CAST & CREW of The Lady Demands Satisfaction

PLAYWRIGHT

Arthur M. Jolly

Arthur M. Jolly (Playwright) Arthur Jolly writes for stage and screen. He was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and in 2017 won the Hammond House International Literary Prize for a Screenplay. As a playwright, Jolly is a three-time Joining Sword and Pen (JS&P) winner, a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and has penned more than 60 produced plays, with productions across the US and in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Previously at Babes With Blades Theater Company, A Gulag Mouse, (JS&P 2010 winner) and Trash (JS&P 2012 winner), both published by Next Stage Press. Where We Disappear, a feature film based on A Gulag Mouse, is in post-production. Other published works include Childish Things, The Christmas Princess, The Four Senses of Love, How Blue is My Crocodile, The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, Long Joan Silver, Past Curfew, Rising, and two short play collections Thin Lines and Guilty Moments. Jolly is a member of the Writing Guild of America caucus, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild.  www.arthurjolly.com

DIRECTOR

Morgan Manasa

Morgan Manasa* (Director) Morgan is a transplant from Detroit, has been a theatremaker in Chicago for the past 17 years. Morgan is an ensemble member of Babes With Blades Theatre Company where she was most recently seen in their all-female production of Henry V (Fluellen) and Witch Slap! (Goody Blunt). The Lady Demands Satisfaction is her directorial debut with BWBTC and she is, indeed, very satisfied. www.morganmanasa.com

FIGHT DIRECTOR/INTIMACY DESIGNER

Samantha Kaufman* (Fight Director) is an advanced actor/combatant with the SAFD and an intermediate actor/combatant with Fight Directors Canada. She has her MFA in acting from Florida Atlantic University and went through the professional circus training program at the Actors Gymnasium in Chicago, IL. She currently lives in Chicago but travels the country acting, fight directing, and teaching.

CAST

Kate Booth

Kate Booth (Penelope) has been slinging steel on stages in Chicago for 5 years and is simply stoked to perform in her first production with The Babes. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, founding member of To the Point (Wisconsin, Illinois), an ensemble member with Imaginez Ensemblez, (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago) and a company member with Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment. Previous Chicago credits include Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Conspirators, The LIVE Radio Show, The Dungeon Dome, Warda: Winds of Change, Warda: Curiosities, Cave Painting Theatre, and By the Sword at The Bristol Renaissance Faire.  Kate is also a proud assistant to Chuck Coyl at the Actor’s Gymnasium in Evanston.

Felipe Carrasco

Felipe Carrasco (Osric) is very excited to be working with BWBTC in The Lady Demands Satisfaction. Previous Chicago credits include: The Madres (Teatro Vista) Harbur Gate (16th Street Theater), Othello: The Moor of Venice (Invictus Theatre Co. Chicago), Waiting for Godot (Tympanic Theatre Co.), Reprise (Adventure Stage Chicago), Pinocchio: A Folk Musical (Filament Theatre), Old Hobbits Die Hard (New Millennium Theatre Co.), and performances with Erasing the Distance. Regional credits include: Bomb-itty of Errors and Cyrano (Riverside Theatre), The Dining Room and Almost, Maine (Iowa Theatre Artists Co.). As always, Felipe sends his love to his family, friends, and collaborators.

Linsey Falls

Linsey Falls (Abernathy) is pleased and honored for the chance to play with Babes with Blades! His past Chicago productions include the weekly That’s Weird, Grandma (Barrel of Monkeys); Lyle Finds his Mother and The One and Only Ivan (Lifeline Theatre); FIGHT CITY, Hotel Aphrodite and Namosaur (THE FACTORY THEATER); Slaughter City, Drumming in the Night, and Debris of the Prophet (Prop Thtr); A Summer’s Day and Blue Planet (Akvavit Theatre); The Sign of the Four and Frankenstein (City Lit Theatre); Ghosts of Treasure Island (Adventure Stages Chicago); Henry V (Promethean Theatre), Lolita de Lares (Urban Theater); The Black Slot (AstonRep Theater Company); and Mementos Mori and The Magic City (Manual Cinema).

Amanda Foreman
Amanda Forman (Luitger) is an actor and playwright. They received their BFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since moving to Chicago Amanda has worked with several companies including 16th Street Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, The Side Project Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Idle Muse, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Pride Films and Plays.  Amanda is a Core Ensemble Member and Facilitator at Imagination Theater, a touring company addressing social issues with young people, and an Artistic Associate with Oak Park Festival Theatre. Their plays have premiered throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and California. Amanda was recently selected as one of the very first Three Brothers Theatre Playwrights in Residence. Up next you can see them in LES INNOCENTS with (re)discover theatre.
Kim Fukawa

Kim Fukawa (u/s Luitger/Tilly/Theodosia) is excited to be back at Babes With Blades Theatre Company after working with them on a number of productions. Most recently she did double duty as an actor and fight choreographer for their Henry V, and she is currently the Box Office Manager, so they really just can’t get rid of her. She has also been seen around town working with companies such as the Factory Theater, The House Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre. Much love to her parents, and to her partner, Bobby, who is also understudying this show!​​

Bobby Hoffman

Bobby Hoffman (u/s Abernathy/Osric), a Chicago based performer/tech, is so very happy to be working with BWBTC! You can see more of his work at Plan 9 Burlesque. He would like to thank his partner Kim, his family, his cats, and all the dogs in the world ever.

Ari Kraiman

Ari Kraiman (Tilly) is a recent Chicago transplant, from Philly by way of Pittsburgh. Her favorite credits include She Kills Monsters (Kaliope) with The Cuckoos Theatre Project; Nine (Sarraghina); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gargoyle). Ari is also an actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and trains at the Actor’s Gymnasium weekly.

Jennifer Mohr

Jennifer Mohr (u/s Trothe/Penelope) is so excited to be working with Babes With Blades Theatre Company for the first time!  Other Chicago credits include Captain Blood (First Folio); A Steampunk Christmas Carol (EDGE); The Rogue Aviator (Otherworld); Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, The Money Show (GreatWorks); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lightninghead Productions);