The Enduring Legend of Marinka Pinka and Tommy Atomic

By Oana-Maria Cajal

Directed by Joanna Settle

A co-production with SummerNITE, a program of Northern Illinois University

The Theatre Building, Chicago



About the Text:

In the wake of BLOOD LINE’s success, Joanna Settle was invited by Northern Illinois University to direct their annual SummerNITE production which serves as a showcase for the graduating MFA class.

Oana-Maria Cajal’s modern, absurdist fairy tale, The Enduring Legend of Marinka Pinka and Tommy Atomic, is set in a fictional refugee camp in Eastern Europe.  The inhabitants entertain bittersweet dreams of a future that will leave behind both their poverty and their history.

Conversations of how to address the text’s eerie timeliness (during this period, the New York Times ran daily photographs of refugees from Kosovo) ultimately led to the decision to make the work a co-production between Division 13 Productions and NIU. D13’s strength with design-centric work provided a strong compliment to Cajal’s evocative text, specifically in drawing images from the media and re-imagining them in theatrical context.



Program Information:

Scenic Design: Sahin Sahinoglu

Lighting Design: Jack Magraw

Costume Design: Melanie Baumgartner

Sound Design: Mike Frank

Stage Manager: Lesley Anne Stone




Eve Alexander (Little Eva)

Kris Allen (Translator)

Debra Babich (Penca)

Tony Casale (Twin)

Anne DeAcetis (Yuli)

Jason Hagemann (Mr. H.)

Terry Hamilton (Misha)

Dana Hardy (Chorus)

Julie Hart (Eva)

David Ihrig (Tank)

Christian Kohn (Grabowski)

John Lu (Businessman)

Ryan Malo (Twin)

Felisha Norman (Bambi)

James Overlin (Barbic)

Harry Simmon (Octav)

Heatherly Stephens (Seraphina)

Mark Ulrich (Herr Faust)



Production Staff:

Technical Director: Tom Floeter

Assistant Director: Katie Taber

Second Assistant Director: Tom Duncan

Sound and Light Board Operators: Jake Austin, Randy Stonitsch

Dramatug: Megan Rodgers

Vocal Coach: Tanera Marshall

Producer: Alexander F. Adducci

SummerNITE Artistic Director: Christopher Markle

Literary Managers and Assistants to Mr. Markle: Kris Allen, Dana Hardy

Marketing Director: David W. Booth

Company Manager: Tom Duncan


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