The Van Gogh Cafe,
an immersive culinary experience
The Van Gogh Cafe is currently being re-mounted.
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Join Filament at Community Tavern for a magical mix of food and theatre!
Saturday, Sept 24 @ 1pm (Sold Out)
Sunday, Sept 25 @ 1pm (Sold Out)
Monday, Sept 26 @ 7:30pm (Sold Out) Saturday, Oct 1 @ 1pm (Sold Out)
Sunday, Oct 2 @ 1pm (Limited Seating remains)
Monday, Oct 3 @ 7:30pm (Sold Out)
***Performances take place at Community Tavern: 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 (Across the street from Filament Theatre)***
Price: $45 for adults, $30 for children/students (price includes a prix fixe menu inspired by the story)
Filament would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of The Van Gogh Cafe:
Alderman John Arena & Jill Arena, Fort Knox Studios, Twenty-one Twelve, Orion Industries, LTD, Renaissance Kilpatrick, The Rabb Family Foundation and its support of the arts, Bechily Hodes Family Foundation, Park Place Group, Progressive Solutions, Robert and Jennifer Groszek, Sharprint, and Jaime & Clara Guerrero
“… magic enough to last forever in its walls”
Ten-year-old Clara knows that anything can happen at the Van Gogh Cafe, a small roadside diner owned by her father Marc. Whether lightning strikes and the food starts to cook itself, or a neighboring possum seems to have magical powers, it’s not a question of if magic will happen — but when. This unique partnership between Filament Theatre and Community Tavern puts the audience right in the middle of the magic cafe.
- Recommended for everyone ages 8+
- Audience members will experience a prix fixe menu throughout the performance designed to enhance the experience.
The Production Team
Cynthia Rylant (Author) is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
Andrew J. Lampl (Playwright) is thrilled to be partnering with Filament Theatre to bring The Van Gogh Café to life! Previous writing credits include Richard Wakes Up, Water Evacuation, Flood, and Sorry Charlie. Next up: an original musical about the life and times of Batman. All the love to my wife and writing partner Melissa.
Julie Ritchey (Director) is a freelance director, and the founder and artistic director of Filament Theatre. Her work breaks walls between actors and audiences through storytelling, music, dynamic performer/audience relationships and innovative site-specific projects. Critics describe Julie’s work as a director as “pinpoint” (Chicago Tribune), “captivating” (Chicago Reader) and “incredibly imaginative” (Time Out Chicago). Recent directing credits include New Kid (Adventure Stage Chicago), No More Sad Things, Narwhal! Unicorn of the Sea, and An Iliad (Boise Contemporary Theater), Veterans’ Voices (Erasing the Distance), and Lifeboat, Monster in the Hall, and Cyrano (Filament Theatre).
Joey Beato (Chef) grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois and now resides in Portage Park with his wife and colleague Brenna Beato. His deep-seated love for Chicago developed into a passion for the thriving restaurant scene. He began his career at Quince at the Homestead in Evanston, moving onto several acclaimed restaurants, including Spring, Momofuku Ma Peche in New York, and Green Zebra back home in Chicago where he worked with notable Chef and mentor Shawn McClain. Joey takes great pride in his team at Community Tavern and the incredible work they do including an extensive in-house charcuterie program, fresh baked breads, in-house dry-aging of steaks and their commitment to using local goods. CDK beef in Lena, IL is Joey’s beef of choice, which he gets from Perkins Custom Cuts. Joey’s down-to-earth nature and incredible work ethic has led to a growing list of accolades including Zagat 30 Under 30 Honoree (2015) and landing Community Tavern on coveted list for Chicago Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants”May 2015 issue, which also featured him as a “Chef You Should Know.” Though Joey has worked several culinary events such as Chicago Gourmet and being invited to represent Chicago at the Omni Resorts and James Beard Foundation’s 1st Annual Desert to Dine culinary weekend in Scottsdale, AZ, he is most at home in the kitchen with his team and cooking for the guests at Community.
Noël Huntzinger* (Costume Designer) is a resident artist at Filament Theatre where she has designed Pinocchio: A Folk Musical, Fog Island, Hank Williams Lost Highway and others. She is an artistic associate at Sideshow Theatre (Stupid F****** Bird, Antigonik) and Interrobang Theatre Ensemble (Still, North Pool, Pitchfork Disney and others). Noël has designed at The Goodman (New Stages Play Festival 2016), Muse of Fire, Two Pence Shakespeare, and Shattered Globe. In addition to theatre, she has designed for Chicago chorographers Ginny Sykes (Bodies of Memory), Wendy Clinard (Watershed). Noël wrapped her first film design- ‘Olympia: an Instruction Manual’ in the summer.
Eleanor Kahn* (Scenic Designer)
Emma Horvath (Stage Manager) is a senior Theatre major at Northwestern University. She recently completed a stage management internship with Treasure Island at Lookingglass Theatre Co, as well as stage managing the [Working Title] reading series at Raven Theatre and Big Love at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. She is so thrilled to be working with Filament for the first time on such a unique production! Upcoming: Urinetown at Northwestern University. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Cole, Josh, and Barbara!
Promotional photos by Dominick M. Maino
Lindsey Dorcus* (ensemble) has been a Resident Artist at Filament for five years, where she most recently appeared in Fog Island, The Monster in the Hall, and Cyrano. Other local credits include Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 with 20% Theatre (Jeff Recommended), a tour of Lula del Ray with Manual Cinema, and work at Strawdog, The House, Lifeline, The Building Stage, Links Hall, Stage 773, and others. Lindsey also is a proud Company Member with Barrel of Monkeys, and you can often find her in their Monday night revue, That’s Weird, Grandma!
Aissa Guerra (Clara) is so excited and grateful to work on The Van Gogh Café. Aissa fell in love with acting in kindergarten upon seeing her sister perform. She debuted as “pig”, worked her way up the animal kingdom, making her performance as “Scared Girl #2” at age 10 a joyous accomplishment. She studied theatre at Northwestern University. Recent Chicago acting credits include: Green Sherlock inSherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park and Constance in The Princess, the Minstrel, and the Rabid Bat. She dedicates her performances to her family, boyfriend, and friends for supporting her.
Alex Ireys (ensemble) is excited to be working on his second project with Filament Theater after his role in Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park earlier in the season. Alex got his BFA in theater performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and recently graduated The Second City Conservatory. He would like to give many thanks to the wonderful people who run Filament, his friends and family, and most importantly all the people who have made him coffee during rehearsals.
Kristina Loy (ensemble) is excited to be back at Filament for Van Gogh Cafe. She was last seen in Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park. Before that, Kristina worked with Lifeline Theatre on Miss Buncle’s Book. She was an Artistic Intern at the Milwaukee Rep for their 2014-2015 Season. Her credits there include: after all the terrible things I do, Harvey, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Kristina received her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. Credits there include: 9 Parts of Desire, 44 plays for 44 Presidents, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, and Cabaret.
Jose Nateras (Marc) is a Chicago based Actor & Writer. Recent credits include: The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre), Othello(u/s*), Since I Suppose (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), My Soul’s Shadow (Manual Cinema), Balm in Gilead(u/s Griffin Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival as well as Teatro Vista), Hit the Wall (The Inconvenience); among others. He’s toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Hamlet, Twelfth Night) and appeared on NBC’s Chicago Fire, as well as in spots for Onion Labs. Jose will be pursuing his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as of Fall 2016 and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Rejinal Simon (ensemble) is stoked to be playing with Filament Theatre. Most recently he was seen in Evanston in Muse of Fire’s ensemble directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Around Chicago, Rejinal has performed in I and You (Redtwist Theatre), Hamlet (MOF) & Moon Shot (Theatre Unspeakable). Regionally, he’s performed with Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH) and was seen in StageOne Family Theatre’s world premiere of And in This Corner… Cassius Clay (Louisville, KY) by Idris Goodwin.
Les Rorick (Understudy) has never worked with Filament until now and is kicking himself for waiting so long! He hopes you enjoy this experience as much as he does. To stalk Les some more, check out www.lesrorick.com.
*Denotes Filament Resident Artist
The Van Gogh Cafe is performed with special permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The Van Gogh Cafe was recently featured in Forbes Magazine.
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