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Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Drama Group to Present the Musical ‘A New Brain’

A New Brain
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By: Tina Zagone

The Drama Group is very excited to bring this leading-edge musical ‘A New Brain,’ to the south suburban audience directed by Jeannie Markionni.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre in Chicago Heights on March 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on March 11, 17 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.


‘A New Brain,’ by the Tony-award winning authors of Falsettos, William Finn and James Lapine, is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapse into his lunch and awakes in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing music for a childrens’ television show that features a frog Mr. Bungee and the spectre of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.

Jeannie Markionni has waited years to bring this show to our stage. She has been consumed by the challenge and the joy of creating a new edgy work that is rarely produced by community theatres because of the enormity of talent requirements.

Come enjoy this show about “making the most out of life in the face of tragedy and the healing power of art.” Become immersed in the absurdity and revel in the voices intertwined with comedy vs. tragedy.

Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 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.

Cast if ‘A New Brain’

Scott Sowinski Gordon Flossmoor, IL
Gina Guarino Lady Grace Chicago, IL
Erin Fitzpatrick Rhoda Lockport, IL
Aimee Jarzembowski Waitress/Nurse Chicago, IL
Curt Lang Mr. Bungee Monee, IL
Joey Coffey Richard Chicago Heights, Il
Dave Chapleau Minister Chicago Heights, IL
Nate Krug Roger Crete, IL
Lisa Hedin Mimi Munster, IN
Jeannie Markionni Director Frankfort, IL
Jennifer Dale Music Director Chicago, IL
Cathie Drakulich Assistant Director Park Forest, IL
Liz Yerkovich Choreographer New Lenox, IL
Rick Keeley Lights Lansing, IL
Regina Gadotti Make up & Hair Design Chicago Heights, IL
Tammy Lang Props Monee, IL
Erick Walton Stage Manager New Lenox, IL
Cathie Drakulich Paint chair Park Forest, IL
Nick Markionni Production Manager Frankfort, IL
Tina Zagone Marketing / Publicity Olympia Fields, IL
Diane Kaffka Publicity Photos Tinley Park, IL

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.

Source: www.dramagroup.org

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