Full given name: Robert Andrew Skosky
Where you were born/where you were raised? Saint Louis, MO, the Show Me State
Your role within the Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls family: Jason
How would you describe your character? An overgrown kid searching for a missing Lego piece
In 5 words, how do you describe Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls: Wacky, quirky, funny, and surprisingly sweet.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Math (see the “I’ll never understand why…” section below)
Special hidden talent: I can make a perfect Risotto Milanese
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Cliché, but I love Lakeview
Favorite play: Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire
Your personal idols: My Grandma Clem. She taught me everything I need to know in life.
Most played song on your iPod: "I Want You Back" by The Jackson Five
Who would play you in the Lifetime movie about your life: David Schwimmer
Must-see TV show(s): right now I’m all about Bates Motel. I also will never make it through an episode of Parks and Recreation without laughing. No matter how many times I’ve seen said episode.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: It’s been over a year, and it’s STILL “Call Me Maybe.” Sorry, I’m not sorry.
Three things you can't live without: My family (the ones I was born with and the ones I have chosen, my green body pillow, dogs.
"I'll never understand why…”: People enjoy doing math. Really?!
Tickets are now on sale for The Brown Paper Box Co.'s upcoming production, ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka. The play will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM from May 30-June 16 at the Heartland Studio in Rogers Park (7016 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626). Tickets can be purchased through www.brownpaperbox.org.
In this quirky comedy, a group of twentysomethings change careers, geographical borders, and even species in a quest to find a place for themselves. ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS questions the nature of love, identity, and evolution in this wild and wonderful world. The play received its world premiere at the 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville.
"This show has some very absurd elements," explains director M. William Panek (Godspell, To Tree, The Brown Paper Box Co.). "People turning into animals and vice-versa, outlandish locales, and cross-gender casting. But the absurd is juxtaposed with these incredibly honest relationships, relatable characters, and natural dialogue. It's hilarious, but then it hits you with really poignant, poetic moments." These seemingly incongruous combinations led The Brown Paper Box Co. to produce the play.
The cast includes Pamela Mae Davis (Failure: A Love Story, Victory Gardens; Cymbeline, RIFF Collective; As You Like It, (re)discover theatre), Luke Michael Grimes (Teddy Ferrara, Goodman Theatre; Fate and Ed, ARCitext Play Festival; Macbeth, TheMASSIVE), Justin Harner (I Begin, Walkabout Theater; WILD, Kid Brooklyn Productions; Caesura: A Butchery, The Plagiarists), Christopher Hart (To Tree, The Brown Paper Box Co.; The Sandman, Oracle Theatre), Derek Herman (Almost, Maine, Chicago College of Performing Arts; Speech & Debate, Artists Repertory Theatre; Landscape of the Body, Profile Theatre), Stephanie Rohr* (Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Reservoir Dogs, Roundhouse Productions; Jesus Camp: The Musical, The Cornservatory), Anna Schutz* (Reefer Madness, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Epic Proportions, Project 891), and Bob Skosky (Sleeping with Straight Men, Ludicrous Theatre; Our Town, Blank Page Theater; Aesop's Fables, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse).
The production team comprises M. William Panek* (director), Sheila Gleason (set designer), Ian James Anthony* (properties master), Cat Wilson (lighting designer), Laura Wiley (assistant lighting designer), Patrick J. Butterfield* (production assistant), Michelle Kritselis* (dramaturg), and Charlie Sheets* (graphic designer).
About The Brown Paper Box Co.
Founded in 2010 and based in Chicago, The Brown Paper Box Co. creates thought-provoking and accessible theatrical experiences without the glitz of overproduction. This scaled-down approach allows our artists to deliver an elevated focus on the text.
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.
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