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Busman's Honeymoon
May 1 – June 21, 2009
EXTENDED through July 26, 2009!!!


 

Adam Breske (Constable Sellon, May 1-June 21)
Adam is returning to Lifeline after a successful turn in last fall's production of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Originally from Virginia, Adam attended Virginia Tech. Other Chicago credits include Arms and the Man and Much Ado About Nothing (Oak Park Theatre Festival), The Private Lives of Eskimos (The Mill), and Earl the Vampire (Thunder and Lightning). Prior to moving to Chicago, Adam toured with the Hampstead Players, performing Shakespeare for children.
Peter Greenberg (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Peter is delighted to return for his fourth attempt at Lord Peter Wimsey. Of the many roles he has performed at Lifeline over the years, favorites include Rochester in Jane Eyre, Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Tristram in The Talisman Ring, and a sheep. Peter has directed and adapted for the Lifeline stage, and he has acted extensively in regional theater. He also co-founded The Actors Shakespeare Company, a classically-based theater company in Albany, New York.
James E. Grote (Mr. Puffett)
Jim returns to Lord Peter's service after playing Bunter in Whose Body? in 2002. Jim has also appeared in Lifeline's productions of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The Killer Angels; Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Outstanding Ensemble); and Johnny Tremain. Jim is also a playwright, and has adapted The Silver Chair; The Piano Tuner (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production); and Duck for President. Jim's adaptation of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has been performed around the country--most recently at the Oregon and Dallas Children's Theatres--and he is currently adapting a sequel, Dooby Dooby Moo, for Lifeline's fall KidSeries show.
Chris Hainsworth (Mr. MacBride, July 18-26)
Chris is pleased to be returning to the LifeLine stage where he last appeared as Oliver in Talking It Over. Recent credits include Sheriff Raven in Dreams in the Witch House with WildClaw, Robbie in Scenes from the Big Picture with Seanachaí, and Scotty in the After Dark Award winning Old Town with Strawdog, where he has been an ensemble member since 2000.
Kate Harris (Miss Twitterton)
During the last 29 years, Ms. Harris has not only worked in Chicago, but also regionally with St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Play Makers Repertory Theatre, and Off-Broadway at The Duplex and The 29th Street Rep. Some of Kate’s past appearances in Chicago have been with The Hypocrites, Stage Left, Bailiwick Repertory, and Steppenwolf Theatre, where she appeared in the 2005 production of The Last of the Boys. Ms. Harris also proudly served as Artistic Director for nine years to the critically acclaimed Chicago theatre company Pyewacket. For Pyewacket, her favorite roles included Angela in Boom Town, the Governess in the original Chicago premiere of The Turn of the Screw (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role), and Annie Wilkes in Misery (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role). Last spring she received a Non-Equity Jeff nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role for Griffin Theatre’s production of The Constant Wife, directed by the delightful Paul Holmquist. As a writer, her adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s screenplay, The Conversation, opened off-Broadway last spring at 29th Street Rep.
Millicent Hurley (Mrs. Ruddle, May 1-July 5)
Millie is very excited to be back on Lifeline’s stage after appearing in Tuck Everlasting over a decade ago! Millie was last seen as Constance in Lillian Hellman’s Autumn Garden at Eclipse Theatre. Before that she was seen in Seven Over Seven’s Production of Eat the Runt, where performing any one of eight characters at the drop of a hat was a great way to keep mentally fit, as well as physically challenged! Recent roles at Raven Theatre include Paulina in The Seagull, Gloria in Grace and Glorie, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, for which she won a Jeff Citation and an After Dark Award. Millie also has had the pleasure of working with Timeline Theatre, About Face Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Bare Bones Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Next Theatre, and Prop Theatre. She also pursues voice-over, commercial and film work.
Robert Kauzlaric (Frank Crutchley)
Robert is a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble and is delighted to return to the world of Sayers after appearing in Strong Poison in 2004. Robert has performed in numerous other productions at Lifeline, including The Mark of Zorro (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production), The Killer Angels, The Return of the King, and Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble). Other area credits include work with Seanachaí Theatre Co., Greasy Joan & Co., Strawdog Theatre, The Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, Theatre at the Center, New American Theater, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Paul Myers (Reverend Goodacre)
Paul returns to the Lifeline MainStage where he was previously seen in last season’s production of The Island of Dr. Moreau, and prior to that, both Johnny Tremain and The Talisman Ring (1995). Other theaters around town where he has worked include Pegasus, Theater Mir, The Side Project, Steep, and Raven.
David Skvarla (Superintendent Kirk)
Dave is delighted to return to Lifeline, having previously appeared as James Vane (Elder) in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Winston Niles Rumfoord in The Sirens of Titan. Other favorite roles include co-fight director and Calico Jack Rackham on Backstage Theatre’s Bloody Bess, Morris Fishman (a.k.a. Billy Santucci) in Dirty Diamonds with Factory Theatre, and Barney Doran in John Bull’s Other Island and Bill Walker in Major Barbara at Shaw Chicago. Dave has also appeared with Oak Park Theatre Festival, Open Eye Productions, Open Cage Ensemble, Defiant, The Hypocrites, Mary-Arrchie, Rising Moon, & Careening Theatre, and has acted as fight director for most of the above, as well as Griffin Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth, Chase Park, and Trap Door.
Jonathan Stutzman (Constable Sellon, June 25-July 26)
Jon is excited to be working with Lifeline theatre again. At Lifeline, Jon appeared in The Island of Dr. Moreau and Rikki Tikki Tavi. Jon has alo worked at numerous other theaters in Chicago including The Artistic Home, Griffin Theatre, Steep Theatre, Pegasus Players, Adventure Stage and the Side Project.
Phil Timberlake (Bunter)
Phil appeared on the Lifeline stage as Prendick in The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award, Best Production), the Guru/Peppino in Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor - Musical) and as Gollum/Legolas The Two Towers. He also coached dialects for Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Talking It Over, and A Room With a View. Other Chicago acting credits include First Folio Shakespeare (The Tempest), Apple Tree (Violet), Powertap (The Beaux’ Stratagem) and Shaw Chicago (Misalliance). He is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at the Theatre School, DePaul University. Phil joined the ensemble in 2006.
Jenifer Tyler (Harriet Vane)
An ensemble member since 2001, Jenifer is delighted to be making her third appearance as Harriet Vane. Other Lifeline credits include: Mina in Dracula; Lydia in Pride and Prejudice; Kitty in Cotillion; Jane in Jane Eyre (for which she received a Jeff Citation for Outstanding Actress in a Principal Role); Ida/Phyllis in Trust Me On This; Bathsheba in Far From the Madding Crowd, and Harriet Vane in both Strong Poison and Gaudy Night.
Jean Vanier (Mrs. Ruddle, July 9-26)
Jean is thrilled to make her debut with Lifeline Theatre. Her Chicago credits include Raven Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Drury Lane South, National Past Time, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Regional credits are Tampa Bay Perforning Arts Center, Red Barn Theatre (Saugatuck, Michigan), Prather Theatre (Arizona and Florida), and Darden Theatre (Orlando). She also has an active print, commercial and industrial film career.
Christopher M. Walsh (Mr. MacBride, May 1-July 17)
Christopher is thrilled to be in his second show with Lifeline Theatre, and his second with Mr. Paul S. Holmquist. Last fall he appeared in Lifeline's The Mark of Zorro at the Theatre Building. Other recent credits include Camp Freedom! with Black Sheep Productions, Bloody Bess with BackStage Theatre, Journey's End with Griffin Theatre, and The Hound of the Baskervilles with City Lit. Christopher has also provided stage combat choreography for several Jeff Recommended shows including In Arabia We'd All Be Kings for Steep Theatre, Faster for Side Project, and Emma for Trap Door.
Frances Limoncelli (Adaptor)
Frances is proud to be a Lifeline ensemble member. As an adaptor, she created Lifeline's popular Dorothy L. Sayers mysteries Whose Body?, Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Adaptation) and Gaudy Night (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Adaptation). For Lifeline's KidSeries, she adapted The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch with composer/lyricist George Howe. She has also directed productions at Lifeline including Simple Jim And His Four Fabulous Friends, The Story Of Ferdinand, Miss Bianca, Half Magic, Cooking with Lard and Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp. She has appeared in Lifeline's productions of Pistols For Two, Precious Bane, Pinocchio, Bunnicula and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (2000). Around Chicago, she has been seen onstage in Shear Madness at the Blackstone; The House Of Martin Guerre and Cry, The Beloved Country at the Goodman; Master Class at Northlight Theatre; Falsettos at Appletree Theatre; and Lifeline's Pride And Prejudice for Chicago Theatres On The Air, to name a few. At Vermont's Weston Playhouse she has played some of her favorite roles including Mary in Merrily We Roll Along, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Carrie in Carousel, Fraulien Kost in Cabaret and Mrs. Montgomery in The Heiress. Frances graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in theatre performance and an emphasis in directing.
Paul S. Holmquist (Director)
A Lifeline ensemble member since 2006, Paul directed Lifeline's KidSeries productions of Rikki Tikki Tavi and Other Just So Stories and The Flight of the Dodo, as well as The Island of Dr. Moreau (winner of 5 Non-Equity Jeff Awards including Best Production-Play) for Lifeline's 25th anniversary MainStage season. Paul is also a Griffin Theatre company member where he directed The Constant Wife and The Robber Bride Groom. As an actor, he has appeared on the Lifeline stage in Strong Poison, The Talisman Ring (2005) and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He has worked as a movement consultant on Lifeline's A Room with a View and on Griffin's production of Stardust, both directed by Dorothy Milne. Paul holds a BFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches and works.
Kimberly Percell (Stage Manager)
Kimberly is happy to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the third time, having previously stage managed The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Picture of Dorian Gray for the MainStage. Other Chicago credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Steep Theatre Company and Journey's End with Griffin Theatre Company.
Mary Griswold (Set Designer)
Mary has been a freelance designer and painter for over three decades. Some career high points have been running a follow spot as an apprentice at the Goodspeed Opera House for the pre-Broadway tryout of Man of La Mancha, touring in Europe and the US with the Organic Theater Company, where her first Chicago set design credit was for the premiere of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago (beginning a long time design collaboration with the late John Paoletti), and She Always Said Pablo at the Goodman and a subsequent engagement at the Kennedy Center, which won them (plus Geoffrey Bushor) three Joseph Jefferson awards, She has worked with a number of Chicago area theaters including Chicago Opera Theater, ATC, Live Bait, Court, Northlight and Victory Gardens
Brett Masteller (Sound Designer)
Brett is a composer and sound designer. Currently a doctoral student in Music Technology at Northwestern University, he has been actively composing and designing for theatre since moving to Chicago in 2006. Brett holds a B.A. and M.A. in music composition from SUNY at Buffalo and now teaches at Northwestern University and the College of DuPage. His works have been performed in the U.S., Australia, and Spain.
Joanna Melville (Costume Designer)
This is Joanna’s second design at Lifeline, where she also worked on the KidSeries production of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Other Chicago credits include costume design for The Glass Menagerie and The Little Foxes (Shattered Globe Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors and Into The Woods (Quest Theatre Ensemble) and costume design assisting for Lookingglass and the British Stage Company. Other credits include Renaissance Theaterworks of Milwaukee, American Players Theatre, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and the Santa Fe Opera. Joanna is an alumna of Illinois State University (BA), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MFA).
Seth E. Reinick (Lighting Designer)
Seth is very pleased to be lighting Busman’s Honeymoon with Lifeline Theatre. Other design work with Lifeline Theatre includes Flight of the Dodo and Snowflake Tim’s Big Holiday Adventure. Recent design projects include: Blue Surge with Eclipse Theatre, The Latino Theatre Festival 2008 in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman Theatre, Richard III & A Lie of the Mind with Strawdog Theatre Company. Seth was also Keith Parham’s associate lighting designer on Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Royal George Theatre. Recent assisting work includes Million Dollar Quartet, which is currently running at the Apollo Theatre; Shining City, A Christmas Carol, Passion Play, Mirror of the Invisible World, and Vigils at the Goodman Theatre.
Jenniffer J. Thusing (Props Designer)
Jenniffer is thrilled to working again with the great folks of Lifeline. Her work was last seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Elsewhere, Jenniffer's work can currently be seen in Altar Boyz at Noble Fool and Hope VI at Chicago Dramatists. She also serves as resident Stage Manager and props designer for Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences. Jenniffer will be serving as Stage Manager for Light Opera Works upcoming My Fair Lady.
LaRonika Thomas (Dramaturg)
LaRonika is delighted to return to Lifeline Theatre for Busman’s Honeymoon, having previously served as the production dramaturg on Strong Poison and Gaudy Night. A freelance dramaturg, LaRonika is also the regional VP for Metro Chicago for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). An Indiana transplant, LaRonika has made Chicago her home for the past six years, moving here in the summer of 2003 to complete a dramaturgy internship at the Goodman Theatre. LaRonika is an ensemble member at Stage Left, where she was the producer of Stage Left’s week of 365 Days/365 Plays in 2007, directed several staged readings for them, and where she served as the Literary Manager from 2004 to 2007. In January of 2005, LaRonika was the recipient of an LMDA residency grant for her work with Stage Left. As a freelancer, she has worked around Chicago with such artists as Barbara Gaines and Greg Allen; and at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Neo-Futurists, Silk Road Theatre Project, Greasy Joan and Co., Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Stockyards Theatre Project, and Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences. LaRonika holds an M.A. in Theatre with a focus in Dramaturgy from Purdue University and a B.A. in Theatre and Anthropology from Indiana University, and she is a recipient of three CAAP grants for her individual work.
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise is a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble and directed Lifeline's winter production of Mariette in Ecstasy. She has coached dialects for Lifeline's productions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Piano Tuner, Johnny Tremain, The Killer Angels, The Shadow and Trust Me on This. Other dialect coaching projects include The Birthday Party (Signal Ensemble); Angels in America, Equus and Henry V (the Hypocrites); and A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Cabaret (Metropolis Theatre).
Ian Zywica (Technical Director)
Ian moved to Chicago about two years ago after completing his M.F.A. In addition to his position with Lifeline Theatre, he works as a freelance Scenic Designer and Technical Director, most recently for The Robber Bridegroom (Griffin Theatre), and the upcoming productions of Once On This Island (Porchlight Music Theatre) and The Last Barbecue (16th Street Theatre).
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre again for the 07/08 season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass for the House Theatre of Chicago; One False Note with Plasticene; Old Town, Richard III, Aristocrats, A Lie of the Mind,and Marathon ’33 and with Strawdog Theatre, where she is the mainstage production manager; as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake for the last 4 years. During the school year Cortney can be found at St. Scholastica Academy, where she has been the resident designer (scenery and lighting) and technical theatre instructor/director for the last nine years.


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