Richard III finds himself unsuited for the sudden peace of his brother’s rule and embroils himself in a net of schemes, seductions, and murders in order to achieve the throne. Follow the epic rise and fall of one of history’s most notorious villains against the backdrop of an anxious society torn apart by three decades of civil war. As the story unfolds, we are faced with an uncomfortable question: How can we secure a future for ourselves when we cannot escape the past?
Leo Bevington (Richard) is psyched to be working on their final show here. But don't be fooled, they're not graduating until December (although they'll be spending fall in Paris, which is pretty neat). Leo's last project with UT was directing Henry VI last year, and before that they mostly acted. Most recently they were seen as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. One could say that outdoor Shakespeare is Leo's jam.
Sahil Nerurkar (Buckingham) is a first year Economics and Law, Letters, and Society Major. He has previously appeared in the Dean's Men production of As You Like It (Duke Ferdinand/Hymen).
Olenka Wellisz (Elizabeth/Clarence/Oxford) is a first year creative writing and probably English major. She has previously been in Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It, which were both comedies. During these plays she felt deeply that there was something missing from her life; she found out what this was while getting stabbed in Richard III and watching the blood fly from her blood pack onto the murderous knife. For indeed, is there ever anything so lovely as carnage? Anything so glorious as despair? Of course not.
Ava Geenen (Queen Margaret) is a second year Philosophy and Psychology major. Previously with University Theater she directed Much Ado About Nothing and acted in As You Like It (Celia). She was trained in acting at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Tempest Wisdom (Duchess of York) is a student in the college.
Ezra Feldman (Lady Anne) is a student in the college.
Lucia Geng (Catesby) is a first year in the College. She has previously appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Verges), and is very excited to act in her second Dean's Men and UT show.
Leo Wehner (Ratcliffe/King Edward/Others) is a first year tentatively studying Creative Writing and History. This is his second performance with University Theater and the Dean's Men; he played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing during winter quarter. He is excited to be working on this production and looking forward to spending more years with UT!
Maria Zurita (Grey/Tyrell/Others) is a third year English and Political Science major. She has previously been involved in UT workshops: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Henry Wotton) and The Cherry Orchard (Fiers), and Classical Entertainment Society's Timon of Athens (Flaminius, Poet, Murderer) and is thrilled to be a part of her first Dean's Men production.
Gowri Rao (Hastings/Others) is a student in the college.
Michael Allara (Shadow) is a third year Biology and English Major. He previously worked on The Rope (Bentley), Romeo & Juliet (ASM), and Urinetown (Trombone). He also often performs and writes for Theater.
Noah Friedlander (Shadow) is a student in the college.
Hope Gundlah (Shadow) is a second year English and TAPS major. Previous shows include Comedy of Errors (Merchants/Messenger), Circe (Zoe/The Nymph), She Kills Monsters (Farrah/Evil Gabbi), Peter & The Starcatcher (Molly Aster), and Love's Labour's Lost (Maria). She is also the Assistant to the Director of the Youth Ensemble at The Revival and will be performing and working in the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival this summer.
Ken Leng (Shadow) is a third year Comparative Human Development major, considering a minor in either Gender and Sexuality Studies or Astronomy and Astrophysics. He has previously worked on West Side Story (Shark/Pepe), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Pigpen), Footloose (Ren McCormick), and The Music Man (Ensemble).
Julia Lytle (Shadow) is a student in the college.
Joseph Ramirez (Shadow) is a second year Biochemistry and Chemistry major. He has previously worked on Love's Labour's Lost (Pit Orchestra Bass).
Emily Stevens (Shadow) is a second year English Literature major and TAPS minor. Previous credits with UT and Fire Escape Films include Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Assistant Costumes), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Assistant Props), Full Spectrum Dominance (Assistant to the Secretary of Defense) and Death Window (Salon Receptonist).
Cori Mayer (Director) is a student in the college.
Doğa Sarıer (Production Manager) is a student in the college.
Charlie Lovejoy (Stage Manager/Associate Sound Designer) is a fourth year English literature major. Charlie’s recent stage management credits include Two Mile Hollow, American Hero (First Floor Theater); La Ronde (American Theater Company); Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (Emerald City Theater); You On the Moors Now (The Hypocrites); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, West Side Story, By the Bog of Cats, Miss Julie, Marigolds, Amadeus (UT); Not I, Watch Your Language C*nt, All choiceless She (TAPS); Don Quixote, Cinderella (UBallet); Reflections (Maya); and several workshops with The Hypocrites and The House Theatre. Charlie has also production managed and props designed for UT, among various other roles; was on Committee from 2015-'18, as Secretary for 2017-'18; and is a Dean’s Men Board member and Theater Curator.
Maxine King (Scenic Designer) is a student in the college.
ted bourget (Costume Designer) is a student in the college.
Gina Kim (Costume Designer) is a second year Economics major. This is the first play she has designed for, and was her gateway into UT.
Lynn Chong (Props Designer) is a first year Anthropology major. She has previously worked on Peter and the Starcatcher (Props), The Misanthrope (Eliante), and Love's Labour's Lost (Katherine). She is also a member of the UT Student Committee.
Abby Weymouth (Lighting Designer) is a second year Chemistry major. She has previously worked on Peter and the Starcatcher (Lighting Designer), Circe (Assistant Lighting Designer), Weekend of Workshops Fall 2016 (Assistant Lighting Designer), and Comedy of Errors (Assistant Set Designer).
Seph Mozes (Dramaturg, Understudy Richard) is a fourth year TAPS and Gender/Sexuality Studies major. He has worked with the Dean's Men almost every quarter since his first year, and is very proud to be finishing his time at UChicago as part of this show.
Eric Karsten (Master Electrician) is a second year majoring in Math and Economics. He is involved with University Theater, Oeconomica, and the technical staff of the Logan Performance Hall. His past credits include: Eurydice, Lear, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Beauty and the Beast, The 39 Steps, Legally Blonde, and Richard III as Lighting Designer, Next to Normal as Master Electrician.
Lena Breda (Assistant Director) is a second year History major. This is her first show with UT and she is thrilled to have begun working with UT with such an amazing cast and crew! She is also excited to be directing A Streetcar Named Desire in the Fall, thanks to the guidance and experience she has reaped from this production. Lena is originally from Portland, Oregon, and her proudest accomplishment is winning the accolade "Best Dirt Related Ideas."
Melaina Leung (Assistant Production Manager) is a first year planning to major in Anthropology. This is her first University Theater production, and she looks forward to getting involved in many more in the future.
Sam Sobel (Assistant Stage Manager) is a student in the college.
Neha Lingareddy (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a first year Computer Science major. She has previously worked as an assistant scenic designer on Love's Labour Lost.
Arya Muralidharan (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a first year Computational and Applied Math major. This is her first UT/Dean's Men show.
Isaiah Newman (Tech Staff Liaison) is a student in the college.