From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.
Frank Gasparro* (Warren) Frank is a recent Chicago transplant after finishing his degree at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Since moving to Chicago, Frank has studied at Io Chicago, and has appeared in Turn That Thing Around with the Chicago Fringe Festival and The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Song with Lumas Theatre. Other favorite regional and educational roles include Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Millet in Fuddy Meers, Jason in Rabbit Hole and Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace. Frank sends a big thank you to David and the rest of the Eclectic team for this opportunity.
Katie Hunter* (Deb) Katie Hunter is thrilled to be playing with her Eclectic friends again! Favorite Chicago credits include Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare) The Producers (Mercury Theatre Chicago), Badfic Love (Strange Bedfellows), A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters (Theo Ubique) and Moon Over Buffalo (Eclectic Theatre Co). Check out Katie‘s web series RideShare on The Internet. Katie graduated from the University of Chicago and is a proud member of the 25th Generation of Off Off Campus. When she’s not acting, Katie is dozens of meatballs zipped into a human suit and couldn’t do it without Ian and her family. www.katie–hunter.com.
David Gordon-Johnson (Jason)is excited to be working with Eclectic again. Recent credits include Little Miss Sunshine (Chicago Theatre Workshop), The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique), A Christmas Carol (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Tug of War: Civil Strife (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio Theatre). David holds a B.Mus. in Voice and a B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University.
Jessica Fisher* (Claire) is a Chicago based actress and founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Notable performances with Eclectic include this summer’s production of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn and Sarah Daniels in Spinning into Butter. She has performed throughout the Chicago and Indiana area in theatre, musicals, and opera playing everything from mice to men. Favorite roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Joan in Murder in Green Meadows. When not on stage, Jessica can be found choreographing and directing children at The Academy of Citadel Theatre and The Metroplis Peforming Arts Center. She is so grateful to her friends and family for always supporting her. And of course, to Andrew her partner in everything.
*Denotes Eclectic Full Contact Theatre company member
Adam Gwon (Book and Music)
Adam Gwon is a rising musical theater writer, named one of “50 to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine and hailed “a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater” by The New York Times.
His musicals have received more than 200 productions on five continents. Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); West End: Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios).
Adam has also contributed songs as a staff writer on the hit webseries Submissions Only.
Adam is the proud recipient of the Kleban Award, the Fred Ebb Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Second Stage Theatre Donna Perret Rosen Award, the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and Broadway Across America. His songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and more, performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian d’Arcy James.
Recordings of Adam’s work include the cast album of Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records), Audra McDonald’s Go Back Home (Nonesuch), The Essential Liz Callaway (Working Girl Records), Tracy Lynn Olivera’s Because, and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Entertainment One).
Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the O’Neill Music Theater Conference, and the Dramatists Guild, is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.