Cast and Crew
Directed by Pat Henderson
Leda - Allison Rose Macknick
Old Beggar Woman - Beka
Elena/Chorus # 1 - Linsey Summers
Chorus #2 - Janice Kulka
Chorus #3 -Eustace Allen
Meno, Leda’s Master - Johnny Garcia
Phaedra - Lisa Stran
Soldier/The Oracle - Baird Brutscher
Young Socrates - Nathan Jimenez
Mayor - Pete Blatchford
Crito, the Oracle’s Interpreter - Danny Glenn
Simmias, the High Priest - Jeff Broitman
Keep checking back for photos, cast bio’s, and more.
Allison Rose Macknick : [LEDA] is more than excited to bring Amy's long awaited work to life. A recent May graduate from Ripon College, earning a BA in Theatre - Acting and Communication, Allison has been breaking into the theatre and film scene here in Chicago. Previous credits include Measure for Measure, Lisette Dances Divine, She Kills Monsters, How to Succeed in Business, and Iphigenia at Aulis. So much love goes out to her extraordinary boyfriend, her family, friends, and mentors.
For more information, go to allisonrose-macknick.com.
BEKA: [OLD BEGGAR WOMAN] Before putting down roots in Chi-town, she hails from the cornfields of Iowa. Her favorite studied method was Boleslavsky, although she doesn't believe one method covers all. Her unique vocal style has landed her musicals, independent film themes and the attention of Nashville. The same passion and strength she puts forth in all the character roles she’s had the pleasure of portraying over the years is what she will exude in portraying The Old Beggar Woman! Past collaborative projects as a founding member of Fresh Mint Media further honed other skill sets not explored before, behind the scenes and producing and directing. Prior to FMM she enjoyed collaborating on several cabaret shows as a musical stylist, musical director, co-director, co-producer and stage show creator. For Beka the sky is NOT the limit when it comes to dazzling audiences….whether in indie film or stage, and she envisions yet another level of performance in Amy Crider’s LEDA. Her newest project SOMETHING ABOUT HENRY is a short film currently in post production. When not on stage or in studio. you can find her utilizing years in front of the camera with an eye BEHIND the lens as Pic-Chick, writing books and song lyrics and melodies for herself and other musicians, and helping other actors hone their talents as a private coach. She wants everyone to know it will cost anyone 5 Drachmas to find out any more info about her! :D
Johnny Garcia [MASTER] is currently in the production of OUR TOWN at Redtwist Theatre where he is the Development Outreach Coordinator. He recently appeared in SINS OF THE FATHER at the first annual Yippie Festival, THE RIVER BRIDE at Halcyon Theatre where he is an ensemble member, and SCARCITY at Redtwist. Other shows include: ELECTRA GARRIGÓ at The Right Brain Project, and THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT with Frank Farrell Productions. He directed SHOOTER by Jeff Helgeson at the final Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival XXVIII. He will be under studying at American Theatre Company in the spring.
Pete Blatchford [MAYOR] is a veteran of Chicago theatre having had the great fortune to be acting here since 1984. He is thrilled to be part of of the Leda company. He thanks Amy Crider and Pat Henderson for this wonderful opportunity. In addition to his many Chicago stage roles, Pete has acted off Broadway in New York and Edinburgh, Scotland. Pete was most recently seen in On The Spot Theatre’s production of Lisette Dances Divine as Little Al. Other recent credits include: What About Martha/All About Armando as Stephane, Staged readings of Blue Fish In A Tall Clear Vase and Our Dick with Three Cat Productions, and Amahl and the Night Visitors with Fury Theatre Company. He also appeared in Pieces of Klee as Hans Klee and Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch as John Martin again with On The Spot Theatre. Pete is also the author of the recently published book Wicked Immoral Utterly Bad: An Illustrated History of Chicago Theatre 1837-1974.
Danny Glenn [CRITO] is a stage and film actor and voiceover talent from Chicago. Most recently Danny appeared in a one-act play titled “Prime Real Estate” at the Artistic Home in Chicago. Other recent stage roles include playing Mr. Jenkins in GreenMan Theatre Troupe’s production of “Cash on Delivery” and Gus Michaels in The Agency Theater’s production of “Paradise Lost”. He is a proud member of the SAG-AFTRA screen actor’s union and has appeared in over 60 independent short and feature films. Danny is grateful to be playing Crito in this world premiere of Leda. For Danny’s full resume, demo reel and other fun videos visit him at www.dannyglenn.com.
Linsey Summers [ELENA and CHORUS # 1] is thrilled to be part of the Premiere Production of LEDA! Linsey is an Ohio native, but has called Chicago home for 4 years now. Linsey loves playing with sketch group TBD- of which she is an ensemble member, and dabbling in projects around the city. Some past credits include Some Girl(s), Almost, Maine, The Misanthrope, Kate and Comet, and web series Jess Archer Venus. Linsey would like to thank her family, friends, and newly minted husband, for all their continued support of her dream to entertain the masses.
Jeff Broitman [HIGH PRIEST] is delighted to be a part of this production. Most recently, Jeff appeared in DB Comedy's 3-Part sketch exploration of the American Presidents, The Electables. Chicago credits include The Seven Year Itch, Beyond Therapy, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, for MadKap Productions. Also Coronado with Making Rain Productions;The Other Side of Christmas, Holiday Stories and Death in a Beulah Box with Three Cat Productions. Jeff has worked as an actor/director/instructor for over 25 years at dozens of theaters in New York, Minneapolis, and Chicago, performing everywhere from Town Hall to Times Square to CBGBs. Over the years, Jeff has taught various theater classes in New York, Minnesota, Indiana, and Chicago. Thanks to Pat, Amy, Deanna and the cast for a fun experience!.
Amy Crider [Playwright] got her BA in theater in 1982, but didn't return to theater again for 25 years. Since 2007, she completed the writing program at Second City and has studied at Chicago Dramatists. Her work has been seen in New York and around the Midwest. This is her first full-length, full production. She has been a semifinalist at the O'Neill, Seven Devils, and for the Princess Grace Award. For more about Amy feel free to visit www.amycrider.com
Lisa Stran [PHAEDRA] is grateful to Amy and Pat for the opportunity to participate in the world premiere of Leda! Lisa has been acting and doing voiceover in Chicago since graduating from Northwestern University in 1996. Thanks to the cast and crew for all their hard work!
Eustace Allen [CHORUS #3] is the Host and Producer of the hit podcast FACTOID. Previous Chicago stage credits include: Tony 'n Tina's Wedding (Chicago Theatre Works); Intimate Apparel and After the Fall (Eclipse); Night of the Iguana, Trouble in Mind, Modigliani, and Clash by Night (The Artistic Home); and It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play (American Theater Company). Eustace’s regional stage credits include Cannibal! The Musical! His film credits include Into the Wake and Love Songs. Eustace hails from St. Louis, MO and is a graduate of The Artistic Home Acting Studio.
Baird Brutscher [SOLDIER and THE ORACLE] Baird is a native of Minnesota and has lived and acted in Chicago since 2013. His Minnesota credits include the Guthrie Theater, Green T Productions, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and the MN Fringe Festival. Locally Baird has performed with On The Spot Productions, Viable Theater Company, Chicago Fringe Festival, Glitterati Productions, Pride Plays and Films, and Three Cat Productions. Excited to perform in Leda! (Photo is from our production.)