"I share this, actually, with not only everybody in this room, but all the actors in Chicago and in storefronts and everybody who does this crazy, insane, frustrating job - the greatest job - on Earth. We are the ones who say it to their faces, and we have a unique responsibility."
Short and sweet. Focused and heartfelt. Tracy knew how to bring Chicago's raw sense of honesty to his 2013 Tony Award speech.
We are pleased as punch to announce two new additions to The Brown Paper Box Co.: T.J. Anderson and Justin Harner have lent their many talents to several BPBCo. projects, most recently A NEW BRAIN. You can expect many exciting things from them and us to come, so stay tuned! Welcome to the team, guys!
T.J. Anderson is elated to join the Brown Paper Box Co. after serving as music director for A New Brain. Past work with the company includes Godspell and both "Character Breakdown" cabarets. Other Chicago acting credits include As You Like It (The Traveling Players), Paradise Lost (The Agency Theatre Collective) and Romeo vs. Juliet (Pretty/Windy Theatre). Regionally, he has been seen as Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd. Aside from acting, he has been an avid music director and theater musician in Chicago and Michigan.
Justin Harner began working with the Brown Paper Box Co. in their Summer 2013 production of Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (Martin). Someone found out that he played piano, and he subsequently played for their Miscast Cabaret at Davenport's and A New Brain (Assistant Musical Director). He holds a BA in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University - Bloomington. Chicago credits: WILD (Kid Brooklyn Productions), All Rise (Walkabout Theater Co.), Mythologies (a theatrical version of David Lehman's poem), and The Playboy Club (NBC).
In the nearly 4 years since our first production of Reefer Madness!, The Brown Paper Box Co. has had a plethora of immensely talented cast members participate in our shows. And by the look of things, they're sure keeping busy! Here's a sampling of shows currently running (and some soon-to open) featuring BPBCo. friends.
Who: Pamela Mae Davis (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls)
What: Miss Marx
Where: Strawdog Theatre Company
When: through April 5, 2014
Who: Luke Grimes (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls)
What: Burning Rubber
Where: Vivarium Theatre Company
When: through March 23, 2014
Who: Derek Herman (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls)
What: Good Boys and True
Where: Raven Theatre
When: through May 5, 2014
Who: Andrew Lund (Godspell)
What: Anarchy: Improvised Rock Opera and Lysistrata (in rehearsals)
Where: Studio BE and (re)discover theatre
When: Thursdays in March and April 10 - April 27, 2014
Who: Jake Mahler (Godspell)
What: Road Show
Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
When: through May 4, 2014
Who: Pavi Proczko (Godspell)
What: Dessa Rose
Where: Bailiwick Chicago
When: through April 5, 2014
Who: Sarah Sapperstein (BPBCo. board vice president, Reefer Madness!)
What: Into the Woods
Where: EDGE Theatre
When: March 27 - April 13, 2014
Who: Nick Shoda (Reefer Madness!, Godspell, A New Brain)
Where: Lost Note Theatre Company
When: through March 29, 2014
Who: Zev Steinberg (BPBCo. co-founder, Reefer Madness!)
What: Fight and Flight Directing Peter Pan (in rehearsals)
Where: Michigan State University
When: April 11 - April 20, 2014
Who: Danny Spagnuolo (Reefer Madness!, Godspell, A New Brain)
What: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (in rehearsals)
Where: Porchlight Music Theatre
When:April 26 - June 1, 2014
A NEW BRAIN's M. William Panek (director - looking quite drowsy at 2:30am) and Jillian Weingart (Rhoda) were guests on WGN Radio's Nick Degilio Show.
They chat about the humble beginning of The Brown Paper Box Co., the current run's final weekend, and pizza. A lot of pizza.
And thanks to the late-night listeners who checked out our blog and texted in questions! We blame you for all the pizza talk :)
Give it a listen!
Come catch one of the 4 final performances of William Finn and James Lapine's A NEW BRAIN at Rivendell Theatre. Ticketing and performance information can be found at The Brown Paper Box Co.'s site.
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