Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: Cast & Crew
December 15, 2007 - February 3, 2008
Danielle Brothers (Mrs. Primm)
Danielle is thrilled to be working with the generous and enthusiastic folks at Lifeline for the very first time! Most recently, she has appeared in Theo Ubique's productions of Cabaret, Side by Side by Sondheim, Flora the Red Menace, and Jacques Brel: Songs of Love & War (the latter two winning her Jeff Citations for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). Her TU debut was their Kurt Weill revue Songs of Darkness & Light. Favorite roles include Vee Talbott in ATC's Orpheus Descending and Widow Walker in Night of the Mime, by George Brant.
James E. Grote (Mr. Primm, Mr. Grumps and Others)
Jim began working with Lifeline Theatre in 1992, appearing as Tucker Mouse in Lifeline's world premiere production of A Cricket in Times Square. Since then, Jim has appeared in Lifeline's productions of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; The Killer Angels; Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Award: Outstanding Ensemble); and Johnny Tremain. Jim is also a playwright, and has adapted C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; and Brave Potatoes. Jim's adaptation of Daniel Mason's The Piano Tuner was recently honored by the After Dark Awards as one of the year's best productions. Jim is currently adapting The Dirty Cowboy, Lifeline's spring KidSeries show.
Tom Jansson (Lyle)
Tom is very glad to be back to Lifeline where he previously appeared as Kenny in Brave Potatoes and in the roles of Nag, Teddy, and The Great Djinn of the Desert in Rikki Tikki Tavi and other Just So Stories. Other Chicago credits include The Nutcracker for Incurable Theatre, The Good War for Prologue, The Last Dragon of Camelot for Emerald City, and The Human Comedy for Splinter Group. Tom is a graduate of the DellíArte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.
Stephen Rader (Valenti/Joshua)
Stephen is a three-time After Dark Award winner in Performance (Pegasus Players' Side by Side by Sondheim), Direction (Corpus Christi at Bailiwick Repertory) and Cabaret. Directing credits include Ulysses Theatre's The Normal Heart and Alexandra Billings' The Story Goes On. Acting credits include Richard in TimeLine's Lion in Winter, The Soldier in CST's Sunday in the Park with George and several roles in Philip Dawkins' play Ugly Baby. For Porchlight Music Theatre, he has played Gordo in A New Brain, Whizzer in Falsettos and Michael in Elegies. Stephen made his Goodman Theatre debut in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.
Christina Hall (Understudy)
Christina made her Lifeline and Chicago debut in Half Magic. Previous stage credits include Oliver!, Shakespeare Revue, Spitfire Grill, Seussical, Shakespeare in Hollywood, and Bedroom Farce at Hope Summer Repertory Theater; Pardon My English at Main Street Theater; and As You Like It, Turcaret, Twelfth Night, The House Of Bernarda Alba, Tales of the Last Formicans, Assassins, Richard III and A Dollís House at Southern Methodist University.
Rus Rainear (Understudy)
Rus is making his Lifeline Theatre debut. Rus completes the trilogy of Glenwood Avenue theatres having just played Herr Schultz in Cabaret with Theo Ubique at the No Exit Cafe and having played The Boss in the Jeff winning Best Musical Sideshow and the Old Shepherd in The Winterís Tale with the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. Other Chicago area theatres Rus has worked with include Circle Theatre, StageLeft, Pegasus Players, Hell in a Handbag and the Bailiwick. Rus was chosen as a fellow for the Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and has performed at venues across Chicago including Davenport's, Gentry and Second City. Rus has also performed in the independent films A Play For Ariel and Always For Mom.
Christina Calvit (Adaptor)
Christina is a Lifeline ensemble member. She has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been performed throughout the United States, including A Room with a View; Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 2004); Jane Eyre; Pistols for Two (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 2000); The Talisman Ring (Joseph Jefferson Award, 1996) and Pride and Prejudice (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 1986). Her most recent adaptation, created with Composer/Lyricist George Howe, Queen Lucia, was awarded a 2005 After Dark Award and a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Citation for New Work. Original plays include Snowflake Timís Big Holiday Adventure, Purloined Poe, Chaos (co-writer), and Several Voices from The Cloud (Agnes Nixon Award, 1981).
George Howe (Composer/Lyricist)
George is a Jeff Citation Winner (Queen Lucia - Best New Musical 2006) and multiple After Dark Award winning composer/lyricist/cabaret artist. He has written the songs for many of Lifeline Theatreís KidSeries shows including Brave Potatoes; Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type and its sequel Giggle, Giggle, Quack. His latest musical, Sleeping Ugly, which premiered at Griffin Theatre in 2006, won him a 2006 After Dark award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. George can be seen most nights playing piano and belting out pop, rock and showtunes at Chicagoís premiere cabaret club Davenportís Piano Bar and Cabaret.
Shole Milos (Director)
Shole is a Lifeline ensemble member who has served as the director of many KidSeries productions including Brave Potoatoes, Giggle Giggle Quack and Click Clack Moo; Cows that Type, to name a few, and will stage the upcoming production of The Dirty Cowboy this winter. Shole has also directed the MainStage production of A Long Way From Chicago which was later remounted at Theatre on the Lake. As an actor, he has been seen on the Lifeline stage in The Piano Tuner, Johnny Tremain, Whose Body? and The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes, and was recently seen in Steep Theatre's production of The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has also served as director and choreographer for productions of Rapunzel and Stellaluna at Emerald City Theatre and provided movement coaching for a number of productions around town.
Kyle Conn (Stage Manager)
Kyle is very excited to be doing his first production with Lifeline! Past stage management credits include: Pop, Pop, Quiz, Quiz with Second City, Up N Under with Circle Theater, Extremities and Richard II with ART (Actors Revolution Theater). Kyle was also the assistant producer and stage manager for RAWK Magazines Grit & Glitz Fashion Show. He had the privilege of working on A Christmas Carol and Pericles at The Goodman Theater and also being a production assistant for Wicked-1st National Tour. Kyle graduated from DePaul University's Theatre School in June with a BFA in stage management.
Jana Anderson (Costume Designer)
Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss has described Jana Andersonís costumes as "period perfect pieces." Janaís work has been featured by numerous theater groups including Redmoon Theater, Light Opera Works, Irish Repertory Theatre, Rivendell and Experimental Theatre to name a few. Prior to coming to the United States, Jana made elaborate costumes for classical opera productions at the National Theater in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. She attended the Fine Arts University in Bratislava, where her interest in working on costumes originated. When she wants to have fun, however she designs crazy fashions for photo shoots, advertising, or crocodiles.
Alan Donahue (Scenic Designer)
Alan has designed many Lifeline shows over the last 17 years including The Little Sister, Jane Eyre (2001), and Around the World in 80 Days for which he received Jeff Citations. Alan has also created literary adaptations for Lifeline: Donald E. Westlake's Trust Me on This and Adam Langerís Crossing California for the MainStage and Daniel Pinkwater's Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelli's Sophie's Masterpiece - A Spider's Tale for the KidSeries. He is currently faculty of The Theatre School of DePaul University. Upcoming projects include Sunday on the Rocks for Bailiwick and The End for Black Sheep Productions, and The Mark of Zorro for Lifeline.
Tim Hill (Sound Designer)
Tim is very excited to be collaborating on this fifth production with Lifeline Theatre, where previous sound designs include Half Magic, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Past sound designs include productions with Chicago Actors Workshop; Irish Repertory of Chicago; Stage Left; University Theatre in Madison, WI; Tireswing; The Neo-Futurists; Roadworks; Women's Club of Evanston; Queen of All Saints; St. Scholastica Academy; UIC Theatre; St. Patrick High School, and The Free Associates Improv Theatre. Tim is a proud member of The Anti-Road Trip Alliance and A.R.T.A. Films.
Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (Lighting Designer)
Maggie is delighted to be working with Lifeline this season. She is currently the Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager for North Park University and a company member of Barrel of Monkeys, where she is the Production Stage Manager. As a Freelance Designer and Technician she has been fortunate enough to work with several amazing theater companies, including The House Theatre, 500 Clown, Strawdog, Neo-Futurists and The Hypocrites, to name a few. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.FULLILIGHT.com.
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