Filmed Staged Reading
Performance dates: June 26 & 27 @ 7pm
$15 suggested donation
Friday, June 26: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/June26_2across
Saturday, June 27: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/June27_2across
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About the Event: This event is a filmed stage reading that takes place on Oil Lamp’s stage! Expect a higher production quality with this online event as we work our way towards top-quality virtual performances. Please note: safety precautions were implemented to ensure artists’ and staffs’ continued health.
Synopsis: Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They’re alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don’t, fail.” Now he vows to finish. Why? He’s a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an eighty-minute ride described by critics as “Hilarious,” “Witty,” “Romantic,” “Poignant,” and “Wonderfully entertaining.” Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
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Directed by Whitney Minarik
Stage Manager Kaitlyn Salemi
ARTISTS & BIOS:
Whitney Minarik (Director): Whitney Minarik is a Chicago-based actor, director, and teaching artist. Originally from Detroit, she holds a B.F.A. from Wayne State University and an M.A. from The Catholic University of America. She has also studied and performed abroad in Russia and in Greece. Currently, Whitney is the drama director at the Chicago City Day School. When she’s not in the (virtual) classroom, Whitney can be found on stages around Chicago. She has worked with numerous Chicago theatre companies including: Oil Lamp Theater, The Artistic Home, Red Tape, Moving Dock, Chicago Dramatists, Strawdog, and Emerald City Theatre. www.whitneyminarik.com
Kaitlyn Salemi (Stage Manager): Kaitlyn loved her experience Stage Managing her first Oil Lamp production, Murder on the Nile, and was excited to be asked back to Oil Lamp Theater for a second time for 2 Across. Other recent credits include Teenage Dick (Theater Wit), Wolf Play (The Gift Theater), and Next to Normal (Writers Theater)
Dennis Schnell (He): Dennis Schnell is excited to take part in this online staged reading after being in Covid lockdown ever since he played Jake in “Jake’s Women” earlier this year. In addition to “Jake’s Women,” other Oil Lamp credits include “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (Barney Cashman), “God Committee” (Andy Ross), and “Bleacher Bums” (Marvin). Barring any additional postponements, you can catch Dennis as Sam in “Mamma Mia!” at Brightside in October/November and as Colonel Gillweather in “Something’s Afoot” at Skokie/MadKap Theatre in February 2021. Thanks to Jay, Whitney, the cast and crew, and his wife, Christyn, for her endless support.
Wendy Hayne (She): Wendy is (an 8 letter word starting with G) for the opportunity to create at Oil Lamp for the 3rd time. Her last appearance on this stage was as Dr. Alex Gorman in The God Committee. Right before the shelter in place orders went into effect Wendy was in the middle of her run as Diana in the Jeff Nominated production of “Last Night in Karaoke Town” at The Factory Theater. She would like to thank Whitney for giving her the chance to create again, her boyfriend Adrian for being an amazing adventure partner and her parents up above still looking out for her during these strange and trying times. She is represented by Chicago Talent Network.