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
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.
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 (Accompanyist) 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
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)
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.
Kyle Techentin (Lighting Director)
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).
Adam Veness (Set Designer)
Alexa Weinzierl (Costume Designer)