Cast and Crew


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James Lashly


James Lashly graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago Goodman School of Drama in 1969 and worked for three years in Chicago’s Free Street Theater directed by Patrick Henry before moving to California.

He has worked as an actor since then on stage, television, film. Some of his films include: Cannonball directed by Paul Bartel, Always directed by Stephen Spielberg, Extreme Prejudice directed by Walter Hill White Oleander directed by Peter Kosminsky and Domestic Disturbance directed by Harold Becker.

Some of many television appearances include the shows: Charmed, Gilmore Girls, West Wing, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, Seinfeld, and Justified.

He was a founding member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and has also appeared on stages in Missouri, Minnesota, and California. He returned to Chicago in 2017 to STAGE for a workshop presentation of The Art of Questionable Provenance directed by Nancy Kawalek.

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Dori Erwin Collins


Dori Erwin Collins is excited to be part of the team of amazing artists bringing Copenhagen to life with ETOPiA.

Her recent Chicago credits include: Cabaret (u/s Fraulein Schneider) with Theatre at the Center, One Flea Spare (Darcy) with Ghost Light Productions, Both Your Houses (u/s Miss McMurtry) with Remy Bumppo, Netta at Ninety (Louise) with Women’s Theatre Alliance, Far From Heaven (u/s Mrs. Leacock/Mona) with Porchlight Music Theatre, and The Wedding Gift (Daphne), a new musical in AEA staged reading at the Royal George Theatre.

Other area credits include: Chess (Svetlana) and Into the Woods (Witch).

For several seasons Dori appeared as on-air host of the Annual AID Telethon and has appeared as headline vocalist in area benefit concerts.

Other work includes: industrial film and the recently released short film, Unorthodox.

Dori wishes to thank colleagues Maureen, John and crew, as well as James and Matt for the wonderful partnership and as always, offers deep gratitude to her “anchors,” Craig, Sarah and Ben.

This performance is dedicated to all those seeking courage to live their passion, who press on, undaunted in the face of perplexing questions.

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Matthew Grayson


Matthew Grayson (Heisenberg) has served as producer, director, musical director, actor, graphics designer, and sound designer for various theatrical productions.

He first produced the Magnolia Six production of Copenhagen at the Technical University of Munich before touring it to the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Zagreb, and finally to Northwestern in 2008 for the inaugural production of ETOPiA.

Other ETOPiA productions include Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie, Q.E.D., The How and the Why, A Number, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Grounded, Galileo, and a reading of the new musical Mill Girls.

Matthew also produced Princeton Summer Theater’s '97 season of three plays and one musical, and has directed and music-directed several other plays (Wait Until Dark, Our Town) and musicals (Little Shop of Horrors, Camelot).

Matthew has acted on stages in Washington DC in Rocking Back and Forth (von Stroheim) with Fraudulent Productions, and New Jersey in Buried Child (Dodge) with Theatre Intime and in Dial M for Murder (Tony), The Good Doctor (ensemble), Private Lives (Elliot), The Glass Menagerie (Jim) with Princeton Summer Theater, sung in My Fair Lady (Freddie) with the Rockville Players, and on the Munich stage he has performed in both English in Private Eyes (Matt) with International Outcast Theater and in German language in Gedaechtnis des Wassers (Mike) with the Tollhaus Theatergruppe.

His six years in Germany led him to fall in love with Heisenberg’s hometown of Munich.

Matthew is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, specializing in semiconductor physics and device characterization.

Matthew is grateful to Dean Julio Ottino and the McCormick staff for promoting ‘Whole-Brain Engineering’ and inspiring new creative synergies at McCormick and to his department Chair Alan Sahakian for backing the ETOPiA project with the support of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Matthew is grateful to Dr. Mark and their three little pumpkins for generously allowing him to dedicate time to this performance.


Maureen Payne-Hahner

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Maureen Payne Hahner is an international director whose work has appeared in London, off-Broadway, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vienna, Munich, Zagreb, Croatia and Bangalore, India. She is a proud, ensemble member of Chicago’s, The Gift Theater.

She is founder and creative director of WiN: Writers Innovative Network, which codevelops & coproduces new work with rising playwrights, such as, The Crowded Hour and Stubborn Things by David Mulei and has directed numerous readings worldwide.

Other select directing credits include: The Tongue That Tells Me So, new play by Mariah Sage & Bruce Seymour, Test Flight Program, Cleveland Public Theatre. Unseen a new play by Mona Mansour, The Gift Theatre, Chicago. Samarthanam School for the Disabled-Bangalore India, USA & London Musical Tour, Performance, Adaptation and Direction. "A Victorian Eye" a new play by Rory Fellowes, Jermyn Street Theatre, London. QED by Peter Parnell, i/a/w Collaboraction Theatre, Chicago, IL. The How and The Why, by Sarah Treem, ETOPiA productions, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill, The Gift Theatre, Chicago (2011), Winner 2012 Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Costumes, for a mid-size Equity theatre.

Off-Broadway: A Number by Caryl Churchill i/a/w NAATCO at The Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC. A Number by Caryl Churchill i/a/w/ NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA. QED (Chicago Premiere) by Peter Parnell for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian at The Gift Theatre Company, Chicago. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn for ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University. The Countess (Chicago Premiere) at The Victory Gardens Theatre i/a/w The Gift Theatre Company. (Assistant Director) Yale Summer Cabaret at Yale School of Drama. Other directing credits in Europe include: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn (Munich, Vienna, Zagreb) Sweet Phoebe, by Michael Gow, Two Conversations, Dark Pony, Litko and Epilogue by David Mamet (Munich).

Maureen attended The School at Steppenwolf , Chicago (2001). New York credits including: Naked Angels Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Abingdon Theatre. Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, Member Maureen lives in Germany with her family and is an avid supporter of the World Wildlife Fund & The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Amanda J. Davis

Production Stage Manager

Chicago: The Scorpions' Sting (Lyric Opera of Chicago), A Wonder in My Soul, Roz and Ray (Victory Gardens); Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, Parachute Men (Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista); The Project(s), Bruise Easy, The Humans (American Theater Company); A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol, Murder for Two, Short Shakes! Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); A Life of Galileo, Grounded, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (ETOPiA Project); 42nd Street (Theatre at the Center).

Sarah JHP Watkins

Scenic Design

Sarah JHP Watkins is delighted to return to her alma mater, Northwestern University, to debut her design work with ETOPiA production of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen.

Previous Northwestern Credits: James and the Giant Peach (ImagineU), Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, The Secret Garden, The American Pilot, and Bernstein's Mass.

Select Credits: Lookingglass Alice (Assistant Scenic Designer for Miami and Denver Tours, Lookingglass Theatre Company); South of Settling (Steppenwolf); In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (TimeLine Theatre Company); In A Word (Strawdog Theatre Company); Noises Off (Southwestern University); The Tender Land, James and the Giant Peach, Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, The Secret Garden, The American Pilot, Mass (Northwestern University); 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre); Gender Breakdown (Collaboraction); Unseen, A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre); The Gilded Age (City Lit Theatre); A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Women Beware Women (Two Pence Theatre Company).

Sarah also designed scenery for the Wilmette Park District Center for the Arts, InFusion Theatre Company, The Side Project, Step Up Productions (now Step Up Playwrights), Filament Theatre Ensemble, Wildclaw Theatre of Chicago, The Music Theatre Company, Open Door Repertory Theatre, and for collegiate theatres: Hope College and Anderson University. Her design work has been recognized regionally by the American College Theatre Festival, nationally by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally at the Prague Quadrennial exhibition held in the Czech Republic.

Her photography work has been exhibited in New York City. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre where she is the Managing Artistic Director of Stage Center Theatre, and resident scenic designer and technical director. Sarah teaches courses in: survey of theatre, theatrical design and technology, scenic design, computer-aided design, and special topic courses in visual storytelling and puppetry.

Training: BA in Theatre with Studio Art Minor in Oil Painting, Hope College; MFA, Northwestern University's Stage Design Program

Laura McGinn

Artistic Design

Laura McGinn is an installation artist and web developer based in Chicago, Illinois. Her installations and paintings utilize physical and chemical properties of paint and phenomenological effects of light to explore the boundaries between our bodies, our identities, and the environments we inhabit. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University in 2015.