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Chicago premiere of Stoppard’s ‘Darkside’


In a year marked by new opportunities, Chris takes on another new position in 2015: stage manager.

In addition to being an assistant director, Chris makes his debut as a stage manager with the Chicago premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Darkside for the Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s benefit production.

Stoppard wrote the play for radio to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon. The Shakespeare Project’s production is only the second full staging of the piece and will be presented as a benefit for its educational outreach department September 27 at the Mayne Stage in Chicago.

Directed by Peter Garino, the all-Equity company features Tony Dobrowolski as Mr. Baggott/Ethics Man; Chris Landis as the Boy; Doug MacKechie as Dr. Antrobus/Witch Finder; David Skidmore as the Banker; Stephen Spencer as the Politician; Fredric Stone as Fat Man; Ashley Wickett as Emily; and Barbara Zahora as the Wise One, Emily’s Mother, and the Commentator.

The creative team includes George Zahora (sound designer), John Slywka (visual designer), Gail Rastorfer (costume coordinator), Brenda Fournier (movement consultant), Michelle Shupe (assistant director), and Christopher Prentice (assistant director/stage manager).

Chris debuted with the Shakespeare Project in the spring as the title role in The Revenger’s Tragedy and appeared in The Contrast/Saving Grace: Anne Hutchinson.

The one-night-only event is sold out. For upcoming Shakespeare Project events, visit shakespeareprojectchicago.org.

You can learn a bit more about the play from Rick Kogan’s piece in the Chicago Tribune.

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On the marquee at the Mayne Stage