Neala Barron, Johnny Kyle Cook & More to Star in Brown Paper Box's A NEW BRAIN; Full Cast Announced

The Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production, A NEW BRAIN, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Finn and James Lapine. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM from February 21-March 9 at Rivendell Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood (5779 N. Ridge Ave.). Ticketing information and more will be posted at

Gordon Schwinn is a frustrated composer for a despotic children's television show host. When he is diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain, he is confronted with the very real possibility that his musical legacy will be cut short. William Finn's semi-autobiographical musical is energetic, sardonic, and poignant in its exploration of anxiety, self-doubt, and the healing power of art.

The cast includes Neala Barron (Kate's Dates, Waltzing Mechanics) as Lisa, Johnny Kyle Cook (Adrift in Macao, Innate Volution Theatre Company) as Richard, Billy Dawson (Spamalot, NightBlue Theater) as Roger Delli-Bovi, Martin J. Hughes (A Christmas Carol, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre) as Dr. Berensteiner, Paul G. Miller (I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Lost Note Theatre) as Mr. Bungee, Jason Richards (Shrek the Musical, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Avenue Q, NightBlue Theater [Jeff Award]) as Gordon Schwinn, Anna Schutz* (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, The Brown Paper Box Co.) as Waitress/Nancy D., Nick Shoda* (Evolution/Creation, Quest Theatre Ensemble) as Minister, Denise Tamburrino (The Light in the Piazza, Theo Ubique) as Mimi Schwinn, and Jillian Weingart (The Snow Queen, Piccolo Theatre) as Rhoda.

The production team includes M. William Panek* (director), T.J. Anderson (musical director), Jaime Giovannone (set/properties designer), Cat Wilson (lighting designer), Stephanie Rohr* (assistant director), Justin Harner (assistant musical director), Danny Spagnuolo* (choreographer), Patrick J. Butterfield* (house manager), Michelle Kritselis* (dramaturg), Charlie Sheets* (graphic designer), and Luke Michael Grimes (casting associate).

*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.

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