KAREN KESSLER  is a proud ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago whose production of The Opponent was just done at 59E59 Theaters in NYC. Also for AROT, she directed the US premiere of Solstice by Zinnie Harris, the Midwest premiere of Louis Slotin Sonata by Paul Mullin, the Midwest premiere of Pumpgirl by Abbie Spallen, the Chicago premiere of Sarah Kane’s Blasted, the US premiere of Gagarin’s Way by Gregory Burke, and the Midwest premiere of Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann. Other favorites include: A Going Concern, This Lime Tree Bower, The God of Hell, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano de Bergerac, and, for the Northern Stage in Newcastle, England, Glengarry Glen Ross.  Karen teaches directing and Shakespeare at Ball State University in Indiana.  Getting to work with her sister, Kelly, has made this an extra special show.