THE INNOCENTS
Digital Program

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October 7 - November 4
Thursday - Sunday 8:00pm

Inspired by a concert held in the Paris Catacombs in 1897, Les Innocents/The Innocents is an immersive queer thriller for every soul. Prowl the catacombs like ghosts and follow Gui, a composer on a quest for love as they conjure spirits, confront death, and create light. In the Empire of the Dead, chaos reigns and the hungry survive. We'll see you in the catacombs.

CAST

Emilie Modaff [they/them] (Gui)
Emilie is incredibly grateful to be working with (re)discover theatre for the first time. Emilie is a Chicago-based performer, musician, writer, podcaster, and producer represented by Shirley Hamilton. Favorite credits include Eclipse Theatre's Little Flower of East Orange (U/S Nadine & Justina), Emerald City Theatre's Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (Ensemble), Nothing Without A Company's Bobby Pin Girls (Bree), and originating the role of Chartreuse in the feminist superhero web-series Kappa Force (dir: Hannah Welever). Love to Mom, Dad and Andy. Endless boat rides to PW. www.emiliemodaff.com

Amanda Forman [they/them] (Jacques)
Amanda is an actor, playwright, and educator. They received their BFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since moving to Chicago Amanda has worked with several companies including 16th Street Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Idle Muse, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Babes with Blades, and Pride Films and Plays. Amanda is a Core Ensemble Member and Facilitator with Imagination Theater, a touring company addressing social issues with young people, and is an Artistic Associate with Oak Park Festival Theatre. Their plays have premiered throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and California.

Vahishta Vafadari [she/her] (Mathilde)
Vahishta is so honored to be a part of this beautiful ensemble of artists and humans. In addition to acting Vahishta has also been dialect coaching and teaching around this awesome city . She has recently been seen at BoHo Theatre as Roxane in Cyrano. Vahishta has also worked at Timeline Theatre, First Folio, Lifeline and Remy Bumppo. Vahishta received her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Gray Talent Group vahishtavafadari.com

Matthew Lunt [he/him] (Valentin)
Welcome to the catacombs! Originally from Belgium, Matthew has spent 10 years studying and performing throughout Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene. Credits include performances with Red Twist, Victory Gardens, Stage Left, Pride Films and Plays, and the NYU Forum of Ethnodrama. You can also see him as Det. Mills in the Amazon series “Patriot”. Matthew is represented by Actors Talent Group. For Yuna!

Erich Peltz [he/him] (Thibaut)
Erich is stoked to be working with (Re)Discover Theater on Les Innocents.  This is Erich’s first show with this wonderful company. You may have seen his face or his writing at the Cornservatory on Lincoln Ave.  Erich has been acting in Chicago for four years and has worked with such wonderful companies such as: EDGE Theater, 20% Theater Company, and The Agency Theater Collective. Erich would like to thank Bryce, his family, and his many supportive friends.

Levi Shrader [he/him] (Pascal)
Levi is honored and tremendously happy to be working with (re)discover. Chicago credits include Bloody Bathory (The Barrens Theatre Co.), Red, White, and Unblemished (Piven Theatre Workshop), Porch Play, {(re)discover.)} Thanks for everything, Bone Daddy.

Andrew Lund [he/him] (Veronique)
Andrew is an ensemble member of (re)discover theatre, where he has appeared onstage with Lysistrata and 50 Shades of Shakespeare. His one-on-one design and movement direction have been featured in (re)discover’s productions of For One, both iterations of Farewell my Friend, and 50 Shades of Shakespeare. Chicago credits include The House Theatre of Chicago, Mercury Theater Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, 20% Theatre, and Kokandy Productions, among others. Andrew is the curator of One-On-One Chicago, an ongoing theatrical project that performs each show for a single audience member. He will also be creating Somerset/Ligoneer, a new interactive narrative experience, as a part of (re)discover’s 2019 season. www.andrew-lund.com

Alec Phan [he/they] (Ignace)
Alec hails from Wisconsin, where he was previously a founding member of Fermat's Last Theater Co. Most recently, he has collaborated with Anaemic Players, Pop Magic Productions, and Prop Thtr here in the Windy City. Once upon a time in the late aughts, he haunted Paris as a starving art student, and is incredibly grateful to the folks at (re)discover theatre for the opportunity to help tell this story now.

Deanalís Resto [she/they] (Helene)
Deanalís is a proud Pennsylvania-born Puerto Rican teatristx who loves alliteration and is stoked to be working with (re)discover after years of admiring their work. Deanalís came to Chicago five years ago after earning their BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, and is honored to be a part of this city's brave and vibrant storefront community. Fun facts: Deanalís is a certified beer nerd and also a sexuality education teaching artist. “Special thanks to my family and loved ones, in the spirit realm and this one, who have humored, supported, encouraged, and loved me, Gracias por todas las bendiciones

Maggie Miller [she/her] (Adele)
Maggie is an actor, playwright, baker, and preschool teacher. She’s from the woods of North Idaho, and has been working in Chicago for a little more than three years. You may have seen her most recently as Buckingham in Midsommer Flight’s and Unbound Theatre Company’s reading of Richard III.


CREATIVE TEAM

Ann Kreitman [she/her] (Creator/Director)
The proud co-artistic director of (re)discover theatre, Ann is a director and deviser who creates work driven by the necessity for an active audience. Most recently, Kreitman directed a remount of The Neo-Futurists' The? Unicorn? Hour? for the Pivot Arts Festival. She has created original, audience interactive works including Eugenia as a part of (re)discover theatre's For One, I left Your Key Under the Mat, Dear (2nd Floor Rear, Chicago Home Theatre Festival), and Home ((re)discover theatre for the Chicago Fringe Festival). Other directing credits include The Veil (Idle Muse Theatre Company), Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn (20% Theatre), Fifty Shades of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre), El Stories 21: People Watching (Waltzing Mechanics), I Love You...Now Change and The Melodrama (Shawnee Summer Theatre). She was a recipient of a 2016 Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to devise and produce Les Innocents/The Innocents. Kreitman serves on the Director's Lab Chicago Steering Committee. annkreitman.com

Mary O'Rourke [she/her] (Choreographer)
Mary began her dance training in Buffalo, New York, and received her B.A. in dance from Loyola University Chicago. She has previously worked with Khecari Dance as a performer in The Cronus Land and The Retreat (parts 1 and 2), as a company artist with CDI/Concert Dance, Inc and as a member of Haymarket Opera Company’s debut corps de ballet. She has presented her choreography at several venues around Chicago as well as in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Havana, Cuba. She holds a deep interest in the relationship between dance and storytelling and has been exploring the marriage of the two through her partnership through multiple collaborative processes with director Ann Kreitman.  Currently she is on a self-led world tour with the intention of researching and exploring movement embedded within foreign cultures.

Berit Godo [they/them] (Assistant Choreographer)
Berit has trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Ballet, with Donald Byrd at Spectrum Dance Theater, and is currently an apprentice and instructor for the Joel Hall Dancers and ensemble member at Mandala South Asian Performing Arts. Other performance credits include work for Haven Theatre, and music videos for Cupid Youth and Joybird. Their choreography credits include work with Studio East, the spectrum Dance Theater Academy, Music Works Northwest, Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, the International Lions Club, (re)discover theatre, the Joel Hall Dance Center, and at North Park University, where they were the founder and artistic director of the North Park University Movement Collective.

Daniella Wheelock [she/her] (Assistant Director)
Daniella is a recent Chicago transplant originally from San Diego, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University with a degree in Directing, and recently completed the Directing Emerging Professional Residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Recent assistant directing credits include: You Got Older (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Luminous Theatre Company); The Glass Menagerie (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Recent directing credits include: Where We Go Together (A Dead Whale Productions); The Fault of Falling (San Diego Fringe); Life, Goat, and Sonder: a Devised Piece (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Upcoming:  Fifty Shades of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre, Director) daniellawheelock.com

Sarai Moore [she/her] (Production Manager)

Autumn McGarr [she/her] (Stage Manager)

Tristan Chiruvolu [he/him] (Assistant Stage Manager)
Tristan is happy to be back in action with (re)discover. You won't see him on stage during the show but if you want a chance at spotting him leave an open a bag of dill pickle chips in the center of a forest clearing and wait.

Chas Mathieu [he/him] (Scenic Designer)
Chas is excited to be working with (re)discover Theatre for his first time. Recent design credits: Tres Bandidos (The Agency Theatre Collective), The Lady Demands Satisfaction (Babes with Blades), The Days are Shorter (Pride Films and Plays), Encounter (Collaboraction), Little Shop of Horrors (Columbia College Chicago), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Columbia College Chicago).  Chas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and was awarded the John Murbach Prize for excellence in collaboration. Portfolio: chasmathieu.com

Kate Hardiman [she/they] (Lighting Designer)
Kate is a Chicago-based theater artist who is stoked to be working on her first show with (re)discover. Kate regularly works at The Neo-Futurists as their seasonal Production Manager, and Lead Technician for their late-night show, The Infinite Wrench. She also works in the Electrics and Video department at Blue Man Group, and tours with Manual Cinema as a Stage Manager and Lighting Technician. Recent design credits include Pillars of the Community (Assistant Lighting Designer) at Strawdog Theatre Company, and Tangles & Plaques (Multimedia Designer, Stage Manager) with The Neo-Futurists. Kate also writes and performs, recently presenting work at Junior Varsity, The Wild Atlas Speakeasy Performance Series, and The Moth.

Erika Clauson [she/her] (Costume Design)
Erika is delighted to be designing with Rediscover for the first time.  Locally, she has previously designed The Blood Line at Gorilla Tango Theatre and run wardrobe for the Lookingglass Theatre Company and Northlight Theatre.  She has designed La Traviata, La Boheme, Dialoghi Delle Carmelitane, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, and Suor Angelica with La Musica Lirica USA in Novafeltria, Italy.

Matt Reich [he/him] (Sound Designer)

Karissa Murrell Myers [she/her] (Casting Director)

Kelly Schmidt [she/her] (u/s Adele, Helene; Makeup Designer)

Brice Baron [she/her] (u/s Gui, u/s Ignace)
Brice is thrilled to be working with (re)discover theatre for the first time! She was most recently seen in Shrew'd at First Folio Theatre. Favorite past credits include Shakespeare's Revisionist Histories (Shakespeare All-Stars), Gypsy, and Caught In The Net (JPAC). She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Special thanks to Ann, Molly, Daniella, Mary, and Berit for including her in this epic story of the many forms human love can take.

Amelia Bethel [she/her] (u/s Veronique, Mathilde)
Amelia is an actor, writer, and occasional burlesque performer. She is an ensemble member at (re)discover theatre, the Wild Atlas Theatre Collective, and the Drinking & Writing Theater, where she also serves as the co-director of the long-running show VS. Her original work has been performed at the Chicago LitCrawl, Young Lungs, the Chicago Women's Funny fest, and more. She can next be seen at PS...Burlesque's Scared Shirtless and the December Risque Revue at Rogers Park Social, and heard on the forthcoming podcast Unwell from HartLife Studios.

Caitlin McManus [she/her] (u/s Jacques, Thibaut, Pascal)



This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

This project is partially supported by a grant from The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation