Bloomsday

by Steven Dietz
directed by J.R. Sullivan
May 16 – June 22, 2019

 

Steven Dietz’s lyrical love story, set against the backdrop of Dublin and James Joyce’s groundbreaking novel Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache.

2016 Steinberg New Play Award Citation

Cast

Annabel Armour – Cait
Shawn Douglass – Robert
Jack DeCesare – Robbie
Bryce Gangel – Caithleen

Production

J.R. Sullivan – Director
Jennifer Gregory – Stage Manager
Jack Magaw – Scenic Designer
Mieka van der Ploeg – Costume Designer
Claire Chrzan – Lighting Designer
Michael Bodeen – Sound Designer
Yeaji Kim – Projections Designer

About The Cast

ANNABEL ARMOUR (Cait)

ANNABEL ARMOUR (Cait) is a member of the Remy Bumppo Core Ensemble where she has appeared in hang, Pygmalion, Fallen Angels, The Clean House, The Goator Who is Sylvia, A Delicate Balance, and Hapgood. Chicago credits include Romeo and Juliet(First Folio); The Gospel According to James(Victory Gardens). She has also appeared in Outside Mullingar (Northlight); Cabaret(Marriot Lincolnshire); At Home at the Zoo(Victory Gardens); Picnic(Writers); A Blameless Life(Steppenwolf); Sunday in the Park with George(Chicago Shakespeare). Regionally she has been seen inPride and Prejudice(Cleveland Playhouse); The Grapes of Wrath(Fords Theatre D.C); and Clybourne Park(Asolo Rep). Annabel has won three Jeff Awards for performance, including for Remy Bumppo’s production of The Goat,and been nominated for four more.

JACK DeCESARE (Robbie)

JACK DeCESARE (Robbie) is thrilled to work with Remy Bumppo for the first time. Chicago credits include understudying Short Shakes: Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare) and Rembrandt (Steppenwolf). Television credits include Chicago Justice(NBC). Big shout outs to Stewart Talent and my family. I’m incredibly grateful for their continual love and support.

SHAWN DOUGLASS (Robert)

SHAWN DOUGLASS (Robert) is a Remy Bumppo Core Ensemble member where he has appeared in Born Yesterday, The Life of Galileo, The Clean House, Changes of Heart, Night and Day, Aren’t We All?, Humble Boy, Major Barbara, Holiday, and Man and Superman. Chicago credits include Private Lives (Writers); Lady Windemere’s Fan (Northlight); Henry IV (Court); The Birthday Party, and Uncle Vanya (Apple Tree), and Season’s Greetings (Candlelight’s Forum). Other credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, Antony and Cleopatra, Love’s Labour’s Lost,Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (American Players Theater); Henry V (Milwaukee Shakespeare); As Bees in Honey Drown (Madison Rep); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Next Act);Julius Caesar, and You Never Can Tell (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks).

BRYCE GANGEL (Caithleen)

BRYCE GANGEL (Caithleen) is excited to work with Remy Bumppo again having understudied You Never Can Tell. Chicago credits include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Court); 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting…)(Jackalope); Dry Land (Rivendell); Posh (Steep); Between You, Me, & the Lampshade (Teatro Vista); All American (Redtwist); Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Filament). Film/TV Credits include Chicago Fire, Crisis (NBC); The Exorcist (FOX); Embeds (Go90); and the feature films, Princess Cydand Dreaming Grand Avenue. Bryce is a graduate of Loyola University and the School at Steppenwolf. She is represented by Paonessa Talent.

About the Playwright - Steven Dietz

STEVEN DIETZ (Playwright) Steven Dietz’s thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries and his work has been translated into ten languages. Recent world premieres include BLOOMSDAY (2016 Steinberg New Play Award Citation); THIS RANDOM WORLD (40th Humana Festival of New American Plays); and ON CLOVER ROAD (NNPN “rolling world premiere”). Other recent work includes RANCHO MIRAGE (Edgerton New Play Award), THE SHIMMERING, and AMERICAN LA RONDE. His two-theatre commission of companion plays for adult and young audiences—THE GREAT BEYOND and THE GHOST OF SPLINTER COVE—will premiere in 2019. A two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award (FICTION, STILL LIFE WITH IRIS), Dietz is also a two-time finalist for the American Theatre Critic’s Steinberg New Play Award (LAST OF THE BOYS, BECKY’S NEW CAR). He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for LONELY PLANET, and the 2007 Edgar Award® for Drama for SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE. Other widely produced plays and adaptations include YANKEE TAVERN, JACKIE & ME, SHOOTING STAR, DRACULA, INVENTING VAN GOGH, GOD’S COUNTRY, PRIVATE EYES, and THE NINA VARIATIONS. Dietz taught in the graduate playwriting and directing program at UT/Austin for twelve years, and continues to work as a Dramatists Guild “Traveling Master,” offering workshops and master classes around the country.

About the Director - J.R. Sullivan

J.R. SULLIVAN (Director) is a director, producer, and writer, having worked in theaters nationwide as well as heading companies as artistic director. The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout hailed his 2018 Off-Broadway revival at the Mint Theatre of Lillian Hellman’s Days to Comeas one of the top productions of the year. From 2009-2013, Jim was the Artistic Director of New York’s Pearl Theatre Company, presented with a Drama Desk Award in 2011, where he directed productions of Hard Times, Playboy of the Western World, Widowers’ Houses, Biography, The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard II,A Moon for the Misbegotten, and the New York premiere of Wittenberg. Sullivan was the founder and producing director of the New American Theater in northern Illinois, a company that thrived under his direction before he moved on to a free-lance career and then to his stint as associate artistic director with the Utah Shakespeare Festival from 2002-2009, staging productions ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, including Henry IV, Part One,Amadeus, Hamlet, Henry V, The Glass Menagerie, and Romeo and Juliet. His work has also been seen in regional theaters nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Theatre X, Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, the Delaware Theatre Company, and the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. In Chicago Sullivan has directed for Northlight Theatre, American Theatre Company, Turnaround, A Red Orchid Theatre, Live Bait Theatre, Prop Theatre, and the Onyx Theatre. His adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, in collaboration with Joseph Hanreddy,have been produced at regional houses nationwide, including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Oregon, Utah, and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Great Lakes Shakespeare, South Coast Repertory, Round House Theatre, People’s Light & Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Connecticut Rep. www.jrsullivan.net

Administrative Office

3717 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 237
Chicago, IL 60613
773.244.8119

Performance Venue

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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