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Lyle Finds His Mother: Cast & Crew
March 22 – April 27, 2014 (No performances April 20)
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
 
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Linsey Falls (Mr. Primm, Hector P. Valenti, Zach)
Linsey is thrilled to pieces to be making his debut with Lifeline Theatre. His past work includes Chicago productions such as Factory Theaterís Namosaur (TigerAss/Cohort Doctor); Prop Thtrís Slaughter City (Sausage Man), Drumming in the Night (Glub), and Debris of the Prophet (Athiest Gunman); Akvavit Theatreís A Summerís Day (Man); CityLit Theatreís The Sign of the Four (Abdullah Kahn/Jameson) and Frankenstein (Karl, Constable, Judge); and Adventure Stages Chicagoís Ghosts of Treasure Island (Tom Morgan). This Summer Linsey can be seen around Chicago with his 2-Man comedy team of time-traveling vaudevillians, The Gentlemen Follies.
Anthony Kayer (Lyle)
Anthony is excited to be back at Lifeline where he was seen as Huckster/Preen/Dad in The Emperor's New Threads and Mr. Bing in Arnie the Doughnut. Other Chicago credits include: SITA RAM (Chicago Childrenís Choir), Iphigenia 2.0 (Next Theatre), The March (Steppenwolf), and Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakespeare). Anthony is an alumnus of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a proud ensemble member of The Inappropriate Theatre Company.
Deanna Myers (Mrs. Buncher, Rose, Lyle's Mother)
Deanna is super excited to be a part of Lifeline's season again! Last year, she was seen in The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost as Auntie Hick/Widow Mole and The Three Musketeers as Constance. Other Chicago credits include 4000 Miles (Steppenwolf: First Look), The Golden Dragon (Sideshow Theatre), El Stories (The Waltzing Mechanics), as well as work with Pavement Group, Redmoon Theatre, the Inconvenience, Plasticene, and Paola Coletto. Deanna is also a proud member of Catharsis Productions, Barrel of Monkeys, Stir-Friday Night, and Paonessa Talent Agency.
Erin O'Shea (Mrs. Primm, Cotton Candy Lady, Theresa)
This is Erin's first performance with Lifeline, and she is thrilled to be a part of Lyle Finds His Mother! She has worked with Griffin Theatre (Stage Door, No More Dead Dogs, The Stinky Cheese Man), Black Ensemble Theatre (The Other Cinderella, From Doo Wop to Hip Hop), Evanston Light Opera Works (The Student Prince), and Redtwist, among others. Erin is also a founding member of Awkward Pause Theatre where she has appeared as Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Janet in Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show; and Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors.
Brian Tochterman Jr. (Joshua)
Brian is delighted to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut as the precocious Joshua in Lyle Finds His Mother. He was recently seen in LiveWire Theatreís short play festival, VisionFest 5. Brian was also very active on stage during his four years at Loyola University Chicago, where he was featured in productions of Urinetown, Measure for Measure, Into the Woods, and many more. He graduated from Loyola last May with a BA in theatre.
Chris Ballou (Understudy)
Chris is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline Theatre after appearing in Pride and Prejudice. Chris is currently touring Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar throughout the Chicago area with A Crew of Patches Theatre. Other Chicago credits include: Amadeus, Veronica's Room and Tartuffe (BoHo); Twelfth Night, Amadeus, Henry IV (parts I & II), Henry V, Beyond the Fringe, and Seascape (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Regional: King Lear (Stonetown Theatre), Les Miserables and Alice in Wonderland (Mt. Baker Theatre). Film: The Mountain Runners. Chris studied Shakespeare performance through BADA at Oxford University and theatre at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Chris will next appear in Monstrous Regiment at Lifeline.
Jessica Wright Buha (Adaptor)
Jessica is excited to make her Lifeline playwriting debut! Locally, her writings have been performed by Filament Theatre Ensemble (Moon Rhymes), WildClaw Theatre (Alabama Mermaid, winner: Deathscribe 2011), and the Whiskey Rebellion (Wake: A Folk Opera, Kodachrome Telephone). She is a proud member of the Lifeline Storytelling Project, a group of Lifeline-affiliated artists performing monthly at the Red Line Tap. Upcoming writing projects include War Song, to be performed by the Plagiarists in March 2014, and an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, to be performed by the Whiskey Rebellion in June 2014.
Michael James Brooks (Composer, Lyricist, Sound Designer)
Michael is incredibly grateful to return to Lifeline Theatre after having previously designed sound for The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Regionally, his credits have included the original score for the ethnographic play Seven Passages, as well as design for The Tempest, Elizabeth Rex, and Sense and Sensibility. He has received a Kennedy Center Achievement Award for his score of the US Premiere of Disciples, written by former Hungarian National Playwright Andras Visky. Michael also writes and performs with Chicago piano-rock band, Common Shiner.
Dorothy Milne (Director)
Dorothy has directed over twenty productions at Lifeline, receiving a Non-Equity Jeff Award (Direction) for Around the World in 80 Days and Non-Equity Jeff nominations (Direction) for Pistols for Two, Jane Eyre (for which she also received an After Dark Award), Strong Poison, and Gaudy Night. Outside of Lifeline, she recently directed Little Brother, Stardust, and No More Dead Dogs for Griffin Theatre. Previously, she received an Equity Jeff Nomination for her direction of Eleemosynary at Interplay Theatre Company. Dorothy also writes and performs with Sweat Girls, leads The Lifeline Storytelling Project, and co-curates The Fillet of Solo Festival.
Katie Messmore (Stage Manager)
Katie is thrilled to return to Lifeline, where she last stage managed The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost and The Three Musketeers. Her past stage management credits in Chicago include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre) and the 2014 Fillet of Solo Festival. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on are Bernarda Alba (diected by Kimberly Senior) and Equus (directed by Cody Estle). Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management from Columbia College Chicago.
Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Alan is pleased to return to the world of Lyle, having previously designed the Lifeline production of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile a few years back. Previous to this show, he designed lighting for Lifeline's revival of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, and in December, Remy Bumppo Theatre mounted his scenic design for An Inspector Calls. Alan is an ensemble member of Lifeline, where his designs for The Little Sister, Jane Eyre (2001), Around the World in 80 Days, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Neverwhere received Non-Equity Jeff Awards. For Lifeline, he has also adapted Donald E. Westlakeís Trust Me on This and Adam Langerís Crossing California for the MainStage and Daniel Pinkwaterís Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelliís Sophie Masterpiece: A Spiderís Tale for the KidSeries. Come late March, his scenic design for Cheaper by the Dozen will come to life at Fox Valley Repertory Theatre and in April he creates the environs of Avenue Q at the Mercury Theater.
Erin Gallagher (Costume Designer)
Erin is thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre design debut. Her recent Chicago area design credits include: Maskarade (Vox3 Collective); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Piccolo Theatre); Rites & Sacrifices, Enchanted April, and Lonesome Hollow (Idle Muse); The Big Night and Count Me In (Evanston Dance Ensemble); and Unsung Stars (Moving Dock Theatre). Erin also designs and constructs her own line of upcycled handbags, jewelry and wearable art pieces under the name of Erin Rose Design.
Danny Osburn (Lighting Designer)
Danny Osburn is a Chicago-based lighting designer and electrician. He is honored to be making his design debut at Lifeline. Recent design credits include My Son Pinocchio Jr. (Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School), Good Thing (The Poor Theatre), Teeny Travel Takes a Trip (Coriolis Theatre Company), and The Testing Fields (Gorilla Tango). On the technical side of lighting, Danny is the Master Electrician here at Lifeline. Each summer he also serves as the Assistant ME for Northwestern University's Cherubs program. Other ME credits include How to Succeed... (Porchlight Music Theatre), The Pride (About Face Theatre), and Spoon River (Provision Theatre).
Joe Schermoly (Technical Director)
Joe is a set designer, technical director and a company member with Griffin Theatre. His design work has been seen at Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City), Griffin Theatre (Spelling Bee, Flare Path, Punk Rock, No More Dead Dogs, Port, Constant Wife), Theatre Wit (Completeness), Seanachaí (The Seafarer), Strawdog Theatre (Duchess of Malfi, Master and Margarita, Richard III), Sideshow Theatre (Idomeneus, The Ugly One), Eclipse (Beyond the Horizon, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek) and more. He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush and Gate theatres among others. Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and has received two After Dark Awards and two Jeff Nominations.
Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager)
Prior to coming to Chicago, Ben served as the Production Safety Coordinator with The Santa Fe Opera and as Art Director for several television series with networks like Discovery, PBS, MTV and VH1. In Chicago, Ben has served, among other things, as Production Manager for Pine Box Theater and WildClaw Theatre; as Technical Director for Haven Theatre and The Strange Tree Group; and as the Scene Shop Foreman at Goodman Theatre. In addition to his work with Lifeline, Ben is also a Company Member and the Production Manager for Sideshow Theatre Company and the Assistant Technical Director for Lookingglass Theatre Company.


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