This musical portrait celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of the legendary Woody Guthrie, who defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression with songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad.”

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

Cast

David Lutken

Ensemble

Broadway: Inherit the Wind (’07 revival), Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. NY City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Winter Man. Regional: Man of La Mancha, Elmer GantryFinian’s Rainbow, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Love List, Death in England, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fire On The Mountain, Stand By Your Man, In the Deep Heart’s Core.

Darcie Deaville

Ensemble

Darcie is a Toronto native and longtime Austin resident.  Darcie has played on over 200 recordings, combining her signature style with the likes of Ani di Franco, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier and Tom Paxton. Currently a band member in The Austin Lounge Lizards, Darcie also has five of her own CDs, the latest beingLivin’ on the Lucky Side. She’s toured Canada, the USA, Mexico, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Darcie’s theatre work includes the 2001 debut of her musical, Tornado in Slo Mo,Oil City Symphony, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cotton-patch Gospel and Always, Patsy Cline.

David Finch

Ensemble

David is an actor/musician specializing on strings and horns. Finch has played beside Alan Cumming, Serj Tankian, Tony Bennett, Amanda Palmer and Dee Snider. On Broadway he did the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaretand has performed Woody Sez in Londonʼs West End, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Glasgow Celtic Connection Festival, the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City (U.S. premiere) as well as A.R.T. and the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway:Fame, Spring Storm. National/International tours: Cabaret, Fame. Regional: Prometheus Bound, Hank Williamsʼ Lost Highway, Grapes of Wrath, 1940ʼs Radio Hour, Fiddler on the Roof and Buddy. Finch was an Associate Producer at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in NYC from 2004-2006. His recently released CD is called the fiddle made me do it.

Helen Jean Russell

Ensemble

Helen grew up making music. After relocating from a small town in Maryland to New York City, she switched her focus to acting, which led to producing variety shows that featured The City Singers, an a capella choir that she cofounded and directed. Helen is an original cast member of Woody Sez and was part of its 2007 debut in Edinburgh, as well as subsequent tours throughout the UK and Europe, the American debut at the Lyric in Oklahoma, the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, and at A.R.T. in Boston. At home in Manhattan, she works as an actor, musical director and publishing technology consultant. Her debut CD, Holly Days, was released in 2008, and she is currently working on a second.

Production Team

Nick Corley

Co-Devisor/Director

Nick Corley made his West End and American Repertory Theater directing debut with Woody Sez, which he also co-wrote. (Evening Standard Award “Best Musical” nom.)  Other directing credits include the NYC productions of Tall Grass; Flight (Callaway nom.); About Face (NYMF Best Direction nom.); Mother Russia (Carnegie Hall); Fables In Slang; Tim and Scrooge; The Overcoat. As director and co-author: premieres of A Young Lady of Fashion (Fulton Opera House); Eliot Ness…in Cleveland (Denver Theatre Centre).  Regionally he has worked at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (former artistic director), Houston’s Alley Theatre, Adirondack Theater Festival, St. Louis Rep., Vermont’s Commons Group. As performer: Broadway (current revival of The Mystery of Edwin DroodMary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me), off-Broadway, regional theatre, film (Kissing Jessica Stein), television.

David Lutken

Co-Devisor/Music Director

Broadway: Inherit the Wind (’07 revival), Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. NY City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Winter Man. Regional: Man of La Mancha, Elmer GantryFinian’s Rainbow, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Love List, Death in England, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fire On The Mountain, Stand By Your Man, In the Deep Heart’s Core.

Sherry Lutken

Associate Director

Off –Broadway and Regional musical staging, choreography and directing credits include: The Bourgeois Gentleman, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stars in Your Eyes and Anything Goes. Sherry was part of the regional reinvention of Ring of Fire in 2009 at North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse. She directed subsequent productions at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and in Ivoryton, Connecticut. She has danced in New York at the Duke on 42nd (Tap City), Town Hall (w/ Bill Irwin), at the Joyce Soho and many others. Her acting credits include: Crimes of the Heart (Babe), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala), Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Robert Sean Leonard), and Abigail in the 2008 Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Luke Hegel-Cantarella

Set Design

Luke designed Woody Sez for the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. New York: The Atlantic Theatre Company, Lucille Lortel, the 2004 Whitney Biennial. International: Blue Shade (Rozentheatre, Amsterdam) and Redwood Curtain (American University-Cairo). Regional: Yale Repertory, Pittsburgh Public, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Adirondack Theatre Festival, the Prince Music Theatre. Designs for Opera: La Clemenza di Tito (Wolftrap), Cosi fan Tutte (Curtis Opera), La Traviata (Opera at Peabody). He was art director for a season of the hit FX show “Damages” and was a set designer on the films Julie & Julia, State of Play and The Accidental Husband. Luke is head of the set design program at the University of California-Irvine and a Yale School of Drama graduate.

Jeffrey Meek

Costume Design

Jeffrey has been Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Resident Costume Designer for 12 years, has designed the last six years of the OKC Philharmonic’s “A Very Merry Pops”, and was The Ohio Light Opera’s Principal Costumer for nine seasons. Jeffrey has worked with The Point Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, Carpenter Square, The Eastman School of Music, Colossal Studios, Reduxion Theatre Company, Casa Mañana Theatre, Tulsa Opera and Stage One. Most recently he has branched into the world of film, designing wardrobe for Pearl Carter Scott with Media 13 and Fingerprints. Jeffrey is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Christine A. Binder

Lighting Design

Christine has designed for Writers, Steppenwolf Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Northlight, Lookingglass, the McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Her opera designs include work at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Houston Grand Opera.  Recent designs include: Swan Lake (Joffrey Ballet Chicago), 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (Lookingglass), and Onegin (Canadian Opera Company). Upcoming productions are: Dolls House Part 2 (Steppenwolf) and Onegin (Washington National Opera). Ms. Binder has been nominated for Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work with Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  She is an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass Theatre Company and Head of Lighting at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Rick Sims

Sound Design

Rick has composed and designed sound for numerous Chicago-area theaters, including Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Congo Square theatre, Writers, Lifeline, Griffin, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Hypocrites, House, Court, ATC, Victory Gardens, Raven, Steep, Northlight and About Face. Regional credits include Arena Stage and Roundhouse Theatre in Washington D.C., Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, South Coast Rep in Southern California, The Getty, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Playwrights Horizons in New York City, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Portland Playhouse. Sims won a Jeff Award for sound design for Moby Dick and Hepheastus (Lookingglass), and a BTA award for Brothers In the Dust (Congo Square). He is an artistic associate of Lookingglass, and artistic affiliate with American Blues. Sims also wrote the book, music and lyrics for Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass).

Rita Vreeland

Production Stage Manager

Rita is proud to continue her 11th season at Northlight where she is fortunate to have been the stage manager for 29 productions as well as two trips to Galway. Recent credits elsewhere in the Chicagoland area include productions at Theatre at the Center (Munster, IN), Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Goodman, and the annual Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to five-year-old Charlie, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity for over 17 years. Thank you for supporting live theatre!