Whose Body?

Sept. 6 – Oct. 27, 2019

$25 Previews: Sept. 6-19 (Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm)
Regular Run: Sept. 19-Oct. 27 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm)

When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Joined by director Jess Hutchinson (The Man Who Was Thursday), ensemble member Frances Limoncelli, adaptor of 2009’s Busman’s Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), 2006’s Gaudy Night (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), and 2004’s Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation) re-explores this beloved and charming whodunit for a new generation.

Based on the novel by Dorothy L. Sayers
Adapted by Frances Limoncelli
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

Special Performances:
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, September 28
   Touch tour: 2:30pm
   Performance: 4pm

Open Captioning
Sunday, September 29 at 4pm
Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm

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  • Tony Bozzuto (Dr. Freke/Body/Ensemble)

    Tony has been an actor in Chicago for 15 years.  Some of his stage credits include: The Island of Dr. Moreau (Lifeline Theatre), The Internationalist (Steppenwolf), American Journalero (Teatro Vista), Skin Tight (COR Theatre), and On An Average Day (BackStage Theatre) for which he received a Jeff Nomination.  His television and film credits include: commercials for the NFL, T-Mobile as well as Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (NBC), Crisis (NBC), Animator (Film) and The Good Fight Series (YouTube and Vimeo). www.tonybozzuto.com

  • Scott Danielson (Bunter/Dr. Grimbold)

    Scott is stoked to make his Lifeline debut with Whose Body? His recent work includes: Bright Star, Urinetown (BoHo), Nine to Five (Firebrand), Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare), Once In a Lifetime, Quiz Show, The Arsonists (Strawdog), The Full Monty (Kokandy Productions), A Very Fatal Murder: Season Two (The Onion), and Chicago Fire (NBC Universal). Scott is a two-time nominee and one-time recipient of the Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical. He is a proud Illinois State University alumnus, a Strawdog Theatre Company ensemble member, and is represented by Shirley Hamilton.

  • John Drea (Mr. Thipps/ Inspector Parker)

    This is John’s first production at Lifeline. He has most recently been seen in Chicago in Game of Tiaras (Surging/Cuckoo’s). Other credits include work with Chicago Fringe Opera, Asterisk Arts Collective, Pivot Arts, Victory Gardens Theater, among others. John is a senior at Loyola University Chicago (BA) and an alum of Fordham University’s London Dramatic Academy. johndrea.weebly.com

  • Katie McLean Hainsworth (Duchess of Denver/Old Mrs. Thipps)

    Katie has been a Lifeline ensemble member since 2006. Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro won 2009’s New Adaptation Non-Equity Jeff Award, and she directed Watership Down (2011) and Johnny Tremain (2006) for the Mainstage. As an actor, her favorite Lifeline productions include Miss Holmes, Monstrous Regiment, A Tale of Two Cities, HungerNeverwhere (2010)Mariette in Ecstasy, Gaudy Nightand Cooking With Lard. A native of Central New York, Katie has made Chicago her home, and is very excited to be revisiting the revival of her second show at Lifeline Theatre after 17 years.

  • Joshua K. Harris (Sugg/J. P. Milligan/Piggott)

    This is Joshua’s first production with Lifeline. Other Chicago credits include: Cosmologies (u/s, The Gift), GHOSTS & zombies, and Kokkola (Akvavit), Hammer (The Right Brain Project), Musing (Tympanic), and A Christmas Carol (Metropolis). You can also hear him as Rudy in the audio drama podcast Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery. UnwellPodcast.com

  • William Anthony Sebastian Rose II (Lord Peter Wimsey)

    This is William’s second production with Lifeline after having the opportunity of appearing in The Man Who Was Thursday (u/s Gabriel Syme). Other Chicago credits include: We are Pussy Riot (Redtape Theater), Little Foxes (Citadel Theater), They Took Away my Flag (Strawdog Theater). Other credits include: The Foreigner and Every Brilliant Thing (The Station Theater).

  • Michaela Voit (Gladys/Lady Swaffham/Ensemble)

    This is Michaela’s Lifeline debut. Recent Chicago credits include: Melancholy Play (Organic Theater), Super Richard World III: It’s Just Richard III with Nintendo Characters (The Stupid Shakespeare Company at Otherworld Theatre), and Rabbit Hole Society (Once Upon a Reality Productions). Michaela also performs and writes as a Head Dungeon Master with Out on a Whim Presents: Improvised Dungeons and Dragons (Otherworld Theatre). Her voice acting is featured in the interactive ghost story Soft Earth (rudeghost), and her favorite past roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dean’s Men) and Cavale in Cowboy Mouth (University of Chicago). @michaela-void | michaela-voit.com

  • Kyle Burch (u/s Bunter/Sugg/et al)

    Kyle is delighted to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut! Most recently he was seen in 1776 (Madkap Theatre) as Colonel Thomas McKean. Other Chicago credits include: The Wizard of Oz (Windy City Performers), The Polar Express Train Ride (u/s – Warner Bros. Inc.), #RUWorthy (Nothing Without a Company), Barbecue Apocalypse (Cuckoo Theatre), As You Like It, (Eclectic Theatre). kyletburch.weebly.com

  • Evan Cullinan (u/s Lord Peter Wimsey)

    Evan is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time with this wonderful cast! His recent credits include: Prophet$ (The Factory Theater), writer and composer of An Artist and The Ember, a new musical for the 2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival (Underscore Theatre Company), Henry IV Part I and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hoosier Shakes). Evan has also had the pleasure to work with William’s Street Rep, Congo Square Theatre, Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble and many more.

  • Neill Kelly (u/s Mr. Thipps/Inspector Parker)

    Neill is thrilled to be joining Lifeline Theatre this fall for their productions of Whose Body? and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile! Recent Chicago credits include: Spamalot (Wilmette Center for the Arts), A Year With Frog and Toad and Kiss Me, Kate (Big Noise Theatre), and Oliver!, Shrek: The Musical,and The Wizard Of Oz (Windy City Performs). Other favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Grapes of Wrath, Macbeth, Into The Woods, Dog Sees God, The Pillowman, and Spring Awakening (New Stage Theatre and Actor’s Playhouse in Jackson, Mississippi). Neill is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

  • Mary Pachatko (u/s Duchess/Gladys et. al)

    Mary is delighted to make her Lifeline and Chicago theatre debut by joining the cast of Whose Body? Before moving to Chicago, she performed in Greenville, SC and Pittsburgh, PA. Favorite productions include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pride and Prejudice, and Legally Blonde. www.marypochatko.com | @callmeladymary

  • Cody Robison (u/s Dr. Freke)

    Cody is excited to join the Whose Body? team. Most recently he could be seen in Mad Beat Hip and Gone (Promethean Theatre Ensemble). Prior to that, his time was spent acting and pursuing his M.F.A. with the Hilberry program at Wayne State University where he also had the good fortune to study abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre.

  • Frances Limoncelli (Adaptor)

    Frances has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 1995. As an adaptor she created Mrs. Caliban (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: New Adaptation), and the popular Dorothy L. Sayers series: Whose Body?Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), Gaudy Night (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), and Busman’s Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation) all for Lifeline’s MainStage. For Lifeline’s KidSeries she created this spring’s adaptation of The Time Warp Trio, as well as The Emperor’s Groovy New ClothesSomebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, and Arnie the Doughnut with composer/lyricist George Howe, which was a Next Link Selection in the 2012 NY Musical Theatre Festival. Her plays have been seen in such regional theatres as the Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio, the PTC Performance Space in New York, Taproot Theatre in Seattle, and the Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg.

  • Jess Hutchinson (Director)

    Jess Hutchinson is delighted to return to Lifeline where she directed Bilal Dardai’s adaptation of The Man Who Was Thursday last season. Other recent directing credits include: Steven Dietz’s Mad Beat Hip & GoneKristin Idaszak’s Second Skin, and workshop productions of Georgette Kelly’s North StarEmily Dendinger’s No Home For Bees, and Sarah Saltwick’s Scarlet LetterJess earned her MFA in Directing at the University of Texas at Austin. She was the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas. She is an associate member of SDC. www.jesshutchinson.com

  • Sofia Fey (Stage Manager)

    This marks Sofia Fey’s first production with Lifeline Theatre! Other recent credits include The Lessons (Passage Theatre Company), Reconciliation 0001 (Otherworld Theatre Company), and No Child (Definition Theatre Company). She is currently publishing the first volume of her contributor’s journal, Cabaret

  • Alan Donahue (Scenic Designer)

    After having not designed a single show in Lifeline’s 2018-19 season, Alan is quite grateful to return with this production of Whose Body? His many Lifeline shows include: Whose Body? (2002), Neverwhere (2018) (2010), Jane Eyre (2001) (1991), a couple productions of Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type,as well as scenic design and lighting design of different productions of Killer Angels and of The Talisman Ring. Other recent work includes: Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, and Little Shop of Horrors (Mercury Theatre Chicago). He will be back at work at Lifeline on Middle Passage (for his first and only time) after the first of the year.

  • Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)

    Diane is excited to be bringing the world of Lord Peter Wimsey to life. Previous Lifeline credits include: Emma, The Time Warp Trio, Anna Karenina, You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, Her Majesty’s Will, Northanger Abbey, and A Tale of Two Cities. Regional credits: 1st Stage Springhill, City Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other Chicago credits: Sideshow, Rivendell, Citadel, Wilmette Parks District, Mudlark, and UIC.

  • Morgan Gire (Asst. Stage Manager)

    Morgan is thrilled to be back at Lifeline where she has worked as ASM on Miss Holmes, Her Majesty’s Will, and Neverwhere [2018], and is very excited to return for her 4th year as stage manager for the Fillet of Solo. She has had the great fortune of working with such wonderful companies as: WildClaw Theatre, Factory Theatre, Strawdog’s Hugen Hall, Adventure Stage Chicago, and Nothing Special Productions.

  • Carrie Hardin (Voice & Dialect Coach)

    Carrie is pleased to be back at Lifeline after voice coaching Sylvester (2017). You may have heard her coaching efforts around town with the likes of First Folio, Babes with Blades, The Greenhouse, Pegasus Players, CityLit, AstonRep, Idle Muse, ETA Arts Center, Red Twist, Bower Ensemble, First Floor Theater, Loyola University, and the dearly departed Prologue Theatre, of which she was a founding member. She also teaches privately.

  • Caitlin McLeod (Co-Costume Designer)

    Caitlin is thrilled to team up with Jess Hutchinson again at Lifeline. Caitlin is a costume and scenic designer, puppet enthusiast, and traveler. Recent credits include: The Man Who Was Thursday (Lifeline); The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Walls of Harrow HouseThe Stranger and The Shadow (Rough House); The River (Boho); The Ballad of Romeo and Juliet (American Myth Center, NC); The Dark at the Top of The Stairs (Eclipse); American Jornalero (Teatro Vista); Seussical (Drury Lane); and The Great God Pan (Chicago Fringe Opera)She also is a co-founder of the Chicago based costume crafts business Craftiga. She earned her MFA at Northwestern University. CaitlinMcLeodDesign.com

  • Patrick Runfeldt (Dramaturg)

    Patrick is thrilled to return to Lifeline with such an amazing cast and crew after previously working as the dramaturg on Midnight Cowboy. Other notable Chicago credits include: The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre). He is an alumni member of the Signs of Life hip hop theatre collective in Gainesville, FL.

  • Stefanie M. Senior (Sound Designer)

    Stefanie is very excited to join the ranks of Lifeline designers! She is a freelance sound designer and recent Chicago transplant. Favorite credits include: Non-Player Character (Red Theatre), Ghosts (Redtwist), Mr. Joy, TopDog/Underdogand The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Lake Dillon Theatre Company) in Silverthorne, CO; and Arcadia (Swine Palace Theatre at Louisiana State University). You can find Stefanie online at www.stefaniemsenior.com.

  • Anna Wooden (Co-Costume Designer)

    Anna is a costume designer, craftsperson, and maker. She is proud to be returning to Lifeline having previously co-designed The Man Who Was Thursday (Jeff nominated). Other recent theatre credits include: Footloose (Marriott), Pinocchio (The House), Second Skin (Wildclaw), Strange Heart Beating and Another Jungle (Cloudgate Theatre), and The Walls of Harrow House (Rough House). Film credits include: First Dance (Project Blue Light), and The Shepherd (Vertical Church). She is co-owner of the crafts company Craftiga Ltd, and an artistic associate of Cloudgate Theatre Company. annawoodendesign.com

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