Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The US Premiere Of

This Is War

By Hannah Moscovitch

Directed By Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra

August 22 - September 28, 2013

"So visceral it makes you want to claw through your own skin" - Chicago Sun Times Media


"★ ★ ★" - Chris Jones / Chicago Tribune


"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...The sustained intensity of this production exerts its hold long after you've left the theater" - Chicago Sun Times


"HIGHLY RECOMENDED...Riveting...Explosive Production" - Chicago Reader


"RECOMMENDED...This is non-Equity ensemble work at some of its finest" - Time Out Chicago

About The Show

It is 2008. Canadian Forces are holding Panjwaii, the most volatile region of Afghanistan, with very little support from NATO-ISAF. Captain Stephen Hughes is always looking for the next threat, knowing it can come at any time from any direction. He just didn’t expect it would come from within. From the writer of Signal's sold out hit productions of East of Berlin/The Russian Play, This Is War received its world premiere at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

Cast

  • Billy Fenderson as Stephen Hughes
  • Michael Finley as Johnny Henderson
  • Courtney Jones* as Tanya Young
  • Dylan Stuckey as Chris Anders

Production Team

  • Assistant Director - Tom McGrath
  • Costumes - Elsa Hiltner†
  • Lights - Michael C. Smith*
  • Master Electrician - Ivy Reid
  • Props - Stephanie Ingram* & Joseph Stearns*
  • Scenic - Melania Lancy†
  • Sound - Anthony Ingram*
  • Stage Manager - Roxie Kooi
  • Violence - Tyler Rich


Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The Chicago Premiere Of

Plainsong

By Eric Schmield
Adapted From The Novel By Kent Haruf

Directed By Ensemble Member Bries Vannon

January 30 - March 8, 2014

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...A Marvelous Journey" - Chicago Sun Times Media


"★ ★ ★...Warmth And Wit" - Chicago Tribune


"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...Life Is Told To Imperfect Perfection" - The Fourth Walsh


"RECOMMENDED...A Satisfying Heartfelt Journey" - Chicago Theatre Review


"★ ★ ★...Makes Us Feel A Part Of The Neighborly Action" - Time Out Chicago


"The Cast Is Stellar" - Chicago Theatre Beat


"Sweet And Genuine" - Newcity


"Genuine Warmth" - Chicago Reader

About The Show

Deep in the plains of eastern Colorado lies a town called Holt. It's not a busy town, but there's a lot going on. Tom Guthrie is raising two young sons as his wife steps deeper into depression. Victoria Roubideaux finds herself seventeen, pregnant and desperate, turning to schoolteacher Maggie Jones for help. And the solitary ranching brothers Harold and Raymond McPheron aren't at all prepared for the ways they'll be involved. Eric Schmiedl's adaptation of Kent Haruf's National Book Award finalist is a sweeping, even-handed treatment of humanity in a small plains town.

Cast

  • Ariel Begley* as Actor 8/Sharlene/Alberta
  • Mary Jo Bolduc as Actor 7/Mrs. Beckman/Aunt Joann
  • Jack Edwards as Bobby Guthrie
  • Rudy Galvan as Actor 4/Russell Beckman
  • Sara Gorsky as Actor 6/Judy/Randy/Nurse
  • Barbara Harris as Mrs. Stearns/Mama Roubideaux
  • Jordan Scott Johnson as Actor 10/Murphy
  • Vincent Lonergan as Harold McPheron
  • Vincent Mahler as Actor 2/Lloyd Crowder/Monroe/Bailey
  • Cale Manning as Ike Guthrie
  • Tom McGrath as Actor 3/Buster Wheelwright/Carl/Driver
  • Dennis Newport as Actor 9/Mr. Jackson/Dr. Martin/Schramm
  • Erin Myers as Ella Guthrie
  • Joe Stearns as Tom Guthrie
  • Jon Steinhagen as Raymond McPheron
  • Elizabeth Stenholt as Victoria Roubideaux
  • Greg Wenz as Actor 5/Dwayne
  • Philip Winston as Actor 1/Irving Curtis/Mr. Beckman/Hardin
  • Katie Worthington as Maggie Jones

Production Team

  • Costumes - Carla Hamilton*
  • Lights - Julie Ballard†
  • Props - Mary O'Dowd
  • Scenic - Buck Blue*
  • Sound - Anthony Ingram*
  • Stage Manager - Michelle Sellers
  • Violence - Tyler Rich


Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of

The Next Thing

Book By Artistic Director Ronan Marra
Music & Lyrics By Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen

Directed By Ronan Marra

May 1 - June 7, 2014

"RECOMMENDED...Jones is possessed of a lush singing voice...And Selefeski is nothing less than magical" - NewCity Chicago


"This play could be a summer rom-com blockbuster movie" - The Fourth Walsh

About The Show

Kate and Conor, ambitious actors from opposite sides of the Atlantic, meet while co-starring in a Hollywood blockbuster and take an immediate disliking to each other. Naturally, they are paired together for more films. THE NEXT THING is a new musical that spans six years, five movies, four deals, three significant others, two Oscars, and one combustible relationship.

Cast

  • Elizabeth Bagby as Annika/Lexi/Elizabeth
  • Courtney Jones* as Kate
  • Eleanor Katz as Laura
  • Vincent Lonergan* as Herbert/Father
  • Taylor Okey as Klepto/Ensemble
  • Christopher Selefski as Conor
  • Joseph Stearns as Sam
  • Stephanie Wohar as Dana/Ensemble

Production Team

  • Asst. Costumes - Christopher J. Neville
  • Choreography - Brigitte Ditmars†
  • Costumes - Elsa Hiltner†
  • Dialects - Elise Kauzlaric
  • Lights - Julie Ballard†
  • Props / Stage Manager - Stephanie Ingram*
  • Scenic - Melania Lancy*
  • Sound - Anthony Ingram*


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Presented by Signal Ensemble Members Julie Ballard & Anthony Ingram, in collaboration with Art Intercepts

Produce: Season 3

Hosted By Lauren Warnecke & Anthony Ingram

July 26 - 27 & August 9 - 10, 2013

"You can't beat the sparks of brilliance" - Chicago Reader


"this night is guaranteed to be different, exciting, and uniquely stimulating. Every time" - Examiner.com


"It often yields many thought-provoking, surprising and oddball medleys of song and dance. At the very least, it’ll be something entirely original, guaranteed" - Time Out Chicago

About PRODUCE

Selected artists are “mashed” together in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances. Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide real-time feedback, ask questions, figure out what experimental performance is and how it works, and help to inform the next phase of the performance (the substance of which is largely decided in the moment). Artists and audience alike witness the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories as dictated by co-hosts Lauren Warnecke and Signal Ensemble Member Anthony Ingram.

Artist Line Up

  • Country Death Trip
  • Mark Hardy / Celestial Architecture
  • Carol McCurdy and Michael Zerang
  • Philip Elson
  • The Nexus Project
  • crawlspace
  • Newman and Newman
  • hey girl hey omg girl real life (Heather Marie Vernon and Darling Shear)


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Presented by Signal Ensemble Co-Artistic Director Joseph Stearns

Monstrosity

By Dan Duling

Directed By Raymond Benson

October 5 & 6, 2013

About The Play

A modern gothic fable that veers from dark comedy to something approaching tenderness on the way to a shudder-inducing denoument. Playwright Dan Duling will be in from Los Angeles to see it. Award-winning and best-selling author Raymond Benson directs.

About The Playwright : Dan Duling

Dan Duling is an award-winning playwright, author of more than 20 plays, best known for his play, Stranglehold, which won the Oregon Playwrights Award. Dan received his Ph.D. in drama from the University of Texas, Austin, and is also a former journalist, having written for publications such as the L.A.Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. The feature film, Last Lives, based on his screenplay, originally premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel and is available on DVD. He has worked in television, web and game design for Oregon Public Broadcasting, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. Dan is a longtime member of SAG and Actors Equity, and is also the scriptwriter for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. In 2013, his Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage received a sold-out showcase at the Pasadena Playhouse. Find synopses and excerpts of his plays and screenplays on the web at www.danduling.com.

About The Director : Raymond Benson

The author of 25+ published books, Raymond Benson is the author of the acclaimed "Black Stiletto" series that began with THE BLACK STILETTO in 2011 and THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE in 2012. He is mostly known for being commissioned by the James Bond literary copyright holders between 1996-2002 to take over writing the 007 novels. In total he penned and published worldwide six original 007 novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories. An anthology of his 007 work, THE UNION TRILOGY, was published in the fall of 2008, and a second anthology, CHOICE OF WEAPONS, appeared summer 2010. His book THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, an encyclopedic work on the 007 phenomenon, was first published in 1984 and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Biographical/Critical Work.


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Presented by Signal Ensemble Members Julie Ballard & Anthony Ingram, in collaboration with Art Intercepts

Produce: The Final Season

Hosted By Lauren Warnecke & Anthony Ingram

August 8 - 9, 2014

"An improvisational odyssey, informed by the creative energy of the moment and audience feedback" - NewCity


"The result is messy, often nifty impromptu performance pieces." - Chicago Reader


"Your favorite multi-disciplinary, sound/movement, moderated, improvy, avant garde, real-time mash-up" - Rogue Ballerina

About PRODUCE

In its fourth year, PRODUCE is a multi-disciplinary experiment for sound and movement artists to play together. Artists submit completed or in-progress works to be considered for the series, and selected artists are “mashed” together in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances. Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide real-time feedback, ask questions, figure out what experimental performance is and how it works, and help to inform the next phase of the performance (the substance of which is largely decided in the moment). Artists and audience alike witness the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories as dictated by the hosts. Described as “a noncompetitive reality show for live performance” (Zachary Whittenburg) and a “‘gateway drug’ to experimental dance and music” (Laura Molzahn), PRODUCE challenges artists to grow in their artistic vocabularies and vision, pushing them to collaborations and concepts they might not ordinarily choose, and invites the audience to witness and take part in the artistic process – something from which they often feel ostracized.

Artist Line Up

  • Ashley Deran
  • Door Ascender’s Merkaba
  • Erica Ricketts
  • Jessica Marasa and Ben Law
  • Jose Luis
  • The Space/Movement Project
  • Those People Who Did That One Thing That One Time (Lucy Wieczorek and Lysha Hamm)

* Indicates An Ensemble Member
† Indicates An Artistic Associate