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Steep Theatre Presents The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
 
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THE LIFE AND SORT OF DEATH OF ERIC ARGYLE
 
Getting hit by a truck was startling enough, but two days after his death Eric Argyle began to discover the profound impact of his seemingly inconsequential life. Ross Dungan's delightfully inspiring story illuminates the power of the stories we tell about ourselves and poses the question, "is there such a thing as a small life?"
 
"sparkles with terrific individual performances...what really makes the production special is how well this ensemble works together under director Jonathan Berry...this clever play has power and grace."
    - Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
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The thirteen-member Steep Theatre cast operating under the direction of Jonathan Berry...[navigates] their intricate text with agility and alacrity right up to a suspense-filled climax that will have theatergoing romantics sniffling into their hankies and the rest pretending not to."
    - Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times
 
"Eric Argyle may be remembered for its heart-melting qualities but it's the fortifying journey toward its conclusion that deserves high praise....{Dungan's] wonderful work will continue to reconfigure our thinking about theatre, each other and life as we know it."
    - Kevin Greene,, Chicago Stage Standard
 
"a show not to be missed...Jonathan Berry brings together a first-rate cast and crew to tell this story of the meaning we allow in our lives...touching and magical."
    - Colleen Cottet, Edge Media
 
"[a] charmer...Dungan's clever script captivates...Director Jonathan Berry skillfully navigates a play with multiple moving elements and fourteen actors."
    - Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
 
"it's hard to rate one actor above the other, since the very nature of such a company is a collaborative effort..The real praise for this heart-warming piece lies with the director, Jonathan Berry, who manages to bring together a chorus of voices into one resounding affirmation of human relationships."
    - Terence Boyle, Irish American News


 
PLAYWRIGHT: Ross Dungan     DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Berry
 
WITH ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: Alex Gillmor, Julia Siple, Melissa Riemer,
Patricia Donegan and Peter Moore
AND Ashley Neal, Brett Schneider, Jack Dryden, Jeff Duhigg, Lucy Carapetyan, Nellie Ognacevic, Norm Woodel, Pat Whalen and Tim Musachio
 
PRODUCTION MANAGER Julia Siple* STAGE MANAGER Jon Ravenscroft COSTUME DESIGN Emily McConnell** SET DESIGN William Boles LIGHTING DESIGN Pete Dully* ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE Matthew Chapman** PROP DESIGN Maria DeFabo ASST. DIRECTOR Maggie Rogers
 
  *denotes ensemble member
**denotes Steep artistic associate
 
Steep Theatre is thrilled to present the Midwest Premiere of Irish playwright Ross Dungan's The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle. Steep Artistic Associate and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry returns to Steep to direct Dungan's heart-warming and magical exploration of lives lived without regret. Steep and Berry have racked up an impressive string of Midwest premieres, including last year's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet and past hits The Knowledge, Moment and Festen.
 
In 2012, Steep and Berry made big waves with their runaway hit premiere of Deirdre Kinahan's Moment – the most recent Irish import to grace Steep's stage. The production ran for 9 sold-out weeks at Steep's Edgewater theater, before transferring to the larger Theater Wit for 5 additional weeks of near capacity crowds. Moment was nominated for Jeff Awards for Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Berry's production of Eric Argyle continues Steep's tradition of electrifying ensemble work with an impressive assemblage of 12 actors who come together to tell a story that transcends time and illuminates the connections between us all.
 
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Arglye premiered in Ireland in 2012, produced by 15th Oak. The production enjoyed enormously successful runs at both the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, before transferring to London's Soho Theatre and New York's 59E59. Eric Argyle was nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2013 as well as the Stewart Parker Trust Award. Mr. Dungan won a prestigious Fringe First award for his first play Minute After Midday. He is one-third of the hugely successful Irish sketch-comedy group A Betrayal of Penguins and currently writes for RTE's Fair City and Roy, as well as for a number of projects for Tilted Pictures.
 
Jonathan Berry is an Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre, where his productions include If There is I Haven't Found it Yet, The Knowledge, Festen, Moment, The Hollow Lands and Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. His Steppenwolf productions include the SYA production of A Separate Peace, and the world premiere of Melinda Lopez's Gary; his Goodman productions include The Solid Sand Below and The World of Extreme Happiness. Mr. Berry most recently directed The Mousetrap at Northlight Theatre. He is also an Artistic Associate at Griffin Theatre, where his work includes Odets' Golden Boy, The Burnt Part Boys, Spring Awakening, and the North American premieres of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (which garnered Jeff awards for Director, Lead Actor, and Ensemble), Port, and On the Shore of the Wide World. He has also worked with Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Theatre Mir, Red Twist, and The Gift Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Andrew Hinderaker's Dirty and Suicide, Incorporated, which he subsequently directed at New York's Roundabout Theatre.
 
ABOUT THE STEEP ENSEMBLE
 
Patricia Donegan (Mrs. Quillmor) has appeared at Steep Theatre in Book of Days, Kill the Old Torture their Young and Love and Money. Other credits include Remy Bumppo's The Voysey Inheritance, Wit at Gift Theatre, Victory Gardens production of Jacob and Jack, Lifeline Theatre's A Room with a View and David Cromer's mounting of Hotel Baltimore. She worked with Strawdog Theatre on Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya both directed by Kimberly Senior. She has performed in numerous shows with the Griffin Theatre and Shattered Globe and had appearances at Court Theatre, Lookingglass, 16th Street Theatre, Stage Left and Chicago Dramatists.
 
Alex Gillmor (Roger) is a founding member of Steep Theatre. He has appeared at Steep Theatre as Mugsy in Dealers Choice, Bruce in Bang the Drum Slowly, The Man in The Vandal, and Dale in Parlour Song, among many other productions.
 
Peter Moore (Mr. Downey) is a Founding Member and the Artistic Director of the company. Pete has appeared in a bunch of Steep productions over the years, including If There is I Haven't Found It, Motortown, Love and Money, Festen, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and Harper Regan. He most recently was seen in Route 66 Theatre's The Downpour, with fellow Steeper Caroline Neff. Pete's film and TV credits include Chicago Fire and the Bollywood Blockbuster Dhoom 3. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and The School at Steppenwolf and is represented by Paonessa Talent in both India and the states.
 
Melissa Riemer (Victoria) most recently appeared as Emily in A Small Fire at Steep. Other Steep productions include Moment, Under the Blue Sky, Festen, Harper Regan, 2,000 Feet Away, Book Of Days (Jeff Nomination – Best Ensemble) and Catch-22. Other Chicago credits include Cicada (Route 66 Theatre), Her Naked Skin (Shattered Globe Theatre), Start Fair In The Common Race (What's Up Next Lab at Next Theatre), The Skin Of Our Teeth (BackStage Theatre/Jeff Nomination – Best Supporting Actress), and the Griffin Theatre's productions of The Hostage, Letters Home (Chicago production/National Tour), and Picnic (also at Theatre On The Lake). London credits include The Lost Vegas Series (Riverside Studios), An Empty Plate In The Café du Grand Boeuf (New End Theatre) and Time And The Conways (Drayton Court Theatre). Melissa trained at the Drama Studio London. She is a proud ensemble member of Steep Theatre.
 
Julia Siple (Jessica) most recently appeared as Jenny in Steep's productions of A Small Fire and Marley in Motortown. Prior Steep shows include Moment, Love and Money, Under the Blue Sky, 2000 Feet Away, Festen and Harper Regan. Julia has worked with various theater companies around Chicago including Viaduct, TUTA, Strawdog, Circle, Griffin, and Uffish. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan. Julia is the Managing Director at Steep Theatre.
 
ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS
 
Lucy Carapetyan (Gillian, Narrator) has previously appeared at Steep in Breathing Corpses and The Hollowlands. She has worked with Steppenwolf, Griffin, Lifeline, Dog & Pony, and The House, among others. She serves as the Director of Education for Two Pence Theatre Company, and teaches and performs with Actors Gymnasium. Lucy is a graduate of Northwestern University.
 
Jeff Duhigg (Eric Argyle) is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University and is a company member at the Irish Theatre of Chicago. He played Dr. Harvey in Griffin Theatre's production of Punk Rock (Jeff Award Winner- Best Ensemble). Jeff has been seen in productions at TUTA, Strawdog, Griffin, New Leaf, The Side Project, Caffeine and other various theatres. Jeff joined the cast of Steep's extended run of Moment.
 
Tim Musachio (Sam, Arthur) is working with Steep Theatre and Jonathan Berry for the first time. He is an ensemble member at The Artistic Home where he has performed in The Late Henry Moss, The American Plan, Sweet Bird of Youth and How to Act Around Cops. Other Chicago credits include Where We're Born with Steppenwolf Theatre directed by Steep Company Member Brad Akin, Sweet Bird of Youth with Goodman Theatre, Kin with Griffin Theatre and Margaret Fleming with Blackbird Theatre. Tim has also performed with Stage Left, Theatre of Western Springs, Chicago Scriptworks and Vortex Theatre.
 
Ashley Neal (Julia) is a member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, where she has appeared in many productions, including Wrens, 26 Miles, The Walls, Expecting Isobel, and Be Aggressive. Ashley was most recently seen in Men Should Weep with Griffin Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Stage Door with Griffin Theatre, Reverb with Redtwist Theatre, Holidaze with Step Up Productions, Scenes from the Big Picture with Seanachi as well as work with Chicago Dramatists, Jackalope Theatre, Victory Gardens, The Greenhouse Theatre, and many others. Ashley is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and The School at Steppenwolf.
 
Brett Schneider (Craig, Graham) has appeared in The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre, New Stages), The Great God Pan (Next Theatre), Homecoming 1972 (Chicago Dramatists), The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Sea (Theatre Mir), Peter and the Wolf (Lookingglass Theatre), The Hiding Place (Provision Theatre), REWIND (the side project theatre), and Rose and the Rime (The House Theatre). Television credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Sirens. Brett is also a voice over actor, magician, and illusion designer.
 
Pat Whalen (Young Eric Argyle) is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company and an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago. This is his first production with Steep Theatre.
 
Norm Woodel (Mr. Aldershot,) is fresh from his win as "Best Supporting Actor" at the 2014 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his role as the Father in Griffin Theatre Company's Golden Boy. His Chicago stage credits include: Steep Theater's highly acclaimed Festen and Tony Winner-Joe DiPietro's F**king Men. Woodel's television and film work includes Matlock, The Client, and a Music Video with Dolly Parton. He's one of Chicago's most successful voice over actors - voicing promos for CBSNews and commercials for Subway to name a few.
 
Grier Burke (Imelda, Alannah) is making her Steep Theatre debut. She most recently appeared in the Lookingglass Theater Arts Quest Camp production of History Detectives, playing the roles of both the Butler and Cindy Lauper. Grier's film/television credits include an appearance on ABC 7 Chicago's Heart and Soul, and an appearance in Journeyman an Independent NYU Student Film. She was the principal in a National Television commercial for Kmart and has also appeared in commercials for Kohl's and Barilla Pasta. Grier is 7 years old and attends 2nd grade at a gifted school in Chicago.
 
Kylie Sullivan (Imelda, Alannah) is 8 years old. She is a competitive dancer, is taking voice lessons and has been acting since she was 4. She has done over 35 projects. However, this is her first professional theater experience.
 
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle | January 22nd – February 28th, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 3pm
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