Taking Steps is set on a three floor building, with the attic, master bedroom and living room superimposed on one another.
At The Pines, a reputedly haunted house and former brothel, Elizabeth
is planning on leaving her husband Roland. She has called on her
brother, Mark, to comfort Roland when he finds her note. However Mark,
a man whose monotone sends people to sleep, is preoccupied with the
fact his fiancée, who jilted him at the altar, has been picked
up for soliciting by the police. He brings her back to The Pines, puts
her in the spare room in the attic and leaves again.
Roland is hoping to buy The Pines from a local builder, Bainbridge, and
Tristram, a none-too-bright solicitor, arrives to complete the sale. A
drunk Roland arrives home and reads Elizabeth's note and breaks down,
imploring Tristram to stay the night. Tristram agrees and stays in the
master bedroom while Roland sleeps in the attic. Kitty, interrupted
writing a suicide note, hides in a cupboard and is trapped when Roland
moves the bed across the door.
Elizabeth, meanwhile, has decided against her course of action and
returns home and crawls into bed with, she presumes, Roland. She
proceeds to seduce Roland - not realizing she is in bed with a
terrified Tristram, who has heard of the house's ghost and believes he
is being seduced by Scarlet Lucy (who, so the legend goes, will then
kill him at daybreak after the seduction).
Dawn breaks and Tristram has more to fear from Mark, angry that he
slept with his sister. Violence is prevented when the suicide note is
discovered and mistakenly attributed to Roland. Believing he has
overdosed, they try and keep him awake but Mark's voice sends Roland
and Elizabeth to sleep. Tristram discovers Kitty and a mutual
attraction. They fall asleep and are discovered by Mark, who again asks
Tristram outside to sort matters out.
Bainbridge turns up, unrecognizable in biking leathers, and is mistaken
for a burglar and is subdued by Elizabeth. Eventually all is resolved
as Roland comes round and identifies Bainbridge and completes the sale.
Roland celebrates and Tristram and Kitty leave together. Mark is left
having bored himself to sleep and Elizabeth stands on the doorstep,
another note in her hand. Will she stay or will she go?
Profiles (Cast) __________________________
(Elizabeth) is a graduate of Bradley University where she majored in
theatre performance and minored in journalism and creative writing.
Here in Chicago you will find her writing/editing by day and pursuing
theatre at night. Last April she played Thomasina in Arcadia at the
Stage Center Theatre, and was Jean Maitland in June’s production of
Stage Door with Thymely Theatre. She also performed at Looptopia with
Tantalus Theatre Group, playing Roxanne in the company created Cyrano’s
Devotion. Next up she’ll be performing at the New York Fringe Festival
in Tantalus Theatre Group’s Dreadful Penny’s Exquisite
Horrors. Erin would like to thank her family, friends and
co-workers for their support.
(Mark) is thrilled to be making his Thymely Theatre debut.
He most recently appeared on stage in Democracy Burlesque's Spinning in
Tongues and a staged reading of Dead Man Walking at Dominican
University's Performing Arts Center. A favorite
past role is Cassio from Othello. He would like to
thank the cast and crew for their encouragement as well
as friends and family for their continued support.
(Tristram) is a 2006 graduate of the University of Wisconsin
Green Bay and a recent addition to the city of Chicago’s theatre
scene. With a degree in theatrical performance, Josh’s list of
past credits includes such shows as The Importance of Being Earnest,
Noises Off, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, The Laramie Project, and The Foreigner.
Summer 2007, Josh performed with Thymely Theatre for the first time,
acting in The Heidi Chronicles and The Lady's Not for Burning, and he
was just seen in Stage Door with them. He is quite happy to
be back working with Anna, Terra, and the awesome cast and crew of
Taking Steps. Thanks to family (Mom, Dad, Tishy & Mike) and
friends for all the support- hope you enjoy the show!
(Roland) is thrilled to be performing at NEIU this summer. Some
of his favorite Chicagoland roles include Judge Roan in Parade (Jeff
Citation, Best Ensemble), George in Moon Over Buffalo, Captain Mike in
Wonder of the World, Heavyset Harry in Pinafore!, and various roles in
Greater Tuna. David is also a very busy director, having recently
directed productions of Crazy For You, Miss Saigon, Baby, The Sound of
Music, I Hate Hamlet, The Crucible, and Shakespeare’s R&J.
David is the Service Center Director for the American Bar Association
in Chicago, and lives on the Northwest side with his adorable little
(Leslie) graduated with a Master's degree in Communication from
Northeastern Illinois University. He has appeared in numerous
productions here at the Stage Center Theatre, as well as working with
the A Red Orchid Theatre, August Ensemble, Fourth Wall, Marquee Theatre
Company, and Thymely Theatre. Some of his favorite roles were Dr.
Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Gately in Pvt. Wars, and Dogberry in
Much Ado About Nothing. Allen would like to take this time to
thank everyone for their support and understanding. Enjoy the
(Kitty) is very excited to be back on the Thymely Theatre stage for
this production. Previous credits include The Pink Bedroom
(Support Structure Chicago), Night Caps (Lincoln Square Theatre), Much
Ado About Nothing , The Heidi Chronicles and Stage Door (Thymely
Theatre), and Get Down(sized)! (Venture Theatre). Terra is a
proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Much
love to Mom, Dad, Grandma, Cheryl and Chad for their support in all her
endeavors and many thanks to Anna for this great opportunity.
Profiles (Production Crew) __________________________Anna Antaramian
(Director) has been a member of NEIU’s theatre faculty for the past
eighteen years. She is the Managing and Artistic Director of the Stage
Center Theatre and is a past president of the Illinois Theatre
Association. She holds an MFA from New York University and has worked
in various theatrical venues across the country, the most recent being
the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. Special thanks to H-S-A-N-T and,
as always, Mr. McGuire.
Brandon Wardell .(Set
Designer) is a freelance lighting and scenic designer, and earned an
MFA from Northwestern University. Recent Lighting credits include The
Blue House at Adventure Stage Chicago, How I Spent My Last Night On
Earth with the Griffin, Jitney at Pegasus Players, Cloud Nine, Pippin,
and Old Times at Northwestern University, as well as Archangels Don't
Play Pinball, MiLK, and Buried Child. Scenic Design credits include The
Prisoner's Dilemma with Theatre Mir, In A Dark Dark House at Profiles
Theatre, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Steep Theatre, Letters
Home, and West Side Story. Teaching credits include Northwestern
University, Columbia College Chicago, and The University of Chicago
John Rodriguez (Lighting
Designer) joined the theatre faculty at Northeastern four years ago and
has been teaching courses in technical theatre as well as working as a
designer on Stage Center productions. This past season he designed the
lights for the four main stage productions: Mrs. Warren’s Profession,
The Skin of Our Teeth, Private Eyes and Arcadia, and for Thymely
Theater’s Stage Door.
Chad M. Lussier (Technical
Director) is thrilled to be joining NEIU for the summer. Some of Chad’s
notable work includes: Scenic Designer/Technical Director for the
inaugural season of Festival 56, Master Electrician for Milwaukee
Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth and Twelfth Night and the Assistant
Technical Director of the Wilson Center in Brookfield, WI. Chad would
like to thank his mother & father and his beautiful lady
Ellen M Kozak (Costume
Designer) having enjoyed reliving the 1930’s with Thymely’s production
of Stage Door, Ellen is happy to return to the present for Taking
Steps. Ellen’s design work has taken her from Adam & Eve to
speculative visions of the future. She has designed for many theatre
companies across the nation, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre,
GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York, The Intiman in Seattle and Center
Stage in Baltimore. Other design projects were for films, videos,
conventions, industrials, cruise ships, mascots, and photography
sessions. Ellen spent the past two years teaching students at
UW-Milwaukee and Marquette. It has been fun seeing the next generation
of theatre technicians in the making. Variety is the spice of life and
theatre is certainly full of variety.
Kathy Smith (Assistant Costume
Designer) is pleased to be working along side her dear friend and
mentor, designer Ellen Kozak, for this production of Taking Steps. She
has been designing and building costumes for Theatres
throughout Wisconsin for many years. Theatre is Kathy’s first love
but she also enjoys working as a Wardrobe Stylist for Television
Commercials and Touring Shows.
Ellen Crabill (Stage Manager)
taught kindergarten-eighth grade for 14 years while studying and
performing theatre at night. She is now heading for a career change and
will look forward to being a drama teacher somewhere in Chicago. She
loves comedic sitcoms, her two chinchilla Persian cats and studying the
life of Jesus. She wants to thank the ensemble and director for their
extraordinary talent, which has inspired her to keep learning what life
is like on the other side of the stage.
Cast and Crew of Taking Steps