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Mildred Marie Langford
The Chicago Inclusion Project has announced casting for their summer reading series production of IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl. The reading, presented in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company and The League of Chicago Theatres, will take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 7 pm at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.
The reading will feature an inclusive cast of actors, including Rom Barkhodar (Dr. Givings), Joseph Anthony Foronda (Mr. Daldry), Mildred Marie Langford (Catherine), Melissa Chanciler (Mrs. Daldry), Anthony DiNicola (Leo), Jennifer Glasse (Stage Directions), Ginneh Thomas (Elizabeth) and Dana Tretta (Annie). The production will be directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe, with Maren Robinson serving as Dramaturg and Charlie Hano as Assistant Dramaturg.
“When we first sat down with the artistic staff at TimeLine over a year ago, we discussed the challenges that arise in casting choices, particularly when it comes to addressing historical context,” says TCIP Founder and Producer Emjoy Gavino. “It is an issue that many directors who tackle shows set in a specific time period often struggle with. It has been a joy to approach such a beloved text with the idea of ’open casting,’ releasing the decision makers from any pre-conceived notions of what the characters have been or ‘are supposed to be.’ We are excited at how the choices will open the play up.”
PerformInk first wrote about the summer series here as well as The Chicago Inclusion Projects first ever casting consultation for the 2016/2017 season.
IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY is free and open to the public, but seating is very limited, and reservations are required. Seats may be reserved at bit.ly/TCIPTimeLine or by calling the TimeLine Theatre box office at 773-281-8463 ext 6.