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The Blue Shadow opened on March 14th. Playwright Nambi Kelley, assisted by her nephew Xavier, created the play using folk tales from five different cultures and set the story in a Rogers Park classroom. (Nambi went to Field Elementary School just down the street!). The show also features extremely catchy music by composer Joe Plummer.

And there’s a book! In addition to writing the play, Nambi wrote The Blue Shadow in book form. It is illustrated by Chicago artist Kirk Anderson and is ADORABLE. Our opening day festivities included a book signing by Nambi and a folk dance class held upstairs by show choreographer Camille Kuthrell. A good time was had by all.

New faces! We have some very exciting artists who are brand new to Lifeline involved on this project. In addition to Nambi, Joe and Camille, director Ilesa Duncan is a first-timer at Lifeline. We also welcome cast members Ben Chang, Susaan Jamshidi, Miguel Nunez and Dawn Pryor, all in their first Lifeline show.

Cast member Mallory Nees was seen just a couple months ago as the Queen in Lifeline’s winter kids’ show, The Last of the Dragons, and costume designer Christine Pascual designed costumes for Praying for Sheetrock way back in 1997.

Welcome to Dana Horst, Lifeline’s new grantwriter…

Dana Horst recently received an M.B.A. in Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati and joins us after spending part of 2009 working for the Donor’s Forum in Chicago. We are delighted to have her on our team.

Dorothy Milne
Artistic Director

Welcome, Meredith!

Welcome to Meredith Crilly of Chicago Semester

Lifeline welcomes new intern Meredith Crilly, who will be with us full-time until early May.  Meredith hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and is a junior Theatre and Art double-major at Dordt College in Iowa.  She comes to us through the Chicago Semester program which places students from rural colleges in semester-long internships in Chicago, providing a supported urban experience and exposure to the career of their choice.

Meredith is pursuing a career in costume design and will be assisting Christine Pascual on The Blue Shadow and Elizabeth Wislar on Neverwhere.  She is also working in our box office and on numerous other Lifeline projects.  In fact, when you’re next at Lifeline you’ll see evidence of Meredith’s activities — she has realized our long-ago plan to refurbish the lobby!   Last week Erica handed Meredith the bag of fabric that we’ve been holding onto for the past three years and Meredith whipped out a box office curtain and re-upholstered the long bench cushion right by our entranceway.  Snazzy!