February 13- March 20, 2016
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
At The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston
“Recommended” “features beautiful musical numbers written by Kevin O’Donnell, and asks big questions about what it means to be an aging performer” – Chicago Reader
“Recommended” “Phil’s trio of clowns is heartbreaking and is alone worth seeing.” “Javen Ulambayar, deserves a shoutout both for his marvelous acrobatic work.” ‘“Marnie & Phil” is fun, sweet, and thoughtful. Talk it up.’ – Newcity Stage
“cleverly woven” “ingenious” “charming” – Third Coast Review
“an emotionally stirring and vibrant original show” ‘“Marnie and Phil” excels . . . soars’ “Lindsey Noel Whiting is a joy to watch” “It is truly a little gem in Evanston.” – Evanston Roundtable
“a virtuoso display of the acting, circus and acrobatic skills” “The Actors Gymnasium has become so justifiably well known” “wowed by the grace and joy of the performances” “spectacular presence and aplomb by Jeremy Sonkin” – Chicago Splash Magazine
“one of our favorite Actor’s Gym shows to date, and that’s saying something!” “plenty to please all ages.” “a pure delight.” “Once again, The Actors Gym raises the bar on circus arts training and shows in Chicago, and well beyond. Highly recommended!” – ChiIL Mama
Through the spectacular circus wizardry of The Actors Gymnasium, Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter tells a time-spanning, multi-generational story that explores how our friendships stay with us over time, recede, and can come back to save us just when we need them to.
Marnie and Phil met when they were just young circus students, and became instant friends. But when the inevitable twists and turns of fate take them separate ways, they make a promise to always write to each other no matter where they are. As they each somersault through adventures of fame and heartache, and age begins to take its toll on their once nimble physiques, they seek each other out to perform one last show–their long-awaited debut!
A new, original work of circus theatre, Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter is written and directed by Chris Mathews (ensemble member of The House Theatre of Chicago), and features a cast of Actors Gymnasium and Lookingglass favorites including David Catlin (founding ensemble member of Lookingglass), Jeremy Sonkin (Rose and The Rime, Side Show, Princess Mary Demands Your Attention, Some Men), Samuel Taylor (Lookingglass Alice, Back Room Shakespeare Project), Lindsey Noel Whiting (Lost & Found, The Magical Exploding Boy and The Invisible Circus), Javen Ulambayar (The Magical Exploding Boy and The Invisible Circus, Moby Dick) and AG Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, as well as the premier students of the Actors Gymnasium Teen Ensemble.
The show features original songs by Lindsey Noel Whiting and music by award-winning Chicago composer Kevin O’Donnell (The House Theatre of Chicago, Andrew Bird), as well as lighting design from Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (The Hypocrites, The Ruffians). Jaw-dropping circus choreography is led by Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi.
We recommend this show for kids aged five and above.
Running time: 90 minutes without intermission
There is no late seating for this show.
Chris Mathews, Writer and Director
Scott Dare, Assistant Director
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Circus Choreographer
Tommy Tomlins, Assistant Circus Choreographer
Tommy Rapley, Dance Choreographer
Jerica Hucke, Costume Designer
Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, Lighting Designer
Kevin O’Donnell, Composer, Sound Designer
Grace Needlman, Props/Object Designer
Isaac Schoepp, Rigging
Gianna Petrosino, Stage Manager
Kelsey Lamm, Production Manager
Want to bring a group? Contact us about group discount sales.