Cicada:  The Cast

Aaron Kirby

Aaron Kirby


Aaron Kirby is thrilled to make his Route 66 debut! Recent Chicago credits include: the Goodman’s LUNA GALE (U.S.), Two Lights Theatre’s PLEASANT DREAMS, Redtwist’s BEAUTIFUL DARK, Two Lights Theatre’s THE ALTRUISTS, Collaboraction’s DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS (Jeff Award- Actor in a Supporting Role), House Theatre’s CYRANO, and the Goodman Theatre’s A WORK OF ART (Playwright Series). International: THE GIRL OF 10,000 SMILES (Edinburgh Fringe). He holds an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University and has guest starred on NBC’s Chicago Fire.  Special thanks to Stewart Talent.

Amy Matheny

Amy Matheny


Amy Matheny is overjoyed that the CICADA dream has become a beautiful reality. Most recently, Amy portrayed Claudia Roe in ENRON (TimeLine Theatre) and understudied TO MASTER THE ART (TimeLine/Broadway in Chicago/Chicago Commercial Collective). As a ten-year Artistic Associate with About Face Theatre, Amy was seen in FLOAT, EXECUTION OF JUSTICE, FASCINATION, WHITMAN, SEVEN MOVES, and as Gabrielle in the cult hits she co-created, XENA LIVE! EPISODE ONE and XENA LIVE! EPISODE TWO: XENA LIVES! THE MUSICAL. Some Chicago credits: THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE (American Theater Company), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (The Royal George Theatre), APPLE (Profiles Theatre), THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY (Mercury Theater), IPHIGENIA & OTHER DAUGHTERS, PERICLES, and THERESE RAQUIN (Greasy Joan & Co., Founding member). Film Credits: SCROOGE & MARLEY. Amy is forever grateful for a blind date at the age of 15 when Jerre Dye waltzed into her life. She dedicates CICADA to three strong Southern women: Alice Jackson, Lynn Marie Dye and Virginia Matheny.

Cecelia Wingate

Cecelia Wingate


Cecelia Wingate is an award winning actor and director from Memphis, TN.  Most often in the director’s chair, Cecelia is excited to be reprising the role of Lenora, a role she created in the workshop production of Cicada in Memphis.  Favorite directing credits include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, ALTAR BOYZ, OKLAHOMA!, ON THE VERGE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, BYE BYE BIRDIE, GODSPELL, and SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE. Her last onstage role was Mama Morton in CHICAGO.   She is the proud mother of one daughter, Olivia, who is studying acting at Emerson College in Boston.

Robert Breuler

Robert Breuler


Robert (Bob) Breuler is celebrating his 42nd year as a member of Actors Equity Association. From his first professional role at Joe Papp’s New York Public Theatre where he played Kress in David Rabe’s THE BASIC TRAINING OF PAVLO HUMMEL to Sidney Greenstreet in TEN CHIMNEYS at Milwaukee Rep to Frank in DETROIT at Steppenwolf, he has played over one hundred roles.  Bob is a member of the Steppenwolf acting ensemble where he has performed in some 40 roles over 26 years, INCLUDING CHERRY ORCHARD, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, UNCLE VANYA, THE INFIDEL, and MOLLY SWEENEY. He has performed at Northlight, Drury Lane Water Tower, Profiles Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Players at UNC, Saint Louis Rep, Great Lakes Shakespeare, American Conservatory Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He recently performed at Millennium Park in Studs Terkel’s WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN? 

Broadway: THE GRAPES OF WRATH, THE SONG OF JACOB ZULU, CAROUSEL and DEATH OF A SALESMANTelevision: Mister Muster, Doubt, Chicago Fire, Prison Break, Early Edition, NYPD Blue, The Untouchables, Angel Street, Open Admissions, The Father Clements Story, and Keeper of the City with Lou Gosset Jr.   Films: The Crucible, Trial by Jury, The Company, Love and Action in Chicago, Miles from Home, A Piece of Eden, and Suspended Animation. He is a recipient of the William and Eva Fox Fellowship Grant and member of SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatist’s Guild.  Suzanne Petri and he have been married for 28 years.  They are currently working on their original musical “Duo:1 is 1, 2 is Math,” with their company, SuzBo Entertainment, Inc.

Josh Bywater

Josh Bywater


Josh Bywater is thrilled to be making his Route 66 debut, and honored to be a part of the lovely CICADA family.  His Chicago credits include FAT PIG and ONE ARM (Steppenwolf); THE STORY (Goodman); and TIME AND THE CONWAYS and PICNIC (Griffin Theatre).  NYC credits include GREASEMONKEY (Robert Moss Theatre); BEA ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE (Ars Nova); and FALLING (NYCFringe).  Other regional credits include THE ALIENS, THE CRUCIBLE, ALL MY SONS, THE CHOSEN, and LEBENSRAUM.  Television credits include the upcoming Crisis on NBC, Betrayal, As the World Turns, and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as several short and feature films.  He studied at the School at Steppenwolf and has been a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company, based out of NYC, since 2009.

Stacy Stoltz

Stacy Stoltz


Stacy Stoltz is very happy to be working with Route 66 Theatre Company. She was last seen in BIG LOVE at Strawdog Theatre and she previously played Eliza Doolittle in PYGMALION with The Michigan Shakespeare Festival. She was nominated for a Jeff Award for her work in ASSISTED LIVING at Profiles Theatre and she was seen in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at The Court Theatre. Stacy played Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Writers’ Theatre, which also earned her a Jeff Nomination. She is a company member with The Hypocrites and The House Theatre and some of her favorite shows with them include:  CYRANO, OUR TOWN, MISS JULIE, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, HATFIELD AND McCOY, DAVE DaVINCI SAVES THE UNIVERSE. Stacy was seen Off-Broadway in THE FOURTH GRADERS PRESENT and UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE and on TV in The Chicago Code. She is represented by Paonessa Talent and she is married to Matt Hawkins.

Elodie Tougne

Elodie Tougne

Big Sis

Elodie Tougne is thrilled to be working with Erica Weiss again, and for the first time with Route 66. Elodie played the Child in the Gift Theatre’s production of VIGILS which Ms. Weiss directed, and played Macduff’s daughter in MACBETH at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directed by Barbara Gaines. Elodie played Adam Sandler’s and Katie Holmes’ daughter in the movie “Jack and Jill.” Elodie is in 6th grade at Lincoln Elementary where she follows a double curriculum in French and American, and plays drums.

Susan Monts-Bologna

Susan Monts-Bologna


Susan Monts-Bologna is truly honored to be working with Erica and the Route 66 Theatre Company. She just closed Piven’s production of THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE. Chicago credits: Ruth in MARIA/STUART (Sideshow Theatre), Mary Tyrone in LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, ONE FLEA SPARE and AFTER THE FALL (Eclipse Theatre), KIN (Griffin), SUPERIOR DONUTS (Mary Arrchie – Jeff Nom), BECKY SHAW (A Red Orchid),  WHEN SHE DANCED u/s (TimeLine), ECHOES OF THE WAR (Rendition). Other theatre credits: FRIENDS and CUSTER (Milwaukee Rep), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS, and PLAZA SUITE (CrossRoads Rep).  Susan lived fifteen years in New York appearing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in films MADEMOISELLE and THE PROWLER, several years on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW as Prof. Aja Doyan, and numerous commercials.  Susan studied with Del Close at Second City and did her Master’s work at The Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School at De Paul).  TV: Chicago Code. Gray Talent Group rocks!!! Love to Daniele and Lauren.

Melissa Riemer

Melissa Riemer

Aunt Sister

Melissa Riemer is thrilled to be working on CICADA.   Most recently, she appeared as Theresa in MOMENT at Steep Theatre. Her other Steep productions include UNDER THE BLUE SKY, FESTEN, HARPER REGAN, 2,000 FEET AWAY, BOOK OF DAYS (Jeff Nomination – Best Ensemble), and CATCH-22. Other Chicago credits include HER NAKED SKIN (Shattered Globe Theatre), START FAIR IN THE COMMON RACE (What’s Up Next Lab at Next Theatre), Mrs. Antrobus in Backstage Theatre’s production of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Jeff Nomination – Best Supporting Actress), and the Griffin Theatre’s productions of THE HOSTAGE, LETTERS HOME (Chicago production/National Tour), and PICNIC (also at Theatre On The Lake).  London credits include THE LOST VEGAS SERIES (Riverside Studios), AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF (New End Theatre) and TIME AND THE CONWAYS (Drayton Court Theatre).  Melissa trained at the Drama Studio London.  She is a proud ensemble member of Steep Theatre.

Cicada:  The Creative Team

Jerre Dye

Jerre Dye


Jerre Dye is a writer, director, actor, and designer. He is also the former Artistic Director of Voices of the South Theatre Company and has spent the last 20 years focusing on the development of new works in various artistic capacities. As a playwright, Dye is the recipient of The Bryan Family Foundation Award for Dramatic Literature from The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He has adapted and directed Stravinsky’s A SOLDIER’S TALE for Iris Orchestra and written several award-winning children’s plays that have toured the United States. His newest play THREADS will in premiere in Memphis this summer. Jerre recently relocated to Chicago where he has directed for Pine Box Theatre and served twice as scenic designer for About Face Theatre. He is currently finishing the libretto for GHOSTS OF CROSSTOWN, a new opera cycle in collaboration with Opera Memphis, Opera America, and five composers from across the U.S.

Erica Weiss

Erica Weiss


Erica Weiss is the Associate Artistic Director of Route 66 Theatre Company, a freelance director and The Goodman Theatre’s  Michael Maggio Directing Fellow for the 2013/2014 Season. She is the director and co-creator of the hit World Premiere production of A TWIST OF WATER, written by Caitlin Parrish, and made her off-Broadway debut directing the play’s New York Premiere at 59E59 Theaters. Along with playwright Parrish, she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for ” Best New Work ” for A TWIST OF WATER. This year, she will direct two new plays for Route 66: The Chicago Premiere of CICADA by Jerre Dye, and the World Premiere of THE DOWNPOUR by Caitlin Parrish. Also in 2014, she will co-direct her first independent feature film.  As a freelance director, recent projects include MAKING NOISE QUIETLY with Steep Theatre Company, VIGILS with The Gift Theatre, and the World Premiere of MAHAL with Bailiwick Chicago. Erica was the founding Artistic Director of Hypatia Theatre Company, where she produced four World Premiere productions, two of which (the critically acclaimed RED GEORGIA CLAY and FLORIDA STYX, both written by Caitlin Parrish) she directed. She served as Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines on TIMON OF ATHENS and the Chicago Premiere of ELIZABETH REX at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  As a director, new play dramaturg, and assistant director, she has worked with many of Chicago’s biggest Equity Houses and smaller storefront companies, including Victory Gardens Theatre, where she was the Dramaturg for the workshop and world premiere of THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Jeff Award winner), Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, MPAACT, The Gift Theatre, and more.  Erica is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she earned her degree in Theatre Studies with an emphasis on directing and new play development.

Brian Sidney Bembridge, U.S.A.

Scenic and Lighting Designer

Brian Bembridge is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where he has designed more than 20 productions, including A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE HISTORY BOYS, HANNAH AND MARTIN and 33 VARIATIONS. His extensive design credits in Chicago include work at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Court, Writers, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Drury Lane, The Second City and Ravinia Festival. He has worked Off-Broadway at The Public, Second Stage, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids With Guns and Theatre at St. Clements. Internationally, Brian has designed in London; Galway, Ireland and Sydney, Australia, among others. His work has been seen around the United States at the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Repertory, Arden Theatre (Philadelphia), Actors Theatre of Louisville; Alliance Theatre (Atlanta) and Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles), among many others, and he has received multiple Jeff Awards, LA Drama Critic Circle Awards, Garland Awards and an LA Weekly Award. Brian represented the United States at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 with his design of THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY. Film production designs include MARIE AND BRUCE, HOLDING OUT, STRAY DOGS and LATE FOR CHURCH, and sets for MUPPETS FROM SPACE. Visit

Christopher Kriz

Sound Designer/Original Music

Christopher Kriz (Original Music and Sound Design)  works nationally as a composer and sound designer.  In Chicago, Chris has designed for companies including Writers Theatre, Northlight, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, First Folio, The Gift and Timeline. Some current and upcoming designs include HEDDA GABLER (Writers Theatre), SALVAGE (First Folio), THE GREAT GOD PAN (Next Theatre) and SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND (Theatre Wit). Chris has received 9 Joseph Jefferson nominations and 2 awards, most recently the Equity Jeff Award for TURN OF THE SCREW (First Folio).  Chris is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. To hear more of his work, please visit

Alarie Hammock


Alarie Hammock has had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people in the Chicago theater community. She has previously worked with Route 66 as costume designer for TWIST OF WATER and is happy to be returning for CICADA. Other design credits include the Gift Theaters VIGILS, Steep’s MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, Emerald City’s TEDDY BEAR PICNIC, and Caffeine Theatre’s OR. She works as a first hand/stitcher at the Steppenwolf costume shop where, in addition to Steppenwolf works, she has worked on projects for Court theater, Lookingglass, and the Lyric Opera. In her spare time she’s the wardrobe supervisor at Million Dollar Quartet. Enjoy the show!

Jesse Gaffney

Props Designer

Jesse Gaffney has been working in the Chicago area for over four years and is excited to be working on this project with Route 66. Elsewhere in the Chicago area she has worked with Silk Road Rising (Resident Designer), 16th Street (Artistic Associate), Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, Congo Square,  Immediate Family, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Lifeline among others. Outside of Chicago Jesse worked for Stages St. Louis (MO), Allenberry Playhouse (PA), The Arrow Rock Lyceum (MO), Peninsula Players (WI), and Notre Dame Shakespeare (IN). Jesse is a St Louis Native and graduate of Illinois Wesleyan. You can follow her work on her blog at Thanks and love to her husband Warwick.

Eva Breneman

Dialect Coach

Eva Breneman’s Chicago credits include GOOD PEOPLE, THE MARCH, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAY (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), ANGELS IN AMERICA (Court Theatre), JULIUS CAESAR, ELIZABETH REX, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), BENGAL TIGER IN BAGHDAD ZOO, THE GREAT FIRE, ETHAN FROME (Lookingglass Theatre Company), YELLOW MOON, SWEET CHARITY, THE CARETAKER, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, DO THE HUSTLE, TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, THE PUPPETMASTER OF LODZ, BACH AT LEIPZIG (Writers Theatre), THE WHIPPING MAN, SEASON’S GREETING, A LIFE (Northlight Theatre), CONCERNING STAGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST, 33 VARIATIONS, ENRON, THE HISTORY BOYS, and BLOOD & GIFTS (Timeline Theatre Company) and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Theo Ubique Theatre; Joseph Jefferson Award). Regional credits include AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Centerstage Baltimore and Kansas City Repertory Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (National Tour; Las Vegas). Television credits include The Chicago Code (Fox) and The Beast (A&E). Breneman is an Associate Artist at Timeline Theatre Company and a Production Affiliate of Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Janice Pytel

Production Manager

Janice Pytel is thrilled to be stepping into some new shoes with CICADA as the PM.  She is one of Chicago’s most sought after costume designers. Recent Chicago design credits include SLOWGIRL, BELLEVILLE and MIDDLETOWN (Steppenwolf Theatre); THE ELECTRIC BABY and CROOKED (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); THE RAISIN IN THE SUN and CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST (TimeLine Theatre), THE LAKE EFFECT (Silk Road Rising); THE WHALE (Victory Gardens Theater); COMPLETENESS (Theater Wit); THE CARETAKER, THE DETECTIVE’S WIFE and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Writers’ Theatre); SPUNK (Court Theatre); and THE LONG RED ROAD (Goodman Theatre). Her Broadway credits include 33 VARIATIONS and I AM MY OWN WIFE. Regionally she has worked with Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Madison Repertory Theatre and Geffen Playhouse. Her feature film credits include MARIACHI GRINGO (Speak Productions), and her multimedia credits include Catherine Sullivan’s TRIANGLE OF NEED (Walker Art Center, Metro Pictures Gallery). Janice is a member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Her online portfolio can be found at

Em Hall

Marketing/PR Director

Em Hall is an award-winning marketer with a knack for digital strategy and social media.  In addition to a long roster of small business and non-profit consulting clients, Em is the Marketing Manager for About Face Theatre also serves as the Communications Manager at BPI.  She received a B.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago and earned Masters in U.S. History and Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.  She is currently finishing her Certificate in Integrated Marketing at the University of Chicago’s Graham School.  Follow along with her exploits at @EmilyHaHa.

Joe Mazza at Brave-Lux

Production Photographer

Joe Mazza is a photographer, specializing in theatre photography and portraits. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, TimeOut Chicago, The New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, NewCity, Chicago Reader and other print and online publications. He is the pre-production photographer for Court Theatre and also works with Route 66 Theatre Company, Gift Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Second City, Den Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and others. As a theatre artist, he has been writing, performing and making puppets for over 30 years- his solo puppet show The Hyperbolist has had several productions in Chicago, New York and Boston.

Corinne Kabat

Stage Manager

Corinne Kabat is thrilled to work with Route 66 Theatre Company again to stage manage Cicada. A proud member of the Actors’ Equity Union, Cori has stage managed a number of Chicago productions, most recently BROADSWORD (Gift Theater Company),  VIGILS (Gift Theater Company), ELECTIONFEST 2012 (Pine Box Theatre), NEXT STOP:  A NEW CHICAGO MUSICAL (Route 66 Theatre Company), and A TWIST OF WATER (Route 66 Theatre Company). Cori spent four years working as the assistant stage manager at Northlight Theatre, and has also previously worked for Ravinia Theater Festival. Cori is a company member of Route 66 Theatre Company. She thanks her friends, family, and her husband Rob for their love and support.

Matthew Bonaccorso

Assistant Stage Manager

Matthew Bonaccorso is absolutely delighted to be a part of CICADA and is humbled and honored to be a part of this insanely talented cast and crew. In addition to serving as the assistant stage manager for this production, Matthew is the Company Manager of Route 66 and also serves on their Board of Directors. Most recently he served as the assistant stage manager for the off Broadway debut of their Jeff Award winning A TWIST OF WATER at the 59E59 Theaters in New York. In addition, Matthew is a Collective Member with Dead Writers Theatre and a resident stage manager and performer with Chicago Kids Company, where he spent five years introducing children to the magic of live theatre. In 2010, Matthew concluded a seven year run with TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING during which he performed as Tony, served as the male swing, stage managed the production, coordinated off-site tours, and did just about everything else imaginable to keep the show running smoothly and maintain his sanity (that last one’s debatable). Matthew has also had the pleasure of working with Open Door Rep, Proud Kate Theatre, Lightbridge Theatre, Dog & Pony, Immediate Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and That’s Murdertainment!

Rebecca Willingham

Assistant Director

Rebecca Willingham is pleased to be working with Route 66 for the first time. Her previous assistant directing credits include strangers, babies (Steep Theatre Company), THE SEAFARER (Seanachai Theatre Company), THE LAND OF SMILES (Chicago Folks Operetta), THE CHIMES (Remy Bumppo), THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY (Provision Theater) and THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Lyric Stage Company of Boston). Rebecca is a graduate of Emerson College and the National Theatre Institute.

Alexis Atwill

Movement Consultant

Alexis is a Creative Associate at Mind Art Core Pilates Performance and a Performing Artistic Affiliate with Mozawa. She was most recently seen in PHENOMENA with The Genesis Ensemble, I BEGIN with Walkabout Theatre Company, and ABSOLUTE HELL with the Gift Theatre Company. Alexis is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Theatre, The FSU Theatre Academy in London and the School at Steppenwolf (WP10). She is honored to be in the room with this incredible ensemble.

Christopher Tiffany


Christopher Tiffany is a founding member of Chicago’s late, great, greasy joan & company.  He received graduate training in dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.  While at A.R.T. he published reviews and articles in journals such as The Harvard Review  and Teatro, and worked with director and critic Robert Brustein; playwright David Rabe; director David Wheeler; and studied poetic translation with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.  He received a 1999 Jeff nomination for his adaption of Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, and has acted with companies throughout Chicago as well as Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He is currently the Development Communications Specialist at Merit School of Music.

PR Casting


Mickie Paskal and Jennifer S. Rudnicke have been casting for over 20 years. Their company, Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Inc. or PR Casting concentrates its work in film (both Feature and Independent) and television. Mickie and Jennifer most recently cast for Denis Leary’s pilot Sirens, Showtime’s Shameless, ABC’s Mind Games, and MTV’s Underemployed.  They have cast for Ron Howard’s The Dilemma, Transformers 3 and Transformers 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. Over the last few years, Mickie and Jennifer cast Sundance favorites The Merry Gentlemen and Grace is Gone. Some other credits include; At Any Price, The Onion network, The Playboy Club, Leverage, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Stranger Than Fiction, The Break-Up, The Promotion, The Weather Man, The Express, The Ice Harvest and The Company working with the late Robert Altman.

Alex Lubischer

Literary Manager

Alex Lubischer is thrilled to be a part of the Chicago premiere of Cicada, which made its debut in Route 66’s Monthly Reading Series last summer. In addition to curating the Reading Series, Alex runs Route 66’s New Pages Program for Young Writers, which, for the past two years, has introduced Chicago to the plays of student writers from the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. As a playwright, Alex’s work has been produced by The Fine Print Theatre Company (THE XYLOPHONE WEST), Collaboraction (SURVEY NO. 5 IN SKETCHBOOK 13), Route 66 (SOMEDAY IN NEXT STOP:  A NEW CHICAGO MUSICALl), and The One-Minute Play Festival at Victory Gardens (PARTNER LEG RAISES). His play, ACTS OF CONTRITION, was awarded Best New Play Lab Script in the 2008 Great Plains Theatre Conference. As a journalist, he has contributed to Windy City Times and Chicago Health Magazine. BA: University of Southern California / N.T.I. Theatermakers Playwriting Intensive.

Stef Tovar

Founder, Route 66 Theatre Company/Artistic Director

Stef Tovar founded the Route 66 Theatre Company in 2008 with its inaugural production of ON AN AVERAGE DAY, playing the role of Jack in both Los Angeles and Chicago.  Other Route 66 credits include Rob in the Chicago premiere of HIGH FIDELITY and Noah in the world premiere of A TWIST OF WATER by Caitlin Parrish, which completed a successful remount at New York’s 59E59 Theaters Off-Broadway in November of 2012.  He will play Miller in the world premiere of THE DOWNPOUR (also by Caitlin Parrish) for Route 66 in the fall of 2014. Stef was recently nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC at the Marriott Theatre.  Earlier this year, Stef was seen as Bernard in BOEING BOEING at Drury Lane Theatre directed by Dennis Zacek and as Harold Hill in the critically acclaimed Paramount Theatre production of THE MUSIC MAN directed by Rachel Rockwell. Some of Stef’s other Chicago credits include Jeffrey Skilling in ENRON for TimeLine Theatre; Houdini in RAGTIME (Jeff Award-Best Ensemble) for Drury Lane Theatre; Kenneth Tally Jr. in FIFTH OF JULY for Oak Park Festival Theatre; David O’ Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Fox Valley Rep, as well as shows at Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, American Blues and Apple Tree Theatre, where he won a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Vinal in BLADE TO THE HEAT, directed by Gary Griffin.  His Los Angeles credits include George inSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Jamie in THE LAST FIVE YEARS (L.A. premiere); Homer in FLOYD COLLINS (L.A. premiere); Kip in WONDER OF THE WORLD as well as Che in EVITA. Stef’s television and film credits include Kenny in EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (with Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate), Dan in THE GYMNAST and CONTAGION-directed by Steven Soderbergh (giving some very bad news to Matt Damon as Dr. Arrington).  TV credits include BOSS and the premiere season CHICAGO FIRE as Daniel Schwartz.  Recently Stef played Franz in the critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of APPROPRIATE directed by Gary Griffin at Victory Gardens, and will appear as Miller in the upcoming Route 66 World Premiere of THE DOWNPOUR by Caitlin Parrish.