Tag: Benjamin Sprunger

Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 PM written by AFT Theatre

Benjamin Sprunger Joins the AFT Team as Development Director

Benjamin Sprunger AFT Development Director head shotWe’re excited to announce the appointment of Benjamin Sprunger as our new Development Director. Ben, who has served on AFT’s Board of Directors and as an Artistic Associate, will begin the full-time staff position in March.

“I am so pleased to welcome Benjamin Sprunger to the About Face Theatre staff,” comments Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “Ben brings more than 15 years of history with About Face as an actor, Artistic Associate, and Board member. His commitment to the company and its growth as well as his energy, institutional knowledge and community relationships will be a huge asset to AFT.”

Ben comes to About Face from House of Blues/Live Nation Worldwide, where he worked more than twelve years in finance and accounting. He has been an AFT Artistic Associate since 2010 and served on the company’s Board of Directors from 2011 – 2014. During that time, Ben spearheaded several fundraising initiatives and co-chaired Wonka Ball for four years.

As an actor, Ben has appeared in seven AFT productions to date including Whitman, Take Me OutSay You Love Satan, Wedding Play, The Flowers, The Homosexuals and The Pride. He has also worked with The House Theatre of Chicago, TimeLine Theatre, Steep Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Pegasus Players, CityLit Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre and Sideshow Theatre in Chicago, as well as Mark Taper Forum, The Blank Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Met Theatre, Secret Rose Theatre and Greenway Court in Los Angeles.  Television credits include Passions, It’s All Relative and several episodes of Will & Grace, where he played Will’s boyfriend’s sister’s fiancé.  He holds a BFA in Music, Theatre and Dance from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.

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Monday, June 17, 6:50 PM written by EmilyHaha

THE PRIDE is a Smash Hit!

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS FOR OUR FINAL PERFORMANCES!

Due to popular demand, About Face Theatre’s critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of THE PRIDE by Alexi Kaye Campbell (Olivier Award) and directed by Bonnie Metzgar has added two additional weeks of performances – extending through Saturday, July 28, 2013.

Two story lines, fifty years apart. Set in London, the time-shifting play THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.  THE PRIDE is JEFF RECOMMENDED and features AFT Artistic Associates Patrick Andrews, John Francisco and Benjamin Sprunger with Jessie Fisher.

Regular run tickets are $30 if you purchase them by July 13 but go up to $40 on July 18.  That means you”d better buy them this week!  Student tickets are $15, and group rates are available.

Here”s what they”re saying about THE PRIDE:

“Metzgar catches the melancholy present in the writing and also the visual link between past and present, linked by the various identities we must wear, sometimes of our choosing, sometimes not at all…There”s no show to better honor pride week in Chicago.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Bonnie Metzgar”s sensitive production—her final act as About Face Theatre”s outgoing artistic director—fluidly navigates the tricky shifts between scenes and periods…Metzgar”s cast is equally remarkable…The Pride”s takeaway is how extraordinarily far we”ve come, and how far we”ve yet to go.” –Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“The script enables Francisco and Andrews to switch places of power and it’s effective…Both actors bring empathy to their characters’ logic, making their decisions accessible and infuriating.” – Lisa Buscani, Newcity

“Under the masterful direction of Bonnie Metzgar, the acting is in one word: *excellent*…THE PRIDE is a living memorial to the past, present and future GLBT community.” – Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

THE PRIDE is on stage now – Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Show Times: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 5 pm & 9 pm (through July 13) and Saturdays at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (July 20 – 27); Sundays at 5 pm. Please note: There will not be a performance on Sunday, July 14.
Tickets: $30. $15 students. Group rates available.
Tickets are available or by calling the Victory Gardens Box Office at (773) 871-3000.

Enjoy these these special videos from the cast and scroll down for more pics!

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Wednesday, June 5, 9:25 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Cast of THE PRIDE: Benjamin Sprunger

About Face Theatre is proud to present the Chicago premiere of THE PRIDE, June 6 – July 13, 2013 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater.  Set in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s time-shifting play THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.

In celebration of this play and Pride Month, we’re bringing you the bios of the amazing cast and crew of THE PRIDE over the next couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them!

BENJAMIN SPRUNGER (Man, Doctor, Peter) most recently appeared as a grieving father, a rockabilly rat, and a teddy bear sheriff in House Theatre of Chicago’s Nutcracker. Other Chicago credits include 16th Street, Goodman, Strawdog, TimeLine, LiveWire, Steppenwolf, Griffin, Steep, Pegasus, CityLit, and Bailiwick.  In Los Angeles, Ben worked with Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, and The Blank among others.  Additionally, he is featured on the Do I Hear a Waltz? new cast recording (alongside Carol Lawrence and Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello) and has appeared on the television shows Will & Grace, Passions and It’s All Relative.  The Pride is Ben’s seventh production with About Face where he is also an artistic associate and board member.  More information at www.benjaminsprunger.com.

 

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Thursday, April 18, 10:24 AM written by EmilyHaha

Wonka Ball Super Sneak Peek – Episode 3

Wonka Ball 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS combines the unexpected delights and performances of the Big Top with the inspired grandeur of Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts. And in the final episode of our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the arduous audition process each performer undergoes, you’ll hear one of our favorites quotes this year: “All I want to see is an act with a man in a gorilla suit, holding another man in a cage.” Also, the puppet is still there.

Special shout out to The Qu for their work on this fantastic video series!

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Thursday, April 11, 8:30 AM written by EmilyHaha

Wonka Ball Super Sneak Peek – Episode 2

Wonka Ball 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS combines the unexpected delights and performances of the Big Top with the inspired grandeur of Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts. And in Episode 2 of our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the arduous audition process each performer undergoes, you’ll experience the unexpected delight of an opera singer and a guy whose talents, um…defy expectations. Also, the puppet is still there.

Special shout out to The Qu for their work on this fantastic video series!

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