September 19 – October 26, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm, and Sundays @ 3pm
The Filament Theatre
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE MONSTER IN THE HALL!
Duck Macatarsney is an imaginative, quick-talking teenager named after the Ducati Monster, her mother’s favorite motorcycle. In caring for her dope-smoking MS-stricken father, obsessing over her high school crush, and preserving the memory of her mother, Duck can find life a wee bit overwhelming. When Duck learns that Social Services is sending an inspector to see how she and her father are ‘getting on,’ Duck and her father must put on a show of normalcy. This would be fine, except teen heart-throb Lawrence has just come over with a strange proposal, there’s a Norwegian death metal chick at the front door and this morning Duck’s dad has woken up blind. Developed through workshops and conversations with real teenage caretakers, THE MONSTER IN THE HALL explores family and community through 60’s pop music, video games, and a thrilling, high speed motorcycle chase.
Recommended for ages 13+.
About the Production:[tab_group] [tab title=”Performers”] Filament Theatre Acting Company Members Molly Bunder, Lindsey Dorcus, Christian Libonati, and Andrew Marchetti.
In the UK, Molly has appeared in the one-woman drama, The Occupation of Heather Rose (Scottish Mental Health Festival), The Little Prince (Edinburough 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. Previously with Filament, Molly has appeared in Lifeboat and The Snow Queen.
Lindsey is excited to play on the brand new Filament stage! She has been an Ensemble Member of Filament Theatre since 2011. 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!” Previously with Filament, Lindesy has appeared in Cyrano, The Snow Queen, Orpheus, From the Circle, and Crossing Six Corners.
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, among others), 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, among others). Christian is a founding member and the Managing Director for the Filament Theatre, and recently was seen in the Winter 2014 production of The Snow Queen. Christian is also the Educational Program Manager for the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Previously with Filament, Christian has appeared in 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. Andrew has previously appeared in The Snow Queen and Cyrano, and has provided scenic design for Cyrano and Lifeboat.
Mr. Greig is a Scotland-based playwright who’s previous Chicago credits includes THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (National Theatre of Scotland at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), YELLOW MOON (Writers Theatre, 2013), CASANOVA (Collaboraction, 2005) and an adaptation of Strindberg’s CREDITORS (Remy Bumppo, 2013). His play DUNSINANE will play at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in the winter of 2015. His works have been produced at all of the major theatres in the UK, including The Royal Court Theatre, The Royal National Theatre, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has written extensively for stage and radio, and is developing his acclaimed works for film. This is the first time Filament Theatre will be presenting David’s work.
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Julie Ritchey (director), Robert Deason (composer/music director), Mara Dale (choreography), Eleanor Kahn (scenic designer), Emily Waecker (costume designer), Kristof Janezic (lighting designer), Lindsay A. Bartlett (dialect coach), Melissa Schlesinger (sound technician) and Janelle Boudreau (stage manager).
Director, Artistic Director
Julie is the Artistic Director of Filament Theatre Ensemble. She is a stage director and arts administrator working at the intersection of the performing arts, community development, and environmental sustainability. Previously with Filament Theatre, Julie has directed LIFEBOAT and CYRANO.
Composer, Music Director
Robert is a well-known composer and music director in the Chicago music and theatre community. His first full-length musical, SHAKIN THE RAFTERS, was produced last summer at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, with a book by David Bell. In Chicago, he has served as music director and supervisor at The Paramount Theatre, Timber Lake Playhouse, and Light Opera Works. Robert served as the music director of Filament Theatre’s annual production of CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS in 2012.
Mara has worked regionally with Syracuse Stage (THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE) and N.Y. Stage and 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. Previously with Filament, Mara has appeared in LIFEBOAT and THE SNOW QUEEN.
Eleanor works all over Chicago as a scenic designer. Credits include THE YELLOW WALLPAPER with The Mill Project, MYTHS AND HYMNS with BoHo Theater, THE KILLING OF MICHAEL X with Jackalope, WAITING FOR LEFTY, THE MOTHER, and DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST with Oracle Productions, and PYGMALION with BoHo and Stage Left. Additionally, she works with House Theater as a props designer and has been the props designer with The Hypocrites, Steep Theater, Actors’ Gym and About Face. Eleanor holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University and a B. of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Emily is a Chicago based designer, where her recent work includes: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (AN INSPECTOR CALLS, YOU NEVER CAN TELL [Jeff Award], and LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES [Jeff nominated]), First Folio Theatre (THE TURN OF THE SCREW, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), 16th Street Theatre (ACCIDENTAL RAPTURE), Red Tape Theatre (BRAND), Oak Park Festival Theatre (BETRAYAL), Ka-Tet Theatre Company (FUDDY MEERS). Other design work includes: Next Act Theatre (THREE VIEWS OF THE SAME OBJECT), Peninsula Players Theatre (MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET), TheatreSquared (THE FALL OF THE HOUSE), and Texas Shakespeare Festival (MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE LIAR, THE BEAUX’ STRATEGEM, ERNEST IN LOVE). Previously for Filament, she designed costumes for LIFEBOAT.
Kristof Janezic is a Chicago based lighting and scenic designer. Past Chicago credits include BIG SHOULDERS with American Theatre Company, LOST AND FOUND FESTIVAL with Vivarium Theatre Company, RUNG with Curious Theatre, and TWELFTH NIGHT with The Foundlings Theatre Company. He will be designing for BONESHAKER/SKELEBRATION with Redmoon later this fall. He recently completed his Chicago scenic design debut with A BRIEF LOOK AT THE AFTER GLOW with The Foundlings Theatre Company, and will be designing the set for both WE THREE and JET BLACK CHEVROLET with The Side Project.
Janelle Boudreau is beyond thrilled to work with Filament Theatre for the first time! Recent credits include THE HALF LIFE OF MEMORY (Cold Basement Dramatics), RIDERS TO THE SEA, and ALL MY SONS (Columbia College Chicago), THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PROJECT (The Hypocrites), and THE LAND OF SMILES (Chicago Folks Operetta). Janelle is also a production manager, props designer, and electrician around town and she has recently begun stage managing weddings.
Lindsay A. Bartlett
Lindsay is thrilled to be coaching with Filament Theatre for the second time after recently coaching LIFEBOAT. Lindsay has worked with many Chicago theatre companies as a dialect coach, her recent work includes THE PITCHFORK DISNEY and TERMINUS (Interrobang Theatre), THE RECKONING OF KIT AND LITTLE BOOTS (First Floor Theatre), MISS MARX: OR THE INVOLUNTARY SIDE OF LIVING (Strawdog Theatre), 9 CIRCLES (Sideshow Theatre), WOMEN IN MIND (Eclipse Theatre), and RUBENSTEIN’S KISS (Coriolis Theatre). Other theatre companies she has coached for include TimeLine Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Provisions Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, the Den Theatre, TUTA Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, Signal Ensemble, Pavement Group, and Polarity Theatre Ensemble. Lindsay is also the Artistic Director of 20% Theatre Company, the all women’s theatre company in Chicago which is currently running OUTSIDE AGITATORS at Prop Thtr through October 19.
Melissa is a multi-disciplinary theatrical designer working in Chicago land. She’s thrilled to be a part of yet another brilliant Filament production. Recent projects include SEASON PASS with The Plagiarists and LIVING CANCAS RX with The Living Canvas. She has also worked with 20% Theatre Co, Babes With Blades, The Den Theatre, Nothing Special Productions, Shattered Globe, Vaudezilla, and Zombie Army. Check her out atwww.melissaschlesinger.com
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Here are some of the many people and organizations we would like to thank:
Kenji Kerins Photography
Marc Sussman, Cyd Smillie & Arts Alive Chicago
Ella Raymont, Latin School
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
Six Corners and the 45th Ward for welcoming us so warmly!
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“THE MONSTER IN THE HALL is a cacophony of enthusiasm, anxiety and Scottish accents.”
-Kevin Thomas, Time Out Chicago, Three Stars
“Watching David Greig’s drama with music, set in modern-day Scotland, I couldn’t help but think of Maurice Sendak, another devotee of things whimsical and dark—and certainly no stranger to monsters.”
-Chloe Riley, Chicago Reader, Reader Recommended
“Filament Theatre’s latest production is the manic, uproarious, forth wall-destroying story of Scottish teenager Duck Macatarsney…”
-Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic, Recommended
“THE MONSTER IN THE HALL is nothing if not fun.”
-Ivy Perez, Chicago Theatre Review, Recommended
“hilarious, energetic…triumphant …Each member of the cast is truly exceptional, despite exceptionally demanding material.”
-Christine Malcom, Edge Chicago, Recommended
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Molly Bunder, Andrew Marchetti, Lindsey Dorcus and Christian Libonati in The Monster in the Hall by David Greig.