The Drama Group Announces Chicago Premiere of ‘Whiskey Neat’ by Local Playwright

Whiskey Neat
Chicago Premiere of ‘Whiskey Neat’ at The Drama Group on January 12 (Image Provided)

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—December 14, 2017

By: Tina Zagone 

The Drama Group is thrilled to announce the Chicago Premiere of a new play by Paul E. Milord, ‘Whiskey Neat,’ produced and directed by Paul Milord and Deb Brunette.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on January 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm and matinees on January 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Good seats are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online here.

The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre is located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Website   www.dramagroup.org.

SYNOPSIS

An original work by Paul Milord, Whiskey Neat is set in Chicago, 1949.  The action takes place in the back room/accounting office of an illegal high end gambling club run by an Irish Mob.  We have an unassuming accountant, Harry, who has the ear of his boss, Beverly (who secretly pines for Harry).  We have two gunmen, Roy and Ed, one a funny, bored drinker and ersatz bank guard, the other an enforcer/bouncer.  We have a blunt, malignant floor manager, Izzi.  And we have a cocktail waitress, Trudy, who despises her job. Into this mix steps Beverlys nephew, Mike, who stirs up a hornets nest of emotion, confrontation and violence, as he pursues his romantic interest, Trudy, and forces his Aunt Beverly to confront her past.  Whiskey Neat is a study in loneliness, loss, love and redemption.

The Chicago Premiere of ‘Whiskey Neat’ By Local Playwright

What does it take to get an original play produced in the Chicagoland theatre world?  The joy of creating a new work, exploring conflicts between people in the shadowy gambling world of the 1940s, and discovering what makes people tick. Talk to the playwright Paul Milord directly after the performances of Whiskey Neat.’

Imagine sitting in the theatre, being a part of the initial audience watching a “never before produced work of art …”  Don’t just imagine it! Come and see ‘Whiskey Neat’ firsthand.

How does an actor breathe life into words written on a page and make the character come to life?  Will the challenge of creating this person be impacted when you know the playwright has chosen you to complete this task?  Talk with the original cast of WHISKEY NEAT directly and explore the challenges after performances….. Get your tickets now!

 

‘WHISKEY NEAT’  PERFORMERS  
NAME CHARACTER CITY/STATE
Regina Gadotti Beverly Kilrain Chicago Heights, IL
Jeff Peterson Harry Delaney Chicago Heights, IL
Chuck Cairns Roy McCluskey Park Forest, IL
Nick Markionni Ed Gorham Frankfort, IL
Ken Garner Mike Kilrain Alsip, IL
Samm Hilger Trudy Sullivan Burbank, IL
Bob Szczpanski Izzi Macklin Orland Park, IL
 

PRODUCTION STAFF

   
Paul Milord Co-Director / Playwright Lansing, IL
Deb Brunette Co-Director Park Forest, IL
Carlyse Owens Assistant Director Park Forest, IL
Joe Clair Choreographer  
Paul Milord

Dennis Hock

Scenic Design

Set Construction

Lansing, IL
Jennifer Larkin

Michael DePriest Reed

Lighting Design

Lights

New Lenox, IL

Robbins, IL

Eden Milord

Wayne “Skipp” Poulton

Costume Design

Costume creation

Lansing, IL

Chicago Heights, IL

Regina Gadotti

Desiree Chapleau

Make up & Hair Design Chicago Heights, IL
Mary Ellen Fawk

Andy Leahy

Props / Décor Chicago Heights, IL
Eric Walton

Dayna Sterkowicz

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

New Lenox, IL

Olympia Fields, IL

Terence Brown Sound Matteson, IL
Dayna Sterkowitz Paint chair Olympia Fields, IL
Chuck Cairns Production Manager Park Forest, IL
Tina Zagone Marketing / Publicity Olympia Fields, IL
Diane Kaffka Publicity Photos Tinley Park, IL

Source:  www.dramagroup.org