Talley’s Folly

The Last Five Years

The Turn of the Screw

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

Production Personnel

Scenic Designer: Sarah Ross (MFA Scenic Design)

Lighting Designer: Daniel Jacobs (MFA Lighting Design)

Costume Designer: Samantha Jones (MFA Costume Design)

Sound Designer: David Hunter

Hair and Makeup Coordinator: René Chadwick

Technical Director: Chris Blad (MFA Scenic Technology)

Properties Master: Julie Rundell

Company Manager: Kate Goodwin (MFA Stage Management)

Intern Stage Manager: Nico Brown (BFA Theatre Studies, Sophmore)

Assistant Scene Designer/Paints/Running Crew: Annalee Johnson (BFA Scenic Design, Junior)

Assistant Scene Designer/Props/Running Crew: Colleen Sunnich

Assistant Lighting Designer/Master Electrician/Board Op: Christina Bossmin (MFA Lighting Design)

Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe/Running Crew: Kyra Beanland

Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe/Running Crew: Pam Prior (MFA Costume Design)

Assistant Sound Designer/Board Op: Elena Levenson (BFA Theatre Studies, Sophomore)

Assistant Technical Director/Changeover Head: Aaron Pijanowski (BFA, Junior)

Prop Artisan/Running Crew: Misty Emmons

Talley’s Folly

By Lanford Wilson

Linda Gillum, director

Friday, June 13, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008

Studio Theatre

In a small 1944 central Missouri town, two misfits find romance in a deserted boathouse—Matt Friedman, an awkward Jewish accountant from St. Louis, and Sally Talley, the daughter of the small town’s most important family. This charmingly romantic play by celebrated American playwright Lanford Wilson offers both humor and sentimentality as its two distinct characters negotiate a relationship neither of them expected to develop.


Matt: Ron Thomas (MFA Acting)

Sally: Deanne Dubin (MFA Acting)

The Last Five Years

By Jason Robert Brown

James Zager, director

Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008

Studio Theatre

This contemporary 2001 musical traces the development and deterioration of the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling young actress. While Jamie tells the story of their growing romance in “forward time” (from beginning to end), Cathy reflects on the missteps of the relationship in “reverse.” Author Jason Robert Brown, best known for Parade, Songs for the New World, and A New Brain, crafts soaring melodies tinged with witty storytelling lyrics that easily blend tuneful pop with Broadway-style ballads. Though Jamie and Cathy’s hearts divide, their stories do connect at midpoint for a deeply felt celebration of what once was.

Musical Director/Accompanist: Kristina Engberg

Stage Manager: Morgan Holbrook (BFA Stage Management, Senior)


Cathy: Cara Maurizi

Jamie: Jeremiah Lowry

The Turn of the Screw

Adapted by Jeffery Hatcher from the novel by Henry James

Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Studio Theatre

When a governess takes up her duty to care for two recently orphaned children, Flora and Miles, in a gothic English household, she discovers the curious circumstances of her predecessor’s passing. Soon, the specter of the former governess and her ghostly lover begin to torture the would-be heroine. But are the ghosts real or merely the projections of a young woman’s fears? This classic ghost story, perhaps best-known from the classic film The Innocents or the more recent version, 2001’s The Others, has been skillfully reshaped into a compelling two-person performance.

Stage Manager: Kate Goodwin (MFA Stage Management)


The Man: Peter Davis

The Woman: Joi Hoffsommer

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Studio Theatre

This script-in-hand reading depicts the influence of Abraham Lincoln on three poets of Illinois. The lives and careers of Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, and Carl Sandburg are interwoven onstage with an ensemble of players taking a variety of roles. The show, written by U of I Professor Emeritus James Hurt, was originally staged 20 years ago for The Great American People Show at Lincoln’s New Salem State Park near Springfield and featured a cast of actors that included students who would go on to develop impressive professional careers. This play returns to the stage as the bicentennial year of Lincoln’s birth approaches.