May 22, 2014
It’s been quite a Winter! Kate spent a good portion of her time in Chicago this Winter buckled down against the cold, and helping Asmadi Games release some new videos and some new games. We successfully funded Equinox in March, and
November 11, 2013
Kate has enjoyed some time traveling for regional auditions and unwinding after a great summer with First Folio Theatre for Cymbeline: A Folk Tale With Music! The production was very well received, and Kate thoroughly enjoyed coming back to her accordion.
Not only did the public love it, the Jeff Committee did too! David Rice took home the 2013 Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation, and Michael Keefe and David Rice each took home a Jeff for Original Music in a Play!
Kate’s interview from the Evanston Review has moved to The Doings La Grange – she talked about Imogen and this adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s less-produced plays.
The production was featured in the September edition of the Actors Equity Newsletter for their fundraising efforts for Season of Concern, and in a recent American Theatre Magazine article about musical adaptations of Shakespeare.
Some reviews from the show:
. . . it actually makes sense — as much as anything in the world of [Cymbeline] can — to turn it into a Civil War-era Appalachian tall tale with folk songs. That’s what David Rice does with his adaptation for First Folio Theatre’s charming outdoor production, staged with sly wit and plenty of heart by Michael Goldberg and featuring ingratiating and heartfelt songs (including a lovely take on “Fear No More”) by Rice and Michael Keefe. – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
Several fine performances (besides the terrific jug band) made Cymbeline dazzle . . . Kate McDermott is delightful as Imogen the innocent accused. – Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic
First Folio’s production abounds with talent, especially in the case of the acting company. Many actors double as fine bluegrass musicians . . . banish any doubts you might have about the Bard being mixed with bluegrass music. It may not be pure Shakespeare, but the fusion is both fun and fine. – Scott C. Morgan, The Daily Herald
June 21, 2013
It has been a while since an update, and so much has happened!
First, the big news: Kate is opening Cymbeline: A Folk Tale With Music at First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook! She is playing the role of Imogen, one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines. She was interviewed about the show for the Evanston Review last week. Check it!
You can see photos of the show and get more information on First Folio Theatre’s Facebook page.
Second, Blithe Spirit at Piccolo Theatre closed in May after having superb houses and great reviews! Here are some snippets:
This fine production, full of smart acting, perfect comedic timing and a number of well-executed special effects, merits four stars. – Tom Witom, Evanston Review
. . . the lovely McDermott saunters in and out of scenes in a ravishing grey dress. . . Her playful punchiness is a delight to watch. – John J. Accrocco, Newcity
[Kate McDermott as Elvira] flows from pose to pose, eyelash-bat to pout to simper, like a flip book of fashion magazine covers. The very picture of impish insincerity, she takes too much relish in being half-alive and sportive again for us to be truly cross or afraid of her. – Ben Kemper, Chicago Theatre Review
February 19, 2013
Rehearsals for Blithe Spirit are well underway, and the lovely folks at Piccolo Theatre have released a newsletter featuring Kate as Elvira! There is still another month until the show opens, which means lots of time left to play.
Spring is just around the corner!
February 10, 2013
Kate has started rehearsals for Blithe Spirit, her second show at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston. Kate is playing the role of Elvira, the sexiest ghost to ever haunt a comedy (in her not-so-humble opinion). She is reuniting with director Christopher Marino, one of her ISU professors and the Associate Artistic Director of Piccolo.
Blithe Spirit opens March 22nd. Previews run March 15-17. Visit piccolotheatre.com for more information or to buy tickets.
Wanna see the lovely costume designer, Joshua Allard, talk about costumes? Your wish is granted!
November 14, 2012
Kate is opening Bah Humbug! – a Christmas panto at Piccolo Theatre – this Friday, November 16, as Beggit, the not-so-bright clown. Want tickets? Find out more here. Kate is super stoked to open this show after two months of rehearsal. It may seem early for Christmas, but fortunately it is always the season for Comedy!