Suzanne is a graduate of The Players Workshop of Second City, The School at Steppenwolf and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Her “day job” is producing specialized research in the field of Illinois workers’ compensation law. Her joy is her daughter, Kara, who is a college senior. Her insanity is having adopted 3 rambunctious rescue dogs! Mama’s Boy is Suzanne’s third production on the director’s side of the table. She assisted Jeff Casey with Cockeyed and Pageant Play and is looking forward to working on Towle’s upcoming comedy, The Smell of the Kill. As an actor, Suzanne’s favorite roles include 3 at the Towle: Shirley Valentine (Shirley); Good Boys and True (Elizabeth); and The Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Nancy). Other favorites include Lost in Yonkers (Bella); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen); Lend Me a Tenor (Maria Merelli); and Getting Out (Arlene).
Martin Downs (Lee Harvey Oswald)
Martin is thrilled to make his Towle Theater debut in Mama's Boy, especially after spending so much of his early theatre career as part of the Towle Youth Theater Ensemble. After attending the Chicago High School for the Arts, Martin received his Theatre degree from Northwestern University. Post-graduation, Martin has studied at the iO Training Center, and teaches workshops in improv and comedy. Past theatre credits include Peter Pan (Peter), Assassins (Sam Byck), Venus in Fur (Thomas), and Columbinus (Freak/Eric). Martin has also spent a large part of his career performing Commedia Dell'Arte: he has served as Artistic Director of the Panini Players at Northwestern, Assistant Director of At Your Service at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and is currently the Associate Artistic/Education Director of Laughing Stock Theatre in Chicago.
Rosie O’Leary (Marina Oswald)
Mama's Boy marks Rosie's first show with Towle Theater and she is thrilled to be a part of this amazing cast and crew. Rosie lives on the north side of Chicago and most recently understudied at Strawdog Theatre in their production of The Revolutionists. Rosie moved to Chicago two and half years ago after working on a year and half tour with the National Players based out of Olney, MD. Rosie received her BFA in Acting from Boston University. In Rosie's spare time she enjoys baking, riding her bike (when it's warm), and hosting wine and cheese soirees.
R.J. Cecott (Robert Oswald)
RJ is an award-winning Chicago actor and proud graduate of Illinois State University (’17) with a B.S. in Acting. Favorite credits include Eric Harris in columbinus, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dennis in This Is Our Youth, March Hare in Alice in Wonderland (ISU), Leo Joseph-Connell in 4,000 Miles (Steel Beam Theatre), Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (Albright Theatre), Roland in Constellations (Heritage Theatre Company), Prior Walter in Angels in America, Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical (Moraine Valley Community College) and Justin Hammond in After Ashley (Irene Ryan Nomination). Film and Television credits include Blood Moon River, House of Whores (Horror Society Award – Best Actor)and Chicago Med (NBC). A huge thank you to Jeff Casey for the opportunity! Next: Derek Coburn / Smoke and Mirrors (Dunes Summer Theatre), Alan Strang / Equus (Albright Theatre).
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