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Juanita Andersen (Honey De La Quiche) is so glad to be back at Adventure Stage where she previously appeared in Worthy. Juanita is a Barrel of Monkeys company member who was last seen at Victory Gardens Theatre, Lifeline Theatre and Griffin Theatre. She is a proud Northwestern University graduate and Spokane, WA native.

Rodrigo Arreola (The Explorer) is honored to be a part of this show, his first with Adventure Stage! Other selected credits include Frey Pevenzy in The Speed of Light (Otherworld Theatre), Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar (3 Brothers Theatre), Marcel Duchamp in The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Idle Muse), and Eurydice's Father in Eurydice at Loyola University Chicago, from where Rodrigo is a proud graduate.

Rinska Carrasco (Blanca De La Quiche) is a 1st time Adventure Stager, Dog Mom, and Dominican-American who is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Gray Talent Group, Halcyon, Collaboraction and Teatro Vista. She’s worked alongside companies such as Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 2nd Story and more. Directing credits include: Heat Wave (Steppenwolf Garage), The River Bride (Halcyon) De Troya (Halcyon). Acting credits include: She Kills Monsters (Steppenwolf Garage) and In the Time of the Butterflies (Teatro Vista). She’s also been seen on Chicago P.D, Empire, A.P.B and CHI-IRAQ. Rinska would like to thank her family, Gray Talent and everyone who made this show happen!

Jazmin Corona (Ma Rosa) has had the pleasure of working with Steppenwolf, First Floor Theater, Collaboraction, Raven Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Free Street, First Folio, Teatro Luna, Eclipse Theatre Company, Goodman, Urban Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Prop Theatre, and Babes With Blades. She has worked on such films as Dawn and The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens, both having been shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival with the latter winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Television credits include NBC's Chicago Fire.

Aissa Guerra (Nessa) fell in love with acting in kindergarten upon seeing her sister perform. After being cast as “pig”, she worked her way up the animal kingdom, making her performance as “Scared Girl #2.” She studied theatre at Northwestern University and is represented by Lily’s Talent Agency. She’s a Resident Artist with Filament Theatre and works in several educational touring ensembles. Recent acting credits include: The Van Gogh Cafe (Filament Theatre), PINKOLANDIA (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Music & the Mayhem (Rabid Bat Theatricals), and Expectation (FYI and ICAH). She sends love and thanks to her family, friends, and partner, Nic, for their support.

Arie Thompson (Noah) is a recent graduate of DePaul university and is so excited to be part of this process. This is his first adventure stage project and his first play since graduating! He is so excited for audiences to see this amazing play and would like to thank his family for support.

Julie Ritchey

Julie Ritchey (Director) is thrilled to return to Adventure Stage where she previously directed New Kid. Julie is a theater director and administrator focusing on immersive theater for young and family audiences. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Filament Theatre, where she directed The Van Gogh Cafe, Forts: Build Your Own Adventure, Lifeboat, and Eurydice, among others. Other directing credits include The Storm in the Barn, Narwhal! Unicorn of the Sea and Lungs (Boise Contemporary Theater), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse(Summer Theatre of New Canaan), and more. She lives in Lincoln Square with her husband, Timothy, and her orange cat, Gizmo.

Tony Santiago

Tony Santiago (Production Manager) is a theatre artist, producer, and educator. Tony worked as the associate artistic director for Oracle Productions, producing award-winning programming free of admission. In addition to producing pop-up performances for The Roustabouts, Santiago works with Lyric Opera as a teaching artist and is performing in 16th Street Theater’s production of The Wolf at the End of the Block. Tony most recently directed A Story Told in Seven Fights with The Neo-Futurists. Last year he launched Chicago Arts Access, a nonprofit that bridges arts organizations, art lovers and communities with free tickets and accessibility services to theaters across Chicago.

Claire Chrzan

Claire Chrzan (Lighting Design) is excited to collaborate with Adventure Stage for the first time. Other credits include; Evening at the Talk House, The Mutilated and The Room (A Red Orchid), The Distance, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, We’re Gonna Die (Haven Theatre), No Blue Memories, and End of TV (Manual Cinema), The? Unicorn? Hour? (The Neo-Futurists), After Miss Julie, The Night Season (Strawdog Theatre Company), Pinocchio (Neverbird at Chicago Children's Theatre) and more. Claire also works as a production stage manager for various companies including Hubbard Street's HS2, The Joffrey Ballet's Joffrey Academy and Alonzo King LINES ballet.

Megan Gray

Megan Gray (Assistant Director and Stage Manager) is excited to be back at Adventure Stage after stage managing Akeelah and the Bee. A Chicago transplant and aspiring director, Megan recently finished up an Artistic Direction Apprenticeship at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, assistant directing the world premiere of Han Ong’s Grandeur and working as the ASM on The Baltimore Waltz with Paula Vogel. Some past directing credits include Fugitive Songs, The Last Five Years, Prodigy, and Miss Nelson is Missing! Other theatres Megan has worked at include: the Black Ensemble Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project, The Jacob’s School of Music, and more.

Corinne Hastings

Corinne Hastings (Assistant Stage Manager) is a stage manager, director, and theatermaker from New York. She is proud to be back at Adventure Stage after working on Akeelah and the Bee! Corinne was an Artistic Direction Apprentice at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where she worked on Richard Montoya's revival of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love. Other credits include Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center), CAT (Dixon Place), Juniper Tree (The Hive), Wildrose (|the claque|), BLOOM. She is descending (FiveMyles), and more. She is a graduate of Vassar College, where she co-founded the Britomartis Devised Theatre Ensemble and collaborated on six original full-length works.

Caswell James

Caswell James (Technical Director and Props Designer) is a Technical Director and designer on a national level. He is an artist, designer, and educator, working with Black Ensemble Theater, Steppen Wolf Theater, Pegasus Theater, and Redmoon Theater. This is his first production with Adventure Stage Chicago. Caswell loves working with the amazing team at ASC, expanding his creative outlets.

Eleanor Kahn

Eleanor Kahn (Scenic Design) is a freelance designer in Chicago. She most recently designed Moon Man Walk (Definition Theatre), A Story Told in Seven Fights (Neo-Futurists), Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (First Floor Theatre), and LIZZIE: The Musical (Firebrand Theatre). Other credits include: Machinal (Greenhouse Theatre), Hairy Ape, The Mother, The Jungle, and Waiting for Lefty (Oracle Productions), World Builders (First Floor Theatre), The Way She Spoke (Greenhouse Solo Celebration), FORTS!, The Van Gogh Cafe, Monster in the Hall, and Lifeboat (Filament Theatre). She also works with The House Theatre as a props designer. Eleanor received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University.

Jeffrey Levin

Jeffrey Levin (Sound Design / Original Music) is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Chicago. He’s contributed music and sound designs for many productions and has collaborated with Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, Filament, Lifeline, ChiArts High School, and more. Awards include five Joseph Jefferson Awards for Sound Design and Original Music with one win for THE HAIRY APE (Oracle Theatre), the Edes Award for Emerging Artists, the Michael Philippi prize for best professional exhibit, Kleinman Composition Competition winner, two Broadway World nominations, TimeOut Theatre Award nomination, and a Wilde Award Nomination. Jeffrey received his Masters from DePaul University and his Bachelors from Columbia College Chicago.

Liviu Pasare

Liviu Pasare (Projection Design) works as a video designer, cinematographer, editor and animator, and has produced, directed and performed for live events. His past work includes inSite, Luminous Field (Luftwerk), Rockcitizen and Power Goes (The Seldoms), The Dolls (Claudia Hart), The Elephant and the Whale (Chicago Children’s Theater/Redmoon), Spark (Adventure Stage), Mementos Mori (Manual Cinema), Where Did We Sit on the Bus? (Teatro Vista), The Making of the Superstrip (Lucky Plush), and more. He holds MFA degree in art and technology from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and takes academic approaches to video for performance as faculty at DePaul University.

Mieka van der Ploeg

Mieka van der Ploeg (Costume Design) has designed costumes for a variety of Chicago theatres, including Chicago Children’s Theatre, Second City Theatricals, The Hypocrites, About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, Redmoon Theater, Griffin Theatre, Next Theatre Company, The Building Stage, The House Theatre of Chicago, Albany Park Theater Project, Dog and Pony Theatre Co., and Pegasus Players. Further credits include wig and make-up work at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Goodman Theatre.