Meet the Cast of Good Person of Szechwan

COR ADDS SIZZLE TO CHICAGO SUMMER THEATER WITH THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, AUG. 11-SEPT. 11 AT A RED ORCHID THEATRE Ernie Nolan will direct Cor Theatre’s The Good Person of Szechwan starring Will Von Vogt in the title role. Reflecting the diversity of Chicago, the cast also features Jos N. Banks, Dawn Bless, Chris Brickhouse, Michael Buono, Ben Chang, Isabella Coelho, Aida Delaz, Niko Kourtis, Narciso Lobo, Jeri Marshall and Lea Pascal.   Cor company member Ernie Nolan directs Tony Kushner’s translation of Brecht’s popular parable of good ...

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Top Ten Lines from “Christina, the Girl King”

By Topher Kielbasa Sex, violence, intrigue, philosophy, science, religion, politics, and blasphemy pepper the language of Christina, the Girl King. Here are one dramaturge’s top ten lines: 10. “JOHAN! If only grace could reach your brain and guide the movement from the top down, I’d have reason to be proud of you.” – Axel Axel is one of the most dynamic characters in the play. He is simultaneously trying to keep the best interests of his son, Johan, his adopted daughter, Christina, and his country in mind. And while these interests continually clash, ...

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Meet the Cast and Characters—Toya Turner as Christina, King of Sweden

Toya Turner is a Jamaican-American, who grew up in Houston, Texas. She trained at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Stage credits include: SUNSET BABY (Timeline), THE RAID (Jackalope) and FOR HER AS A PIANO (Pegasus). TV/Film credits: AMERICA (Lifetime), CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) and EMPIRE (FOX). Up Next: Tracy in new series THE CHICAGO PROJECT (Showtime) and the Hero Mom in Comcast XFinity's "Layover" Print Ad. Visit www.IAmToya.com for more! What was your reaction when first reading Christina? "This is mine!" And I had that ...

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Meet the Cast and Characters—Will Von Vogt as Johan Oxenstierna

Will Von Vogt is an actor, producer and casting director hailing from Kennebunkport, Maine. He received his training from the Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Acting. Favorite acting credits include Bent, A Map of Virtue (Cor Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, The Heidi Chronicles, Empire Falls (HBO), and Google Me Love (produced by the Wachowskis) and Chicago Fire(NBC.) Will is a proud company member of Cor Theatre, on the curating team of Salonathon, the Associate Producer of the 2015 Great Chicago Fire Festival and was a recipient of a 2015 Windy ...

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Meet the Cast and Characters—Tony Bozzuto as Axel Oxenstierna

Tony has been a Chicago actor for over ten years now. He has worked with Chicago Shakes, Steppenwolf, Next, Lifeline, and BackStage to name a few. He was also privileged to be a part of COR's highly successful production of Skin Tight. Tony is very excited to be working with Tosha and COR again. In addition to theatre, Tony has appeared on television (Chicago Fire, Boss, Crisis), in film, and voiced commercials for radio. He holds an MFA from Wayne State in Detroit and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. Tony also finds it extremely awkward to write a bio and thinks ...

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Men—You Sexually Selfish 17th Century Bastards

By Topher Kielbasa Allow me to share a line from Christina, the Girl King that really struck me when I first read it: "A woman cannot deprive herself of a man’s desire to satisfy the desires of another woman. And those who do, do so only in our presence, to increase our pleasure."—Johan There's a lot to unpack in this line and I couldn't possibly hope to unpack it all right here, but it is a brilliant line because it encapsulates a host of attitudes toward sexuality. My reaction: You are so full of shit. I'll start with the idea that Johan—and probably ...

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Meet the Cast and Characters—Bridget Schreiber as Erika Brahe

This is Bridget’s first production with Cor and she is elated to be here. She has worked with Strawdog Theatre, Shattered Globe, The Arc Theatre, Two Lights Theatre Co., rediscover theatre, and will next be understudying at Goodman Theatre. Bridget holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is represented by Gray Talent Group. Much love to her husband.  What was your reaction when first reading Christina, the Girl King? Holy shit. I want to be in this play.  And less selfishly: what a strange and beautifully written love story. ...

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Meet the Cast and Characters—Meg Elliott as Maria Eleonora

Meg Elliott is originally from Schoharie, New York.  Recent Chicago credits include Voyage (Cock and Bull), Top Girls and The Merry Wives of Windsor (both with Arc Theatre),  Romeo and Juliet (Muse of Fire), Hello Failure and Request Concert (both at The Side Project) Speaking in Tongues (Interrobang Theatre Project), Wrong Mountain (Rare Terra), The Sea (Theatre Mir), Peer Gynt (Polarity Ensemble Theater), Quake (Buzz22 Chicago), Hamlet (Dreamlogic Theatreworks), and Much Ado About Nothing (Chicago D’ell Arte). She holds an MFA in acting ...

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A Primer On Protocol Around Royalty

The issue of protocol and etiquette when dealing with Royalty is vague on all accounts. Even for the British Royalty today, there are no definitive rules. The official website for them even says that if one wants to conform to tradition in their presence, it is their prerogative. "Traditional" etiquette, however, depends on who you ask. There are as many sets of traditions as there are monarchies. The following are generally agreed upon as being able to extend to all monarchies (most come from English tradition): General Rules 1) No ...

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Christina—Not Just a Symbol

By Topher Kielbasa In my last post, "Who the Hell is Christina," I postulated King Christina of Sweden as proof of the ridiculousness of the expectations various power structures within society place upon people—"outrageously bullshit" is the term I used. Christina herself, though, also fought against these presupposed expectations, particularly in regard to gender, with her writing. After the abdication of her thrown to her cousin Karl Gustav—later King Charles X Gustav—Christina concerned herself much with philosophy. And why shouldn't she? After all, Rene ...

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