Directed by Thom Pasculli
Co-created by the Walkabout Ensemble
In Collaboration with Fides Krucker

PRODUCTION
Dina Klahn (stage manager), Auriel Jones (asst. stage manager), Claire Bauman (asst. director), Fides Krucker (vocal specialist), Myron Elliott-Cisneros (costume design), Ken Urbina (lighting design and Links Hall Production Mgr), Cooper Forsman (sound design), Mikey Saubert (weapons specialist)

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, Thom Pasculli, Alex Rodriguez

Original text by Nigel Brown with excerpts from Gertrude Stein, Ellen Mclaughlin, Charles Mee, Pablo Neruda, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and The Philadelphia Story.

Check out The Brink! Spotify Playlist here!

LINKS HALL STAFF
Roell Schmidt (Director), Anna Trier (Associate Director), Felicia Holman (Communications Director), Brett Swinney (Production Director), Milena Berbenkova (Assistant Producer)

THE BRINK! is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation and Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, VoxFest/Dartmouth College, the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka and NPN. For more information:www.npnweb.org.

This work was made possible in part by the ongoing support of the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events CityArts Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.

SPECIAL THANKS
Jessica Thebus, Tria Smith, Stephanie Pasculli, Jeffrey Hancock, Anna Trier, Roell Schmidt, Maggie Kast, Michael and Barbara Murphy, Lynda Mebtouche, Bradley Jay High, Thomas Richards, Michael Brown, Rogue Steel, Michael Klahn, Jenna Lyle, The Walkabout Board: Anna Minkov, Kristan Schmidt, Joe Vlahovic, Alejandro Aixala, Michael Karrys

WALKABOUT THEATER COMPANY CAST & BIOS

PERFORMERS

Nigel Brown (Ensemble) is a Walkabout Theater ensemble member. After moving to Chicago in 2010, he became a frequent collaborator with Redmoon Theater, where he met many of his current collaborators and friends, and has worked with companies such as Strawdog, A Red Orchid, and Trap Door Theater. Notable roles include a feisty Abraham Lincoln and a newly-born manta ray, the two of which encapsulate every character he has, and will ever, perform.

McCambridge Dowd-Whipple (Ensemble) is a proud company member with Walkabout Theater, where she created and performed in The Wild, Storm (collaboration with Moonfool), The Cure, Beach Party at the End of the World, and Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade. In the past she’s worked as an actor with Redmoon, Od Theatre, and The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. She received her BA in Theatre from Bard College.

Cooper Forsman (Ensemble / Sound Designer) is a physical performer, musician and designer based in Chicago.  He has performed in productions with several local companies including Trap Door, Steppenwolf, and Redmoon, and is a founding member of the Walkabout Theater laboratory ensemble.  He holds a BFA in Theater Performance from VCU and has also trained with Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia. Cooper has received two Jeff Award nominations for Sound Design and has generated designs and sound art for theater companies including Walkabout, Eclipse Theatre, and the Neo-Futurists.

Katie Mazzini (Ensemble) graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous projects include: Three Sisters(Steppenwolf), Singin’ in the Rain (Drury Lane), EL Stories (Waltzing Mechanics), and Erica Mott Production’s 3 Singers (which premiered in Krakow, Poland in 2014). She’s been working with Walkabout as an ensemble member since 2013.

Dana Murphy (Ensemble / Costumes) is a performer, director, choreographer, education coordinator and teaching artist in Chicago. Dana is a Resident Artist & Mentor with The Yard and the Education Coordinator for Raven Theatre. With Walkabout Dana co-created and performed in The Wild, Beach Party, Storm, The Cure, Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, A Persephone Pageant, and The Brink. Other Chicago performance credits include: Animal Farm (Steppenwolf Theatre Company SYA) & Cardboard Piano (The Yard & Timeline Theatre Company). Directing credits include: I & You (The Yard & Jackalope Theatre-Chicago) Dana graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Theatre.

Alex Rodriguez (Ensemble) is a Walkabout ensemble member, graphic designer, and Marketing Manager. Past Walkabout performances include Beach Party at The End of The World, STORM, Summer Wild, and Tall Girl and The Lightning Parade. He is a graduate from The University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his BFA in Acting.

Thom Pasculli (Director / Performer) is the artistic director of Walkabout Theater, a performer, director, and teaching artist.  Recent directing credits include Walkabout’s international touring performances, The Wild (Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, Delhi 2016; Physical Festival Chicago 2015; Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago 2014) and The Brink! (Links Hall, Chicago 2018; Cricoteka, Krakow 2017; Dartmouth College, New Hampshire 2017) as well as its outdoor spectacles Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, Beach Party, and A Persephone Pageant, co-directed with Jessica Thebus.  Other Chicago directing credits include Core of the PUDEL at Trap Door Theatre and Circle-Machine at Oracle Productions. Thom has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, The Odin Teatret, Double Edge Theatre, the Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa and the Moscow Art School. Thom teaches acting and movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, and Columbia College.

Dina Klahn (Stage Manager) a graduate of the UIC theatre program with a BA in directing and design she is a proud ensemble member of Walkabout Theater. Her recent stage management credits include Beach Party at the End of the World, The Wild, Cure, STORM, Tall Girl & The Lightning Parade(Walkabout), Aesop’s Fables (Raven Theatre), RIDE (Under The Rug),  The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Snack Break (The Yard), Partners (LiveWire); The Little Dog Laughed, Unbroken, and WILD (Kid Brooklyn Productions).

Fides Krucker (Vocal Specialist) is one of Canada’s most innovative interpreters of vocal music. As a singer, composer and vocalographer, her work has been heralded internationally for its ‘feminist jolt’, ‘avant guard’ sensibility, and ‘heartbreaking descant.’ Thirty years of experience as a contemporary opera singer, interest in a wide and catholic palate of non-verbal human sound textures, and a strong belief in and pedagogical practice of sustainable vocal practices underpin Krucker’s work and produce ‘extraordinary vocalizations. Her company, Good Hair Day Productions, premiered the electroacoustic sexual-catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting (Walmsley/Dufort), receiving five Dora Nominations. Simultaneous to finishing writing a book on voice, Krucker joins writer/curator Dennison Smith to co-create the Three Waters Project.

Myron Elliott (Costume Designer) is pleased to collaborate with Walkabout for the first time.  Previous Chicago credits include An Evening at the Talk House,  3C, The NetherPilgrim’s ProgressIn a Garden, and The Opponent (A Red Orchid Theatre); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, To Kill a Mockingbird (Steppenwolf for Young Adults); Oblivion, Ski Dubai, Honest, Sex with Strangers (Steppenwolf First Look); Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (16th Street/ Theatre on the Lake); Eclipsed (Northlight Theatre); I Do, I Do, Phantom (Theatre at the Center); Speech & Debate (American Theatre Company).  Collaborations include productions with Ohio Light Opera, Stages St. Louis, Profiles Theatre, Concert Dance Inc, Cincinnati Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Aurora University, College of Wooster, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Upcoming projects include The Pajama Game with Ohio Light Opera.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois Chicago.

Ken Urbina (Lighting Designer) is a Composer, Performer, Director, Designer, & Filmmaker.  He is brand new to Chicago.  Though he considers himself primarily a composer, he finds it necessary to diversify his mediums and creative outlets to preserve his sanity.  By 8, Ken was singing and playing piano, clarinet, flute, & sax.  He also spent much of his youth creating movies, audio stories, and deep in worlds of make believe.  He spent his teens developing the technical aspects of his loves through study of theatrical design, audio engineering, sequencing and composition.  Ken received a BFA from NYU in Theatre Arts.  He is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Proximity Theatre, of which he is also Producer, Technical Director, Musical Director, & Composer for all productions.  He has performed as bandleader for many different performance ensembles, and has also recorded and produced albums of music with pop artists as well as himself.  He has composed music for commercials, films, documentaries and more.  In his free time, Ken likes taking apart and fixing anything he can get his hands on, building instruments, furniture, or gadgets, and playing drums or singing with his son Luka.

Claire Bauman (Assistant Director) loves working with the Walkabutts and is thrilled to work on her third Walkabout show! She has also directed for Broken Nose Collective, Titus Ship Productions, and the Arc Theatre’s Arcitext 10 Minute Play Festival. Last year, she co-created Making (the) Movement, a dance arts festival supporting Chicago organizations dedicated to combating sexual violence.Claire is also a member of the 2017-2018 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class. Claire graduated from Vassar College and attended the Moscow Art Theater School and the American Conservatory Theater.