September 4th - October 4th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm
Monday, September 15th at 8pm and Monday, September 29th at 8pm
Suggested Donation $20 for adults, $15 for students and industry professionals
Endgame will be presented at the Right Brain Project, located at 4001 N. Ravenswood, at the intersection of Irving Park and Ravenswood, on the northeast side of the Metra tracks. There is usually lot parking available for no charge.
"The end is the beginning, and yet you go on..."
An audience waits. A man prepares. Finally, hopefully, necessarily, the day has arrived and an invitation is made to witness the end. Clov has been working towards this moment for what seems like an eternity. Forever ago, he arrived to say goodbye, and instead, he has been saying hello ever since. Over time, Clov has tirelessly and meticulously created the perfect world in which the indefatigable Hamm might allow himself to let go. He hopes. Thus begins a new envisioning of a seminal work of absurdist theatre, which sheds new light on the complex meditation on family and death in a fashion only the RBP can do...
Aaron Snook (Director): First, the playwright. Samuel Beckett, quite simply, is the reason I've chosen theatre for my career. I can trace it all back to seeing a production of Waiting for Godot when I was younger. I didn't comprehend it and yet I absolutely got it - my brain was intrigued and my heart was full. I have acted in Godot and directed Krapp's Last Tape (Signal Ensemble Theatre) and both experiences were crucial in my development as a theatre artist. This particular piece has loomed for quite some time and timing, as they say, is everything.
Second, the play itself. Endgame has lurked on my periphery ever since I wrote a term paper on it during my undergraduate days. Fortunately, that paper has since been lost and I say that because I could not have possibly understood the piece then. It was merely a curiosity of craft - a mystery to be opened later. I am now, however, in the firm grip of our great life cycle and my perspective is getting nearer and clearer. My daughter was born this summer, my parents are entering into the twilight of their lives and my sole remaining grandparent is on the precipice of the final journey. This is a play, if not the play, about family and death and I feel a necessary pull to travel this road with the belief that I am ready to shed new light on old ideas.
Why the Right Brain Project, of all places?
AS: The RBP provides the perfect conduit for me to present this play as I see it. Clov invites the audience into this evening with Hamm and the intimacy of the event must be palpable. As they breathe the same air, the audience is there to witness and share in the enormity of death, in all of its pain, hilarity, and humanity, and yet they do this through the simple and endlessly relatable relationship of Hamm and Clov. The RBP uses the phrase epic minimalism in their work and that is precisely what this production will be: our biggest themes presented simply. This is what Beckett did so well and why I continually want to take the long walk with him. It is my hope that the alchemy of Beckett, the RBP, and myself will bring this great work closer to the audience than ever before.
Vincent Lonergan, Bries Vannon, Lena Bloom, and Ralph Knowlson
Director: Aaron Snook
Stage Manager: Krista Reeves*
Assistant Director: Joseph Ramski*
Set Design: Arnel Sancianco
Lighting Design: Michael Smith*
Costume Design: Elsa Hiltner
*Denotes RBP Company Member/Associate
Aaron Snook (Director) is a director and actor who has been based in Chicago for the past decade by way of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Colorado, and originally, North Carolina. He recently completed his second year of pursuing his MFA in Directing at Northwestern University where he has directed a six actor Pericles, Churchill's version of Strindberg's A Dream Play and will be directing Galati's adaptation of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. He has also recently assistant directed Jessica Thebus' Buzzer for the Goodman Theatre and Anna D. Shapiro's Of Mice and Men for Broadway. Prior to school, he worked at Signal Ensemble Theatre, where he has been an ensemble member for ten years as director, actor, and dramaturg. Directing credits include The Dumb Waiter, The Birthday Party, Krapp's Last Tape, and the world premiere of Motion, while his favorite roles have been Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Eddie in Fool for Love, and Brian Jones in the world premiere of Aftermath. Other companies he has worked with in Chicago include Lifeline Theatre, the Right Brain Project, and Chicago Dramatists, where he is an artistic associate. Aaron received his BA from Duke University. www.snooktheatre.com.
Vincent L. Lonergan (Hamm) was last seen at the RBP as the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade. He is also a company member of Signal Ensemble Theatre where his credits include The Next Thing, Plainsong, Successors, Motion, Aces, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Aftermath, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Six Degrees of Separation, The Birthday Party, 1776 (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor), Old Wicked Songs (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Actor), Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer, and Much Ado About Nothing. Vince was also seen in the Ensemble Project's Krapp's Last Tape. Other selected past productions include A Memory of Two Mondays (Eclipse), The Lives of Pigeons (the side project), The Christmas Wish and Into the Woods (Quest Theatre), Love and Drowning (16th Street Theatre), It's a Wonderful Life (Porchlight), Mother Courage and Her Children and King Lear (Vitalists), The Christmas Schooner (Bailiwick), Pacific Overtures and Anyone Can Whistle (Pegasus), A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Christmas Carol (Metropolis), Empress of China, Jacques and His Master, and Screwtape (TinFish). Special thanks to Nathan, the RBP, and most especially to Aaron for the opportunity to work with Beckett again.
Bries Vannon (Clov) is returning to the RBP after appearing in And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers and My Filthy Hunt and directing We Are Not These Hands. Bries is also an ensemble member and Literary Manager at Signal Ensemble Theatre, where he will next be seen in Brett Neveu's Red Bud. Previous Signal credits include Successors, Motion, Aftermath, Ballad of the Sad Cafe as an actor, and Plainsong and Princess of Waco as a director. Outside of that, Bries is the creator and director of The Nine, a large-scale free theatre series, currently in planning for Part Five. And he's getting married next year. That's pretty cool, too (Hi, Erica!). Bries wants to thank ya'll for checking out Endgame and he hopes you'll stick around and say hey!
Krista Reeves (Stage Manager) is finishing her second season as the Right Brain Project's resident stage manager. She was welcomed into the RBP as the stage manager and costume designer for The Bacchae Revisited. Subsequent RBP credits include The Timey Wimey Fantastic Brilliant Extravaganza (Geronimo!) (Costume Assistant), Hammer, and Salome. Her work outside of the RBP has included Preditor: The Musical, 6 in 60: Your VHS Collection, and Reservoir Dogs with Roundhouse Production, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, Beauty and the Beast, and David and LIsa with the Young Actors Ensemble. Costume design credits include Beauty and the Beast (Thompson Valley High School) and Eastern Standard at Knox College, where she graduated with a degree in Theatre.
Arnel Sancianco (Set Design) makes his Chicago design debut with this production of Endgame. Originally from San Diego, Arnel makes his move to the windy city currently pursuing his MFA in Scenic Design at Northwestern University. He currently holds a BA in Drama and honors in design from The University of California Irvine where he designed Eurydice, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Chairs, and Artaud's Jet of Blood. You can preview some of his work at www.ArnelDesgins.com.
Michael C. Smith (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be involved with another Right Brain Project production. He is a company member with both the RBP and Signal Ensemble Theatre. Previous projects include Titus Andronicus, The Bacchae Revisited, Halfshut, The Fall of Man, Marat/Sade (the Right Brain Project), This is War, Princes of Waco (Signal Ensemble Theatre), Haunting Julia (Eclipse Theatre), Radio Silence (The Nine), Mike and Seth, Miles Away (the side project), and Waiting for Godot (The Chicago Mammals). Michael attended Knox college where he discovered his love for lighting and has been running with it ever since.
Elsa Hiltner (Costume Design) is delighted to work on this production. Other favorite theatre credits include Collaboraction, Signal Ensemble Theatre, Silk Road Rising, American Blues Theater, First Folio Theatre, Next Act Theater, and Eclipse Theatre. Elsa is a company member of Signal Ensemble Theatre, Collaboraction, and First Folio Theatre. For more on her designs, go to www.elsahiltner.com.
Joseph Ramski (Assistant Director) is the Managing Director of the Right Brain Project and Endgame marks his eighth production with the company. As an actor, he's worked with such theatres as Oracle Productions, Organic Theatre Co, The Runaways, The Arc Theatre, MOZAWA, Collaboraction, and a number of others. Joe's next projects include finishing a collection of poetry entitled Technicolor Bones, completing work on his first novel, and getting the ball rolling on the RBP's blockbuster 10th season, starting with The Threepenny Opera. Joe would like to thank Aaron for allowing him to be in the room for growing this show, and his parents and sister for the continued love and support. He'd like to dedicate this production to his grandparents.