July 22-24, 2021

Academic Theater Department
Moraine Valley Gateway

Written by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, Erik Weiner
Directed by Cage Sebastian Pierre Music Consultant Carolyn Brady

Note from the Director:

Everyone you see on stage is everyone who auditioned. This was not my intention, but it very quickly became my inclination. Hip-Hop has its origins in storytelling, self-expression and community building – these origins are why we made the choice to include everyone who found themselves represented in this piece. In this story, we see the journey of twins setting out to find what they describe as the "missing link." For me, that link is a metaphor for finding themselves which, in a way, they do. However, the foundation of this story for me is that the completion of self-happened not solely at the point of discovery, but in the journey to that point. The process of these characters has come to mirror itself in the development of this piece. By exploring this text together, we've discovered bonds that have enriched not only our collaboration onstage, but offstage as well.

Thus, what you see is only a small representation of the vulnerability, the love and the effort from a group of truly inspired individuals turned ensemble. My wish is that you view this with open hearts, open minds and an open-mouthed laugh.

Finally, thank you to every hand that was laid on this production. Special shout out to Natalia Bednarczyk, without her "Brainz" and dedication this could not have happened.

Cage Sebastian Pierre

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Tommy Glodo

Dromio of Ephesus/Luciana

Joe Gomez

Cop/Bobby/R-Cat

Angelo Greene

DJ/Dr. Pinch

Samm Hilger

Antipholus of Syracuse/Hendleberg

Ashanti Norals

Abbess/C-Fake

Tina Paul

Antipholus of Ephesus/Adriana

Artistic Staff

Cage Sebastian Pierre

Director

Sean McIntosh

Technical Director/ Scenic Design

Quintin Turnbow

Lighting Designer

Emily Stranski-Brame

Costume Designer

Carolyn Brady

Music Consultant

Production Staff

Natalia Bednarczyk

Stage Manager

Amanda Hantson

Assistant Technical Director/Sound Coordinator

Page Domikaitis

Assistant Costume Designer

Alex Craig

Stage crew

Nathan Carpenter

Stage crew

Jackie Bobbitt

Stage crew

About The Cast

Glodo

Tommy Glodo’s (Dromio of Ephesus/Luciana) stoke tank is on full to be able to perform again. You might recognize him from Moraine Valley’s productions of Heathers, where he played Ram, and American Griot, where he played Mr. Tanner at the KCACTF performances. He was also Amos in Oak Lawn Park District’s teen production of Chicago last year. Tommy recently got into Western Michigan University for musical theater and will be starting up there in the fall.

Gomez

Joe Gomez (Cop, Bobby, R-Cat) has performed in many plays in high school and is excited to be doing his first show of many more to come at Moraine Valley Community College, where he is a student of Dr. Craig Rosen. Aside from being an actor, he is also the CEO of Gomez Grass Goons, a lawn maintenance company operating in the Palos area since 2019.

greene

Angelo Greene (DJ/Dr. Pinch) This is Angelo’s fifth show at Moraine Valley Community College. He is an alumnus and currently full-time staff member of the college. His most recent acting credits include Castor/Ibrahim (American Griot at Moraine Valley), Hud (Hair at Moraine Valley), Greg (A Chorus Line at Oak Lawn Park District) and an ensemble role (In The Heights at Chicago Heights Drama Group Theater). Angelo is dedicating his performances to his mother, Carol, who’s always there to love and support him; his recently departed St. Walter classmate, Adam Koman; and Principal Dan Smith; and the many lives lost over the last year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Theater has been an amazing space for all to escape, and we are finally able to get back to somewhat normal times. Please enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

Hilger

Samm Hilger (Antipholus of Syracuse/Hendleberg) is excited to be getting back on stage again and has had so much fun with this cast/crew! Samm was last seen on stage here at Moraine Valley in 2020, playing Leah in Trust. Since then, Samm has mainly been doing what the general population has been doing for the last year and a half. Samm wishes to pursue theater professional, and hopes to take some necessary steps toward that goal this year… starting with this “ad-rap-tation!”

Norals

Ashanti Norals (Abbess/C-Fake) Before the pandemic, Ashanti had participated in a number of musical productions throughout her high school years. Her plays included Seussical, Chicago, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella. She is very proud of how far she’s come and wants to thank the cast, the production team, and her family and friends for making this show possible!

Paul

Tina Paul (Antipholus, Adriana) is a student at Moraine Valley, and she is very glad to participate in The Bomb-itty of Errors and excited about her acting debut. In her hometown, Tina directed and volunteered on church plays and school plays as a part of her hobby. She and her family moved to the United States four years ago, and she is thankful to her brother for his endless support and encouragement.

Rivera

Jalin Rivera (Dromio of Syracuse/Desi) is very enthusiastic to be a part of The Bomb-itty of Errors at Moraine Valley. In high school Jalin was heavily involved in the arts program taking a theater class and being in The Addams Family (Ensemble), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ishmaelite and Ensemble), Figments (Matt 2) and Newsies (Tommy Boy) at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. He is a student at Moraine Valley, majoring in psychology and taking acting courses. In his free time Jalin expresses his creativity through fashion, writing songs, and making videos for his Youtube channel (Jalin’sVision). He wishes to have a career in film acting. Jalin would like to thank his family for their support in everything he does. Boricuas in the house!

About the Artistic Staff

Cage Sebastian Pierre (Director) is a Houston, Texas native and holds his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program. Primarily an actor, Cage has worked throughout Chicago and the Midwest, including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers Theatre, Timeline Theatre and American Players Theatre, with TV credits including Empire and Chicago PD. “Hip-hop is as much a culture as it is a genre, a feeing as much as a music. We created this piece from a position of originality and celebration of spirit. What you see is the power of this culture to facilitate spontaneity of joy that we craft into sense and story. We hope you find the joy, too. I thank my cast for their spirit, Moraine for the opportunity, my family for the body, and the ancestors for the blood. Axé.”

Emily Stranski-Brame (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working on Moraine Valley's Shakespeare Under the Stars production once again. Having completed their first year of an M.F.A. Costume Design Program, Emily spent their last few months designing costumes for Zoom productions at Illinois State University. They are thrilled to be back in the theater in the flesh. Some of Emily's most recent works include Proof (ISU), Top Girls (ISU), Heathers: The Musical (Moraine Valley), and Evil Dead: The Musical (Moraine Valley). To see more of their work, feel free to visit emilygracestranski.com.

Sean McIntosh (Technical Director/ Set Designer) has been the technical director at Moraine Valley since 2012. He also works as a freelance scenic and lighting designer in the Chicago area and 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.

Quintin Turnbow (Lighting Designer) has been a student at Moraine Valley since the fall of 2019. He has spent the latter of his high school years learning different lighting consoles as well as the method of stage lighting. You may have seen some of his lighting on some of Moraine Valley's Mainstage and Salon Series performances. Over the past year, he has been continuing to expand his knowledge of lighting through virtual software and is excited to be back! This is his first show as a light designer and hopes you have as much fun watching the show as he did programming lights to it! And he'd like to thank Sean and Amanda for being great mentors and giving him the ability to do what he loves.

Carolyn Brady (Music Consultant) maintains a private voice studio in the landmark Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan, at her home studio in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago and is voice faculty in the Theatre Conservatory in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her current and former clients have performed with the Broadway cast of Book of Mormon, Broadway in Chicago, National Tour of School of Rock, NBC's The Voice, Walt Disney World, Goodman Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Marriott Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Porchlight, Music Theatre Works, BOHO, Theo Ubique, American Blues, the Southwest Indiana Symphony and Chicago Opera Theatre. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Formerly, she served as adjunct professor of Voice and Musicianship at Loyola University Chicago, and she taught Applied Voice, Opera Workshop, and University Chorale in the Music Department at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

About the Production Staff

Natalia Bednarczyk (Stage Manager) is very excited to be stage managing her first production at Moraine Valley. 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.

Amanda Hantson (Assistant Technical Director/Sound Coordinator) 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.