PETER OYLOE (Hank Williams) Recent acting credits include Secret Garden, (Light Opera Works), Elling (Redtwist), Eurydice (Filament Theatre Ensemble), Cherry Smoke (the side project), Baal (TUTA), Michal in The Pillowman (Redtwist, Jeff Award – Best Supporting Actor), Alan in Equus (Redtwist, Jeff Award – Best Actor), Marius in Les Miserables (New Zealand National Production), and a lead role in the short film In Love With a Nun (showcased at the Cannes Film Festival). Peter is also an acclaimed folk musician and composer, having composed the scores to In Love With a Nun, Equus (Jeff Nomination), and Eurydice (Filament Theatre Ensemble). Peter is a company member with Redtwist and an ensemble member and the Marketing Director of the Filament Theatre Ensemble.
ERIC LABANAUSKAS (Leon) is happily giving the fiddle his undivided attention after spending the past three years playing guitar as Buddy in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Though his travels have taken him across the country, he proudly makes his return to the Chicago stage with Hank Williams: Lost Highway. When he’s not performing in jukebox musicals, he enjoys road trips to the Rock ‘n Roll landmarks: Graceland, Sun Studio, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Surf Ballroom, to name a few. He’d like to thank to the fine folks at Filament, one mighty fine cast and crew, and all y’all for keeping music like Hank’s still going strong. Here’s to the hayride!
BRYCE GANGEL (Waitress) hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is very fond of this play and cowboys alike. Bryce is a recent graduate of Loyola University where she studied both theatre and dance. She was most recently seen in Pippin acting as the Dance Captain directed by Mark Lococo. Many thanks to Julie, Omen and the cast and crew!
GERALD RICHARDSON (Tee Tot) is proud and honored to be a part of this exciting show. Previous Chicago credits include , Once on this island, Ragtime, Candide, Phantom Of The Opera and A Wonderful Life with Porchlight Music Theater. Other credits include, The Life with Boho Theater. Not much longer. You could take the 145 express and get off at Clarendon and bel plaine or red line to Sheridan and walk down irving to Clarendon and head north… Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theater. Parade and Kiss Of The Spider Woman with Bailiwick Theater. Urinetown with Blue Dog productions. The Wild Party and Thou Shalt Not at Circle Theater. The Student Prince, Kismet, Ragtime and Countess Maritza with Light Opera Works. Gerald won The Black Theater Alliance Award for his role as The Tinman in Whitehorse theater’s production of The Wiz. Gerald is a proud artistic associate with Porchlight Music Theater Chicago. Thanks to all at Filament Theater for this wonderful opportunity.
DANON DASTUGUE (Mama Lilly) was last seen in Summer and Smoke at The Den Theatre. Previous Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles productions include The Original Grease, Red Herring, The Hiding Place, The Exonerated, Criminal Hearts, Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
BILL O’NEILL (Fred Rose) has performed on national radio, in film and onstage from coast to coast for over 35 years and is excited to rub shoulders with the talent assembled by Filament for this production. Some of his most rewarding experiences have been in The Elephant Man (Dr. Treves), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Brick), and Dracula (Prof. Van Helsing), but his real love is Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V, The Two Gentlemen of Verona). He is particularly indebted and grateful to his Muse Lexie.
TIM MCNULTY (Shag) is a Vermont-born, New York-raised, Chicago transplant who’s also lived in Texas, for good measure. At the age of 9, shiny alto-saxophone in hand, he began to make noises that his family would eventually admit, was indeed music. He later picked up bass guitar and sang in a local punk rock band, spiked hair and all. During the college times, he wisened up and finally ‘went country’. After soaking up some genuine honk tonk sounds and working as a barbecue cook in Austin, Texas, he moved back north to Chicago in 2009. He currently plays guitar and sings for The BlackWilloughbys, a Chicago- based Country/Americana band, and is studying steel guitar with local veteran Ken Champion.
JESSE WOELFEL (Hoss) is honored to be a part of the cast. Growing up in Northeastern Wisconsin, he only heard music from the 1950’s and 60’s because his father never changed the radio station from the ‘Oldies’ channel. His Grandfather played a pivotal role in his life by introducing him to the music of Hank Williams. Previously he played bass in Million Dollar Quartet and for several other bands in the Chicagoland area. Currently, he plays with The Black Willoughbys and Pearls Mahone and the One Eyed Jacks. Many thanks and love to his ladyfriend, Kim, for putting up with him.
MARY ASHTON SPEAREN (Audrey Williams) is a member of the Filament Theatre Ensemble and thrilled to be part of this exciting project! Her Filament credits include Katrina Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow, Rosalind in Choose Thine Own Adventure, and The Red Queen in Alice and Me!. Mary is also a singer/songwriter and has been inspired recently by artists such as Patsy Cline and Shel Silverstein. Before moving to Chicago, Mary studied acting through WVU in Morgantown, WV where she holds fond memories of sonnets and Chekhov. She then worked with two companies in her home state which were immeasurable in their teachings including The Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, WV. She would like to dedicate this performance to her late grandfather Carl Edgar Spearen who inspired her to work hard and to love music. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
SAM QUINN (Jimmy) is a Chicago transplant originally hailing from the mountains of northern New Mexico. In 2008, Sam graduated from The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where he studied acting and contemporary music among other things. Since moving to Chicago Sam has performed with several local theatre companies, including Redmoon, Collaboraction, and Trap Door Theatre. For the last year his focus has been centered around developing and workshopping his original rock musical, EYE iNSIDE: The Rock-N-Roll Allegory of Vance Barrett. He is delighted to be working on his first show with the darling folks at Filament.