Speak low if you speak love
Laila Abdo (Don Pedro), a first-generation Lebanese-American, grew up in southern Illinois. Abdo is ecstatic to be playing with Stone Soup Shakespeare again after appearing as Jacques/Silvius in As You Like It (Tour 2014), directed by Eric Mercado. Abdo has enjoyed premiering new work, including Chicago playwright Jon Steinhagen's Devil's Day Off at Signal Ensemble Theatre and the principle role of Callie in the collaborative endeavor The Faustian Flag with director Patrick Sutton and writer Martin Maguire at the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. She has acted as cultural consultant and dramaturg for Mustard Seed Theatre’s premiere of The Human Terrain by Jennifer Blackmer. She is an accomplished musician who plays piano, trombone, and euphonium and is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. Abdo has degrees in Biology and Music from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
For more than thirty years Kim Curlee (Leonato) has been blessed with the opportunity of performing in numerous productions including works by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepherd, and a host of other writers. He is thrilled for the chance to play with the Stone Soupers, and hopes that he may finally cobble together a fitting performance for one and all.
Emily Green (Hero/Dogberry) is excited to be making her Stone Soup Shakespeare debut! In a move of stunning wisdom, she moved from Florida to Chicago in January of this year. She recently appeared in To The New Girl with The Foundlings Theatre Company in Chicago. Regional: Hippodrome Theatre: Clybourne Park (Betsy/Lindsey), The Tempest (Antonio), Slasher, A Christmas Carol. MFA: University of Florida. BFA: Millikin University.
Ken Miller (Benedick)* is very glad to be back with Stone Soup Shakespeare this summer. He has previously toured with their Parlour Macbeth, Tempest, and Midsummer Night's Dream, and directed the 2014 staged reading of Measure for Measure. Ken is a graduate of Millikin University ('10) and currently lives and works in Chicago. In the past he has collaborated with Oak Park Festival, the Hamlet Project, the Plagiarists, Nothing Special Productions, Redtwist, Strangeloop, and Creative Wellness.
Ryan Negron (Claudio) hails from the frigid northern kingdom of Chicago, and is currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale as BA with an emphasis in performance. Prior to college Ryan has performed in plays and musicals such as: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), It’s a Wonderful Life (Clarence), Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story (Father Mark),Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (John Quincy Adams) and many others. Ryan is excited and honored to be chosen to play the role of Claudio in Stone Soup’s touring production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Julia Stemper (Beatrice)* returns to the Stone Soup Shakespeare Tour for her 5th adventure. Most recently she appeared as St. Sebastian in The Plagiarists production of these saints will burn. She currently calls Chicago home and is lucky enough to have performed with such fun companies as Ka-Tet, Lifeline, First Folio, Red Tape and a cool collaboration between Filament Theatre and The Gift. Julia has had the joy of performing in venues from DC's National Museum of American History to London's Globe Theatre. MFA: Royal Conservatorie of Scotland. BA: Macalester College.
Brittany Stock (Margaret/Friar/Conrade) is so excited and grateful to tour with Stone Soup this year! She is a Chicago-based actor and has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Fox Valley Repertory, The Waltzing Mechanics, The Right Brain Project, Underscore Theatre Company, Bard and Fool Theatre Group, and Hope Summer Repertory. Brittany holds a B.A. in Theatre from Hope College where she had the honor of performing at the national level of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in the original production of Rose and the Rime.
Dan Wenzel, Jr. is excited to be a part of his first Stone Soup Shakespeare Tour. He is a recent graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago where he majored in Theatre Performance and could have been spotted in: Cloud 9, Full Circle, Foxy Widow, and The Winter's Tale; as well as others. Post-graduation theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Piccolo Theatre), A Night Out (A Red Orchid Theatre), Men Exposed (Redtwist Theatre), MARiN and The Shoe Dog (Stoop Feast). He can be seen in independent films: Greyout, TEMPUS, Greencoat, and Runaway; and is four time WFW Champion on his own YouTube project: Worldwide Fantasy Wrestling. He'd like to thank William Shakespeare for this opportunity. "Bill, you're a real cool guy."
*denotes Stone Soup Shakespeare company member