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Lisa Portes, Artistic Director presents

book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes music by Bill Sherman Director – Lisa Portes Musical Director – Mark Elliott Dramaturg – Devon Mary Doherty Vocal Coach – Eva Breneman Choreographer – Arthur Soria Scenic Designer – Rachel Watson Costume Designer – Constance Lee Lighting Designer – Jared Gooding Sound Designer – Jeff Gary Stage Manager – Olivia Wallace March 27 – May 12, 2012 Sponsored by

DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre 60 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 Email: theatreboxoffice@depaul.edu http://theatreschool.depaul.edu (312) 922-1999

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CAST IN ORDER OF APPEAR ANCE Ana..................................................................................................................................... Sonaz Izadi The Amazing Voice.............................................................................................. Kelly Erin Sloan Abuelo/Professor/King Harald V................................................................... Gregory Marlow Odette............................................................................................................... Kelsey Ann Wacker Oscar.........................................................................................................................Daniel Johnson Sandip....................................................................................................................Matthew Sherrill Waitress/Shopper/Mom........................................................................................ Lisandra Tena Place: Waterloo Street in North Philadelphia; a narrow one-way block crammed with brick row houses on either side. Time: The Summer. Strobe lights and theatrical haze will be used in this production. The play will be performed without intermission. Produced by special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials supplied by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC.

MUSICAL NUMBERS Barrio Grrrl Summer in the Barrio Something Out of Nothing The Champ Barrio Lullaby Change the World Certified Imaginary Friend Nobel Suite Barrio Lullaby Part 2 Amazing Ride Barrio Lullaby Part 3 Other Corners

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P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Assistant Director.......................................................................................................Caitlin Body Assistant Musical Director..................................................................................Kelly Erin Sloan Assistant Dramaturg............................................................................................. Tiffany Wilson Assistant Stage Managers................................................. Caroline D’Angelo, Emily Hitmar Assistant Scenic Designer...........................................................................................Emily Boyd Assistant Draper Cutter................................................................................................. Olivia Ball Assistant Lighting Designer................................................................................... Bailey L Rosa Assistant Sound Designer........................................................................................ Jack Hawkins Production Coordinator...............................................................................................Alexis Links Technical Director......................................................................................................Anders Wahl Assistant Technical Director......................................................................... Andrew McCarthy Reskin Technical Director................................................................................................Jen Leahy Reskin Assistant Technical Director......................................................................Max Raynolds Technical Assistant and Properties............................................................... Aaron Pijanowski Scene Shop Foreman ........................................................................................... Gerry Reynolds Scenic Artist...............................................................................................................Joanna White Property Master...................................................................................................Wayne W. Smith Costumiere ....................................................................................................... Dawn G. McKesey Stitcher.......................................................................................................................So Hui Chong Make-up Supervisor................................................................................................Nan Zabriskie Make-up Assistants.................................................................. Todd Boger, Jessica Burgwald Master Electrician................................................................................................. Patrick Stewart Rep Master Electrician..........................................................................................Garvin Jellison Assistant Master Electrician.................................................................................Dan Friedman Scenery and Property Crew.......................Christian Esparza, Asia Martin, Wesley Toledo Costume Crew...........................Emily Adler, Victoria Allen, Max Stewart, Lindsey Tindall Make-up Crew......................................................................... Anna Slotterback, Castille Ritter Lighting Crew........................................................... Daniel Friedman, Kathleen Hemingway, Carter Petray, Hugh Smith Sound Crew...................................................................Matthew Reich, Lakeidrick Wimberly Sign Language Interpreter Coordinator...............................................................David Jones Sign Language Interpreters................................................... Sheila Kettering, Pip Klibanow Director of Marketing and Public Relations............................................................Anna Ables Manager of PR and Special Events....................................................................... Andrea Tichy Publicity/Production Photos................................................... Anna Ables, Michael Brosilow Publicity and House Crew.......................................................M.E. Barker, Molly Dannenberg, Noah Laufer, Elias Pearlstein, Peter Varga Box Office Manager........................................................................................................ Julia Curns House Manager.....................................................................................................LaKisha Jackson Theatre Manager.........................................................................................................Leslie Shook

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D I R E C TO R ’ S N O T E Welcome to Barrio Grrrrl! A Musical. I am so happy you could all join us. I want to share a few things with you about why I love Barrio Grrrl and her friends and family so much! For Barrio Grrrl (aka Ana Ortiz) it’s the summer after her 2nd grade year (she turns 9 during the play), and she is on her own with her friends. Her mom works for the U.S. Army and is away serving active duty, so her Abuelo is the one taking care of her. But he has to work every day, too. Ana is home alone a lot. But does she mope? Does she pout? Does she sit around all day watching T.V.? No! Ana creates an imaginary friend, the Amazing Voice. With her help she becomes (drumroll, please!) Barrio Grrrl and inspires all her friends: Sandip, Odette & Oscar—to use their own imaginations and sense of possibility to bring fun and ICE CREAM to their summer in the barrio. There’s a song in this play called “Something Out of Nothing.” To me: that’s the key to the whole story. Peace out. ~ Lisa Portes, Director

D R A M AT U R G Y N O T E Zap! Bam! Pow! Being a super hero can be a blast. As her alter ego Barrio Grrrl, Ana Ortiz saves her friends and family from boredom and injustice in her North Philly barrio, all while having a ton of fun! However, Ana discovers that super powers also come with super responsibilities like believing in yourself, making sacrifices, and empowering others. Ana also learns that being super doesn’t mean being perfect. Even heroes make mistakes. It is the ability to learn from your mistakes and to ask for help that truly makes you super. Nobody’s life is perfect, and everyone goes through difficult times. But using her super powers of positivity and perseverance, Barrio Grrrl reminds us that “Hope is Not a Nope,” and with a little imagination, we can make “Something Out of Nothing” and turn even the toughest of situations into something super! We’re very excited to have you join Ana Ortiz a.k.a. Barrio Grrrl for her most amazing and important adventure yet.

-Devon Mary Doherty, 4th year BFA/Theatre Arts and Tiffany Wilson, 4th year/Dramaturgy

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BIOGR APHIES Sonaz Izadi (Ana) 3rd year BFA/Acting. Sonaz is from Irvine, California. Her previous Theatre School credits include Lena in A Mouthful of Birds, Dani in DNA, Deanie in Splendor in the Grass, Helena in Faustus, and Ensemble in Venus. Dan Johnson (Oscar), 4th year BFA/Actor. Dan is from Independence, Missouri. Dan’s most recent Theatre School credits include Alceste in The Misanthrope, Mephistopheles in Faustus, Eddie in Fool for Love, and Luke Monster in The Monster Under the Bed. Gregory Marlow (Abuelo/Professor/King Harald V), 2nd year MFA/Acting. Favorite theatres performed in: The Gershwin Theatre (NY), Cherry Lane Theatre (NY), Hudson Stage Company (NY), American Theatre Company (IL), NYSAF, NYMF, NYW, Negro Ensemble Company (NY), Papermill Playhouse (NJ), Cape Rep Theatre (MA), Barnstormers Theatre (NH), and Mason Street Warehouse (MI). Film: Far from Heaven (Reginald Carter), HBO’s Addiction. Gregory toured with The 40th Anniversary Euporean and Italian Tour of Hair. Matthew Sherrill (Sandip), 3rd year BFA/Actor. Matthew is from Monterey, California. Previous Theatre School credits include Mouthful of Birds, Blue Room, Marriage, Puto, and most recently Venus. He was also a cast member in DePaul’s Milewalkers 2011. Kelly Erin Sloan (The Amazing Voice), 4th year BFA/Acting. Kelly is from Southfield, Michigan. Her past Theatre School credits include Story Theatre, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Aunt Esther in Gem of the Ocean, Frenchie in Cabaret, Ensemble in Objects Lie on a Table, Mayme in Intimate Apparel, and the title characters in Pinkalicious and Venus. Lisandra Tena (Mom/Waiter/ Salesperson), is a 4th Year BFA Acting Major. Lisandra is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her New Mexico credits include: A Light in My Soul (in collaboration with Leigh Fondakowski/Tectonic Theater Project), Andarse Por Las Ramas, A Hole in the Wall, and Yemaya’s Belly. Her Theatre School credits include: Venus, Puto, Doubt, Hedda Gabler, Bacchae, Antigone, Lips Together-Teeth Apart, Story Theatre, and Bud, Not Buddy.

Kelsey Ann Wacker (Odette), 3rd year BFA/Actor. Kelsey is from Sarasota, Florida. She attended Idyllwild Arts Academy and Marymount Manhattan College before coming to DePaul. She has previously been seen in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and as Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Quaria Algerîa Hudes (Playwright) was born and raised in West Philadelphia and now lives in New York. Her plays, including Yemaya’s Belly (Portland Stage Company), Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (Page 73 Productions), and The Adventures Of Barrio Grrrl! (Miracle Theatre), have been produced at theaters nationwide and will soon be published by Dramatists Play Service. Her musical In The Heights opens on Broadway in March 2008, following a 2007 off-Broadway run, with a book by Hudes and music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. She is also a composer and earned a B.A. in Music Composition from Yale, then an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown. Bill Sherman (Music) earned a Drama Desk nomination for In the Heights OffBroadway. He was also the composer for the second season of MTV’s “Gamekillers.” Arranger: A Night for Comden and Green; Lover, Liar, Lady. Music preparation: Captain Louie; Bare: A Pop Opera; Zanna, Don’t! Bill is a proud member of NY’s premier hip-hop, improv and comedy group, Freestyle Love Supreme, that traveled to the Aspen, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Montreal comedy festivals. Lisa Portes (Director) serves as the Head of Directing and the Artistic Director of Chicago Playworks for Young Audience for The Theatre School. Chicago Playworks credits include Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans by Karen Zacarías and Debbie Wicks La Puma and The Highest Heaven by José Cruz González. Other recent projects include The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho (Next Theatre), the world premieres of Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre) and After A Hundred Years (Guthrie Theatre) both by Naomi Iizuka, Ski Dubai by Laura Jacqmin and Spare Change by Mia McCullough (First Look Repertory of New Plays, Steppenwolf Theatre) Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Hudes (Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre at Steppenwolf ), El Grito del Bronx by Barrio Grrl! 5


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Migdalia Cruz (Latino Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre) Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons (Northlight Theatre), Far Away by Caryl Churchill and In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (Next Theatre), Offspring of the Cold War by Carlos Murillo (Walkabout Theatre) and Wilder by Erin Cressida Wilson, Jack Herrick and Mike Craver (Playwrights Horizons, NYC). Her work has been seen regionally at the Kennedy Center, South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Hispanic Playwrights Project, McCarter Theatre Lab, A Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Santa Barbara Theatre Lab, and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; in New York her work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theatre, the Flea Theatre and the Cherry Lane Alternative Theatre. For The Theatre School, Lisa has directed Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, Hamlet, Cloud Nine by Carol Churchill, Three Sisters and Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka. Lisa is a proud Bridgeport resident where she lives with her husband, playwright Carlos Murillo and their two children Eva Rose and Carlos Alejandro. Mark Elliott (Musical Director) has taught Musical Theatre Performance at The Theatre School, DePaul University in Chicago for over twenty years. Recent productions at The Theatre School include Cabaret, Urinetown, The Last Five Years, A New Brain, and Assassins. He has provided musical direction for over one hundred fifty productions for theatres such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Roosevelt University, Fox Theatricals, Loyola University, Theatre at the Center, Centerlight Theatre, and Appletree Theatre, among many others. He has served as musical director for the annual Joseph Jefferson Awards and Joseph Jefferson Citations on several occasions and was nominated for a Jeff for The Robber Bridegroom for Griffin Theatre. He has composed original scores and incidental music for nearly seventy productions, including the Off-Broadway production of Sophie, Totie and Belle and Fair City, commissioned by Roosevelt University. A series of harp pieces, Rhyme 6 DePaul University

or Treason, is published by Lyon & Healy and his lyrics for the play Soul Sisters are published in Shared Stages:10 American Dramas of Blacks and Jews, published by SUNY Press. Caitlin Body (Assistant Director), 3rd year BFA/Theatre Arts. Caitlin hails from Osceola, Iowa. She has worked at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines in an educational capacity. Devon Mary Doherty (Dramaturg), 4th year BFA/Theatre Arts. Devon hails from Toronto, Canada. Previous Theatre School credits include serving as dramaturg for Morgan Madison’s lab Fairytales Not Suitable for Children, performing in Ernie Nolan’s production of The Witches (Witch Ensemble), assistant directing for Reshmi Hazra on Venus, Normal and Blood Wedding, and directing Silence as part of the 2011 10-minute Play Festival. This spring, Devon will be directing Leave the Balcony Open as part of the Theatre Arts Lab Series. Tiffany Wilson (Assistant Dramaturg), 4th year BFA Dramaturgy/Criticism major. She was dramaturg for Intimate Apparel, Much Ado about Nothing, The Monster Under the Bed, and Inky at The Theatre School. Tiffany currently teaches healthy decision-making workshops with Peer Health Exchange, and served as an assistant teacher at Gary Comer College Prep and Libby Elementary School. Eva Breneman (Vocal Coach) teaches Voice and Dialects to the BFA3’s at DePaul. Previous Theatre School projects: Monster in a Box. Other Chicago credits: The March; Man In Love, To Kill The Mockingbird, The Brother/Sister Plays, Huck Finn, The Diary Of Anne Frank (Steppenwolf ); Elizabeth Rex, The Madness Of King George (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Season’s Greetings, A Life, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Northlight); Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting, The Great Fire, Ethan Frome (Lookingglass); The Caretaker, Do The Hustle, Travels with My Aunt (Writer’s Theatre); Enron, The Front Page, In Darfur, To Master the Art, The History Boys, Fiorello, and This Happy Breed (Timeline); The Petrified Forest, Aristocrats (StrawDog Theatre). Regional: Around the World in 80 Days (Centerstage Baltimore and Kansas City Repertory); Mamma Mia!


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) (National Tour; Las Vegas). Television: The Chicago Code (Fox); The Beast (A&E). Eva is an Associate Artist at Timeline, and a Production Affiliate of Lookingglass. Arthur Soria (Choreographer) Rachel Watson (Scenic Designer), 3rd year BFA/Scenic Design. Rachel is from a military family. She has assisted on The Secret Garden, Medea, and A Lie of the Mind and designed A View from the Bridge. Anders Wahl (Technical Director),3rd year BFA/Theatre Technology. Anders from Rochester, New York. Recent Theatre School credits include: The Secret Garden (Master Carpenter), Much Ado About Nothing (Props Artisan), and Mayday Mayday Tuesday (Master Carpenter). Constance Michelle Lee (Costume Designer), 4th year BFA/Costume Design. Theatre School credits include: Blood Pudding, and The Ernie Play. Lee firmly believes in rooted collaboration in performance art and has collaborated with ETA Theater Company, Links Hall, Chicago Dramatist, Chicago Dance Makers Forum/ Erica Mott Inc., Operamatic, and The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic. Constance’s aesthetic is an exploration of the body as sculpture/ body architectural storytelling and intricate manipulation of layered fibers. Jared Gooding (Lighting Designer) 4th year BFA/Lighting Design. A native of Houston, Texas, Jared’s design credits include the world premiere of The Ernie Play, stagings of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, A Brown Tale, and In the City of Jungles. Patrick Stewart (Master Electrician), 4th Year BFA/Lighting Design. Patrick is currently working his 6th Season with Six Flags Theme Parks (2nd Season at Great America, Entertainment Show Support) where he will be continuing his career in Theme Park Entertainment. Past Theatre School credits include Lighting Designer for Nancy Drew, Faustus and Loose Knit, Assistant Lighting Designer for Alice in Wonderland, and Master Electrician for A

Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bud Not Buddy. www.patrickstewartdesigns.com. Garvin Jellison (Rep Master Electrician), 3rd year BFA/Lighting Design. Garvin is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. At The Theatre School, Garvin has worked on 1001, Original Recipe, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Bacchae, The Underpants, Pinkalicious, Hedda Gabler, The Witches and The Misanthrope. Garvin works as a freelance lighting designer for theatre and dance productions. Jeff Gary (Sound Designer) 4th year BFA/Sound Design. Recent professional designs include: The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (Caffeine Theatre), La Cage aux Folles (Oregon Shakespeare Festival Daedalus Project), Local Produce 2 (Ashland Contemporary Theatre). Recent student designs include: Traveling in Packs (CSSD London), A Lie of the Mind, Mayday Mayday Tuesday, Medea, Much Ado About Nothing, The Skriker, Cabaret, Four Twins, Pygmalion, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet. (DePaul University). Jeff was the FAIR Assistant Sound Designer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2011 Season, and assisted multiple designers on productions of The Pirates Of Penzance (Kai Harada, Joanna Lynn Staub), Henry IV, pt 2 (Paul James Prengergast), Love’s Labours Lost (Paul James Prendergast), Ghost Light (Andre Pluess) and The African Company Presents Richard III (Todd Barton). Music Production Includes: Sobriquet; Everything Ends and Hello Fractured Sky. Awards include: Student Merritt Award 2011 and the The Julia K. & Adolph Olsansky Endowed Scholarship. Olivia Wallace (Stage Manager) 3rd Year BFA/Stage Management. Olivia Wallace is a Chicago native. Her favorite Theatre School credits include The Pillowman (ASM), Thieves Like Us (ASM), Pygmalion (SM), Cabaret (ASM) and Mayday Mayday Tuesday (ASM). Professional credits include Shining City at Redtwist Theatre and Salome at The National Pasttime Theatre as part of their Naked July Festival.

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C H I C AG O P L A Y WO R K S C O N T E S T Imagine yourself as a super hero. What do you look like? What are your powers? Color in the drawing, and be eligible to win twelve (12) tickets to next year’s first Chicago Playworks Fall production of A Wrinkle in Time. This prize is valued at $120! The winner will be notified by mail. The contest is open to young people ages 4 to 18. Entries must be received by May 31, 2012.

I AM A SUPER HERO! Name: ______________________________________________________________ Age:________________________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: ________ ZIP:_____________________ Phone: ___________________________ E-mail:____________________________ Mail to: Chicago Playworks Contest DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre 60 E. Balbo Drive Chicago, IL 60605 8 DePaul University


C H I C AG O P L A Y WO R K S C O M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S KidSnips Locations in Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Lincoln Park, Oakbrook, Vernon Hills, Wheaton, and Wilmette. www.kidsnips.com United Services Organization The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. http://uso.org/illinois Chicago Athletic Clubs Locations in Evanston, Lincoln Park, West Loop, Lakeview and soon in Lincoln Square. www.chicagoathleticclubs.com Chicago Public Library

C H I C AG O P L A Y WO R K S I C E C R E A M S O C I A L S Enjoy an ice-cream treat, discussion, activity, and autograph session with the company of each Chicago Playworks production at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel after designated performances. Admission is $7. These events are interpreted in American Sign Language.

Can’t wait until showtime? At Footlights.com you can preview the program before opening night!

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The Theatre School’s 2011-2012 Season THE THEATRE SCHOOL SHOWCASE The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan directed by Catherine Weidner April 13 - 22, 2012 (previews 4/11 & 4/12) I Am Bradley Manning by Sarah Gubbins directed by Geoff Button May 9 - 13, 2012

CHICAGO PLAYWORKS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG AUDIENCES Barrio Grrrl! A Musical book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes music by Bill Sherman, directed by Lisa Portes musical direction by Mark Elliott March 27 – May 12, 2012 NEW PLAYWRIGHTS SERIES The Death of Gaia Divine by Jacob Schuler directed by John Jenkins May 4 – 13, 2012 (previews 5/2 & 5/3)

Announcing Our 2012-2013 Season THE THEATRE SCHOOL SHOWCASE Spring Awakening book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik based on the play by Frank Wedekind directed by Damon Kiely, musical direction by Mark Elliott September 28 – October 7, 2012 (previews 9/26 & 9/27) Angels in America: Perestroika by Tony Kushner directed by Jane Drake Brody February 8 - 17, 2013 (previews 2/6 & 2/7) Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare directed by Catherine Weidner April 19 - 28, 2013 (previews 4/17 & 4/18)

CHICAGO PLAYWORKS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG AUDIENCES A Wrinkle in Time book by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by John Glore directed by Ernie Nolan October 23 – December 1, 2012 Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy book by Gary D. Schmidt, adapted by Cheryl L. West directed by John Jenkins January 19 – March 2, 2013 The Coral King by James Ambrose Brown directed by Ann Wakefield April 2 – May 25, 2013

MFA13, TBA An ensemble piece to be performed by MFA III actors directed by Dexter Bullard May 17 - 25, 2013 (previews 5/15 & 5/16)

Details as of date of publication; subject to change. Check theatreschool.depaul.edu for more information.

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T H E AT R E S C H O O L FAC U LT Y / S TA F F John Culbert – Dean Dean Corrin – Associate Dean Linda Buchanan – Associate Dean for Curriculum Christine Binder – Chair, Design and Technical Theatre Barry Brunetti – Chair of Theatre Studies Trudie Kessler – Chair, Performance Department ADMINISTRATION Anna Ables — Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jason Beck — Director of Admissions Mitsu Beck – Executive Assistant John Bridges — Assistant Dean, Director of Administration, Alumni Relations Tessa Craib-Cox – Director of Development Anastasia Gonzalez – Budget Manager Joshua Mangilia - Technical Operations Manager Andrea Tichy — Manager of PR and Special Events Melissa Tropp – Admissions Assistant Jeanne Williams – Coordinator of Academic Services AJ Links – Production Coordinator Dexter Zollicoffer – Diversity Advisor ACTING & DIRECTING Dexter Bullard – Head of Graduate Acting, Artistic Director/The Theatre School Showcase John Jenkins – Head of Undergraduate Acting Lisa Portes – Head of Directing, Artistic Director/ Chicago Playworks Greg Allen Jane Drake Brody Linda Gillum Noah Gregoropolous Nick Johne Damon Kiely

Susan Messing Matt Miller Joseph Slowik, emeritus Ann Wakefield Catherine Weidner

MOVEMENT Patrice Egleston – Head of Movement Laura Dixon Julia Neary Gabriel Halpern Nick Sandys Pullin Natasha Julius Clifton Robinson Alie McManus Mary Schmich Kimosha Murphy VOICE AND SPEECH Claudia Anderson – Head of Voice and Speech Eva Breneman Kathy Keyes Mark Elliott Jason Martin Phyllis E. Griffin Diane Robinson Trudie Kessler Phil Timberlake

DESIGN Christine Binder – Head of Lighting Design Linda Buchanan – Head of Scene Design Nan Cibula-Jenkins – Head of Costume Design Victoria DeIorio– Head of Sound Design Nan Zabriskie- Head of Make Up Jeff Bauer John Boesche Rachel Healy Jason Knox

Jack K. Magaw Birgit RattenborgWise Joanna White

TECHNICAL THEATRE Shane Kelly – Head of Theatre Technology Janet C. Messmer – Head of Costume Technology Narda E. Alcorn – Head of Stage Management Claude Binder Russell Poole Jason Brown Michael Rourke Richard Bynum Jim Savage David Castellanos Alden Vasquez Kevin Depinet Laura Whitlock David Naunton THEATRE STUDIES Barry Brunetti – Head of Theatre Arts Carlos Murillo – Head of Playwriting Alan Salzenstein – Head of Arts Leadership Marcie McVay – Interim Head of Theatre Management Rachel Shteir – Head of Dramaturgy Sharon Bridgeforth– Visiting Multicultural Faculty Member Suzanne Bizer Ernie Nolan Alan Donahue Bill O’Connor Criss Henderson Coya Paz-Brownrigg Jim Jensen Roche Schulfer Chris Jones Sandy Shinner Jan Kallish LIBERAL STUDIES Bea Bosco Lou Contey Shanesia Davis Jen Goode Carolyn Hoerdemann

Reggie Lawrence Dan Moser Chris Peak James Sherman Rachel Slavick

TECHNICAL STAFF So Hui Chong – Stitcher Tim Combs – Technical Director Myron Elliott – Costume Shop Manager Chris Hofmann – Director of Production Jen Leahy – Reskin Technical Director Dawn G. McKesey – Assistant Costume Shop Manager Max Raynolds– Reskin Assistant Technical Director Aaron Pijanowski – Technical Assistant Gerry Reynolds – Scene Shop Foreman Ron Seeley – Master Electrician Wayne W. Smith – Property Master, Safety Officer Joanna White – Scenic Artist

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M E R L E R E S K I N T H E AT R E S TA F F Dean ....................................................................................................................................... John Culbert Theatre Manager ................................................................................................................ Leslie Shook Director of Marketing and Public Relations .................................................................Anna Ables Manager of Public Relations and Special Events ................................................... Andrea Tichy Marketing Assistants ................................ Jean Compton, Meredith Matthews, Jenna Moran Webmaster .....................................................................................................................Joshua Maniglia Box Office Manager ...............................................................................................................Julia Curns Assistant Box Office Manager .................................................................................Stefanie Rahaim Ticket Agents ......................................................................................Brent Beavers, Brandon Mack, Meghan Owen, Anastasia Schriber Group Sales Representative ..................................................................................... Linda RM Jones Group Sales Assistants .................................................................................... Christopher Knoerzer, Administrative Assistant .......................................................................................................Liz Calvert Office Assistants ................................................................................................................. Jourdi Waller Chicago Playworks House Manager ..................................................................... LaKisha Jackson Theatre School Showcase House Manager .................................................................... Alicia Graf Reskin Technical Director ......................................................................................................Jen Leahy Reskin Assistant Technical Director ...........................................................................Max Raynolds Technical Assistant ....................................................................................................Aaron Pijanowski Master Electrician .................................................................................................................. Ron Seeley

T H E T H E AT R E S C H O O L S T U D E N T WO R K E R S Faculty Assistants .......................................................... Brent Beavers, Belinda Bing, Todd Boger, Celeste Cooper, John Crosthwaite, Devon Doherty, Liz Fiala, Joseph Flynn, Reshmi Hazra, Emily Hitmar, Garvin Jellison, Toni Kendrick, Constance Lee, Jillian Rothman, Brae Singleton, Kelly Sloan, Krenee Tolson, Krissy Vanderwarker, Olivia Wallace Admissions Assistants .................................................Nick Belley, Karly Bergmann, Taylor Blim,. Anna Bosy, Dan Johnson, and Morgan Madison Administration Assistants ....................................Jacob Abbas, Olga Aguilar, Cameron Benoit, Meredith Boe, Mark Bonham, Bella Coelho, Brian Crawford, Pamela Davis, Caroline Donnelly, Rhiannon Falzone, Holly Haupert, Jerry Kurian, Mark Lancaster, Ariel Rubin, Brittany Squier, Suneel Tripuraneni, Jess Troy, Sean Wiberg Costume Shop .................................................................. Olivia Ball, Jessica Burgwald, Kara Dent, Constance Lee, Adrienne Littlefield, Chloe Patten, Taylor Payne, Elise Petrucci, Megan Turner Door Monitors .............................................................. Lorena Gomez, Lauren Lundy, Jacob Lyle, Morgan Madison, Awate Serequeberhan, Ceci Settles Make Up Shop...................................................... Jessica Burgwald, Belinda Bing, Todd Boger,

Taylor Payne, Sarah Jo White, Sarah Price, Matt Sherrill, Molly Ryan, Megan Truscott Mat Cleaners .........................................Jared Green, Patricia Lavery, Manuel Ortiz, Sean Parris Prop Shop .......................................................................Michael David, Toni Kendrick, Tierra Novy, Jillian Rothman, Megan Truscott, Rachel Watson, Merle Reskin Theatre Crew ..........................................Chris Barker, Belinda Bing, Claire Cleary, Jean Compton, Sam Hillyer, Garvin Jellison, Brae Singleton, Elizabeth Smith, Aimee Sweet, Shawn Watson Scene Shop ............................................................. Ian Blinstrup, Quentin Brown, Kelly Claussen, William Deleguardia, Nicholas Fleming, Jared Gooding, Toni Kendrick, Alexander Long, Andrew McCarthy, Claudia Peterson, Seth Randall-Tapply, Kyle Vanover, Anders Wahl, Shawn Watson Studio Coordinators .......................................... Janie Killips, Jacob Stanton, Elizabeth Thomas 12 DePaul University


G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N BOX OFFICE TELEPHONE (312) 922-1999 REGULAR BOX OFFICE HOURS Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. PERFORMANCE BOX OFFICE HOURS Evening performance days: Open until 8 p.m. Saturday matinee days: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee days: 12 - 2:30 p.m. NO SMOKING In compliance with the City of Chicago Clean Air Ordinance, smoking is prohibited in the Merle Reskin Theatre. We appreciate your cooperation. EMERGENCY EXITS Please note the location of emergency exits in the theatre. NO CELLULAR PHONES, TEXT MESSAGING, RECORDING DEVICES, PHOTOGRAPHY, PAGERS, FOOD AND BEVERAGES Please do not use the above listed items in the theatre. Patrons with electronic pagers or cellular telephones are asked to either turn off their equipment in the theatre or check them with the House Manager prior to curtain. We discourage text messaging during the performance. The light from the screen can bother other patrons. We allow photographs to be taken before and after but never during the performance. You may also check cameras and recording equipment with the House Manager who will secure them until final curtain. As a special favor, we ask that young people do not chew gum. Water fountains are located in the lower lobby and in the lobbies of the mezzanine and balcony. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located in the lower lobby, the mezzanine, and balcony. An accessible restroom is located on the main floor inside of the theatre. LOST AND FOUND If you find an item or have lost an item, please contact the House Manager. You may also call (773) 325-7968 the next day to determine if an item has been found. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALLS Patrons with electronic pagers are requested to either turn off their pagers in the theatre or check them with the House Manager prior to showtime. Should you need to give an emergency telephone number where you can be reached during a performance, please alert the House Manager of your seat location and give the Box Office telephone number for emergencies, (312) 922-1999. After Box Office hours, use (773) 325-7968 as an emergency number. PARKING ARRANGEMENTS We have arrangements with two parking lots: Multi-Park, 635 S. Wabash at Balbo, and LAZ Parking, One East 8th Street at State. Please ask the Box Office for details about rates and payment. SENNHEISER INFRA-RED LISTENING SYSTEM FOR OUR HEARING-IMPAIRED PATRONS We require the security deposit of a driver’s license or other identification during the performance. The I.D. will be returned when you return the headset. LARGE PRINT PROGRAMS You may request a large print program from the ticket taker or the House Manager. SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING Selected performances at the Merle Reskin Theatre will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call the Box Office or see the website for the schedule. OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS Please alert us to anything you may require when you attend performances. We will do our best to assist you. Barrio Grrl! 13


T H E T H E AT R E S C H O O L AT D E PAU L U N I V E R S I T Y Mission Statement The Theatre School at DePaul University educates, trains, and inspires students of theatre in a conservatory setting that is rigorous, disciplined, culturally diverse and that strives for the highest level of professional skill and artistry. A commitment to diversity and equality in education is central to our mission. As an integral part of the training, The Theatre School produces public programs and performances from a wide repertoire of classic, contemporary and original plays that challenge, entertain, and stimulate the imagination. We seek to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our university community, our city and the profession. For admissions information, telephone (773) 325-7999 or 1-800-4-DEPAUL. Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences Chicago Playworks offers a live theatre experience to students, teachers and parents in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is our mission to provide theatre for children that reflects their experiences in a contemporary, multi-ethnic, urban environment. Founded as the Goodman Children’s Theatre in 1925, Chicago Playworks is the city’s oldest continuously operating children’s theatre. It has been the first theatre experience for audiences of Chicago’s young people for more than seven decades and was one of the first major theatres for children in the United States. In 1997 and again in 2003, Chicago Playworks was honored by the Illinois Theatre Association with the Children’s Theatre Division Award, for its outstanding long-term contribution to children’s theatre. In 1980, Chicago Playworks was awarded the prestigious Sara Spencer Award by the Children’s Theatre Association of America (now the American Alliance for Theatre and Education). Chicago Playworks is a vital aspect of the training at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Students gain pre-professional experience in an extended run before a most demanding and appreciative audience. Chicago Playworks presents three unique productions to more than 35,000 young people each season and has entertained more than 1 million schoolchildren and families since 1925. The Theatre School Showcase Contemporary Plays and Classics Presenting diverse and exciting productions, The Theatre School Showcase blends imagination and cultural impact with three plays, and rounds-out the season with a fourth production featuring the graduating MFA in Acting candidates. The Theatre School Showcase offers a unique opportunity to see tomorrow’s industry leaders today, by introducing the raw creativity and dedicated collaborations of artists at the beginning of their careers. Their work is powerful, imaginative, and new. Merle Reskin Theatre Celebrating a century of performances this season, the Merle Reskin Theatre, built as the Blackstone Theatre in 1910, was designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox. The stone façade and mansard roof of the Beaux-Arts style building have been modified only slightly over the years. The interior finish of French walnut and gold was designed by Plamondon & Tetze to give the appearance of a European opera house. Prior to DePaul’s purchase of the theatre in 1988, it had been home to vaudeville, the Federal Theatre Project and the touring productions of the Shubert Organization. The Theatre School brings an audience of more than 35,000 people to the theatre each season. 14 DePaul University


T H E T H E AT R E S C H O O L B OA R D Sustaining Members Patricia Costello Slovak, Chair Sondra Healy, Chair Emeritus Joseph Antunovich Kathleen M. Bette Mary Spalding Burns Kyle DeSantis David Dunning Don McLean Irene Michaels Carol Morse Penny Obenshain

Vonita Reescer Merle Reskin Hank Richter Trisha Rooney Alden John Samolis Msgr. Kenneth Velo

Paula Lisbe Amy K. Pietz John C. Reilly Bernard Sahlins Charlayne Woodard Dennis Zacek

Professional Associates Scott L. Ellis, Hon. Co-Chair Zach Helm Criss Henderson Paul Konrad

Honorary Board Dr. John Ransford Watts, Dean Emeritus Joseph Slowik, Faculty Emeritus Lord Piers Wedgwood

D E PAU L U N I V E R S I T Y A L U M N I The Office of Alumni Relations provides many opportunities to help graduates maintain a lifelong connection to classmates and the university. Alumni can connect with current students, participate in volunteer opportunities and attend a variety of events and programs throughout the year and across the country. For more information about the alumni community, please visit alumni.depaul.edu or call (800) 437-1898.

DONORS Listings in the honor roll reflect contributions and pledge payments made to The Theatre School between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. President’s Club Gifts of $1,000 and above annually qualify for membership in the President’s Club, DePaul’s honor society of donors. The President’s Club comprises giving circles named for former university presidents. *$1,000,000 lifetime giving + Donor has made a special philanthropic pledge to DePaul University between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 ~ Denotes President’s Club membership, Fr. Richardson Circle, for recent graduates $50,000 + Fr. McCabe Circle *Dr. Dominic Parisi & Helen Parisi *+Merle Reskin $25,000-$49,999 Fr. Levan Circle +Gerhard Bette & Kathleen Bette +Lawrence Bundschu *Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Geico *+ Sondra Healy, GSD ‘64 (Life Trustee) & Denis Healy +William Obenshain & Penny Obenshain Turtle Wax, Inc. $10,000-$24,999 Fr. Corcoran Circle American Airlines Antunovich & Associates Joseph Antunovich & Leslie Antunovich ComEd

*Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust *Richard Driehaus, COM ‘65; MBA ‘70; DHL ‘02 (Life Trustee) & Inese Romanovska +Nik Edes Scott Ellis, GSD ‘78 Exelon Corporation Health Care Service Corporation Magellan Corporation +Power Construction Company, LLC +Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation John Samolis Gordon Segal & Carole Segal *+Father Charles Shelby, C.M., MS ‘72 $5,000-$9,999 Fr. O’Connell Circle Bank of America Barclays Bank PLC

Bulley & Andrews, LLC Joseph Burns & Mary Burns Chicago Drama League The Cleveland Foundation James & Catherine Denny Foundation *+James Denny Sr. (Life Trustee) & Catherine Denny +David Dunning & Toni Dunning Edgewater Management, Inc. Fifth Third Bank Illinois Tool Works, Inc. John Lenckos Paul Mc Breen, JD ‘86 & Catherine McBreen, JD ‘86 Carol Morse Mortenson Construction Northern Trust Corporation Kathy O’Donnell R4 Services Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation Andrea Saccone Barrio Grrl! 15


DONORS Sarah Siddons Society, Inc. Patricia Slovak Staples, Inc. Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Walsh Construction Co. of Illinois W. E. O’Neil Construction Co. $2,500-$4,999 Fr. O’Malley Circle Rochelle Abramson, MED ‘89 & Elliott Abramson David Blowers Emma Byrne Katherine Frekko Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc. Daniel Lyons, MUS ‘83; MM ‘91 & Monica Abramson-Lyons, THE ‘87 National Restoration Systems, Inc. Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program Ann O’Brien Terry Perucca Schiff Hardin, LLP Robert Segal Maureen Huntley, GSD ‘82 & Paul Sheahen Robert Shook, GSD ‘72 & Leslie Shook Richard Sieracki & Linda Sieracki Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc. $1,000-$2,499 Fr. Richardson Circle Teresa Aguilera, THE ‘98 Alpine Pictures, Inc. Suzanne Bizer Lois Brennan Broadway in Chicago Paul J. Byrne, MFA ‘99 & Jaime Byrne Ryan Carroll, GSD ‘82 Chapman & Cutler, LLP *Philip H. Corboy Foundation Tessa Craib-Cox John Culbert & Kitty Culbert Dell USA, LLP *Mary Dempsey, JD ‘82 (Trustee) & Philip Corboy Sr. William Devers Ernst & Young Foundation William Ibe, LAS ‘80 J. C. Anderson, Inc. Anthony Johnson, THE ‘95 & Candace Johnson Jack Karp Bob & Linda Kozoman Larry Kugler James Luebchow 16 DePaul University

Irene Michaels Millard Group, Inc. Susan & Bob Morrison Mason Parson Family Foundation Patricia Parson, SNL ‘78 (Trustee) The Peoples Gas Light & Coke, Inc. Phil Varchetta & Associates Roger Plummer (Trustee) & Joanne Plummer PSEG Thomas Reedy Bernard Sahlins & Jane Sahlins Rosemary Schnell Segal Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. R. Michael Shehorn Charles Smith Phil Varchetta, COM ‘49 Susan Vargo, THE ‘98 Monsignor Kenneth Velo Wedgwood USA Bonnie Zimmer $500-$999 Katherine Abelson Rosemary S. & John F. Bannan John Bowab John Bridges Russell Bruzek, GSD Child’s Play Touring Theatre Patricia Cox Joseph Cushing James Fitzpatrick Arny Granat Mark L. Hawkins, COM ‘01; MBA ‘06 John & Kelly Hoogenakker KI Mark Kijek, MD & Barbara Kijek, MD Kirkegaard Associates Virginia Larson Gerald McLaughlin Dr. Richard Meister & Joan Meister Elizabeth Soete & Raymond Narducy Henry Nord, JD ‘49 (Life Trustee) Professional Decorating & Painting, Inc. Schuler & Shook, Inc. Beverly Shaw Weiss & Company, LLP $250-$499 Rebecca Borczon, GSD ‘78 Linda Buchanan Herbert Felsenfeld, GSD ‘63; GSD ‘65 Hobart Senior High School James Jensen

BJ Jones Shane Kelly Donald Livesay Janet Messmer David Mold, MFA ‘97 Gregory Reger, COM ‘73 David Saltiel ~Ronald Seeley Jr., THE ‘06 Showtime Network Norbert Sieracki, COM ‘49 Stearns Family Charitable Fund Neele & Bonnie Stearns Joanne Velasquez (Trustee) & Arthur R. Velasquez Catherine Weidner Dennis Zacek, LAS ‘63 $100-$249 Anonymous (1) Linda Boskelly Nicholas Bowling, MFA ‘96 Jane Brody Jeffrey Bruckerhoff, THE ‘94 Mark & Linda Burns Dean Corrin Carole Doris, JD ‘76 & Dr. Peter Doris Dr. William Dumbleton & Susanne Dumbleton, PhD Charles Gerace, GSD ‘66 & Brigid Duffy, GSD ‘65 Gilbert Gonzalez & Anastasia Gonzalez Dr. Donald Ilko John Jenkins & Nan CibulaJenkins Anida Johnson Cohen Damon Kiely Yasmine Kiss, THE ‘98 David Lively & Elizabeth Gillette Lively William McKenna & Marilyn McKenna Dawn G. McKesey Zorine Morton, GSD Janine Poronsky, JD ‘86 Lindy Russell-Heymann, THE ‘00 Alan Salzenstein James Sieracki & Linda Sieracki Steven Sieracki & Mary Sieracki Joseph Slowik, GSD ‘53 & Patricia Slowik Jennifer Smith, THE ‘91 Carri Speicher Dr. John Ransford Watts & Joyce Watts Matching Gifts The Peoples Gas Light & Coke, Inc. Ernst & Young Foundation PSEG


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