Blake Hammond (Alexander Woollcott)
BLAKE HAMMOND returns to Chicago after a seven year absence and has the good fortune to once again be playing Alexander Woollcott, a role he created in the World Premiere production at Florida Stage winning the 2001 Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Other credits include- Broadway: The Music Man (Jacey Squires in the barbershop quartet), Kiss Me Kate (Phillip), and On the Town (Uperman, Emcee). Off Broadway: Carnival and Do Re Mi (City Center), The Emperor (Promenade), On the Town (NYSF), and When Pigs Fly (also in Los Angeles winning the LA Drama Critics Award). National Tours: The Lion King (Pumba), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), and JosephDreamcoat (Napthali). NY workshop: Bells Are Ringing (Kennedy Center), Disney's Hunchback (in pre-production for a new live action film version), and Sondheim's The Frogs (Lincoln Center). Film and television include: MAFIA!, Rookie of the Year, Desperation Blvd, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and the CD Rom Star Trek: Klingon Academy. Blake has appreared in over 30 productions in the Chicago area and is making his Northlight Theatre debut.
SUSIE McMONAGLE Broadway: Les Miserables (Fantine). National Tours:The Secret Garden (Martha / Ensemble); Les Miserables (Fantine); The Sound of Music and Some Enchanted Evening. Regional credits include: Papermill Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre and New American Theatre in Sunday in the Park with George (Dot / Marie), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), Me and My Girl Sally, Denver Drama Critic's Circle), Misalliance (Hypatia). Other Chicago credits include: Flora Crewe in Indian Ink and Shelby in The Spitfire Grill, both at Appletree Theatre and Trina in Falsettoland at Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Susie is a 5 time Joseph Jefferson nominee for her performance in Miss Saigon (Ellen), Evita (Eva Peron), and Chess (Florence) at Marriott Theatre; Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney) at Drury Lane Oakbrook; and Side Show (Daisy) at Northlight Theatre. B.F.A. Stephens College.
SEAN FORTUNATO was last seen as Dvornichek in Rough Crossing at Writers' Theatre where he also appeared as Tegeus in A Phoenix Too Frequent (After Dark Award-Performance), Carlos in Spite For Spite (After Dark Award-Production), Le Duc in Incident at Vichy (After Dark Award-Ensemble) and Bolingbroke in Richard II. Other credits include: Sylvestre in Scapin (Court Theatre/Intiman Theatre, WA); Matthew in Private Eyes (Old Globe Theatre, CA); Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Le Beau in As You Like It (Goodman Theatre); Exeter in Henry V the Duke in Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare); Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Paul in Big (Drury Lane-Oakbrook); Joe Farkas in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, O'Hara in Rain (Peninsula Players, Door County, WI); Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Tranio in Taming of the Shrew (First Folio Shakespeare); Siro in The Mandrake (greasy joan & co.); the Duke in Measure for Measure (Milwaukee Shakespeare); Brutus in Julius Caesar (Montana Shakespeare).
GENE WEYGANDT is a three-time Joseph Jefferson Best Actor recipient.
On Broadway he created the role of Paul in the multi-zillion dollar
production of "Big: The Musical". Television credits
include Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cybill, Drew Carey, Ellen,
Coach, and Thunder Alley. Here in Chicago, he's appeared at Steppenwolf
in Inspecting Carol, and at the Royal George in Lend Me a Tenor
as well as Little Shop of Horrors. At the Marriott Lincolnshire
he's starred in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in The Ukraine, Arthur:
The Musical, Me And My Girl, and Phantom of The Country Palace,
written by Cheri Coons and Micheal Duff, book by Kathy Santen
and Sean Grennan. Mr. Weygandt is a voice actor you've heard hundreds
of times on radio and television, an avid BMW motorcyclist and
proud dad. Love to TC.
IRIS LIEBERMAN returns to Northlight directly from starring in "Dames at Sea" at Drury Lane Oakbrook. She last appeared here as the Dresser in "Enter the Guardsman". Since then she did "My Fair Lady", "Big, The Musical", Anything Goes", and was stand-by for both the mother and daughter roles in "On Golden Pond" all at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Earlier this year she played Tessie Tura in "Gypsy" at Theatre at the Center and took over the role of Mama Rose in that production. She has performed regularly at Marriott's Linconshire Theatre in "Mame" "Big River", "Houdini", "Phantom", "Ms. Cinderella", and "Baby" to name a few. Favorite roles she has played are Kate in "Sylvia", at Madison Rep, Sally in "Tally's Folly", Ruth in "Blithe Spirit", Lizzie in "110 In the Shade", Ella in "Bells are Ringing", and the title role in "Evita". Winner of a Joseph Jefferson Award for her performance in "Robert and Elizabeth", she is also busy in commercials and print, currently seen in ads for Crest and bill boards for Illinois Lotto. Her film and TV credits include "Hoodlum", "The Relic", "Groundhog Day", "Missing Persons", and "Early Edition". Thanks to B.J., Cheri, Michael, Joe and Marla.
SARA DAVIS is delighted to make her Northlight debut. Chicago credits include Lily in The Secret Garden, for which she won the Joseph Jefferson Award (Apple Tree Theatre), Babes in Arms, One Touch of Venus, Strike Up the Band, and Promises, Promises, (Ovations! series at the Auditorium Theatre), Peggy Sue Got Married , Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and The Taffetas (Marriott Theatre), Brigadoon, Annie Get Your Gun, The Most Happy Fella, It's a Wonderful Life, Phantom, and Fiddler on the Roof (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Female Problems: An Unhelpful Guide (Jeff nomination) and Passion (Pegasus Players), Phantom (Candlelight Dinner Playhouse),The Sound of Music (Theatre at the Center), A Holiday Spin (Bailiwick Repertory), and Yadda Yadda Yadda: The Lyrics of Cheri Coons (Royal George). Regional appearances include Chrissy in Phantom of the Country Opera , Annie Warbucks , The Wizard of Oz , Sweet Charity , The Nerd , and the national tour of Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
GEORGE KEATING most happily returns to Northlight where he appeared as many outrageous characters in EVERYTHING'S DUCKY. He comes directly from playing Skimbleshanks in CATS at The Marriott Theatre where his many credits include Linville in DAMN YANKEES and The Butler in JOSEPH. His association with Cheri Coons and Michael Duff has been long and fruitful, most notably the original reading and demo of AT WIT'S END and various incarnations of YADDA YADDA YADDA. He was honored to appear as the emcee of Broadway in Chicago/ClearCom's THE SING-A-LONG WIZARD OF OZ at the Oriental Theatre. He is a co-founder of Theatrebam Chicago and co-creator of their original hit SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! (which he has performed over 2,000 times throughout the country and off-Broadway at The Atlantic Theatre). Other notable acting credits include The Baron in GRAND HOTEL and John Truitt in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Theatre at the Center; George Bailey in A WONDERFUL LIFE, Frankie in FOREVER PLAID and the title role in BARNUM at The Wagon Wheel Theatre. George is dedicated to Theatre for Young Audiences and his teaching career. He will return to Northwestern this summer to teach Voice & Movement at the National High School Institute. He is grateful to the fabulous Northlight staff, Cheri and Michael and his sweet Kitten.
CARRIE McNULTY is honored to be making her Northlight debut in "At Wits End". Audiences may remember Carrie from her recent run in "I love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at They Royal George, with many performances as Woman #1. Other recent credits include: The Sea witch in "The Little Mermaid" (Marriott Lincolnshire TYA), Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly" (Wagon Wheel), Velma Kelly in "Chicago" (Pheasant Run), Ms. Pascal in "The House of Yes" (Circle Theatre), Tara/Muse in "Muscle" (Pegasus Players), and Tessie Tura in "Gypsy" (Bailiwick Repertory). She had the pleasure of working with Ms. Coons and Mr. Duff as Sally Barker in their hilarious musical "Phantom of the Country Opera". Much love and thanks to her supportive mom and dad, and this wonderful cast and crew.
MARCI MEDWED is thrilled to be making her debut at the Northlight Theatre with At Wit's End. Other Chicago credits include: Luisa in The Fantasticks (Pegasus Players); Gypsy and State Fair (Theater at the Center); Children of Eden (Porchlight Theatre); Bye Bye Birdie (Marriott Lincolnshire); The Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Princess of President Street and Stars in Your Eyes (Illinois Theatre Center); BS (Free Associates). She also recorded the original cast album of Madame X, for which she sang the role of Marie, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Throughout May, Marci can be seen as the Princess in Aladdin on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Marci would like to thank Cheri, Michael, Joe and the entire Northlight staff for this opportunity. She would also like to thank her family and fiancé Blaine for their support. Marci dedicates her performance to the loving memory of her Dad.
JASON SPERLING makes his Northlight Theatre debut in At Wit's End. Most recently, Jason worked with The Noble Fool in the world premiere of Vikings! A Musical in Two Axe understudying three parts, and appeared in Sunday in the Park with George with both Pegasus Players (Boatman) and Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Boatman Understudy). Other Chicago credits include: You Never Know, Kismet, One Touch of Venus and Most Happy Fella (Light Opera Works), Shlemiel the First (Pegasus Players), The Roaring Girl (Shakespeare's Motley Crew), the original cast of Musical! the Musical, and the title role in Man of La Mancha (Phoenix Ascending). Regional credits include: Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (Red Barn Theatre, Wisconsin), Forever Plaid (Old Creamery, Iowa), and Biloxi Blues (Enchanted Hills Playhouse, Indiana). Jason is also an original company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a children's writing and theatre program.
STEPHEN WALLEM makes his Northlight debut with At Wit's End. He was last seen as Bartell D'Arcy in Court Theatre's production of James Joyce's The Dead; a role he will reprise at Court this winter. Other credits include Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music (Ravinia Music Festival), Into the Woods (National Tour), Sunday in the Park with George and The Mystery of Irma Vep (New American Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Organic), and the one-man show Off the Wallem, which garnered him the 1993 After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. For eight years he appeared as both Jinx and Sparky in various companies of Forever Plaid including Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver, Peninsula Players, Theatre at the Center, and the first national tour. Along with collaborator Danny Musha, Stephen is the author of the musical Frozen River, which recently had a staged reading at Lamb's Theater in Manhattan.