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Schaumburg resident Tim Walsh mixes theatre and baseball in Raven Theatre's Bang the Drum Slowly, opening this Sunday

Tim Walsh in Bang the Drum Slowly

Tim Walsh in Bang the Drum Slowly

Schaumburg resident, Tim Walsh, takes the stage this weekend, performing the role of "Dutch" in Raven Theatre's production of Bang the Drum Slowly.

Set in the honorable days of baseball before free agency brought on enormous contracts and doping scandals, Mark Harris' drama follows a super star pitcher from New York and his friendship with a struggling third-string catcher from the country. Bang the Drum Slowly depicts the intense bond that grows between two lives intertwined by chance and kept together by loyalty.

Walsh recently performed with MadKap Productions and has also worked with companies including Theatre D, Real Theater Co., Next, Blind Parrot, Big Deal, Drake and the Tony Nicholson Theater Company.

Bang the Drum Slowly
by Mark Harris, adapted for the stage by Eric Simonson, directed by Michael Menendian
Opening Night: Sunday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m.
Performances continue through June 30, 2012:
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
All performances take place on Raven Theatre’s East Stage, 6157 N. Clark
Tickets are $20 during previews, $40 on opening night and $30 all other performances
($5 discount for students/seniors, $15 for groups of 10 or more for Thursday, Friday and Sunday performances, subject to availability)
Free parking is provided in a lot adjacent to the theatre; additional street parking is available
Raven Theatre is handicapped accessible
Tickets/information: www.raventheatre.com or 773-338-2177

Special Event
"Out at Raven" event: Friday, May 25

Director Michael Menendian states, "As the son of an immigrant family, I first adopted baseball as my direct identity to American life. I've always felt that if you want to understand America, you should understand baseball. Much like how a baseball team succeeds or fails as an ensemble of players committed to a central purpose, the same can be said of theatre and the commitment to a work of art."

Director Michael Menendian is a founding member and the Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, where he has directed and designed sets for many productions, earning numerous Joseph Jefferson and After Dark awards. He recently received a 2010 Jeff nomination for his direction of Raven's Death of a Salesman. Other productions include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hedda Gabler, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, The Night of the Iguana, Dancing at Lughnasa, Golden Boy, Marvin’s Room, A Streetcar Named Desire, A View from the Bridge, and Glengarry Glen Ross.

The rest of the cast of Bang the Drum Slowly includes: Nicholas Bailey (Piney Woods, Aleck Olson) who has performed with Strangeloop Theatre, Inconceivable Theatre and BoHo; Carthy Dixon (Perry Simpson, Lionel) who returns to Raven Theatre after appearing in Twelve Angry Men and Assistant Directing Radio Golf; Kevin Duvall (Bruce Pearson) who is a founding member of the Alluvium Group and of the sketch comedy group Awesomonster; Rudy Galvan ("Ugly" Jones) who is a company member at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. and has also performed with Steep Theatre; Jeff Taylor (Sid Goldman, Doc Loftus) who has performed with Appetite Theatre, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater, and Rubicon Theatre Project; Jason Love (Robert Diego, Hotel Doctor) who has worked with Happy Vertigo Theatre, Quest Theatre, Provision Theatre and Appetite Theatre; Jonathan Nichols (Joe Jaros, Mr. Pearson, Det. Rogers) who was previously seen in the Raven Theatre production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Book of Days; Jen Short (Holly Wiggins, Patricia Moors) who was recently seen in Raven's Bus Stop and has stage managed several Raven productions; Mario Solis (George Gonzales) who has performed with the Lyric Opera and iO Chicago; Michael Stegall (Henry "Author" Wiggins) who was recently seen in Raven's Bus Stop and has also performed with Artist's Ensemble; Dan Toot ("Horse" Bird, Bradley Lord) who has performed with First Folio Theatre, the side project, Theatre Hikes and The State Theatre; Joshua J. Volkers ("Goose" Williams, Dr. Clark) who has performed with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Lookingglass, Dog and Pony Theatre and Mortar Theatre Company; Antoine Pierre Whitfield (Jonah Brooks) who was recently seen in the Raven productions of Dating Walter Dante, Bus Stop and Radio Golf; and Kristen Williams (Mrs. Pearson, Katie, Lawyer) who has performed in several Raven productions including Death of a Salesman, Hedda Gabler, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The Bang the Drum Slowly staff includes: Andrei Onegin (Set Designer/Technical Director), Kate Murphy (Costume Designer), Kurt Ottinger (Lighting Designer), Mary O'Dowd (Properties Designer), Peter Storms (Sound Designer), David Woolley (Fight Choreographer), Justin Castellano (Master Electrician), and Amanda Rozmiarek (Scenic Artist). Jason Huysman serves as Assistant Director and Kiley Morgan serves as stage manager.

About "Out at Raven"
Raven Theatre continues to reach out to the LGBTQ community through their event series, "Out at Raven". Now in its second year, this series shows Raven's appreciation of and commitment to the LGBTQ community, providing an opportunity to mingle and network during one Friday night performance of each show. Tickets for each “Out at Raven” performance include a pre-show wine and appetizer reception and post-show discussion with the cast and director.

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