Thank you to everyone who joined the Münsterspiel rebellion! We remain eternally grateful to our fans and friends who support and trust us and the Chicago theatre community at large for giving us the opportunity to be brave and tackle challenging new ideas.
Thanks and love to you all! xoxo
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Münsterspiel is in ROLLING STONE!
"... all your punk rock hopes and dreams are bursting into brilliant flame in the German city of Münster..."
“…Munsterspiel encourages its audience to think differently...in Dadaist/Surrealist style, it pokes fun at its own "truthiness" with anachronisms, time travel, intersection of different space/time realities and characters, and an ominous, unseen, hegemonic force that exists to squelch all variation, revolt, or alternative to its overwielding power…” --Windy City Times
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”…the anachronistic elements – not just the time travel, but the visions of future inventions and words that plague multiple characters – contribute to a heightened, satirical, and almost Brechtian feel that works quite well.” --PerformInk
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FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 16 All Shows Start at 7:30 PM at The Berger Park Coach House 6205 N Sheridan Rd
Special Industry Night Show Monday, March 11, 7:30
NO SHOW ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST OR FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Tickets are pay what thou wilt.
A limited number of parking passes are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What if enough people decided to disagree about the rules of the universe?
Joe Feliciano as Bernie. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
Patrick Zielinski as Prince-Bishop Waldeck. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
From the untethered mind of artistic director Gregory Peters comes Münsterspiel: a true-ish tragicomedy about the Anabaptist takeover of the city of Münster in 1534. Pushing the Protestant Reformation to full-on revolution, their communist theocracy held out against a year-and-a-half long siege. Inspired in part by Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces, Munsterspiel is a dadaist romp through the Reformation Alamo, a time travel odyssey through what-could-have-been and what-could-come, and a prayer for the end of the world.
Find out all about the initial inspiration behind Münsterspiel by Gregory Peters running February 14-March 16. Be inspired. Be educated. Start a rebellion...or just enjoy the fire - the uprising needs all types! Tickets on sale now!
Tony Kaehny as Joe. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
Sean McGill as John. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
JOE - Tony Kaehny* JOHN - Sean McGill BERNIE - Joe Feliciano NIPS - Stephen McClure* ARTEMIS - Jessica Saxvik* JANE - Elaine Small* HENRY/ABBOT/ULRICH - Rae Hamilton-Vargo DIVARA - Amy Jean Johnson WALDECK - Patrick Zielinski ALFRED/HILLE/GIRL - Grace Hutchings PRIEST/GRAES - Zach Gossett
Jack Dugan Carpenter Christina Casano Zachary Finch Katharine Jordan Haleigh Kent Daniela Martinez Gregory Peters Bruce Phillips Erik Schiller
Jessica Saxvik as Artemis. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
Playwright Gregory Peters* Director: Jack Dugan Carpenter* Assistant Director: Wyatt Kent Stage Manager: Becky Bishop Production Managers: Emma Cullimore/Sara Jean McCarthy Set/Props Designer: Erin Gautille Technical Director/Scenic Artist: Melissa Schlesinger* Costume Designer: Emma Cullimore* Composer and Sound Designer: Stephen Gawrit Lighting Designer: John Jacobsen Violence and Intimacy Designer: Tristin Hall
* - is the mark of a Plagiarist
FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 16 All Shows Start at 7:30 PM at The Berger Park Coach House 6205 N Sheridan Rd
Special Industry Night Show Monday, March 11, 7:30
Jeff Award Winner Amy Jean Johnson as Divara. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
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MÜNSTERSPIEL CAST & CREATIVES BIOS
CHRISTINA CASANO (u/s Alfred/Hille/Girl) is a theatre artist based in Chicago, where she has stage managed, acted, and directed. She earned a BA in Theatre from Miami University (Ohio) and completed the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program. Selected works include Some Like It Red, Circle House, The Epic of Gilgamesh, etc., and Belladonna Luna Sonata (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 Literary Manager.
Elaine Small as Jane. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
JOE FELICIANO (Bernie) is tickled pink to be playing with the fine folks at The Plagiarists again, where he first appeared in their production of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Joe has been acting in Chicago since the late 80’s 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 Eclipse Theatre’s Natural Affection, and before that City Lit’s London Assurance. Some of his favorite roles include: The Ark Builder in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Actor in The Woman in Black, Creon in The Antigone, Andrei in Three Sisters, Michael in Two Rooms, Polonius in Hamlet, Mike Hunt inA Boy and His Vagina, Nursie in Camino Real, and Ivan Dmitritch in Chekhov’s Ward 6. Joe continues to be inspired by this generation’s activists and love warriors.
ZACH FINCH (u/s Bernie/Nips) is stoked to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time. Zach's recent Chicago theatre credits include Plainclothes (Broken Nose), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Ghostlight Ensemble), A Home on the Lake (Piven Theatre), Bleacher Bums (Pride Arts and Film), Daylight (The Neo-Futurists), El Stories 24 (Waltzing Mechanics), The Future (Chicago Fringe), Men Exposed (RedTwist), Mr. Marmalade (The Den Theatre), Happiness: The Pursuit and Other Tragedies (Oracle). He has a BFA in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. Zach is also the drummer for the Chicago indie-folk band Liz and the Lovelies, which makes him a "lovely" and he co-hosts the podcast Chooch Chat.
Grace Hutchings, Zach Gossett, and Jessica Saxvik
ZACH GOSSETT (Priest/Graes) Zach traveled the opposite direction of most sane people; going North to Chicago from New Port Richey, Florida to pursue the dream. Subsequently he is now the palest member of his family. His most recent adventure was on a film called Noise and Color, which is in postproduction. Not only is this his first Plagiarist production but also his first Chicago theatrical endeavor. His favorite color is chartreuse. He is a member of a very secretive society of left-handed luminaries called...
RAE HAMILTON-VARGO (Abbott/Henry/Ulrich) is a nonbinary actor originally hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. They hold a BA in Theatre from Northwestern and some of their favorite recent Chicago stage credits include Wayfoot in SWEEP (Coffee & Whiskey) and Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Invictus Theatre Co). You can also look for them in the webseries The Life of Harold and the short film Eat Rich.
Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
GRACE HUTCHINGS (Alfred/Hille/Girl) is proud to be working with The Plagiarist for the second time after appearing in Endeavor Mind earlier this season! This Houston native moved to Chicago after getting a B.A. in Acting from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. She recently was a lead in Bobby Pin Girls (Ana) and the short horror film, Mister Sticks (Lindsey). Other credits include: Sylvia (Sylvia), Alice in Slasherland (Alice), and Polaroid Stories (Euridice). This fall/winter you can find her doing an educational tour of Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) around the Chicagoland area.In her spare time, she likes to watch horror movies, cook, and travel. She would like to thank the wonderful cast, crew, and SA for their love and support! Grace is represented by BMG Talent.
Stephen McClure as Nips. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
AMY JOHNSON (Divara) has been a fan of The Plagiarists for awhile and is delighted to be playing with them in Munsterspiel! Most recently, she was seen in the world premier of Oxy, Ohio by SJ Spencer at the side project, where she is a proud associate member. In 2017, she was honored with a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in Falling with !nterrobang Theatre Project. She’s had the privilege to work with several Chicago companies, including: Erasing the Distance, Pegasus Players, Blue Goose Ensemble, the Ex-Pats, Steep Theatre and Historical Perspectives for Children. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has had roles in TV, film, a web series and narrates audiobooks. More info at amyjeanjohnson.com
KATHARINE JORDAN (u/s Jane, voice of CONTROL) is thrilled to be working with the cast and creative team of Münsterspiel. A transplant from Massachusetts, Katharine most recently portrayed Brigitte in The Rocky Balboa Picture Show (Corn Productions) and Betty Peterson in TOAST! The Food Competition Musical (Second City Blackout Cabaret). Other favorite productions include Strange Days: Five Tales of Dark Paths, Odd Mercies, and Birthday Cake (Exiled Theatre), Into the Woods (South Shore Theatre Works), and Avenue Q (University of New Hampshire). Katharine is a member of The Murder Mystery Company and the creator/host of Witch Trials Weekly, a history vlog for the Salem Witch Museum. www.katharinejordan.com
TONY KAEHNY (Joe) Tony is a proud Plagiarist. With the Plagiarists, Tony has workshopped plays, appeared in and directed pieces for their excellent bi-annual Salons, and appeared on stage- once interviewing a crab puppet and another time operating a crow puppet. Coincidence?? He has done other fun stuff with other theater companies, and sometimes does voice work. He is seriously considering getting a dog.
Jessica Saxvik and Joe Feliciano. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
HALEIGH KENT (u/s Henry/Abbot/Ulrich and Divara) is thrilled to play with The Plagiarists for the first time. She is new to the Chicago theatre scene, having recently moved from Iowa, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Northern Iowa. Some of her favorite credits Include Hermione The Winter’s Tale (Stone Soup Shakespeare Reading Series), Yvette Mother Courage (TheaterUNI), and Viola Twelfth Night (TheatreUNI).
DANIELA MARTINEZ (u/s Artemis) is a Senior BFA in Acting student at Columbia College Chicago and she is very excited to be graduating in May. Her previous Chicago Credits include Palabras & Musica and La Carne Asada with Vision Latino Theatre Company and Loves Labours Lost with Invictus Theatre Company.
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 Some Like It Red, 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.
SEAN McGILL (JOHN) Words can't begin to describe how elated Sean is to be returning to The Plagiarists and this wonderful cast and design team. He sends all of his love to his family and friends for their continued support. A bit of a theatrical groundhog who only appears when he doesn't see his shadow, he's also worked with Griffin Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, is a founding member of The Conspirators, and plays drums for the rock bands Turn N Fire and Claire and the Bears.
Sean McGill and Jessica Saxvik. Photo by Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
STEPHEN MCCLURE (Nips) is thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists again. Last season he appeared in SOME LIKE IT RED and UBU II and the previous season was in The Epic of Gilgamesh. 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.
BRUCE PHILLIPS (u/s John) is an actor and improviser in Chicago. He is an ensemble member of ComedySportz Chicago and has performed at the Annoyance Theatre in Trigger Happy (directed by Mick Napier), The Boy Scout Musical , Burlesque is More, and My So Called After-Life and more. He is a performer and executive director of the critically acclaimed show Hitch*Cocktails (named Best Improv Troupe in Chicago by the Chicago Reader) and performs in Clued In - The Improvised Murder Mystery, most recently seen at The Beat Lounge at Piper's Alley. In addition, Bruce directs and performs with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and performed in the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray aboard the largest cruise ship in the world – the Oasis of the Seas. Bruce is a Jeff Award winner for Artistic Specialization for his work designing the robots in Heddatron at the Steppenwolf Garage in 2011 for Sideshow Theatre Company, where he is also an artistic associate, and recent understudy for HeLa, performed at the Greenhouse Theatre. He was most recently seen on tour with Second City Theatricals on board the Norwegian Dawn and understudied in Lifeline Theatre's production of Anna Karenina. Learn more at brucetheactor.com.
ERIK SCHILLER (u/s Priest/Graes) received his training at the University of Tennessee and has since worked in both stage and film in Knoxville, Nashville, and Chicago. Credits include Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Adam in the independent feature Ain't It Nowhere (Badland Productions), Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Tennessee Stage Company), Jack Rugby in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Clarence Brown Theatre) and Don in All In the Timing and Michael in Fiction (Yellow Rose Productions).
ELAINE SMALL (Jane) is thrilled to be working with The Plagiarists for the third time after appearing in Some Like It Red last season and Circle House. Elaine is a newly-minted Plagiarist (so shiny!) and has previously worked in Chicago with Raven Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, and ColorBox Theatre. Elaine is represented by BMG Talent and has a sweet little website: elainejsmall.com.
JESSICA SAXVIK (Artemis) 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 Some Like It Red, UBU II, The Epic of Gilgamesh, 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.
PATRICK ZIELINSKI (Waldeck) Patrick is very excited to be in his first Plagiarists show. Originally from Milwaukee, Patrick moved to Chicago in 1998 to study improvisation with comedy luminary Del Close at I.O. (ImprovOlympic) Patrick has appeared in many stage productions, TV commercials and films. Co-founder of HCFB Productions, he has written, directed and co-starred in dozens of short films, showcases and sketch comedy revues under its moniker. Patrick is also co-creator and Director of “Hamlets House” a T.Y.A production staring Hamlet a man sized dog who goes on imagination adventures with his human friends, fun for all ages, check us out at www.hamletshouse2b.com. Patrick is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
BECKY BISHOP (Stage Manager) Becky's first productions with the Plagiarists were as stage manager for Circle House and Some Like it Red. Other companies she has worked for include: Lifeline Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Strange Tree Group, Steep, Caffeine Theatre, and the Gift. She has been a non-equity stage manager since 2006. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she spent 4 years in Minnesota earning her BA in Theatre and English from Winona State University before returning to the city she loves. Having been a traveling nomad around Chicago storefronts for the majority of her career, she is pleased the Plagiarists have given her a place to call home.
JACK DUGAN CARPENTER (Director, Understudy Joe) is a director and actor who has collaborated with The Plagiarists on a number of productions, including directing Some Like It Red, The Epic of Gilgamesh, 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
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.
TRISTIN HALL (Violence and Intimacy Designer) Tristin is ecstatic to be working with the Plagiarists again after working on Some Like It Red last season! She has violence done for productions at Columbia College Chicago such as: Mr. Marmalade, Fool for Love, Martyr, Leveling Up, and Make Me Bad. Recent acting credits include: Love and Information (ensemble) and Dog Act (Jo-jo) at Columbia College, Carrie in Carrie and Francine (Haven Theater), and Lisa in Falling (Interrobang Theatre Company).
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), Some Like It Red, UBU II, 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.
STEPHEN GAWRIT (Composer and Sound Designer) is a Chicago-based sound designer, composer, & playwright. Previous Plagiarists credits include Gilgamesh & George and Caesura: A Butchery. Additionalcredits include: Iago’s Plot (UIUC); Sycamore (Raven Theatre);The Body of an American; The Bottle Tree (Stage Left Theatre); Push Button Murder; We Three; Jet Black Chevrolet (the side project); Animals Out of Paper (Shattered Globe); Three Sisters (The Hypocrites); Hammer; Marat/Sade; The Archivist (The Right Brain Project); Heathers: the Musical (Oakton Community College); All Girl Dracula (The Chicago Mammals). Stephen is a proud graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts (Theater, ‘04), studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art Australia (NIDA), and is a continuing student of Shozo Sato. www.stephengawrit.com
ERIN GAUTILLE (Set and Props Designer) recently moved back to the Chicago area after working as a scenic designer and technical director for Cardinal Stage. She designed their productions of Rounding Third, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Robin Hood. Currently she is designing for multiple companies here in Chicago such as “Babes with Blades” and “First Floor Theatre” and others. Additionally, she also has worked with Taylor University designing multiple shows including “The Amish Project”. Erin is excited to be part of the team here and hopes you enjoy the show.
GREGORY PETERS (Playwright, Understudy Waldeck) is a founding member and current Artistic Director of The Plagiarists. He playwrote Some Like It Red, The Epic of Gilgamesh,The One About the Green Detective and Matryoshka, and co-playwrote/adapted UBU II, 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.
MELISSA "13andit" SCHLESINGER (Technical Director and Scenic Artist) is a multi-disciplinary creative mercenary specializing in MacGyvering and magic. She is happy to be back in the fray with The Plagiarists, whom she has loved since Matryoshka, and dearly missed in a brief hiatus following Ulysses. Melissa creates worlds for the stage, galleries, events, haunts, room escape games, and on screen. Melissa is the Lead Designer and a founding member of Escape Artistry, home to a showcase of her sonic, scenic, and puzzling interactive environments. A third generation artist, Melissa studied Theatre Production and Studio Art at Bradley University. www.melissaschlesinger.com