ROSS LEHMAN (Director) Ross Lehman proudly directed John Reeger and Paula Scrofano the musical, I Do, I Do! at Pheasant Run Theatre in 1986. He is thrilled to be directing them again in another two-hander. Ross just completed a year as an Artist in Residence at Loyola University, where he taught Acting in Shakespeare, and Beginning Acting for Non-Theatre Majors. Ross has taught acting for several years at Loyola, as well at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University. He is directing again after a bit of a break—about fifteen years. He has directed productions of The Unexpected Man, The Robber Bridegroom, Once Upon a Mattress, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum—all at Chicago theatres. Ross Lehman’s acting Broadway credits include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Tempest, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Most recently Ross was seen as Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Goodman theatre where he as also appeared in Waiting for Godot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Jeff Award), The Rover, A Christmas Carol, and Stage Kiss. Ross last appeared at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre as Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. Earlier at the Marriott he appeared in Hot Mikado, Hairspray, The Producers and Fiddler on the Roof. At Chicago Shakespeare Theater he has been seen most recently as The Fool in King Lear. Among his other CST roles have been Jacques (As You Like It), Feste (Twelfth Night), Dudley Marsh and Dromio of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors), the Fool (King Lear), Thersites (Troilus and Cressida), and Peto, Rumour, and Lord Hastings (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at CST and on tour to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon). Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Man Who Came to Dinner and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Apple Tree Theatre: A Man of No Importance (Jeff Award) The Dresser (After Dark Award), both directed by Dr. Mark Lococo, Where's Charlie (Jeff Award) At Writer’s Theatre: As You Like It, and Bach at Leipzig. His reprise of his role as Koko in The Hot Mikado in London’s West End production earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.
KATHERINE ROSS (Scenic Designer) is pleased to return to Drury Lane, Oakbrook, to work with director Ross Lehman, and to create the physical world for Paula Scrofano and John Reeger to inhabit in The Gin Game. Previous designs for Drury lane, Oakbrook, include: Annie, Man of La Mancha, and Showboat. She has designed scenery professionally for Chicago Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare, WLS Channel 7, Illinois Ballet Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Chicago Opera Theatre amongst others. She has taught design and designed scenery at Universities in the Chicago area including Northwestern University, Loyola University and Northern Illinois University. Katherine is co-owner of, and Principal Designer with her commercial design firm, Kinc. She is also the Sunday School Director at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. Her greatest endeavor, however, is now 11 ½ and the apple of her eye.
MATHIEU H. RAY (Costume Designer) is thrilled to make his Chicagoland debut with The Gin Game. Favorite design credits include: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, and Urinetown. Associate Design credits include: Titanic, Disney’s Aida, The Country Wife, and Annie Get Your Gun. Mathieu received his BFA in costume design from Wright State University in 2009. Thank you to Kyle and Bill for their support. Much love to mom, dad, and Ryan.
LINDSEY LYDDAN (Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning to work at Drury Lane. She has worked with theatres all over the city including: Silk Road Rising, Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago Dramatists, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Roosevelt University’s Opera Program, University of Illinois Chicago, Adventure Stage Chicago, and the Cherub program at Northwestern University. She received her MFA in lighting and scenic design from Northwestern University. She would love to thank her husband, Bill, for his support in all her endeavors. lindseylyddandesign.com
RAY NARDELLI (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include: Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Camelot, The Games Afoot, Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain,Xanadu, Hairspray, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Meet Me in St. Louis, Buddy Holly, The Full Monty (Sound Designer) and Oliver, Xanadu, Sweeny Todd, and Ragtime (Associate Sound Design). Mr. Nardelli is co-owner of Aria Music Designs, LLC which provides music and sound for theatre, film, and other media ventures. Off-Broadway credits include: Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, Congo, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Girl Theatre. Memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2.
CASSY SCHILLO (Props Design) is thrilled to be with the Drury Lane family. You may have recently seen her work on DL's Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Hazel, or her Jeff Nominations on DL's Deathtrap or First Folio's Salvage. Designs in the Midwest include theaters: Marriott in Lincolnshire, Theater Wit, Theater at the Center, Light Opera Works, Theo Ubique, Griffin, BoHo, Stage Left, Porchlight, Northwestern Opera, Piccolo, Sideshow, Black Ensemble, & Mammals. BFA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater & training at Tisch School of the Arts. Founding member of To the Point, a theatrical combat troupe that specializes in sword fighting & story telling.
CLAIRE MOORES (Wig and Hair Design) is pleased to join Drury Lane for this production of The Gin Game. Ms. Moores is a wigmaker and make up artist with over 35 years experience at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has worked on touring shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Showboat. Her film experience includes Public Enemies, Road to Perdition, High Fidelity and Amityville Horror. She has designed wigs for Pine Mountain Music Festival and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and has served as wig master for American Players Theatre..