December 05, 2019

A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her older sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.


Isaac Gomez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. We are proud to debut this collaboration between Gomez and director and ensemble member Sandra Marquez, following the success of their critically acclaimed production of La Ruta.

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BoHo Announces BIG FISH Cast and Designers

August 20, 2019

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life—according to the stories he tells his son, Will. But Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn’t think there’s any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches, kissing mermaids or joining the circus. He doesn’t even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra, in a field full of daffodils. But when Edward’s health begins to decline, Will must decide whether to accept his father’s wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities.

Chicago Tribune gives "For Services Rendered" at Griffin Theatre 3.5 our of 4 stars!

June 03, 2019

Griffin Theatre's 'For Services Rendered' is like 'Downton Abbey,' about the wrenching change of the Great War. Robin Witt’s new production is about as good as mature, non-Equity theater gets in Chicago. This is an excellent cast overall, working on intense emotions in very close quarters at the Den.

Griffin Theatre's FOR SERVICES RENDERED Begins May 19

April 25, 2019

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 31th anniversary season with W. Somerset Maugham's classic war drama FOR SERVICES RENDERED, directed by ensemble member Robin Witt*, playing May 19 - July 6, 2019 at The Den Theatre (Upstairs Main Stage), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.

Rivendell Sets “I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart” Cast & Staff

December 18, 2019

“Samantha and Leo are a team — best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world — until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey’s Anatomy marathons,” says the show description.

Produced first at D.C.’s Studio Theatre, “I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart” challenges assumptions around niceness, beauty, and mainstream acceptance as it upends traditional narratives about fat women—Gould herself identifies openly as such—by putting a fat woman at its center. “I’m not chubby or big-boned,” says Gould. “I’m fat. That’s who I am.”

Black Button Eyes casts 'Evil Dead the Musical'

October 02, 2018

It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving and cheerfully profane musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago Storefront Premiere.


When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!

Directed by Ed Rutherford
Choreographed by Derek Van Barham
Music Direction by Oliver Townsend

Porchlight Announces “1776” Staged Concert Cast

October 02, 2018

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Tony Award-winning musical, and as with every Porchlight Revisits, the performances will begin with multimedia backstory presentation created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber.

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its sixth season of it’s staged concert series of under-performed musicals with Porchlight Revisits “1776,” the American origin musical from Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone. Artistic Director Michael Weber directs, with musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and musical staging by Michelle Lauto.


Featuring a cast of 26, the largest ever for a Porchlight Revisits production.

Chicago Tribune Review's The View Upstairs

July 10, 2018

Reviews are in and everyone is loving The View Upstairs with Circle Theatre! The Chicago Tribune gives the production three stars and says "Van Barham has assembled a strong ensemble here that captures the diversity of the UpStairs..."

May 16, 2018

Robert makes his Circle Theatre as "Richard" in the Chicago primere of The View Upstairs by Max Vernon. He is ecstatic to be a part in telling such an incredibly important story in the LGBTQ History.d & Manage Items.

When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.

Yank! A World War II Love Story

February 12, 2018

Pride Films and Plays has extended it's run of YANK! A World War II Love Story through March 18th. Robert joins the the cast as a guest artist taking over for Billy Dwyer (pictured above, left) in the role of Mitch Adams for two Performances, March 8 and 10, 2018.

The hit off-Broadway musical is the story of a Midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier in his squad and is later introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK.

Woman of the Year

October 06, 2017

Robert joins Porchlight Music Theatre once again for their upcoming production of Woman of the Year as the narcissistic anchorman, Chip Salisbury.

Based on the classic film starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, a television interviewer and a newspaper cartoonist get into a public battle over their respective professions, and, of course, fall in love, marry and experience more career conflicts. This Tony Award-winning musical starred Lauren Bacall in its original Broadway run. Featuring the hits: “One of the Boys,” “Sometimes a Day Goes By” and “The Grass is Always Greener.”

United Flight 232

June 30, 2017

Robert is thrilled to be working with The House Theatre on the remount of their Jeff Award-winning production of UNITED FLIGHT 232 adapted by Vanessa Stalling and based on the book by Laurence Gonzales.


“I love you, hurry home. I love you.” On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O’Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this brand new play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

April 04, 2017

Robert is looking forward to returning to the Porchlight Music Theatre stage in their  upcoming production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever as Millard/Bologard!

Daisy Gamble has some unusual powers like hearing phones before they ring and making flowers grow just by talking to them. However, she thinks she's just a normal person. In fact, her primary concern is trying to quit smoking in order to please her fiance. To accomplish this goal, she seeks the help of a hypnotist, Mark Bruckner. During their sessions, Mark discovers that she can regress into past lives and different personalities. Mark ends up falling in love with one of Daisy's personalities,"Melinda". In the end, Daisy finally realizes how special she realy is.

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