The Other Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the cast of the 2016 production of Barney the Elf. Chicago Drag Star Dixie Lynn Cartwright returns in the role of Zooey, joined by playwright and lyricist Bryan Renaud as Barney. Jonathan Parker Jackson makes his TOTC debut in the role of Junior, with Maggie Cain returning in the role of Mrs. Claus. Mariah Furlow, Nik Kmiecik, Molly LeCaptain, Becca Sheehan, Ben F. Locke, Ethan Warren and Cassandra Nelson round out the ensemble, with Bobby Taves and Colleen DeRosa serving as understudies.
More after the jump!
Barney the Elf premiered in 2015 from The Other Theatre Co., quickly selling out its three week run. The production returns, this time directed by Tommy Rivera-Vega, from November 29-January 1. The musical comedy has lyrics by Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt, with musical arrangements by Jermaine Hill. After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? The Chicago Reader describes Barney the Elf as "ridiculous, open-hearted, trashy and touching."
More information on the production: www.TheOtherTheatreCompany.com. You can also like The Other Theatre Co. and Barney the Elf on Facebook.
ABOUT BRYAN RENAUD, PLAYWRIGHT/STAR
Bryan Renaud is thrilled to be the second man to don Barney's elf shoes! As a queer performer and playwright, Bryan has worked with American Theater Company, Pride Films & Plays, Provision Theater, Music Theatre Company, Greatworks, Prologue Theatre, Random Acts, Gorilla Tango, Shakespeare on Clark, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, Two Pigs Productions and North Central College. His other plays include Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (available from Chicago Dramaworks, produced internationally), All Our Twilight, Strangest Things! (with Emily Schmidt), Other Letters (with Carin Silkaitis) and Ladies Night of the Living Dead. www.BryanRenaud.com
ABOUT TOMMY RIVERA-VEGA, DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER
Tommy Rivera-Vega Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Tommy has proudly called Chicago his new home. He returns to Barney the Elf after choreographing and appearing in the ensemble in 2015. Other credits include: Mother Road (Goodman); Latino Theatre Festival (Los Angeles); Parachute Men, Between You, Me & the Lampshade, A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz (Teatro Vista); In the Heights (Skylight Music Theatre); In the Heights, My Fair Lady (Paramount Theatre);Three Sisters (Steppenwolf); Kiss of the Spiderwoman (BoHo); Pippin (Music Theatre Company); CATS (Theo Ubique); AIDA (Bailiwick Chicago) and West Side Story (Drury Lane). Puerto Rico credits: Spring Awakening and Footloose (Black Box Theatre Workshop). Tommy is a proud Teatro Vista Ensemble Member and is represented by Paonessa Talent.
ABOUT THE OTHER THEATRE COMPANY
The Other Theatre Company is dedicated to telling the stories of persons or groups who are othered by systems of oppression. Othering individuals or groups sustains power and privilege. Othering inherently implies hierarchy. Othering keeps the power in the hands of those who already have it. Othering is an "us" vs. "them" mentality often centered around race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, identity, class, religion, and ability. The Other Theatre Company is committed to telling these stories in the hope that we can lessen the amount of discrimination and oppression in our world.
We are a collective of artists who believe in the power of theatre to enact social change. We believe in equality for all human beings.