Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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Indicates Idle Muse Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate


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BARBARA LHOTA (Playwright) received her MFA from Brandeis University for dramatic writing where she also taught playwriting. She is an Artistic Associate with Babes With Blades Theatre Company and a network playwright with Pride Films and Plays. Recent productions include: The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil (2017), 180 Degree Rule (Co-written with M.E.H. Lewis) (2016) - Babes With Blades Theatre Company, and Phantom Pain – Organic Theatre Company (2017).  Her plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, New York and throughout the country. She has worked with Artistic Home, American Blues Theater Company, Bailiwick, Chicago Dramatists, Circle Theatre, Otherworld, Polarity, Pride Films and Plays, Something Marvelous, Stage Left Theatre, The Raven, and Women’s Theatre Alliance. Her work is published with Smith & Kraus, Meriwether Publishing, Pioneer Press and Performer’s Stuff. Barbara is thrilled to be working with Allison Dornheggen, the teams of artists involved, and Idle Muse Theater Company on her world premiere of Girl Found. More at Barbaralhota.com


Alison Dornheggen - Director


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Clara Byczkowski - Sophie is a Chicago based actor. She is thrilled to be joining Idle Muse Theatre Company after performing in a reading of WITCH TRIALS at the Athena Festival 2017. Chicago credits include UBU II, ELECTRIC BOOG-UBU (The Plagiarists), BORN READY (The Factory Theatre), MYNX & SAVAGE(American Blues Theater, a reading), & CONVERTING TO BANGLADESH (Artemisia, a reading) among others. Clara received her BFA in Theatre from University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. Check out more clarabyczkowski.com


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James Mercer -  Noah transferred to Chicago in October 2017 from the Philadelphia area and is tickled pink to make his Idle Muse debut. Other Chicago credits are KINGDOM (u/s Malik) with Broken Nose as well as touring with Theater Unspeakable (AMERICAN REVO- LUTION and SACAGAWEA) where he is an ensemble member and deviser. James has even wrote, produced,and starred in the short lm THE CRY OF JOB, which can be viewed online for free-ninety-nine so check that jawn out. For MJ. I hope I am making you proud.


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Katherine Swan - Ellie is thrilled to be working with thegood people at Idle Muse for the rst time. As an actor,Katherine has worked with some great theatres around town, including Raven, The Artistic Home, Jackalope, and others. Some favorite credits include: Alice in Closer, Irina in Three Sisters, Deborah in A Touch of the Poet, and Maggot in Slaughter City. Katherine also directed the world-premiere production of Beaten at The Artistic


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Kathryn Wolf - Dr. Martha Cole is a Chicago storefront theatre veteran, appearing with companies such as Mary Arrchie, Lookingglass, Strawdog, Stage Left, Redtwist, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Pheasant Run, About Face, First Folio, and others (including 15 years as a founding company member of Babes With Blades Theatre Company, and currently serving as Co-Artistic Director). She has recorded voiceovers for TV & radio commercials, several video games, one audio book,and one pinball machine, and she can be seen in various indie lm projects,including the web series The Scarlet Line and Dark Age: The Web Series. More info at www.katwolf.net. @kathrynne


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Sara Robinson* - Sam Ryan (and others) couldn’t be happier to be sharing the stage with this fantastic group! Sara is an Ensemble Member and The Athena Festival Founder and Curator with Idle Muse Theatre Company. She is also Operations Director with Otherworld Theatre Com- pany. Idle Muse credits include: What the Weird Sisters Saw (Stage Manager), Shakespeare’s R&J (Production Manager), The Monument (Stage Manager), Enchanted April (ProductionStage Manager), Rites and Sacri ces (Production Stage Manager), Dr. Jekylland Mr. Hyde (Production Stage Manager) , The Talking Cure (Nurse), 2015 Athena Festival (Curator), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Production Stage Manager) The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Production Stage Manager / Set Design), 2016 Athena Festival (Curator, Director), The Scullery Maid (Sce- nic Design), 2017 Athena Festival (Curator). Some Favorite Chicago credits include Strawdog Theatre Company, Babes with lades, The Chicago Mam- mals, Collaboraction, Dog & Pony, Interrobang Theatre Project, Chicago High School for the Arts and First Folio.


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Tricia Rogers - Eva tells us she feels privileged to make her debut with Idle Muse. Recent credits include Bro- ken Nose Theatre; Pride Films & Plays; Level 11 The- atre; and Genesis Theatrical Productions. She has also worked with Dandelion Theatre; Tympanic Theatre; The Side Project; Chemically Imbalanced Comedy; Stage Left Theatre; Collaboraction Theatre; The Annoyance Theater and a few others. She sends her love to Joseph.


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Whitney Dottery -Yasmen (and others) is super excited to be making her Idle Muse Theatre Company stage debut, especially with this project. Whitney previously worked with Idle Muse at the Athena Festival in the reading of Watch Me Burn. She has also previously worked with Lifeline Theatre (Montauciel Takes Flight, Arnie the Doughnut, A Wrinkle in Time), Chicago Theatre Workshop (Wicked City), and The Hypocrites (Johanna Faustus, American Idiot). Whitney would like to thank her family, friends, and loved ones for all their support, and this lovely cast and crew for putting up with her craziness. She hopes you all enjoy the show!


Tristan Brandon* (Literary Director / Dramaturg) Idle Muse credits: Ceremony of Innocence (Dramaturgy), Proof (Dramaturgy), Bloody Poetry (Lord Byron), St. Scarlet (Dramaturgy), What the Weird Sisters Saw (Co-Playwright, Dramaturgy), Jerry and Tom (Dramaturgy), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Dramaturgy), Dracula (Dramaturgy), The Lion in Winter (Dramaturgy), Shakespeare's R&J (Director), The Monument (Dramaturgy), Lonesome Hollow (Dramaturgy), Enchanted April (Dramaturgy), Rites and Sacrifices (Dramaturgy), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dramaturgy), The Talking Cure (Dramaturgy) The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dramaturgy, Prop Designer), The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Dramaturgy), The Scullery Maid (Dramaturgy, Prop Designer)


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Shellie DiSalvo* (Production Manager) Shellie is absolutely thrilled to be home once again with Idle Muse for The Veil. In their previous adventures, she was involved with The Scullery Maid, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Athena Festival (2015 & 2016), The Talking Cure, and the Jeff Nominated Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A Chicago area native, has been quite proud to freelance her way across Chicago's Storefront scene. Shellie has most notably worked with The Chicago Fringe Theatre Festival, and Artists Giving Back on the World AIDS day production of RENT. When not managing productions and stages and festivals, Shellie also works as resident makeup designer and artist with Shadows of a Dream. She also performs, and you may have heard her lending a voice in the fall of 2015 to War of the Worlds. From the bottom of her heart she'd like to thank everyone in her personal suppourt entourage... with all of the love, dear ones.


Erin Gallagher* ( Managing Director) Most recent projects include: The Scullery Maid, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Talking Cure, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rites and Sacrifices, Enchanted April, and Lonesome Hollow  with Idle Muse Theatre Company; Messina 3004:  A Dystopian Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing and Gone Dark with Otherworld Theatre Company;  The Anton Chekhov Book ClubThe Lydia Etudes and Unsung Stars with Moving Dock Theatre Company;  Lyle Finds His Mother with Lifeline Theatre; Maskarade with Vox3 Collective; The Mystery of Irma Vep with Piccolo Theatre; and Graduation Ball, The Big Night and Count Me In with Evanston Dance Ensemble.  Erin also designs and constructs her own line of upcycled handbags, jewelry and wearable art pieces under the name of Erin Rose Design. www.erinrose.design and https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinRoseDesign


Laura Wiley* (Lighting and Projection Designer / Technical Director) Idle Muse credits: Enchanted April (Projections and Lighting Design),  Lonesome Hollow (Projections and Lighting Design), Rites and Sacrifices (Projections and Lighting Design), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Projections and Lighting Design) - Jeff Nomination- Best Lighting DesignThe Talking Cure (Projections, Scenic and Lighting Design), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Projections, Scenic and Lighting Design), The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Projections and Lighting Design), The Scullery Maid (Projections and Lighting Design)