Rise of the Numberless

Written by Patriac Coakley and Evan Linder / Music by Chris Gingrich and Julie B. Nichols

Directed by Andrew Hobgood

Musical Direction by Julie Nichols

Performed April 24 – May 26, 2012
Collaboraction Studio 300
Flat Iron Arts Building
1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Inspired by the year of the protester, artists from Bailiwick Chicago and The New Colony have developed
an original piece that takes current events and ups the stakes. Part glam-rock concert and part call to
arms, Rise of the Numberless exposes an America that has allowed government to take control of, not
only their lives, but also their families.

It is the semi-centennial anniversary of One Child, One Nation, a law enacted by the Department of
Numbers to curb overpopulation, nationwide starvation, riots and unhealthy living conditions. Citizens are
now limited to one child per family; all of whom are “numbered” and monitored by the U.S. Number Patrol.
Those who do not obey this law must live the life of a fugitive in order to protect their Numberless
children.

In this play-within-a-play, Bailiwick Chicago and The New Colony act as sympathizers to the plight of the
Numberless and invite them to Chicago to perform their awareness-raising show, Rise of the Numberless.
Through story and song, the Numberless tell their tale of rebellion and ask the audience to rise up and
join them.

As part of an extensive marketing campaign that spanned 4 months, existing as a digital and print performance art installation in the city of Chicago, propaganda was distributed city-wide from the “Department of Numbers,” the “National Number Patrol,” and the rebel “Numberless.”

  • “Wildly Inventive… Numberless has the tribal cry of Hair with the dark undercut of Hedwig… a 90-minute head-banging rage punk fest!” The Huffington Post
  • Gattaca meets Hunger Games at a Foo Fighters’ Concert… a cult-in-the-making!” Chicago Now
  • “Jam-packed with bombast!” The Qu

Aaron Alonso

Aaron Alonso

EMMANUEL (AKA AARON ALONSO)

THE HEART OF POD – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: A LOVER, NOT A FIGHTER

ADDITIONAL NOTES: STRAIGHT FROM AN EXILED POD OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY EMMANUEL COMES STRAIGHT FROM JUAREZ, MEXICO, A CITY THAT CURRENTLY HOLDS ONE OF THE HIGHEST NUMBERS OF MURDERS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS. IN CHICAGO, EMMANUEL HAS BEEN SPOTTED AT SECOND CITY IN BROWN CO. AND RECEIVED HIS IMPROV TRAINING FROM THE ANNOYANCE AND I.O THEATER. THIS IS HIS SECOND PRODUCTION WITH NEW COLONY, THE FIRST WAS A SORDID LITTLE STORY. EMMANUEL ALSO RANKS AS THE 6TH BEST AIR GUITARIST IN THE COUNTRY, BETTER KNOWN AS DRY ICE.

Harmony France

Harmony France

EVA (AKA HARMONY FRANCE)

TASK FORCE OFFICER – D.C. POD

DEMEANOR: EXTREMELY LETHAL. BORDERLINE PSYCHOTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOST HIGH LEVEL GOVERNMENT DEATHS. FBI’S #1 MOST WANTED. KOS (KILL ON SIGHT)

ADDITIONAL NOTES: 5’5″, EYES: GREY, HAIR: CHANGES ALL THE TIME. CAME TO THE DC POD AFTER GOING AWOL FROM THE EXPERIMENTAL DISCONTINUED ALPHA COMPANY IN D.C WHERE SHE HAD A SCI TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE. TOP SPECIAL FORCES OFFICER, MASTER AT ARMS, SHARPSHOOTER, AND EDUCATOR. HIGHLY TRAINED AND HIGHLY INTELLIGENT.

MOST RECENT THEATRICAL APPEARANCE: VIOLET IN VIOLET AT BAILIWICK CHICAGO.

ADDITIONAL THEATRICAL APPEARANCES AT: BAILIWICK REPERTORY, BLUE MOON STUDIO THEATER, BOHEMIAN THEATER ENSEMBLE, CITY LIT THEATRE, HELL IN A HANDBAG PRODUCTIONS, LIGHT OPERA WORKS, PENINSULA PLAYERS, PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE, QUEST THEATRE ENSEMBLE, THEATRE AT THE CENTER, THE NEW COLONY, AND VICTORY GARDENS.

INDIVIDUAL SEEMS CHARMING AND AFFABLE, BUT IS EMOTIONLESS AND CALCULATED. DO NOT ENGAGE THIS INDIVIDUAL. KOS.

Wes Needham

Wes Needham

FUCK (AKA WES NEEDHAM)

FIGHTER – NO KNOWN POD AFFILIATION

PORTRAYS JOSHUA IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: DO NOT PROVOKE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: RATES HIS SUCCESS LEVEL IN ACTING BY HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED AS A RESULT OF IT. HAILING FROM A SMALL POD IN DELAWARE (OUTSIDE OF THE LARGER PHILADELPHIA POD), FUCK HONED HIS CRAFT WHILE STAYING MOBILE, AVOIDING DANGER. TO DATE, FUCK HAS BEEN SEEN THROUGH CHARLESTON AND CHICAGO TO NAME A FEW PLACES. REPORTS SUGGEST FUCK HAS UNDERCOVER WORK POSING AS A COMPANY MEMBER OF COMEDYSPORTZ THEATER AND THE NEW COLONY, AS WELL AS VARIOUS OTHER THEATERS IN THE AREA. BY DIPPING HIS TOES IN SO MANY GENRES, WHETHER IT BE COMEDY, DRAMA, COMMERCIAL WORK, OR HOMICIDAL RAGE BINGES, HE IS TOUGH TO PIN DOWN. RECENTLY HEARD: “ENJOY THE SHOW, BUT REMEMBER TO AVOID EYE CONTACT.”

Ryan Lanning

Ryan Lanning

HOWARD (AKA RYAN LANNING)

HANDYMAN – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: EVEN-TEMPERED, AFFABLE, WILL FIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: A KNOWN PROUD MEMBER OF BAILIWICK CHICAGO. CHICAGO APPEARANCES INCLUDE WORK WITH CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE (THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO U/S PINOCCHIO), GOODMAN THEATRE (CANDIDE MALE-SWING), ALIEN QUEEN WITH THE SCOOTY & JOJO SHOW (RIDLEY), NORTHLIGHT THEATRE (GREY GARDENS REPLACEMENT JOE/JERRY), AND PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE (CANDIDE CANDIDE; THE FANTASTICKS BELOMY). HE RECEIVED A BMA FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.

Danny Taylor

Danny Taylor

JAYEN (AKA DANNY TAYLOR)

INTELLIGENCE, SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION HANDLER – D.C. POD

PLAYS A GUARD IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: DIRECT. LIKEABLE. A KILLER, WHEN NECESSARY.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: 6’ 1”, EYES: BLUE, HAIR: BROWN AND CURLY. HAS A PENCHANT FOR READING, STRETCHING AND POWER NAPS. FOR THE POD, HE FUNNELS INTELLIGENCE, THWARTS KNOWN SAFETY CONCERNS AND LEADS INTER-POD COMMUNICATIONS. IF YOU RECOGNIZE HIS FACE, HE WAS PROBABLY STEALING FROM YOU – OR YOU SAW HIM IN: THE MASTER AND MARGARITA, THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, OLD TOWN, STRAWDOG THEATRE; THAT SORDID LITTLE STORY AND TUPPERWARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL FABLE, THE NEW COLONY; COMPANY, GRIFFIN THEATRE; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AND MACBETH, LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE; OR THE WIZARD OF OZ AND SNOW WHITE, EMERALD CITY THEATRE.

Steven Perkins

Steven Perkins

KEIRAN (AKA STEVEN PERKINS)

POD PROCURIST – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: INTELLIGENT, RESOURCEFUL, AND TENACIOUS.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: 6″ BLACK MALE. FREQUENTLY SEPARATES FROM THE POD TO COLLECT ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES. STAGE SIGHTINGS: THE NATIVITY (CONGO SQUARE THEATER), SOUTH SIDE OF HEAVEN UNDERSTUDY (SECOND CITY), PASSING STRANGE (BAILIWICK CHICAGO), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (CHICAGO DELL’ARTE). SUBJECT IS KNOWN TO DEDICATE PERFORMANCES TO HIS PARENTS.

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

KEVIN (AKA CAMERON JOHNSON)

DOCUMENTARIAN – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS JACOB IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: ADORABLE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: AS THE SELF APPOINTED CULTURAL HISTORIAN, KEVIN IS FASCINATED BY THE MUSIC OF HIS ANCESTORS. ARMED WITH HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER’S TRUNK OF VINYLS AND MIX TAPES, HE SEEKS TO INTERPRET THESE RECORDINGS AND ENLIGHTEN HIS POD TO THE WORLD ABOVE. UPON HIS GREATEST DISCOVERY, A TREASURE TROVE OF ANTIQUE 1990′S HOME ELECTRONICS, HE NOW POSSESSES THE ABILITY TO MAKE RECORDINGS OF HIS OWN. WHILE HIS DEVOTION TO DOCUMENTING THE NUMBERLESS STORY HAS OFTEN PROVED A LIABILITY TO POD SAFTEY, KEVIN HAS MANAGED TO SURVIVE THANKS TO THE WATCHFUL EYE OF HIS SISTER ZENITH. RUMORED CHICAGO CREDITS INCLUDE MASTER AND MARGARITA (STRAWDOG THEATRE), F**KING MEN (BAILIWICK CHICAGO, COLLECTIVE MEMBER), THE HIDING PLACE (PROVISION THEATER,) EUGENE ONEGIN (LYRIC OPERA), DENNIS DEYOUNG’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (BAILIWICK REPERTORY) AND MEDIUM AT LARGE (VILLAGE PLAYERS). CURRENT REPORTS PINPOINT HIM AS VIDEOGRAPHER FOR GOODMAN THEATRE. RECENT TRANSCRIPTION READS: “THIS PERFORMANCE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF UNCLE JOHN.”

Kate Carson-Groner

Kate Carson-Groner

LIBBY (AKA KATE CARSON-GRONER)

MEDIC – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: KILLS WITH KINDNESS (OR SUICIDE COCKTAIL ENDGAME), ONLY ATTACKS WHEN PROVOKED.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: A KNOWN PROUD MEMBER OF THE NEW COLONY, LIBBY UNDERSTUDIED FOR THE SO-HOT-IT’LL-BURN-YOUR-TONGUE PRODUCTION OF 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE AND REPORTEDLY SERVES AS THE COMPANY’S ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF FILMS. SHE PERFORMS IMPROV COMEDY WITH ELEANOR, AN ALL-LADY INDIE TEAM, STORYTOWN AND BERSERKER AT IO THEATER, AND SHE IS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE SECOND CITY MUSIC IMPROV HOUSE ENSEMBLE. TALENTS INCLUDE SINGING AND PLAYING MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING HER NEW OBSESSION–THE ACCORDION–IN A NEARLY-NAMED FOLK ROCK BAND. IF YOUR COMPUTER HASN’T BEEN SEIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT, YOU CAN SEE HER ON THE INTERNET IN THE WEBSERIES FUNEMPLOYED (FUNEMPLOYEDCHICAGO.COM), IN WHICH SHE ACTS AND WRITES. RECENTLY HEARD: MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS TO TNC, BAILIWICK, THE CAST AND CREW, HER PARENTS, THE TINY TOWN OF ELKIN, NC, HER PUG-CHIHUAHUA DUKE ELLINGTON, AND TO MICHAEL. RISE!”

Brandon Ruiter

Brandon Ruiter

MICHAEL (AKA BRANDON RUITER)

SCOUT / TRACKER – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: REMORSELESS. APPROACHABLE, YET MERCILESS AND SKILLED WARRIOR.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: WILL USE KINDNESS TO GAIN THE TRUST OF BOTH FRIENDS AND ENEMIES. UNAFRAID USE ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO MANAGE DOMINION OVER HIS ENVIRONMENT. HAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW COLONY IN THE PAST IN THAT SORDID LITTLE STORY AS WELL AS FRAT. HAS BEEN KNOW TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE HOUSE THEATRE – MOST NOTABLY IN ROSE AND THE RIME AND THE SPARROW. LAST KNOWN WHEREABOUTS: PUNK ROCK WITH THE GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY AND IN WEBSERIES: WWW.LASTLEASE.COM.

Samantha Dubina

Samantha Dubina

NYNE (AKA SAMANTHA DUBINA)

SPECIAL OPS – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: APPROACH WITH CAUTION.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH GRIFFIN THEATRE, NOBLE FOOL THEATRICALS, METROPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NORTHBROOK CHILDREN’S THEATRE, BAILIWICK REPERTORY AND BAILIWICK CHICAGO (KNOWN TO BE CASTING ADMINISTRATOR.) SHE HAS ALSO BEEN SEEN OVER A DOZEN TIMES AT TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE. RECENTLY OVERHEARD: “WOULD LIKE TO THANK ANDREW, JAIME, EVAN, PAT, JULIE, CG AND EVERYONE ELSE AT TNC AND BC.. BIG LOVE TO JOHN, MOM, DAD AND KERI. A SPECIAL THANKS TO LIL FOR HER CONSTANT SUPPORT.”

Michael Peters

Michael Peters

PRIME (AKA MICHAEL PETERS)

CONTRACTED KILLER/HIT MAN – NO KNOWN POD AFFILIATION

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: COLD KILLER. ARMED AND DANGEROUS. DO NOT APPROACH.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: HE IS A HIGHLY DANGEROUS AND UNPREDICTABLE INDIVIDUAL. AS A TRANSIENT HIRED GUN, HE’S CURRENTLY CONTRACTED TO THE D.C. POD. FREQUENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW COLONY, HE IS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN SEVERAL OF THEIR PRODUCTIONS INCLUDING AMELIA EARHART: JUNGLE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIORS. HE HAS RECENTLY BEEN SPOTTED IN THE JEFF AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION OF CABARET WITH THE HYPOCRITES, AND HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN KNOWN TO CAVORT WITH OTHER REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING TIMELINE THEATRE (WHERE HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE JEFF AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION OF THE HISTORY BOYS), VICTORY GARDENS THEATRE, AND RAVEN THEATRE. RECENTLY OVERHEARD: “SPECIAL THANKS TO SHANNON, MY SUPPORTIVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THE LOVELY LADIES AT PAONESSA TALENT, BUT ONLY UNDER DURESS.” KILL ON SIGHT.

Nikki Klix

Nikki Klix

ROXY (AKA NIKKI KLIX)

STAGE MANAGER – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS JACOB’S GIRLFRIEND IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: LIKELY TO FLEE. NOT A THREAT. RARELY SEEN.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: LAST ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW COLONY AS GLADYS, THE TWIRLING HOUSEWIFE, IN THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON’S WORLD PREMIERE OF TUPPERWARE. OTHER KNOWN CHICAGO ALLIES INCLUDE THE HYPOCRITES, STRAWDOG, GRIFFIN, LIFELINE, TRAP DOOR, ORACLE, AND NORTHLIGHT WHERE SHE TRADED MANDEL BREAD RECIPES WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. YOU CAN ALSO FIND ROXY PLAYING HER VIOLIN “LIKE IT’S GOING OUT OF STYLE, WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN” AND “BUSTING OUT THE VOCAL CHOPS” IN THE LATE NIGHT, SMASH HIT THE GAME SHOW SHOW AND STUFF! RECENTLY HEARD: “PLEASED TO BE PLAYING WITH THE FINE FOLKS AT BAILIWICK CHICAGO FOR THE FIRST TIME!”

Michael Harnichar

Michael Harnichar

SILAS (AKA MICHAEL HARNICHAR)

ACOUSTICS ARCHITECT – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: DARK. LONER OF THE POD. BALANCED WITH REGRET AND HOPE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: IN CHICAGO, SILAS HAS CAMPED OUT AT BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATRE (ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR), THEO UBIQUE (EVITA, CABARET), LIGHT OPERA WORKS (MAN OF LA MANCHA), BAILIWICK REPERTORY (JERRY SPRINGER OPERA, PARADE), THEATRE BUILDING CHICAGO, CHICAGO DRAMATISTS AND AT STRAWDOG THEATRE IN CAVAN HALLMAN’S 2009 INTERPRETATION OF DAVID BOWIE’S HUNKY DORY (QUEEN BITCH). SILAS HAS A DEGREE FROM COLUMBIA COLLEGE AND YOU MAY HAVE ALSO CAUGHT HIM UNDER A DIFFERENT ALIAS, “MICHAEL WHEELWRIGHT.” RECENTLY HEARD: “…TONIGHT IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF VIRGINIA”

Michael Harnichar

Michael Harnichar

SILAS (AKA MICHAEL HARNICHAR)

ACOUSTICS ARCHITECT – D.C. POD

PORTRAYS 1ST-GENERATION NUMBERLESS CHARACTERS IN RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS

DEMEANOR: DARK. LONER OF THE POD. BALANCED WITH REGRET AND HOPE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: IN CHICAGO, SILAS HAS CAMPED OUT AT BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATRE (ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR), THEO UBIQUE (EVITA, CABARET), LIGHT OPERA WORKS (MAN OF LA MANCHA), BAILIWICK REPERTORY (JERRY SPRINGER OPERA, PARADE), THEATRE BUILDING CHICAGO, CHICAGO DRAMATISTS AND AT STRAWDOG THEATRE IN CAVAN HALLMAN’S 2009 INTERPRETATION OF DAVID BOWIE’S HUNKY DORY (QUEEN BITCH). SILAS HAS A DEGREE FROM COLUMBIA COLLEGE AND YOU MAY HAVE ALSO CAUGHT HIM UNDER A DIFFERENT ALIAS, “MICHAEL WHEELWRIGHT.” RECENTLY HEARD: “…TONIGHT IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF VIRGINIA”