Surprise! Death Is Not the End: An Evening of Puppetry, Song and Celebration

Cabinet of Curiosity Events

The Cabinet of Curiosity Events is an experimental events company that designs sophisticated, strange and exhilarating rituals, processions, pageants and performances. Its mission is to devise artistic projects that explore the intimate and the sacred, honoring the power of dream, surprise, and physical transformation. Creating works ranging in scale from the miniature to the grand, The Cabinet of Curiosity is committed to using theatrical events to make audiences think, feel alive, and dream more deeply. CoCE serves Chicago’s community by challenging artists and audiences to see the world around them anew, inspired by the miraculous power of enchanted objects, pseudo-sacred songs, and immersive design. For us, the world Is A Cabinet of Curiosity.

Lindsey Noel Whiting

Lindsey Noel Whiting is pleased to be working with puppets and suitcases again. She has performed in a number of Redmoon shows including The Cabinet, Once Upon a Time (or The Secret Language of Birds, The Golden Truffle and Sink, Sank, Sunk. She is an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass Theatre as well as The Actors Gymnasium. Additionally, she has worked at several regional theaters including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and The Alliance Theatre. She is also married to Samuel Taylor and recommends that you try his pancakes.

Andrew Yearick

Andrew is a musician, songwriter, actor, and teacher based in Chicago. He is excited to be back in the puppet world after his most recent role as Whiskers in Rough House Theater\'s Sad Songs for Bad People. Other favorite roles include Marty in an Artistic Home production of The House of Yes and George Harrison in Signal Ensemble\'s Aftermath. He was also the front man for progressive/ art rock band The New World Ancients. Currently, he is most visible as country/ folk singer Wild Earp, performing his particular brand of absurd Americana across the continent with his band The Free for Alls, now in their second year of a monthly residency at The California Clipper.

Samuel Taylor

Samuel Taylor is co-founder & partner in the Back Room Shakespeare Project and author of the book: My Life With The Shakespeare Cult. He is an artistic associate at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Past puppet work includes The Feast: an Intimate Tempest, and Hunchback with Redmoon. On Stage work includes appearances at The Actors Gymnasium, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, American Players Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is also the owner & operator of Long Table Pancakes, and is married to Lindsey Noel Whiting, the greatest puppeteer on earth.

Mike Oleon

Mike Oleon is a Puppeteer, Designer and Director. Mike co-founded Rough House Theater Co. in 2008. Most recently, he directed Ubu the King which has toured Nationally and is a selection of the 2017 National Puppetry Festival Puppetry and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Performance credits include Redmoon’s Swan Lake, a collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2009), Redmoon’s The Cabinet (u/s, 2010), and Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour (2015). Selected Rough House direction and puppet-design credits include IchthyOdyssey (2011, National Puppetry Festival selection) Murder Ballads (2012, Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival selection), Sad Songs for Bad People (co-director, 2015). For 4 years, Mike co-curated Nasty, Brutish, & Short, a quarterly puppet cabaret at Links Hall. Mike is a 2016 Individual Artist Program grant recipient from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for his work in solo puppetry.

Danielle Nicholas

Danielle Nicholas is thrilled to be performing in Death's Not The End. She is a graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Meredith in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, Faith in Kindertransport, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She is grateful for the support of her loving husband, friends and family.

Nicole Laurenzio

Originally from the East Coast Nicole has been very happy to find herself performing, learning and teaching in Chicago for the last three years. Since arriving here she has had the pleasure of working with both The Marriott and Goodman theatres and most recently performed the role of Charlotte in “Little Fish” with Kokandy Productions. Bringing Billy and his Mother to life has been one of her most favorite projects to date and she’d like to extend much gratitude to Frank and Seth for bringing her into their strange and magical world and teaching her how to live there. She’d also like to give a shout out to this boundlessly skilled and creative cast who have been a great pleasure to work with. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Nicole also composes and plays original music.

Greg Hardigan

Gregory Hardigan is an actor, writer and director living in Chicago. He is a member of The Hypocrites Theater Company, and has appeared in many of their productions. He has also performed with Writers’ Theatre, A Red Orchid, Shattered Globe, Eclipse, Redmoon, Collaboraction and many more. As a playwright, Gregory's work has been produced in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, London, Brighton, Edinburgh and Singapore. He loves his wife and two kids more than anything.

Liz Chidester

Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars. She immersed herself into the Chicago music and theatre scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. Her songs received recognition by NPR\'s Newsong Songwriting Competition as the 2014 Mid-west Finalist, the Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Nominee in 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016. Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the electronic folk group LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. They released their first EP \'Progress into Simplicity\' in March of 2017. Liz has worked with Mercury Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Porchlight Music Theatre, Firebrand Theatre, Sideshow Theatre Company, Refuge Theatre Project, Odradek Theatre Company, and New American Folk Theatre as an actor and collaborator. Her work was nominated by the Jeff Awards Committee for Best Ensemble in the 2016 and 2017 Refuge Theatre Project\'s High Fidelity. Liz is a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music, Sherwood Music School, and Chicago Children's Theatre. She has her Bachelors of Music, Cum Laude from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Cynthia Castiglione

Cynthia Castiglione is fist pumping the air for the chance to work on this beautiful piece with this amazing team again. Some other Chicago credits include work with: Redmoon, Collaboraction, TUTA, and Redtape. She holds a BFA from The Theatre School at Depaul. She’s a Junior High teacher when she is not acting. A whole lot of love to John and Clark.

Time Brickey

Time Brickey is a tap dancer, singer, and entertainer from Chicago. He is a graduate of Millikin University's School of Music and an Apprentice Member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Time received his initial tap and theatrical training from Studio BE, under the direction of Tamara Drew. From there he received training from Reggio McLaughlin, and then Tristan Bruns of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, where Time is now finishing his professional training. Additionally, Time has performed with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in Dance for Life Chicago, and as a soloist at the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, where he was described by the Chicago Tribune as a "Literal Loose Cannon." As well as performing, Time has composed, arranged, and choreographed for his own various projects and productions.

Mickle Maher

Mickle Maher’s plays have appeared Off-Broadway and around the world, and have been supported by grants from the NEA, the Rockefeller MAP fund, and Creative Capital. They include There is a Happiness That Morning Is; Song About Himself; An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening; The Hunchback Variations; The Strangerer; Spirits to Enforce ; Cyrano (translator) The Cabinet; Lady Madeline; The Pine; and An Actor Prepares (an adaptation of Stanislavsky\'s seminal book). He currently is writing the book and lyrics for a new musical about basketball commissioned by the Catastrophic Theatre of Houston and Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets.

Laura Heit

Laura Heit is an multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. Her films and installations have been seen at; Adams and Ollman Portland, The Schnitzer Museum of Art Eugene, Boise Art Museum, She Works Flexible Houston, REDCAT Los Angeles, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, MOMA NYC, Millennium Film NYC, Pompidou Paris, TBA Festival Portland, and the Guggenheim Museum. She was a 2016 Oregon Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow and has received grants and awards including; Artist Project Grant Regional Arts & Culture Council including the 2014 Innovation Award, Henson Foundation (2009, 2014), ARC California, Illinois Arts Council, Puppeteers of America, Thames and Hudson, The British Council, and the Mac Dowell Colony. She was the co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts, and currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Seth Bockley

Seth Bockley (writer, Laika’s Coffin and The Death and Life of Billy the Kid, event co-director) has created work with many theaters including Goodman, Victory Gardens, Sideshow, Red Tape, Redmoon and Dog and Pony in Chicago, and The Public Theater, Foundry and En Garde Arts in New York. He made a clown show in Mexico City with company La Piara, and a fairy tale multimedia shadow spectacle with Irish schoolchildren for the Donegal Arts Festival. He teaches at the University of Chicago and currently splits his time between Chicago and Saint Paul Minnesota.

Frank Maugeri

Frank Maugeri is the founder of Cabinet of Curiosity Events. He is also the Community Programs Artistic Director at the Chicago Children’s Theatre where he develops educational classes and camps for children 0 – 14 and selects and supports the CCT teaching community. Prior to joining CCT, Maugeri was a 22-year veteran Producing Artistic Director at Redmoon Theater. He founded Cabinet of Curiosity Events so he could develop work combining ritual, experimentation and celebration. Throughout his career, Maugeri has been an inventor and designer of events, spaces, and objects; choreographer of people and mechanisms; and ritual and community maker. His creations are highly visual, design-driven, movement-inspired, and object-centered. His interactive theatrical works range from intimate miniature-scale productions to mammoth public spectacles. Maugeri is also a committed teacher, mentor and convener of Chicago’s artistic community, insistent on the importance of bringing creators, designers, performers and audiences together in conversation.

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Lose yourself in an evening of surreal adventure exploring birth, death and the power of enchanted objects in Surprise! Death Is Not The End: An Evening of Puppetry, Song and Celebration. This is the debut project of Cabinet of Curiosity Events, founded by Frank Maugeri, former Producing Artistic Director of Redmoon. Part birthday party, part funeral for deceased dogs & cowboys, and our innocence. It’s a baptism for nostalgia, therapy for isolation...emceed by a suckling pig on a silver platter.  Artistic collaborators and performers include Liz Chidester, Lindsey Noel Whiting, Nicole Laurenzi, Samuel Taylor, Andrew Yearick, Cynthia Castiglione, Danielle Nicholas, Mike Oleon, Andy Sjostrom, Greg Hardigan and Time Brickey. Puppet and object design by Kass Copeland, Andres Lemus-Spont, Mike Coon, Coco Ree Lemery, Tom Robinson, Jesse Mooney-Bullock, Jackie Valdez, Evan Barr and Ellie Terrell. Very special gifts created by artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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