Katrina: Mother-in-law of 'em all

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By Rob Florence
Directed by Georgette Verdin

ITP's 2015/16 season launched with the Midwest premiere of Katrina: Mother-In-Law of 'em All, marking the tenth anniversary of the deadly hurricane that struck the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Set in the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge, it follows six individuals as they recount their true, harrowing and yet somehow hopeful stories about surviving one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. Both humorous and poignant – this piece reaches beyond New Orleans, beyond Hurricane Katrina, and taps into our primordial need to survive even under the worst of conditions. Directed by Louisiana native and Co-Artistic Director, Georgette Verdin.

"Katrina provides a feel-good docudrama with vivid characters and a welcoming and ultimately hopeful spirit worth the price of admission. RECOMMENDED!" - Chicago Critic

"Georgette Verdin's production for Interrobang Theatre uniquely highlights the unsung neighborly gestures that saved countless lives, and ultimately the culture of New Orleans itself." - Chicago Reader  

"With its blend of humor and horror, Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'em All is certainly a strong way for Interrobang to kick off its sixth season." - Windy City Times

Cast Bios

Production Team

CLAIRE CHRZAN, Lighting Design
Claire grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She is thrilled to work with Interrobang Theatre Project as an artistic associate where she has designed the lighting for their recent productions of Ibsen is DeadThe Pitchfork DisneyHot ‘N’ ThrobbingSpeaking in Tongues, and Orange Flower Water. Other previous designs include, In the Heart of America (Theatre Seven), Little Shop of Horrors (Street Tempo Theatre), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Seascape (Oak Park Festival Theatre). www.clairechrzandesigns.com

SAMANTHA R. DZIRKO, Production Manager
Samantha is grateful to be doing her 2nd show with Interrobang Theatre Project. Production Management credits include Really Really (Interrobang Theatre Project), Workshop Production Manager at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Production Management Intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

LISA GIEBLER, Technical Director
Lisa is a freelance technical director, carpenter and mixed media artist in the Chicagoland area.  She works at Northbrook Theatre regularly and has also done work at Harper College, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Dramatists.  This is her third production with Interrobang.

Some of Mealah’s previous prop designs include Caged Dames and Miracle! with Hell in a Handbag Productions, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Porchlight Music Theatre,  Really Really with Interrobang Theatre Project and Hello, Dolly! with Light Opera Works. Mealah is an ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions.

NOEL HUNTZINGER, Costume Design 
Noel is an Interrobang Theatre Project company member for which she has designed costumes for Really Really, Owners, Ibsen is Dead, The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, and Speaking in Tongues. She is also an artistic associate with Filament Theatre Ensemble where she designed Snow Queen and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Other favorite credits include Mistakes Madeline Made and Permanent Image with Livewire Theatre and Happy Now? with Shattered Globe Theatre.

CHRISTOPHER AARON KNARR, House Manager & Social Media Guru
Originally from South Bend, IN and relocated to beautiful Chicago, Christopher graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre & Drama, and studied abroad with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. His last credits included Interrobang Theatre Project's previous productions of Terminus, The Pitchfork Disney and Ibsen is Dead as Assistant Stage Manager. He was also House Manager for these productions as well as last season's Owners, Really Really, and this season's Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'em All.

Greg is a Chicago based designer who recently received a BFA in Scenic Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University.  Chicago credits include works with Griffin Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Interrobang Theatre Project, Rasaka Theatre Company, The Agency Theatre Collective, Cock and Bull, and Underscore Theatre Company.  He has also assisted on productions at The Cort Theatre (NYC), The Broadhurst Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, and Drury Lane Oakbrook.  Greg was the recipient of The 2014 Theatre School Michael Merritt Award and the 2015 USITT W Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award.  Examples of his work can be found at GPScenic.com.

ZOE VERDIN, Graphic Design
Zoë is a freelance graphic designer and Thai masseuse. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Carleton College in 2006 and is currently enrolled at the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston. She has worked as scenic designer/carpenter, costume designer and muralist on a number of projects at Polaris Charter Academy, including Wiley and the Hairy Man, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is delighted to be a part of Interrobang Theatre Project's incredible company of artists.