About the Program
Did you know that Dolly Parton wrote Jolene and I Will Always Love You in one night? Or that Carole King was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice? We’re capping off our stellar run of Wife of a Salesman with a high-energy concert devoted to the queens of popular music. An all-Chicago lineup of musicians takes you through the hits from the 1940’s to today that shaped music as we know it. Join us as we pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to some of pop music's most influential women.
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Please note: To keep the health of you, the audience, a top priority, there may be shifts in the 2021/22 production plans including updates to performance dates, artists and titles. Rest assured that we will work with you to be flexible if anything changes.
Meet the Artists
Harper Abigail Caruso (she/her) is a musical director and musician based in Chicago. You can hear her playing keys for local 70s/80s band “Rock N’ Soul”, as well as musical directing shows around town. She is excited to be working with Writer’s Theater this spring in multiple capacities! Harper likes long walks on the beach, has a killer sense of humor, and a nice butt.
Caitlin Dobbins is originally from Tennessee and graduated from Columbia College Chicago in Musical Theatre. Caitlin is represented by Gray Talent Group. Currently Caitlin can be seen in Underscores Theater’s world premiere Notes and Letters April 24-May 23. Recent Chicago credits are: Laced (“Audra U/S”) at About Face Theatre, Fireflies (“Olivia U/S”) at Northlight, Pump Boys and The Dinettes (“Rhetta/Prudie” Swing) at Porchlight Theatre, A Doll’s House (“Nora” U/S) at Raven’s Theatre, Big Fish (“The Witch") at Boho Theatre, Head Over Heels (“Ensemble/Pamela U/S) at Kokandy Production, Wife Material (“Luci”) at Underscore Theatre, and Beehive The Musical (“Tina Turner/Gina”) at Metropolis Theatre.
Jacquelyne Jones is an award winning Chicago based artist and is thrilled to be back at Writers after having worked on Company! She’s also worked at American Blues Theater (The Spitfire Grill, Jeff Award Nominee Best Performer in a Musical), Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Theo Ubique (Sweeney Todd, Jeff Award Winner, Best Performer in a Musical), and Firebrand Theatre among others. Regional credits: Sweeney Todd co-starring Jeff McCarthy (Utah Rep), TheaterSquared and the West Coast Tour of One Nation (American Heritage Orchestra).
Teressa LaGamba is a Chicago based actor/musician from Pittsburgh, PA. She has performed feature roles in productions with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Porchlight Music Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Boho Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Griffin Theatre, Haven Theatre and more. She received her BA in Acting and American Sign Language from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time Teressa writes, performs on all sorts of stages with her friends, stares at her plants, and tirelessly works toward cooking food her mother would approve of. Grateful to be paying homage to so many Queens who have inspired her.
Kara Olander is a Chicago based musician currently attending Columbia College Chicago. She’s excited to work with Writer’s Theater and play some great, iconic songs. When not playing shows, you can find her on the ice rink or on Spotify as the recording artist TAYCE.
Lior Shragg is an accomplished percussionist, composer, and ethnomusicologist based in Chicago, IL. Lior is a frequent theatre performer and can also be seen drumming for local MC and rapper Hugh Lee and singer/songwriter Josh Warshawsky. He is an Adjunct Professor of Music at North Park University Proud WSU (BA), UA(MM), and OU (PHD) alum. Instagram @liornoteeyore for silly music, dog, and baby content.?