The Wild Party

Feb 13 - Mar 1, 2015
Ethel M. Barber Theater | 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Book, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley

Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadent party reaches a climax, so does Burrs' jealousy which sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun is fired, but who's been shot?

On Feb 13, Feb 14, Feb 22, Feb 26, and Feb 27, the role of Queenie will be played by Zoe Nadal.
On Feb 15, Feb 20, Feb 21, Feb 28, and Mar 1, the role of Queenie will be played by Grace Kennedy.

The Wirtz Center's production of THE WILD PARTY is sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

Tommy Rapley (Director & Choreographer) is a proud Company Member with The House Theatre of Chicago where he has choreographed over 20 world-premieres including THE SPARROW (Jeff Award), CAVE WITH MAN (Jeff Award), THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF PETER PAN, and DEATH AND HARRY HOUDINI. Directing credits for The House include THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WIZARD OF OZ, HOPE SPRINGS INFERNAL, ALL THE FAME OF LOFTY DEEDS and their critically acclaimed productions of THE NUTCRACKER. Other notable Chicago credits: AIDA (Drury Lane Oakbrook), DETROIT (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), THREEPENNY OPERA (The Hypocrites), THE HUNDRED DRESSES, GOODNIGHT MOON, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Chicago Children's Theatre), YEAST NATION (American Theater Company), and A CHCRISTMAS CAROL (Goodman Theatre, '13). He has worked regionally with Hartford Stage Company, Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Ryan T. Nelson (Music Director) is a Lecturer in Music Theatre for the School of Communication at Northwestern University and Music Director for Northwestern’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves as Music Supervisor for the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) and the famed Waa-Mu show. Ryan is the Resident Music Director at Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, where he has music directed dozens of productions, including the world premieres of HERO, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER: NOW AND FOREVER and FOR THE BOYS. His work on A CHORUS LINE and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at the Marriott has been recognized with Jeff Award nominations for excellence in Chicago theatre. Ryan has also conducted and orchestrated productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, Florida). He has been on the faculty of Northwestern University for over a decade, formerly as an Assistant Professor of Music in Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting are from the University of North Texas, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

Lauren Nigri (Scenic Designer) is a third-year MFA candidate in scenic and costume design at Northwestern University. She completed her BFA in printmaking and painting and a BA in Theater from the University of Iowa. After completing her bachelor’s degree she worked as a Scenic Artist for the University of Iowa’s Theater and Opera department. Most recently, Lauren was the scenic assistant at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference where she worked with professional playwrights on six world premiere plays. Scenic design credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Adam Goldstein (Northwestern; Adam Goldstein, dir.), Eurydice (Northwestern; Lauren Shouse, dir.), Red (QC Theater Workshop), Book of Spectres (Grey Ghost Theatre), Angel Bones by Jen Silverman (University of Iowa), and Wizard of Oz (Davenport Junior Theater). Upcoming Northwestern projects include True West, directed by Hannah Todd and In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, directed by Lauren Shouse.

Jessica Harpenau (Lighting Designer) is a 3rd year MFA student at Northwestern University. She is thrilled to be closing her graduate school education with The Wild Party along with Tommy and her fellow designers. While at Northwestern, she designed lights for Aimée and Jaguar, A Dream Play, and The Laramie Project. Before coming to graduate school, she designed for several Chicago companies including American Theater Company, Theater Wit, Profiles Theater, Stage Left Theater, Jackalope Theater, Artistic Home, and City Lit, just to name a few. She also assisted at the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Drury Lane Theatre.

Anna Wooden (Costume Designer) is in her final year of the MFA design program, and can’t believe how lucky she is to close out her Northwestern career with this amazing production.  Recently, she designed costumes for The Laramie Project, Eurydice, A Dream Play, and Pride and Prejudice. 

Josh Horvath (Sound Designer) Chicago credits include designs at: The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, About Face, The House Theatre of Chicago, Timeline, Next, Northlight, Writers Theatre and Remy Bumppo.  Regional. Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, Centerstage, The Alliance, Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, Great River Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Kansas City Rep, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare, and California Shakespeare.  Josh teaches sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern, is the recipient of four Joseph Jefferson awards, is an artistic associate of Lookingglass and a collaborative partner with The Goodman.  Current and upcoming shows: Danny Casolaro Died For You (Timeline), Two Trains Running (The Goodman), The Secret Garden (Court), Into the Woods (The Wallis Annenberg Center, LA), An Iliad (Kansas City Rep), and Baskerville (Arena Stage/McCarter).

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