‘The performance (and especially the singing) of Whitney Morse as Diana, the mother whose illness threatens to wreck her family as well as her own life, suggests much bigger things in her future: she’s rueful but free of self-pity, funny without resorting to stereotype, and all-around engaging.” – Kelly Kleiman for Dueling Critics
“Whitney Morse cycles between sweetness, sarcasm, and psychosis but is at her most chilling acting out the aftereffects of electroshock therapy and sedation” – Marissa Oberlander for The Chicago Reader
This riveting musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. As they band together to learn how to support each other and live a life that is at least next to normal, each character’s journey is punctuated by a powerful music score. It features 30 original songs including “Just Another Day,” “You Don’t Know” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.”
Next to Normal is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said, “It has the effect of making one determine to refocus on what really is important in life, which always is the best reason of all to find time to go to the theater.”
In February 2014 I started working with Greatworks Touring Chidren’s Theatre playing multiple roles Fractured Fairy Tales. Since then I have been added to the casts of The Giver and Number The Stars. These three shows have kept me busy, and happy. I love being part of of this tight knit acting ensemble. We tour all around the midwest performing shows for children from 4 to 14 years old. We go to schools libraries, performing arts centers and cultural centers.
Fractured Fairy Tales
Number The Stars
“Our goal is to bring your kids stories and ideas that will stick with them for years to come, and to make their experience a good theatrical event as well as an educational event. Every show has multiple layers of humor and meaning written into them, so that everyone watching – student and teacher alike – is getting something unique and personal out of the production. The shows are performed by some of the best acting talent in the city, artists who bring the same level of commitment and theatrical quality to your school as they do in their “night jobs” in Chicago’s busy professional theatres. ” Read more about us at: www.greatworkstheatre.com
“Whitney Morse, one of Chicago’s finest young actresses, thoroughly inhabits the role of Brooke. A stunningly versatile performer, memorable for her diverse performances in productions of “The Children’s Hour” and “Accomplice,” Ms. Morse makes this young writer, who’s suffered through depression and the demands of family pressure, a real, live woman. The empathy and honesty she brings to the stage is heartfelt and a palpable.” – Colin Douglass
This winter is going to be an exciting time! I will open Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck with Brown Paper Box Company on January 23rd it will run Thursdays through Sundays until February 8th. Check out the cast and production team HERE! Shortly after Spike Heels closes (5 days to be exact) I will open Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz at Citadel Theatre Company. Other Desert Cities will run from February 13th through March 15th. Check out Citadel’s website HERE. Stay tuned!!
Lucas Thatcher, Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton
“Whitney Morse, another area actress who has impressed in past productions (from Jedlicka’s “Accomplice” to Pride Films and Plays‘ “The Children’s Hour”) adds the role of German-born Eva to her varied resume. Without making Eva a caricature, Ms. Morse offers just enough hint of dialect to make her character convincing. She easily conveys everything this role demands, from supportive friend to smoldering sexpot. Once again Whitney Morse demonstrates what a surprising and versatile young actress she’s become in a short time. In my book, she is an artist to watch.” – Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review Full Review “Carey Lee Burton and Whitney Morse portray their long suffering wives. They both capture the fear and loneliness of women whose husbands are gone for months at a time. Burton provides some of the most emotional moments in the play. We can relate to her as she goes from failed project to failed project, trying to find meaning in her life beyond her marriage. Whitney Morse is the worldly Eva, a German who just wants more excitement in her mundane life. Her German accent is excellent- and she has a warm presence on stage.” – Drew Wanket, Chicago Stage Standard Full Review