SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE
Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown*
Music Direction by James Morehead*
Featuring Harter Clingman, Sharriese Hamilton, Evan Tyrone Martin, Peter Oyloe and Danni Smith*
February 17–April 21 at Steppenwolf Garage
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and 8pm in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20) go on sale December 7 at 11am through Steppenwolf Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.
A 1950s murder noir, a priest’s crisis of faith in post-9/11 New York, and the final tryst of two lovers in feudal Japan all serve to explore the relativity of truth in Michael John LaChiusa’s three-part musical. The lush musical score incorporates jazz, pop, classical and Asian influences, driving the storytelling in this virtuosic piece named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Musicals of 2005.
The creative team for See What I Wanna See includes Lizzie Bracken (scenic design), Samantha C. Jones (costume design), Lee Keenan (lighting design) and Cody Reynolds (sound design). Additional credits include Geoff Bleeker* (associate producer), Michael Driscoll (assistant director), Emma Deane (assistant lighting designer), Christopher Kristant (technical director) and Heather Stuck* (stage manager).
*Denotes Bailiwick Chicago Collective Member
ABOUT STEPPENWOLF GARAGE REP
Garage Rep, now in its fourth year, presents the work of three of Chicago’s most innovative storefront theater companies in rotating rep under Steppenwolf’s banner. Steppenwolf invites applications from companies around the city. With this program we aim to learn from the next generation about what excites them; we aim to introduce Steppenwolf audiences to their work and their audiences to ours; and above all, we aim to contribute to the ongoing vibrancy of Chicago’s theater ecology.
Harter Clingman (Morito/Husband/CPA) is back for another go with Bailiwick Chicago, where he last appeared in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other Chicago credits include Spring Awakening (Griffin Theatre); Absolute Hell (The Gift Theatre); State Street (City Lit Theater). Recent film credits include The Onion News Network and Baby Time! “A huge thank you to my friends and family for their love, support and advice!”
Sharriese Hamilton (Kesa/Medium/Actress) is ecstatic about working with Bailiwick Chicago again. Although she is now based in Chicago, she hails from Okemos, Michigan, receiving her BA in Theatre from Michigan State University. Recent credits include We 3 Lizas (About Face Theatre); A Class Act (Porchlight Music Theatre); Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago); Little Shop of Horrors (Street Tempo); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Timber Lake Playhouse); The People VS Friar Laurence (Boarshead Theatre); The Last Five Years, Mother (Steel Beam Theatre) and various roles with the Chicago based children’s theatre company Great Works Theatre and Plays With A Purpose with Black Ensemble Theater. “A big thanks to Lili-Anne for the trust, love, and dedication she always puts in her team. Huge hugs and thanks to her family and friends and to YOU for supporting the arts!”
Evan Tyrone Martin
Evan Tyrone Martin (Janitor/Reporter): is thrilled to be working with Bailiwick Chicago again! Evan is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Chicago, IL. Recent Chicago credits include Dreamgirls (Marriott Theatre); Floyd Collins (Boho Theatre); RE:Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret (Silk Road Rising); Violet (Bailiwick Chicago, Jeff Nomination). “I would like to thank God, my friends, and my family for their support and love! JWR, EKM” evantmartin.weebly.com
Peter Oyloe (Thief/Priest) returns to Chicago after a sold out run as Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Other acting credits include Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Eurydice (Filament); The Pillowman (Jeff Award – Best Actor), Equus (Jeff Award – Best Actor), Elling (Jeff Award nomination – Best Actor) (Redtwist); The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works); Cherry Smoke (Side Project); Baal (TUTA), as well as the New Zealand National Production of Les Misérables. He has also appeared in numerous short films and commercials. Peter is an acclaimed composer and folk musician, having composed the scores to the film In Love with the Nun (Cannes Film Festival showcase), Equus, and Eurydice. For further information about Peter and his work, visit peteroyloe.com.
Danni Smith* (Wife/Aunt Monica) is thrilled to work at Bailiwick Chicago once again. Chicago credits include Over My Dead Body (Waltzing Mechanics); Zastrozzi (Division Theater); Some Enchanted Evening, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); The Glorious Ones, Bernarda Alba (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble); The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Kokandy Productions); Oklahoma! (American Theater Company); Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Ruthless! (Noble Fool). Danni received her Bachelors from Ball State University. “Love and thanks to Martin and my family for their unending support!”
OTHER SHOWS IN THE GARAGE REP
Buzz22 Chicago presents
She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Featuring Katherine Banks, Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, Daeshawna Cook, Fred Geyer, Jessica London-Shields, Allie Long, Morgan Maher, Jose Nateras, Ellie Reed, Sara Sawicki and Richard Traub
Following the death of her geeky teenage sister, Tilly, Agnes’s life is turned upside down when she stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and embarks on an action-packed quest to save her sister’s soul. As her reality blurs, Agnes comes face to face with homicidal fairies, raunchy ogres and blood thirsty cheerleaders, and discovers a side of her sister she never got to know.
The creative team for She Kills Monsters includes William Boles (scenic design), Rachel Goldberg (costume design), Lee Keenan (lighting design), Daniel Carlyon (sound design), Matt Deitchman (composer), Chuck Coyl (fight choreography) and Lori Buchanan (dance choreography). Additional credits include Colleen Werle (puppetry design), Manual Cinema (shadow puppet design), Alex Tey (assistant fight choreographer, gore design), Ben Gojer (assistant gore designer), Jamie Karas (properties master), Mary Hungerford (production manager) and Christopher Leck (stage manager).
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Cassy Sanders
Featuring Kristin Ellis, Eric Lynch and Julian Parker
After police rough up a fellow resident of the projects, 18-year-old Ida takes an interest in the homeless man who sleeps on a nearby bench. When an unlikely friendship emerges, will it strengthen her connection to home or drive her away in search of a new life? BlackTop Sky examines the intersection of love, violence and seduction inside an institution with a haunting Chicago legacy: the public housing project.
The creative team for BlackTop Sky includes Lizzie Bracken (scenic design), Brenda Winstead (costume design), Lee Keenan (lighting design) and Chris LaPorte (sound design). Additional credits include Jennifer McClendon (production manager), Toni Kendrick (properties master) and Taylor Fenderbosch (stage manager).