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Flight of the Dodo: Cast & Crew
Dec 20, 2008 – Feb 22, 2009

Patrick Blashill (Penguin)
Patrick has been an ensemble member with Lifeline since 1996 and has been performing at Lifeline since 1994's Miss Bianca where he played Bernard the mouse. Other favorite animal roles include Ferdinand the bull in The Story of Ferdinand, and the Mighty Gorilla in The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, which was later remounted for Chicago Theatre on the Air with guest star Brent Spiner. Other favorite Lifeline roles include Edgar Drake in The Piano Tuner (After Dark Award for performance), Victor in Lizard Music, Hugh Thane in The Talisman Ring, Tom in Pistols for Two (Jeff Citation nomination for Best Ensemble), and Bunter in Strong Poison (Jeff Citation nomination for Best Ensemble). He is especially proud to have acted in all three books of Lifeline's Lord of the Rings trilogy that spanned The Fellowship of the Ring (1997), The Two Towers (2000), and The Return of the King (2002). Patrick has worked with numerous other Chicago theatres including Victory Gardens, Organic Lab, Theatre on the Lake, Stage Left, Reverie Theatre and Shakespeare's Motley Crew. Patrick is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
John Ferrick (Penguin)
John returns for a 7th appearance on the Lifeline stage where he previously appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, Talking It Over, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Killer Angels. An ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre, he was last seen in their world premiere of Brett Neveau's After Dark Award winning outstanding new musical, Old Town. Some other theatres John has performed with include: Goodman, Court, Eclipse, Famous Door, About Face, National Jewish, Roadworks, and many others. John will next be seen in Strawdog Theatre's production of Red Noses directed by Matt Hawkins of The House Theatre in Spring 2009.
Sienna Harris (Ostrich)
Sienna returns to Lifeline Theatre, where she appeared in The Island of Dr. Moreau and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! She has worked with Shaw Chicago, Collaboraction, Congo Square, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Co. Sienna is a proud graduate of Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) and The School at Steppenwolf.
Jenny Lamb (Cassowary)
Jenny is super excited to work with the fine folk of Lifeline Theatre again after understudying for their production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Favorite children's theatre roles include Certainly Fairweather in The Enchanted Attic, the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. Jenny is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Li'l Buds Theatre where she works as an actor, playwright, director and Teaching Artist. In the spring, she will be seen up the street at the No Exit Café in Evita with Theo Ubique Theatre.
Eliza Stoughton (Kiwi)
Eliza is making her debut appearance in a Lifeline production. Her other recent credits include the Jeff-nominated Wit at Gift Theatre, the 2007 Young Playwright’s Festival at Pegasus Players and Ghostwatch at Polarity Ensemble Theatre. She just wrapped two short films, On Graves Farm and Morgan’s Last Call, and one feature length film, South Loop, all of which are soon to hit the festival circuit.
Jennifer Reeves Wilson (Geese, Puppeteer)
Jennifer is pleased to making her first appearance on the Lifeline stage. Her recent Chicago credits include Miss Saigon and Kiss Me Kate for NightBlue Theater Company, of which she is also a Program Assistant and an Ensemble Repertory Member, as well as The Empire Builders and A Devil Inside for Right Brain Project. Jennifer is a member of the Women's Theatre Alliance. She received her BA in Theater at Missouri State University where she studied under Dr. Michael Mauldin. She has also studied with Darrell W. Cox at Profiles Theatre in their Advanced Scene Study class.
Danielle Cochrane (Understudy)
Danielle is making her first appearance in a Lifeline production. Her Chicago credits include The Giver with TYA at Apple Tree Theatre; Twelve Angry Jurors with Oil Lamp Theatre; A Christmas Carol, Fractured Fairytales, Chicago - A Musical Mosaic, and The Diary of Anne Frank with Great Works Theatre where she is an ensemble member.
Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor, Lyricist)
Robert is a Lifeline ensemble member. His adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau received five Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Production-Play and New Adaptation; and his Jeff Recommended adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray opened Lifeline's MainStage season this year. His adaptation of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! has been produced in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Oregon. Robert has appeared as an actor in ten Lifeline productions, most recently The Mark of Zorro and A Room with a View, and served as Assistant Director for Johnny Tremain.
Victoria DeIorio (Composer, Lyricist, Sound Designer)
Lifeline shows: The Mark of Zorro, The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award), The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Director), Velveteen Rabbit, A Room With A View, Gaudy Night, The Talisman Ring, The Sirens of Titan, A Long Way from Chicago, Strong Poison, The Shadow (Jeff Citation), Far From the Madding Crowd, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation). Productions with: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Milwaukee Shakespeare, LA Theatre Works, Northlight Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre (artistic associate), Remy Bumppo, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (Ensemble member), and other storefront theatres in Chicago. Off-Broadway: Steppenwolf’s The Bluest Eye at the Duke Theatre, and Ophelia at the Connelly. Off-Broadway Associate Design: Actor’s Studio, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Urban Stages. Victoria was nominated for 5 Non-Equity and 1 Equity Jeff Award - receiving 3 of them; and 2 After Dark Awards (The Shadow and Fiddler on the Roof). Victoria is the head of Sound Design at DePaul University.
Paul S. Holmquist (Director)
Paul returns to Lifeline's KidSeries after directing Rikki Tikki Tavi. He collaborated with adaptor Robert Kauzlaric and soundsmith Victoria DeIorio on the multiple award winning production of Lifeline's Mainstage The Island of Dr. Moreau and is delighted with this wonderful tale. An Ensemble member since 2006, recently Paul was seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray and will direct Busman's Honeymoon.
Jessica Wright (Stage Manager)
Jessica returns to Lifeline, where she previously ran the soundboard and did backstage tech for The Picture of Dorian Gray, and was a set painter for The Mark of Zorro remount at the Theatre Building. Other Chicago credits include Fran in Beau O'Reilly's Madelyn Dangles the Noose. She is currently directing A New Nation, her original compilation of letters, speeches, and songs from the American Civil War, to go up in mid-January at the Prop Thtr. Jessica has a BA in English from the University of Chicago.
Kimberly G. Morris (Costume/Mask Designer)
Kimberly is thrilled to be working again with Lifeline Theatre. Based in Chicago, she freelance designs and builds props, wigs, makeup, costumes, puppets and special effects for numerous venues around the country. She received a Jeff nomination for costumes for Stardust with Griffin Theatre, and a nomination for costumes as well as a Jeff Non-Equity Award for Mask Design for The Island of Dr. Moreau with Lifeline Theatre. For the same production, she also received an After Dark Award for costumes and masks. In her spare time, she runs the prop and costumes shop for Niles West High School theatre department, where she teaches students the basics of costume and prop design, manufacture and management. Past designs with Lifeline include Riki Tikki Tavi and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Some of her upcoming projects include MacBeth with Babes With Blades, The Day Of Knowledge with Stage Left, The Hundred Dresses with Chicago Children’s Theatre, and The Taffetas with Noble Fool Theatricals.
Seth E. Reinick (Lighting Designer)
Seth is very excited to be lighting Flight of the Dodo; previous design work includes Plaza Suite and Spinning into Butter (After Dark Award) with Eclipse Theatre Company, The Latino Theatre Festival 2008 in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman Theatre, Richard III and A Lie of the Mind with Strawdog Theatre Company. Recent assisting work includes Million Dollar Quartet, Shining City, A Christmas Carol, Passion Play, Mirror of the Invisible World, and Vigils at the Goodman Theatre.
Chelsea Warren (Scenic Designer)
Chelsea is excited to be working on her third project with Lifeline Theatre, having designed shadow puppets for The Piano Tuner and scenery for The Dirty Cowboy. Other Chicago projects include: Infamous Commonwealth’s Betty’s Summer Vacation and The Mill’s Venus. Her International project include: designing Air/Stone, an unveiling event for an International Sculpture Park in the Outback of Southern Australia; as well as, designing the Set, Costume and Lights for Woman In the Dunes with Parisian company, Unikaji in residency in Zagreb, Croatia. Chelsea received her MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. Upcoming projects include: Urinetown at the University of Chicago, Alan Infintium at The House Theatre, and creating an original work with the new company B-Lo for The Building Stage’s Object Theatre Festival this March.
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise is a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble and most recently appeared on the MainStage in Talking it Over. 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 Angels in America, Equus and Henry V (the Hypocrites); Wintertime (Reverie) and A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Cabaret (Metropolis Theatre).
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the '08-'09 season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago; One False Note with Plasticene; Old Town, Richard III, Aristocrats, A Lie of the Mind, and Marathon '33 with Strawdog Theatre, where she is the mainstage production manager; as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake since 2004. 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.
Ian Zywica (Technical Director)
Ian moved to Chicago about a year ago after completing his M.F.A. He has really enjoyed it thus far, designing and picking up freelance work along the way.

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