Performing at The Edge Theater

Broadway: 5451 N Broadway St

Off Broadway: 1133 W Catalpa Ave

Chicago, IL

February 2020


All press inquiries should be directed to David Rosenberg, our publicist, at david@drpublicrelations.com.


Sponsorship inquiries should email Artistic Director Whitney Rhodes whitney@underscoretheatre.org


Drop us a line any time at info@cmtf.org.

@2018 Underscore Theatre Company, Chicago's home for new musicals


Book, Music and Lyrics by Olivia Popp

Astrophysics PhD student Luke needs to prove his theory of parallel universes for his dissertation. Rising young filmmaker Sam needs to salvage her latest script for a chance at a big break. When Luke successfully opens a wormhole and finds Sam on the other side, the two discover that they can help each other more than they thought. DOUBLE VISION is an original sci-fi comedy musical about science (well, sort of), discovery (okay, kind of), relationships (in more ways than one), and the power of seeking something new.

LEARN MORE about the show at doublevisionthemusical.com!


5451 N Broadway Ave

February 4 at 8 pm

February 9 at 6 pm

February 15 at 7:30 pm

February 19 at 8 pm

February 22 at 3 pm

Creative Team



Olivia Popp (Book/Music/Lyrics and Producer) is a writer and artist based in the Bay Area and a student studying at Stanford University. She loves original work and enjoys writing narrative fiction for theater and film with a passion for Asian American, queer, absurdist, and science fiction stories. Beyond working on productions in the Stanford community, Olivia has studied with Straight White Men playwright Young Jean Lee and Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist Amy Freed, and her work has been performed at the Kennedy Center in DC. Someday, she wants to create a cult TV musical, but she won’t tell you which one just yet. Twitter: @itsoliviapopp, Instagram: @aestheticofthepathetic


Zach Barr (Director) is a freelance director and critic working in the Chicagoland area. He serves as the Literary Associate at Sideshow Theatre Company. He recently directed Littlebrain Theatre’s Bicycle Thieves, part of RhinoFest 2019. Other projects include work with Otherworld Theatre Company, The Agency Theatre Collective, Kokandy Productions, and Studio East (Kirkland, Washington). Zach is a graduate of Northwestern University.


Justin Cavazos (Music Director) is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and guitarist. He served as Music Director and Arranger for Stanford Mixed Company. He has performed in Chicago with Pride Films and Plays, Music Theater Works, Transgressive Theatre-Opera, and Porchlight Music Theater. Justin continues to write and arrange music for a cappella voices, rock band, synthesized instruments, and more.


Erin Collins (Stage Manager) is a proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management. Erin spent her first six months post-grad as part of the production management team for the shows on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, the Celebrity Edge. Most recently, she stage managed Vision Productions’s benefit performance of The Trial of Faith and NoMads Art Collective's production of Mr. Kotomoto Is Definitely Not White. Some of Erin's favorite stage management credits include Growing Up Blue; Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; Michael Jordan in Lilliput; and We Are Proud to Present (The Theatre School).


Ryan Jones (Technical Director and Scenic Designer) is thrilled to bring Double Vision to life onstage for CMTF 2020! Recent credits include: Elf: The Musical for PCHS (Technical Director & Scenic Designer), CMTF 2018 (Best Scenic Design Nominee for "TRU"), PEMCo’s Into the Woods (Rapunzel's Prince & Scenic Designer) at Notre Dame, and PEMCo’s Merrily We Roll Along (Producer & Scenic Designer) at ND. When he’s not managing software projects at Jellyvision, he enjoys singing with the company’s rock band, doing freelance scenic design work, and working on various DIY projects for his apartment. He thanks his friends, family, coworkers, and the Double Vision team for their support and encouragement.


Joy Ahn (Properties Designer and Assistant Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer and artist in Chicago. Joy is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Prior credits include Sugar in Our Wounds and I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (First Floor Theater), Death of Gaia Divine (Greenhouse Theatre), Native Son and Eurydice (DePaul University).


Jazmin Aurora Medina (Costume Designer) is a professional costume designer throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. She has a BA in Costume Design and Wardrobe from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Jazmin was recently selected as one of 34 US young emerging designers for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial for her costume design of Eurydice at UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha. Previous credits include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater and many more. Her portfolio of previous work and upcoming projects can be seen at jazminaurora.com or on Instagram: @jazminnauroraa.


Olivia Sy (Graphic Designer) is a creative designer and illustrator in Los Angeles, CA who strives to communicate purpose beyond craft. In all her projects, she aims to thread human narratives with social impact, working with past clients such as the Downtown Women's Center, PeaceJam, AIDS Life/Cycle and her mom. She's often found hiking with her camera, over-analyzing films with strangers, selling her stickers and sipping coffee with her plants. More at oliviasy.design.


Bobby Pragada (Co-Producer) is an alumnus of Stanford University (2019) and a member of the original Double Vision cast. He played Luke during the show’s first run, and has assisted in the show’s initial transition to Chicago. He is also assisting with script and music modifications as the show prepares to return better than ever! Currently, Bobby is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and student-teaches at W.B. Saul High School in Philadelphia. He will be producing the show remotely, as he cannot bear to leave his wonderful students.



RYAN FRENK (Luke Sheridan) is a Malaysian American performer by way of Houston, Texas. Most recently, he debuted as a soloist and ensemble member of The Marion Consort in the Early Music Now series in Milwaukee. Favorite past performances include The Magician (Menotti's The Consul) with Transgressive Theatre-Opera and Acting Out!, Utkarsh Trujillo/Raj Chadha (Schwartz’s Working) with Main Street Theatre and Peter (Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar) with Bayou City Theatrics. "If you want it, you already got it.”

STEPHANIE FONGHEISER (Sam Connor) is thrilled to be a part of Double Vision and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival this year. Chicago credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Big Noise Theatre), Game of Tiaras and This is America: A Musical Theatre Concert (Surging Films & Theatrics). Other credits include Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Babette in Beauty and the Beast and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.

NINA JAYASHANKAR (Vanessa Connor) is so excited to be back at Underscore after featuring in their Tiny Storefront Concert Series: We Can Do It. She is a Chicago-based actor and a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned her BA in Theatre with the Music Theatre Certificate as well as another major in Mathematics. Originally from San Jose, California, Nina began her career in Chicago with Music Theater Works' production of Peter Pan. Other favorite credits include Lions and Tigers (TimeLine Theatre), Anything Goes (Metropolis) and 9 to 5 (Big Noise Theatre). She can be seen next as Hannah in Freaky Friday at Porchlight Music Theatre. Nina is proud to be represented by Gray Talent Group. Ninajayashankar.com

GINA MARTIN (Sierra Scott) is a Chicago-based actor originally from Country Club Hills, Illinois. She is currently a senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Some of her credits include A Man of No Importance, Allegro and High Fidelity (Columbia College Chicago). Other theatre credits include Beehive: The 60s Musical (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre) and Spring Awakening (Three Brothers Theatre).

BRIAN PEMBER (Marty Manning) comes from the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied with Charles Walker. With a passion for new works, he is very excited to work on Double Vision. Recently, he joined Chicago Opera Theater for the Chicago premieres of Iolanta and Moby Dick. He also performed with Transgressive Theatre-Opera in their productions of Trial by Jury, Masque at Kenilworth and Le Comte Ory. Brian has also been a member of the Princeton Festival Opera Chorus and has performed in productions of Peter Grimes, Fidelio and Nixon in China.


ETHAN CARLSON (Kirk River / Dave Connor) is a Chicago-based actor, singer, and stage combatant, and he is thrilled to be returning to Underscore Theatre! He last appeared in Underscore’s workshop production of The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe. Some other Chicago credits include Reutan Collective (Wasteland Hero) and MadKap Productions (1776), and he has also performed abroad with Prague Shakespeare Company (Love’s Labour’s Lost). When not performing, he enjoys catching up on his comic books, cooking, and practicing his swordplay.

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