The Brown Paper Box Co.’s
by Theresa Rebeck
January 23 – February 8, 2015
Presented on the West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex
The Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production, SPIKE HEELS by Theresa Rebeck. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM from January 23–February 8 at Raven Theatre in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood (6157 N. Clark St.). Ticketing information and more will be posted at www.brownpaperbox.org.
SPIKE HEELS is a contemporary comedy of manners that pits a volatile young woman against a lawyer, an academic, and the latter's old-money fiancée as they address issues of sexual harassment and the possibility of a four-sided love triangle. This updated take on Pygmalion by award-winning playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (NBC's Smash, Seminar, Mauritius) deftly explores class and gender politics with honesty, passion, and wit.
Director Stephanie Rohr states, “SPIKE HEELS is a comedy with serious messages about feminism, class, and relationships that still ring true 25 years after it was written. It is an opportunity to showcase both a great female playwright and four strong, funny, and charismatic actors."
The cast includes Jillian Weingart (Little Shop of Horrors, Woodstock Opera House; Cabaret, Brightside Theatre; A New Brain, The Brown Paper Box Co.) as Georgie, Jesse Dornan (Both Your Houses, Remy Bumppo; Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Shakes [u/s]; Making God Laugh, Fox Valley Repertory) as Andrew, Charles Askenaizer (Run Chris Run, Stone Soup Theatre Co.; Romeo and Juliet, Teatro Vista; The Tempest, City Lit), as Edward, and Whitney Morse (The Children’s Hour, Pride Films and Plays; Down Range, Genesis Theatricals; Trafford Tanzi, Prologue Theatre Company) as Lydia.
The production team includes Stephanie Rohr* (director), Justin Harner* (assistant director), Liz Hoffman (costume designer), Kiri Palm (stage manager), Justin Castellano (lighting designer), Sara Heymann (set/properties designer), Michelle Kritselis* (dramaturg), Anna Schutz* (production manager), M. William Panek* (casting associate and box office manager), Charlie Sheets* (graphic designer), and Randolph Baldwin (production intern).
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.
Reefer Madness! The Musical was not only our first full-length musical back in 2010, but it also formed the creation of our 4/20 remounts at Studio BE and Stage 773 the following 2 years.
These amazing cast members have become trusted collaborators, life-long friends, and even company members.
Happy anniversary, all!
Presented at Studio BE
April 20, 2011
One night. Two performances. Total madness.
Presented at Stage 773
April 20, 2012
One performance. Audience participation. Total madness.
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.
Full name? Jillian Kate Weingart
Where you were born/where you were raised? Crystal Lake, IL
Your role within the A NEW BRAIN family? Playing RHODA!
How would you describe your character? Gordo's more professional best friend. Can be a bit of a hard ass when it comes to work but "Rhoda always knows!"
In 5 words, how do you describe A NEW BRAIN? Zanny Bright Trippy Inspiring Tawdry (hahaha)
How would you describe Bill's writing? I would put his music right up there with Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown (Parade especially.) It PHYSICALLY has so many layers of music, that it gives you chills when you listen to it. Listening to "I Feel so Much Spring" on the subway is an experience. Do it.
Fill in the blanks: ____Love_____ + ___Passion___ = a song.
What was your must-see TV show as a kid? Winnie the Pooh!
If you could be best friends with any cartoon character in the real world, who would it be? Daniel the Tiger
Who would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Ginnifer Goodwin
Special hidden talent? I can eat a whole pizza. Largest you got, I'll eat it.
Something you're REALLY bad at? Using my gym membership.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood? West Loop!
Current local show you have been recommending to friends? Artistic Home's Cut to the Chase one act festival! Runs through January 25th!
Most played song on your iPod? "Perfume" by Brittney Spears
Pop culture guilty pleasure? True crime anything. I have stacks of books on famous murders. Always watching true crime tv. Is that pop culture?
Three things you can't live without? My planner. A physical one, not the one on my phone. MAC lipstick. Phone calls to my sister in Michigan :)
"I'll never understand why… Speed cameras near parks and schools are active until 11pm. Are kids out playing till 11pm? Does 5 grade get out a bit later these days? Inform yourselves!"
Come see Jillian in William Finn and James Lapine's A NEW BRAIN February 21 - March 9, 2014 at Rivendell Theatre. Ticketing and performance information can be found at The Brown Paper Box Co.'s site.
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