by Michael Frayn
directed by Alex Hearn
Erratic actors are unraveling under the pressure on the eve of opening night as the director struggles to keep his production from tumbling into chaos in Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning farce. Directed by Alex Hearn, Noises off takes audiences backstage to experience the drama unfolding out of the spotlight and in the wings. When the curtain falls on forgotten lines and abandoned plots, romantic hopes may be dashed and careers trashed.
Laurie Beckoff (Dotty Otley) is a fourth-year English major, Dean's Man, and Blackfriar with ten UT credits including The Seagull (Paulina), Twelfth Night (Fool), Macbeth (First Witch), Cabaret (Helga), As You Like It (Phebe), and workshops. She also choreographed Urinetown and The Drowsy Chaperone, wrote the book and lyrics of GATSBY: The Musical (New Work Week 2016), and participated in six Theaters as a writer, director, and actor. A lifelong Anglophile, Laurie studied abroad at Oxford University, where she appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck. Noises Off is her final UT show, and she is thrilled to come full-circle by leaving UT the way she entered: with a British accent. She would like to thank the University Theater community for four incredible years of theatrical shenanigans.
Brandon Callender (Lloyd Dallas) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Computer Science. His UT/Dean's Men credits include Belleville (Alioune), Twelfth Night (Antonio), Love's Labour's Lost (Berowne), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus/Mustardseed), Selections from Angels in America (Joe), Henry V (Chorus), and Hedda Gabler (Brack). Once a Dean's Man Always a Dean's Man.
Zach Bamford (Garry) is a second-year English/Political Science major. He has previously acted for UT in Macbeth and Rumors.
Peyton Walker (Brooke) is a second-year in the College double majoring in Visual Arts and Art History. Previous involvement with UT as an actress includes her roles in Workshops' What a Wild Party (Kate), Amadeus (Katerina Cavalieri), and Love's Labor's Lost (Katherine). Other UT credits include assistant costume designer on Marigolds and head costume designer on Hamlet. She is excited to be returning to UT after having the pleasure of being involved with independent projects, such as House of Cards and, most recently, Wittgenstein's Mistress as Kate.
Ali Futter (Poppy Norton-Taylor) is a first-year in the College. Previous acting credits include Urinetown (Little Sally).
Jakob Solheim (Frederick Fellowes) is a second-year Public Policy and Economics major in the College. Acting credits from this year include Hamlet (Rosencrantz) and Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew).
Natalie Pasquinelli (Belinda) is a second-year in the College majoring in Sociology. Previous acting credits with University Theater include Miss Julie (Julie), Rumors (Claire), and Closer (Anna).
Michael Procassini (Tim Allgood) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Biological Sciences. You may remember him from Urinetown (Officer Barrel), The Seagull (Medvedenko), or, in a throwback to first year The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster/Pastry Chef #2). Michael would like to thank his parents and friends for supporting artistic endeavors.
Roderick Luke "Derek" Chan (Selsdon Mowbray) is a third-year in the College majoring in Psychology. Previous acting credits include Urinetown (Senator Fipp) and UofC Commedia (Stupino). Derek is also a member of Chicago's Rhythm and Jews, serving as AcaCouncil Representative.
Alex Hearn (Director) is a third-year in the College studying Public Policy. He mostly acts but sometimes directs. This is the third UT farce he's directed, having directing Rumors and The Still Alarm the previous two springs. Former acting credits include By the Bog of Cats (Ghost Fancier/Young Dunne) and Suburbia (Jeff). He really likes comedy, and occasionally clowns around as Pulcinella for UofC Commedia. He's the treasurer of UT Committee.
Felicia Rustandy (Production Manager) is a third-year in the College majoring in Biological Sciences. Previous credits include Amadeus (APM), Rumors (APM), and Twelfth Night (PM). Outside of UT, Felicia can be found volunteering at Comer Children's Hospital.
Natalie Wagner (Stage Manager) is a third-year student majoring in Law, Letters, and Society. Her UChicago stage management credits include By the Bog of Cats, Suburbia, Endgame, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and four mainstage shows as ASM. She works on Tech Staff as the Assistant to the North Theater Campus Manager and serves as a Curator for the quarterly Theater festival. Additionally, she has worked on multiple summer theater festivals in NYC, including two New York Musical Theatre Festival productions: Spot on the Wall (PA) and the concert Beyond Words (SM).
Gabi Mulder (Set Designer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Previous design credits include The Seagull (Set Designer), Rumors (Set Designer), and Fifth Planet (Set Designer).
Sofia Johnson (Costume Designer) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Comparative Human Development. Previously for UT, she costume designed The Seagull and Cowboy Mouth, assistant costume designed A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Drowsy Chaperone, and acted in Workshops and Theater. She is also an ensemble member of UChicago Commedia, and has worked with them for 8 productions.
Isaiah Newman (Props Designer) is a second year in the College majoring in Mathematics, with a minor in English and Creative Writing. He has previously worked as Assistant Scenic Designer on multiple UT/TAPS productions, including most recently The Seagull (Winter 2016).
Michael Roy (Lighting Designer) is a fourth-year Chemistry major. He was worked previously on many UT productions and is glad to have the opportunity to design Noises Off.
Alex Hale (Sound Designer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Anthropology and Philosophy. Previous tech credits include As You Like It (assistant sound design), Sleuth (assistant sound design), Belleville (sound design), Urinetown (sound design), and Indian Women Across the Ages (sound design).
Tiffany (Tippo) Wang (Technical Director) is a third-year Psychology major. She is a member of UT/TAPS Technical Staff.
Sydney Purdue (Master Painter) is a second year majoring in Statistics. She has previously worked as a Scenic Designer on By the Bog of Cats and Twelfth Night and will be designing for the upcoming fall production of Iphigenia and Other Daughters. This quarter, she is also master painting for West Side Story.
Ruth Wellin (Dramaturg) is a student in the College.
Rileigh Luczak (Master Electrician) is a second-year in the College majoring in Mathematics with a minor in HIPS. Recent lighting credits with UT include Urinetown (LD), This is How it Goes (ALD), and Amadeus (ME). She has also stage managed for Le Vorris & Vox Circus.
Charlie Lovejoy (Committee Liaison) is a second-year English literature and TAPS double-major. Charlie is primarily a stage manager; UT credits include Miss Julie (SM), Context (SM), By the Bog of Cats (floor manager), Amadeus (ASM), and Marigolds (ASM). Charlie is currently stage managing West Side Story and APDing Romeo & Juliet. Over the past seven years, Charlie has production stage managed eighteen productions through community, professional, and school theatre.
Daniel Heins (Tech Staff Liaison) is a member of Tech Staff.
Sigrid Sutter (Dialect Coach) trained at The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. She teaches acting and heightened text for The Theatre School at DePaul.
Greg Poljacik (Fight Choreographer) is known for his work on Divergent (2014), Retroaction (2013) and Heaven Is Hell (2014).
Sherlock Ziauddin (Assistant Director) is a student in the College.
Adam Johnson (Assistant Production Manager) is a third year in the College. Previously with UT, he has acted, directed, and dramaturged. Adam currently serves as the Chair of University Theater Committee.
Nera Zhang (Assistant Production Manager) is a first-year in the College. She managed The Monkey King in the winter, and plans to continue PMing in the future.
Olivia Malone (Assistant Stage Manager) is a first-year in the College majoring in Computer Science with a prospective Statistics minor. Her previous UT credits are A Weekend of Workshops: The Monkey's Paw (SM) and Urinetown (ASM).
Zoe Berra (ASM) is a third-year Computer Science major in the college. Previous shows include Hamlet (APM), as well as various roles in Le Vorris & Vox circus productions.
Ruben Lesnick (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a fourth-year Biology major. This is his first time working on a design team with UT. Previous appearances on stage include The Seagull (Shamrayev), The Candles (Ahab), Love's Labour's Lost (Dumaine), Selections from Angels in America (Louis), and As You Like It (Silvius).
Carolyn Hruban (Assistant Costume Designer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Biochemistry. This is her second time working on a UT show, previously she was assistant costume designer for Clean House.
Alicia Zhao (Assistant Costume Designer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Economics and Linguistics. She is also a member of the Commedia dell'Arte troupe on campus.
Ivan Ost (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a first-year in the College tentatively majoring in Political Science. This is his first show at the University.
Christian Castro Romero (Asst. Sound Designer) is a second-year Psychology and TAPS major. He is the Assistant Sound for Noises Off. High school credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Antigone, Guys & Dolls, and Our Town. He served as Stage Mgr., Light and Sound Board Op, Stage Hand and actor (Nicely-Nicely Johnson). UT and other on campus theatrical group credits include Macbeth (Sound Asst.), Cowboy Mouth (Sound Asst.), CES's Frankenstein (Sound Designer), Logan's Puppet Festival: The Temp (Light Asst.), Dean's Men's Love's Labour's Lost (Light Asst. & Asst. Stage Mgr.), Commedia’s Freudzen (Sound Designer), CES's Haunted House (Scenic Designer), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Asst. Props), Urinetown (Sound Asst.), Maroon TV’s Singularity (Props Designer), Weekend of Workshops: Almondseed/Almondella (Director and Playwright), Belleville (Asst. Sound), Hamlet (Asst. Set), and The Girl Show (Performer).
Emma Heras is a second-year in the College majoring in Geophysical Sciences. She has previously worked on many shows, most recently including By the Bog of Cats, Krapp's Last Tape, and Rumors. She is currently also working on this quarter's production of West Side Story.
Jennifer Wang (Apprentice Painter) is a first-year in the College majoring in Visual Art and Public Policy.
Jacob Goodman (Electrician) is a student in the College.
Will Shore (Electrician) is a student in the College.