Strap-On

Strap-On

Sat, April 1, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10 - $20

STRAP-ON is an original play that explores the true story of Gayle Newland, a university student from Chester, England, who in November of 2015 was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault. The plaintiff in the case claims that she did not know that her “boyfriend” of two years was actually a woman (Ms. Newland) and presses criminal charges of gender fraud and sexual assault. The defendant claims that both parties were aware of her true gender, that the creation of the "boyfriend" character was a role-play and that the use of a strap-on dildo was always consensual.

 

Jeff Mills
Jeff Mills
Jeff Mills- Artistic Director/Director/Co-writer is brand new to Chicago and a new full-time faculty member at The Theatre School, DePaul University. He is an award winning actor, director, fight director, teacher and musician. He holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and he best known for his work with the award winning BOXTALES Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. As a core member of BOXTALES, Jeff co-created ten original works in as many years including his direction of OM: An Indian Tale of Good and Evil (The Ramayana) and his portrayal of Odysseus in The Odyssey. Jeff and BOXALES have toured their innovative theatre for young audiences throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. Nationally and internationally, Jeff has worked with the Denver Center Theater Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Folklore Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Wooden O Theater, the International City Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Pominencer Census (Munich,) the Estudia Busqueda de Pantomima Teatro (Guanajuato, MX) and Theater Mitu/Visthar Center (Bangalore, India.) In Santa Barbara Jeff has acted and/or directed with several companies including PCPA Theaterfest, Naked Shakes, Launchpad, Shakespeare Santa Barbara, Speaking of Stories, Genesis West, Dramatic Women, Lit Moon Theater, Santa Barbara City College, and the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice. In 2014/2015 Jeff played Hamlet in Lit Moon's Hamlet at the National Theater of China in Beijing and the Bitola International Shakespeare Festival in Bitola, Macedonia. In 2004 Jeff appeared on screen as Tristan in Bill Viola's and Peter Sellars' production of the opera Tristan and Isolde which was performed at the Opera National in Paris, the Disney Hall in Los Angeles the Lincoln Center in New York. Before landing the job at DePaul, Jeff taught movement and acting at the University of California Santa Barbara for ten years. He is thrilled to be joining the Chicago theatre community.
Madelyn Robinson
Madelyn Robinson (performer, co-writer) Madelyn is a recent graduate from the UCSB department of Theater and Dance BFA Actor Training program. Favorite roles include Lady Macbeth, Loud Stone in Eurydice, Yaraslava/Babayaga in Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Catherine Donahue in These Shining Lives, and Nick in One for the Road. Madelyn originated the role of Gelsomina in the workshop production of La La La Strada in 2014. She will begin attending the Naropa Institute in Boulder CO, in August, 2016.
Erica Flor
Erica Flor (performer, co-writer) is a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
Acting. She made her Hollywood Fringe debut last year in La La La Strada as Fellini’s sexy ring leader muse. In 2016 she premiered her one woman show Bloody Beautiful to critical acclaim at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Past roles include Judith (Equivocation), Jane (‘Dentity Crisis), Lady Macduff/Young Siward/Witch (Macbeth), Bettie Rage (Life is a Drag), Young Woman (Can-Can), Aspera (Reverse Transcription), Nerissa (Merchant of Venice), Juliet (Measure for Measure), Antonio (The Tempest) Alex (Museum of Woman, Lead), Cupid (Cupid’sArrow).
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/