Amazing Journey


KEVIN GUDAHL (Fredrik Egerman) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where he last appeared as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale. Other Chicago Shakespeare credits include: Brutus in julius Caesar, Edgar in King Lear, Prince Hal in Henry Ill; Parts 1 and 2, the Bastard in King john, and the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Macbeth. Chicago credits include: performances at Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Apple Tree Theatre, Briar Street Theatre, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and National Jewish Theater. Canadian credits include: five seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival; the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto); and the Neptune Theatre (Halifax). He recently returned from London, where he reprised his role of Kayama in Chicago Shakespeare's remount of Sondheim's Pacific Overtures at the Donmar Warehouse. Television credits include: Crime Story, The Untouchables, and Early Edition. Film credits include While You Were Sleeping and Home Alone III.
BARBARA ROBERTSON (Desiree Armfeldt) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where her credits include Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Goneril in King Lear (1993), and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (1988). Other credits include: The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, House and Garden (After Dark Award), Black Snow (Jeff Award), Pal Joey (Jeff Award), She Always Said, Pablo(Goodman The atre); Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Mary Stuart, Hamlet, La Bete (After Dark Award), Little Foxes, Piano, Cherry Orchard, An Ideal Husband, Tartuffe, The Real Thing, House of Blue Leaves (Court Theatre); Angels in America I and II (Jeff Award, national tour); Emma's Child (Sarah Siddons Award, victory Gardens Theater); Detachments (After Dark Award, Center Theatre); Kabuki Medea (Jeff Award and Helen Hayes Award, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and Kennedy Center); and work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Mercury Theater. Television credits include: K A Will of Their Own (NBC), A L Mother's Couroge (Disney), The Untouchobles (Paramount), and Early Edition (CBS). Film credits include: Soul Survivors, David T Lynch's A Straight Story Robert E Altman's The Company. She teaches at Columbia College.
MICHAEL CERVERIS (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm) makes his Chicago Shakespeare debut. Chicago credits include: Giorgio in Passion (Ravinia Festival); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Goodman Theatre); Nothing Sacred (Northlight Theatre); and guitarist/vocalist on tour with punk icon Bob Mould's band (Riviera Theater). Broadway credits include Titanic and the title role in The Who's Tommy which he originated in its world premiere (Tony Nomination, Theater World Award, Original Cast Grammy). London credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he also performed in New York and L.A. (Garland Award). Off Broadway credits include: Fifth of July, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square, and The Games (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Regional credits include: Passion (Kennedy Center); Tooth of Crime, Richard II, and Much Ado About Nothing. Film credits include: The Mexican, Tokyo Pop, and Paul Auster's Lulu on the Bridge. On tel. evision, he was a regular on Fame and The American Embassy and a guest star on CSI and many others. His debut album Dog Eared will be available in February. Future projects include Sondheim's Assassins on Broadway and Sunday in the Park with George at Ravinia Festival.
SAMANTHA SPIRO ( Countess Charlotte Malcolm) makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut. Theater credits in Britain include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych, West End); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Donmar Warehouse); As You Like It (Sheffield and Lyric Hammersmith); Jumpers (Birmingham Repertory); Cleo Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (Royal National Theatre); Roots (Oxford Stage Company); As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic); Teechers, On the Piste (Hull Truck); How The Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal, Windsor); Glynn and It (Guildford and tour); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Middle East tour); and two seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, including The Boys from Syracuse, Lady Be Good, and Macbeth. Television credits in Britain include: MIT Murder Investigation Team, Cold Feet, The Bill, The Knock, and TV Go Home. Film credits include: Tomorrow La Scala! From Hell, and Cor Blimey. Her many credits with BBC Radio Drama include, most recently, Smiles of a Summer Night and Much Ado About Nothing.
PAUL KEATING (Henrik Egerman) makes his Chicago Shakespeare debut. British theater credits include: Agon in La Cava (Piccadilly Theatre); Prince Giglio in The Rose and The Ring (Hen and Chickens Theatre); The Balladeer in Assassins (New End Theatre); Daedalus in Escape from Pterodactyl Island (Pleasance Theatre); Buttons in Cinderella (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Lost in Yonkers (Strand Theatre); and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre). He earned Olivier Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical for the title role in Pete Townsend's Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre, London) and the leading role in the Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys musical, Closer to Heaven. British television credits include: Dean Gittar in the series Metrosexuality; Secret Britain, Pen Pics (Channel 4); Ambassador, Casualty (BBC); and The Bill (Carl ton). Film credits include: Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis, Strip, Hetrosexuality; The Brothers Marterana, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
JULIE RUTH (Anne Egerman) makes her Chicago S Shakespeare debut. Regional credits include: Luisa in The Fantastiks (Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee); Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Orlando Broadway Dinner Theatre); Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Luisa in TheFantastiks at Central Florida Lyric Opera, where she was a resident artist. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Psychology n from University of Central Florida (Summa Cum Laude, Honors College), where her performance credits include Hope in Anything Goes and Polly in Crazy For You. Other credits include appearances as guest soloist on the Rosie 0' DonneIl Show (CBS), in the East Room of the White House, and performances at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom as Cinderella in Cinderella's Surprise Celebration, and Disney MGM Studios as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
HELEN RYAN (Madame Armfeldt) makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut. She has worked extensively throughout the UK and abroad, where her credits include: The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company and tour to Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan); Lettice and Lovage (The Gielgud Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, The Madras House, The Country Wife (Royal National Theatre); We Happy Few (Malvern Theatre); A Winter's Tale (Royal Exchange Manchester, and European tour); Three Tall Women (Belfast/Irish tour); My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain (European tour); The Plough and the Stars (Philadelphia and Irish tour); Macbeth (Africa tour); and work with The Bush Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Donmar ware house, Gate Theatre, the new Hampstead Theatre, and the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park. Her many British television credits include Princess Alexandra in the series Edward VII (Writer's Guild Award, BAFTA nomination), Hannah, Miss Mole, My Brother Jonathan with Daniel Day Lewis, and Sherlock Holmes. Film credits include: The Hawk, The Misunderstood, The Elephant Man, and Clash of Loyalties with Oliver Reed, filmed in Baghdad.  
JENNY POWERS (Petra) makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut. Most recent credits include Sondheim's latest musical, Bounce, which premiered this fall at the Goodman Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Other Chicago credits include: Alice B. Toklas in Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty's A Long Gay Book (Barber Theatre); Serena in Everything's Ducky (Northlight Theatre); Martha Jefferson in 1776, Cinderella in Cinderella (Marriott Theatre in lincolnshire); the concert version of Sweeney Todd, starling Patti LuPone and George Hearn, and the work shop of the new musical, Doll (Ravinia Festival). As Miss Illinois 2000, she was the Overall Talent Winner at the Miss America Pageant. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University.
MATTIE HAWKINSON (Fredrika Armfeldt) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where she appeared in the ensemble of The Winter's Tale. Chicago credits include Boston Marriage (Road works Productions); and The Maids (Exigent Theatre Com pany). She has studied acting at the London Academy of Theatre and at Northwestern University, where she recently graduated.
KEVIN ASSELIN (Frid) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where his credits include: Tybalt and Balthasar in Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (2003), As You Like It, The School for Scandal, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Chicago credits include work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Famous Door Theatre, Rising Moon Theatre, Dolphinback Theatre Company, and Shakespeare on the Green. Regional credits include: Julius Caesar, Henry IV Part 1, As You Like It, She Stoops to Conquel; and The Comedy of Errors with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Illinois Repertory Theatre, The Struthers Library Theatre, and Paper Mill Playhouse. He holds an MFA in acting from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
JODI JEAN AMBLE (Mrs. Nordstrom) returns to Shakespeare, where she appeared as Celeste #2 and photographer in Sunday in the Park with George, and understudied the female spirits in The Tempest. Other Chicago credits include: Money (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Circle of Friends (American Girl Place); and Me & AI (Theatre Building). Regional credits include: Unidentified Human Remains, The House of Yes (Bialy stock & Bloom, Milwaukee); Mac beth (Maine Shakespeare Festival); The Devil's Disciple, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Government Inspector, and Phedre (American Players Theatre, Wisconsin).
JOHN CLONTS (Mr. Erlanson) makes his Chicago Shakespeare debut. Chicago credits include: Count Ludovic in Passion (Ravinia Festival); Show Boat, Cats, Funny Girl (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire); and Singin' in the Rain (Chicago Center for the Performing Arts). Broadway credits include Cabaret. Other New York credits include: Lady in the Dark, Call Me Madame (City Center); Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and A Cole Porter Celebration (Carnegie Hall). National tours include: Show Boat, Brigadoon, and La Cage Aux Folies. Concert credits include: A Cole Porter Celebration! 100 Years (Carnegie Hall); and The Music of Jerry Herman with both the Indianapolis and St. Louis Symphonies. Directing credits include South Pacific (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction, Candlewood Playhouse).
KATHRYN KAMP (Mrs. Segstrom) makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut. Her career includes opera, operetta, musical theater, and concert work. Chicago credits include: opera and operetta roles in Cosi fan tutte, La Ceneren tola, Elixir of Love, Hansel and Gretel, The Barber of Sevilfe, The student Prince, and Ruddigore. She has been heard in oratorio works, including Handel Messiah, Bach B Minor Mass, and Mozart Requiem, and has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recent Broadway pops concerts include: The Best of Bernstein, The Evolution of American Musical The atre (Chicago area); and Evening for the Angels (Richland, Washing ton). She is a frequent recitalist of art song throughout the Midwest, and is a member of the 24 voice Chicago Symphony Singers and the 9 voice Chicago a cape/fa.
CAROL KUYKENDALL (Mrs. Anderssen) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where her credits include Yvonne and Naorni Eisen in Sunday in the Park with George and Flutter in Little Mermaid. Chicago credits include: Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (Writers' Theatre); Audrey in Comfortable Shoes (Royal George Theatre); Grushinskaya in Grand Hotel, Annie in Proposals (Theatre at the Center); Philomena in A Christmas Carol, The Visit (Goodman Theatre); Lady Thiang in The King and Tessie Tura in Gypsy (Marriott Theatre in lin colnshire). Regional credits include: Clarice in Servant of Twa Masters (Repertory af St. Louis); Babe in Crimes af the Heart (Chan hassen Theatres); Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company); and Showboat (national tour, including Auditorium Theatre in Chicago).
JAMES RANK (Mr. Lindquist) makes his Chicago Shakespeare debut. He has been active in musical theater, opera and concert venues throughout the region. Chicago credits include: Carousel, Phantom (Candlelight Dinner Theater); South Pacific (Drury lane Oakbrook The atre); She Loves Me, Fantastiks (Light Opera Works); Passion, A Little Night Music (Ravinia Festival) The Face on the Barroom Floor ); La Boheme (L'Opera Piccola); Boris Godunov and Gutterdammerung (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Regional credits include: The Beggar's Opera (Santa Fe Opera); The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado (Central City Opera); Carmen and La Travi ata (Pamiro Opera). He has sung concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Sinfonietta, and with various ensembles from Northwestern University, where he earned his master's degree in 2001.
GARY GRIFFIN (Director) Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Gary Griffin has directed Sunday in the Park with George, Pacific Overtures, Short Shokespeare! Romeo and juliet, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Herbal Bed. This summer he directed Chicago Shakespeare's remount of Pacific Overtures at the Donmar Warehouse in London. A seven time Jeff Award winning director, he has directed extensively at Court Theatre, Northlight The atre, Apple Tree Theatre, Writers' Theatre Chicago, Live Bait Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Pegasus Players, and Famous Door Theatre, where he is a company member. His Famous Door production of Beautiful Thing transferred to New York's Cherry Lane Theatre and was remounted at Chicago Center for Performing Arts. He also recently directed The New Moon for Encores! in New York.  

Malla Alyssa Nicole Larson
Osa Robin Childress
Bertrand Tony Lewis
Servants Matthew Callahan, Erin Patricia Wagner

Piano/Conductor Thomas Murray
Harp Stephen Hartman
Violin (Concert Master) Thomas Yang
Violin Jeff Yang
Violin Andrea Tolzman
Violin Chuck Bontrager
Viola Ben Wedge
Viola Clark Takarabe
Cello (Principal) Steven Houser
Cello Jill Kaeding
Bass Jacque Harper
Flutes/Clarinet Dominic Trumfio
Oboe/English Horn Deborah Stevenson
French Horn Karen Suarez Flint
French Horn Sandra Donatelle
Music & Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Book Hugh Wheeler
Directed By Gary Griffin
Music Director Thomas Murray
Artistic Director Barbara Gaines
Executive Director Criss Henderson
Scenic Design Daniel Ostling
Costume Design Marla Blumenfeld
Lighting Design Ken Billington
Wig & Make up Design Melissa Veal
Sound Design James Savage
Properties Design Pamela L. Parker
Casting Bob Mason
Production Stage Manager Jennifer Matheson Collins

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