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December 2 – January 29, 2023
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Previews: December 2, 2022-December 10, 2022
Regular Run: December 12, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm
Run time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on a story by Larry L. King

Nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this bawdy-but-wholesome crowd-pleaser skewers pretension, celebrates life and touches the heartstrings. Miss Mona, the madam of a beloved Texas whorehouse, finds her business suddenly under attack from a television evangelist and local politicians. A raucous, red-blooded, hilarious musical comedy about a “Lil Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” Whorehouse took Broadway by storm and continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. Join us for a New Year’s Eve toast on December 31 with a complimentary glass of bubbles following the performance!

*Please note: No performances Dec. 22-25 and Jan. 1
**Please note: The role of Miss Mona will be played by Khaki Pixley for the performances on December 16-18.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

We are grateful to our Production Costume Sponsors Jim DeLapp & Suzann Campbell DeLapp.

Special thanks to our community partner Early to Bed.

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Photo credit Liz Lauren.

Production Team

Director – Landree Fleming

(she/her; Director) THEO: Once Upon a Mattress. CHICAGO: Co-Director: Fun Home (Paramount); Associate/Assistant Director: Beauty and the Beast (Paramount), Noises Off (Windy City Playhouse) & First Lady Suite (Circle). In addition to directing, she’s performed at Paramount, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Marriott, Porchlight, Theatre at the Center, and Griffin. She’s appeared on Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and is a member of the podcast Encounter Party!, which spent 7+ weeks on Apple’s New & Noteworthy Charts and charted in 50 countries for Comedy Fiction. “Thank you so much to everyone involved, and love to August and Layla.”

Music Director – Isabella Isherwood

(she/her; Music Director) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Cruel Intentions (Kokandy), Little Shop of Horrors (Citadel) and Sister Act (Mercury). A Chicago-based music director, vocal coach, actor, and jazz pianist/vocalist. Isabella has had the great privilege of sharing her music in venues both at home and internationally. So much love to her family for their endless support, and to this amazing cast and company for making this beautiful thing possible. IG: Isabella.Isherwood |

Choreographer - Jenna Schoppe

(she/her; Choreographer) THEO: Godspell & Once Upon a Mattress. CHICAGO: Yank! (Jeff Award – Best Choreography, Pride Films & Plays); Nunsense, Call Me Madam, Do Re Mi and The Rink (Porchlight Revisits); Mamma Mia (Highland Park Players); Bobbie Clearly (Steep); & The Producers (Jeff nom, Nightblue). Next: The Threepenny Opera (Theo).

Scenic Designer – Manuel Ortiz

(he/him; Scenic Designer) THEO: Debut. Manuel received his BFA in Acting at DePaul University’s Theater School and expanded his love of theatre as a Technical Director, Scenic Designer, Props Master, Scenic Charge and many more hats! After teaching for a number of years, Manuel’s artistic mission has evolved to utilize theatre as a gateway to explore the wonders and implications of a creative mindset on and off stage. Manuel hopes to better the theatre community through education and mentorship and is blessed and humbled that Theo’s goals of bettering our thriving artistic community align!

Lighting Designer – Josiah Croegart

(he/him; Lighting Designer) THEO: Godspell (Asst. Lighting Designer) & this season’s Production Electrician. CHICAGO: Lighting Designer, Last Hermanos (Red Orchid) & Assoc. Lighting Designer, Rent (Porchlight).

Properties Designer – Lonnae Hickman

(she/her, Season Props Designer) Theo: Godspell and Refuge. Chicago/Regional: American Players, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Urban Theatre Company, Theatre Wit, and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Lonnae grew up in Milwaukee but has adopted Chicago as her new home after graduating from DePaul’s Theatre School with a double major in Theatre and History. She’s passionate about finding stories that not only need to be told but have slipped through the cracks of the theatre world.

Costume Designer – Gregory Graham

(he/him; Costume Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: 1919 (Steppenwolf); Enough to Let The Light In (Teatro Vista); Private Lives (Raven); The Garbologist & Fireflies (Northlight); Rent & Porchlight Revisits Passing Strange (Porchlight); Gloria & Reverb (UIC); On the Greenbelt & Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Strawdog); The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (Court); Dream: A Community Reimaging of A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Chicago Shakes). REGIONAL: Raisin (Skylight Music Theatre). Education: BA in Theatre Design, University of Illinois at Chicago . gregorygrahamdesign,com

Assistant Director/Dramaturg – Lillian Castillo

(she/her; Asst. Director & Dramaturg) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Onstage in The Music Man (Goodman); Taming of the Shrew and Ride the Cyclone (Chicago Shakes); Mamma Mia, Kiss Me Kate, She Loves Me and Pinkalicious (Marriott); & Steel Magnolias, Hairspray, and West Side Story (Drury Lane). Also the voice of “Jocasta Stormwood” on Mythic Thunderlute: A D&D Podcast Musical. A Chicago-based actor, singer and artist, Lillian is plum tickled to be a part of this creative team and production.

Assistant Choreographer/Swing – J Alan

(J/she, Asst. Choreographer & Ensemble Swing) THEO: Once Upon A Mattress (“Wizard” & Asst. Choreographer) & 8-Track (Asst. Director/Choreographer). CHICAGO: “Zachy Price” in Big Fish (Boho), “Angie” in Gypsy (Porchlight) & “Trivia” in Land of Forgotten Toys (CPA Theatricals). J Alan is pleased to be joining Landree and Jenna at Theo for another huge reimagined musical comedy! She thanks her fellow Unionized Starbie folk for their patience, and hopes you enjoy your trip to 1970’s Texas!

Sound Designer – Stefanie M. Senior

(she/her, Season Sound Designer) Theo: 8-Track, Godspell, and Refuge. Chicago: Somewhere Over the Border & Enough to Let the Light In (Teatro Vista); Wellesley Girl (Compass Theatre); and Whose Body (Lifeline). Regional: Ada and the Engine (Cardinal Stage); Working and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Depot Theatre); The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Topdog/Underdog (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). She also works on the podcast I’ve Been Meaning to Listen to That.

Intimacy Coordinator – Kirsten Baity

(they/them; Intimacy Choreographer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO/REGIONAL: Rent (Porchlight), Cruel Intentions (Kokandy), The Magnolia Ballet (About Face), and Sugar in Our Wounds (Richmond Triangle Players). Kirsten is a multifaceted theatre person focused on intimacy design, theatre education, and playwriting. They have consulted on productions and developed consent-based workshops with The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, For Youth Inquiry, Life Span, and Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline. Proud member of the Intimacy Coordinators of Color cohort and About Face Theatre’s Green Room Collective.

Stage Manager – Michelle Elyse Levinson

(she/they; Stage Manager) THEO: Debut. REGIONAL: Murder for Two, Oliver!, The Mousetrap, and Private Lives (The Winnipesaukee Playhouse); Three Musketeers, Antigone, The Ghost Tour: Staged Reading, Twelfth Night, and Where Did We Sit On The Bus? (Cleveland Play House); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Joan, and Shakespeare in Love (Ohio Shakespeare Festival); and Tovic Tomte & The Trolls (Talespinner Children’s Theatre). A recent transplant from NE Ohio, they are excited for their Chicagoland debut!

Production Manager – Molly Smith

(they/them, Production Manager) Theo: Asst. Stage Manager on Godspell, Production Manager on Refuge and current Director of Production. An arts manager and dancemaker originally from Charlotte, NC; Smith has a BS in Dance & Arts Management from OCU and has been a company member of Chicago Tap Theatre since 2018. Molly is a dance teacher and choreographer; they are also a co-founder of and musician in Them the Band. They have experience in company management, stage management, production management, and arts administration for various theatres throughout Chicagoland. Molly is thrilled to work with this wonderful team!


Add a 3-course prix fixe meal when you purchase your tickets for just $30!

Arrive early and enjoy dinner before the show! Dinner service commences 90 minutes prior to showtime (it is not served during the performance) and must be reserved 1 week in advance. Please ensure you contact the box office at the time of purchase to request the vegetarian option if preferred. (Drinks & gratuity not included.) 

Dinner provided by Cross-Rhodes Evanston

First course:
Tossed Salad made with romaine mix, tomato, cucumber, onion, olive oil and vinegar dressing.

BBQ Chicken: half free range chicken with our special BBQ sauce, served with a skewer of seasonal grilled vegetables

Vegetarian Entree:

(must be requested through the Box Office at the time of purchase):
Vegetarian Mousaka (casserole): potato, eggplant, zucchini, cheese and egg custard topping
Carrot Cake with walnuts and made with vanilla cream cheese


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