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by Francis M. Brady
Presented in partnership with Invictus Theatre Company
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7 p.m.
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 7 p.m.
Run time is approximately 45 minutes
Father Ed Murray has been a priest for 50 years. On the morning he’s saying goodbye to his longtime housekeeper, Mary Shaughnessy, he receives a mysterious visitor in the rectory who forces him to confront his past with Mary. When she arrives, the three debate what they’ve done and argue for salvation.
Charles Askenaizer - Director
Charles Askenaizer is thrilled to direct this timely piece with such a talented group! Charles is the founder and Artistic Director of Invictus Theatre Company in Chicago. He has worked professionally in Chicago as an actor and director for 12 years. Recent directing credits include Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* (Invictus Theatre, *Jeff Recommended, Reader Recommended), Hamlet* (Invictus Theatre, *Reader Recommended), The Merchant of Venice (Invictus Theatre), 'night, Mother* (Assoc. Director- Invictus Theatre *Reader Recommended), Othello: The Moor of Venice (Invictus Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Bare Knuckles Production), Julius Caesar (Assoc. Director- Brown Paper Box Theater), Two Gentlemen of Verona* (Reutan Collective *Reader Recommended), and one act plays and solo shows through Chicago Dramatists' Page to Stage classes. Charles has also directed abridged productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest with youth in the Cook County probation system through Invictus's Shakespeare in the Courts program and Romeo and Juliet through Invictus's partnership with Lawrence Hall (a community-based service agency committed to helping heal the effects of childhood trauma). This fall, Charles will direct and act in Invictus's production of Julius Caesar. Love and thanks to Frank, the Invictus family, Mom, Dad, Morgan, Moriah, Saneida, Furiosa, and the Bug.
Chuck Munro - Father Ed
Chuck was most recently seen as Reverend Winemiller in Violet Sky Theatre's production of Summer and Smoke. He is a proud company member of Invictus Theatre where he has appeared in productions of Hamlet (Ghost, Gravedigger 2), The Merchant of Venice (Antonio) and A Raisin in the Sun (Karl Lindner). Chuck is a Tampa native, where he appeared in A Man’s A Man, The Rivals, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Zoo Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac and Loose Ends. Chicago credits include The Cherry Orchard (Center Theatre), The Killing Game (Alliance Theatre), and The Chicago premiere of the musical A Dance Against Darkness.
Rachel Livingston – Saint Agnes
Regional: WEDDING ITALIANO featuring Frankie Avalon (Palace Theater Wisconsin Dells); GUYS AND DOLLS (Williams Street Rep). Chicago: Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Invictus Theatre); THE CONDITION OF FEMME (Circle Theatre); ANYTHING GOES (Music Theater Works); BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, CHRISTMAS CAROL, and THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Metropolis PAC). Rachel holds a BA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University Bloomington and has continued studies with Black Box, Second City Chicago, and The Groundlings. Thank you for supporting live theatre! www.actorlivingstonipresume.com
Sue Thomas – Mary Shaughnessy
Sue Thomas is delighted to have this opportunity to share the stage with Rachel and Chuck in this very special production of Rectitude. Sue’s experience on stage and off has been with CenterStage in Lake Forest, in such productions as Steel Magnolias (Truvy), Damn Yankees (Mrs. Welsh), Miracle on 34th Street (Doris), among others. Many thanks to Francis Brady for having the faith to cast me, and to my family and friends for their loving support.
Francis M. Brady – Playwright
Frank is ecstatic to partner with Invictus for this show. His first play, Museum Piece, was in 2019, before stages went black. Since curtains came back up Frank has won a prize for a short play, Light for Judging, in the 2022 Fralin Art Museum’s Writers’ Eye Contest. All thanks to the exceptional talents of Charles, Sue, Chuck, Rachel, and MJ that brought Rectitude to life. Love to MJ, Eily, and Emmet.
Date & Time
Aug 18 - 19, 2022
Invictus Theatre Company - Reginald Vaughn Theater1106 West Thorndale Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660