BOYMoraine Valley Community College
Academic Theater Department

Feb. 25 to March 6, 2022

John and Angeline Oremus Theater

Written by Anna Ziegler Directed by Dr. Craig Rosen

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Joe Gomez

Doug Turner

Jeannie Oakes

Jenny Lafferty

Gracie Polchan

Trudy Turner

Jack Stephens

Dr. Wendell Barnes

Lucy West

Adam/Samantha Turner

Artistic Staff

Dr. Craig Rosen

Director

Jen Kules and Collin Helou

Lighting Designers

Eric Luchen

Scenic Designer

Colin Bradley Meyer

Costume Designer

Jessica Lynn Miller and Jackie Bobbitt

Properties Designer

Productions Staff

Sean McIntosh

Amanda Hantson

Natalia Bednarczyk

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director

Stage Manager

Samantha Dell

Light Board Operator

James Aquino

Deck Creation

About the Cast

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez (Doug Turner) Joe Gomez’s most recent acting credits include Ensemble (How to Survive a Pandemic), The Cop/Bobby/The Bike Messenger (The Bombitty of Errors at Moraine Valley) and Jenkins/TV Announcer/Steve (How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at The Drama Group Theater of Chicago Heights). Aside from being an actor, he is also the CEO of Gomez Grass Goons, a lawn maintenance company operating in the Palos and Orland area since 2019.

Jeannie Oakes

Jeannie Oakes (Jenny Lafferty) is very excited to be returning to the stage after nearly two years of living under a mandated/quarantine rock! She currently attends Moraine Valley and is on the path to becoming a nurse while still pursuing her goals as an actor, musician and long-distance runner. Prior to this expedition, Jeannie trained with top-tier instructors at Acting Studio Chicago, where she completed all four levels of “Shurtleff’s Guideposts” as well ASC’s On-Camera training courses. Her most recent success, however, was booking a national campaign/holiday commercial for Aldi Grocery Stores during the fall of 2020. Jeannie’s current theater credits include Jennie Malone (Neil Simon’s Chapter Two: A Comedy in Two Acts @Betnick’s on Conkey), Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski (Cry-Baby @The Erica Heilmann Theatre) Lulu (Cabaret @The Beverly Theatre Guild). She would like to dedicate this performance to anyone that has ever felt alone, different, afraid or forgotten. You are stronger than you could have ever imagined. There is happiness in this life for you. You are deserving of only the deepest love. #itgetsbetter

Gracie Polchan

Gracie Polchan (Trudy Turner) is a freshman at Moraine Valley and has recently graduated from Argo Community High School, where she was captain of the speech team. She has been in many productions, such as Mary Poppins, The Wolves, Waiting for Godot, Addams Family and The Wizard of Oz. Gracie is extremely excited to be a part of this show!

Jack Stephens

Jack Stephens (Dr. Wendell Barnes) is making his acting debut at Moraine Valley's Fine and Performing Arts Center. Jack is dedicating his performance to his parents, Jacek and Krystyna, for all the love and support they've provided. He would like to especially thank the audience for taking the time to support and engage with local art.

Lucy West

Lucy West (Adam/Samantha Turner) is over the moon to be able to portray Adam/Samantha in this production of Boy. She is no stranger to the stage with productions like How to Survive a Pandemic, Into the Woods, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Madrigal Dinner Shows under her belt, to name a few. Lucy plans to be a high school history teacher and actor in the Windy City. She is grateful for the way theater has helped her find herself and connect with others while bringing people together.

About the Crew

Natalia Bednarczyk (Stage Manager) is very excited to be stage managing her first production at Moraine Valley Community College. Natalia graduated from Lewis University in 2020 with a B.A. in elementary education and is now a fourth grade teacher in Bridgeview. During her time at Lewis, Natalia was an active member in their theater program and stage managed many productions there, such as Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and Leading Ladies. Natalia's current goals are centered around exploring the ways in which academics and the arts can be used to establish safe, collaborative, and equitable spaces for students within and outside the classroom.

Jackie Bobbitt (Properties Designer) started working in the Fine and Performing Arts Center in 2008 while attending Moraine Valley. In addition to being backstage, Jackie enjoys the creativity and collaboration of working on a design team and is very excited to be working on this production of Boy. Previous credits include The Impostors Theatre Company: The House of Baba Yaga; Moraine Valley Community College: Trust, Evil Dead: The Musical, Grease, Machinal, Avenue Q, The Winter's Tale and many other Moraine Valley shows.

Amanda Hantson (Assistant Technical Director) received her Associate in Arts from Moraine Valley and her Bachelor of Arts in theater at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked on Moraine Valley’s production team since 2007. Previous credits include stage managing for Avenue Q, Machinal, Hand to God, Evil Dead: The Musical ‘09 and ’18, and many more at Moraine Valley. She just finished her second tour with Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet of The Nutcracker. Hantson also has been working at other venues such as The Paramount in Aurora, Joe’s Live in Rosemont and the College of DuPage. She has enjoyed taking on the role of assistant technical director and the opportunities that have come with the job.

Jen Kules and Collin Helou (Lighting Designers) boast an extensive list of design credits for theatre, dance, and music both domestically and internationally. Selected credits at Moraine Valley: Hair, American Griot, Heathers, Trust. Chicagoland credits: Lysistrata Jones, Disaster!, Little Miss Sunshine, CREATIVES, The Rosenkrantiz Mysteries. Regional: JUST TOO BIG!, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder, SHOUT! The Mod Musical. Jen and Collin will drink to that.

Eric Luchen (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be working with Moraine Valley Community College for the first time. Since relocating to Chicago in 2010, he has designed over 70 productions in and around the Chicago area, and in 2018 he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Scenic Design for Foxfinder produced by Interrobang Theatre. You can see more of his work at www.ericluchen.com or on Instagram @ericluchen.

Sean McIntosh (Technical Director) has been the technical director at Moraine Valley since 2012. He also works as a freelance scenic and lighting designer in the Chicago area has worked with Oak Park Theater Festival and Citadel Theater. McIntosh received his M.F.A. in scenic design from Boston University. He would like to thank the outstanding work and dedication of the technical crew at the arts center.

Colin Bradley Meyer (Costume Designer) is a Chicago-based costume designer, having worked with many different companies around the Chicago area, like: Citadel Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, Blank Theatre Company, Adventure Stages Chicago, The Conspirators, and many others. Colin has worked around the country and is happy to be back in the Chicago area with their work in front of an audience once again!

Jessica Lynn Miller (Properties Designer) is thrilled to be back designing props at Moraine Valley. Jessica has a special set of skills that allow her to pivot from props, special effects, makeup and mask making. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in technical theater in 2012 at Columbia College Chicago. She also has been a part of the production staff at the Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center since 2007. Her previous design work includes The House of Baba Yaga, Heathers, Evil Dead the Musical, Caged an Allegory, The Wood, Hand to God, Reefer Madness, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dr. Craig Rosen (Director) has been the head of the Moraine Valley Theater Program since 2002. After teaching at University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He has directed over 50 plays in his 20 years at Moraine Valley, including Machinal, Avenue Q, Cabaret, and King Lear. His production of American Griot was selected for production at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In 2017, Dr. Rosen was elected Moraine Valley's Professor of the Year. Dr. Rosen also initiated "Shakespeare Under the Stars," an annual outdoor Shakespearean production on the Moraine Campus.

Timeline Theater presented the Chicago premiere of BOY in 2018. Timeline’s complete program is linked below which includes an article about the context of the play; a glossary to terminology; and biographies of David Reimer and Dr. John Money who were the inspiration for the for BOY. https://bit.ly/34HqMJ3

Open Auditions

Eurydice
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Adrianne Cury

Auditions: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
6 to 9 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center

Sign up in advance in F150, Fine and Performing Arts Center, or contact Dr. Craig Rosen at rosen@morainevalley.edu.

Call Backs: March 10, 2022
Rehearsals begin late March.

  • For the audition, please prepare a short monologue.
  • People of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to audition.
  • Sides/cold readings from the script will be provided if needed.

Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above may register and receive college credit, if you are cast or take part as an extracurricular activity.

Students with a GPA under 2.0 must register to perform for credit.

Performance Dates: April 29 to May 8

For more information contact Dr. Craig Rosen at (708) 974-5432, rosen@morainevalley.edu, or upstairs in Room F244.

Box Office: (708) 974-5500

For more information on these events or other performances or to purchase tickets online, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director

Manager of Theater Operations and Services

Assistant Technical Director

Secretary

Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Sean McIntosh

Julian Tillery

Amanda Hantson

MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Cecilia Vargas

Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Robin Kmiec, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

By attending this performance, you acknowledge that you have granted permission to appear in photographs, video capture and capture by other media in all public spaces in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Your image may be used by Moraine Valley Community College for promotional purposes. This blanket permission releases and  waives any claim against the college and its employees arising from the use of such images in any medium.