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(L’homme de decembre)
by Colleen Murphy

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NOW THRU JUNE 28, 2015!


Directed by Patrick New
Featuring Rudy Galvan, Mike Speller and Barbara Roeder Harris

A public tragedy shatters a working class family. Struggling to survive the aftermath, parents Benoit and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with guilt and rage. . .but will it be enough? This searing drama on courage, heroism, and despair explores the long public shadow that private family violence casts.

The production team for THE DECEMBER MAN (L’homme de Décembre) includes: Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Sarah Jo White (costume design), Matthew Gawryk (lighting design), Andrew Rovner (sound design/original composition), Mike Sanow (technical director) and Anna Micale (stage manager).

Press Snippets


“Barbara Roeder Harris and Mike Speller turn in strong performances as Kathleen and Benoit” – CHICAGO READER

“This utterly unpretentious cautionary tale will be hemlock to optimists…this play is absolutely true to its tale.” – STAGE AND CINEMA

“Matthew Gawryk’s lighting and Eleanor Kahn’s set design work together to create a stark image of a family coping with a level of trauma that they are not equipped to handle. And Andrew Rovner’s sound design—original composition and the occasional sound of a television set—are used to accent the overall feeling of helplessness that permeates the world of the show and its characters” – NEW CITY

The December Man is a riveting, suspenseful drama on courage, survival, heroism and despair. Survival guilt’s effects all it touches,  and it is vividly and honestly presented here. This work is a theatrical gem featuring a tight script, wonderfully effective direction, and three truthfully powerful performances. This is yet another production that showcases the vibrancy of Chicago storefront theatre.” – CHICAGOCRITIC.COM HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

“As Jean, Rudy Galvan has a unique acting challenge. The young man begins the play devastated at having witnessed an unthinkable tragedy and haunted by his inability to have changed the course of events. In this, Mr. Galvan is excellent. So much is told through the actor’s anguished body language, but particularly through his eyes.” – CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW

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Meet the Cast

Rudy Galvan (Josh) is a proud ensemble member at Mary-Arrchie, where his previous credits include Uncle Bob, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Cherrywood, Hellish Half-Light and Gas Mask 101. Chicago Credits: Lord of the Flies (Steppenwolf Theatre Co.), The Sweeter Option (Strawdog Theatre Co.), Pornography (Steep Theatre Co.), Bang the Drum Slowly (Raven Theatre), Plainsong (Signal Ensemble Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista). TV: Chicago Fire and Shameless. Rudy is represented by Paonessa Talent.

BARBARA ROEDER HARRIS is delighted to be working with Mary Arrchie Theatre for the first time. Last spring she originated the role of Denise Corey in Stage Left’s world premiere production of Joe Zarrow’s Principal Principle. Other recent appearances include ShawChicago’s Pygmalion, Next Theatre’s Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, TimeLine Theatre’s Enron, Signal Ensemble Theatre’s Plainsong and Successors. She has also had the opportunity to work around town with other theater companies including Northlight, 16th Street Theater, Victory Gardens, Marriott Theatre, Eclipse, and Apple Tree, among others. She is grateful every day for the support of the ladies at Paonessa Talent Agency and her ever-lovin’ family.

Mike Speller is grateful for his first appearance with Mary-Arrchie. He has been seen in dozens of local productions including The Pillowman (Spartan Theatre), Unshelved (Eclectic), Betrayal (New World Rep), Cats Cradle (Lifeline), Right Ho, Jeeves (City Lit), as well as his ensemble work with The Mystery Shop.