No Stakes Theater Project, a company founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the classic musical Cabaret April 20-May 6 at the Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
The show is directed by NSTP’s founder/artistic director, Columbia College Theatre Department alum Erin Shea Brady ’13, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, and choreographed by alum Mollyanne Nunn ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance.
Set in 1931 as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret tells the story of Berlin’s night life, specifically the Kit Kat Klub and performer Sally Bowles, through the eyes of a young American writer trying to write his novel. With a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, based on stories by British novelist Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret was conceived and originally directed by Harold Prince.
Cabaret is the first production under No Stakes Theater Project‘s new Actor Initiative, which promises to overcome the limitations of typecasting by providing actors with the opportunity to take their education into their own hands.
The cast includes Columbia College alums Catherine LaRocca ’16, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre Performance BFA program, and Emilie Modaff ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. Also in the cast is current Columbia College Theatre student Tyler Anthony Smith, a senior in the Acting BA program, who plays Nazi agent Ernst Ludwig.
Other Columbia College Theatre alumni on the show’s creative/production team include costume designer Moriah Lee Turner ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Design program, and dramaturg Ian Michael James ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Acting program. Assistant director Max Elliott Colvill is a senior student in the Theatre Directing program. And Theatre Department faculty member Susan Gosdick is the show’s dialect coach.
For tickets, call 908-458-3063 or click here.