"Twist Your Dickens" Cast and Creative Team
November 14, 2017
The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
By Peter Gwinn & Bobby Mort
Directed by Ron West
|Belle and others||Chantal DeGroat*|
|Ghost of Christmas Past and others||Sam Dinkowitz|
|Ghost of Christmas Future, Bob Cratchit and others||Nicholas Kessler|
|Mrs. Cratchit and others||Lauren Modica*|
|Ghost of Christmas Present and others||Jaime Moyer*|
|Marley and others||Darius Pierce*|
|THE CREATIVE TEAM|
|Scenic Designer||Tom Buderwitz|
|Costume Designer||Jeff Cone|
|Lighting Designer||Daniel Meeker|
|Sound Designer||Casi Pacilio|
|Vocal Arranger and Music Consultant||Rick Lewis|
|Stage Manager||Kelsey Daye-Lutz|
|Production Assistant||Bailey Anne Maxwell|
|Production Assistant||Katie Nguyen|
|The Second City Casting||Beth Kligerman|
|Local Casting||Rose Riordan|
|Local Casting||Brandon Woolley|
A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens was originally produced by The Second City and Center Theatre Group and received its world premiere at Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, November, 2012.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Peter is one of the original writers for The Colbert Report, for which he won two Emmy Awards, and the Amazon series Alpha House. He has also written three musicals: The Story of a Story (The Untold Story) (Underscore Theater, Chicago); Moulin Scrooge! (The iO Theater, Chicago; WreckingBall Theater Lab, Denver) and Listen, Kid! (UCB Theatre, NYC; The iO Theater, Chicago). Peter is also an actor, improviser and stand-up comedian. He is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy, a comedy troupe that creates fully improvised hour-long musicals, which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and has sold out multiple runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He can also be seen in the Netflix series Easy and in Chicago Fire.
Bobby wrote for The Colbert Report during the 2012-2013 season, where he received an Emmy Award for his work, and he’s the co-creator (with Peter Farrelly) of the television series Loudermilk. He grew up in South Carolina before moving to Chicago, where he trained at The iO Theater and performed for a number of years with the improv group People of Earth and the sketch comedy trio Maximum Party Zone. Bobby is extremely excited to be working with Peter Gwinn, the fine folks of The Second City and Portland Center Stage at The Armory on Twist Your Dickens.
Ron is happy to return to Portland to helm Twist Your Dickens for the third time. He has directed “a jillion” shows for The Second City, including the award-winning Curious George Goes to War and the international tour of Sex & The Second City. He recently provided additional dialogue for The Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a production devised by Barbara Gaines and performed by an all-female cast. His adaptation of The Comedy of Errors, also for Ms. Gaines and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, won him the 2008 Jeff Award for Best Production. With Phil Swann, West is the co-author of The People Vs. Friar Laurence, which premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Musical Fools, based on the play by Neil Simon. Both titles are published by Samuel French. Also with Mr. Swann, Mr. West co-authored the musical deLEARIous, recently restaged by Mr. West at Open Fist Theater in Los Angeles. Other recent directing credits include: Twist Your Dickens (Goodman Theatre, where he also appeared as Scrooge; Life Expectancy (Hollywood Fringe); and The 39 Steps (Malibu Playhouse). He bats right and throws right.
Tom previously designed I Love To Eat at The Armory. Tom designed the world premiere of The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, as well as the Goodman Theatre and The Kennedy Center productions. Tom has also designed for South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory, Artists Repertory Theatre, The Antaeus Company, Reprise Theatre and The Theatre at Boston Court, among many others. Tom has been honored with six Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. For television, Tom has designed specials and series for every major broadcast and cable network, and has three Emmy Award nominations and an Art Director’s Guild Award nomination. tombuderwitz.com
Jeff Cone is a freelance costume designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Before moving to Atlanta, Jeff spent 16 seasons as Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s resident costume designer and costume shop manager. In that time, he designed costumes for over 75 productions. Of those shows, over 50 were in the company’s first eight seasons at The Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline.
Previously at The Armory: lighting for Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Wild and Reckless; scenery for A Christmas Memory, Winter Song, The People's Republic of Portland and Red (Drammy Award); and set and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE (Drammy Award for Best Lighting), The Last Five Years and The Mountaintop. Recent projects: Big Night Out, Così fan tutte, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion (Portland Opera); The Talented Ones (Artists Repertory Theatre); The Language Archive (Portland Playhouse); Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (Oregon Children’s Theatre); 26 Hours (Profile Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Pioneer Theatre Company); How I Learned What I Learned and Peter and the Starcatcher (Portland Playhouse); and lighting director for the Pickathon festival. Daniel is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Yale School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists.
Casi’s home base is The Armory, where recent credits include A Christmas Memory, Winter Song, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild and Reckless, His Eye is on the Sparrow, The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, A Streetcar Named Desire; A Small Fire, Constellations and Chinglish with composer Jana Crenshaw; and 11 seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller's Surfacing and Wayfinders; Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award, 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Other credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international tours); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Imagineer/maker of the Eat Me Machine, a dessert vending machine.
Vocal Arranger and Music Consultant
Rick has music directed over 25 productions at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, most recently the acclaimed production of Fun Home. Creator of the hit Off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas and The Cardigans (NYC Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Revue); music supervisor for the West Coast premiere of Next to Normal (Artists Repertory Theatre); assistant conductor/vocal director for the pre-Broadway workshop of Cy Coleman's The Life; music director/arranger for BelloVoci; writer/arranger for Disney Live Family Entertainment, American Hawaii Cruises and American Classic Voyages; developer of The Cinnamon Bear Cruise; and founder/artistic director of Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre. rlewismusic.com
Kelsey Daye Lutz
The Armory credits include: stage manager for His Eye is on the Sparrow, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Hold These Truths, The Pianist of Willesden Lane (2016 and 2017), Each and Every Thing, Forever, The Santaland Diaries, The Lion, The People’s Republic of Portland (second engagement), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, The Last Five Years and A Small Fire; and production assistant for Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The North Plan and Anna Karenina. Kelsey Daye is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She would like to thank her pups for all their unconditional love, and Shamus for being wonderful.
Bailey Anne Maxwell
Bailey is thrilled to be back for another production of Twist Your Dickens. In previous seasons at The Armory, Bailey has worked as the production assistant for Mary's Wedding, Little Shop of Horrors, Stupid F*cking Bird, Other Desert Cities, Twist Your Dickens (2014 and 2015) and Dreamgirls. She also served as a crew member for Great Expectations. Bailey has worked as a production assistant with Artists Repertory Theatre on The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Foxfinder, Ten Chimneys, The Lost Boy and Seven Guitars. Bailey has recently enjoyed being the stage manager for Up the Fall with PHAME and The Wizard of Oz with Broadway Rose. She has also worked with Profile Theatre as a stage management apprentice on Buried Child, Eyes for Consuela and In the Next Room. Bailey is a proud Linfield College graduate and a member of the EMC program.
Katie Nguyen is a stage manager from Fairfax, Virginia, and a recent graduate of Virginia Tech. While pursuing a degree in business management, she served as a stage manager, festival producer and production manager for Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. She is humbled to be at The Armory as one of two stage management apprentices for the 2017-2018 season. Prior to moving to Portland, she co-founded a non-profit theater collective in Washington, D.C. (Who What Where Theater) and worked as a summer camp teaching artist for Acting For Young People in Fairfax, Virginia.
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