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by Keith Huff Directed by Russ Tutterow CAST Denny*.....................................................................................................................................................Randy Steinmeyer Joey*.................................................................................................................................................................. Peter DeFaria

SETTING The not-too-distant past. Chicago. There will be no intermission. The show is approx. 90 minutes long.

PRODUCTION TEAM Aurelia F. Cohen..................................................................................................................................... General Manager Wendye Clarendon*..................................................................................................................................Stage Manager Tom Burch..........................................................................................................................................................Set Designer Jeff Pines.................................................................................................................................................. Lighting Designer Mike Tutaj....................................................................................................................................................Sound Designer Samantha Jones...................................................................................................................................Costume Designer Kristin Deitos...............................................................................................................................Asst. Costume Designer Jarrod Bainter.........................................................................................................................................Technical Director * Actors’ Equity Member

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Randy Steinmeyer (Denny), appeared in Next Act’s inaugural season in RECKLESS, A WRINKLE IN TIME, and WAIT UNTIL DARK. Chicago credits include: A STEADY RAIN (Jeff Award for Best Actor), McMEEKIN FINDS OUT, THE PROPHET OF BISHOP HILL, MAN AND SUPERMAN, THE INFERNAL MACHINE, THE BOURGEOUIS GENTLEMAN, OUT OF ORDER, BRIGADOON, THE DIVINERS, ROUGH FOR THEATER 2/CATASTROPHE, LARGER THAN LIFE, and ALL THAT ENTERTAINMENT. Regional credits include: THE TEMPEST, TWELFTH NIGHT, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, and PSYCHEDELIC SUNDAE. National Tours of BETWEEN the TIMES and PEACE WORKS. Film work includes:

CONTAGION, TRANSFORMERS 3, PUBLIC ENEMIES, and THE BABE. TV work includes: THE PLAYBOY CLUB, THE BEAST, EARLY EDITION, TURKS, and THE UNTOUCHABLES. He is married to Heather and they have a teenage son, Conrad. He is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent in Chicago. Peter DeFaria (Joey Doyle) is very grateful to the Chicago Commercial Collective and Chicago Dramatists for this opportunity to reprise his role in A Steady Rain. Peter has lived in Chicago all his adult life, working with such theater companies as: The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Artistic Home, TUTA, A Red Orchid, Mary-Arrchie,


For more information or to purchase tickets call 414-278-0765 or visit www.nextact.org.

255 S. Water St. Milwaukee, WI

November 15 December 9


CARTOON by Steve Yockey

Nov 30 - Dec 15 at Milwaukee Fortress

100 e. pleasant st.

IT’S A WAR ON TERROR™ IN TOONTOWN!

Chaos ensues after the mischievous Trouble steals the giant hammer of bratty dictator Esther, setting their mismatched cartoon world into a violent freefall where no one is safe (including the audience). Played through a series of TV episodes, CARTOON is an in-your-face satire of a forthcoming totalitarian world. So whether you loved Saturday morning cartoons growing up or ripping the limbs off your brother’s GIJoe for the hell of it, this is your perfect alternative to the same-old holiday programming.

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C H IC AG O D R A M ATI S T S 34 Years Developing Playwrights and New Plays RUSS TUTTEROW • Artistic Director BRIAN LOEVNER • Managing Director VIRGINIA NUGENT • Development Director MEGHAN BEALS McCARTHY • Associate Artistic Director KRISTYN HEGNER • CPS Program Coordinator ILESA DUNCAN • Arts Infusion Director ROBERT KOON • Company Dramaturg BECKY MOCK • Production Manager COLIN SEAMAN • Bar Manager RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS: Alice Austen, David Barr III, Scott Barsotti, Derrell Capes, Mary Ruth Clarke, Randall Colburn, Cheryl Coons, Lydia R. Diamond, Will Dunne, Reginald Edmund, Marsha Estell, Stuart Flack, Dana Lynn Formby, Anna Garcia-Romero, John Green, Sarah Gubbins, Jim Henry, Andrew Hinderaker, Ron Hirsen, Laura Jacqmin, Nambi E. Kelley, Robert Koon, Aline Lathrop, M.E.H. Lewis, Susan Lieberman, Rohina Malik, Arlene Malinowski, Mia McCullough, Jayme McGhan, Carlos Murillo, Tania Richard, Elaine Romero, Roger Rueff, Emily Schwartz, Steve Simoncic, Steve J. Spencer, Jon Steinhagen, Marisa Wegrzyn, Mark Young, Martin Zimmerman RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS EMERITI: Rebecca Gilman, Carson Grace Becker, Evan Guilford-Blake, Keith Huff, Joel Drake Johnson, Ruth Margraff, Brett Neveu, Tanya Saracho BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President Neill Shanahan, Vice President Patrice Fletcher, Treasurer Clifford Shapiro, Secretary Carla J. Salvo, Ron Hirsen, Brian Loevner, Alec Miller, Arthur Sussman, Russ Tutterow, Therese Weber and Mark Young. DISTINGUISHED EMERITUS BOARD: Sandra Blau, Michael J. Keating, Ellen Krasnow and Dianne S. Rossell ADVISORY BOARD: Susan V. Booth, Dean Corrin, Michael Cullen, Steven Dietz, Ann Filmer, Gary Garrison, Arthur Kopit, Rondi Reed, Bruce Sagan, Steve Scott, Dana Singer, Chuck Smith, Edward Sobel and Michele Volansky ASSOCIATE ARTISTS: Roslyn Alexander, Abu Ansari, Anna C. Bahow, Barry Bennett, Kristie Berger, Dana Black, Judy Blue, Daniel Bryant, Suellen Burton, Aaron Christensen, Wendye Clarendon, Victor Cole, Michelle Courvais, Kirsten D’Aurelio, Cat Dean, Peter DeFaria, Diane Dorsey, Joanne Dubach, Ilesa Duncan, Ariana Dziedzic, Ann Filmer, Carlo Garcia, John Gawlick, Danny Goldring, Cheryl Graeff, Marguerite Hammersley, Rachel Edwards Harvith, Richard Henzel, Susaan Jamshidi, Samantha C. Jones, Tracey Kaplan, Michael Kessler, Mildred Langford, Doug MacKechnie, Drew Martin, Richard Marlatt, Morgan McCabe, Michael Joseph Mitchell, Kyra Morrys, Richard Perez, Jeff Pines, Ron Quade Tania Richard, Kimberly Senior, Richard Shavzin, Stephen Spencer, Craig Spidle, Randy Steinmeyer, Jenniffer J. Thusing, Mark Ulrich, Penelope Walker, Mick Weber, Wendi Weber, Alice Wedoff, Ron Wells, and Ann Whitney. FOR INFORMATION ON CHICAGO DRAMATISTS’ PLAYWRITING Chicago Dramatists • 1105 W. Chicago Avenue • Chicago, IL 60642 Office & Box Office: (312) 633-0630 • E-mail: newplays@chicagodramatists.org Or visit our web site at www.chicagodramatists.org Chicago Dramatists is a participant in the Leadership U: Continuing Ed program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ad administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.


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Collaboraction, and Shattered Globe. Regionally, he has worked at The New Theater in Kansas City, The Indiana Rep in Indianapolis, Clarence Brown in Knoxville, TN, and Fox Valley Rep in St. Charles, IL. Film and TV work includes roles in The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, The Last Rites of Joe May and “Chicago Code”. He is married to Maria Stevens. This is for Turk Muller. Russ Tutterow (Director) has nurtured the art and careers of countless playwrights at Chicago Dramatists, where he has been Artistic Director since 1986. To honor his 25th year as Artistic Director and his contribution to the cultural life of Chicago, May Street (adjacent to Chicago Dramatists) was recently proclaimed “Russ Tutterow Way” by the City of Chicago. Mr. Tutterow is the recipient of the 2005 League of Chicago Theatres Artistic Leadership Award for his “outstanding achievement in developing new plays and his long-time contribution to Chicago theatre,” the 2007 Achievement in Theatre Award from the Illinois Theatre Association, and the 2010 Actors’ Equity Spirit Award for his commitment to non-traditional casting and diversity. At Chicago Dramatists, he has directed countless new play readings, and nurtured the art and careers of hundreds of playwrights, including Rebecca Gilman, Tina Fey, Sarah Ruhl, Keith Huff, Lydia R. Diamond, Tanya Saracho, Brett Neveu, Rick Cleveland, David Barr, and Roger Rueff, to name just a few. Recently, he directed Chicago Dramatists’ world premiere productions of the Jeff Awardwinning hit A Steady Rain by Keith Huff (which was subsequently produced on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman), Blizzard ’67 by Jon Steinhagen, Hickorydickory by Marisa Wegrzyn, Water by Alice Austen (Jeff Award nomination for New Work), Voyeurs de Venus by Lydia R. Diamond (Jeff Award for New Work), Heat by Marsha Estell (Jeff Award nomination for New Work), and Drawing War by Brett Neveu. Mr. Tutterow also has directed, managed or taught for such Chicago theatres as Goodman, Victory Gardens, Royal George, Mercury, Briar Street, Prop, Zebra Crossing, Igloo, and Cullen, Henaghan & Platt Productions, as well as Café LaMama Hollywood, and served on the 2005 First Look Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. He has held positions as Adjunct Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin and Director of Theatre at Lake Forest College. Mr. Tutterow holds an M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Theatre from Ball State University. Keith Huff (Playwright) is currently Writer/ Producer for the upcoming David Fincher/ Netflix series “House of Cards”, featuring Kevin

Spacey and Robin Wright. He is also writing the screenplay for a Chicago-based thriller, Kill Switch, for Alexandra Milchan (New Regency & EMJAG Films). He has written the film adaptation of A Steady Rain for Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (EON Films), original pilots for HBO, Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks TV, and AMC, and was Writer/Co-Producer for season 4 of AMC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series Mad Men, for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series). Recent theater productions include The Detective’s Wife (Writer’s Theater), A Steady Rain featuring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (Broadway), and Pursued By Happiness and The Bird and Mr. Banks (Road Theater). Upcoming theater productions include Big Lake Big City at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater (directed by David Schwimmer) and productions of The Detective’s Wife in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. A Steady Rain continues to be produced across the US and around the world, most recently in France (Paris & national tour), Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Spain (Barcelona & Catalan tour), and Canada. It is currently running in Hungary and Greece, on tour in Argentina (with Rodrigo de la Serna and Jaoquin Furriel), Chile, and Uruguay, and new productions are scheduled to open in Brazil, Prague, Venezuala, Tokyo, Colombia, Madrid, and London’s West End in 2012-2013. Keith has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop, is a Resident Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, and is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships. He currently divides his time between Chicago and Los Angeles, but his home base is Chicago, where he lives with his wife, Georgette, and his daughter, Robin. Tom Burch (Scenic designer) is thrilled to revisit A Steady Rain. Other CD credits: Jade Heart and St. Colm’s Inch. Other Chicago credits include shows at Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Northlight, Hypocrites and many others. Four Jeff nominations (1win), and 3 After Dark Awards. Regional credits includes shows at Actors Theatre Louisville, Arizona Theatre Co., Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, and the off-Broadway production of Mistakes Were Made (Barrow St.Theatre). His work can be seen online at www.tomburch.com Jeff Pines (Lighting Designer) is excited to be lighting A Steady Rain again at Chicago Dramatists with the fabulous team assembled here. Jeff is an Associate Artist and the resident lighting designer at Chicago Dramatists, as well as resident lighting designer for Loop Players at Harold Washington


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College. He has designed a wide range of shows for Chicago Dramatists from the Playwrights for the 90’s through more recent productions including Bordello, Hickorydickory, and Blizzard ’67. Jeff has worked with a variety of other Chicago theatre companies in the past including Famous Door, Noble Fool, Victory Gardens, City Lit, Rivendell, Powertap, and Prop Thtr. Samantha C. Jones (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working with Chicago Commmercial Collective on this great production. In Chicago her work has recently been seen at Chicago Dramatists (Blizzard ‘67, HickoryDickory, Jade Heart) American Blues Theatre (Waiting for Lefty, Rantoul and Die, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!), Congo Square Theatre (Brothers of the Dust, A Colored Museum), 16th Street Theatre (Menorca, Fires in the Mirror, Unveiled, and The End of the Tour). Elsewhere she has designed for Peninsula Players Theatre (A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Wait Until Dark, Around the World in 80 Days, Heroes, Over the Tavern, The Nerd), and Florida Studio Theatre (Playmakers). This fall her designs will be seen Congo Square’s production of Bulrusher, and American Blues Theatre’s Illegal Use of Hands. Special thanks to Kristin DeiTos for being awesome. Kristin DeiTos (Assistant Costume Designer) is the current costume design assistant at Lookingglass Theatre Company, and a proud ensemble member of American Blues Theater. In 2010, she received an Equity Jeff Award (along with Sarah E. Ross) for their co-costume design of Tobacco Road (American Blues Theater). Next Kristin will be designing the United States premiere of Idomeneus with Sideshow Theatre Company in August. Thanks to Samantha Jones and the Chicago Commercial Collective. Jarrod Bainter (Technical Director) has been involved starting several theatre companies such as Goodluck Macbeth Theatre while in attendance at Illinois State University in Normal IL, and The Apollo Theatre in his hometown of Peoria IL. He currently is a proud company member of The Fine Print Theatre, and Red Tape Theatre. Wendye Clarendon (Stage Manager) works both as an actor and a stage manager around town and is so excited to be part of the birth of Chicago Commercial Collective. Most recently, she stage managed The Four of Us at Theater Wit with previous shows including Aiming for Sainthood at The Jay Pritzker Pavillion for Chicago Dramatists, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant for A Red Orchid and Shear Madness at The Chicago Theatre. As an actor, Wendye is an

Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists and has worked with Stage Left, Human Race Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, The Goodman Theatre along with several theatres in Dallas. Thank you Errol for all that you do-couldn’t do it without you! Member AEA, SAG, AFTRA. Aurélia K. Cohen (General Manager) is a theatre producer and a consultant to non-profit administrators. She recently received a Master of Fine Arts in theater management from Yale School of Drama, and has since become a Chicagoan. Since her move to Chicago, Aurélia has worked with About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Music Theatre Company, OnStage in America, and Lifeline Theater. While at Yale, she worked as the Managing Director for the Yale Cabaret, producing 20 shows in 28 weeks. Prior to her time at Yale, she worked as the Technical Archivist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During her time in New York City, Aurélia founded Pig Brooch, an ensemble theatre company. Aurélia is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Alex Huntsberger (Assistant Producer) is actor, writer, critic and producer based in Chicago. He was recently seen rapping in the The State Theatre’s production of A Crowded House and his theatre reviews can be found at Centerstage Chicago. He also served as assistant director for The Xylophone West by Alex Lubischer at Fine Print Theatre and helped produce Next Stop: A New Chicago Musical at Route 66. Alex graduated from Oberlin College in 2009 with a degree in theatre. Chicago Commercial Collective (Producer) This is the first production for the Chicago Commercial Collective. It is a new company focused on producing Chicago theater of incredible quality and commercial appeal by Chicago artists and theatre companies. The company is a partnership between Brian Loevner, Aurelia F. Cohen and Monty Cole. www.chicagocommercialcollective.com SHOUT Marketing & Media Relations (Press Relations) specializes in individualized client campaigns. The partners, Jill Evans La Penna and James Juliano, excel in partnering with each client and work endlessly to identify the specific needs to make each project a success. SHOUT treats each client as if they are the only client. With a passion for their work, SHOUT strives to utilize the most up-to-date public relations and marketing approaches including social, online and grassroots campaigns as well as unique strategic advertising plans that is successful and beneficial to all.

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