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One Came Home: Cast & Crew
February 13 – April 5, 2015
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
 
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Patrick Blashill Patrick Blashill (Sheriff, Mr. Garrow)
Patrick has been an Ensemble Member with Lifeline since 1996. Favorite Lifeline productions include Neverwhere, The Piano Tuner (After Dark Award: Outstanding Performance), Lizard Music, The Talisman Ring, Pistols for Two (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Ensemble), The Story of Ferdinand, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death (remounted for Chicago Theatre on the Air with guest star Brent Spiner), and Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Ensemble). He is especially proud to have acted in all three of Lifeline's Lord of the Rings trilogy, spanning The Fellowship of the Ring (Bilbo Baggins), The Two Towers (Frodo Baggins), and The Return of the King (Frodo Baggins). Other Chicago credits include Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eclipse), The Sea (Theatre Mir), A Number (Backstage), Eurydice (Filament), Journey's End (Griffin), and Emma (Reverie).
Heather Currie Heather Currie (Ma, Mrs. Garrow)
Heather is a proud Lifeline Ensemble Member, where she was most recently seen as Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre. Other Lifeline Theatre credits include: Click Clack BOO! A Tricky Treat; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Dooby Dooby Moo; Duck for President (the premiere in 2008 and the 2012 revival); and How To Survive a Fairytale. Last summer, Heather was The Wicked Witch in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater. Heather holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently teaches in the department of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago as well as the Motion Picture and Television department at College of DuPage. Heather can also be heard singing many Saturday nights in The Nitz and Howe Experience at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret.
Ashley Darger Ashley Darger (Georgie)
Ashley is thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut! Recent Chicago credits include: The Children's Hour (Pride Films and Plays) and Number the Stars (GreatWorks Theatre Company.) Ashley is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and the iO Improv Training Program and frequently performs in sketch comedy and improv throughout the city. She received her BFA in Theatre from Stephens College.
Dan Granata Dan Granata (Olmstead)
Dan is pleased to return to Lifeline, where he previously appeared in A Tale of Two Cities, Hunger, Mrs. Caliban, and Neverwhere. Elsewhere in Chicago, his work includes The Master & Margarita (Strawdog), K. (The Hypocrites), The League of Awesome (Factory), and Arcadia (New Leaf, for which he was Jeff-nominated for Supporting Actor as Bernard Nightingale). Dan served as producer for Forks & Hope Troupe’s The Hunting of the Snark at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as the continuing voyages of the USS Sisyphus with The Improvised Star Trek.
Jeff Kurysz Jeff Kurysz (Billy)
Jeff is very excited to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut. Other Chicago credits include: Wilhelm Grimm in Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical (Emerald City Theatre); Venticello 1 in Amadeus (Boho Theatre); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista); Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (The Arc Theatre); Chris Keller in All My Sons (Eclectic Theatre); John in Dark of the Moon (New American Folk Theatre); Richmond in Richard III (Wayward Productions); Fortinbras in Red Hamlet (Red Theater Chicago, Company Member) He was also seen in a recurring role on NBC’s Crisis and is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Amanda Jane Long Amanda Jane Long (Agatha)
Amanda is very pleased to appear in her first production with Lifeline Theatre. Chicago credits include: Amadeus, Veronica’s Room (BoHo Theater); Macbeth and The Bear (Organic Theater Company). Favorite regional credits include many of Shakespeare’s finest women with Bag&Baggage Productions (Oregon) and Stellaluna with Tears of Joy at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta). Amanda trained at Northern Illinois University (MFA Acting), Southern Oregon University (BFA Acting), and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is the Director of Programs and Marketing at Stage 773 and a Company Member/Marketing Director at the Organic Theater Company.
Errol McLendon Errol McLendon (Grandfather Bolte)
Errol is so grateful to finally have the opportunity to work with Lifeline Theatre. Other Chicago credits include: Just So Stories, Hunting of the Snark (Stawdog Theatre); Endgame, Enemy of the People (Red Tape Theatre); All Rise (Walkabout Theatre); Point Break Live (New Rock Theatre). Regional credits include: Of Mice and Men, All My Sons (Dallas Theatre Center). International credits include: Hunting of the Snark (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Miriam Reuter Miriam Reuter (Polly, Martha)
Miriam makes her Lifeline debut. Other Chicago credits include: Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Tom Jones (Northlight Theatre), 50 Shades of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre), and Gambit (Artemisia). Regional credits include Henry V and The Recruiting Officer with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Miriam received her BFA in acting from Webster University, and is a founding member of (re)discover theatre.
Emily Goldberg Emily Goldberg (Understudy)
Emily is incredibly grateful to make her debut with Lifeline Theatre on this beautiful show. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Recent performance credits include Sisters of Swing at Fox Valley Repertory, Evita at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Alice in Wonderland at The Marriott Theatre, and Oliver at Light Opera Works. Up next, she will be performing in City of Angels at Porchlight Music Theatre.
Rachael Hancz Rachael Hancz (Understudy)
Rachael is thrilled to join Lifeline Theatre as they bring Amy Timberlake's story to the stage. Previous Chicago credits include: Dylan (Red Theater Chicago) and The Woman in Black (First Folio Theatre). Regional credits include: Alladin and Robin Hood (Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre); and The Goodbye Girl, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aesop’s Fables, and House at Pooh Corner (Tibbits Summer Theater). Rachael received her BA in Theatre Performance from North Central College in 2012. She is a proud SAG-AFTRA member and Equity Membership Candidate represented by Ambassador Talent.
Jay Mast Jay Mast (Understudy)
Jay is ecstatic to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time! Most recently, Jay has been seen on stage with Emerald City in Hansel and Gretel, and Charlotte's Web at the Broadway Playhouse. These young audiences were the best welcome to Chicago since he moved here last year. When not on stage, Jay can be found in the kitchen cooking delicious food, rocking out to Franz Liszt on the piano, or getting lost while running.
Ben Muller Ben Muller (Understudy)
Ben is extraordinarily pleased to be working for the first time with Lifeline. Other Chicago credits include: Mr. Knightley in Emma (Dead Writers Theatre Collective); Jane/Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Piccolo Theatre), and as one half of the clown duo Bubble and Trubble at Evanston’s Custer Street Fair. Ben is an ensemble member at both Piccolo Theatre and the Dead Writers Theatre Collecteve, and also holds a BFA in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Jessica Wright Buha Jessica Wright Buha (Adaptor)
Jessica is excited to collaborate with Lifeline once more, having previously adapted Lyle Finds His Mother for the company. Locally, her writings have been performed by the Goodman Theatre (The Things Above, New Play Bake-Off 2014), Filament Theatre Ensemble (Moon Rhymes), WildClaw Theatre (Alabama Mermaid, winner, Deathscribe 2011), the Plagiarists (War Song), and the Whiskey Rebellion (Wake: A Folk Opera, Kodachrome Telephone). Upcoming writing projects include an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and the Solitary Bicyclist, to be performed by Filament Theatre Ensemble in July 2015, and an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, to be performed by the Plagiarists in Spring 2016.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise has worked with Lifeline since 1998 and has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005. At Lifeline, she has directed A Tale of Two Cities, 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 Irish Theatre of Chicago'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.
Sarah Hoeferlin (Stage Manager)
Sarah is absolutely thrilled to be working at Lifeline for the first time. Other Chicago stage management credits include: Great Expectations and Miss Marx: or the Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre); The Nutcracker, Ploughed Under: An American Songbook, and Iron Stag King: Part One (House Theatre); Death and Harry Houdini (ASM, House Theatre); How Long Will I Cry? (ASM, Steppenwolf for Young Adults); and Hit the Wall (ASM, The Inconvenience).
Aly Renee Amidei Aly Renee Amidei (Costume Designer)
Aly is a proud member of Lifeline Theatre, where she has previously designed costumes for The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Woman in White, and Watership Down. She is also the artistic director of WildClaw Theatre and an ensemble member at Strawdog. Her costume and makeup designs have been seen at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Irish Theater of Chicago, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, Stage Left, Artistic Home, House Theater, Piven Workshop, and Vitalist Theater. She works as the costume and makeup coordinator for the College of DuPage theater and dance department.
Alan Donahue Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Alan has designed numerous Lifeline shows over the last twenty-plus years. He most recently designed scenery for Lyle Finds His Mother and lighting for the 2014 revival of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! at Lifeline. Away from Lifeline, he provided designs for the Silver Dollar City Wild West Show in Branson and Avenue Q at the Mercury Theatre Chicago. He has also adapted Donald E. Westlake’s Trust Me on This and Adam Langer’s Crossing California for the Lifeline MainStage and Daniel Pinkwater’s Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelli’s Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale for the KidSeries. Come May, he creates the environs for Soon I Will Be Invincible.
Diane D. Fairchild Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline again this season. Past designs at Lifeline include the Non-Equity Jeff Award-winning A Tale of Two Cities and this fall’s The Velveteen Rabbit. Design credits include productions at Rivendell, Next, Boho, Raven, Babes with Blades, TimeLine, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Redmoon, Court Theatre, INTIMAN, Trinity Rep, Wheaton College and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of USA829, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an Artistic Affiliate with BoHo Theatre, and part-time faculty at The School of the Art Institute Chicago.
Amanda Link Amanda Link (Dramaturg & Assistant Director)
Amanda joined the Lifeline Ensemble in 2013. She directed The Velveteen Rabbit (2014) and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (2014) and has appeared in Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat; Duck For President (2008 and 2012); How To Survive A Fairy Tale; Dooby Dooby Moo; Half Magic; the extension of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (2009); and many performances with the Lifeline Storytelling Project. She also choreographed and assistant directed The Emperor's New Threads, assistant directed and did movement design for The City & The City, and assistant directed Pride and Prejudice. Other credits include work with Factory Theater, Griffin Theatre, and The Mill.
R & D Choreography R & D Choreography (Violence Designers)
R&D Choreography is over the moon to be working with Lifeline Theatre once again! Some of our favorite Lifeline projects include Neverwhere, Watership Down, and The Count of Monte Cristo. R&D was founded in 1997 by David Bareford and Richard Gilbert. In 2011, we were joined by Victor Bayona. We have designed violence for over three hundred productions at dozens of Chicago area theatres, including About Face, ATC, Bailiwick, Circle, First Folio, Griffin, National Pastimes, Oak Park Festival Theater, Pegasus, Piven, Profiles, Strawdog, Theatre at the Center, Theo Ubique, Trapdoor, and Vitalist.
Kate Reed Kate Reed (Assistant Stage Manager)
Kate is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre again after serving as assistant stage manager for Jane Eyre and Monstrous Regiment. Her previous stage management credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Bye Bye Birdie, and Amadeus (Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center); The Xylophone West (Fine Print Theatre Co.); Much Ado About Nothing (Lovers and Madmen); and The God of Hell (Spectrum Theatre Company). She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.
John Szymanski John Szymanski (Original Music & Sound Designer, Music Director)
John is very happy to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut. Recent Chicago credits include music and sound for Pseudo-Chum (The Neo-Futurists), Alice (Upended Productions), Tollbooth (First Floor Theatre), Ulysses 101 and The Whiskey Radio Hour (The Whiskey Rebellion). He is an Artistic Associate with The Neo-Futurists, and is active throughout the Chicago area and beyond as a musician, composer, audio engineer and producer.

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