Summer 2017

An American and a Russian chess grandmaster face off at the height of the Cold War, when political tensions have reached a boiling point. The situation gets even more complicated when the American's second falls in love with the Russian. It is a story of love, betrayal, politics, and a simple board game, set during the glorious eighties.


Kresge Little Theatre

  • Friday Aug. 4, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday Aug. 5, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday Aug. 6, 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday Aug. 10, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Friday Aug. 11, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday Aug. 13, 2017, 2 p.m.


Stage Director: Emma Brown

Music Director: Elena Sokoloski

Producer: Benn Salter



Trey Lundquist as Freddie Trumper
Meghan Jolliffe as Florence Vassy
Tyler Crosby as Anatoly Sergievsky 
Paul Gallagher as Alexander Molokov
Ben Gold as The Arbiter
Elisa Boles as Svetlana Sergievsky
Nick Stevens as Walter de Courcey (Cover for The Arbiter)

Zachary Barryte
Rachel Bowers-Rubin
Rebecca Burstein
Kitty Drexel
Brie Frame
Lev Kandel (Cover for Molokov)
Hubert Hwang (Cover for Walter)
Gabrielle Jaques (Cover for Florence)
Emma Joyce
Isabella Kopits (Cover for Svetlana)
Michelle Nizhnikov
Elliot Raff (Cover for Anatoly)
E. Rosser 
Cara Siobhan
Dannie Smith
Stephanie Wooler
Lynn Wilcott
Lauren Zoppo


The Orchestra

Concertmaster: Rossana Chung

Violin: Sandhya Ramakrishnan, Liz Clement, Harry Newman-Plotnick, Ralph Iverson, Dan Salomon, Chris Snyder

Cello: Annie Moriondo, Nate Melhorn

Bass: Ben Stevens

Flute: Emma Donnelly, Debbie Franks, Bianca Trombetta

Oboe: Helen Read

Clarinet: Mike Jacobs, Sophia Benson

Bassoon: Isaac Metcalf

French Horn: Eli Pollock

Trumpet: Matt Putnam, Kevin Bergquist

Trombone: Steve Benson, Sam Reynolds

Percussion: Chris Snyder

Guitar: Marek Subernat

Drums: Matt Quejada

Keyboard: Louis Schwartz


Technical Director: Isaac Metcalf

Choreographer: Rebecca Graber

Set Design: Jakob Weisblat

Costume Design: E. Rosser

Lighting Design: Nick Stevens

Sound Design: Steve 'Cheesy' Hill

Stage Manager: Benn Salter

Assistant Stage Manager: Wyn Brown

Props Design: Tyler Crosby

Assistant Producer: Brynna Downey

Assistant Music Director: Johnny Han

Assistant Lighting Designer: Luis Orrego

Master Electrician: Scout O'Beirne

Costume Assistants: Michelle Nizhnikov, Tom Ostrowski

Hair and Makeup Design: Cara Siobhan, Michelle Nizhnikov, Lynn Wilcott

Publicity and Ticketing Manager: Nick Stevens

Orchestra Manager: Rossana Chung

Rehearsal Pianists: Steven Schneider, Richard Tong

Graphic Designer: Nathaniel Koven

Production Photographer: Julie Henion

Set Construction: Chuck McCallum, Brie Frame, Rachel Bowers-Rubin, Zachary Barryte, Rebecca Burstein, Rebecca Graber, Elena Sokoloski


Book by: Richard Nelson

Music by: Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus

Lyrics by: Tim Rice


Kresge Little Theatre

  • Aug. 4, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 5, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 6, 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Aug. 10, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 13, 2017, 2 p.m.