Friday, May 22nd, 10:00pm
High Hat Club
1920 W Irving Park
Chicago IL 60613
Just steps away from the Right Brain Project!
Admission is $10.
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.
May's theme, "Lonely Gods," explores the nature of alienation, which paradoxically has become a more urgent and ubiquitous issue now more than ever despite the increase of human society's ostensible ease of connection through social media. With the familiar, such as Louder Than Words by Jonathan Larson, to the perhaps unfamiliar - Do You Know The Land? from Mark Adamo's opera Little Women - and everything in between, including original music from performer Elizabeth Bagby, connect with us and an enjoy an evening of song with a healthy pinch of debauchery!
LBD: Lonely Gods Features:
Elizabeth Bagby, Gaby Labotka, Turner Morehead, Carolyn Sinon, Tamara White, Tiffany Williams, Jonathan Wilson, and Trevor Patrick Watkin
Elizabeth Bagby has been writing and performing in Chicago for sixteen years. As an actor, with RBP: The Illusion, Chalk (for which she also wrote music), The Designated Mourner, Franz Kafka's The Castle. She is a company member with Strange Tree Group, with whom she has performed in The Mysterious Elephant, Hey! Mr. Spaceman!, The War Plays, The Spirit Play, and The Dead Prince and composed and arranged music for The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen and Shakespeare's King Phycus; Strange Tree also produced her play The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn. Elsewhere: The Next Thing, ACES, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Signal Ensemble Theatre); The Penelopiad (Lost Geneva); People We Know (the side project); Matawan, All Saints' Day (The Ruckus); and productions with Actor's Gymnasium, Trap Door, Raven, Sansculottes, and many others. Bagby plays bass with The Unswept and guitar with The Loudness War, as well as fronting her own band, the Baguettes. Last fall she was one of twenty-seven international artists selected for a month-long residency aboard a tall-mast ship in the Arctic Circle.
Gaby Labotka is an actor, director, storyteller, and choreographer living and working in Chicago. She has performed, played, and collaborated with some great storefront theatre companies including The House Theatre of Chicago, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Redmoon, Collaboraction, The Living Canvas, The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company, Wayward Productions, The Right Brain Project, and Nothing Without a Company. Gaby recently attended the Pig Iron Advanced Performer Training Summer Program in Philadelphia, and is recognized as an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. In her free time, Gaby likes to draw, read, craft, dance, clown-around, nerd-out, and learn new movement and stage combat styles. Keep Smiling! https://www.facebook.com/GabyLabotka.Theatre
Turner Morehead, a native of Memphis, TN, holds a degree in Theatre (with a minor in Music) from High Point University and is a current member of Alpha Psi Omega. While a student, he toured throughout the southern and northeastern United States with the HPU Chamber Singers, including a 2011 appearance at Carnegie Hall as well as numerous performances throughout Italy following graduation. Recent theatre credits include Urinetown (Devonshire Playhouse), and the role of Chad in All Shook Up (Wilmette Center for the Arts).
Carolyn Sinon is a singer, actor and dancer hailing from Colorado Springs. Before coming to the Windy City, she received her BA in Political Science and Theatre from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and studied acting and movement at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. She is also currently studying improv at iO and is a company member with Matter Dance Company. Past Chicago productions include: I Have Been to the Wild Wood, Folkbound (Duplicity Ensemble), and The Bacchae Revisted (The Right Brain Project). Most recently, she appeared in all the above capacities in the Lost Geneva Project's production of The Penelopiad at Rhino Fest.
Tamara White is excited to be singing in front of real people and not just in her shower! Around town she's worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, Emerald City, Redmoon, Walkabout and many others, including Knife & Fork, where she is a proud artistic associate. Next up, you can see her in We Gotta Bingo! - a new interactive dinner theatre experience opening this summer by the all new Chicago Theater Works in the Belmont theater district. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent. Thank you to Trevor for this fun opportunity!
Tiffany Williams is so excited to be a part of The Little Black Dress Cabaret! 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 thrilled to be a part of Little Black Dress Cabaret! With a background in physics and mathematics and a day job as a radio frequency electrical engineer, he is overjoyed to have reconnected with the singing world in the past several months after a lengthy hiatus. Recent credits include Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co.) and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (VOX 3 Collective). He will also be appearing in Devonshire Playhouse's Spamalot (Lancelot / Tim the Enchanter) and Petite Opera Production's The Magic Flute (Monostatos) in the coming months. He would like to thank Trevor for his sage coaching and for the opportunity to be a part of such a talented group of people.
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.