Friends & Family Performance
Written and Performed by:
Directed By: Frank Caeti
Musical Director, Original Music, Sound Design: Tilliski Ramey
Stage Manager, Lighting Design: Abby Beggs
Assistant Director: Masood Haque
Production Manager: Jeremy Smith
Set Design: Kyle Anderson
Technical Director: Kyle Anderson
Choreographer: Josh Fletcher
Wardrobe Stylist: Chelsey Carter
All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.
Welcome Back to The Second City e.t.c.
When The Second City opened its 43rd e.t.c. revue in 2019, we never imagined that a global pandemic would cause #44 to never get the chance to hit the stage. The world (and this theater) look a lot different now, and we have risen to the challenge of “playing the scene we’re in.” It’s all been worth it to get to this moment together…thanks to the best decision you’ve ever made.
Enjoy the show!
About the Artists
ATRA ASDOU (Ensemble) (She/Her/Hers) performed in The Second City e.t.c.’s 43rd revue Grinning From Fear to Fear and was in process for the 44th before people found out how to properly wash their hands. She’s been on HBO’s Somebody Somewhere, NBC’s Chicago Med and Chicago P.D.; Comedy Central’s South Side, and various TV commercials. Atra has performed on the stages of the Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Lookingglass Theatre, where she is also an Artistic Associate. Love to handsome Gary, who makes her laugh the hardest. IG & Twitter: @AtraAsdou Web: AtraAsdou.com
ALEX BELLISLE (Ensemble) (She/Her/Hers) is elated to join the cast of The Best Decision You’ve Ever Made. Alex is a Chicago-based actress and comedian with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Houston. She has appeared in the critically acclaimed She the People at The Second City’s UP Comedy Club and Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other credits include Chicago P.D. (NBC) and in the short First Holiday. Alex would like to thank the cast, Jack, and her personal graphic designer and wife, also named Alex (you’re welcome). Follow her @alexbellisle.
MARK CAMPBELL (Ensemble) (He/Him/His) is so grateful to be returning to The Second City! He has performed all over the country with The Second City Touring Company and all over the ocean aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. It’s ridiculous to think that sentence was once normal. In the before times, he was part of the e.t.c.’s 43rd revue Grinning from Fear to Fear. Mark is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and represented by Paonessa Talent. Follow him for tweets @themarkcampbell!
EJ CAMERON (Ensemble) (He/Him/His) is from Smyrna, George, by way of Brooklyn. Over the quarantine, he learned kickboxing and meditation because why not?! He also spent time performing to silence in Zoom calls, so any laughter is appreciated. EJ performed in the last revue and a half, was a member of TourCo and a Bob Curry Fellow. IG: @EeeezeeJeeezus19 and Twitter: @Ej_Cam19
LAUREL KRABACHER (Ensemble) (She/Her/Hers) is a Colorado native and a theater graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. She is an alum of The Second City Touring Company and performed in both Trap and Undressed at The Mission Theater, directed by TJ and Dave. You can see her finest work in the second scene of season 6, episode 1 of Chicago P.D. All her love to Lawrence, Katelyn, Mark, and Bowie.
ABBY BEGGS (Stage Manager) (She/Her/Hers) is happy to be back working with the Second City again! Originally hailing from Boston, she moved to Chicago in 2015 to pursue design, production management, and stage management. Her past credits include: Legendary Laughs, She the People, Deck the Hallmark. Gaslight District (The Second City); Bagatelle, Cunning Little Vixen, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Roosevelt University); Blue Window (Brown Box Theatre Project); Gallo (Guerilla Opera), Boeing Boeing, Barefoot in the Park, Good People, The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival), and Fen (Whistler in the Dark,) among others. abbybeggs.com
MASOOD HAQUE (Associate Director) (He/Him/His) is a comedian, actor, writer, and TTRPG streamer based in Chicago. He was a 2019 Bob Curry Fellow and graduated from Second City’s Advanced Directing Program. Masood performs regularly with Stir Friday Night and has lent his voice to various voiceover projects. He plays D&D regularly for Roll20 as a part of Indoor Recess and he is also a member of Rivals of Waterdeep, a stream sponsored by Hasbro and DnDBeyond. You can find out what Masood’s up to on Twitter and Instagram @mahrudeboi
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SPECIAL THANKS FROM THE CAST & CREW
Adam Stanley, Alan Linic, Alex Buchanan, Andy & Lisa Pilarki, Aniysa Alexander, Alicia Norment Romano, Beatnik, all the Covid Compliance Officers from Chicago Compliance Specialists (Xenon Zeigler, Leon Wilson, Samantha Payne, Joshua Perez, Nathan Alvarado, Charles Palmer, Breanna Macomber, Nicholas Kennedy, Hannah Higgins, Steffen Garcia, Armand Grant, Airielle Owens & Travis Reimer), Allison Cameron, AJ Abelman, Asia Martin, Andrew Knox, Anneliese Toft, Arti Ishak, Asdou Family, Audrey Elkins, Becca Barish, Bessy and the staff at Nookies, Brand New Toys, My BlueCo, Brendan Dowling, Brooke Breit, Carisa Barreca, Edgar Blackmon, Carley Moseley, Carly Heffernan, Cat McDonnell, Catherine Knox, Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Christopher Piatt, Christina Seo, Claudia Wallace, Clover, Distrokid, Clunis Constantine, The Comedy Shrine, Conor McCahill, Corrie Lukkes, Craig & Anne Steege, Dave Chapelle, Debbie Campbell, Deborah Elkins, Dr. Gregory Beans PhD, Delia Sibilla, DDO, Elise Wattman, Elmeran Cameron Sr., Emily Anderson, Emma Pope, Eric Stallings, FL Studio, Gary Pascal, George Elrod, Gilly, Gray Talent Group, My GreenCo, Greg Worsley, Grossman & Jack Talent, Handsome, Henry Golden-Starr, House & Wait Staff, Jake Grafstein, Jamey Bellisle Leetzow, Janelle Henry, Jonny Barrett, Jake Noll, James Conklin, Jazz Campbell, Jeff Griggs, Jeffrey Connors, Jennifer Decal, Jen Ellison, Jenna Steege, Jim Campbell, Jordan Savusa, Jose Molina, Joseph Caeti, JR McLennand, Karla Huffman, Kate Duffy, Kate Lee, Katelyn Krabacher, Katie Kershaw, Kathryn Koralik, Kenneth DeCal, Kyle Anderson, Lauren Paris, Lauren Walker, Leon “Sweet Darling” Wilson, Libby Shreiner, Lil’ Tooties, Little Ammo, Little Gentleman, Laura Hum, Lawrence Collerd, Lindsey Smith, Lucy Caeti, the Maintenance Department, Mark Krabacher, Marla Caceres, Meghan Babbe, Melissa Cameron, Meredith Johnston, Mesha Arant, Michael Brosilow, Michael Henry, Mimi, Morgan Freeman, Matt Hendricks, My RedCo, Nick Elkins, Nick Gage, Nimbus, Pamela Adkins-Ramey, Pamela Simmons, Paonessa Talent, Paul Chimko, Rachael Mason, Robert Bellisle, Robert Ramey, Rachel Romanski, RedCo, Rob Wilson, Robin Muccari, Rosie Chevalier, Sarah “Meatball” Dell’Amico, Sayjal Joshi, Scout, Sean Sykes, Smitty, Spencer Campbell PhD, Stephanie Sampra, Steven Elkins, Stewart Talent, Susan McLennand, Teambuilding, Terrence Carey, Terrence Rogers Jr., Tim Lyons, Tim Metzler, Tim Paul, Timothy M. Schmidt, Triston Cameron, Tyler Davis, Tyler Metcalf, Whirled News Tonight, William Elkins, and Zach Bartz