Cast and Crew

Benito Di Fonzo – Playwright
Benito is a journalist, playwright, poet and performer. Benito has written for, and been profiled by, some of the finest, and lowest, publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Weekend Australian, and Bardfly Magazine, of which he was the editor, and possibly the only reader. Benito has performed his poems and tragicomic travelogues in theatres, bars, pubs, piazzas, toilet cubicles and radio studios in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne, Rome, Adelaide, Perth, Ubud (Indonesia), and most recently New York. Several of Benito’s plays have been performed at The Sydney Opera House, which is that big place on the harbour with the wings. He has written radio serials and plays for both 2SER and 2FBI, and has performed his work on those and other stations including ABC 702 & Radio National, and Resonance FM (London). In 2001 Benito was awarded the Inner City Life Literary Award by The NSW Writers’ Centre. His favourite colour is irrelevant.

CAST

Andrew Henry – Thomas (Woodie Guthrie, T.S. Eliot, Lennon, Abe Lincoln, Robbie Robertson, Beatnik, Lee Harvey Oswald, Allen Ginsburg, Johnny Cash, Another side of Bob Dylan, Robert Johnston, Daniel Lanois, Jazz Cat, Journalist 2). You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand, you see somebody naked and you say, “who is that man?” You try so hard but you don’t understand just what you’ll say when you get home. Because something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones? You raise up your head and you ask, is this where it is? And somebody points to you and says “It’s his” and you say, “what’s mine?” And somebody else says, “where what is?” And you say, “oh my god am I here all alone?” Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is do you, Mister Jones? You hand in your ticket and you go watch the geek who immediately walks up to you when he hears you speak and says, “how does it feel to be such a freak?” And you say, “impossible”, as he hands you a bone. Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones? Thank you John Waters & Nobby.

Lenore Munro – Forrest (Ezra Pound, Nurse Val, Joan Baez, Yoko Ono, Abe Lincoln, Darkie Toothpaste Girl, Beatnik, Marilyn Monroe, Jesus, Sarah Lownds, Carolyn, Bono, Jazz Cats, Journalist 1).
Over the past few years Lenore has been working in the film and television industry as well as theatre. Her credits include All Saints, A Difficult Woman, Home&Away, Backberner, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Merchant of Venice, FGM Urban Cabaret. She has also been working as a signer/song writer performing her original music around Australia and in the UK. Lenore is a WAAPA graduate.

Matt Ralph – Robert Zimmerman: AKA Bob Dylan (Musical Director)
This is Matt’s third production with Tamarama Rock Surfers – he is an original member of the company and co-incidentally the face of TRS’s inaugural production, Road. In fact, Matt is still on the road, touring regularly with his band across the country and in New Zealand as a singer/songwriter in his own right. His blog, lyrics and recordings can be found at http://www.mattralph.com. Since graduating from WAAPA in ’95, he has been involved in many productions including Black Swan’s Black Rock and Miss Bosnia, ABC TV’s Round the Twist and Tell Tale and Echelon’s school touring productions. He is currently engaged as Captain Starlight for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, playing music and entertaining children and their families in N.S.W.’s major paediatric hospitals.

Simon Rippingale – Simone (Musical Director)
When Simon is not playing the bass or the ukulele in theatre productions and bands, he directs music videos and is an artist and animator. He previously devised an original score to the play ‘Birds Eye View’, by Nadine Garner, with Matt Ralph at the Old Fitz. He turns back into a pumpkin at midnight.

CREW

Lucinda Gleeson – Director
Lucinda has been involved in this production since its premiere as a ten-minute version for Short & Sweet in 2008. She directed the first extended version of The Chronic Ills in May 2009. Lucinda was also Assistant Director for Leland Kean’s production of Rock, Paper, Scissors by John AD Fraser. She is an actor and a graduate of the Ensemble Studios. Lucinda is also the Venue Manager for the Tamarama Rock Surfers at the Old Fitzroy.

Jennifer Hamilton – Producer
Jennifer was the General Manager of the Tamarama Rock Surfers at the Old Fitz until mid 2009 when she returned to complete her PhD on Storms in Shakespeare. She is still working for TRS as the producer on The Chronic Ills. While working with TRS she also moonlighted as a producer on The Chronic Ills and Rock, Paper, Scissors by John AD Fraser at the Old Fitz. She’s also studied and lectured at UNSW and in early 2010 began freelance arts writing for New Matilda.

Eliza McLean – Designer
Eliza completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Design at NIDA in 2005. She has done heaps of cool shit.

Cait Porter – Production Manager
As a sound designer, Caitlin’s most recent work includes Orestes 2.0 directed by Kate Revz (Griffin), Up Late and Alone in Denmark directed by Anthony Skuse (The Old Fitz, Sydney & The Bakehouse, Adelaide), Julius Caesar directed by Kate Revz (Cry Havoc), The Threepenny Opera directed by Herr. Peter Kleinert (NIDA), As Bees In Honey Drown directed by James Beach (The Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Kitchen directed by Tony Knight (NIDA), Face the Wall directed by Sarah Giles (independent), The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other directed by Jennifer Hagan (NIDA), and Summerfolk directed by Kevin Jackson (NIDA). Her future work can be seen at Red Stitch Theatre in Melbourne, where she will be sound designing That Face, directed by Sarah Giles.

Richard Whitehouse – Lighting Design
Richard does technical things for a living. He mainly works in technical management and lighting. He was the Head Electrician for the Sydney Festival’s Smoke and Mirrors @ the famous Speigeltent. Richard has worked for most of the major theatre companies in Sydney. He is commonly referred to as Ricardo. Though he has never met Bob Dylan, he thinks Dylan would like the show, apart from the bits with Andy in it.


One Response to “Cast and Crew”

  1. Hey Chronic Ills team,
    RealTime Arts Mag will review your show in RT97, and we’re looking for HI-RES images to publish alongside the words. Can you help us with a few?

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