Official Casting Press Release: "Phoebe in Winter" by Jen Silverman

July 25, 2018

Press Contact: Tom Dacey Carr                


Featuring Founding Members Kirk Anderson and Shawna Franks

(Chicago, IL) – Facility Theatre is proud to announce casting for Jen Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter to be directed by resident director Dado. The cast will include company members Kirk Anderson, Shawna Franks, Maria Stephens, and Elliot Baker, as well as guest artists Jacob Alexander and David Dowd.

Phoebe in Winter is Jen Silverman’s post-war fable. Three brothers return home from a distant war preparing to settle into their old lives, but a knock at the door brings other plans. A woman named Phoebe accuses them of killing her own three brothers and demands reparations--that they must become her new family instead.

Dado returns to Facility after her dramatic staging of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion. She is an acclaimed theater practitioner and visual artist in the Chicagoland area and an ensemble member with A Red Orchid Theatre. She received critical acclaim for her restaging of A Red Orchid Theatre's Simpatico at the McCarter Theatre.

Artistic Director Kirk Anderson is a long time theatre artist in Chicago. He has been a member of both European Repertory Theatre and TUTA. In addition, he has worked at Steppenwolf, Mary Archie, Trapdoor Theatre, Theatre Oobleck, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Shawna Franks played Vivian in Facility’s first incubator production The Silence That Follows. She originated the role of Dottie in Killer Joe by Tracy Letts and was the founding Artistic Director of Space 55 Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Maria Stephens has been seen on Facility’s stages for The LIttle Match Girl Passion and as Norma in The Silence That Follows. Elsewhere in Chicago Maria has worked with The Gift Theatre, Trap Door, The Artistic Home, The Factory, Apple Tree Theatre, and The Mammals.

Elliot Baker is a writer, actor and teaching artist who works between the cities of Chicago and London. His play, The Silence That Follows, was produced by Facility at A Red Orchid Theatre in the Summer of 2016. As an actor, Elliot has appeared in plays at A Red Orchid Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, and Coriolis Theatre.

Phoebe In Winter
By Jen Silverman

Directed by dado
Location: Holy Trinity Church School (Szkoła ŚW. Trójcy), 1135 N. Cleaver St., Chicago, IL. 60642
Press Opening: September 22nd
Run: September 22nd to October 21st, 2018
Curtain: Thurs-Sat at 8pm & Sun at 4pm

Tickets available at

Director | Dado Gyure
Assistant Director | Georgette Verdin
Production Manager | Brent Irvin Eikhoff
Stage Manager | Albert Trefts
Set Design | Joseph Wade
Costumes | Kotryna Hilko
Props | Samantha Rauch
Lighting Designer | Mike Durst
Casting Director | Maria Stephens
Marketing | Sarah Ryan and Let Me Do That
Artistic Director | Kirk Anderson
Managing Director | Shawna Franks

About Facility Theatre

Facility Theatre is a theater collective that invites audiences to a re-imagining of rarely seen works and original plays. While confronting social and artistic stereotypes, this group of seasoned and emerging artists intends to bring a fresh eye and an alternative perspective to the traditional narrative. Founded in 2016, the collective cultivates the collaborative process as a means of empowerment for the artists, and fosters an environment of inclusivity and curiosity with the community. For additional information check us out at,, and

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