Schedule - Past

Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 10:30 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 10:30 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 15 December 2017 - 5:30 PM
Presenter: ULCC Jazz Union
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Ensemble: ULCC Jazz Union
Conductor: Jim Gillespie
Chicago Dramatists
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
Maggie, Miss Rosa, and Swing: Miss Lamama

In November 2017, Pegasus Theatre Chicago—the recipient of seventy-seven Joseph Jefferson awards— will present Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery by Shay Youngblood. The play follows “Daughter,” the main character and 25-year-old narrator who shares memories of being raised by a community of women after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming of age tale explores passage into womanhood, race and rituals in the 1960s south. After tragically losing her mother, Daughter is raised by a community of women who share stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery. See the Chicago revival of this hit play!

CAST
Melanie Loren: Daughter
Felicia McNeal: Big Mama
Stacie Doublin / Tina Marie Wright: Aunt Mae
Toni Lynice Fountain: Miss Lamama
debrah neal: Miss Corinne
Sandra Watson: Miss Tom and Miss Mary
Darian Tene: Fannie Mae and Miss Shine

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Ilesa Duncan
Musical Director and Composer: Shawn Wallace
Choreography: Nicole Clarke-Springer
Scenic Design: Elyse Balogh
Costume Design: Paul Kim
Sound Design: Kirstin Johnson
Props Design: Katy Vest
Production Manager: Kelly Butler
Stage Manager: Krystal Dawson
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Weaver
Presenter: Pegasus Theatre Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Chicago Dramatists
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 9 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
Maggie, Miss Rosa, and Swing: Miss Lamama

In November 2017, Pegasus Theatre Chicago—the recipient of seventy-seven Joseph Jefferson awards— will present Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery by Shay Youngblood. The play follows “Daughter,” the main character and 25-year-old narrator who shares memories of being raised by a community of women after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming of age tale explores passage into womanhood, race and rituals in the 1960s south. After tragically losing her mother, Daughter is raised by a community of women who share stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery. See the Chicago revival of this hit play!

CAST
Melanie Loren: Daughter
Felicia McNeal: Big Mama
Stacie Doublin / Tina Marie Wright: Aunt Mae
Toni Lynice Fountain: Miss Lamama
debrah neal: Miss Corinne
Sandra Watson: Miss Tom and Miss Mary
Darian Tene: Fannie Mae and Miss Shine

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Ilesa Duncan
Musical Director and Composer: Shawn Wallace
Choreography: Nicole Clarke-Springer
Scenic Design: Elyse Balogh
Costume Design: Paul Kim
Sound Design: Kirstin Johnson
Props Design: Katy Vest
Production Manager: Kelly Butler
Stage Manager: Krystal Dawson
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Weaver
Presenter: Pegasus Theatre Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Chicago Dramatists
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
Maggie, Miss Rosa, and Swing: Miss Lamama

In November 2017, Pegasus Theatre Chicago—the recipient of seventy-seven Joseph Jefferson awards— will present Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery by Shay Youngblood. The play follows “Daughter,” the main character and 25-year-old narrator who shares memories of being raised by a community of women after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming of age tale explores passage into womanhood, race and rituals in the 1960s south. After tragically losing her mother, Daughter is raised by a community of women who share stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery. See the Chicago revival of this hit play!

CAST
Melanie Loren: Daughter
Felicia McNeal: Big Mama
Stacie Doublin / Tina Marie Wright: Aunt Mae
Toni Lynice Fountain: Miss Lamama
debrah neal: Miss Corinne
Sandra Watson: Miss Tom and Miss Mary
Darian Tene: Fannie Mae and Miss Shine

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Ilesa Duncan
Musical Director and Composer: Shawn Wallace
Choreography: Nicole Clarke-Springer
Scenic Design: Elyse Balogh
Costume Design: Paul Kim
Sound Design: Kirstin Johnson
Props Design: Katy Vest
Production Manager: Kelly Butler
Stage Manager: Krystal Dawson
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Weaver
Presenter: Pegasus Theatre Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
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TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART



is worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great "lionesses" of the lyric theater. An artist whose international career is still at its dawning, this young and beautiful American should reach the summit quickly. Provided, of course, that she preserves the incandescent glow that currently emanates from her every word and gesture. 
-Opera Magazine
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