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WORLD PREMIERE play BY SHANNON O’NEILL.
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019 @ THE FACTORY THEATER, CHICAGO

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JEFF AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST NEW PLAY

On the eve of his grandfather’s birthday, Michael Murphy steps off the bus into his hometown with only the clothes on his back and his guitar. A happy reunion with family and friends threatens to collapse under the weight of his long-buried guilt and the plague of the past on his family.

Ensemble member Shannon O’Neill’s newest play asks if a community can rebuild from unspeakable tragedy, or does running away create its own monsters?

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Beautifully realized... Davis manages both the traffic and the emotions well... [the central] birthday party scene [is] one of the least-stagey, most organic-feeling group gatherings in recent storefront-theater memory
— Kris Vire, Storefront Rebellion
RECOMMENDED! An Irish blessing... An exemplary work that leaves much room for humor and hope. This calm and order dissipate as we become acquainted with the ensemble of ten who bustle through in an expertly crafted opening montage that takes up every inch of the stage.
— Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel, Chicago Reader
There are a lot of different [settings], which can make it difficult on the director. However, “May The Road Rise Up” got a good one. Even with the intimate scale of the Factory Theater, Jeff Award-winning Director Spenser Davis makes full use of the stage, moving seamlessly from scene to scene (with the aid of some fantastic lighting work by David Goodman-Edberg) so much I found myself remarking how well he pulled it off.
— Rick Copper, Northwest Herald
Director Spenser Davis orchestrates this dramedy with authenticity... skillfully balances the serious and the playful. The relationships feel real...
— Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A breath of fresh air... Davis is brilliant at keeping focus where it ought to be... helps these actors to paint each of these people with verisimilitude and grace while keeping the play moving at a fast pace.
— Karen Topham, Chicago Onstage
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photos by Michael Courier

PRODUCTION TEAM

CAST

Assistant Director – Brittney Brown
Stage Manager - Daniel Parsons & Stephanie Ehemann Ingram
Technical Director – Michael Frazel
Costume Designer
– Emma Cullimore
Dialect Coach – Shane Murray-Corcoran
Fight Choreographer/Intimacy Coach – Mandy Walsh
Light Designer – David Goodman-Edberg
Master Electrician – C.W. van Baale
Production Manager – Greg Caldwell
Props Designer – Christine Jennings
Scenic Designer – Evan Frank
Sound Designer – Tony Ingram
Rehearsal Stage Manager – Daniel Parsons
Run Stage Manager – Stephanie Ehemann Ingram
Graphic Designer – Jason Moody
Original Song “May The Road Rise” – Mark Mandeville

Patty – Loretta Rezos
Michael – Vic Kuligoski
Danny – Patrick Blashill
Ruby – Julia Rowley
Sam – Jose Cervantes
Rosie – Bob Pantalone
Andy – Scot West
Don – Zach Bloomfield
Evelyn – Maggie Cain
Mr. Bommer – Ron Quade
Patty u/s – Jessica Goforth
Michael u/s
– Matthew Johnston
Danny u/s – Kevin O’Brien
Ruby u/s – Morgen Kerian
Sam u/s – Topher Leon
Rosie u/s – Carter Caldwell
Andy u/s – Glenn Garrabrant
Don u/s
– Jeffrey Hoge
Evelyn u/s
– Lorraine Freund