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GILGAMESH CAST & CREW BIOS
PETER ASH (Rawlinson) attended Columbia College Chicago, after leaving that institution he has worked with many theatres around the city including City Lit, Piccolo Theatre, and Promethean Ensemble.
BRYAN BREAU (George) is beyond thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time! You may have last seen him in Polarity Ensemble Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Side Project's Whatever. An east coast transplant, Bryan has been acting in Chicago since 2007 with such companies as: Oracle Productions, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, New Millennium Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, and Steel Beam Theatre of St. Charles. He is an Artistic Associate company member of Abraham Werewolf, as well as a company member of Broad Shoulders Productions, a local independent film production company. Bryan studied Theatre Arts and English at Virginia Tech University prior to relocating to Chicago. As always, he would like to thank his incredibly supportive friends and family, and the fantastic theatre community in this city.
RAEF CARTER (Gilgamesh) earned his master of arts from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in performance then went on to a master of Fine Arts in performance at the University of Texas at Austin in both film and stage. Currently Raef is studying at the Gately Poole Conservatory with Kathryn Gately. Raef has been fortunate enough to work in film, commercial, and numerous stage productions, winning both local and international film festivals and starring in productions such as Hamlet, Titus, Metamorphosis, and Arabian Nights. This is his first production in Chicago, and Raef is very excited and grateful be working with The Plagiarists in The Epic of Gilgamesh.
DANIEL CHENARD (Enkidu) is an actor and writer based in Chicago. He is happy to be a part of his first ever production with The Plagiarists, and working with them to bring the story of Gilgamesh to life has been a joy. Previous Chicago credits include Swimming in the Shallows (Piven Workshop), The Princess, The Minstrel, and the Rabid Bat (Rabid Bat Theatricals), and The Seagull (The UV Theatre Project). He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
BILL DANIEL (Eneberg) is an actor/playwright living in the city of Chicago. A graduate of Illinois State University, Bill has spent several years in Chicago chasing the elusive genius. He has had the good fortune of working with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. (Geography of a Horse Dreamer), Wayward Productions (Richard III), The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company (Hamlet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus), Nothing Without a Company (Crash Landing), and E.D.G.E. Theatre (Holmes vs. Holmes), wherein he also was the playwright. Bill would like to thank his folks, Gaby, and the Plagiarists for this fantastic opportunity.
GRAHAM EMMONS (Shamash) is so excited to be part of his first Plagiarists show! He has been seen in Chicago at The Windy City Playhouse (The Explorers Club), The Raven Theater (Playboy of the Western World, Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Goose), and Prologue Theatre (Porcelain). Regional credits include work with The Good Theatre (The Rainmaker and Mama’s Boy), Theater at Monmouth (What the Butler Saw and As You Like It), and Crossroads Rep (SUDS!, The Servant of Two Masters, and You Can’t Take it With You.) You can also see Graham in the indie horror films An American Terror and Gnaw (2017). Graham thanks Kelley, Kevin, Judee & Hunter for their love and support.
JOE FELICIANO (Chorus Leader) is so damn happy to be working with the fine folks at The Plagiarists and this absurdly talented cast. Joe has been acting in Chicago since the late eighties and originated roles in two long running shows, Cannibal Cheerleaders on Crack and Shannen Doherty Shoots a Porno: a Shockumentary, both at Torso Theatre. He was last seen onstage in The Woman in Black at Saint Sebastian Players, where he first worked with the superlative Jack Dugan Carpenter, and before that, Pride & Prejudice with Adapt Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include: Actor from The Woman in Black, Creon from Antigone, Andrei from Three Sisters, Michael from Two Rooms, Polonius from Hamlet, Mike Hunt from A Boy and His Vagina, Nursie from Camino Real and Ivan Dmitritch from Chekhov’s Ward 6. Joe wishes to give a shout out to his peeps Jamielle and Pro for their inherent grooviness and his kittuhs, Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All and Lizaveta von Beaverhausen, for keeping it real.
EMILY GREEN (Shamhat) is excited to be making her debut with The Plagiarists! Chicago credits include: The Hamlet Project (The Collective), Little Women (20% Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Stone Soup Shakespeare), and To The New Girl (The Foundlings Theatre Company). Regional: Hippodrome Theatre: Clybourne Park (Betsy/Lindsey), The Tempest (Antonio), Slasher, and A Christmas Carol. MFA: University of Florida. BFA: Millikin University.
STEPHEN MCCLURE (Matthewson) is thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time. After receiving his BFA from Texas Tech, Stephen moved to Chicago to continue his work in theatre. Chicago credits include Orlando (As You Like It) and Padraic (The Land of Never-Lack) with Cave Painting Theatre, Santa/Pantone/Rabbi in A Very Orwellian Christmas with American Demigods and as Tate in trip.'s Midwest premiere of finding grafenberg. He would like to thank both his genetic and experience-acquired families for their continual love and support.
ISAAC SAMUELSON (Arnold) is an actor who is also a singer who likes to play music and move his body. He obtained his BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco, and attended the Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater in 2009. He is currently pursuing his master's in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. Sometimes he is a clown named Tobes. Isaac is often seen around Chicago performing in new works with the Whiskey Rebellion, and if you are a child still in school you may have seen him touring your school with Imagination Theater. Or perhaps you're a full grown adult who has seen him perform at Salonathon. Wherever Isaac is seen, new work and collaboration are what drive him.
JESSICA SAXVIK (Mary) earned her B.A. in theatre performance from Illinois State University, where she was a RAS and Jean Scharfenberg scholarship recipient. A proud member of The Plagiarists since 2012, credits with the company include belladonna luna sonata, these saints will burn, Season Pass, King Ubu, Matryoshka, American Stage Sessions, and I Am Saying This Right Now. Jessica has also worked with Joyce Piven in What Dreams May Come, American Visions Through Jewish Eyes at The Piven Workshop Theatre and appeared in two films, Concrete and Ravenswood, with Eye Sprocket Productions.
JULIA STEMPER (Rimat-Ninsun) is delighted to be back at it with The Plagiarists where she is now lucky enough to say she is a company member; she was previously seen with the company in belladonna luna sonata, these saints will burn, King Ubu and Matryoshka and most recently in American Stage Sessions (part of Abbie Fest). Other Chicago credits include Lydie Breeze (Ka-Tet Theatre), Commedia King John (Chicago dell’Arte), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (Lifeline), Romeo and Juliet (First Folio). This past spring Julia played Prospera at Hope College in The Tempest where she was a Visiting Guest Artist. Julia also serves as the Artistic Director of Stone Soup Shakespeare where she was just last seen as Adriana in The Comedy of Errors. Prior to arriving in Chicago she performed extensively in DC. She holds an MFA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
JACK DUGAN CARPENTER (Director) is a director and actor who has collaborated with The Plagiarists on a number of productions, including directing these saints will burn, War Song, Matryoshka, and Caesura: A Butchery, assistant directing The Wreck of the Medusa and acting in The Feast of Saint McGonagall and King Ubu. Elsewhere in Chicago, Jack directed The Woman in Black, Measure for Measure and Figments with Saint Sebastian Players, The Alchemist and The Armageddon Dance Party with Nothing Special Productions, Living Canvas RX , and staged readings of The Shape of Things and Sight Unseen with Black Cloud Gallery. Jack also assistant-directed The Old Settler at Writers' Theatre (under Ron OJ Parson) and Scapin at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (under Karen Kessler). He also directed Equus, Julius Caesar, 4.48 Psychosis, The Dumb Waiter, The Fan, The Memorandum, and Nobody Here But Us Chickens, all at ISU where Jack received his MFA in directing. www.jackdugancarpenter.com
CHRISTINA CASANO (Stage Manager) 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 does a little bit of everything, as all theatre artists do, and has stage managed, acted, and directed about Chicago for the last two years. Selected works include Milk Like Sugar (The Yard+Raven Theatre), Twelfth Night (CBD), belladonna luna sonata and these saints will burn (The Plagiarists), Owners (ITP), Macbeth and Angels in America (Miami University). She is a company member of The Plagiarists where she serves as the Resident Stage Manager, and is a company member of Crowded Bookshelf Dramatics.
EMMA CULLIMORE (Costume 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.
SAMANTHA DECKER (Assistant Director) works across Chicago as a professional fundraiser and grant writer in the arts and is honored to once again work with the Plagiarists. Sam is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Masters of Arts Management program, where she served as the Director of Performance Programming at Future Tenant, and Artistic Director of Th!nk and Make Productions.
STEPHEN GAWRIT (Original Music & Sound Design) is thrilled to work with The Plagiarists for the 2nd time, after performing in Caesura: A Butchery! Other Chicago credits include: Dead Children; Push Button Murder; We Three; Jet Black Chevrolet (the side project); The Body of an American (Stage Left Theatre); Animals Out of Paper (Shattered Globe); Three Sisters (The Hypocrites); Hammer; Marat/Sade (The Right Brain Project); Silence of the Sea-Staged Reading (TUTA); All Girl Dracula (The Chicago Mammals). Upcoming productions include: Heathers: The Musical (Oakton Community College); Sycamore (Raven Theater); Iago’s Plot (UIUC). Stephen is a proud graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts (Theater, ‘04), and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art Australia (NIDA). He sends love to his wife Amanda for her constant support. www.stephengawrit.com
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), 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.
SARA JEAN MCCARTHY (Production Manager) has her acting degree 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 dabbled in some TV and film work as well. Her work for The Plagiarists includes acting in Promiscuous Stories, The Feast of St. McGonagall, belladonna luna sonata, these saints will burn, and Season Pass, serving as both a co-writer and actor in I Am Saying This Right Now, and as Production Manager for King Ubu. She is also the curator and co-director of the Plagiarist Salons.
DERIK MARCUSSEN* (Scenic Design & Technical Director) is a graduate of Rockford University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Alongside performing, he is an automated lighting technician at Frost Lighting in Chicago. For The Plagiarists, he was Lincoln in War Song, built a Martian jet pack for Season Pass, and served as Master Electrician/ One Man Run Crew on these saints will burn. Most recently, Derik was seen in belladonna luna sonata as Kog, designed sets and props for The Plagiarists’ production of Ulysses, and performed in Mary-Arrchie's last Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins festival. Derik would like to thank his fellow Plagiarists for their continued excellence both on and off the stage.
GREGORY PETERS (Playwright) is a founding member and current Artistic Director of The Plagiarists. He playwrote The One About the Green Detective and Matryoshka, and co-playwrote/adapted Promiscuous Stories, American Stage Sessions, The Wreck of the Medusa, Caesura: A Butchery, King Ubu, and Season Pass, all with The Plagiarists. He also directed Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (New Leaf), Living the Dream, Promiscuous Stories, belladonna luna sonata, and The Feast of St. McGonagall (The Plagiarists). Thanks to Jet, who makes his life possible, and The Plagiarists, who made this show possible.