GENEVIEVE ANGELSON (Maggie) Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (originated the role of Nina, 2013 winner of BEST PLAY Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award). Other theater: Lincoln Center Theater, McCarter Theatre. Film includes The Upside, True Story, Top Five, Spare Room. Television appearances include Good Girls Revolt, Instinct, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, House of Lies, Robot Chicken and the upcoming series Flack. Named by the The Hollywood Reporter as their “Next Big Thing,” and one of Variety’s “10 TV Stars to Watch”. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.
ANTHONY BOWDEN (Brick) Off-Broadway/Regional: Panther Creek, Signature Theatre, Long Wharf, Northern Stage, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, The Educational Theatre Of New York. He’s a founding member of ARTes, an arts education outreach program that works in El Salvador. Anthony is entering his final year at Juilliard.
MATT DECARO (Big Daddy) makes his first appearance with The Drury Lane Theater. He has been seen most recently at The Asolo Repertory Theater as LBJ in The GreatSociety, as Oscar Hubbard in The Little Foxes, and Gene in Frank Galati’s Rhinoceros. He appeared last season at Chicago’s Timeline Theater in The Audienceas Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson. Though a Chicagoan, Matt has been fortunate to play in theaters across the country including Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, San Francisco's A.C.T., and internationally in Dublin, Toronto and China. Some favorite roles include the Judge in David Mamet's Romance, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House, Boolie in Driving MissDaisy, and Fa Hai in Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake. His TV and film credits include The Wise Kids,Eagle Eye, House, and The Office, among many others.
Janet Ulrich Brooks
JANET ULRICH BROOKS (Big Mama – beginning 8/15)was last seen at Drury Lane in Crazy For You,playing another large mother, Lottie. She is a Company Member of TimeLine Theatre where credits include: The Audience,Bakersfield Mist, The How And The Why, and Jeff-nominated performances in 33 Variations, A Walk in the Woods, All My Sons, When She Danced and Not Enough Air. Other theatre credits: Plantation(Lookingglass). Vanyaand Sonia and Masha and Spike(Jeff Award nomination, Sonia - Goodman), 2666, The Seagull, A True History of the Johnstown Flood and Teddy Ferrara (Goodman). Women Laughing Alone With Salad (Helen Hayes nomination Actress in Principal Role - Woolly Mammoth, DC); By The Water (Northlight);Failure: A Love Story and Native Gardens (Victory Gardens); Golda’s Balcony (Jeff Award – Pegasus Players) Television: Sense8;Chicago Med, Fire & Justice; Boss. Film: Divergent, Conviction, Polish Bar, One Small Hitch, Fools. Janet was the first recipient of the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award from the University of Central Missouri and holds an MFA from Western IL Univ. She is a proud union member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
MICHAEL MILLIGAN (Gooper) Chicago credits include Goodman Theater: Blind Date; Chicago Shakespeare Theater:Othello(Iago) and Tug of War; Greenhouse Theater: The American Mercy Tour; American Theater Company: Mercy Strain. Broadway credits include: August: Osage County, La Bete, and Jerusalem. Off Broadway: Thom Pain, The Golem, Mercy Killers. Michael has performed at the RSC, Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, and many more. TV: Law and Order, Person of Interest, The Knick, Chicago Justice, APB. Training: Juilliard (John Houseman Prize recipient.) Special thanks to Wallie and everyone at Stewart Talent
GAIL RASTORFER (Mae) Drury Lane debut. Regional highlights: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Indiana Rep & Syracuse Stage); The Heidi Chronicles, The Game’s Afoot (Asolo Rep); Ten Chimneys and In the Next Room (Cleveland Playhouse); Noises Off (Clarence Brown Theatre); The Mousetrap (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and Women in Jeopardy (Merrimack Rep). Chicago Theatres: Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, First Folio, Chicago Dramatists, The Goodman, American Blues and The Unfortunates (SoloChicago, Jeff nomination for solo performance). TV credits: Chicago Fire, Crisis, Boss, Chicago Code, and dozens of national commercials.Union proud, she serves on the Chicago board of SAG-AFTRA. www.gailonline.net & www.hellokittymustdie.com
JOE BIANCO (Dr. Baugh, u/s Gooper) has been a fan of Drury Lane his whole life and is thrilled to be making his equity debut on this stage. Theatre credits include The HammerTrinity, The Nutcracker (The House); Fear & Misery in the Third Reich (Haven); Merry Wives of Windsor, Timon of Athens, Since I Suppose, and an understudy in Henry V, and numerous Q Brothers shows (Chicago Shakespeare); Spamalot! (MPAC); Tale of Two Cities (Lifeline); Amadeus, Richard III, Henry V (Oak Park Festival); The Comedy of Errors (Piccolo); Regional credits include: I
CRAIG SPIDLE (Dr. Baugh, u/s Big Daddy)returns to Drury Lane after being seen in Ten Little Indians, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Sound of Music,and Fiddler on the Roof earning him an After Dark award for his role as Tevye. Chicago credits include productions with Goodman Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Northlight, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, About Face and many others. He has worked at many regional theaters such as Geva Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Huntington Theatre Company, and American Players Theatre. Mr. Spidle teaches acting at Columbia College in Chicago and is an Artistic Associate with Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Television credits include:Early Edition, America’s Most Wanted, Jackand Mike, The Untouchables, Chicago Code, Chicago P.D., Boss, The Magic Door. Under Employed.FILM: Public Enemy, Road to Perdition, The Color of Money, The Wakening, and The Untouchables. Represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
DONICA LYNN (Sookey) Chicago Tribune's 2016 Person of the Year in Theater returns to Drury Laneafter last winter's phenomenal run as Maggie Jones in 42nd Street. Gratefully teaming up again with Marcia Milgrom Dodge after their last collaboration on DL's Smokey Joe's Cafe, earned the Jeff Award for best revue and Donica a Jeff nomination as best featured actress in a musical. Other select DL favorites include:Rock of Ages, Aida,& Hairspray; Porchlight: Dreamgirls(winner Jeff Award, & Time Out Chicago Best Actress/Musical); Victory Gardens: Confessions of a P.I.M.P./w Tony nominee Andre de Shields, A Wonder In My Soul;Mercury: The Color Purple, Barnum; Court:Caroline or Change; Goodman: Lady In Denmark; Timeline:Fiorello; Marriott: Once On This Island; About Face Theatre: When Last We Flew; Chicago Opera Theatre:Queenie Pie; Paramount: Hair(directed by the late Rachel Rockwell). Donica has traveled the world as a solo artist, studio, or background vocalist for artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Natalie Cole. You can currently hear her paying homage to Aretha Franklin in the tribute concert Queen of Soul produced by Artist Lounge Live. Donica is a 3-time brain tumor/cancer surviving, vegan, gluten free, 5k walking, advocate for research and funding in ALL medical fields. Represented by Stewart Talent. Proud member of AEA & AGMA. "I believe theatre creates change thru conversation." Thank you, Kyle, Drew, Bill, Matt, Adrian, box office & the entire DL house for welcoming me home. Marcia, thank you for seeing me, when you heard any of Tennessee Williams' words. Love to Mama, my children (Sidra, Sabastian, Aerial) & my new Husband (Kippy). Thank YOU for supporting live theatre. Up Next: GHOST (Theatre at Center Munster, Ind).
Reginald Robinson Jr.
REGINALD ROBINSON JR. (Lacey) is classically trained and has performed in roles ranging from Shakespeare to more contemporary artists. Some of his credits include Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V (Muse of Fire Theatre), Forty-Two Stories (CityLit Theatre), Hellcab (The Agency Teater Collective), dirty butterfly (The Blind Owl Theatre Company), Tommy J and Sally (Studio@620), and Fences (American Stage Theatre). Reginald received his MFA from the Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory and studied with Patsy Rodenburg in London. He is also a licensed financial advisor who loves to help people discover principal protected investments and create strategies to put them on the path to a solid financial future.
Meet the Understudies of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Emma Jo Boyden
EMMA JO BOYDEN (u/s Maggie, Mae)is excited to be making her Drury Lane debut! Most recently she performed in a reading of the new play Hands and Neckswith 20% Theatre Company. Select university credits include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Jenny), The Arabian Nights (Shahryar/Aziz), Dancing at Lughnasa (Maggie), and The Whale (Liz). Film credits include: All or Nothin’. Emma is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Michigan, as well as an Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD. She would like to send a huge thanks to her family, friends, and the whole team at Stewart Talent. Go Blue!
CARON BUINIS (u/s Big Mama)Chicago theatre credits include: Saturday Night FeverandA Christmas Carol at Drury Lane, Cabaret, Oklahoma! andThe Music Man - Paramount Theatre, Sylvia- Williams Street Rep, It’s A Wonderful Life- TATC, King Liz - Windy City Playhouse, The Audience, Chimericaand Juno- TimeLine Theatre, Loving Repeatingand The Full Monty(Jeanette, Jeff Nomination) - Kokandy Productions, A Funny Thing Happened…and Sweeney Todd- Porchlight Music Theatre, The Language Archive- Piven Theatre, The Spitfire Grilland Kiss of the Spider Woman - BoHo Theatre. On-camera credits include Chicago Fireand American Greed. Caron is also an active marathon runner.
VINCE KRACHT (u/s Rev. Tooker, Dr. Baugh)is elated to work with Drury Lane. Most recently, Vince was seen as James Wicker in "It's Only a Play" at Farmer's Alley Theatre. He also had the title role in the Midwest premier of “The Nance,” for which he was nominated for a Chicago Jeff Award and won The Best Actor (Non-Equity) Award from Broadway World. Vince has worked with Second City Works and Dave & Co., improvised at Laugh out Loud and The Comedy Shrine, been an ensemble member of GayCo, and was one of the founding members of “Cast on a Hot Tin Roof,” Chicago’s longest running, completely improvised play. Vince played Wilbur opposite Jim J Bullock’s Edna in “Hairspray” on the Oasis of the Seas, a production which was featured on the 66th Annual Tony Awards
Marcus D Moore
MARCUS D. MOORE (u/s Sookey, Lacey) is thrilled to be working with Drury Lane for the first time! His Chicago Theatre credits include: Jackalope Theatre (Franklinland & 1980 Or Why I Voted For John Anderson(u/s): Both Jeff Awards Nominated for New Play), Haven Theatre (The Toilet), Collaboraction Theatre (A Blue Island in The Red Sea)and Stage Left Theatre (Insurrection: Holding Historyu/s). His TV credits include co-starring roles on NBCs Chicago Fireand Fox Networks' APB. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
SHANE RHOADES (u/s Brick)Cymbeline, Once in a Lifetime(Strawdog), FulfillmentU/S (American Conservatory Theatre), Displayed(The New Colony), Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfU/S (Redtwist). San Francisco Credits: The Play About the Baby, Superior Donuts(Custom Made Theatre), The Dresser(San Jose Repertory), First Day of School(City Lights), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead(Shady Shakespeare). Shane is heading into his second year at Depaul University for his MFA in acting. He can be seen in She Kills Monstersin November.