The Munroe Park Theater Guild
The Munroe Park Theater Guild

A Road into Process

MPTG's new blog written by Artistic Director Dr. Kevin McSweeney.

Current Production

The Munroe Park Theater Guild will hold an OPEN AUDITION call for their production of Terrance McNally’s LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, which will be performed as part of the Hale Theatre Co’s Fall Theatre Fest.

 

SYNOPSIS

    This play opened in New York in 1991. Though the witty play is a comedy, it has sufficient pain and stress to undercut much of the humor. It's a good portrait of people's fears about homosexuality and about AIDS. 

     Two married couples spend the Fourth of July weekend at a summer house on Fire Island. The brother of Sally Truman has recently died of AIDS and has willed his Fire Island house to her. Her husband, Sam, opens the play testing the chlorine level of the water in the pool.

     It becomes clear that everyone is afraid of somehow getting AIDS from swimming in the same pool that Sally's brother used to swim in. As she believes, "One drop of water in your mouth or an open sore and we'll be infected with my brother and his black lover and God knows who else was in here."

     Sam's sister, Chloe, and her husband, John, share the apprehension, though John has cancer of the esophagus and is not particularly worried about AIDS. In fact he intentionally sticks his head in the pool and gets a mouthful of water which he spits at the others. The play reveals both marriages in trouble and many examples of superficial values and prejudices.

 

CHARACTERS

2 Males between the ages of 30 - 40

2 Females between the ages of 30 - 40

 

NOTE

LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART contains adult language and the themes and requires some  minor fight choreography. 

 

AUDITIONS

All roles are open!  MPTG does not pre-cast.

Open Call:

Tuesday, June 23rd * 7:00 – 9:00

Thursday, June 25th  * 7:00 – 9:00

*The Open Call will consist of cold readings from the script.

 

 

*If you cannot make the open call but would still like to audition, please email Kevin McSweeney at munroeparktheaterguild@gmail.com to make an appointment. 

 

Call Backs (if necessary)

Friday, June 29th * 7:00 – 10:00

 

Auditions and Rehearsals will be at

MUNROE PARK (not Ridge)

2617 W. 105th Street

Chicago, Il, 60655

 

Rehearsals

Tuesdays and Thursdays: July 7th – August 7th

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: August 10th – September 11th

 

Performances:

September 17th – 19th 2015

HALE PARK

Recent Productions

The Munroe Park Theater Guild Presents

RENT

Music, book, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson

 

Directed by Kevin McSweeney

Musical Direction by Dan Haymes

Choreography by Gina Reynolds

 

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

 

 

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical

 

 

CAST LIST

ROGER DAVIS

Andrew McNichols

MARK COHEN

Michael Valenti

TOM COLLINS

Dennis Dent Jr.

BENJAMIN COFFIN III

JC O'Sullivan

JOANNE JEFFERSON

Robbin Major

ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD

Nico Garcia

MIMI MARQUEZ

Amy Meyer

MAUREEN JOHNSON

Jennifer Bartolo

THE COMPANY

 

MRS. JEFFERSON / VENDOR #1 / ENSEMBLE

MR. JEFFERSON / ENSEMBLE

Anna Sergel

Steven James

ROGER’S MOM / VENDOR #2 / COAT VENDOR / ENSEMBLE

Brianne Murray

GORDON / SQUIGEE MAN / RESAURANT MAN / FEAT. DANCER / ENS.

Marc James

MIMI’S MOTHER / ENSEMBLE

Kiki Hernandez

THE MAN / FEAT. DANCER / ENSEMBLE

Faith Carandang

TEEN PUNK (THUG) /FEAT. DANCER  ENSEMBLE

Madeline Sophia Zwick

TEEN PUNK (THUG) / ENSEMBLE

Julia Brady

FEAT. DANCER / ENSEMBLE

Larissa Stenzel

FEAT. DANCER / ENSEMBLE

Cassandra Williams

MRS. COHEN / ENSEMBLE

Stacy Berkin

LEXI DARLING / ENSEMBLE

Athena Frost

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR

Kevin McSweeney

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Dan Haymes

CHOREOGRAPHER

Gina Reynolds

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Sarah Bury

ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR

Gail Gallagher

STAGE  MANAGER

SET CONSTRUCTION

Sally Keller

Shaun Tallon

PRODUCTION DESIGN (Lighting and Set)

Kevin McSweeney

COSTUME DESIGN

Amy Meyer

HAIR / MAKE-UP DESIGN

Brianne Murray

SOUND DESIGN

Michael Valenti

SCENIC ARTISTS

Kevin McSweeney

Michael Valenti

Amy Meyer

Brianne Murray

Kate Hopkins

Sally Keller

Maddie Zwick

Julia Brady

Quinn Sullivan

Maeve Sullivan

Claire Cariola

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR

Larry Sidlow

VIDEO DESIGN / EDITOR

Mike Valenti

 

 

 

The Munroe Park Theater Guild

Presents

Arthur Miller's

THE CRUCIBLE

 

Thursday,  February 12, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 

CAST

BETTY PARIS

Claire Cariola

Josa Keller

REVEREND SAMUEL PARIS

Joseph Nowinski

TITUBA

Chrissy Morales

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS

Kim Haymes

SUSANNA WALLCOTT

Andrea Quintana

MRS. ANN PUTNAM

Julie Zebeckis

THOMAS PUTNAM

John Wognum

MERCY LEWIS

Grace O’Neill

MARY WARREN

Amy Meyer

JOHN PROCTOR

Dan Haymes

REBECCA NURSE

Eileen Ferguson

GILES COREY

Jim Stadt

REVEREND JOHN HALE

Mike Valenti

ELIZABETH PROCTOR

Lindsey Becker

FRANCIS NURSE

Floyd A. May

EZEKIEL CHEEVER

Joe Peterson

JOHN WILLARD

Russell Egan

JUDGE HATHORNE

John Enright

DEPUTY-GOVERNOR DANFORTH

Maurice McNicholas

SARAH GOOD / MARHA ’S VOICE

Sue Temple

HOPKINS

Nathan Tichy

PURITAN BOY

Quinn Sullivan

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR

Kevin McSweeney

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Sarah Bury

STAGE MANAGER

Sally Keller

SET CONSTRUCTION

John Wognum

COSTUMES

Amy Meyer

Joe Peterson

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Kevin McSweeney

PROPERTIES

LIGHT BOAD OPERATOR

Sarah Bury

Maddie Murphy

The Munroe Park Theater Guild
Presents
PANIC
By Joseph Goodrich
Winner of the 2008 Mystery Writers of America's Best Play

Thursday, November 20th
Friday, November 21st
Saturday, November 22nd

7:30 PM
TICKETS: $10.00
(Sold at the door. Cash only).
House opens at 6:30
General Admission Seating

Ridge Park Audiorium
9625 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643

Contains adult language and themes

Featuring ...
Jim Stadt
John Wognum
Chrissy Morales
Lindsey Becker
Amy Meyer

Paris, 1963. Director Henry Lockwood has come to the City of Light for the premiere of his new film, Panic. Accompanied on the trip by his wife Emma and his secretary Miriam, Lockwood expects nothing more than to enjoy another cinematic success and to bask in the adulation of young French film critic Alain Duplay. But when Lockwood is accused of a hideous crime---a crime that could destroy his career and his marriage---he is forced to confront the truth about himself and those closest to him. Lockwood, known the world over as 'the Sultan of Suspense,' is caught in a nightmare straight out of one of his own films. PANIC was the recipient of the 2008 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play.

Directed by Kevin McSweeney
Assistant Director ... Michael Valenti
Stage Manager ... Sally Keller
Costumes ... Amy Meyer
Properties ... Sarah Bury

Production Stills

The Munroe Park Theater Guild opened the 2014 / 2015 Season with Edward Albee’s critically acclaimed drama, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?  The play was performed at Hale Park as part of the Hale Theatre Co’s 2014 Fall Theatre Fest.

 

The Munroe Park Theater Guild presents

Edward Albee’s

WHO’S AFRAID OF VRIGINIA WOOLF?

 

Thursday, September 18th

Friday, September 19th

Saturday, September 20th

 

7:30 PM

House opens at 7:00 PM

General Admission Seating

 

The show will be performed as part of the Hale Theatre Co’s Fall Theater Fest located at:

Hale Park Field House

6258 W. 62nd Street

Chicago, IL 60638

 

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for Students / Seniors.

Reservations are suggested as seating is limited and may be made by calling Hale Park at (773) 229-1032.  Tickets will be held at the box office until 10 minutes prior to curtain.

 

 

Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for best play, WOOLF tells the story of George (Dan Haymes), a professor at a small college, his wife, Martha (Kim Chelf), Nick (Billy Richards), an opportunistic new professor at the college, and his shatteringly naïve new bride, Honey (Laura Ambrose) as they gather together for a night cap after a long night of drinking at a faculty party. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

 

CAST:

GEORGE … Daniel Haymes

MARTHA … Kim Chelf

NICK … Billy Richards

HONEY … Laura Ambrose

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director / Production Design … Kevin McSweeney

1st Assistant Director … Sarah Bury

2nd Assistant Director … Jori Bonadurer

Stage Manager … Sally Keller

Dramaturge … Bill McBride

Properties / Costumes … Sarah Bury

Production Stills

 

Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

 

Directed by Kevin McSweeney

Musical Direction by Dan Riley

Choreography By Gina Reynolds

 

 

CAST LIST

OFFICER LOCKSTOCK

John Wognum

LITTLE SALLY

Lolo Vitucci

BOBBY STRONG

Mike Valenti

HOPE CLADWELL

Avra Fainer

CLADWELL B. CLADWELL

Al Becker

PENELOPE PENNYWISE

Kat Myers

OFFICER BARREL

Amy Meyers

MR. McQUEEN / COP

John Enright

SENETOR FIPP

Jim Stadt

OLD MAN STRONG / HOT BLADES HARRY

Rocco Ayala

JOSEPHINE “MA” STRONG / OLD WOMAN

Susan L. Ptasinski-Tempel

SOUPY SUE / CLADWELL’S SECRETARY

Gina Reynolds

TINY TOM / DR. BILLEAUX

T.J. Foss

LITTLE BECKY TWO-SHOES / MRS. MILLENNIUM

Brianne Murray

BILLY BOY BILL  / UGC EXEC

Sean Rauba

ROBBY THE STOCKFISH / UGC EXEC

 Ben Golay

COP

Margaret Pesquera

ENSEMBLE

Cassandra Williams

ENSEMBLE

Foline Roos

ENSEMBLE

Melissa Heeres

ENSEMBLE

Maelee M. Richardson

 

 

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR

Kevin McSweeney

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Sarah Bury

MUSIC DIRECTOR  / CONDUCTOR

Dan Riley

CHOREOHRAPHER

Gina Reynolds

   
   

PRODUCTION DESIGN (set, lighting, sound)

Kevin McSweeney

COSTUME DESIGN

Carley Sullivan

PROPERTIES

Sarah Bury

SET CONSTRUCTION CHIEF

John Wognum

HEAD SCENIC PAINTER

Sarah Bury

DANCE CAPTIAN

Amy Meyers

SOUND BOARD OPERATOR

 Sarah Bury

LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR

 Kevin McSweeney

 

 

 

One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

 

PERFORMANCES

May 8 – 10, 2014 * 7:30 PM

May 15 – 17, 2014 * 7:30 PM

 

Production Stills

The Munroe Park Theater Guild Presents

 

ALMOST, MAINE

A romantic comedy by John Cariani

 

Thursday, February 13th at 7:30 PM

Friday, February 14th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 PM

 

Tickets: $10.00

Sold at the door

General admission seating

House opens 30 minutes before curtain

 

Ridge Park

9625 S. Longwood Drive

Chicago, IL. 60643

 

SYNPOSIS

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

 

CAST

PROLOGUE / INTERLOGUE / EPILOGUE

PETE

Tyler Dickerson

GINETTE

Amy Meyer

 

HER HEART

EAST

Dan Haynes

GLORY

Kim Chelf

 

SAD AND GLAD

JIMMY

John Wognum

SANDRINE

Lindsey Becker

WAITRESS

Alexis Colianni

 

THIS HURTS

MARVALYN

Brianne Murray

STEVE

Dominic Guevara

 

GETTING IT BACK

GAYLE

Kat Myers

LENDALL

Mike Valenti

 

THEY FELL

RANDY

Chris Nehlsen

CHAD

Dan Haynes

 

WHERE IT WENT

PHIL

Jim Stadt

MARCI

Susan Ptasinski-Tempel

 

STORY OF HOPE

HOPE

Laura Ambrose

MAN

Tyler Dickerson

 

SEEING THE THING

RHONDA

Chrissy Morales

DAVE

Mike Valenti

 

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR

Kevin McSweeney

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

Sarah Bury

Alexis Collianni

STAGE MANAGER

Margaret Pesquera

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Jori Bonadurer

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Kevin McSweeney

CONSTRUCTION CHIEF

John Wognum

PROPERTIES / COSTUMES

Sarah Bury

 

Production Stills

About the Author

Dr. Kevin McSweeney has been a theater director for the last 24 years.  He is currently a Drama Instructor for the Chicago Park District where he serves as the Artistic Director for The Munroe Park Theater Guild.  In 2011 he completed his doctorate from Illinois State University with a specialization in directing theory – specifically how productions and audiences communicate with each other in a performative environment.  His dissertation, Breaking the Glass Case: The Role of the Director and Actively Engaged Audiences (Dr. William McBride, director) is inspired by and utilizes much of his work at MPTG.  When he’s not working in the theater, Kevin teaches drama, literature, and writing as an Adjunct Professor at South Suburban College. His research areas include: directing theory and practice, drama pedagogy, pop-culture analysis, Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

How to Find Us

Munroe Park Theater Guild

REHEARSAL / PERFORMANCE SPACE

Ridge Park

9625 S. Longwood Drive

Chicago, IL  60643

 

Email:

MunroeParkTheaterGuild@gmail.com
Phone: (312) 747-6561

 

PROGRAM OFFICE/

CHILDREN'S THEATER REHEARSAL SPACE

Munroe Park
2617 W. 105th Street
Chicago, IL 60655

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