Tickets went on sale today for our original LILA invention, The Suitcase Dreams. Go to the Overture Center’s box office, call them at 608-258-4141, or buy tickets online here.
Here’s a little bit about the show…Unpacking stories of great and small adventures, brave departures, wrenching farewells, and the things that travelers choose to carry. Theatre LILA weaves drama, comedy, absurdity, and fantasy with their signature physical style and live music. The Suitcase Dreams was created by Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo, acclaimed New York City director Tyler Marchant, nationally produced playwright Gwendolyn Rice, and Theatre LILA Co-Artistic Directors Jessica Lanius and Mike Lawler.
Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm
Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 20 at 2:30pm
Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 21 at 2:30pm
Friday, September 26 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 28 at 2:30pm
LILA is pleased to have UW-Madison theatre students in our first original Madison work, and Chelsea Anderson is the first of those to be introduced to you here. She is a third year MFA Acting/Directing student at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned a bachelors in Theatre from University of Indianapolis, and has acted in productions at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Acting Up Productions, Vagabonds’ Bridge Theatre, and Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Five Questions for Chelsea
Outreach for youth is an important part of what we do at Theatre LILA, so creating a role for a young person in our original work, The Suitcase Dreams, was something we wanted very much to make happen. And it has. We were so pleased with the talent of the youth we auditioned for this part, and can’t believe our luck in finding Emma Dias. She is not a stranger to the Madison stage, having performed in Fiddler on the Roof, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Disney’s Aladdin with Children’s Theater of Madison–and that’s just what she’s done in the last year and half or so! She is also an active member of the Madison Youth Choir and a co-host on the TV show Into the Outdoors.
Five Questions for Emma
LILA has been lucky to have Clare around for most of our time in Madison. She is an active member of our Actors Lab 360º and has even stepped in as a teaching artist for us in our Intro Training class. In addition to working with us on The Suitcase Dreams, she’ll be part of the creative team on our upcoming collaboration with CTM: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in March 2015.
Clare received her MFA in Acting with an emphasis in Voice for the Actor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a voice and speech coach, actor, and teaching artist for professional theaters throughout the Midwest, including American Players Theatre, Wisconsin Story Project, Children’s Theater of Madison, First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Madison Opera. Clare currently serves as the Oral Communications Specialist at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and is a proud member of AEA, VASTA, and TESOL.
Five Questions for Clare
We are very pleased to introduce you to our cast for The Suitcase Dreams. Without much fanfare or hullabaloo, here they are in alphabetical order (click on hyperlinked names for more). Look for more information about all of these great folks and other Suitcase collaborators soon.
Jessica Jane Witham
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Jess & Mike