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
One behalf of The Brown Paper Box Co. and the cast of Character Breakdown: A Miscast Cabaret - Andrew Lund, Anna Schutz, Daniel Spagnuolo, Katherine Glavin, Megan Ensley, Michelle Kritselis, Nick Shoda, Stephanie Rohr, T.J. Anderson, and M. William Panek - we'd love to thank everyone who made it out to Davenport's Piano Bar on March 23rd.
The Brown Paper Box Co. presents CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: A Miscast Cabaret this Saturday, March 23 at 8pm. This one-night cabaret will feature appearances from The Brown Paper Box Co. artistic associates and former cast members performing as characters they would never play due to age, gender, voice type, race, etc.
We're keeping the playlist secret, but you can expect song selections from all the musicals pictured below!
As seating has been filling up, we urge you to reserve your tickets ahead of time on Davenport's website! Hope to see you there!!!
The Brown Paper Box Co. presents CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: A Miscast Cabaret on Saturday, March 23 at 8pm. This one-night cabaret will feature appearances from The Brown Paper Box Co. artistic associates and former cast members performing as characters they would never play due to age, gender, voice type, race, etc.
Get to know ANDREW LUND (Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Shakespeare's R & J, Idle Muse Theatre Co.; Storytown, iO Chicago; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fury Theatre Co.).
Q. What's the first word that comes to mind when you hear 'miscast?'
Q. Have you ever been miscast?
A. In college, I was cast as Jean in Miss Julie by August Stindberg, who is usually played by huge, physically intimidating men. I also got to play Mr. Biedermann in Max Frisch's The Firebugs. He's normally played by someone late 30's-50's, but that's the beauty of educational theatre. I would never have gotten the opportunity to stretch myself that much otherwise.
Q. Without giving too much away, what can our audience expect with your number?
A. I'm still picking between two songs. For one, there's an age difference of 30+ years. For the other, our day to day routines could not be more different.
Q. Upon first glace when you walk into an audition, what is your character 'type?'
Q. But what people don't know about you is .......
A. All I want to do is play a villain. Or command an army.
Q. Last good movie you saw?
A. I just saw Pulp Fiction for the first time!
Q. Current show running in town you're recommending to friends?
A. I saw (re)discover theatre's As You Like It this past weekend, and cannot recommend it enough! It's the best production of the show I've personally seen. The clowning in the show is so much, the staging is wonderful, and they even have live music (including BPBCo's GODSPELL cast member Jake Mahler)! It only has one more weekend, so check it out!
Come see Andrew in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: A Miscast Cabaret on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret. Please visit www.davenportspianobar.com for reservations and additional information. Tickets are $15 + two-drink minimum.
Our Facebook event can be found HERE.
Poster design by Artistic Associate Charlie Sheets.
Bailiwick Chicago presents Rock Show(tunes), an evening of classic Broadway showtunes reimagined as modern rock songs. This event takes place one day before Bailiwick officially launches its 2012/13 season with the much-anticipated rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Rock Show(tunes) features performances by Collective Members Lili-Anne Brown, Danny Bernardo, Harmony France, Kathleen Gibson, Michael Harnichar, Aaron Holland, Ryan Lanning and Rus Rainear with guest artists Bethany Thomas, Sharriese Hamilton and Jayson Brooks of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Collective Member Aaron Benham serves as Music Director and Arranger. The evening begins with performances from our current production of Godspell, as well as Assassins and NightBlue’s Avenue Q.
The inspiration for Rock Show(tunes) came when Collective Member Danny Bernardo was working on a song from The King & I with his vocal coach and mused, “What if Green Day wrote this song?” He shared the showtune/rock song mashup with Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown, who recalled a similar experience jamming a song from Guys & Dolls in the style of R&B artist Jill Scott. Sparked by this shared inspiration, the two collaborated on curating an evening that would give hardcore rock and musical theatre fans alike something new and innovative.
The Brown Paper Box Co. will be performing:
"Turn Back, O Man" as sung by Stephanie Rohr, Andrew Lund, and the ensemble, with Stephanie Rohr and Pavi Proczko on the piano.
"O Bless the Lord, My Soul" as sung by Michelle Limon and the ensemble, with Veronica Garza & Jeanne T. Arrigo on guitar and Jake Mahler on banjo.
It's going to rock.
When: Wednesday, October 3rd
Where: Underground Lounge, 952 West Newport Avenue
Cost: $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door
Full given name: Matthew William Panek
Where you were born/where you were raised: Chicago, IL
Your position within the Godspell production team? Director and set designer
What does that mean/what do you do? In charge of bringing our new modern-day, actor-musician, humanistic revival of Godspell to life with as much cohesive clarity as possible... with a ton of help from our amazing production staff.
What's surprised you most about Godspell's rehearsal process so far? Besides how quickly it passed, how incredibly freeing it's been to see and hear a 42-year-old musical in entirely new ways. Thanks to the cast's hard work, you won't recognize some of the show's most famous songs initially. That's so inspiring.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Putting away clean laundry and keeping my car uncluttered.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: It was Lookingglass' recently shuttered Eastland, but I'm always encouraging people to check out Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Neo-Futurarium. Their plays, performances, and staging elements are consistently brilliant and heartbreaking. The Scene at iO Thursday night is also consistently phenomenal.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Something's got to be said for the place where I spend most of my free nights and money, so it's gotta be Lakeview. My current home turf of Andersonville/Edewater (I'monthecuspleavemealone!) is also relaxingly chill and offers wonderful food and drink options.
Favorite musical: Les Miserables started me off. It'll always have a special place.
Favorite play: Angels in America, The Pillowman, A Streetcar Named Desire
You personal idols: Bob Fosse, Sam Mendes, Stephen Sondheim, Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Wes Anderson, Mel Brooks, John Doyle. All men? Odd.
MAC or PC? MACy lappy
Most played song on your iPod: Surprisingly, "I Found Love" by The Free Design. The key change gets me every time. A not-so-surprising #2 is Hunter Parrish's "Save the People."
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, Community
Pop culture guilty pleasure: America's Got Talent, The Celebrity Apprentice, One Direction (swoon!)
Three favorite cities: Chicago, Paris, and New York. Amsterdam's a close 4th.
Three things you can't live without: My folks, music, laughter.
"I'll never understand why…": Glee got so bad. Like, so bad. It's unforgivable.
See William's (@mwilliampanek) stamp on The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
Full given name: Michelle Elise Kritselis
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Hinsdale, IL, raised in Downers Grove and Naperville. (Western suburbs represent!)
Your position within the Godspell production team? Dramaturg
What does that mean? Ah, the question everyone asks! Basically, I research Godspell and everything surrounding it: its inception and performance history, its context within American musical theatre, important themes within the script, etc. Awesome nerd stuff. I then process this information and distribute it to the cast and production team in the form of a fun, digestible information packet, in hopes that this knowledge will positively influence everyone's performance / interpretation of the show. Dramaturgy: The More You Knooooooow!
Something you're REALLY bad at: Wrapping presents. My presents all look like they were wrapped by a drunk chimpanzee. Now, when it's time to give a present, I rely heavily on A) the aid of other people, or B) decorative gift bags.
Favorite musical: Eh, I don't really have a favorite at the moment. It's like choosing a favorite food. How can one possibly choose a "favorite" between burgers, spanakopita, and pad thai? So it changes from day to day, depending on how I feel. But I will say this: I like Andrew Lloyd Webber. I know it's perilously uncool for a Serious Theatre Person to admit this, but there it is. Deal with it.
Your personal idols: Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard. Oh, wait...
MAC or PC? If you would have asked me this question 5 years ago, it would have been vehemently "PC." But my fiancé is a total Mac-geek and got me totally hooked on Apple products, so...Mac.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now, it's a tie between "Simple Song" by The Shins and "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles. So good.
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad! I have become almost evangelical about the awesomeness that is Breaking Bad. Definitely the best show on TV right now. If you're not watching it, may God have mercy on your soul.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: The Who, if there were some way to resurrect Keith Moon and John Entwistle from the dead. (Do you like how I managed to squeeze the words "evangelical," "God," and "resurrect" into this Godspell-related blog post? I'm sneaky like that.)
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I'm getting married in less than 3 months, so I'm giving myself license to watch terrible wedding shows on TLC. After the wedding...well, we'll discuss that when the time comes.
Three things you can't live without: Biolage Gelée (my styling gel of choice for the last 11 years), Diet Pepsi, and seasons 1-10 of The Simpsons.
"I'll never understand why…": People take food out of the microwave without clearing out the time. This drives me CRAZY.
See Michelle's stamp on The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
Full given name: Anna Elizabeth Schutz (still haven't changed my name since getting married)
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Evanston and raised in Skokie
Your position within the Godspell production team? I'm Production Manager and Stage Manager
What does that mean/what do you do? I'm in charge of all of the logistical and technical things for the show. I do things like booking space and writing notes to running the show once it's up.
What's surprised you most about Godspell's rehearsal process so far? How awesome it is to walk into a room of actors tuning their guitars and practicing piano before rehearsal starts.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Whistling & winking
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Well it was The Great American Trailer Musical until it closed, since my husband Phil Martin, philmartindrums.com. [SHAMELESS PROMOTION] played drums for it. Now I'm recommending Night Blue's Avenue Q playing at Stage 773. I hear the drummer for that show is amazing and quite handsome.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Lakeview
Favorite musical: Company
Favorite play: Oh boy... from a pure enjoyment viewpoint the Bard’s Twelfth Night
Your personal idols: We’re not supposed to have idols according to the research I’ve done for this show.
MAC or PC? Obviously, Mac
Most played song on your iPod: “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
Must-see TV show(s): Mad Men
Last good movie you saw: Just re-watched Midnight in Paris which is one of my favorite movies
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Audra McDonald
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Project Runway & Rihanna
Three favorite cities: New York, Honolulu, and Paris
Three things you can't live without: Family, chocolate, and my iPhone
"I'll never understand why…": You park in a driveway.
See Anna's stamp on The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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