Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare)
Directed by Anna Antaramian
Claudio, a well-respected nobleman, and the lovely Hero are in love and plan to marry until the sinister Don John, Prince Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, invents a plot that leaves Hero stranded at the altar. Meanwhile, all the characters rally around the equally clever Beatrice and Benedick. While the two are constantly at each other's throats, everyone else is sure they're the perfect match. Find out if love does conquer all in this Shakesperian comedy classic.
||Joseph Alaimo (Borachio) is pleased
as punch to be working, yet again, with Anna at the Stage Center. Joey is
no stranger to this stage. He has appeared in many productions over the years.
During the last 10+ years Joey has also worked as producer, stage manager
and marketing coordinator for the Stage Center Theatre. He also finds himself
fortunate enough to be on staff with the fine folks of Infamous Commonwealth
Theatre as their Box Office Manager. During the day Joey also works in the
arts at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.
||Linnea Carrera (Margaret) is
currently a student at Northeastern Illinois University, where she is majoring
in Communication, Media and Theatre. She has performed in several productions
at NEIU, and is a Creative Associate with Salsation Theatre Company. She
was last seen at NEIU as Carmen in Simply Maria, and worked as Assistant
Director in The Waiting Room. Most recently she performed as an Ensemble
Member in Salsation’s The Fanta Menace at the Meztli Gallery. When not at
school or the office, she likes to geek out over Jane Austen and Harry Potter.
And when she’s not doing that, she’s working on her music: piano and vocals,
and even occasional composition. Linnea would like to thank Anna for the
opportunity to work with her first love, Shakespeare, and to send a huge
thank you to all her friends and family for their love and support. Snickety-snick!
||Allen Davis (Dogberry) is currently
nearing the completion of his Master’s degree in Communication, Media and
Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. He has appeared in numerous
Stage Center and Summer Theatre productions. Among his favorite roles are
Gately in Pvt. Wars, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Mr. DePinna in
You Can’t Take it With You, Paul Cleary in A Case of Libel, and Nate in Breakfast
With Les & Bess. He returns to the stage at the request of numerous fans
that missed watching Allen create the magic of theatre. Allen wishes to thank
everyone who has made this night possible.
|Javier Delgado (Oatcake) is a
senior at NEIU and working for the first time as running crew at the Stage
Centre Theatre. He has an associate’s degree from Wright Community College
where he worked on numerous productions. He has also directed the HERMOSA
community Organization’s Children’s Theatre productions of Wizard of Oz,
Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland.
||Patrick Garone (Don Pedro) is
a frequent performer at NEIU’s Stage Center. He was most recently seen as
Pablo Picasso in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Prior to that
he appeared in Boy Gets Girl as Les Kenkat. Patrick was also the writer/director
for last fall’s Studio Series show Backwardly Mobile and recently directed
the sketch revue The FANTA Menance for Salsation Theatre Company, of which
he is also an ensemble member.
||Michelle Hine (Hero) is a recent
graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. There she earned her Bachelor’s
Degree in History, and will continue her studies in the ESL program this
fall. This is Michelle’s first arrival on stage, and is glad to be apart
of such a wonderful cast and crew.
||Benjamin Hunt (Verges) is thrilled
to be working with NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre for the first time. His professional
credits include a season with Shawnee Theatre in Bloomfield, IN, where he
appeared in The Star-Spangled Girl and Run For Your Wife, and two tours with
Bridgework Theater performing original plays for schools throughout the Midwest.
Before that, he was often on stage at DePauw University where his favorite
roles were Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Clarence Darrow in
Never the Sinner. He left DePauw with a degree in Biology, which he currently
uses in his double life teaching people about dolphins at the Shedd Aquarium.
Ben wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for his girlfriend, Kelly.
||Jamie Kolacki (Claudio) is happy
to be working with Thymely Theatre again, having been seen in last years
Too Soon for Daisies. Most recently he was seen as Einstein in Picasso at
the Lapin Agile here at the Stage Center. Other roles include Renfield in
Dracula, Kenny in Fuddy Meers, Arty in Lost in Yonkers, and Segismundo in
Life is a Dream. Jamie would like to thank his family, friends and his Scully
for all their love and support.
||Leonard Lawrecki (Balthasar)
is currently a student at Northeastern Illinois University, and is proud
to make his theatrical debut in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
||Christopher Leonard (Leonato)
is pleased to be making his fifth appearance at the Stage Center Theatre.
He has previously been seen here as an English theatre critic (The Real Inspector
Hound), an elderly king (Life is a Dream), a vampire hunter (Dracula), and
a time-traveling doctor (The Waiting Room). Theatre runs in Chris’ family:
his greatgrandfather (Bolossy Kiralfy) was a producer in London and New York
who produced the first known stage production that utilized electric lighting
(with the assistance of Thomas Edison) and his grandmother (Verona Kiralfy
Leonard) was a world-famous ballerina. Chris would like to dedicate this
performance to his brothers, Brian and David.
||Dan Marco (Antonio) has been
seen in numerous productions in Chicago and the western ’burbs. Most recently
he has performed in Tartuffe with Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Dracula
and Chad Morton’s TV Christmas Miracle for Village Players. Other favorite
roles include Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Chase Park), Banquo in Heavy Metal
Macbeth (Bailiwick) and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls (Open Door).
He is on the board of Oak Park Festival Theatre, presenting classics in the
park for over 30 years (please visit www.oakparkfestival.com).
||Shelly Rao (Beatrice) is honored
by this opportunity to bring one of the bard’s most interesting women to
life for the Thymely Theatre. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Shelly has
made Chicago her home for the past six years, training in improv at IO and
Annoyance and Meisner Technique at the Artistic Home. She is a former member
of the Playground’s improv group, Theo and the Joint and current member of
the sketch comedy group, Monsters from the Id. Favorite past roles include
Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor, Barbara in Shear Madness and Jenkins in the world
premiere of Pushing the Envelope. Shelly sends all her love to Mr. Dragon.
||Rick Reardon (Friar/Sexton) is
currently a student at Northeastern Illinois University. He is grateful to
be cast in Much Ado About Nothing and delighted to be working with such a
wonderful director, stage manager and cast.
||Jeff Roll (Don John) is currently
entering his second year of schooling at NEIU,;this will be his third production
at this school, having been previously in Dracula and The Waiting Room. Aside
from a growing collection of phoenix feathers (he has yet to prove that the
feathers are actually from a phoenix), Jeff is also considering a career
across the sea at the Ministry of Silly Walks, specializing in help for the
elderly with a "silly walker." In his free time Jeff likes to hoard precious
supplies in preparation for the coming apocalypse.
||Hugo Rosado (Conrade) a current
student at NEIU, has been involved in theatre since the age of twelve. He
has trained with the Chicago Park District, Theatre on the Lake and The Second
City. He has performed in several shows here at the Stage Center, and hopes
to continue to pursue acting after graduation.
||Terra Schultz (Ursula) is a proud
graduate of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s theatre program. Since
arriving in Chicago, she has stage managed The Side Project’s Crave and performed
in Support Structure Chicago’s Tennessee’s Quarter, Lincoln Square Theatre’s
Night Caps, and most recently a staged reading of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Terra would like to thank her family, Chad and Cheryl for supporting her
acting endeavors, Anna for this opportunity, and you for supporting live theatre.
|Douglas Von Fleck (Seacoal) is
a philosophy major and a theatre minor. He has taking many theatrical classes
and is happy to make his debut in Much Ado About Nothing. He has a profound
interest in theatre and drinks lots of lager.
||Jeff Wade (Benedick) is thrilled
to be returning to the Stage Center with such a wonderful cast. He has also
appeared in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of
Being Earnest and is a 2003 alumnus of NEIU. As a life-long Chicago area
resident, Jeff has spent most of his life working as a freelance classical
violinist and played with many local orchestras including the Elgin Symphony.
Jeff currently does local voice-over work, primarily with Montrose Pictures.
He collects stadium cups, paper and bad habits. He is eternally grateful
to Marcella for her steadfast love and support. He also wishes to thank his
parents, his reluctant brother and family, and finally, Anna, for having
such faith in him. It is wonderful to work with her again!
|Jeff Roll, Hugo Rosado, Michelle Hine, Terra Schultz, Patrick Garone, Christopher Leonard, Dan Marco, Jamie Kolacki, Jeff Wade, Joseph Alaimo, Linnea Carrera, Shelly Rao
|Dan Marco, Shelly Rao, Terra Schultz, Linnea Carrera, Michelle Hine, Jeff Wade, Jeff Roll
|Shelly Rao, Jeff Wade, Dan Marco, Terra Schultz, Hugo Rosado, Christopher Leonard, Jamie Kolacki, Michelle Hine, Jeff Roll
|Dan Marco, Rick Reardon, Christopher Leonard
|Patrick Garone, Christopher Leonard, Dan Marco, Jamie Kolacki, Jeff Wade
|Dan Marco, Christopher Leonard
|Christopher Leonard, Michelle Hine, Patrick Garone, Jamie Kolacki
||Background: Terra Schultz, Patrick Garone, Christopher Leonard, Dan Marco, Michelle Hine, Jamie Kolacki,
Foreground: Jeff Wade, Shelly Rao
Jamie Kolacki, Rick Reardon, Dan Marco, Michelle Hine, Terra Schultz, Christopher Leonard, Jeff Wade