Meet The Artists
Robert Kauzlaric (MOJO) originated the role of Mojo in Irish Theatre Of Chicago's 2009 production of MOJO MICKYBO. Other ITC appearances include Mush in A WHISTLE IN THE DARK, Denis in WAR, Oscar in OUR FATHER, and Walter in IN A LITTLE WORLD OF OUR OWN, and he also directed ITC's world premiere of THE WHITE ROAD (Jeff nomination: Best Production). In addition to being an ITC ensemble member, Rob is in the ensemble at Lifeline Theater, and is an artistic associate with Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Chicago-area acting credits include Strawdog, Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, New American Theater, Theatre at the Center, Lakeside Shakespeare, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Rob has also written 17 theatrical adaptations which have been performed all around the US, as well as in the UK and Canada, and earned numerous awards including two Non-Equity Jeff Awards for New Adaptations, and one for Best New Musical.
Dan Waller (MICKYBO) originated the role of Mickybo in Irish Theatre Of Chicago's 2009 production of MOJO MICKYBO. Other ITC appearances include Finbar in THE WEIR, Conor in SPINNING, (Jeff Nomination – Best Actor), Sharky in THE SEAFARER (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble), Junior in LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY, Hibbert in JOURNEY'S END, Psycho in OUR FATHER, and Harry in A WHISTLE IN THE DARK. Chicago credits include THE CIDER HOUSE RULES at Famous Door (Jeff Award - Best Ensemble), TO THE GREEN FIELDS BEYOND at Writer's Theatre (Jeff Nomination - Best Ensemble), and PITMEN PAINTERS at Timeline (Jeff Nomination - Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Tribune’s Top 10 Performances Of The Year), as well as Cardinal Stage, Walkabout/Lookingglass, Mary-Arrchie, Lakeside Shakespeare, Lifeline, and Blindfaith, and numerous productions with Steppenwolf, the Goodman, and Court. Dan's film credits include REPETITION (Midwest Independent Film Festival nomination Best Actor), TRANSFORMERS 3, CANAL STREET, PRECIOUS METTLE, AT ANY PRICE, OF BOYS AND MEN, DEVIL’S DOMINOES, WITLESS PROTECTION, and BAREFOOT TO JERUSALEM, and his TV credits include CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO PD, CRISIS, CHICAGO CODE, SHAMELESS, EMPIRE, OUR LITTLE SCIENCE STORY, LEVERAGE, and THE BEAST.
Jeff Christian (Director) directed Irish Theatre Of Chicago's original production of MOJO MICKYBO, as well as SHINING CITY, OUR FATHER, and A WHISTLE IN THE DARK, and has appeared onstage in ITC's THE WEIR, LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY, SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, OUR FATHER, SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE, WAR , and JOURNEY'S END. Other directing credits include The Artistic Home, Lakeside Shakespeare, New American Theater, The Journeymen, and WildClaw, and he served as Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago for 8 seasons. Acting credits include Writers’ Theatre of Glencoe, Chicago Shakespeare, The Women’s Project of New York, The Tennessee Williams Festival, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, The Artistic Home, Lakeside Shakespeare, Artists’ Ensemble, Illinois Theatre Center and New American Theatre. Film and TV work includes BATMAN BEGINS, SHAMELESS, WITCHES’ NIGHT, THE EXPRESS, THE POKER HOUSE, HAPPY HOUR, HELIX, PICKMAN’S MUSE, CYRUS, and GOOD PEOPLE. Jeff teaches directing in Columbia College’s Department of Cinema Art + Science, and was the 2014 recipient of The Excellence in Teaching Award.
Owen McCafferty (Playwright) was born in 1961 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His work includes SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE (winner John Whiting Award, the Meyer Whitworth Award, and the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for New Playwriting, making Owen the only playwright to win all three major awards in one year for the same play), QUIETLY (Winner, Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, voted Best Play at the Writers’ Guild, and nominated for Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards), CLOSING TIME, DEATH OF A COMEDIAN, TITANIC, SHOOT THE COW, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, UNFAITHFUL, COLD COMFORT, THE CHAIRS, FIRE BELOW, and NO PLACE LIKE HOME. His first feature film, NORMAL PEOPLE stars Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville and is slated for release in Spring 2019. McCafferty is currently working on a second screenplay and is adapting Paul McVeigh's novel "The Good Son" into a musical for Universal Music. owenmccafferty.com
Amazingly electric performances… The sheer energy and the pace of this 70 minute show wins us with its charm and honesty ”
Kauzlaric and Waller play not only the boys but everyone else...
Exuberant performances, which shift from boyish glee to raw confusion and fear in the flick of an eyelash… The scenes where the two mimic their heroes are comic treasures... Kauzlaric and Waller fill the stage with believable pre-teen energy and quicksilver emotions.”
Jeff Christian’s two actors transform on a dime. Adults playing kids is generally a dicey proposition, but Kauzlaric and Waller pull it off perfectly."
Kauzlaric and Waller turn in an amazing tour de force, slipping effortlessly from 17 different characters with little more than the inflection of their voices or postures. As a showcase for acting ingenuity MOJO MICKYBO is a marvel of a thrill ride.”
MOJO MICKYBO is a tour de force for actors Robert Kauzlaric and Dan Waller who portray 17 characters between them, each one of them sharply etched. "
The MOJO MICKYBO design team includes:
Mike Durst (Lighting)
Mikhail Fiksel (Original Music and Sound)
Robert Hornbostel (Sound)
Miles Polaski (Sound)
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialects)
Jen Bukovsky (Production Stage Manager)