Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons
Book by The Bengsons & Sarah Gancher

Directed by Lucky Stiff
Music Direction by Matthew Muñiz
Choreography by Collin Quinn Rice

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

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

DEDICATION

Hundred Days 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

Grace Bobber

Emilie Modaff

David Gordon-Johnson

Alec Phan

Lucas "Looch" Johnson

Brennan Urbi

Royen Kent

Melanie Vitaterna

PRODUCTION TEAM

Associate Director:
Noah Watkins (He/Him) 

Stage Management:
Abby Teel (She/Her) 

Asst. Stage Manager:
Samantha Salmi (They/She) 

Original Scenic/Lighting Designer:
Jackie Fox (She/Her) 

Associate Scenic Designer:
Irena Hadzi Dordevic (She/Her) 

Additional Lighting Designer:
Henry Muller (He/Him)

Original Costume Designer:
Virginia Varland (She/Her) 

Additional Costume Designer:
Uriel Gomez (He/Him)

Master Electrician:
Sam Van Loon (They/Them) 

Sound Designer/Engineer:
Patrick O’Brien (He/Him) 

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

Production Manager:
Nicholas Reinhart (He/Him) 

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 (ENSEMBLE, MUSIC CAPTAIN)

Grace (she/her) first fell in love with Hundred Days in 2017 when she saw it on New Years Eve in New York City. She is ecstatic to be on the team for Chicago’s premiere production. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Grace has especially enjoyed working with Porchlight Music Theatre, Lifeline Theater, and now Kokandy! You can find her band, The Fisher Cats, anywhere you stream music. Repped by Shirley Hamilton. Always for Tessa. gracebobber.com

DAVID GORDON-JOHNSON (ENSEMBLE)

David (he/him) is excited to be making his Kokandy debut with such a killer cast and show! Selected past credits include: Hello Again, Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique), Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse), Anything Goes, Pirates of Penzance (Music Theater Works), Arnie the Doughnut (Lifeline Theatre), and Tug of War: Civil Strife (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Represented by Big Mouth Talent. davidgordonjohnson.com

LUCAS "LOOCH" JOHNSON

Lucas (he/him) is a French/American actor, drummer, writer, producer who holds a BFA from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. He was in the 2020 production of Hundred Days that was closed due to Covid-19 and couldn’t be happier to be behind the drum set again. Some past projects include: Theatre – Peter and the Star Catcher (Big Noise Theatre), Write B!**h (Snack Shack Production), Murdering Macbeth (Fearless Fiction Productions). Film – Lacy’s Christmas Do-Over (Golan Productions), The Big Leap (FOX), and Write B!tch (Snack Shack Productions). He is proudly represented by DDO Artist Agency. He’d like to thank his family and friends here and overseas for the endless support. Spread Love.

ROYEN KENT (SHAUN)

Royen (he/him) is thrilled to return to this production of Hundred Days, while also studying speech-language pathology at Northwestern. He rejoins Kokandy Productions after performing in The Full Monty in 2015; recent credits include Hello Again (Theo Ubique), Emma (Lifeline Theatre), and Hatfield & McCoy (House Theatre of Chicago). He performs in drag as Jenn der Fach and recently designed wigs for Matilda the Musical at Highland Park Players. Gratitude to the creative team and to Parker.

EMILIE MODAFF (ABIGAIL)

Emilie (they/them) is thrilled to be back in the Hundred Days world. This show kept them afloat during the pandemic, and they hope that you feel as connected to it as they do. Most recently Emilie has appeared in Kentucky (The Gift Theatre), In The Blood (Red Tape Theatre), and the upcoming feature film Christmas Is Cancelled premiering this holiday season. Grateful for the band, my family, and my loves. Proudly represented by DDO Chicago. emiliemodaff.com

ALEC PHAN (SHAUN)

Alec (he/they) is deeply honored to be telling this story with Kokandy Productions! He was last seen working with Lifeline Theatre on a musical adaptation of the children’s book, Neither, and continues to seek out stories that break down binaries and celebrate the complexities of life. Alec is an artistic associate of Pop Magic Productions, as well as an ensemble member with Prop Thtr and Red Tape Theatre. Love to C and the tiny farm.

BRENNAN URBI (ENSEMBLE, DANCE CAPTAIN)

Brennan (he/they) has recently appeared in: The Tempest (Oak Park Festival); Belly up (Jackalope Theatre); Fragmented (Our Perspective); Peter and the Starcatcher (Big Noise Theatre); The Rover, Two Gentlewomen (Lakeside Shakespeare); Baby with the Bathwater (Eclipse Theatre); Brennan earned a BFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. All the love to my family, friends, and mentors; thanks for your endless support. Proudly represented by Paonessa Talent.

MEL VITATERNA (ENSEMBLE)

Mel (she/her) is overjoyed to be returning to Hundred Days. During the last year and a half, she performed in virtual productions of Area 33 and Much Ado About Nothing (Scenic City Shakespeare), appeared in numerous commercials, and adopted another dog. Outside of Hundred Days, you can find Mel and her instruments playing music at Bubbles Academy. Love to Quinn, Jane, and Lola!

UNDERSTUDIES

Josiah Robinson (he/him) and Zoë DePreta (she/her).

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

THE BENGSONS (BOOK, MUSIC, & LYRICS)

The Bengons have appeared at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) and the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa). Their music has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and in The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova); Anything that Gives Off Light (National Theatre of Scotland/The Team); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP); Hurricane Diane (NYTW/WP, Two River Theatre); you’ll still call me by name (New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow) and Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company). They have been nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortel awards. Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

SARAH GANCHER (BOOK)

Ms. Gancher’s writing has been seen on such stages as London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, RoundHouse, Ars Nova and The Flea. Honors include New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, AR Gurney Prize, Lortel and Drama League nominations. With The Bengsons, she also wrote The Lucky Ones. Co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel; international tour to Europe, Asia and Australia). Alumna: P73, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows, Women’s Project Lab and Ars Nova Play Group. Resident playwright at New Dramatists. M.F.A.: NYU.

LUCKY STIFF (DIRECTOR)

Lucky (they/them) is a trans nonbinary director, writer, and performer working in Chicago and New York. They build original experiences that combine nightclub culture and performance art which have been featured at the Museum of Con­temporary Art Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Blue Man Group Chicago, Boy Friday Dance Company, and Bushwig Festival of Drag, among many others. They hold an MFA in Directing for Theater from Northwestern University and have lectured in performance and directing at UC Santa Cruz, Northwestern University, University of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. luckystiffdrag.com

MATTHEW MUÑIZ (MUSIC DIRECTOR)

Matthew (he/him) is a pianist, composer, game designer and educator, as well as the founder and co-curator of The Lab; a free workshop for creatives. Matthew’s music has been featured on Chicago artistic projects and on stages for twenty years. He created music for The Last Defender, an escape room created with Cards Against Humanity and the House Theatre of Chicago. His songwriting and composition has been met with praise in plays (Psychonaut Librarians – New Colony; PinocchioThe House Theatre of Chicago), and his songs and music was featured in the experimental audio book, American Bottom (A Red Orchid Theatre, Spring 2021). His music and songs can be heard in two short films and in one feature-length zombie horror flick; and on a full length album he released with his band, The Live Debate!. Matthew is an ensemble alum of The House Theatre of Chicago, where his music direction and performance credits include The Nutcracker, Verböten, United Flight 232, and Hatfield & McCoy. Matthew is also currently developing two games: A Game of Cat and Mouse, an asymmetrical board game of strategy and luck; and Divination RPG, a tabletop role-playing game that uses tarot cards to resolve tests instead of dice. When Matthew isn’t making things, he’s enjoying time playing Mortal Kombat with his husband, Vincent. matthewmunizmusic.com

COLLIN QUINN RICE (CHOREOGRAPHER)

Collin Quinn Rice (they/them) is a queer actor and photographer based in Chicago. Recent movement credits include The Hilary Duff Project (2017 & 2020); The Dog, The Night, and The Knife; Disco Pigs (Silencio); and Big Love (Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts). They were most recently seen on stage in The Tasters (Rivendell), All Quiet on the Western Front (Red Tape Theatre), Mike Pence Sex Dream (First Floor Theater), Trans Voices Cabaret (Steppenwolf LOOK OUT Series), The Harvest (Griffin Theatre Co.), Hatfield & McCoy (The House), Le Switch (About Face Theatre), Masque Macabre (Strawdog Theatre Company), Going to a Place… (Redtwist Theatre), The Ode at Pint’s End (Birch House Immersive), and The Hilary Duff Project (MCL Chicago). TV/Film credits include Work in Progress, The Right Swipe, and The Play Cycle. Collin is a graduate of Northwestern University, and they are represented by DDO Chicago. Their comprehensive work can be found at www.collinquinnrice.com.

JACKIE FOX (ORIGINAL SCENIC & LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Jackie (she/her) is an artist and designer interested in, above all else, telling stories that explore the vulnerability of the human condition and human behavior in the face of conflict. She believes that the best art is disruptive, subversive, and pushes us to examine the most difficult elements of our psyche. Jackie has designed both regionally and internationally. She recently earned her MFA in Stage Design at Northwestern University where she was awarded the Merritt Academic Prize and the John Woodbridge Award. Selected credits include: Kiss (PARA.MAR Dance Theatre), re: CLICK (American Music Theatre Project), Peter and the Starcatcher and Mamma Mia (Wagon Wheel Theatre), Hundred Days (Kokandy Productions). During her tenure at Northwestern, Jackie designed The Cherry Orchard (Louis Theatre), Ascension (Louis Theatre), The Flick (Wallis Theatre), Machinal (Louis Theatre), Legally Blonde (Barber Theatre), and Turn of The Screw (Ryan Center for the Musical Arts). For more information about Jackie’s work go to jackiefoxdesigns.com

VIRGINIA VARLAND (COSTUME DESIGNER)

Virginia (she/her) is excited to return to Kokandy Productions for the first time since The Wiz. Chicago designs include Masque Macabre (Strawdog Theatre Co.), Elephant & Piggie (Citadel Theatre), 9 to 5 (Firebrand Theatre), Two Mile Hollow (First Floor Theater), and Tonya and Nancy (Underscore Theatre). In 2017, Virginia was honored to receive a non-equity Jeff Award nomination for The Wiz, for which she also received the Chicago Hawk award for Best Costume Design. She received her MFA in Costume Design from Northwestern University, and holds the position of Resident Costume Designer and Adjunct Professor at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. To see more of her work visit virginiavarlanddesign.com.

PATRICK O’BRIEN (SOUND DESIGNER, ENGINEER)

Patrick’s (he/him/his) previous Kokandy shows: Head Over Heels; Grand Hotel; Bonnie & Clyde; Heathers; Loving Repeating; The Full Monty. Other design/engineering work: Steel Magnolias; Year with Frog and Toad; Kiss Me, Kate (Big Noise Theatre); Good Fight (Babes with Blades); Beowulf; R + J: The Vineyard (Red Theater Chicago); Story of a Story (Underscore Theatre). He also contributes to chicagolandmusicaltheatre.com, and he still thinks quips in bios about writing in the third person are hilarious.

HENRY MULLER (ADDITIONAL SCENIC & LIGHTING DESIGNER)

Henry (he/him) is a senior at Northwestern University studying theatre and psychology, with a focus in theatrical design.  Lighting design credits include Pippin, Godspell, Our New Town, and Ghost Quartet. Assistant credits include Legally Blonde, Voyeurs de Venus, and A Chorus Line at Northwestern University and THAWEN with Para Mar Dance Theatre.

ABBY TEEL (STAGE MANAGER)

Abby (she/her) is so excited to be making her Chicago debut with Kokandy Productions! Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Abby graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. She has spent the past three years in Memphis, Tennessee working with Playhouse on the Square. Favorite shows include: The Humans (Playhouse on the Square), Angels in America (Missouri State University), and Indecent (Circuit Playhouse). A big thanks to her partner, Donald, and their pets: Minnie, Poot, and Dakin. abbyteel.com IG: @abbyteel0203

NICHOLAS REINHART (PRODUCTION MANAGER & CASTING DIRECTOR)

Nicholas (he/him/his) is thrilled to be working again with Kokandy Productions. Previous Producing/Production Management: Songs for a New World (Theo Ubique), Titus Andronicus (Haven), PROXY (Underscore Theatre), Head Over Heels (Kokandy Productions), The View UpStairs, Venus in Fur, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Circle Theatre). Upcoming: 8-Track (Theo Ubique), Get Out Alive (Haven). During The Great Pause, Nicholas worked with CPA Theatricals to develop and produce two original musicals (The Mystery of Custodia, The Moment) designed for virtual production, as well as a new musical (Miley Chase: The Science Ace) which is currently being developed for television. 

NOAH WATKINS (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR)

Noah (he/him) is a Chicago-based director focused on cultivating moments of awe in elevated texts. Currently, he is developing a new immersive play performed via phone call with Candle House Collective entitled “Where Did Everybody Go?” Directing credits include Bull, Jasper in Deadland, tick, tick…BOOM! and XR: a new musical. Recent assistant directing credits include A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder at Porchlight Music Theatre, Titus Andronicus at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Blank Theatre Company. B.S, Northwestern University.

SAMANTHA SALMI (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER)

Samantha (they/she) is so excited to be making her Chicago (assistant) stage management debut with Kokandy Productions! Originally from Gurnee, IL, Sam just moved to the city after graduating with a BA in directing in May of 2020. They are so grateful Hundred Days is their second show in Chicago, and they hope everyone enjoys this experience as much as we all do.

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