Illinois Wesleyan
School of Theatre Arts

The Drowsy Chaperone


 by Sam Shepard

September 30, October 1, 2, 3, 4 @ 8:00PM

October 5 @ 2:00PM


First performed in December of 1985, this play is filled with enormous vitality and humor. The story explores the destinies of two families, linked by marriage but set apart by jealousies and distrust. The play won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. This landmark play received some amazing reviews at the time of its origination. "...unforgettable." —Time Magazine. "A LIE OF THE MIND is a mesmerizing, emotionally raw play that once again pulls the view into Shepard's distinctive world of disturbed reality and hungry hearts." —Variety "Sam Shepard is surely the only dramatist alive who could tell a story as sad and frightening as this one and make such a funny play of it without ever skimping on its emotional depth." —The New Yorker.


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Forrest Loeffler

as Baylor

Forrest is a junior BFA Acting major from Lexington, Ky. 


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Nick Castellanos

as Frankie

Nick is a senior BFA Acting major from Island Lake, IL. 


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Steven Czajkowski

as Jake

Steven is a junior BFA Music Theatre major and German minor from Skokie, IL. He has served on several crews for previous McPherson shows, including A Shayna Maidel (light hang electrician), Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert 2013: Sins (light hang electrician), As You Like It (light hang electrician), and 9 to 5 (run crew). In the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre, he appeared in Treasure (James Monroe). Steven was Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone and has performed in scenes for the Directing 1 class and in Shringara Theatre Company's production of House of Sleeping Beauties (Kawabata).


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Alec Sutton

as Mike

Alec is a junior BFA Acting major from Oakford, IL. Positions in McPherson include for A Shayna Maidel (light hang electrician), 9 to 5 (light hang electrician), As You Like It (fly crew head), and Faculty Choreographed Dance Crew 2013: Sins (light hang electrician). As an actor, Alec appeared in A Class Act (Lehman Engel), scenes for the Directing 1 class, and was cast in 24 Hour Theatre Festival and in Music Theatre Society's production of Bloomer Girl (Hamilton Calhoun). He was also in Shringara Theatre's production of Harvest (cyborg/agent). "Special thanks to my friends and family for supporting and encouraging me during this process.


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Casey Cudmore

as Meg

Casey is a senior BFA Acting major and Psychology minor from Lilburn, Ga.


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Shen Yee Choong

as Beth

Shen Yee is a junior BFA Acting major from Kedah, Malaysia. 


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Debra Madans

as Sally

Debra is a BFA Music theatre major from Glenview, IL. 


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Alexa Eldridge

as Lorraine

Alexa is a junior BFA Acting major from Bentonville, AR. She appeared in McPherson Hay Fever (Clara), and has served on many crews in McPherson for A Shayna Maidel (wardrobe crew), 9 to 5 (light hang electricians), and As You Like It (usher). In the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory theatre, she served on wardrobe crew for Red Devils. As an actor, Alexa has performed in Steel Magnolias (Truvy) and in the Directing I class scenes. "Special thanks to Rob and Eva Eldridge, the most amazing, supportive, and loving parents in the world. Without you I wouldn't be on this stage tonight. An extra special thanks to my beautiful sister, Kayla. You inspire me every day to touch others with my gift as you have with yours."



Production Team

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Katelyn VanPetten

Assistant Director


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Iris Sowlat




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