REVIEW: Neverwhere (Lifeline Theatre)

‘Wicked’ isn’t the only dark Oz



Lifeline Theatre presents
Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric from the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by Paul S. Holmquist
Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood (map)
Through June 20  |  Tickets: $30  |  more info

Reviewed by Leah A. Zeldes

Alice fell through the rabbit hole. Dorothy was swept up by a tornado.

For good-hearted, mild-mannered Richard Mayhew, unlikely hero of Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy Neverwhere, now in a world-premiere adaptation at Rogers Park’s Neverwhere1always innovative Lifeline Theatre, it’s stumbling on and aiding an injured girl that propels him into a strange new world — London Below – a grimmer, underground  version of the city he knows, a place of sewers and magic and people who fell through cracks … and from which there can be no return. Like Wicked, the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel from which the lighter, happier Broadway musical was adapted, Neverwhere, gives us an upended and blackly humorous view of a familiar place.

Directed by Paul S. Holmquist, Kauzlaric’s adaptation, ten years in the making, sticks closely to Gaiman’s 1996 novel, which was in turn based on a teleplay Gaiman did for a BBC miniseries.  Gaiman’s storyline leaves unanswered questions, and so does this play, but his creatively imagined world overcomes the hanging threads. Kauzlaric’s trimming removes some of the most gruesome and ugly bits, retaining most of the action.

The hapless Richard (guilelessly portrayed by Robert Kauzlaric, the playwright) journeys through the bizarre and deadly London Below with the hunted girl, Lady Door (plucky Katie McLean), and her companions, the dodgy, sardonic Marquis de Carabas (a wonderfully dry and laconic Chris Hainsworth) and the enigmatic bodyguard Hunter (Kyra Morris, in fighting trim). They’re off to see the angel Islington (somewhat over-deliberately played by Phil Timberlake) in an effort to find out who ordered Door’s whole family murdered and how Richard can, like Dorothy, go home again. The wizard … er, angel … sends them on a quest to bring back a mysterious key.


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Lifeline does its usual beautifully inventive job of bringing the written word to the stage, with just a few minor flaws. Here and there, unexplained lines leftover from the book may be puzzling to those who haven’t read it. Mikhail Fiksel‘s eerie original music fits the mood quite well, but in several places underlying music or sound-effects distract from the dialogue. A few longish monologues slow the action (and add up to a 2½-hour-long production).

Alan Donahue’s multi-level set, full of doors and tunnels and ladders, goes a long way toward evoking the forbidding London Below, aided by puppets created by Kimberly G. Morris and rich performances from Patrick Blashill, Christopher M. Walsh and Elise Kauzlaric as a series of creepy, colorful, underworld characters. Sean Sinitski is spine-chillingly funny as the loquacious and sinister Mr. Croup.

Gaiman fans should be thrilled, but you needn’t know the novel to enjoy this lively fantasy adventure on stage.

Rating: ★★★½


Note: Not suitable for young children. Free parking available in the lot at the northeast corner of Morse and Ravenswood avenues, with free shuttle-van service before and after shows.

A scene from the BBC’s Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman on Neverwhere, Naperville, Feb. 2010


Cast & Crew

Patrick Blashill (Old Bailey, The Earl, The Abbot)

Patrick has been an ensemble member with Lifeline since 1996 and was most recently seen as Dr. Livesey in Treasure Island. Other roles include Ferdinand the Bull in The Story of Ferdinand, the Mighty Gorilla in The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, which was later remounted for "Chicago Theatre on the Air" with guest star Brent Spiner. In addition, Patrick has performed as Edgar Drake in The Piano Tuner (After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance), Victor in Lizard Music, Hugh Thane in The Talisman Ring, Tom in Pistols for Two (Non-Equity Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble), and Bunter in Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble). He is especially proud to have acted in all three books of Lifeline’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that spanned The Fellowship of the Ring (1997), The Two Towers (2000), and The Return of the King (2002). Patrick has worked with numerous other Chicago theatres including Reverie Theatre, Victory Gardens, Organic Lab, Theatre on the Lake, Stage Left, and Shakespeare’s Motley Crew. Patrick is a graduate of the American academy of Dramatic Arts.

Chris Hainsworth (Marquis de Carabas, Brother Fuliginous)

Chris is pleased to be returning to the Lifeline stage where he last appeared as Israel Hands and Captain Flint in their Jeff Recommended production of Treasure Island. He has also appeared at Lifeline as Oliver in Talking It Over and Mr. MacBride in the extension of Busman’s Honeymoon. Recent credits outside Lifeline include Mott in The Artist Needs A Wife with the side project, Sheriff Raven in The Dreams in the Witch House with WildClaw Theatre, Robbie in Scenes from the Big Picture (Equity Jeff Nomination – Best Ensemble) with Seanachaí Theatre, and Scotty in the After Dark Award winning Old Town with Strawdog, where he has been an ensemble member since 2000. Recently Chris won the coveted ‘Bloody Axe’ award at WildClaw Theatre‘s DeathScribe 2009 for his short audio drama Remembrance.

Elise Kauzlaric (Old Woman, Jessica, Anaesthesia, Lamia)

Elise is thrilled to be returning to the Lifeline stage. A member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2005, she most recently directed Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination – Director). As an actor she has appeared in numerous Lifeline productions including Talking it Over, Queen Lucia, Strong Poison, and The Silver Chair. Other Chicago credits include King Lear at The Goodman Theatre; The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Tartuffe at City Lit Theatre; Cabaret at Metropolis; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at First Folio Shakespeare; and On the Shore of the Wide World at Griffin Theatre (Non Equity Jeff Nomination – Supporting Actress). Next up, Elise will direct Lifeline’s fall production of Wuthering Heights.

Robert Kauzlaric (Richard Mayhew; Adaptor)

Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. As an actor, he has appeared in a dozen productions on this stage, including The Return of the King, Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble), The Killer Angels, and The Mark of Zorro (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production). Other area acting credits include work with Seanachaí Theatre Co., Strawdog, Greasy Joan, The Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, New American Theater, Theatre at the Center, and the IL Shakespeare Festival. As a writer, this is his fifth stage adaptation for Lifeline; past scripts include The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Jeff Nomination: New Adaptation). Robert’s new adaptation of The Three Musketeers premieres at the IL Shakespeare Festival this summer.

Katie McLean (Door)

Katie has been an ensemble member with Lifeline since 2006 and appeared in many productions, including Mariette in Ecstasy, Talking It Over, Crossing California, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears, Whose Body?, and Cooking with Lard. Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro won a Non-Equity Jeff Award in 2009, and she has directed Johnny Tremain (2006) and The Cricket in Times Square (2005) for the Lifeline stage. Katie is proud to have performed in Chicago with Black Sheep Productions, Blindfaith, the Hypocrites, Greasy Joan & Co., and Bailiwick Repertory, among others, and looks forward to directing Lifeline’s world premiere adaptation of Watership Down next season.

Kyra Morris (Sylvia, Hunter)

Kyra is delighted to join Lifeline in this journey through the world of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. A graduate of UCLA’s Theatre Film & Television Acting Program, she is glad to be back at home in Chicago. Recent roles include Antigone in AjaxAntigone at State Theatre, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Absolute Shakespeare, where she also served as Movement Director and Dance Captain, and a member of the Cymbal Hat Army in Redmoon Theatre‘s Last of My Species.

Sean Sinitski (Mr. Croup, Tooley)

Sean is pleased to be returning to Lifeline for a third time, last performing as Long John Silver in Treasure Island. He was member of Defiant and performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits include: Silk Road Theatre (Back of the Throat); Strawdog (The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story); Chicago Shakespeare (Winters Tale); Writers’ Theatre (The Doctor’s Dilemma); Next Theatre (Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer); Hypocrites (Henry V, Balm and Gilead); Stage Left (Fellow Travelers); Black Sheep Productions (Another Day in the Empire); and "Tied The Leader" where he plays the role of Jericho the Gunslinger.

Phil Timberlake (Gary, Lord Rat-Speaker, The Fop With No Name, The Angel Islington)

Phil has appeared on the Lifeline stage as Bunter in Busman’s Honeymoon, Prendick in The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award, Best Production), the Guru/Peppino in Queen Lucia (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor – Musical), and as Gollum/Legolas in The Two Towers. He also coached dialects for Treasure Island, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Talking It Over, and A Room With a View. Other Chicago acting credits include First Folio Shakespeare (The Tempest), Apple Tree (Violet), and ShawChicago (Misalliance). He is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at the Theatre School, DePaul University. Phil joined the ensemble in 2006.

Christopher M. Walsh (Mr. Vandemar, Portico, Varney, Brother Sable, Hammersmith

Christopher is proud to return to Lifeline after last fall’s Treasure Island. Previous Lifeline credits include Busman’s Honeymoon, and The Mark of Zorro at the Theatre Building. Other Chicago credits include: Camp Freedom! (Black Sheep); Bloody Bess: A Tale of Piracy and Revenge (BackStage); Journey’s End (Griffin Theatre); Chalk (Right Brain Project); The Hound of the Baskervilles (City Lit); Hamlet (Building Stage); What’s Wrong with Angry? (Circle Theatre); and A Clockwork Orange (Defiant).

Sara Gorsky (Understudy)

Sara is thrilled to join the London Underground! She was last seen at Lifeline understudying The Last of the Dragons. She recently appeared as Ilse in Promethean’s Spring Awakening and as the Doll in the Mammals’ Breed With Me (Orgie Award-acting). Other credits include Strawdog Theatre Company, the Resonants, Richard Crowe and the Port Washington Pirate Festival.

Dan Granata (Understudy)

Dan is pleased to return to the Lifeline stage after appearing in this season’s Mrs. Caliban. He most recently appeared in New Leaf Theatre’s The Man Who Was Thursday and Touch, and as part of the ensemble in Caffeine Theatre’s Under Milk Wood. Other Chicago credits include Raven (Hedda Gabler, Laughter on the 23rd Floor), Signal Ensemble (1776), Open Eye (Trust), and the Right Brain Project (Chalk). Elsewhere in Rogers Park, Dan serves as Managing Director of the side project theatre company.

Matt Kahler (Understudy)

Matt is pleased as punch to be involved with Lifeline for the first time. He has appeared in Frankenstein (The Hypocrites), Ren-Faire! A Fistful of Ducats (The Factory), Les Liasons Dangereuses (St. Louis Shakespeare), Cyrano De Bergerac (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival), The Homecoming (Hot City), and other productions all over this land.

Mallory Nees (Understudy)

Mallory is a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Some favorite roles include Pennywise in Urinetown (dir. Dexter Bullard), Florina in Mad Forest (dir. Carlos Murillo) and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Before coming to Chicago, Mallory performed at various venues in her home state of Wisconsin as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gilda in Design for Living, and Sarah in Spinning Into Butter. Since graduation, she’s worked with a few companies in Chicago, but none as often as Lifeline. This season, you may have seen her in Lifeline’s KidSeries productions of Dooby Dooby Moo, The Last of the Dragons, and The Blue Shadow.

Ian Novak (Understudy)

Ian was last seen at Lifeline in Meryl Friedman’s production of A Wrinkle In Time. Other credits include performances at Raven Theatre (Hedda Gabler), Griffin Theatre (Letters Home, On The Shore of the Wild World), Caffeine Theatre, Vitalist Theatre, Live Bait Theatre (Blind Tasting, Cheri), The Bailiwick, New American Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Apple Tree (Shakespeare’s R&J), Goodman Theatre, two seasons at Stratford Festival of Canada, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and many readings with the good folks at the Chicago Shakespeare Project.

Mike Ooi (Understudy)

Mike is pleased to return to Lifeline after appearing in the KidSeries production of The Last of the Dragons and the MainStage production of The Mark of Zorro. Other Chicago credits include 1985 and Mop Top Festival (Factory Theatre); Three Penny Opera (The Hypocrites at Steppenwolf Garage); Old Town (Strawdog Theatre); Curse of the Crying Heart and The Rocketman (House Theatre of Chicago). Mike has also worked as a stage manager and in other aspects for The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites, and Lifeline Theatre. Mike can also be seen in The Ghosts of Treasure Island at Adventure Stage.

Paul S. Holmquist (Director)

Paul joined the Lifeline ensemble in 2006 and has directed The Island of Dr. Moreau (winner of 5 Non-Equity Jeff Awards including Best Production-Play) for Lifeline’s 25th Anniversary Season, and last spring’s Busman’s Honeymoon. For Lifeline’s KidSeries, Paul directed Rikki Tikki Tavi & Other Just So Stories and Flight of the Dodo. He has appeared on the Lifeline stage in Strong Poison, The Talisman Ring (2005) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination: Supporting Actor-Play). Other directing credits include The Constant Wife and The Robber Bride Groom (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination: Director-Musical) for the Griffin Theatre Company and Under Milk Wood for Caffeine Theatre. Paul holds a BFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches and works.

Erica Foster (Stage Manager)

Erica has stage managed numerous productions at Lifeline including Treasure Island, The Mark of Zorro, Cat’s Cradle, The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, Johnny Tremain, The Talisman Ring (2005) and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Erica has also been Lifeline’s Operations Manager for the past four seasons.

Charlie Alves (Video/Projection Designer)

Charlie is pleased to be making his Lifeline debut. His Chicago credits include The Night Season for Vitalist Theatre; Independence for Citadel Theatre Company; Little Brother for Griffin Theatre Company; and Hope VI for Chicago Dramatists. Charlie has received a BFA in Theatre and Communications from Lake Forest College.

Eva Breneman (Dialect/Vocal Coach)

Chicagoland credits include: Brother/Sister Plays, Perfect Mendacity, and The Diary of Anne Frank (Steppenwolf); When She Danced, History Boys, and Fiorello (Timeline); A Life, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Grey Gardens (Northlight); The Overwhelming (Next Theatre); Fedra, Around the World in 80 Days, Black Diamond, and The Old Curiosity Shop (Lookingglass); Carousel (Court); The Maids and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Writer’s Theatre); The Light in the Piazza (Goodman Theatre); The Voysey Inheritance and Bronte (Remy Bumppo); Nine (Porchlight); Candels to the Sun (Eclipse); Aristocrats (StrawDog); Moby Dick (Milwaukee Rep); Blithe Spirit (Madison Repertory); Denmark (Victory Gardens). Regional and Off-Broadway credits include: Mamma Mia! (National Tour and Las Vegas); and Around the World in 80 Days (Centerstage Baltimore and Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Television credits include: Pleading Guilty (Fox); The Beast (A&E Television); and Caught in the Act (Lifetime Television). Eva is an Associate Artist at Timeline, and a Production Affiliate of Lookingglass Theatre Company. She holds an MA from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and a BFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)

Alan is a Lifeline ensemble member and veteran scenic designer for Lifeline’s MainStage and KidSeries, having most recently designed Treasure Island and Dooby Dooby Moo. When not designing scenery or props he does the occasional lighting design (Killer Angels, The Talisman Ring [2005]) or adaptation (Trust Me on This, Crossing California, Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears, Sophie’s Masterpiece). Current designs elsewhere include Dancing at Lughnasa for Seanachaí Theatre and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for Remy Bumppo.

Mikhail Fiksel (Original Music & Sound Designer)

Mikhail is excited to be back at Lifeline, having had a blast working on The Last of The Dragons. He is a proud member of Teatro Vista, where his recent projects included El Grito del Bronx (co-production with Collaboraction) and Blindmouth Singing (Jeff Award for Sound Design); as well as of Strawdog Theatre Company (After Dark Award for Original Score, Old Town, and a Jeff Award for Original Incidental Music, A Lie of the Mind); and of Serendipity Theatre Collective (where he is the musical director for their acclaimed series 2ndStory). He is also an Artistic Associate with Collaboraction (Orgie Award for Original Music, Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) and Redmoon Theater (Jeff Award Nomination, Winter Pageant Redux) and on the faculty at Loyola University, where he teaches Sound Design. Other recent credits include The Cabinet, Last of My Species, Once Upon a Time (Redmoon Theatre); Awake & Sing (Northlight); Feast (Albany Park Theatre Project); Living Green, A Park in Our House, My Children, My Africa (Victory Gardens); Frankenstein, Oedipus (The Hypocrites); Jon (Collaboraction); Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, R.U.R. (Strawdog); Sweet Tea, Stupid Kids (AboutFace); Maria’s Field, Romeo&Juliet (TUTA); Fake Lake (Neofuturists); Massacre (The Goodman Theatre) and various productions with Adventure Stage Chicago, where he’s been a resident designer since 2006. Outside of theatre stages, he is usually performing or recording with his band Seeking Wonderland or as a solo act, often under the monikers "dj white russian" or "The Red Menace."

Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)

Kevin’s work has appeared on many Chicago stages, including Lifeline Theatre where he won the Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of The Island of Doctor Moreau and Jane Eyre, the After Dark Award for his design of Strong Poison, and has been an ensemble member and resident lighting designer since 2001. Kevin was the theatrical lighting designer on the feature film, Were the World Mine, released last fall. His work also appeared in numerous productions at the Bailiwick, Organic, Porchlight, OperaModa, Blindfaith, Theatre on the Lake, Metropolis, StoreFront, Loyola University Chicago, Revels Chicago, Midwest Jewish, Taylor University and at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Kevin is the Lighting and Scenic design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and has taught Lighting Design and Technology courses previously at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Adam Hubbell (Assistant Sound Designer)

Adam Hubbell’s musical background ranges from conservatory training on piano and contrabass to song production and recording engineering. Since completing his undergraduate studies in music at University of Chicago in 2006, Adam has been channeling these experiences into sonic designs for dance and theater productions. Adam has done work for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Side Project, Village Players, Mary-Arrchie, University of Chicago’s University Theater, Wicker Park’s Around the Coyote arts festival, Aloft Aerial Dance, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dance your Ph.D. event.

Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)

Cortney is excited to be rounding out her fourth season with Lifeline after working on such productions as Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Mark of Zorro. Previous production management positions include the last four seasons at Strawdog Theatre, where she PMed a variety of shows including Red Noses, Cherry Orchard, Aristocrats, Lie of the Mind, and Marathon ‘33; Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago; and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the Production Manager and General Manager at Strawdog Theatre, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake.

Jordan Kardasz (Assistant Lighting Designer)

Jordan is excited to be assisting on her first show at Lifeline. She has been working in Chicago as a lighting designer and assistant for over a year now, after moving back from a brief stay in Ohio. Design credits include Prodigies (Chicago Dance Crash); A Christmas Memory & The Thanksgiving Visitor, Cottopatch Gospel (Provision Theater); Revolving Doors (Matter Dance Company); She Stoops to Conquer, The Habitation of Dragons, and As It Is In Heaven (Trinity Christian College). Jordan has also been the assistant lighting designer for Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard, St. Crispins Day (Strawdog Theatre); Oedipus, Frankenstein (The Hypocrites); and Gossamer (Adventure Stage).

Kimberly G. Morris (Puppet Designer)

Kim is pleased to be working again with Lifeline. Based in Chicago, she freelance designs and builds costumes, wigs, makeup, props, puppets and special effects for numerous venues around the country, such as the Chicago Childrens Theatre, Babes with Blades, Shedd Aquarium, Stage Left Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, The Griffin Theatre, American Shakespeare Center (VA), Theatre West Virginia (WV), Denison University (OH), Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), and Tecumseh! (OH). Upcoming projects include the costume design of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Noble Fool Theatricals, costume design of Yellow Boal with MEHS, and costume design for Fame with NWHS.

R&D Choreography (Violence Designers)

R&D Choreography is totally psyched to once again be working with Lifeline. R&D is a non-profit company founded by David Gregory and Richard Gilbert for the purpose of improving the power and effectiveness of Chicago area theatre through the art of violence design. Since 1997, R&D has choreographed fight scenes in over one hundred thirty-five productions, taught stage combat at universities, colleges, and workshops, and performed in professional theatre, live stunt shows, and film. They have designed violence for dozens of Chicago area theatres, including About Face, Apple Tree, ATC, Azusa, Bailiwick, Blindfaith, Circle, First Folio, Griffin, National Pastimes, New American Theatre, Piven, Profiles, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew, Theo Ubique and Trapdoor.

Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)

Neverwhere is Maren’s first production with Lifeline Theatre. She is thrilled to be working with Paul and the splendid cast and crew on this amazing story. She recently was dramaturg for the current production of The Farnsworth Invention at TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist. Maren has worked with Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, and Camenae theaters, and served as an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre. She holds a Master’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She has taught or lectured at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Public Library and various Chicago universities. This spring she will be performing modern dance with Luna Troupe. Maren is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Elizabeth Powell Wislar (Costume Designer)

Elizabeth has been designing in the Chicago area for over 10 years. Her designs have been seen in collaboration with over 35 local theaters, and most of the area colleges and universities. She is the recipient of multiple Jeff Awards and nominations, as well as an After Dark Award, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2004. Eizabeth spent 5 years (1996-1999, 2002) as the Assistant Designer/Head Draper for the annual Baroque Handel Opera Festival in Göttingen, Germany. Neverwhere is Elizabeth’s 101st professional design in Chicago.

Jessica Wright (Assistant Director & Assistant Stage Manager)

Jessica is delighted to return to Lifeline, where she previously co-designed the props for Treasure Island, stage managed Flight of the Dodo, and has run the sound board for the last five Mainstage shows. Locally, she has worked as an actor (Curious Theatre Branch’s Madelyn Dangles the Noose), a dramaturg (Lookingglass Theatre‘s Our Future Metropolis), a playwright (RhinoFest 2010’s Under Ground), and a director (Owl Theater’s A New Nation). She received her degree in English from the University of Chicago in 2008.

Ian Zywica (Technical Director)

Ian works throughout Chicago as a freelance Scenic Designer and Technical Director. His design work includes, Over the Tavern (Noble Fool Theatricals); The Robber Bride Groom (Griffin Theatre); Once On This Island (Porchlight Music Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Caffeine Theatre) and The Blue Shadow (Lifeline Theatre). Upcoming designs include Into The Woods with Porchlight Music Theatre.

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