American Storm | Theatre Seven of Chicago

What Happens:

In the summer of 1962, a small Ohio town discovers a prize thoroughbred in the stables of the local track. With big business promising to take Weldon Downs corporate, the track workers learn soon enough that not even hope comes for free.

Ticket Info:

Previews: $15.00

General Admission: $20-$25

Seniors/Industry/Students: $17.50

Sevenclub Members: Free!

Group Discounts Available: Contact Brian Golden at brian.golden@theatresevenofchicago.org or 312-806-6577

Carter W. Lewis Playwright
T7 Credits: American Storm (Writer)

Carter W. Lewis – is a free lance playwright, currently serving as Playwright-in-Residence at Washington University. Prior to that he was Literary Manager & Playwright-in-Residence for The Geva Theatre Center in New York. He is the winner of several national playwriting awards including: The Julie Harris Playwriting Award, The State Theatre’s Best New American Play Prize, The Cincinnati Playhouse Rosenthal New Play Prize (’96 & 2001), The New Dramatist Playwriting Award (’01), The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Award (’03) and he is a two time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award. His published works include, Art Control, A Geometric Digression of the Species, Soft Click Of A Switch, An Asian Jockey In Our Midst and The One-Eyed Man Is King. Other plays by Carter W. Lewis include; Golf With Alan Shepard, Women Who Steal, Men on the Take, While We Were Bowling, Longevity Abbreviated for Those Who Don’t Have Time, American Storm, Kid Peculiar, Civil Disobedience, Ordinary Nation, Evie’s Waltz, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy, The Americans Across the Street, Hit-Story, and Camden & Lilly. Carter lives in St. Louis with his dog Bucket. 

updated october 2012
Brian Golden Director
T7 Credits: Is Chicago, Killing Women, The Sand Castle, Diversey Harbor, Hunting and Gathering, The Water Engine: An American Fable, In the Heart of America, American Storm (Director); Yes This Really Happened to Me, We Live Here, Cooperstown (Writer), Mimesophobia (Man Who Speaks...), Boys & Girls (Frank - Never Swim Alone), The Chicago Landmark Project (Co-Coordinator; Writer - 63rd & Woodlawn: Robust Coffee Lounge; Director - 63rd & Kedzie: Arab American Community Center)

Brian Golden is the Managing Artistic Director and a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago. During his leadership, Theatre Seven’s work has been seen by 14,000+ patrons and the company has been nominated for four Jeff Awards, two Black Theatre Alliance Awards, been a three-time finalist and the 2012 winner of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theatre Award, and paid over 300 artists for their work. Brian was the conceiver of a writer for Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women and Co-Coordinator of Theatre Seven’s 2011 The Chicago Landmark Project, 12 World Premiere short plays about 12 specific Chicago landmarks. His play Cooperstown was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Ovation Award (LA), and he was one of eight co-authors of We Live Here, which was nominated for 2 Jeff Awards, including Best New Work. Brian works for Catharsis Productions as the company’s Literary Manager, developing new artistic programs with an emphasis on social justice and violence reduction. Brian is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, a two-time winner of the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Contest, recipient of the Leota Diesel Ashton Playwriting Prize and John J. Jutkowitz Award, and sits on the Board of the League of Chicago Theatres. 

updated october 2013
Destin Teamer Performer
T7 Credits: The Chicago Landmark Project (Billy – Devon & Kedzie: Thillens Stadium), American Storm (Martin), Shikaakwa: American Storm (Martin)

Destin is an eighth grader at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. Theatre credits include Tad in Tad in 5th City (MPAACT-Jeff Rec.), The Little Prince (Bowen Park Theatre) and the T7 production The Chicago Landmark Project (Thillens Stadium). He has recorded voice-overs for Media Rich Learning Productions and studied with Piven Theatre Workshop. Destin is looking forward to expanding his theatre experience as he explores the work of Rudyard Kipling for his 2013 performance as Mowgli in an adaptation of The Jungle Book, Diller Street Theatre.

updated november 2012
Anthony DiNicola Performer
T7 Credits: In the Heart of America (Remzi); American Storm (Miguel Valequez), Shikaakwa: American Storm (Miguel Velazquez), Skikaakwa: Merchild (Ensemble)

Anthony DiNicola is a native of Boston, and an alum of Bowdoin College (located in Coastal Maine). While his initial proclivities were of Pre-Med focus his passion to communicate with improvisation, laughter, and honest storytelling made Anthony give up his scalpel for the soliloquy. After graduation Anthony relocated to Chicago, where he has collaborated with many of the city's finest theatre company's including: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lifeline), Obscura (Red Tape Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Piccolo Theatre), and The Tempest (Boho Theatre Company) to name a few. Continued training is a top priority for Anthony. He has studied Shakespeare with Susan Hart, Jeffrey Carlson, and Kevin Gudhal (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), and the Meisner Technique at Black Box Acting Studio.  He is also a proud member of Catharsis Productions performing the sexual assault prevention program Sex Signals across the nation for college and military audiences. Anthony is an alumnus of the 2010 class of the School at Steppenwolf.  

updated october 2012
Lucy Carapetyan Performer
T7 Credits: Shikaakwa, American Storm (Jakey Hanks)

Lucy Carapetyan has worked around Chicago with Steppenwolf (The Crucible; To Kill A Mockingbird), Lifeline (The Woman in White; Wuthering Heights), Griffin (On The Shore of the Wide World; Stage Door), Steep (The Hollowlands; Breathing Corpses), Caffeine (The Oxford Roofclimber's Rebellion), Dog & Pony (Roadkill Confidential), House (Rose and the Rime, All the Fame of Lofty Deeds), The Building Stage (Ring Cycle), New Beast Theatre Works (Here Are Lions), and Two Pence (As You Like It). She teaches and performs with Actors Gymnasium and serves as the Education Programs Manager for Two Pence Theatre Company. Lucy is a graduate of Northwestern University and is represented by Paonessa Talent.

updated october 2012
Andre Teamer Performer
T7 Credits: Shikaakwa: American Storm (Arthur Figgets), American Storm (Arthur Figgets)

Andre’ Teamer is a company member with MPAACT(Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre). Currently you can catch him performing the role of Philmore in Court Theatre’s production of JITNEY!. In Jan/Feb 2013 he’ll be performing several roles in Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Bud, Not Buddy. He has been a Chicago actor for over 20 years and has had the privilege to perform with many Chicago area theatres. 

updated september 2012
Donna McGough Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Margaret)

Donna was most recently seen at The Gift Theatre in Absolute Hell. Other Chicago credits include The Time of Your Life (Steppenwolf); *Death of a Salesman, *Happy Days, Angels in America and The Glass Menagerie (The Hypocrites, where she is a company member); The Hostage (Griffin Theatre); The Rimers of Eldritch and Frame 312 (Eclipse); The Seagull (TimeLine); Six Degrees of Separation, An Enemy of the People and The Time of Your Life (Raven Theatre); *The Freedom of the City (Mary Arrchie Theatre). Donna is a  three-time Joseph Jefferson recipient for *Actress in a Principal Role. 

updated october 2012
Sean Sinitski Performer

T7 Credits: American Storm (Harley)

Sean Sinitski was member of the late Defiant Theatre where he performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play!  Other Chicago credits: Lifeline – The Moonstone, Neverwhere, Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Chicago Shakespeare – Timon of Athens, The Madness of King George; Lakeside Shakespeare – King Lear; Strawdog – The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story, The Cherry Orchard; Writers Theater –The Doctor’s Dilemma; Next Theater – Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Hypocrites – Henry V, Balm and Gilead; Silk Road – Back of the Throat, Caravaggio.

updated october 2012
Scott Anderson Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Robert Duffet)

Scott has performed at the The Court, Victory Gardens, American Blues, Bailiwick, and Famous Door Theatres among others. He was raised in Albuquerque, received his MFA from Southern Methodist University and lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. He plays Fred Schneider in a B52s tribute band and is the singer and songwriter for his own band called The Wooden Hearts.

He is starring in a Showtime mini-series called Reality Show written and directed by Adam Rifkin, which premieres this fall.

updated october 2012

 

Jim Poole Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (DeFerenczi), Shikaakwa: Swimming in the Shallows (Bob)

Jim is a member of Steep Theatre, where he has upcoming roles in Luther and The Knowledge. A Steppenwolf School graduate, Chicago credits include over a dozen plays with Steep, including Hot House, Catch-22, Dealer's Choice, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Lakeboat, Under the Blue Sky; Petrified Forest, Lie of the Mind - Strawdog; The Au Pair Man, At Home & At The Zoo - Steel Beam; and most recently Kokkola – Akvavit Theatre. Regionally, Jim performed summer stock in Indiana, Wisconsin and New York. A filmmaker and voice actor, he claims to be the voice of Scooter in Big Idea's Veggietales.

updated october 2012
Hilary Williams Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Bonnie Valequez

American Storm is Hilary's first production with Theatre Seven. Previously Hilary has worked with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble on These Shining Lives and The Walls, LiveWire Chicago in Hideous Progeny and The Mistakes Madeline Made, Shattered Globe in Romeo & Juliet, and Lifeline Theatre's A Room With A View.  Hilary can also be seen with her novelty folk band, Gretchen & Regina.  

updated october 2012
Susie Griffith Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Eudora Duffet), Shikaakwa: Johnny 

American Storm is Susie's first production with Theatre Seven. Other companies she has worked with include Silk Road, Steppenwolf, Raven, City Lit, Steep, Collaboraction, Sideshow, Signal Ensemble and Provision Theatre, among others. 

updated october 2012
Mark J. Shallow Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Doc Hibert)

Most recently, Mark performed in Tunnel Rat (Genesis Productions). Previous appearances have been in The Original Grease (American Theatre Company), A Doll’s House (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre), The Miracle Worker (Lincoln Square Theatre), The Bay at Nice (Vitalist Theatre), Equus (Red Twist Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (North Lakeside Players), The Runner Stumbles (Halcyon Theatre), The Sum of Her Parts (The Side Project), Sylvia (Tin Fish Theatre), Execution of Justice (Hyperworld Theatre) and many others. 

updated october 2012
Johnny Meyer Performer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Stuck)

Johnny is very excited about his Theatre Seven debut!  Other theater credits include:  Livewire’s Visionfest as the Son in Nothing, William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Jr., Kenickie in Grease, Jr., John in Peter Pan, and Kurt in The Sound of Music.  

updated october 2012
Joe Schermoly Scenic Designer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Scenic Designer)

Joe is so pleased to be working with Theatre Seven for the first time.  His design work has been seen around Chicago at Griffin Theatre where he is a company member (Punk Rock, Port, Constant Wife), Strawdog Theatre (Duchess of MalfiMaster and Margarita), Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo), Sideshow Theatre (IdomeneusThe Ugly One).  He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush and Gate theatres.  Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and is the Technical Director at Lifeline Theatre.  

 Website: www.joeschermoly.com 
updated october 2012

 

Justin Wardell Lighting Designer
T7 Credits: American Storm, ls ChicagoKilling WomenCooperstown, Boys & GirlsDiversey HarborLies and LiarsThe Water Engine: An American FableThe Chicago Landmark Project (Lighting Design); Yes, This Really Happened to MeElection DayThe Sand Castle (Lighting Design & Technical Director)

Justin Wardell is a company member at Theatre Seven and is a member of 7P, Theatre Seven's Literary Circle. Justin has been designing lighting for theatre, dance, and special events for over 10 years. He has had the opportunity to work in many Chicago Landmarks, including the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Union Station, and many more. Justin was an early addition to Theatre Seven of Chicago, and has been the resident lighting designer since its inception. In his role as an Account Executive for Intelligent Lighting Creations, Justin now has the opportunity to design lighting for trade shows, galas, corporate events, and permanent installations. In addition to design work, Justin has had the honor of guest-lecturing on lighting design and lighting technology for several colleges, universities, and professional organizations. Other theatrical credits include work at the Springfield Municipal Opera, the Building Stage, Flamenco Sin Limites, Porchlight Music Theatre, and many other talented companies.  

updated september 2012

 

 

Brenda Winstead Costume Designer
T7 Credits: BlackTop Sky, American Storm, Killing WomenThe Water Engine, Boys & GirlsThe Sand CastleDiversey HarborCooperstownHunting & GatheringWe Live HereIn the Heart of AmericaExit, Pursued by a Bear (Costume Designer), The Chicago Landmark Project (Supervising Costume Designer)

Brenda Winstead loves Theatre Seven! She is a company member with T7 and has designed numerous shows there. Other Chicago area design credits include Making God Laugh, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Leading Ladies, The Producers, Hello Dolly and Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre at the Center); Ragtime (Drury Lane); It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Noble Fool); Kingsville (Stage Left); and The Price (Shattered Globe). Regional Credits include Born Yesterday, Rumors and Mousetrap (Peninsula Players); All Shook Up, High School Musical (Forestburgh Playhouse). Brenda holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. 

updated october 2012
Jeff Kelley Sound Designer
T7 Credits: We Live Here (Sound Designer & Composer), American Storm, In the Heart of America; Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Sound Designer)

Jeff Kelley is a composer, sound designer and the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the experimental pop trio Dick Wolf! Past theater credits include  Girl You Know It's True  (Pavement Group), Milkmilklemonade, and punkplay (PG). Jeff is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Website: www.jeff-kelley.com 
updated october 2012
Kerith Parashak Props Designer
T7 Credits: American Storm (Props Designer), Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Sceneic Designer)

This is Kerith's second show with Theatre Seven. Last year she designed the props for American Storm  She received her MFA in Scenic Design in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the mentorship of John Ezell. She received her BA in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis (2008). She has worked with a number of other professional companies in St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. Her St. Louis And Kansas City credits include Muddy Waters Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Kansas City Actor’s Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, and Coterie Theatre. Since she moved to Chicago last year, she has worked with several local theaters and commercial shops including Paramount Theater in Aurora,  A Red Orchid Theater, Theater Wit, Ravenswood Studios, RedBox Workshop. Also look for her design of The Wiz currently on tour. www.kerithparashak.com.

updated july 2013
Caitlin O'Rourke Stage Manager
T7 Credits: American Storm (Stage Manager)

American Storm is Caitlin's first production with Theatre Seven. Her Chicago credits include The Mistakes Madeline Made (LiveWire Chicago Theatre) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Rasaka Theatre Company).  Regional Theatre: How We Got OnThe End – both part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays – The Christmas StoryThe Mystery of Irma Vep, andThe Kite Runner (Actors Theatre of Louisville).  Other Theatre: Master Class at Heritage Theatre Festival and Il Trittico at Castleton Festival, where she was also stage manager for the concert series.  

 

 

 

updated october 2012
Nick Ward Production Manager
T7 Credits: Yes, This Really Happened to Me (Ensemble), Lies & Liars (Ensemble), The Chicago Landmark Project (Casting Coordinator, Production Manager), We Live Here (Writer), In the Heart of America (Production Manager), Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Writer).

Nick Ward is a proud company member with Theatre Seven of Chicago, whose previous productions with the company include Yes, This Really Happened to Me, Lies and Liars, The Chicago Landmark Project and We Live Here. He is a producer and storyteller for the local storytelling series 2nd Story. He works at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is the Casting and School at Steppenwolf Associate.

updated july 2013

 

Maggie Foley Crew
T7 Credits: American Storm (Painter)

Maggie Foley is looking forward to graduating this December from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a B.A. in Theatre with a special interest in scenic painting.  In the meantime she has enjoyed interning with Lifeline Theatre and being involved with the many wonderful theatre companies in Chicago. 

updated october 2012

"Jeff Recommended"
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"Recommended...you can almost hear the whinny of horses coming from behind the stable doors."
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"...continually intrigues..."
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"Recommended...captures the energy of the Sport of Kings..."
Lisa Buscani / Newcity Stage / More →

  • Sally Wippman and Brian Stojak put the finishing touches on the lobby display.
  • You know it's a good dramaturgical display when the saints like it! Way to go team!
  • Top Row (from left to right): Jim Poole (DeFerenczie), Caitlin O'Rourke (Stage Manager), Thomas Hunt (Assistant Stage Manager), Andre Teamer (Arthur Figgits), Hilary Williams (Bonnie Valequez), Mark J. Shallow (Doc Hibert), Scott Anderson (Robert Duffet), Christopher Tabor (Assistant Stage Manager), Brian Golden (Director)
Bottom Row: (from left to right) Johnny Mayer (Stuck), Donna McGough (Margaret), Susie Griffith (Eudora Duffet), Anthony DiNicola (Miguel Valaquez), Lucy Carapatyan (Jakey Hanks) and Destin Teamer (Martin).
Now, that is one good lookin' group!
  • Susie Griffith (Eudora Duffet) and Director Brian Golden.
  • Company members Paige Collins & Taylor Fenderbosch.
  • Johnny Mayer (Stuck) and his mother Liz.
  • Company Members Brian Stojak and Nick Ward with Theatre Seven Publicist David Rosenberg.
  • Destin Teamer (Martin) with his mother Shaunese and his father Andre Teamer (Arthur Figgits).
  • Playwright Carter W. Lewis and Company Member Marisa Wegrzyn. Both Marisa and Managing Artistic Director Brian Golden studied playwrighting under Carter at The University of Washington in St. Louis.
  • Company member Taylor Fenderbosch & Associate Artistic Director Cassy Sanders.
  • Company members Anthony DiNicola and George Zerante.
  • If T7 was to produce The Odd Couple it would look like this.
  • Assistant Stage Managers Thomas Hunt and Christopher Tabor.
  • Company Member Travis Williams leans in and says, "This is a great food table." Margot would be proud.
  • Jim Poole agrees.
  • Company member George Zerante and Managing Artistic Director Brian Golden.
  • Stage Manager Caitlin O'Rourke at center.
  • Chris Tabor, ASM extraordinaire. American Storm is Chris' 2nd T7 show and we are so happy to have him back!
  • From Left to Right - Donna McGough (Margaret) , Susie Griffith (Eudora), Lucy Carapatyan (Jakey) and Hilary Williams (Bonnie).
  • Managing Artistic Director Brian Golden and Associate Artistic Director Cassy Sanders.
  • Who knows what's going on here, but it looks like we are both throwin' Sass.

Newcity Stage
Lisa Buscani
11/22/2012

 It isn’t easy to dramatize what can’t be dramatized on stage; a horseracing play can’t rely on the nags to get the point across. But Carter Lewis’ script captures the energy of The Sport of Kings, as well as the tension of the piece’s era.

 

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a small-town racetrack faces a corporate expansion; meanwhile, the track’s trainer discovers her horse’s abilities. The show lifts the veil on a world most of us know nothing about.

 

Lewis’ obvious dramatic devices and the poetic similarity of his character voices don’t always serve, but the ensemble’s performances do. Lucy Carapetyan as trainer Jakey personifies the tough idealism of the Kennedy era; Anthony DiNicola’s Cuban jockey ably represents both comic relief and minority struggle. The young performers stand out here; Johnny Meyer and Destin Teamer competently handle laugh lines and thankless expository burden. If they’re the future, I’m relieved. (Lisa Buscani)

Newcity Stage
Lisa Buscani
11/22/2012

 It isn’t easy to dramatize what can’t be dramatized on stage; a horseracing play can’t rely on the nags to get the point across. But Carter Lewis’ script captures the energy of The Sport of Kings, as well as the tension of the piece’s era.

 

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a small-town racetrack faces a corporate expansion; meanwhile, the track’s trainer discovers her horse’s abilities. The show lifts the veil on a world most of us know nothing about.

 

Lewis’ obvious dramatic devices and the poetic similarity of his character voices don’t always serve, but the ensemble’s performances do. Lucy Carapetyan as trainer Jakey personifies the tough idealism of the Kennedy era; Anthony DiNicola’s Cuban jockey ably represents both comic relief and minority struggle. The young performers stand out here; Johnny Meyer and Destin Teamer competently handle laugh lines and thankless expository burden. If they’re the future, I’m relieved. (Lisa Buscani)

Newcity Stage
Lisa Buscani
11/22/2012

 It isn’t easy to dramatize what can’t be dramatized on stage; a horseracing play can’t rely on the nags to get the point across. But Carter Lewis’ script captures the energy of The Sport of Kings, as well as the tension of the piece’s era.

 

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a small-town racetrack faces a corporate expansion; meanwhile, the track’s trainer discovers her horse’s abilities. The show lifts the veil on a world most of us know nothing about.

 

Lewis’ obvious dramatic devices and the poetic similarity of his character voices don’t always serve, but the ensemble’s performances do. Lucy Carapetyan as trainer Jakey personifies the tough idealism of the Kennedy era; Anthony DiNicola’s Cuban jockey ably represents both comic relief and minority struggle. The young performers stand out here; Johnny Meyer and Destin Teamer competently handle laugh lines and thankless expository burden. If they’re the future, I’m relieved. (Lisa Buscani)

Newcity Stage
Lisa Buscani
11/22/2012

 It isn’t easy to dramatize what can’t be dramatized on stage; a horseracing play can’t rely on the nags to get the point across. But Carter Lewis’ script captures the energy of The Sport of Kings, as well as the tension of the piece’s era.

 

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a small-town racetrack faces a corporate expansion; meanwhile, the track’s trainer discovers her horse’s abilities. The show lifts the veil on a world most of us know nothing about.

 

Lewis’ obvious dramatic devices and the poetic similarity of his character voices don’t always serve, but the ensemble’s performances do. Lucy Carapetyan as trainer Jakey personifies the tough idealism of the Kennedy era; Anthony DiNicola’s Cuban jockey ably represents both comic relief and minority struggle. The young performers stand out here; Johnny Meyer and Destin Teamer competently handle laugh lines and thankless expository burden. If they’re the future, I’m relieved. (Lisa Buscani)