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2017 grafting project recipient

a co-production with chicago dramatists

august 25 - september 15, 2017

chicago dramatists | 1105 W Chicago Avenue

Playful and intelligent whimsy.

TimeOut Chicago

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Entertaining and clever...touching scenes...laugh-out-loud funny.

Splash Magazine

...touching pathos and humor, colorful characters...a charming and clever testimony to love and loss that is imaginatively directed by Sarah Norris.

Chicago Theater and Arts

Production photos by Tom McGrath



Learn more about the development of Still Dance the Stars from Director Sarah Norris, Choreographer Ashlee Wasmund, and Producer/Actor Michael Aguirre.

Video by Zach Griffin



Read a terrific interview with actors Bethany Geraghty, Courtney Knysch, and Michael Aguirre speaking about their upbringing and influences around Chicago.


Martel Manning (Chicago-based) as James

Bethany Geraghty* (NYC-based from Chicago) as Anne

Ariana Sepúlveda (Philly-based) as Hope

Courtney Knysch* (NYC-based from Chicago) as Ashley

Michael Aguirre* (NYC-based from Chicago) as Phillip

Carl Jaynes (NYC-based from Chicago) as Clayton

Claudia Campbell* (NYC-based) as Margaret

Dana Martin* (LA-based) as Layna O'Rion

Kaycee Jordan (Chicago-based) as DJ Spinner

Click HERE for Cast Bios

* indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info


Written by Jayme McGhan (North Carolina-based) 

Directed by Sarah Norris* (NYC-based) 

Choreography by Ashlee Wasmund (North Carolina-based) 

Line Producing by D. Aguirre (Chicago-based)

Set & Costume Design by Ashleigh Poteat* (New Jersey-based)

Lighting Design by John Kelly (Chicago-based)

Sound Design by Andy Evan Cohen* (NYC-based)

Stage Management by Becs Bartle (Chicago-based)

Technical Direction by Alan Weusthoff (Chicago-based)

Technical Support from Justin Glombicki (Chicago-based)

Press Representation by The Heron Agency (Chicago-based)

* indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

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Rehearsal pics by Hunter Canning

“Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.” 


Jayme is the author of 20 full-length plays that have been produced across the country. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Associate Artist at Chicago's Stage Left Theatre, and serves as the Director of the School of Stage and Screen at WCU. He lives in North Carolina with his wife & son.

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Sarah is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. In New York, she has worked with: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, BAMA Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, and The Gallery Players to name a few. She is the Artistic Director of Access Theater and an Associate Producer for the Broadway producing company, Bisno Productions. She is a proud member of AEA and SDC.

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Six years after their viral marriage proposal video swept the internet, James and Anne begrudgingly prepare for yet another nationally televised interview with a notoriously difficult TV anchor. The night before the interview, James and Anne drunkenly battle for and against their marriage using a box of stuffed animals won from various carnivals as symbolic characters from their real lives. One special stuffed animal, Hope the Hippo, makes it her quest to rekindle the flame of love that James and Anne once shared. 

Still Dance the Stars is a highly theatrical story about the struggles of love in the face of unthinkable loss. 

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