Captivating Authors That Our Cast and Crew Recommend

Charles Dickens, Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, George Orwell. The list could go on and on. All The Great Books (Abridged) goes over a multitude of authors but not all of our favorites made it on the list. We asked our cast and crew what authors and books they love to get you started on your fall reading. (Note: If you’re looking for the answers for the company’s favorite authors in the All The Great Books (Abridged) program, these are them.)

Doug Jarecki (Actor – Gym Coach)
Favorite Author:
Stephen King
I enjoy Stephen King for a lot of reasons, but one reason in particular is that I have never seen someone who physically fits their job so well.  I mean, when you look at his picture, you think “Ah yes, terrifying horror guy…..or children’s party clown…..or both.”  Which leads me to my recommendation…
Book Recommendation: “IT.” I have not seen the recent movie, but the book itself is fantastic.  I think you’ll love it.  Unless you are a clown.  Then you might be offended.

Chris Goode (Actor – Student Teacher)
Favorite Author:
Barbara Pym
I enjoy reading Pym because her particular style of whimsical writing reminds me that life is a special and funny thing.
Book Recommendation:
“Excellent Women”

Kyla Tully (House Manager/ Administrative Assistant)
Favorite Author:
Caitlin Moran
I wish I could have read Caitlin Moran as a small town teenager – her memoirs, novels, and newspaper editorials tackle poverty, sibling dynamics, small town dreams, the patriarchy, and other incredibly personal and relevant topics with brutal honesty, hilarity  and rock’n’roll.
Book Recommendation: “How to Be a Woman”, “Yes, That’s It Exactly!”, and “How To Build A Girl”

Chris Flieller (Artistic Director)
Favorite Author:
Edgar Allan Poe
Poe was the inventor of the modern mystery genre, and was one of the first American writers to delve into the psychology of his subjects to reveal the dark and terrifying recesses of the human mind. His complete works are compiled in one posthumously published volume called “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, which is also the title and subject by an awesome album by the Alan Parsons Project.
Book Recommendation: “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”

Thomas Darrow (Administrative Volunteer)

Favorite Author: Andrew Greely
Most of Greely’s mysteries take place in my hometown of Chicago and in places that are familiar to me which is why I love reading him.
Book Recommendation: His “Irish Love” and “Blackie Ryan” series are some of his best books.

Catarina Ebra (Crew/Dresser)
Favorite Author:
Gillian Flynn
My favorite author (at the moment) is Gillian Flynn, most well-known as the author of “Gone Girl”. Having read all of her published works of fiction, I can truly appreciate her style of fully rounded yet jaded characters, dark story lines, and “throw the book across the room” level of plot twists. I also admire how she writes her female characters, making them fully dynamic and also the antithesis of what women are supposed to be in today’s society, and how they manipulate their surroundings in order to survive in a world that doesn’t want them to thrive.
Book Recommendation: “Gone Girl”

Jonathan Leubner (Sound Designer)
Favorite Author:
John Steinbeck
I chose the American author John Steinbeck because his stories of common people, in sometimes extraordinary circumstances, have spoken to me with a familiarity like they are being told to me by an elderly and wise uncle. I have read nearly every book he wrote and the one that stands out is an autobiography called “Travels with Charley in Search of America”, which is his account of a road trip adventure that he made across the country in a modified pickup truck with his dog Charlie. It’s a great book.
Book Recommendation: “Travels with Charley in Search of America”

Ann Ricca (Marketing Manager)
Favorite Author:
Lemony Snicket
It was hard to choose just one author as my favorite but one of them is Lemony Snicket. I loved the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books as a kid and Snicket’s writing style is so unique, witty and sarcastic. You never know what he’s going to do in his stories!
Book Recommendation: “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Pat Smith (Lighting Designer)
Favorite Author:
Nevada Barr
Barr writes about Anna Pigeon, a forest ranger turned sleuth, which I really enjoyed.
Book Recommendation: “Blind Descent”

Jane Flieller (Managing Director)
Favorite Author: Ray Bradbury
It’s difficult for me to narrow down a favorite author. I chose Ray Bradbury because I began reading his work at a very early age and one of my first theatrical projects was playing a role in a production of “I Sing The Body Electric”, the story of an electric grandmother that comes to care for a family.
Book Recommendation: “I Sing The Body Electric”

Kathy Smith (Costume Designer)
Favorite Author:
Charlotte Bronte
I chose Charlotte Bronte because she wrote “Jane Eyre”.  I remember reading “Jane Erye” when I was a teenager and then seeing the 1943 and 2011 movies. I love the first person style of storytelling and following the heroine through many emotional struggles as she matures and decides what kind of person she wants to be.
Book Recommendation: “Jane Eyre”

Megan Linzmeyer (Stage Manager)
Favorite Author: 
Meg Cabot
Book Recommendation: Any of her books!

Emily Schlemowitz (Gallery Curator)
Favorite Author: 
Jane Austen
Book Recommendation: Pride and Prejudice

Rick Graham (Set Design)
Favorite Author: 
L. Frank Baum

Ryan Schabach (Drama Professor)
Favorite Author:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Have a favorite author or book you’d like to share? Email Ann at with your favorite author/book by Monday, October 2 at noon and be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s showing of BAD LUCKY GOAT. Winners will be contacted by email by 5pm on Monday, October 2nd. If you prefer a show time (Thursday, October 5 at 8:30pm or Saturday, October 7 at 2:15pm), please mention this in the body of your email.

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