CHER ÁLVAREZ (Vera Claythorne) is profoundly grateful to be making her debut and joining the Drury Lane family. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Credits include: La Ruta (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Winter's Tale (Goodman Theatre); Our Town (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (American Players Theatre). Ademi, mis pollitos gracias por tu apoyo y amor.
MATT DECARO (Sir Lawrence Wargrave) returns to Drury Lane Theatre after appearing as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He has been seen most recently at The Asolo Repertory Theater as LBJ in The Great Society, as Oscar Hubbard in The Little Foxes, and as Gene in Frank Galati’s Rhinoceros. He appeared at Chicago’s Timeline Theater in The Audience as Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson. Though a Chicagoan, Matt has been fortunate to play in theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, and San Francisco's A.C.T., and internationally in Dublin, Toronto, and China. Some favorite roles include the Judge in David Mamet's Romance, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House, Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy, and Fa Hai in Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake. His TV and film credits include The Wise Kids, Eagle Eye, House, and The Office, among many others.
Marilyn Dodds Frank
MARILYN DODDS FRANK (Emily Brent) First engagement with Drury Lane. Productions in Chicago with Court (The Adventures of Augie March world premiere), Goodman, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, A Red Orchid, Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista, Latino Chicago, Next, Rivendell, Piven, Remains, and New Crime. Superior Donuts on Broadway. The Clean House, Lincoln Center. Original productions of four plays written and directed by Maria Irene Fornes.
JENNIFER ENGSTROM (Mrs. Rogers) Jennifer Engstrom is thrilled to make her Drury Lane debut! Chicago credits: The Mutilated, Simpatico (with a co-production with McCarter Theater, NJ), Fatboy The Hothouse, The Fastest Clock In The Universe, 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre - member of Artistic Ensemble 2003-present; Hir, The North Plan, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Steppenwolf Theatre); Sky Girls (Northlight Theatre); Sweet Bird Of Youth (Goodman Theatre); Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, A Streetcar Named Desire (Writer’s Theatre). Ms Engstrom is the curator and performer of Excuse My Dust, A Dorothy Parker Portfolio. First performed in Chicago, it was transferred Off Broadway to Soho Rep Theatre in NYC.
CASEY HOEKSTRA (Fred Narracott, u/s Lombard, Marston) CASEY HOEKSTRA (Fred Narracott, u/s Lombard, Marston) Casey is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut! He splits his time between American Players Theatre in Wisconsin and Chicago, where he recently danced in Moby Dick at the Harris Opera and appeared in Twelfth Night at Writers Theater. Exit the King, Twelfth Night, A View from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arcadia (American Players Theater); Blood at the Root (Next Act); The Jungle Book (Children’s Theater of Minneapolis); Juno and the Paycock, Pericles (Guthrie Theater); Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, The Recruiting Officer (Montana Shakespeare). He’s an avid reader, board game enthusiast, and amateur illustrator.
PAUL-JORDAN JANSEN (William Blore) is happy to be returning to Drury Lane! Chicago Theatre: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Joseph… (Drury Lane Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre). Favorite Regional Credits: The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); The Last Ship, The Count of Monte Cristo (Pioneer Theatre); Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Norte Dame (Fulton Theatre). Jordan holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Pennsylvania State University. Honor to God and love to family. “For the Glory!”
ZACHARY KELLER (Anthony Marston) Zachary Keller is ecstatic to return to Drury Lane where he was last seen 7 years ago in The Sound of Music (Friedrich). Zack has worked at many different theaters in the Chicagoland area including Steppenwolf and The Marriott. Zack has also starred alongside Steve Guttenberg and Harry Lennix in the movie Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Beyond theatre and film, Zack has guest starred in “Shameless” and “Chicago Fire.” When he is not performing, Zack enjoys traveling, guitar, and playing Mario Kart on his outdated Wii. He will be graduating from Ball State University in 2020 with a BFA in musical theatre. He would like to thank his agent, Gray Talent, and mother. Without her, he would not be pursuing his love of acting. zacharykelleractor.com. @zack_keller1
DAVID KORTEMEIER (Doctor Armstrong, u/s Wargrave) Drury Lane credits include: King Arthur in Spamalot, Herbie in Gypsy, Beau in Mame, Grandpa Prophater in Meet Me In St. Louis, and Bob Cratchit in 5 seasons of A Christmas Carol, among many others. Regional work: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland; The Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL; The Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN; and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington. David is an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
YOUSOF SULTANI (Philip Lombard) is thrilled to be making his theatrical debut at Drury Lane! He was most recently seen on stage in Photograph 51 at Court Theatre in Chicago. Other credits include: Heartland (InterAct Theatre), Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley and Guards At The Taj (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), The Doppelgänger: An International Farce and The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf Theater), United Flight 232 (House Theatre), Disappearing Number and Inana (TimeLine Theatre), Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Hundred Flowers Project (Silk Road Rising), Henry V: Proud Dream (NWU Site Festival), Make Me Love You (New Rock Theater), and The Observatory (Viable Theater). Regional credits include Amadeus (Richmond Shakespeare Theater) and Henry V (Richmond Shakespeare Festival). Film credits include Glass House. Television credits include “The Brave” (NBC), “Empire” (FOX), and “Chicago Fire” (NBC). Yousof received his BFA in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Yousof is proudly represented by Gray Talent.
PAUL TAVIANINI (Thomas Rogers) Paul Tavianini is happy to be making his Drury Lane debut with this production. Regional: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana (IN); Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Nora Theatre, Huntington Theatre (MA); Hippodrome Theatre Company (Gainesville, FL); Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY); Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; A Noise Within (Los Angeles). Founding member of the Theatre Asylum (NYC). He has appeared on Law & Order and the Discovery Channel series Kidnap and Rescue and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. Much love to his wife, Johnna, and daughters, Francesca and Angelina.
Bruce A. Young
BRUCE A. YOUNG (General Mackenzie) is pleased to be returning to Drury Lane Oakbrook. In 2011, he joined the DLO family in their production of Aida. As life would have it, he began his career on the Drury Lane Water Tower stage in a production of Ragtime. This past season, he was blessed to share the stage with Matt DeCaro in the Asolo Rep productions of The Crucible and Lynn Notage’s Sweat. He has performed regionally in such productions as Hooded, Ruined, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Neighbors, Othello, Elliot’s Song, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Driving Miss Daisy. Broadway credits include Terry Hands’ production of MacBeth and Rose Rage directed by Ed Hall. Film and television audiences may recognize him from many projects such as The Sentinel, Enough, “Grey’s Anatomy,” Risky Business, “Cold Case,” An Innocent Man, Phenomenon, and “The Unit.”
CAROLINE CHU (u/s Vera) Caroline makes her Drury Lane debut. Chicago credits: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Peerless (First Floor Theater), Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens). International: Richard III, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labors Lost (Prague Shakespeare Company). Caroline is a proud company member at First Floor Theater and received her B.A. from Northwestern this spring. She is represented by Stewart Talent. Much love to my family for their incredible support and love!
HENSON KEYS (u/s Armstrong, Mackenzie) came to Chicago in late 2015, retiring from the UIUC Department of Theatre where he was Chair of Acting Programs for 16 years. He has performed with theatres all over the country including Yale Repertory, McCarter Theatre, Asolo Theatre (FL), Coconut Grove Theatre (Miami), MeadowBrook Theatre (Detroit), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), and many others. He has performed in 44 productions of Shakespeare with the Festivals of New York, Utah, Alabama, North Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas, and the New Swan in California. In Chicago, he made his Steppenwolf debut with 5 performances as Mr. Oldfield in Tracy Letts’ The Minutes and has covered major roles at Chicago Shakespeare (Tug of War) and Steppenwolf (Straight White Men). Film credits include Gringo and Widows.
ERIN PARKER (u/s Emily Brent, Mrs. Rogers) Erin is a Southern Illinois native, a University of Evansville graduate, and a former Resident Company Member at the historic Barter Theatre in Virginia. She is thrilled to be supporting this incredible group of artists at Drury Lane. Favorite Credits: Diana (Next to Normal), Emilia (Othello), Madame Thenardier (Les Mis), Doralee (9 to 5), Svetlana (Chess in Concert). Erin has toured with Martina McBride’s Joy of Christmas and the 1stNational Tour of Ring of Fire and received the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in Theatre. She is a founding member of MAS Nashville (www.masnashville.com). Much love to Matt and Jolene. www.erin-parker.com
SHEA PENDER (u/s Blore, Narracott, Rogers) Shea is thankful to be making his Drury Lane debut! Recent credits include The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe (Underscore Theatre Company), Grand Hotel (Kokandy Productions), Beauty and the Beast (The Legacy Theatre), and cast vocalist onboard the Celebrity Reflection. He is a proud graduate of Ball State University and represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.