Duplicity Ensemble to Premiere FOLK BOUND as Inaugural Production
Duplicity Ensemble presents the world premiere of Anne Walaszek's Folk Bound, the story of a young woman's trek through a world made up of folk stories. Beginning with a telegram from a bird, Lucy senses that something has gone terribly wrong. She sets out on a great journey to return to her mother, only to find that things are worse than she could possibly have imagined. Filled with original music by composer Pamela Maurer (a.k.a Baby Money) and choreography by Annaleah Tubbin, the story follows Lucy on her quest for home, wherever and whatever that may be.
Anne Walaszek is a Chicago based playwright, actor and costumier. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her plays have been produced at her alma mater and Three Brothers Theatre. This spring, her play Cupid, Stung by a Bee will be showcased at Strawdog Theatre. As an actor, Anne was most recently seen in the Building Stage's production of Dawn, Quixote. She works as the Assistant to the Outside Projects Coordinator in the Steppenwolf Theatre Costume Shop.
Nathan Wonder is a Chicago based actor, director and deviser of new work. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from the Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After working with local companies like Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Building Stage, Nathan founded Duplicity Ensemble, a new and vital theatre dedicated to producing original plays with music and dance.
Pamela Maurer is an actor, artist and musician based in Chicago (and currently sharing her time with Cincinnati, OH). Originally from small-town Colorado, she is a graduate of the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance. After graduating, she went on to appear as an actor on many stages around the city, and as a musician at many concert venues, barrooms, and events. For a handful of years she lent her voice and washboard skills to the 2010 National Battle of the Jug Bands winners, the Barehand Jug Band, she went on to form one half of the rhythm and revival duo Poor Elvis and started a solo project Baby Money (and her band the Down Payments) in November of 2012. She has composed and arranged music for the Building Stage--where she was also an actor, designer and ensemble member--lead a band of ghostly ladies at Trap Door Theatre, and is proud to call "Folkbound" her first full 'musical.' Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Baby Money's (aka Pamela Maurer) first full-length record, In Memory of John Doe, set for release on May 30th, 2014 at the Hideout Inn, Chicago.
Annaleah Tubbin began dancing at the age of 3 when her parents tossed her in a Ballet class. Over the years she has studied Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, Musical Theatre, African and Hip Hop. Annaleah graduated with a B.S. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon, and has her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Northwestern University where she focused her studies on musical theatre representations of the American family post-World War II. She served as choreographer for Portland Parks and Recreation (Dear Edwina) and New Moon Productions (Schoolhouse Rock, Live!), for both youth and adult shows. She also conceived, directed and choreographed a Broadway musical review, When My Heart is Here. Annaleah currently serves as the studio manager of Glenwood Dance Studio, where she looks forward to teaching tap and musical theatre in the spring.
FOLK BOUND features a multi-talented ensemble of actors - all of whom are making their Duplicity Ensemble debut: Chelsea Angeletti, Johnny Kyle Cook, Taylor Glowac, Jason Nykiel, Amy Rapp, Carolyn Sinon, and Anna Zerwer.
About Duplicity Ensemble: Duplicity Ensemble was founded by four Chicago-based artists on October 11, 2013. Pamela Maurer serves as the resident composer, Annaleah Tubbin as the choreographer, Anne Walaszek as the playwright, and Nathan Wonder as the Artistic Director.
Duplicity Ensemble is a theatre company dedicated to producing new plays that include live music and dance. Their original productions explore the lies we tell ourselves and the challenges we face that come from within.