Muscle Memory

Muscle Memory 

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Muscle Memory 

by Jordyn Flaherty
Directed by Ian Tierney

November 16-18, 2023 | 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Logan Center, Theater East

Tickets $6 advance | $8 door (Cash Only)

Synopsis: Muscle Memory delves into the intricate dynamics between a mother and daughter, navigating the aftermath of a harrowing trauma that compels them to confront deep-seated issues they've long avoided.


Kate Alexandra Wilson

Max Alexandra Hu

Alexandra or Yihan (Max) is currently a master's student in the humanities (MAPH) at UChicago, focusing on philosophy, religious studies, and gender studies. 

Lavender Suttyn Simon

Suttyn (Lavender) is so excited to be playing Lavender in her first main-stage production! She’s a third-year art history and political science major, and she previously played Lisa in Queen of Spades with UT. Before becoming involved in theater, Suttyn was a ballerina, performing roles such as Sugarplum and Clara in the Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Swanhilda in Coppelia.

Violet Julia Morales

Julia Morales (Victoria) is a second year in the College majoring in history and NELC. Her previous University Theatre roles include Lucy in Marian: a True Tale of Robin Hood(2022), Lennox in Macbeth in Space(2023), and Nicole Cantrell in Dead Fun Society(2023). You may have also seen her in some Cup of Theatre productions including Arms in the Man(2022) as Louka, and The Physicists(2023) and Nurse Monika/Boll. She is excited to share this project with the UChicago community and hopes you enjoy the show!

Ragle (11/16 & 11/17) Elena Balan

Ragle (11/18) Laura Tutondele Mahaniah

Laura Tutondele Mahaniah (Ragle) is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Theater and Performance Studies and Linguistics. She has worked on a variety of University Theater, TAPS, Cup of Theater, Dance Council, and Hyde Park Community Player productions. Some of her favorite credits include The Physicists on Silks (Director/production manager), Marian or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Will Scarlett/Fight Captain), the 2022-23 TAPS Dance Showcase (dancer), and The Wolves (#13). You can find her @lauratutondele on Instagram.

Dad Ian Tierney

Androids Kaleigh Perez

Kaleigh Perez (Androids) is a third-year history major. This is her second show with University Theatre, her first being The Trail to Oregon (understudy for kids). When she’s not acting, she is running the Music Forum, attending meetings for the swing dance society, or writing music.


Production Team

Director Ian Tierney

Ian (Director) is originally from Eden, NY where he enlisted at 17 and served in the Marine Corps for over eight years. In 2020 he decided to move on to his next pursuit and sought an education as part of the Veteran Scholar’s Initiative at the University of Chicago. He had planned on studying Economics and pursuing a career in finance. However, after taking a required art class, he discovered a love and passion for theater. Since then, he has narrowed his focus to directing and has worked on shows such as King Lear (AD, UT 2021), Romeo and Juliet (Director, self-produced 2022), At Your Own Risk (AD, UChicago Pro Show 2023), and Midsummer Nights Dream (AD, Oak Part Theater Festival 2023). He will graduate this year with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies and plans to pursue a career as a director.

Playwright Jordyn Flaherty

Jordyn Flaherty (Playwright) is a third-year Law, Letters and Society major and Quantitative Social Analysis and Spanish minor. She has previously had her work produced by the Delaware Theatre Company's Young Playwrights Festival and Philadelphia Young Playwright's New Work Festival. She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work in making the world of Muscle Memory come to life!

Production Manager Danielle Yablonovskiy

Stage Manager — Kelly Mao

Kelly Mao (Stage Manager) is a third-year studying Mathematics and Computer Science whose previous UT credits include The Laramie Project (Calling Stage Manager, SM Collective™) and The Heirs (Production Manager). She enjoys deep conversations and long walks on the beach at sunset.

Lighting — Kaden Kaden

D. M. Kaden, a.k.a "Kaden", is a first year History and Linguistics major. They've previously worked on Theater 24 (Lighting Desginer) and have been doing theater tech since 6th grade.

Sound Nathalie Lam

Scenic Pallas Eible Hargro

Props Sophie Regales

Costumes Asia Quizon-Colquitt

Asia Quizon-Colquitt (Co-Costume Designer) is a recent UChicago graduate who majored in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She has previously worked on The Trail to Oregon! (Assistant Costume Designer). She is immensely grateful for the opportunity to be involved in UT post graduation.

Costumes — Tori Ogiste

Asst. Director Nicole Jarvis

Asst. Production Manager Elias Buttress

Elias Buttress (Assistant Production Manager) is a first-year Art History major. This is his first show with University Theater. When he's not backstage, one can find him rehearsing for Falsettos (performing later this year as part of University Theater), singing, and exploring downtown Chicago.

Asst. Stage Manager Griffin Bonnin Jones

Griffin Bonnin Jones (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second-year in the College majoring in history. This is their third UT show (they previously appeared as Balthazar in Romeo and Juliet and as Captain/Servant/Priest in Twelfth Night) but their first show working as crew. They're very glad to be a part of this show and hope you enjoy your day.

Asst. Stage Manager Jin-Hee Kim

Asst. Lighting Will Rehmus

Will Rehmus (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a first-year Astrophysics major. They are currently working on Falsettos (ASM) and are looking forward to 4 more years of UT productions, including Strings Attached (Co-Sound Designer) this spring.

Asst. Scenic Yifan Zou

Asst. Costumes Ciara Kinney

Sound Board Op Danielle Yablonovskiy

Hair & Make-up Captain — Alexandra Wilson

Committee Liaison London Mahaley

Tech Staff Liaison Sana Fessuh