The Illusion

Cast

Amanuensis/Geronte
Matamore
Elicia/Lyse/Clarina
Pridamant
Pleribo/Adraste/Prince Florilame
Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes
Alcandre
Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta
Understudy (Pridamant)

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KEVIN GUDAHL returns to Court Theatre, where he has previously appeared in The Illusion, The Wild Duck, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, My Fair Lady, School for Wives, Putting It Together, The Misanthrope, Travesties, and Celimene and the Cardinal. Other Chicago credits include appearances in shows such as Richard III, Comedy of Errors, A Little Night Music, and Julius Ceasar, and the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); roles in The House of Martin Guerre, King Lear, and Turn of the Century (Goodman Theatre); and the musicals 1776 and The King And I (Marriott Theatre). Kevin has also previously performed at the Writer’s Theatre, Drury Lane, Remy Bumppo, Northlight, and Victory Gardens. Internationally, he has had stage appearances in London in Pacific Overtures (DonMar Warehouse), and Henry IV (parts 1&2) (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre); and in Canada, spending five seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in plays such as Twelfth Night, Little Green, and Three Sisters. In film and on TV, Kevin has appeared in While You Were Sleeping, Home Alone III, Poker House, Boss, Chicago Code, and Early Edition. Kevin is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and a recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award.

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TIMOTHY EDWARD KANE is pleased to return to Court Theatre having previously appeared in An Iliad (2011), The IllusionWild DuckTitus AndronicusUncle VanyaThe Romance Cycle and Hamlet. Chicago credits include: Blood and Gifts (Timeline Theatre Company), HamletRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadArms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The North Plan (Steppenwolf Garage), The Miser, She Stoops to Conquer – After Dark

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 Award (Northlight Theatre), and more than a dozen productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre including: The Comedy Of Errors, A Flea In Her Ear, and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (CST and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon). Regional credits: The Mark Taper Forum, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Peninsula Players and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. TV: Chicago Fire. Education: BS, Ball State University; MFA, Northern Illinois University. Mr. Kane is married to actress Kate Fry.

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ELIZABETH LEDO Court credits: The Real Thing, Uncle Vanya, Titus Andronicus, The Illusion, and The Comedy of Errors. Chicago credits include: Boleros for the Disenchanted and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), As You Like It, Amadeus, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Morningstar and Homebody/Kabul (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Old Curiosity Shop (Lookinglass Theatre), Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The Chalk Garden (Northlight Theatre), Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (Drury Lane), The Homosexuals and Say You Love Satan (About Face Theatre), Pinocchio (Marriot Lincolnshire Theatre). Regional credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet (Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame), Arcadia (Indiana Repertory Theatre) and 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where some favorites include Almost Maine, Escape From Happiness, The Lonesome West, Wit, The Clean House, and The Crucible. Elizabeth is a voice talent with Stewart Talent Agency and has done numerous televisions and radio spots as well as a regular with The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas produced by The Falcon Picture Group. TV credits include: Boss, Chicago Fire, and the ABC pilot Doubt. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and has been a member of Actors Equity since 1999.

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JOHN REEGER has appeared in over 30 Court Theatre productions, having most recently portrayed Werle in The Wild Duck. Favorite Court roles include Gabriel Conroy in James Joyce’s "The Dead," Polonius in Hamlet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, and Ben Hubbard in The Little Foxes. Recent credits include Christopher Belling in Curtains at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Thénardier in Les Misérables at the Fulton Opera House, and Amadeus and Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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KAREEM BANDEALY makes his debut at Court Theatre. Chicago credits: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gas for Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); It’s a Wonderful Life, Oklahoma! (American Theater Company); Our Enemies, Back of the Throat, 10 Acrobats (Silk Road Theatre Project); The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Wedding Play (About Face Theatre). Regional: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Julius Caesar, Stuff Happens (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival). Film: In Plain Sight, Counting Backwards, Bodega, The Merry Gentleman.

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MICHAEL MAHLER is honored to make his Court Theatre debut. Previous credits include: High Fidelity (Route 66), Magnolia (Goodman Theatre), Spelling Bee (Marriott), The 9/11 Report (Music Theatre Co.), Tomorrow Morning (Greenhouse Theater), The Producers (TATC), The Buddy Holly Story (Drury Lane), Forbidden Broadway: SVU! (Royal George Theatre), My Favorite Year (Bailiwick – Jeff Citation, After Dark Award), Assassins (Porchlight Music Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Noble Fool Theatricals), and Sweet Smell of Success (Circle Theatre – Jeff Citation Nomination). www.michaelmahler.com.

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CHRIS SULLIVAN made his Court Theatre debut in The Mystery of Irma Vep.  Chicago Credits:  The Hairy Ape and The Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman Theater) Twelfth Night and Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Don’t Dress For Dinner (Royal George Theatre), Dangerous Beauty (American Musical Theater Project), Defending the Caveman (The Lakeshore Theater and National Tour 2002-2005).  He received his BA in Theater Arts from Loyola Marymount University.  Chris would like to thank his family and his fiancée, Rachel, for all their support.

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HILLARY CLEMENS is delighted to make her Court Theatre debut. She is an ensemble member of The Gift Theatre Company, where her work includes Talk Radio, Three Sisters, Blithe Spirit, and Hurlyburly. Other Chicago credits include Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre), Picnic (Writers’ Theatre; Jeff Nomination, Supporting Actress – Play), A Room with a View (Lifeline Theatre), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Apple Tree Theatre). Regionally, she has worked with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and The School at Steppenwolf.

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JOE DEMPSEY marks his Court debut with The Illusion. He recently returned from Kansas City Rep and Centerstage in Baltimore where he appeared in the remount of Lookingglass Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days. Chicago credits include Art (Steppenwolf), Strange Interlude (the Neo-Futurists in the Goodman’s O’Neill Festival), The Marriage of Figaro (Remy Bumppo), and The U.N. Inspector (Next). He has also appeared at Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, About Face, Apple Tree, The Second City, Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, St. Louis Rep, and Cincinnati Playhouse among others. Thanks to Cree.