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Featured Cast Member: James Munson

We interviewed cast member James Munson from I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois. Make sure to catch your tickets for the last two weekends here.

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Character’s Name: Edward Vrdolyak


Tell us about your acting experience:

Started acting 5 years ago and have been in plays, indie films, TV shows and commercials, industrial films, and print ads. Studied at Victory Gardens, Acting Studio Chicago, Green Shirt Studio and Cerny/American.


How are you most like the character you’re playing? Least?

Most like Vrdolyak in that he and I both have a long history of public speaking and advocating positions. Least like Vrdolyak since he was in public office for a career while I have never been elected or appointed to anything.


What do you most enjoy about playing your character?

Stepping into the shoes of a long time iconic Chicago public personage and presenting him as a real person in his own particular environment.


What does the Stuart Levine story mean to you?

The story is about human pride, the hard and sudden fall from power and success, attempts at redemption and recovery and how this plays out in the very specific lives of people facing moral and ethical ambiguity and choices every day.


How has your experience been working with The Agency Theater Collective?

The Agency people are all smart, hard working, and very supportive. What’s not to like?…

Cast Member of the Day – Cody Lucas
Learn more about I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois cast member, Cody Lucas! Make sure to catch Cody in action opening weekend – get your tickets now!
Character’s Name:  Johnny Moretti
Tell us about your acting experience:
By the time we open, I will have been living in Chicago for about 4 months. I moved here from Texas where I was previously the Artistic Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre which afforded me many great opportunities, including writing, directing, and acting in Happily Ever After at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2011.
How are you most like the character you’re playing? Least?:
I believe I share Johnny’s ambition as well as his interest in storytelling.
Sartorially, though, we aren’t very similar. And unlike Johnny, I think mall pretzels are delicious.
What are you most looking forward to about playing this character?
He lacks a filter and is teeming with swagger which allows me the freedom to be a little wild and spontaneous on stage.
What does the story of Stuart Levine mean to you?:
The play is certainly full of men doing bad things, but beyond the politics and facts it asks, “What is a good man?” There are a lot of facets and gray areas that really make it a difficult question to answer.
How has your experience been working with The Agency?:
There are a lot of insanely talented and driven people working on this and it’s been a blast, creatively and personally. The process had been collaborative and challenging and I’m very fortunate to find myself in such good company.

Cody Lucas

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