ShawChicago Proudly Presents Jeeves Intervenes, following yet another of Bertie Wooster’s misadventures in avoiding marriage. Our all-star cast features all your favorite Shaw actors from around town! Check them out!
Gary Alexander (Eustace) is very pleased to be back working with ShawChicago where he appeared earlier this season as Gunner in Misalliance. Other recent SC shows include: Geneva, Major Barbara, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man and Superman, Saint Joan, James Barrie’s Quartets, Widowers’ Houses, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and The Millionairess. Also this fall, Gary was seen as Dennis Montague in the current season of Chicago Fire. He appeared last season as Will in the hit comedy, The Book Club Play, at the 16th Street Theater and as Autolycus in Winter’s Tale for the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. For SPC, he also created and directed Spooky Shakes for the Chicago Cultural Mile Association’s Halloween Happening in Millennium Park. Other acting credits include: guest artist for Loyola University’s McElroy Shakespeare Celebration; King Lear, Fair Maid of the West, and Merchant of Venice for the Shakespeare Project; Drury Lane’s A Christmas Carol; the Goodman Theatre’s Binky Rudich; the Ravinia Festival’s Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, and the revue, The Music of Rodgers and Hart. He has appeared in leading roles with Light Opera Works (Carnival, Candide); and in Lion in Winter for Rising Moon; Vikings and Mirandolina at Noble Fool; and Burying the Bones at Stage Left.
Lydia Berger Gray (Gertrude) is delighted to return to ShawChicago, where her credits include Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), The Millionairess (Epifania Fitzfassenden), Arms and the Man (Louka), Candida (Prossy), Votes for Women, Paradise Lost (Libby), The Philanderer (Julia), and let us not forget the sneezing Louise in Private Lives. Recent Chicago credits include Twelfth Night Short Shakes! and Shakespeare in the Parks (Maria), and The Amish Project, a one-woman show performed at First Folio Theatre, where Lydia is an artistic associate and has performed in numerous plays, including Jeeves Intervenes and Jeeves Takes a Bow (the Chicago premiers). Other Chicago theatres worked with include Oak Park Festival Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane, and Silk Road Rising, and regionally with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, as well as Artists’ Ensemble in Rockford, IL where Lydia performed in the world premiers Jeeves Intervenes, as well as Jeeves in Bloom and Jeeves Takes a Bow. Many thanks to Margaret Raether who speaks Wodehouse so fluently, to Bob and all of ShawChicago, and to her husband, fellow ShawChicagoan, Christian Gray.
Christian Gray (Bertie Wooster) happily returns to ShawChicago, where recent roles include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Don Juan in Don Juan in Hell, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Bill Walker in Major Barbara, and Valentine in You Never Can Tell. He is an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre, where previous roles include Edgar Allan Poe in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, Bertie Wooster in the Jeeves series, and recently Dr. Jack Seward in Dr. Seward’s Dracula. He has performed with over 20 Chicago area companies including Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo, and Writers’ Theatre. Regional credits include Fort Worth Shakespeare (TX), Kentucky Repertory, and Pennsylvania Stage Company. He had four films premiere this year: Sometimes It Rains (136 Films), Day 1 (Skibo Films: 2 Awards including Best Film – Geek Out Film Festival; 1 Tabloid Witch Award; Best Feature Award – Action on Film Los Angeles), Drifted (Boomstick Films), and The Judas Run (Sigsaly Entertainment). Other film/internet/commercial credits: Plastic (FPPI Films: Best Supporting Actor – Indie Horror Film Festival Award, Chicago Horror Film Festival Nomination), Reclamation (NTG Productions), Normal (Rule 42 Productions); a web series Classholes (Red City Productions); a television pilot The Blackwood Prophecies (J & R, Two 9 Productions); Horseshoe Casino, Stein Garden and Gifts, Sprint/Nextel (spec). Love to his wife, Lydia Berger Gray!
Jack Hickey (Sir Rupert Watlington-Pipps) is delighted to return this season after playing John Tarleton in Misalliance earlier this year. Last season, Jack appeared as William the Waiter in You Never Can Tell and the Russian Commissar in Geneva. Previously, Jack played Andrew Undershaft in the critically acclaimed, Major Barbara, The Devil in Don Juan in Hell, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, Lickcheese in Widower’s Houses, as well as roles in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Man and Superman, St. Joan, Androcles and the Lion, Candida, The Philanderer, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Apple Cart, and John Bull’s Other Island. Jack is the Artistic Director of the Oak Park Festival Theatre, and dividing his time between Shakespeare and Shaw is his idea of bliss. This summer he played Col. Pickering in Pygmalion, and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. Other acting roles at Oak Park include Sheriff Heck Tate To Kill A Mockingbird, King Claudius in Hamlet, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Charlie in Seascape, Michael (Equity Jeff Nomination) in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Falstaff in The History of King Henry the Fourth, Fluellen in Henry V, Teddy in Faith Healer, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Jack is always happy to work with Robert Scogin.
Doug MacKechnie (Jeeves) returns to ShawChicago after appearing as Victor Prynne in Private Lives, Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, the Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan and in multiple roles in Androcles and the Lion. Outside Ruth Page, Doug has worked with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago and other recent appearances include The Gravedigger (First Folio), Menorca (16th Street), Lucinda’s Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Slaphappy (Beat The Jester Productions), and Unnecessary Farce (BoarsHead Theater; Lansing, MI) – all world premieres. Other Chicagoland credits include A Christmas Story (Theater Wit); That Championship Season, Pitz & Joe (Red Hen Productions); Polish Joke, Don’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); Uncle Fred In the Springtime, Taking Steps, She Stoops To Conquer (City Lit); Translations (Seanachaí); An American Daughter (Organic); Principia Scriptoriae (Circle); Artist Descending A Staircase, How the Other Half Loves, Noises Off (Broutil & Frothingham Productions); and countless readings at Chicago Dramatists, where he’s been an Associate Artist since 2008. Doug is an MFA graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Mary Michell (Aunt Agatha) appeared last season as Amanda in Private Lives and Mrs. Clandon in You Never Can Tell. Other roles for ShawChicago include Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dona Ana in Don Juan in Hell, Mrs. Whitfield in Man and Superman, Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away, and Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion. She has performed with ShawChicago since 1999, when she appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. She is an Artistic Associate at Oak Park Festival Theatre, where she has appeared in Pygmalion, Seascape, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer. Other Chicago credits include work with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago Dramatists, Drury Lane, The Harper Theater, Illinois Theatre Center, The Ivanhoe Theatre and The Academy Playhouse. Regional work includes What the Butler Saw at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Play It Again, Sam at Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Man for All Seasons and Bedtime Story at Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma City; Butterflies are Free at Cherry County Playhouse. Mary performed the narration to Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.