Current Season

The Rivals

April 24-27 and May 1-4, 2014
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The ultimate comedy of manners, this perennial favorite has galvanized actors and regaled audiences since its Covent Garden premiere in 1775. With its hilarious episodes of mistaken identity, withering satire of amorous intrigue, dizzying plot twists, and beloved characters like Lydia Languish, Captain Jack Absolute and the unforgettable Mrs. Malaprop, this springtime treat is a comedy festival in itself.

Show times: 8:00 p.m. for evening and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

Cast

Name Role
Josiah Williams Sir Anthony Absolute
Katey Kraemer Mrs. Malaprop
Derek Yeghizarian Sir Jack Absolute
Angelica Jackson Lydia Languish
Ashley Bendien Julia
Payton McDermott Faulkland
Greg Savel Sir Lucius O'Trigger
Cedric Knuth Bob Acres
Crystal Pulkowski Fag
Becca Laird Thomas
Megan Grott David
Hanna Williams Lucy

Production Staff

Title Name
Director Steve Snyder
Scenic Designer Chad Lowell
Lighting Designer Andy Kauff
Costume Designer Nikki Wheeler
Hair & Makeup Designer Nikki Wheeler
Sound Designer Chad Lowell
Stage Manager Rachael Pell
Dramaturg Jaron Nordman
Technical Director Johanna Miller
Wardrobe Head Akilah Brown
Props Master Emily Goldman
Master Electrician Michael Castelluccio
Publicity Laura Schirmer

Clybourne Park

Pulitzer Prize Script Revisits A Raisin in the Sun.

Feb 27-Mar 2 and Mar 6-9, 2014
by Bruce Norris 

Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’s acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy and sequel to the Lorraine Hansberry stage classic, A Raisin in the Sun, will begin its Central Illinois premiere at Bradley University Theatre’s Hartman Center for the Performing Arts on February 27. The New York Times has called the play “vital, sharp-witted, and ferociously smart!”

Act One: It’s 1959, and a middle-aged couple, much to the alarm of their neighbors in the all-white community of Clybourne Park have sold their modest home to an African American family—the Youngers, of the Hansberry play. Act Two: Fifty years later, the now-abandoned house occupies prime real estate in a gentrifying all-black neighborhood; and another white couple has bought it with plans to raze and rebuild a development one of the Youngers’ descendants aims to stop.

With savage humor and compelling insight, playwright Norris skillfully weaves one family’s haunting secret with another’s legacy of aspiration, linking generations and challenging the notion that we live in a “post-racial” America.

Directed by distinguished guest artist and former Western Illinois University professor, Dr. Egla Hassan, CLYBOURNE PARK will run Thursdays through Saturdays February 27-March 1 and March 6-8 at 8 PM, with Sunday matinees March 2 and 9 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and $12  for Bradley faculty and staff/students/seniors. For tickets call 309-677-2650

About Bradley University Theatre

Bradley University Theatre is a vital academic and cultural asset to both our university community and the central Illinois region. Our mission is straightforward and comprehensive: To educate theatre artists and their audiences in the intellectual foundations, global traditions, and creative processes of the art of theatre. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and our program. The Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and active in many professional organizations including the International University Theatre Association, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

An Acclaimed Play

When CLYBOURNE PARK was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, the jury described the play as “a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.”

Clybourne Park was inspired by the landmark drama, A Raisin in the Sun, picking up where that story ends, in a Chicago neighborhood in 1959. Act Two takes place in the very same house 50 years later.

The conversations in Act One and Act Two center around the fate of the house and how what happens to the house will impact the larger community. While each conversation starts off about real estate, the intersection between property and Race soon becomes impossible for the characters to ignore. Playwright Bruce Norris challenges us as an audience to look at Race relations from both a historical and present day perspective. To consider what progress has been made, and what changes still need to occur.”

--Lincoln Center Theatre Discovery Guide, 2012

Bruce Norris (Playwright)

Bruce Norris is the author of Clybourne Park, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in February 2010 in a production that moved to Broadway. It  won the 2010 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2011 Olivier Award.  Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), The Unmentionables (2006) and A Parallelogram (2010), all of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago.  

His work has also been seen at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Staatstheater Mainz (Germany) and The Galway Festival (Ireland), among others. 

Mr. Norris is the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award (2009) and The Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work.  Also an accomplished actor, Mr. Norris's work can be seen in the films A Civil Action, The Sixth Sense and All Good Things.

Cast 

Name Role
Katie Kraemer Bev/Kathy
Peyton McDermott Russ/Dan
Kiayla Jackson Francine/Lena
Kyle Peck Jim/Tom/Kenneth
Aris-Allen Roberson Albert/Kevin
Greg Savel Karl/Steve
Dara Ozarowski Betsy/Lindsey

Production Staff

Name Title
Egla Hassan Director
Scenic Designer Mark Lohman
Lighting Designer Jacob Winslow
Costume Designer Alexandra Schad
Hair & Makeup Designer Alexandra Schad
Sound Designer Ronnie Lee Rich
Stage Manager Catherine Zimmerman
Dramaturg Maddy Brandt
Technical Director Johanna Miller

 

 

 

 

 

Big Love

Nov 14-17 and Nov 21-24, 2013
by Charles Mee, Jr.

50 Greek brides, all sisters, flee to Italy to escape forced marriage to 50 grooms, all brothers.  When the men pursue them by helicopter to demand their return, surreal comedy, gender politics, and hand-to-hand combat fuel the mayhem.  An acclaimed retelling of Aeschylus' Suppliant Women, the oldest drama in the western world.

" Comedic, gymnastic, musical, sensual, shocking, and redemptive." (NY Times)

Cast

Name Role
Erin Kennedy Lydia
Jake Hayes Guilliano
Angelica Richardson Ollympia
Taylor Soto Thyona
Greg Savel Constantine
Jacob Knobbe Nikos
Derek Yeghiazarian Oed
Crystal Pulkowski Eleanor
Lorelei Volpe Bella
John Carroll Piero
Peyton McDermott Leo

Production

Name Title
Sahara Alphonso Stage Manager
Rachel Pell Asst Stage Manager
Julia Koukol Asst Stage Manager
Scott Kanoff Director
Chad Lowell Lighting Designer
Mark Lohman Scenic Designer
Carrie Peiffer Technical Director
Becki Arnold Costume Design
Ashley Bendien Asst Costume
Josiah Williams Sound Design
Andy Kauff Props Manager
Jacob Winslow Asst Lighting
Maddy Brandt Dramaturg/ME
Danielle Dyksterhouse Publicity
Imani Hayes Deck Hand
Megan Grott Prop Crew
Akilah Brown Wardrobe Head
Hannah Williams Dresser
Michael Castelluccino Light Board Operator
Alex Schad Sound Board Operator
Catherine Zimmerman Charge Artist
Marla Kanoff Choreographer
Hunter Smith Stunt Choreographer

 

 

Side Show

Sept 26-29 and Oct 3-6, 2013
Book & Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls)

The boldly theatrical musical based on the lives of the celebrated Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet: conjoined twins whose triumphant and tragic lives ranged from the freak shows and carnival tents of Depression-era America to the stages of Vaudeville and the cameras of Hollywood.

"Daring and Enthralling" (NY Times)

Cast

Daisy Hilton Morgan Green
Violet Hilton Hannah Williams
Terry Connor Peyton McDermott
Buddy Foster Kyle Peck
Jake Josiah Williams
The Boss Kate Erin Kennedy
Harem Girls Megan Grott, Sarah Heilbronner, Becca Laird
Reptile Man John Carroll
Fakir Justina Risinger
Snake Lady Crystal Pulkowski
Fortune Teller Akilah Brown
Bearded Lady Katey Kraemer
Ensemble Akilah Brown, John Carroll, Megan Grott, Sarah Heilbronner, Cedric Knuth, Katey Kraemer, Becca Laird, Crystal Pulkowski, Justina Risinger

 

Production Staff

Position Name
Director Steve Snyder
Choreographer Tommy Rapley
Musical Director/Choreograph Susan Summerville Brown
Scenic Designer Chad Lowell
Lighting Designer Mark Lohman
Sound Designer Andy Kauff
Costume Designer Becki Arnold
Hair & Makeup Designer Danielle Dyksterhouse
Stage Manager Catherine Zimmerman
Dramaturg Travis Stern, Ph.D
Technical Director Johanna Miller
Associate Costume Designer Alex Schad
Associate Scenic Designer Arianna Brown
Associate Lighting Designer Jake Hayes
Associate Stage Managers Morgan Brennan, Emily Goldman
Assistant Technical Director Jacob Winslow
Lighting/Electrics Advisor Mark Lohman
Sound Advisor Chad Lowell
Costume/Hair & Makeup Advisor Becki Arnold
Technical Director Advisor Chad Lowell
SM/Crew Advisor Mark Lohman, Steve Snyder
Master Electrician Troy Ament
Electrics Morgan Brennan, Michael Castelluccio, Hannah Kfoury, Becca Laird, Stephanie Robbons
Sound Board Operator Derek Yeghiazarian
Properties Master Carrie Peiffer
Assistant Props Master Cassandra Cooper
Charge Artist Arianna Brown
Properties Crew Nora Cook
Deck Hand Ryan Mitacek
Costume Shop Staff Amanee Avery, Anna Gottfreid, Crystal Pulkowski, Alex Schad, Krystal Uhl
Costume Construction Crew Cedric Knuth, Kyle Peck, Rachael Pell
Scene Shop Staff Arianna Brown, Jake Hayes, Andy Kauff, Crystal Pulkowski, Carrie Peiffer, Greg Stewart, Jacob Winslow
Scene Shop Crew David Bulgatz, Tara DiGiovaccino, Julie Koukol Katie Kraemer, Ryan Mitacek, Greg Stewart
Marketing & Publicity Scott Kanoff
Publicist Dara Ozarowski
Box Office Manager Marty Burgeson
Box Office Staff Leah Anderson, Alonnis Brown, Taylor Gawthorp Sarah Marshall, Jessica Pluhm

 

Orchestra

Position Name
Music Director/Conductor Susan Sommerville Brown
Keyboard 1 Joel Harper
Rehearsal Accompanist Joel Harper
Drums/Percussion Travis Kelso
Guitar/ Banjo Bruce Lewis
Bass Andy Greiner
Clarinet/Alto Sax Brian Newell
Reed 2 clarinet/Sax Natashia Coan
Reed 3 Tenor Sax Damairus Reddick
Trumpet 1 Eli Hosbrough
Trumpet 2 Sarah Long
Trombone Maggie Sloter