Little Red Cyrano

Little Red Cyrano: an apocalyptic clown comedy for all audiences… featuring Deaf Talent



Performances: December 1, 2017 through January 7th, 2018

Location: Strawdog Theatre

1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Times: Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sundays @ 4pm & 8pm


Combining the courtships in Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent ending of Red Riding Hood, Little Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue, swashbuckling, and romance. With a cast comprised of trained clowns and d/Deaf actors, Little Red Cyrano uniquely utilizes the visual vernacular of American Sign Language in a clown-based performance.

2013 Deaf Illinois Award Winner, Juan Bernal

Excellence in Inclusion at the Storefront Level” Award in Time Out Chicago

 “Louder than Words” documentary, Michael J. Stark

2016 Best Director, Time Out Chicago & Chicago Reader,  Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)

Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident, Nominated),

The Team

*indicates a person who identifies as d/Deaf

^ indicates a Red Theater Board or Company member

Producer: ^Juan Bernal*

Co-Directors: Michael J Stark*, ^Aaron Sawyer

Assistant Director: Scott Merchant

Stage Manager: Mary Kate Ashe

The Cast

Cyrano:  Benjamin Ponce

Red:        Dari Simone*

Christian:              Dave Honigman

Poet /Christian US:       Brendan Connelly*

Poet /Red US: ^McKenna Liesman

Poet: Michele Stine

Poet: Jenni Hadley

Poet: Les Rorick

Woodsman:         ^Christopher Paul Mueller

Grandmother:    Michael J. Stark*

Understudy: Jean Carlos Claudio

Understudy: Madeline McKelvey*


After the success of R+J: The Vineyard, workshops for a Deaf/Hearing production will begin on a production slated to open in 2017.  McKenna Liesman (Juliet/ R+J: The Vineyard) returns in this combination of Cyrano de Bergerac and Little Red Riding Hood exploring their mutual themes of deception, as well as questions about ability, disability and whether inner-beauty can overcome a wolf-like exterior.



Red Theater is supported by our Comrade Patron Program. For every $10 monthly donation we receive, Red Theater is able to provide three #FreeTheater seats to nontraditional audiences over the course of our season. RTC_ComradeCard

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