TEN TINY FINGERS, NINE TINY TOES
BY: Sue Townsend
DIRECTED BY: Michael S. Pieper
Opened September 2000
“Mammoth efforts by Pieper’s excellent cast.”
-Nick Green, The Chicago Reader
CAST: Beata Pilch, Drew Affeld, Shannon O’Neill, Troy Lindsey, Nicole Wiesner, Michael McEvoy, Dana Cruz, John Gray
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
COSTUME DESIGN: Imma Curl
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper
STAGE MANAGER: Emily Lotspeich
GRAPHIC/ SLIDE DESIGN: Alex Present
PRESS/ SLIDE PHOTOGRAPHER: Lyle Aker
SLIDE OPERATOR: Peter Esposito
TEN TINY FINGERS, NINE TINY TOES …
-Sue Townsend’s tragicomedy is set in a future Britain where only the upper strata of society are allowed to reproduce and all children must be perfect specimens if they are to live.
-Set in the future where the class system is numbered from one to five and only the upper classes are allowed to breed. Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes is about the births of a perfect but illegal class five baby, and an imperfect government baby bought by a class three mother and exterminated at birth because of her nine toes.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Sue Townsend lives in Leicester. Her Plays include Womberang (Soho Poly, London, 1979); Dayroom (Croydon Warehouse Theatre, 1981); The Ghost of Daniel Lambert(Leicester Phoenix, 1981); Bazaar and Rummage (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1982, BBC Television, 1983); Groping for Words (Croydon Warehouse, 1983); The Great Celestial Cow (The Joint Stock Company, 1984); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4-The Play (Leicester Phoenix, 1984) and Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes (Library Theatre, Manchester, 1989). Her novel Rebuilding Coventry was published in 1988.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Michael S. Pieper
Michael is currently the Head of Acting at the Second city Training Center. He created this program almost nine years ago with the late Martin da Maat. He also was on the faculty of the United States International University of San Diego for 8 years and Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory in San Diego for four years. In Chicago, Michael was Artistic Director at the Boxer Rebellion Theatre and Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre. He has been a Guest Director and Instructor at Northern Illinois University over the past 7 years. He has directed over 80 productions in his career. His plays have received 9 Jeff recommendations, 7 Jeff nominations, 3 Jeff citations and 5 After Dark Awards.