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Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Directed by Jess McLeod
Music Direction by Diana Lawrence

This innovative new song cycle spotlights people on the run while blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel sounds. TMTC's production features multi-talented artists playing instruments, featuring: Alan Schmuckler*, Andrew Mueller*, Sophie Grimm*, Patrick Martin and Diana Lawrence.

November 2 - 11, 2012

Fridays/Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association
sgrimm SOPHIE GRIMM* (Percussion) is pumped and grateful to be in her first Music Theatre Company production! She has performed with her family's Minneapolis-based showband most of her life, and recently graduated from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts. Since then, she has begun working in and out of Chicago, where her credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat at the Marriott Theatre, Othello: The Remix through The Chicago Shakespeare Company and The Sound of Music at Drury Lane Oakbrook. She also sings with Matt Reed Band/Great Life Music. Lastly, she wants to let her beautiful family and wonderful friends know that she loves them, and would like to thank TMTC for this opportunity. Check her out at for news and updates.
DIANA LAWRENCE (Music Direction, Piano, Percussion) is a Chicago singer, songwriter, pianist and music director. She made her Music Theatre Company debut in the fall of 2011, music directing The Last Five Years. She also wrote for and performed in TMTC's 2012 48 Hour Musicals. Other favorite past music direction credits include The Mistress Cycle with Apple Tree Theatre and The Second City's A Girl's Guide to Washington. This past summer, her musical Next Stop, was premiered by Route 66 Theatre and featured in TimeOut Chicago. To: Aging Children, Diana’s second solo EP, was released in August, with a bonus track featuring her band, Diana & the Dishes (
PATRICK MARTIN (Acoustic Guitar, Percussion) returns to The Music Theatre Company after appearing in Merrily We Roll Along (Jerome), The 48 Hour Musicals: Bizarre Book Titles, and an appearance alongside Miranda Sings in Miranda Sings: Live!. Patrick is a Chicago-based actor and musician, where his credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat (u/s Reuben) at The Marriott Theatre, Girls vs. Boys and All the Fame of Lofty Deeds (Lefty Deeds) with The House Theatre of Chicago. Other regional credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone and Promises, Promises (Karl Kubelik) at STAGES St. Louis, as well as The Little Theatre on the Square Christmas Spectacular. As a guitarist and vocalist, Patrick has performed on stages across the Midwest American Pop, and with the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Patrick can also be seen performing around Chicago as one half of the musical duo There’s Waldo, with Joey Stone. Patrick is a proud graduate of the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
ANDREW MUELLER* (Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Percussion) returns to The Music Theatre Company, where he was last seen as Tyler in Merrily We Roll Along, and also played Charley for the extension. He is pleased to be back in Chicago after performing in the world premiere of the new Burt Bacharach/Steven Sater musical, Some Lovers (Young Ben, Old Globe Theatre). Other Chicago credits include: Huck Finn in Big River (BoHo Theatre, Non-Eq Jeff Award - Actor in a Principal Role: Musical), Amiens in As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), For The Boys (Marriott Theatre), and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Filament Theatre). He is a musician at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Evanston. Proud member, Actors' Equity Association.
aschmuckler ALAN SCHMUCKLER* (Piano, Percussion) happily returns to the Music Theatre Company, where he was last seen in The Last Five Years and Merrily We Roll Along and where he contributed music and lyrics to The 48 Hour Musicals. Jeff Award nominee: Murder for Two (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Sugar (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace); and A Minister’s Wife (Writers’ Theatre). Recent Chicagoland credits: Rent (American Theater Company/About Face Theatre); Joseph… (Marriott Theatre); and Assassins (Chicago Humanities Festival). Composer/lyricist: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Stage Artz Theatre Company – Sydney, Australia); with Michael Mahler, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theater, Chicago Humanities Festival, and theaters and schools nationwide). Concert credits: Joe’s Pub (Alan Schmuckler: I Miss the City); and, with Mahler, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Proud member of AEA, ASCAP, and local band the Lincoln Squares; proud graduate, Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf. More at

JESS McLEOD (Director) returns to The Music Theatre Company where her credits include: Zanna, Don't!, YAPbook '11 and upcoming — The Pajama Game. Chicago: Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group), L-Vis Live! (Victory Gardens), Kin (Griffin Theatre) and Venus at Steppenwolf, co-produced by Northwestern's graduate directing program, through which Jess also directed In Trousers and Mourning Becomes Electra and co-created "Master Clash," the MFA Writer/Director short play festival. From 2005-08, Jess served as Director of Programming for The New York Musical Theatre Festival, where she oversaw all curating and directed pop/musical theatre fusion concerts including The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds. She has also directed workshops for TMTC, The American Music Theatre Project and The House Theatre of Chicago, and heads Timber Lake Playhouse's Summer Playwrights Lab.

CHARLES COOPER (Lighting Designer) returns to The Music Theatre Company after designing PIPPIN last season. Recent work includes Hairspray and Curtains at Drury Lane Oakbrook Guttenberg! The Musical at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; A Wrinkle in Time at First Stage Children’s Theatre, Love, Loss, and What I Wore at Asolo Rep and 1st National Tour, Do the Hustle and Old Glory at Writers’ Theatre, Of Mice and Men and First Look Repertory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre, Around the World in 80 Days at Indiana Repertory Theatre; Tree, Blue Door at Victory Gardens, Eclipsed, and She Stoops to Conquer at Northlight Theatre, Chicago, A Few Good Men and Around the World in 80 Days at Peninsula Players, Pitmen Painters, To Master the Art at TimeLine Theatre where he is an Associate Artist, Welcome to Arroyo’s, and Speech and Debate, at American Theater Company. Charles has received five Jeff nominations and two After Dark Awards. Member: United Scenic Artists.

AMANDA J. DAVIS* (Stage Manager) is happy to be making her stage management debut with The Music Theatre Company. She most recently served as the Production Stage Manager for 42nd Street at Theatre at the Center, and has previously worked on Murder for Two, Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, and CPS Shakespeare! at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Rose and the Rime at The House Theatre of Chicago and The Marriage of Figaro at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company.

*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association