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Molly Bunder & Nathan Drackett

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Mara Dale, Christian Libonati, and Lindsey Dorcus

 

 

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Andrew Marchetti, Nathan Drackett, and Molly Bunder

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Lindsey Dorcus

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Molly Bunder, Nathan Drackett, and Andrew Marchetti

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Mara Dale and Christian Libonati

 

 

 

Biography Information:

The Actors:

MOLLY BUNDER* (Cara)

As a resident artist at Filament, Molly has appeared in The Snow Queen, Lifeboat, Monster in the Hall, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park, and “Crossing Six Corners.”  In Chicago, she has worked with TUTA and Stone Soup Shakespeare.  In the UK, she appeared in the one-woman drama, The Occupation of Heather Rose (Arches Theatre), The Little Prince (Edinburgh Fringe), Homeward Bound, and in the world premiere of Edwin Morgan’s Dreams—And Other Nightmares (Tron Theatre). Molly teaches piano, voice, and acting classes at the David Adler Music and Arts Center.  She holds an MA in Acting from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a BA in Theatre from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

MARA DALE* (Fiona)

Mara Dale is a resident artist with Filament Theatre. She is also a Barrel of Monkeys and Imagination Theatre ensemble member. Locally, she has performed with Waltzing Mechanics, Emerald City Theatre, First Folio, Muse of Fire, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Towle Theatre, and Lifeline Theatre (upcoming). Regionally, she’s worked with New York Stage And Film, as well as Syracuse Stage. After attending Syracuse University (BFA Acting) and studying at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, she’s glad to be back home teaching and acting in Chicago.

LINDSEY DORCUS* (Maggie)

Fog Island is Lindsey’s 9th show with Filament Theatre, including The Monster in the Hall, James and the Giant Peach, Orpheus,and The Snow Queen. Lindsey has also worked locally with The House Theatre (The Magnificents), Strawdog (Good Soul of Szechuan and The Duchess of Malfi), The Building Stage, Lifeline Theatre, Stage 773, Links Hall, and many others.  Up next, she will be going on a brief tour with puppet company Manual Cinema.  Lindsey is also a Company Member with Barrel of Monkeys, and you can often catch her in their Monday night revue, That’s Weird, Grandma!

 

NATHAN DRACKETT* (Finn)

Nathan Drackett is an actor, teacher, and musician in Chicago. He is also a Filament Resident Artist. He directed Crossing Six Corners: Bricks and Mortar, choreographed The Snow Queen, and was in Sleepy Hollow: The Folk Musical. He has been teaching Circus Arts for the past 8 years, and has taught at The Actors Gymnasium, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. He has performed with The Lyric Opera, Piven, Redmoon, 500 Clown, The Actors Gymnasium, and Signal Theatre. He also performs and teaches as a freelance musician, clown, and acrobat in and around Chicago.

CHRISTIAN LIBONATI* (Old Man)

Christian is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Filament Theatre. As an actor, Christian has been seen in the following Filament productions: Six Impossible Things, Crossing Six Corners, Monster in the Hall, Snow Queen, James and the Giant Peach, and numerous special projects. In Filament’s 2016 season, Christian will be directing Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park aka “The Bike Show.” Other Chicago performance credits include productions with The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, American Theatre Company, The Mercury Theater, The House Theatre, and Theatre UnSpeakable. Christian helped to establish the theatre for young audiences programs at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan where he has been a frequent director & performer. Many thanks to the members of Filament’s staff, the Fog Island production team, and our local community who have made this production possible. Christian is a graduate of Northwestern University.

ANDREW MARCHETTI* (Brandon / The Fog Man)

Andrew is delighted to be a part of Fog Island. After receiving his BFA from the University of Northern Colorado, Andrew moved straight to Chicago and has since been lucky enough to work with such notable companies as Ka-Tet (Smudge; Fuddy Meers), The Plagiarists (Caesura; Wreck of the Medusa), Nothing Special Productions (The Alchemist) as well as Right Brain Project, BoHo Theater, and Chicago Fringe to name a few. As a resident artist with Filament, he would like to extend many thanks to this amazing staple of Portage Park for this wonderful opportunity.

MELANIE VITATERNA (Cara/Fiona Alt.)

 

The Production Team:

TOMI UNGERER (Author)

Tomi is an award winning illustrator and a trilingual author. He has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work. He is famous for his sharp social satire and his witty aphorisms and he ranges from the fantastic to the autobiographical. His career has also encompassed Architectural design, Invention, Advertising and Sculpture. This information and more can be found at www.tomiungerer.com.

EMILY DENDINGER (Adaptor)

Emily Dendinger’s plays include Hideous Progeny, which has been produced by LiveWire Chicago Theater, Holland Productions and North Park College. She is a two-time winner of Theater Masters National Play Competition, a 2013 City Theatre National Award finalist, a 2012 Heideman finalist and a 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award finalist. Her plays have been developed at The Lark, Sideshow Theatre, LiveWire Theatre, The Trip, Mudlark Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre. Currently she is working on a commission for Filament Theatre. She is a member of TimeLine’s Writer’s Collective and the Dramatist Guild and a recent graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop.

KRISTA D’AGOSTINO (Director)

Krista D’Agostino is a director, actor, and educator from Boston. She is a teaching artist and frequent collaborator with Mudlark Theater where she directed original adaptations of Aesop’s Fables by John Taflan and Little Women by Christina Lepri. Additional Chicago directing credits include The Mistakes Madeline Made by Elizabeth Meriwether with LiveWire Chicago Theatre. A company member with WildClaw Theatre, she recently appeared in Scott T. Barsotti’s The Revenants. In Boston, Krista was the Artistic Director of Holland Productions where she directed Emily Dendinger’s Hideous Progeny and Swimming After Dark, Naomi Iizuka’s Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, Jordan Harrison’s KID SIMPLE: A Radio Play in the Flesh, and Paula Vogel’s A Baltimore Waltz. For Italina.

 

TIM MCNULTY – Composer / Music Director
WILL DEAN – Production Manager
KAREN JONES – Stage Manager
ERIC TYLKOWSKI – Technical Director
SCOTT DARE – Assistant Director
NÖEL HUNTZINGER* – Costume Designer
EMMA DEANE – Lighting Designer
ANTONIO H GRACIAS – Sound Designer
ELEANOR KAHN -Set Designer / Props Master
LINDSAY BARTLETT -Dialect Coach
STEPH TAYLOR – Assistant Costume Designer
DUSTIN STILWELL – Costume Crafts
JULIA ALBERTSON – Costume Stitcher
MAGDALENA WISTUBA – Graphic Designer

FOG ISLAND was developed in partnership with the Filament Acting Company and Artistic Director Julie Ritchey.

FOG ISLAND is adapted from the book FOG ISLAND by Tomi Ungerer with permission Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich.

 

*Denotes Filament Resident Artists

 

 

 

 

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