Nov 7, 14, 16, 21, 23, 2019

A dark, fractured fable about one man's descent into the abyss of madness at the hands of a loveless society.

Desperate for money to support his fledgling family, an army officer submits to medical experimentation for cash. As the experiments drive him to the edge, Georg Büchner’s eponymous play asks “Is there really any difference between man and beast?” This Chicago premiere of Tom Waits’ alt-chamber opera features a new orchestration by acclaimed jazz pianist Carl Kennedy.

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Production Design Funding Provided by Clayton & Rachel Mobley 

No Intermission

Based on the Play by Georg Büchner
Music and Lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Original Concept by Robert Wilson
Original Text Version by Anne Christin Rommen and Wolfgang Wiens

Cast

Woyzeck

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Woyzeck

Jonathan Wilson is delighted to be performing in this unique production of Woyzeck with Chicago Fringe Opera after appearing as Hannah Before in their 2017 production of As One (Kaminsky, Campbell, Reed).  Praised by the Chicago Classical Review for his “resounding and luxurious” voice, Jonathan is an enthusiast of contemporary opera with recent favorite roles including Robert Dziekański in I will fly like a bird (Plant, Wainwright), The Poet in When Adonis Calls (Borzoni, de los Santos, Dillard), and John Brooke in Little Women (Adamo).  Later this season, Jonathan looks forward to performing in several programs with Chicago Symphony Chorus and in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with Lyric Opera Chorus. Outside of performing, Jonathan is passionate about math and science and their creative overlap with music and the arts to explore the intricacy, complexity, and beauty of the world. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and electromagnetics, and has worked as an RF electrical engineer and a lecturer of physics, astronomy, and Earth science.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Woyzeck 2019
As One Hannah Before 2017

Andres / Marie

Christina Pecce

Christina Pecce

Andres / Marie

Praised for her “astounding vocal expressivity” and “soaring full voice”, Christina Pecce is a singing-actress who crosses over the genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and performance art. She has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Earth To Kenzie, Jesus Christ Superstar), Chicago Fringe Opera (The Great God Pan), Grant Park Orchestra (Broadway’s Lerner and Loewe), Timber Lake Playhouse (Man Of La Mancha), Out Of The Box Opera (Diva Cage Match), Fort Worth Opera (Carmen, Voir Dire), Boston Opera Collaborative (To Hell And Back, Rinaldo), The Company Theatre (Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins), NextDoor Theater (A Little Night Music), and Fiddlehead Theatre (Show Boat) among others.
Her cabaret series Witches, Bitches, and Divas! has been featured at Feintstein’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42, A.R.T.’s Oberon, Club Café, The Den Theatre, Stage 773, and Davenport’s Piano Bar. Deemed “truly spellbinding” by NiteLife Exchange, songs from your favorite standards, musicals, and operas are given a fresh spin to keep you enchanted and bewildered. Check out www.christinapecce.com for more.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Andres / Marie / Soprano 2019
The Great God Pan Helen 2018

Doctor / Margaret

Michelle Jasso

Michelle Jasso

Doctor / Margaret

Michelle Jasso is a versatile, active performer and director with credits encompassing opera, cabaret, theatre, television, commercial, and voiceover. Within her stage repertoire of over 25 leading and supporting roles, favorites include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Sally Bowles (Cabaret), The Witch (Into The Woods), The Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), and Elizaveta Grushinskaya in Grand Hotel, a performance which earned her a 2019 Jeff Award. Jasso has worked locally with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Music Theater Works, Porchlight Music Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Teatro Vista, Lifeline Theatre, and Oil Lamp Theatre, and regionally with the Wyoming Theatre Festival, Opera Grand Rapids, Portland Opera, and The Industry in Los Angeles. Michelle made her network television debut in 2019 on NBC’s Chicago PD, will appear in season three of the Showtime series The Chi, and is currently in production for a new Latinx web series entitled Border’d. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, and the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists (ALTA), Michelle is represented by the hardworking team at Big Mouth Talent.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Doctor / Margaret / Mezzo-soprano 2019

Drum Major / Captain

Matthew Peckham

Matthew Peckham

Drum Major / Captain

Matthew Peckham is a multi-disciplinary Chicago-based artist and arts entrepreneur. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BM 2012), and the Chicago College of Performing Arts (MM 2015), he has performed in operas, musicals, and choruses in numerous venues across the United States. His performances have been described by critics as “facile,” “fresh,” and “inspired.”

As an entrepreneur, Matthew has a special interest in fostering new works and in building sustainable arts institutions. Projects in Chicago have included co-founding the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium, serving on the inaugural board of Thompson Street Opera Company, and helping to grow the classical music recording company Atlas Arts Media, where he currently works as Director of Operations. Many projects that Matt has helped launch have gone on to receive national recognition. Most recently, Rossa Crean’s opera The Great God Pan received the 2018/19 American Prize in Opera Performance. Matthew assisted both as a performer and recording technician in the pilot recording that led to Chicago Fringe Opera’s world premiere production in 2018.

His award-winning work as a performer, AV designer, and audio engineer has been recognized by organizations including the Roosevelt University Presidential Awards for Social Justice (Considering Matthew Shepard, CCPA 2019), and DCASE: The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (There Always, Something Sings, Midwest and East Coast tour, 2018/19)

As a frequent performer of new music, Matthew has worked with many living composers on projects including the world premieres of Rootabaga Stories, by Yvonne Freckman, and Jonathan Hannau’s Pierrot Songs. Other collaborators include Daron Hagen, Erik Lindsay, Rossa Crean, Paul Winchester, Ezra Donner, and Chappell Kingsland. Last year, as the recipient of a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Matthew toured the Midwest and East Coast with the recital There Always, Something Sings, featuring a program of music by living American composers about power of interfaith understanding and the shared core beliefs of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Drum Major / Captain / Tenor 2019

Instrumentalists

Reed Player

Jacob Slocum

Reed Player

Jacob Slocum is an artist who approaches his medium of music through the lens of Jazz. Although firmly rooted in an ethos of Soulfulness (the Blues, the music of the Black Church, and the tradition of Jazz), Jacob lives by Charlie Parker’s words that “there’s no boundary line to art.” Jacob is an artist easily at home in a variety of settings and genres both secular and sacred and both instrumental and choral. Chicago’s incredible tapestry of music provides fertile ground for Jacob to thrive.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Reed Player 2019
Low Brass (Nov 21, 23)
Josh Torry
Low Brass (Nov 14, 16)

Nick Roach

Low Brass (Nov 14, 16)

Originally from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Nick Roach has established himself in Chicagoland as an in-demand composer, arranger, educator, and performer. Having performed in several states and on cruise ships on five continents, Nick is an adept and versatile musician on multiple instruments as well as being an accomplished bass-baritone singer. As a composer/arranger, he has written for groups of various sizes and genres, including writing for his own ensembles as well as receiving commissions to write for big bands and combos in Illinois and Texas.

As a trombonist and singer, Nick has had the privilege of performing with many respected musicians of different genres, such as Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Harry James Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Corey Wilkes, Robert Irving III, Ari Brown, Ray Olan y su Nuevo Sason, Al Smith, Dee Alexander, Sal Lozano, Nicholas White, Russ Phillips, Victor Garcia and Eric Schneider, as well as the Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Bach Chamber Choir, Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Chicago Composers’ Big Band.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Low Brass 2019
Percussion
Reed Flygt

Artistic Team

Music Director

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Music Director

A resident of Chicago, Illinois, Catherine O’Shaughnessy is an active orchestra and opera conductor both in the United States and abroad. In 2010, she made her international professional conducting debut as music director of the Mittelsächsisches Theater’s production of Pyramus und Thisbe in Freiberg, Germany; she has also conducted the Moscow Philharmonic and the Rousse Philharmonic (Rousse, Bulgaria) in concert. Avidly committed to Chicago’s dynamic opera scene, she founded Windy City Opera and conducted its first production (La bohème) in 2015. Additionally, she just completed her first collaboration with The Floating Opera Company and 42nd Parallel as conductor and music director for Don Giovanni. Catherine, a student of William Reber at Arizona State University, holds a B.M. from the University of Michigan and a M.M. from Bowling Green State University. In addition to her musical pursuits, Catherine is passionate about the role of the arts in philosophy and society. She currently serves as co-organizer for two philosophy meet-up groups and presented a paper on the philosophy of passion at the 2013 Humanities Conference at Lincoln University, PA.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Two Remain Music Director 2020
Woyzeck Music Director 2019
Love Wounds Music Director 2019
The Long Christmas Dinner Music Director 2019
The Great God Pan Music Director 2018
Lucrezia Music Director 2017
Song from the Uproar Conductor 2016
In the Penal Colony Conductor 2016
Orchestrator / Keyboard
Carl Kennedy
Stage Director

George Cederquist

Stage Director

George is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera (called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune), which produces experiential, immersive, and site-specific productions of operas composed in English. At CFO, George has directed The Rossini Project (workshop), The Long Christmas DinnerThe Great God Pan (world premiere), Lucrezia, In the Penal Colony, The Turn of the Screw, Trouble in Tahiti and The Rape of Lucretia.

In addition, George has directed opera scenes at Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and new productions with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Pittsburgh Opera, the Bay View Music Festival, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Opera Vanguard. An enthusiastic mentor, George has taught acting, auditioning and scene study at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, North Park University, and DePaul University.

Now in its fourth season, George hosts Opera Box Score, America’s Talk Radio Show About Opera, heard every Monday night on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago. The show tackles the week’s opera headlines and discusses them in a sports talk radio format.

A recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Directing, George’s production of Silent Night was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. As one of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, George served as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.

George’s training includes the Resident Artist Stage Director program at Pittsburgh Opera, serving as the Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program, and as the Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera. He holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University. A dual US-UK citizen, George is a proud ensemble member of Steep Theatre Company (Chicago) and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

He lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat, in Chicago.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Woyzeck Director 2019
The Rosina Project Director 2019
The Long Christmas Dinner Director 2019
The Rossini Project Director 2018
The Great God Pan Director 2018
Lucrezia Director 2017
In the Penal Colony Director 2016
The Turn of the Screw Director 2015
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Director 2015
The Rape of Lucretia Director 2014
Movement Director
Natalja Aicardi
Dramaturg
Kevin Byrne
Production Designer

Brad Caleb Lee

Production Designer

Brad Caleb Lee is a designer and assistant director whose collaborators, among others, include Chicago Fringe Opera, Filament Theatre, Hell In A Handbag, Pride Films & Plays, Theatre Tuscaloosa, Music Theatre Wales, ELANFrontoio, and Welsh National Opera. He co-designed the award-winning British Pavilion Make/Believe for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and the subsequent exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Brad’s design for The Richard Burton Theatre Company’s Dogville was selected as part of World Stage Design 2017. He holds an MA w/Merit from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and is a member of OISTAT, USITT, and SBTD.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

The Long Christmas Dinner Production Designer 2019
Lucrezia Production Designer 2017
Song from the Uproar Assistant Director & Stage Manager 2016
Lighting Designer

Ted Nazarowski

Lighting Designer

Ted Nazarowski has worked in many facets of theater throughout his career. In addition to his day job as a music and theater teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Nazarowski has worked as a director, musician, and designer throughout the Chicago area. Recent lighting design credits include A Fool’s Journey (Misfit Circus), Lucrezia and Songs from the Uproar (Chicago Fringe Opera), The Violet Hour (South Shore Opera) and The Consul (Main Street Opera). He is thrilled to be working with such an amazingly talented cast and crew!

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

The Long Christmas Dinner Lighting Designer 2019
The Great God Pan Technical Director 2018
Lucrezia Lighting Designer 2017
Song from the Uproar Lighting Designer 2016
Stage Manager
Jon Ravenscroft
Assistant Costumer
Kristine 'Kat' Anderson
Assistant Costumer
Meagan Beattie

Media

Photography by Wendy Alas
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation