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Photo Flash: Janet Ulrich Brooks Stars As Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS At Stage 773

TimeLine Theatre Company announces members of the cast and creative team for Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about the formidable opera star Maria Callas, inspired by a series of classes she taught at Julliard in the 1970s.

TimeLine Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks (she/her) stars as the legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Brooks is a six-time Jeff Award nominee for her roles at TimeLine including 33 Variations, A Walk in the Woods, and All My Sons. She most recently played to critical acclaim last season as Queen Elizabeth II in TimeLine's extended run of Peter Morgan's The Audience.

TimeLine's Master Class will also feature Eric Anthony Lopez (he/him), a past American Idol contestant with credits on Broadway and London's West End, as Tenor/Tony; Molly Hernandez (she/her), named one of the Chicago Tribune Theater Loop's "Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre" in 2017, as First Soprano/Sophie; and Keirsten Hodgens (she/her), who recently wowed audiences in Ragtime at Marriott Theatre, as Second Soprano/ Sharon. Also appearing will be Stephen Boyer (he/him) as Manny and Raymond Hutchison (he/him) as Stagehand.

TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling (he/him), who also directed The Audience, will stage McNally's glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera's most iconic talents. Bowling is a seven-time Jeff Award recipient for Outstanding Direction, including for TimeLine's memorable productions of The History Boys, The Normal Heart, and Fiorello!

TimeLine's Master Class will be music directed by six-time Jeff Award recipient Doug Peck (he/him), who previously music directed Fiorello! and Juno at TimeLine. Peck's extensive credits include work at Chicago's Court, Goodman, and Chicago Shakespeare theaters, and regional theaters across the United States.

The production team includes Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Designer, he/him); Sally Dolembo (Costume Designer, she/her); Jessica Neill (Lighting Designer, she/her); TimeLine Associate Artist Andrew Hansen (Sound Designer and Composer, he/him); Katie Cordts (Wig and Hair Designer, she/her); Vivian Knouse (Properties Designer, she/her); TimeLine Associate Artist Eva Breneman (Dialect Designer, she/her); Lucas Garcia (Co-Dramaturg, they/them); Maren Robinson (Co-Dramaturg, she/her); and Luci Kersting (Stage Manager, she/her).

Performances run through December 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago, TimeLine's alternate location for one production each season. For tickets and information, visit or call the Stage 773 Box Office at (773) 327-5252.

Photo Credit: Lara Goetsch

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