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Meet the cast of 'Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls'

The cast of The Brown Paper Box Co.'s 'Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls' talk to RedEye about their biggest life changes

  • 'Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls' cast members pictured clockwise from top left: Anna Schutz, Bob Skosky, Stephanie Rohr, Luke Michael Grimes, Pamela Mae Davis, Justin Harner, Christopher Hart and Derek Herman.
'Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls' cast members pictured clockwise…
May 28, 2013|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

Ever feel like your life could use some drastic changes? Extreme transformation—as a way of discovering yourself—is the theme of "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls," a quirky comedy with absurdist elements by San Diego-based playwright Naomi Iizuka. Having been born in Tokyo to a Japanese father and a Cuban-American mother and raised in Japan, Indonesia, The Netherlands and the U.S., Iizuka knows a thing or two about the fluidity of identity.

The Brown Paper Box Co. founding executive director M. William Panek directs the comedy, in which a group of twenty-somethings change geographical locations, careers—and sometimes, even species—on their quests to understand love, evolution and themselves. It features minimalist sets, some cross-gender casting and a focus on realistic dialogue and relationships within the surrealist scenarios.

Because the play emphasizes the changes inherent in physical and emotional journeys, we checked in with the cast to find out where they come from, where they live now and one life event that transformed them.

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"Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls"

Go: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through June 16 at Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave.

Tickets: $20. 773-257-3730; brownpaperbox.org

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Bob Skosky

Age: 27
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current 'hood: Lakeview
Transformative experience: "Being naked on stage. Once you've been naked in front of a group of people who have paid to see you, you're never the same."

Pamela Mae Davis
Age: 28
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Current 'hood: Uptown
Transformative experience: "Seeing Bob Skosky naked on stage. Hands down."

Derek Herman
Age: 22
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Current 'hood: Rogers Park
Transformative experience: "Graduating from college this May has transformed me and really smacked me in the face that I am a 'real' adult."

Stephanie Rohr
Age: 28
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
Current 'hood: Logan Square
Transformative experience: "Moving to London for my Master's degree. Starting over in a new city/country/continent where I lived alone and knew no one."

Christopher Hart
Age: 27
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Current 'hood: Rogers Park
Transformative experience: "Life, humor, friends, family and the relentless positivity of my dad, John Hart, have transformed me."

Luke Michael Grimes
Age: 23
Hometown: La Grange, Ill.
Current 'hood: Logan Square
Transformative experience: "When I played Frau Kost in 'Cabaret.' I felt like I was so far from myself that it really transformed me as an actor."

Anna Schutz
Age: 28
Hometown: Skokie, Ill.
Current 'hood: Lakeview
Transformative experience: "When I moved into my first apartment. Being on your own and starting to find out who you are."

Justin Harner
Age: 24
Hometown: Effingham, Ill.
Current 'hood: Uptown
Transformative experience: "When I realized that running could be meditative! But seriously, I just found $5 on the street and it feels pretty transformative."

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor. redeye@tribune.com | @redeyechicago

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