By Beth Hyland
Directed by Rebecca Willingham
August 26th-September 4th, 2016


Praise for for annie:

"Director Rebecca Willingham guides the ensemble with a strong, sure hand...what Beth Hyland does so well is present For Annie with an authentic lens. Thanks to Hyland's genuine voice and a terrific cast, For Annie is as entertaining...as it can possibly be. See it."

- Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

“For Annie” is a difficult yet endearing play about what it means to be a woman, now and for all time. And it is exactly the kind of art that we desperately need more of."

- Kevin Greene, New City Stage

Annie Lambert was murdered in the middle of her senior year.
So now, her sisters in the BTA sorority at SUNY Onondaga are honoring her memory in the best way they know how: they're putting on a play.
For Annie uses Greek chorus, pop music, dance, and a whole lot of glitter to explore grief, guilt, sisterhood, and what it means to remember.

For Annie was originally developed in the New Colony Writers Room, 2016



Leah/Annie - Hannah Sawicki
Jessie - Ella Pennington  
Nora - Kaye Winks
Kaela - Georgi McCauley
Chelsea/Casey - Charlotte Thomas
Rachel/Tammy - Claire Orzel
Emily/Conner - C. Jaye Miller
Lauren/Bruce - Natalie Joyce Smith
A Spirit - Erin O'Shea
Raf/Nick - Daniel Shtivelberg
Mitch/Max - Nick Day

Production Stage Manager - Kasey Trouba
Scene & Graphic Design - Gregory Culley
Costume Design - Jerica Hucke
Lighting Design - Nathan Kubik
Sound & Projection Design - Ben Zeman
Choreographer - Kim Green
Fight Choreographer - Alejandro Tey
Assistant Stage Manger - Anna Joaquin 

All photos by Cole Simon



By Beth Hyland
Directed by Rebecca Willingham
Additional music by Patrick Budde

July 2nd-18th, 2015
The Den Theatre
The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival


Seagulls, a contemporary indie rock adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Seagull, follows four friends and bandmates at a small college as they struggle to achieve artistic greatness without losing themselves--or each other. 

Cast and Creative team

Nina - Ella Pennington
Con - Sammy Zeisel
Masha - Anna Basile
Simon - Will Sonheim

Production Stage Manager - Kasey Trouba
Scene & Lighting Design - Gregory Culley
Sound Design - Will Quam
Music Direction - Patrick Budde


"Seagulls is a sharp jab to the heart...I certainly hope some enterprising company targeting a young audience is wise enough to pick it up."
-Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

production photos