The James Downing Theatre Presents: A Majority of One

The James Downing Theatre's Production of "A Majority of One" opens this weekend!
The James Downing Theatre will present its fall production, “A Majority of One,” opening September 19th, at the John Waldron Arts Center at Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N Oliphant Ave, Chicago, IL 60631.

Evening performances will be at 7:30 pm on Saturdays and matinees will be at 1:30 pm on Sundays, for four weekends, from September 19th through October 11th, 2009.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens and students.
Group rates are available at $13 per person, when reserved in advance.

Season subscriptions for 2009-2010, including three shows (“A Majority of One,” “The Fantasticks” in March 2010 and “Catch Me If You Can” in May 2010) and a Dec. 5, 2009 Holiday Cabaret, are available now for $50 per person, $35 for seniors and students, offering flexible dates within the run of each show.

Contact (773) 792-3030, or go to for reservations and more information.

A Majority of One

“A Majority of One” is directed by Floyd A. May. The Edison Park cast stars Sue Mrotek and Marc Rita. The original 1959 Broadway play starred Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and it also was adapted as a popular film starring Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness.

A classic comedy-drama by Leonard Spiegelgass, the show explores the issues which lead to and can help to overcome intolerance. An American widow and a Japanese businessman develop a warm friendship, but it is not long after the end of World War II, and many still have conflicted emotions about their wartime political enemies. Among those opposing their relationship is her son-in-law, a young diplomat sent to negotiate with a Japanese business delegation. The wiser elders show by example that intolerance – between nations or individuals – comes from a lack of understanding and is not insurmountable.

The title of the play comes from American philosopher Henry David Thoreau: “Any man more right than his neighbors, constitutes a majority of one.” (From “The Duty of Civil Disobedience.”)

Directed By Floyd A. May

Featuring: Thomas J. Akouris, Danelle Baroja, Judiel Bibat, Mark
Bibat, Mark Brewer, Morgan Christiansen, Julie Mitre, Sue Mrotek, Marc Rita & Cary Shoda

Produced & Assistant Directed Joshua Dlouhy
2nd Asst Director & Stage Manager Manny Schenk
Technical Director Steve Kedzierski
Set Design Floyd A. May
Costume Design Linda Waldron & Sue Mrotek
Prop Design Ron Denham


The James Downing Theatre is part of the John Waldron Arts Center, located at Edison Park United Methodist Church. These programs were established to bring community theatre back to Edison Park, and are in memory of two men who devoted their lives and talents to the performing arts.

The late James Downing, an Edison Park native and long-time Park Ridge resident, worked in the Chicago theater community for more than 40 years, directing shows, and teaching acting at the Peggy Sommers Studio in Edison Park (predecessor of the Studio of Dance and Drama in Norwood Park). Among his students were professional actors Karen Black, Carrie Snodgrass and Howard Platt and future U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The late John Waldron, a teacher at Maine South High School, taught a youth acting class, and was very active as an actor in the northwest suburban community theatre scene. He was also a founding member of the Mount Prospect Theatre Society.

For more info about Edison Park United Methodist Church and its programs, please visit

Weekend Wrap Up

The big highlight this weekend-- Renegade Craft Fair!

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

It was super awesome!!! TONS of great folks came out to sell their awesome creations, and TONS more people came out to support them and shop!!!!

Here are some of my favorite shops that we saw:

renegage favorites

1. Handcrafted curiosities by Lori Brown

2. Felt wonders and other clever crafts from abbeychristine

3. Fernworks


To see a list of all the other fabulous shops that attended in the Renegade Craft Fair this year, please check out this links page (warning: be prepared to browse for hours...)
Renegade Craft Fair Artists

The rest of the weekend was spent working on a LARGE stained glass door. I took it home from the theater last weeks and had plans to just clean it up a bit and re-lead the glass. Well, cleaning led to removing all of the lead which lead to a "blank canvas" sort of situation-- so I created a new pattern and painted it in. (It looks awesome! Photos to come later!) I also worked on a Japanese scroll for the upcoming show. I can't show you that-- you'll have to see the show to see it!!!!

A Program of One Acts- This weekend ONLY!

Looking to catch some great live theater this weekend? The James Downing Theatre is performing their Program of One Acts this weekend (and this weekend only!)

The James Downing Theatre Presents: A Program of One Acts



Written by Christopher Durang

Directed by Diane Kumpf


Written by Ron Denham

Directed by Sue Mrotek


Written & Directed by Giau Truong


Written by W.W. Jacobs

Directed by David Downing

Produced by Floyd A. May

Lighting & Sound Design by Steve Kedzierski

Featuring: Hilary Elizabeth Black, Mark Brewer, Ron Denham, Joshua Dlouhy, Samantha Heindl, Matthew Lozano, Terry Maloney, Liliana Mitchell, Angela Mrotek, Sue Mrotek & Giau Truong

August 8th-9th, 2009

Saturday at 7:30pm & Sunday at 1:30pm

John Waldron Arts Center

6740 North Oliphant Avenue

Chicago, IL 60631

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors, $13 Reserved Groups of 10 or More

For Reservations: Call 773.792.3030 or e-mail On the voice-mail you leave or in the e-mail you send, please provide the following information:

  • your full name (first & last)

  • the date of the performance you'd like to attend

  • the number of Adult tickets you'd like reserved

  • the number of Senior/Student tickets you'd like reserved

  • your phone number and/or your e-mail address

Please call or email your reservations today-- space is very limited!!

Hope to see you there!

Bang Bang You're Dead

Hey everyone! The James Downing Theatre's presentation of Bang Bang You're Dead opens this evening! Since your 4th of July plans will be rained out, you should come and check it out! Admission is free! (Yes! FREE!)
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Directed by Jerry Miller
Assistant Directed by Joshua Dlouhy
Lighting & Sound Design by John Rudy
Set Design by Joshua Dlouhy

Featuring: Judiel Bibat, Mark Bibat, Leah Cozad, David Daniels, Laura Deger, Daniel Dorsey, Maria Kelly, Noel Konken & Jessica Thigpen

July 4th - July 26th, 2009
Saturdays at 7:30PM & Sundays at 1:30PM

John Waldron Arts Center
6740 North Oliphant Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Admission is FREE, but Seating is Limited!

For Reservations, call (773) 792-3030 or e-mail

arsenic and old lace- cast photos

We went to see the James Downing Theatre's production of Arsenic and Old Lace Saturday-- it was so good! I am not one to usually laugh out loud during shows, but this one really really cracked me up and there were several scenes that made me laugh. out. loud. (it was that good!!!)

If you haven't seen it yet-- I've got some good news for you! You have three more chances-- April 4th and 5th, and a new show that has *just* been added on April 11th! For more details, check out the website:

Here are a few photos of the cast I took yesterday!
arsenic and old lace

arsenic and old lace

arsenic and old lace

seriously, what a great show! (I'll be adding more images to flickr soon!)
Hope to see you there!!!!

Arsenic & Old Lace- opens this weekend!

Well hello! Long time, no?
It's been a busy coupla weeks! Last week I spent most of the week hanging out with my grandma while mom went to work. Over the weekend and some of this week, I've been busy helping a friend out with his production of Arsenic and Old Lace. I did the postcard, poster and banner designs as well as spent a great number of hours (hours and hours and hours) painting the set! (I will never paint stripes on a wall again!) I've got to admit-- the set looks INCREDIBLE! The show opens this Saturday-- if you're in the Chicagoland area, you should check it out! It's a really great show with a fabulous and talented cast AND it has a FABULOUS set!

The James Downing Theater presents Arsenic and Old Lace The James Downing Theater presents Arsenic and Old Lace

Here's the details:

The John Waldron Arts Center & The James Downing Theatre are proud to
announce their production of ARSENIC & OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring.
Performances run at 7:30pm on SATURDAYS, and at 1:30pm on SUNDAYS,
March 21 – April 5, 2009 at The John Waldron Arts Center, 6740 North
Oliphant Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15
for Students & Seniors. Reserved Groups of 10 or more are $10 each.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (773) 792-3030 or by going to SEATING IS LIMITED!

The enduring comedy classic, ARSENIC & OLD LACE is farcical genius.
Poor Mortimer Brewster, a theatre-hating drama critic who must deal
with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New
York, while he debates whether to go through with his recent promise
to marry the woman he loves. Meanwhile his sweet spinster aunts have
taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of
home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a
pinch" of cyanide. Add a sweet brother who believes he is Teddy
Roosevelt and another brother who's not so nice and is running from
the law with his alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, and you've got
one unforgettable show! Don't miss it!

Produced & Directed by Joshua Dlouhy, Assistant Directed by Mark
Brewer, Lighting Design by Steve Kedzierski, and Set & Costume Design
by Floyd A. May, ARSENIC & OLD LACE features the ensemble talent of
Kelly Andersen, Mark Brewer, Ron Denham, David Downing, Mark L. Kroon,
John Lattuada, Rory Leahy, Terry Maloney, Floyd A. May, Jerry Miller,
Liliana Mitchell, Sue Mrotek, Ben Muller and Michael Zubb.

The John Waldron Arts Center, a program of Edison Park United
Methodist Church, houses The James Downing Theatre and Pintig/Circa
Theatre and is an Arts Resource Center of plays, music & scores. For
more info, contact Jerry Miller at (773) 792-3030, e-mail or go to