The Right Brain Project

Where Passion Plays



Friday, July 24nd, 9:00pm

High Hat Club
1920 W Irving Park
Chicago IL 60613
Just steps away from the Right Brain Project!

Admission is $10 at the door.

Little Black Dress Cabaret fills in the blanks of the RBP's tenth anniversary season with nights of music, laughter, introspection, and cheer!

Like the eponymous garment, your little black dress is any song that hugs all the right curves, works for any occasion, and makes you feel (and sound!) like a million bucks.

This is the Little Black Dress Cabaret, and the performers here - all veteran stage actors by trade - are performing songs that have long hung in their respective closets and don't often get to see the light of day.

Conceived by Jeff Award winning composer and RBP Music Director Trevor Patrick Watkin, the Little Black Dress Cabaret features a rotating cast of Watkin's own vocal students showing the power of narrative through song.

July's theme, "Love is Love is Love," is an oblique reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling, and while admittedly this theme is hardly a ground-breaking one for a cabaret, in a society growing increasingly more cynical and jaded, why not take another opportunity to celebrate the constant, unchanging nature of love and all its allotropes? From patriotism to jealousy, motherhood, to self-worth and beyond, we invite you to let us make fools of ourselves for  you - it's always cocktail weather around our piano! We love and... well, you're kinda cute.

LBD: Love is love is love Features:

Kelsey Lappa, Sydney Ray, Trevor Patrick Watkin, Tiffany Williams, and Jonathan Wilson

Kelsey Lappa is happy to be singing in her second cabaret with Trevor. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Theater Performance). Past credits include: The Dybbuk (death & pretzels), Saganaki Serenade (Midtown International Theater Festival, NYC), Tender (University of Michigan), Trafford Tanzi (University of Michigan). She would like to thank Trevor for sharing his love and passion for music with her.


Sydney Ray is beyond excited to be a part of the Little Black Dress Cabaret for the second time! She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in Theater Arts and a minor in Music. Since moving to Chicago, you may have seen her in Little Women (Jo March) with 20% Theater Company, Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), and MacSith (Lady MonDuff) with Edge Theater Company, and Richard III (Anne) with Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago. She is a founding member of Shakes, Not Stirred Productions and a teacher with Edge Theater Company's Special Needs Theater Program. Currently, she is excited (and scared) to be stepping outside of her comfy Little-Black-Dress-Box and making her Chicago directing debut with 906 Theater Company's 10 Minute Play festival Echoes Of... performing on August 2nd at the Public House Theater. Many thanks to the RBP and Trevor for providing opportunities like this to share the joy of music - and forever thanks to her family and friends for keeping her grounded, gracious, and cheerful.


Tiffany Williams is so excited to be a part of The Little Black Dress Cabaret for the third time! A Washington D.C. native, Tiffany worked with the H Street Playhouse and Imagination Stage. Some favorite Chicago credits include, Salome and The Bacchae Revisited (The Right Brain Project), The Beautiful Dark (Redtwist Theatre) and The Submission (Pride Plays and Films). Most recently she understudied the role of Abigail in FOUR with Jackalope Theatre. Tiffany is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan's BFA acting program. 


Jonathan Wilson is delighted to be back for another Little Black Dress Cabaret. Electical engineer by day, Jonathan is always thrilled to be part of the vibrant Chicago music community. Recent credits include Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co.) and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (VOX 3 Collective), Spamalot (Devonshire Playhouse), and American Smoothie (Underscore Theater Company). He will also appear as Monostatos in Petite Opera's The Magic Flue and as a solist and chorus member in the Yellow River Cantata Concert at Chicago Symphony Center in the coming months. He would like to thank Trevor for his friendship, musicianship, and continued encouragement in all things.


Trevor Patrick Watkin is an active flutist, vocal coach, and composer specializing in new works for the theatre, having provided music direction, sound design, and/or original music for numerous productions with the Right Brain Project, where is a composer-in-residence, and received a Jeff Award for his musical score to Dream Theatre Company's world premiere of The Black Duckling. Outside of theatre, Trevor serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Choral Artists, performs with the Palomar Ensemble, Origin of Animal, and is a founding member of the Gillespie Quartet. Additionally, he maintains a large teaching studio both privately and through Access Contemporary Music, with students in the areas of flute, piano, music theory, composition, and voice.