Book by Jeffrey Lane, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbeck, Based on the film by Pedro Almodovar
A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's beloved film of the same name, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is the brainchild of the talented team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Both touching and hilarious, WOMEN ON THE VERGE is a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son Carlos; Pepa's friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer, and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work.
Brittany is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major from Bloomington, IL. She was last seen in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre production of Red Devils (Alice). Previous McPherson shows include 9 to 5 (ensemble), and The Children's Hour (wardrobe crew), Hello Again (light hang electrician), Tartuffe (wardrobe crew), and Promenade (usher). Brittany is also involved in the Student Choreographed Dance Concert, Cohesion Dane Company, Shringara Theatre Company, and SoTA Shoppe.
Theatre in Do-Overs. Professionally, Kelsey performed in 101 Dalmatians (Trixie, ensemble) at Stages St. Louis. "I'd like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me; and I'd especially like to thank the IWU faculty, as well as this amazing cast and crew, for making my experience in my firs college production so positive and fun!"
in A Class Act (Sophie Callan), 9 to 5 (Margaret), and Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert 2013: Sins (dancer). Heather participated in the Music Theatre Society's production of Bloomer Girl (Evalina), and has been a dancer and choreographer in the Student Choreographed Dance Concert 2012 and 2013 here at IWU. "Special thanks to my friends and family for their love and support, especially my mom, Aunt Cheri, and Uncle Steve."
as Pepa's Concierge
stage manager). Sarah also worked in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre production of Red Devils (dramaturg). She acted in the Directing 1 class scenes and the Ethnodrama Project I Just Knew. This summer, thanks to an Eckley Summer Research grant, Sarah worked with the Tangleknot Theatre's production of Nickel and Dimed (dramaturg, asst. stage manager, audience development, and outreach associate). "Special thanks to my truly incredible family and friends. I love you. Thank you for everything."
and A Class Act (wardrobe crew). She has performed in the Phoenix Theatre in Steel Magnolias (Annelle).
(Beethoven) and with the Music Theatre Society in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Melvin P. Thorpe) and Bloomer Girl (Beethoven). Jordan has also performed in the Student Choreographed Dance Concert here at IWU.
as Conor Finnerty-Esmonde
Maidel (light hang electrician), 9 to 5 (run crew), As You Like It (light hang electrician), and Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert 2013: Sins (follow spot operator). In the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre, Chris was involved with The Memory of Water (wardrobe crew), and acted in the Directing I class scenes.