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Image by Elissa Shortridge
Conceived and Edited by Jessica Wright Buha*
Songs written and composed by Brad Brubaker & the Crowd Goes Wild
Directed by Kate Nawrocki
Running April 28th – May 27th, 2017
Photo by Joe Mazza at BraveLux
In this new group-written piece, audiences will take one of three different tours of the Time Museum, where you can touch anything you like - except not anything delicate. Meet the curators, who may not be human, but are fun and friendly - as long as you follow the rules! Interact with your guides - but don't ask them about their lives before... or the mysterious people that keep appearing and talking to them. Learn how endings are beginnings, the secrets of nature and music, and what happens when we die. Thank you for helping to rehabilitate these lost souls.
NOTE: CIRCLE HOUSE is performed as a tour throughout the historic Berger Park North Mansion and patrons will be on their feet and navigating stairs.
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FEATURING: Bryan Breau*, Christina Casano*, Graham Emmons*, Emily Green, Katherine Lamb, Sara Jean McCarthy*, Jhenai Mootz, Judi Schindler, and Elaine Small.
PRODUCTION TEAM: Becky Bishop (Stage Manager), Emily Wills (Assistant Director) Emma Cullimore* (Production Designer), Derik Marcussen* (Production Designer), Gregory Peters* & Jack Dugan Carpenter* (Production Managers), Nick Freed (Sound Designer), and Artistic Ensemble member John Jacobson (Lighting Designer).
Head Writer Jessica Wright Buha*
Deputy Writer Axel Arth
Contributing Editor Jodie Smylie
Contributing Writers Axel Arth Brad Brubaker Jessica Wright Buha Kaitlin Byrd Christina Casano Kara Davidson Sarah Idzik Amanda Link Charlotte Long Derik Marcussen Sara Jean McCarthy Aileen McGroddy Darren Meyers Deanna Myers Gregory Peters Ellenor Riley-Condit Jessica Saxvik Skyler Schrempp Jodie Smylie Dusty Wilson
* - is the mark of a Plagiarist
Photo by Joe Mazza at BraveLux
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BRYAN BREAU* (Arthie) is happy to be welcomed into The Plagiarist family! You may have last seen him on stage as George Smith in their production of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Bryan has been in Chicago since graduating from Virginia Tech in '06 and relocating Andersonville. In his time here Bryan has worked with the likes of Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Side Project, Oracle Productions, and Halcyon Theatre among others. He is also an Artistic Associate ensemble member of Abraham Werewolf as well as a founding company member of the local independent mixed-media production company Broad Shoulders Productions. Bryan's motto is to keep it weird, and he thinks he has found an outlet for that here with The Plagiarists.
CHRISTINA CASANO* (Annie) is a theatre artist based in Chicago. She earned a BA in Theatre from Miami University and completed the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program. She has stage managed, acted, and directed around Chicago for the past few years. Selected works include The Epic of Gilgamesh, etc., Belladonna Luna Sonata, and These Saints Will Burn (The Plagiarists), Milk Like Sugar (The Yard+Raven Theatre), Twelfth Night (Crowded Bookshelf Dramatics), Falling and Owners (Interrobang Theatre Project), Macbeth and Angels in America (Miami University). She is a company member with The Plagiarists where she serves as the Resident Stage Manager.
GRAHAM EMMONS* (Peter) a BFA graduate of the University of Colorado, Graham has been seen on stage in Chicago with The Plagiarist, The Windy City Playhouse, The Raven Theater, Prologue Theatre, Stage 773, St. Sebastian Players, & GreatWorks Touring Co. Regionally he's worked at theaters in Indiana, Maine and Colorado. You can also see him in the indie horror films An American Terror and Gnaw. He is beyond grateful to be a Plagiarists company member. (Shoutout to Kelley and his family!)
EMILY GREEN (Devereaux) is elated to be working with The Plagiarists again after appearing in Gilgamesh last fall. Other Chicago credits include: Henry V (Babes with Blades), The Hamlet Project (The Collective), Little Women (20% Theatre Company), and Much Ado About Nothing (Stone Soup Shakespeare). Regional: Hippodrome Theatre: Clybourne Park, The Tempest, Slasher, A Christmas Carol. MFA: University of Florida. BFA: Millikin University.
KATHERINE LAMB (Thorne) is thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time. Other credits include Fish Eye (Dandelion Theatre), Creature (Dandelion Theatre), Clybourne Park (Harper Theatre Ensemble), Cast of Characters (Baby Crow Productions), and The Miracle Worker (Parkland Theatre). Katherine attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production.
SARA JEAN MCCARTHY* (Tock) is a proud and pleased Plagiarist who has BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has had the good fortune of playing with such companies as the Griffin, Hypocrites, Caffeine Theatre, Boho Theatre Ensemble, The House, and Run-a-Muck productions, among others, and has also dabbled in some TV and film work. Her work for The Plagiarists includes acting in Promiscuous Stories, The Feast of Saint McGonagall, Season Pass, These Saints Will Burn,belladonna luna sonata as well as serving as both a co-writer and actor in I Am Saying This Right Now. She is also the curator and co-director of the Plagiarist Salons.
JHENAI MOOTZ (Tick) is excited to get to play with the Plagiarists on this production. Other credits around town: The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Arms and the Man, Dancing at Lughnasa, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder by the Book, Picnic (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Saint Joan, Man & Superman, Pygmalion, The Widowers’ Houses, The Millionairess, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man (ShawChicago), Sparky!, Jane Eyre, The Moonstone (Lifeline Theatre), The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio Shakespeare Company), The Women and The Philadelphia Story (Circle Theatre). Jhenai holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program and is the Managing Director of Oak Park Festival Theatre. Also a visual artist, Jhenai’s artwork can currently be found in the lobby of the Lifeline Theater & Andersonville Galleria, O’hare Airport and on her website at JhenaiMootz.com
JUDI SCHINDLER (Tack) is pleased to be part of The Plagarist’s innovative examination of life and death. Most recently she performed (as understudy) the role of Hillary in the Victory Gardens production of Hillary & Clinton. Other favorite roles include the drunk in Hell Cab at Profiles Theatre; Aunt Ruth in Marvin’s Room at Shattered Globe; Alumni Frenchy in The Original Grease at ATC, and Miriam Goldman in Beau Jest at Lamplight. In addition, she performs a one-woman comedy show, titled Husbands: An Owner’s Manual.
ELAINE SMALL (Bracken) is thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time. Recent Chicago credits include: Bernarda Alba and Her House - a new translation/adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba with Poetry Is in collaboration with Redtwist Theatre and The House of Blue Leaves at Raven Theatre . Elaine also appeared as Naomi in ColorBox Theatre's A Mess of Durang and Ralph in Public House Theatre’s production of Bouncers. Much love to Lee, for your unwavering support, and to my father. This is for you, pops - I'll see you in the audience.
BECKY BISHOP (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with the Plagiarists for the 1st time. She has worked around the city with with many companies, including: Lifeline (Miss Holmes, Miss Buncle’s Book, Jane Eyre, Monstrous Regiment, and The City & The City); Jackalope Theatre - Prowess; Strange Tree - The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play; Griffin Theatre - Robber Bridegroom, Letters Home, Stage Door. Additional productions have been with Steep, Caffeine Theatre, and The Gift. She’s been a non-equity stage manger in Chicago since 2006. Thanks to Kate, Greg, and the rest of the team for an incredible new production.
BRAD BRUBAKER & The Crowd Goes Wild (composer/music director) is best known for The Whiskey Radio Hour, a show in its fourth year of quarterly live performances of radio shows and funny musical advertisements. Other theatrical composition: Strawdog's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Annoyance's Good Morning, Gitmo, plus original performances at Oracle B-Sides, Chi-Town Clown Revue, Pimprov, Awesomonster and Laughingstock, among others. Brad Brubaker & The Crowd Goes Wild's music has also heard live on the stages at the Double Door (RIP), Martyrs', Township and countless other venues around Chicago. bradbrubaker.bandcamp.com
JESSICA WRIGHT BUHA* (Adaptor, Playwright) Locally, Jessica Wright Buha's writings have been performed by the Goodman Theatre (The Things Above, New Play Bake-Off 2014), Lifeline Theatre (Lyle Finds His Mother, One Came Home, Sparky!), the Gift Theatre (Moon Rhymes, TEN 2014), Filament Theatre Ensemble (Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park), WildClaw Theatre (Alabama Mermaid, winner, Deathscribe 2011), and the Plagiarists (War Song, Ulysses), where she is a proud company member. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the mother of a wonderful son.
EMMA CULLIMORE* (Production Designer) Emma is the costume designer for The Plagiarists and Chicago Tap Theatre, while also freelancing with other Chicago storefront companies. Outside of Chicago, her designs have been seen at the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, and internationally in Havana, Cuba. Emma holds an MFA from the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa, and a BFA from Stephens College.
Nick Freed (Sound Designer) Nick is an actor, writer, director, and Plagiarist who has performed across Chicago with Griffin Theatre, Raven Theater, WildClaw, Right Brain Project, and more. When not theatering, he writes about music and pop culture for Consequence of Sound, where he is host of the bi-monthly video series, "Masterpiece Review," as well as with Vice's music site, Noisey.
JOHN JACOBSEN (Lighting Designer) is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s BFA Theatre Design & Technology program. Prior to Penn State, John spent two years at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Credits in Chicago include the lighting designs for Fugitive Songs, Scotland Road (BoHo Theatre), The Epic of Gilgamesh, Ulysses, Belladonna Luna Sonata, These Saints Will Burn, Season Pass, War Song, Matryoshka, The Feast of St. McGonagall, I Am Saying This Right Now, Caesura: A Butchery (The Plagiarists), Figments (St. Sebastian Players), The Alchemist, The Armageddon Dance Party (Nothing Special Productions), and Living Canvas RX. Awards include USITT’s 2007 Lighting Design Award for Young Designers & Technicians. John is an Artistic Associate and Resident Lighting Designer with The Plagiarists. He is also an architectural lighting designer with the Chicago office of Schuler Shook, where his recent projects include the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, NY.
DERIK MARCUSSEN* (Production Designer) is happy to be designing his third show for The Plagiarists with his partner and fellow Plagiarist, Emma. Also an actor and technician, Derik is looking forward to The Plagiarists Year X and the exciting challenges and opportunities it promises to deliver.
KATE NAWROCKI (Director) is thrilled to be back with the Plagiarists where she was last seen in 2012's I Am Saying This Right Now. More recent acting credits include Miss Holmes (Lifeline), Pygmalion (Rogue), To the New Girl (The Foundling’s) and The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen (Fringe NYC) among many others with the Strange Tree Group where she is an ensemble member, Associate Artistic Director and occasional director and scenic designer. Kate has also performed with Pegasus, Pivot Arts, Collaboraction, Caffeine, and the Griffin. She is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and has studied with The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, as well as Washington University's Globe Education Program and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
EMILY WILLS (Assistant Director) is honored to have been brought to Circle House, her first work with the Plagiartists. Emily can often be found traveling the Chicagoland area as a teaching artist, actor, and director with Lifeline, Raven, Mudlark, and Northlight theatre. Emily graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre, concentration in TYA and Civic Engagement.