Sideshow Announces Cast and Designers for World Premiere of TILIKUM

Sideshow Announces Cast and Designers for World Premiere of TILIKUM

Pictured (left to right): Matt Fletcher, Gregory Geffrard, and Sigrid Sutter.

Sideshow Theatre Company has announced the cast and design team for the world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown.

The production will feature ensemble member Matt Fletcher with Gregory Geffrard and Sigrid Sutter.

The production team includes William Boles (scenic design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Jared Gooding (lighting design), Victoria Deiorio (sound design), Amy Peters (properties design), Coco Elysses (composer, music director), Melissa DuPrey (composer, musician), Noelle Simone (choreographer), Isaac Gomez (dramaturg), Chad Hain (technical director), Benjamin W. Dawson and Ellen Willett (production managers).

From the press release: “Tilikum was a king, and the oceans of the world were his. Now, he is a captive in a marine amusement park, doomed to live as an opportunity for profit. Alone behind bars he forgets the feel of freedom, but when fellow prisoners ignite the fires of his memory, he starts down a path that threatens to consume everything. Ripped from the headlines, Kristiana Rae Colón’s Tilikum explores captivity, violence and rebellion in a vital and visceral blend of theatre, drumming and dance. Poetic and lyrical, Tilikum calls out the power structures – both corporate and human – that ensure continued oppression, and the complicity of those willing to stand by and do nothing.”

Comments Sideshow Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green, “Tilikum will be a spectacular, heart-pounding experience. When we commissioned this play through our Freshness Initiative program, we knew that the work would be fiercely political with a wicked sense of humor, and still, we were blown away when the first draft came in. Kristiana Rae Colón is one of the most essential voices in playwriting right now, and we consider ourselves lucky to be presenting this world premiere.”

TILIKUM will play June 22 – July 29, 2018 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. For more information visit


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