TADA Theatricals, LLC

Steve Abrams, Tony D’Angelo & Kim Stafford, Tommy Lipnick & Stefani Nicole Von Huben

present a reading of

A NEW PLAY BY

Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin

 

DIRECTED BY

Gary Griffin

 

STAGE READING

May 8, 2017

“The conversation everyone avoids until it’s too late will make you laugh till it hurts.”

 

about the show

The comedy is set in the suburban Dallas apartment of Marshall and Julie Ann Katz (Zuckerman, Bowen), a young interfaith couple. When they discover that they have twin boys on the way, no one is kvelling more than Marshall’s mother Rhonda (DeSalvo), – queen of Texas organic foods, and the 21st century Jewish mother we’ve been waiting for. But, suddenly the whole family is pulled into a tug-of-war, with a little help from YouTube, a meddling gay school teacher (Sherry), and more than a few centuries of tradition. By the time it’s over, there’s no telling who (or what) will be left intact.

 

KNIFE TO THE HEART is being produced by TADA Theatricals, LLC Steve Abrams, Tony D’Angelo & Kim Stafford, Tommy Lipnick, Stefani Nicole Von Huben & Kicky Productions. Previously, KNIFE TO THE HEART had two successful developmental staged readings in Los Angeles This reading at Chicago’s legendary Second City in October  ’17, is directed by Gary Griffin.

cast

Chelsea Kane

JULIE ANN

A native of Arizona, Chelsea Kane has been acting professionally since the age of nine when she landed her first role as Young Kim in the National Broadway tour of “Showboat.” Kane currently stars as Riley on Freeform’s hit show, “Baby Daddy,” which won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy in 2017 and for which she received two additional Teen Choice Award nominations for her role. She also starred in the original TV movies “Minutemen,” “Lovestruck,” and “#Popfan” and as Meredith in the theatrical release of “Bratz.” Kane was a series lead on Disney’s “J.O.N.A.S.” and was the voice of Bea Goldfishberg in the animated series “Fish Hooks.” She enjoyed her recurring role on the final season of the CW’s “One Tree Hill” and was a fan favorite on Season Twelve of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” finishing as one of the three finalists. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Twitter: @ChelseaKane Instagram: chelseakane

 

 

Jürgen Hooper

MARSHALL

BROADWAY: Brighton Beach Memoirs. CHICAGO: Life & Limb, Huck Finn (Steppenwolf) Rabbit Hole (Goodman), The Comedy of Errors, Amadeus, Short Shakespeare! Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare), Isaac’s Eye, The Chosen (Writer’s Theatre), The Hard Problem (Court Theatre), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (American Theatre Co), Paradise Lost (TimeLine Theatre Co), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Circle Theatre - Non-Equity Jeff Award Best Principle Actor - Play). REGIONAL: The Mousetrap, The Game’s Afoot (Indiana Rep) The Game’s Afoot (New Theatre), Wanamaker’s Pursuit (Arden Theatre Co.), The Cherry Orchard (Milwaukee Rep). TV/FILM: Chicago Med, Crisis, Chicago Fire (NBC), Suits (USA) and the film Game Day. Jürgen is married to actress Blair Robertson.

 

 

Marilu Henner

RHONDA

With the energy of a teenager, the wisdom of a sage, and the memory of a super hero, Marilu Henner has done it all!  Forty-one films, six Broadway shows, two Emmy winning sitcoms, five Golden Globe nominations, one Jeff Award, ten bestselling books, countless talk shows, seven appearances before Congress, three reality show competitions, a one-woman show, two sons, and three husbands. A native Chicagoan, Henner is thrilled to be performing once again in the city where her training began many years ago in her mother’s garage dancing school in Logan Square.

 

 

Esteban Andres Cruz

DEACON

was born in Berwyn and grew up in Cicero, IL. Chicago credits: Domesticated (Steppenwolf), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Opera), Angel in R.E.N.T. at A.T.C. as well as shows at Writers’ Theatre, Victory Gardens, Piven Theatre, The Hypocrites, Strawdog, The Factory Theater (emeritus member) and Raven Theatre, where he won the Joseph Jefferson Award of Best Actor for his portrayal of Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped the A Train. Regionally, he has worked at Theatre at the Center in Indiana, Cygnet Theatre of San Diego, Pasadena Playhouse and Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. Television credits include: You’re the Worst (FX), Awkward (MTV), Chicago Fire (NBC), Idiot Sitter (Comedy Central), The Bridge (FX), Super Clyde (CBS pilot), Cop Show (Steppenwolf Theatre Film Productions). His films include A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, The Thin Line, Spa Night (Sundance Premiere, Spirit Award: Best Feature / John Cassavetti Award) and his most recent picture; Valley of Bones is being distributed by Will Smith / SONY pictures and you can catch it in a theater near you May 2017.

 

Kierra Bunch

STAGE DIRECTIONS

has worked with many theater companies in Chicago, notably, Urban Theater Company’s productions of The Sun Always Shines for The Cool and Runaways, Black Ensemble Theater’s A Misplaced Love, and ETA’s production of Mississippi Delta (Black Theater Alliance Awards Nomination for Best New Actress and Best Performance in an Ensemble). Besides stage work Kierra can be seen in various commercials. Most recently she can be seen on the Emmy Award winning children’s television show Green Screen Adventures as a series regular cast member. Kierra is very thankful for her family and friends for their continuous support and encouragement. Without them she would not be here. Her two sisters and mother for always making the light at the end of the tunnel shine bright for her. “I’m able to do this because of you” Kierra is happily represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

 

 

Gary Griffin DIRECTOR

BROADWAY: Honeymoon In Vegas, The Apple Tree, The Color Purple. OFF BROADWAY: Parade (Lincoln Center) The Sound Of Music (Carnegie Hall) Saved (Playwrights Horizons) Beautiful Thing (Cherry Lane Theater) and seven productions for City Center Encores. London: Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse) CHICAGO: King Charles III, Road Show, Sunday In The Park With George, Follies, As You Like It, Amadeus, Pacific Overtures (Chicago Shakespeare) Hand To God, Never The Sinner, Appropriate (Victory Gardens) The Detective’s Wife, Loot and the upcoming Parade (Writers Theater) as well as work at Lyric Opera, Court, Marriott, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Famous Door, Northlight and The Apple Tree Theatre. Seven seasons at The Stratford Festival of Canada. Regional productions at Signature (DC), Alliance, Hartford Stage, McCarter, Kansas City Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville and The Old Globe. 10 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Oliver Nomination (Pacific Overtures) Artistic Excellence Award from the League of Chicago Theaters.

 

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