Current Work

Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee!

Charles was recently nominated for a Jeff Award for best lighting design (Equity-Midsize) for his work on Shattered Globe Theatre’s production of Mill Fire.  The awards will be handed out October 13 at Drury Lane Theatre.


The Clean House

Remy Bumppo Theatre; Chicago, Il
December 3-January 11, 2015
Director-Ann Filmer

The Clean House is full of searches for perfection, be they for the best-tasting apple, a cancer-fighting tree, one’s bashert, a pesky speck of dirt, or the perfect joke. The searchers include a female doctor who wants a clean house, but doesn’t want to work at it; her maid, who hates to clean; her sister, who is obsessed with cleaning; and her husband, who comes clean about falling in love with an inspiring patient. Chicagoan Sarah Ruhl’s off-the-wall, poignant comedy may well have the characters and the audience dying of laughter, but, amidst it all, there’s romance, longing, coping… and a lot of dusting.


The Nutcracker


Salt Creek Ballet
Westmont , Il
November 29-30: Hinsdale, Il ; Hinsdale Central High School
December 6-7: University Park, Il; Governors State University
December 13-14: Skokie, Il; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Choreography by : Sergey Kozadayev & Zhanna Dubrovskaya

Salt Creek Ballet’s Annual Holiday Classic Returns with an entirely new production in 2014!!

The Rose Tattoo

Shattered Globe Theatre
Chicago, Il
January 15-February 28 2015
Directed by Greg Vinkler

THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams’ work, a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress’ life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.

Murder Ballad

Bailiwick Chicago
Chicago , Il
April 2 – May 9, 2015
Directed  by James Beaudry

This new musical follows Sara, a young New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband. Led by a sexy nightclub singer who serves as the show’s narrator, MURDER BALLAD documents the details of the torrid affair with vibrant pop-rock tunes. When Sara breaks up with Tom, a gritty bartender, she runs into the arms of Michael, a quiet poetry student at NYU. But after the couple gets married and has a daughter, Sara longs for her old, dangerous life and begins secretly seeing Tom at his bar downtown. As Sara’s passionate relationship with Tom intensifies, she begins to miss her old life with her husband and young child – but by then, it may be too late…


TimeLine Theatre
Chicago, Il
May  6 – July  26, 2015
Directed By Kimberly Senior

On the eve of the United States’ invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana—metaphorically, the soul of the country—from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue’s preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.

INANA was commissioned and received its world premiere at Denver Center Theatre Company in 2009, and TimeLine’s production is the play’s Chicago premiere. “By introducing us to human and complex Iraqi characters … Michele Lowe’s play wants to smooth the border that separates our nations like a line of sand in the desert,” praisedThe Denver Post. “[It] allows us to consider our ‘enemy’ in new and more humane ways. To consider the infuriating plight of Middle Eastern women. To reflect on the unconscionable desecration of a country’s sacred heritage … All while escaping into an unlikely but eventually sweet romance.”

Bye Bye Birdie

Drury Lane Theatre
Oakbrook Terrace , Il
January 14 – March   13, 2016
Directed By Kimberly Senior

To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It’s the late 1950’s and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad’s success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.