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Archive for May, 2011

Meet the Company: Sam Hubbard

We finish introducing the 3 founding members with the loved and hated Sam Hubbard, our resident Violence Designer. Here you go!

Sam Hubbard
Age: 20
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

What do you do?
Actor/Fight Director, in that order.

Favorite Play?
Hamlet.  More important the penicillin?  You bet ya!

What’s your favorite show you’ve ever seen or worked on?
That’s a tough one.  As far as shows I’ve seen I’ll never forget Patrick Stewart’s Tempest with the RSC in 2006, superb blending of genre and incredible performances. The original American God of Carnage with Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini will also always stick with me, just one of the most air-tight 2 hours I’ve ever spent.  Also, like just about any Chicago theatre-goer I was blown away by Steppenwolf’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  When it comes to shows I’ve been a part of Cody Estle’s The Normal Heart, George Lyon’s The Lonesome West and A Streetcar Named Desire with Pioneer Theatre Guild all stand out as particularly great experiences.

First Theatrical Experience: Seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age 6 is probably the least appropriate introduction to the theatre imaginable for me but there you have it.  My first time getting my hands dirty with this acting thing was when I was 7 and got to be a part of Peter Pan with the Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild.  I sword fought, spend time around pretty girls and, as Michael Darling, “I flewd”. Much more up my alley.

Favorite quote: Its a long one.  It starts with “Hung be the heavens…” (Henry VI part I) and ends with “…Let your indulgence set me free” (Tempest).

Whats your secret?
Guess you’ll have to come see our shows to find out.


Meet the Company: Jack Bourgeois

Our next founder, Jack Bourgeois, is perhaps the reason Cold Basement has it’s name. Jack and his dad used to run lines in their basement – which was cold. Jack is the Artistic Director of Cold Basement Dramatics and is the reason our first show This Above All… was produced.

Name: Jack Bourgeois
Age: 21 this June
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What do you do?

What is your favorite play?
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams – Williams flawlessly depicts the struggles of creating a new life to do what makes you truly happy while being haunted by the whips and scorns of nostalgia.

What’s your favorite show you’ve ever seen or worked on?

The Subject Was Roses, 2008. For years, my father told me that the summer I turn 18, he would direct me as the son in this post WWII kitchen sink drama. When the time came, I convinced him to play my father. It was the last thing I did in St. Louis before moving to Chicago and I will always remember it fondly.
First Theatrical Experience: My mother signed me up for a drama camp when I was nine years old. We mounted a production of “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.” I dazzled audiences with my stirring portrayal of Soldier Number Two.
Favorite Quote: “This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Polonius
What’s your secret?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret.

Meet the Company: Cassandra Rose

Cold Basement Dramatics was started in 2010 by 3 very ambitious people. We’d like to introduce you to those people starting with our associated artistic director Cassandra Rose. Here is everything you need to know about Cass

Name: Cassandra Rose
Age: 22

Hometown: Rockford, IL

What do you do?
I’m a playwright and dramaturg. What can I say? Stories make the world go ’round.

Favorite Play?
Equus by Peter Shaffer. It’s the perfect balance of mythology and psychology in a fluid world. Plus there are puppets.

What’s your favorite show you’ve ever seen or worked on?
Gatz by Elevator Repair Service, 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. From a simple premise came a transcendental show: over the course of nine hours (including two intermissions and an hour for dinner) a simple office drone read the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby out loud. Never before had I seen how much strength performance and design could add to words.

First Theatrical Experience: My father teaches a continuing education dixieland/ragtime band at the community college back in Rockford on Monday nights. At the end of each semester the band performs three nights only. As most of the members are in their senior years, my dad tells a lot of jokes in between songs to help people catch their breaths before moving forward. When I was four I helped my dad tell this telephone joke up onstage in front of everybody.

  • MAN on phone: Ring Ring!
  • Little GIRL on phone: Hello?
  • MAN: Hello there, little girl. Can I speak to your father?
  • GIRL: No, he’s busy.
  • MAN: Can I speak to your mother then?
  • GIRL: No, she’s busy too.
  • MAN: Oh. Is there anybody else in the house with you?
  • GIRL: Yes. The policeman.
  • MAN: The policeman? Well, could I speak with him?
  • GIRL: No, he’s busy too.
  • MAN: Okay. Is there anybody else in the house with you?
  • GIRL: Yes. A fireman.
  • MAN: A fireman! Could I speak to him instead?
  • GIRL: No, they’re all busy.
  • MAN: Busy with what?
  • GIRL: Looking for me.

I was adorable. My hair was in french braids.

Favorite quote: I have the simplest taste. I am always satisfied with the best. -Oscar Wilde

What’s your secret?
I won a Harry Potter costume contest when I was 12. As Harry Potter.

Cabin Fever

By Cassandra Rose

This past weekend marked the end of days auditions for Cold Basement Dramatic’s final show of season one, Brief Looks From The Afterglow. After months of wrangling schedules, game-changers, and rewrites, it’s about damn time.

Ever since I first read Robert Francis Curtis’ play, I have been itching to see everything play out off the page and on the stage. This is a play where the devil walks outside the shadows and a claustrophobic cabin becomes the final stronghold for humanity. The characters shudder from each page with enough force to knock the logs out of the walls. These are people that have survived a disintegrating world to find each other. They’re not going down without a fight. And that fight starts now.

Look out, Chicago, Cold Basement Dramatics is bypassing the Apocalypse and skipping right to the last page.

Found in the Basement

What is in your basement?

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