by Douglas Post, from E.M. Forster’s classic novel
directed by Nick Sandys
August 29 – October 5, 2019
At the dawn of the 20th century, the independent Schlegel sisters seek to change the world. E.M. Forster’s beloved classic novel is now an enthralling world premiere adaptation by Chicago playwright Douglas Post. Experience the journeys of three different families as they search for love, purpose, and connection against the tide of class, money, and sex.
“Full of timeless truths for living.” – Chicago Tribune
“Poignantly illustrates the essence of exactly what makes a house a home.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Marvelously mixing playfulness and earnestness.” – Stage and Cinema
“Truly eloquent.” – Chicago Theatre Review
“Brilliant.” – Around the Town Chicago
Eliza Stoughton – Margaret Schlegel
Heather Chrisler – Helen Schlegel
Terry Bell – Leonard Bast
Mark Ulrich – Henry Wilcox
Michael McKeogh – Charles Wilcox
Jodi Kingsley – Jacky Bast
Emily Tate – Dolly Wilcox
Tommy Malouf – Paul Wilcox
Natalie Santoro – Evie Wilcox
Nick Sandys – Director
Mara Sagal – Stage Manager
Yeaji Kim – Scenic and Projections Designer
Kristy Leigh Hall – Costume Designer
Mike Durst – Lighting Designer
Christopher Kriz – Sound Designer and Original Music
Jamie Karas – Properties Designer
About The Cast
TERRY BELL (Leonard Bast)
TERRY BELL (Leonard Bast) is back at Remy Bumppo having understudied Puff: Believe It or Not. Chicago credits include We Are Proud to Present…, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime (Steppenwolf); Natural Affection (Eclipse); Hamlet (Backroom Shakespeare); and The My Way Residential (Irish Theatre of Chicago). TV credits include Elementary (CBS) and Utopia (Amazon). Terry attended Western Michigan University and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.
HEATHER CHRISLER (Helen Schlegel)
(Helen Schlegel) returns to Remy Bumppo having been an understudy for Fallen Angels. Chicago credits include Twilight Bowl (Goodman), Small Mouth Sounds (A Red Orchid), Mies Julie (Victory Gardens, Chris Jones Top Ten Performances of 2018), Mary’s Wedding (First Folio), Machinal (Greenhouse, Jeff Nomination – Performer, Chris Jones Top Ten Performances of 2017), Her Majesty’s Will (Lifeline), Captain Blood, The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe (First Folio), and good friday (Oracle, Jeff Nomination – Ensemble). Other credits include Dancing Lessons (Riverside), Romeo and Juliet (Door Shakespeare), A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Much Ado About Nothing, and Blithe Spirit (Monomoy Theatre). She is an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre and earned an MFA from Ohio University. Heather is represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc.
JODI KINGSLEY (Jacky Bast)
JODI KINGSLEY (Jacky
Bast) is excited to return to Remy Bumppo where she was last seen in Travesties. Chicago credits include In A Little World Of Our Own, Spinning (Irish Theatre of Chicago); The Birds, Men Should Weep (Griffin, Jeff Award for Best Production); Wrens (Rivendell); Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Kokandy); Smartphones (Trap Door); and Troilus And Cressida (Backroom Shakespeare). Other credits include Hometown Christmas (Wagon Wheel, IN), Talk Show (HBO/Warner Bros Workspace, LA), and The Devil’s Disciple (Houston Shaw Festival). Her TV work includes The Chi on Showtime and the recurring role of Madeline Gastern on NBC’s Chicago Med. Jodi is an ensemble member of Irish Theatre of Chicago and is represented by Big Mouth Talent. jodikingsley.com
TOMMY MALOUF (Paul Wilcox)
TOMMY MALOUF (Paul
Wilcox) is thrilled to be working with Remy Bumppo again, having appeared in the co-production with Silk Road Rising of Great Expectations. Chicago credits include United Flight 232, Kitty Hawk, Hatfield & McCoy (House Theatre); The Light Fantastic, Thirst: Climate Change Theatre (Jackalope); Bobbie Clearly, Posh (Steep); Million Dollar Quartet (TATC); and Heartbreak Hotel (Broadway Playhouse in Chicago). Tommy is an Educator with Catharsis Production and a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. He is represented by Stewart Talent.
MICHAEL McKEOGH (Charles Wilcox)
(Charles Wilcox) is excited to be back at Remy Bumppo after appearing in The Skin of Our Teeth. Chicago credits include Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse); A Wrinkle in Time, The Killer Angels (Lifeline); Pocatello (Griffin); The White Road (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Hamlet (Oak Park Festival); Concerning Strange Devises From The Distant West (TimeLine); Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists); and Welcome Yule (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Other credits include The 20th Century Way (The Know Theatre of Cincinnati). Michael is represented by Paonessa Talent.
NATALIE SANTORO (Evie Wilcox)
NATALIE SANTORO (Evie Wilcox) is excited to work with Remy Bumppo for the first time. Chicago credits include Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits, A Christmas Carol (Citadel) and understudying Cardboard Piano (Timeline) and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Raven). She is a recent graduate of Loyola University and The School at Steppenwolf. Natalie is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
ELIZA STOUGHTON (Margaret Schlegel)
ELIZA STOUGHTON (Margaret Schlegel) is a Core Ensemble member at Remy Bumppo having appeared in Frankenstein, Born Yesterday, Fallen Angels, Both Your Houses, and You Never Can Tell. Chicago credits include How I Learned to Drive, A Loss of Roses, Vieux Carre (Raven); Doubt (Writers); The Farnsworth Invention (TimeLine); and Wit (Gift). Other credits include Three Sisters (American Players Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Cardinal Stage); Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet, School for Scandal (Riverside Theatre); Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks). elizastoughton.com
EMILY TATE (Dolly Wilcox)
EMILY TATE (Dolly
Wilcox) returns to Remy Bumppo where she appeared in Les Liasons Dangereuses. Chicago credits include Crumbs from The Table of Joy (Raven); Opus, Scarcity, Turtle, Circle Mirror Transformation (Redtwist); Bedroom Farce (Eclipse); Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse); The Sweeter Option (Strawdog); Dead Accounts (Step Up Productions); The Language Archive (Piven Theatre Workshop), and Sense and Sensibility (Northlight). Other credits include Gaslight (Utah Shakespeare Festival); A Christmas Carol, Cyrano de Bergerac (Milwaukee Rep); The Open Road Anthology, and The Tens (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Emily is the Managing Director of Vagabond School of the Arts where she also teaches and mentors young artists. She is married to Remy Bumppo Associate Artistic Director, Ian Frank. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
MARK ULRICH (Henry Wilcox)
MARK ULRICH (Henry
Wilcox) is thrilled to work with Remy Bumppo for the first time. Chicago credits include Mariela In The Desert (Goodman); The Book Thief, How Long Will I Cry (Steppenwolf);
The Audience (TimeLine); The Gamester (Northlight); A View From The Bridge (Teatro
Vista); Abigail’s Party (A Red Orchid); Yasmina’s Necklace (16th Street); How I Learned To Drive (Raven); Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising); Assassination Theater (Museum of Broadcast Communications); Silence, The
Walls, Falling: A Wake, and American Wee Pie (Rivendell). Other credits include The Seafarer (City Theatre of Pittsburgh); Equivocation, Perfect Mendacity, Vigil (Next Act Theatre of Milwaukee); Our Town, The Foreigner (Indiana University Summer Theater); The Price (Palm Beach Dramaworks); In The Next Room, Moonlight and Magnolias (Forward Theatre of Madison); The Dining Room, and Sylvia (Iowa Summer Theater). Mark is a member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and the recipient of Jeff
Award for Best Supporting Actor in Juno and the Paycock (Artistic Home). He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
About The Director
NICK SANDYS (Director)
NICK SANDYS (Director) became the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in 2012, having been an ensemble member since 2002. His Remy Bumppo directing credits include: Puff: Believe It or Not, Great Expectations, Pirandello’s Henry IV, The Life of Galileo, Travesties, Our Class, and Seascape. Other directing credits include: Strauss’ Elektra (Lyric Opera of Chicago 2019, Houston Grand Opera 2018); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, (First Folio—artistic associate); Bedroom Farce (Eclipse); Twelfth Night (Noble Fool Theatricals); Breaking the Code, A Walk In The Woods (Stage West), Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing (Ft. Worth Shakespeare In The Park). His recent acting credits include: Frankenstein, Pygmalion, An Inspector Calls, The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? (Remy Bumppo); The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theater); Captain Blood, Turn Of The Screw, Blithe Spirit (First Folio Theatre); Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Notre Dame Shakespeare); Camelot, My Fair Lady (Light Opera Works). Nick is also a certified Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors, his Jeff Award-winning choreography appearing at The Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, and at Steppenwolf (including the Tony-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Goodman (over 25 productions), Lyric Opera (over 50 productions), and many others, including The Theatre School at DePaul University (adjunct since 1995, Excellence In Teaching Award 2019). He holds MAs in English Literature from both Cambridge University and Loyola University Chicago, and has received 15 Joseph Jefferson Nominations, a 2011 Achievement Award from The Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts, a 2018 APA Audie Award Nomination and a 2018 Audiofile Earphones Award for his audiobook narration of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
About The Playwright & Author
DOUGLAS POST (Playwright)
DOUGLAS POST (Playwright) His plays, which include Bloodshot, Cynical Weathers, Drowning Sorrows, Earth and Sky and Murder in Green Meadows, and musicals, which include God and Country, The Real Life Story of Johnny de Facto and The Wind in the Willows, have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Russia and China. He has also been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ-TV, and several radio adaptations of his scripts. On three occasions, he has been selected to develop his work at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and once at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. He has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award, the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and has been nominated for two Jeff Awards and an Emmy Award. Mr. Post lives in Chicago where he is a founding member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, teaches playwriting at Chicago Dramatists and serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
E.M. FORSTER (Author)
E.M. FORSTER (Author) Edward Morgan Forster was born on New Year’s Day 1879 in Coventry, England. His father died soon after and Forster was raised as an only child by his mother and aunts at Rooksnest, the much beloved country house in Hertfordshire that would later become the inspiration for the Wilcox’s home, Howards End. He attended Cambridge where his liberal arts education sparked a fire of intellectual and personal discovery. It also inspired the humanism at the heart of his writing and a lifelong skepticism towards the moralistic strictures of Victorian society. After graduation in 1901, he traveled abroad for a year and upon his return became immersed in the London salon culture of the Bloomsbury Group. Filled with intellectuals, artists, and political theorists, this amazing collection of people doubtlessly galvanized Forster who wrote Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howards End (1910) all within a remarkably short span. Howards End marked his arrival as a critical success but 14 years later Forster’s A Passage to India cemented his legacy as a major figure in 20th century literature. Later in life he turned to teaching at his alma mater, but continued to write short stories, biographies, and travel books. He remained political throughout his life writing essays taking on traditions and prejudices he felt were choking the human spirit and its essential connection to nature. His novel Maurice, unpublished until after his death, centered empathetically on a young man’s homosexual awakening and was based on his own experiences. Forster died at the home of friends near his birthplace in Coventry on June 7th, 1970 at the age of 91.
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