MEET THE CAST OF PYGMALION
Eliza Helm (Clara Eynsford-Hill) is totally jazzed to be performing with this talented group of artists in her first Remy Bumppo show. Most recently seen on stage at Second City’s Training Center, Eliza has also performed with Improv Playhouse, Cuckoo’s Theater Project, New American Folk Theater, and the Waltzing Mechanics among others. She has starred in over twenty short films and can often be found performing with her improv team around the city. Eliza is a student in Second City’s Conservatory program and a proud graduate of Northwestern University. For more about Eliza, check out www.elizahelm.com.
Joanna Riopelle (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, U/S Mrs. Higgins) is delighted to be back at Remy Bumppo where she previously played Miss McMurtry in Both Your Houses. Other Chicago credits include Oh, Coward!, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, House of Mirth, Loose Ends and The Vortex (Dead Writers Theatre Collective), The House of Blue Leaves (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), California Suite (Black Elephant Theatre), Richard III (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Chase Park Theatre), Fifth of July (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre), Mrs. Magi (Light Opera Works), Antigone and All’s Well That Ends Well (Muse of Fire Theatre), and Love in the Middle Ages (Village Players). Joanna also sings and has performed at Davenports, Noble Fool Theatre, The Hot House, Skylight Opera Theatre and Chicago Chamber Opera, among others.
Laurie Larson (Mrs. Pearce) is honored to make her Remy Bumppo debut with Pygmalion. She most recently appeared in Through the Leaves (the side project) and in the Jeff-recommended production of The New Electric Ballroom (A Red Orchid Theatre). Other favorite Chicago roles include Tranquillity Woods (Steppenwolf), Neither Have I Wings to Fly (Fox Theatricals), Mad Forest and Our Country’s Good (Piven Theatre Workshop), Cadillac (Chicago Dramatists), The Silent Language and the original production of The Wedding (TUTA). Film credits include Stranger Than Fiction, The Express and A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island. TV credits include Chicago P.D. and the pilot episode of TNT’s Leverage.
Jane deLaubenfels (Elizabeth) ) is delighted to work with Remy Bumppo for the first time. Chicago credits include: The Night of the Iguana (The Artistic Home), Man From Nebraska (Redtwist Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Award - Best Play), Far Away (Northwestern University), Cyber Serenade, The Memorandum (Stage Left Theatre), The Hiding Place, Heidi (Provision Theater), and Orpheus Descending (American Theater Company). Jane writes and performs original stories. She has performed with 2nd Story and Story Club Southside, among others.
Sean Foer (Bystander and Ensemble) is positively chuffed to be making his debut at Remy Bumppo. He has previously appeared on Chicago stages in Zoyka’s Apartment (Bluebird Arts), Unbound (Random Acts) and Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park (Filament Theatre Company). He also tours Chicagoland public schools performing for young audiences with Greatworks Theatre Company. Sean is a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Theatre and Linguistics.
Brian McKnight (Sarcastic Bystander, Ensemble, U/S Doolittle and Pickering) served as an understudy for Remy Bumppo's recent production of Life of Galileo. Other Chicago credits include The Seagull (Artistic Home Ensemble), Spooky Shakes (Shakespeare Project of Chicago), Hamlet (Court Theatre) and Rumplestiltskin (Emerald City). Regional credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Dazzle, Take Me Out, Rounding Third, Crimes of the Heart, and The Tempest (Human Race Theatre Company). Brian earned his BFA in Acting from Wright State University, and his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University where he is currently an Adjunct in the Department of Theatre Studies.
Vahishta Vafadari (Flower Girl and Ensemble, U/S Eliza Doolittle ) is so excited to play with Remy Bumppo once again - last time she had the pleasure of understudying for Love and Information. Recent Chicago productions include Bars and Measures (Prop Thtr), trying to stop all the stabbing as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Brown Paper Box Co), A Widow of No Importance (Rasaka Theatre Company), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oak Park Festival Theatre) playing the part of Sylvia. Vahishta is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Gray Talent. Next year she'll be having some grand adventures with Lifeline Theater in A Wrinkle in Time.
Nick Sandys (Henry Higgins, Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to be back on stage at Remy Bumppo where his acting credits include An Inspector Calls, The Chimes, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Old Times, The Real Thing, Tartuffe, Arcadia, Money, The Secret Rapture, No Man’s Land, and Hapgood. Other acting credits include The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Jeff Nomination 2016—Mercury Theatre); Turn Of The Screw, Blithe Spirit, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (First Folio Theatre); My Fair Lady 2009 & 2016, Camelot (Light Opera Works); and productions at Northlight, Goodman, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers Theatre, Next Theatre, Irish Repertory, Marriott, and Drury Lane Oakbrook, as well as regionally and Off-Broadway. Nick became the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo in 2012, having been an Artistic Associate since 2002. He has directed Pirandello’s Henry IV, The Life of Galileo, Travesties, Our Class, Seascape, Fiction, American Ethnic, and 365Days/365Plays for the company, as well productions for First Folio, Eclipse, Noble Fool Theatricals, Chamber Opera Chicago, Stage West and Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park. Nick is also a certified Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors, his Jeff Award-winning choreography appearing at The Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, Goodman Theatre (over 25 productions), Lyric Opera (over 50 productions), Steppenwolf, and many others, including The Theatre School at DePaul University (adjunct since 1995). He has received 15 Jeff nominations (9 for acting, 4 for fight choreography, and two for direction), and he is the recipient of a 2011 Achievement Award from The Meier Charitable Foundation of the Arts.
Peter A. Davis (Colonel Pickering) has been an ensemble member with Remy Bumppo since 2013, although his association with the company began in 2004 when he understudied the lead in Some Americans Abroad. His other Bumppo performances include Arcadia, Aren’t We All, The Best Man, The Philadelphia Story, The Voysey Inheritance, You Never Can Tell and Both Your Houses. Additionally, he has worked as dramaturg on a number of Remy Bumppo shows as well as productions at Writers' Theatre and Steppenwolf. In 2007, he was Bill in the world-première of August: Osage County at Steppenwolf (understudy/performed). Apart from his stage work, he is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where for many years he chaired the Theatre Studies and MA/PhD Programs.
Kyle Curry (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) is grateful to be making his Remy Bumppo debut. Other Chicago credits include: Shakespeare's Greatest Hits and Dunsinane (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Pygmalion and Taming of the Shrew (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and Great Expectations (Strawdog). Regional credits include work with: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, Houston Shakespeare, Stages Repertory Theatre, and others. Kyle received his MFA from the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program and is represented by Gray Talent. He's also delighted to get to spend a bit more with ole Freddy this year.
David Darlow (Alfred P. Doolittle) Remy Bumppo credits include: Love and Information, Heroes, Night and Day, Our Class, Both Your Houses, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Best Man, Power, Humble Boy, No Man’s Land, Hapgood, Road to Mecca, Man and Superman, Money, Major Barbara (After Dark Award). Also: Camino Real,A Life in the Theatre, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Passion, The Misanthrope (Goodman Theatre); Tug of War at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he also appeared in Julius Caesar, Othello, Timon of Athens and As You Like It; The Real Thing, Betrayal (Northlight Theatre), Cyrano, Three Hotels, The Heiress (Apple Tree Theatre), Endgame (Jeff Award, American Theater Company), Nathan the Wise (Chicago Festival of the Arts), Passion with Patty LuPone and Audra McDonald (Ravinia Festival). Regional theatre includes Arena Stage, Washington D.C., South Coast Rep, Barter Theatre, Seattle Rep. Film credits include: True Nature, Were the World Mine, No God, No Master, Let’s Go to Prison, The Weatherman, Road to Perdition, The Fugitive, Hoodlum, High Fidelity and Ride with the Devil. His television credits include: Empire, Chicago Fire, Betrayal, Barney Miller, Barnaby Jones, Early Edition, Prison Break, and several movies of the week.
Annabel Armour (Mrs. Higgins) Favorites as an Artistic Associate with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company: Fallen Angels, The Clean House (Jeff Nomination), Northanger Abbey, Seascape,The Goat or, Who is Sylvia (Jeff Award), Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Power, A Delicate Balance, Top Girls, and Hapgood. Other favorites include: Cabaret (Marriott Lincolnshire/Jeff nomination), Clybourne Park (Asolo Rep), At Home at the Zoo (Victory Gardens/Jeff Nomination), Picnic (Writers’ Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Cleveland Playhouse), Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakespeare), Long Day’s Journey (Irish Rep & Galway Arts Festival), Before My Eyes (Victory Gardens), Angels in America I & II (Journeymen/Jeff Award), Grapes of Wrath (Ford’s Theatre D.C,) and The First Look Series (Steppenwolf). Film credits include: Amityville Horror, Conviction and Contagion. She can be seen in this season’s episodes of Chicago Justice and Chicago PD as Judge Fern Sikorsky. Annabel is the recipient of three Joseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards.
Kelsey Brennan (Eliza Doolittle) is a proud ensemble member at Remy Bumppo where credits include: Andrea in The Life of Galileo, Gwendolen in Travesties, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lavinia in Mourning Becomes Electra. During the summer season, Kelsey spends her time at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI where she is part of the Core Company and was last seen as Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Regan in King Lear, and the title role in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. Other credits include The Gospel According to James (Victory Gardens), Romeo and Juliet (First Folio), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fallen Angels, The Gospel According to James (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Trouble in Mind (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), and The Value of Names(Next Act Theatre).
Remy Bumppo Field Guide @ 2014