A Thousand Times Goodnight: AJ Miller

AJ Miller (The Clown)

AJ Miller (The Clown)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

AJ Miller plays the Clown.

A.J. Miller hails from Michigan but has called Chicago home for 8 years now. He is a member of The Chicago Mammals and has performed in many capacities around Chicago and across the country. Thanks to Jared, Kiri, and the cast for being wondrous!

THE CLOWN enjoys license to say what others might not, but his commentary takes on a more political edge with the arrival of Scheherazade. He soon lands himself in hot water (or a filthy riverside), and is forced to reevaluate his motivations.

“There ‘tis,
Our King woos by his Senses. Imprimus,
He Touch’d and was Touched by th’ bound’ries of
His Bride: by this he is insensate to
The Touch of’s Brother’s Borders. Segundo,
Tonight t’would See, and bask i’th’ Beauty of
The Sultaness as she there bare herself,
And him as well. Thereby shall he be blind
To missives howe’er massive, Bills howe’er
They’re quill’d, and Declarations however
They’re writ. Tertiary yet greater still,
That Night he Tastes and Scents the salty Wife,
May ‘hura Mazda guard the Artists then,
For there is no accounting for our Tastes,
(And Godamercy on our Fishermen, too).
And on the fortieth, mine hurts, will Hear
Scheherazade at last, the very Portals
By his spent Case o’erswell with Melody,
And on the Morrow he hears not your pleas.
So by the Dreaming with his Merry Gentress,
He spends his Senses and awakens Senseless..”
Act III, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Kiri Palm

Kiri Palm (Stage Manager)

Kiri Palm (Stage Manager / Super Hero)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
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KIRI PALM is our illustrious Stage Manager!

Kiri Palm, stage manager, wandered onto the Chicago theatre scene in 2010.  A stage manager, playwright, and actor, she holds BAs in Theatre and German Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Recent stage manager credits include WTC View, Our Leading Lady, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Project 891 Theatre), and Orpheus (Filament Theatre).  In her spare time she enjoys quoting Simon Pegg films and colour-coding her Sharpie collection.

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

 

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Delena Bradley

Delena Bradley, Costume-Genie!

Delena Bradley, Costume-Genie!

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

DELENA BRADLEY is our incredible costume designer!

Delena has had an absolute blast creating costumes for A Thousand Times Goodnight and working with an awesome cast and crew! Delena is the resident Costume Designer for Forget Me Not Theatre Company, past shows with them include most recently costume and set design for Minotaur, costume design for The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice always Wins, Gothic Arch, and Time to Burn. Other credits include art direction for the film Cool Apocalypse, costume design for The Odd Couple: Female Version at Greenhouse Theater and When Angels Wept at City Lit Theatre. Delena is a 2012 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Theatre Design and Technology. Delena would like to thank her incredibly supportive network of friends and family, this would not be possible without them!

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Christopher Aruffo

Christopher Aruffo (The Vizier)

Christopher Aruffo (The Vizier)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
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CHRISTOPHER ARUFFO play the Vizier.

Dr. Christopher Aruffo (teacher, actor, director) has performed in and directed more than 60 plays in the US, the UK, and Canada. Currently based in Chicago, Chris has taught acting classes and workshops for more than 13 years, and is the author of A Rational Guide to Verse: Scansion Made Simple, a guide to Shakespearean language. He is a dialect coach and voiceover artist, and has recorded thirteen volumes of the Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook Collection. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting Performance from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from McMaster University.  Chris’s TEDx talk, explaining why people talk with an accent, can be seen on YouTube.

THE VIZIER, Scheherazade’s father, has been trying literally for years to convince the Sultan to abandon his ridiculous campaign against womankind and return to governance. At the same time, he has been keeping his daughters out of his sovereign’s rapacious eye: but one fateful evening, Scheherazade emerges and seems hellbent on arousing the Sultan’s ire. The Vizier is stuck with the unenviable task of reigning in his daughter’s suicidal obstreperousness.

“For ev’ry Subject
You offer up a Theme: When I would speak
To you of debtors unrepentant, you
Repine the fortunes wasted on a Wife
Who durst to dote upon her Jew’lry more
Than on th’ Jewel of her Master’s Potency,
As though she ought to hang upon the Scepter
Alike to Moses’ staff. A Sultan’s staff
Is sturdy true and ready for his Office,
Yet ‘tis not Evidence of God, whate’er
We fane would have our Ladies testify.
Thus speak you of Taxes, learned Sultan.”
Act I, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Elise Zell

Elise Zell (Dinyzade)

Elise Zell (Dinyzade)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

ELISE ZELL plays Dinyzade.

Elise Zell wants you to know that writing about herself in the third person feels super awkward and contrived, and she doesn’t understand it. I—um, I mean, Elise—has been acting her whole life, but started professionally in 2014, after leaving her job at Human Rights Watch along with my—sorry, her—dignity and sanity, and she’s been all the happier for it. Much love to Interlochen, Pitzer College, University of Michigan, the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship and Nutella. Thank you Monchichi, Master Splinter, Chopbox and lover. And to our fearless playwright, director and deep voice expert—this has been a wondrous work of fantasy. Thank you for letting me in on the magic.

P.S. Elise Zell is proudly represented by Lily’s Talent. Hit them up if you want to give her work. She loves work.

DINYZADE, Scheherazade’s younger sister, is clown character strongly influenced by Launce and Lancelet, with a tiny bit of Touchstone thrown in. Though excitable and easily distracted, it is suggested at times that she is perhaps not as dull-witted as everyone wants to think she is.

“My Lords, I am no great Oratrix like
My Sister, nor hold the pow’r of Polity
As you Commanders have; i’sooth I once
Was driv’n to wrastling with a Mungrel whom
I fail’d to politic out of my Slipper,
That is I could not politic the Slipper
From him. Good Sir, says I, but Neverr says
The Mut: I pray, says I, but Neverr says
The Cur: I command, I, but Neverr says
The Dog: and all an Hour is spent in such
A bootless enterprise, that Slipper’s naught
But bootstraps ‘pon the cease of mine Oration:
Thus dined he on silk, and I tread soleless.
Ah me.”
Act III, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

 

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Zack Meyer

Zack Meyer, Fight Director

Zack Meyer, Fight Director

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

ZACK MEYER is our Fight Director.

Zack Meyer has loved this play ever since being involved in it’s first readings. At 6 years old, Zack was going to college fairs hell bent on finding the right business school to suit his business-y aspirations. Now he teaches people how to sword fight and spins some sweet Shakespearean verse for rowdy drunkards. His mother is sooo proud. Zack is a Chicago Actor, Fight Director/Educator, Founding Member of The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago, Artistic Associate with 20% Theatre Company, Troupe Member with EDGE Theatre Company, and is an instructor with Dueling Arts International. He’s pretty busy. He has a BA in Theater from Western Illinois University and is currently pursuing his MFA from Ohio State University. Keep up to date with him at www.zackmeyer1.com.

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Benjamin Dionysus

Benjamin Dionysus, Lightning and Mask Designer

Benjamin Dionysus, Lightning and Mask Designer

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

BENJAMIN DIONYSUS designs Lighting and Masks.

Benjamin Dionysus is a lighting designer and founding member of the Accidental Shakespeare Company. He is branching out after EDGE Theatre’s Macsith and Accidental’s Macbeth to try a play that isn’t set in Scotland. This is also his first production as mask maker, and he thanks Jeff Semmerling for teaching him everything he knows about maskwork. Benjamin is as loyal and attentive as a Spaniel, and shall receive the Ultimate Reward.

Check out Benjamin’s work for ATTG:

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A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

 

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Miona Lee

Miona Lee (Scheherazade)

Miona Lee (Scheherazade)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

MIONA LEE plays Scheherazade.

Miona Lee received her BFA in Theatre Performance at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She is an Associate Company Member for Strangeloop Theatre and a Company Member for The Living Canvas. Favorite roles include: Emily Cristy in Hack/Slash, Cobweb/Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, various characters in several Living Canvas productions (including credits for writer and movement consultant), Vixen in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Martha Graham in Ten Lives in Performance, various villainous characters at the Springfield Children’s Playhouse, and Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple. Also, thank you to my husband, Tim, for the constant love and support.

SCHEHERAZADE, a Persian maiden (one of few left) has come into womanhood watching the Sultan’s crazed crusade against womankind. One evening she enters the court to bring her father, the Vizier, home to dinner, but instead meets the opportunity to put an end to the Sultan’s madness through reflection, story-telling, and no little bit mockery.

“If Woman names the Sun, shall it be Lunar?
If Woman begs you eat, will you then fast?
If Woman cries you Health, then kill yourself?
And if your Wives should say, Perform the deed
That you yourself hath said, will Men turn Shapeless
As swaddling Boys? and there dissolve beneath
The Sultan’s Doom where presently you were
But firm and resolute? The Path is clear,
I am no Obstacle to your Reason,
Nor to the sound Decisions that you daily
Impress upon my Lord. The Choice is solid;
Our Praises and our Slanders are but Vapors,
Let the Choice stand, walk the path you have brav’d,
I only say that I will follow you,
Not as you are my betters, but that the Path
Is Meet.”
Act IV, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Nathan Ducker

Nathan Ducker (Shah Zaman)

Nathan Ducker (Shah Zaman)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

NATHAN DUCKER plays Shah Zaman

Nathan Ducker has immensely enjoyed his first rehearsed experience with the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company! He has previously appeared in Titus Andronicus and Richard III with Unrehearsed, and was most recently seen in The Winter’s Tale with Fury Theatre. Other favorite credits include Mercutio in Shakespeare’s R&J with Idle Muse theatre company (Jeff nom) and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the James Downing Theatre. Many thanks to Jared for being such a challenging yet nurturing director/writer/teacher, to the cast for being such fun playmates every day, and to my parents for being my biggest fans. Enjoy, gentles!

SHAH ZAMAN, the Sultan’s brother, has been driven from his county by civil unrest. Now he lives in the Sultan’s palace, begging him daily for the aid he needs to retake his own throne. Perhaps overly concerned with position and authority, Zaman allows himself to be led by the nose into a dangerous power-play.

“I cannot stomach poetry amore.
The honest man will speak you plain, but he
That speaks in verses, promulgates
Some secret villainy with frilled words.
Yay or nay me, but never sing me more.”
Act IV, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).

 

A Thousand Times Goodnight: Sarah Tilford

Sarah Tilford (Alma)

Sarah Tilford (Alma)

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT opens July 30!
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4th Floor (Right Brain Project Theatre space)
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE

SARAH TILFORD plays Alma

Sarah is honored to be working with The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company for the very first time. After two years of children’s theatre, playing such rolls as Wendy in Peter Pan and The Genie in Aladdin, it’s been rather refreshing to perform in something with a little more meat. Sarah has admired Shakespeare’s work for years and enjoyed playing characters like Stephano in The Tempest, Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. This has been an enjoyable and educational experience for her and she hopes to work with this company again in the future. Sarah would like to thank her incredibly supportive family, her amazing friends, and her love, Andrew, who probably has this script memorized better than her.

ALMA, the Governess of Persia (who handles, among other things, orphans and servants), has risen about as high as a woman can in the Sultan’s misogynist nation, and her desire to see the land well-run is perpetually frustrated by a childish ruler. When she witnesses the power Scheherazade, a woman, can wield over her sovereign, Alma begins to hatch new ideas on how best to govern the nation.

“I’ll have that Prince, as she her Sultan Lord,
But while she ruleth over him, I’ll reign
Through mine and make myself an Emperess.”
Act III, Scene 1

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
July 30 & 31, August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
7:30pm
ALL TICKETS ARE FREE
Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Jared (jared@unrehearsedchicago.com, jared.mcdaris@gmail.com, or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com).