Congratulations to the cast of Dear Jack, Dear Louise!
Jack Ludwig - Josh Peyton
Louise Rabiner - Sarah Schrader
Runs August 20 - September 19, 2021 in the Howard Drew Theatre! Tickets on sale Tuesday, July 27 at 10 a.m.!
Congratulations to the cast of Dear Jack, Dear Louise!
Surreal and intimidating! We had great success six years ago, so people have some expectations that they didn't before. But working with the talented Dan Chevalier is so great and just a ton of fun! I am thrilled to be able to do so again!
It's a very strange experience! I've remounted shows before--in fact, I was in a production of A Christmas Carol seven years in a row--but I've never had a six-year break in between. Much of the show I only vaguely remembered from 2015 and some of it I had completely forgotten. It's been fun going back and rediscovering things with Steve.
SK. The script does a great job of giving each character a chance to shine, but I think mine's gotta be Historical Heavy Hitter Mr. Johann Gutenberg.
DC. Monk is my favorite. I
rarely get cast as the bad guy, so it’s fun playing the villain from
time to time, especially a villain who is evil in the most ridiculous
SK. There are so many one liners and non-sequiturs, that any of them can really get you on any particular day. As a default, my favorite line is the only one where I curse like a sailor.
"I stole a bunch of
DC. Jim Henson, because he produced so many creative, hilarious and innovative characters and stories. I'm sure his life story would be a compelling one to write a musical about. Also, I've always loved anything Muppet related.
SK. I'm a big fan of Ancient Mythology, so I think I would really enjoy writing a musical based on some of those.
SK. 6 years ago, I made Dan run the first act lines with me. Then during intermission, I made him run act two. This time will probably be the same, but maybe I'll change it up and have a taco bar backstage.
DC. Lots of vocal warmups--for as silly as this show is, it's also incredibly vocally challenging. I have to be able to growl some low notes as Monk and then hit super high falsetto notes as Daughter. Also, last time around, six years ago, Steve and I would do a speed run-through of Act 1 before the show and a speed run-through of Act 2 during intermission. Maybe we'll keep that tradition alive this time around, too.
CH. Bud and Doug are ridiculous, completely off-base and terrible writers. But they do everything with such unbridled, naive gusto that you can't help but root for their dumb, bad idea to be a success. The actors are a comedic tour-de-force that can't be missed. I've seen these scenes dozens of times and I still laugh out loud at their perfect nuances and new bits that get layered in all the time. After the year we've all had, we deserve this good, hard laugh.
Q. Describe Marianne. What do you find most interesting about her?
JJ. Marianne is very intelligent and able to think about and explain complex concepts in simple terms, but she is a bit socially awkward and not always great with people. She is sensitive and sweet but also confident in her intelligence. Most of all, she values her ability to make choices for herself and is determined to be able to do so, right up to the end.
Q. Describe Roland. What do you find most interesting about him?
JC. Roland is interesting to me in that he is ok with knowing what he knows, but equally ok with not knowing what he doesn’t know. He has an ease and a comfort that I’m hoping to take with me after the show as a souvenir.
Q. What do you think you are doing right now in an alternate universe?
JJ. I'm either relaxing with a drink on a beach in Tahiti or buried under a mountain of other people's laundry and dirty dishes. There is no in between.
JC. Absolutely anything that involves my flying car.
Q. How did you prepare to portray a quantum physicist?
JJ. In addition to having some great discussions with my costar about String Theory, I drew quite a bit from my own educational background as someone who holds a Masters' of Science. I reviewed some of my Research Methods resources, reoriented myself with Multivariate Statistical Analysis, and got a "Neil DeGrasse Tyson for President" t-shirt. I think I'm set.
Q. How did you prepare to portray a beekeeper?
JC. I wear the total beekeeper outfit to every rehearsal. No, actually, when I was a kid I learned Tai Chi from a gentleman that also kept beehives in his backyard. He would use the bees and how they live to describe some of the tenets of Tai Chi. As much as this sounds like the beginning of a really cool Kung Fu movie taking place in the high mountain ranges of Japan, it was just a strange preteen boy’s life in a small suburb outside of Hartford, CT. Anyway, it is interesting to think of him and his philosophy as I try to imagine Roland.
Q. What aspect of Constellations are you most excited about?
JC. Did I mention the flying cars? In reality, I like that this is a story we have all seen in one form or another, but, hopefully a new way to see it. That’s an exciting prospect to me.
JJ. I really love how Denise [Chapman] has so brilliantly staged the action and movement in the show, incorporating COIVD precautions while still creating an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy. I'm so excited for the audience to witness and be drawn in by it.
Q. What is your favorite line in the show?
JJ. It's a tossup between "We have all the time we've always had." and "You used to keep honey in trash bags?"
JC. “You don’t have to have toast.” I know, I know, it’s a little strange out of context. I suppose you’ll just need to come see the show or stream it to find out why it’s my favorite.
Q. Why should people come see Constellations?
JJ. This play is a beautiful and timely reminder of just how important it is to remember to live in and find joy in the moment, regardless of circumstances. John Carlson is a brilliant actor, Denise Chapman a phenomenal director and I think together with the rest of the creative and technical team we've created something very special that will bring the audience joy.
We are so excited to announce the cast of our upcoming production of Ain't Misbehavin'!