The Brown Paper Box Co.’s
A NEW BRAIN
by William Finn and James Lapine
February 21–March 9, 2014
Gordon Schwinn is a frustrated composer for a despotic children’s television show host. When he is diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain, he is confronted with the very real possibility that his musical legacy will be cut short. William Finn’s semi-autobiographical musical is energetic, sardonic, and poignant in its exploration of anxiety, self-doubt, and the healing power of art.
The cast includes Neala Barron (Kate's Dates, Waltzing Mechanics) as Lisa, Johnny Kyle Cook (Adrift in Macao, Innate Volution Theatre Company) as Richard, Billy Dawson (Spamalot, NightBlue Theater) as Roger Delli-Bovi, Martin J. Hughes (A Christmas Carol, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre) as Dr. Berensteiner, Paul G. Miller (I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Lost Note Theatre) as Mr. Bungee, Jason Richards (Shrek the Musical, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Avenue Q, NightBlue Theater [Jeff Award]) as Gordon Schwinn, Anna Schutz* (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, The Brown Paper Box Co.) as Waitress/Nancy D., Nick Shoda* (Evolution/Creation, Quest Theatre Ensemble) as Minister, Denise Tamburrino (The Light in the Piazza, Theo Ubique) as Mimi Schwinn, and Jillian Weingart (The Snow Queen, Piccolo Theatre) as Rhoda.
The production team includes M. William Panek* (director), T.J. Anderson (musical director), Jaime Giovannone (set/properties designer), Cat Wilson (lighting designer), Stephanie Rohr* (assistant director), Justin Harner (assistant musical director), Danny Spagnuolo* (choreographer), Patrick J. Butterfield* (house manager), Michelle Kritselis* (dramaturg), Michael Montgomery (stage manager), Charlie Sheets* (graphic designer), and Luke Michael Grimes (casting associate).
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.
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.