Based on the film by Roger Kumble Created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, & Roger Kumble

Directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo Music Direction by Isabella Isherwood Choreography by Laura Savage

The video or audio recording of this performance is strictly prohibited. 

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

DEDICATION

Cruel Intentions is dedicated to the memory of our beloved board member, Kathy Kalesperis Smith.

“​​For as long as I’ve known Kathy, she has been a stalwart supporter of the arts—in education, in curriculum and most importantly in the communities of Chicago. Kathy had the biggest heart and was always helping others in reaching their goals. She was a positive, strong woman, and a person whom I knew would ALWAYS lend a helping hand. Her tenacity, spirit, resiliency and truly passionate dedication to the Arts, specifically dance and musical theater, will be sorely missed.” – Kokandy Board Member Katie Svaicer 

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DIRECTOR'S NOTE

CAST

Maddison Denault

Niki-Charisse Franco

Lucas "Looch" Johnson

Elizabeth Lesinski

Justin McPike

David Moreland

Anabella Oddo

Jimmy Romano

Jaxson Smith

Joshua Pablo Szabo

TJ Tapp

Kelcy Taylor

PRODUCTION TEAM

 Stage Management: Emily Marazzo (She/Her) 

Asst. Stage Manager: Kendyl Meyer (They/Them) 

Scenic Designer: Mara Ishihara Zinky (She/Her) 

Costume Designer: Uriel Gomez (He/Him)

Lighting Designer: G “Max” Maxin IV (He/Him)

Asst. Lighting Designer: Leo Aranda (He/Him)

Properties Designer: Katie Gallegos (She/Her) 

Sound Designer: Michael J. Patrick (He/Him)

Intimacy Designer: Kirsten Baity (They/Them)

Production Manager: Eric Strebig (They/Them)

Casting Associate: Brennan Urbi (He/They)

KOKANDY STAFF

Producing Artistic Director:
Derek Van Barham 

Artistic Associates:
Adrian Abel Azevedo,
Leda Hoffmann 

Executive Producer:
Scot Kokandy 

Technical Consultant:
Ben Hinc 

Public Relations:
David Rosenberg 

Graphic Designer, Web Manager:
Jeff Meyer 

Board of Directors:
Allison Hendrix,
Katie Svaicer,
Preston Cropp,
Scot Kokandy 

Kokandy Productions was founded in 2012 by Allison Hendrix, John Glover, and Scot Kokandy. 

CAST BIOS

GRACE BOBBER (u/s Kathryn/Bunny)

Grace (she/they) is happy to be back home at the Chopin after performing in the ensemble of Kokandy’s Hundred Days last year. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Grace has also enjoyed working with the Marriott (The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Pinkalicious), Porchlight Music Theatre (New Faces Sing Broadway: 1956), and Lifeline Theater (Lyle, Lyle Crocodile). You can find Grace’s original music, as well as her band, The Fisher Cats, on all streaming platforms. Repped by Shirley Hamilton. Always for Tessa. Gracebobber.com

MADDISON DENAULT (Kathryn Merteuil)

Maddison (she/her) is overjoyed to be making her professional debut with Kokandy! Maddison graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College in 2020. She was most recently seen in Haven Theatre’s Rocky Horror Picture Party (“Columbia”).  Some of her favorite roles include: The Wild Party (“Kate”), Allegro (“Charlie Townsend”), Flight (“ensemble”), and performing with The Beautiful City Project. “I couldn’t do this without Jayce, Bryce, and my wonderful parents.” To stay updated, follow @MaddisonDenault and watch for future performances (very soon!) at MaddisonDenault.com

NIKI-CHARISSE FRANCO (Ensemble)

Niki-Charisse (she/her) is a Chicago native and a University of Iowa Theatre Alumni. She is so excited to be making her Kokandy debut this summer! Her favorite past credits include: Heather’s: The Musical (“Heather Chandler”), American Idiot (“Whatsername”), Striking 12 (“The Little Match Girl”) and Spring Awakening (“Ilse”). As always, Niki-Charisse would like to thank her family and friends who have supported her all these years!

Lucas Looch Johnson (Ronald)

Lucas (he/him) is a French/ American actor, drummer, who holds a BFA from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. He was in the 2020 and 2021 production of Hundred Days with Kokandy and is excited to be working with them again. Other past projects include: Theatre- Peter and the Star Catcher (Prentis), Murdering Macbeth (Doctor). Film- Sour Patch Kids (York Productions), The Big Leap (FOX) Lacy’s Christmas Do-Over (Golan Productions), Games for children ( M&C Productios), and Write B!tch (Snack Shack Productions). He’d like to thank his family and friends here and over seas for the endless support. Spread Love. DDO Artists Agency

Elizabeth Lesinski (Bunny Caldwell)

Elizabeth (she/her) is so excited to be working with Kokandy for the first time! Liz is a proud ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag. Some of her favorite roles include: Miracle! (“Annie Sullivan”), Lady X the Musical (“Emmy Lou”), Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical (“Linda Rogo”), and The Drag Seed (“Wendy Breeze”) which recently had a two week run at La Mama Experimental Theater Club in NYC. Much love to Danni, Grayson, Hazel, and Emy!



JUSTIN GREY MCPIKE (Ensemble, Blaine u/s)

Justin (he/they) is a Non-Binary performer and a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. They are so excited to make their professional debut with this fun, flirty world and fantastic cast and team! Some past on-campus credits include: A Man of No Importance (“Ensemble/Baldy u/s), Allegro (“Ensemble”), and Roll With It: A New Musical (“Theo”). Justin is also a Burlesque Performer at The Annoyance Theatre. They want to thank their mother, and partner for always believing in them!

DAVID MORELAND (Sebastian)

David (he/him) is thrilled to be making his Kokandy debut in Cruel Intentions! Past Credits Include:  Don’t Dress For Dinner “Robert” (Brightside Theatre) Bomber’s Moon “Lloyd” The Elephant Man “Dr. Frederick Treves” (Williams Street Rep) A Christmas Carol “Fred/Young Scrooge” The Mousetrap “Giles” (Metropolis Performing Arts) Heathers “J.D.” (Theater Pops). Special thank you to all friends and family, and of course Abby for all their continued support. Enjoy the show!

ANABELLA ODDO (Cecile)

Anabella (she/her) is elated to be making her Kokandy debut this summer with Cruel Intentions! As a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts (BFA Musical Theater), she is eager to begin this new chapter in her professional career. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous love and support.

JIMMY ROMANO (Greg McConnell, Sebastian Valmont u/s)

Jimmy (he/him) is totally stoked to be making his Kokandy debut in Cruel Intentions. His Chicago credits include: Legally Blonde (“Warner Huntington III”), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (“Costard”). He recently graduated from The Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Endless applause for the entire Cruel team, the Chopin Theatre, and the audience who make it all happen. Love to my family, always! @romanojimmy

Erika Rose (u/s Annette/Cecile)

Erika (she/her) is a Chicago-based singing actor and is absolutely thrilled to be making her debut in the Chicago scene with the Kokandy team. Erika graduated from DePaul University School of Music in the heat of the pandemic in 2020 with a masters in vocal performance and has sung and performed in concerts and operas throughout Europe and the UK.

Jaxson Smith (Ensemble, Greg u/s)

Jaxson (he/him) is a current sophomore at Roosevelt Chicago College of the Performing Arts where he is studying for a BFA in musical theater with a dance concentration. This is his first professional experience, and debut show in Chicago. He is so excited to be working with the company and the amazing cast. He could have not asked for a better first experience in the city.

Josh Pablo Szabo (Blaine Tuttle)

Josh (he/they) is thrilled to be making their Kokandy Productions debut! Some credits include: Evita (Drury Lane Theatre), Ragtime (Music Theater Works), Dex & Abby (Pride Films and Plays), Hello Again (Theo Ubique), and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Metropolis). Josh blurs the lines between TV, Film, and Theatre and you may have recently seen them in McDonald’s newest hiring campaign. Josh earned their BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. Special thanks to their dad and Westley, “your constant support is my fuel!” Follow their journey: @joshpabloszabo. Represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc.

TJ TAPP (Ensemble, Dance Captain)

TJ (she/her) is so excited to make her Kokandy debut with Cruel Intentions! Her performance credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Marriott Theatre), Chicago Sings Rock & Roll Broadway, DoReMi (Porchlight Music Theatre); Legally Blonde (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre) and she is a graduate of Chicago College of Performing Arts, BFA Musical Theatre: Dance. Thanks Ma! @tj.tapp

KELCY TAYLOR (Annette)

Kelcy (she/her) is a recent graduate of the musical theatre program at Columbia College Chicago. She is ecstatic to be making her professional Chicago debut in Cruel Intentions alongside this incredible team of creatives. Some of her favorite credits include: The Addams Family (“Wednesday”), Cabaret (“Lulu”), and Seussical (“Sour Kangaroo”). Kelcy is forever grateful for her support system for always standing by her side.

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

JORDAN ROSS, LINDSEY ROSIN, & ROGER KUMBLE (Creators)

TBD.

ADRIAN ABEL AZEVEDO (Director)

Adrian (he/him) is a freelance director, producer and teaching artist in the Chicagoland area, originally from Southern California. He has worked in this community for over 10 years and is an Artistic Associate with Kokandy Productions. He is an alumni of Columbia College Chicago. He has directed, produced and taught for Chicagoland theatre companies including Goodman Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Steep Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Teatro Vista and Music Theatre Works. Upcoming: Zorro the Musical at Music Theatre Works, the world premiere of Aztec Human Sacrifice at CityLit Theatre, RENT at Porchlight Music Theatre. Follow him on IG: @adrian_abel_directs.

ISABELLA ISHERWOOD (Music Director)

Isabella (she/her) is a Chicago native who has been performing in clubs and venues across the city since she was 14. As a pianist, vocalist and bandleader, she has had the pleasure of sharing her music in many venues throughout Chicago, including The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Constellation Chicago and Winter’s Jazz Club. At the age of 16, Isabella was a featured performer at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her quartet and was featured again two years later with the Isabella Isherwood Trio. In addition to her music, Isabella is also an actor on stage and screen. Aside from her active performing career, she has served as vocal coach, accompanist, keyboardist and music director on shows across Chicago’s vibrant theater community. She studied at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Roosevelt University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Additional studies include Janet Hickey, Frank Caruso, Jeremy Kahn, Sachal Vasandani, Darmon Meader, Pharez Whitted, Steve Houghton and Jon Deitemyer. In addition to several film credits, three international performance tours and a concert series with the CSO, she has played for artists such as Cyrille Aimee, Emmet Cohen, Ulysses Owens Jr., Dave Stryker, Jim Snidero and Rufus Reid. She is a proud alum of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra and is an active member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Women’s Jazz Leadership Initiative.

LAURA SAVAGE (Choreographer)

Laura (she/her) has associate choreographed and dance captained at: Marriott Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatre. She is a Jeff nominated actress and has performed in over 35 productions across the Chicagoland area. Laura also appeared on and choreographed for Fox’s hit show EMPIRE. Upcoming: Zorro at Music Theatre Works and Rent at Porchlight Music Theatre. @lauramsavage www.laura-savage.com

MARA ISHIHARA ZINKY (Scenic Designer)

Mara (she/her) 

URIEL GOMEZ (Costume Designer)

Uriel (he/him) 

G "MAX" MAXIN IV (Lighting Designer)

G “Max” (he/him) 

LEO ARANDA (Assistant Lighting Designer)

Leo (he/him) 

KATIE GALLEGOS (Properties Designer)

Katie (she/her) 

MICHAEL J. PATRICK (Sound Designer)

Michael (he/him) 

KIRSTEN BAITY (Intimacy Designer)

Kirsten (they/them) 

EMILY MARAZZO (Stage Manger)

Emily (she/her)

ERIC STREBIG (Production Manger)

Eric (they/them)

KENDYL MEYER (Assistant Stage Manager)

Kendal (they/them) 

BRENNAN URBI (Casting Associate)

Brennan (he/they) 

DONORS

Allison Hendrix
Ana DeJesus
Angela Pasyk
Babs Maltenfort
Barbara McBlain
Bob & Pat Kokandy
Brenda Didier
Brittney Brown
Bruce & Nancy Stolman
Cole Stolman
Corky Bellile & Jim DeNuccio
Court Theater
Craig Leslie
Dan Cohn
Daniel & Courtney Markovich
Deb Milne
Debbie & Phil Brown
Dell & Susan Bellile
Don & Ann Bellile
Eddie Castellanos
Elizabeth Seff
Elizabeth Zilis
Ernie Lopez
Fran & Chuck Licht
Frank Meccia

 Gitta Jacobs
Hubbard Street
Jack Piliponis
James Johnson
Jayson Van Deel
Jean Klingenstein
Jeff & Amy Losh
Jeremy Wechsler
Jerry Miller
Joanne Leslie
Jodeen Benjamin
John D. Glover
Jonathan Schwart
Katherine Smith
Katie Jane
La Voute Bistro & Bar
Lance Wolfe
Laura Reali
Laura Spearman
Lettuce Entertain You
Liz Norton
Kenn & Peggy Sinko
Marian & Stan Kaderbek
Marilyn E. Barrett
Martin Till
Matthew Huston
Matthew Johnston

Mel Katz
Michael Maltenfort
Nancy Woodruff
Peter Janssen
Phil & Karen Kokandy
Rochelle Hochman
Robert Ollis
Sandra Boves
Scot T. Kokandy
Seymour Zitomersky
Steep Theater
Stephen Stanko
Susan Haimes
Susan Wishnick & Allen Steinberg
The Cottage on Dixie
The Second City
Thomas & Donna Ray
Tilly Wilhoite
Timothy Ledna
Tom & Jan Kokandy
Victor Giannini
William Szany
Youth Guidance
Zach’s Metalz / Zach Larks 

Matching gifts received from: PNC Bank, The Saints

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 

THANK YOU TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOR WELCOMING US TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND FEEDING OUR TEAM!

SPECIAL THANKS

Jack Breslow, Ben Broughton,  Lily Martin, Sam Martin, Jackson Mikkelsen, Madison Mossner, Marissa Williams