Thursday, August 08, 2013

Character Breakdown @ Davenport's in Chicago, Sept. 7, 2013


One Night. Eight Performers. Completely Miscast.
Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret
Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Brown Paper Box Co returns to Davenport's Piano Bar this September with an exciting new incarnation of CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: A Miscast Cabaret. This evening will feature new faces, new characters, and will provide fresh and unexpected perspectives on characters you think you know. CHARACTER BREAKDOWN promises to be a heartfelt and hilarious evening filled with musical theatre classics and contemporary Broadway hits.

"After the huge success of our first miscast cabaret, we wanted to explore the idea even further with more duets and songs with multiple characters interacting with each other," says Brown Paper Box Co. artistic associate and CHARACTER BREAKDOWN coordinator Stephanie Rohr. "Expect to see classic duos turned on their heads, and characters interacting across eras and shows, blurring lines of gender, race, age, and vocal types in the process."

You'll hear surprise song selections from composers Stephen Schwartz, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and more! Tickets for the one-night 8pm performance are $15 with a two-drink minimum at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret. Ticketing information can be found at and

The cast includes: T.J. Anderson (Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Romeo vs. Juliet, Pretty Windy Theatre Company; Paradise Lost, The Agency Theater Collective), Justin Harner (The Voodoo Chalk Circle, The State Theatre; F*cking A, University Players; Welcome to College, Indiana University-Bloomington), Michelle Kritselis* (performer in last March's Character Breakdown: A Miscast Cabaret, dramaturg for Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.), David Lipschutz (The Birds [currently u/s], Hell in a Handbag; The Glorious Ones, Illinois Theatre Center; Apples from the Desert staged reading, Victory Gardens), Pavi Proczko (Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; The Light in the Piazza, Theo Ubique; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - upcoming), Stephanie Rohr* (Godspell, Brown Paper Box Co; La Boheme, OperaUpClose; Reservoir Dogs, Roundhouse Productions), Anna Schutz* (Circle Mirror Transformation, Oil Lamp Theatre, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Reefer Madness!, The Brown Paper Box Co.), Nick Shoda* (Pacific Overtures, Porchlight Music Theatre; Evolution/Creation, Quest Theatre Ensemble; Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.), and Daniel Spagnuolo* (Man of La Mancha, Light Opera Works; Chicago, Little Theatre on the Square; Pippin, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble).

Justin Harner is the evening's pianist and musical director, Stephanie Rohr* is the show coordinator, and Daniel Spagnuolo* serves as the evening's host.

The Brown Paper Box Co.
Founded in 2010 and based in Chicago, The Brown Paper Box Co. creates thought-provoking and accessible theatrical experiences without the glitz of overproduction. This scaled-down approach allows our artists to deliver an elevated focus on the text.

* Denotes The Brown Paper Box Co. company members

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