EurydiceMoraine Valley Community College
Academic Theater Department

April 29-May 8, 2022

John and Angeline Oremus Theater

Written by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Adrianne Curry

Cast

Lena Werner

Eurydice

Dean Papadopoulos

Her Father

Jason Suwaidan

Orpheus

Joe Gomez

Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of The Underworld

Aron Gomez

Natalie Cross

Lucy West

Big Stone

Little Stone

Loud Stone

Artistic Staff

Adrianne Cury

Director

Jen Kules and Collin Helou

Lighting Designers

Stefan Roseen

Scenic Designer

Julian Tillery

Sound Designer

Colin Bradley Meyer

Jessica Lynn Miller and Jackie Bobbitt

Costume Designer

Properties Designers

Productions Staff

Dr. Craig Rosen

Sean McIntosh

Amanda Hantson

Katie Oomkes

Producer

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director

Stage Manager

Samantha Dell

Run Crew

James Aquino

Light Board Operator

Director's Note

As in the original Orpheus myth, EURYDICE is about the dangers of looking back. On the very day of her wedding, Eurydice looks back, and wishes her dad could be there, which casts a shadow over what IS there, over the NOW. And that shadow welcomes the potential to eschew her own good instincts, leading to her demise. In the restoration of a magical father/daughter relationship, Eurydice discovers how to ‘survive’ in the underworld, but once again there is looking back, on her part, her dad’s, and on Orpheus’. Clearly looking back offers rewards, and

even lessons in how to love unconditionally, but dwelling in that past is dangerous. And attempting to recreate what is gone is foolhardy and may well wreak havoc on all around us.

About the Director

Adrianne Cury

Adrianne Cury (Director) last directed WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET for Theater of Western Springs. Other directing credits: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for Oak Park Festival, SENSE & SENSIBILITY & MAURITIUS - TWS; the experiment - Stockyards Theatre Project, YOU NEVER CAN TELL - Village Players; SCOUNDREL TIME and THE THIN MAN - City Lit, RAVENSCROFT & CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION - Triton College.

As an actor, Cury has had the privilege of working in Chicago with Writer's Theatre, Famous Door, Next, First Folio, Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Project, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Bailiwick, Strawdog, Apple Tree, National Jewish, Lifeline, Organic/Touchstone and ShawChicago; and regionally with Indiana Repertory, BoarsHead, Human Race, New American, Artists Ensemble, and Wisconsin Shakespeare.

Just prior to the shutdown, she played Gertrude in HAMLET(!!) for the Shakespeare Project, followed by Sharon in THE ROOMMATE for Cardinal Stage in Indiana.

Her acting honors include a Jeff Award nomination, a Jeff Citation, and two After Dark Awards. Favorite credits include Masha & Arkadina - THE SEAGULL; L'il Bit - HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE; Angela - WONDERFUL TENNESSEE, Alma - SUMMER & SMOKE, Rosemary - PICNIC, the world premiere of Patricia Kane's FLOAT - About Face Theatre, & Helen Alving in Ibsen's GHOSTS for ShawChicago, and in Konya, Turkey!

Ms. Cury is a proud member of Actor's Equity & SAG-AFTRA and teaches both adults and teens at Acting Studio Chicago; has taught Senior BFAs at DePaul University TTS, and for several summers on Grand Manan Island in Canada. She has conducted workshops & seminars for Triton College, North Central College, Theatre of Western Springs, and The Performer's School, and she privately coaches for auditions in various locations.

About the Cast

Lena Werner

Lena Werner (Eurydice) When she was in middle school, Lena was in a 10-minute play of The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice. This inspired her to audition five years later for her first college production. She is a freshman here at Moraine Valley and has been involved in theater for five years. She is very excited and honored to star as Eurydice for you all tonight. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Dean Papadopoulos

Dean Papadopoulos (Her Father) MVCC debut! Thrilled to journey to the Underworld and retell this Greek myth. Thank you to the cast, crew, and creatives for welcoming him to the stage. Not

possible without the love and support of his family, friends, and band of brothers and sisters at the OPHFC. For Mom and Dad, 𝘩𝘪𝘴 eternal giving tree.

Jason Suwaidan

Jason Suwaidan (Orpheus) loves to act, film and edit. He previously casted in five plays, two musicals and two short films. He is thrilled to be working with the cast and crew for his second show at Moraine Valley. Jason is blessed and thankful for the opportunity to play “Orpheus,” and is looking forward to the future where he can continue to create his own reality.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez (A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord of The Underworld) is very grateful to be doing what is now his fourth show at Moraine Valley. He recently played Doug Turner (Boy), and Satan (How to Survive a Pandemic). He was also a head cinematographer and an actor for two short films as Frosty Fletcher (The Toy Maker) and Clyde Balencii (Yesvember), both directed by his castmate, Jason Suwaidan. Joe would like to thank his castmates and the director of Eurydice for bringing this brilliant show to life.

A Chorus of Stones 

Aron Gomez

Aron Gomez (Big Stone) Aron is ecstatic to be part of his first production at Moraine Valley. His passion lives on the stage. Along with acting, Aron also enjoys singing and dancing. Dance credits include ballet, hip hop and musical theater. Aron loves to sing anything musical-theater related – from classical to contemporary, he adores it all. Aron has been involved in other previous productions and has played various roles such as The Pimp and Courfeyrac in Les Misérables, Boris Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Carlos and Winthrop in Legally Blonde, Darren in 26 Pebbles, Dance Teacher Pat in Dance Nation, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! and Georg in She Loves Me. Aron would like to thank his family, the cast and production team of Eurydice for all the hard work, dedication, love and support. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Natalie Cross

Natalie Cross (Little Stone) is incredibly excited to return to the Moraine Valley’s stage. She's previously done work as Gretchen (Trust), Mrs. Clara Smith/Ensemble (American Griot), and Heather McNamara (Heathers the Musical) at Moraine Valley. She's also done work with Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre and Beverly Theatre Guild. You also can catch Natalie backstage working crew in the campus scene shop. She's so proud of the cast and crew's hard work; she loves the show and can't wait to bring you into the world of Eurydice!

Lucy West

Lucy West (Loud Stone) is excited to take the stage as Loud Stone. She is no stranger to the stage with productions like Boy, How to Survive a Pandemic, Into the Woods, and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten 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

Jackie Bobbitt (Properties Designer) started working in the 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 third 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 Rialto in Joliet. 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 theater, dance and music both domestically and internationally. Selected credits: Moraine Valley: Boy, 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 and Murder, SHOUT! The Mod Musical. Jen and Collin will drink to that.

Stefan Roseen (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago director, playwright and designer. He serves as the artistic director for The Impostors Theatre Company. Stefan most recently worked with Impostors directing the Jeff Recommended Hertha Nova. Additional directing credits include: The House of Baba Yaga, Footholds 2020: A Socially Distant Film, Tippy: Stories from the River, Footholds 2019, Caged: An Allegory, The Wood, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan; Art; and The Altercation in the Underworld — Winner “Best Of” for MadKap Production’s Short Play Festival. Stefan earned his degree in theater and studio art from Valparaiso University where he has returned to direct. He teaches fine art full time and has directed numerous staged readings and radio dramas. Stefan’s more recent theatrical designs include sets for the Jeff-recommended They; and the Jeff-nominated The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – all for Trap Door Theatre. This is Stefan's third time designing for Moraine Valley; past credits include: A Doll's House and The Tempest.

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 Fine and Performing 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 MVCC. 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 has also been a part of the production staff at the Moraine Valley Performing Art Center since 2007. Her previous design work includes BOY, The House of Baba Yaga, The Heathers, Evil Dead the Musical, Caged an Allegory, The Wood, Hand to God, Reefer Madness, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Katie Oomkes (Stage Manager) is excited to stage manage her first production at Moraine Valley. She has a B.A. in communication arts: theater and a M.A. in higher education administration. Katie is currently the technical director and scenic designer at Trinity Christian College. Recent shows include Macbeth, Low Tide and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She also has served in stage management roles for the Guthrie Players and Provision Theatre. Katie welcomes you to this incredible production and hopes you enjoy the show!

Dr. Craig Rosen (Producer) 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 Valley campus.

Julian Tillery (Sound Designer) is a musician and audio engineer. His credits include recording engineer for Okorie “Okcello” Johnson’s Beacon, The Opposite Twins Twined Flowers, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s award-winning documentary The Imperfect Alibi. This is his first production for Moraine Valley Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from Morehouse College and a diploma in audio technology from SAE Institute of Atlanta.

Open Auditions

"Twelfth Night"
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Craig Rosen

Auditions: Monday, May 16, 2022
6-9 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater, Fine and Performing Arts CenterZ

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

Call Backs: May 18, 2022
Rehearsals begin the week of June 30 (No rehearsals 4th of July weekend).

  • • 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.

Performance Dates: July 21-24, 2022, outdoors

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

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