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A Tale of Two Cities: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through April 13, 2014!
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
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Nicholas Bailey (Charles Darnay)
Nicholas returns to Lifeline after appearing in last season's The Woman in White. Other Chicago credits include A Soldier's Play, Bang the Drum Slowly (Raven), Dirty Blonde (BoHo), and The Maid of Orleans (Strangeloop). Regional credits include the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Arizona Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing, The Matchmaker (Indiana Festival Theatre), and The Fox on the Fairway (Old Log Theater). Film/TV credits include Scrooge & Marley, Conquest of America, and various commercials. He is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Joe Bianco (The Resurrection Man, Apr 10-13)
This is Joe’s first time working with Lifeline and he couldn’t be happier to be here. Most recently, he has appeared in Merry Wives of Windsor at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other CST credits include Timon of Athens, Othello: The Remix, and Funk It Up About Nothin’. Other Chicago credits include: Amadeus, Richard III, Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, Space Wars (Piccolo Theatre); Art, My Kinda Town, Nightmares in Paradise 4, Fight Night: The Killing (Nothing Special Productions); Cold, Cold Feet (Diamante Productions), and Fish Story (winning radio play of Deathscribe 2012). Regional credits include The Front Steps (Alley Stage). Joe graduated with a BFA in acting at Millikin University.
Melissa Engle (The Seamstress)
Melissa is thrilled to be back at Lifeline Theatre where she was last seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray and will also be seen in the upcoming production of Monstrous Regiment. Chicago credits: OOHRAH! (LiveWire/Steppenwolf); Henry V (Oak Park Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Shattered Globe); Feydeau Si Deau (Theatre Wit); Dancing at Lughnasa, The Seagull, and Book Of Days (Raven Theatre); The (W)hole Thing (Stage Left); and The Stinky Cheese Man (Griffin), as well as work with Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Shakespeare and Collaboraction. Regional credits include Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Brown County Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Melissa is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Dan Granata (Monsieur Defarge)
Dan returns to the Lifeline stage following appearances in Hunger, Mrs. Caliban, and Neverwhere. Other recent Chicago stage credits include The Master & Margarita (Strawdog), K. (The Hypocrites), The League of Awesome (Factory), and Arcadia (New Leaf, Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Supporting Actor). Dan is a contributor to the weekly live magazine The Paper Machete and a member of the Improvised Star Trek.
Chris Hainsworth (John Barsad, The Marquis St. Evremonde)
Chris has been a proud member of the Lifeline Ensemble since 2010. Acting credits at Lifeline include Talking It Over, Treasure Island, Neverwhere, The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City, The Three Musketeers, and The Killer Angels. He also adapted Elise Blackwell's Hunger for Lifeline and will be adapting Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment in Summer of 2014. Other acting credits around town include Faith Healer (Uma Productions), The Artist Needs A Wife (the side project), Scenes from the Big Picture (Seanachaí), and The Dreams in the Witch House (WildClaw Theatre). Chris is also Ensemble Emeritus at Strawdog Theatre, where he appeared in Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, Impossible Marriage, Knives in Hens, Detective Story, and Marathon '33.
Josh Hambrock (Sydney Carton)
Josh is thrilled to make his Lifeline Theatre debut with A Tale of Two Cities. Elsewhere in Chicago, he has worked with InFusion Theatre (Fight Girl Battle World, Pluto is Listening), Backstage Theatre Company (A Scent of Flowers, Memory), TimeLine Theatre (Enron), Circle Theatre (The Philadelphia Story), and The State Theatre (Moby Dick, Voodoo Chalk Circle), among others. Regional credits include seasons at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Indiana Festival Theatre.
Carolyn Klein (Madame Defarge, Feb 14-Apr 6)
Carolyn last appeared as Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten with Seanachaí Theatre Company, where she is a proud Ensemble member. Other Chicago credits: Dancing at Lughnasa, Scenes from the Big Picture (Seanachaí); King Phycus (Strange Tree Group, Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Ensemble); Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Next Theatre); Faith Healer (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble); Tooth of Crime, Spring Awakening (Strawdog Theatre); The Radiant Abyss (Profiles Theatre); Henry V, Blood Wedding (The Hypocrites); Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Theo Ubique); and The Dreams in the Witch House (Wildclaw), to name a few. She is the voice of Jenny O’Toole in Dead Man’s Hand (Xbox) and has an MFA from IU-Bloomington.
Katie McLean Hainsworth (Miss Pross)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2006, and she has appeared in many productions, including The Three Musketeers, Hunger, Neverwhere, Mariette in Ecstasy, Talking It Over, Crossing California, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (2007), Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears, Whose Body?, and Cooking with Lard. Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro won a Non-Equity Jeff Award in 2009, and she is proud to have directed Watership Down, Johnny Tremain, and The Cricket in Times Square for the Lifeline stage. Katie has performed in Chicago with Black Sheep Productions, Blindfaith, the Hypocrites, Greasy Joan, and Bailiwick Repertory, among others, since arriving in Chicago in 1993.
John Henry Roberts (The Resurrection Man, Feb 14-Apr 6)
John Henry is very pleased to return to the Lifeline stage, where he's previously appeared in Hunger, The Moonstone, and Wuthering Heights. He is a member of Strawdog Theatre Company, where his credits include Big Love, Old Times, Aristocrats (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role), Three Sisters (After Dark Award; Outstanding Ensemble), and Detective Story (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Ensemble). Other credits include The Crownless King, The Iron Stag King, and Wilson Wants It All with The House Theatre; Three Days of Rain with BackStage Theatre Company; and To the Green Fields Beyond at Writers’ Theatre (Jeff Award nomination: Ensemble). He is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Katherine Schwartz (Madame Defarge, Apr 10-13)
Katherine is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre in A Tale of Two Cities! Most recently, Katherine has performed with Seanachaí Theatre Company in In Pigeon House, Shattered Globe Theatre in Orpheus Descending, and with Factory Theater as the title character in The Gray Girl. Other credits include The Women (Circle Theatre), The Book of Liz (Chemically Imbalanced Comedy), and Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie Theatre). She has also performed with Navy Pier, Piper's Alley, and around the city in various interactive theatre projects, staged readings, and sketch shows. Katherine is a proud graduate of the Conservatory at Act One Studios and holds a B.A. in English Literature and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.
Maggie Scrantom (Lucie Manette)
Maggie is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre after appearing in The Woman in White last season. She most recently appeared in the Living Room Playmakers' Night Lights and The Runaways' Friedrich Schiller Writes The Robbers. Other Chicago credits include As You Like It and Richard II (u) (Two Pence Shakespeare), Honest/Fair (Shattered Globe), Steel Magnolias (St. Sebastian), Artist Gumbo (Dramatist Personae), The Boy in Black (Chicago Fusion), El Stories and Over My Dead Body (The Waltzing Mechanics, where she is proud member). Maggie received her B.A.with honors in English and Theatre from The University of Iowa, studied at LAMDA's Summer Shakespeare Intensive, and recently attended the Atlantic Acting School Summer Intensive.
Sean Sinitski (Doctor Manette)
Sean is pleased to be returning to Lifeline Theatre. He was member of the late Defiant Theatre, where he performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits: The Killer Angels, The Three Musketeers, The Moonstone, Neverwhere, Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lifeline); Rabbit, Fellow Travelers (Stage Left); Timon of Athens, The Madness of King George (Chicago Shakespeare); Merchant of Venice, Detective Story, Cherry Orchard (Strawdog); Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Next Theater); Henry V, Balm in Gilead (Hypocrites); Back of the Throat, Caravaggio (Silk Road); Doctor’s Dilemma (Writers Theatre); and King Lear (Lakeside Shakespeare).
Jess Berry (Understudy)
Jess is delighted to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Chicago credits include Woman in Mind directed by Steve Scott (Eclipse Theatre), PUNK ROCK directed by Jon Berry (Griffin Theatre, Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Ensemble), A Scent of Flowers (BackStage Theatre Co.), and Cut to the Chase (Artistic Home Theatre). Ms. Berry is a proud graduate of the Artistic Home Training Studio.
Luke Daigle (Understudy)
Luke is delighted to be returning to Lifeline Theatre after understudying The Killer Angels last fall. Luke was most recently seen as Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls at Remy Bumppo Theatre. Other credits include When the Rain Stops Falling (Circle Theatre, Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production ), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Big Love (Strawdog Theatre), and others. He has also worked with First Folio Theatre, BoHo, Illinois Theatre Center, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Luke received his B.F.A. in performance from the University of Idaho.
Christopher M. Walsh (Adaptor)
Christopher is a proud member of the artistic ensemble at Lifeline Theatre, where he previously adapted The City & The City and The Count of Monte Cristo. In 2012 he was a finalist in WildClaw Theatre's annual horror radio play contest, Deathscribe. He has appeared onstage at Lifeline eight times, including last year's The Three Musketeers and The Woman In White. Other recent acting credits include Street Justice: Condition Red with The Factory Theater and The Crownless King with The House Theatre of Chicago. He recently made his television debut on an episode of ABC's Betrayal, and will make his film debut later in 2014 in Kathryn Upside Down. He will return to Lifeline for the Summer 2014 production of Monstrous Regiment.
Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005. At Lifeline, she has directed The Woman in White, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction) , Arnie the Doughnut, and The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes; adapted The Velveteen Rabbit and Half Magic; coached dialects for many productions; and appeared onstage in Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Talking it Over, Strong Poison, and many others. Outside of Lifeline, she directed Seanachaí's production of Dancing at Lughnasa, dialect coached numerous shows around Chicago, and has appeared on stage at Goodman Theatre, Apple Tree, City Lit, Circle Theatre, First Folio, and Griffin Theatre, where she received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress for On the Shore of the Wide World.
Shelby Glasgow (Stage Manager)
Shelby is thrilled to be back this year with Lifeline Theatre after stage managing both Fillet of Solo and The Killer Angels in 2013. Other Chicago stage management credits include The Burden of Not Having a Tail, Maria/Stuart, Idomeneus (Sideshow Theatre Company); lady M. (the side project); and Broken Glass (Redtwist Theatre). Shelby received her BFA in Stage Management from the University of Central Florida.
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 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.
Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is excited to make her Lifeline debut. Other area credits include productions at Rivendell, BoHo, Next, TimeLine, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Redmoon, side project, Court Theatre, and Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Diane is a proud member of USA829, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an Artistic Affiliate with BoHo Theatre, an Artistic Associate of Next Theatre, and adjunct faculty at The School of the Art Institute.
Jesse Gaffney (Properties Designer)
Jesse has been working in the Chicago area for over four years and is excited to be back at Lifeline after working on Hunger; Pride and Prejudice; The City & The City; and Click, Clack, BOO. Elsewhere in the Chicago area she has worked with Silk Road Rising (Resident Designer), Immediate Family, 16th Street (Artistic Associate), Congo Square, Chicago Children's Theatre, Remy Bumppo and Victory Gardens among others. Outside of Chicago Jesse worked for Allenberry Playhouse (PA), The Arrow Rock Lyceum (MO), Peninsula Players (WI), and Notre Dame Shakespeare (IN).
Andrew Hansen (Original Music & Sound Design)
Andy returns to Lifeline where he previously collaborated on Hunger, Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Andy is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre where recent productions include The Normal Heart, To Master The Art, and 33 Variations. He works regularly with Writers Theatre, American Players Theatre, and the annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreographer)
Matt is a Chicago-based director, actor, and fight choreographer. He has worked with South Coast Rep, The Kennedy Center, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Royal Shakespeare Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakes, Lookingglass, Court, Redmoon, Writers', Steep, Neo-Futurists, Side Project, Pine Box, and The Hypocrites. He is an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Loyola and Northwestern Universities, and has taught at Act One Studios, University of Chicago, Roosevelt, and the University of Iowa. He is a Founding Member of The House Theatre of Chicago, an Artistic Associate with Strawdog Theatre, and the recipient of five Jeff Awards. Hawkins holds a BFA in Acting from SMU and an MFA in Directing from The University of Iowa. He is married to Stacy Stoltz.
Elsa Hiltner (Costume Designer)
Elsa is delighted to work on A Tale of Two Cities. Among her favorite Chicago credits are Paulus, Night Over Erzinga (Silk Road Rising); This is War, Aftermath (Signal Ensemble Theatre); Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, Jon, 1001 (Collaboraction); El Grito del Bronx (Goodman / Collaboraction / Teatro Vista); Driving Miss Daisy, Jeeves Takes a Bow, Twelfth Night (First Folio Theatre). Regional credits include Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee), Balagan Theatre (Seattle), Book It Repertory Theatre (Seattle). Elsa is a Company Member of Collaboraction and Signal Ensemble Theatre, and is an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre.
Joe Schermoly (Scenic Designer & 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.
Kristen P. Ahern (Assistant Costume Designer)
Kristen is excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time and assisting Elsa again. Some of Kristen's favorite Chicago credits include designing Floyd Collins at Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and Taming of the Shrew at Muse of Fire. She is also the shop manager at Dominican University, where she has designed costumes for The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, and many others. Kristen is the current Artistic Director of Strange Bedfellows Theatre, where she has designed and co-produced productions since the company's founding.
Spencer Ryan Diedrick (Assistant Director)
Spencer is overjoyed to work with Lifeline Theatre again, having interned here this past summer. Prior to that, he served as artistic intern under Nick Sandys and provided the lobby display for Remy Bumppo’s Creditors, as well as assistant directing for Nick Bowling in TimeLine’s My Kind of Town. Other favorite credits include The Sentinels; July 7, 1994; and The Shipment (Columbia College Chicago); Honor (Abbey Fest XXIV); and the feast: an intimate Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Redmoon Theater). Spencer is also a proud affiliate of the Back Room Shakespeare Project (Much Ado about Nothing).
Autumn McConnico (Assistant Stage Manager)
Autumn is proud to work again with Lifeline and Shelby after assistant stage managing The Killer Angels. She is a Lifeline storyteller and past intern, and holds a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Chicago, where she co-curated the quarterly Theater[24] festival. Previously, she has worked as a playwright, director, sound designer, and teaching artist.

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