Evil Dead the Musical Actor Profile: Kirby Gibson! (Playing Linda)

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  1. Where you were born/where were you raised: -Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC
  2. Zodiac sign: -Virgo
  3. Do you have any Siblings?: -Only child!
  4. Where were you trained?: -UNC Asheville
  5. Why did you want to be a part of Evil Dead? -I couldn't resist! It's a delight to be working on a show that you know is going to be a blast for the performers and the audience. Silly, messy, singing fun. And a temporary relief from the stresses of the world.
  6. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Evil Dead) that you think is must-see: -I just finished Caroline, or Change which was phenomenal. I'm just now getting back out there and seeing all the other amazing shows going on. Get back to me on that.
  7. Favorite horror movie? -Good question. I'm not much of a horror movie person. Does The Fly count? The one with Jeff Goldblum, I think is a great movie, and has several moments I have a hard time watching or can't watch at all for gore reasons. Cabin in the Woods is also a blast.
  8. Most played song in your music collection: -Depends on when you ask me. I'll play one song over and over for months, then not touch it for a long time. I made a Beach Mix for a trip this past August I'm still getting a lot of play out of. Favorites on that mix include: "Pink Toes" by Childish Gambino, "Ghost" by Frankie and Scott Hoying, "Back in the Day" by Erykah Badu, "Mutt" by Blink 182, "Black Lassie" by Cheech and Chong, and "Weird Science" by Oingo Boingo.
  9. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: -I got to play Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 8th grade which was great fun, and a role I relished from start to finish.
  10. Worst onstage mishap: -I've been relatively lucky. Just to name a few that come to mind: I've gone totally blank onstage and forgotten my next line in the middle of a highly emotional and climactic scene. I've also forgotten about a quick change and had to make my entrance without shoes. I've waited for an actor to enter who didn't. The usual.
  11. Worst costume ever: -Hmm, giant old Snowman costume.
  12. Worst job you ever had: -Probably working concessions at a movie theater. Not because it was awful, but just because it could be really boring, and seemed like a waste of my valuable time.
  13. Craziest audition story: -Not sure if it's too crazy, but when I auditioned for Marta in Company in NC, I was offered the role on the spot. Very surreal for me as a performer.
  14. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: -Any role in Passing Strange.
  15. What were you afraid of as a child? -I remember having FOMO fairly regularly as a child. Fear of missing out. I wouldn't even want to leave to go to the bathroom.

Evil Dead the Musical Actor Profile: Jordan Dell Harris! (playing Ash)

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  1. Where you were born/where were you raised: Born and raised in Forsyth, Georgia
  2. Zodiac sign: Taurus
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents: My Mother is a retired Special Education Teacher, and my Father is an Attorney
  4. Do you have any Siblings?: I have one wonderful older brother, Brad
  5. Where were you trained?: I have degrees in Theatre & Advertising from The University of Georgia
  6. Why did you want to be a part of Evil Dead? The chainsaw hand. Definitely the chainsaw hand.
  7. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Evil Dead) that you think is must-see: Caroline or Change at Firebrand was a revelation.
  8. Most played song in your music collection: Elysium by Bear's Den
  9. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: My first leading role was Oliver in Oliver! in the fourth grade, and I'll never forget it
  10. Worst costume ever: I once worked at an aquarium, and I dressed up as all sorts of HEINOUS sea creatures and nautical things!
  11. Worst job you ever had: I mowed a lot of lawns as a teenager
  12. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: Up next: Whizzer in Falsettos
  13. What were you afraid of as a child? I was a decidedly unafraid child - which got me into some trouble.

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?