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Treasure Island: Cast & Crew
Sep 11 – Nov 1, 2009

Patrick Blashill (Dr. Livesey)
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. He is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Treasure Island and working with such a terrific cast and crew. Other favorite Lifeline roles include Ferdinand the bull in The Story of Ferdinand; 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; Edgar Drake in The Piano Tuner (After Dark Award: Outstanding Performance); Victor in Lizard Music; Hugh Thane in The Talisman Ring (2005); Tom in Pistols for Two (Jeff Nomination: Ensemble); and Bunter in Strong Poison (Jeff Nomination: Ensemble). He is especially proud to have acted in all three productions 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 Reverie Theatre (Emma- Mr Knightley), Victory Gardens (The God of Isaac- Isaac), and Stage Left (The Wonder- Don Felix). Patrick is a graduate of the American academy of Dramatic Arts.
John Ferrick (Squire Trelawney, Blind Pew, Dirk O'Brien)
John returns for his 8th appearance on the Lifeline stage where he previously appeared in Flight of the Dodo, 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 production of Red Noses, directed by Matt Hawkins of The House. Some other theatres John has performed with include: Goodman, Court, Eclipse, Famous Door, About Face, National Jewish, and Roadworks.
Eduardo Garcia (Black Dog, Dick Johnson, Abraham Gray: Sep. 11 - Oct. 8)
Eduardo is delighted to be back in Chicago and returning to Lifeline Theatre. He was last seen touring the country in the Educational Theatre Inc.'s production of Rumplestiltskin. He was also seen in The Mark of Zorro at Lifeline. Eddie is a graduate of the U of I in Urbana/Champaign and holds a BFA in Acting.
Chris Hainsworth (Captain Flint, Isreal Hands, Nathan)
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.
John Luzar (Black Dog, Dick Johnson, Abraham Gray: Oct. 9 - Nov. 1)
John is glad to be back with Lifeline, having appeared as Sergeant Gonzalez in the remount of The Mark of Zorro at Theatre Building Chicago. Favorites include Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats (Factory Theater), Fatboy (A Red Orchid), Men of Steel (Theatre Wit), The Lion in Winter (TimeLine), and Marathon '33 (Strawdog), as well as work with The New York International Fringe Festival, Steep, Metropolis, Blindfaith, Boxer Rebellion, Seanachaí, Adventure Stage Chicago, Chicago Jewish Theatre, The Bailiwick and Disposable Theatre.
Robert McLean (Captain Smollett, Harry)
Robert is happy to be back on the Lifeline stage, having previously appeared in The Killer Angels (Gen. George Pickett), Around the World in 80 Days (Det. Fix), Pistols for Two (Stavely/Bernard) and The Two Towers and The Return of the King (Aragorn). Rob is a company member with The Hypocrites where he has been seen in The Hairy Ape (Long), The Three Penny Opera (Tiger Brown), Mud (Henry), Death of a Salesman (Biff Loman), The Glass Menagerie (Tom Wingfield), Balm in Gilead (Fick) and Rhinoceros (Berenger), to name some favorites. Elsewhere around town Rob has worked with Strawdog Theatre (Red Noses), Eclipse Theatre (Spinning Into Butter), City Lit (Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest), Theatre Wit (Men of Steel, Feydeau Si Deau), as well as understudy stints with Writers Theatre and Steppenwolf.
C. Sean Piereman (Job Anderson, Tom Morgan, Captain Jacobs)
C. Sean is making his first appearance in a Lifeline production. His Chicago credits include Doubt and Les Liaisons Dangereuses at RedTwist Theatre; Anna is Saved for StageLeftís Leapfest; The Ruling Class for Backstage Theatre; Dinner with Friends for Oil Lamp Theatre; Death & the Kingís Horsemen for Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble; and Abelard & Heloise for Lincoln Square Theatre. C.Sean has a BFA in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, has studied at BADA in Oxford, and has trained locally with The Artistic Home, Second City, and Actorís Gymnasium.
Sean Sinitski (Long John Silver, Mr. Hawkins)
Sean is pleased to be returning to Lifeline after last yearís The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was a member of Defiant and performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits include: Another Day in the Empire (Black Sheep); Back of the Throat (Silk Road); The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story (Strawdog); Winters Tale (Chicago Shakespeare); The Doctorís Dilemma (Writers Theatre); Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Next Theater); Henry V, Balm in Gilead (Hypocrites); Fellow Travelers (Stage Left); The Living (Famous Door).
Ezekiel Sulkes (Lord High Commissioner, John Hunter, Ben Gunn)
Zeke is thrilled to return to Lifeline where his previous credits include The Dirty Cowboy and Snowflake Timís Big Holiday Adventure. Other Chicago credits include Rose and the Rime (House), Scenes from the Big Picture (SeanachaÍ), and Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre). Zeke is a Barrel of Monkeys ensemble member and plays rock guitar for children in his spare time.
Christopher M. Walsh (Billy Bones, Tom Redruth, George Merry)
Chris is thrilled to be in his third show with Lifeline Theatre after previously appearing in Busman's Honeymoon and 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.
Warren Weber (Jim Hawkins)
Warren is making his first Lifeline appearance. He has previously appeared as an Orphan in Oliver! at Marriot Lincolnshire, and as Oliver in Oliver! at The Devonshire Playhouse, where he also played Colin in The Secret Garden. He has studied for several years at Piven Theatre Workshop, which he loves. He is now a freshman at Evanston Township High School.
Mike Ooi (Understudy)
Mike returns to Lifeline after last appearing in The Mark of Zorro. Recent roles include Turner (Mop Top Festival, Factory Theatre), Warden Smith (The Three Penny Opera, The Hypocrites at Steppenwolf Garage), Mel Dank (Old Town, Strawdog Theatre), and Batinda (Curse of the Crying Heart, House Theatre of Chicago). Mike has also worked as a stage manager and in other aspects for The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites, and Lifeline Theatre. Mike can also be seen in the upcoming KidSeries production of The Last of the Dragons here at Lifeline.
Paul S. Holmquist (Understudy)
Paul has appeared on the Lifeline stage in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Strong Poison and The Talisman Ring (2005); and directed The Island of Dr. Moreau and Busman's Honeymoon. He is a Lifeline Ensemble member and also an artistic associate of the Griffin Theatre where he last acted in Journey's End and directed The Constant Wife and The Robber Bridegroom. Around town, he's worked with Timeline, Shattered Globe, and Caffeine Theatre, where he recently directed Under Milk Wood. He will direct Neverwhere for Lifeline's MainStage this Spring.
John Hildreth (Adaptor)
John has been an artistic ensemble member at Lifeline since 1999. His previous adaptations have been Catís Cradle, Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award: New Adaptation), The Shadow, The Sirens of Titan, and Johnny Tremain (Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award: New Adaptation). He also directed Scary Home Companion, The Shadow, and Crossing California for the MainStage, and Rumpelstiltskin Revisited and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (2009) for the KidSeries, and performed in the KidSeries productions of Bunnicula (2004) and Snowflake Timís Big Holiday Adventure (2004).
Robert Kauzlaric (Director)
Robert is a member of Lifelineís artistic ensemble and is thrilled to direct his first production on this stage. At Lifeline, Robert has adaptated The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Jeff Nomination: New Adaptation) for the MainStage; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and Flight of the Dodo for the KidSeries; and is currently at work on his upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. As an actor, Robert has appeared in eleven productions at Lifeline, including The Return of the King, Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble), The Killer Angels, Strong Poison (Jeff Nomination: Ensemble), The Talisman Ring (2005), A Room with a View, and The Mark of Zorro (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production).
Erica Foster (Stage Manager)
Erica has stage managed numerous productions at Lifeline including The Mark of Zorro, Catís Cradle, The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, Johnny Tremain, The Talisman Ring (2005) and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Erica has also been Lifeline's Operations Manager for the past four seasons.
Geoff Coates (Fight Director)
Geoff Coates is thrilled to return to the Lifeline stage. As a freelance Fight Director with over 40 productions and 19 years of experience designing for Chicago theatre, he is the recipient of three Joeseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography, most recently for Lifelineís 2008 smash hit The Mark of Zorro. Geoff strives to explore the causality of conflict, and express it through dynamic and realistic physical action, cunning and inventive spectacle, and a desire to entertain and educate.
Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Alan is a Lifeline ensemble member and has designed numerous productions for MainStage and KidSeries. His scenic design for last season's Mariette in Ecstasy received a Non-Equity Jeff Award. Recent work includes Little Brother for Griffin Theatre and The Grapes of Wrath for Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. This fall he will design Dooby Dooby Moo for Lifeline's KidSeries before going to City Lit Theatre to design The Wind in the Willows. And after another outside design for Remy Bumppo's Dangerous Liaisons, Alan returns to Lifeline this spring to design Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)
Kevinís work has appeared on many Chicago stages, including Lifeline Theatre, where he won the Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of The Island of Doctor Moreau and Jane Eyre, the After Dark Award for his design of Strong Poison, and where he has been an ensemble member and resident lighting designer since 2001. Kevin was the theatrical lighting designer on the feature film, Were the World Mine released last fall. His work has also appeared in numerous productions at the Bailiwick, Organic, Porchlight, OperaModa, Blindfaith, Theatre on the Lake, Metropolis, StoreFront, Loyola University Chicago, Revels Chicago, Midwest Jewish, Taylor University and at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival theatres. Kevin is the Lighting and Scenic design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and he has taught Lighting Design and Technology courses previously at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Andy Hansen (Original Music & Sound Design)
Andy returns to Lifeline Theatre where he previously composed the score for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Andy is an Associate Artist with TimeLine Theatre where recent credits include The History Boys and Not Enough Air. Upcoming projects include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead at Writer's Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman, and Around the World in 80 Days at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
Branimira Ivanova (Costume Designer)
Branimira is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (MFA in Costume Design) and the International Academy of Design and Technology (BFA in Fashion Design). She is thrilled to be back at Lifeline Theatre and part of Treasure Island after designing costumes for Mariette In Ecstasy, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, and Talking it Over. Her recent work includes Little Brother at the Griffin Theatre, Of Mice and Men at Steppenwolf for Young Adults, and Talk Radio at Gift Theatre. Other Chicago companies she has worked with include City Lit, Emerald City, Pegasus Players, Infamous Commonwealth, Bailiwick Repertory, and Black Sheep Productions; as well as dance companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, Breakbone Dance Company and Thodos Dance Company. Out of state, she has worked with Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) and Miniature Theatre of Chester (MA). Internationally, she has worked with the National Portuguese Ballet and Introdans, Nl. Branimira is a recipient of Certificate for Excellence in Theatre Design by USITT in 2007. Her work was part of the United States National Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial World Stage Expo in Prague 2007.
David Rende (Prosthetics & Special Effects Artist)
David has worked as a special effects makeup artist and prop technician in film, theatre, television and commercial spots, and print. A Chicagoland native, David trained in effects in Orlando and Miami.
Amber Bel'cher (Dramaturg)
Amber is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre. Other recent projects include Aristocrats, Richard III and R.U.R. with Strawdog Theatre Company, Resort 76 with Infamous Commonwealth, I Do! I Do! (research support and newsletter) at American Theatre Company, and The Adding Machine: A Musical (Assistant Dramaturg) at Next Theatre Company. In addition, Amber contributes to Chicago-area theatre as an administrator. She works at Writersí Theatre as their Development Manager and previously at Next Theatre Company as the Audience and Donor Services Manager. A native of Texas, she holds a BA in Theatre from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Elizabeth A. Klein (Makeup & Hair Artist)
After receiving her BA in Theater from the University of Northern Colorado (where she studied Costume Design), Elizabeth relocated to Chicago to attend beauty school at Pivot Point International Academy. Now after working for a few years in the salon world, she is very excited to make her return to the theater community with Treasure Island!
Nathan Rohrer (Costume Assistant)
Nathan is very happy to be working with his new friends at Lifeline Theatre and assisting his old friend Branimira on the costume design for Treasure Island. Nathan has designed numerous works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicagoís second company, as well as River North Chicago Dance, Deeply Rooted Dance Chicago, and Thodos Dance Chicago. He has also designed for Emerald City Theatre, Mythic Proportions Theatre, and Lincoln Square Theatre. Most recently, his critically reviewed costume designs for The New Colonyís Tupperware: An American Musical Fable received praise from some of Chicagoís most renowned critics. Concurrent productions include City Lit Theatreís adaptation of The Thin Man, and Emerald City Theatreís If You Take A Mouse to School. Nathan received his B.A. in Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2006.
Phil Timberlake (Dialect/Vocal Coach)
Phil appeared on the Lifeline stage in Busman's Honeymoon, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Queen Lucia (Jeff Nomination: Best Supporting Actor - Musical) and The Two Towers. He also coached dialects for Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, A Room With a View and Talking It Over. Phil has also coached dialects at the Goodman, Stage Left, Signal Ensemble, and New World Repertory. Phil vocal coached Cabaret of Desire for Blair Thomas & Co., as well as many productions at First Folio Theatre. He is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at the Theatre School, DePaul University.
Jessica Wright (Co-Properties Designer & Sound Board Operator)
Jessica is delighted to return to Lifeline, where she previously stage managed Flight of the Dodo, and was the sound board operator for The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mariette in Ecstacy, and Busman's Honeymoon. Locally, she has been an actor (Curious Theatre Branch's Madelyn Dangles the Noose), a dramaturg (Lookingglass Theatre's Our Future Metropolis), a playwright (Point of Contention's Chaos 2009 Festival), and a director (Owl Theater's A New Nation). She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2008, where she received the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for her full-length play Under Ground.
Ian Zywica (Technical Director)
Ian works throughout Chicago as a freelance Scenic Designer and Technical Director. While being the staff Technical Director at Lifeline Theatre, he has also recently designed and built, The Robber Bridegroom (Griffin Theatre), Once On This Island (Porchlight Music Theatre), and The Last Barbecue (16th Street Theatre). He is currently in the midst of designing The Fantasticks (Porchlight Music Theatre), The Taming Of The Shrew (Provision Theater), and Bleacher Bums (Triton College).
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be kicking off her fourth season with Lifeline after working on such productions as The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Mark of Zorro. Previous production management positions include the last three seasons at Strawdog Theatre, Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago, and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the Production Manager and General Manager at Strawdog Theatre, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake since 2004.

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