twt_postcard_frontby Gerard Stembridge
Directed by Carolyn KleinPerformed at
The Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Avenue

February 26 – April 3, 2011

Jeff Awards Nomination (Actor in a Supporting role): Ira Amyx

Anglo-Irish tensions simmer beneath the surface as Dublinites Noel and May host a dinner party for an English couple in hopes of securing a substantial loan. Five years later, the invitation is reciprocated, but the tables have turned. Set in two time periods simultaneously, That Was Then ingeniously weaves together the events of both desperate evenings, in this dark comedy by Gerard Stembridge.

Photos by Jackie Jasperson



Noel Ira Amyx
May Molly Glynn*
April Anne Sunseri
June Sarah Wellington
Julian Joseph Wycoff*
Director Carolyn Klein
Stage Manager Erin Diener*
Scenic Designers Robert Groth &
Jenniffer J. Thusing
Lighting Designer Julian Pike
Sound Designer Joe Court
Costume Designer Beth Laske-Miller
Properties Designer Nathalie Alaya
Dialect Coach Eva Breneman
Assistant Stage Manager Tara Malpass

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association


“This play was written before the current Irish debt crisis, but seeing it after the European bailout doesn’t so much make the play feel dated as more resonant.” — Chicago Tribune

“Klein’s crisp orchestration of the action” — Time Out Chicago

“Amyx, as Noel, effortlessly and hilariously flips from playing the drunk, belligerent supplicant to the serenely self-possessed parvenu.” — Time Out Chicago

“Amyx nails both mean drunk and sanctimonious recovering alcoholic. Wellington and Wycoff modulate comfortably between smug condescension and breathless desperation. Molly Glynn shines as Noel’s decent wife.” — New City