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The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story (October-November 2019)

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Up next: this Halloween season, you can see Dina as The Policeman/Angelo in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story with Oak Park Festival Theatre written by David Rice and directed by Skyler Schrempp.

It is 1849, two years after the death of his wife Virginia, and Edgar Allan Poe is haunted — not just by the spectre of his beloved, but also by his own macabre mysteries. During the course of THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, Virginia and Edgar guide the audience from room to room through Oak Park’s historic Cheney Mansion, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons…and deep into a tortured mind, teetering on the brink of sanity. Come and experience favorites like “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell-Tale Heart“and “The Masque of the Red Death” as you’ve never heard or seen them before.

Performances are OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 17
Thursday & Friday (8pm) | Saturday (1pm) | Sunday (3pm)
*PLUS A SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PERFORMANCE ON OCTOBER 31 AT 5PM*

Southern Gothic (September-October 2019)

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Dina is returning to 1961 Ashford, Georgia as the Ellie/Lauren understudy, this time in Windy City Playhouses's new space on South Michigan Ave! This immersive world premiere by Leslie Liautaud takes you through Ellie and Beau Coutier's house as they throw a 40th birthday party and invite their long-time friends. Tom Collins and Mint Juleps are aplenty, and the air is thick with tension. What secrets will be brought to light?

From the "The 5 hottest shows to see now" by the Chicago Tribune:

As you walk into the theater for the play “Southern Gothic” by Leslie Liautaud, your senses immediately intuit that you are approaching a real house built in the 1940s or 1950s. Replete with exterior walls, a functioning lime-green kitchen, a dining room with a table and a soda siphon, a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, wainscoting and whatnot. There is a seemingly working bathroom, front and rear exterior doors and even a patio with a hedge and grill out back. The reason for all of this attention to detail is that you spend 90 minutes inside the house with the eight characters (four variously loving, scheming, cheating and feuding couples) whose political and personal travails make up a play set entirely during an especially fraught dinner party in Ashford, Ga., on June 30, 1961.

As You Like It: Books in Brooks (February-May 2019)

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A new year brings a new adventure! Dina played Rosalind in As You Like It: Books in Brooks with Montana Shakes! for 60 elementary schools across Montana and Wyoming along with three other adventurous actors. After the morning performances, the cast taught in-classroom workshops based off the characters and concepts in the play while incorporating language, physicality, and imagination.

The 35-minute performance will be accompanied by exciting theatrical workshops and introduces Shakespeare to young people in a way that is based on engagement and not apprehension.

Southern Gothic (June-December 2018)

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Dina was the Ellie Coutier and Lauren Lyon understudy in the hit immersive play Southern Gothic at Windy City Playhouse.

She experienced going on for both characters! Each performance was incredibly exhilarating, and vastly different for each character track. With each audience, the energy changed from performance to performance, so no two shows were alike. The immersive nature of the show became the perfect challenge of maintaining intimacy between the actors while audience members filled the corners of every room.

It’s 1961. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin’s on the radio. Everyone’s driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day — old college buddies who’ve known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed...

With just 30 audience members per performance, this immersive production welcomes you to wander about the "set" at your own leisure. You'll act as a fly on the wall, overseeing all the juicy drama unfold up close. With Southern Gothic, we welcome you to choose your own adventure.

Voyage to the Stars (June 2018)

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Dina provided narration for the initial Voyage to the Stars sky show, where her voice will guide cruise-goers in a custom, inflatable planetarium. The concept was so well received, an expanded series of programs is in the works for the entire fleet of cruise ships. Voyage to the Stars was conceived, developed, designed, and produced by Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates in collaboration with Princess Cruises, The Science Channel and Discovery Channel. The voice-over, music, and sound effects were designed by Brave New Pictures, Inc.

Check out the Video/Audio section of the website to hear Dina's narration!

9th Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival (June 2018)

Dina appeared in six one-minute plays directed by Conner Wilson and written by Tony Werner, MT Cozzola, Andrew Bailes, Kamille Dawkins, Ariel Zetina, and Andy Bayiates.

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

Pizza Hut Heartbreaker (May 2018)

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Dina was a part of the staged reading of Pizza Hut Heartbreaker, the second play in Commission Theatre's The Outset: A Reading Series. Brynne Frauenhoffer's writing captivated the full house, and very audible reactions were not uncommon as the night transpired. The play is gut-wrenching, heartfelt, and downright hilarious!

As a teenager, Pizza Hut was the only place that felt like home to Dakota. When the Hut hires Zoe, a straight-A suburban Christian virgin with Ivy League dreams, Dakota doesn’t think she’ll like the bougie newbie much. But after a few shifts, Zoe proves her worth and endears herself to Dakota, who falls for her. Too bad her fellow cook Mike feels the same way.

Amidst the romantic shenanigans, the crew wonders: will General Manager Liz ever leave the back office and, um, do her job? Is Assistant Manager Jaylynn ever going to acknowledge her obvious baby bump? Will driver Billy finally end his infinite engagement, marry his fiance, and move out of her parents’ garage?

She Kills Monsters (March/April 2018)

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"In a time before Facebook, World of Warcraft, or Massive Multiplayer Online RPGs, there once existed simply... a game."

Dina understudied Agnes, Vera, and the Narrator in The Cuckoo's Theater Project's production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nyugen, directed by Angie Forshee. This has quickly become a favorite script of Dina's, as it explores the world of Dungeons and Dragons and magical creatures, as well as the special bond between sisters.

When Agnes' sister, Tilly, tragically dies in high school, Agnes realizes she knows nothing about her. She finds her D&D homespun module, and embarks on an incredible adventure to search for the Lost Soul of Athens, and learns about her sister along the way..

Coriolanus (September 2017)

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Dina was thrilled to be the swing for Commission Theatre's production of Coriolanus. She followed the tracks of Sicinius, Brutus, Virgilia, First Citizen, and Fourth Citizen, and was elated to go on for two performances as the Fourth Citizen! It was a very timely piece for our current political scandals and uprisings, and she had a great time exploring Shakespeare's lesser-known work.

Coriolanus tells the story of wartime hero Caius Marcius, his quick ascension to political power, and the subsequent fallout as his antagonistic demeanor causes his political and societal enemies to grow.

@Will: A Short Play Festival (June 2017)

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This summer is all about Coriolanus with Commission Theatre! Dina performed in Pro-Am written by Brynne Frauenhoffer, directed by Elyse Dolan. @Will: A Short Play Festival showcased six short plays written by local playwrights and inspired by the Shakespearean line:

“I am hushed until our city be afire
and then I’ll speak little”
Coriolanus, Act 5 Scene 3

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