Nightmares & Nightcaps Actor Profile: Shane Roberie!

  1. Where you were born/where were you raised? Born in Eunice, Louisiana; raised in Ville Platte, Louisiana (about an hour north of Lafayette, LA)
  2. Zodiac sign? Libra
  3. What are the careers of your parents? My Father is a State Farm Agent; My Mother is a full-time Mom
  4. Do you have any Siblings? 1 Sister , Lindsay.
  5. Where were you trained? University of Louisiana at Lafayette for Bachelors; Texas Tech University for Masters
  6. Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: Song would be from The Apple Tree; Monologue would be from Jitters.
  7. Why did you want to be a part of Nightmares & Nightcaps? I’m really into horror flicks. Not that this show is incredibly scary, but I love the dark quirkiness of this show.
  8. Favorite Twilight Zone and/or Black Mirror episode? Nosedive, Shut Up and Dance, White Bear (couldn’t pick just one!)
  9. Most played song in your music collection: Right now? The Plastics from Mean Girls the Musical. DONUT COME FOR ME.
  10. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Jesus – Godspell
  11. Worst onstage mishap: I’m sure I’ve had one but can’t think of any so it must not have been that bad!
  12. Worst job you ever had: Working retail at Aeropostale
  13. (Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: The Baker from Into the Woods, Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  14. What were you afraid of as a child? Sweetums the Muppet

Nightmares & Nightcaps Actor Profile: Lee Wichman!

  1. Where you were born/where were you raised? Manchester, CT
  2. Zodiac sign? Leo
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents? Lawyer, Phlebotomist.
  4. Do you have any Siblings? One brother.
  5. Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: song: "No More" from Into the Woods / monologue: Mosca from Volpone
  6. Why did you want to be a part of Nightmares & Nightcaps? I love Collier's sinister yet witty writing and I can't turn down a chance to play Satan.
  7. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Nightmares & Nightcaps!) that you think is must-see: Southern Gothic.
  8. Most played song in your music collection? SexyBack
  9. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager? Nigel Rancour in Something's Afoot
  10. Worst onstage mishap: I almost destroyed a beautiful scrim of Cape Cod for a high school production of Babes in Arms when I jiggled the doorknob of a set within a set and the entire wall came crashing down and then the door followed.
  11. Worst job you ever had: A dishwasher at Friendly's.
  12. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: Mosca in Volpone, The Baker in Into the Woods, Edmund in Lear, Lemml in Indecent, Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees.
  13. What were you afraid of as a child? Monsters under my bed.

Nightmares & Nightcaps Review-O-Rama

Nightmares & Nightcaps has been open for a couple of weeks now, and the good reviews have been rolling in! For those of you who are curious, here's a list of quotes and links to the various good press we've been getting:

“Deliciously macabre...[this] quirky, disquieting, ever comedic production nicely showcases Collier’s peculiar tales.” — Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

“Delightful...a well-chosen and well-acted series of vignettes, from ominous to slyly funny...”” — Crista Zivanovic, NWI Times

“Absolutely hilarious...an excellent production...so good you’ll leave the theater wishing they could have added more of Collier’s sardonic, twisted confections.” — Karen Topham, Windy City Times

“A strange and spooky delight...hilarious, and creepy-crawly scary, both aurally and visually.” — Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review

“The energetic performers play all of their characters to the hilt...its simplicity pairs nicely with the bitter flavor of Collier’s stories.” — Alex Huntsberger, Time Out Chicago

“A ghoulish delight...John Collier’s works are both witty and acerbic. Black Button Eyes Productions delivers a charming introduction and brilliant homage to the writer.”” — Kerstin Broockmann, Chicago Stage Standard

“A delightful exercise in creepy-crawly quirkiness...Rutherford has found the perfect theatrical equivalent to Collier’s blend of the lethal and the looney.” — Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

“Rutherford’s latest production is nicely staged, beautifully acted and creatively supported by a team of clever theatrical artisans.” — Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

Nightmares & Nightcaps Actor Profile: Joshua Servantez!

  1. Where you were born/where were you raised? Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas
  2. Zodiac sign: Capricorn
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents? Mostly in the medical field. So naturally I had to be different.
  4. Do you have any Siblings? I have a sister! I always wanted a brother but I got her instead. Oh well.
  5. Where were you trained? Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance
  6. Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: I'm not giving away my secrets to staying booked!
  7. Why did you want to be a part of Nightmares & Nightcaps? I've always thought BBEP shows were fun and extremely pleasing to the eye. I wanna be pleasing to the eye.
  8. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than N&N!) that you think is must-see: I just finished The Adventures of Spirit Force Five with The Factory Theater. It was a helluva time. If you didn't see it then you've missed it and I'm sorry for you.
  9. Favorite Twilight Zone and/or Black Mirror episode? Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance // The Entire History of You. I've never seen The Twilight Zone
  10. Most played song in your music collection: I'm overplaying the new Panic! album right now
  11. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I didn't really start acting until college. I loved playing Konstantin in The Seagull
  12. Worst onstage mishap: I fell once. It hurt. Like...a big fall. There were bruises and emotional scars. I don't wanna talk about it.
  13. Worst costume ever: I wore a wig in the show where I took a big fall. My ego is hurting now.
  14. Worst job you ever had: I worked at a restaurant during a holiday season and I've never hated a job more.
  15. Craziest audition story: I don't really have a crazy audition story...maybe one will happen soon. Who knows?
  16. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: Can someone please cast me in a production of Hair? I'd do a good job. Or the Emcee in Cabaret. But also can I please play Olivia in Twelfth Night? I have a lot...
  17. What were you afraid of as a child? Bad weather scared me. Growing up in Texas, we're taught to be afraid of tornadoes so I used to think wind on a rainy day meant I had to hide in a cellar and pray.

So, What John Collier Stories Are You Doing?

WARNING, IF YOU KNOW THESE STORIES THE LIST BELOW MAY SPOIL PARTS OF THE SHOW.

Seriously!

…But for those of you who are already familiar with Collier’s work and want a peek at what’s to come, here are the stories we’ve tackled, along with a blurb that hopefully doesn’t give too much away:

Are You Too Late, Or Was I Too Early? A reclusive apartment dweller begins to suspect that his apartment may be haunted.

Over Insurance A young couple in love learns the hard lesson that money worries can be death to romance.

Incident On A Lake When Mr. and Mrs. Beasley inherit a vast sum of money and embark on a world tour, their troubles have only just begun.

Thus I Refute Beelzy All is as it should be at the Carter household, until one afternoon tea when the Father of the house asks about his son’s imaginary friend.

Squirrels Have Bright Eyes A young man is desperately, hopelessly in love with a Huntress who barely knows he exists. Nothing that a little determination and creative taxidermy can’t fix.

Pictures in the Fire A down-on-his-luck screenwriter signs a contract with a filthy-rich film producer who seems to have been everywhere, seen everything, and known everybody. The only downside is the two-month options on him for all eternity.

The Chaser Aren’t love potions wonderful?

Announcing the 2018-2019 Season for Black Button Eyes Productions!

Tickets are now on sale to see Nightmares and Nightcaps! Click "N&N Tix" above to purchase.

ALSO, tickets for our second production, Evil Dead the Musical, went on sale July 1, 2018- here's the link!

Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season, kicking off late this summer with the world premiere of NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier, a non-musical adaption of British author and screenwriter John Collier’s phantasmagoric short stories. Written and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford, the production will feature choreography by Derek Van Barham and star Kevin Webb with additional casting to be announced.

The season continues in winter 2019 with the Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, a parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead horror films. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford with choreography by Derek Van Barham, this spooky send-up features book and lyrics by George Reinblatt with music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt.

NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier will be staged at The Athenaeum Theatre (Studio Two), 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at athenaeumtheatre.org, by calling (773) 935-6875 or in person at The Athenaeum Theatre Box Office. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL will be staged at Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Ticket will go on sale at a later date.

Black Button Eyes Productions’ 2018-19 Season:

August 17 – September 15, 2018 NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier – World Premiere! Adapted and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford Choreography by Derek Van Barham Featuring Kevin Webb at The Athenaeum Theatre (Studio Two), 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Press opening: Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 pm

Before the Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier, writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation, an ominous host weaves together Collier's comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience's delight.

January 11 – February 16, 2019 EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL – Chicago Storefront Premiere! Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford Choreography by Derek Van Barham at Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago Press opening: Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm

It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago Storefront Premiere. When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!

About the Artists: Ed Rutherford (Adapter, Director) For Black Button Eyes, Ed most recently directed the Jeff-Recommended production of Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Chicago premiere), preceded by Shockheaded Peter (Chicago storefront premiere), Amour (Chicago premiere), Goblin Market and Stephin Merrit's musical adaptation of Coraline (Midwest premiere). Recent directing credits elsewhere include the Jeff-Recommended productions of The Liar with Promethean Theatre Ensemble and Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz at Brown Paper Box Co. He is an artistic associate at Promethean, where he staged his own world premiere adaptation of the Peter S. Beagle fantasy novel The Last Unicorn, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the company's inaugural production, Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy. As an actor, he has performed with Drury Lane Oakbrook, Porchlight, Theater Wit and many others. A graduate of Northwestern's theater program, he is currently completing his MBA at Kellogg.

About Black Button Eyes Productions

The 2018-19 season continues Black Button Eyes Productions' mission to bring to Chicago premieres and seldom-seen works containing elements of fantasy, in which the magical and surreal invade reality. The company was founded in 2014 with the acclaimed Midwest premiere of the musical Coraline, and continued in 2015 by producing the musical Goblin Market in its first Chicago production in over 15 years, attended by the author, Chicago native Polly Pen. In the past few seasons, the company has produced the Chicago premiere of the musical Amour, the Chicago storefront premiere of Shockheaded Peter, and the Chicago premiere of the musical Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.