by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

OCT 28-NOV 13
Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium

Artists

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Director
Vocal / Text Coach
Movement Coach
Set Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Costume Designer
Makeup / Facial Hair
Production Manager
Master Carpenter
Stage Manager
Randy White
Jill Walmsley Zager
Leraldo Anzaldua
David Higgins
Mickie Marie
Mike Price
Ellen Mackay
Nicole Bruce
Marc Tschida
Michael Fields
Tiffany Lutz
 ARTISTS
Shylock
Gratiano / Morocco
Portia
Bassanio
Gobbo
Lorenzo/Arragon
Nerissa
Jessica
Salerio
Antonio
Solanio
Duke of Venice
Chorus
Chorus
Tubal
Liz Pazik
Yadira Correa
Leslie Ann Handelman
Caitlan Taylor
Nicole Bruce
Eliza Stoughton
Courtney Reid Harris
Caroline Huerta
Alex Goodman
Amira Sabbagh
Francesca Sobrer
Mary Carol Reardon
Kaila Day
Andee Schray
Becky Underwood

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Liz Pazik (Shylock) is thrilled to be a part of this production of The Merchant of Venice and to share the stage with such a talented and smart group of female actors. Liz created the role of Mrs. Fezziwig for the National tour of Scrooge! The Musical starring Richard Chamberlain. Favorite Chicago credits include: Something’s Afoot! (Miss Tweed – Jeff Nominated performance), The Man Who Came to Dinner (“crazy” Aunt Harriet) – Drury Lane Theatre; The Adventures Of Pinocchio! (The Driver), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West/Ensemble) – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Dennis DeYoung’s Hunchback! – The Musical (Mahiette) – Bailiwick Theatre; The Music Man (Eulalie Mc Kechnie Shinn) – Paramount Theatre. Favorite Regional Credits include: Honky Tonk Angels (Angela Bodine) – Little Theatre on the Square; The Mikado (Katisha) and Adding Machine, A Musical (Mrs. Zero) – The Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. Liz is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and currently serves as a member of the Central Regional Board.

yadira-correaYadira Correa (Gratiano / Morocco) is a native of Puerto Rico. She was recently seen in the Goodman Theatre’s special event production of 2666. She has worked with Theatre Squared, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Court Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), Teatro Vista, Collaboraction Theatre, Halcyon Theater, About Face Theater, Vitalist Theatre, Mortar Theatre, Sour Mash Productions, and Urban Theater Company.  Plays include:  Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Tanya Saracho’s Enfrascada: A Comedy of Hoodoo Proportions at 16th Street and Renaissance Theatreworks, Corazón de Manzana with Mortar Theatre Company, as well as most ensemble-devised works at Teatro Luna (from 2003 to 2009) including: Machos; Lunatica(s); Solo Tu; S-e-x-Oh! and Jarred. Yadira is an alumni of the School at Steppenwolf.

leslie-handlemanLeslie Ann Handelman (Portia) is delighted to make her Cardinal Stage debut in this production! Chicago and Regional credits include Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), King Lear, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Pride and Prejudice (Door Shakespeare), 2 Henry IV (Milwaukee Shakespeare), The Constant Wife and Enchanted April (Meadowbrook Theatre), Private Lives and The Importance of Being Earnest (ShawChicago), All’s Well that Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare Project of Chicago), and The Dybbuk (Syracuse Stage). TV: Chicago Fire. Leslie is also an Athleta Ambassador and a group fitness instructor for the Chicago Athletic Clubs. MFA, University of Illinois. Proud member of AEA!

caitlan-taylorCaitlan Taylor (Bassanio) is thrilled to be making her Cardinal Stages debut! A recent graduate of the MFA Acting program at American Conservatory Theater, she has been seen by Bay Area audiences in ACT’s mainstage productions of Ah, Wilderness! (Belle), A Christmas Carol (Annabelle), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Segstrom), and in SF Playhouse’s City of Angels (Gabby/Bobbi). MFA productions at the Strand Theater and Costume Shop include Mark Rucker’s The Cherry Orchard (Ranyevskaya), Kalos Kai Agathos (Polyneices), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Our Lady of 121st Street (Marcia), Cardenio (Suzanna), and The Big Meal (Woman 2). Other favorite MFA roles include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Melody in Bad Jews. Other regional credits include shows with S’n’S Theater, Main Street Theater and CLOC. Caitlan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and alum of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA 2012). caitlantaylor.com.

Nicole Bruce (Gobbo) is excited to be making her Cardinal Stage debut. She has performed extensively both regionally and throughout Bloomington. For IU Theatre: King Lear (Regan), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mama), The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette), Richard III (Margaret), School for Scandal (Mrs. Candour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Lysistrata (Calonice), Angels in America (South Bronx Woman/Ethel Rosenburg), The Bacchai (Teiresias), Macbeth (the Porter), The Cherry Orchard (Dunyasha). Regional Credits: Taming of the Shrew (Grumio) and You Can’t Take it With You (Essie) for IFT, Richard III (Elizabeth) for The Empty Theatre, Chicago; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Fairy), Macbeth (Witch/Gentlewoman) and Richard II (Groom) for Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Kate Crackernuts (Kate) for Bloomington Playwrights Project, Othello (Iago) for MCCT, The Flies (Electra), BUG (R.C.) and Two by Thomas (Yinnie/Marlo). She has a BA in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University. nicolebruceactor.com

eliza-stoughtonEliza Stoughton (Lorenzo / Arragon) is thrilled to be working with Cardinal Stage Company. She was most recently seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival this summer as Viola in Twelfth Night. Other recent Chicago productions include A Loss of Roses at Raven Theatre, Fallen Angels at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, where she is an Ensemble Member, and Doubt at Writers’ Theatre. Regional credits include Riverside Theatre in Iowa and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and in the Schools. Eliza is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago. www.elizastoughton.com

 

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courtney-reid-harrisCourtney Reid Harris (Nerissa) is a junior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student. She was last seen with Cardinal Stage Company in Hairspray (Penny Pingleton). For IU Theatre: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Jenny/Scratchy), Into the Woods (Granny), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Florida woman, ensemble). For Indiana Festival Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy van Pelt) and Seussical the Musical (Mayzie LaBird). For Bloomington Playwrights Project: Billy Witch (Miranda). For University Players: Legally Blonde (Chutney). She also co-hosts WTIU’s The Friday Zone, airing on PBS in Indiana and parts of Illinois. Courtney Reid is from Fort Worth, Texas.

caroline-huertaCaroline Huerta (Jessica) is a senior B.F.A Musical Theatre student at Indiana University. For Cardinal Stage Company: Hairspray (Tammy). For IU Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Elizabeth/Various Roles), Antigone (The Fates), Into The Woods (Jack’s Mother), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless). For Indiana Festival Theatre: The King’s Critique (Cora), Moses Man (Sarah). For University Players: Fugitive Songs (Karen), Hello Herman (Marsha Dixon), BOB: A Life in Five Acts (Chorus 1: Jeanine, Caitlyn, Waitress, Prostitute, Deborah, Vera), Hatter (Mock Turtle). Other: Evita (Eva Perón), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers). Caroline is from Tampa, Florida.

alex-goodmanAlex Goodman (Solario) is a recent graduate from Indiana University with degrees in Theatre and Drama and Arts Administration. For IU Theatre, she performed in such productions as Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Colleen/Edna), Trigger Warning (Helen), The Imaginary Invalid, and The School for Scandal, as well as independent projects The Internationalist (Sara), Anna Bella Eema (Irene), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Victoria), and Picasso’s Women (Olga Kokhlova). Alex is a co-founder of the Conservatory Project, an ensemble of Indiana University graduates who independently produced and performed an emerging actor showcase in Chicago in May 2016. She is grateful to have studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as a member of their Summer Training Congress. A former Singing Hoosier and Bloomington native, Alex is thrilled to return to Cardinal Stage for this production!

amira-sabbaghAmira Sabbagh (Antonio) is thrilled to be making her Cardinal Stage debut. Originally from Bloomington, Amira grew up here studying ballet, violin, piano, and voice. She went on to earn a degree in modern dance from the University of Arizona, upon the completion of which she decided to become an actor and moved to Chicago to pursue that dream. Working in theatre and on-screen, Amira lived in the Windy City for over a decade before moving back to her hometown for a little r & r. She now sings with Voces Novae, a contemporary vocal ensemble, and performs with ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids, a non-profit that brings music to local schoolchildren. In her spare time, Amira knits obsessively and binge-watches Netflix.

francescia-sobrerFrancesca Sobrer (Solanio) is the Director of the Theatre Program for BHSN for going on 18 years now, she is also an active member of the Bloomington theatre scene. She has performed in a few Bloomington Playwrights Productions including Julie D, Sans Merci and Three Views of the Same Object, and will be performing again in the upcoming production of Home. She was also in the Amethyst cast for Cardinal Stage’s last season production of Love, Loss and What I Wore. A member of the Bloomington Arts Commission, Francesca is thrilled to live in a town that recognizes that Art Matters. Thank you to Cardinal Stage for this opportunity, and to her many students for their inspiration.

mary-carol-reardonMary Carol Reardon (Duke of Venice) was a member of Circle Rep Lab in New York City where she performed in Uncommon Women and Others; Chekov’s Three Sister’s; Gorky’s The Lower Depths, and many original plays.   At LaMama she was in Lanford Wilson’s The Rhimer’s of Eldritch, directed by the author. She also performed at the Young Playwrights’ Festival, WPA Theatre, the Amato Opera, the American Place Theatre and was in New Music New York at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared on television in Law and Order, All My Children, and lots of bits on soap operas, movies, independent films, and commercials. Since returning to her hometown of Bloomington, she has performed at the Brown County Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project (Ugly Lies the Bone directed by David Anspaugh) and Cardinal Stage (My Fair Lady, Bill W. and Dr. Bob).  She is delighted to be in Cardinal’s Merchant of Venice.

kaila-dayKaila Day (Chorus) is thrilled to be joining this all-female ensemble in her first Cardinal production! She is a senior at Bloomington High School North and has been involved with theatre at North, both on stage and off, since her freshman year. Her previous roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Ginette/Gayle in Almost, Maine, and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to acting, Kaila has also been on the tech crew for several North shows and for IU’s Summer Theatre shows Seussical and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She’d like to thank her wonderful teachers, friends, and parents for all the support and guidance!

andee-schrayAndee Schray (Chorus) is thrilled to be performing in her first show at Cardinal Stage Company. She has recently relocated to Bloomington from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she attended the University of New Mexico and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She has previously been seen in town in The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s Collected Stories and BPP’s You Remind Me of You. Some of her favorite past roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Jayden in 2 Am Lovely, and Adine in The Dispute. She would like to thank her wonderful family and her ever supportive boyfriend, as well as the Cardinal family for making a place for her.

Underwood, BeckyBecky Underwood (Tubal) is quite happy to sink her teeth into Shakespeare again, as well as working with all those beautiful costumes! Thanks to her supportive family, as well as the whole Cardinal gang!