Eclipse Has Its “Why Torture is Wrong” Cast and Designers

Eclipse Theatre Company will conclude its 2019 Christopher Durang Season with a production of “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,” directed by Steve Scott.

The cast includes guest artists Patrick Thornton (Leonard), Elaine Carlson (Luella), Siddhartha Rajan (Zamir), Tracey Green (Felicity), John Arthur Lewis (Rev. Mike), Devon Nimerfroh (Looney Tunes/Narrator), and Claire Alpern (Hildegarde). Understudies include Murtaza Kapasi Rose Buckner, Madeline Pell, Kevin O’Brien, RJ Cecott, and Jessica Goforth.

Pictured: Cast of “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.”

The production team includes ensemble members Zach Bloomfield (Casting Director), Ashley Bowman (Production Manager), Kevin Scott (Managing Director), and Kevin Hagan (Set Designer), along with guest artists Matt Sharp (Lighting Designer), Sam Rausch (Prop Designer), Hannah Donovan (Stage Manager), Steve Labedz (Sound Designer), Rachel Lambert (Costume Designer), Rachel Flesher (Intimacy/Fight Choreographer), and Jordan Tragash (Assistant Director).

“Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane?

“Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” runs November 14 – December 15 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. For more information visit

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