"the question, the choice, the question the choice....." Olivia Dustman and clancy McCartney in the opening scene of "dark play or stories for boys" by Carlos Murillo (photo by Cesario Moza)
Aaron Kirby (Adam) is thrilled to be making his Collaboraction debut. He most recently appeared with the House Theatre in Cyrano. Other Chicago credits include: Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Project 891), Much Ado About Nothing (Chicago dell’Arte), A Christmas CARL (Chicago dell’Arte), Vaudeville (Cold Basement), Spectacle Lunatique (Redmoon). International: The Girl of 10,000 Smiles (Edinburgh Fringe). He also holds an MFA in Acting (Wayne State).
Clancy McCartney (Nick) comes to you from the foggy shores of San Francisco, and is proud to make his theatrical debut with Collaboraction Theatre. A recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, he would like to thank his family, Daniela Colucci, and everyone else that’s helped get him here.
Jane deLaubenfels (Female Netizen) is thrilled to be working with Collaboraction. She appeared in the Jeff Award winning production of Man From Nebraska at Redtwist Theatre last Spring. Jane has also worked with Provision, Stage Left, American Theater Company, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and City Lit, among others. This May she will be performing with the storytelling collective, 2nd Story. Jane lives in Lincoln Square with her husband, Jamie, and their children, Alice and Gabriel.
Olivia Dustman (Rachel/Molly) originally hails from Salt Lake City, Utah and is a recent graduate from DePaul University with her BFA in Acting. At DePaul she performed in; Holes, Four Twins, Inky, The Skriker (Lily), A View from the Bridge (Catherine) and Medea. She made her professional Chicago theatre debut in Summer and Smoke at The Den Theatre and played Nellie in that production. After Dark Play, Olivia will be playing one of her dreams roles; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with Glass Onion Theatre and will also be working on Pride and Prejudice at Lifeline Theatre. Olivia is super excited to be a part of this amazing ensemble and is thankful to everyone who has supported her in her dreams!
Sorin Brouwers (Male Netsizen) makes his onstage debut at Collaboraction with Dark Play. As an actor, he's worked with the Cleveland Playhouse, 16th Street, Dog & Pony Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Circle Theatre, Playwrights Center, Griffin, Breadline, Mary Arrchie and others. He's directed for The Playwrights Center (Jeroen Brouwers’ Without Subtitles) and written music and designed sound for Organic Theater Co. (resident emeritus), About Face Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Dog & Pony Theatre Co., Inequity Theater, Historic Pickwick Theater, Directors Theatre Chicago and others. He's also enjoyed starring and supporting roles in independent and feature films, nat'l commercials and voiceovers and working as a motion capture artist for popular video games.
Carlos Murillo (playwright) is an internationally produced playwright and director. His play dark play or stories for boys premiered at the Humana Festival in 2007, and has since been produced throughout the US, and in translation in Hungary, Germany, Chile, Poland and Slovakia. Other plays include A Thick Description of Harry Smith, Diagram of a Paper Airplane, Unfinished American Highwayscape, Mimesophobia, A Human Interest Story, Offspring of the Cold War, Schadenfreude, and others. They have been seen in NY (NYC Summer Play Festival, En Garde Arts,The Public, The Watermill Center), Chicago (The Goodman, Collaboraction, Theatre Seven, Walkabout Theatre, American Theatre Company), Los Angeles (Theatre @ Boston Court, Circle X, Son of Semele), and throughout the US (Sundance, South Coast Rep, Salt Lake Acting Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights' Center and others). Awards include: The Goodman Theatre Ofner Prize, the Otis Guernsey Award from the William Inge Festival, two National Latino Playwriting Awards, the MAP Fund grant and others. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and New Dramatists in New York City. He is currently working on commissions for Steppenwolf Theatre and Playwrights Horizons. As a teacher, he has been a visiting artist with the Kennedy Center, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and is an Associate Professor at The Theatre School of DePaul University where he heads the playwriting program. He lives in the South Side of Chicago with his wife, the director Lisa Portes, and his two children, Eva Rose and Carlos Pablo.
Drew Hill (Costume Designer) has lived in Chicago for a little over a year and has already happily worked on three productions with Collaboraction, including the 2011 Sketchbook Festival. His other costume design credits in the area include Jim Manganello's War & Peace: A Dance-Theater Redux and Winterfall's Far Away. Drew is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which is also his hometown. To view his portfolio visithttp://www.andrewhilldesign.com
Joe Schermoly (Set Diesgner) is a set designer, technical director and painter and is happy to be making his Collaboraction debut with this exciting play. His design work has been seen around Chicago at Griffin (No More Dead Dogs, Port, Constant Wife), Strawdog (Master and Margarita, Richard III), Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo), Sideshow (The Ugly One) and more. He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush and Gate theatres among others. Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and is the Technical Director at Lifeline Theatre. Upcoming work includes Punk Rock with Griffin Theatre and We Have Always Lived in the Castle at City Lit.
John Rooney (Assistant Director) is thrilled to work on his first show with Collaboraction. Next up, he will script manage FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, The March and Three Sisters at Steppenwolf Theatre. Later this season he will assistant direct Elephant’s Graveyard at Red Tape Theatre where he is the Associate Artistic Director. Previously, he has had the pleasure of working with such companies as About Face Theatre, American Theatre Company, Dog and Pony Theatre Company (where he is a company member) and Actors Theatre of Louisville where he had the privilege of assisting Adam Rapp on The Edge of Our Bodies for the 35th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. He received his BFA in Theatre Arts from The Theatre School, DePaul University.
Mary-Catherine ‘Kate’ Mikalayunas (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on her first Chicago production with Collaboraction! She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Stage Management from the Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, and is quite happy to be with Collaboraction this year. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their support. Keep on Keepin’ on.
Sara Robinson (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Collaboraction for the first time. Chicago Stage Management credits include Roadkill Confidential (Dog & Pony), The Argument (Interrobang Theatre Project), What the Weird Sisters Saw (Idle Muse Theatre Co.), As Is and Beautiful Thing stage readings (Pride Productions), Castle of Otranto (First Folio), Trickster (Halcyon). Regional Stage Management credits include two seasons with Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Michigan Shakes: Short Shakes R & J Tour, Thouroughly Modern Millie (Syncopation), Lonely Planet and Tape (Flint City Theatre), U of M- Flint, Spotlight, and seven seasons with Young Peoples Ballet Theatre. Up next for Sara is Trash with Babes with Blades. She would like to thank her mom, sister and most of all her husband, Nathan, for all their love and continued support!
Stephen Ptacek (Sound Designer) is a Sound Designer, Musician, Composer, Playwright and Recording Engineer. He's worked with a bunch of companies across town and has been nominated for three Jeff awards in sound (the first of which he won in 2008.) As a company member with Dog & Pony, he's had a chance to write, direct and perform in a few staged readings, and this summer he and D&P Co-Artistic Director Devon DeMayo will debut a brand new musical they devised together (The Whole World Is Watching). Stephen plays in a bunch of bands, most notably El Is A Sound Of Joy, FLUXBIKES, and Sad Brad Smith. He's also a recording engineer at the Experimental Sound Studio (which you should check out if you haven't yet) and a DJ for the Jazz Show on WNUR 89.3fm.
Michael Reed (Lighting Designer) Michael Reed’s career in lighting and event production spans more than thirty years beginning with tours with Barry Manilow, The Ohio Players, and The Commodores in the 1970’s. Other lighting credits include: The Chicago City Ballet; The Lynda Martha Dance Company; Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, The Phil Donahue Show; WTTW’s Soundstage; The Reggae Sunsplash; The Rolling Stones; Muddy Waters, The Breakup; and Roll Bounce. And has worked with Ray Charles; Frank Sinatra; Count Basie; James Brown; Joe Cocker; John Prine; Iggy Pop; Gil Scott-Heron; Roy Orbison; Warren Zevon; Chick Corea; Steve Goodman; New Kids On The Block. In 1994, Michael Reed founded Reed Rigging, Inc. Reed Rigging’s 2011 clients included The Dave Matthews Band, and Rammstein.
Amelia Lerch (Props Master) is a recent graduate from Lawrence University who had the pleasure of studying Physics and Theatre Arts. This is her first production with Collaboraction and she is delighted to be a part of this thought provoking endeavor. Other shows she has designed for include "Into the Woods", "Carousel" and "Wonderland". Enjoy the Show!
Anthony Moseley (Director) serves as the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of COLLABORACTION, where he has produced 48 productions and over 250 events since the company’s founding in 1999. In 2000 Mr. Moseley founded the annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, which was lauded by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Readeras “the premiere short play festival in the Midwest. Under Mr. Moseley’s direction,SKETCHBOOK has produced 158 world premiere short plays and featured the work of Michael Shannon, David Mamet, Beth Henley, Regina Taylor, Adam Rapp, Kris Diazand many more. Mr. Moseley’s COLLABORACTION directing credits including the world premieres of El Grito Del Bronx (a co-production with Teatro Vista in association with the Goodman Theatre), The Pull Toy (and His Pasian), and Heroes and Villains;Chicago premieres of Refuge (2000 Jeff Citation nomination for Best Direction), The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He One Loved in the Former Soviet Union, andGuinea Pig Solo; as well as Mud, To Kill a Mockingbird, and numerous world premiereshort plays for the SKETCHBOOK Festival. Under his leadership COLLABORACTIONhas received 8 Joseph Jefferson Awards and 18 nominations, as well as awards fromthe NEA, the MacArthur Foundation, and a ”Hopie” award from the Lester and HopeAbelson Foundation for “creativity and innovation.” In 2007, Mr. Moseley was named the Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, where he worked closely under Artistic Director Robert Falls. He is a member of SAG and AFTRA and has performed in numerous commercials, television shows and movies including Prison Break, The Beast and the recently shot Untitled Ramin Bahrani film, in which he shared scenes with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. He holds a BA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Robyn (Female Netizen Understudy) is psyched to be working with collaboraction! After moving back from Seattle two years ago she has had the pleasure of working with Silent Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth,. Fineprint Theatre, A Reasonable Facsimile, The Factory Theater, Neapolitans Theatre, Jackalope and is currently rehearsing with State Theatre. Robyn has worked on Chicago Code, and just filmed her first horror film He Ain't Heavy! Thank you Walmart, mama and love to her