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Pictured: The cast of “Top Girls.”
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has announced the cast and design team for the second show of its 19/20 season, “Top Girls,” by Caryl Churchill.
Directed by Keira Fromm, the production features Annabel Armour (Isabella Bird/Louise), Linda Gillum (Marlene), Rebecca Hurd (Waitress/Nell), Karissa Murrell Myers (Lady Nijo/Win), Aurora Real De Asua (Dull Gret/Angie), Amber Sallis (Griselda/Kit), Rebecca Spence (Joyce/Pope Joan/Mrs. Kidd), and Vahishta Vafadari (Jeanine/Shona/Waitress).
The production team includes Stage Manager Mara Sagal, Assistant Director Tyler Meredith, Dramaturg Sarah Illiatovich-Goldman, Technical Director Harrison Ornelas, Scenic Designer Courtney O’Neill, Costume Designer Raquel Adorno, Lighting Designer Becca Jeffords, Sound Designer Sarah D. Espinoza, Properties Designer Amanda Herrmann, Dialect Coach Eva Breneman, and Movement and Intimacy Coordinator Kristina Fluty.
“’Top Girls’ was one of Remy Bumppo’s first hits, back in 2001, and I am really excited to revisit this canonical feminist work with a new, powerful team of women at this next historical moment,” says Producing Artistic Director Nick Sandys. “The play’s politics and theatricality are thrillingly up for debate. I am really looking forward to welcoming a new generation of artists and theatre-goers to the experience of this fabulous and fierce play through Keira Fromm’s vision.”
“I’m excited to create a production of ‘Top Girls’ which is both a feast of theatricality, and a meditation on the loneliness of women over the ages and the forces that keep women in a subjugated place of yearning. It will celebrate the potential of women and illustrate the challenges our world places upon them. If you are a woman, my hope is that you will feel SEEN by this play. If you are a man, my hope is that you will see the women that
surround you in your life with greater kindness and compassion.”
“Top Girls” will run January 16 – February 22 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. For more information visit RemyBumppo.org.