Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea, is a comedy about social class and sibling rivalry that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival of New Plays. Elemeno Pea is set in a Martha’s Vineyard beach estate, where the 29-year-old Simone works as a personal assistant to the trophy wife of a billionaire. When her blue collar social worker sister Devon comes in from Buffalo for an end-of-summer visit, Devon finds her little sister Simone changed beyond recognition. Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret and the choices that shape who we become.
Tuesday, January 31 – Thursday, February 2 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 8pm
Running from February 3rd - March 5th, 2017
Wednesdays February 8 & 22 at 11am
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission
This play contains adult themes and graphic language, not suitable for young children.
Molly Smith Metzler grew up in Kingston, New York. Her plays -- including Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Close Up Space, Carve, and Training Wisteria -- have been produced across the country and off-broadway at such theaters as Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), South Coast Repertory, Summer Play Festival (SPF), Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Chautauqua Theeatre Company, Geva, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, where she was the recipient of three Kennedy Center National Student Playwrighting awards. Molly is an alum of Ars Nova Play Group and the Primary Stages writers group in New York; she studied playwrighting at Boston University, NYU Tisch, and The Juilliard School. A member of EST and The Dramatists Guild, she is currently under commission at South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Manhattan Theatre Club. She lives in New York.
Maggie Kettering (Devon) is thrilled to be a part of this great group of artists. Previously, she has worked with Peninsula Players (Outside Mullingar, Lend Me a Tenor), House Theatre (Season on the Line - Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Henry IV, parts 1 and 2), TimeLine Theatre (My Kind of Town), Northlight Theatre (Season’s Greetings - Jack Springer Award), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors). Maggie is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Sarah Hecht (Simone) is thrilled to work with Citadel Theatre for the first time! In Chicago-land, she’s also appeared in productions with The Build- ing Stage (Jeff nomination - Moby-Dick), The Arc Theatre, Muse of Fire, Emerald City, Filament Theatre, and Cock and Bull Theatre where she is a company member. She holds an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul and teaches Speech and Performance at Truman College and DePaul.
Grayson Heyl (Michaela) makes her Citadel debut. She was most recently seen in Chicago’s Parks with Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare The- atre). Selected Chicago credits include: The City of Conversation (North- light); Adding Machine: A Musical (The Hypocrites); The Jungle (Oracle Theatre); and The Penelopiad (Lost Geneva Project); Regional credits include work with: Door County Shakespeare and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Ms. Heyl received a BM in Music Theatre and Vocal Perfor- mance from Oklahoma City University.
Nic Fantl (Ethan) is very excited to be a part of this Citadel Theater production. He most recently played the role of Tevya in Fiddler On The Roof for the Wilmette Center for the Arts. Prior to that, he appeared this summer as Beauregard Burnside in Light Opera Works’ production of Mame and Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady. Nic’s previous WCFA produc- tions include OLIVER!, All Shook Up, and 9 TO 5. He also had the pleasure of playing Javert in Oak Lawn’s production of Les Miserables. Nic has a BA in theater from Virginia Tech and has spent the last 4 years developing his passion for musical theater through private voice instruction at the Music Institute of Chicago under the superior instruction of Barbara Ann Martin.
Ray Andrecheck (Jos-B) is pleased to be working at Citadel for the first time. He was last seen this past summer as Speed in The Odd Couple at TATC in Munster. Ray has previously understudied at the Goodman The- atre in The Upstairs Concierge and two roles in Quiera Hudes’ The Happi- est Song Plays Last. He also played several roles in the Goodman’s Latino Fest Ten-Minute Play Competition. Regional work includes One Flea Spare and Criminal Genius with the Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, and originating the role of Slave in The Grouch by Mark Hollmann at the Acorn Theatre. Television credits include a recent episode of NBC’s Chicago PD. Ray has also written and starred in the two-actor film noir comedy, Hardboiled.
Ellen Phelps (Director) Co-Founder and actor at Citadel Theatre, Ellen’s past productions include ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings, Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, Something’s Afoot, Sirens, Other Desert Cities, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Other theatre credits include Company, Rumors, The Boy Friend, and The Glass Menagerie. Ellen would like to thank her husband, Scott, for supporting her first Citadel Theatre directing debut. Also hugs and kisses to granddaughters Layla and Mila for bringing such joy to our lives!
Lynn Baber (Casting Director) is currently the Casting Director at Northlight Theatre in Skokie where she also manages the intern program and assists the Artistic Director. For 19 years she was the Theatre Arts Division Director of the National High School Institute at Northwestern Univer- sity (the Cherub program). She was the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Econo-Art Theatre Company (1983-90), where she produced and appeared in an array of world-premieres, including works by Joel Drake Johnson (Rasheeda Speaking, End of the Tour, Fall to Earth) and Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, About A Boy, Dan in Real Life). As a Casting Director, she has cast shows in collaboration with many directors including Jon Jory, Mark Lococo, Steve Scott, Peter Amster, Doug Peck, BJ Jones, Stephen Schwartz and Amy Morton. She is a member of CSA (Casting Society of America), Actors Equity, and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA.
Sandie Bacon (Scenic Artist) is a versatile fine artist known for both her paintings and murals/ set design. She shows her artwork nationally and recent local shows include 33 Collective and 4Art Chicago, the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan and AOB Gallery in Lake Forest. She painted the stage earlier this season for The Birds and A Christmas Story, and her murals grace the Lake Bluff train Station, The Warren-Newport Public Library, Lake Forest Place and over 125 other resi- dential and corporate environments. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting. To see her artwork or consult with Sandie about murals and painting commissions see: www.sandrabaconfineart.com and/or SandieBaconfinearts on Facebook.
Bob Boxer (Sound Designer) is happy to be working with Citadel Theater Company on this pro- duction of Elemeno Pea. Previously this season, Bob designed sound for Citadel’s productions on A Christmas Story and The Birds as well as Women, Politics and Murder for Clock Theater. Other recent productions include Funny Girl and Sweet Charity for Madkap Productions, and Music Man for Footlighters Theater Company. Bob has also worked with the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission, Symphonic Band and Parks Department as well as theater companies in California and New York. In his other life, he is a radio engineer, specializing in remote broadcasts of sports and special events. Bob sends his love and thanks to his wife Lori for her continuing support.
Katherine Pavlovna Goldberg (Costume Designer) is a feelance costume designer with recent credits including Gender Breakdown (Collaboraction), Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (Emerald City Theatre), Femme (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater), The Stronger Faster More (The Hypocrites/ Chicago Humanities Festival), Residue & On the Greener Side (Thodos Dance Chicago), World Builders (First Floor Theatre), and A Little Night Music (Piedmont Opera). She has an MFA in Cos- tume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. (KatherineGoldberg.com)
Cathy Jacobson (Properties Manager) has worked “behind the scenes” on many different pro- ductions in the North and South Suburbs of Chicago. Cathy is thrilled to once again lend her hand to the fabulous Citadel Theater.
Eric Luchen (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to return to Citadel Theatre. Previous credits at Citadel include Educating Rita, Other Desert Cities, and Deathtrap. Other recent credits include Oh Coward!, The Importance of Being Earnest (Dead Writers Theatre); The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Emporia State University) Not Now Darling, Spamalot (Brightside Theatre); The Drawer Boy, Red (Redtwist Theatre). Other Companies he has worked with include Boho Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, and Red Theatre. Upcoming productions: Born Ready (The Factory Theatre), The Heiress (Dead Writers Theatre); You can see more of his work at www. ericluchen.com.
Emma Magrady (Lighting Designer) a Chicago based lighting designer and a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Previous designs include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Getting Out, and Never the Sinner. This is her first show with Citadel Theatre.
Charles Martin (Assistant Carpenter) likes to build things. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2016. Since graduating, he has been searching for opportunities to learn as much as he can about design and construction. Working on the set for Elemeno Pea has been a great pleasure and he hopes you enjoy all the hard work that the cast and crew have put into this production.
Tessa Schultz (Master Carpenter) is thrilled to be joining the Citadel Theatre on this wonderful production of Elemeno Pea. As a Jill-Of-All-Trades, she’s busy running back and forth as a scenic & properties designer, charge artist, stage manager and all-around technician. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Studio Art and Theatre from Hope College in 2015. Recent design credits include: Arsenic & Old Lace, Crazy For You, The Children’s Hour, Incomplete, and Middletown. Other credits include: The Dutchman, Waiting for Godot, Urinetown, As You Like It, A Serpent’s Tale, and The Faith Project.
Samantha A. Tink (Stage Manager) is the resident Stage Manager for Citadel Theatre this season and is so excited to be working on this wonderful show. Samantha is a graduate of the Carthage College and the East 15 Acting School in which she holds an MFA in Directing. Saman- tha has directed such shows as The Rose and The Ring, Life Under Water, and Seussical the Musical. Samantha is also a classical trained singer and has been in such productions as Phantom (Chorus), Music Man (Tilly Squires/Pick-a-Little Lady), and Pirates of Penzance (Mabel).