Photo Flash: First Look at New Musical About Transgender Soldiers, THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER, Opening Tonight in Chicago
Permoveo Productions, in association with Pride Films & Plays, presents the world premiere production of The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier playing at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., now through October 15, starring former Glee Project star and America's Got Talent Contestant Dani Shay. The production is co-composed and directed by Keaton Wooden, co-composed by Joe Stevens, written by Jay Paul Deratany and is music directed by Jon Schneidman. Opening night is tonight, September 6th, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
This true story, set between 1862 and 1915, tells the astonishing, "timely, essential, insightful" and true story of "an amazing figure from [our] history" (The Windy City Times). In The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier, Albert Cashier is a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today's modern world. Detailing the soldier's life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a life-long secret was discovered: That Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where Cashier lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert's heroism and life.
The cast for The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier includes: Dani Shay (Young Albert), Katherine Condit (Old Albert), Delia Kropp (Nurse), Billy Rude (Jeffrey), Chuck Quinn IV (Billy), Gabe Fries (Collins/Kirby), JorDan Harris (Joe/U/S Jeffrey), Jonathan Stombres (John/Confederate Soldier), Roy Samra (Bugle Boy/Ensemble/U/S Billy and John), Josiah Robinson (Hearing Officer/Ensemble/U/S Joe, Collins and Kirby) and Charlie Baker (U/S Young Baker).
The production and creative team for The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier includes: Jay Paul Deratany (writer/lead producer), Keaton Wooden (director/co-composer/creative producer), Joe Stevens (co-composer), Jon Schneidman (music director), Derek Van Barham (choreography), Robert Ulrich (casting director/producer), Tim Smith (marketing and sales manager), Christopher Pazdernik (associate producer) and David Zak (creative consulting producer).
Photo Credit: Cole Simon
Billy Rude as Jeffrey, Cameron J. Armstrong as Walter (top center), Dani Shay as Young Albert (bottom center) and Chuck Quinn IV as Billy.
Katherine Condit (bottom) as Old Albert and Delia Kropp (top) as Nurse
Dani Shay as Young Albert
Katherine Condit (background) as Old Albert and Dani Shay (foreground) as Young Albert.