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Erika's Wall

Book, Lyrics & Melodies by Sophie Jaff
Music & Orchestrations by Kathleen Tagg
Conceptualization by Sophie Jaff and Kathleen Tagg

Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Redish

At a public ceremony in 2007, Erika LaBrie became Erika Eiffel when she married The Eiffel Tower. Today she lives next to the remnants of her greatest love, The Berlin Wall. Based on a true story of a woman who falls in love with objects and structures, Erika's Wall explores and challenges our definitions of love.

 

Thursday, July 22 at 8pm

Friday, July 23 at 8pm

Saturday, July 24 at 8pm

Sunday, July 25 at 7pm

 

Friday, July 30 at 8pm

Saturday, July 31 at 8pm

Sunday, August 1 at 5 and 8:30pm

 

Featuring Company Members Elana Ernst*, Liz Kimball*, Laura Scheinbaum*, Chris Yonan* and Zach Zube*, and Adrian Aguilar, Brianna Borger, Grace Goble, Alex Heika, Hillary Patingre, Katie Spelman, and Neil Stratman.

 

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ADRIAN AGUILAR is so happy to be able to join The Music Theatre Company and the cast of Erika's Wall! Since graduating and moving to Chicago Adrian has been seen as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at the Armory Theater, Levi in Joseph...Dreamcoat and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Wagon Wheel Theatre, Funny Girl at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, and Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marriott Theatre. Keep an eye out for this aspiring personal trainer in upcoming productions as Lampwick in Pinocchio and Al in A Chorus Line at the Marriott Theatre, as well as Danny Zuko in Grease with the American Theater Company. On October 10th of this year, Adrian is going to marry his Erika's Wall castmate and favorite girl in the world, Brianna Borger, and plans to live happily ever after. www.AdrianAguilar.com

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BRIANNA BORGER is thrilled to be working with The Music Theatre Company! She was most recently seen as the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods with Porchlight Theatre. Touring credits include the International Asian tour of The King & I (Anna Leonowens), Gypsy (Mazeppa), and A Christmas Carol. Favorite regional productions include The Three Musketeers and Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Assassins (Sarah Jane Moore) at the Alaska Shakespeare Festival, Always... Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline) at the Armory Theatre, and numerous productions at the Wagon Wheel Theatre, including Mame (Agnes Gooch),  Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy), and Steel Magnolias (Truvy). Brianna is an Admission Counselor for the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and is also a voice teacher, audition coach, and freelance website designer in Chicago. Much love to the family and soon-to-be-husband Adrian! www.briannaborger.com

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ELANA ERNST* (ERIKA) is both Company Member and Associate Director of The Music Theatre Company, where her credits include: The 9/11 report: A Bipartisian Musical Fantasia, 48 Hour Musicals: Famous Last Words (Champagne) and What U Will (Heaven). Broadway Tour: Mamma Mia! Regional credits include: The Hundred Dresses (Cecile) with Chicago Childrens’ Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at the Human Race Theatre, High School Musical (Sharpay) at the Marriott Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Oakbrook, How Can You Run With a Shell on your Back? (Riley) at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Gypsy (Agnes) at the Ravinia Festival, The Tempest (Miranda) with First Folio Shakespeare, Bye, Bye Birdie (Ursula) at the Marriott Lincolnshire. Elana will be playing the role of Lynn in The Red Herring at Noble Fool Theatre in the fall. A professional voiceover artist, Elana can be heard on your television and radio. Proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA, grad of CCM, and proud to be a member of this unique collective.

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GRACE GOBLE (YOUNG ERIKA) is honored to be making her TMTC debut with Erika’s Wall. Previous credits include 2,000 Feet Away with Steep Theatre, The Skin of Our Teeth with Artistic Home, Summer People with The Gift, and Les Miserables with Marriott Lincolnshire.  Additionally she has performed in over 15 other theatrical productions. Grace has been blessed to have many people in her life who have nurtured her love of music and the written word. She is represented by Gray Talent Group.

aheika ALEX HEIKA is thrilled to be making his debut with The Music Theatre Company in Erika's Wall. He was recently seen in Get Up On The Train, directed by Ms. Redish, at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. There, he is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Other credits include The Emperor's New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare); The Neverending Story (Dallas Children's Theatre). Alex is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.

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LIZ KIMBALL* is honored to join this extraordinary group of artists, having been a believer in Jessica Redish and her work for the past seven years. Recent credits include Hairspray (Penny, Walnut Street Theatre, and, Amber, Weston Playhouse), Kiss Me Kate (Paper Mill Playhouse), Dream a Little Dream (Florida Stage), and World Goes ‘Round (ABT, Zoni Nomination, Best Actress). Additional credits include the McCarter Theatre, York Theatre, La MaMa ETC, and NYMF, among others. Liz graduated Summa cum Laude with a BS in English and Theatre from Northwestern University, class of ’06, and is a member of AEA. Namaste.

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HILLARY PATRINGRE A recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate of Ithaca College, Hillary Patingre has been active in the Chicago theatre community since moving to the city in September. Credits include Claire in Eighty-Four (Collaboraction’s Sketchbook Series X) Wendy in It Could Be Any One of Us (Steel Beam Theatre), Emily in Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol (Steel Beam Theatre), and Martha in 1776 (Cider Mill Playhouse). Favorite college credits include Nurse Nancy in A New Brain, the Therapist in Metamorphoses, and Pam in The Full Monty. Hillary is also super excited to play Celeste 2 in Porchlight Theatre’s upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George. Hillary is delighted to be working with the Music Theatre Company!

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LAURA SCHEINBAUM* is thrilled to be working with this incredible group of friends and collaborators. Her performing credits include Court Theatre’s brand new translation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, High School Musical and State Fair at The Marriott, The Boys From Syracuse at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Louise in the Court Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre co-production of Carousel, Ravinia Festival’s The Most Happy Fella, I Sailed With Magellan at Victory Gardens, Mary Zimmerman’s Pericles at The Goodman, Eloise and Ray at Roadworks, Frank Galati’s Ragtime at The Oriental, and The Diary of Anne Frank and Kindertransport at Apple Tree Theatre. Her choreography credits include I Do! I Do! at American Theater Company, It’s A Wonderful Life at Porchlight, and Princess Ida with The Savoyaires. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. www.thisislaura.com

kspelman KATIE SPELMAN is excited to be working with The Music Theatre Company for the first time!  Performance credits include The Drowsy Chaperone and Fiddler on the Roof (Marriott Lincolnshire), The Boys from Syracuse (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Animal Crackers (Goodman Theatre).  As a choreographer and an assistant choreographer, Katie has worked with American Theatre Company, Northwestern University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, City Lit Theater, Maltz-Jupiter Theater, and Stage Left Theater.  She is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
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NEIL STRATMAN is thrilled to be performing with The Music Theatre Company.  Hailing from Grayslake, Illinois, he just earned his B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.  Some of his favorite roles include Pippin (Pippin), Henry Carson (Natural Selection), Charlie Blossom/Mason Singer (Working), Aquaboy the Human Salamander (Freakshow), and Jimmy Harper (Reefer Madness).  He has created and danced in numerous pieces for the Student Choreographed Dance Concert back at school to songs by his favorite band Incubus, and has served as fight choreographer/captain for numerous shows.  He would like to thank God, his family and friends, faculty at IWU, Lizzie, and Evan Kasprzak.

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CHRIS YONAN* is proud to be an original member of The Music Theatre Company, where he was last seen in The 9/11 Report.  NYC Credits: Maccabeat, Fairy Tale (NYMF); The 5 Borough Plays(Milk Can); Henri Gabler (Exigent); concert appearances at The Knitting Factory, Hudson Theater, Minskoff Theater. Chicago credits: Homebody/Kabul, Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf); Sunday in the Park... (Ravinia); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Drury Lane), Camelot (Light Opera Works), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Chicago Opera Theater), the world premiere of Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati's Loving Repeating (NU), among others. Chris was also David Bell's assistant director for The Three Musketeers at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Chris' one-man show, The Idiot's Guide to Dating, has been performed in Chicago at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, and is currently in an open run at the Duplex in NYC.  All my love to Jess and The Company, my friends and family, and God.

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ZACH ZUBE* (ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER) is humbled to be working with the talented artists of The Music Theatre Company. He first performed with TMTC in 2009 for The 9/11 Report and The 48-hour Musicals: Famous Last Words. In 2010, he received the opportunity to spread his artistic wings as associate director and choreographer for our Young Artists' Program production HappyFoods. Chicago credits include: Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (upcoming), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Funny Girl, High School Musical at Drury Lane Oakbrook; High School Musical, The Bowery Boys, and Seussical at Marriott Theatre; Hello Dolly! (Barnaby), La Cage Aux FollesMan of La Mancha, and Cats (Munkustrap) at Theatre at the Center. Zach's choreographic work has appeared on stage for Steel Beam Theatre (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Encore Theatre (Spelling Bee, Grease), and Marian Catholic HS (Godspell, Grease, 42nd Street). Zach danced professionally with Chicago’s Hedwig Dances (2008) and Madison, WI-based Li Chiao-Ping Dance (2007). The process of creating new work is the ultimate passion and excitement for Zach and he is incredibly grateful to Jessica for allowing space for this work in Chicago. Aside from theatre, he shares his love for holistic living as a yoga instructor (www.zachdoesyoga.com). Zach holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan and is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Much gratitude and love to his wonderfully supportive family and friends and fellow company members, without whom he would be lost. Peace.

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SOPHIE JAFF (BOOKWRITER/LYRICIST) is the bookwriter/lyricist for the children's musical A SHELTER IN OUR CAR, which the New York Times called a "poignant, sensitively written and buoyant show." It was produced in 2007 at Symphony Space in New York, and published by Boosey & Hawkes. It is due to be produced again in 2012, with a tour in New York and California. She is the recipient of the Frederick Loewe Foundation Grant for her musical STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM. Her work has been performed at Lincoln Center Library, The Duplex and Goodspeed Musicals. Her first children's book THE ADVENTURES OF LULA THE DISCONTENTED COW was published in 2005 (Human and Rousseau). She was Head Writer and Creative Director for the web based Internet game SHADOWTALE. She is an alumnus of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch. In April, she was recently the featured artist in the acclaimed Songbook Series which took place at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center. www.sophiejaff.com

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KATHY TAGG (COMPOSER) Since moving to New York from Cape Town in 2001, pianist and composer Kathleen Tagg has reveled in the diversity and energy of New York's musical life. Kathleen has performed solo and chamber music all over South Africa as well as in Finland, Austria, Portugal and Zimbabwe. Concerto performances have been with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, CAPAB Orchestra and the University of Cape Town Orchestra. Kathleen has premiered numerous pieces, many written for her, including works for piano and electronics. Her education includes degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Mannes College of Music New York and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where she garnered the Helen Cohn award as the outstanding doctoral graduate. This season includes performances of her and Sophie Jaff’s Orchestrated Songs of Heartbreak at Lincoln Center,performances at  Trinity Church Wall Street, in India and New York with the Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble as well as the recording of the group's debut album in London, and multiple solo and chamber music concerts in South Africa. She also launched a new duo with Chicago-based violinist Maria Storm that performs and records music from Eastern Europe and Southern Africa. She has worked as a session musician on recordings of classical, gospel, rock, pop, hip-hop and world music on piano, cello and keyboards, and leads the New York-based improvising ensemble FuseV that has been chosen for a Britten-Pears residency in Aldeburgh, England later this year. She is a 2010 Stern fellow for Songfest at Pepperdine.

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JESSICA REDISH (DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER) is a Chicago-based director/choreographer and Founding Artistic Director of The Music Theatre Company, where she recently directed, choreographed and conceived: The 9/11 Report: a Bipartisan Musical Fantasia, Famous Last Words, What u Will, directed and choreographed B.R.A.T.T. Camp, and adapted Charles L. Mee's Summertime with Composer/Lyricist Alan Schmuckler. New York credits include: Movement Director for the Lortel Award-winning Adding Machine, A Musical, director of green eyes at the New York International Fringe Festival and various others at the New York Music Theatre Festival. Regional: And the World Goes 'Round (ariZoni Nomination for Choreography) and Oklahoma! with Festival 56. She has served as a guest artist at Roosevelt University in Chicago, at Hollins University in Virginia, and at Northwestern University, her alma mater. Jessica has assisted David Cromer, Michael Greif, Christopher Gattelli and at Paper Mill Playhouse. She is a member of SDC and AEA and will be choreographing She Loves Me at Writers' Theatre in the fall.


KEITH PARHAM (LIGHTING DESIGN) New York credits: Adding Machine, A Musical (Minetta Lane, OBIE Award) Crime and Punishment (with Writers' Theatre), The Sunset Limited (with Steppenwolf Theatre), Red Light Winter (Barrow Street Theatre), and Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World (TUTA Theatre). He is also company member of TUTA Theatre, where recent credits include: It's Only the End of the World, Tracks, Huddersfield, Still Life in Color, and Birds. He has also designed numerous shows with The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Next Theatre Company (Associate Artist), Timeline Theatre (Associate Artist), Writers' Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, European Repertory Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Theatre Wit.

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BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIGDE (SCENIC DESIGNER) Off Broadway: Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids With Guns, Theatre at St. Clements. Chicago: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Second City, Lookingglass Theatre Company (associate artist), Court Theatre, The Chicago Theater, Writers' Theatre, Ravinia Music Festival, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (associate artist), Drury Lane Theaters, Northlight Theater, UMA Productions (associate artist), among others. Regional: Guthrie Theater, The Children's Theatre Company, Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Milwaukee Repertory, Madison Repertory, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Two River Theatre Company, California Shakespeare, Circle X Theatre Company, among others. Brian and his work have been featured in American Theatre, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Social, Entertainment Design Magazine, Live Design among others. He is a multiple recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award, LA Drama Critic Circle Award, Garland Award and an LA Weekly Award. Film Production Design: Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, Stray Dogs, Late for Church and designed sets for MUPPETS FROM SPACE. briansidneybembridge.com


ROSE MARIE PACKER* (STAGE MANAGER) is delighted to be working with the phenomenal artists of The Music Theatre Company.  Other Chicago credits include The Brother/Sister Plays, The Seafarer, Superior Donuts, Tranquillity Woods, the unmentionables, Love Song, The Well-Appointed Room and Last of the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Lady with all the Answers (Northlight Theatre); Nixon’s Nixon, The Turn of the Screw and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Writers’ Theatre); and Elmina’s Kitchen, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone andBlack Nativity (Congo Square Theatre).  Additional regional credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and Sylvia (Seaside Repertory Theatre – FL); Looking for Normal, Floyd Collins and A Man of No Importance (Playhouse on the Square – TN); and Funny Girl and The Game (Barrington Stage Company – MA).  Rose also works as a Company Manager, Production Manager and Producer.  A proud member of AEA, Rose will be returning to Steppenwolf this fall for Detroit.

MARGARET MCLAUGHLIN is excited to be working with TMTC on this brand new musical.  She recently returned to the Chicago area after completing her MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.  While there she had the pleasure of exploring the worlds of fairy tales and nursery rhymes with children of all ages through drama.  She also worked as a community artist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital creating digital stories with children in the hematology/oncology unit for the iCreate project.  Margaret is excited to return to the world of prop lists, quick changes and new melodies remaining in her head late into the night for this production.
CHRISTINE PASCUAL (COSTUME DESIGNER)  is delighted to be working with Jessica and the The Music Theatre Company.  Recently Christine has designed GL 2010: Not Your Generic Latina for Teatro Luna, Sizwe Banzi is Dead at Court Theatre, the Pulitzer finalist, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre and at Victory Gardens Theatre, Our Lady of the Underpass at 16th Street Theatre and for Teatro Vista, The House on Mango Street at Steppewolf.  Additional credits include Lunaticas, Jarred for Teatro Luna, Relatively Close, The Romance of Magno Rubio, Hambone, Concerto Chicago, Symmetry and Blackbird for Victory Gardens, Sanctified, St James Infirmary, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Elmina's Kitchen, From the Mississippi Delta, A Soldier's Play and Black Nativity for Congo Square Theatre, Ten Cent Night for Chicago Dramatists, Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer, Flyin' West for The Court Theatre, La Rondine for Roosevelt University.   Other theaters she has designed for are: Onyx Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Time Line Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Centerstage in Baltimore, International Mystery Writers Festival, Yale Baroque Opera Project, Infusion Theatre, Strawdog Theatre.  She is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 and Artistic Associate of Teatro Vista.  She wishes to thank her family for their unending support.
JUSTIN KONO (PERCUSSIONIST) is a Chicago-based percussionist, pianist, music director, conductor, and recording artist of uncommon range.  He was last seen with TMTC playing drums in BRATT Camp and at their holiday benefit.  Since entering the business in high school, he has been in the bands and orchestras of over four dozen professional productions in the Chicago area including rock legend Dennis DeYoung's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  When not in the pit, Justin can be found in the recording studio with Keith Harrison and playing every Sunday with the worship band Guided Path in Downers Grove, IL.  As a classical percussionist, he is a member of DePaul University's renowned Symphony Orchestra, which recently appeared at Symphony Center, and has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships.  Justin is finishing up his last year at DePaul University's School of Music and will be music directing and conducting Sweet Charity for Summer Place Theater in August.

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CHRIS ULRICH (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is both thrilled and honored to be a part of The Music Theatre Company—a talented group of individuals that encourage him to pursue his dreams. In a creative environment dedicated to hard work and success, Chris feels a part of the team. With a passion and drive dedicated to the theatre both on-stage and off, Chris is enjoying his first internship with this company. Chris is a recent graduate of Wauconda High School where his most recent credits include Ren McCormack in Footloose, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, and Danny Zuko in Grease. He also contributes much of his time to the Round Lake Area Neighborhood Players community theater where his credits include a Wickersham Brother in Seussical the Musical, Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2, and Christopher Robin in A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail. Chris looks forward to pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and continuing to explore his passion for the theatre.