Upright Grand

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UPRIGHT GRAND by Laura Schellhardt
UPRIGHT GRAND was originally produced by Theatre Works, Palo Alto, CA
Robert Kelly, Artistic Director and Phul Santora, Managing Director

Dad tickles the ivories in a dive.
His daughter dazzles in concert halls.
In between them, the bittersweet dance of parent and child, present and past, dream and disappointment plays out in the key of life.

Previews:     Tuesday, March 14 & Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:30pm

Press Opening:   Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Schedule:        Running from March 16 - March 26th, 2017
                              Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30pm
                              Friday, March 17 @ 8pm
                              Saturday, March 18 @ 8pm
                              Sunday, March 19 @ 3pm
                              Wednesday, March 22 @ 11am
                              Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30pm
                              Friday, March 24 @ 8pm
                              Saturday, March 25 @ 8pm
                              Sunday, March 26 @ 3pm

Running Time:   90 minutes (no intermission)


Laura Schellhardt is a Chicago-based playwright who’s original works include Ever in the Glades, The Comparables, Upright Grand, Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainslies, The Apocathery's Daughter, The K of D, Courting Vampires, and Shapeshifter.  Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth and The Outfit.  She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies.   Her work has been produced at TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, People’s Light Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Wooly Mammoth Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, ACT Seattle, Northlight Theatre, and The Exchange Theatre, among others. Laura is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, ACT’s New Play Award, the Best New Play Award NYC Fringe, The AATE Distinguished Play Award, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship.  Her work has been developed at the SoHo Rep. Writer/Director Lab, The Ojai Playwright’s Conference, The Denver New Play Summit, The Bay Area Theatre Festival, The Women Playwrights Festival at SRT, The Kennedy Center New Voices/New Visions Festival, The Bonderman Symposium, Stage Left Theatre Residency, The Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, and the O’Neill National Playwright’s Festival.   Laura received her MFA in playwriting from Brown University.  She currently heads the undergraduate playwriting program at Northwestern University and is a Victory Gardens ensemble playwright. 



Scott Weinstein is a Jeff Award winning Director currently based in Chicago. Favorite directing credits include Rent at Theo Ubique (Jeff Award - Best Director, Best Musical); Bat Boy, Titanic (Jeff Nominated - Best Director, Best Musical) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre); She Kills Monsters (Steppenwolf Theatre); Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Princess & The Pea (Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre); The Little Mermaid (Drury Lane Theatre) the world premieres of Baristas (New York International Fringe Festival) and Ampersand (Bloomington Playwrights Project); as well as the first full productions of Murder For Two (Adirondack Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, 42nd Street Moon). Scott is the recipient of a Berkshire Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership. He is currently the Associate director for the National Tour, Las Vegas, Chicago and Norwegian Cruise Line productions of Million Dollar Quartetand directed the first regional production currently running at the Lawrence Welk Theatre. He has assistant or associate directed at The Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and many more. Proud graduate of Northwestern University.


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Mark Ulrich (Pops) relocated to the Chicago area with a BFA degree in Acting from a nearby University. Anticipating a short stay, and in search of he knew not what, all attempts to escape have been thwarted. While here he has cobbled together a career as an actor and a director, appearing at The Goodman, Northlight, Writer's Theatre, and Artistic Home, to name a few. Regional work includes appearances at City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Next Act Theatre of Milwaukee, Forward Theatre of Madison, Palm Beach Drama Works, and Florida Stage.  Mark is the recipient of several honors for acting, including an After Dark Award, and a Joseph Jefferson Award.




Charlotte Mae Ellison (Kiddo) is excited to perform for the first time at Citadel. She has appeared around Chicago in: The Divine Sister (Hell in a Handbag); Short Shakes! Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Pilgrim’s Progress (A Red Orchid Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Writer’s Theatre); SPARK (Adventure Stage Chicago); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Jeff Nomination (Griffin Theatre); and Brewed (Tympanic Theatre and The Ruckus) among others. Regional credits: Circle Mirror Transformation - Kevin Kline Award: Best Ensemble (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Charlotte is a graduate of Emerson College and the Gaiety School of Acting. www.charlottemaeellison.com


Matt Edmonds (The Accompanist) is delighted to make his Citadel Theatre debut. You may have seen him around Chicago in: Death of a Salesman (Redtwist Theatre), Rent (Theo Ubique, Jeff Award for Best Musical), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Theater at the Center), Titanic (Griffin Theatre), The Last Five Years (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), All-American (Jeff Nom., Best Supporting Actor - Redtwist Theatre) or South Pacific (Light Opera Works). Regionally, Matt’s performed in Next To Normal as Henry (TheatreSquared) and Twelfth Night as Feste (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival). He is a company member at Redtwist Theater, and is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent. www.matt-edmonds.com




Lynn Baber (Casting Director) as previously cast Educating Rita and Elemeno Pea for Citadel Theatre. She is also the Casting Director at Northlight Theatre. For 19 years she was the Theatre Arts division director of the National High School Institute at Northwestern University (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 early 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, Steve Scott, Peter Amster, Chuck Smith, Doug Peck, 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. 

Karli Blalock (Sound Designer) is so excited to be working on this beautiful play. She loves being a part of the Chicago theater community. You can hear her designs at Redtwist Theatre where she works as Resident Sound Designer, New Trier High School, and various other theatre companies around Chicago. Karli has a passion for collaborating with fellow artists to create impactful, memorable theatre. Some of her favorite designs include Red (Redtwist Theatre) for which she received a Jeff nomination, The Art of Losing (by Juli Del Prete), and Gender Break- down (Collaboraction).

Jamie Karas (Properties Designer) is excited to be working with Citadel and is also the Prop Shop Supervisor at Loyola University. Jamie also freelances around Chicago at theatres like American Theatre Co., Steep, Griffin, House, Rivendell, Haven, and Windy City Playhouse.

Tessa Schultz (Master Carpenter) is thrilled to be joining Citadel Theatre again with Upright Grand ! As a Jill-Of-All-Trades, she can be found 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 in- clude: Elemeno Pea (Citadel Theatre), The Dutchman, Waiting for Godot, Urinetown, As You Like It, A Serpent’s Tale, and The Faith Project.

Kyle Techentin (Lighting Designer) is a Chicago-based lighting and scenic designer who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Indiana University in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design in 2016. He also travels the country consulting and designing news sets for television studios. Credits include: The Tempest (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Stuff Happens (Circle Players Theatre, Nashville), No Place To Be Somebody (Indiana University), and Alice in Wonderland (Illinois State University).

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. Samantha has directed such shows as The Rose and The Ring, Life Under Water, and Seussi- cal 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).

Adam Veness (Scenic Designer) is happy to be working with Citadel Theatre. He is the resident Scenic designer at Theo Ubique where he received Jeff nominations for his designs of Light in the Piazza and Passion. He is also the resident scenic designer at Light Opera Works where he has served for more than 40 productions. His work can currently be seen in the upcoming produc- tions of Mary Poppins at Mercury Theater, The Most Happy Fella at Theo Ubique, 10 out of 12 at Theater Wit, where he received a Jeff nomination for best scenic design for The New Sincerity and Little Miss Sunshine at The Chicago Theater Workshop. www.venessdesign.com

Alexa Weinzierl (Costume Designer) is excited to return to the Citadel Theatre. Regional cos- tume design credits include Captain Blood (First Folio), First Lady Suite (Circle Theatre Chicago), and The Birds (Citadel Theatre). Recent collegiate design credits include Hamlet, Giant, A Lie of the Mind, F2M, and Matt and Ben. Alexa has worked in the costume department with Marriott Lincolnshire, The Writers Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Music Theatre Works. She holds her B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Alexa would like to thank her family, friends, colleagues, and mentors for their never-ending support and encouragement. www.aweinzierl.com 

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