The Second City is excited to announce casting for The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue. The brand new ensemble includes Mary Catherine Curran, Sarah Dell’Amico, Andrew Knox, Asia Martin, Jordan Savusa, and Adam Schreck. Resident Second City director Ryan Bernier returns to direct his seventh resident stage production, and Nick Gage will be taking over the keys as the musical director. After a remarkable 40 years behind the board, longtime stage manager Craig Taylor will retire, and Jaci Entwisle will be stepping into the booth.
The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue begins September 3. The show’s run will coincide with The Second City’s 60th anniversary, which falls on December 16. The Chicago Mainstage has been an artistic home to an impressive number of comedy superstars who began their career on the Second City stage with little more than a few black bentwood chairs.
The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue plays Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm, and Sundays at 7 pm in the Mainstage Theater, located at 1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago. Tickets start at $31 and are available at The Second City Box Office (230 W. North Ave, First Floor, Piper’s Alley), by phone at 312-337-3992, or online at www.secondcity.com. As always, Second City’s famed improv set after the two-act performances are free to attend and begin approximately 2.5 hours after show curtain times except for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. As the new revue will develop in front of the audience over a ten-week process, the “Third Act” improv set is a thrilling opportunity for audiences to watch and participate in the creation of comedy history at the world’s premier sketch comedy and improvisation institution.
The producing team includes Andrew Alexander (CEO & Executive Producer), Steve Johnston (President), D'Arcy Stuart (Chief Operations Officer), Jen Hoyt (VP of Production), Alison Riley (Producer), and Dawn Kusinski (Line Producer).
About The Artists
MARY CATHERINE CURRAN (Ensemble) is originally from PG County. She studied theater performance at the University of Maryland and trained with The Second City Training Center’s Conservatory Program and iO Theater in Chicago. She has improvised, written, performed, and directed shows all over Chicago, with highlights including Steamworks, Bite Size Broadway, Burlesque is More, and Hideous at The Annoyance; Virgin Daiquiri, Lil’ Tooties, One Woman Space Jam at iO. Curran also appeared in the debut run of The Second City’s Love, Factually at the Kennedy Center and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her performance. Follow @itismarycatherine on Instagram and @yomarycatherine on Twitter.
SARAH DELL’AMICO (Ensemble) is from South Florida, 954 Fo Sho. She is a former member of The Second City Touring Company’s Mighty Mighty Blue Co. Some of her past credits include Twist Your Dickens (Goodman Theatre) and Fast, Loud & Funny (UP Comedy Club). She is a graduate of The Annoyance Theatre and The Second City Training center’s 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship.
ANDREW KNOX (Ensemble) is originally from Shelburne, Vermont. An ensemble member in The Second City e.t.c.’s 41st, 42nd, and 43rd revues (Fantastic Great Super Nation Numero Uno, Gaslight District, and Grinning From Fear to Fear), Knox is also a Second City Touring Company alum and a member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @softknox.
ASIA MARTIN (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be performing with The Second City! Originally from Washington, D.C., she moved to Chicago to pursue acting and comedy. Upon graduating from DePaul’s Theatre School in 2015, she has done shows and readings at Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Timeline, Court, The Playground, The Crowd, The Revival, The Annoyance, and Goodman Theatre. Catch her around town doing stand-up about her cats, partying with her spoken word improv troupe, PREACH, and making funny sketches with Huggable Riot.
JORDAN SAVUSA (Ensemble) hails from the Great State of Hawaii and is an honored former ensemble member of The Second City Touring Company. He performs regularly around Chicago and abroad with the nationally renowned musical improv troupe Baby Wants Candy and many of iO Chicago’s house shows, like Deep Schwa, The Deltones, and Whirled News Tonight. He is a proud card-carrying member of Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by Grossman and Jack Talent. Say Aloha to Jordan @jtsoles.
ADAM SCHRECK (Ensemble) is originally from Pittsburgh and is already a regular performer at The Second City, where he is an alumnus of The Second City Touring Company and an ensemble member in a handful of recent productions. Schreck can be seen performing throughout the Windy City with Ryan Ben as part of the sketch/improv duo Sweethearts.
RYAN BERNIER (Director) is a resident director, teacher, writer, and an artistic director for The Second City. Recent directing credits at Second City include Dream Freaks Fall from Space, Fool Me Twice, Déja Vu, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Panic on Cloud 9, A Clown Car Named Desire, the Jeff Award-winning We’re All in this Room Together (Best Revue, Best Director), and America: All Better!! at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award-nominated). Additionally, Bernier has directed productions in Chicago, Boston, DC, LA, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Vienna, Brussels, and on the ocean. He was awarded Suffolk University's “10 Under 10” honor and also teaches at Emerson and Columbia College.
NICK GAGE (Original Music, Sound Design, Musical Director) has been composing and performing music for film and theater in Chicago since 2005 and has been performing with The Second City Touring Company as a music director since 2014. He is thrilled to be joining The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue.
JACI ENTWISLE (Stage Manager) has previously worked on She the People and #DateMe in UP Comedy Club, as well as on stage management teams in Sonoma (Transcendence Theatre Company), Philadelphia (Quintessence Theatre Group) and Chicago (Goodman Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Blues Theater).
About The Second City
Since opening its doors 1959, The Second City has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theater, and school of improvisation, entertaining 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. Alumni of The Second City’s resident stages, touring companies, and theatrical divisions include some of the biggest names in entertainment, and in addition to the sold-out shows playing nightly on resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, the comedy empire has staged productions with a wide range of illustrious creative partners and theatre companies, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, Center Theater Group Los Angeles, Portland Center Stage, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and even the Chicago Bulls.
2019 Year of Chicago Theatre
The Second City is proud to be part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, presented by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres.
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