The Snow Queen, Filament, Theatre, theaterAdapted by Tyler J. Monroe

From the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Directed by A.R.T. Resident Director Allegra Libonati

Jan. 17 thru Feb. 9,  2014

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
The Filament Theatre
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641





The Filament Theatre Ensemble is excited to present The Snow Queen as the first show of our 2014 winter season, opening Friday, January 17 at 7:30pm. This original production of Tyler Monroe’s new adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, first produced by American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is directed by A.R.T. Resident Director Allegra Libonati and features Filament’s 2014 Acting Company members Christian Libonati, Lindsey Dorcus, Mara Dale, Andrew Marchetti, and Molly Bunder with guest artists Ryan Westwood and Grace DeSant.

The Snow Queen tells the story of young Gerda and her best friend Kai. When Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen’s palace, Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the world to save him. This story of courage and friendship across the wintery wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm your heart with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.

The Snow Queen is appropriate for all ages. Come celebrate the winter season (while also getting out of the cold!) with Filament and The Snow Queen!


Christian Libonati (Kai and Others), Mara Dale (Gerda), Andrew Marchetti (Goblin, Raven, and Others), Lindsey Dorcus (Snow Queen and Others), Molly Bunder (Grandma, Princess, and Others), Ryan Westwood (Grandpa and Others), Grace DeSant (Understudy)

Production Team:

Tyler J. Monroe (Adapter), Allegra Libonati (Director), Noel Huntzinger (Costume Design), Julie Ritchey* (Scenic Design), Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Designer), Dan Chapman (Lighting Designer), Luke Heiden* (Stage Manager), Jeff Semmerling (Mask and Puppet Design), Peter Oyloe* (Graphic Design)

*Denotes member of the Filament Theatre Ensemble

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About the Artists:



(Kai and Others) Past Chicago area credits include productions with The Mercury Theatre (Christmas Schooner, Barnum), The House Theatre of Chicago (Nutcracker, Iron Stag King), Theatre UnSpeakable (Superman 2050), The Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire (Hairspray, Shenandoah, Bowery Boys, My Fair Lady…), and The Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre. Additional regional credits include a multitude of productions with The Summer Theater of New Canaan (Peter Pan, Big River, Camelot, Grease…) Christian is a founding member and the Managing Director for the Filament Theatre Ensemble, and this production marks Christian’s first mainstage Filament production since their founding production in 2007. Christian is also the Educational Program Manager for the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Visit to see pictures and videos of Christian’s past performances.


(Gerda) looks forward to the rest of 2014 with Filament Theatre. She’s worked regionally with Syracuse Stage (The Lion, Witch, …Wardrobe) and N.Y. Stage & Film (1940’s Radio Hour). She’s performed around Chicago with First Folio, Waltzing Mechanics, Clockwise Theatre, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, and Muse of Fire. She teaches with and performs for children through Barrel Of Monkeys, as well as a few other performing arts programs. She received a BFA in acting from Syracuse University where she studied abroad in London at the Globe Theatre. Thanks to family, friends, and Filament!



Andrew Marchetti


(Goblin, Raven and Others) Andrew is delighted and honored to be a part of The Snow Queen. 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. He would like to extend many thanks to Filament for this wonderful opportunity.



Lindsey Dorcus


(Snow Queen and Others) Lindsey is excited to play on the brand new Filament stage! She has been an Ensemble Member since 2011 and previously appeared in Orpheus, From the Circle, and Crossing Six Corners. She has performed locally with Strawdog Theatre (The Duchess of Malfi and The Good Soul of Szechuan), The House Theatre (The Magnificents), Hearts & Brains (Then, One Night), The Building Stage, Redmoon, and many others. She is also a Company Member with Barrel of Monkeys, and performs regularly in their Monday night revue, “That’s Weird, Grandma!



Molly Bunder


(Grandma, Princess and Others) In the UK, Molly has appeared in the one-woman drama, THE OCCUPATION OF HEATHER ROSE (Scottish Mental Health Festival), THE LITTLE PRINCE (Ed Fringe), THE NOBEL LAUREATE (National Theatre of Scotland) and in the world premiere of EDWIN MORGAN (Tron Theatre). In Chicago, she has worked with TUTA, Stone Soup Shakespeare, LiveWire, and Three Cat Productions. She is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.



Ryan Westwood


(Grandpa and Others) is a proud graduate of St. Ambrose University where he majored in Theatre. He also went through the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice program in 2011/2012. Some favorite credits include: playing Puck, Bottom, and Phillostrate in the same production of A Midsummer Nights Dream with Oregon Adventure Theatre, The Christmas Schooner and Barnum at The Mercury Theater, and playing John in John and Jen with The Greenroom Theater. He’d like to thank his parents, for their eternal support, and every person who’s ever dropped a dollar in his guitar case.



Grace DeSant


(Understudy) Grace has a degree in theatre and dance from Millikin University, where she choreographed for main stage dance concerts, for the musical “Reefer Madness” and played Sue Bayliss in “All My Sons” She studied musical theatre at the Orange County High School of the Arts. In Chicago, Grace played one of the witches in theMASSIVE’s production of “Macbeth” at Stage 773. She created original choreography for “Shaw’s Farm” at the Skokie Theatre. Grace has worked with the Beverly Arts Center to choreograph “Willy Wonka Jr.” and will begin on “The Little Mermaid” next month.


TYLER J. MONROE (Playwright)

ALLEGRA LIBONATI (Director) is the Resident Director at the American Repertory Theater where she directed original adaptations of The Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel, and this winter’s new musical, The Light Princess. She is the Associate Director for Diane Paulus on The Donkey Show, (currently running, Resident Director), Death and the Powers: The Robot’s Opera, Best of Both Worlds, (currently running at The Dallas Opera), Prometheus Bound, and the Tony Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway. She directs food/performance events (Once In Hell: Dante’s Inferno in 10 Dinner Courses, and VALHALLA: The Feast of the Gods!) and developed the new musicals, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle: A Musical Guide to Internet Dating, and Careless Love, a Down-Home Musical. She regularly directs at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Productions include South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and H4 (an original adaptation of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2). H4 was later produced by Resonance Ensemble on Theater Row, NYC. Further favorite productions include The Island, Life’s a Dream, The Just Assassins, Cinderella Waltz, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and The Illusion. At Harvard University she curates original festivals of street theater and happenings in Harvard Yard. She studied at the Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and is a graduate of NYU and CMU.

NOEL HUNTZINGER (Costume Design) is an artistic associate here at Filament where she has designed: The Drawer Boy and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. She is also an artistic associate with Interrobang where she has designed The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus and Speaking in Tongues. Other select credits include: Hoodoo Love (Collective Theatre directed by Nelsan Ellis), Chicago premieres of Mistakes Madeline Made and Permanent Image (Livewire), and The Man Who Came to Dinner directed by Drama Desk Award Winning Russell Treyz (University of Oklahoma).

JULIE RITCHEY (Scenic Design)

MELISSA SCHLESINGER (Sound Designer) is a multidisciplinary theatrical designer working in Chicago-Land. She is super excited to be working on a full on production here at Filament’s new space. Previous Filament shows she has worked on include Hank Williams: Lost Highway and The Drawer Boy. Upcoming projects include Warsong, produced by The Plagiarists. Other companies Melissa has worked with include The Plagiarists (company member), Babes With Blades, Nothing Special Productions, and The Den Theatre Ensemble. Check her out at

DANIEL CHAPMAN (Lighting Designer) is happy to be back working with some old friends at Filament. New York: Restoration Comedy, Construction of the Human Heart, [The Acting Company] Of Mice and Men, Damascus; Summer Theater of New Canaan: Twelfth Night; Opera Southwest: Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Ballet Reparatory Theater of New Mexico: A Midsummer Nights Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Southwest Folktales, Beyond the Classics, Mythical Wonders; He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon (MFA Lighting Design) and originally from New Mexico.

NATE DRACKETT (Movement Director) is an actor, teacher, and musician in Chicago. He is a member of Filament Threatre Ensemble, and also a member of the 2014 Acting Company. He has been teaching and choreographing Circus Arts for the past 8 years, and has taught at The Actors Gymnasium, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. You may have seen him performing 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.

JEFF SEMMERLING (Puppet and Mask Design) a Master Mask and Puppet Maker is also Filament’s new neighbor. His “Inside Out Art Studio,” founded in 2003 with Donna Lurie Semmerling has moved to the third floor of the 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue building. A member of the Filament Advisory Board Jeff has done masks and set pieces for other Filament productions, such as “Orpheus 2011.” Inside Out Studio’s new loft space in Suite 302 features a gallery of hundreds of Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Studios, founded 1986, masks. They also teach art classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, mask and puppetry for all ages. Days of from school winter, spring and summer art camps as well as Family Art Making Classes in their lovely 30 seat teaching space. His masks are known around the world as the finest, most comfortable hand made masks anywhere!

MICHAEL KANE (Original Puppet Designs) Building and designing the puppets for Snow Queen was one of my most rewarding projects I’ve ever done. Allegra brought Tyler and I in from the very beginning and we were really able to shape the story from the ground up. All of the puppets are made out of paper mache, mostly from used Whole Foods shopping bags. I used birch saplings for the frame of the (big one) from my parents land in Vermont. I find satisfaction in using recycled and found objects for building puppets. Much of my work is inspired from Folk Puppets of Africa and Europe and Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, as I grew up near their summer circuses. I’m also a professional actor and I have my M.F.A. from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. So My goal as a designer is to provide the actor with tools of inspiration for their character. A puppet is only a sculpture until the actor gives it a soul. You can see more of my work and recipes for paper mache at

LUKE HEIDEN (Stage Manager) is happy to return to the Filament stage manager’s chair after previously stage managing Eurydice in 2011. A Filament ensemble member, Luke assistant directed The Drawer Boy in 2012, and as a playwright his work has been seen at Chicago Dramatists, American Blues Theater, and in Filament’s ongoing Crossing Six Corners project.

PETER OYLOE (Filament Marketing Director, Graphic Design)


Chicago Sun-Times, Filament, Snow Queen

Chicago Sun-Times

Article By Mary Houlihan

Chicago Sun-Times, Filament, Snow Queen

Director’s Note

by Allegra Libonati


Our theatre thrives because of the generosity of individual donors. We would like to thank the following friends for their support!

The Cast and Crew of The Snow Queen Would Like to Thank the Following For Their Support:

American Repertory Theatre
City News Cafe
Lookingglass Theatre
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
The Marriott Theatre
Skip Curtis
Bryce Gangel
Tess Given
Dale Harris
Katelyn Hendricks-Miller
Madeline O’Connor
David Reynoso
Atticus and Donna Semmerling
Cyd Smillie
Anna Sobor
Danny Sobor
Marc Sussman
Brian Walleck
Mark Witteveen at Chicago Flyhouse

For Supporting Our BuildOUT Campaign 2013-2014

Mark Barna
Bruce Alan Beal
Peter Bunder
Diana Clegg
Karen Dale
Lindsay Dorcus
Kathy Dunaj
Chris Ericksen
Karen and Kimball Gowland
Alexandra House
James Joy
Edwin and Karen Kramer
Matthew Loper
Thomas Lecoq
Edward Libonati
Michael Maloney
Dominick Maino
Richard Oswald
Judy Maas and Howard Silver
James Slowikowski
Philip E Schwartz
Carol Trout
Matt Vitti
The Welchwood Family Foundation

For Supporting Our Work Throughout 2013!

Jill Arena
Frank and Mariann Baker
Donna Biernadski
Aaron Bingea
Tel Burkhardt
Diana Clegg
Barbara Cohn
Carol Cole
Michael Cole
Michael Conroy
Patrick Conroy
Pamela Conroy
Brian Costello
Shirley Cullen
Abigail Dean
Christian Ericksen
Beth Farias
Steve Forde
Bucky Halker
Dale Harris
Janice Keeler
Dominick Maino
Michael Maloney
Connor McGrath
Burt Miller
Bill O’Neill
Mary Jo Perlongo
Chad Ramsey
Chad Ramsey
Marcy Reeb
Sarah Riordan
Grant Ritchey
Michele Ritchey
Jeff Semmerling
Cyd Smillie
Danni Smith
Joe Stypka
Linda Townsend
Mary Vail
Sarah Vanderwicker
Jaymie Wahlen
Kelli Wefenstette
Richard Williams
Yvonne Zipter


Full of little surprises…it’s a sprinkling of magic in which brutal winter finally gets some comeuppance.
– Dan Jakes, TIMEOUT CHICAGO (Recommended)

You’ll be impressed at the stage craft and work ethic of these players. They sing, dance, become puppets, they create the proper atmosphere and they effectively become the characters of the classic fairy tale. Kids and adults alike had their imagination stimulated as they became enchanted by the tale. A good time was had by all.
– Tom Williams, CHICAGO CRITIC (Highly Recommended)

The Snow Queen was great! My 5 year old son and my 58 year old mom both loved it.
– Naomi Millan, Audience Member via Facebook

This young and imaginative company has created a wonderful re-telling of a classic story that appeals to kids as well as adults. People who attend a Filament production will certainly get their money’s worth.
– Al Bresloff AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO (Highly Recommended)

I liked it better than Frozen!” – 9 yr. Old Audience Member

The Snow Queen is a fun, heartfelt show for the whole family. (It) will keep Andersen’s story fresh with the younger audiences, while their parents can marvel at the artistic design and atmosphere.
– Patrick Dyer, CHICAGO THEATER BEAT (Recommended)

(We) went to this show on Saturday – it was fantastic! What an amazing addition to our neighborhood.
– Tammy Estes Woods, Audience Member via Facebook

This play blew me away! My wife and 5 yr. old son and I went last Saturday and it really was an excellent play. I thought that it would be fun for my son but it turned out that we all enjoyed it! The actors are excellent. I will definitely see the next play by these guys. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!”
– Brian Lovegod Smith, Audience Member via EveryBlock

What a great experience! We saw the snow queen show and could not be happier. It was easy to use my imagination and to laugh. Loved the inclusion of the audience too! Great job. :-)” – Katie Gerson, Audience Member via Facebook

“Sometimes a simple snowstorm is all that’s needed to warm the heart.” – Bob Bullen, Chicago Theatre Addict