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Jeff Non-Equity Awards 2009

Outstanding Lighting Design - Jared B. Moore

Nomination (Sound Design) - Nick Keenan


"one of the North Side's most trustworthy, modest and aesthetically pleasing theater collectives ... Granata handles [his role] with dignity and restraint, and proves a solid anchor for this accomplished, quiet quartet of performances ... New Leaf's artists yet again demonstrate their facility with actors, lights and sound."

- Christopher Piatt
Time Out Chicago

"New Leaf Theatre rises to Press-Coffman's challenge by doing its own smart subversions in its richly emotional and moving staging ... Don't be surprised if they move you to tears."

- Scott C. Morgan
Windy City Times

"A punch-in-the-gut story ... "Touch" runs deft fingers over the aspects of life that make it worth living and those that cause unbearable pain ... Granata's eloquent interaction with objects in space is beautiful to observe."

- Sarah Terez Rosenblum
Centerstage Chicago

"...intelligent and carefully wrought, [Touch] speaks to how we live today... Sit and listen, it asks, and let these anecdotes take hold. The picture will come into focus soon enough."

- Nina Metz
New City

"Directed with a light touch, the look and feel of this production reverberates with a genuine understanding of humanity ... this was my first experience with New Leaf Theatre. I will not miss another one of their shows."

- Don Hall
Angry White Guy in Chicago [Blog]

"Here is an ensemble that definitely has the potential of becoming another Steppenwolf and should be featured on everyone's radar."

- Rob Kozlowski
Rob Kozlowski Chicago Theater Medicine Show [Blog]

"Jared B. Moore's tautly haunting light design, Nick Keenan's spare and languid sound styling and Michelle Lilly O'Brien's duskily natural, highly functional set all add an aura of poetic honesty that lends a stark realism to the proceedings"

- Brian Kirst
Chicago Free Press

"... sensitive, detailed performances ... mak[es] excellent use of light and shadow ..."

- Zac Thompson
Chicago Reader

by Toni Press-Coffman
directed by Jessica Hutchinson

Dan Granata
Matt Gottlieb
Kristina Johnson
Jacqueline Stone


Melissa Pryor
Assistant Director

Amanda Frechette
Stage Manager

Michelle Lilly O'Brien
Set Design

Jared Moore
Lighting Design

Marni Keenan
Production Manager

Nick Keenan
Production Manager & Sound Design

Rachel Sypniewski
Costume Design

Very Clever
Video Trailer
by Toni Press-Coffman
directed by Jessica Hutchinson


Photography by Lindsay Theo

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