, and his estranged mother, before the haunting memories each of them carry become more than they can bear. Are the dreams Littles One weaves strong enough to fortify and protect the fragile humans in her care?

Featuring: Victoria Abram-Copenhaver, Susan Veronika Adler, Elizabeth Birkenmeier, Kevin Crowley, Sandy Elias, Kasey Foster, Kyle Gibson, Allison Latta, Lona Livingston, Peter Verdico

Music Direction and Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Laura Kollar
Lighting Design: Sean Mallary
Scenic Design: Karen Hoffman
Mask and Puppetry Design: Cynthia Von Orthal and Tiffany Lange
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Deborah Lindell

The Ghosts of Treasure Island

April 10 – May 15, 2010
Adapted by Eric Schmiedl from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Music and Lyrics by Captain Bogg and Salty
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
Sail the high seas with the crew of the Hispaniola! This rollicking new musical follows young Jim Hawkins as he fights to survive while shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Accompanied by the singing shenanigans of a raucous band of pirate ghosts, Jim races to find Captain Flint’s fabled treasure before mutinous shipmates steal the fortune for themselves. Faced with danger at every turn, Jim persists on his quest armed with nothing but an old treasure map and an endless supply of courage.

Featuring: Brian Bell, Linsey Falls, Kroydell Galima, Matt Kahler, Dan Krall, Mildred Langford, Tim Martin, Mike Ooi, Reginald Kent Robinson Jr, Glenn Stanton, Adam Verner, James Zoccoli

Music Direction: Mikhail Fiksel
Choreography: Matt Hawkins
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Sound Design: Michael Huey & Andrew Wheatley
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Props Design: Amy C. Gilman
Stage Manager: Ellen Willet
Asst. Stage Manager: Jen Poulin

Season 5: 2008-2009

Holes

November 16 – December 18, 2008
Adapted by Louis Sachar from his novel
Directed by Matthew Reeder
Fourteen-year-old Stanley Yelnats is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to Camp Green Lake—where nothing is green, no lake is in sight, and the camp boys spend their days digging huge holes under the brutal desert sun. Stanley blames his rotten luck on the Yelnats family curse, but as he discovers the reason behind all those endless holes, fate nudges him toward his family’s true destiny.

Featuring: Tony Bozzuto, Brian Coleman, Behzad Dabu, Dana DeLorenzo, Ty Golde, Kevin Hope, Kristina Johnson, Allison Latta, Jacquis Neal, Jon Stutzman, Brandon J. Thompson, Joe Wescott, James Anthony Zoccoli

Music Direction and Sound Design: Mikail Fiksel
Choreography: Geoff Coates
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: R. Brad Criswell
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Tresa Makosky

Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back

April 5 – May 9, 2009
By Jason Tremblay
Directed by Tom Arvetis
A young girl from new Orleans is forced to face the powerful hurricane that shares her name in this recipient of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Young Audiences Playwriting Award.  Separated from her father during the storm, Katrina must journey to safety with only ghosts, music, and her own bravery. Despite enormous obstacles, Katrina is determined to reclaim her name and recover the magic and fire that lie within the city—and herself. Featuring live jazz music and non-stop action, this is an exuberant celebration of one of America’s most historical and indomitable cities.

Featuring: Shakira Lavonne Carter, Dan Cox, Amber Starr Friendly, Carolyn Nelson, Eugene Parker, Ivan Vega, Peter Verdico

Music Direction: Mikhail Fiksel and Colby Beserra
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Lighting Design: Jesse Klug
Scenic Design: Courtney O’Neill
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Tresa Makosky

Season 4: 2007-2008

Eye of the Storm

November 2 – Dec 1, 2007
Adapted by Charles Way from Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Sorcerer Prospero lives alone with his daughter Miranda on an enchanted island. Desperate to learn of the outside world and her past, Miranda conjures a terrible storm that washes ashore two strangers. For the first time, she forms a relationship with someone other than her father. But who can she really trust?

Featuring: Aaron Carter, Dana Cruz, Christopher De Paola, Kristina Johnson, Kristine Stephens, David Blatt, Stephanie Sullivan

Music Direction & Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Christine Conley
Lighting Design: Jesse Klug
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Jackelyn Normand

The Cay

January 26 – Feb 17, 2008
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
Separated from his family by a German sea attack during World War II, Philip finds himself blind and stranded on a desert island. Despite his mother’s warnings about black natives, he is forced to depend on Timothy, an elderly West Indian man, for survival. As months and weeks pass without rescue, Phillip discovers there’s much more to his unlikely mentor than the color of his skin.

Featuring: Zach laliberte, Eugene Parker, Meghan Brown, Allisa-Zee Hartmann

Music Direction and Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Choreography: Allison Kurtz
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: Jared Moore
Scenic Design: Courtney O’Neill
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Jackelyn Normand

The Blue House

April 5 – May 3, 2008
By José Cruz González
Directed by Tom Arvetis
Co-commissioned with the Chicago Humanities Festival
This contemporary children’s ghost story is told in English and Spanish through the eyes of a young Latina living in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  An exhilarating tale set in a fantastical world of dreams and nightmares, The Blue House inspires audiences of all cultures to discover and celebrate the untapped strength inside each of us.

Featuring:  Jasmin Cardenas, Donte Fitzgerald, Sarah Rose Graber, Eddie Jordan III, Mildred Marie Langford, Isabel Quintero

Music Direction and Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Jackelyn Normand

Season 3: 2006-2007

The Shakespeare Stealer

November 1 – December 16, 2006
Adapted by Gary Blackwood from his novel
Directed by Matthew Reeder
The year is 1601, and Shakespeare has just written Hamlet. Widge, and orphan boy with the rare ability to read and write, finds himself mixed up in a world of intrigue and deceit, as he is forced to transcribe and steal the Bard’s play for a mysterious stranger. With daring swordplay and theatrical special effects, this work of historical fiction is a chance to experience Hamlet as it was first seen.

Featuring: Goeff Coates, Jackson Evans, Kyle Gibson, Andy Gwyn, Zach Laliberte, John Luzar, Nic Pellergrino, Michael Peters, Mira Vasilijevic

Choreography: Nick Sandys
Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Lighting Design: Mike Durst
Scenic Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Stage Manager: Angela Adams
Asst. Stage Manager: Brandon Campbell

The Search For Odysseus

Jan 23 – Feb 18, 2007
By Charles Way
Directed by Nic Dimond
Complete with the monsters, goddesses, and fantastic lands of Homer’s epic poem, this reimagined mythological tale focuses on the story of Odysseus’s son. A newborn when his father leaves for the Trojan War, Telemachus is now a young man, setting sail on a perilous quest to find his father.

Featuring: Dana Cruz, Michael Dailey, John Nyrere Frazier, Ricardo Gamboa, Kate Garassino, Kate McDermott, Sean Nix, Vergia Siovhan, Tiffany Villarin, James Zoccoli

Choreography: Matt Hawkins
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Lighting Design: Sean Mallary
Scenic Design: Emil Boulos
Stage Manager: Erin Carlson
Asst. Stage Manager: Brandon Campbell

The Ash Girl

April 10 – May 12, 2007
By Timberlake Wertenbarker
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
The story of Cinderella has never been so freshly conceived! This rich folk tale with hints of allegory, myth, and fantasy, still has a slipper, a prince, and a wish-granting fairy. But the journey to the royal ball is fraught with danger! Only when she finds the strength to confront the monsters in the forest – and in her heart – will Ashgirl find the happiness she’s been missing.

Featuring: Adam Bute, Dana Cruz, Emjoy Gavino, Ryan Jarosch, Osiris Khepara, Zach Laliberte, Allison Latta, Tanya Chu McBride, Steven McClain, Diane Patterson, Erica Peregrine, Courtney Rioux

Costume Design: Joel Ebarb
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Lighting Design: Kyle Anderson
Scenic Design: Jacqueline Penrod
Mask/Puppet Design: Jeff Semmerling
Props Design: Katie Powers
Stage Manager: Erin Carlson
Asst. Stage Manager: Brandon Campbell

Season 2: 2005-2006

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Nov 20 – Dec 11, 2005
By James Still
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
Part oral history, part dramatic action, part remembrance, this commemorative piece of theatre is a moving account of how Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss endure the memories of war, of suffering, and of the lost friendship with a spirited young girl named Anne Frank.

Featuring: Amanda Christensen, Steve Gensler, Sarah Goeden, Ryan Jarosch, Sean Michael Kaplan, Allison Latta, Jonathan Legat

Costume Design: Caroline McCall
Asst. Costume Design: Morgan Steinberg
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Light Design: Sean Mallary
Scenic Design: Vanessa Conway
Stage Management: Adam Ford

I Dream In Blues

Jan 31 – Feb 25, 2006
By Tom Arvetis and Katherine Davis
Directed by Tom Arvetis
This exciting collaboration between a Chicago Blues veteran and our Producing Artistic Director balances the compelling true story of a young girl who comes of age in one of Chicago’s most notorious neighborhoods and the music that keeps her dreaming.

Featuring: Richard Blakeney, Aaron Holland, Lakesha Walker, Sameerah Walker

Authors: Tom Arvetis and Katherine Davis
Directed By: Tom Arvetis
Music Direction: Curtis Williams
Stage Manager: Adam Ford
Asst. Stage Manager: Dan Sherer
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau
Asst. Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar
Lighting Design: Mathew Shuirr
Scenic Design: Lee Keenan

Still Life With Iris

April 18 – May 13, 2006
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Matthew Reeder
Iris lives in the magical realm of Nocturno, where fantastic creatures work by night to make our sunlit world, and where memories are stitched into the fabric of your PastCoat. When a mysterious figure steals Iris from her home and her coat, she embarks upon a brave adventure to reclaim her memories.

Featuring: Katherine Banks, Travis Dow, Steve Gensler, Jennifer Hines, Aaron Holland, Ryan Jarosch, Mackenzie Kyle, Allison Latta, John Tomlinson

Costume Design: Laura Brookshire Kollar and Jessica Kuehnau
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Lighting Design: Mike Durst
Scenic Design: Lee Keenan
Stage Manager: Angela M. Adams
Asst. Stage Manager: Brad Norris

Season 1: 2004-2005

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

November 8 – December 9, 2004
Adapted by John Olive
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
Everything is backwards and upside down in this theatrical adaptation of the best-selling book series.

Featuring: Roger Ainslie, Sharyon Culberson, Ricardo Gamboa, Eddie Jordan, Allison Latta, Kristala Pouncy, Courtney Rioux, Seth Unger, Cassandra Bissell, Eric Pogrelis

Choreography: Amanda Delheimer and Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Amy Frangquist
Ast. Costume Design: Valerie Meachum
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Lighting Design: Jacqueline Reid
Scenic Design: G. Warren Stiles
Stage Manager: Ann Marie Lonsdale
Asst. Stage Manager: Dan Ronco

A Woman Called Truth

January 25 – February 10, 2005
By Sandra Fenichel Asher
Directed by Tom Arvetis
From her times as a slave, through her struggles to free herself and her child, to her rise as a powerful figure fighting for abolition and women’s rights, this play celebrates Sojourner Truth’s courage and wit, combining her actual words with slave songs, spirituals, and folk music of the era.

Featuring: Jeannette Blackwell, Sharyon Culberson, Tim Getman, Robin L. Hicks, Eddie Jordan III, Jonathan C. Legat, Jana Liles

Costume Design: Valeria Meachum
Music Director: Rosa Colella
Lighting Design: Jacqueline Reid
Scenic Design: Kurt Boetcher
Stage Manager: Rachel Newman

A Thousand Cranes

April 4 – 29, 2005
Adapted by Kathryn Schultz
Directed by Laura Forbes
Based on the historical fiction children’s book by Eleanor Coerr, A Thousand Cranes is the story of courage and hope during a difficult journey, as a young girl dies of a disease that she cannot fight.

Featuring: Genevra Gallo, Melissa Mok, Nancy Oda, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Dwight Sora, Helen Young

Music Direction: Chris Fuller
Costume Design: Alison Roth
Asst. Costumer Design: Jenica Bock
Sound Design: Chris Fuller
Lighting Design: Kyle Anderson
Scenic Design: Warren Stiles
Stage Management: Brandon Campbell
Asst. Stage Management: Beth Hayes