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.
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)
Technical Director: Tom Floeter
Assistant Director: Katie Taber
Second Assistant Director: Tom Duncan
Sound and Light Board Operators: Jake Austin, Randy Stonitsch
Dramaturg: 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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