Directed by Jason Gerace
Featuring Amanda Drinkall* and Mike Tepeli

SYNOPSIS

In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "…a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…" by the Associated Press.

 


 

AMANDA DRINKALL  (May)
Amanda was most recently seen in White Guy on the Bus at Northlight Theatre, where she will return this fall to perform in the world premiere of Funnyman. Other Chicago credits include: Venus in Fur, Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre), Rest (Victory Gardens), Great Expectations (Strawdog), Pride and Prejudice (Lifeline); and more than 10 shows with The Back Room Shakespeare Project, where she is a Stakeholder. As an ensemble member of Red Tape Theatre, her favorite credits include: hamlet is dead. no gravity, The Skriker, Brand, and Pullman, WA. Regional credits: Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. Ms. Drinkall holds a BFA in acting performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
 
 

MIKE TEPELI  (Raleigh)
Mike makes his Haven Debut. Chicago Credits: Great Expectations (Strawdog Theatre, 2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Director), The Original Grease (American Theatre Company, 2011 Equity Jeff Award: Best Mid-Size Production), It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theatre Company), Burnt Part Boys (Griffin Theatre), The Elephant Man, Big River (Bohemian Theatre). TV: Shameless (Showtime). Member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Represented by Paonessa Talent LLC. Mike is a proud Graduate of the Illinois State University School of Theatre.
 
 

JASON GERACE  (Director)
Jason is very excited to be directing with Haven Theatre Company for the first time. He was the recipient of the 2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award in Outstanding Direction for his work on Great Expectations with Strawdog Theatre Company. He will be directing Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for RedTwist Theatre later in 2015. Regional directing credits include Wrecks (Profiles Theatre, Chicago), Opus (RedTwist Theatre, Chicago) Hamlet (Oklahoma Shakespeare Chautauqua). Jason originally hails from Anchorage, Alaska and holds an MFA in Directing from The University of Oklahoma. He has been Artistic Associate of American Theater Company since 2008. When not directing plays he is happy to be a husband to Amy and a daddy to Ruby and Brooks. He is an associate member of SDC.
 

CAROL COHEN  (Producer)
Carol is the Executive Director and Founder of Haven Theatre Company and is serving as both Producer and Costume Designer on this production of “Don’t Go Gentle”. This is Carol’s fifth producing credit with Haven Theatre. Previous Haven productions include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Seminar” and “Hot Georgia Sunday”. She is thrilled to be working with her co-founder and former artistic director, Cody Estle. Costume credits include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Haven Theatre), “Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four” (City Lit), “A Christmas Carol” and “Other People’s Money” (Citadel Theatre), and “The Off Chekhov Festival” (Neopolitans). Carol attended Columbia College Chicago majoring in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dramaturgy and Theater Management.
 

JOSH SOBEL  (Artistic Director)
Josh is also an ensemble member and literary manager with Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark (subsequently remounted with Chicago's Night Out In The Parks and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Strawdog Theatre Company’s Hugen Hall. Directing credits include work at Victory Gardens, Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Collaboraction's Sketchbook, WildClaw Theatre, The Ruckus, Tympanic Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, the side project, Citadel Theatre, The Greenhouse Theater Center, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf Theatre. His production of Idris Goodwin's How We Got On received Honorable Mention from Kerry Reid in the Chicago Tribune's "Best of the Fringe 2013" listing. From 2010 - 2013 he served as associate director of the National Theater Institute summer "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Sobel is the recipient of a Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership on Hamlet at Writers' Theatre and is an associate member of SDC. Janet Bookspan.
 

JOANNA IWANICKA  (Scenic Design)
Joanna is thrilled to return to Haven Theatre, where she has previously designed the set for Seminar. She is also delighted to be working with the brilliant team, a part of which she has met while working on critically acclaimed production of The Great Expectations at Strawdog Theatre. Joanna is a Chicago based designer and scenic artist. Her most recent credits include the sets designed for Strawdog’s The Sweeter Option, First Folio’s Love, Loss and What I Wore and 16th Street Theatre’s The Art of Disappearing. Her scenic work can be seen on Fox’s hit drama series Empire, where she serves as a scenic artist and a staff painter. Joanna’s comprehensive portfolio can be viewed at www.joannaiwanicka.com
 

BRITTANY DEE BODLEY  (Costume Design)
Brittany is a Chicago-based designer originally from Alabama. Brittany earned her M.F.A. in Design from the University of Iowa and she currently works as the Designer/Shop Manager for Northbrook Theatre. Recently, she became a Strawdog Theatre ensemble member after designing Great Expectations and Big Love. Her most recent designs include: Bent (Other Theatre Company), The Humans, Hair (American Theatre Company), The Arsonists, Charles Ives Take Me Home (Strawdog Theatre), Tintypes, The Game of Love and Chance (Open Door Rep), H.M.S. Pinafore (G&S Opera Co.), and The Dumb Waiter (Proud Kate). She is incredibly thankful for the love and support from her family and friends. Roll Tide!
 

JOE COURT  (Sound Design)
Joe is excited to design for the Haven Theatre. He has been based out of Chicago since 2006. He is a company member with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. He has designed more than 90 shows since moving to Chicago with many different theater companies including: Mary-Arrchie, A Red Orchid, The Inconvenience, TUTA, Emerald City, Raven, Seanachai, Theatre Seven, Backstage, Boho, Lifeline, Pine Box, The Gift, University of Chicago, 59E59 (Off-Broadway, NYC), Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN.), Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, VA), Actors Theatre of Indiana, and the Idaho, Lake Tahoe, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. From 2008 until 2012 Joe served as sound engineer for the Chicago production of the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. Joe also serves as adjunct faculty in sound design at Ball State University. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in 2009 for his design for The Unseen with A Red Orchid Theatre.
 

SARAH HUGHEY  (Lighting Design)
Previously with Haven: Don’t Go Gentle. Recent Chicago credits include The Who and the What, Samsara (Victory Gardens), Doubt: A Parable, The Diary of Anne Frank, Port Authority, Hamlet (Writers’ Theatre), The Hundred Flowers Project, Brahman/i, Lake Effect, Yellow Face, Scorched—Jeff Award for Lighting Design (Silk Road Rising), Luce (Next Theatre), The Commons of Pensacola, Tom Jones, Black Pearl Sings (Northlight Theatre), Women Beware Women (Two Pence Theatre), Methtacular, The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre), Othello, Suicide, Inc. (The Gift Theatre), Grounded, Collected Stories (American Blues Theater), Martyr, Motortown, Moment, Festen, Parlour Song (Steep Theatre), The Mountaintop (Court Theatre), Wilson Wants It All, Iron Stag King—Jeff nomination for Lighting Design (House Theatre of Chicago). Ms. Hughey is an Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater; has been the Resident Lighting Designer for Silk Road Rising; is a Collaborating Artist with performance collective Yellow House; and was the 2013 recipient of Chicago’s Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Ms. Hughey holds an MFA from Northwestern University where she also teaches. skhugheylighting.com
 

JAMIE KARAS  (Properties Design)
Jamie had so much fun working on Don't Go Gentle, that she had to return to Haven Theatre for another show! She is a local to Chicago and has done props for theatres all around! These theatres include; McLeod Summer Playhouse, Next Theatre, Teatro Vista, Buzz22, Ashlawn Opera, Steep Theatre, About Face Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf, House Theatre, Rivendell Theatre, Bluebird Arts, Strawdog Theatre, Route 66, and Peninsula Players.
 

KATHY LOGELIN  (Dialect Coach)
Bio coming soon.
 

DANIEL D. DRAKE  (Stage Management)
Daniel is excited to be working on his first production with Haven! Daniel is a freelance Chicago based stage manager and company manager. Selected previous productions include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Roosevelt University; Crimes of the Heart and Dead Accounts with Step Up Productions; hamlet is dead. no gravity and The Life and Death of Madam Barker at Red Tape Theatre; The Rivals; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); and numerous greens shows and special events at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Still Alice, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Metamorphoses (2014) and Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting at Lookingglass Theatre; The Iceman Cometh, A Christmas Carol, and Red at The Goodman Theatre.
 

CATHERINE ALLEN  (Production Management)
Catherine is thrilled to be working with Haven Theatre for the first time. Catherine is an Artistic Associate and resident production manager with Step Up Productions where she production managed HoliDaze, Darlin’, Dead Accounts, and Crimes of the Heart. Other production management credits include Pins and Withers (A Red Orchid Theater), A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes and The Jammer (Pine Box Theater Company). As an ensemble member with Pine Box Theater Company, she also co-produced the short play festival ElectionFest 2012 and company managed the world premiere play 25 Saints. This past year, Catherine served as the associate producer at The Mission Theater, founded by Chicago improv talents TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a BFA in Acting.
 

REBECCA SPOONER  (Assistant Direction)
Rebecca has worked in artistic positions at theaters throughout Chicago including Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She was the assistant director for Great Expectations at Strawdog Theater. She is a proud graduate of the BFA Directing program at the University of Michigan. Directorial work includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Man of La Mancha with MUSKET Productions, Frozen and Speech & Debate with U of M Basement Arts, and the US Premiere of The Diver by Colin Teevan and Hideki Noda.
 

TBA  (Technical Direction)
Bio coming soon.
 

EILEEN ROZYCKI  (Scenic Painter)
Bio coming soon.
 

TBA  (Master Electrician)
Bio coming soon.
 

OLIVIA CRARY  (May Understudy)
Olivia is thrilled to be working with Haven Theatre Co. for the first time! Previous credits include: Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare, Agnes of God and Doubt at American Theatre Co., The Crucible directed by Jason Gerace,Macbeth directed by Matt Hawkins, A Midsummer Nights Dream directed by Kathryn Walsh and The Taming of the Shrew directed by Carin Silkaitis at NCC. Olivia holds a BA in acting performance from North Central College. She would like to thank her parents and sisters for all the love and support!
 

CALEB FULLEN  (Raleigh Understudy)
Caleb was last seen as Mark in Moraine at The CIC Theater. Before that he appeared as Herbert Pocket in Strawdog Theatre Company's Great Expectations, and Mervyn in CIC Theater's production of A Behanding in Spokane. Caleb is an Artistic Associate of The CIC Theater and an ensemble performer with the house team Clockwise.

 

*Member, Actor's Equity Association