About Jeeves In Bloom:
Aunt Dahlia has summoned Bertie Wooster to the countryside to meet the lovely Madeline, a marriage prospect. Of course, Bertie has no wish to marry, but rather remain a bachelor to his last days. Which is perfect for Aunt Dahlia, for that’s all a ruse. To save her women’s periodical, Milady’s Boudoir, Aunt Dahlia conscripts Bertie into helping her with a small, charitable task: steal her own family diamonds and ransom money from her husband. No big deal. Fearing certain catastrophe, Bertie turns to his ever faithful manservant, Jeeves, for saving.
But there’s just one problem: Jeeves has quit the job.
GARY ALEXANDER (Augustus Fink-Nottle) is very pleased to be working again with ShawChicago on another P.G. Wodehouse adaptation. He was seen earlier this season as Dick Dudgeon in The Devil’s Disciple and last season as Gunner in Misalliance and Eustace in Jeeves Intervenes. 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. Last summer, Gary earned wide critical acclaim for his portrayal of Voltaire/Pangloss in Music Theater Works’ Candide. Other recent credits include: The Book Club Play at the 16th Street Theater, several productions for the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and Drury Lane’s A Christmas Carol. He has appeared with Goodman Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Light Opera Works, Rising Moon, Noble Fool, and Stage Left. Television and film credits include Dennis West in last season’s Chicago Fire and The Prince and Me, II. For the Shakespeare Project, Gary also created and directed Spooky Shakes for the Chicago Cultural Mile Association as part of their inaugural event in Millennium Park in 2015. GaryAlexanderActor.com
ALLISON SELBY COOK (Madeline Basset) is a Chicago-based actor, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Recent credits with ShawChicago include Ellie Dunn in Heartbreak House, Hypatia Tarleton in Misalliance and Dolly Clandon in You Never Can Tell. Other theatre credits include: Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook, City Lit Theatre, The Greenhouse Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, Signal Ensemble Theatre, and CUBE Ensemble. As a singer, Allison performed in DuPage Opera’s La Traviata and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. She is a founding member of two vocal ensembles, UNUM and The Strangers, as well as a 3rd year season artist with The Marion Consort and a graduate of Northwestern University. www.AllisonSelbyCook.com
CHRISTIAN GRAY (Bertie Wooster) happily returns to ShawChicago, where previous roles include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Bluntschli in Arms and the Man, Valentine in You Never Can Tell, and Bertie Wooster in Jeeves Intervenes. He recently played Vershinin in Three Sisters (Clarence Brown Theatre, TN), and currently can be seen in the web series The Blackwood Prophecies (Joe and Joe Media, Norwich Gate Pictures) on Reelhouse.org. He is an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre, and 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 five films premiere last year: Sometimes It Rains (136 Films), Day 1 (Skibo Films-several film festival awards, including 4 Best Feature Film Awards); Drifted (Boomstick Films); The Judas Run (Sigsaly Entertainment); and Machine Baby (Poor Yorick Productions: 3 Best Short Film Awards). Other television/film/commercial credits: Chicago P.D. (NBC); Plastic (FPPI Films: Best Supporting Actor Award – Indie Horror Film Festival, Chicago Horror Film Festival Nomination), Reclamation (NTG Productions), Normal (Rule 42 Productions); a web series Classholes (Red City Productions); Horseshoe Casino, Stein Garden and Gifts, Sprint/Nextel (spec). Love to his wife, Lydia Berger Gray!
JACK HICKEY (Thomas Travers) appeared as Lawyer Hawkins in this season’s The Devil’s Disciple. Last season he was John Tarleton in Misalliance, Sir Rupert Watlington Pipps in Jeeves Intervenes, and Alfred Mangan in Heartbreak House. Previously he appeared in You Never Can Tell, Geneva, Major Barbara, Pygmalion, Widowers’s Houses, as well as 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 Oak Park Festival Theatre and this summer play will play Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You and Steven Price in The African Company Presents Richard lll. Recent roles at OPFT include King Duncan and the Porter in Macbeth, Col. Pickering in Pygmalion and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sheriff Heck Tate in To Kill A Mockingbird, King Claudius in Hamlet, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Charlie in Seascape. He was nominated for an Equity Jeff Award playing Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. Additionally, he played Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Falstaff in The History of King Henry the Fourth, Fluellen in Henry V, Teddy in Faith Healer, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Jack is a founding member of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago where he was last seen as Thomas Hoghton in Shakeshafte and Holofernes in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other Project roles include Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Brutus in Julius Caesar. With fhe Backroom Shakespeare Project he played Prospero in The Tempest, the title role in Cymbeline and Marcus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus. TV credits: Chicago Med and Unsolved Mysteries.
DOUG MACKECHNIE (Jeeves) returns to ShawChicago after appearing as Rev. Anthony Anderson in The Devil’s Disciple, Hector Hushabye in Heartbreak House, Jeeves in Jeeves Intervenes, 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. Doug also has worked with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. Other recent appearances include the world premieres of The Gravedigger (First Folio), Menorca (16th Street), Lucinda’s Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Slaphappy (Beat The Jester Productions), and Unnecessary Farce (BoarsHead Theater; Lansing, MI). Other Chicagoland credits include A Christmas Story (Theater Wit); That Championship Season and Pitz & Joe (Red Hen Productions); Polish Joke and Don’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); Uncle Fred In the Springtime, Taking Steps and She Stoops To Conquer (City Lit); Translations (Seanachaí); An American Daughter (Organic); Principia Scriptoriae (Circle); Artist Descending A Staircase, How the Other Half Loves and Noises Off (Broutil & Frothingham Productions) as well as countless readings at Chicago Dramatists, where he is an Associate Artist. Doug earned an MFA degree from The Theatre School of DePaul University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
MARY MICHELL (Dahlia Travers) has performed with ShawChicago since 1999, when she debuted as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Favorite roles include Amanda in Private Lives, Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away. Mary 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 narrated Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
MATT PENN (Anatole) has performed with ShawChicago for over 17 years. He most recently appeared as General Burgoyne in this season’s The Devil’s Disciple. Favorite roles include: Anthony Anderson, Issac Newton, Leonard Charteris, Captain Bluntschli, Finch McComas, Reverend Morrel, Sir Colenso Ridgeon, the Bishop of Beauvais, and John Tarleton to name a few. And now for something of a different sort!