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Talking with My Dad: Meet Chris

Chris is another Actors Training Center alum who last year brought an uncle of mine back to live in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. When cousins saw his performance, they said to me, "oh yeah, that's Uncle Weeddie," (called Sonny in the play). But while New Year's Eve was very much an ensemble production, ...

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Talking with MY Dad: Meet Loren

Loren and I also met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette. We did a scene together in our second class and bonded as actors do in such situations. Loren took on the tricky assignment of playing a character based on my father in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, the Evanston 2nd Act ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Janice

Janice and I first met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette and have been friends ever since. I always enjoy watching her perform, such as in her turn as the cop in a female Odd Couple. So we were very excited when she agreed to play the female lead in our story. Come ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Randy

Randy is another alum of my Piven Theatre workshop voice class. He revealed himself as a king of improv in that class as well and I was excited when he said he would be available to do Talking with My Dad. His character, Nurse James, is perhaps the most ethereal of us all, working many ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Amanda

Amanda and I met at a Piven Theatre Workshop class dealing with an actor's use of voice and bodily movement. It was a fantastic class and it was there Amanda's love of Shakespeare revealed itself to us all, as she did a Shakespearean monologue, a massive challenge for any actor. I have since seen the ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet the cast

All this week we'll be featuring profiles of our amazing cast coupled with my personal stories of how I met these fantastic actors. Bringing you Talking with my Dad started months ago in workshop sessions during which we read through my first draft and then my second draft of our script. Rehearsals began in September ...

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Where “Talking with my Dad” will come to life: Piven Theatre

Talking wiht my Dad is a one-act play set in a fictional hospital in the present day. But to bring you to that time and place, we're renting the famed Piven Theater in Evanston for our six shows Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23. Here's what the empty stage looks like. As you can see, audience ...

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“Talking with my Dad” the play’s setting

Talking with My Dad, a one-act play, takes place entirely in a hospital room at our fictional St. Francis Hospital. A hospital room can be one of the coldest, loneliest places on earth, especially for a patient wondering if he will live to see the next morning , as is our main character Frankie Casafranc. ...

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Making “Talking with My Dad” Meet Nurse James

Nurse James is a night nurse at our fictional St. Francis Hospital, the setting for Talking with my Dad. He has seen and heard it all during his many years at the hospital where he was himself born. Rather than become hardened by his experience, as have some of his colleagues, he has adapted a ...

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Making “Talking with My Dad” Meet Nurse Strickland

Nurse Strickland is a veteran of the cardiac unit at our fictional St. Francis Hospital, the setting for Talking with My Dad. She has seen it all in her many years in healthcare, the good, the bad and the ugly. A bit world-weary from it all, she carries on out of a sense of duty ...

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