Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, & Book by Joe Masteroff
Directed by Erin Shea Brady & Choreography by Mollyanne Nunn
Set in 1931 as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret tells the story of Berlin's night life, specifically the Kit Kat Klub and performer Sally Bowles, through the eyes of a young American writer trying to write his novel.
Previews: April 21 & 22
Press Opening: April 24 at 7:00pm
Performances: April 26-29, May 3-6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm
Industry Night: May 1 at 7:00pm
Cast and Production Team
Emcee Hannah Starr
Sally Bowles Rebecca Sohn*
Cliff Cory Hardin
Ernst Ludwig Tyler Smith
Fräulein Schneider Rosalind Hurwitz
Fräulein Kost Nicole Nola
Herr Schultz Greg Mills*
Child's Voice Eileen Brady
Ensemble Catherine LaRocca, Alex Madda, Chase McIntoush, Chelsea Milligan, & Jessica Paramo
Band Adam Gianforte, Emilie Modaff, Erick Rivera, & Chelsea Wellmann
Director Erin Shea Brady*
Choreography Mollyanne Nunn*
Music Direction Emilie Modaff* & Erick Rivera
Stage Manager Chris vanDer Ark
Costume Design Moriah Lee Turner
Lighting Design Michelle Benda
Properties & Scenic Design Bec Willett
Violence Design Luke Van Marter
Dramaturgy Ian Michael James* & Kristina McCloskey
Dialect Coach Susan Gosdick*
Assistant Director Max Colvill
Production Manager Clarissa Jugo*
Michelle E. Benda (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer and assistant lighting designer based in Chicago. Lighting design credits include Ohio State Murders (Dandelion Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Illinois Theatre), Save the Date: A Time Travel Trilogy Remix (InGen Productions), and The Brothers Size (Definition Theatre Company). She has been an assistant lighting designer at Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Michelle holds an MFA in Lighting Design and Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Eileen Brady (Child’s Voice), 13 years old, from NJ is thrilled to be a part of No Stakes Theatre Project’s first Musical! Eileen recently played the role of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and in December performed at Theatre Row, Off- Broadway with Kids of the Arts as Regine in Madeline’s Christmas. You may also have heard Eileen’s voice in radio and television commercials. Eileen is represented by CESD Talent NY. She is so proud of her big sister Erin and wishes to thank Erin for giving her this amazing opportunity!
Erin Shea Brady (Director) is the founder of No Stakes Theater Project, where she has directed Jim Cartwright's The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Sharr White's Annapurna (WINGSPAN reading series). Assistant directing and dramaturgy credits include: Rapture, Blister, Burn (Goodman), Inana (TimeLine), Four (Jackalope), Travesties (Remy Bumppo), Our Class (Remy Bumppo), Lost in Yonkers (Northlight), and Mud Blue Sky (A Red Orchid). Erin is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Directing Program and completed a casting internship at Steppenwolf Theater Company under Erica Daniels. She also writes for PerformInk. Erin is thrilled to begin No Stakes' Actor Initiative with Cabaret.
Max Colvill (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be working with No Stakes for the first time. Max is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Directing Theatre. Recent credits include: [title of show], Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Director, Columbia College Chicago), Scarcity (Assistant Director, Redtwist Theatre), Once in a Lifetime (ASM, Strawdog Theatre Company).
Adam Gianforte (Band) is a Montana native. In 2011, he played second fiddle for the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and now plays occasionally with friends and his church, Missio Dei Uptown. Throughout college, he performed in and directed a number of Shakespeare productions. Since moving to Chicago a year ago he helped write music for a production of As You Like It, in which he played Le Beau and first fiddle. Adam enjoys unicycling and fears the key of C flat.
Susan Gosdick (Dialect Coach) Dialect coaching credits include: No Stakes Theatre Project (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), Paramount Theatre (Sweeney Todd, Little Mermaid), Light Opera Works (My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Oliver, Camelot, Brigadoon), The Shattered Globe (The Rose Tattoo, The Whaleship Essex, Mill Fire), Williams Street Rep (Any Other Name), Mystery Writers’ Festival, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Acting credits include: Paramount Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Artists’ Ensemble, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute. Susan teaches Voice and Dialects at Columbia College Chicago.
Cory Hardin (Cliff), a transplant from the Bluegrass State, graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BFA in Acting. His Chicago credits include Scenes from and Execution (Runcible Theatre) Porcelain (Prologue Theatre) Fish Eye (Dandelion Theatre) and a turn at performance art in MOZAWA’s Y-Portraits 2.0: Origins. He has understudied at Steep Theatre, Theater Wit, and Chicago Dramatists. This summer, Cory will attend the School at Steppenwolf. He is represented by Actors Talent Group. Special thanks to his partner, Jen (who hates musicals).
Rosalind Hurwitz (Fräulein Schneider) happily makes her No Stakes debut. Chicago area credits: Mrs. Leacock in Far From Heaven (Porchlight), Margaret in The Light in the Piazza (SLATE), Katisha in The Mikado (Savoyaires), Mrs. Soames in David Cromer’s staging of Our Town (The Hypocrites), and the world premieres of two musical adaptations, Adding Machine (Next Theatre) and Queen Lucia (Lifeline). She’s also worked with Remy Bumppo, Oak Park Festival Theatre, First Folio, and Circle Theatre. Regional credits include Music in the Air (Music by the Lake), Cinderella (Fulton Opera House) and A Christmas Carol (Syracuse Stage).
Ian Michael James* (Dramaturgy) is a Chicago-based actor, dramaturg, and playwright. Ian also serves as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Dramaturg of No Stakes Theater Project and as an Ensemble Member and Resident Playwright at Mercy Street Theatre Company. Ian was last seen as a talking tree who verbally abuses a snowman in Mercy Street’s Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile! Favorite credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes, dramaturg), BURN (Mercy Street, playwright), and Hornet, or The Kidnapping of Martin Shkreli By The Totally Justified and Not-At-All Crazy Person, Evie Ryerson (Mercy Street, playwright). Up next, Ian will adapt Max Frisch's Andorra for Mercy Street's Beacon series. More at ianmichaeljames.com
Clarissa Jugo* (Production Manager) is a Chicago-based theatre artist and the Executive Director of No Stakes Theater Project. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a BA in Drama. Her primary background is in stage and production management. In 2016, she stage managed both productions of Byhalia, Mississippi (the New Colony and Definition Theatre Company, Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre and the Den). Other credits include Zipped and Pelted (the Wulfden, Chicago Fringe Festival), The Terrible (Assistant Stage Manager, the New Colony), Learning Curve (Production Assistant, Albany Park Theater Project), Clarissa served as a stage management intern for The World of Extreme Happiness, Carlyle, and Rapture Blister, Burn (Goodman Theatre).
Catherine LaRocca (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Cabaret with No Stakes. She recently graduated from Columbia College Chicagowith a BFA in Musical Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys writing music. Previous roles include Le Converse in Suor Angelica and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsey Chaperone.
Alex Madda (Ensemble) is excited to be working on her first show with No Stakes! Previous Chicago credits include American Idiot (Hypocrites), Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre), and Shining Lives (Northlight). Up next, Alex will be swinging for The Night Season at Strawdog Theatre. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the Second City Music Improv conservatory. Every Saturday night, you can catch her at Stage 773 as a featured player in the long-running Cupid Has a Heart On. She also serves as an improv music director at MCL Theatre for Music Improv Night (MINT). Repped by Big Mouth Talent. As always, this show is dedicated to Mom, Dad, MJ, Lea, and mostly, the future Corgi. Peace, love, and Go Cubs.
Chase McIntoush (Ensemble) is excited to be venturing out into the Chicago theatre scene! Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Chase has done numerous productions including The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), and Spamalot (Sir Robin) just to name a few. He has also performed in the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival production of RENT. Chase is so thankful to have been cast in such an amazing show with such a talented group of individuals. He will attend Knox College in the fall. Chase sends his love to his parents, and to Asia and Luca.
Kristina McCloskey (Dramaturgy) is a freelance director and theatre artist. This is her first time dramaturging, and she is so thrilled to have joined this team! Script development credits include Infatuation by Hallie Palladino (Dandelion Theatre), The Bride Can't Decide by Laura Lewis-Barr and His/Her Escapades by Christopher vanDer Ark (Three Cat Productions). Kristina has also had the pleasure of directing Election Season through Dandelion Theatre's The Hot Dog Stand, as well as the Midwest Premiere of Malefactions by Matt Minnicino (Gorilla Tango). Kristina most recently assistant directed/produced Dandelion Theatre's Ohio State Murders.
Chelsea Milligan (Ensemble) is excited to be working with No Stakes Theatre. Her most recent Chicago credits include Decision Height (Carol) with Surging Films and Theatrics, Homebound: A Play For Nobody (Nancy) with Random Acts. She also recently completed the ACADEMY at Black Box Acting and the Conservatory at the Second City Training Center. When Chelsea isn't onstage, you can assure she's holding her cat and drinking coffee. She is so happy to be sharing the stage with these phenomenally talented artists. Chelsea would not be here without the love and support of her Tennessee clan. Love you to the moon and back. Enjoy the hell out of this show, y'all.
Greg Mills* (Herr Schultz/Max) recently played Polonius in Hamlet and Drums in Self Defense, or death of some salesmen as a part of No Stakes’ Wingspan Reading Series. Other credits include Mr. Boo/Phone Man in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theater Project), Vice Principal Panch in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drury Lane), The Second City, Chicago Fire, and Martin Short's Prime Time Glick (writer).
Emilie Modaff* (Music Direction/Band/Soloist) is jazzed to be working with No Stakes again. Most recently she worked on No Stakes' Wingspan and Hummingbird Series, behind the scenes and in a few. Emilie is currently working on the fictional podcast, WBEZ’s PleasureTown, co-producing the upcoming web series Kappa Force, and writing her first album. She is proudly repped by Shirley Hamilton. Love to Mom, Dad & Andy.
Nicole Nola (Fräulein Kost) is filled with gratitude to be a part of Cabaret. Some favorite credits include: Zoe in Nine Lives (Chicago Musical Theater Festival); The Dictionary Project (Strawdog Theater); Rachel/Molly in Dark Play or Stories for Boys; Rose in City on the Make (Dir. by Sheldon Patinkin); and Ismene in Antigone. Nicole graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance from Columbia College Chicago and she is grateful for her coven and the many other humans who support her journey.
Mollyanne Nunn* (Choreography) is thrilled to be a part of this production. She was last seen in Paramount’s production of Hairspray as Shelley u/s Amber Von Tussle, and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s production of Rent as Mimi Marquez. Other credits include Swing the Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Little Theatre on the Square), Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre), and Next to Normal (Towle Theatre). She is also an artistic associate for No Stakes Theater Project and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. All my love to my family and friends. “It’s dangerous to go alone”.
Jessica Paramo (Ensemble/Fight Captain) couldn’t be more thrilled for her first show with No Stakes Theater Project. In the past year she has worked heavily with Robert Frosty Theatre Company. With them, she performed at Chicago SketchFest 2017, Elgin Fringe Fest, Snub Fest 2016, and their annual holiday show Twas The Fight Before Christmas. When she's not performing on stage she can be found babysitting loads of children or at home listening to her favorite true crime podcasts. As always, thanks mom and dad for always supporting what I do.
Erick B. Rivera (Musical Direction/Band) is thrilled to be apart of his first production with No Stakes Theatre Project. He was most recently seen as a street musician in The Beat Theatre Collective’s production of HOPE: Wanted. Other notable performances include Amiens in As You Like It, Officer/Musician in Twelfth Night (both with Midsommer Flight), American Soldier in A Piece of My Heart. Along with being a music understudy for Tug of War: Civil Strife with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, he has collaborated musically with Midsommer Flight, Chicago Danz Theatre Ensemble, Commission Theatre Company, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Tyler Anthony Smith (Ernst Ludwig). Acting highlights: David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, Red, Butterflies are Free, Three Sisters, Moll Flanders, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Heddatron, Six Degrees of Separation (Smithfield Street Theatre, Pittsburgh); Mary Stuart, Spirits to Enforce (Columbia College Chicago); The Shawl (Rose Bruford College, U.K.). Solo artist: The LIVINGroom (Stage 773; writer/performer/director). Playwright: Sit on My Face, Eddie Redmayne. "'Well, well,' observed Mr. Norris, taking his cup, 'we live in stirring times; tea-stirring times.'" (Christopher Isherwood, Mr. Norris Changes Trains)
Rebecca Sohn (Sally Bowles) is an alum of Second City, Annoyance and iO. Favorite improvised shows include Switchboard (iO, Annoyance, SC, Magnet/NYC); Screw Puppies, TNT and GrabAss (Annoyance), Virgin Daiquiri (iO). Favorite scripted roles include Midge in The Butcher of Baraboo (Steppenwolf), Rachelka in Our Class (Remy Bumppo), Mari Hoff in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theater Project), Shirley Lame in My Solo Show of All Duets (Annoyance, Mission and PIT/NYC). You can see her on Shrink, a new series on NBC’s Seeso. She thanks Erin for believing in her and is grateful for this rare, collaborative relationship. She thanks Rich for everything and is grateful for his rare and collaborative love. She wishes to acknowledge the late, great Jane Alderman.
Hannah Starr (Emcee) - Hannah Starr is a performer, writer, and artist originally from Eau Claire, WI. She’s a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and has trained at The MacPhail School of Music, Second City, iO, and Brave New Workshop (Minneapolis). In December, Hannah produced her solo show, BOOMBOX, at the Beat Lounge at Second City and last fall played Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at pH Comedy Theater. Right now she’s working on a bunch of different projects, all of which you can find out about on her Facebook page, Hannah Starr: Person. In her free time, Hannah sleeps.
Moriah Lee Turner (Costume Design) is a Chicago based costume designer and seamstress. After earning her BFA in Theater from Columbia College Chicago, she has worked on many theater, film and dance productions around the city. She has most recently costumed a new Chicago based web series, The Haven. Moriah also has a custom clothing and alterations business and she is the resident designer and seamstress for Driven 2 Dance. This is Moriah’s second time working with No Stakes Theater Project. She previously designed the costumes for the production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Christopher vanDer Ark (Stage Manager) is excited to be working on Cabaret with No Stakes Theater Project! He has enjoyed working in various capacities with various companies—including Dandelion Theatre, Three Cat Productions, New Route, and others. Christopher would like to thank Erin and Clarissa for being so supportive and welcoming him to the team.
Luke Van Marter (Violence Design) Luke Van Marter is a Chicago based fight designer, actor, and writer and is delighted to be working with No Stakes Theatre Project. A Columbia College Chicago graduate, Luke has done fight design for The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, Bloodline: A CTA Horror Story, Capitalism: A Cabaret Through Time and Space, and Twas the Fight Before Christmas (the latter two he also wrote). Luke is also the co-founder and lead writer of Robert Frosty Theatre Company and can be seen in their upcoming original production of Andrew Jackson: An American Maniac.
Chelsea Wellmann (Band) - Chelsea Wellmann is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to perform as a musician for No Stakes’ production of Cabaret playing the piano, trumpet, and flute. Chelsea sends her love to her family, friends, and Tommy.
Bec Willett* (Properties & Scenic Design) is a Chicago-based director, designer, educator and writer. She has designed props and scenic elements for Actors’ Gymnasium, Chicago Dramatists, Dandelion Theatre, Prologue Theatre and Pulse Theatre. Bec is proud to serve as a board member with No Stakes Theater Project and as a company member with Dandelion Theatre. Both her Bachelor of Theatre Studies and Bachelor of Education were earned at QUT, Australia. To find out more about her work and upcoming projects, please visit becwillett.com.
* denotes staff or associate of No Stakes Theater Project
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