hamlet is dead. no gravity

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Jan 3rd, 2014

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by Ewald Palmetshofer
Translated by Neil Blackadder
An English-language World Premiere directed by Seth Bockley

An under-cooked roast on Grandma’s 95th birthday. A high school friend’s funeral. Reunions with ex-lovers. Adultery and homicidal fantasies at home. Something is definitely rotten in the suburban home town of siblings Dani and Mani. And with everything balanced so precariously, it’s clear that someone is bound to take a spill. A searing tragicomedy by internationally acclaimed Austrian playwright Ewald Palmetshofer in its English-language world premiere.

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MEET THE CAST

AmandaAmanda Drinkall (Dani) is a Red Tape Ensemble Member, where her credits include: Lear, The Skriker, Brand, The Love of the Nightingale, The Making of a Modern Folk Hero at CFANN 2011 and Pullman, WA. Other Chicago credits: Measure for Measure (Goodman) and the upcoming Venus in Fur (Goodman, Spring ‘14), Great Expectations (Strawdog), Pride and Prejudice (Lifeline), an understudy role in Failure: A Love Story at Victory Gardens Theater; an understudy role in Pony at About Face Theatre; and Othello (Desdemona), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), A Winter’s Tale (Perdita) and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), all with The Back Room Shakespeare Project. Regional credits: Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors (Luciana) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. Ms. Drinkall holds a BFA in acting performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Sarah GrantSarah Grant (Bine) is thrilled to be on the Red Tape stage again where she last appeared in Church/Pullman, WA. Other Chicago credits include A Very Merry Madrigal (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), Cleave (The Inconvenience), Godspell (Provision Theatre), Ephemera (Polarity Ensemble Theatre), and Bah, Humbug! at Piccolo Theatre where she is an ensemble member. She has also worked at Theatre Seven, and The House Theatre. Offstage, she enjoys dramaturgy, and holds an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Lona Livingston headLona Livingston (Caro)This is Lona’s sixth year as an ensemble member at Red Tape and her 6th performance with the company. Previous productions include Jeff Award winner, Love of the Nightingale, Jeff Nominated, Elephant’s Graveyard, Brand, Obscura, and Enemy of the People. Recently, Lona received a Best Ensemble Jeff award for Idomeneus at Sideshow Theatre. She will perform Wit in May at the Raven Theatre. Thanks to Seth and Red Tape for making Hamlet an extraordinary experience. (Favorite roles include Picnic, Isn’t it Romantic. Cabaret, and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at theatres in Tennessee and Florida.)

JohnJohn Fenner Mays (Kurt) is delighted to be working with Red Tape Theatre for the first time and to be delving into this fascinating script by Ewald Palmetshofer. An 18 year veteran of Chicago’s storied off-loop scene, John has appeared in well over 30 stage productions with more than a dozen different theatre companies. Favorite roles include Adam from

Bathsheba Doran’s “Kin”(Griffin Theatre), Chebutykin from Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”(Piven Theatre), Christian from Phillip Dawkins’ “Dead Letter Office”(Dog and Pony Theatre), Nick from Lillian Hellman’s “Autumn Garden” (Eclipse Theatre), Bradley from Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child”(Mary Arrchie Theatre), Riley from Michael Henry

Brown’s “King of Coons”(Congo Square Theatre) and Jerry from Denis Johnson’s “Soul of a Whore”(Viaduct Theatre). Commercial work includes a currently running national spot for US Bank and Coors light(2009). Over a half-dozen film roles includes the freaked out Deputy Sheriff in the back seat of John Dillinger’s get-away car(Johnny Depp) in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies.” Tremendous thanks to Seth and as always my love to Lorraine.

blake_russell_headshotBlake Russell (Oli) is thrilled to work with Red Tape Theatre in their 10th Anniversary Season. Previous credits include The Decades Project with Collaboraction, GrimmFest with First Floor Theater, LiveWire Chicago’s VisionFest, Spirits to Enforce with Abraham Werewolf, Cowboys & Vikings with Erica Mott, UK tours of The Operature with ATOM-r, as well as various performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, The Den Theater, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Blake is a company member with ATOM-r and an artistic associate with Abraham Werewolf. This May, he co-produces the Chicago Home Theater Festival (chicagohtf.org) which brings theatre & film to homes across the entire city. CHTF is supported by the Propeller Fund and our audience’s radical generosity.

Blake is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency and a recent alumni of the School of Steppenwolf ’13. Special thanks to my folks, to this amazing group of artists & technicians, and to you.

AlexAlex Stage (Mani) is thrilled to be making his Red Tape debut. His Chicago theatre credits include Appropriate (Victory Gardens); The March (Steppenwolf); Letter’s Home and The Burnt Part Boys (Griffin Theatre); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Theo Ubique); Hamlet (The Hamlet Project). Other theatre credits: The End (2010 Humana Festival), A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, and Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Hamlet and The Tempest (Great River Shakespeare Festival). Alex received his BFA from the University of Evansville.

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