Bloodsport! The Musical
Set in a world of high kicks, hard punches and inexplicable French accents, “BLOODSPORT! The Musical” is an adrenaline soaked, two fisted, action packed, musical comedy explosion! With book by Jack Swokowski, music/lyrics by Mark Rosenthal, and directed by Kaitlin Taylor, “BLOODSPORT!” is a musical tribute to the great underground fighting tournament movies of Jean-Claude Van Damme. It’s Foxy Blondes, Evil Land Developers and Unstoppable Cyborgs all set to a soundtrack of throwback 80’s Pop and Rock.
When Jeff Babineaux comes to the Kumite, a secret martial arts competition, he does so to avenge his brother. Soon, however, he is making friends, enemies and love. Will Jeff Babineaux fight his way to family redemption? Will the Foxy Blonde Reporter get he Pulitzer Prize? Will the Unstoppable UniSol finally get to pet a dog? These questions and more will be answered with “BLOODSPORT! The Musical.”
Julia Rigby (Ensemble) studied Theatre Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Credits include: The Winter’s Tale (Hermione) and I Am No Bird (Emily Bronte) with the Alluvium Group, As You Like It (Jaques) with Spectralia Theatre Company, Unsung Stars (Mary Van) with Moving Dock Theatre Company, and The Dining Room and The Elephant Man (Ensemble) at Saint Sebastian Players. You can find her on the web at juliarigby.weebly.com.
Laura Deger (Dr Stevens, Ensemble) is thrilled to take part in the magic of Bloodsport: the Musical. She has performed throughout the city in such shows as Black & Blue and Toast of the Town (The Factory Theater), The Glass Menagerie (Fury Theatre), The People’s Four Seasons and Males Order Brides (Quest Theatre Ensemble), The Somewhat Gelatinous BLOB from Beyond the Grave (The Cornservatory), Electra & Orestes (20% Theatre), and the Jeff nominated Boojum: Nonsense, Truth, and Lewis Carroll (Caffeine Theatre & Chicago Opera Vanguard), to name a few. She’s also played Lois Lane in a few Superman short films, most recently “The Glasses Half Full,” which she wrote and produced. This is for my amazingly supportive friends and family. As the wise and talented Jean Claude Van Damme once said, “I love you, my friend.”
MARK ROSENTHAL (Gaines) is a graduate of Humber College’s School of Comedy, as well as the Second City Conservatory. He has been seen in such shows as “Shot N/A Beer” at Theater Wit and “Closing Time” at the Annoyance. Mark is also part of the comedic rap duo BLANG!?, who recently completed their debut album “Fingersnaps and Handclaps; or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying And Recorded A Rap Album In Mark’s Kitchen.”
Jack Swokowski (Jeff Babineaux) is very excited to be making his Public House Theatre debut. He was most recently seen onstage at The Annoyance Theatre in Closing Time, which he also wrote and directed. He has performed improvisation at iO with the Harold Team A Raptor and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thanks to family and friends for their love and support.
Lorenzo Toia (UniSol) is thrilled to be in his first Public House Theatre production. Joining the theatre’s ensemble earlier this year, he looks forward to many more productions. One catch though… they all have to be Jean-Claude Van Damme movies turned musicals. He spends his time writing sketch comedy and music for his production company, Tiberius. Check ‘em out, and enjoy the show!!
Alexis Steele (Foxy Blond Reporter) is super excited about being part of this production and that this show even exists, having grown up loving Jean Claude Van Damme movies. If you frequent the Chicago theatre scene, the last production she did in Chicago was The Rover (Lucetta/Moretta) with 20% Theatre Company. If you are a big musical fan, the last musical was She Loves Me (Ilona) at Central College. There was a lot of stuff in between. Enjoy the show, but don’t blink.
Casey Long (Ox) is excited to be performing in Bloodsport: The Musical! Casey is a current Ensemble Member of the Public House Theatre for their 2013-2014 Season. Casey is also a graduate from Columbia College Chicago where he performed in Alice in Wonderland. Since then, Casey has performed in Much Ado About Nothing with Fury Theatre, The Exonerated with the Loop Players and Our Town with Blank Page Theatre. Much love to all my family and friends. Special thanks to Kaitlin and her amazing cast. Enjoy the show!
David Wilhelm (Scorekeeper) is a graduate of Illinois State University’s theatre program. He has appeared throughout the city in various productions including Bad Guys in Suits (Hobo Junction), Erratica (American Demigods), and The Tempest (Theatre-Hikes). He lives on the north side with his wife and cats, who tolerate him.
Eric Schinzer (Guy, Ensemble) is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has studied at The Second City Conservatory, iO, and the Improv Inferno (Ann Arbor). Eric has worked with The Second City, touring on the NCL cruise line for the past year. Eric is one-half of the sketch/improv force Battlemasters. When he’s by himself, he’s doing solo sketch and improv as Winnebago, with such characters as Luthier von Heidelburg and DOG STYLE.
Patrick Bromley (Chris Babineaux, Ensemble) is excited to be making his 1st appearance at the Public House Theatre. He was last seen in Fury Theatre’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream before that. Other Chicago credits include As You Like It, The Government Inspector, and Perseus and Medusa.
Kaitlin Taylor (Director) is excited to have her Chicago directing debut with Bloodsport at Public House Theatre. Most recently she assistant directed Measure for Measure at St Sebastian Players, where she also assisted on The Dining Room. She assistant directed the Christmas show at The Annoyance and As You Like It with Bard in the Parks. Kaitlin has recently moved to Chicago from Pittsburgh, where she assistant directed Room Service and Gift of the Pirate Queen, directed The Man From Earth and Waiting, and worked on many other shows at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and with Pittsburgh Playwrights.
MARK ROSENTHAL (Music) makes his debut writing the music and lyrics for “Bloodsport! The Musical.” Despite having no formal musical training and little discernible skill with instruments, Mark was able to crank out the steaming hot plate of greatness you are about to and/or are witnessing right now. He also owns a mandolin. Mark is proud to have the only bio in town to feature erroneous punctuation;,?-.
Jack Swokowski (Book) made his theatrical writing debut earlier this year with Based on an Original Idea by Luc Besson, which ran as part of The Annoyance’s Triple Feature program and was eventually turned into the full length play Closing Time. Last summer, he helped co-write the original sketch show PaRENT, which played at Second City in Donny’s Skybox.