Nothing Without A Company & Chicago Park District Present ALICE Through Aug. 31

Nothing Without A Company & Chicago Park District Present ALICE Through Aug. 31 1 Nothing Without a Company is back with its celebrated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland by Michael Monteiro Wise from July 6 through August 31.

10388184_681685241866778_8865804386385533701_nNothing Without a Company is back with its celebrated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland by Michael Monteiro Wise from July 6 through August 31.

This free annual show of the popular adaptation was a big hit for NWaC in 2013 and promises to NOT be your typical walk in the park.

“Alice is a girl on a strange adventure through the Wonderland of Chicago. Bring your walking shoes and join this traveling show as Alice tries to make sense of this crazy city. Thankfully, she has a good head on her shoulders…as long as the Queen doesn’t have it removed.”

When:  Runs Saturday’s and Sunday’s from July 6th-August 31st 2014

Where:  In Lincoln Park on the corner of N. Cannon Dr. and W. Fullerton Ave. and at Gill Park 825 W. Sheridan Rd. Location at

Tickets:Free – Reservations at

Show Run: July 6th- August 10th in Lincoln Park

Saturday’s at 2pm & 5pm, Sunday’s at Noon & 3pm

August 16th & 17th in Lincoln Park at 5:30pm

August 23rd- 31st in Gill Park

Saturday’s & Sunday’s at 2pm


The Cast:

  • Taylor Dariarow (Alice)
  • Emily Duke (Queen of Hearts)
  • Evan Sierminski (King of Hearts)
  • Paige Reilly (mouse/guinea pig #2/frog footman)
  • Elizabeth MacDonell (guinea pig #1/fish)
  • Rayme Silverberg (mighty ensemble/eaglet)
  • Harris Cabrera (mighty ensemble/gryphon/dodo)
  • Amy Gorelow (mighty ensemble/3 cards)
  • Ivori Skye (Chesire Cat)
  • Peter Ash (White Rabbit)
  • Emily Nikfar (Duchess)
  • Justin Vidovic (March Hare/Bill)
  • Alexandra Miller (Mock Turtle/ Caterpillar/Duck)
  • Derek Rienzi Van Tassel (Mad Hatter)
  • Jen Hickey (head wrangler)
  • Mari DeOleo (head wrangler)
  • Shanna Isaacs (wrangler)
  • Caroline Pramas (wrangler

The Production Team:

  • Adapter – Michael Monterio Wise
  • Director- Artistic Director – Anna Rose Ii-Epstein
  • Producer/ Associate Artistic Director – Ryan Tang
  • Producer/Marketing – Hannah Ii-Epstein
  • Executive Producers – Mr. and Mrs. Danilo Kovilic
  • Music Director – Dave Fink
  • Production Manager – Sarah Collonge
  • Film Director/Editor – Cameron Downing
  • Asst. Film – Greg Best
  • Casting Director – Kaitlin Carver
  • Creator (Original Director) – Rose Freeman
  • Asst Director – Kara Rodriguez
  • Asst Director – Ivori Skye
  • Stage Manager – Rebecca Zili
  • ASM/Script Supervisor – Janey Bell
  • Fight Choreographer – Will Bennet
  • Puppets – Jimmy Jagos
  • Props Design – Kelsey Rhiann Shipley
  • Costume Design – Ryan Tang
  • Asst. Costume Design – Bevan Sukowaty
  • Make-Up – Mary Patchell
  • Hair – William James Reinke


In 2009, Rose Freeman came to me with the idea of doing an adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I paired her with playwright Michael Monteiro Wise and the world premiere of ALICE was born. It was remounted it in 2013 and was such a success that NWaC decided to make it an annual production.

I moved to Chicago in 2003 and was overwhelmed by the mass of diverse people, much like Alice, along with the welcoming, harsh, queer, bottomless, raw, beautiful city that is Chicago. I felt lost for one of the first times in my life. But that soon subsided as I made friends with quirky, strange characters and created a family of my own. I found myself. Isn’t that how its supposed to be when you move to a new place?

I have a deep connection Alice. I want the audience to feel how I did when I first moved here. I want to audience to be immersed in the wonderland of Chicago, to see art everywhere, to feel the passion this city and its people have to offer, and to experience it through Alice’s eyes.

When I pass an interesting location my first thought is, how can I show the true potential and tell a story without manipulating the already magical park, without building a set? By using the space to inform the story it can bring out the unique details of the environment and appeal to all the senses we have as humans.

I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for taking a not so typical walk in the park with Alice and Nothing Without a Company.

All my admiration to Michael, Rose, The Chicago Park District, NWaC and the amazing production team and cast of Alice.

“…all of Wonderland is my reality…Chicago.”

Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

Artistic Director

Michael Monteiro Wise (playwright)

Michael’s playwriting credits include, “Waste-boy” (Abbie Hoffman Festival, Puppy Tears Festival, Nothing Without a Company), “Virginity Stealers” (Theater 150), “Chain Smoking” (Theater 150); Winner of the Theater 150’s Young Playwright’s Contest. Michael has also written for several 24 hour festivals with Geopolis Theater, the ACT UP: Fight Aids 24 hour Festival, and Columbia College Chicago. Michael has also directed for companies such as 2Cents Theater, Nothing Without a Company, the Ojai Arts Center, and Theater 150. He has also assisted at Theatre Dybbuk, The Hypocrites, Steep Theater, The Building Stage, Inner Circle Theater, and Victory Gardens. Thank you for attending! Thoughts can be sent to

Anna Rose Ii-Epstein (director) Anna Rose Ii-Epstein is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Nothing Without a Company (NWaC). She is proud to be the originator of the Red & Gray Playwright Festival, where students write, direct, and produce their own works at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in her hometown, Houston, TX. She fell in love with Chicago while attending the National High School Institute Cherub program at Northwestern and soon after attended DePaul Theater School and Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BFA in Acting with a minor in directing. She has directed, performed, or produced over 20 new plays with NWaC along with Ike Holter’s sold out run of Loom. Anna Rose has production assisted The Brig at Mary Archie Theatre and Asst. directed for Chicago directors such as  Halena Kays (Lord of the Flies/Steppenwolf Theatre), Andrea J. Dymond (Blue Door/Victory Gardens Theatre), and Sean Graney (The Elephant Man/Steppenwolf Theatre). Other company’s Anna Rose has worked with: The Inconvenience at The Chopin, Redmoon Theater at The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pride Films and Plays at The Center on Halsted, Silent Theatre Company at Prop Theatre. Windy City Performing Arts at Mayne Stage and The Center on Halsted. Anna Rose is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) focusing on energy work and body awareness through breath control. She is recently featured in Windy City Times 2014’s 30under30 award with her wife Hannah Ii-Epstein as the first power couple to be honored together in this category. SPECIAL THANKS

Sarah Collonge, Rose Freeman, Peter Nobel, The Chicago Park District, Gill Park, Lincoln Park, North Pond Restaurant, Lincoln Park Tennis Association, DePaul Theatre School, 2800 Homie House, 2138 Homie House, and 1314 Homie House.